Travel

NEW YORK NEW YORK

Last week’s trip to New York was pretty much a whirlwind of taxis, cold brew coffees, sweaty subway rides, lingering consultations with google maps and swapping shoes every hour. But I’m not complaining – New York is definitely one of my favourite cities in the world. Although, that’s true for so many people it’s become a cliche to even say it! What made this trip so much more special than previous ones is that my brother now lives there while he studies, and there was nothing better than hanging out in the East Village and seeing the city through the eyes of a local.

While I sort through the mountains of photos I took to go into a few posts (I now travel with not one but three cameras and my computer is about to self combust with all the files being uploaded) I thought I would share with you a few pictures taken while touring the city with Club Monaco, showing them my favourite spots and soaking up every minute of New York sunshine. To start with, the team showed me around their flagship store in the Flat Iron district, and although it’s not my usual MO to hang around in the one place for hours I honestly couldn’t help it, the store feels more like the lounge room you wish you had than a retail space, complete with Toby’s Estate coffee, a bookstore and florist, oh and full sized flowering trees, if you like that sorta thing. The perfect place to hang out if you find your New York broom closet apartment don’t quite tick all the boxes! Let’s just say the day started with a carrot cake donut (!) and only get better from there…

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Wearing: pieces from the new Club Monaco AW14 Collection

I was very sad to miss the opening of the new London Club Monaco store in Sloane Square (but apparently actual work needs to get done and I can’t just flit around from city to city…), it looked like such a gorgeous event. I’ll definitely be checking it out on my next visit, if it’s anything like the Flat Iron store I’m in for a treat! There better be carrot cake donuts…

In collaboration with Club Monaco.

DIY HOME INSPO: INDOOR PLANTS IN NEW YORK

Forget about the gangs of New York, it’s the plants that are really taking over. Although back in Hong Kong now (and suffering the meanest, and yet most productive, jet lag – hello 5.30am wake ups!) I can’t help but dream about the plants absolutely everywhere in the big apple, they’ve clearly become a decor mainstay in homes, visual merchandising and cafes.  I was glad to see the whole city is echoing my thoughts about the need for greenery. Although, to be fair a lot of these photos were taken in Brooklyn, which is clearly the epicentre of the indoor plants revolution (second to pinterest of course).

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All photos taken by me in New York including at The Gorbals, Urban Outfitters, Space 98, Gant, Club Monaco and Sprout Home.

TRAVEL: THE WILLIAMSBURG FLEA

A big hi hi hi from the big apple! I landed in this crazy city a few days ago (although it feels like weeks because of the all the multitasking) and have being enjoying every moment – a few fashion week related jaunts as well as quality time spent with my brother and general ramblings around this amazing city. As you’ll know, markets are always number one on my hit list, and it wouldn’t be a trip to New York without hitting one of this Brooklyn Flea Markets. You’ll remember that last time I checked out the Fort Green one, and so this time decided to give the Williamsburg one a go. I wasn’t disappointed!

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Get there:

The Williamsburg flea is incredibly easy to get to – simply take a subway on the L line to Bedford Avenue, then walk a few blocks along North 9 towards the water and you’ll find it easily.

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I was super impressed by al the different wares you can find at the market – vintage clothes, rugs, gifts, pottery, antiques – all with that element if hipness that’s abundant in Williamsburg. There’s also a food section of the market with stalls selling a plethora of cuisines, perfect for a nosh post shopping.

I’ll let the pics speak for themselves!

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