SUMMER IN THE CITY

With fashion week season kicking off in New York this week, I thought it was about time that I published a post about my fabulous trip to the Big Apple at the end of last month. Luckily enough there was no fog or mist this time round, there was nothing but the glorious summer sun and the whole city was shining like the top of the Chrysler building.    I revisited some of my favourite spots from my last trip in January, including the Empire State Building and Grand Central Station, however I made a conscious effort to explore some of the other wonders that the city has to offer. I even ventured over to Brooklyn to admire the cities skyline from across the Hudson. I loved exploring the West Village this time round, which has now become one of my favourite areas in the city. Visiting Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment and Magnolia Bakery was a joy for such a huge Sex and the City fan as me.

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This trip brought with it so many more wonderful memories that I will cherish. A personal favourite of mine was exploring the High Line. To walk the High Line, which is a 1.45 mile long walkway with gardens built on top of an old rail line, was a magical experience that I would recommend to anyone visiting the city. The juxtaposition of the calming gardens with the urban city skyline was wonderful to witness. With it being summer, I was also able to spend a lot more time exploring Central Park, visiting Strawberry fields and revisiting the Boat House for brunch. Despite the rats and the city skyline it would be easy to forget you are in one of the world’s most densely populated cities when taking a stroll around Central Park. Another one of my highlights from the trip was the sunset cruise on the Hudson river. It was truly magical to witness the sun set over Lady Liberty whilst the city lights began to twinkle in the background. It is something that I will never forget.

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Whilst my feet have never ached so much after a holiday before, it is safe to say that this was one of the best trips of my life, I love this city with all my heart and I am still suffering from a severe case of post-New York blues. I hope to return to this city again soon so that the New York shaped void in my life is filled.

Some of my favourite pictures from the trip can be found below, with pictures from Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between exhibition at The Met.

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My prayers and thoughts go out to all those affected by the tragic attack on this city and on liberty 16 years ago today.

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The High Line

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The West Village

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Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

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Till next time NYC…

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CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH

The beauty of Chatsworth House has caught the eye of visionary Alessandro Michele, for the latest Gucci Garden campaign and Joe Wright, Director of the 2005 movie-adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Now Chatsworth has caught the eye of American Vogue’s European editor-at-large and master of style, Hamish Bowles, who is to curate the fashion galore that is House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion At Chatsworth. But whilst we may have to wait until March 2017 for this fashion extravaganza, that will be full of 500 years’ worth of fashion from notable names, do not feel the need to wait until then to visit the extravagant house and its glorious grounds. For Chatsworth is full of delights all year round. Whilst the Christmas Markets may be coming to an abrupt end (30th of November), the Christmas at Chatsworth exhibition will remain until January 3rd 2017. This winter wonderland is not to be missed, with 2016’s display paying homage to the timeless Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. Chatsworth House is a sight to behold at any time of the year, but a trip leading up to Christmas is bound to be especially magical.

CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH 2014 – THEME – ALICE IN WONDERLAND

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A PEEK AT CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH 2016

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OH! I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDES THE SEASIDE

I think it’s safe to say that we are all in need of a sweet escape after all that 2016 has thrown at us. You will be sure to find me running around the house when the clock strikes midnight this New Year’s Eve carrying a piece of coal, some bread, money and greenery because after this roller-coaster of a year I think we need all the luck we can get. But in the meantime, the best way to prepare for the new year is by planning its jaunts. I don’t know about you but holiday plans are just about the only thing that gets me through mundane day-to-day life. So it’s time to get planning your perfect summer escape! There’s no need to leave the British Isles when you can find seas just as crystal clear as a Mediterranean island at the stunning Cornwall coast. I’ll admit they may not share the same climate but with breath taking beaches, mouth-watering fresh seafood cuisine and cider that even the Royals have a taste for; I can assure you after spending some time there this summer a trip to Cornwall will not disappoint. From Polruan to Padstow, or as some refer to it – Padstein, there’s plenty for you to explore across this vast diverse coast-line. Cornwall is the perfect summer getaway for those looking for a bit of relaxation and exploration.

Polruan

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Fowey

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Lantic Bay and Lanteglos

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Polperro

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Padstow

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