If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen that I’ve been in New York the last couple of days. I decided to splash out and buy my sister a trip to NYC for her birthday. She’s never been to America and has always wanted to go to New York so it seemed like a fitting present, and it was her 21st after all.
We set off on the 2nd November. After a hefty long flight jetlag was very real so by the time we got to our hotel in Midtown, around 1am NY time, we were annoyed to be told our booking had been cancelled by the hotel without notifying me at all. It finally all got sorted and we crashed as soon as we got to the room. Typically we woke up at 6am so just got up and ready for the day. We had breakfast in a little cafe in Soho before we walked down to the 9/11 memorial and museum. We didn’t go into the museum but the moment was so beautiful. Next stop was Brookyln bridge. The first day we were there it was boiling hot, well for November at least so walking across the bridge felt like the middle of summer.
We got the subway along to Williamsburg and found the rainbow bagel shop which I had seen all over instagram. It was unreal, I was in heaven. We got a tube to washington square park and sat and watched the world go by with a juice. After this we headed back to the hotel to chill before the evening. Our hotel had a rooftop terrace and because it was so warm we were able to relax outside for an hour or so.
We walked into times square to have a nosey around and find somewhere for dinner. Times square was mayhem but pretty cool at the same time. We found a place for dinner which was super cheap with huge portions. I had the chilli and rice and Megan got some sort of thai green curry. After wandering around all day we decided to go for a crepe and head back to the hotel.
We woke up ridiculously early yet again, got ready and then headed to Top of the Rock which we had bought tickets for. Lucky for us it was a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky so we could see for miles. After spending a fairly long amount of time here we decided to go to for breakfast at Friedman’s in Chelsea which is a special gluten free place. Megan got the waffles with fried chicken and honey and I got the mushrooms on toast. Although the service was pretty chaotic, the food was excellent. After we had eaten we walked along the Chelsea highline then went to the Chelsea market for a browse. Unfortunately whilst we were there Megan lost her Rayban sunglasses which wasn’t great.
After we had explored Chelsea we walked around the area and then into West Village where we had dinner at Wild which is another Gluten free restaurant which serves amazing pizzas! Again the service was pretty terrible and there was a long wait for food but once the food made an appearance it was incredible. After this we went to Times Square to get discounted tickets from the TKTS booth for a broadway show. We decided on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening and went for a drink before we went to the show. The show was brilliant.
The NYC marathon was on so we went up to central park to see if we could spot any marathon runners. We walked around central park, stopping every so often to check in with the marathon. By complete chance we saw the four lead runners of the race, and they were going at some pace! Ending up at the MET steps we had to get a picture where Blair Waldorf sits for lunch in Gossip Girl. Whole Foods was the food destination of the day and as usual I spent a million dollars because my eyes are bigger than my stomach. It was a pretty dreary day so we really wanted to get warmed up with a hot chocolate and whilst we were roaming about on the Upper East Side we came across Serendipity 3 which served the most insane hot (and cold) chocolates. We sat and warmed ourselves here until we needed to leave to collect our bag from the hotel. We had to absolutely sprint for the bus to the airport which was difficult due to the bus station being right in Times Square but we made it! Me and Megan both have a severe time management issue.
It was sad to leave because NY is such a cool city with so much going on. I’ll definitely be going back soon, I really need one of those bagels back in my life.
When your wondering where would be great place to go on holiday with friends when you are in your 20s that is cheap, in the UK and easy to get to, what better place to go than Blackpool. Blackpool has a reputation as being a bit of a dump (to put it nicely) and I didn’t have great expectations when we booked it. I’m not going to try and defend Blackpool’s reputation here however it was a LOT better than what I thought it would be. The beaches in particular are really pretty, and there are cute donkeys!
I mean once you have accepted the fact that there you will be surrounded by amusements and a thousand seagulls, then its pretty good fun. I spent a lot of money on this trip mainly because I get addicted to slot machines but if you have the willpower that I don’t, it would be so cheap – I mean we found a pub which serves a free meal with a drink, could you get any better?
I am at this weird time in my life where half my friends are getting married, buying houses and have established themselves in their career. I on the other hand currently have no solid career pathway sorted in my head and just float about the place and chill, basically.
About a year ago I applied for a volunteering project via International Citizen Service. It is a government funded program which works with charities to sent volunteers abroad to work within communities working on various projects. Once you apply you rank each charity on who you would like to work with the most. I chose Restless Development, a youth led organisation mainly tackling issues such as health promotion and employability. Once you are matched with a charity you attend a day in London where you partcipate in group work so the charity representitives are able to assess you and see if you would be suitable for helping in these projects. After the assessment day, the charity email to say whether you have been successful or not.
I was lucky enough to be successful and passed the medical clearance. I’ve been placed in South Africa in the Eastern Cape region. The projects which are carried out here are mainly to do with the very low youth employment rate and the very high rates of HIV/AIDs. Because it is a government funded project, flights, accommodation and living expenses are all covered whilst I am out there however, the charity recommend each volunteer raises £800 to donate to the projects in these poor communities.
I wanted to write this post incase anyone wanted to know more about what I will be getting up to or wanted to donate any money to the projects via my just giving page which I will link below. Any donations large or small would be greatly appreciated and would help these communities greatly. Thank you to those who donate.
So after receiving some fantastic news about my Masters results I thought a celebratory bakathon was in order. I never really bake properly unless I am at home so luck had it that I was at home when I received the news. I decided upon Macarons and turmeric antioxidant bites (which wasn’t really baking as they were so simple).
Firstly I made the macarons which were actually surprisingly uncomplicated. I followed the BBC recipe which tasted brilliant. I had a macarons mould which held about 25 but because I had so much mixture I had some freehand ones aswell. The freehand ones were massive (as you can tell by the picture). I didn’t make the filling used in the BBC recipe, instead I just made some raspberry butter icing for the middle. I don’t know why I have been so scared to make macarons before but at least thats one fear conquered.
The turmeric balls were literally the easiest thing ever to made and took about 5 seconds. I used a recipe which was in The Simple Things magazine October edition. I basically mixed turmeric, honey and ground almonds together then made chickpea sized balls with the mixture, coated them in ground almonds and left in the fridge. You are meant to take 1-2 per day. I wanted to make these because my skin has been so dry of late and apparently turmeric does wonders to the skin so we will see.
The macarons and the turmeric bites were both washed down with a cup of tea after a nice crisp autumnal dog walk. What a brill day off work.
My sister finally turned 21 last Saturday. She clearly had been waiting for it for months and the day finally arrived. It was a pretty chilled out day – opening presents, eating cake and having a meal out.
The cake was unreal. We bought it from a bakery near my flat called Sugar Daddies. It was deathly sweet but really yummy. And it looked amazing.
My granny came over from Ireland to join in the celebrations. Dinner out was amazing. We booked a table at Wedgwood just off the Royal Mile. It was such a nice restaurant, with lovely attentive staff and delicious food.
They had a very extensive menu and wine list. Not too much choice for veggies but what the did have sounded so good. I got the Isle of Mull Cheddar and onion bread and butter pudding starter followed by the Basil and Ricotta rotolo. I couldn’t even stomach a desert because I was so full but my mum had the Scottish berries.
I would recommend a visit if you are wanting a nice special meal out. WARNING: it is pricey!
Before I begin, have you all checked out my interview with #GRLPOWR?? If not click the link!!
Okay so this week I thought I would discuss my current favourite blogs. I spend a lot of time reading blogs which some may think is boring but I love finding outfit inspiration or just seeing what people are up to (probably because I am so nosy).
- Cider with Rosie. She runs a lifestyle blog which features lots of pictures of her little baby. I love the photography, the photos look incredibly natural.
- Hannah Maggs. Hannah is both a lifestyle blogger and youtuber and I love both of her platforms. Hannah’s use of language is so descriptive.
- Estee LaLonde. Estees blog is brilliant. It contains beauty, fashion and other random content. I really like the design of this blog.
- Hello Giggles. This blog has so much random articles on pretty much anything you can think of including interviews etc. Its really interesting and you will stumble across some quite amusing articles.
- Samantha Maria. Again she is one of the Youtubers that I watch but her blog is fab. Primarily it is a fashion and beauty blog however Samantha does upload lifestyle and travel articles aswell.
These days I’ve struggled to keep up with writing blog posts, probably obviously to my readers. I think/know it is because I’ve had a big life upheaval and have just started working loads and loads leaving me with very little free time. The free time I do have is spent sleeping or watching TV so I’ve not had a great deal to blog about. However, I think that as I slowly begin to get used to my current situation the blog should begin to get back to normal!
- Going for afternoon tea at the Signet library for mums birthday which was so nice! The amount of food was unreal, I had to take most of my desert cakes home because I just couldn’t eat anything else.
- Tribe yoga because it makes me feel relaxed and depending on what class you do, it is an actual workout.
- Clothes shopping because how could clothes shopping not make you feel great.
- Being able to walk two and from work in fifteen minutes. I really like walking home after work to clear your head.
- Alfie (my dog) recovering well after his tooth extraction operation.
- Sleeping like a log every night and waking up refreshed.
- Getting my new pre-ordered cook book finally through the post! It is ‘Feed Me Vegan’ by Lucy Watson and the recipes look so yummy, can’t wait to start cooking.
- Knowing that I am going to enjoy my new job and that the people I am working with are really nice.
- Getting back into reading starting with ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’. Because I have not read in about a month and Bridget Jones is life.
- That autumn feeling when its cold outside but dry and crisp.