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The movies have a lot to answer for when comparing my expectations and reality of New York. I saw about two guys in suits on Wall St, no stars on Fifth Avenue and the big flash buildings weren’t quite as I pictured. Most of the city was quite old and run down. And I didn’t really see many overly well dressed people. But the more I explored New York, the more I fell in love. Every suburb oozed character and I didn’t ever have a dull moment.


tourist in new york
Left: High Line. An old railway track turned into a walking park.
Wearing #1 travel item Tairne Dress - comfortable and lightweight
Middle: Day 1 at the US Tennis Open - Tsonga
Right: Walking the Brooklyn Bridge. Wearing new purchase from Aritzia

tourist in new york
Left: Tony on the Brooklyn Bridge
Middle: View from Bowery, uptown to Empire State Building
Right: Biking Central Park - a must do!


In between being tourists, we acquired new blisters pounding the pavement shopping. We shopped Broadway, Times Square, 5th Avenue, Nolita, SOHO & NOHO. My favourite area was Nolita in the Lower East. It's more spread out and you have to look hard to find the independent gems, but it's worth it. Here you can find original designs without the huge price tag. It was refreshing as I have definitely seen enough of Zara for the year!


The weather in New York was hot and nowhere near Autumn. Great news... New York people wore the summer trends we already have in store and on the way. Florals, crop tops worn with high waisted pants or skirts, lots of denim, sports luxe or perhaps everyone was just on their way to the gym! One unusual fashion accessory was the... dog. Everyone had one and they were allowed in shops. Actually as I'm writing this one is sitting across from me in the plane. Odd.

new york street fashion
New York Street Style

new york fashion image
Left: Fringed Suede
Right: OMG...Ok I said I would try on the oversized balloon raincoat style! Here it is....


On our last night we came across a wee beauty. This Thai restaurant in Lower East Village, it was by far the cheapest meal we had, plus was BYO. Affordable with homemade and fresh flavours is something I recommend.

We tried a few times to get into this Korean delight. It proved to be worth the wait. Its menu is designed to share. After sampling 5 tasty dishes we were chocka.
New York had soooo many different options and great foody places I even found a place called 'do not tell'. To get in you have to go through a neighbouring tenant and enter through a hidden door disguised as a telephone box!

food in new york
Left: Breakfast at a true American diner
Right: Pork Belly at Oiji

IT'S OVER, but has just begun
After 2 short weeks we had to say goodbye to our trip. I'm inspired more than ever, to bring the best fashion to New Zealand and ensure we are at the top of our game in Timaru and Oamaru. I have lots of ideas and can't wait to see the Winter 16 ranges.
Sophie xx

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