MAKING THE MOST OF 24 HOURS IN NEW YORK


I can't tell you how long I have been waiting to go to New York and although my visit was a very short but sweet one, I still managed to fall in love with the City.
I only had one day to spend in the big apple and me being me was determined to see it all and here's how I did it, well most of it.

We actually arrived at around 6pm in New York the evening before our one day adventure, which was  around midnight back at home, cue the jet lag although for once in my life, my jet lag actually done me a favour.. because of the time difference and all the travelling, I ended up falling asleep super early and waking up even earlier, meaning I could really make the most out of my one and only day in New York.

Visit the Empire state building - 8.30am
We started our day off at the Empire State building, our hotel ended up being only a few blocks away, so about 20minutes walking in the downtown direction and we where there, getting there this early gives you the added bonus of it not being crazy busy, meaning we could fully enjoy the view from the 86th floor, however be warned it is extremely windy up there, or at least it was whilst I was there but its worth it for the 360 degree birds eye view of New York.


Water taxi to the 9/11 memorial - 11am
From the Empire State building, we made our way to the Hudson river, where we caught a water taxi to the 9/11 memorial, the added bonus of catching the water taxi here, is the view of New York's skyline as you make your way down the river. 
If your by the memorial, and you want to tick another spot off your New York things to see and do list, your not too far from Wall St, you can either walk or hop back on the same water taxi. We skipped this part, as someone (maybe, might of been me) was to eager to see the queen of New York.. which brings us too..



Water taxi to the Statue of Liberty - 2pm 
We got back on the same water taxi and stayed on till we reached the Statue of Liberty, the water taxi gets you as close as they can, and does a little spin so everyone on the boat can get a good glimpse of the famous statue.


Walk to Time Square and do some shopping - 3.30pm
We done a full circuit on the water taxi and got off back where we originally got on, so we could make our way to Times Square, after doing a detour and grabbing some lunch in the Broadway area, we found ourselves finally in the middle of Times square, where we of course wasted a few hours shopping.



A quick look at Grand Central Station - 7pm
Ok, so this ones not really a major sight seeing spot, but it was on-route back to our hotel anyway, so we thought why not have a little look around, still pretty impressive compared to my local train station, lets be fair. 

A stroll around Central Park - 7.30am
So we had a little time in the morning before we was due to head to the Caribbean, so we took a walk uptown to Central Park and had an early morning stroll before breakfast, but if you really only had one full day in New York, it is possible to spend less time eating and shopping like we did and squeeze it in before or after Times Square, as its not actually that far away.


Its funny to think most days I've barely been able to achieve getting dressed and out of my PJ's before 2 in the afternoon, yet in New York, I managed to see most of its highlights in the same amount of time. It was safe to say though my legs where not ok the next day due to the excessive amount of walking achieved but I would do it all over again, I absolutely fell in love with New York, funny because I really didn't think I would as I'm not or at least I never thought I was a big city kind of girl, but New York you won me over. 
It was so easy to get around on foot, the numbered streets and block system is the best invention ever, and there is plenty to see and do to keep you busy and entertained, just try and avoid getting a photo with Elmo in Times Square.

Hopefully this post may help some of you out with your future trips to New York, if your not yet planning a trip to New York, I highly recommend, and who knows maybe this post has inspired you to go.
Let me know in the comments if you have been to New York before and if so whats your favourite part, or let me know where you recommend that I visit next? 


ARMY

Missguided jacket | River Island dress | DIY crop top | Public Desire shoes | Missguided bag | Primark pom pom | Saint glasses | H&M fedora

I finally bit the bullet (no pun intended) and got myself a camo jacket, I found this one on Missguided, I liked how its slightly faded and its not over done with any extras like studs or badges etc. I paired it today with this denim dress from River Island, you know got to let the legs have their last day out in the sun because lets face it living in England, they won't be out for the next six months, maybe even longer than that. Oh winter I love you really, sort of not as much as summer or spring, or autumn but your a solid fourth out of all the seasons..
Also, you can't really see it in the photos, but I made another crop top out of a pair of tights, I did a blog post about it way back at the very beginning, check it out here.

Let me know in the comments your favourite season?

LETS TALK ANXIETY

                               | Photo cred. Liberian |

It took me days to finish this post, I kept stopping and starting, deleting and re-writing.. Not because I wanted it to be perfect because once I pressed publish, once I share my story for anyone and everyone to see.. I would be finally admitting to myself that I had, that I have Anxiety.

Lets start of by saying because believe it or not I thought this myself.. Yes I am yet another blogger who suffers from Anxiety. I get it, it seems like every blogger and their cat these days suffers from Anxiety and for that reason alone I held off from wanting to even publish this post.. but I have been learning a lot recently about myself and about my Anxiety and I want this blog to be completely personal to me, yeah I may look happy in my day to day life, my twitter may be me being the sarcastic human being that I am but in all honesty there are days where I don't even want to talk to anyone, getting out of bed and dressing myself seems like a struggle, days where I worry so much I get myself in such a state that I send myself in to a panic attack. 

I still don't really have any f*cking idea what Anxiety is, but I really want to share my side of my story, not only for other people that may suffer from Anxiety and not only for you guys to get to know another side of me but I wanted to also write this for me.. I don't know I feel like I'm finally coming to terms with my situation now, I was in denial for a long time, although I had been to the doctors on so many occasions and I have fully been diagnosed with Anxiety, I still couldn't get my head around it. I convinced myself that I was just using it as an excuse, a way to get me out of situations that made me feel uncomfortable, which actually probably made my Anxiety a whole lot worse.

I was so confused when it first hit me, I had no idea what was going on, I was in and out of the doctors, taking bloods and constantly repeating myself over and over to be told maybe its just a 'blip' in my life. I couldn't even face work at this point, I was unable to watch a customer walk through the door without having a panic attack.. and still to this day I don't know why it started, what caused it.. it just happened. I ended up being signed off work for 6 weeks, 6 weeks where I just sat in my room or in the garden thinking and of course worrying about what was happening to me. Was I depressed? Did I have an illness?
 I eventually got diagnosed with Anxiety and told I should go see a therapist.. For a while I got 'better' I think just having something to call what was going on with me was enough to settle me down for a while.

On a bad day.. my mind can completely be overruled by my thoughts, its like I'm having a battle with myself in my head. I know whatever it may be that I'm worrying about is minor and that I'm just over thinking it, but I can't stop myself. Its a vicious spiral, you over think, you worry, you over think some more, before you know it you can't breathe, you can't stop shaking or crying, your scratching your hand till its raw.. all the while your 'normal self' is in the back of your head, saying to yourself what are you doing?! Stop being an idiot, calm yourself down. Its hard to explain the feeling, I know some of you out there may be able to relate, but all I know is that its tiring, it makes me feel dare i say it crazy. Although I have more good days then bad these days, I know it will probably never just disappear,  I don't know whether its always been in my personality, I mean I have always been a bit of a worrier but not to this extent or maybe its due to personal events that have happened in my life, who knows.. All I know is that its real and it affects more and more people everyday, in different ways, caused by different situations.

I don't really know what my point to this post is, I guess I just wanted to say not only to others but to myself also that its ok to have Anxiety, its not a weakness, it just means you care to much and that certainly isn't a bad thing, well not in my eyes.. Back when I didn't have Anxiety, I didn't really know much about it, if anything at all, as bad as it sounds yes I was one of those people who just chucked it under the same umbrella as depression and other mental health issues by doing this, I couldn't really relate to people who suffer from Anxiety, I couldn't help them, calm them down if they where having a panic attack, I had no idea. Its been a long road for me and my Anxiety, and I guess its not going to be a smooth one to the finish either.. but without it I wouldn't be who I am today.. 

AUTUMN SUN

All Saints jacket | New Look top | River Island jeans | Topshop boots | Urban Outfitters sunglasses | H&M fedora | Missguided bag

I love how there is now a slight chill in the air but its still sunny.. Hello Autumn!
Although I'm very much a summer lover, I do prefer A/W style, I mean this jumper from New Look has got to be my favourite purchase so far, I love the colour combination the burgundy with the small pink stripe detail with the black, the high neck, the crop, just everything and to top it off I think it was only £20 maybe.
I paired it today with my Mom jeans from River Island, I love the fit of these jeans, I struggle a bit with baggy style jeans because I have stick legs, sometimes the baggy style is actually just baggy, if that makes sense, but these River ones fit perfectly, I noticed they do them in black as well and I'm almost certain that will be my next purchase.

Let me know in the comments, whats your favourite thing about Autumn?

THE RED STRIPE

H&M jumper | H&M trousers | Missguided bag | Lamoda (different colour) sunglasses | H&M fedora | Adidas trainers

Your going to realise pretty quickly that Im loving H&M recently, everything I seem to be purchasing and posting is nine times out of ten from H&M. They always seem to just nail A/W style. I literally have this jumper in both the grey and the pink and no joke I had to stop myself from purchasing the green one too, best thing about it, its oversized, its cosy and its only £15.
These trousers, also H&M.. Amazing right?! I love the zip detail at the bottom, you can have them flared like I have done or you can do them up. I don't know I feel like this outfits a very kind of LFW vibe.

Let me know in the comments, what did you or would you of worn to LFW?
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