Thanksgiving Family Vacation: NYC 2017

As many of you already know, I was in New York City last week with Anthony, Jadyn and Anthony’s family to celebrate Thanksgiving (+ my birthday)! It was so fun to play tourists in the city and not have any real agenda each day. Last time Jadyn was in NYC was three years ago, so it was fun to bring her back and see the city through her eyes. We also got to spend some time with Anthony's side of family who lives in Texas, we had such a great time together! We visited so many tourist spots in the city and I got to experience NYC in vacation mode, which was completely new for me- typically we're running around to meetings or shows. It was a little chilly, so we broke out our winter coats and got in the mood for the holiday season! I also love how the city is decorated around this time of year with all of the lights and the super cute store windows.

For this trip, we wanted to stay near the route of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at the WestHouse New York, which was perfectly located in Midtown Manhattan. It's just a few blocks away from Central Park, which is where the parade starts. The hotels in that area tend to have a more business vibe, but the WestHouse New York truly felt like a home away from home. The hotel itself was very elegant but still had a boutique hotel vibe with chic Art Deco-inspired designs. We all had a great experience staying there for the week!

Check out everything we did each day below:

brooklyn bridge thrifts and threads
Day 1

To start off our trip, Anthony, Jadyn and I walked along Brooklyn Bridge which had such a great view of Manhattan. It was fun to just people watch and spend time as a family! We were all a little jet lagged, so we just wanted to have a relaxing first day and explored lower Manhattan. After, we popped in and out of cute little stores and grabbed some street food. I'm obsessed with the honey-roasted nut carts around the city, so good!

We ended our night at the theater, seeing the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. It was the perfect family-friendly show that everyone enjoyed and was the perfect start to a festive week! I loved the ice skating duet and the musical number with the moving bus. There was also a rag doll tap routine which was so fun!

Sunglasses: RAY-BAN
Sweater: H&M (sold out, similar here and here)  Jumpsuit: SILENCE + NOISE
Handbag: 3.1 PHILLIP LIM

radio city rockettes

bryant park thrifts and threads nyc
Day 2

I've always heard about how spectacular Bryant Park is during the holiday season with the Christmas lights and shops, so we headed there for the day! Jadyn met her friend Ella (@egmstyle) on Instagram and she was really excited to finally meet her in person after constantly Facetiming for the last few months! Ella and her mom met us at Bryant Park and we walked and found some really cute gifts from various vendors. We then went ice skating, the girls had so much fun hanging out together!

We ended our day at the One World Observatory which was amazing view from the 102nd floor! We could see most of Manhattan- it was really beautiful.

Coat: ASOS
Handbag: 3.1 PHILLIP LIM

statue of liberty thrifts and threads brittany xavier
Day 3

On this day we woke up and put our extra cozy jackets on and took the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty.

Luckily wasn't too crowded and we all got some cute photos near the statue. We hung out there for a bit, ate in the cafe and got a few souvenirs from the gift shop. After our ferry ride back we rode the SeaGlass Carousel in Battery Park and walked around the park for a bit- it was mid 50s, such a gorgeous day!

After, to prepare for the Thanksgiving Parade we went to see the floats being set-up and it was really fun to see them all up close! You can view the floats around Columbus Avenue, 77th Street, Central Park South and 81st Streets. Event started at 1pm-8pm…I highly suggest getting there in the afternoon instead of night, less crowded.

Sunglasses: RAY-BAN
Handbag: CHLOÈ

statue of liberty nyc

thanksgiving brittany xavier
Day 4

Thursday morning, we woke up early and headed out to see the Parade! My father-in-law went outside at 4AM and secured a great spot for us all to watch. We were literally front row on 56th street and we all rolled out of bed around 7am! All of the floats were so cute, it was honestly surreal seeing them in motion with all the performers. It was so fun to watch everybody having an amazing time and definitely felt the holiday spirit!

Thanksgiving was also on my birthday, so it was an extra festive day! The parade was a great start to my day, and I was lucky to have spent it with my loved ones.

We had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Bubby's Highline. The food was so good and the perfect spot for a traditional Thanksgiving meal in a cool setting! I am seriously missing their delicious pies :)

Sunglasses: RAY-BAN
Coat: KOOPLES (similar here)
Sweatshirt: TOPSHOP

macys day parade 2017

natural history museum brittany xavier
Day 5

We started off the day with breakfast and bit of shopping, I picked out my new Saint Placide bag from Louis Vuitton for my birthday! :)

After, we headed to the Museum of Natural History. We had a blast! It was so cool showing my squish all of the dinosaur bones. We took her last time she was in NY three years ago so I think she will remember so much more of it this time!

After closing out the museum, Jadyn really wanted to go to Times Square. It was very crowded but everything was lit up and so festive. It was really fun to explore that area with my family and Jadyn's big smile really made my night!


natural history museum

top of rock thrifts and threads
Day 6

For our last day in the city, we took Jadyn to see the Top of the Rock. I've been there so many times but the view really never gets old! I knew she would love it.

From there, we went ice skating in Central Park, of course! We had such a good time ice skating in Bryant Park we all wanted to do it one more time. Jadyn lovees ice skating and it was such a nice day out to go (Anthony was in a t-shirt for most of the day lol!). We had such a great trip as a family, I can't wait for our next trip together- in less than two weeks! Any guesses where? Comment below!

Jeans: MILLY

top of rock nyc thrifts and threads

central park xavier family

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  1. Ariadna November 29, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    It looks like you had such a wonderful time! And all your outfits are SO on point! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  2. Diana Free November 29, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    These photos are amazing! I’m so glad you shared your time in New York with us. You have a beautiful family!

  3. Elizabeth November 29, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    New York will always be one of my favorite cities :) So glad that you and Anthony got to enjoy the city at a slower pace, especially with Jadyn! Looks like you had so much fun! Loving all of these great photos! <3

    XO, Elizabeth

  4. Nikki November 30, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Travelling like a tourist has its own perks! I don’t get the whole be a traveler not a tourist debate! I believe everyone should just travel the way they want. If you want to be a tourist, be one, if you want to be a traveler, good for you! :)


  5. Natalie December 2, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Such a fun read with my morning coffee! Love your cute family…I’m going to guess you’ll be traveling back to Paris?!

  6. Sumbul Amir December 4, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Super amazing.


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