Life Lately

Happy Monday!

September 19, 2016

It’s Monday again, y’all!

With fall approaching ever closer on the horizon and the summer temperatures slowly starting to drop, I decided on a whim last week to take off Friday from work because the weather was supposed to be absolutely beautiful. And luckily for me, the weather forecast was correct!

After an amazing long weekend in New York City with my boyfriend, filled with eating, drinking, seeing friends and family, and just enjoying each other’s company, I have to admit that it was a bit difficult to pull myself out of bed this morning when my alarm went off.

What are your favorite things to do in NYC? Obviously, one of my favorite things is to eat as many bagels as possible while visiting, and Black Seed Bagels is definitely a favorite of mine! I also always enjoy finding new restaurants to try (recommendations coming soon!), as well as just walking around the city and finding new sights and activities. On Saturday we went over to Brooklyn for Smorgasburg, which is food “flea” market that happens every weekend in the summer, and after stuffing ourselves with fries and pokรฉ, we walked back over the Williamsburg Bridge and came across a pour-your-own beer bar where we hung out for a while and cooled off.


Another favorite memory of mine was getting to see a few members of both of our families, which is always such a blast to catch up with everyone. With the wine flowing almost as fast as stories are being told, it’s hard to beat a group dinner where everyone is laughing and having a good time!

What did y’all get up to this weekend? Can’t wait to hear your stories!

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  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Sounds like you had such a lovely weekend! I’ve never been to NYC but would love to visit one day. ๐Ÿ™‚ x x


    • New York is such a magical city with the best food, which is obviously the most important thing for me haha. I hope that you get to visit soon!

  • reneejessome

    Oh that bagel looks SO good! Your posts always make me hungry lol

    Renee | Life After Lux

    • I feel like I’m constantly drooling over food instagram accounts too haha

  • Mary

    Hey Courtney,
    How wonderful to visit NYC like this! Like you, I love trying all the new restaurants and I always have to buy bagels to bring home with me to DC. It’s so fun to research places to eat, museum exhibits, festivals, etc… we’re only 2 hours away by train, so I’m trying to figure out a weekend we can visit this fall!

    Love, mary

    • New York in the fall is so gorgeous! My grandparents always bring me up a huge bag of bagels when they visit me, so I never have to go too long without a good NYC bagel, thank goodness!

  • So lovely with a weekend in NYC! Sounds so boring, and like a clichรฉ, but love to just stroll around in the city. Just seeing all the different neighbourhoods, and of course, eat! Xx

    • I’m the exact same way!! I love to just walk the streets and find cute little stores and restaurants along my route. I sometimes just walk for hours when I’m in New York!

  • Shauna C

    Looks like the most beautiful day!! I spent my weekend in Vegas, and am definitely paying for it today ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Oh my gosh, Vegas must have been so much fun!! I’ve never been but I’d definitely love to experience the city for myself at least once!

  • Yay for spontaneous days off. Eating is always at the top of my list when I travel, and that bagel looks to die for.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • I usually plan my trips to NYC around restaurants I want to try, so it’s definitely a top priority of mine when I travel!

  • Biana Perez

    Oh my gosh girl – I totally feel you on it being hard to get out of bed this morning!! We got bagels this weekend as well…need to try your place next time!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • Bagels are my life!! I always enjoy a good B.E.C.!

  • I bet you are having so much fun in NYC, I know I would be enjoying it so much!

    My Vogue Style |

    • Matt and I had such an amazing weekend together! Plus the weather was gorgeous, which made it even better!

  • Leslie

    Why does your food always look so much better than mine? LOL! I alway love your photo’s! AND I finally found you on INSTA! Hope you’re having a great Monday!

    • I’m so glad that we’re finally following each other on instagram!!! And haha my boyfriend always teases me about how many food pictures I take when we go out to eat, but I’m just always looking for the perfect angle!

  • Sounds like you had fun weekend! Food looks so good! Happy monday!

    Rita |

  • Hanna

    I’m so not ready for the week –Hanna Lei

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  • Sounds like a perfect weekend to say goodbye to summer!


    Tamara –

    • It really was! The weather is already starting to drop in Connecticut, which I’m a bit torn about because while I’m excited for fall, I’m already dreading winter!

  • Sounds like fun. Happy Monday beauty!

    Xo, Maryam

  • That bagel looks soooo good! That’s awesome you just decided to take a day off work because the weather would be nice. I’ve always wanted to do that! Like just take a random nice day off haha. My favorite thing to do in NYC is shop and EAT. I love eating donuts and visiting coffee shops while I’m there. They have so many good ones! Sounds like you had such a fun weekend. Always hard to get up Monday though . ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • There’s a donut place that I’ve been wanting to try in Chelsea for forever now!!

  • So glad you enjoyed the weekend! That view is spectacular! Have a terrific week ahead Courtney!

    • Thank you! We had such a fun weekend in NYC!

  • Ellese Launer

    Sounds like a really fun weekend! I feel like I can never see enough of NYC, even after living here for years. Thanks for sharing. Xo, Ellese


    • How amazing is New York? I think that I could also spend years living in the city and never get tired of it!

  • That sounds so fun! I’ve been to NYC 3 times now and I feel like I never get enough! I’ll have to try out that flea market next time we’re in town!

    Chow Down USA

    • Omg Smorgasburg is the best!! I’m so sad that it’s only a summer thing, but at least we have Chelsea and Gannesvort Market all year round!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Love big dinners with lots of laughter. I took my mom to NYC for her birthday one year and we had a ball. Love that city so much! So happy you had the best time!

    • That sounds like it was such a fun celebration!!

  • What a fun idea to randomly take the day off and explore your city! I’m going to have to give this a try one day in Miami ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I rarely ever take spontaneous days off from work but it would have felt like such a waste to sit in the office on such a gorgeous day! Plus I’ve been working pretty hard lately and felt like I deserved a day off haha

  • oOoO I wanted to go to the Smorgasborg last time we were there but didn’t have time to. Sonds fun to try the food and drinks there!


    • Smorgasburg is one of my favorite things to do in Brooklyn during the summer! All types of different food to try!

  • Public Lives, Secret Recipes
    • We had such an amazing weekend!!

  • Sounds like you had a great weekend. A food “flea market’ sounds like my idea of heaven and that bagel looks delicious!
    Julia x

    • Smorgasburg is definitely one of my favorite foodie-related things to do in the city during the summer!! I’m all about trying new food and drinks!

  • Sounds like such a fun weekend and that yummy looking bagel made my mouth water!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Black Seed has the most incredible breakfast bagels!! I’ve been a few times and I love trying out all of the different flavors on their menu!

  • Sounds like you had an amazing time. Gemma x

    • We had such a great weekend in the city!

  • my kinda breakfast! looks tasty!

  • That photo of the NYC skyline looks amazing and I can’t wait to visit again! When’s your favourite time of year to visit? Angharad x

    • I’m a big fan of the city in the summer and fall! It’s hard to pick one but I like being in the city during the summer because of all of the outdoor food and street festivals going on every weekend, but the fall is amazing too because the leaves turn the most gorgeous colors in Central Park!

  • Sounds like you had such an awesome weekend, girlie! Brooklyn by far is the best place to snag a great, delicious bagel and now you have me craving with this last photo of your sandwich, it looks SO good! Thanks so much for sharing, girlie, and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!



    • Bagels are my favorite!! If my metabolism wasn’t so slow, I would definitely eat one for breakfast every morning haha

  • That sounds like a well spent weekend. I enjoyed mine by celebrating with my godmother and her mom who just turned 75. They threw a party for her and it was pretty awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚ | Bloglovin’ | Instagram

    • That sounds like such a fun weekend!! Parties with loved ones are always so special!

  • Pour your own beer bar? That sounds like so much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Omg it was such a fun beer! I’m not a big beer person but my boyfriend is and he actually picked out a few brews that I really liked!

  • My weekend has been quiet, at home most of the time.
    I really liked your post.

    • Quiet weekends at home are the best sometimes! I’m a big fan of sleeping in and cuddling with my cat haha

  • Isn’t NYC the best? I’ve lived in NY my whole life and the city never gets dull. Can you believe I’ve only been to Smorgasburg once? I’m glad you enjoyed your time here.

    Daisi Ari ||

    • Smorgasburg is my favorite because it gives me an excuse to stuff my face without having strangers totally judging me haha!

  • Sounds like so much fun!

  • Tessy Onyia

    Wow! Lovely post..That’s nice, my weekend was ok!

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