When we arrived in the city, we checked into our hotel, ducked into a Scottish pub for a bite to eat (where I had one of the best crab cake sandwiches of my life), and made a quick stop at the Disney store in Times Square. They had all of this gorgeous Cinderella merchandise out, in anticipation of the new movie (which I must see!). After freshening up back in our room, we headed out to meet my roommate from college for Thai food and to see A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. I'd been wanting to see it since I saw them perform a number on the Tony's last year, and we ended up getting $35 tickets up in the highest balcony. The show was really clever and silly and fun, and it was wonderful to catch up with Caitlin.
The next morning, we met up with my cousin Madeline for a leisurely brunch at Sarabeth's. Madeline is more like an aunt to me, and I hadn't seen her in quite some time, so being able to spend time with her (and feast on breakfast goodies) was a treat!
|This dress is definitely on my wish list!|
After shopping, we headed over to Dough (a donut shop I've followed on Instagram for quite some time) to indulge. I was bummed that they didn't have any chocolate earl grey or blueberry donuts available, but I settled for lemon poppyseed and toasted coconut. They were scrumptious and huge!
After picking out our donuts, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the trip's main purpose: to see John Cameron Mitchell in Hedwig and the Angry Inch! Hedwig has been my favorite musical since I was in the 8th grade. My only tattoo is taken from the movie, my senior thesis in college was centered around the show, and I played Yischak in a production I produced at the Rochester Fringe Festival a couple of years ago... so essentially, I'm a total Hedhead. I was thrilled when I heard it was coming to Broadway last summer, but I told myself that I wasn't going to see it until John Cameron Mitchell (the creator/writer/originator) stepped into the role. No offense to Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells or Michael C. Hall, but JCM is and always will be the definitive Hedwig to me. My mom got us tickets as part of my Christmas present (seriously, how cool is my mom?), and I'd been counting down the days ever since.
I've seen productions of the show a few times (and I've seen the movie more times than I can count), but this was mind-blowingly incredible. It's my absolute favorite theatrical experience, hands down, and I'm still thinking about it -- that's how good it was. I went into it being very familiar with the material, but there were so many surprises, and I was just astounded by John Cameron Mitchell's talent, energy and honesty. I'll never forget seeing it. If you get the chance to go (especially before he leaves the show at the end of April), DO IT!
cardigan: ModCloth // skirt: Kohl's // purse: Betsey Johnson // brooch: Tatty Devine // tights + hat: old
(I felt very clever with my (midnight) radio purse and Spinal Tap-inspired brooch!)
We flew back home the next afternoon, but before we left, we met up with my aunt and cousins (from the other side of my family) for tea at Alice's Tea Cup. It was a bit chaotic, but so nice to catch up with them and to see my little cousin, who just turned two. There was entirely too much food, but it was all lovely.
dress: Lady Vintage (similar) // cardigan: Trashy Diva // brooch: ModCloth
We fit a lot into just a few days, and it was definitely nice to get out of Rochester for a little while. Even though it was cold in the city, they don't have mountains of snow like we do! It's so easy to feel stuck in a rut in the wintertime, so shaking up my routine for a weekend was great, too. Being in the city all the time is kind of stressful (my mom gets really anxious there, and I pick up on that very easily), and I'm still trying to figure out whether I want to move back (or live outside the city), or just go somewhere else completely. I haven't decided yet, but it was nice to get back there again. I have some time yet to figure it out. Until then, visiting is always a fun option!
Have a great day!