Brooklyn Bridge - NYC - Girlglobalising

During our visit to New York in November it went without saying that Dom and I wanted to explore Brooklyn.

As the more laid back little sister of Manhattan it has a completely different vibe to Midtown, mostly because of the slower pace and less crowded pavements.

Starting off in DUMBO – or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass for those who were thinking of a big eared elephant – we wandered down under the bridge, stopping for photos until we reached the Brooklyn Bridge Park. From here you get the most incredible and completely uninterrupted view of the financial district, and further along, Lady Liberty herself.

Brooklyn Bridge - NYC - Girlglobalising

Brooklyn Bridge - NYC - Girlglobalising

Stopping in West Elm for a coffee to warm up our cold hands and look around their beautiful homeware, we then headed out to catch a water taxi up the Hudson river to our next destination, Williamsburg.

Home to the Brooklyn Beer Brewery and many other hip and trendy shops and eateries, take some time to wander the wide streets and enjoy the quieter side to life in New York City. The Brewery offers free tours between 12-8pm on Saturdays if you fancy seeing how the golden stuff is made.

Brooklyn Brewery - NYC - Girlglobalising

Follow your feet to Bedford Avenue when you start to get peckish, and treat yourself to some brunch or lunch. We happened upon one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soups ever. Just what you need on a chilly day.

Brooklyn - NYC - Girlglobalising

Brooklyn - NYC - Girlglobalising

Once you’ve explored Williamsburg and are ready for a little pick me up, hop on the metro back to Brooklyn and stop for coffee in one of their many independent coffee shops.

If you are wandering around on a Saturday, why not partake in a little browsing at the Brooklyn Flea Market?

Brooklyn Flea Market - NYC - Girlglobalising

Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn is one to the main streets to find something tasty for dinner, so you won’t be wandering long before something takes your fancy.

There are plenty of other things to see and do south of the river in NYC, but sadly this was the end of our day. All the more reason to head back, right?

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Sadly this brings my New York posts to a close. I hope you liked each one (catch up here and here). Next up Dom and I are heading for a little staycation as a birthday treat, so I’ll be sure to put a little something together to show you what we get up to.

Rockafeller Center - NYC - Girlglobalising

NYC street - Girlglobalising

Writing a city guide for a place like New York is quite the feat. With a city so large and with so many different things to see, there is simply no way you can cover all the bases.

As this was both mine and Dom’s second trip to the city we decided to take things at a leisurely pace, ticking things off as we hopped between coffee shops and walks in the park. Since we were there for a good five days instead of our usual long weekend adventures we managed to see all the things we wanted and not be completely frazzled by the end of a day in the city.

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Grand Central - NYC - Girlglobalising

Here are a few things I would highly recommend if you’re visiting NYC sometime soon.

Where to stay:

We had a little hiccup with our  Airbnb on this trip, so much so that we didn’t stay for the whole trip and decided to move to a hotel. I have since heard that Airbnb is now illegal in NYC and so for the first time ever on Girlglobalising I’m not going to recommend using it for your trip.

Hotels don’t come cheap in the city so shop around as much as you can to find a good deal. We almost opted for the Hudson Hotel which looked fairly reasonable (price wise) and very nice (interiors wise). We ended up in the Nu Hotel across the river in Brooklyn which has to be one of the nicest, most stylish hotels I’ve stayed in. After the debacle with our Airbnb it definitely turned our trip around once we were settled there.

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Twin Towers Memorial - NYC - Girlglobalising

Twin Towers Memorial - NYC - Girlglobalising

What to do: 

There doesn’t really need to be a list of what to do in NYC – I’m sure everyone has things they want to tick off their bucket list and don’t need me repeating myself over here. So I will give a brief overview of the things we did that are slightly less obvious than Liberty Island and the Empire State.

The High Line – This is one of my favourite things from our trip. The old highrise train line has been converted into a walkway and garden passing right down through Manhattan and ending in the Meatpacking District. A lovely way to see the city from a different angle and an unexpected garden in the concrete jungle.  And completely free of charge.

Central Park – A slightly more obvious choice, but I missed out on this on my first visit to the city, so made up for it this time. Enter in the bottom corner of the Upper East side and follow the park round to the Boating Lake for the express tour of the park. It was absolutely beautiful in the Autumn and clearly a favourite for all the couples having engagement photos taken. Also free of charge.

American Museum of Natural History – One for a rainy day. A huge museum that takes a while to get around, but have some great exhibitions, particularly the Mammals sections and the Gems and Minerals section. A bit pricey at $22 but the price is optional and you can pay less if you choose.

MOMA – The Museum of Modern Art is a popular choice again and one that we didn’t actually make it to. A top tip is to go on Friday between 4 – 8pm when entrance is completely free of charge. Make sure you don’t have a backpack though, as the queue to check it will be very long and this was our downfall on our trip.

Soho and Greenwich Village – Two places to just wander around and take in the sights and sounds of NYC. Not too far is West Village as well, perfect for a leisurely day of shopping!

Brooklyn Bridge – Heading across the water I highly recommend taking a scroll across the Brooklyn Bridge to take in the skyline of the financial district. Time it either in the early morning or at dusk as the sun is setting to make the most of the photo opportunities.

Brooklyn and Williamsburg – Explore the quieter side of NYC – as quiet as it gets anyway! Wander around the unique independent shops and maybe head to a flea market. We went to Brooklyn Flea which is hosted in an old bank and is worth it just to take in the setting.

Brooklyn Brewery – Another Brooklyn based attraction. The Brewery offer many tours to learn how the popular beer is produced, but if you head there between 12-6pm on a Saturday then it’s completely free. Be prepared to queue for a little bit though.

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM – Worth it for the Instagram opportunity, but that cake is pretty tasty too. It only takes card, but the shop just next to it will take cash.

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NYC - French Toast - Girlglobalising

What to eat:

It’s hard to pinpoint good places to eat in a city so big and varied as NYC. But I have a few suggestions, mainly brunch, lunch and snack places but they’re everyone’s favourites, right?

Dough Donuts – Literally the size of your face. They come in all the flavours under the sun and you may be best to share these (only if you want to though…)

Jack’s Wife Frieda – A hugely popular choice, so much so that we couldn’t get a table. But everyone must go there for a reason, so try and squeeze in if you can.

Blue Stone Coffee –  Where we actually ended up after the Jack’s Wife Frieda debacle. We had massive chicken club sandwiches and coffee, so nothing bad to say here.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters – Found hidden away in Greenwich village, Stumptown came to the rescue when we were looking for somewhere to hide from the rain. Very nice coffee indeed.

Brooklyn Heights Cafe – In Brooklyn (duh) serving everything from burgers, to salads, to seafood and in very atmospheric surroundings. Make sure to wander down to the river front afterwards.

The Butchers Daughter – A recommendation you will have no doubt seen on Instagram. We popped in for breakfast on the first morning and had soft boiled eggs and coffee, but they also had some very nice (and healthy) looking juices.

Other places that we didn’t make it too but were noted on my list – Egg Shop, Buvette, Black Seed Bagels, By Chloe, Cafe Henrie, Meatball Shop, Union Fare.

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Central Park - NYC - Girlglobalising

Central Park - NYC - Girlglobalising

I think this may be the lengthiest of my city guides so far! But there is just so much to see and do in NYC that it was never going to be a short post. Feel free to add any more recommendations in the comments, in case anyone is heading off there soon – and for my next trip too!

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Rockefeller - NYC - Girlglobalising

Rockefeller - NYC - Girlglobalising

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There was a time when my travel makeup bag was basically my whole collection of beauty products stuffed into a bulging bag. To me travel beauty was about covering every single base that might crop up while you were away. Everyday makeup, eyeshadow palettes, a multitude of lipsticks and various other products that I don’t normal pick up on an everyday basis.

Since travelling on a more regular basis with Dom, booking cheap flights and opting for hand luggage only it has meant I’ve had to drastically look at what beauty products I’m packing and what ones I will actually use. There’s only so much you can squeeze into your airport liquids bag! I’ve streamlined my packing process so much so that while we were in New York a few weeks ago I managed to pack a very light travel beauty bag, despite actually having hold luggage for once.

I thought I’d share those items with you, for all those minimal beauty lovers out there (and for those short on space).

Travel Beauty - Bare Minerals - Girlglobalising

Travel Beauty - Charlotte Tilbury - Girlglobalising

It looks like all my travel beauty products can be neatly grouped into groups of two. First up is base and holding fast in my top favourites are the Bare Minerals tinted hydrating gel base and bareskin serum concealer. Still working well for me, so much so I’ve stopped the constant hunt for a suitable foundation.

Next up is my first Charlotte Tilbury purchase – the Instant Look in a Palette palette. Since the price of Charlotte Tilbury is a little (a lot) more than I usually pay for makeup, I thought I would go big or go home on this occasion. I have to admit it’s not the palette I thought I was buying. Having seen the Natural version make it’s way around all my favourite bloggers, when I saw a version on John Lewis complete with a miniature mascara I thought I’d hit the jackpot. What I was actually buying was the Seductive version. Still quite light and bright but not quite as natural.

Travel Beauty - Charlotte Tilbury 2 - Girlglobalising

It’s perfect to pack in your travel beauty bag as it really minimises the amount of products you’re taking away with you. I use the blush and eyeshadow pretty much every day and I imagine I’ll be using the bronzer a lot in the summer too. The only thing I’m not too keen on is the highlighter, which doesn’t seem all that pigmented or show up that well on my pale skin. It does make a great substitute eyeshadow though.

Travel Beauty 3 - Girlglobalising

The two most boring products of my travel beauty bag and ones that I’ve mentioned countless time before. The tinted brow gel from Rimmel that always serves me well, although is very much on it’s last legs now. And the Smashbox X-rated mascara that gives really great everyday lashes, or can be layered up for a more dramatic effect.

Travel Beauty 4 - Girlglobalising

And finally the lips. As you know I’m not one for piles of makeup on a daily basis so normally I’m quite happy to make do with a very natural lipstick or a lipbalm for the daytime. This Clinique lip balm and scrub pot gives a nice little sheen to the lips, and if I’m after something with a bit more oomph for the evening I’m still very attached to the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Lolita II.

So there you have it, my very minimal travel beauty bag. The key thing here is to find items that are compact and multipurpose, like the Chalotte Tilbury palette, and also to embrace the natural look while you’re away. And remember, the less you take away with you, the more you can pick up to bring back with you (duty free and Sephora, hello there…).

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram as things get a lot more Christmassy around here, and on Bloglovin as I’ll hopefully be able to get some festive posts up before the holidays.

xx

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Manhatten - NYC - Girlglobalising

Central Park - NYC - Girlglobalising

Manhattan street - NYC - Girlglobalising

Pretzel stand - NYC - Girlglobalising

New York City is a bit of an indescribable place. Actually it’s describable by words such as big, loud, over the top – but I think these words can be used to describe any major city and don’t really do New York justice.

It’s the sheer volume of buildings, the fact that everyday things such as buses, cars, personalities, even sandwiches are twice the size of their London counterparts that make it such a city to behold. If you caught my first New York post you’ll know that we didn’t arrive on the best of evenings (it certainly wasn’t the ‘Trump’ card I was hoping for…) and the following day was pretty dreary as a result.

After the initial shock wore off we managed to fill our time with a whole host of New York City attractions, as well as exploring some new areas that I’d not seen before. On the first evening I was convinced that New York’s shine had worn slightly thin after my first visit about ten years ago, but a few days later and I’m back to frantically planning how much we could squeeze into our few days there.

I have another city guide planned where I’ll go into far more detail about what we got up to, where we stayed and more, so keep your eyes peeled for that. But for the mean time I thought I would share a few of my favourite photos with you. The photos of the Oculus below are some of my favourites from the whole trip – what an insane building just to house a Subway station and shopping mall. There were a couple of photos I was determined to get, some of the more iconic shots you often see of New York City like the skyline from the river and the Brooklyn Bridge. Although I didn’t get a great photo of a pretzel stand (or have a pretzel for myself!) but that’s just another reason to head back some time.

xx

Oculus - NYC - Girlglobalising

Oculus 2 - NYC - Girlglobalising

9/11 memorial - NYC - Girlglobalising

The High Line - NYC - Girlglobalising

DUMBO - NYC - Girlglobalising

Subway station - NYC - Girlglobalising

Rockefella - NYC - Girlglobalising

Brooklyn Bridge - NYC - Girlglobalising

 

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I know I’ve already posted about my recent trip to Berlin, with my mini visual diary and then my little travel guide to the German capital. But I couldn’t resist sharing these photos with one last post.

When I first started Girlglobalising I was taking photos on my phone, editing in VSCOcam (which I still do to be honest) and then emailing them to myself, before uploading them on here. It’s a lengthy process but I was still learning and finding my blogging feet, so buying a camera and editing programs didn’t seem like a viable option. Then I did buy a camera – you can read about that here – but still no editing equipment.

Recently though, I have updated my computer, and my boyfriend has so kindly licensed his Adobe suite to me so suddenly I have what you would think would be the dream blogging set up. Only problem now is that learning a whole new program in your spare evenings after work takes a little time, and so Dom also so kindly helped me edit these last few Berlin photos on something a little fancier than my iPhone.

Eventually I will know my way around Photoshop/Lightroom too and will be able to edit my photos without the constant ‘Babeeee, can you help me pleaseeee?’. Do you have any tips or links to some good beginner tutorials? You’d really be making my day! Anyway, without further adieu, here is Berlin looking all splendid and inviting. If you follow me in Instagram you can also catch some Berlin based content on there too.

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