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That Time I Went To New York

So it’s official, I’m in love with New York City.

I know, it’s a predictable outcome after visiting the Big Apple, but I’m fully jumping on the ‘I want to live there someday’ bandwagon.

Keen to experience the less touristy side to the city, we found a cosy Air BnB apartment in the trendy Greenpoint area of Brooklyn and prepared ourselves for 4 days of exploring…

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On our first night we wandered down to the river to take in the New York skyline and came across a film crew shooting at dusk. Sadly they didn’t require any extras, so we set upon finding somewhere to eat, drink and be merry.

Just a short walk from our apartment was an amazing pizzeria called Fornino’s. Our waiter, Brooks (a struggling actor, of course), proceeded to ply us with wine and pizza and asked where in Australia we were from. Upon informing him that we were in fact British, he put his acting skills to work and gave us his best English accent which went something along the lines of “Awwwright, I’m Brit-ish and III just laaanded”.

Fair to say, his wine recommendations were stronger than his accent abilities!

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With jet-lagged (and slightly fuzzy) heads, we set upon our first day of exploring.

It’s only right to start the trip with waffles, right?

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Grand Central was, of course, breathtaking. The intricate detailing and incredible architecture had us snapping away for a good 40 minutes. We couldn’t believe that to New Yorkers this is just a place to come when you want to go somewhere else. I swear if I lived there I would never leave this beautiful building.

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Satisfied that we’d photographed every single detail, we moved onto Times Square and boy, was it busy! The buzz hits you as soon as you turn the corner. Touts were hollering at us trying to sell bus rides, boat rides, bike rides – you name it, they sell tickets for it!

We eased our way through the crowds and climbed the infamous red steps to take it all in.

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Being my 26th birthday, it seemed only right to mark the occasion with a Fame-style jump, captured perfectly by Jen!

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Satisfied that I’d successfully been one of those tourists, we set off to buy coffee when a Scottish ticket tout managed to relieve us of a few dollars for a comedy show on our final night. His friend even kindly offered to marry me so I could live in New York permanently which was, you know, tempting. After weighing it up, I decided I’ll probably just hold out for that true love thing and refused his proposal.

Oh, what could have been…

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Ready to get out of the carnage, we navigated our way to Chelsea for lunch…

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..and found a shop named after us!

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If you find yourself in Chelsea, be sure to visit Cookshop. With delicious brunch options and moreish cocktails, it was a popular choice with locals and tourists, alike.

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Re-energised, we stepped back into the sunshine and headed for the High Line.

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A one mile public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side, the High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, and is truly the most amazing way to see the sights of the city.

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With tired legs and plans to see Matilda that evening, we caught the Subway back to Brooklyn ready for more adventures…

 

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The Touch by Cloud 9

It makes me shudder to look back at my pre-straightener days.

As if being a teenager wasn’t hard enough, my crazy hair caused many an hour of anguish. No amount of crimping, hairspray, Croydon-facelift ponytails or steam-straightening would sort out the frizz and I developed a serious hatred against those with naturally straight hair.

Then GHDs came onto the scene and everything changed! Like every girl in the early 00s, I took this hair revelation to the extreme and rocked poker-straight-hair-plastered-to-your-head for several years, until realising that it probably wasn’t the best look.

With 12 years of ceramic-plated love under my belt, I’ve stuck to the brand which became synonymous with anti-frizz and never really shopped around for alternatives. Until I found Cloud 9…

Cloud 9 straighteners - The Style Tag

Cloud 9 straighteners - The Style Tag

As a huge fan of their Waving Wand, I jumped at the chance to try out their new straighteners, The C9 Touch, to see if they could convert me from my fail-safe tool.

These clever little things don’t have on/off or temperature buttons, you just touch the plates together to turn them on and they swiftly reach 195°C. You can then lower the temperature to 165°C by touching the plates together twice – a setting which is perfect for finer hair. 

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Cloud 9 straighteners - The Style Tag

When you’ve finished preening your locks, simply put them down for 30 seconds and they turn themselves off. Genius!

The C9 Touch, c/o Cloud 9

So how did they fare against my trusty GHDs?

Overall, the results were much better. The plates are smoother and glide through my hair easier than their competition. I’m certain that my current pair of GHDs are not as good as the first set I owned – in fact, I found from using friends’ pairs that each set have varying results. I only have to run these down each section once to achieved smoother hair and with a quick twist at the end, they gave me a relaxed ‘do in less than 20 minutes – not bad going for hair as long and thick as mine. If you’re an avid straightener and due a new set, I fully recommend giving these guys a whirl.

Which brand of straighteners are your favourite?

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The Perfect Jumpsuit

A week doesn’t go by without some form of impromptu drink happening after work. You know what it’s like – one drink turns into two, two turns into a bottle, and suddenly you’re sat in a restaurant eating dinner and ordering a multitude of cocktails.

With these kind of shenanigans becoming a regular occurrence, it helps to find outfits that can take me from day to night, without too much fuss.

Introducing my favourite jumpsuit

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UK Fashion Blog - The Style Tag

Comfy enough for a day chained to the desk, but with the ability to make me appear like I scrub up alright in a bar, it’s perfect for both settings. The non-crease fabric is an added bonus and as always, black is the safest option if I’m going to be out of the house for over 12 hours and in the company of adults (I’m a spiller).

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Jumpsuit, c/o Warehouse // Belt, Matalan // Shoes, New Look

I won’t gloss over the fact that jumpsuits are notoriously the WORST garment to wear when you’re going to be indulging a fair bit of liquid, but as they say, you can’t have it all.

What are your best outfits for desk to bar activities?

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Rips and Stripes

Today is a big day for me.

Not only have I finally mastered my new camera (shooting in front of a window is apparently really hard), but as I’ve also run approximately 10 miles going back and forth to the tripod, I don’t need to hit the gym this month.

Excellent work all round.

With the whole ‘taking photos on my tod’ thing firmly in hand, I finally get to start sharing my outfits again. As if that alone wasn’t bringing me joy, I even get to do it from the comfort of my own home and not get shouted at by strangers.  It’s like all my Christmases have come at once!

Despite the warmer weather coaxing my legs out every now and then, I just can’t help but reach for my jeans day in day out. With my heart telling me to invest in a ripped-at-the-knee pair but my bank balance saying no, I hotfooted  it down to H&M, picked up a pair of their basic jeans for £7 and got scissor happy!

Now admittedly I did actually miss my knees by around 2 inches, a fairly fatal error, but it’s not too shabby for a first attempt.

With this fine knit jumper at only £8 in the F&F sale, this whole outfit adds up to the grand total of £35. For a whole outfit. Even the shoes. I know, ridiculously good value.

Top, F&F // Jeans, H&M // Heels, c/o Desire

Have you found any good bargains recently?

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Key Items For New York

As you’re reading this, I’ll be somewhere in the sky on my way to the Big Apple.

I know, I hate me too!

Packing for any holiday is an exciting prospect in my book, but there’s something about planning outfits for New York that really got me going. With a mix of long days walking and even longer evenings partying, I invested in a pair of trainers for the first time in my adult life and picked up a few other key pieces too…

Photo credit: Tom Joy

 Fedora - Topshop // Jacket, Primark // Clutch, River Island // Necklace, Adorn Accessories // Dylan watch, c/o Tommy Hilfiger // Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch // Gold Watch, c/o Coach // Dress, Asos // Jeans, H&M // Sunglasses, H&M // Cuff, c/0 Topshop // New Balance, Schuh // MUA Palette // Heels, New Look

These New Balance 410s are the perfect mix of practicality and style, and when paired with this dusty pink fedora and rather jazzy Primark jacket, there’s not even a hint of gym-chic in sight! With a series of slinky dresses for the evening, accessorised with chunky jewellery, simple heels and a statement clutch, and 3 (yes, 3) watches to choose from, I’m all set for seeing what New York has to offer from dawn till…well..dawn!

Which key pieces are you investing in this spring?

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