CITY GUIDE: NYC WEEKEND WITH HALI, THE PR INTERN

Hali the PR intern at Express

Our NYC Design Studio has been keeping Hali the PR intern busy during the workdays – and she’s been up to a lot in her off time, too. Hali spent a weekend getting around town, checking out some sweet spots and old-school tourist attractions. For anyone who lives within a few hours of the city that doesn’t sleep, it’s not too late to plan your own summer getaway – just let Hali’s experience be your guide. And you can shop her looks from wherever you are.

FRIDAY | Coney Island

Coney Island was on my list of must-go places in the city, so my friend Kelsey and I made the long trek on the train. There’s so much to do there. Even just walking along the boardwalk, taking in the atmosphere and people-watching is fun. We indulged in Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and fries (they did not disappoint) and went on all the different rides. The ferris wheel at Coney gave us an incredible view of the ocean and the city skyline. We also played tons of cheesy arcade games. Before we left, we watched the fireworks they have every Friday night. It all made me feel like a little kid again! Such a fantastic ending to a perfect night.”

FRIDAY MORNING | Run on westside highway

“I discovered the perfect place to run: the West Side Highway. It’s right along the water and the scenery is unreal. You just have to be careful not to get hit by someone on a bike. (I’ve had more than a few close calls!) Part of why I love this spot is the park that’s right across the street from where I end my run. I go there to stretch and catch my breath, and then I reward myself with a fresh grapefruit juice from Chelsea Market. With that and the view, it’s always a nice treat!”

SATURDAY AFTERNOON | Walk on the high line

The High Line‘s an old, elevated railroad track that was converted into a park and walkway that overlooks the city. It’s such a relaxing and beautiful escape from the concrete. Each corner is filled with flowers and benches, there are tons of cute vendors and the Whitney Museum is also right alongside it.”

SATURDAY EVENING | Movie in bryant park

“When I learned that Bryant Park has free outdoor movie nights during the summer, I knew I had to attend at least one. My friend Kelsey and I watched the classic I’m No Angel and the star, Mae West, had such fun style. There couldn’t be a more perfect way to watch a movie in the city. Add in a little popcorn and it’s essentially the best night ever. ”

SUNDAY | Brunch & sightseeing

“I grabbed Sunday brunch with a friend at The Coffee Shop in Union Square. This place has been here forever and for good reason – the food was fantastic! It gave us a chance to catch up and relax before I headed to Midtown to visit the Empire State Building. This is something I’ve always dreamed of doing, and it was the most breathtaking view I have ever seen of the New York City skyline. It’s come up on one of my favorite shows, Gossip Girl, but actually being there, over 80 stories high, was magnificent and a little scary. Whenever I remember this, I’ll think of skyscrapers stretching for miles and feeling like I was on top of the world.”

Sightseeing in NYC

Coming up next from Hali: A behind-the-scenes look at what goes into a national press event.

 

CITY GUIDE: WEEKEND IN L.A.

LA Getaway

L.A., we love you so. After a crew of our photographers, models and stylists flew out for our latest campaign shoot, they worked up a short list of favorite spots to eat, drink, hang and people-watch. If Los Angeles is on your to-go list, read on for a whirlwind weekend agenda of things you won’t want to miss.

Friday Night In Santa Monica

The Bungalow
Image via thebungalowsm.com

The Bungalow on Wilshire Blvd. is a laid-back spot with a beach house vibe. Featuring lots of open-air seating and a stunning view of the ocean, it’s got couches for getting cozy, plus ping pong and an indoor pool table for unleashing the shark within. It’s a popular place, so plan on a wait. Our suggestion: Beat the crowd by showing up on the early side of happy hour, then settle in with a cocktail or glass of wine and drink in the sunset.

Saturday Morning In Venice

Salt Air
Image via saltairvenice.com

If you’re going coastal, you’ve got to do seafood. Salt Air on Abbot Kinney Blvd. has numerous options on its brunch menu, along with traditional morning meals (mmm… pancakes). Or you can make a meal of their sinfully rich monkey bread. If the calorie load’s weighing on you, just walk it off – Abbot Kinney is a window shopper’s dream.

Saturday Afternoon In Hollywood

Hollywood

Up for a down and dirty L.A. experience? Head to the TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. and climb aboard the TMZ Tour. In two hours you’ll get an earful of gossip and a view of the Hollywood sign, along with lots more notorious locations. You might even spot a famous face or two. And before and after you board the bus, check out decades of celebrity footprints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Saturday Night In West Hollywood

Craig's

For a Saturday night splurge, head to Craig’s on Melrose for dinner. Perks: An old-school atmosphere, a diverse but classic-leaning menu and a better-than-average chance of a celebrity encounter. Or go genuinely old school and reserve a table at the intimate Hollywood institution Dan Tana’s on Santa Monica.

Headed anywhere this summer? We love checking out fun destinations and new experiences. Share your travel tips on Instagram with @ExpressRunway and #ExpressLife.

City Guide: Lincoln Park

We love Chicago and our first Chicago City Guide is Lincoln Park – historic, yet fresh. And, a mere $10 cab ride away from our store on Michigan Avenue – the Magnificent Mile.

City Guide to Lincoln Park in the Windy City

Dining
CAFÉ BA-BA-REEBAFLAVORS OF SPAIN:

Authentic tapas and pinxtos served in small portions, so you can explore all the different flavors of Spain. (Not to mention some of the best dang sangria we’ve had.)

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

DUNLAY’SNEIGHBORHOOD GRILL:

Brunch to dinner and everything in between. You can even order online with friends if you’re having an especially hard time getting up and moving after a long night of partying.

DUNLAY’S

Nightlife
LION’S HEADPUB MEETS DANCE CLUB:

Have a drink downstairs at this Irish sports bar, then make your way up to The Apartment for a dance party that’s always packed on a Saturday night.

LION’S HEAD

D.O.C.WINE A LITTLE:

Or maybe you want to class it up a bit? Try this small, cozy eatery in beautiful Historic Uptown Marysville, serving wine varietals from all over the world.

D.O.C.

MICKEY’SBEST BEER GARDEN:

Looking to kick back with a few casual drinks and catch some sports action? Mickey’s is your place. It’s one of Chicago’s biggest and best beer gardens AND has a kickass outdoor patio.

MICKEY’S

LILLY’SECLECTIC MUSIC MIX:

If live music is your thing, you have to scope out Lilly’s. This historic landmark-turned-nightclub features a 100-year-old brick floor and an eclectic mix of music. Discover someone awesome? We want to know! Tweet and/or Shazam to us with #ExpressRocks.

LILLY’S

Hotel
HOTEL LINCOLNHISTORY REVIVED:

Like the neighborhood, the hotel is historic yet fresh, fun though eccentric, active but relaxed. It’s where the energy of urban life meets 1,200 green acres and Lake Michigan.

HOTEL LINCOLN

CITY SUITES HOTELHEART OF BOYSTOWN:

Choose City Suites for trend-setting, boutique comfort just north of downtown and perfectly positioned in the vivacious Boystown district.

CITY SUITES HOTEL

Explore
LPACKICK-ASS FITNESS:

The holy grail of fitness in Lincoln Park. World-class athletic club with classes like spinning, cardio jam, yoga, muscle definition, and – hello – a rock climbing wall. Snag a guest pass and stick to your workout routine while on the road.

LPAC

CUSTOM HAIR LOUNGE + SPASANCTUARY IN THE CITY:

A hidden gem offering an intimate boutique experience. Blowouts, massages, infrared sauna therapy, mani/pedis and waxings…it’s a true sanctuary in the city.

CUSTOM HAIR LOUNGE + SPA

Itinerary

11:00am – Sleep in at your hotel and order your brunch online from Dunlay’s. Slip on your best street-chic outfit and head out for a morning bite.

12:30pm – You can’t not visit Lincoln Park Zoo when you’re in Chicago. Be sure to scope out Boardwalk in Bloom or the seasonal decorations. Snap a photo & tag with #EXPCityLife – we’d love to see!

2:30pm – Feeling inspired? Check out MetroMix to see what’s happening this weekend. Whether it’s a music, art or food fest – just go do it! Don’t think twice.

3:30pm – In need of a quick workout? Snag a guest pass to LPAC and get your sweat on.

5:00pm – Quick shower back at the hotel. Then, head to Custom Hair Lounge + Spa to get glammed up for the night.

6:30pm – Nothing to wear? Find your perfect outfit for a night out by grabbing a cab and hitting up Express on Michigan Avenue.
STORE LOCATOR

7:30pm – Get dressed at the hotel while checking out our Own the Moment playlist on Spotify for some tunes to pump you up. 9:00pm – Starving? Grab some tapas and sangria at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba before your big night out.

10:30pm – Time. To. Party. Warm up with a few drinks at Lion’s Head then head upstairs to The Apartment for a night of dancing. Nightcap? Always! We suggest Lilly’s so you can enjoy some awesome music.