NYC Day 4: Soho Shopping and Home! I spent my last day in NYC in my favourite neighbourhood – Soho! I had to leave for the airport at 5pm, so I headed to Soho around 11am to get started! Getting off the subway at Prince Street I walked south along Broadway to Canal Street. This is the main Soho stretch but the boutiques along the cross streets are worth checking out too!

I stopped for some shopping fuel first at Dean & Deluca at Prince Street and enjoyed a delicious latte! This isn’t just a coffee shop, but a chic marketplace that’s always buzzing with shoppers and socialites! If I lived in NYC the groceries would be a little too rich for my blood, but the atmosphere is fun and the coffee’s always hot ūüėČ

 

The streets of Soho are lined with big names and multi-level flagship stores of the brands you know and love. On the side streets (Spring, Grand, Broome, Mercer), you’ll find smaller boutiques from high-end designers like Kate Spade, Elie Tahari, Herve Leger, Betsey Johnson, Theory and many more. It’s fun to browse the pricier boutiques, but with so much long weekend spending already under my belt, I chose to stick to the budget-friendly stores on Broadway.

My primary goal for Soho was to visit Topshop – the 3-level flagship store (outside of the UK). This store is always on trend with fun and affordable styles that even celebrities flock in for. Until recently, Topshop wasn’t available in Canada, but they have opened a store at Yorkdale Mall and The Bay is also selling their stuff at the Queen Street West location.

 

While I fell in love with a few things at Topshop, I chose to purchase this gorgeous rust coloured, button up, sleeveless midi-dress and some fun accessories too. I didn’t even tempt myself with the 3rd floor shoe boutique…I had to sit on my suitcase to close it already, no more room for shoes!

After Topshop, I hit up Zara, H&M and a consignment shop called A Second Chance where I drooled over Chanel bags that were still way over my price range!

Jenn and I brunched at Fiat Cafe (mmm Eggs Bennie) and enjoyed the sunny afternoon in Soho.

 

Lastly,¬† we stopped at the brand new Georgetown Cupcakes on Mercer Street. This place is pure magic! I wanted to try every cupcake but decided on Strawberry – classic Madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake baked with fresh strawberries and topped with a fresh strawberry frosting! Delish! No trip to NYC is complete without a trip to one of the many cupcake boutiques. They’re popping up everywhere in Toronto too now!

I had a wonderfully productive time in NYC (even though I picked up a cold on the flight home…sniff) and I already look forward to going back again – hopefully this summer! Special thanks to my hosts Jenn & Evan (hehe “Jevan”) for allowing me to stay on your couch yet again!

To all my Dainty Girls – please leave comments and share your NYC adventures with us!

When you fly with Porter Airlines, you fly in style. Not just because the service is first class, alcoholic beverages are complimentary and the VIP waiting lounge is so swanky – but also because the flight attendants are decked out in Pink Tartan uniforms! The designer, Kimberley Newport-Mimran, is the fashion mogul behind Club Monaco and more recently, the budget-friendly Joe Fresh brand along with her hubby Joe Mimran.

The Porter collection evokes the glamour and style of the early days of commercial flying. The line is comprised of a full assortment of apparel including classic trench coats and shift dresses all topped up with adorable pillbox hats and vibrant neck scarves. Pilots, flight attendants and customer service reps will each be outfitted with appropriate pieces from the fashionalble line. They must stir up some serious fashion envy at the airport!

Thank you Porter Airlines for bringing glamour and elegance back to an often tedious mode of transportation!

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…

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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!