Tuesday, 22 March 2011

New York, New York!

Well I finally made it home in one piece yesterday afternoon after a loooong 18 hour wait at the airport. How I snagged a seat on that flight I will never know, but I have never been happier to be back in beautiful Duluth. I arrived, however, without my luggage, but that arrived today so it's all good!

As you can imagine, I took over 400 photos during my trip so I'm not going to share them all with you! I've chosen some of my favourite to post on here and I'll tell you as much as I can about my trip without boring you! Tomorrow I'll be back onto regular posts, outfit photos and I'll tell you all about the new additions to my wardrobe I obtained in New York and Minneapolis last week.



We stayed on 7th Avenue (also known as Fashion Avenue!) so we were just a few blocks away from Times Square. Times Square is absolutely awesome in the daytime but it really comes to life at night. By the end of the week, the place felt like my second home. I love the busyness of it all and the shops and restaurants. I spent far too much money in MAC and Sephora there on the last day!!

My Dad and I think we're hilarious- here I am in the Big Apple eating, well, a big apple.

We spent most of the first day on bus tours so we could get a real feel for the place. My parents had been before so they wanted me to see everything they'd seen. Bus tours were definitely a great idea because it helped me to decide where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see, plus it was so interesting to hear all about the history and the famous landmarks. I got really excited when I saw the hospital where they filmed scenes from The Godfather and the street where Carrie hits Big over the head with her flowers in the first Sex and The City movie!


Wednesday was horrible and rainy so we spent the day on a great boat trip and I had my first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. When the weather improved we went down to Ground Zero and then walked to Soho. I have to admit, I wasn't that impressed with Top Shop!! I definitely miss Top Shop back home!! Soho was great though, my favourite part being this little cupcake vendor at the side of the road- so cute!! Then we headed down to Greenwich village which was full of cute little shops and cafes. We stopped for a drink in an awesome little Mexican bar and the table next to use ordered guacamole, which the guy made fresh right in front of them! Afterwards we went to Central Station and I got all excited when I realised it's the station Serena first comes into in Gossip Girl when she arrives back in the first season. Unfortunately, all my pictures of that came out rubbish, so here is a picture of the guy making guacamole!


Thursday was St. Patrick's Day so we went down to watch some of the parade. It was an absolutely beautiful day and must have hit 70 degrees- a big change for me after living in a Duluth winter! We decided it might be quieter so head down to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It wasn't- we queued for quite a bit, but on such a lovely day in Battery Park, it really didn't matter. 



 Of course, I insisted on trying some candied nuts from a street vendor!

The boat trip took us to the Statue of Liberty, but we decided as it was getting late in the day not to get off and see it and instead went to Ellis Island and to the Immigration Museum, which was really interesting. My Dad's Grandma came over to New York in 1912 and worked for the Vanderbilt Family and we think we found her records on one of the machines!


 I think this is my favourite picture from the whole trip


In the evening we decided to go see Chicago on Broadway. I'd never seen the play, or even the film, before so I absolutely loved it. I started dancing when I was 2 for 11 years and started up again at University. Seeing productions like that really makes me want to dance and sing more. I really miss musical theatre!


On Friday we decided to go up to the Rockefeller Center to see the amazing view, and again, what a gorgeous day to do it! We were so lucky with the weather, however Saturday definitely looked a lot warmer than it was, and I think my lack of coat that day is the reason that I'm currently sick with a cold!



I wore my "I heart MN" tshirt all day on the Friday. I know most people thought I was an idiot, but I thought it was fun. I loved telling people "well, I'm English but I live in Minnesota." Having my parents see where I live made me so proud of my State! I am definitely seriously attached to MN :]]
Someone in the afternoon said to me "I love New York too" and I indignantly replied "It's not New York, It's Minnesota!"

This is outside the FAO Schwartz where the Big Piano scene in Big was filmed

In the afternoon we went to Fifth Avenue and had a look around some of the shops (I had to go in Tiffany!) and then walked around Central Park. Central Park is just so beautiful. I love that in the middle of all these gorgeous, urban buildings is this beautiful little park. My cousin proposed to his wife there, too!!



Saturday was getting towards the end of our trip and it was a kinda cold, windy day, so we had a bit more of a relaxing day and took the subway to Brooklyn to walk across the Brookyln Bridge. Brooklyn is very different to what I expected but I'm sure if I ever live in New York that's where I'd live. Apparently the average apartment in Manhattan costs 1.3 million dollars!!





Afterwards we went to Bloomingdales and I bought an amazing red jacket from Zara which I'll show you soon. I did try on a trench coat (as I was desperate to find one on this trip), but it turns out I really don't suit them, but the red jacket is definitely much more me!!

We had an early night on Saturday and just spend Sunday in Times Square. I had my eyeshadow done in MAC and bought some new makeup which I can't wait to show you. Then I ended up saying a very hurried goodbye to my parents at the airport and to cut a long story short, finally got back home after a night at the airport, a lot of crying and a lot of waiting!!

I hope you all had a fantastic Spring Break and aren't too bored of my photos!! I'll try to get an outfit post up in the next few days :]]

Charlotte xxx

23 comments:

  1. I just made your favorite picture my wallpaper on my laptop! Beautiful!!

    I'm glad to hear that you've seen the good side of MN :) Too many people see cold weather and bad accents. MN hearts you!

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  2. Omg I so wanna go to NY now! Great pics!

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  3. looks like so much fun, cute pics honey!! so jealous of you right now xo

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  4. these photos are beauuuutiful!

    and i'm glad to hear you got out of chicago airpot ok - i was stuck there once too, but it was on a trip over from england, so i was able to pass out for the night without -too- much stressing. still, never flying there again!

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  5. These photos are so amazing!! I want to go there sooo bad, I am incredibly jealous. It looks like such a fantastic trip! Yummy cupcakes
    ps. Your I heart MN shirt is soo cute
    xJennaD

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  6. Looks like you had such a great time! :) love that last outfit especially <3

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  7. I love these photos Charlotte! It looks like you had so much fun!! The cupcake shop looks wonderful (I still remember all the treats I had when I went to New York!) and that picture of the bridge cables... beautiful! I would frame that and put it in my house, seriously. :]

    XO Michelle
    http://lockedoutfashion.blogspot.com

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  8. Great photos! They make me so nostalgic for my New York trip, haha! I know exactly what you mean about starting to feel like you actually live there, settling into the groove and becoming familiar with the neighborhood you stayed in. I stayed at 77th and Broadway, but Fashion Avenue was my favourite spot!
    Thanks so much for sharing :D
    M xo

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  9. I think you did more in New York than I have, and I go to school here! I'm glad New York was everything you've dreamed of :) Oh, and I totally wore a I Love New York this past week when I was in San Diego!

    xo, Sarah

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  10. Charlotte this is awesome! Your pictures are divine. I have been to the big apple twice, and while finding it super daunting, it's something everyone should experience! So glad you had a great time. Also, you look super in all your pics!

    Lots of love
    Amy xxx

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  11. Hehe I still haven't been there...I'm more of a west coast girl, but this still looks interesting. I have an I love MN shirt, too, except I wear it while I'm IN Minnesota like the awesome person I am. Hope your cold goes away soon!

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  12. It looks like you had an amazing time! Your photos are really good too, your photography skills are definitely getting better =) Hope you're feeling better soon!
    xxx

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  13. aww I live about 15 minutes from the George Washington Bridge and Ellis Island, NJ's Statue of Liberty! hehe. Looks like you had a lot of fun over here! I can't really stand it myself but that's probably because I live so near to it. Isn't the FAO Schwartz amazing?!?!?!?! It's huge and so much fun!! Everyone can be a kid there. My favorite part of NYC are the hot dogs.

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  14. Lovely pics! Glad you had a good time and (eventually) made it back to MN safely! I love your "I <3 MN" shirt.. it definitely is the best state! :)

    How much longer are you in the States for? I have about two months left in England.. it's gone by WAY too fast.

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  15. It looks like you had a great time! Those are some beautiful photos. :) I love the I <3 MN shirt as well, haha - Its funny how someone mistook it for a I <3 NY shirt.

    Glad you got back safely! :)

    -Evelina
    effervescentevelina.blogspot.com

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  16. so glad you had a blast in NY but how could you not :)

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  17. Great pictures! I'm heading to New York in a couple weeks!


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  18. New York is one of my favorite places to visit. I was recently there and fell in love with the city. Looks like you had quite a lot of fun and adventures during your stay. Love your blog!! xoxo

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  19. I've always wanted to go to NY, but sadly I've never been! This sounds like a fabulous trip! I love how you stay true to your state, haha. And I love your leather jacket and red coat in these pictures! Super adorable!

    - Meanz (Koi Story)

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  20. Your photo's are FABULOUS! what camera did you use?? I'm going to NYC for the first time next month, I'm even more excited since finding your post!

    p.s. do you notice any good vintage stores??

    Olivia

    www.MyLittleFind.blogspot.com

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  21. p.p.s. I'm a fellow northerner (from Bolton) :)

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  22. You look so happy eating the apple :D! I've been in NYC since last fall and I STILL haven't had street vendor nuts or cupcakes yet...sad, so sad...

    Margaret
    http://myvisionsfugitives.tumblr.com/

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  23. Such an amazing trip ! I would visit NYC one day, hope so !

    xx, Leah.

    http://hapiness-love-music.blogspot.com

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