New York City pt 2. Broadway, Central Park, and Kate!

Well hello friends!

Today I’m jumping right into the second part of me and Andrew’s New York Trip. If you missed PART 1 click here: Wall Street, 9/11, and the Dead Rabbit

So Saturday night, after the Dead Rabbit, Andrew and I got ready for the Broadway Show. The theater was in Midtown which was right by Times Square at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. We ended up choosing to get tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which I was so excited about because hello, it’s my all-time favorite movie ever! The older version not the Johnny Depp one just to clarify. It was a tough decision choosing between Charlie and Aladdin but I think we made a good choice! 20



We weren’t able to take our phones out until the end when they came out for their standing ovation so I tried to snag one real quick! #kindafail


(Feel free to skip this part if you’re not interested!)

My overall thoughts on the show: I honestly really enjoyed it. The biggest thing that I had to get out of my head before watching was accepting that it wasn’t going to align identically to the movie. Which was semi tough for me at first but I of course know that you can’t depict a movie scene by scene when you’re performing it live. But I have to say what they changed and switched up was done really well. I was very impressed with the actors, Charlie especially. The 3 actors that take turns playing Charlie are between the ages of 9-12, and like what the heck?! They seriously make me reconsider what I’m doing with my life. Christian Borle put so much energy and life into Wonka and it was very enjoyable.  The set was great, bright colorful fun, cheesy at times but overall loved it. 

Back to NYC– after the show we were mere steps from the center of Times Square. I haven’t been there in a few years long time so I was just as much of a tourist as everyone else. Just gazing at all the commotion, lights, clips, and billboards. I have to admit Times Square isn’t my favorite spot in NYC (probably because I’ve gone there so much) but it’s really something and worth seeing if you haven’t yet.





We had a slow start to the morning and we were pretty sullen that this was our last day here but we had an agenda full of things we wanted to do. We got ready for the day and checked out by noon.


From MixandMatchMama’s past NYC blog posts I 100% knew that at some point I wanted to go eat at The Smith, so that’s where we went to lunch!


I’m dreaming of their food right now. I’m telling you every where we ate was SO GOOD.

From there I was on a very VERY special mission that was going to take place at Central Park. And that was to…

 FIND KATE from AnkhorYou

I could just scream from the top of my lungs at how excited and happy I was. Alright so here’s how it went down: Central Park is massive and it didn’t help that I was coming from the South End and Kate was up towards the top so we were on the prowl to find each other. No joke we were sending our locations to one another to see where we were or how much further we had to go LOL. It was pretty much a fun man girl hunt game to find each other.

So Andrew and I carried on through the park just wandering without any direction. Central Park is really cool though; so much to see, do, and with 100 different paths to walk around on-







So at one point Kate and I reconnected and realized we we’re SO close to each other, to the point where we possibly even passed by each other without knowing; mind you I’m telling Andrew “find the girl with the blonde hair!” 😉 Lone behold and at last…

We found each other near 5th Ave!!! We saw each other from afar and ran for it!

And our first photo together ❤ 35

Ya’ll Kate is just darling. She is bubbly, happy, girly, and sweet. I couldn’t help but to die of self consciousness when she shows up in cute wedges and the prettiest dress and accessories to match; this girl is no joke a real life fashionista as she is on her blog!!! Which made me flashback to when I met Mack in California and she comes strolling in with her heels, a cute blouse, and skinny jeans. Like, I swear I dress nicely too haha

Any who Kate ended up leading us to the reservoir where we were initially suppose to meet but Andrew and I just didn’t make it that far. I loved every second with her, we talked and talked for what seems like hours, which is so #gemini of her! ❤ It almost feels like a dream but the one thing that stood out was all the happy and positive energy that she exudes from her presence. At one point we of course had to have a mini photo shoot.




And one with our very nice photographer 🙂


And Kate snagged some of me and Andrew. This girl knows how to take pictures…and alllll the angles.


What a blessed day and experience that was. We’ve been talking about this for quite some time but we seriously need a bloggers weekend in NYC; Mack & Britt and everyone is invited!!!!

After we parted ways Andrew and I carried on to get dinner Trademark Taste & Grind.. the Tuna Poke Bowl I got, speechless. And from there headed back to the car to hit the dusty trails back home.

We got our postcard and…


Starbucks mug!


Successful trip. We missed a ton of things that we wanted to do and see like The Rockefeller Center and The Empire State Building butttt we shall be back and probably for another Broadway too! PS- Andrew loved Broadway #WIN.

xo, JJ


10 Comments Add yours

  1. lifeofangela says:

    I literally just came from Kate’s blog about meeting up with you in New York 😂 I love that you guys get to meet up in real life 😀

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  2. AdviceAgers says:

    Aunt Kate takes pics of all the angles when photographing lol. And I guess she does bring a lot of joy in her presence. 🙂 (except when shes wearing a Giants jersey or drinking Starbucks heh heh heh)

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  3. K.M. Sutton says:

    Ahhh THIS post gave me all the feels! Seriously your sweet words mean SO much to me. Thank you! You are the absolute best! Meeting you was the highlight of my week! And we definitely need a bloggers conference/get together soon! Ahhh so much love to you lady! SO happy I got to meet you! (was it ONLY a week ago?!?! Come back!) I hope you are having the best weekend! ❤

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  4. ayrgalaxy says:

    I would have picked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory too lol. I think I like it so much because I was in a play in 4th grade. And I want to go to central park during the Fall because it just looks so colorful and pretty! I also want to see the Balto statue! One of my favorite childhood movies.
    And how cool that you met her! 🙂 I don’t really know her but I’ll check out her blog lol.

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  5. Mackenzie says:

    THIS POST IS EVERYTHING!!!! WAIT. I did not realize that you guys were actually seeing CCITCF! EEEEEKKKKK!! Super ironic— I am currently drinking out of my Wicked cup that we had from our one and only Broadway show in NYC. (Also I definitely had that, “What am I doing with my life” moment while watching Broadway too!). The Smith sounds so good! I need to write that one down. Or I’ll just text you to remind me next time I’m there, lol.

    YAYYAYAYYYYYY!! Ohhhhh I just LOOooooOOOove the meeting of you two ❤ WARMS MY HEART! YOU TWO ❤ ❤ ❤ I can’t. Also, your comment is far too kind. YOU are the fashionista between the two of us, love! Both of ya’lls outfits are darlin’!!!

    I adore these pictures… and the one of you and Andrew needs to be framed. PERFECT.

    AND YESSSSSSS Bloggers conference 2k18 has got to happen!

    This post just gave me all the feels. Love love love. Sending you massive hugs and so much stinking love! Thanks for sharing this amazing trip with us, and tell Andrew I say hello!


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  6. Mackenzie says:

    CATCF**** (apparently I need to figure out how to abbreviate things a little better**** LOL!


  7. Ah yes, I prefer the original Charlie & the chocolate factory to Johnny drop ones too (but I still love both), originals always tend to be the best. The show sounds incredible, I’m dying to see it here in the west end but I’m not sure it’s even still playing. I need to check. I’d love to see how they bring the film to life on stage! I can’t believe that you met Kate, that is so unbelievably cool! I’ve never met any blogging friends 😭😭 but I’m definitely coming to the New York meet up if it happens even though it’s miles away for me, haha! Also loving your outfit of the day, that denim dress is too cute! Yay for the Starbucks mug, when I was in Florida I saw the Orlando ones and instantly thought of you. Glad you had a wonderful trip Jenny xx

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    1. Johny drop haha stupid autocorrect 😂😂

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    2. xoJenny says:

      OMG YESSS Jennie, you must come to the future meet-up! I swear if you ever plan a trip to NYC I will personally plan one around the same time as you so that we can meet!!! I mean it!!! ❤ ❤ ❤


  8. Oh yes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is such a great movie and book. Oh, I’d love to see the broadway musical of it. Glad you had a great time! I really like the pictures you took at central park. Man, I’d love to go there! I also love the pictures with Katie and Andrew (As always). How fun to meet a fellow-blogger, in New York! It seems like you guys had the best time 🙂 xo

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