Friday, 29 April 2016

New York - Uptown, Gossip Girl and Knicks Game

Friday 1st April

Friday was the first day of our 3 day Freestyle bus passes so we headed straight to the bus stop near our hotel, just a couple of blocks away. We never got the chance to go on the full Uptown tour or go on the Bronx tour on our last visit so we knew it was a must. It's a good chance to see all of Central Park and get away from the hustle and bustle of Midtown. You get a real feel of the community through Harlem and see some eye opening areas of the Bronx.

 Classic brownstone building in Harlem


Though there wasn't much to see at the Yankee Stadium we really appreciated the opportunity to get off the bus for 10minutes to get some photos and look in the gift shop. There wasn't enough to do to warrant us hopping off and waiting over half an hour. 
 Yankee Stadium at the Bronx


On our way back to Midtown, on the Uptown tour bus, the guide was hilarious and really knew her stuff. There's lots of Gossip Girl locations to see including the school and Blair's lunchtime yogurt spot. Unfortunately it started to rain but I was prepared with my lightweight parka but Mark wasn't quite as organised and had to rock the plastic poncho. 

The building for Constance Billard school, Gossip Girl 

Selfie on the bus tour in the rain 

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art - another Gossip Girl location


The sun came out after we stopped off in Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch. Their lunchtime menu is quite impressive, the food was delicious and the cocktails were tasty too. We hopped on a bus and headed towards the Flatiron Building. You get great views of the Empire State here too. We walked back popping into a few shops on the way. I must have spent at least half an hour wandering around PINK at Victoria's Secret. I'm lucky to have a boyfriend who doesn't mind shopping. We also went into Modell's Sporting Goods, just before making our way to Times Square, so I could buy a Knicks top.

 Empire State Building from the bus tour

Friday night was a derby basketball game in Madison Square Garden and I have to say it was a fab night. The show from start to finish was great - the basketball was exciting, the half time shows were fun and the atmosphere was crazy. Even though our seats were too far away to win a Tshirt from the Tshirt guns, and I had to zoom in for my photos it really didn't matter. Madison Square Garden is a fantastic venue and Americans sure do know how to put on a show!
 Court in Madison Square Garden

 Dance off during the halftime show

Madison Square Garden and Empire State Building lit up for NY Knicks


Thursday, 28 April 2016

May Day Holiday Ideas

It can be hard to still enjoy your leisure time if you’re on a budget. Those of us who are saving for a house can relate to this! No matter what anyone says, you deserve to play as hard as you work, and money shouldn’t be an issue.
I’m quite lucky to live in the UK, where there are dozens of great experiences to have, that don’t cost very much. In reality, the most expensive bit is the travelling to the place itself! Once that cost is covered, you’re relatively in the clear, and can enjoy your day without so much as a worry.
So, for those on a tight budget, or for those who like to save, I have you covered! Here’s how you can have a killer day out without sacrificing your wallet or purse.

Harry Potter Studios, Leavesden, Southern England

You may think this one is expensive, but in reality, it’s quite reasonably priced!

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An adult ticket will set you back just £35, and with free parking on-site, costs will be minimal. The only expensive bit is the food that they supply, and all the souvenirs they have for sale. But to keep costs down, just take your own snacks and resist buying a replica of Dumbledore’s wand. You get a full, two-hour plus tour that is guided by you - no more tired tour guides! You can wander around the Hogwarts Express, the Yule Ball and Privet Drive at your own leisure. There are absolutely no time constraints, so you can make the most of every penny of that £35.

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, Southern England

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You’ve seen it in the movies and TV shows, and now it’s time to live it! Most Stonehenge tours are relatively cheap, and are flexible in terms of time of day and longevity. It’s a gorgeous monument that feels as old as time itself, but at just 5,000 years old, it’s relatively young. However Stonehenge stays so youthful, whether it’s anti-wrinkle cream or a good night’s sleep, this is one trip out that’s not to be missed.

Xscape, Castleford, Yorkshire

Whether you want to go bowling, watch a movie, wall-climb or snowboard, there’s plenty to love here. It’s an all-in-one entertainment hub, and as such, you only pay for what you want. This way, you have access to a wide range of activities without being shackled to a price.

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You can go and eat in a restaurant, go for a jaunt on a ski slope and then watch Batman v Superman afterwards. Or, you can enjoy a game of bowling, and go straight home. There’s plenty of free parking too, so you don’t have to scramble for a space.
To keep costs even lower, there’s even free family entertainment every school holiday. It may be hard to access this if you’re a twenty-something couple, but if you go with your parents and younger siblings it’s a done deal.

So, whether you’re saving for a wedding, house or car, make sure you still find time to enjoy yourself! You’ve probably earned it by now.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Farewell April, You've been amazing...



1. Celebratory night in with plenty of prosecco and my besties, although you can't see all 4 of us in this selfie.

2. An exciting present - time to get planning! 

3. Delicious cheesecake on our engagement meal with our family. Can we have a cheesecake wedding cake?!

4. The number of cards we've received is crazy, what lovely people we have in our lives! This one is a particularly gorgeous one.

5. It's always good to catch up with the girlies and with a carvery lunch makes it even better.

6. I've been using my Glamglow set loads recently, I'm glad I bought it from Sephora.

7. I've been helping my auntie walk her dogs for the past couple of weeks and it's been great to get outside, reach my 10000 steps every day and spend some time with the doggies.

8. And she was kind enough to bake me some cakes to say thank you. A nice Sunday afternoon treat.

9. Meet Rory. We adopted a lionhead rabbit at the weekend so it's been very exciting(and a little bit frustrating) trying to help him settle in.

Monday, 25 April 2016

New York Fashion Haul - Michael Kors, Pandora and PINK

It wouldn't be a trip to the States for me without a purchase from Michael Kors. I had some ideas in my head but was quite excited to wait and see what was in the outlet. If you're planning a trip to New York and don't have time to go to Woodbury Commons I'd recommend checking out Century 21, they had some nice MK bags at discounted prices. I knew a visit to PINK would be dangerous but I think I didn't go too crazy. I wasn't expecting to be buying anything from Superdry but it was that cold I had no option!

Woodbury Commons Outlets - Michael Kors
$298 and 50% off (additional 20% off with VIP book)

$228 and 40% off (additional 20% off with VIP book)

Woodbury Commons Outlets - Aeropostale
$20

Woodbury Commons Outlets - Superdry
$59

Bloomingdales
$36

PINK at Victoria's Secret
$35.95

$54.95

$64.95

Modell's Sporting Goods
$24.99

Pandora
$80