A picture tells a thousand words so I tried to document the highlights of my NYC trip in pictures – complete with little mini write ups. So if you’re heading to NYC and want to do some touristy stuff but want to experience some slightly different things too then I got you.
With some of these posts you can scroll across too so don’t miss the extra pictures and videos!
We returned to New York after eloping here in January 2016 so it will always have a very special place in my heart. I was 6 months pregnant at the time and felt like an actual whale so I didn’t bother going to Sephora or doing any of the shopping stuff as I felt like utter crap about myself (perfect time to get married right? Swear to god, pregnancy sends you loopy). Plus we visited in the middle of winter and it’s a very different place in the summer.
I would deffo recommend eloping to anyone who doesn’t fancy the fuss of organising a big white wedding (I don’t know how you brides do it!), it was a lovely day, all about us and the wedding pictures are out of this world. You can read all about how we did it and what you need to do if you want to do it too here.
No trip to the airport is complete without a duty free raid. Smashed my bronzer when I was out yesterday 🙈 so thanks for everyone's suggestions on what to buy to replace it! Going on a flight, especially long haul, it's dead important to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes (no jeans or play suits!!) – leggings and a loose fitting shirt are perfect. I love this shirt from @riverisland because it's dead pretty but dead comfy https://goo.gl/Yu6aej … just need to work overtime to make sure I don't spill anything on it 😆
It's not even 10am and I've already shown my ass to crowds of people outside Madison Square Gardens. Marilyn Monroe made this look easy and that's why she's an icon 😆 me, not so much! Hat: @aldo_shoes Glasses: @thesassybird www.TheSassyBird.com Coat: @justfabonline T-shirt: @rocktopusmerch Skirt: New Look http://tidd.ly/ba51f46b Shoes: @justfabonline again.
An absolute must for any sex and the city fan is of course Carrie's stoop. You'll find it at 66 Perry Street in the village and while you might have to wait to get a picture on the actual stoop (and there's a chain over it) the whole area is just full of pretty stoops 😍 – t shirt from @rocktopusmerch
Cora. Available for all modelling jobs even in sweaty conditions. No seriously I've had a few questions about what it's like taking a baby to NYC and on a plane so here's my top tips: 1. If you're flying with an airline that offers cots, request one, because it hooks onto the bulkhead and you get extra legroom for free 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 plus it's nice to have somewhere for them to actually get some sleep – we flew @virginatlantic because I have an airmiles account and I managed to save up enough for free flights – yasss. 2. Get yourself a lightweight buggy/stroller – there's one from @mothercareuk called the XSS and honest to god, it folds down into a little square, weighs next to nothing, and comes with its own carry bag about the size and shape of a tote bag. You can buy a clip on Sun parasol too 👌🏽3. You can get whole milk from any corner shop and serve it cold to keep them cool if they're not a big water drinker. That's all I have for now 😆
I've done New York in the winter and in the spring but in the summer, like Liverpool, it just seems to have an extra magic. Everything looks more vivid and beautiful. Today, this heat deffo calls for a picnic in Central Park! Top and pants co-ord from Glamorous at Very http://tidd.ly/99024563 Hat: Dorothy Perkins @outfitfashionuk Flip flops: Havianas from @century21stores – my feet are covered in blisters so these are like walking on clouds 😂
Well we WERE supposed to be going for a picnic in Central Park but after this breakfast (eggs benedict – recommended by someone on here) I don't think we'll be eating again for a while! If you're going to NY a great place to go for breakfast is the Tick Tock diner under the Wyndham New Yorker on 8th and 34th 👌🏽
Loved seeing all the brides getting their photos done in Central Park – takes me back. There was LOADS of people getting professional engagement photos done too which is a bit much and formal for me but seeing all the happy couples was dead sweet anyway. I can't think of anywhere more beautiful for wedding photos than Central Park in the summer ❤️
Central Park is something else. It's so quiet and peaceful with so many gorgeous nooks and crannies and yet the madness of the city just carries on around it. We weren't going to go on the boating lake because we assumed that like most places it would be massively overpriced but it's only $15 for an hour and that's all you need really – kids under 12 must wear a life jacket and as you can see, Cora was not impressed with having her outfit ruined. (My top and pants co-odd from http://tidd.ly/99024563)
Just waiting for our pizza in the world famous Juliana's just the other side of the Brooklyn bridge (pizza photos to follow, so dieters, look away now). I've been going to @markmeliadesigns for years now and it's like every dress he makes surpasses the last. This one is a little different to his signature 'crystallised and embellished' style that you can recognise in an instant but I saw this rainbow fabric and just fell in love. I couldn't imagine a better dress to wear for my birthday and I've had at least 10 people stop to tell me how amazing the dress is, so thank you once again Mark. You're fantastic! Ps it really requires heels but after doing 40,000 steps in 2 days my feet are in bits so I'm rocking the early Lily Allen look.
Juliana's and Grimaldi's in Brooklyn come highly recommended. It's proper coal fire, freshly made pizza and jeeeeeezzz it's good. That being said there's an amazing place just in a side street off Times Sq (if you're looking at the big NYPD sign it's the street to your right) that makes the pizza just the same and it tastes just as good so it's not worth the trip to Brooklyn alone but if you're over here anyway, deffo pop in!
What's in the bags? What's in the bags? Well the Sephora bag I'll show you all when I'm home – there's soooo much stuff but in the other bag, was a bag, this bag. The sickest little backpack you've ever seen 😍Yes designer bags are expensive but, hear me out, on a cost per wear basis, they're practically cheap. I might buy a gorgeous river island bag and use it for a few months and that's fine but because I've not spent a lot on it, it's not special and it's almost disposable (for the next fab bag they have in stock). I bought my neverfull 3 years ago and I've used it literally nearly every day since and it's still in boss condition, so really, on a cost per wear basis it's cheaper than the river island bag 💅🏽 so I'm applying the same principle to this backpack. Bags are my guilty pleasure I'll save all my money for – I always dreamed of having designer bags when I was younger and it was something I never thought I'd achieve and I cried when I bought my first one ❤️
Here’s my NYC Sephora Haul – it’s very beautiful 😍
Everyone who goes to New York for the first time can't wait to go up the Empire State Building and while the views ARE spectacular, there's not actually that much to see. Midtown flattens out after the Empire State right up until downtown way in the distance. If you go up The Rock instead you get amazing views of Central Park AND the Empire State. So that would be my top tip. Go up the rock. We had our wedding pictures there and they're just amazing 😍 Shirt: @givenchy at @cricketfashion (ages ago before I had a baby to pay for 😆) Skirt: Part of the Frieda @lostink.official dress at @veryuk Shoes: @lacoste
Loads of people have been messaging and commenting saying they've been scared to take their baby away to NY because it seems like a lot of hassle. We've taken Cora camping since she was 3 months old and she went to Gran Canaria in the sun when she was 4 months and compared to those it's a doddle. She's quite a placid baby though who takes everything in her stride so I can't vouch for babies who get easily stressed but honestly it hasn't been difficult at all. The only different really is that you have to call it a night quite early but all the walking leaves you knackered anyway so I've been glad of the extra kip 😂 #coratheexplorer playsuit from @tuclothing
Thai is my fave food ever. There's a teeny tiny restaurant called Pad Thai on 8th avenue between 30th and 31st street and we were told by the locals it was the best Thai food in NYC. Dare I say, it was nicer than some of the food we had in actual Thailand. Pad Thai is their specialty and it's unreal – and yes they do takeaway.
I can't even right now. Just been to the famous Magnolia Bakery and I've never tasted anything so good. The red velvet cheesecake is just the gooiest most indulgent thing you've ever tasted but it's not sickly at all. Me and me husband didn't speak for about 5 minutes, just made moaning noises as we absolutely demolished it 😂
It's a bit of a rainy, muggy day but oh lord, it hasn't stopped the heat. We were debating whether or not to do the observatory at the top of the freedom tower but the view, as you can see, is amazing. At $37 each, if you've already done the rock and/or the Empire State it's understandable to want to give it a miss but there's a brilliant show in the "elevator" on the way up showing how New York was built from the 1500's until now. I wish I'd taped it because it was BOSS.
One thing you might not get to hear about as a tourist in New York is the highline. It runs from Chelsea to Downtown and it's an old overheard railway that they've turned into gardens full of sculptures and places to sit. It's an amazing way to stroll downtown. Shirt: River island https://goo.gl/Yu6aej Rose gold skirt: Very http://tidd.ly/3303e971 Hat: @outfitfashionuk Glasses: www.TheSassyBird.com Bag: Gucci Trainers: @lacoste
I was recommended to go to Ellen's Stardust Diner by sooooo many people that even when I saw the line to get in, I waited. And I don't wait. It didn't disappoint. The wait staff are all trying to break into Broadway (and there's not one of them that doesn't deserve it) and they all get up and sing while you're eating. A few people said the food's not great but for me, it was the nicest burger I've had in years and the s'mores milkshake was divine. So yeh, I agree with everyone else – you MUST go here at least once.
One thing I probably wouldn't recommend in New York is the Central Park carriage ride. It's expensive at $120 for 40 minutes and while the driver does give a "tour" you can't hear him because he faces away from you and he drives past all sorts of interesting stuff without mentioning it at all. I wouldn't do it again… but the baby enjoyed waving to the peasants so…. 😆😆 Top: Givenchy (got it years ago before I had a baby to finance but it's only just started fitting me again). There's a similar style top in the @asos 50% off sale though 😈 http://tidd.ly/yd5802f26u Skirt: Part of a dress from Very http://tidd.ly/yd5802f26u Sunglasses: @thesassybird