NYC Day 3: Union Square, East Village and Greenwich. It’s a brisk but beautiful sunny day here in NYC so we took to this streets this morning to walk off all the guacamole from Dos Caminos in Soho last night! I didn’t have any shopping aspirations for today since I had such a productive day yesterday, but it was nice to window shop and explore other, less hectic neighbouhoods.
As mentioned in my NYC Shopping post, I really enjoy the laid-back vintage vibe of the East Village so today we walked south from Midtown in that direction.
On our way, we passed through Union Square which was hosting its weekly farmers and artisans market. It was fun to browse through the vendors and the unique food and product offerings. Just south of Union Square, starting at 14th and 1st is the East Village; we explored 1st Ave and St. Mark’s Place as I reminisced on my first visit to NYC when I stayed in this hood. Good memories!
On our way back north, we passed by Washington Square Park and into the lovely Greenwich Village and NYU territory. My friends mentioned a fun little puppy store called Le Petit Puppy specializing in miniature puppies nearby and of course I can’t resist a puppy, so we stopped in. My heart melted when I got to hold a couple of cuties!
After a wonderful 3 hour walk, we’re back at home relaxing until dinner time. Tonight we’re going to Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world from famous chef Mario Batali. I fly home tomorrow night, but before I leave, I’ll be spending some time in another one of my favourite neighbourhoods: Soho! I’ll probably stop by the West Village too. Always save the best for last!
Like most girls, I have my makeup must haves and go-to brands and products. For the past year, I’ve been pretty loyal to Urban Decay. Known for their daring shade names and innovative products (which are all cruelty-free), Urban Decay carries one of the widest selections of color at Sephora – a main reason their brand is so much fun! I haven’t tried their face products because I’m pretty loyal to NARS and Bare Escentuals, but I love their eyeshadows and lip colours.
Check out my top 3 Urban Decay faves…
NYC Day 2: Midtown Shopping Extravaganza! This morning Macy’s NYC opened at 10am and I was there shortly after ready to start my fun day of shopping! Since this is the President’s Day long weekend in the States, I knew that Macy’s would be having some sales. TIP: Macy’s provides all tourist visitors a 10% discount card that’s good for one week; just go to the visitors centre and show your ID. Awesome!
My goal for Macy’s was to find a discount on the Michael Kors Hamilton Tote – and I did! It was cheaper than I had seen it in Canada and I got my 10% off too!
I also toured the other women’s floors and found some great sales on apparel and shoes and settled on these two items:
Rachel Roy Pop Bloc Dress
FCUK Animal Instincts Dress
I also managed to get EVERYTHING on my Urban Outfitters Shopping List! Hooray! Finally, I grabbed a Starbucks Skinny Mocha and walked the 18 blocks back to Jenn’s place.
Tonight, we’re going to get some fresh Mexican food at Dos Caminos in Soho. Can’t wait!
NYC Day 1: Pizza, Shopping and a Birthday in Chelsea! Winding down an eventful day and my first of 4 in NYC. My Porter flight landed at 5:30pm this afternoon at Newark Airport and after a quick train ride I arrived at the always bustling Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. I emerged from the station to be greeted by my friends Jenn and Evan who will be my hosts during this visit. We dropped off my luggage at their place, conveniently located just around the corner, and immediately left for dinner at Grimaldis – my favourite pizza in NYC – well my favourite pizza EVER to be honest.
After devouring a pepperoni pizza, we went over to the Limelight Marketplace – a gorgeous church turned shopping emporium with everything from fashion and accessories to art and home furnishings. It’s three stories of independent NYC boutiques all in one beautiful building. I bought this adorable crocheted crop top there:
I can’t wait to wear it with a high waisted skirt or layer it over a loose flowy tank with skinny jeans! We topped off the night stopping in at a birthday party for one of Jenn’s friends at Chelsea Manor. It was a nice place but definitely too noisy for me! *Yawn* time for bed!
Stay tuned for more NYC updates! G’night!
I LOVE NYC!
The shopping, the restaurants, the nightlife…everything! One of my closest girlfriends is lucky enough to live there and by association, I get to have a free place to stay when I visit! Hooray! When Porter airlines offers 50% off flights, I’m crazy not to go for a round trip that costs only $250. With so many unique neighbourhoods and countless department stores and boutiques, it’s impossible to choose a top 3 or even a top 10.
What I’ll try to do with this post, is show you some of my favourite shopping neighbourhoods and some go-to places for great deals and unique styles.