If you know me well enough, you'll surely know that New York City is my favourite city. I always get asked the same question, "What do you love about New York so much?" Well that's easy, New York never sleeps and it is the best city in the world, you can’t find a hustle like you find there. Every neighbourhood is equally as inspiring as the next. I always like to tell my clients, or those travelling to NYC for the first time, I will never forget my first time driving into Manhattan in one of their infamous yellow cabs, coming across the Manhattan bridge, I had this most overwhelming and extraordinary feeling, to this day I can't explain it but it was like nothing else. July last year, I was lucky enough to jetset to NYC for the third time, I have to say this was definitely my favourite trip so far and also my first trip with Cal! We rented a gorgeous AirBnb on Lower east side on Ludlow Street, which coincidently happened to be one block up from the apartment I rented in 2012! LES sure had changed from the slow paced neighbourhood it once was. Our apartment was located directly opposite Dirty French and next to my favourite rooftop bar Purple Monkey, I could not believe my luck!
We spent our first night treating ourselves to the delicious Dirty French, that completely blew our taste buds out of the water, I absolutely loved the decor, it's your typical French style bistro, and the food and service was second to none. The rest of our week was spent, brunching at our new favourite hot spots, sipping cocktails at our favourite rooftop bars and exploring NYC's best sights. I have put together a bit of a to do list for any novice New York tourists:
Everyone has different fashion sense and style but there is a the infamous 'Happy Square' which is a square of streets in Soho with some of the best designer as well as boutique shops in Manhattan. Its between W Houston and Canal Street and goes as far as Sullivan Street and Bowery. Some of my favourites are: Reformation Rag and Bone Opening Ceremony (more just a look and see haha!) Assembly Vince
Food and drinks
The plaza for High Tea High Tea at Bergdorf Goodmans The Butchers Daughter Jack's Wife Freda The Standard (The rooftop is incredible, right on the High Line!) Ruby's Cafe (Australian brunch spot) Russ and Daughters - For the best Jewish Bagel in all the land. Katz's Delicatessen Purple Monkey Pizza Beach, LES Wolfnights Dirty French NoMo Soho Nobu Press Lounge ABC Kitchen/ABC Cocina (yet to try but heard amazing things!) Shake Shack - obviously Freeman - Classic American style tucked away in the alleyway. The Smile - dimly lit, low key brunch place Cafe Henrie - 50's style cafe (perfect for all you instagrammers!) Seamores Jane Hotel Happy Ending Employees only Happiest hour
Wearing: H&M playsuit | Zara linen dress | Le Specs Sunglasses
I am currently at home in Australia, laying low while catching up on emails, overdue posts and more importantly, friends! My backlog of unseen posts is quite extensively scattered over the past few months, but I thought putting them out on my blog, is better late than never, right? Because sometimes, life just gets in the way.
I am so lucky to have such a wonderful job that allows me to talk about travel, and experience different destinations like Thailand. I spent an unexpected week in Thailand at the start of November and tried to squeeze in as much I could! We stayed in Phuket and Bangkok, both hotels were in the most perfect location, which I believe is everything when you are travelling. We were lucky enough to be taken around on a speed boat to all the different bays on Phi Phi Island, and fortunately had the most perfect weather, it was absolutely breathtaking and I really fell in love with this part of Thailand. I first visited Phuket in 2011 with a few of my close girlfriends, to be completely honest I experienced no connection with Phuket at the time, and as a result I never planned to go back, this trip sure did change my mind.
For this reason, I’m extremely thankful for Thai Airways and Student Flights, for giving me this incredible experience. If you are thinking about travelling to Phuket, I could not speak more highly of the Andara Hotel. It was one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen, and the restaurant, was second to none. The Andara villas were the perfect access point to Thailand that will make me so happy to go back and visit again! As for Bangkok, I am sucker for a big bustling city! If you are going to Bangkok, do yourself a favour and treat yourself to delicious cocktails on the Red Skybar (pictured above), it has 360 degree views of the city and is truly an experience! Staying near Siam Square in Bangkok is ideal as it it easy access to all the incredible shopping malls, you won't have far to travel to get around. (Intercontinental, Novotel and the Holiday Inn are all in perfect locations).. Thanks for stopping by, until next time! xo
Dress: Realisation Par | Boots: Tony Bianco | Sunglasses: Ray Ban.
Photography: Larissa Drazic
I shot this look right before I headed to New York in July and I have been so lazy with posting new looks on my blog! I actually can't believe how hot it was in New York city, it definitely made it difficult trying to put outfits together and sightsee while we were there. This dress was literally perfect to beat the NYC heat, because ideally you want to be wearing something light and comfortable, especially with all the walking you do there!
I decided to keep this look quite simple, so the dress can do most of the talking. Summer is just around the corner now that I am back in AUS and I am craving for it to be warm enough to wear cute dresses like above, but for now layering with jackets and boots will just have to do!