Since starting this blog 3 years ago I have been very blessed to meet some pretty awesome people including fellow bloggers and models. As influencers we do get the chance to spend time together at events, however rarely does that leave us much time for much of anything else so I was excited when stylist and blogger, Nanthale of N.E.C. Style, getting inspiration from the newly released film, Girls Trip, came up with the idea of a staycation.
We decided to take advantage of just a bit of what the city we call home has to offer, creating a weekend itinerary of activities for ourselves and set off to have a great time. Our group consisted of model and blogger, Brooke of Madame Finehouse, Fabiola of Fabiola Michelle, body positive fashion illustrator, Jonquel of Jonquel Art , Marcy of Fearlessly Just Me and of course, Nanthale. It was a great change of pace to just enjoy each others company for a full weekend even more so since the weekend we chose even fell in line with Marcy’s birthday.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post; clothes and tour tickets were gifted for feature, but all opinions are my own.
We started the weekend uptown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a Museum Hack tour. As an art historian (by education) I’ve been to the MET more times than I can count, but I’ve never been on a museum tour of any kind before. If anything, I’m always the one giving tours to whoever accompanies me. (Something that Jonquel can very much attest to, haha.) So you can imagine how excited I was for the Badass Bitches Tour. Having gone to school with the aim of becoming a museum director/curator I am well aware of how the field is very much a “boys club” so to see that Museum Hack decided to create a tour that highlighted and celebrated women in the arts is simply amazing.
The tour started and ended with a hands in moment, with us whisper-screaming, “Dismantle the Patriarch,” proving that this was a great fit for our theme. This very interactive tour covered women artists and the struggles they faced just to be able to paint what they wanted, however it also highlighted topics like forgotten sculpture models like Audrey Munson, as well as patrons of the arts that brought significant artifacts to the MET, like Jackie O and the Temple of Dendur. Our time at the museum with Museum Hack was both educating and inspiring. I highly recommend checking out their tours especially if you have a great love of art and a fun, competitive spirit.
Dinner & a Movie at iPic
After our time at the museum we got a quick snack as we made our way to South Street Seaport for dinner and a movie at iPic theaters. Unlike most movie theaters, iPic is a place where you can have a sit down dinner along with your movie. They do have the standard movie theater concession items like popcorn, soda and candy, but it is along side an extensive gourmet menu consisting of appetizers and entrees. I was so indecisive that I ended up choosing a Chicken Caesar salad, but it had the right portions of chicken, lettuce and dressing so this was easily the best salad I’ve ever had.
This was a real treat because the set up of this theater calls for a smaller audience which makes you feel like you have your own private home theater. The movie was really good. I really enjoyed how the relationship between the four characters were developed. Even though it was a comedy, you really did get a sense of the strong friendship the characters shared and it was refreshing to see that each character’s personality wasn’t based on a racial stereotype. Some of us even made a point to take the Girls Trip Quiz to see which character matched each of us. After spending a day with the ladies some concluded I was “Lisa” but turns out I’m a “Ryan” aka the boss. Take the quiz for yourself and let me know which girl you are in the comments!
As for our fashion for the day, we all went for something comfy and casual due to the amount of walking we knew we would be doing. (And yes, I should point out that Jonquel’s look is also casual….for her.) I kept my look simple with a tunic and Bermuda shorts. The lace-up babydoll tunic has a very relaxed fit and flare silhouette to it so I accented with a thin black belt and the shorts helped me keep cool in I completed the look with these jeweled thong sandals that have blue beads that match this top. Seriously, nothing beats a statement shoe that is actually made for walking. Summer may be winding down but I know I will be reaching for this look for any last minute summer road trips.
~Get the look~
*Style Note: As I am currently in between sizes 16 and 18, I tend to size up in most things whenever I order online, which made this top a bit too big for me, so due to the relaxed fit of this top I recommend sizing down.
Stay tuned for my recap of day two! For now be sure to check out the staycation posts by Brooke, Fabiola, Jonquel, Marcy, and Nathalee.
Special thanks to Museum Hack for having us!