LIFESTYLE | New York Diaries – Day 4

So hard to say good bye: Wednesday 19th Nov

Feelings of sadness but also excitement to go home and see my family.

We set about packing fairly early in the morning so we could have another last wander around NYC before our driver collected us to take us back to the airport.

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I had a thoroughly enjoyable time in NYC, I think no matter how many times you visit you fall in love with the city time and time again.

There are so many other places in NYC I still have to visit which I have written down ready for my next visit.

I plan to share some of the things I purchased in the next few blog posts… Until then…

Thanks for reading …

N x

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LIFESTYLE | New York Diaries – Day 3

Sunny chilly NYC days, Tuesday 18th Nov: Well rested on day three we finally woke to sunshine…

Oh boy how I missed the New York sunshine to brighten the place up, it was also a chance to don my shades like a real New Yorker.

After stopping by Starbucks for breakfast conveniently placed across the street from our hotel, we were women with a plan, opting for a change of scenery we decided to descend on the Soho area which happens to be my more favourite parts of the island.

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We hailed a cab which took us to Green Street for a browse around where most of the boutique stores reside. Most shops don’t open in the Soho until 10-11am so we stopped by a coffee shop (which I didn’t get the name of because it was so cold!) I had some ginger tea.

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We continued having a wander around the cobbled streets and visited Old Navy, Brandy Melville and then on to one of my favourite stores that I always visit – Anthropologie. Where I picked up a few items …

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We just so happened to stumble upon the Birch Box store – which I hadn’t realised was so near!

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The BirchbBox store is absolutely gorgeous…As a previous subscriber of this box It was nice to be able to see some of the brands which have appeared in the box, the Birchbox store houses all of the full sized favourites for purchase.

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Towards the back of the store you are able to put together your own box for a mere $15…. I purchased one – I will share more of what I got in the box in another post.

We continued to wonder until we found ourselves near NYU and Union Sq whilst I have been here before we took a few pictures – this is one of my favourite wide open spaces in the city.

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The winds picked up pace so we hailed another cab and took a drive down to Macy’s for another mooch as our first visit was so quick.

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The Christmas displays in Macy’s were overtop but fabulous, unfortunately I didn’t find anything to purchase in Macy’s as in all honesty the store has changed quite a bit, the clothing and shoe department seemed somewhat lacking …

Onwards to Urban outfitters, we spent quite a bit of time in the store I picked up some new boots from the brand Hudson and then it was literally time to call it a day we were super tired… Taxi!

Yet another Cab hailed (I was getting good at this!) we grabbed some food locally and headed back to the hotel.

The (Final) day 4 of New York diaries will be posted on Saturday…

Thanks for reading ….

N x

LIFESTYLE | New York Diaries – Day 2

Up and at em!, Monday 17th Nov: Not quite….we had a lazy start to day 2 in NYC and well needed sleep was in order. Being the organised kinds of people we are we wrote plans of what we wanted to do, just to avoid getting side tracked!

Once dressed and changed, we headed straight to FAO Schwartz.

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I can’t not visit this store, being the most famous New York toy store, I did a deal with kiddo that I would bring her back two or three dollies one of which had to be Frozen related….One Elsa and barbie doll bought – check! We stayed and had breakfast at FAO Schwartz – I had a Blueberry Blitz Muffin and a Chai Latte.

Being the Apple geek that I am and my bestie being a Apple geek in training we headed to the Apple Store. I needed to communicate with my family, quickly check emails etc so we had a mooch, play with some devices and I made contact.

Here’s a shot of the Apple Store during the evening I wasn’t able to get one during the day due to the torrential rain down pour!

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Whilst NYC weather can be marginally similar to UK weather, in NYC it always seems to be more so dramatic and severe, it literally rained for the best part of 5 hours, which slowed us down a little however time was well spent scouring the clothing rails in H&M, ZARA, Banana Republic, Uni Qlo, Gap, Bloomingdales and of course a bit of damage was done in Sephora.

We stopped by for lunch at Fresh and Co a clean eating eatery which serves amongst its menus gluten free, vegan food items…

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I had split pea soup with a freshly squeezed orange juice. Feeling a tad more rejuvenated we headed to Fifth Ave and stumbled upon a chaotic scene of traffic cops, backed up traffic – rush hour traffic perhaps? – no, add a few film crews … And in typical New York style we happened to see the switching on of the Snowflake outside Bergdorf and Goodman where there were some Christmas themed performances which were magical, followed by a fantastic firework display!

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We slowly strolled down Fifth Avenue taking in the wanderous and whimsical window displays of the very high end stores such as Tiffany & Co, Bottega Veneta but to name a few.

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We’re we tired ….heck no, back to the hotel to drop off our shopping bags and change our shoes … Out again this time on enroute to Time Square.

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No matter how many times I visit Time Square I never tire of the bright lights (especially during the evening).

We snapped a few shots and headed to one of our favourite stores Loft which isn’t available in the UK and picked up a couple items, checked out Footlocker and then our extremely weary feet carried us on a slow walk back to the hotel….

Stay tuned for Day 3 New York diaries tomorrow!

Thanks for reading…

N x

LIFESTYLE | New York Diaries – Day 1

This time last week I was on a plane….on a plane to the Big Apple!

Over the next few days, I will be sharing a four part blog post on my adventures in New York ….

Welcome Back! Sunday 16th Nov

I always love travelling back to NYC, I’m always full of anticipation as to how much the city might have changed since my last visit ….

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Despite being seated apart from my bestie, the flight was positively one of the best journeys out there. We travelled with United airlines and were fed, watered and entertained with in flight movies so the time flew by!

We arrived into Newark airport which again I have never done before – normally JFK and our checkin process was quick and smooth….

We found our driver to take us to the Salisbury hotel (we have stayed at the Salisbury hotel once before, its clean and conveniently located to 5th Avenue, Times Square to name a few popular destinations).

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We checked in, dumped our bags in the room and off out we went exploring…

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The first mission in NYC was operation ‘buy a new coat’.

Both the bestie and I travelled light and as the weather at this time of year can be unpredictable we scoured a few shops…

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Macy’s, Urban Outfitters and of course Zara which by the way didn’t disappoint we both pick up a coat each.

Tiredness kicked is so on a slow walk back to the hotel we stopped by a local deli and picked up a couple of pizzas and cupcakes – yum!

Stay tuned for Day 2, New York Diaries post.

Thanks for reading ….

N x

LIFESTYLE| New York bound!

By the time you read this I will (hopefully) be a few hundred thousands feet above land enroute with my bestie to my home from home New York City!

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As I typed this post on Saturday I had feelings of elation, because I truely love this city.

I have been blessed and fortunate to have visited NYC before so probably won’t be doing mostly touristy things this time … I have an itinerary of shopping (of course!), drop in to a nearby yoga class and perhaps a visit to a jazz bar…maybe?

Wifi permitting I will try and upload posts, instagram and tweet, however no guarantees!

If I don’t manage to post whilst out there I will be back with loads of pictures of what we did, where we went and of course not to forget things I bought….

Until then…

Thanks for reading …

N x

STYLE: I heart Anthropologie

I remember the first day we met …

It was some 3 and a bit years ago, on a chilly but sunny day in February, strolling through the SoHo area of New York City with not a care in the world. It was my first trip to New York with my bestie and I was yet to discover the wonder of retail heaven. I knew this after stepping through your doors….

Sounds a bit like a love story right?

Anthropologie is a store (in my humble opinion) like no other… As confirmed above I first stumbled upon this store during my first visit to NYC. The store holds a very eclectic, dreamy and unique mix of clothing, accessories, footwear, furniture and home accessories. You are always guaranteed when shopping in this store whether online or in person to find something different.

So what is anthropologie all about? I got a little extract from their website:

Twenty years after being founded in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Anthropologie remains a destination for those wanting a curated mix of clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor that reflects their personal style and fuels their lives’ passions, from fashion to art to entertaining. In this, our 20th anniversary year, we are committed to offering our customers signature products and unmatched service, both in our 180 stores throughout Europe and America and also at anthropologie.eu and anthropologie.com.

I’m a massive fan of their candles, I believe they are made mostly using soy (which contains no nasty ingredients) and they last ages, they retail in the region of £10 – £20.

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The boulangerie candle: a very sweet, comforting scent, almost like apple pie or another type of sweet pudding! Yum!
The avocado and mint candle: a very fresh green smell, which I tend to burn in my kitchen.

If you buy clothing from their store they package everything up so lovely! I have bought a couple of items of clothing from the store, which I’m unable to show you on this post due to poor lighting …. Darn you winter!

Anthropologie is a true gem! and I was even more pleased when the store clerk told me (at the time) they had a store just opened in London. Which, ok isn’t just around the corner from me but it’s only a train ride away which isn’t too bad.

So here are a few things that they have to offer (which I absolutely love) they are available via their website …enjoy!

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Top left: Blushed a Tweed Moto Jacket
Top Centre: Cleo Tunic £148
Top Right: Moonshine Brogues £118
Bottom Left: Arya Boots £298
Bottom Centre: Spining Ring £68
Bottom Right: Karma Stack £68

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Top Left: The Fashion Insiders Guide to Paris £15.99
Left Centre: New York Cult recipes £20.00
Bottom Left: The Fashion Insiders Guide to New York £15.99
Top Right: Left: Raindrops shower curtain £78.00
Bottom Right: Gallus Pitcher £68.00

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Left: Montia Blossom Pendant £48.00
Right: Boreal Bib Necklace £78.00

Have you shopped in Anthropologie? What do you think?

Thanks for reading….Toodlepip!

Disclaimer: I am in no way shape or form sponsored to write about Anthropologie, these views are my own.