STRAND BOOK STORE

The Strand is part of a dying breed of bookstores in NYC, but thankfully this Greenwich Village institution still exists – book lovers rejoice! The Strand Bookstore at 828 Broadway has been stacked high with books old and new since opening its doors in 1927, and is a literary paradise thats caters to every sort of book worm imaginable with no exceptions. With “18 miles of books and counting” its hard not to find something to satisfy your tastebuds.

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OPENING CEREMONY: SOHO, NEW YORK CITY

Opening Ceremony is an opulent store if ever there was one. It was founded in 2002 by two college friends, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, who are now also Creative Directors of the Parisian label Kenzo. It was quickly established as a sanctuary to share their adoration of fashion, art, and travel. Thankfully, it’s now somewhere we can all enjoy. What started out as a store on a quiet street in downtown New York has since evolved into an outpost in Los Angeles, a wholesale showroom, a department store in Tokyo, their own clothing line, a blog, and a fully-fledged e-commere site. It’s truly a spectacle to behold.

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MANHATTAN’S GREEN SPACES

New York City is without a doubt the definition of a concrete jungle, but amid this mass of skyscrapers and busy streets are some great green spaces that you need to visit. Parks can be few and far between in New York, but are deeply treasured by locals and tourists alike. Whatever your after whether it be space to roam and play, somewhere to walk your dogs, or you’re searching for the perfect picnic spot – here are a few of my favourite parks in Manhattan.

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THE SATIN SLIP SKIRT – LEOPARD PRINT EDITION

This ASOS leopard print satin slip skirt sold out twice before I managed to get my hands on it, but I’m so glad I did. That Realisation Par skirt from the summer gave us all leopard print fever and you were seeing leopard print everywhere from high-street to high-end, luckily this ASOS recreation came in at a fraction of the price!

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NEW YORK’S VINTAGE SCENE

If you know me, you know I’m not a vintage shopper at heart. It took me a while to adjust to the idea of wearing something pre-loved or pre-worn, and I’ve never vintage shopped in my hometown of London. When I visited New York I made it my mission to introduce myself to the world of vintage, and I’m so glad I did. When you vintage shop it has a certain feel-good factor, finding a gem you know no-one else will have that’s unique is a definite high.

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WINTER WHITES

A great piece of knitwear can be a key item in many outfits, and there’s nothing quite like a chic jumper to make you feel cosy and on-trend this winter. Versatile items, knitwear can look as good worn with off-duty denim as it does layered over a silk slip dress teamed with Converse.

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