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NYC Travel Guide


When it comes to NYC, I’m a well versed travel guide, if I do say so myself. I’ve been going to NYC every summer since I was 10 for dance. Then, last Summer I got to live there for 4 months. Honestly, i’ve been more times than I can count, eaten at tons of incredible restaurants, seen hundreds of Broadway plays, and shopped and explored until my feet couldn’t stand it any longer. I love the city. The energy is enticing.

Anyways, I always have tons of people asking me for my travel recommendations so I decided to do a post about it. Here it is:

Restaurants:

There are TONS of restaurants in NYC and a lot of them are good so it can be a little overwhelming so I put together a list of my favorites in each category, with a link to their website. From one foodie to the next:

Healthy, Fast, Fresh:

The Little Beet

Roast Kitchen

Dig Inn

Sweet Greens

Halal guys (or any street gyro)

Chobani 

Mexican

Rosa Mexicano (You have to get the table side guacamole, it is to die for. Upper West Side)

El Centro (in Hells Kitchen)

Cafe Habana (in SoHo.. fave. Also amazing for brunch)

Asian 

Sushi Samba (the specialty rolls and the tempera green beans are Unreal!!!)

Sweet Basil Thai

Momofuku Noodle Bar (and their Milk bar too, omg)

Fresh & Modern

Fig & Olive

Quality Meats (amazing. Get the corn creme brule & save room for dessert)

Landmarc

Madison Kayser (avocado toast)

Max Brenner (everything has some sort of chocolate in it. Might give you a heart attack.. but it is realllyyy good)

The Hummus Place (best hummus I have ever had)

Todd English Food Hall at the Plaza Hotel 

Seafood

Ed’s Lobster Bar (SoHo. The lobster roll is heaven.)

The Mermaid Inn (fish tacos and mac & cheese are next level)

Pizza

Pizzeria Sirenetta 

Patsy’s Pizzeria

NYC Big Slice (Flat Iron district, cheap and fast)

Sabas (Upper West Side. Cheap, quick)

Grimaldis (there is one under the Brooklyn Bridge & in the Chelsea area)

Italian:

Galli

Emporio

Gato

Eataly

Brunch:

Sarabeth’s (coconut crusted waffle is heaven)

Norma’s (make sure to get a reservation. It is TO DIE FOR)

The Smith

Cafe Lalo (Where You’ve Got Mail was filmed. Amazing waffle and cinnamon whipped cream)

The Egg Shop (they don’t take reservation)

Juice Bars:

Pressed Juice (if you go to the Upper West one, they have their Freeze which is like healthy ice cream. to die for)

Juice Generation (peanut butter smoothie is UNREAL)

The Juice Shop (really good salads too)

Dessert:

Levain Bakery (a must. Their cookies are actual heaven)

Milk Bar 

Big Gay Ice-cream (In West Village. Go to Sushi Samba for dinner then this for dessert)

Magnolia Bakery (love their banana pudding/chocolate banana pudding)

– Van Leeuwen Ice cream

Petrossian Bakery (French bakery)

Activities: 

There is SO MUCH to do in NYC but these are a few of my favorite things to do!

 – Soho! Great shopping charming area

– 5th Ave/Rockefeller plaza

– Central Park

– Soul Cycle (favorite workout EVER)

– World Trade Center/ 9/11 memorial

– West Village (cute area to explore)

– Chelsea market (So fun. Great for lunch)

– Walk the Highline

– Sample sales on 125 5th Ave

– Metropolitan museum, Whitney museum, Guggenheim museum

– Time Square. Go to TKTS stand and get discount tickets for Broadway shows!!!

– Canal street

– Little Italy

– Flat iron district (go to Eataly and then walk around this area. Great shopping too!)

– Rockefeller- observation deck

– East Village massage (super cheap)

– Columbus circle

– Lincoln Center

– Central Park

– Brooklyn Bridge

Enjoy the exciting, crazy, fast paced, wonderful New York City!!!

Xo, Meg

Hawaii with Cameron, Micah, & Baby Izzy

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Hi Babes! Hope everyone had a great weekend. A few posts back, I talked about posting more of my own photography (I’m a photo major) so, here you go! If you follow me on Instagram, you know my family and I went to Hawaii for Christmas. It was a blast. I took these pictures for my brother Cameron, Micah, and their angel baby Izzy. I love the way they turned out so I thought I would share.

Xo,

Meg

Best of 2016

 

2016 was a year of learning. A year of growth. A year of adventure. A year of change. A year of discovery. And a year I think I will always remember. This year has sort of been a rollercoaster. But, I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Here are the highlights:

 I started out the year with a big move ahead of me. I was moving to NYC in April and a lot was changing. I broke up with someone, struggled with that for a hot minute. I went to Chicago for the first time ever with my mom to 1. audition for the Rockette Summer Intensive where I got the best compliment of my life. I’ll never forget, a girl at the audition came up to me and told me I should be a Victoria Secret Model and I could have cried. haha and 2. Get over the break up (haha so funny to look back now). Performed a lot with CDT (BYU contemporary dance company), toured Southern California and Vegas performing and teaching (an experience I will never forget). Laughed hysterically with one of my best friends Myles while on tour. Went to Justin Bieber concert. Had a new niece born. Did a lot of collaborations. Was a bridesmaid for my bff Olivia. Played a great April fools prank on my brother that turned into the most embarrassing moment of my entire life (*hint: I was on a date and I had to go to the bathroom really bad and that is all I’m gonna say about that. HA, DEAD.. never went out with him again). Was a bridesmaid for my best friend Sadie’s wedding. Found out I got into the Rockette Intensive. Went to San Francisco with one of my very best friends, Kenzie. Met a creepy cable car driver who told me my Vegas name would be Ashley.. huh? Ate our hearts out and had the time of our lives in San Fran.

Moved to NYC. Lived on the Upper East Side for a couple weeks then moved to Upper West with a friend I grew up dancing with and my new fave, Riley. Interned for Fashion photographer, Jon Moe. Worked with a lot of models. Assisted a stylist. Worked really hard and learned a lot. Ate a lot. Gained a lot. Cried a lot. Took a lot of dance classes. Explored amazing AMAZING NYC. My mom came and visited. Went to 15 Broadway shows — Finding Neverland, Bright Star (twice), Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the opera, Aladdin, School of Rock, Rockettes NYC Spectacular (twice), Les Mis, Paramour, The Color Purple, HAMILTON, Beautiful, and Waitress. Took a lot of Soul Cycle classes and fell in love.

Went back to Utah for the fourth. Went to California (on a very delayed flight) for my best friend/ cousin’s wedding, had a blast. Went back to NYC. Was extremely hot. Had no AC. Was extremely lonely. Missed my family. Again, I cried a lot. Walked a lot. Ate a lot of Pink Berry. My brother and our friend Johnny came to visit. I turned 22. Saw Justin Bieber (again) at Madison Square Garden with Nate and Johnny. Shopped A LOT. And pretty much had the time of my life. Finished my internship, which I loved. Did the Rockette Intensive. Auditioned for Rockettes – made it to the top 15 but was too tall. And finally went back home with a lot of more suitcases than I came with. TBH I grew more this past summer than ever in my whole life and also learned more about myself than ever before. I learned what really matters in life. What I really want in my life. And honestly changed a lot (my mom can probably attest).

Two more nephews were born. Went to Bear Lake with my family. Was a bridesmaid (for the 15th time) for another best friend, Forest’s wedding. Moved back into my apartment. Started my last year of college and sadly got really depressed. I Didn’t end up dancing on a company this year bc of my major. Had a ton of stomach problems. Met with more doctors than I’ve ever met in my life. Went off gluten, dairy, sugar, processed foods, and meat (as best as I could). Cried a lot (hah are you seeing a pattern?). Got some good use out of my heating pad. Missed a lot of class. Found a doctor who I love, had a lot of prayers answered, and am now on the uphill track. Before finding Doctor Anderson I couldn’t get out of fetal position for 50% of the day. I Almost dropped a bunch of classes but ended up making up all the work and got an A in all of them (one of my proudest moments).

Met new friends. Got a new job. Took all my finals early and went on vacay to Hawaii for 10 days with my family. Had a blast. Came home. Had a beautiful Christmas with my fam. Played with my nieces and nephews. Had a great NYE and am now starting out the new year in Deer Valley skiing with my family. Andddd if you’ve actually gotten to this point in my novel, I want you all to know what a great support system you have been to me this year. I love my followers. Your comments are always so sweet and encouraging and I can’t thank you enough!!! It has been an amazing year full of learning and change.  It’s been a hard year, but a great one – I wouldn’t change it for anything. Hard things make us better and stronger. In the moment it’s hard to see but looking back, I’m grateful for the way I have grown and what I have learned.

As the new year rolls in, I hope to continue learning and hope to make this year even better than last. Bring it on 2017. Can’t wait to see what you have in store!

If you made it this far, thank you so so much for reading. I love you all and I hope you have a  very happy and healthy new year!

Xo,

Meg

San Francisco

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Outfit details:

Outfit 1:  Black Dress: Rachel Parcell | Lace up Heels: Free People by Jeffery Campbell  | Jean Jacket: Jcrew | Sunnies: Karen Walker (had for years and still obsessed)

Outfit 2:   White Sweater: Vince (major sale) | White skirt: Jcrew  | Black Espadrilles: Nordstrom  | Sunnies: Madewell

Outfit 3:   White Courier Shirt: Madewell | Black Jeans: Rag and Bone | Black Espadrilles: Nordstrom | Tan belt: Madewell (on sale!) | Sunnies: Rayban

Hello lovelies! This past weekend a few friends and I explored San Francisco. It was the best of times. I sure do love that city.

We flew in Friday afternoon. After checking in to our hotel (near Union Square, highly recommend), we took a trolley from Union Square to Fishermans Wharf, we explored the darling area for a bit and ended up eating dinner right on the pier, just in time for the most gorgeous sunset. We explored the area a little more, encountering odd couples, delicious smells, quant shops, and chilly weather, before ending up at Ghirardelli square for a BOMB brownie sundae! Perfect end to the perfect day. We then took a really cold trolley ride back to Union Square. The Trolley driver was very interesting, to say the least. Ha he told me, 1. I look way older than my age (uh compliment?) 2. My Vegas name would be Ashley (what does that even mean?! ha) 3. Boys like curves (what are you trying to say??). 4.He is good friends with Megan Trainor & 50 Cent? (k, no)  5. Thanks to cable cars, he is very strong, and as a result gets about 700 girls a year… (k, BYE). HA needless to say it was an entertaining ride.

Saturday we walked to the Ferry Building for the San Fran Farmers market (a MUST do). It was so fun. It reminded me of my study abroad in London, bc we would go to markets every weekend. The vibes were ultra chill, food was off the Chang, and the flowers were pretty cute too. Afterwards we had brunch on the pier and headed to Union square to shop. Highlights: Nordstrom shoe section (you can design your own shoes), Bloomingdales, Ted Baker & a VERY good salesman —  got me real good. Dinner was at Tacolicious, a must.

Sunday was Golden Gate Bridge, a gorgeous walk on the beach, perfect weather, Painted Ladies, brunch, exploring the cutest neighborhoods, laughing until we cried, an amazing Italian dinner, and Bi-rite Ice-cream for dessert. Again, food was a very high priority and laughter was a regular occurrence. Tbh we mostly ate, laughed, ate, and then ate again… The food is so good!

Food Recommendations

  • Fishermans Wharf– Boudin Sourdough Bakery and Cafe, Crab House, & Fog Harbor Fish House are all amazing! Get clam chowder and sourdough bread. I also had a salmon sandwich & it was bomb.
  • Tacolicious: The chips and guacamole were to die for and the tacos were incredible. Highly recommend.
  • Brunch at Sweet Maple. Seriously so good. The eggs Benedict were honestly the best i’ve ever had.
  •  Pizzeria Delfina: I had the Goat Cheese cucumber ravioli. It was UNREAL. Very light but definitely filling. My friends both had the spaghetti.  The pizza looked incredible too. The portion sizes were perfect and prices were very reasonable.
  • Dandelion Chocolate:  I had the chocolate chip cookie. But everything looked and smelled amazing.
  • Tartine Bakery: beautiful and delicious pastries. There is a bit of a line, but well worth the wait!
  • Bi-rite Creamery: Honestly the best ice-cream I think I’ve ever had. The first day I had salted caramel. Second day I had Snickerdoodle, toasted coconut, and honey lavender. Seriously TO DIE for.

Activities:

  • Bike ride around the bay. We didn’t do it this time, but we usually do, especially if the weather is good, I think it’s a must. It’s also really fun to ride over Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, have lunch, and take a Ferry back.
  • Shopping at Union Square
  • Fishermans Wharf, especially at sundown. The view is breathtaking.
  • Ghirardelli Square, obviously
  • Explore Chestnut Street. Super quant, darling shops and restaurants.
  • Coit Tower. 360 degree view of the city. Absolutely breathtaking. Plus, the walk up to it is super fun. Charming houses, gorgeous views.

I’m definitely no San Fran expert, but these were a few of my favorite things.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo,

Megs

Spring Vibes with Banana Republic

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Outfit Details:

Scallop Blouse: on SALE, Banana Republic | A-line Skirt: Sandro Paris (worn backwards) | Shoes: Nordstrom | Jewels: The Peach Box & Alex and Ani

Hello pretty people!

Happy Spring! I was telling my friends the other day, I literally think I am a different person when the sun is shining! I am so much more driven, happy, and enthusiastic about life. HA I think it means I need to live somewhere that it’s warm all year long.. California maybe?? I’d be down. Let’s goooo.

In other news, today is the last day of classes here at BYU, finals start on Friday, i’m done on Saturday, I move out of my apartment (SAD), I go to San Fran with my friends, maybe a cruise, then I am off to NYC for the entire summer. I am doing an internship with a fashion photographer, Jon Moe, then once the internship ends I’ll be training with the Rockettes to hopefully (fingers crossed) get a contract with them. However, I have one more year of school, so we will see what happens. Lot’s of fun plans ahead of me and I couldn’t be more excited!

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo

Megs

Tossed Salt Spray

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Outfit Details:

Top: Nordstrom & Vince (on sale!) | Black Pants: Rag and Bone | Booties: Nordstrom | Jewelry: The Peach Box

Hiii Friends! Happy Monday.

 I have found the worlds greatest hair product, I’m literally obsessed. It’s called, Tossed Salt Spray. It adds so much volume to my hair. I’ve been using it to let my hair dry, adding extra curl and volume, and then either leaving it for a natural beach wave, or adding some curls for a little more glam. Last week, I was in California, touring and performing with my dance company, BYU Contemporary Dance Theatre, and I used it almost every day. My hair was seriously on point. So wavy. I loved it. As a side note, can I just move to California? The weather? literally amazing. Anyways, the trip was amazing and I couldn’t have been happier dancing and performing every single day. I was in absolute heaven.

A lot of my readers probably don’t know this about me but, I grew up training and dancing competitively at a studio called The Dance Club. I was there from age 3-18 dancing on the highest company, and working with some of the worlds top choreographers. I loved every second of it and truly became the person I am because of it. So much of who I am I owe to my amazing teachers and studio directors. I grew as a dancer, a person as well as an artist while I was there, which is a huge reason I got into modeling, fashion, and photography. I also learned so much about hard work, responsibility, team work, integrity, and so much more thanks to The Dance Club. If you have little girls and are considering dance, it was the best thing I could have ever done. Just to add something else about myself, I now dance at BYU. I did Cougarettes for 2 years and am currently doing the contemporary dance company, minoring in dance and majoring in photography. This summer, I am doing an internship in NYC with Jon Moe for fashion photography.  I’m hoping to take and assist some dance classes as well. I auditioned for the Rockette intensive while I was in Chicago a few weeks ago, and I just found out I got in, so I’ll be doing that as well, which I’m super excited about. After graduation, I hope to move back to NYC and pursue dance as a professional career, while continuing my love for photography, fashion and modeling. Goals.

Thanks so much for reading, love you babes.

XO

Megs

Europe Study Abroad

 I FIIINALLYYYY got around to posting the video I made of my Study Abroad to Europe last Summer. The trip (I mean studies) were an absolute DREAM! We went to Paris, Belgium, London, Slovenia, Italy, and Greece. Two of my very best friends from Cougarettes and I went together, which was a dream in and of itself, AND we were lucky enough to meet the greatest group of people ever. I got to live with these two beauties along with 32 other amazing BYU students and faculty for 6 weeks all around Europe. We ate (A LOT), toured the most enriching historical sites and museums, studied a lot of art history and photography, ate, shopped a lot, laughed till we cried (everyday), ate, explored the most beautiful areas, and ate.. Did I say that we ate? We literally ate so much food everyday, we would spend everyday looking for the best pasta, best gelato, sandwich, etc. Not even lying sometimes it was so good it would bring us to tears. If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is…

 Anyways, here is the vid I made that gives you the best idea of a good times. For travel recommendations and pictures, stay tuned.

Enjoy!

Xo Megs

Cozy with Banana Republic

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Outfit Details:

Sweater: Banana Republic (on sale today only!) | Pants: Rag and Bone (absolute FAVE) Booties: Nordstrom | Earrings: Nadri | Hair and Makeup: Vivian Makeup Artist

Hello, all you Lovelies! If you follow me on Instagram (@megricks) or on Snapchat (megricks) you saw that I was in Chicago just a few weeks ago with my momma. I hinted that “there were exciting things in the works” happening down there AND there were. I was actually down there for a dance audition I’ve been dreaming of since I was 9. The audition went really really well and I felt super good about it, but we won’t know anything for a few more months.. keep your fingers crossed. Anyways, we had never been to Chicago before so it was a whole new adventure. We LOVED it. We walked pretty much everywhere, shopped till we dropped down Michigan Avenue (also known as The Magnificent Mile), ate lots of GOOD food (we are total foodies), and enjoyed the most amazing weather (BONUS). Some of my fave stores were, Bloomingdales along with their unreal fro yo via Orange Carrot, Banana Republic,  A GORGEOUS Nordstrom — it was honestly so beautiful, Zara, and a Ginormous Burberry (truly a work of art). Our fave Restaurants, thanks to some amazing recommendations were, Girl and the Goat (reserve early, it’s unreal), RPM Italian, and Lou Malnatis Pizzeria. We enjoyed some amazing art and museums as well, and really just had so much fun being together, my Mom is my very best friend. I love her dearly. And since everyone keeps asking me, “where to next?” — you’ll just have to wait and see 😉 However, the point to all of this is that I found this sweater in Chicago at Banana Republic and I’m obsessed, plus it’s on sale with additional 40% off. It is the coziest ever which makes me the happiest ever (ha).

Thanks for stopping by and for anyone who gave us the above recommendations, Thank you!

Photos by Ashlee Brooke

XO Megs

Style by Megan Ricks