New York Trip Part 2: Woodbury Commons

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Okay I’m back. It’s been a busy, busy month so far and I have lots to blog about. But first I want to pick up where I left off, and finish recapping my weekend in New York. I mean, the whole purpose of the trip was to visit Woodbury Commons, so I must write about it! Its like the heavens were shining down on Woodbury...

For those of you who don’t know, Woodbury Commons is the fabulous outlets about an hour outside of the City. I’ve often been asked, “What’s so great about them? Aren’t they just like the Gilroy Outlets?” To which I answer – “N.O.” While they have some of the same stores that Gilroy has, Woodbury has so much more. I refer to it as “my Disneyland” aka “my happiest place on earth.”

I made my first pilgrimage there four years ago with Michi and her mom and sister. Back then we rented a car and could not fit even more one shopping back in to it. This time, since it was just Michi and I, we pre-purchased bus passes on Grayline. They have designated buses just for the excursion.

On Saturday morning, we got up at the crack of dawn and headed to the Port Authority to catch our bus.

Note: if you pre-purchase your bus pass, you must go to the Grayline counter to redeem your voucher and get your actual ticket. They will tell you which gate to go to.

We thought we were pretty early but at 30-minutes before the scheduled departure time, there was already a line of shoppers, most of whom were foreigners. There were some people there who had empty suitcases that they stored as luggage. I thought it was pretty funny. Little did I know how smart those people were.

The bus ride there took about 45-minutes. During this time we reviewed the layout and strategized as to what our game plan would be. We both wanted to hit the Lululemon store first, so as soon as arrived, we headed straight there.

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You have no idea how much I love Lululemon. I mean, take a look at my Fav’s page – all Lulu stuff. Their West Coast Community Relations person happened to come across my blog. Last year we met up in the City when she was here visiting the Bay Area stores and now we often exchange emails. In fact, she’s the one who sends me photos of new products so I can post on my site. ☺

So going to the Lulu outlet was nothing but pure JOY. Most of the items were in the larger sizes, but there was plenty for everyone. I ended up getting several pairs of pants, headbands, several tops and a jacket, and saved about 60-65% off of list price. That alone was worth the whole trip!

But alas, we shopped more, visiting Burberry, Juicy Couture, DVF, David Yurman, etc, etc. When we got to the Uggs stores, there was a line outside waiting to get in. We stood in that line for about 35 minutes with the temperatures at about 27 degrees and windy. Not kidding. But it was worth it. We tried on every type of Ugg possible.

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We were on such a mission that we didn’t both to stop for lunch. In fact, all we ate the entire day were scones for breakfast, a shared turkey sandwich and a handful of mixed nuts. At one point I thought I was going to pass out from starvation.

By the afternoon, my back hurt from carrying all my bags. I looked at those people with their suitcases and wished I’d done the same. Thankfully we didn’t have to wait for the bus to return to the City. When we were ready to leave, the buses were ready and waiting.

It was such a fun day and seriously worth the trip; perfect for a girls weekend!

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...a successful day...

After 2 exhausting days, my 3rd and final day was pretty low-key. To be quite honest, I didn’t want to do much at all, I was so tired. So we slept in, lounged around and then decided that we needed to sneak a little more shopping in. I mean, after all, it was a shopping trip. ☺

So we spent some time at H&M and Bloomingdale’s, which I personally think is much better than the Bloomingdale’s in San Francisco. We got to meet and have lunch with my running coach, which was really great to put a face to a name!

Then we capped my visit off with a visit to Dylan’s Candy store, where I went a little nuts on the sweet stuff. ☺

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It was such a quick trip, but so much fun. And the best part was being able to hang out with Michi – I had so much fun with her and we're already planning our outings!

Next I’ll recap another whirlwind trip – this time to Los Angeles this past weekend for the LA County Half-Marathon. Seriously, craziest month ever...