A weekend in New York City

I had zero intentions of visiting New York City this year, but after a spontaneous "let's live our best lives!" moment with my friends, we booked some flights and started planning a weekend in NY! This was my 5th time in the city that never sleeps and having not been for 3 years, I was so excited to rediscover a few old favourites and explore some new spots! Keep reading to find out what we got up to...

How We Got There

I think I've talked about the British Airways Avios eStore on here before, but if you haven't heard of it, it is an online shopping destination for members of BA's Executive Club (which is free to join!).  On the eStore, you can shop over 100 retailers online and earn Avios points with each transaction.  You can then use these points against future flights to save a little money or upgrade your cabin.

I tend to do most of my shopping online and as much as I can, I will shop through the Executive Club eStore.  As I'd accrued quite a lot of Avios points over the last year, we were able to use these toward our New York flights and booked 2 returns with checked luggage for £275.00 each, saving about £150.00 total.

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We flew out of Heathrow Terminal 5 and in to JFK.  It's pretty easy to then hop in a yellow taxi and make the 45 minute or so journey to Manhattan...

Where We Stayed

I won't lie, I'd never had a successful hotel stay in New York before.  From cockroaches to mouldy walls to bad service, they've never been that great.  But this time I am pleased to say, our hotel was fab! We stayed at the The Warwick on 54th and 6th in a family room (2 double beds) for just £260 each for 4 nights, which I think is a pretty swell deal for New York City.

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The hotel is an old 1920's high rise, located close to the subway and just a short walk to the hustle and bustle of Times Square.  The lobby was SO beaut and our room was comfortable, clean, with a gorgeous marble bathroom!  I would wholeheartedly recommend staying here if you are ever in New York.

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What We Did

I feel like you have to try and catch a show on Broadway when you are in New York, so our first night we headed out for pizza and to see a musical! We decided to see The Prom, which promised to be hilarious (courtesy of the Wall Street Journal review outside the theatre doors), and after being a little apprehensive due to the fact I don't anyone who had seen it, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  Being completely honest, I often don't "get" some American humour, so I wasn't sure if I would enjoy a comedy musical, but at times I was crying with laughter.  It was so funny, the music was good, the story was emotional, uplifting, relevant. I'm not sure how long it will be running in New York, but if you are visiting in 2019, definitely check it out!

a weekend in new york city

My travel buddies hadn't been to New York before, so we of course had to do all your typical tourist spots; Times Square, Empire State Building, Central Park, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center, Statue of Liberty, etc...

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a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city

New York is home to some really cool museums, and in our jam-packed weekend, we managed to fit in a couple of hours at the Metropolitan Museum, home of the Met Gala and an amazing collection of art.

a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city

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Something we did that I had also not done before this trip, was check out Chelsea Market and walk the High Line.  Even though it was Winter and the trees were a little bare, flowers yet to bloom, it was still really cool to walk along, and the perfect excuse for fresh air and a good catch-up!

a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city

We of course had to take a stroll across Brooklyn Bridge, and may or may not have timed it so we were walking across at sunset (gotta do it for the 'gram y'know?)

a weekend in new york city

I loved having a little explore of Greenwich Village; we had really good Mexican food here on Bleecker Street, and it is also home to Washington Square Park and the Friends apartment!

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a weekend in new york city
a weekend in new york city

Another spot I'd not been to before was the New York Public Library.  It is a ridiculously gorgeous piece of architecture, and definitely worth seeing if you are ever in the city!

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What We Ate

There's a few foods you have to try when you visit New York, but the two main things for me are pizza and cheesecake!

I LOVE New York pizza; nothing too fancy, just some hot roasted peppers and a load of mozzarella and garlic, and I will be the happiest tourist ever.  If you're in Manhattan and need to grab a bite before seeing a show, I couldn't recommend Don Antonio's more.  We picked this pizzeria at random just because it was nearby the theatre for The Prom, and it ended up being the best first meal we could have had for our New York weekend.

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I also love New York cheesecake, and I've lost count of the amount of times I've been to Juniors Bakery at the end of a long day of exploring.  They do loads of flavours, and my all time favourite is their red velvet.

I will have another post going up all about my favourite New York restaurants, as well as a post on the best Instagram spots in NYC and a full New York City travel guide, so keep an eye out for those if you are planning to visit New York soon! 


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Bali Body Face Tan Water Review

Disclaimer: Product featured was gifted by the brand, all views are my own x

I was thrilled when the team over at Bali Body offered to let me review their brand new Face Tan Water! If you know me, you'll know I am a huge skincare fan and as soon as I read the little ingredients list, I was intrigued to test it out and see if it worked for me and my skin! Keep reading to find out my thoughts...

Packaging...

I love the aesthetics of Bali Body's Self Tan range. Their Face Tan Water has the same nude pink cap as their Self Tanning Mousse, and I love that the bottle is clear as it allows you to see how much product you have left!

Bali Body Face Tan Water Review

The Details...

I am in LOVE with the fact the Bali Body Face Tan Water is 100ml, as it is the perfect size to pack in my hand luggage (if you haven't read my post on my travel skincare yet, take a look here!) and get that enviable post-holiday sunkissed glow without having to worry about tan lines from my sunglasses!  This self tanner costs £25.95, which may seem a tad steep for some, but I've used this about 5 times in the last 6 weeks and it barely looks like I've used any out of the bottle.  I really think this product is going to last me quite some time, so at £25.95, I think you are getting a pretty nice deal! This product is also 100% cruelty free and vegan.

Skincare Benefits...

As you may or may not know, I love skincare.  I'm all about my moisturisers, toners, my serums and oils, I just love finding a product that works wonders for me and shouting about it from the rooftops.

Bali Body Face Tan Water Review

As much a treat for your skin as it is a gradual self tanner, the Bali Body Face Tan Water is enriched with some amazing skincare ingredients to help you on your way to a more nourished, radiant complexion.  The 3 key ingredients in this little bottle are sodium hyaluronate, jojoba oil and rosewater!
  • Sodium hyaluronate is derived from hyaluronic acid, and revives and plumps your skin, helping you look not only golden but supple and youthful too.  This is a dream for anyone who is conscious of fine lines and wrinkles!
  • Jojoba oil provides long lasting moisture when using the Face Tan Water, helping to minimise any tightness in the skin.  It is gentle on the skin and has proven to be beneficial for both psoriasis and acne. 
  • Rosewater gives the Face Tan Water it's light fragrance, whilst soothing the skin and reducing any redness.

Application...

You are advised to use either your hands or a cotton wool pad to apply the product. I've found I prefer to use a cotton pad for this as it feels like a quicker and easier way to ensure the product is all over my face, neck and decolletage.

Bali Body Face Tan Water Review

I exfoliate first with my usual Tea Tree cleanser, pat my skin dry and then use the Face Tan Water like a toner - popping a few drops on a cotton wool pad and running this all over my face.  It is important to make sure that you have a nice layer all over your skin (I learnt this the hard way on my first try, when I ended up not going close enough to my hairline and having a gorgeous white line around the top of my forehead!) and that this has dried before applying any moisturisers or makeup.

The Face Tan Water is lightly fragranced with a delicate rose scent, and is not overpowering in any way.  The product feels so gentle and lightweight on the skin, and so much more hydrating on the face than the self tanning mousse from the same range.

Developing Time...

The self tan takes about 6 hours to develop, so it is perfect for applying before bed, and then you wake up looking glowing and flawless! It also works so well under makeup, but if I'm at home for the day working, I'll apply the Face Tan Water and then won't apply any heavy moisturisers or any makeup whilst it develops.  For me, I've found this is how I best achieve the bronzed look I desire from the self tanner.

A little make-up free before and after...
Bali Body Face Tan Water Review

Finish... 

I honestly love the finish of this product.  It brightens my skin, gives it a golden streak-free glow and helps to even out my complexion, giving me the confidence to skip my foundation routine and apply just a little dab of concealer to my under eyes.

Unlike with other self tanning products, such as lotions and mousses, you don't have to worry about clogged pores or any breakouts with the Face Tan Water.  As mentioned before, the water is as much a skincare product as it is a self tanner.

Bali Body Face Tan Water Review
10/10 favourite tanning product! Can you tell?!
If you are after a flawless, radiant complexion, I could not recommend this enough.  Use once for a sun-kissed glow that will last you a good 2 - 3 days, or use every couple of days to build and maintain a natural-looking tan!

You can purchase Bali Body's Face Tan Water here and check out their Self Tan range here!

Check out my Bali Body wishlist below! Have you tried any of these? Let me know your thoughts!


Bali Body Moisturising LotionBali Body BB CreamBali Body Shimmering Body Oil
Bali Body Coconut Lip BalmBali Body Watermelon Tanning OilBali Body Mist

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Adopting a Healthier Lifestyle in 2019

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by Latest Deals but all writing and views are my own. 

This photo was taken in September 2015, when I was running around Italy with my best friend; indulging in Italian culture (and glasses of Sangiovese!), trying all the flavours of gelato and getting that perfect sunset shot.  It was one of my favourite trips ever.  But it's also the last time I remember being happy with my body...

Travel Size Skincare Essentials
Disclaimer: Some products featured were gifted by the brand, marked with an *.  Post contains affiliate links. 

I love to travel but I also love my skincare and whenever I go away, I make sure to pack my travel essentials, whether that is in my hand or hold luggage.  If you want to know how to keep your skin looking fresh and glowy on your next trip, keep reading!