Like most people, especially creatives, I tend to take a LOT of photos of random things. My camera roll is an endless scroll of outfit photos but of course, you probably know that. I wanted to give you an insight into some other imagery etc that you may or may not end up seeing on my Instagram. A visual diary if you will.
i’m considering setting up a separate page on here for a visual diary for me to upload sporadic imagery to that’s not necessarily related to fashion. What do we think?
In the mean time, I hope you like this post and enjoy a little site of my musings.
Happy Sunday you lovely people!
I hope you’ve had a good week and February isn’t treating you all too bad?
A little while ago my best friend asked if I’d model for her for some work she was doing. She styled me and of took these photos so kudos to you, Beth. These photos are definitely some of my favourites despite being totally different to my usual style.
I’m off to Paris with work next week and honestly feel like February is already running away with me.
Photography by BETH SQUIRE
I thought I’d share just a few (of many) images that I’ve seen lately. I’ve been scrolling endlessly through pinterest and tumblr for some inspiration going into twenty nineteen. I can’t believe i’m even typing that if i’m completely honest…
Alas, we are here, another year on and this girl isn’t going to stop posting on here. I’ve worked so hard on making this space and have been working super hard to push my instagram as much as possible so, let this new year commence and hopefully some good opportunities will come my way!
(All images via Pinterest & Tumblr)
Considering it’s Sunday, it’s only fitting to share some photos I shot with the lovely Amie a little while ago. One day the consistency of my hair colour will appear on this blog but until then, you’ll find a mixture of before and after going even lighter.
I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far? I’m planning on sorting out my entire wardrobe today but whether that will actually happen is another thing all together… In the meantime, i’m still in bed writing this and well, I can’t see myself moving for a little while.
A little life update too: Tomorrow I start Jury Service. I’ve never done it before and of course am intrigued to see what happens. So, if you have any hints or tips please please please send them over to me!
Have a lovely Sunday all,
Hellooo all! Happy Christmas Eveeeee.
I thought I’d do a little round-up post on some of my most worn items of this year. Some of which have been new additions to my wardrobe since January and others I’ve had for a little while but, nonetheless I thought I’d share them will you all. If they’re older items, I’ll try and post links to similar items for you! And I’ll add in some outfits of me wearing various items too.
In no particular order here goes some of my most worn items this year:
When I first got these boots in January, I literally wore them for a month and half straight. I wish I was exaggerating but these really are one of the best purchases I’ve made all year. They’re amazing in snow and ice but also look amazing with a girly summer dress. I know they’re a little pricey but, they’re definitely worth the investment!
The Kooples leather jacket (similar)
I’ve had this jacket for a good few years now and every year, it’s always one of my most worn pieces. Leather jackets really are a wardrobe staple and I got this from Bicester Village. I’ve worn it so much the lining has ripped in places but, I think it (kind of) adds to the personal value of it. This genuinely has to be one of my favourite purchases ever.
This is the second or this pair of these jeans I’ve had! Every time I ruin another pair but cutting the ankles off or just stretching them to death, I swear I’ll branch out and look for another brand for mom-fit jeans. It never happens! In terms of quality, they aren’t the best but fit wise, they’re a total dream.
I think I bought these from the NEXT catalogue a couple of years ago. I spent a lot of time wearing these when I was in Barcelona as they’re super comfy and go with anything. I’m a bit of a sunglasses fiend, so I always try to invest. The Clubmaster is a classic style and there’s definitely a colour or style out there for everyone.
I feel a lot of things I’ve picked here could definitely be classed as ‘wardrobe' staples’ but, I guess there's a reason why I’ve worn these pieces so much! I picked up my Levi’s denim from a vintage store in June/July and wore it massively throughout the summer months. You also can’t beat a bit of double denim here and there…
My trusty red Topshop sandals were definitely a favourite purchase of mine this summer. I was keen to get my hands on some more girly shoes to wear with jeans or dresses and these were the perfect addition. For £29, I definitely wish I’d got them in other colours!
Last but not least, my round Ray-bans. Like I said, I’m a total sucker for sunglasses, so I couldn’t go without adding these to my collection.
What are your most worn pieces this year?
Just thought I’d share some of these photos that I hadn’t already shared. Taken back in August by Eunice; pre grey hair.
I bought this little pink shirt number in a local charity shop, for about six pounds, a while ago. Charity shops are an absolute dream if you want to get your hands on some silky shirts!
Let me know if you want me to share some more short and sweet posts like this. I always love sharing ‘new’ in pieces, even if it’s only a couple of items.
I absolutely love these photos I shot with Amie. We had a wonder around Digbeth, Birmingham to see if there was anywhere we thought suited this outfit. I didn’t expect to like this background as much as I did, as I normally tend to avoid bright colours, but alas here we are. Particularly, I love the black and white images!
I’m wearing new-ish favourite of mine - this dress from warehouse. I most definitely made the most of ASOS have 20% off not so long ago and got my hands on it. I’d eye’d it up for a little after browsing the website (mainly looking at Lucy Williams’ edit.)
Fit wise, it’s an absolute dream and I can’t wait for summer to come back around so I can wear it, without having to worry about layering up.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMIE THOMAS
What better way to add some more of my personality to my blog, than by talking about some things I’m watching, listening to etc. I want to add more than just fashion to this online space so, here’s me starting that!
1. The Japanese House - Lilo
This song is absolutely beautiful, there’s no doubt about it. And then the video dropped. Honestly, it blew me away. I recently found out that the song is about her ex girlfriend, who’s actually in the video with her. Just watch it here and see for yourself how beautiful it is.
2. Glossier - Birthday Balm Dotcom
I probably don’t need to talk much about this guy, but it smells amazing. Tbh, I love most things glossier so... sue me.
I’ve started using more and more glossier products over the recent months - mostly since I’ve come back from New York - and I love how simple the products are to use. Everything is pretty affordable and that’s just another bonus. It’s ideal for people who want to branch out a little and try something new, without breaking the bank.
Treat yo’self to some balm dot com!
3. A Star is Born
I cried. A lot. So much so that I decided to go and see the film again for a second time. Never in my life have I decided to go to the cinema to see a film twice (normally you’d struggle to get me to the cinema full stop) but, this was most definitely worth it. Bradley Cooper, you are an absolute dream and of course, lady gaga is absolutely incredible in the whole thing.
4. Sheer tops
And lots of them.
5. Dynasties - BBC Series
If you’re ready for some more David Attenborough, this one’s for you. Be mentally prepared for a rollercoaster of emotions and a whole load of breathtaking videography. I’ve only watched one episode and my god, my little brain can’t handle how incredible this program is.
Get the tissues ready.
What I’m wearing:
TOP: TOPSHOP / JEANS: TOPSHOP / SHOES: COS (OLD)
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMIE THOMAS
Hello lovely people! Happy Weekend!
This weekend I’m heading down south to see my best friend and then heading back to the midlands to shoot some content for her (she’s a freelance photographer so check out her work here!) Of course, I’m biased, but she’s ridiculously talented if I do say so myself.
And despite some of these photographs being blurry, I absolutely love how they’ve come out. I shot with the lovely Eunice (@fashionenth on Instagram) a while back and wanted to take some film shots. I think with the type of garment this blazer is, and the fact it’s a thrifted piece, it works really well for this post! Anyway, before I waffle on any more, as I normally manage to, I want to talk more about this blazer…
I purchased it whilst I was in New York from Beacon’s Closet near Williamsburg. In no way was I particularly looking for a blazer but, when I spotted this number, I wasn’t going to leave without it. I absolutely love vintage pieces so this store was heaven for me. FYI if you’re in this area, I would whole heartedly recommend heading to Beacon’s Closet. They have a few stores across New York but from personal experience, and things I’ve read online, it’s well worth the trip to any of them!
Blazers are something I find so versatile. In summer they look amazing with skirts or over dresses and in the winter months layered over the top of a hoodie. I’m normally quite fussy when it comes to big silhouettes and heavily padded shoulders but, in this instance, thanks to the houndstooth fabric, I think it adds to the 'I-stole-your-grandad’s-blazer’ look.
Hello hello you lovely lot. How are we doing? I’m sorry it’s been so long, I genuinely didn’t realise how quickly the past few weeks had gone! I’ve had a bit of a shit time but, before the bad times came around, I won a trip to Barcelona with Smart Car (via a competition on their Instagram). So, I thought I’d show you what I wore whilst in Spain…
First things first, no you’re not seeing things, yes that is the same dress in two different prints. I bought the white, heart print dress for my work summer party a little while ago and loved it so much I wanted it in another colour. I managed to find the cherry print number and fell in love with it but, it sold out for a short period of time so I didn’t think I’d manage to get my hands on it.
They’re both super comfy and definitely ideal for warmer weather as they’re super lightweight. Kudos to you ASOS, kudos.
On the Friday evening, Smart Car held an event to promo a new collaboration they’d done with JBL speakers so, of course, I wore the little cherry number with my fave topshop shoes. I wish I was lying but i genuinely wish I’d got these shoes in more colours! They’re so good for jazzing up an outfit or for evenings when you don’t want to wear heels heels. Girls, you know what I mean!
Last but not least, this beauty from Zalando. The lovely Monika showed me this and I managed to snap it up. Another perfect number for exploring the city and making the most of the last bits of summer. I won’t lie, the shoulder ties can be a little bit annoying but, this dress is definitely worth it. Matched with my Dr Martens, it looks a lot more effort went into this outfit than actually did. A summer dress always makes me feel so put together - who’s with me?
Hope you’ve had a good week so far!
A couple of things I first wanted to address:
Don't get me wrong, these shoes look absolutely fabulous but, they've rubbed my feet to death! In certain images you may actually be able to see the numerous compeed plasters and blisters that my poor feet have suffered and still are suffering. As you can see, my ironing skills are also severely lacking - I can honestly say I absolutely hate ironing, therefore I just don't do it! I wish I was lying but at the grand old age of 24, I still don't iron things. Just wanted to get that off my chest but, I shall move swiftly on!
Hello lighter, shorter hair! It's been around for a little while now but, shooting it hasn't been the easiest of late as I've been super busy!
As you can see, it was really windy when I shot this, so holding my dress down was an absolute must; to avoid flashing nearby pedestrians or taxi drivers. I'm almost sad (I say almost but I'm most definitely very sad) that we'll soon be saying goodbye to Summer until 2019. ~Yes, you totally read that right; twenty nineteen. ~ Short dresses will be out the window, unless worn with tights, and strappy sandals will be as good as gone.
Whilst you're reading this, I'll be getting the last little bit of sun I can for the year in Barcelona. In fact, I'll soon be heading home. I'm still tempted to shoot some content whilst I'm out there to give the summer one last hurrah. I'm not quite sure I'm ready to let go of it just yet!
Not the most summery outfit I must admit but, I'm writing this whilst sat on the train home from work...
It's 12:22 and i'm very lucky indeed to finish work early every Friday. Honestly, I don't know what i'd do without my Friday afternoon naps..
When I left work just after 12pm, I walked outside to be hit in the face with some absolutely gorgous sunshine; a rarity in England I must admit (or maybe now that's a thing of the past? who knows!).
Whilst sat here listening to 'Delicate' by Taylor Swift (sorry not sorry) it came to me that I feel so much more positive when I can feel the sun hitting my skin. When I sit down and see that the sun is shining in all it's glory, I can feel myself being filled with positive energy. Do you every feel like that too? I'm almost certain I'm not alone in this but it's intriguing to find out if any of you have ever felt the same.
I think I'm your 'typical Brit' - craves sunshine, and lot of it. I also think I really suffer with 'winter blues'. Despite the fact I love winter fashion, there's something really refreshing about summer sunshine bursting through your blinds, bright and early in a morning. It's like a switch that flicks in your brain. You know you're going to be able to wear your denim shorts or a short dress, drink a cold cider and have a bloody good day.
Summer, I'm so ready for you to stick around so I can take this jacket off a LOT more often...
PS. One thing that has not stuck around is this hair. I'm so happy I've finally got rid of my natural brown and awful lighter ends. It's been a long time coming as I've wanted to have a major change for a while but alas here we are. The summer is ending and of course I've decided to go lighter. With a new season comes changes and that's the first one of mine. Hello lighter hair...
On another topic, it feels like it's been a while since I actually sat down and wrote some more blog content. It's something I find comes in waves (not through a lack of wanting to write) purely because I struggle with the task. I always say I want to talk about more but then get stuck when it comes to what I actually want to talk about. Do you want to know more about what I’m doing in my day to day life? Do you want me to talk blogging and what's going on with some projects I’m currently working on? Just let me know in the comments or please send me a message on instagram/twitter!
One thing I did want to say is a huge thank you - to any of you that follow me on Instagram or follow my blog. Without any of you, I wouldn't still be writing on my little online space and I wouldn't still be posting regularly on Instagram. I absolutely love doing this, taking the time to shoot my outfits and show you what I'm doing, so I hope you can continue to follow my journey. I'm pushing hard to improve my blog content, grow my audience whilst also really trying to push myself to hit ten thousand followers on Instagram. Whilst it's not the 'be all and end all' to be at that point, it's a goal I want to set myself; to work towards. It's going to be a lot of work and a bit of a rollercoaster but seriously, I can't thank you all enough for coming on this ride with me (excuse the pun). I'd hug you all if I could!
To achieve the above, I’m trying to focus more on what works well for me in terms of blogging and Instagram so please bare with me a little whilst I figure that out! Like I said, please let me know what you'd like to see more (or less) of on any of my platforms.
Hope you've had a lovely weekend,
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMIE THOMAS
Say hello to some photo's that Amie and I shot last weekend when it was absolutely chucking it down. We tried to shoot outside when we could but then the rain got the better of us! We headed to a local café (that was actually about to close) who kindly let us take shelter from the rain and shoot some images inside. One thing I love about these images is the very convenient red table. I think it works reallywell with the hearts on my dress and my nails too. One thing I'd love to do is reshoot in this location but, entirely on film. I think it'd work really nicely and give even more depth to the shots. There's a whole paragraph I could write about that but, lets talk this dress.
What an absolute bargain of a find. When I found this button through number, I was actually on the hunt for something to wear to my works summer party. I'd searched high and low for something I absolutely loved but couldn't seem to put my finger on exactly what I wanted. I actually ordered this and another dress from ASOS, on a total whim I must admit, so I could try them both and see how I felt. I'd already favoured this one but, wasn't totally convinced until I'd actually taken it out the packaging and tried it on. I initially ordered an 8 which fitted me perfectly around the waist but, it was a bit tight over my chest and was pulling slightly. I tried it with and without a bra but, it didn't really make much difference. I don't actually think I'd be able to wear this without a bra anyway - it's pretty see through in places! I ended up re-ordering a size 10 in the end which, admittedly doesn't fit me so well around the waist but was definitely worth the extra space around the chest. This dress really isn't something I'd normally go for but honestly, i've fallen a little bit in love with it. Any chance I get, it's straight on. They also have it in a cherry print which I'm desperate to get my hands on. I'm just (not-so) patiently waiting for it to come back into stock in my size.
Lightweight dresses like this are absolutely perfect for everything; festivals, a day out shopping or a night out. They look amazing dressed up with heels or sandals but also look amazing dressed down with vans or converse. There’s plenty of options I’ve seen on ASOS but other high street stores have some cute ones too. I’m also very keen to get my hands of a nice little vintage number so if you have any recommendations for some stores to look at, feel free to send the, my way!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMIE THOMAS
The title gave it away didn't it really?
Queue a fave combo of mine and more than likely, most of the planets - jeans and a t-shirt (both of which I bought in the US.) I'm a sucker for a graphic t-shirt, I don't care what your name is or who you are, I know that no matter what, you will love graphic tees too!
We spent the day venturing around and ended up on 34th St. As you total imagine, there's a huuuuge array of shops - from Zara, Converse, Uniqlo and basically 90% brands you'd think of! The one thing that actually pulled me into the Uniqlo store was the pieces from the J.W. Anderson collab. There weren't that many pieces left so I decided to buy a striped t-shirt, two pairs of socks... and this t-shirt.
As a total sucker for Pop Art, and post contemporary art tbh, I was couldn't help but notice the massive selection of t-shirts surrounding me emblazoned with famous artists pieces or references to the artists themselves. I'm not all clued up on whether it's a collaboration but, I think they've been created by 'SPRZ NY'. (After googling to confirm, this it what it says on the Uniqlo US website - "A global project where art and fashion meet, SPRZ NY features specially-designed items such as T-shirts that are inspired by influential artists including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Jason Polan.") At a tasty $14.90, I picked up this one, accidentally in size large i admit, but nonetheless, I bloody love it.
Something else I picked up whilst in New York, was this pair of Levi's. Admittedly, not from the Levi's store as they were insanely pricey but, instead from a vintage store in Williamsburg. Before we headed away, I'd actually been frantically googling 'best vintage shops in new york' & 'new york vintage.' L-Train was one I saw appear several times so I made a HUGE list of shops, restaurants and points of interest I wanted to go to. Of course we didn't get to them all but I definitely recommend attempted to do that before you go! Anyway,back to speaking of L-Train vintage. I literally loved this place! it was full to the brim of bargains and by that I mean I got these jeans for $18!! I'll leave the address of the one I went to below but, you can find out all their store locations here.
L Train Vintage
629 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
These photos were taken at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum - nerdy I know, but a very cool experience! I was really surprised with myself as to how much I actually enjoyed the time we spent here. I mean, this view also really helped the whole thing...
And major kudos to my mom who you can see in the second photo, proudly wearing her New Era cap.
Still missing you NYC,
Happy Sunday folks! Hope you've all had a good week? I spent Monday to Friday being busy as a bee and then spent yesterday doing not a lot - food shopping, running errands - the boring stuff. So, without boring your brains out, I'll keep this post short and sweet...
Here they are - the pink trousers you all absolutely loved over on my instagram. I won't beat around the bush, i'll jump straight to it. They're from Zara not long ago and they fit like an absolute dream. All you ladies dreaming of a super high waist, look no further because Zara are here for you aaaall. Even better, they've now gone into sale! But, be quick. Even if you miss out, there's tonnnnns similar for an amazing price.
Enjoy the rest of your week!
This post is sponsored by ihateironing.
Hello again and I hope you're having a good week? Work is crazy busy right now so it's. little tricky to be able to fit everything in as I'd like but alas, I'm trying!
Let's talk about this shirt, because I flippin' love it! This Saint Laurent baby of mine was purchased at the incredible Bicester Village outlet, for a ridiculous discount I may add. When I say ridiculous I mean, I paid about £70 for it in the 'sale' when it retailed at something crazy like £400+. It's expensive anyway for such a lightweight fabric but, I think we all know what grabbed my attention... That. Print. Honestly, from the second I tried it on, I knew I couldn't leave it behind. But, despite all the things I absolutely and utterly adore about this shirt, it has one major flaw - it's dry clean only!
Me being the idiot I am, only managed to spill something down it and get a mark on (of course) the white part of the print. I think I cried inside for about a week and despite my best efforts, I obviously couldn't get the mark out... Queue my knight in shining armour - Ihateironing.com. They contacted me to see if I wanted to try out their service and do a review for you guys. As my beloved YSL shirt needed some much needed attention and throw in the fact I flipping hate doing my own washing/drying/ironing, I jumped at the chance!
They (ihateironing.com) recently expanded their service to Birmingham (click here to take you to the Birmingham site but some other cities are also covered FYI) I would honestly, whole heartedly recommend the service. Before sending my clothes I was told I needed to separate my clothes into bags of what I wanted done (in my case I literally chucked it all into a carrier bag, labelled it 'dry cleaning please!' and hey presto!) I arranged a time and date that was suitable for me, for them to collect my items from my doorstep - honestly, this part was an absolute god. send. I have a nightmare getting parcels delivered to my flat as there's no concierge and as I work in Milton Keynes, so I need a super flexible service when it comes to collections and deliveries.
They offer tons of services (from ironing, dry cleaning and laundry services etc) and one of the things I loved about it was the communication. After my order was collected, I was sent an invoice with a break down of my items, what service I was having done, the price for each item and the total cost. Then after my dry cleaning was finished, but before it was returned to me, they really thoughtfully sent me an email to advise that they had tried their best but not all of the marks on my items had come out. When I get my pieces back I wasn't sure what this email was about as everything looked immaculate but, I just thought it was so thoughtful. Considering most dry cleaners don't really give you the time of day, it's a really personalised service and I loved that!
And, in the meantime, try to remember to use a napkin whilst eating messy food in expensive clothes to avoid above disasters...
PHOTOS BY KATIE LESTER
Hello, hello again. I'll just jump straight back into the post rather than gabbling on.
We start back at day number four... We had a little bit of a lie in, seeing as it was Sunday, before heading to Brooklyn. We wanted to (of course) walk over the Brooklyn Bridge so we went for breakfast and I also managed to sneak a cheeky trip to Glossier somewhere in there before doing so.
I will say this - the Glossier showroom is very well hidden. It was nestled somewhere in China town but, then you you have to walk into a small door way to be told to get in a lift and head to the top floor. It was amazing but also quite strange. Nonetheless, I was keen to pick up some products and actually wish I'd got more than I did but what can a girl do? I bought Boy Brow and Cloud Paint in shade 'Beam' - basically two of the most popular products they've ever sold.
As the day went on we couldn't have asked for better weather, if I do say so myself. Clear blue skies were the perfect backdrop for the above photos, (despite some of them being overexposed). The walk across the bridge was lovely but also quite busy - more than likely as it was the weekend - but still nothing could quash all the films and music videos you start to think of (heeeeello Spice Girls.)
The reason we went across to Brooklyn on a Sunday was because we wanted to head over to Dumbo market. Before going, I asked a few of you on my instagram for some recommendations and a lot of you came back with Dumbo, and especially on a Sunday morning!
After venturing around dumbo we headed more towards McCarren Park and had the wonderful site that was a blue dog... Despite it being a total and utter accident, I also stumbled on Beacon's Closet and oh. my. god. If any of you are vintage lovers, this place is absolute HEAVEN.
Think vintage Acne, Prada, Levi's and many more. The list is endless. They have a few stores around New York and I'd urge you to give at least one a visit. Its a little overwhelming at first but all of the prices are really reasonable! I managed to nab some Acne boots for $29 amongst a cool blazer and some fun sunglasses!
I'll put the location of the one I went to below but if you're looking for some more vintage stores I'd definitely have a look at Alyssa Coscarelli's instagram - she has an entire highlight on her feed dedicated to NYC vintage!
After lots of walking we wanted to stop and grab a drink. One thing we wanted to do whilst in the big apple, was find a speak easy!
After scouting on google for a few relatively close by, we found a laundrette that had a pinball-filled speak easy hidden at the back. Before I carry on, I know what you're thinking 'a laundrette with pinball machines hidden at the back?!' Yes. And honestly, the pictures below really don't do it justice. I can only compare it to an arcade. Imagine swapping a fiver for tons of change and basically wasting it all away playing games. That's exactly what it was like, but better. Think of all the films you'd want a pinball machine to be based off - Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings etc. You name it, they had it.
Definitely a really fun, and unusual, way to wrap up the day before going for dinner! Queue day number five and our last full day.
This vending machine has no real relevance whatsoever but I just really liked the fact there was a random vending machine plonked on the sidewalk. I salut you, America.
We saw the vending machine whilst on the way to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (West 46th Street). I'm holding a few photos back of that as I got my mom to take a few outfit photos for me, so yes, I'll be continuing to drag out some New York based content for the near future. Anyway, we had more amazing weather, spent the morning at the museum before heading back to 34th Street and Soho to yet more shopping.
All of the shops were all amazing, regardless of location, there really is something for everyone. But I stick with what I said in my last post - avoid Macy's. I honestly found that place to be like hell on earth! One thing I wish I'd done is gone into more of the designer boutiques. Although I wouldn't have been buying anything, as a designer, it would have been cool to look at current collections and installations etc.
I guess it's just an excuse to go back to NYC really... like I need one!
All the walking really does build up an appetite so yet again, we headed for yet more food. We ventured to Little Italy and of course went for pizzaaaa. A bloody good pizza as well, with an ice cold beer to wash it down nicely. Not normally the biggest beer fan but there's something about US beer that is all kinds of right. I think, in the space of a week, that's the most Budweiser I have ever consumed. Sorry, not sorry.
I don't, for the life of me, remember where we went next but all I know is, we walked past the palace and all I could think of was 1. Ed Westwick and 2. well, just gossip girl in general. I think this entire trip was me (not very) secretly, paying homage to my dear favourite that is Gossip Girl. Unfortunately there was no scandal and there was most definitely no lonely boy. Speaking of gossip girl...
Our last 'tourist' stop was Grand Central where Serena was nowhere to be seen. By this point we were all shattered so went for a really healthy Shake Shack before heading back to the hotel to collect our suitcases. We needed all the sugar and calories we could get for the strenuous journey to the airport... And although this was taken no where neither either of those place, I wanted to finish the post by leaving you with this.
New York you were a total and utter dream. Until next time, xoxo not gossip girl.
I won't lie, this post will be majorly picture heavy so I guess that's why I've decided to do this as two posts. I've think I've been putting this post off for a lot longer than I realised - purely because I think I still have major holiday blues. New York was most definitely one of the best places, if not THE best, I've ever been. It actually breaks my heart that I'm typing this from the UK! Also, It was a little hard to break this post up really so I apologise if it's a bit jumpy.
To give you an idea of what we did on our first day in New York here's a super short and concise list:
- Brief walk around Central Park
- Spending a little time at the hotel getting ready for dinner
- Headed out for dinner in Lincoln Square
Also, as an insight to the trip, four of us clubbed together to take my mom for her birthday. Growing up I was lucky enough to go to America quite a few times but, New York was still on the bucket list. For as long as I can remember, me and my mom have always spoken about how we wanted to go, so surprising her for her birthday was incredible. Seeing her reaction (of tears) and the smile on her face really was, as MasterCard would say, priceless.
If you scroll down a couple of images, you'll see her looking super cute in Central Park with her bobble hat and Raybans on... We ventured into the park on our first afternoon in the city but only really explored more of the park a few days in which is when the photo wa taken. It's a bit overwhelming for sure, I mean I expected it to be huge (as you see on maps or films etc) but I don't think I expected it to be as big as it is. One thing I personally loved was all the doggos. By 'all the doggos' I really do mean ALL the doggos! Dog lovers unite.
Anyway, Before I start to make this sound like a post dedicated to my mom and/or dogs, I'll insert some more pictures here and do some more waffling - enjoy!
Those. Fire. Escapes. Honestly, how care fire escapes be this beautiful?! And why are fire escapes in the UK not on the outside of buildings?! I digress...
If there's something I do well, it's shop. Alas, we shopped. And shopped. And shopped. Admittedly, I didn't actually buy a whole lot whilst I was there but, that didn't stop me looking.
Soho was incredible for shopping. The architecture was beautiful, as you can see, but the selection of stores was just as good. There's something for everyone. Whether you wan't high street or high end, alongside beauty stores etc, there really is a huge amount of choice. I'd definitely propose you have a stroll around.
One store I loved was the Converse store on 34th. The selection of product they had was AMAZING and the staff were all so lovely. You could also make custom pairs, picking your fabric, lace colour etc. Again, I didn't actually end up getting any (as the pair I wanted had sold out in my size) but still a cool store!
We went in loads of brands we have here at home, purely to be nosey inside the stores, but also found some new stores we hadn't heard of. Of course, we ventured into Macy's and I can honestly say I really didn't like it. From the outside, the beautifully architecture really grabs your attention but, the second I got inside - nope. The layout of the store is super confusing and it was really messy. I much preferred heading into small stores by individual brands than department stores. It was quite overwhelming!
Day two started off very well with us having breakfast at Brooklyn Diner. Think ridiculously sized pancakes with bacon & maple syrup, perfectly cooked poach eggs and bottomless coffee - because exactly what it was. Sadly, I was too busy eating my body weight in sugar and carbs to take a photo but all you have to do is head to their website to get even the slightest idea of what I mean. Another fun fact about the diner is that there's a lot of famous people who've eaten there; each and every one of those people have a small name plaque on the wall around the place they've sat. My claim to fame will now be something along the lines of 'I sat on a table near to where Tyra Banks once sat.'
After breakfast we headed back to Central Park to have a proper look round and of course think of some xoxo Gossip Girl moments. We ventured over towards the met where, of course, members of the public were pretending to be Blair Waldorf on the steps of The Met, before heading to the Natural History Museum. Boy, does the NYC version rain all over the London version (sorry not sorry!)
Nobody goes to New York for the first time and doesn't go to the Empire State Building, Times Square or The Rockefeller Centre. So, of course we did exactly that. At the Empire State we went to the top deck; the 102nd floor. And instead of doing the Rockefeller in the day, my brother booked us a night trip. A way to see the city differently and again it didn't disappoint. I think both of the above are something you have to experience, even if just once, to take in the view and see things from a different perspective.
Our third day was another early start and despite the difficult leap out of bed, we really did want to make the most of our time. We grabbed a quick, and slightly less stodgy, breakfast at Fresh & Co before heading to look at Grand Central. As we stopped in Midtown - The W Hotel to be precise - it wasn't too far for us to walk. It really is exactly as it's portrayed on the movies/tv shows etc etc. A beautiful building, with the beautiful addition of a shake shack downstairs too...
One of the most sobering and strong memories from this trip has to be Ground Zero. For any of you that have been already, I'm sure you'll understand what I mean when I say this, but it's a really hard atmosphere to explain. In a city that never sleeps, it's such a quiet and almost peaceful place, which very much contrasts the actual chaos that happened in 2001. It's hard to believe that it happened nearly twenty years ago, but they've turned the space into something beautiful and thought provoking. There's also the 'new' addition of One World Trade Centre which stands proud and in strength.
I think visiting the space really puts things into perspective. I won't delve deeply into it but, it really is a beautiful monument that you lose yourself in for a small amount of time. I would urge you to visit Ground Zero to understand the feelings and thoughts you feel whilst there.
After Ground Zero, we wanted to chill out and see some more sites. Instead of paying to visit the Statue of Liberty, we jumped on the Staten Island ferry to get another view of this beautiful city. Above is just a snippet of the view but, I would definitely recommend doing this as opposed to solely the statue. One, you don't have to buy a ticket and two, it's another nice way to see the skyline. It's super easy, you get to do it twice (there and back) and it's the perfect opportunity to relax for a little while before you carry on walking for miles!
Later in the afternoon we also headed to the Meatpacking District. Chelsea Market was already on our hit list as we were starving, so we headed there when we got back to Manhattan. If you're anything like me (super indecisive) I'd recommend walking around to discover some of your options first OR just go to Creamline and get some buttermilk chicken!
We had the weather on our side the whole day, so following that we headed to the High Line and actually ended up sunbathing (fully clothed of course) on a grassy area we found whilst walking along. I absolutely loved the High Line; it was so unusual but I loved seeing the architecture in surrounding areas. I even managed to spot some apartments designed by the late Zaha Hadid.
Anyway, I'm going to end this post here as it's super long already but, I'll be posting part two very soon. Keep an eye out if you want to see more of whatI got up to in New York.