New Neighborhoods

When I first moved to New York, I was quite the explorer. Walking through new-to-me neighborhoods and discovering quaint coffee shops, fun little boutiques, and entirely too many bakeries (#cupcakeconnoisseur) was a large part of my weekend routine. But once I got more settled into my new home and found “my spots,” I kind of let my curiosity fall to the wayside.

Last Sunday, I participated in the 1st Annual Cycle for a Cure, an event held at FlyWheel on the Upper West Side that raised money for the National MS Society. When I was looking up the location, I realized that my UWS knowledge didn’t go above Lincoln Center. Thoughts like, “Wait, is there even a subway on the UWS?” and “How have I lived in NYC for over a year and never gone anywhere on the UWS?!” were flooding my mind.

In an attempt to broaden my uptown horizons, I headed up to the UWS a few hours before the fundraiser to check out the area and I kind of fell in love. It reminded me so much of Chicago! Now, do I think I will move to the UWS anytime soon? Absolutely not (It’s just so far from everything!), but I definitely discovered some charm and can’t wait to make the trek back up there. Being so close to the Park is a major plus, too!

Since I was headed to workout after wandering, I didn’t want to get dressed up, but didn’t want to look like a slob either. That’s where the adidas Twist Collection comes in.  The line features functional separates that are able to be worn just about anywhere – yoga, pilates, running, spin class, walking the dog, and even to run errands! The adidas Boyfriend V-Neck Tee is also a favorite of mine. It’s a simple style (that’s super soft!) that can be worn for the toughest workouts (like a spin class in a hot-as-Bikram room), but also for a leisurely weekend walk through the park. I love the longer length, too!

adidas Women designs innovative performance products to help women commit to their best self and conquer their fitness goals. We inspire women to look and feel their best – be pretty, be tough & be confident. | Disclosure: Compensation was provided by adidas via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of adidas.

Photos: Hallie Wilson

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  1. 7.25.13
    Rose said:

    I didn’t know you still hadn’t been up there!! I love the UWS-if I had money and plans to move into Manhattan, it’s probably where I’d live haha. The 70’s-90’s on Columbus & Amsterdam have some amazing boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops. There’s also a Magnolia for cupcakes in there somewhere 😉 we’ll have to make a point to head back up there sometime soon!

  2. 7.25.13
    Chelsea said:

    It’s so fun to discover new spots! You look great Jessica.

    Chelsea & The City

  3. 7.25.13
    Rachel said:

    Love this fitness look, those bright shoes are great.

  4. 7.25.13

    I remember I walked from Wall Street all the way up to 92nd St one day and ended the day back at the Central Park Zoo. EVERY street in NYC is a new experience. I am totally living though you. Enjoy every minute lady. NYC is THE most amazing place to live. =)

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife

  5. 7.25.13
    Danielle said:

    so fresh and fit! looking darling!


  6. 7.25.13
    Hannah said:

    You’re adorable! I love the UWS. I have a hard time gauging how far things are form each other in NYC because I took the subway everywhere when I visited.

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  7. 7.25.13

    I love this look, especially your bright shoes. I’ve been wanting really bright shoes for a while now.


  8. 7.25.13
    Savannah said:

    Your jumping photoshoot is so cute! 🙂 And I especially love your Nikes… I have the same pair! It’s always fun exploring a new city. When I moved to Seattle for the first time, I actually ended up just buying a bunch of tourist guides like a total newbie, and took each free weekend as an excuse to get out of my house!

  9. 7.25.13
    Shira said:

    it’s so not far from everything:) There’s lots of cool places and boutiques up there!

  10. 7.25.13
    michelle said:

    i have lived in the same city my whole life and still have never been to certain places. and i LOVE adidas. i will only buy their shoes. i need another pair but it’s sadly not in my budget right now.

  11. 7.25.13

    You look so cute jumping around 🙂 UWS is definitely no-mans-land. Past 72nd is my Mason Dixon line.

  12. 7.26.13
    Kelly said:

    I love hearing that you find similarities between Chicago and the Upper West Side! Mitch desperately wants to move to Chicago… But I’m scared, as I’ve only ever lived in NYC. 😉 This gives me hope! 🙂

    You look adorable!



  13. 7.30.13
    Tanya said:

    I love your trainers and sports outfit!