New York 2013 (Day 6 & 7)

Hey everyone!

Here is day 6, the last full day (friday the 22nd of March) of our New York trip! First we got a little breakfast before going on our trip to the High Line. The High Line is pretty new, it’s an old railroad that they transformed to a walking path. It’s a little green oases in the big city. When the weather is better you can find a lot of people who are from, or work in the neighborhood eating their lunch here. The High Line is quit long as it stretches from 30th street (& 10th Ave.) to Gansevoort street. There are also other locations from where you can get on and of the High Line. We went from 30th street all the way down to Gansevoort street where we went on to go to a metro station. From there on we got to Central Park. Here, we also ha a great walk trough Central Park. We went to see the Dakota building and the Imagine sign at strawberry fields. From there we walked to the big fountain across the famous boat house and from there we continued to the reservoir. At the reservoir, we got out of he park to the Upper East Side and we went back downtown, while we past the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Central Park Zoo and so we ended back at the shopping part of 5th Avenue. We ended up doing a little shopping, after which we went to Magnolia Bakery to try one of their delicious cupcakes! And oh my, they were so delicious! And then, on to the last thing of the day we did… We went on Top of the Rock (The Rockefeller Observation Deck)! Here we had an amazing view over the city. We went around 7pm so we still had some daylight, but it was going to get dark, because we wanted to experience it both in the daylight as in the dark. I have to say that this was one of the most AMAZING experiences of the trip! The reason we chose the Rockefeller Center in stead of the Empire State Building is because from the Rockefeller Center you can see the Empire State Building. Which you obviously can’t when you are standing on top of it. After this amazing experience we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. And then we went back to our hotel to start a bit of our packing because we had to leave in the afternoon the next day (sad face).

The last day we did the final packing and went to Starbucks for breakfast and then we went to Times Square for the last time to do a little bit of last-minute shopping for some souvenirs and stuff like that. Around 2pm we went back to our hotel to get our suitcases and leave for the airport because our flight back home was at 6pm.

Hope you enjoyed reading this New York story. And if you go there some time I hope you may have an amazing trip as I had!

Xoxo N.

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New York 2013 (Day 5)

Hi Everyone!

This is day 5 of New York. Day 5 was Thursday the 21th of March. Because they said it didn’t get to be good weather, we chose to have a little shopping day. First thing of the day was taking the subway to Union Square Park. We went to there because near there, there was an Ihop. For those of you who don’t know Ihop, it’s a restaurant where you can have some delicious breakfast with eggs, and pancakes. You always see people eating this in diners in films, and I wanted to try it for myself. So we got to Ihop and ordered some eggs with pancakes. And it was yummy! We continued our walk on Broadway, cause we stopped here the last day and we still had some stuff to see. We continued walking Broadway until we came close to Macy’s, first we stopped at Madison Square Garden, and then continued to Macy’s to do a little shopping. After all the shopping we went to the Hotel to change, and then went to Red Lobster to have dinner. I got the pasta with shrimp and lobster. After dinner we spend a little more time on Times Square before heading back to our hotel.

I have to say that this wasn’t a realy adventures day, but that was because of the weather forecast.

Stay tuned for more New York adventures!

XoXo N.

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New York 2013 (Day 4)

The fourth day (wednesday the 20th of March) in New York we started our day by taking the subway to the World Trade Center Memorial. When we got out of the subway, we first went for a quick breakfast at ‘au bon pain’. After that we went on to go to the Memorial. First you had to go trough security like you would at the airport. I think it’s a good thing that they have security, but I think it was a bit much. Then we finally got at the Memorial and it was an emotional moment. It’s unbelievable that so much people died there for nothing. I think they represented and honored the deceased in a nice way with the 2 waterfalls. After the Memorial we went on to the seaside for a tour along the Statue of Liberty. We took the Staten Island Ferry to sail past Miss Liberty. I personally think that the Staten Island Ferry is the most interesting way to do this. First of all it is free, and you get a good view of Miss Liberty and when you are further away to Staten Island you also get a nice view over the city. Afterwards we past by the bull of Wall Street and went on to the City Hall. From the City Hall we walked up to the arch of the Brooklyn Bridge. Here we enjoyed the nice view (there were constructions going on, so the view could have been a little bit better I guess, but it was still a nice view). We took some pictures and after that we went back to the City Hall because there was a food truck from ‘Wafels & Dinges’, and we got ourselves THE BEST (Belgian) wafel you can get! We carried on our tour trough Broadway and there we did a little shopping before going to the Washington Square Park. It was very nice seeing it in the evening. After all the walking we got hungry and went to the ‘Best’ Pizzeria in New York, John’s Pizzeria at Bleecker Street.

That was our adventure for the 4th day.

Stay tuned for some more New York adventures!

Xoxo N.

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New York 2013 (Day 3)

Our third day (Tuesday the 19th of March) we went for breakfast at, yes the most visited place in America, Starbucks. I’m not so much of a coffee-freak so I ordered a latte as usual. From her on we went to 5th Avenue because the weather was not so good, it was raining. So we wanted to hop from one shop to the other. We started at the Upper East Side and worked our way down to the Flatiron building. Although it is the 4th time I went to NY, I never been into FAO Schwarz, so it was time to meet the biggest playstore. We made some music on the Big Piano. Then we went on to the other shops like Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany’s, Abercrombie, … At 55th street, we went down the street to the LOVE-sign. After taking a few pics, we went back to 5th Ave and went into the Saint Patricks Cathedral. Rockefeller Center is the next place we walked by, later in the week, we went up Rockefeller Center to the topdeck. We walked further down 5th Ave and saw the Empire State Building, and last for the day the Flatiron Building. After all our shopping we went back to Times Square to go to Planet Hollywood for dinner.

Stay tuned for NY day 4!

Xoxo N.

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NY beauty haul

While I was in New York, I shopped a “little”. And off course, beauty products were not excluded! I bought some products I already knew and had tried, but I wanted to try out some new stuff I heard about on Youtube.

One of the things I bought are nail polishes. 2 are from OPI and 3 from Essie. The main reason I bought nail polish is because it is much cheaper in the US! And off course, you can’t have enough nail polishes 😉
The first one from OPI is called ‘Yoga-ta get this blue’, this is a metallic blue color. And the second one is called ‘A butterfly moment’ (mariah carey collection) this is a shimmery dusty rose kind of color. From Essie I bought a bright pink color called ‘Off the shoulder’, a blue/teal color called ‘Where’s my chauffeur?’ and a peach/orange color called ‘Haute as hello’. (Prices vary from 6-9$ in the US, and 14-15€ in Belgium. Essie is also sold in Kruidvat for 11€)

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Over to Mascara. I bought 2 mascaras, one from Dior, which I always buy. It’s the Diorshow Iconic in the color 090 Black. It’ supposed to give length and volume to your lashes and it has a bristle to give you a lash-by-lash separation. Personally I love using this mascara, it’s a bit more expensive (around 28.5$ in the US, and around 30€ in Belgium), but I think it’s worth it. The second one I bought is the Maybelline The Rocket mascara. I wanted to try this one because I heard a lot of beauty gurus on Youtube talking about it. I used it for a good 3 weeks now, and I love it! It also has a special bristle, which makes it easy to separate your lashes. It gives volume to your lashes. And what’s interesting with the summer in sight, is that they also have it in a waterproof version. I think it does what it promises, and that for a very good price! (7-9$ in the US, and around 14€ in Belgium).

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Next I wanted to try some lip products. One of them is the EOS (smooth sphere) lip balm. Mine is in summer fruit. The packaging of it is so cute. It is easy to put on, and it smells great. It’s not to greasy, like some other lip balms are. And another interesting aspect is it stays on for quite some time. You do need to re-apply it after a few hours, but thats the case with most lip balms in my opinion. I’m not sure if you can find this product in Belgium. (Around 3-4$ in the US, ? Belgium).
Some other lip products I got were the Revlon colorburst lip butters. Also another product Youtubers were talking about, so I wanted to try these. I got ‘090 sweet tart’ and ‘025 peach parfait’. The first one is a brighter pink/rose one, the second is more of a darker peach color. I have to say that the pink one gives more color on my lips, the peach one gives not much color on me. The lip butters are a combination of lipstick and a lip gloss. Some of them are really pigmented and give a lot of color like lipsticks do. On the other hand they also moisturize a bit and some of them look more glossy. (Prices are around 7-8$ in the US, in Belgium they are around 12-13€ and they can be found at some Inno Gallerias, Planet Perfum).

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Next are some eye shadows. I got a Wet n wild trio and an Inglot freedom palette. Both brands are not for sale in Belgium, so I was very curious to try them, because again, I heard about it on Youtube. I like to keep my make-up quite neutral, therefor I chose more neutral colors. The Wet n wild trio is in the shade ‘380B Walking on Eggshells’. I have to say that these shadows are quite pigmented and are very good quality for the low price (around 3$ in the US). The palette is devided into 3 parts and each says where the color should go, so one is a highlight for the browbone, the second one is a darker color for the crease, and the third one is a color for the eyelid.
Another palette I got is the one from Inglot. I used their freedom system to make my own palette. You can choose from different sizes of palettes, and you can fill them up with the colors you like. The palette works with magnets, so your pans don’t fall out. I got the one where you can put 5 square colors in (11$ in the US). These eye shadows are very pigmented, so they last a long time. It’s a bit more expensive the first time you buy it, because you also need to buy the palette. But once you get that, the colors are only 6$ a pan (in the US), with the advantage you can choose your own colors.
(Inglot does have a website in the Netherlands: http://www.inglotcosmetics.nl/

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The next three products I also saw on Youtube, surprise… surprise.
The first one is the Covergirl & Olay Simply ageless eye concealer. It’s like the name says, an eye concealer to cover up the dark circles under your eyes. Mine is in the color 210 light. I like the consistency of it because it’s a concealer, but it also has some moisturizer in it, so it doesn’t dry out your skin. (Around 12-13$ in the US, brand not sold in Belgium).
The second one is the Benefit boxed powder in Coralista. It’s a coral blush powder. The packaging of this one is really pretty and also the coral color is. It comes in a box with an integrated mirror on the inside and a brush. (28$ in the US, in Belgium it’s 32€ and it’s being sold in Inno Galeria Antwerp).
The third product is the Rimmel Stay matte long lasting pressed powder. This is a powder to set your make-up after you have put on your foundation. And it helps to keep the shine away for people who have a more oily skin. Mine is in 001 transparent. This is because I wanted it to look natural. (Around 5-6$ in the US, around 10€ in Belgium).

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The last thing I bought is the 217 blending brush from Mac. Mac brushes are kind of expensive (23$ in the US, 22€ in Belgium), but they are really good quality brushes.

So, that are the beauty products I bought on my trip to NY.

Stay tuned for more of my NY trip updates and a fashion haul!

Xoxo N.

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New York 2013 (day 2)

Monday the 18th of March was our first full day in New York. First we went for breakfast at le pain quotidien. After that we went out to Bryant Park wich was right across the street from le pain quotidien. Here we met a very friendly New Yorker, who welcomed us in NY. We had a lovely talk and after that we continued our tour to the New York Public Library. This library is so beautiful! I don’t think we have one so beautiful in Belgium. We posed for a few pictures, and then we went on to Grand Central Station. Crand Central celebrates its 100 years this year. Just like the library, the station is so beautiful. With all the marble and the ceiling. But, I do have to say that our station in Antwerp is very pretty as well. After seeing all these sites, it was time for a “little bit” of shopping. So we went to some shops, and to Bloomingdales because we were in the neighborhood. It started snowing a little when we got into Bloomingdales, and it was still snowing when we left there. We hoped it would have stopped snowing by then. We got into the metro and towards our hotel, so we could change our outfit and go to dinner. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe for our first real dinner in the city. We all had their Legendary Burger! Jummy! 🙂 After our dinner we went for a little bit more shopping in Times Square, since we were there anyways.

And that was our adventure on the second day of our trip to NY!
Stay tuned for some more!

Xoxo N.

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New York 2013 (Preparing + Day 1)

Hey everyone!

Here is my New York story.

After a little bit of searching for a good flight and hotel, me and 2 friends decided to go to The city that never sleeps -> New York.

For my friends it was the first time, I already went 3 times before. My first time was a school trip in 2009, we stayed at Sohotel in lower Manhattan. The second time I went with my aunt in 2011, we had a great deal on our hotel, and we stayed at The Muse (Times Square area). And last year I went with my mom, we stayed at Yotel. This time I decided it was time for some friends to meet the city!

The 17th of March seemed so far away, but eventually it was there! 🙂 We flew with Brussels Airlines to JFK where we got a taxi to our hotel. We stayed at Yotel again. It’s a recent hotel, very modern, and it has a good location (near Times Square). And guess who was on our flight… We had someone famous on board, well Belgium famous at least. It was Matthias Schoenearts! For those who don’t know him, you can look him up at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0774386/

When we arrived at the hotel, we unpacked a little, freshened up, and we went out to explore some places. First we went to Times Square, we went into the Disney Store, The M&M shop. After that we were on our way to see Columbus Circle, the Empire Hotel and last the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. There we finished our first day, and went back to our hotel for some sleep.

Stay tuned for more New York!

Xoxo N.

If you are looking for a good hotel, make sure to check out these Hotels.
Sohotel: http://thesohotel.com/
The Muse: http://www.themusehotel.com/
Yotel: http://www.yotelnewyork.com/

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