Friday, October 20, 2017

Two weeks in NYC | PT2

This is part two of my little two-week New York diary (check part one first). I prolonged my trip for another week which gave me a little more time in the city for fun things but mostly serious things (I might be able to share more soon). Some things I did: my favorite workout class, a crazy sample sale and a classic New York rooftop party. I couldn't have asked for a better time! 

As I mentioned at the end of part one, I met up with some friends after brunch and we wandered around all afternoon. I showed them Saturdays (menswear, super nice basics) and the little courtyard in the back. I love this spot! // One friend was staying at the Nomo Soho hotel so I took the mandatory blogger pic at the entrance ;)

I'd never been upstairs in the hotel, and while the decor of the whole place is not my style at all, the view kind of makes up for it, don't you think? Also, am I the only one that makes people pose when I see a good photo opportunity? 

One friend wanted to see the High Line before leaving New York so we headed to the Meatpacking District. There was an incredible moment with smoke (from??) and sunlight, that doesn't quite translate into the picture but it looked so surreal. // I love the High Line, it's one of my favorite places in New York, no matter how crowded it is. The views are amazing. 

Some of you asked me if I could tell a bit more about the outfits I post on insta so here it is: my sister's shirt from Graciela Naum, dress new H&M Studio Collection (love this one), shoes old Massimo Dutti, bag Céline. // I've never been to Pizza Beach although I walked past a million times. Looks pretty cozy always! Anyone tried it?

Can never get enough of New York corners. Left Broadway Soho, right Bleecker St. West Village. 

After the longest day walking around (and having started the day with Crossfit), I had to find new energy to go to a rooftop party at some new friends'. But it was so much fun and just look at the view... I secretly love seeing how other people live in New York! 

Because I don't have an actual home in New York, I filled up three friends' homes with flowers. Hah, I can't help myself when I see pretty flowers, and it always makes people happy. // We had a late dinner at Ludlow House, the food in the bar is really nice though I've heard the restaurant upstairs is incredible. 

Met a good friend for a gooood brunch at Epistrophy. I love this spot, it's never too crowded, they have good food and the vibe is chill! 

I felt like treating myself to a nice manicure and I found a $10 mani at Orchard Nails & Spa. The Chinese are never the friendliest but it's efficient and ridiculously cheap so I can't complain. // Orchard Street, "my street" for two weeks! 

I passed by this NYU building and it reminded me so much of Constance in Gossip Girl, but I know this is not the actual building they used in the show. // Sabah organized a little Sunday party and the weather was perfect for it! 

After the event we were tired and hungry, so we headed for an early dinner at one of our favorite Mexican places, Rosie's. Probably the best guac in New York, though I can't decide between this one or Atla's...

I love that there are so many affordable fast meal options in New York. Sweetgreen, Inday and Dig Inn are some of my top favorites. // I had this super tasty bowl with grains, greens and roasted sweet potato. So simple, so good.

Cadillac House was one of my go-to study spots since they have a Joe Coffee café inside. I went back to check out the current art installation and the Jason Wu pop-up store. It's always worth checking out this place. 

West Village dream homes... If I could choose any area to live in New York, this would be it. Maybe because it feels the most European? 

Because I hadn't been boxing since I left New York, it was about time I went again. So I chose one of my favorite boxing gyms and purchased two classes (two for the price of one if it's your first time). Box+Flow on Bond Street offers a crazy good workout where they combine 45 minutes of intense bag work with 15 minutes of yoga at the end. I always end completely dripping with sweat, kinda gross but I love it.  

Maje was having a crazy sample sale in Soho so I went to have a look. It was madness, I tried many items but only left with a pair of shoes. // Another store I visited was the new Reformation shop on Bond Street. The shopping experience here is unlike any other shop, super high tech and customer-focused. It's hard to explain but you should try it for yourself. Reformation is also one of my favorite American brands, I hope they expand to Europe soon. 

Here are the snakeskin booties I found at Maje, love them! Reduced from $350 to $60, so I couldn't resist that bargain. I got a ton of compliments from strangers, even better! I had a look around and you can still buy them here. // Brunch! At Dudley's. Yum. 

Daily Provisions became my new coffee/snack obsession, good thing I left the city ;) // Kind of like this bright orange puffer jacket from & Other Stories. How often would I wear it though? 

Sourdough bread is theee best. Left: sourdough avocado toast at Ludlow Coffee. Right: sourdough grilled cheese from Daily Provisions. SO good, both of them. 

Happened to bike through this beautiful street on my way to Dover Street Market. While I love the one in London I was super underwhelmed by this one. The store is very confusing, quite small and they don't carry women's clothes. 

Sunset by Bryant Park // Sunset from the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center. 

I ended up wandering around Midtown for a while because apparently there are ZERO Citibikes available in this area around 6 PM. There was even a queue to get a Citibike by Grand Central, so I decided to walk for a bit. 

The girls I stayed with had never been to Rubirosa which was an absolute shame, so I took them there for pizza and wine! While I love the pizza, the service has been horrible the last couple of times I went... 

New York and it's motivational messages ;)

On Friday I biked to Brooklyn, which is always beautiful! It doesn't feel like you're in a city at all over here. // Fatty Daddy Taco on Smith Street makes super fresh and tasty tacos (I had the portobello tacos), recommended! 

Regular Visitors is a cute concept store/café on Smith Street I always visit when I'm in the area. 

The actual reason why I went to Brooklyn was to see the Proof exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. I really like Robert Longo's work and how it was put together with the Goya and Eisenstein works. Great exhibition! 

I had never been to Dumbo (shame on me!) so I cycled around the area and took the mandatory pictures, before heading back to Manhattan. // I met up with some friends from uni who were being very responsible and had Van Leeuwen ice cream for dinner haha. I only had one spoon because I had real dinner plans. But the ice cream is great here, good vegan options too!

We had dinner at Siggy's Good Food for the first time. Cosy restaurant and great vegetarian/vegan/healthy options. I loved the black bean burger! // After a healthy dinner, we shared a less healthy dessert. I wish I'd never tried Milk Bar's cereal milk ice cream, it tastes like a malt milkshake. 

One thing I missed about New York was Trader Joe's. This apple "guide" is such a smart idea. // And how festive does the fall display look?!

I got some essentials to bring back home ('pumpkin spice' and 'everything but the bagel seasoning blend') as well as flowers of course. // I can't recommend biking with heels.

Though I don't get the Off White hype, I liked how they did the store in Soho, kind of like a fairytale forest. // Simple but cool windows at Isabel Marant. 

I wandered around Chinatown for a bit since I never really explore this area. They have some cool little places but overall it's too smelly :) // Chinatown from the Manhattan Bridge. If you squint you can see the Chrysler building far away. 

Went for my last boxing session at Box+Flow, but I wish I could go every day. // Friday night I had a super cozy dinner with friends at Ruby's. 

The food at Ruby's is great, I always order the grain bowl and the truffle fries. The crispy Brussels sprouts are addictive! // After dinner, I crashed someone's birthday party in Williamsburg and found this super cool balloon which was meant to be a flower but to me looked like a raw egg. 

And my last morning in New York came around way too quickly... I got up early, made my suitcase, got a coffee and went for bagels with Anni at one of the best bagels spots in town, Russ & Daughters. // We were starving but also wanted a nice spot to have our brekky so we walked over to Alberts Garden, which is super peaceful on a Sunday morning.

Everything bagel with horseradish cream doesn't need any explanation. 

2nd Street and 2nd Avenue, one of my last pics in the streets of NYC, ahhhh. // THE best host and friend, thank you so much for letting me stay with you for so long! Go follow her on Instagram, she's got some killer New York content. 

That was a little summary of my two weeks in New York. Hope you liked tagging along!

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