Beauty, Lifestyle, Travel

New York Goodies!

I don’t think it’s possible to go to New York and not go shopping, it’s defiantly a must. Its safe to say I spoilt myself. I wanted to share some of the goodies I got on my travels, so enjoy.

MILK MAKEUP: Kush Mascara

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IT COSMETICS: CC+ foundation (Fair)

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MAYBELLINE: Fit Me loose powder (Fair)

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FENTY BEAUTY: Pro Filter Concealer (Shade 170)

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FENTY BEAUTY: Pro Filter Foundation (Shade 150)

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TATCHA: The Silk Canvas

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IT COSMETICS: Bye Bye Undereye Cream

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FRESH: Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

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URBAN OUTFITTER: Fila Hoodie

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URBAN OUTFITTER: Blondie T-shirt

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SEPHORA: Chap Sticks

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VICTORIA SECRET: 3 X Bras and 5 x Undies

NIKE: Black T-shirt

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SEPHORA: Face, Eye and Lip Masks

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Lifestyle, Travel

What I got up to in New York!

This was the third time I ventured to New York and I still love it. Would happily go again and again, I will never get bored of this glorious city. It’s a concrete city where dreams are made, right?

I still feel like there was so many touristy things to do that I didn’t get around to on my previous visits, so I thought I would share my adventures with you and what I thought.

Bronx Zoo:

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Staten island ferry:

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Walked through Wall street:

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Visited 9/11 memorial:

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Flatiron Building:

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One world observatory:

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Empire state building:

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St Patrick’s Cathedral:

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Tramway to Roosevelt Island:

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Time Square:

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Central Park:

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I feel like I did so much in the space of a week and loved every minute of it, the weather didn’t stop us going out and enjoying ourselves. We might have had to adjust our daily plans according to the weather, but we still did everything we both wanted to. Here’s to my next adventure….

Lifestyle, Travel

New York City: Places to eat.

If you know me you know I am a foodie person, so I was in my element with the delicious food New York City had to offer. Before I even got on the plane I already had a look at different places to eat and saved lots of places I wanted to try. All the places I went were suitable for vegetarians. In this post ill be giving my recommendations and lots of pictures of the yummie food I ate when I was away… prepare to be hungry.

Ellen’s Stardust Diner:

So many people have recommended this place and I just hadn’t got around to it until my recent trip to New York and I have to say I would go again. We did have to queue outside for an hour because It is so popular but was worth it. The staff all sing and perform as they are serving the tables. All the staff are aspiring to be on Broadway someday and this is there practice and way to showcase their incredible voices. The food was lovely as well. I would defiantly recommend going here if you’re in New York.

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Planet Hollywood:

I saw this place online and it looked interesting and It was only a 5-minute walk from our hotel. The décor was quirky, there was lots of different memorabilia from movies all over the restaurant. The portion sizes were huge, we both had macaroni and cheese and I could just about eat half of it. It was the best macaroni and cheese I have ever had, delicious. Plus, the staff were really attentive, and I had a new drink on my table before I even asked, great service.

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Toasties:

There are a few of these all over New York city. We went here twice for breakfast but I’m pretty sure they do lunch and dinner too, we could see them setting up pizza as we were leaving. You go to the counter and order your food, get a ticket, go to a till to pay and then back to the place your ordered to wait for your number to be called. The service was good and fast both times we went there, and the food was so good. You must pop here for breakfast if you can. I had a bagel with cream cheese and pancakes, it was so good.

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Melt Shop:

I saw this place on Instagram and the food looked incredible. First thing that came to mind is a shop all about cheese, so I had to make time to visit. We went later in the evening, so we were hungry but didn’t want a full meal. I had a grilled cheese sandwich and a side of pickles. Well what I thought was pickles, turned out to be a huge pickle. It was so nice for an evening snack.

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Time Square Diner & Grill:

We weren’t sure where to go for our last night, we wanted a sit-down meal for our last evening before we went home so had a little explore around by our hotel and found this little gem. The food was really good and a big portion. The staff were lovely, and it was a cute little restaurant, not quite but not crazy busy. Really enjoyed this meal.

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Magnolia Bakery:

You have to stop at the Magnolia bakery in New York, literally the best bakery ever. The cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pies are all delicious. They have a few dotted around New York city, defiantly stop in if you can.

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Lifestyle, Travel

New York City: Where I Stayed!

Last week I went to New York City and it was amazing. I went with my best friend and we stayed at The Gallivant Times Square I know booking hotels can be stressful and sometimes a hit or miss so I thought I would share my thoughts on my stay in New York.

When we arrived, the staff were nice and friendly. Checking in was quick and easy and off we went to our room. The location of the hotel was literally a stone throw away from time square, it was such a good location and easy access to subways too.

The room was clean, and someone came in daily to change the towels and have a tidy. The bathroom was regularly cleaned and looked fresh. The only issue I found was the room was so hot, on our first night we had to call to have someone turn off the heaters in the room. Even thought the heater was off there was still hot air coming in so had to open the window a lot, but it was freezing outside, but it wasn’t the end of the world.

The room we had was on the 5th floor and opposite the lifts, so you could hear quite a lot in the hall way. It wasn’t constant, but people don’t seam to have consideration for others, bang around and shout in the hallway. That didn’t particularly bother us, but on the last two nights the person next to us spoke on the phone so loudly you could clearly hear ever single word she said. It was a room joined with a door so wasn’t the best. Due to her talking loudly until all hours for our last night we moved to a different room, but this room was next to a lift so did hear that all night. We just left the tv on and put it on sleep mode, found it easier to sleep that way.

The overall vibe of the hotel was good, everyone was friendly and helpful. They also ordered us a private car to the airport for our desired time and we could store our case there for $2 each.

Based on my experience I would rate the hotel as a 7/10. This is mainly because of the heating system and the noise from the hall way and next door. It was fine for a base as we spent all day out exploring but I didn’t have a great sleep while there, I was woken every night by noises or early in the morning. I’m the kind of person who needs a good night sleep. I would probably stay here again because the location was so good, and the hotel was so clean. I hope this helps for anyone who is planning a visit to New York City.  the-gallivant-times-square

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Lifestyle, Travel

London: Day Trip!

I went on a day trip to London with college. We went to have a look around Coven Garden and see a show.

We arrived around midday and had just over 2 hours to do as we pleased before we had to meet back up to see a show. We had a little look around and took some photos. We went just before Christmas and the decorations were so pretty.

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We went for food at Pasta Brown, I think they only have one restaurant in London. It was a little pricey but 100% worth it. The food was incredible. I had Penne Fiorentina (baby spinach, mozzarella, garlic and tomato sauce) and it was the best pasta I have ever had. Everyone really enjoyed there meal.

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After food we went and met everyone else at the Savoy Theatre to watch Dream Girls. To be honest I wasn’t really looking forward to the show because I didn’t know what it was about, apparently there was a film with Beyoncé but I haven’t seen it. But the show was amazing. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the storyline and the songs. I would recommend seeing this show if you can it’s really worth it.

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We headed straight home after the show, it was a long drive home took around 5 hours with traffic. I did have such a lovely day and can’t wait to go back to London soon.

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Travel

Madrid: Vegetarian Food Recommendations!

Being vegetarian It can be hard to find places to eat when I go away on holiday. I did a lot of research before I went to ensure we had a lot of choices of places to eat that could accommodate me. All the places I recommend are good for meat eaters too.

Goika Grill

We ate here on our first night. Goika Grill is a burger place, all the burgers on the menu you could have as a veggie burger. I would recommend booking online as it does get busy. If you have a normal burger you can have to cooked like a steak, rare, medium or well done.

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Paperboy Hotdogs

As it says in the name this is a hot dog restaurant and they do tofu hot dogs. You pick the one you want from the menu and then pick the type of hot dog you want. We had fully loaded onion rings and the hot dogs were 3 for the price of 2. This was such good value for money and very filling.

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Cereal Hunters

Perfect for breakfast, you can literally get all different types of cereal and different colour milk. I really enjoyed this place.

La Pecera

This had to be the best ice cream I have ever had. I had chocolate ice cream in a waffle cone in the shape of a fish, with white chocolate and little chocolate bears. My boyfriend had salted caramel, with chocolate sauce, nuts and cookies.

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La Huerta de Almeria

This was a vegan and vegetarian restaurant and it was delicious. We came across this place by accident and I’m so glad we did, this was my favourite meal in Madrid. You could see everything being freshly made. I would defiantly pop here if you visit Madrid.

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Travel

City Break in Madrid!

I do love a city break, so decided to book one for my boyfriend’s birthday. I wanted to go somewhere that had lots to do, nice weather and good food. So, I decided on Madrid. The week before we went they had a crazy heat wave with highs of 40 degrees, thankfully it cooled down a little before we went.

Accommodation:

We stayed in the Axel Hotel and we loved it. It’s very quirky and a great location. The staff were lovely and helpful throughout our entire stay. The room was spacious and clean. We slept really well throughout the entire stay, the doors and windows were really thick, so you couldn’t hear a sound. There is a rooftop bar, with a pool and a beautiful view of Madrid. It’s worth every penny and I would defiantly recommend staying here if you visit Madrid.

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Travel Pass:

We decided to get a metro pass for 5 days which was 27 euros. This allowed up to travel all over Madrid on the metro, bus, train and get from and to the airport. I feel like we got to see a lot more having this pass and do everything we wanted to.  

Sightseeing: 

We did a lot of sightseeing and enjoyed all Madrid had to offer. We visited Royal Palace of Madrid, Parque del Buen Retiro, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Temple of Debod, Market of San Miguel, Puerta de Alcala, Palacio de Cristal, El Rastro flee market, Zoo and Aquarium. At Parque del Buen Retiro park we went on boat which was so much fun.

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Ghost Tour:

My boyfriend wanted to do a Ghost Tour while we were there, for his birthday and he booked one a week before we went. The website was in English, but the confirmation email came in Spanish. We didn’t think much of it at the time. We met them at 8pm to begin the tour where we were told it was a Spanish speaking tour. We didn’t even think about this when we booked it. We gave it go and went to the first two locations but we didn’t have a clue what was going on so we went for a drink instead. So, do be aware that google auto translates website, be careful when booking tours. Luckily it was only 7 euros each so wasn’t that bad.

I would defiantly go back to Madrid for a city break, we had such a good time.

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