Are you still home on Long Island for the holidays? Are you jealous of all the fab queer parties going on in NYC? While you can easily attend a city party, why not stay the weekend and pay tribute to Strong Island?
And if you are in NYC, dear lez, why not escape the hustle and bustle for a more ~cozy~ NYE weekend? Perhaps bring that girl you’ve been nervous to ask to be your girlfriend? Or grab a friend and make a lil trip out of it!
I have planned out the perfect NYE weekend on Lovely Long Island, starting from where to groom yourself for NYE, where to shop, where to hang out Saturday, and where to welcome 2018 on Sunday. Happy New Year, lezzies!
1. Book Revue, Huntington
Book Revue has my vote for best book store on Long Island. Two floors of used books galore, complete with a cute little café. Get lost in here for hours with your bae, best friend, or solo. After your mind has been fed with all the glorious books, you can fill your stomach at one of the many delicious restaurants on the same block as Book Revue.
2. Tanger Outlets, Riverhead
You’re going to need a cute outfit for NYE. Get your shop on at Tanger Outlets– boasting over 100 stores, the shopaholic in you will be in paradise.
3. Lash Extensions
My girl @labellalashesbyindia is all booked up ’cause she’s the lash goddess of Long Island, but there are other lash spots. Long Island is basically a series of pizzerias, liquor stores, and lash salons. So drive around and have your pick. They won’t be as fly as India’s though– sorry! She’s all booked up for a reason.
4. Haven Gallery, Northport
Haven Gallery might just be my favorite Long Island spot. If you like dark and twisted meets luxe and ornate, you will die for the current show featuring Chris Mars, Stephanie Law, Vince Natale, Janet Cook, Adrian Borda, and more.
1. Popcorn Beauty and Wigs, Central Islip
Not to be dramatic but this place is my church. My haven. My life. AN ENTIRE GROCERY STORE-SIZED SELECTION OF BEAUTY PRODUCTS. This is not a drill. Get a new look just in time for the New Year!
Aisles upon aisles of weave, extensions, hair dye, cosmetics, creams, accessories, any grooming supplies you can think of. The staff is super nice and informative and will help you make your selection if you’re new to the fake hair game. All of my hair since I was 16 (when it was just a small store!) is from Popcorn. It is literally the happiest place on earth. My heart is pounding just thinking about it.
2. Water2Moon Spray Tan Boutique, Babylon
Get your glow on for NYE! The lovely ladies at Water2Moon keep me bronzed year round. I’ve tried every spray tan on earth so you can trust me when I saw W2M is the best.
3. Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City
Roosevelt Field is the Mecca for every Long Island girl. If you didn’t get your NYE outfit at Tanger Outlets, you will surely find it here. Wear comfortable shoes– this place is gigantic! Or be like me and still insist on wearing heels, cause shopping is way more fun in heels.
4. Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill
“Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it.” Parrish Museum has beautiful, interesting art, and it is conveniently located in LI wine country.
1. Wolffer Estates, Sagaponack
Wolfer is one of Long Island’s chicest and most luxurious wineries. Hang here during the day on NYE and take in the picture-perfect settings and delicious wine, then head to Wolffer’s kitchen for a nighttime celebration complete with prix fixe dinner, live music, and champagne.
2. Touch of Venice
A cozy and authentic Italian Restaurant: perfect place to spend a lowkey NYE with food, wine, and friends. Chef Etore’s stuffed artichoke will change your life.
3. Midnight on Main Street, Patchogue
Patchogue is a v fun and cute town full of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. Gather on Main Street starting at 8pm to enjoy food, hot beverages, music and dancing. Midnight on Main Street will also feature Fireworks and a New Year’s Eve Ball that will drop at midnight, Times Square style.
4.Long Beach Hotel NYE Cocktail Party, Long Beach
Dance the night away and kiss 2017 goodbye in Long Beach Hotel’s beautiful ballroom. Cocktails, food, and music in one of Long Island prettiest venues.
More New Years Parties here.