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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Beauty, Lifestyle

Hair Assessment’s!

As part of my theatrical and media makeup course I have been doing hair as well. I don’t have to cut or colour hair, not training to be a hairdresser at all. I have been doing temporary colour, different styles and up dos, client consultations and washing hair. I have been really enjoying it and have learnt a lot. We do theory as well as practical, so we learn all about hair and what to do to keep your hair healthy. I’ve learnt the proper technique for washing and styling hair and what I’m most proud of is I learnt to French plait. These are some of the assessments I’ve completed so far.

Conditioning Treatment, Blow-dry and Straighten:

Setting Rollers:

Wash and Diffuse:

Heated Rollers:

French Plaits:

Lifestyle

Nintendo Switch Games!

Just before Christmas me and my partner treated ourselves to a Nintendo switch. I had money off in work and there was such a good deal for the Switch Console and two games… couldn’t resist. We have had it glued to our hands for the past few months so thought I would share some of the games we have played on and our thoughts.

Super Mario Odyssey

We went over a friend’s house before we bought the switch and I was hooked on this game. Its so good and there is so much to do. You basically play levels to collect moons to power up the Odyssey, so you can move to the next level. There are so many levels and hidden games within the games… its so good. I genuinely thought I completed it, but I didn’t, there’s still more. You can play two players as well; one person gets to be Mario and one gets to be the hat… it’s a lot of fun. Really worth the money.

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Pokémon: Lets Go, Pikachu!

I have always loved Pokémon since I was young, even if it is technically catching animals and making them fight! Its so much fun. I did find it hard at first because you couldn’t jump from one place on the map to the other, you had to go through it all again which took ages. But once you get to a certain point it allows you to jump. It can be very frustrating but very good too.

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Mario Kart 8: Deluxe

I really enjoy this game because you can play 4 players in the house and even more online. Its so much fun, I get so bloody competitive and literally move my hands and body with the remote… as if that’s going to help me win.

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They are the games I’ve played so far, and they are all good, Odyssey has to be my favourite though. There are so many other games I want to play, Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Zelda are at the top of my list now.

Beauty, Lifestyle

Character Makeup Assessment

For my character makeup assessments in college I had to create a character, had to be a man because we had to apply fake beard, nose and eyebrows. We had a demonstration of what we needed to do, and it defiantly looked easier than it was to do.

I wasn’t sure what kind of look I wanted to go for. You had to do a full beard at some point to show you could do it, I didn’t want to have to do a full beard for my assessment, so I did one for a practice.

We had to prepare the hair ourselves, it came plaited. We had to wet it and blow-dry it to take it out of that shape it was given to us in. Then we had to pull it apart ready to apply. This was a long process and took me about 45 minutes to do at home. We had to mix two colours together. I chose brown, grey and a little bit of black to make it realistic because my model had dark hair so it worked well.

For my assessment I decided to do a builder. We had an hour and a half to complete the full look and take pictures. We also had to do a mood board for the assessment.

The assessment went better than I thought it would, every time I have practised I’ve taken ages to do it, but I went quite fast on the actual assessment. You apply pros aide (face glue) to the area you want and dry it with the hairdryer. The pros aide needs to be dry to become sticky.

I started with the eyebrows because that was the part I was dreading the most. Its hard to cover someones eyebrows with hair and make it neat so I thought I would get this out the way first. Then I went onto the beard, it makes it easier if you cut a bit of hair, so the edge is straight and kind of poke it into the skin, so it looks like its actual hair. And keep repeating this to the shape you want. Then I cut the eyebrows and beard hair to the shade I wanted.

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Once I was happy with the beard and eyebrows I applied the fake nose. Once again, I added pros aide to the area I needed and let it dry. Once applied I used makeup to try and disguise the line of the fake nose and blend into the skin tone. This didn’t take long, I still have 15 minutes left of my assessment time, so I just perfected the entire look and got my model into his costume. I think it made it a little easier for me working on a male because they have facial hair. I got 95% in my assessment which is a distinction, really pleased with this.

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