My New York City trip!

I am tired.  Very, very tired, but happy.  Very, very happy.

My great friend, Cali, and I arrived in NYC at around midday on Saturday.  The weather was perfect – blue skies and a cool breeze.  We stayed in the Holiday Inn on Lafayette Street – which I have to say was the PERFECT location in the middle of SoHo.

travel attire

My travel attire: Sneakers – Stan Smiths // Jeans – J.Crew // T-shirt – Ted Baker (old but similar here) // Cardigan – J.Crew

on the plane

We headed straight out for lunch and found a fabulous place called Delicatessen for mussels and fries.  They also had a ‘Macbar’ so we couldn’t resist the opportunity to taste the mac ‘n’ cheese with confit of duck – as rich and amazing as it sounds!

lots of foodAfter a bottle of prosecco it was time to flex the credit card and we walked around the corner to AllSaints – how convenient that their sale had just started in store!  It hasn’t started online yet so keep your eyes peeled here.  I got a couple of great bargains along with the Rae dress that I just couldn’t resist.

Rae dress

That night we headed out for cocktails at The Pegu Club – of course the new dress was worn.  A fabulous conclusion to a great first day!

The pegu club

Sunday morning began bright and early with maybe the BEST breakfast I have ever had at Jack’s Wife Freda.  I had rose water waffle with fruit, and a lovely pot of tea – unfortunately we were even too early for mimosas to be served on a Sunday!

selfie me

My #selfie – sorry no full length outfit shot, but I was wearing the ASOS maxi dress and my favorite Nars Yu lip pencil.  The dress is perfect and even one of the assistants in Barney’s stopped me to tell me she had just ordered it.


It was then time to head Uptown where we enjoyed pounding the streets and window shopping – but of course we also had to get some gifts from the American Girl Store and then head to Barney’s for a cocktail.  It was the perfect way to spend the afternoon.

Cali and I selfie

Early that evening we rushed out to an Irish bar near Times Square to meet Avril and see the Belfast Community Gospel Choir perform.  We walked in to the most rousing, amazing sounds. Both Cali and I ended up in tears for the next hour – their singing was so amazing.  I have never felt so emotionally moved by a choir –  being with fabulous friends, in NYC created an incredible experience that I will never forget.  Of course I tried to claim a spot in the choir too:)


crashing the choirCali and I departed and made our way back downtown…arriving back at our hotel at a little past 4am.  Yep we made the most of it – Russian vodka bars and Speakeasy bars included.

We managed to rally on Monday to meet up with Avril and Gemma Louise at Balthazars for Avril’s birthday lunch.  Cider with ice cubes helped the head:)



So today has been tough to say the least, but amazing memories made with amazing friends have made it easier.  I feel very fortunate that I have such a supportive family that let me run off for a weekend of fun with brilliant friends who I love dearly – thanks for making it great Cali, Avril and Gemma Louise!


IMG_8473Shoes – Ancient Greek // Bag – Alexander Wang Rocco (old similar here) // Jeans – J.Crew // Top – AllSaints Tiko tee // Jacket – my new AllSaints Walker jacket bought in the sale not online right now


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23 thoughts on “My New York City trip!

  1. Fiona Blake

    I can feel the energy from your post! I am so in love with your for joining the choir! LOL!
    Your outfits are gorgeous, I adore that All Saints dress and your rock in your boyf jeans

  2. fashion40ish

    What a super energetic, foody and drink loving, friend orientated post. You look so happy it is infectious. H xx

  3. Kim

    Great blog again, love the leather jacket. I see you succumbed to the tortoiseshell ray bans too. I got them too, I love them, they are my second pair of rayban aviators and I love the shape so much I’m wondering if I need a third…

  4. dinagideon

    Love it all. What a great recap. 🙂 Avril, great to see you stateside. NYC suits you…must come back, promise, so next time I can join you all for the festivities. LOL.

    That duck confit mac and cheese looks AWESOME.

  5. Sue

    I am seriously loving your hair at the moment. It’s too perfect!

    It looks like you had a whale of a time in NYC – and so nice that you managed to celebrate Avril’s birthday with her. I love the new purchases – anytime you want to throw over any of your old Allsaints leather jackets – you know where I am!

  6. glamrosie

    What an amazing trip. It makes me want to live in the US! I love NYC, so desperate to return one day. x

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  8. Avril Keys

    Oh Joanna – I thought I’d replied to this already….just went back in to re-live the time we had and also to check out that jacket – OMG I WANT IT!!! And then realised my comment wasn’t here.

    SO I’ll try to remember what I attempted to say before…as it was obviously so eloquent. Thank you for making my birthday one to remember. I had such great fun with you and Cali – you are just the sort of girls I would like to spend weeks with – not just a weekend.
    I am so grateful that you made the effort to come to the gig too – the excitement when I saw you at the bar! I enjoyed that gig more than any other for having good friends in the audience.
    Thanks for the most amazing lunch at Balthazar – what an experience. So so special.
    I’m Atlanta bound I tell you woman…make up that spare bed and get the prosecco in the fridge!
    Well, not *quite* yet….I’ll give you a few months notice xxx

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