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A few months ago, my Mom called me with some fascinating news; in partnership with Calyx Concierge, she was invited to showcase her artwork in Manhattan! My Mom, Vallerie, is a custom mandala artist and makes the most breathtaking pieces. We were very excited and my Mom asked me if I would come and handle the business end so she could focus on creating - I was in! A mother-daughter trip to NYC?? Pinch me now!


On Cinco de Mayo, I flew to New Jersey and a few days later, Mom and I packed up the car and drove to NYC. That evening, we showcased her artwork in the city and had the most sensational time networking & conversing with everyone in attendance. I couldn’t be more proud of my Mama for being recognized for her magnificent talent!

Where we stayed

The dream midtown hotel


We adored this boutique hotel! Its charm and hospitality was off the charts. The location was perfect and near everything we had on our itinerary. During a busy Mother’s Day weekend, we couldn’t have asked for a better spot to return to. They also have this cozy, vintage-styled lounge called The Rickey with delectable drinks & tasty snacks. Mom and I shared avocado toast & crostini fig toast with pan de commune, brie cheese, fig jam, sliced fresh grapes & candied nuts. It was DELICIOUS.


What we saw



This. Show. Was. EVERYTHING! If you are in NYC, this musical is an absolute must! Based on the story of The Temptations, this show brings you through their incredible journey to stardom. The music, the storytelling, and the heart were second to none. I HIGHLY recommend this show.




Our hotel was a five-minute walk to Central Park and it was so lovely getting my steps in with a stunning backdrop (sorry not sorry, you know Freddie & I are all about our steps LOL.) The weather was terrific and I enjoyed the picture perfect day! Whether you’re looking to get a workout in or a lovely walk with an excellent view, Central Park is the perfect stop!



After Mom’s showcase, we grabbed a drink at the stunning Polo Bar, snuggled right near 55th street and 5th avenue. This place was poppin’! I won’t lie, The Polo Bar is boujee as hell. To even get into the establishment you need to have a reservation (with at least one month’s notice!) Once we got through the doorman (checking reservations on an iPad), we stepped into the warmly lit, equestrian-themed, 36-seat bar area complete with glamorous, gilded light fixtures and mirrored walls. We cozied in, grabbed a drink and celebrated mom!



Serafina turned out to be the perfect restaurant to be connected to The Dream Hotel. For late night drinks & eats after a long day, my Mom and I would come here! The Tagliolini di “Cortina” al Pollo became my staple! Topped with chopped chicken breast, peas, mushrooms and a touch of cream I was in heaaaaaven. I definitely would visit this restaurant again!

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The Rainbow Room was probably one of my favorite stops on this trip! Situated on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, this restaurant had the most striking decor & views. We visited Rainbow Room for a light bite and drink right before seeing Ain’t Too Proud. I would come back here in a heartbeat.



Mom and I quickly fell in love with the Applejack Diner right across from our hotel. Every morning we would walk over and enjoy a tasty breakfast and coffee. THE COFFEE, you guys, WAS SO GOOD. No matter your mood, the Applejack Diner has something for everyone!

After a few days in the city, we packed up and drove back to Long Branch, NJ. On Mother’s Day, my sister invited all of us over to her house for a fabulous celebration. I am so grateful I got to spend this special time with my family!

Have you ever been to NYC? Any recommendations for the next trip?

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