Friday, 20 January 2017


Photo from @BeautifulDestinations Instagram
New York. I finally took a slice of the Big Apple and spent three days in the much loved city. I have mixed views of it and if you haven't read about all the drama that haunted this trip check out my last post here. I arrived in New York (alone) on Friday and got a shuttle to Grand Central Station from the airport, walked partway to my hotel (The Franklin Hotel on East 87th Street) before grabbing a cab. Yes, I successfully hailed my first yellow taxi. Living all my dreams. In total, I had two full days in Manhattan as one day was spent in Washington DC so I could see The White House before Trump moves in. I am aware that talking about travels can be boring so I really just want to share some photos and touch on some of my favourite and not so favourite things. Hope you enjoy the post. 

Flights are always fun when you can watch movies, I can never sleep when travelling so long haul flights are my saviour and I managed to watch quite a few with all the travel time we racked up. I watched Cafe Society (hated it), The Shallows (not bad), Bad Neighbours 2 (funny) and Finding Dory (adorable) on the way to New York. I also managed to watch Bad Moms (funnier than I expected, predictable) Me Before You (sweet, charming and sad) Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (again funny but Bad Neighbours 2 was better) and then for the rest of the time I watched Simpsons and 2 Broke Girls and got into Divorce with Sarah Jessica Parker. Since I have been back I have finished the first season, I quite like the show. It is interesting, the humour is shit but the premise is good and differs slightly from most breakdowns of marriages these days.

I was settled into my hotel by around 4pm and then made it my mission to hit every Sephora I could find and that is what I did. I bought quite a few products which I will haul in a future post. I strolled down Park, Madison and Fifth Avenue and then walked around the city at night passing Christmas trees and iconic shops like Barneys and Saks and just getting to grips with the city. Saks Fifth Avenue is a sight to behold, I thought it was a theatre at first with the extravagant light display.

Saks Fifth Avenue

We skip a day where I spent most of it in Washington D.C. and move onto the next day which started with hours in Central Park appreciating how gorgeous the snow covered grass looks. Everyone was sledding and laughing and walking their dogs it was so lovely, I can't imagine how gorgeous it must be in the summer. I walked to Metropolitan Museum of Arts and then headed to the Public Library. 

If you are wondering where we ate it was mostly Chipotle and then we went to Bubba Gump one night when we were starving. On my day of exploration I also hit up Magnolia Bakery and Carrie Bradshaw's apartment from the SATC series: 64 Perry Street. I was quite proud because I walked everywhere and didn't take a single cab. Excuse the fuzzy photo it was taken at night so apologies.

That night my sister got back from her Washington DC day trip and we went to Times Square which isn't an actual square. It is just the place where the screens are up and you can see the ball that drops which is really small actually, like an oblong Picadilly Circus. 

For our last day in New York we walked across Brooklyn Bridge and we went on the Staten Island Ferry which is free! How awesome is that?! There are people hanging around trying to get you to buy the boat trip so just be weary of that if you have your heart set on not spending no money like me. It was freezing, but the inside of the ferry was heated so we kept ducking in and out. Stunning views. The pictures don't do it justice but I had such a fantastic time. Weirdly, New York felt like home. It was nice to see the yellow cabs and visit places that I have only ever seen in Gossip Girl or movies

Overall though I would have to say that New York, for me (so please don't be offended) doesn't have a patch on London. Especially in Winter if it wasn't for the snow I wouldn't have thought much of it at all. New York is grey and boring. In London the buildings are prettier, the streets are cleaner and the rain, fog and other miserable weather only serve to enhance the beauty. New York is comparatively monotonous, I wasn't bowled over and truthfully preferred DC. I will say though that I love love love that in New York nobody stops for anyone. They all walk fast all the time and if you stop you'll get pushed over. It is brilliant and for that reason and that everyone minds their own business and just goes about their affairs I could really see myself living there. I do think New York is probaly more impressive and alive in the summer so I will return for sure. Going to New York really made me appreciate our own capitol though and see the differences and the uniqueness of England that I love. 

I wouldn't change a single thing about my trip at all and find it fitting that New York has been the first ever place abroad that I have explored by myself. You learn a lot when you are by yourself in a new city, you really get to see what you are made of. To wrap it up here are my highlights and low-lights

  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Staten Island Ferry 
  • Magnolia Bakery, their vanilla buttercream cupcakes are heavenly
  • Sephora 
  • Central Park 
  • The snow I felt like Elsa
  • The VAT and that's about it 
  • Not knowing how much to tip people so most likely overtipping 
Thank you so much for reading, I hope this post wasn't too much of a drag. My next post will be about Washington DC which I am psyched to share. I had such an amazing time there despite how crazy cold it was. Hope you all have a lovely weekend, don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin'. Take care. 

Have you been to New York?




  1. I've been to New York quite a few times since I have family there, but never have I ever seen Carrie Bradshaw's apartment! Wow I'm going to need to keep that in mind for next time <3 lol but I love your photos and it looks like you had great experiences while there :D

    Stacey +

  2. I've been to New York only once but I would like to go again and explore the city properly, I love the idea of wandering around and just doing my own thing like you did! I really liked this post, very interesting to read. Pretty pictures too. xx

    1. It was such a great experience, thank you for reading! Xx

  3. So interesting to hear you didn't really like New York, from your photographs it looks amazing but I guess it doesn't have the history that London does. It does look like scenes straight out of Gossip Girl though!!

    The Makeup Directory

    1. Oh no I did like it, I hope that came across. It just wasn't what I expected. I expected it to be bigger and just more in your face with its fabulousness, if that makes sense. I did like it. Thank you for reading Sally xxx

  4. Your photos look incredible! I can imagine New York isn't everyones cup of tea but it still looked like it was a lot of fun! I'd love to go to New York one day around this time of year as I think it will be when its most magical. Lovely post to read.

    Alexis xoxo |

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    1. It definitely was worth the trip, it must be even better at Christmas! Thank you for commenting x

  5. I go up to New York a couple times a year and was strongly considering going to school there for university. Unfortunately I won't be, but I still plan to visit as much as I can. New York does Christmas and New Years perfectly so it's great that you got to go during that wonderful time.

    xx Dany | The Queens Empire

    1. Thank you Dany it is a great place! Sorry you won't be going there for university but I am sure you will have a great time wherever you go xxx

  6. Its one of my dreams to visit NY! <3 Your photos look amazing xx

  7. I love your pictures os NYC!!! I'm going in a few weeks, super excited!


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  8. I really want to visit New York! It's funny - you're only the second person I've heard saying that they weren't bowled over by NYC- the other was my Dad! Looking forward to hearing about DC! xx


    1. It is a great place, worth visiting for sure xxx

  9. Stunning photographs! It was interesting to read what you thought about New York!

  10. This sounds like such a great trip and I love the photos! The first thing I'd do if I went to America is go to sephora!

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  11. Thanks for the post and sorry to hear about the passport drama!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

  12. Beautiful! Glad you enjoyed your stay in the US, even if you aren't keen on NYC. I LOVE NYC, I've been there twice. The 2nd time was when my fiance proposed to me in Central Park! I would love too visit London sometime too!


  13. It's my dream to visit New York and I hope we go there for our honeymoon but my fiance thinks otherwise and he loves London so much, he visited too many times and he hopes one day we will travel to London together. I love London too and I would love to visit again!x


    1. Ooh please share on where you decide to go and congrats on your engagement xxx

  14. Your photos are gorgeous - makes me want to go even more! Hopefully you get to go back in the summer soon to see if you like it more then :)

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

  15. Your pictures are stunning! They make New York look like a total bloggers dream! New York is definitely on my travel list as well. I can imagine it being a bit monotonous also because of the masses of people just there. From all pictures I´ve seen so far I totally agree that London has more beautiful buildings. Both are still really cool cities.
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

    1. Thank you! That is such a huge compliment, my iPhone is blushing xxx

  16. I've been to NY a few times and I've loved it, but I will admit that I love London more too! I want to go back to London and explore it more :).

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    1. London is a stunner, I hadn't realised until I compared it to other cities. You forget how beautiful places in your home country can be, I think it is that whole grass is greener thing xxx


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