Twinkling Lights

  Hello friends, and happy Mental Health Monday! As evidenced by today's rainy climate, it's officially the most miserable time of the year. Brrr. This little bear could really do without all this moisture hailing down from the heavens. BUUUUTTT, I refuse to let it bring me down. I'll just focus on the spectacular time I had with some dear friends last Thursday night exploring the 5th Avenue Christmas windows!

If you're a NYC resident and you've never ambled down 5th Ave in December to check out all the gorgeous store displays, you are truly missing out. I organized this little gathering of souls last year and this year, and it's been a 2-for-2 hit! Armed with spiked hot cocoas and bundled up in coats and scarves, 13 of us started our trek up at Bloomingdales and worked our way down to Bryant Park.

Our first stop was at this building to take a couple of photos with the world's biggest wreath (OK, maybe not the world's biggest, but it's certainly the largest wreath I've ever seen).

Photo by Hillary Weiss

After marveling and ooh-ing and aah-ing, we moved our bundled bottoms next door to FAO Schwarz to play with toys. It's nice to know that no matter how old we get, toy stores are still the most fun places in the world. If you do make a stop at FAO Schwarz, be sure to prance around on the Big Piano:

Photo by Corinna Schlicht

Continuing on our tour, we stopped by the awe-inspiring windows at Bergdorf Goodman (always a crowd stopper):

Windows at Bergdorf

... and then at Bvlgari to stare at this massive, sparkling snake wrapped around the building:

Bvlgari Reptile Lights

I fell in love with several necklaces at Harry Winston (I am a girl after all):

Shinies at Harry Winston

And then had to be dragged away so we could finally make a stop by Rockefeller Center to see the tree and watch the Saks Fifth Avenue animated show:

Photo by Corinna Schlicht

We finally wandered our way down to Bryant Park for some market-style window shopping (aka things that we can actually afford.... which may be more dangerous) before heading over to 7th Avenue and then finally home.

Balls

The night was filled with giggles, song singing, dancing and prancing, snuggling/huddling to stay warm, and just general good times with great people.

As much as I love going to bars and clubs and house parties, these are the nights I live for. I am so much more interested in getting together with the people that mean the most to me and making memories that last. I would much rather walk around in the cold and catch up with friends than be shoved around in a loud, overcrowded club.

As 20-somethings living in the Big Apple, it's easy to get wrapped up in the crazy shenanigans happening all the time and in every corner. But, friends, don't forget to spend quality time with the people that you love. And if you're not going to do it during the holidays, when are you going to do it?

Chicken soup may be good for the soul, but I am of the opinion that twinkling lights and fancy window displays are better.

Still singing carols (poorly), xx Nikbear

P.S.  - Big love to everyone who came out last week and a special thanks to those of you who let me use your photos!!