thirteen hours

 For Russo. 

After exchanging a few text messages late one night in November, two friends who have not seen each other in 11 months had the genius idea to spend a day hours together in New York City.

I rang in 2012 in the city that never sleeps and while it was a rough start, I figured I should return to redeem myself and give NYC one more chance.

I booked my flight:
Departing ATL December 18, 2012 at 6:35 a.m. Arriving NYC at 8:45 a.m.
Departing NYC December 18, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. Arriving Atlanta at 11:33 p.m.
And so it happened.

Like any mature college relationship, Alex and I met at the end of sorority recruitment. And this life-long friendship bloomed into something I would not trade for the world. 

So as I walked off the plane at LGA carrying nothing but my handbag, I wasted no time and trekked to meet Alex in Times Square.

Hello, Times Square

We only had a few items on the agenda, the rest of the trip was a walk in the park, literally. 
For brunch we had Sarabeth's. I was still recovering from "The Oldenburg" wedding, four days later. I figured champagne and lemon ricotta pancakes would be a great 96 hour hangover fix. 

Another A & S tradition in NYC, skip on the steps of the Met. Construction warnings and gates had me nervous but we found a little spot to pow-wow. 

And for once, we actually went into the Met. Luckily the "Regarding Warhol. Sixty Artist and Fifty Years" tributes to Andy Warhol exhibit was still open and Alex and I still pass for students. My favorite piece was the Chanel Chainsaw by Tom Sachs. My kind of power tool, completely constructed from cardboard & shopping bags. 

Next stop was Prince St. to see my favorite very personal stylists at J.Crew, Hey Josh!  

Melissa, joined use for lunch at Georgetown cupcakes! 

Kappa's in the city!

In honor of my return, Alex and I returned to my last stop from the 2K12 New Year trip. The tree was lit and the walkways were filled with visitors. Only thing missing was XT & Newbs.

For the last meal of the day we ended up at Eataly La Pizza & La Pasta for supper. Wine, Cheese, Pasta and Gelato was definitley the right way to end the perfect day! And just like that, we hailed a taxi and I was on my way back to LGA.  

I have to remind myself daily how lucky I am to have people like Alex in my life. It takes a special person to convince you (well, really it didn't take much convincing) that a ridiculous 13 hours in New York City is a great idea. And looking back, it was the best idea we ever had. 

“After all, seasons change, so do cities; people come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.”
- Carrie Bradshaw

So here is to you Russo, as you begin your next phase in your very young and very fabulous adult life. May fine labels and fine love find way into your heart. 

P.S. Remember, bunk beds in Atlanta are always an option. Love you. 


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