Saturday, 4 July 2015

Things to do in New York City!

I recently visited New York and although I was only there for five days I packed as much I could into my days! I went with my university who have just opened a campus calleded GCU New York in a really cool area called West Village (reminds me of Shoreditch in London). So I'm seriously considering saving and doing my masters... but that's another story! 
I just wanted to do a little blog post on things to do in New York as there is so much! But here is what I would recommend... well first of all you've got your obvious tourist attractions - visit the Empire State Building, cruise around the Statue of Liberty, hop on a tour bus, browse the abundance of stores on 5th avenue, pay your respects at ground zero, stroll around Times Square, sunbathe in Central Park, go to the top of the rock observation deck within the Rockefeller Center for a breathtaking view of New York at its best. 

 

But I want to share with you the location I visited that aren't in every what to do in New York handbook.

Hotels

For places to stay I would say anywhere central will be an advantage as you will probably walk everywhere and take the tube when you can as taxis can be hard to catch.. I learned this first hand. I stayed at the Chelsea Inn hotel which wasn't the most glamorous of places but it was central to almost everything so I was happy. But I would also recommend the Nomo hotel which is a gorgeous 4* hotel in the Soho area which has been a keen favourite of bloggers/vloggers. 

   

Restaurants

If your looking for a fun place to dine where the staff sing Broadway musicals to you whilst you eat, Ellen's stardust diner is a must see. I would also recommend the Isola restaurant which is very pretty! I never got the chance to visit shake shack but so many New Yorkers love it and I was told it was great! Few other places that are well known and that were recommended to me include Two Boots, Buddakan, Tortilla Flats, A.O.C (L'aile ou la Cuisse) and Cipriani Downtown. 






Nightlife

For nightlife I would recommend 230 rooftop bar for an amazing view of New York and reasonable prices and great cocktails. I never got to visit The Standard Rooftop bar also but I heard nothing but good things! One place I really badly wanted to go was Terra Blues which is a jazz club which I thought would have been great fun. Also, Jay-Z has his own club called 40/40 which was on the same street as our hotel, so it was a few blocks from times square if your looking for a swanky bar/lounge. I was also recommend to go to provocateur nightclub in the meatpacking district which will definitely be on my list to see the next time I visit!



Where are your top locations when visiting New York? 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Bosom Galore | Amelia Review

Bosom Galore is a brand new lingerie brand which sells luxury undergarments with a combination of fine silks and delicate lace. As a start up enterprise they currently have a launch collection including the Amelia and Classique lingerie sets both of which are classic designs and are beautiful.. I'm hoping they will bring out some more ranges with a variety of colours soon! Actually you can even vote for which one you want them to launch next (click here to vote for your favourite).


The thing that is unique about Bosom Galore is that they offer something that most lingerie brands lack.. the opportunity to purchase beautiful designs for petite ladies with a bigger bust as their sizes range from 26DD to 34H. To me this is a genius idea as from a young age I have always struggled to find the correct bra size as small back sizes with a larger cup are extremely limited on the high street market either selling out extremely fast or just a limited option of colours and styles. So generally I would just have to buy what I can get my hands on which wasn't ideal. So the fact that Bosom Galore can offer such beautiful designs and fabrics in my size is perfect, especially as I can have my chosen set delivered to my door! Also what I like about Bosom Galore is that their bras are manufactured to the highest of quality here at home in Britain so shopping with them you know you aren't supporting sweat shop labour as with the majority of the high street market.



So I am already a keen fan of their brand.. But I am excited to review one of their very first sets! The lovely creator of Bosom Galore asked me to review the Amelia bra set in Antique Pink which is a plunge style. It is a lovely curved shape with adjustable straps which fits me perfectly. I am so in love with it. It has three rows with three hooks giving the maximum support but also very comfortable to wear. I would definitely say comfort is a must for me when picking a bra and Bosom Galore got the comfort element of this range spot on and I am extremely satisfied with the fit. Not the mention the French briefs which are absolutely gorgeous with antique pink silk on the front including a elegant silk ivory bow, with the back featuring delicate vintage inspired ivory lace.

The Amelia set in Antique Pink is currently available to buy at Bosom Galore – the bra is £85 and available in 26-34 E-H; the briefs are £38 and available in UK sizes 6-16; there are also matching shorts available at £39 and a thong at £36. To view the Bosom Galore 2015 Lookbook click here.


Sunday, 26 April 2015

Interview | Jakki Pay Director of Design, House of Fraser

I recently had the amazing opportunity to interview Jakki Pay - The Director of Design within the Womenswear Department at House of Fraser. Of course with House of Fraser being such a well-respected multi-brand retailer which has been selling clothing for over 150 years.. being the 'director of design' is a colossal task! So as a soon-to-be fashion graduate looking for employment in the fashion industry I found it interesting to see what Jakki had to say (and I hope you do too!)....

What attracted you towards working for House of Fraser?

The amazing brands that House of Fraser stock & the fact I actually wanted to wear the clothes.

What are your greatest challenges of being the Director of Design?

Constantly having to review what we have designed, could we do it better & do we have time to change it. I am sure I drive the team mad with my obsession to get the product right for the customer.

What is a typical work day like for you and what is your favourite part of being the director of design?

What I love is that no day is alike, one day I will be signing off product the next I could be travelling to see a key supplier & my least favourite having a budget meeting. My favourite part of the season is when we pull together our fashion stories for the look book, it’s a great chance to see all the samples together & really bring the trends to life.

As the director of design, how do you deal with the work-life balance?

I love my job so I don’t think I ever truly switch off but I am lucky enough to live in the countryside so weekends are definitely about getting back to nature & relaxing.

What was your career path? How did you get to where you are today?

I started out as a designer / pattern cutter for a small supplier making high end bridal gowns. Then gradually worked my way up. I have worked on several categories other than womenswear but womenswear is my passion.

Where do you gain your inspiration from?

Everywhere, seeing a great looking person on the street, pinterest, blogs, architecture. Looking around you always sparks some kind of thought & idea

What would you say are the top trends to look out for in S/S 2015?

The 70’s influence isn’t going away so invest in a great pair of flared jeans & team with a crisp white shirt for an effortlessly chic look.

What skills or characteristics are required for your job?

Diplomacy! Creativity & tenacity

What is your most valuable life lesson you have learned from your experience working within the fashion industry?

Never take criticism personally. It’s so hard when you have designed something if it isn't liked so you have to learn to detach yourself & imagine who will wear it rather than do you like it.

What advice would you give to a student in university hoping to follow a similar career path?

Be prepared to work really hard & be realistic. Start at the bottom to learn all you can about the industry you can’t be a designer overnight. Always treat people as you want to be treated, this industry is so small you never know who you will bump into.


I hope you enjoyed reading, +1 if you would like to read more interviews!





Monday, 6 April 2015

14 Day Tea Detox | Slimming Solutions TeaTox Review

There has been a lot of hype surrounding teatox diets.. and as I am a big fan of tea I was very keen to try it out. But the thing is I am a very petite size 6 so there no way I need to lose weight, but I noticed that the Slimming Solutions Teatox* can be used generally to remove the unwanted toxins from your body and increase your energy levels by gently cleansing the digestive system and using their teatox can actually result in clearer, healthier looking skin. Oh and it’s 100% natural so when they offered me the chance to sample their product I definitely wanted to see what all the hype was about!


“Combining a unique blend of unique tea formulas… these teas are designed to work in harmony with your body to get rid of unwanted toxins resulting in a full body detoxing effect”

First of all I would like to advise you to have a look at the ingredients list and their effects I have provided at the bottom of the page. Although these ingredients are all natural, it is very important that you know exactly what you are putting into your body! OK so beginning with my diet, I kept to my regular diet which is very meat orientated but generally pretty healthy.. I never eat frozen meals and try to limit the amount of processed food I consume. But if you’re trying to lose weight using teatox I recommend following the slimming solutions diet plan. Anyway I followed the tea regime so I had the daytime blend as soon as I woke up which was a lovely taste of lemon grass & ginger but I mixed a little honey into it as it lacked sweetness. Then I had evening blend 30 minutes after my last meal of the day and I drank this every second or third day. I didn't necessarily like the taste of the evening blend as it was very bitter so it made me feel a little sick but I stuck through it! Also, the evening blend is supposed to create a laxative effect but it actually didn't have an effect on me at all.. which I found a little strange.


The Results

After the 14 days I must admit I did feel like my energy levels were slightly boosted as I had a lot more energy, but I didn't notice a dramatic difference in my skin and my weight stayed the same as my intention was not to lose weight. Generally, I had a really good experience and I was particularly fond of the daytime blend of tea but I would say teatox-ing is probably something I wouldn't do again unless I wanted to lose weight. I think I will just stick with my daily dose of green tea!

List of Ingredients


Morning Blend ingredients
Effect
Chinese oolong tea (38%)
high level of antioxidants which can help speed up metabolism

Fennel (10%)
used medically for problems in the digestive system, mild laxative, diuretic properties

Lemongrass (10%)

calming effect
Nettle Leaves (8%)
Diuretic properties (cause you to urine more)
Dandelion leaf (5%)
Diuretic properties
Gingseng root (2%)
Works as an adaptogen (improve adrenal system i.e bodies response to stress)
Salvia Miltiorrhiza (2%)
Chinese herbal extract


Evening Blend ingredients
Effect
Senna Leaves (20%)
Creates laxative effect
Hawthorn Leaves (20%)
Used to treat heart problems and believed to have sedative effect
Lotus Leaves (14%)
Contains phytochemicals and high in antioxidants
Fenugreek Seeds (12%)
Used for digestive problems
Burdock root (14%)
Knowns as a diuretic
Peppermint (8%)
Helps bloating & stomach disorders
Valerian root (2%)
Remedy against insomnia (can help you sleep)
Psyllium seeds (8%)  & Liquorice root (2%)
Laxative effect

What are your thoughts on Teatox-ing?

  
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