On Friday morning, (our first full day in New York,) we didn't waste any time getting our day started! The first stop on our itinerary was the Good Morning America studios on the corner of West 44th and Broadway, a quick subway ride away. Danielle's dream is to work for Good Morning America, so creating a sign to bring with her was a must!
"Robin Roberts, can I be your co-anchor?"
It started raining just as we got there, but we were still able to snap some fun pictures in Times Square!
We had set aside the earlier part of the day completely for shopping, definitely a must-do in New York City! Our first stop was the brand new H&M store in Times Square, boasting 63,000 square feet of pure fabulousness!
Alex and me on the escalator inside the store!
After a little more Times Square shopping, our next stop was Rockefeller Center to check out the ice skating, fun shops and places to eat! If you have a chance to go, make sure to step inside of the Rockefeller building, that hides beautiful stores like J.CREW, Anthropologie, Banana Republic and so many more.
The famous Rockefeller Center tree wasn't complete just yet, but it was in the works!
Knowing that we'd be back later that night to ice skate (another must-do on our list,) we made sure to check out the ice rink, find out where to get our tickets, etc.
The ticket office for ice skating is just behind Danielle and me in the photo below. To skate and rent our ice skates, we paid $39/person.
Being so close to the Today Show studios, we made a pit stop at the NBC store, where I got to pose with Matt Lauer. My Mom has always been a huge fan of his!
Our next stop was one that I'll never forget! The Kate Spade flagship store on Madison Avenue!
This store is absolutely beautiful from floor to ceiling! As the flagship for the brand, I didn't expect any less!
Outside of the front door!
Window display! Yes, that is a bedazzled pink fire hydrant!
Completely in awe of the gorgeousness!
This store is made up of four beautifully-decorated floors, featuring Kate Spade in every facet. Upon entering, one of the sales associates immediately noticed my Kate Spade bag and earrings that I was wearing!
A few pieces of KS's newest collection on the first floor!
Gold sparkle steps on the way upstairs!
The second floor displayed gorgeous shoes, along with some of their most-recent holiday dresses.
The fourth floor was made up of their wedding collection, beautiful dishes and champagne bottles. When you walk a little further, you enter a beautifully decorated living room, where Alex and I had to take a picture!
You may not believe this, but I actually didn't buy anything in the store! I was looking for a particular watch, umbrella and necklace, but they didn't have any of them! Crazy right? The experience alone was definitely worth making the trip! After a stroll down Fifth Avenue, it was back to the Loft to get ready for that night's activities!
Later that evening after a quick nap, we started getting ready for ice skating at Rockefeller Center! This is something that all of us had wanted to do, and it was SO worth it!
Tickets to skate can be bought the day of, or ahead of time for large groups. The entire day is broken up into 1.5 hour brackets, so it helps to arrive a few minutes before the time you'd like to get on the ice.
Though none of us were great skaters (Alex really led the pack!) we had such a fabulous time scooting around and taking pictures on the ice! Luckily, it wasn't super crowded, so we could basically do whatever we wanted!
Afterward, we walked just a block away to the nearest Magnolia Bakery! Alex and Danielle had real New York cheesecake, while I snagged a chocolate cupcake. It was chilly outside (hence my Carrie Bradshaw-esque hat,) but not too cold to take our dessert back to Rockefeller Center to sit and enjoy!
Later that evening, we met up with some friends from college, and then made our way back to the Loft.
Click here to read my post on day one of our trip!
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