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April always holds a special place in my heart. It’s the month I tend to earmark in my diary for an extended trip home to the East Coast, and this time last year, I was in New York City spending time with my family and BFFs so it’s a bit strange to be in London right now. April in New York is sparkly and exciting; Summer hasn’t hit the city yet, but it’s alive with anticipation.

New York skyline

I only really began to admire New York after I moved away. It’s all too easy to fall into the 9-to-5 drudgery of big city living when you’re in it, and now that I’m not, I’m able to look in and appreciate the sights and sounds in a more acute way. Behind every street corner or iconic landmark, is a treasured memory or a funny story attached to it.

Like most people, I have many reasons why I love New York, and unlike most articles on New York, this isn’t a list of my favourite places to visit. Not mentioning the obvious like favourable exchange rates, the amazing shopping or the fabulous sights – I wanted to highlight the three potential overlooked reasons on why New York is the place to be…

The City That Never Sleeps

I’ve been living in London for too long when it’s natural for me to leave a night out by midnight if I want to make it home within a respectable hour. Like an urban Cinderella, I need to catch that last train before it turns into a night bus. In New York, the nights are endless thanks to a 24 hour transport system. Being able to truly enjoy a night out at my own pace is priceless!

New York Subway

The Bagels

New York bagels are the business – and every New Yorker has their favourite bagel and cream cheese combination. I can tell I’ve been living abroad for too long when I ask for a thin layer of sundried tomato cream cheese on my everything bagel* over the “traditional” half inch slice. Always by the second week though once I’ve settled back into my old New York ways, I tend to forget to ask, that’s how I know I’m home!

*Yes, there’s such a bagel called Everything Bagel and it is amazing! It’s sea salt, onion, poppyseed, sesame seeds and caraway seeds. As busy and crowded as the city itself!

New York Bagels

Being Incognito

New York is a place you can go it alone but never feel lonely. There are so, SO many people in this city that the probability of seeing the same person twice is rather serendipitous. For that reason, New York City is perfect for starting over. New Yorkers tend to keep to themselves mostly, and what I love about this city is that nothing phases the people there. They well and truly have seen it all.

New York City

Whenever I’m flying into JFK airport, I look out the little airplane windows and my first thoughts are, “I literally want to hug this city!”. Every year or two I succumb to the 8 hour flight to lose myself to dollars and cents and Metrocards and dive into a flurry of familiar faces and make up for lost time, that is until the day comes when I need to return back to London. My last days of a New York visit are always bittersweet, half of me wants to stay forever, the other half is starting to miss my London life too much, but I know I’ll always have April (next year).

New York City Skyline

Images source: Subway photo – Blogger’s Own; All other photos – Pinterest

It’s official! Prom season is here, and it’s had me thinking again about my own High School prom experience. I was still living in New York and we had our prom at the Marriott hotel in the heart of Times Square. It was an evening that included pink taffeta, a black stretch limo, one crashed party and midnight bowling in a ballgown…

Prom Queen

By the time I was a High School senior, it didn’t matter that we were a class of predominantly female students, we wanted our prom night to be magical, and we wanted it to be everything we’d heard and seen how middle-America proms were supposed to be. Unlike most traditional American teens, I went to a vocational High School in Manhattan and started studying fashion at 14. And much like how you’d find in any High Street head office today, it was mainly us girls and we dressed for each other. But we did have a prom king and queen that year, albeit naturally went to one of the actual few couples that existed in our small class at the time.

When I think back to my pink dress, it was so unlike me. From the delicate colour right down to the styling; it was strapless, floor length with a voluminous skirt supported by a gathered net slip underneath, but this was my night to be Cinderella (even though there was no Prince Charming but, my Dad did want me back home by midnight!).

We didn’t have a High Street then (not that New York does now either), you bought your prom dress in a department store and it wasn’t a stylish one like Selfridges, so if I had the chance to do it all again, I’d like to hope that I could be arriving in…

THE “MAN REPELLER”

Giles Sable DressGiles Pink Lip Sleeve Sable Dress Dress £865, Maria Black Oxid Snow Single Earring £50, Lulu Guinness Perspex Lips Clutch £245, Coast Ariel Shoes £65

THE ‘ALL AMERICAN‘…

House of Holland Trench Dress

House of Holland Embroidered Trench Dress £595, Kate Spade Sailor’s Knot Earrings $48, Kurt Geiger Anja Court Shoes £199, Charlotte Olympia Jukebox Clutch £325, Topshop Love Bar Ring £6.50

THE ‘SPLURGE‘…

Lanvin Lurex Skirt

H&M Circular Top £30, Lanvin Lurex Skirt £1,280, Elvira Sazesh Multi Metallic Bracelet £95, Faith Clancy Shoes £50, Piers Atkinson Pucker Up Lipstick Headband £225

THE ‘HAPPILY EVER AFTER‘…

Victoria Beckham Dress

Victoria Beckham Oversized Drop-Waist Dress £855, Topshop Double Knot Headband £10, Chelsea Doll Crown Bangle Set £6, Tamara Mellon Addiction Metallic Pumps £475

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