The city girl returns!!! After 3 months living in my favorite city I am (sadly) back home in Georgia. BUT – the PAST 3 months have been the absolute best experience of my life, and I wouldn’t change them for anything.

From getting engaged in the Hamptons, to living on my own in a New York City apartment, to the best visitors, amazing food & fun things to do, and just living out one of my biggest dreams. I am so blessed to have spent this time living and working in NYC, and I am already missing it BIG TIME. but, for all of those who have been asking – HERE IT IS.


 My ultimate NYC LIST of all things to do, to see, to eat & more!!!!

Talk Shows: This was such a fun perk of living in the city – all of these shows have ticket lotteries where you can enter to win a FREE ticket to be an audience member at a live taping!! I got to experience Jimmy Fallon (my all time favorite), Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, & go to GMA’s Live Concert Series thanks to these raffles, and all for FREE!

  • Jimmy fallon
  • Seth meyers
  • Good Morning America
  • Stephen colbert
  • Today Show

Coffee: THE main attraction (for me atleast) – this city is filled with Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts on every corner but the real treasure is finding cute coffee shops with good vibes and delicious coffee. 

  • Dean & Deluca (xoxo Gossip Girl)
  • Paris Baguette
  • Matcha
  • Pietro Nolita (pink pink pink!!!!)
  • LRoom Cafe


Brunch: New York City’s meal of choice – there are so many yummy brunch spots hidden all over the city, but listed below are some of my favorites from this summer. Although, anywhere that serves bottomless mimosas is on the top of my list 😉 

  • Sarabeths (xoxo Gossip Girl)
  • Crooked Knife
  • Good Thanks
  • Penny Farthing
  • Alices Tea Cup (for all my Disney lovers)
  • The Loeb Boathouse
  • Flying cock
  • Macchina
  • Serra by Berraria (Instagram heaven)
  • Horny Ram NYC
  • Maisons Pickle / Jacobs Pickle
  • Jams
  • Freds at Barneys
  • Clinton Street Baking Co.
  • L’avenue
  • Big Daddys
  • by Chloe


Dinner: My summer was 70% take out dinners or Postmates delivery after fun NY adventures, Broadway shows, or a late night out, BUT here’s my favorite places to grab dinner the other 30% of the time!!!

  • Summer Cafe @ rockefeller plaza (the atmosphere / location / everything – on point)
  • Quality Italian
  • Catch (a personal favorite)
  • NOBU
  • Nello
  • Serafina
  • Koi
  • Buddakan NYC
  • Vandal 
  • Carbone
  • Balthazar
  • Inside the Park
  • B Side Pizza Bar
  • Frying Pan NYC
  • Gnoccheria by Luzzos
  • ChicknCone (quick dinner snack but SO worth it)
  • Melt Shop
  • Plaza Food Court
  • Bond St.
  • Sushi Seki
  • Gallow Green
  • Da Nico
  • Tao
  • Palma
  • Ocean Prime NYC
  • Hunt & Fish Club


Sweets: if you’re anything like me and have a MAJOR sweet tooth – check out these places for a yummy treat at any time of the day – they also make for a perfect #foodie Insta post, you’re welcome 😉

  • Magnolia Bakery
  • Baked by Melissa
  • SMORES bar in Hershey’s Time Square
  • Levain Bakery (TATBILB)
  • Chip NYC
  • Nutella Cafe
  • Schmackary’s
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar Cafe
  • Soft Swerve
  • Holey Cream
  • Serendipity
  • Tipsy Scoop (boozy ice cream – Y U M)
  • Ample Hills
  • Empire Cakes
  • Donut Plant
  • Milk Bar
  • Taiyaki 
  • KITH
  • Max Brenner’s
  • Laduree
  • Popbar
  • City Cakes
  • Amorino Gelato
  • Aux Merveilleux Bakery


Bars/Clubs: for a fun night out with friends or just to grab drinks on a pretty rooftop – check out these places for a good time!!!

  • Mother of Pearl
  • No Fun
  • Niagra
  • the Cauldron (for all the Harry Potter fans out there)
  • Le Bain Rooftop
  • St Cloud Rooftop
  • Rose Terrace Rooftop
  • Refinery Rooftop
  • The Skylark Rooftop
  • Elsie Rooftop
  • PHD Terrace
  • 230 5th Bar
  • STK
  • Skylark NYC
  • Honeywell
  • Naked Crab NY
  • Pod 39 (rooftop)
  • Tao
  • Lavo
  • 1Oak


The funnest of FUN THINGS: WOW! I did way toooo many things this summer to even begin to try to sum them all up in a list, but here’s my best attempt!!

  • the Met
  • MOMA
  • Museum of Sex
  • Color Factory
  • Rosè Mansion
  • Ice Cream Museum
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Yankees Game
  • Mets Game
  • Concert @ Madison Square Garden
  • Sojo Spa Club (for a relax day)
  • Broadway show (because duh)
  • Natural History Museum
  • Comedy Club
  • top of the Rock
  • Wall Street
  • Empire State Building
  • Drag Show (!!!!)
  • Highline
  • 9/11 memorial
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Sunset sail on the Hudson (10/10 recommend)
  • The Frick
  • Shopping in SOHO
  • The Whitney
  • Smorgasburg
  • Little Italy
  • Chinatown
  • Chelsea Piers
  • Sleep No More


sTaY tUnEd — for my BROADWAY SHOWS VLOG coming soon with a review of all the amazing shows I saw this summer in the city!!!


THANK YOU to everyone who supported me this summer (& always). You made moving to a new city and taking on the adult world all by myself MUCH easier to manage & I am so thankful! If you know me, you know its always been at the top of my bucket list to live in New York City, and to have that come true is an absolute dream. I’ll be back soon, NYC!



keep  S W I P I N G  for a mood board of my summer in the city —




xx Hails


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