New York Style

Traveling to New York in December or January, you can can predict rain, hail or snow. We were lucky with the weather when we were there, we had two days of rain but other than that we had blue skies and crisp cool air. The best tip I could give is: LAYERS! I brought an extra top or jumper in my handbag every day because one moment it was nice and warm and the next we were battling the elements- better to be prepared after all.

My top 5 picks would be:

1.Camel coat – because it goes with everything and is classic

2. Cashmere.

3. Fur Scarf- because everyone who knows me is aware of my obsession with fur (faux) and it dresses up everything

4. Boots- comfort comfort comfort

5. Hats- berets, beanies, fedora

The most important thing is to stock up on the basics, such as long sleeved tops and cashmere jumpers, then you can plan what statement pieces you want to bring to dress up outfits and add that stylish edge. I’ll let you in on a sly tip: when I buy long sleeved tops I buy them from the kids section. There is method behind the madness I can assure you- they are always more fitted, they sit perfectly around waist height without having to be tucked in, the neckline is higher and the sleeves sit a tad too short (just how I like them).

This photo was taken in Little Italy, outside the most beautiful interior design store. I’m wearing my Topshop camel coat and office lace up boots which were originally black leather until I took sandpaper to them to ‘roughen’ them up. Along with my trusty Zara stole, this was one of my favourite outfits of the trip.

Recently I’ve become a bit on a hat fanatic; It started with a beret and before you knew it I had a hat for every day of the week. New York was no exception, I packed all my hats and wore one every day, totally practical and a great accessory. This hat is from a little independent store in Harrogate town, where my parents live.

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New York, New York

I would firstly like to wish you all a VERY belated Happy New Year! We are half way into January but I am taking this year to dedicate much more time to my blog, I love doing it and it deserves more TLC.

As many of you know from my bombardment of instagram snaps, I welcomed 2017 with my boyfriend in the amazing city of New York.

Growing up we holidayed in Florida at least once a year so i’ve flown into Newark airport roughly 21 times. Gazing out the tiny airport window, trying to catch a glimpse of the Statute of Liberty or Empire State building – all the cliches we associate with the big apple.

As i’ve gotten older and fashion has become a large part of my life, the desire to see New York up close and personal has enhanced massively- okay my obsession with Sex and City may also have something to do with it. Regardless I have pictured myself strolling down 5th Avenue or skipping round central park countless times.

I spent a week in NYC and it still wasn’t enough, I could have happily stayed longer but I reckon there would still have been more to do and see. Its such an amazing city, it exceeded all my expectations, I’ve included some of my recommendations for eating, drinking or visiting, however my best piece of advice is not to stick to your itinerary. The whole fun about travelling somewhere new is experiencing it yourself, and finding interesting things to do and see along the way.

Dinner/Drink Spots

The Smith East Side- I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you are looking for American grub with a fancy flair. I judge a restaurant not just on the food but on the decor, ambience and over all style of the restaurant- The Smith ticked all the boxes. I ordered the mac and cheese and the prime burger, which were both simple yet sensational- I could live on mac and cheese! My boyfriend had the calamari to start with and the filet for his main, he could honestly be a squid connoisseur, he has tried every variation in many different restaurants- if a restaurant serves squid then we will be there! He said the calamari was amazing, so it really must have been. I’ve linked the menu so go check it out!

Corkbuzz- Chelsea market Greenwich- great little wine bar, located in the bustling Chelsea market. Pick a bar stool and lust over the vast wine menu. The best thing about this cosy, chic wine bar is the tasting element-yes that is right they actually allow you to sample the wine before you commit to a glass of it! Cheers to that.

 Todd English- Plaza Hotel- every Christmas I watch Home Alone II countless times, so when in New York I had to go the Plaza hotel- one day I will stay here (I hope)! Its opulence did not disappoint, it was simply beautiful. If you are around this area then you should definitely check out the plaza food court, for a glass of vino, a bowl of frozen yogurt with scrumptious toppings or to snack on a lobster roll, it’s even worth going to for the bustling atmosphere.  Todd English is the restaurant in the food court, the menu is superb, from sushi to pizza they have it covered. I would highly recommend the drunken noodles or the chicken tacos.

The Back Room- Lower East Side- This bar has a cool speakeasy vibe which takes you right back to the prohibition  era. The mysterious entrance (down an alleyway) and the hush hush atmosphere makes this bar really original. I would recommend going for one or two drinks for the experience.

Gelso and Grand – Little Italy – I absolutely loved Little Italy, so many cute authentic italian restaurants and cannoli stalls- we literally ate our body weight in pizza slices. Gelso and Grand is a great italian which you should definitely check out if you’re in the area, the cocktails are pretty great too! As I mentioned earlier I am a decor geek when it comes to restaurants, and Gelso and Grand is most  definitely instagram worthy. I can imagine it in the summer months, with the rustic shutters open wide and sipping a delicious gin collins! View Full Post

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