Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel. Show all posts

Saturday, October 10, 2015

EIC does NYC

It's been a month since I set off for my first trip to New York - to meet up with friends across the pond. I was anxious of course, flying such a long way alone, a strange city, all that jazz. But, I was also so excited because I love to travel full stop and this was part of a bucket list of places for me, personally, that I wanted to touch base on 'in my 20s'. I was cutting it fine, I turned 30 (that's me sobbing in the distance!) on the 28th of last month, and I won't lie, it's been an adjustment!

But New York City, oh my GOD. I mean, it's iconic for a reason, it's steeped in our culture - countless films, songs, stories all hail from here, about here, because of here. So going there and ticking it off my imaginary bucket list was a fun time for me.
Not too shabby though not for the claustrophobic at times! 
No filter needed #FreedomTower

The site of the Twin Towers was beautiful but extremely eerie. 

Humidity on the water 1. Me 0.
NYC in the palm of my hand, you could say, or at least between my fingers! 

Tipsy @ Top of the Rock!
 The amazing views is what gets you, I mean a city is a city, is a city, but THIS isn't an ordinary city.

As I said before, she's iconic for a reason, and it hits you in the heart from the get go.
I got very attached to my floppy hat! 
 I fell in love basically.  The cheesy tees are right I do heart NY!

Living in Brooklyn, mastering the subway lines, alone (!!!) meeting the people, and seeing the 'real' parts of a city on a trip like this is what made it special. I could have easily just stuck with the big buses of tourists, and tourist trails of shiny NYC to find my way around and what have you - which is fine, but I needed something real. It was a personal test along side a much needed holiday, if I'm being totally honest. And I think I came out the other side a braver person for it.

My friend and her friends, all in one way or another proper locals if you will, intended to make sure I saw my fair share of 'touristy bits' (because hey I've never met a gift shop I didn't love!) but  that the other neighbourhoods beyond just the city itself interested me too - Like Dumbo, which I instantly fell in love with due to the architecture porn around every corner! We hit up Bushwick and I stayed in Crown Heights, loved the hilariously over-priced but very pretty Prospect Park. Brooklyn Heights to views of the East River, and all the other parks in between - Battery Park is beautiful  and something you experience a little of as you board the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island,  as well as the big momma of them all - Central Park.

From the Village to Chelsea, to Governors Island (which I highly rec for a relaxing day on the hammocks - brings snacks!)  to Liberty Island, to Manhattan, and back again. I covered a lot of ground in 8 days, and my legs and knees (the joys of zero cartilage, lemme tell you!) My spirit guide Sarah was thankfully there to guide me through the trickier parts of things, intro me to American  sized food portions (oh,my,god?) and teach me that, yes, I can master the subway system at night. That day drinking is acceptable, people love tattoos and this is a city that gets my sarcasm, and also has a real weird love for Irish people.

Winning?

A little.



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Starbucks and chill in Battery Park
You can't go to NYC and not experience their pizza. Even their worst pizza, I'd imagine is better than our best. It has ruin all overs for me, I won't lie!



The lovely Mandy over at +Gypsy Warrior in NJ! Be sure to check out their online store! So much to love! 


Climbing inside her was a odd experience!! 


Blue skies and education from Ellis Is. +Evelyn Hill | Ellis Island Events  

I'm so glad I went in early Sep. I got the best of the weather (for an Irish girl 33c is enough thank you!) but also the fall of the leaves in all the pretty neighbourhoods <3

Blue skies and Brownstones


Views at dusk from +Central Park 



+Ellis Island 


Golden Hour is natures filter! 

+Prada Bug Lady on the Subway though... 

All the pretty architecture! 


Vegan bites @ChampsDiner


I learned they take their Brunch VERY serious in Brooklyn

Ever feel like you're being watched? 



Spirit guide basically! I have the direction of a drunk hamster!
I did mention the religion that is brunch, right? 
Sarcasm is the best marketing tool ... no?


@CentralPark you beaut <3 I fell in love, even if my legs want to kill me!

+Times Square is an assault on the senses, in the cheesiest touristy way ever. 

All in all like any trip it had it's up and it's downs, but thankfully so many more ups! I met some fantastically creative and positive people, made new friends and caught up with old ones ( PS: a blog post on my first +Reiki Healing  session coming soon!). I experienced a city I've always wanted to see. I can't wait to go back, as with somewhere this innovative and ever changing, there is still a ton for me to do and see, and to check off my little bucket list.

So, until next time, NYC in my 20s was a blast. Let's see how she treats me in my 30s! :D 

xo

Saturday, September 5, 2015

What's in my (Carry on) Bag!

Come fly with me! 

I'm off to New York City in a few days and it's my first transatlantic flight, and my first time in the city that never sleeps! I'm excited, I'm nervous, I'm already planning my storming of +Sephora!

Ps. American readers! Any tips on what makeup I should get that we can't get here?? 

But first I must face the several circles of hell that is The Airport (Insert dramatic music here!).

I'll by flying +Aer Lingus Dub-JFK! Eep! 

With all the rules and regulations and lines and crying babies and crying twenty-somethings (or will that just be me???) it's hard to know exactly what to pack for a manageable carry-on bag these days.

But I've taken a decent crack at it! I think! I'm probably missing something to be honest, and I'll only realise what it is when we're taxiing down the bloody runway!

For a seven-ish hour flight I'm hoping to rely on my in-flight entertainment to get me through a decent chunk of it, and a very long, very welcome, after-dinner snooze to get me through the rest of it. I hear jet-lag isn't kind, so I'll hopefully remember to down a ton of water if  I can, too! Staying hydrated is key in such drying conditions, not only to keep your brain fresh but to keep your skin and hair hydrated too!

Minis of all your faves!!! 

Won't get far without my passport & rather lovely Dolce Document pouch! And hand cleanser because let's be real, planes are disgusting.

Eye spy mini faves to makeup a face on the fly! And necessary pain relief gel for this gimpy girl! 

Comfort for me is key! Flying Econ isn't exactly plush, so needs must and I make sure and pack some fluffy items to make the journey a little easier on me. A medium sized fleece rolled and secured with my sleep mask for snoozes, fits perfectly at the bottom of my carry-on. Add in some fluffy socks for mid flight, and some slippers for walking to and from the loo when needs arise! 

Plan on using your time in the air to give yourself a much deserved pamper treatment or two. Cleanse, tone and moisturise til seat-belt sign come on! 
+Origins  eye and hand creams in tiny form are the business! Find the bigger sizes on their website www.origins.co.uk 

Thanks to our #BloggerNight at +Debenhams Derry a few weeks ago I was spoiled with travel size versions of my favourites including the +Benefit Cosmetics Pore-fessional, +Thierry Mugler Angel (a long time fave perfume of mine <3) as well as some handy +Clarins cleanser and moisturiser as well as some convenient +Urban Decay Cosmetics  www.urbandecay.co.uk Seven Day's worth of eye-shadows in little  amazingly cute space saving packets!

(Also note never leave home without a deodorant, It's not glamorous but it's essential! As is your toothbrush and toothpaste. We weren't raised in the woods!)

 PS. Because I'm paranoid I also bring backup earphones with me because my GOD isn't it the worst being stuck somewhere without them? Trust me, it is.


Add a handy travel sized mirror for putting yourself back together when the plane lands, and a sweet makeup case to fit it all in and I think we're good to go! 

Are you heading anywhere nice soon? :D 

xo


Saturday, August 24, 2013

FABB PJ Party : Malone Lodge Hotel Editon.

Hi guys!

So in the spirit of attempting to evolve the blog from static product reviews - which are great and something I love and will continue to do. But, I want to spread my wings, and my writing a little wider. What better way to do that than to tell you all about my first #FABB experience. You know us FABB girls right? It's a Northern Ireland based blogger network of sorts where a mishmash of ladies (so far anyway!) meet up and blog about it. I've already done a little blog post with all the ladies blog links if  you're interested it's here.

My first #FABB experience was, well, fab! The lovely Anna from The Malone Lodge Hotel a beyond chic converted Victorian Townhouse -  invited us for a blogger sleepover of sorts to celebrate the fact that the hotel has undergone something of a facelift with lots of upgrades and changes.

Having made the 'I can't drive' trip to Belfast - consisting of a car, and two buses mind you to get there from where I live currently - I was beyond pleased to be greeted by warm and welcoming hotel staff and this big babe of a room. 


 We were gifted by a rather lovely bedtime onesie from BANK fashion - Navy and Neon Pink (they read my mind!) thank you very much for what I'm sure will become my winter bedtime staple!

The spacious bathroom was filled with Pinken goodies to try

The girls and I met up for a cocktail or two before we were shown to our rooms. I was sharing with the lovely Leslie from LellieMoi, check our her blog - her bag addiction rivals my own! I was fawning over her Balenciaga as we chatted away into the wee hours - in our accidental matching jammies might I add!  A hilarious coincidence considering before last night we'd never met in person! 






There was four (er seven?) in the bed and the little one said...roll over!

Getting a brief history on the hotel! Love to hear of a family run business still going strong!

Audrey has her own hallway, she greets you with her chicness on the way to the loos!

The Remains of the Day: A period piece from the original townhouse to which part of the new edition was converted. This room is used primarily for wedding photos with a window and a nod to the past. I loved the details.

Knife&Fork - apt name and such wonderful service! Their food is really top notch! Have the french toast for breakie!






Drink up in Macklin's Bar! Just off the entrance to the MLH





The welcome to our little underground den of pampering!



Food food and more food!

And cake with ice-cream, seriously it was amazing


Some of the girls opted for Medi Spa treatments!

More cake! This time via CakesByJames in Belfast. Sweet!
While there were some WIFI woes - not a great thing to happen to a bunch of net addicted bloggers - all in all it was well worth the trek, meeting new peeps (and old friends for dinner too Hi Claire ;) and getting to explore a piece of chic Belfast business. A business that's family run at the core so it gives it a more personal feel made obvious by their choice in staff. They were so friendly genuinely so, and could not do enough to make your stay as comfortable and as pleasant as possible. A big thanks to Anna, Gareth, Carla and all the girls for their time and effort. If you're ever in the area and looking for a modern boutique hotel in the leafy and lovely Eglantine Avenue,(close to the Lisburn Road and the city centre and of course Queen's University) then I'd strongly rec' this for you, it's treat!

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xox