SoHo Streets

24.08.2015

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Relishing the last precious moments of New York (for now). Strolling the SoHo streets is one of my favourite ways to spend my days. In a little over a week I’ll be back on our little Emerald Isle, and though I can’t say I’m too happy about leaving New York, I am excited to catch up with my friends and family back at home. This entire summer has been such an incredible experience for me, and I am so glad I decided to take advantage of my last opportunity to do a J1. New York will always, always hold a special place in my heart and I’m already so excited to get planning my next visit over. Making new friends, discovering new places, jumping on board every opportunity, experiencing everything this city has to offer, this summer has definitely not dissapointed! As some of you may know I spent the summer in New York two years ago as well. That was such a different experience for me for many reasons. I was with a group of my closest girl friends which was so amazing. We had some of the funniest times we’ve ever had and we all became closer than ever. This time was a lot different as even though I was surrounded by friends everyday, I spent most of my summer living alone and not with the security of knowing you’re coming home to a friend (or 5!) every night. The independence I gained over here was second to none and I really feel like I’ve grown up a lot and changed as a person. This summer marked a transition period in my life when I finally finished my four year degree course with results I’m extremely proud of . New York was the perfect stepping stone before the next stage. Although I am sad that this trip is coming to an end, it makes me look forward to seeing what the next chapter of my life will bring. Things are only really beginning for me and I couldn’t be more excited!

New York Update

05.08.2015

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| Shirt Dress Topshop | Runners Nike Free Flyknit 5.0 | Sunglasses RayBan Clubmaster | Tote Bag Penneys |

These photos were taken on my first weekend in New York, it’s hard to believe that was almost two months ago. My time over here is going by so fast but I’m enjoying every minute of it. This day was spent wandering around the Brooklyn Flea followed by brunch in the Lower East Side. Walking around exploring all of the different neighborhoods is my favourite way to spend my days. I’ve been building up a collection of my top spots in each area so I’m going to do a spotlight post on a few of them, first up, Lower East Side (LES). Not only is LES one of the best spots for cheap boozing, happy hour everywhere you turn! It also plays host to lots of really nice boutiques and independent stores which are always my favourite discoveries. Here’s a few spots that I love to stop by when I’m wandering around the area.

Lower East Side:

Shop- The Frankie Shop on Stanton Street. Frankie Shop is such a nice little store that I first discovered on Instagram. It’s small, but significant, collection of pieces never dissapoints. Every time I go in they have updated stock and I always find something I love! Last week I bought a pair of Rose Gold Tortoise Shell sunglasses which you can see in my last post. The prices are mostly reasonable with some more expensive pieces thrown in too. Also, make sure to stop by Reformation and Assembly which are both on Ludlow.

Coffee- Whynot Coffee on Orchard St. Whynot is my favourite spot to stop into for an iced coffee. It’s always filled with creative types working on their laptops so sometimes it’s hard to find a table, but the comfy old leather couch always seems to be left unoccupied and is coincidentally my most-loved space to sit. The large wooden table in front is cluttered with both old and new magazines and is where I first discovered VS magazine a really nice large print publication which focuses on film and fashion. Their iced mocha is my drink of choice and they also have delicious fresh baked goods every day. If you can’t get a seat inside, perch yourself on the wooden bench out front and enjoy some people watching while you drink your coffee.

Watch-  Sunshine Cinema. This old school cinema on East Houston is such a nice spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for an evening. They play a mix of independent, foreign and Hollywood films so there is something for everyone. Last week myself and Liadh went to see the Amy documentary which was so emotive and a really intimate portrayal of the late singer’s life and character. If you haven’t seen it yet, go see it, and even better go see it in the Sunshine Cinema! Sunshine Cinema also do midnight screenings of old films every Friday and Saturday night, last Saturday myself and Shane went to see Tim Burton’s 1989 original Batman and it was so good.

Drink- Experimental Cocktail Club on Chrystie St. Ok so it’s a bit of a cheat including this bar because I haven’t actually been yet but I have the best intentions of going! It looks like such a nice spot and the cocktails are meant to be amazing. I’ll definitely be checking it out before I leave so I’ll add in an updated review once I’ve been. The Delancey Rooftop located on Delancey St is like walking up into a little jungle in the middle of the city, they do happy hour during the week from 5-8pm offering $2 off all drinks, make sure to try the frozen cocktails. Hotel Chantelle is another nice rooftop bar but there is limited seating which is reserved for people eating so if you’re just going for drinks you have to stand by the bar which can get a little crowded, but it is a nice bar if you are lucky enough to get a space. There are far too many bars around to choose just one, almost all of them offer happy hour during the evening so it’s a great area to head for if you are looking to drink for cheap.

Eat- Dudley’s on Orchard Street. Myself and a few friends went for lunch in Dudley’s last week and I fell in love with the place, they have a really cute outdoor seating area which is perfect for sunny summer lunches. There’s a nice selection of breakfast and lunch dishes, as well as a pretty tasty looking cocktail list, we unanimously voted for the pitcher of sangria! I’ll definitely be back to Dudley’s before the summer is out, and you should go too! Tai Thai. So technically this is East Village but located on 1st street it’s a stones throw away from LES. This Thai restaurant is cheap and cheerful with really nice staff and delicious Thai food. It’s also byob if you are that way inclined some evening… or afternoon, I won’t judge.

Photography: Liadh Connolly http://liadhconnollyphotography.com/ contact: liadh.connolly@gmail.com

Brooklyn Bargains

05.08.2015

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After what’s been weeks of procrastinating/having too much fun to think about anything myself and Liadh finally got around to shooting some outfit pictures in New York. We have been here almost two months now (seriously, is summer flying by for everyone else too?!) and are having the most amazing summer, but now since we are into our last month we have vowed to focus on blogging and taking photos and take advantage of the incredible backdrops hidden around every corner you turn. One of my favourite things about living in Brooklyn are the phenomenal rooftop views so for our first shoot we ran up to the roof just before sunset to capture the snaps that you see above.

Now, onto the outfit, one of my other favourite things about living in Brooklyn are the ridiculous bargains to be found in thrift stores, flea markets, and street stalls. This entire outfit was thrifted, apart from the trusty birkenstocks which have barely left my feet all summer-I have significant stripy tan lines on my feet to vouch for that fact. These GROOVY ombré jeans are vintage Ralph Lauren that I rooted out in a Bed Stuy Salvation Army thrift store last week for $8. There’s nothing like the ultimate satisfaction you feel when you try on something in a second hand store and it fits like a glove! The best part about these jeans is that they were actually brand new as well, they had all the tags still on them when I bought them so $8 is an absolute steal if you ask me.

The shirt is from a bargain store also in Bed Stuy called Danis that I stumbled upon one day before brunch while looking for some cropped trousers to cover my flaming sunburnt legs. I found a great black linen pair, by the way, that will feature in another post. The shirt caught my attention for the angled shoulders and flared loose fitting shape. And, at a mere $6 this was definitely a bargain.

The third and final bargain find of the outfit is my new (second) most prized possession- more about my first in a following post..all I’ll say is it starts with a Y ends with an L and has a big S in the middle, check my instagram if you are too curious to wait for the post. I picked this Hermés silk scarf up at a flea market in Bushwick last week. It’s a thin neckerchief that I’ve taken to wearing wrapped around my wrist or tied onto the side of my bag. It was a little more expensive than my first two finds but it’s a classic accessory that I’m sure I’ll wear forever.

So, that concludes my bargains of the week. It seems there are plenty to be found in New York if you look in the right places. Hopefully I’ll find some more before I come home next month, check back over the next couple of weeks for updates!

Photography: Liadh Connolly http://liadhconnollyphotography.com/ contact: liadh.connolly@gmail.com