Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Guide to New York City Day 5

Finally. We've reached Day 5, the last day. My friends and I tried to maximise today as effective and efficient as possible. Day 5 was basically filled with mostly food. First thing in the morning is Fifth Avenue again to finish our checklist for things to shop--went in Bergdorf Goodman, J. Crew, Kate Spade, etc. Then went for a lunch at Joe Bastianich's restaurant called Babbo, walked around a bit--passed Washington Park, NYU, and finally dessert-hunting one more time.

We munched over the best desserts in NYC--The Spot Dessert Bar. They serve the most glorious desserts in a very affordable price, without compensating the taste. I wish I have this restaurant everywhere I go. We tried the Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake, Golden Toast, The Harvest, and Yuzu Eskimo.

Was full already but we were determined to gulp on more sweetness by going to Dominique Ansel Bakery. We knew already that we won't get our hands on the famous cronuts but because we heard his other desserts are to-die-for as well, we still walked there. And the other desserts were gone too. So I tried the DKA--better than trying nothing--and I didn't regret it because it was also nice.

Moving on, went back to Soho for Georgetown Cupcake--again, not to be missed, AMAZEBALLS--and walked around a bit for shopping. BTW, go check Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade since these sister/mister brands of Kate Spade are only available in some countries and they have lovely things. I am a Kate Spade fan <3 p="">
Afterwards we were on the run for another banana pudding by Magnolia Bakery that we had on Day 3,  intentionally wanted to buy more of these for our friends in London to have a taste but the lady said we can't keep it more than twelve hours or so without a refrigerator *sad face*. Still bought more for maself though so I can eat it for the last time. Who knows when I'll be back.

For dinner we had Wolfgang Steakhouse, just one of the most succulent, tender, mouthwatering meat I've ever tasted. It is served similarly as the famous Peter Luger's and I heard from my cousins who tried that one it was one of the best they've ever had as well, so maybe you could decide which one to try when in NYC--or try both and tell me which one is better ;D

Last stop before going back to our messy apartment from all the packing *another sad face* was Times Square--to meet another friend's friend. Managed to look around H&M (that opens til 1 A.M.!) and Yankees shop. So glad that we did, because now we can see Times Square's view both day and night. Which are both beautiful. I can't remember but I think we stayed until 1 A.M. before going back to our Airbnb. And as you can guess, it was still lively.

And that is my 5-days trip to New York City.

The Spot Dessert Bar

DKA by Dominique Ansel

Pink boxes at Georgetown Cupcakes!

Wolfgang Steakhouse

Dress - From London | Similar here
Coat - French Connection | Similar here or here
Tights - H&M | Similar here
Socks - New Look | Similar here

Photographed by Fitria Tjandra

Next post will be about my trip to Cornwall, Southern England!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Guide to New York City Day 4

Our first agenda of the day is The Statue of Liberty because they have several schedules that we have to follow because it required us to ride a ferry to Liberty Island, otherwise we won't make it if we go after noon. My friends and I started off in the Battery Park which is also the place to the The Sphere, 9/11 Memorial, but we didn't maintain to go there :/

The weather on Day 4 was the worst because it was raining, windy, foggy, and grey just. like. London. But we were not complaining because we were so thankful of the opportunity to be in NYC (I really can't stop gushing how in awe I was of that city!) Also, my very talented photographer friend, Fitria Tjandra, documented the whole thing beautifully with her camera that was very heavy but she brought it to make memories.

The Statue of Liberty took half of our day already, so after that we went to Fifth Avenue to recharge our eyes with beautiful window displays and spent a little penny here and there. We went our own ways because waiting for people to shop would be time-consuming and everybody had their own list to be checked. I, myself, strolled around and stumbled on The Rockefeller Center Plaza where they had flags of countries around the world--a sight not to be missed while in New York--also since it was an Easter Break, they had Easter Egg installations in the front of it, reminded me of the Easter Egg Hunt in London where they had all kinds of creative eggs designed by artists and designers.

I shopped some makeup products in Sephora--at that time I was pretty blind about makeup so I didn't buy much, just a NARS blusher and BITE lipstick--and I'm cursing myself right now because U.S.A. is a home of many amazing makeup products! And I just got those two in Sephora!

Dinner was amazeballs, FYI. We ate in Totto Ramen. Glorious. We walked to a snack joint called Holey Cream, then afterwards my friend's friend apartment, and back to the AirBNB at last.

Dress - Picnic | similar here
Sweater - Cotton Ink | similar here
Coat - French Connection | similar here
Tights - Topshop | similar here
Socks - From Korea | similar here or here
Bag - Phillip Lim | similar here

Photographed by Fitria Tjandra

It's only one more post til the Guide to New York City ends! Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Guide to New York City Day 3

The weather was the nicest on the third day because it did feel like spring (the first day was too hot and the fourth day was too cold… we got the entire year's season during our 5-days stay in NYC--yup, summer, autumn, winter and spring. Lucky us.

My friends and I headed to Metropolitan Museum of Art first thing in the morning. We didn't stay long because we still need to catch up with other activities, but maintained to take pictures of the FabergĂ© Egg. We headed to American Museum of Natural History by crossing Central Park--killing two birds with one stone, eh--the one featured in the movie Night at the Museum, with the dinosaur and the Easter Island Head "Dum Dum". These two museums are literally across each other, bridged by a beautiful park. We bought ice cream along the way--not important, but wrote it anyway. There were several exhibitions or shows there so we picked a movie where they explained how stuff works--I'm sorry I forgot what it was called. I fell asleep in the middle, not because it was boring, but more because I was tired and you know how comfy a red velvet--no, not the cupcake--chair and a dark room can be when you were drained.

We decided to continue our day to West Village to have lunch in The Spotted Pig. The skinny fries were BOMB! It was legit the best skinny fries we've ever tasted, even better than Gourmet Burger Kitchen. After lunch, we went on a search for dessert--okay, not a search tbh because we had Magnolia Bakery on our list and we had to get our hands on their banana pudding unlike the first day that we failed to. We went to their first ever bakery in Bleecker St. I think I fell in love with the area because it reminds me of Brooklyn vibe that I saw only in movies--we didn't go to Brooklyn, and I was depressed about that. There was something so homey about the neighbourhood that makes me want to live there straightaway. There were also shops along the street--Bookmarc, M.A.C., Steve Madden, etc--so we did a little bit of shopping.

After that we just randomly got into stores, tried Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, walked to Soho then I tried Baked by Melissa tiny cupcakes, shopped in F21, took looks in shops that appeared interesting to us such as Prada--the interior was smashing--J.Crew, Balenciaga, all sorts. It was quite laid back because we just wanted to enjoy the city as it is.

Then for dinner, we went to Momofuku Noodle Bar and had some ramen. Not the best I've ever had, I still love Ippudo Singapore more. I guess the other Momofukus are better--they have several restaurants with different types of cooking. We called it a night after dinner :)

Pleated dropped waist dress - Forever 21
Sweater - H&M
Tights and socks - Monki
Shoes - Dr. Martens
Bag - Phillip Lim
Sunnies - Rayban Aviator

Some pictures are shot using my iPhone 5
Others (such as outfit shots) are photographed by Fitria Tjandra
Edited by me

Stay tuned for Day 4!