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 Рmy favourite pizza in NYC Рwell 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!


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.

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My flight leaves for NYC today at 4pm and I’ve got my shopping wishlists all ready! Even though Urban Outfitters has stores in Toronto, I find that they have a wider selection in the States so I always try to shop my wishlist when I visit NYC. Urban Outfitters is known for hip, kitschy merchandise but they also have an adorable selection of dainty dresses!

I have my eye on four lovely frocks and I hope I’m able to find them in-store this weekend! View Post

Dainty Girl is going to New York City tomorrow!!! I’m so excited :) I took my first trip to NYC two years ago and have been back 6 times since! It’s pretty addictive with such wonderful shopping, restaurants and nightlife. I LOVE Macy’s at Herald Square and shopping the boutiques in Soho. NYC is the only city where I wish there were 10 meals per day so I can try more delicious restaurants! Definitely need to get some Grimaldi’s pizza (BEST EVER) and for this visit, I’m hoping to try Mario Batali’s Eataly and have some fresh Mexican at Dos Caminos.

I’ll be sure to Tweet updates while I’m there and post my adventures when I’m back on Tuesday! Special thanks to the lovely Jenn Brown for being my host (and a great friend) while I’m there! xoxo

Every girl loves to get a manicure and I’m no exception! The trouble is, after spending $20-$40 on the professional service (depending on the salon/spa), my beautiful manicure gets chipped after a couple of days. I know you’ve all experienced this frustration and frankly, this waste of money. I feel the same frustration when I spend an hour at home filing and painting my nails and subsequently smudging it before it’s dry or chipping it a day later.

About a year and a half ago, my local nail bar, The 10 Spot started advertising a new “indestructible manicure” by OPI called Axxium. Immediately, I was intrigued and took to Google to learn more. I learned that it’s a gel based nail polish that is cured in stages under a UV light. Once the mani is complete, it’s 100% dry with no risk of smudging or denting. It’s not indestructible forever, but it is for about 3 weeks – with no chips (unless you’re super rough with your nails).

I immediately booked an appointment at The 10 Spot and got my first OPI Axxium gel manicure…and loved it! The curing process adds time to the process so the full mani lasted about one hour, but at the end, I could reach into my purse to grab my wallet and pay with completely dry nails! The gel really is durable and on top of that, it’s way more shiny than regular nail polish and comes in a variety of colours. At $50 a pop, this manicure isn’t cheap, but worth it for those who regularly get manicures. That said, I didn’t like the idea of relying on a professional service that costs so much on a regular basis, so I started researching DIY options…

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