Adventures, The List of 5

5 Essential Things for a New York Trip

  1. Cool, fashion forward outfit
    • Black on black on black (JK…but not really)
  2. Subway map
    • This is super useful and not all stations have WiFinyc_subway-4d-svg
  3. Walking shoes
    • Duh
  4. Camera
    • There are so many cool things to take pics of
    • Plus…memories
  5. Uber App
    • It’s tiring to walk around and wait for the subway
    • Sometimes Uber is better!
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Adventures

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Last week, I got my hair cut. It’s been getting so long and I really wanted to start getting rid of my ombre. So, I made a last minute appointment at Nelly’s Hair and Nail Salon in South Ferry.

It took a while to ride the 1 there, but the hair salon was just up the street from the ferry dock. I would like to go the ferry one day, maybe when my friends who are coming from Chicago will enjoy a trip to Staten Island. The ferry is free, so I will definitely be trying that soon.

You have to walk up one set of stairs to get to the salon. It’s open, clean, and very simple. It’s not high end, lots of wood, and it’s small. There are not that many people working and not that many chairs. It reminded me of home and I liked the atmosphere. The ladies were super nice and focused on your hair, so it wasn’t just all gabbing.

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They had a GroupOn thing going on. You get your hair washed, cut, and a blow out for $29.00. It’s such a great deal and you don’t have to buy the coupon. You could just call up and they’ll honor it.

The hair wash was an experience. It was nice, but they wrapped my head in plastic and left me under the hair dryer for a while. The lady who washed my hair, just left. They were a little short staff, so I wasn’t mad, but that lady literally just left me. I didn’t see her until my hair was done.

It was a very fast hair cut. Like, the fastest I’ve ever had. I asked to get a angled lob (long bob) with a side part. I didn’t bring a picture and I don’t know why I asked for an angled bob, but I think my hairdresser picked up on my hesitation. The angle was just a slight angle. Not even worth calling an angle, but I’m not complaining. I really wanted a simple straight cut.

I’m so sure that if I wanted an angled bob, she would have given my angles for days!!!. The blow out was nice. My hair was really shiny, soft, and I felt like a goddess!

My hair smelled super good, too. MY SELFIE LOOKED SO BOMB. I never take selfies, because I don’t have that awesome talent, so this was super awesome.

I love my new hair cut and Nelly’s was a great place!

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Adventures in Soho

Last weekend,  my roommates and my two high school classmates embarked on a mission to try Eileen’s cheesecakes. My roommate is the one who discovered this little gem after watching a YouTube video about the 23 amazing flavors they have!

We first went to Sweet Greens, this really tasty salad place. I’ve ordered from there before, but for my bosses at the time, so I never tried it before. I had the Kale Cesar Salad, which was perfection! There wasn’t too much dressing, a hint of lime juice, and the parmesan chips was HEAVEN!

It’s sort of hard to find, but it’s really close to Jack’s Wife Freida’s Kitchen and right across the street form Eileen’s.

After our wonderful lunch, it was time to have some cheesecake! I thought that we were going to have to stand in a super long line, since it was featured on a popular YouTube page, but it wasn’t. There was a group of people outside, but that was part of a food tour group. It’s a super small place, a little rinky dinky. It’s a more upscale version of a “hole in the wall”, which my favorite type of restaurant to go to.

The cheesecakes are so small. It’s not a slice, it’s a mini cheesecake. It’s super cute and great for an individual. It tastes like a dream. It’s not super rich, the crust is thin, and it wasn’t super sweet. I had the Raspberry and my old classmate got the s’mores. The other girls got marbled, strawberry, and something else. I’m definitely coming back for my birthday!

Next, we walked around SoHo, because my roommate had to take pictures of her outfit for her blog. I love getting lost in SoHo.

It’s super trendy, nice, and so posh! There are also a lot of cute puppies walking around! I love going inside the boutiques and vintage pop up stores.

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My new favorite shop to look at is LF. It’s super expensive, but some really cute/sexy stuff. I found this silver maxi, sateen, double slit, on the bias dress. It’s my dream dress. I wish I found this shop when I was in high school, because it’s perfect for prom. I might get married in it, I don’t know.

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Adventure in Brooklyn

The first weekend of September, Refinery 29 opened a 29 room interactive art exhibit in Brooklyn and I was dying to go with my friends. However, it was the hottest day of the year and the line wrapped around the building twice! Obviously, we were like…

No way, Jose!

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So, we ditched the art exhibit and started to explore around the area. This isn’t my first time in Brooklyn, but it’s such a huge borough and there are so many other parts to have adventures in! And even though we didn’t get in 29 Rooms, Brooklyn is filled with a bunch of street art. So, Brooklyn is basically a 100 something street art exhibit.

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We first had brunch at Tutu’s. It’s a tiny place with a bar and a few booths. The food was really good, pretty expensive, but what can you expect from a brunch spot in Brooklyn? I ordered the crab cake Benedict. It was really delicious, kind of pricey, but delightful.

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We stopped by two vintage-ish shops. Beacon’s Closet and some other small Co-Op. Loved the variety in Beacon’s and we actually found some real vintage clothing. You know, from the 60s and 70s. Everything was decently priced, but I’m a bargain kind of a girl. Almost got a $18.00 Club Monaco denim jacket, though!

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We grabbed iced coffee from Swallow Cafe. There was nothing special about this place other than it had overpriced coffee. My iced latte was $6.00. I couldn’t believe it. But it did it’s job, so whatever, I guess. The good side out of this purchase was my revelation about sweetening all my iced coffee with honey. It’s purely divine!

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Lastly, my friends oped for a photo shoot with the street art as their back drop. I was the bag lady, haha! I just feel uncomfortable in front of the cameras. I’m much more of a creative director and proved it by telling the girls how to pose.

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Adventures, The List of 5

5 Things to do in New York for Cheap

I’ll be posting a weekly list of five things according to a theme of my choosing. I’ll try to write a short bit about each item. Hopefully, I’ll encourage you to try one (or all) of the things on this list.

1. Taking a stroll down 28th Street.

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Between 6th and Broadway is a honey pot of pure delight that could brighten up anyone’s day! A strip of flower shops! Just what a person needs to see after a draining or terrible day: flowers. Flowers are expensive, but taking a few minutes to admire them is free.

2. Visiting the Cloister Museum.

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If you don’t live anywhere near the top half of Manhattan, then the subway ride to 190th street will be a long one. A long, but worthwhile one. Once you step out of the elevator, you’ll be asking yourself if you’re still in New York. It’s quiet, peaceful, and very green. It’s a bit of a scenic walk, but once you reach the museum (which is free, but they strongly suggest a donation of any amount), your jaw will drop. It has two beautiful gardens and lots of Gothic artworks.

3. Taking advantage of installations, pop up shops, and random events through out the city.

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That’s what I love about New York. There’s always something cool and new to enjoy. Naturally, being in a large city there are lots of sponsored events, new museums, artworks, clubs, and events. So, however you got the info, you better take a chance to check it out. Like this art installation/pop up store in Chelsea Market.

4. Picnicking in the park (during the warmer season)

 

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A mix-up on going out for lunch! It’s a cute date for friends or significant others to go on as well. Although, I know some of you might think that making your  food is a hassle, it truly isn’t. What’s complicated about making a couple of sandwiches, buying some spirits, and unfolding a blanket? Central Park is an ideal place to visit with all that space!

You can find other parks on the New York Parks and Recreation website. They give a nice description of each park.

5. Exploring the Meat Packing District

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After a nice stroll on the High Line, you can find yourself in one of the most trendiest parts of the island! Cool cafes and restaurants, cobble stone roads, wonderful boutiques, beautiful homes, and fashionable people. Bring your camera, everywhere is the perfect backdrop at golden hour.

If you have any suggestions for places to visit or things for me to do, please leave a suggestion in the comments!

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