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.