Ladies Who Brunch

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Friends family and readers alike constantly ask how I live in the city with three children. For me, it’s just my life. I don’t know any other way, but honestly, one of the biggest supports is my community of friends, who help keep me going day to day. They say it takes a village and I am fortunate enough to have found my tribe, my mom friends. The thing about living in the city is that I see these same women every single day. Sometimes we stop to have a conversation, other times we may simply wave hello, and then there is the occasional frantic text to help with school pick-up if any of us are tied up. They are my people, and feel super fortunate to have found them. To tell you the truth, if it weren’t for them, I wonder if we would still living here, especially with all of Jason’s travel.

Brunch with friends at The Shops at Columbus Circle

With Mother’s Day just two weeks away, I wanted to plan something special with my mom friends and celebrate! I grabbed five of my best gals and headed to The Shops at Columbus Circle for some brunch and little bit of shopping! One of the standout features of The Shops at Columbus Circle are the exquisite restaurants. I’m talking Landmarc, Per Se, Masa, and Porter House to name a few. Following a poll, we all agreed on Landmarc for our special date. We were seated at a round table, overlooking the Columbus Circle water fountain, and the portrait-like view of Central Park.

Brunch with friends at The Shops at Columbus Circle

Mimosas kicked-off our celebration, as we toasted to motherhood and friendship. Sure, it was a school day, but sometimes you just have to treat yourself. We all opted for the breakfast menu, and I ordered my go to eggs benedict. Two of the girls tried a newer dish, comprised of poached eggs, faro, and spinach which looked super yummy. The other two had the salmon eggs benedict. During our chit chat and laughs, Chef Marc Murphy came from the kitchen to welcome us, along with some of his other specialty dishes to sample. Landmark’s signature Pain Perdue and a side of caramelized bacon were a huge hit, and we were guilty of indulging in a dessert or three before it was all over.

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Next, it was time to walk it off with a little shopping. Our first stop was Diptyque, a fragrance and candle store that I adore. Their signature scent Baies, a mixture of black current and roses, is one my favs. They now offer a new larger size candle in an amazing noir colored container that can be used for indoor/outdoor, as well as these gorgeous hour glass diffusers that smell just as beautiful as they look. The store manager took us through the history of the brand and we smell-tested so many products and scents. I think I may have found some winners for Mother’s Day gifts.

Brunch with friends at The Shops at Columbus Circle Brunch with friends at The Shops at Columbus Circle

We couldn’t shop without bringing something home for the kiddies, so we popped into Sugarfina. Sugarfina is a beautiful, colorful open-air shop filled with bite sized candies and chocolates inspired from around the world. They make candy bento-boxes in adorable packing which makes for great little gifts and of course my children love almost everything they carry. I recently discovered one of their new chocolate bars, with 41% milk chocolate from Paris, sprinkled with Baby Champagne Bears made with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne, and wrapped in a special box lined with rose gold foil. I mean, it’s heavenly to say the least! Ok, maybe that one is not for the kids!

Brunch with friends at The Shops at Columbus Circle

Before it was time to leave for school pick up, we popped into Papyrus, to check out their beautiful cards, and other fun gift ideas. They devoted an entire section to Mother’s Day. I’m talking about wine glasses and key chains with catchy sayings like ‘Boss Lady’, pretty tote bags, and even make-up cases. In the past I’ve always thought of them as just a card source, but I will be heading back for a couple of gifts, like the ‘Boss Lady’ key chain for the many moms in my life.

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Our day definitely went way too quick and we now realize we totally need to make more time for mommy friends. We’ve already planned another afternoon at The Shops at Columbus Circle of feasting and shopping!

Brunch with friends at The Shops at Columbus Circle

In a city with so many options and places to go and be, The Shops at Columbus Circle truly makes life for me and my friends super fun and easy to enjoy morning, noon or night! City living is usually about going from one place to the next and trying to do it as fast as possible but at The Shops, everything is here so there is no rushing. I can enjoy a brunch with my girlfriends and find those Mother’s Day “gems” all together. As moms, we are always on the fast track. Wouldn’t it be nice for someone to slow us down a little and make it just a little easier? That’s what The Shops at Columbus Circle offer city moms like me!


photo credit: Lauren Elle Photography 

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25 thoughts on “Ladies Who Brunch”

  1. This sound like the perfect day to spend with some really awesome friends. It’s hard to juggle life with kids, but taking time with your friends is important. Brunch and shopping is a great stress reliever! Y’all look like you had a great day!

  2. The Shops at Columbus Circle looks like they offer a whole lot for a ladies day out. I can’t think of a better way to spend the day with your closest buddies!

  3. This is my kind of outing! Plus who wouldn’t want to drink vintage champagne!! Sounds like an awesome time.

  4. Wow sounds like an outing I have been waiting for! Sounds really awesome, and like a wonderful ladies time!

  5. Wow. It looks like you really had a good time with your friends. Sometimes, a trip to the mall to meet up with friends helps keep us sane. I love the shops you’ve visited. They look so high end!

  6. Katrina gehman

    looks like a great shopping center and that lunch! i could have something like that right about now. looks like a great time.

  7. Brunch is my favorite meal! Its such a good way to get together with girlfriends and this shopping and food looks like a great day out!

  8. Annemarie LeBlanc

    It is nice to see you and your friends having a great time together. A few hours a week to just unwind and be with your girlfriends is very beneficial healthwise!

  9. I am tempted to fly to NYC just to visit this place! It looks like you had an amazing time with your friends. It’s always awesome to be able to spend time with the women that support you in every way!

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