Wednesday, 22 November 2017

New York Highlights!

Hello My Lovelies


It's been a month already since I went to New York- it was a trip that been planned and booked for almost a year to celebrate my mum's 60th Birthday! My sister and I had been lucky enough to both visit in the past ten years or so but my mum had never been so we combined places we had been to before and also some new ones too. Here are my highlights from my trip!

My sister and I had never been to the Brooklyn Bridge before and so this was one of the things on our to do list- it took a bit of finding but it was well worth it! it was pretty buy but we were still able to enjoy our time and get some lovely pics.

The Highline is an old disused rail way line that it is now an epic, chilled garden space right in the middle of the city. This is a must if you're ever in NYC! Again having never been before I'm so glad we took the time to walk along, chat and take some time to contemplate on the very busy trip!

Another highlight of the trip was the opportunity to go and explore Little Italy and China Town and check out all of the amazingly beautiful graffiti- it was great to leave the busy parts of the city like Times Square behind to visit local areas.

No trip to NYC is complete without taking a walk around Central Park. My mum really wanted to pop along and I had never seen the Alice in Wonderland statue so it was fab to experience, it was also a really unseasonably warm October day so we were really able to enjoy it without feeling too cold.


Last time I didn't get to visit Top of the Rock as I wanted to go to the Empire State (which we also did on this visit) and I'm so glad we did- the views I have to say are so much more epic than that of the Empire State. Everything seems so much closer and clearer and the photo opportunities were pretty fab too!


Last time I visited New York in 2004 The World trade Centre area was still know as Ground Zero- there was lots of clearing and reconstruction happening back then so it was amazing to visit it completed. After my 2004 visit I decided to write my university dissertation about the survivors of 9/11. It was a moving experience to go to the museum which was full of artefacts and stories from the day-but I feel this area is full of hope.

The final two places are iconic to New York Grand Central Station and The Statue of Liberty. Grand Central Station is a brilliant place to people watch as they come and go during their day. Remember to look up and see the amazing ceiling! Finally the Statue of Liberty can be seen for free from the Staten Island ferry but to get up close and personal you really must go Liberty Island and Ellis Island to learn about the amazing statue and the history of the islands.



Have you been to NYC? What were your highlights?

Till next time,
                 Tori.
                     X

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Curvy Girl OOTD 26- NYC Edition!

Hello My Lovelies

Recently I was in New York and I couldn't resist taking some photographs of the outfit I was wearing that day and then I thought well I had better share it with you all!


We spent an unseasonably warm New York October day walking along the Brooklyn bridge- I'm so glad we got to visit here as I didn't on my last trip, it's such an amazing bridge- all I wanted to do was take photographs. Here I am wearing my H&M NYC t-shirt, a mixed denim skirt that I bought in the Sainsbury's sale just before I went away and reminds me a lot of something that I would of worn when I was at uni in 2002! 

We also walked around the World Trade Centre area and this was taken just around the corner from the 9/11 museums. On this day I was also wearing the most comfortable and affordable (since when did leggings become so expensive) from Matalan and then to keep my feet extra comfy I bought before my trip some new trainers from Sketchers. Sketcher trainers are by far the most bouncy, snug footwear- I wore these every day walking miles and miles around the city and not once did they feel uncomfortable or did I look forward to taking them off at the end of the day.

Finally the finishing touch to all of my outfits on this trip was my trusty Gucci handbag, I've had this bag for 18 months and its the only bag I've used during this time- I feel the high price tag has been justified due to amount of wear it's getting.

What have been your go to outfits recently? Have you been to NYC? Let me know in the comments or on twitter @steaders83.

Till next time,
                     Tori.
                          X



Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Soap & Glory Glow Ball- Christmas 2017!

Hello My Lovelies

We've officially had Halloween and Fireworks night which in my book makes it just fine to discuss the 'C' word, Yes! I'm talking about Christmas a mere few weeks away now really!! With Christmas just around the corner the shops are now starting to fill up with gifts and the lovely lot at Soap & Glory have as always some of the best gifts.

The Glow Ball is the most epic gift set I've seen in a while, to start HELLO! the packaging is a huge bauble and when you crack it open you won't be disappointed with a range of products that will keep you happy and relaxed this season!

Full of the best products from the brand including hand food (er yes it's winter and my hand's needs some extra tender loving care) or Foamous shower and body wash or even a mini Smoothie Star body buttercream that smells absolutely divine, you won't be disappointed! I loved the addition of a pink shower puff as I love these and they always look so cute hanging in the shower. 

Priced at £14.00 in Boots and currently in their 3 for 2 across Christmas gifts it the perfect present for you and two of your mates (or maybe just you!) Soap & Glory have some amazing sets this year to suit all budgets starting at just £5.00!
I especially like to keep my eye on the star buy at Boots in December when usually you can pick up a huge set from Soap & Glory for an epic price and rammed with full size products. They usually sell out fast so make sure you're first in the door when your Boots opens!


Have you got your eye on any of the #glamtidings gifts from Soap & Glory this year? Let me know below in the comments and over on my Instagram @wonderfulworldblog.

Till next time,
                  Tori.
                       X


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