Tuesday, September 30

New York Diary Days 3 & 4

Sorry these have taken me so long to finish I’ve been on holiday and since arriving home I've been pretty poorly but I'm back and ready to get my blog on!

Now Day 3 of New York involved a lot of sight seeing! This was the only real day we were heading to the bottom of the city and there is a lot to see and fit in. First stop was Liberty Island and after a quick ferry in the beautiful weather we were there! We only had standard tickets so didn’t get to climb the statute instead family selfies and awkward angled photos were on the agenda. I have to say I thought the statue would be a lot bigger but it was still an amazing sight to tick off the to do list! Our tickets did include tickets to Ellis Island but we skipped this as we had so much to fit in.

Back on dry land and next on the itinerary was a wander around the Financial District. It was incredible to see such a historical street with landmarks including Federal Hall and the Charging Bull (which was incredibly difficult to photograph as there were so many tourists there). Our final stop was the 9/11 memorial which was incredibly heartbreaking and emotional. You can still see the devastation on the surrounding buildings years after but I think what really hits home is the two gaping holes in the ground where the Twin Towers use to stand tall. These have been turned into simple, stunning fountains in memory of those sadly taken from us. I can’t even begin to explain the wave of emotions that hits you its incredibly eye-opening and deeply upsetting.

The rest of the day was spent eating, shopping and relaxing after several days of non-stop walking we were all thankful to have an evening free to laze around inspecting new purchases…but more of those later!

Day 4 was very special for me as we got to meet our Aunty Linda for the first time as unfortunately she is too poorly to travel back home for visits. It was so good to catch up and have a good old gossip in person after years of jabbering away on the phone! My Aunty June was also there and it was just perfect seeing them both together. We spent the afternoon in the Hotel cafe exchanging life stories and catching up: by far my favourite part of the holiday!

That evening we had tickets to see Rudimental live at Terminal 5 with Sigma as the supporting act. We were all stoked and after a quick change we set off on our way there. As we were such eager beavers we had a couple of hours to kill so we walked around Grand Central Station and saw the Chrysler Building, followed by what else but shopping!! Me and mum spent forever in Bath & Body works much to my Dad and Brother’s grunts and then a very lengthy wander around Sak’s where my wishlist quickly multiplied!

After a quick taxi to Terminal 5 we arrived at the venue which is absolutely massive. There are three floors: downstairs was standing with the stage located at the front, with two balcony levels and a rooftop bar/ smoking area. 
We managed to squeeze into the front of the first balcony after a lot of pushing and shoving where the view of the show was just perfect. The performance was incredible, Rudimental are one of my favourite bands and they played all the usual favourites in such an incredible venue with a booming atmosphere. By the time we all got home we were exhausted so after a quick stop at Maccy D’s it was straight to bed ready for our final full day in New York City!


Wednesday, September 24

New York Diary Day 2

Today's destination was museum mile and on the hit list were the Solomon R. Guggenheim and the American Museum of Natural History. Two pieces of advice firstly, for anyone travelling somewhere new on holiday definitely carry a map with you if you don't know where your going and if it looks to far get a taxi don't attempt to walk it. My Dad guessed it was half an hour away from the hotel but after two hours of walking and bickering we finally arrived starving and fed up - it wasn't a good start to the day! Although we did pass through Madison Avenue where a girl can only dream of shopping! There was every designer you could dream of Michael Kors, Chanel, Celine, Dior, Herve Leger, Giorgio Armani, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin and Cartier to name a few. 

Upon arrival at the world famous Guggenheim museum we were informed unfortunately the rotunda levels were closed as they were prepping for a new exhibition starting in October but the annex levels were open where there were 3 different exhibitions. Level 4 was the Latin American today exhibition, Level 3 was Kadinsky before Abstraction and Level 2 was the UBS map global art initiative. My favourite exhibition was the global art initiative because I liked the originality of each piece and how they blended well as a collection. Art is not one of my stronger subjects and I can name all the famous artists I know on one hand but it was incredible to see original pieces from artists such a Monet, Picasso and Kadinsky. The architecture of the building was so simplistic yet astounding and I was incredibly disappointed we could not see all the exhibitions and walk the whole way around the rotunda. 

Following down Museum Mile we passed some incredible museums which unfortunately we didn't have enough time to visit including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design but these remain on the list for the next visit. Our journey led us through the centre of Central Park passing some amazing sights including the Belldevere Castle and a gorgeous Swedish cottage where a wedding was happening. The park is absolutely huge it would take a good day to walk around and see everything but the scenery was incredible with picturesque lakes and quaint little bridges. 

Next stop was the American Museum of Natural History which I was pretty excited about. We started the trip with a space show in the rose gallery which was incredible. With a circular theatre with a domed roof we were transported through the galaxy and beyond on a discovery mission of how the galaxy began and how it is ever evolving now. This was incredible, I learnt so much and it really opened my eyes to our solar system and beyond (I'm a bit of an astronomy geek) by far my favourite part of the day! After our showing we briefly wandered around the other various exhibitions within the museum, aiming to see as much as possible before closing time. 

We hadn't actually planned where to eat today but had been told by absolutely everyone not to eat in Times Square as the chain restaurants were overpriced and flavourless but after another long wonder and several restaurants later we ended up in Applebee's where we ate the first night. I would describe the food as very similar to a TGI Friday's - burgers, steaks, ribs, chicken etc. The food was delicious after a long day sightseeing and we were all ravenous. We feasted on a selection of starters including chicken wings, steak toastada's and mozzarella sticks, followed by fried chicken, burgers and mac'n'cheese, washed down with the best Oreo milkshake I have EVER tasted!

To round the day off we had bought discount comedy club tickets from a guy touting outside our hotel. I have to see I was very sceptical at first but after $40 for all 4 of us and a 15 min cab ride we arrived at the New York Comedy club. A very small place out the way of the main city with a small show area. There were about 40 people in the audience and although there was a minimum spend of 2 drinks per person they were averagely priced and the choices available would fit everybody's needs. The show lasted about 2 hours including both stand up comedians and sketch artists. The 'Farts and Assholes' were two young Canadian blokes who were absolutely hysterical and  another group;'Cheap Smokes' we're equally as amusing. I loved the variety of acts, the audience interaction was spot on there was nobody who didn't find the show hilarious. This show was definitely not for the faint hearted but the material was so original it had us all crying in laughter the whole show. Give these guys YouTube a look at and if your visiting NYC soon and fancy a change I would 100% recommend this place of your looking to fill an evening with something different so make sure you look it up!


Thursday, September 18

New York Diary Day 1

I couldnt believe it when we finally arrived right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of New York City. We arrived late Monday night and quickly dropped the bags off before heading out for a wander and dinner. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square and our room was on the 22nd floor so the views were pretty spectacular. After a quick bite to eat it was straight to bed for a long of sightseeing.

Tuesday was our first full day in the city and we had planned to hit the Empire State Building first. We had bought citi-passes which allowed us one visit in the daytime and then another in the evening so we could see the spectacular views twice. We stopped at a cute diner called Jimmy’s for breakfast where we filled our tummys with waffles, pancakes and sweet syrup and then our journey began. When we arrived I was blown away at how tall the building was and very anxious that I would soon be walking around the 86th floor but excitement outweighed this fear and after a short wait we were in the elevator on the way up. First stop was the 80th floor where the 'Dare to Dream' exhibition was being held detailing the history and construction of the building itself. Next another quick elevator to the 86th floor open-air observation deck. From here you have a 360-degree view of the whole city, you can literally see everything: the Chrysler building, Brooklyn bridge and even the tiny spot which houses the Statute of Liberty. The views were breathtaking, you could literally see for miles and after battling my way to the front of the deck I was in awe of how beautiful the city looked. This was a must see for me and I was not disappointed at all. The final stop during the daytime visit was the 102nd floor top deck where the views are just astounding and you can even see the whole of Central Park from here in its entirety. The deck is windowed the whole way round so I didn't manage to get many pictures due to the glare of the sunshine but the images are forever cemented in my memory! There are just no words to describe how incredible the view of the city is from here.

Now we had some time to kill before the evening visit so next stop was Macy's which is conveniently a two minute walk from the Empire State Building. This had absolutely every brand you could dream of! Clothes, shoes, bags, cosmetics - some of the most incredible pieces I have ever laid my eyes on. I would have loved to splurge on some of the incredible items but unfortunately this wasn't within my budget. However I did pick up a gorgeous Kate Spade 17th month diary which is be-a-utiful and I am absolutely obsessed with! Next stop was Sephora which was again on the hit list. Its safe to say me and my Mum spent forever in here looking at all the different products available, new brands we hadn't heard of, the deluxe sample collection everything was so shiny and I wanted it all!! Now I did pick up quite a lot as this wasn't my only trip to a Sephora but I will be doing a separate haul so keep an eye out for that! 

We stopped back at the hotel to drop the bags off and then went out for dinner at a gorgeous family-run Italian restaurant a few minutes walk from Times Square called Trattoria Trecolor. We were served bread and olives upon being seated and the bread was freshly baked and still warm and moist it was beautiful. We skipped starters and went straight for mains. I chose the Salmone alla Contadina which was salmon fillet sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes in a white wine sauce with fresh vegetables. My mouth is watering just thinking about how incredible this was: without a doubt the best place I ate in NYC by miles!

After eating ourselves into a food coma we began the walk back to the Empire State Building a lot slower then before. The queues were a lot shorter this time as the sun had only just set and the wind had picked up quite a lot. We skipped the 80th floor as we saw this earlier and went straight to the open-air observation deck. I thought New York was beautiful in the daytime but at night its breathtaking. You could see lights everywhere they went on for miles it really highlighted for me how busy the city really was as there was literally no street in darkness! We stayed up here for quite a bit gazing in awe at everything before walking home for a quick sleep ahead of another busy day sightseeing.


Friday, September 12

New York Style Diary

Day 1 Outfit:
ASOS White Shirt (similar here)
Primark Check Dress
Primark Sunglasses 

Day 2 Outfit:
Primark Floral Top
Primark White Skirt
SpyLoveBuy Sandals

Day 3 Outfit:
River Island Cami (similar here)
Inthestyle Skirt
SpyLoveBuy Sandals
Primark Bag

Day 4 Outfit:
Topshop Dress
Primark Blazer

Day 5 Outfit:
Topshop Dress
Primark Blazer
New Look Shoes

Theatre Outfit:
Primark Blazer
River Island Blouse
New Look Necklace
Depop Skirt
New Look Shoes

So I'm finally back after the most incredible week in New York City with so much to share with you all! The sights were incredible, the shopping was even better...everything about the city was amazing and so much more than I had ever imagined. New York really is the city that never sleeps with so much going on all the time, we really struggled fitting in everything in just one week but I think we managed an awful lot and everyone got to do what they really wanted which is good. I will be doing a series of posts on each day and what I got up to but first my style diary. 

Now if you saw my New York inspiration post you would have seen the look I was going for was very laid-back and casual, an off-duty kind of look with oversized knits, double denim and lots of leather. However when checking the weather forecast sunshine was predicted with thunderstorms so I chucked in a couple of lighter, summer clothes just in case and off I went. Its a good job I did check because we stepped off the plane and it was absolutely sweltering, almost unbearable it was so hot. This was not what I was expecting at all weather wise but it was the perfect addition to an amazing holiday. As I hadn't planned for this I had to work with the small selection I had and being with my parents I couldn't exactly walk around in crop tops and short shorts but I made do as best I could.

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