Guess what! I’m getting married on June 28th. Which means I got an awesome weekend with my ladies beforehand - a.k.a. May 2nd through 4th in New York City.
The weekend started with our arrival at the Andaz Wall Street - an AMAZING super modern hotel in the Financial District. Samantha and Emily S. decorated our suite as well as ensured there was a tray of Magnolia cupcakes waiting for me. Such lovely service!
This Wall-meets-Water location meant I could very easily visit all of my old haunts - Adrienne’s, Financier, and the park next to Battery Park City where I had my formal picnics. Saturday morning started with just that - a stroll from the Andaz past my old office and apartment building on City Hall Park then off to picnic land where Simma and I played with headstands as a warm up for our private yoga class to come.
Private yoga class! Laughing Lotus was my favorite studio while living in Manhattan - the walls were brightly colored, the teachers taught creative flows, we always played with arm balances, and there was tea and animal crackers in the reception area. Mary Dana, whose Monday-Wednesday-Friday morning class I frequented, led us through an hour long flow. She had quite the challenge between our mixed levels but made sure to hit some of my favorites, like side crow:
Overall it was fun and zen and (most importantly) everyone survived with smiles!
From there we got smoothies, hit Washington Square Park, some of us even went for manis and chair massages. Delightful afternoon! Then on to the evening. Things got started at The Redhead - good name, great company, delectable fried chicken, brisket, and homemade pretzels with beer cheese. I mean what more could a girl want??
We then made the 7-block trek through the East Village to Butter Lane, not without a pit stop at a local dive bar to water our parched lips and for me to change my wardrobe as my insanely talented cousin Rinat MADE me a dress.
Around 9pm 11 over hydrated ladies rolled into Butter Lane ready to bake up a storm. Our poor instructor had her heart set on teaching us masterful techniques to precisely prepare Food Network-worthy baked goods. Alas, we may have cared more about the prosecco and eating batter/frosting from the bowl.
Emily S. - photobomb for the win. We somehow managed to bake 3 batches of batter - vanilla, chocolate, and banana (I am now HORRIFIED to know the vanilla uses sour cream) and 6 batches of icing - cream cheese, cinnamon, chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and strawberry. We did try very hard to master the “Tap and turn” technique - apparently each NYC cupcakery is known for their signature swirl at the end of frosting application and this is Butter Lane’s mark. Not sure how well we did…
From there we decided karaoke was a must so we marched over to Sing Sing on St. Mark’s, booked ourselves a room for 2-hours, took off our shoes, and screamed at a television for every minute of it. “Abbe’s bachelorette 2014!”
Here’s to a perfect weekend with truly phenomenal ladies. I love you all.