4th Anniversary Staycation

221892_2033799891414_700277_n Four years ago I finally became Mrs. Bannon after a seven year long engagement.  My hubby and I are not very traditional.  We had our daughter, got engaged, bought our house and THEN got married over the span of a decade or so.  Personally, I think all that matters is that we got everything accomplished in the end.  I also love that T was able to be there for our wedding.  If I got the opportunity to go back and do it over I would not change a thing.  

We decided to celebrate with a little staycation last weekend.  I booked a room at the Empire Hotel for Saturday night.  It was beautifully decorated but INCREDIBLY loud.  I am a very light sleeper so it was not a great fit for me and I would never return.  It was aesthetically pleasing though.  I was pretty obsessed with this chair:

The Empire Hotel NYC

The Empire Hotel NYC

The view from our room was gorgeous and we were able to look right out at Lincoln Center.

The Empire Hotel NYC

After checking in and changing we walked over to Columbus Circle (where we took our wedding pictures) and then to Serafina for dinner.   We adore Serafina and we had a dinner in their private wine room following our ceremony in 2011 so it has a lot of sentimental value for us.  We eat there every year for our anniversary.

(BTW, thank you all so much for the opinions on black or nude heels with my dress.  I wound up going with black heels, tights and jewelry.  It was a little chilly out so it worked perfectly.  I wish I had a better picture to show you.  My Samsung Galaxy S5 takes the most awful low light shots and I forgot my DSLR at home.  This selfie is the best one I had and it looks like I took it with a 1998 flip phone.  Grrrrrrrrr.)


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 As we were walking we spotted a hope sign and ran over to take a picture.  One of my favorite wedding photos is of our family in front of a love sign (that we just happened to stumble upon that day) so this felt kismet.

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Next, we went to see Jersey Boys on Broadway.  It has been on our list of things to do forever.  It was great and I got to drink champagne out of a sippy cup (which is always a good time).  I must say that my hubby is not usually a fan of musicals and he loved this one.  It is about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  The music was fabulous and we danced in our seats the whole time.

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  We are old so after Jersey Boys we opted to go back to our room at the Empire.  Unfortunately, the line for their rooftop club formed on the sidewalk right outside our window and stayed there until 3 am!  We listened to people screaming, laughing and talking all night.  It was the WORST.  (I should also note that I told the front desk clerk at check-in that I am a light sleeper and requested a quiet room.  She assured me room 125 would be perfect.  Lies.  That made me even more angry about the noise.)  Also,  the next morning around 6 am there was a March of Dimes walk that started setting up.  By 8 am there was a gentleman with a microphone encouraging the crowd to make as much noise as possible.  I wanted to cause him bodily injury.

At that point any hope of ordering room service and luxuriating in bed was long gone, so we walked over to Norma’s at Le Parker Meridian.  We had seen this restaurant recommended on a few different Food Network shows but never got the opportunity to go.  Let me just admit it…Billy and I can be food snobs.  We are in NYC and there are so many options and so many fabulous restaurants that we are not easily impressed but Norma’s just blew us away.  It was LITERALLY the best breakfast I have ever had.  I definitely plan to return there with Taylor very soon!  I cant stop thinking about it!

All in all we had a pretty fun weekend.  It was nice to get to spend some time alone.  I think that is so important in a relationship although I missed Taylor and Jeter terribly and thought about begging Billy to go home in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep.

21 thoughts on “4th Anniversary Staycation

  1. Sara

    Oh my – I would have been SOOOOOO frustrated and mad. Great view, but sleep is way more important!! I LOVE JERSEY BOYS!! One of the best! The music makes me so happy!!

  2. Biana @ Blovedboston

    I’m so sorry to hear the hotel was loud – that really is the worst!! We had a similar problem in Puerto Rico and were actually comped a night because I dropped the “blogger” card and review in the same word LOL!!! Looks like it was a fun night regardless and Jersey Boys is just the best!!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  3. B @ The Sequin Notebook

    That’s so obnoxious about the hotel, and I can totally picture all of the noise from that line – ugh! But onto the important stuff…happy anniversary!!! I’m so glad you guys had such a special weekend to celebrate 🙂

  4. lkn106

    What a huge let down on hotel! I hope you left them a piece of your mind because that is just awful customer service to say you were in a quiet room! I love the wine in the sippy cup and Serafina is the best! We did the same thing, Avery first, wedding last 😉

  5. Marie

    Happy Anniversary. Sorry to hear about the hotel. That was horrible. Glad you had a good time despite the horrible hotel. Sometimes, I think the desk people do things on purpose but that could be just me who thinks that. Some of the people who work at the desk, should NOT work the desk.

  6. Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

    Happy anniversary!! It was nice reading the background story of you and your husband and your anniversary traditions. I’m a very light sleeper too so I feel your pain and that sucks you weren’t able to relax 100% but otherwise your anniversary staycation sounds fabulous!

  7. Nadine

    Happy Anniversary!!! Besides the fact that the hotel sucks and was noisy….it sounds like such a fun weekend! And champ in a sippy cup? Sign me up!

  8. Christina

    Happy Anniversary, lady!! Keep on celebrating!! Staycations are a huge favorite of mine. All the photos from the weekend are so gorgeous – I love that you guys did one by the hope sign similar to the wedding day!

  9. Kristen

    happy anniversary!! i love that you guys did it all out of order, i think it’s fabulous 😉 and my husband and I saw Jersey Boys on our honeymoon – we LOVED it!

  10. Kate @ Green Fashionista

    Happy anniversary gurlie! Everything looked lovely especially the champs in the sippy cup! Sorry to hear about the noise issue, that is the WORST when traveling as you’re looking forward to much needed rest and sleeping in. We dealt with that when we went to Jamaica, and it was awful. Hopefully they’ll comp you guys somehow 😉

  11. Pamela @ Sequins & Sea Breezes

    OMG that would have made me so mad about the noise outside your room! I have zero patience for that! And I’m WAY too old to deal with that haha! But glad you guys had a good time other than that! And obsessed with that chair too!


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