What I Wore – New York City

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I’m currently holed up in a hotel room in Boston, recovering from five (ish) amazing days in New York. Rob and I have had the best time in the city – after dreaming about visiting for 10 years, the real life experience surpassed my expectations. Wandering around the West Village, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge  and riding the subway just felt like being home. I know I’ll be back within the next 12 months and it will be a city I’ll visit time and time again.

NYC is known for its fashion credentials but I actually found the city style very laidback, simple and relaxed… possibly because we didn’t really go to the Garment District, where many fashion powerhouses are based. The places we frequented had a casual aesthetic, maybe with a touch of hipster cool but without the Shoreditch pretention. The mix of basic pieces with statement accessories and cute details was perfect for busy days walking the length of Manhattan and I was secretly delighted when a New Yorker told me I looked ‘so New York’. Here’s what I wore…
Day Two

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American Apparel Disco Pants c/o Republic, Topshop blouse, American Apparel denim shirt, Converse sneakers, Zara scarf (on bag), Emma Fox bag via TK Maxx

Our first day in New York was spent getting our bearings and discovering our surroundings, so I didn’t get chance to snap a pic. This photo is from our second day, which was wet, rainy and very humid. We hunted down the building used for exterior shots in Friends, then headed over to the American Museum of Natural History for a wander around the exhibitions.

Day Three (day)
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Topshop skirt, H&M tee, Converse sneakers, Urban Outfitters hat, Forever 21 necklace, Target belt, Emma Fox bag via TK Maxx

On day three we headed to Tribeca for breakfast at Sarabeth’s, then walked down to Ground Zero to see the new World Trade construction. After a brief stop at the Hudson to see the Statue of Liberty, we headed over the Brooklyn Bridge to discover DUMBO and Grimaldi’s Pizza. We didn’t end up eating at Grimaldi’s (pizza ovens + intense humidity + packed restaurant = not good) but grabbed a sidewalk table at a café for open sandwiches and cold Cokes before heading back over the bridge. Walking towards the Manhattan skyline was an amazing experience.

Day Three (night)
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ASOS dress, Katie & Kelly sandals, Urban Outfitters hat, Miss Selfridge ring, Emma Fox bag via TK Maxx

I wore this for cocktails in the East Village with two of my lovely NYC-based clients, who gave me and Rob so many great recommendations then dispatched us to an amazing ramen bar where we ate the most delicious miso ramen and gyoza. We then headed to Times Square to do the proper tourist thing… the first time I saw it I felt completely overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of everything, but we soon learnt that the beauty of New York is found elsewhere. It’s a must-see, but once is definitely enough!

Day Four (day)
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American Apparel tee, vintage Levi’s 501 cut-offs, Converse sneakers, Urban Outfitters hat, Forever 21 necklace, Emma Fox via TK Maxx bag

Our last full day in the city was packed – we walked from our hotel which was right by Union Square on 14th Street (first photo) up town to Central Park which was just beautiful. It’s a real haven from the busy city and once you’re in the park, the noise of the traffic seems to melt away to nothing. The only clue you’re in New York is the skyline, and perhaps the baseball games taking place on the pitches!

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We also took a trip to floor 70 of the Rockefeller Centre, aka ‘Top of The Rock’ to see breathtaking views of the city, and when we were back on solid ground we headed to Brooklyn again to visit Beacon’s Closet thrift shop – more on that in another post.

Day Four (night)
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Topshop dress and ring, Katie & Kelly sandals, Emma Fox bag via TK Maxx, ASOS necklace

For our last night in New York, we decided to treat ourselves to a special dinner at Butter. It. Was. Amazing. We started with Butter Martinis at the bar then had the most delicious steaks with a stack of fries, a mouthwatering garlic butter and plenty of red wine, finished off with a banana parfait. I think it might be the best meal I’ve ever eaten, and walking home through the East Village was pretty fun too.

Day Five
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Vintage shirt dress from Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn, Katie & Kelly sandals, Urban Outfitters hat, Forever 21 necklace, Target belt, Emma Fox bag via TK Maxx

We flew out of New York at 4.30pm so I wanted something loose and comfortable for the flight. I picked up this vintage shirt dress at Beacon’s Closet for $15 and it worked perfectly! Our final morning was spent eating breakfast in Union Square park, followed by a frantic subway ride to Times Square where I tried (and failed) to buy an ‘I Heart NY’ t-shirt… I could not visit this city without buying one, no matter how cheesy they are! Luckily I found one at JFK airport. And yes, I know they’re sold in Primark…

We’ve left New York but our USA adventure isn’t quite over yet… after two hectic city stays we’re now on our way to Maine to slow things down and enjoy a more relaxed few days with family.

See you soon!

34 Comments

MISS LUCY

Ahhhhhh I’m so jealous, I loved New York so much. Union Sq is a fab place to be situated, it was one of our favourite places. I want to back now! Enjoy Maine x

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Kb

I’m glad you’re now a NYC fan! I wanted to visit this year but have since deduced that it would be too depressing to leave and I just need to live there again. There’s still so much I never managed to do in 6 months, dinner at Butter was one of those things. Also love that Asos dress on you, it’s in my saved items list, we may end up being twinsies!

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Milly

Glad you had an awesome time, New York is such a fantastic city! I especially love your day 3 outfit, I really want a grey skirt at the moment! x

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Anonymous

This is the BEST BLOG POST YOU have ever shared! I am so jealous, have fun. x

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Emily Alice

Looks amazing, I loved the 3 days I spent in NYC a few years ago and definitely need to go back!
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Lou

I love your outfits – you do look very New York! I loved New York when I went! I find cities a bit overwhelming as I’m a country bumpkin but I’d love to go back one day. Enjoy Maine! x

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LilyLipstick

Looks like you’re having an amazing time, so jealous of the sunny weather! I especially love the Topshop orange dress you’re wearing and the Flatiron Building is my favourite in NY! I’m going back in July and this post has made me so excited for it! x

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Hev

Ah sounds like you’re having an amazing time! I’m going to NYC at Christmas this year and reading your posts are making me SO excited! Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures in future posts. Enjoy the rest of your trip xx

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tumbleweed•twine

Aww, you looked wonderful in all these pictures! I so hope I’ll be able to visit New York in the future; this has made me yearn to see it even more than usual :’) ♥

Sarah ^.^

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Laura.

I’m so jealous – it makes me miss the city so much. It really is the best place I’ve ever been. I am visiting again next year !

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Harriet

You look gorgeous – love your outfits and you just look like you are having the best time! Hope Maine treats you well!

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Farrah

That’s awesome you visited many of the key places in NYC. Next time you should go to the Bronx Zoo and more through midtown as well!! It’s really awesome I love living here,

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Emily

As usual I love all of your outfits, especially the dress you wore on day five. Have a good time in Maine! 🙂 xx

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Natalie

Ahhhh, I’m so jealous! Glad you had a good time in NY, and hope that you have fun in Maine. Love that black cutout dress btw!

Nat x

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Kelly

Jen you look so stylish in all the pics, perfect outfits. Special mention to the Topshop dress, colour is great on you and your hair looks gorgeous.
Loved your pics of your travels and so glad you are having such a great time. xx

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Lauren

Brilliant outfits! I’m going to NYC next year and I can’t wait. I went when I was 17 and I found Times Square overwhelming. Our hotel was near it and we had to pass through it every day. Just seeing how much money is spent on advertising there made me feel quite sad actually.
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Helen

Ah so glad you went to Butter! It’s AMAZING! My meal there was ridiculous as, for some reaon, my friend decided to pretend it was my birthday. I got a blowtorch-sized sparkler in my dessert and the three women at the table next to us sent over champagne! Only in New York x

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Zoe

Great outfits and looks like such fun 🙂 I love New York. I am going back in September and travelling across the USA. So excited for it!x

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Helen

I am so jealous, sounds like you’re having the most amazing time! Love all your outfits, especially the orange dress!

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Rebecca

I cannot tell you how jealous I am, I’m determined to make it to New York eventually! It looks like you had a wonderful time. I love the ASOS dress, perfect for cocktails 🙂
R xx

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