NYC Essentials

8 January 2010

A new internship means a chronic lack of posts (and increased nocturnal internet shopping) but all I can say is that it's definitely a learning curve.  Of course the hours are long and the day can be filled with the tasks internships are made for, but it's best to think about the bigger picture (I was never going to get anywhere by sleeping in till 1pm every day).  Exploring New York will be confined to the odd evening and weekends, so until then, I thought I'd share some of my random US purchases, the most exciting being my new camera.

The obligatory camera self portrait, shame you can see all my crap in the background.  This also masquerades as an outfit picture; Topshop dress and cardigan, Uniqlo Heatech top (worn underneath) and Asos tights

I'm not much of a camera buff and a DSLR is not yet within reach, but I've been reading good things about the Canon Powershot range and thought it'd be the ideal stepping stone.  Camera settings are confusing enough for me, but this beauty seems to just adjust to wherever I am, so I guess I'll muddle through until I can be bothered to dissect the manual.  The price was also about £50 cheaper than in the UK, so I'm pleased and determined to look after this one, rather than repeatedly dropping it on the floor like my older model.  Expect more outfit posts when I can find a more scenic corner of my room to take photos.

I wore this to work; Joy Mbym Cardigan, Uniqlo Heatech top, Topshop shorts, vintage belt and Calzedonia tights (two pairs, of course)

A transatlantic move hasn't stalled my obsession with receiving things in the post one bit; as soon as I'd memorised my U.S address, I was off ordering bits from various places. I'd seen these Corley boots in the Macy's Steve Madden concession and I was disappointed to see they'd sold out, until I found them online at a significantly cheaper price (thirty-something quid depending on the indecisive rate).  They are slightly higher than my favoured ankle style, but I'm getting used to the variation and I'm looking forward to teaming them with my scaled-down leggings collection.  The next pair on my boot hit-list?  These Aldo bargains.  I love sales!

Crazy shop, with obstacles at every corner

Despite not exploring many shops, I've somehow made it to Forever 21. The store is crazy, messy and the frantic pace reminds me of Topshop Oxford Circus but there are plenty of gems instore.  I just can't always find them.

You can just about see me wearing this here

I did manage to buy the most impractical jumper in the world, a meshy slouchy style that will obviously have to be layered over something thermal.  I found many of the clothes appealing but once I'd tried on, the fit wasn't as expected (especially with the crazy amount of cropped styles). I wasn't always impressed with the fabric quality but the prices are definitely low and I'm sure I'll definitely be going back for random trend items (and some new leggings).

You may know of Eyes Lips Face in the UK, but their orginal site is slightly cheaper and with the addition of a discount code, these bits cost me $14!  I'd seen these eyelash applicators featured on Moonbeamstarlight and decided to splash out due to my temperamental skills (no one wants to see an eyelash on your cheek halfway through the night) as she makes it look so easy!  The make-up brushes are to aid me in similar beauty blogger style endeavours and to help experiment a little. 

The last item is my new phone, please don't laugh.  When coming to the US for such a short period of time, there's no point in splashing out as contracts are pretty much pointless. and I'm wary of unlocking phones.  I haven't really bonded with this T-Mobile phone and it takes me about half an hour to text, but it does everything it needs to.  However, I think any phone this old should really have Snake as a consolation.  The Blackberry will have to wait.

Hope you all had a great week, especially if you're in the UK as I understand the snow is pretty relentless.  It's not snowing here yet, but it's still cold (what I thought was chilly in England back in December, now seems like ideal Spring weather) and I'm sure that the white stuff is inevitable.  Perhaps I'd be better off investing in some wellies?



  1. I love the boots! I like how you mixed girly with tough elements

  2. Who are you interning for? Your move sounds very exciting, and I love Forever21!

  3. i miss yo face around london lady! mail me news.

    you look awesome, as per.
    mwah xxxxxxx

  4. love the boots!
    i'm coming to NYC from LDN in Feb- you've made me feel at lot less nervous about the move & interning!

  5. The work ensemble looks great! I need those boots in my life already....!

    I was offered an internship in NYC yesterday.... and they want me to leave UK and start in ONE MONTH! Eeek. I am freaking out to say the least!

  6. Those boots are fab ! Enjoy exploring New York !

  7. Ooooh awesome post. I love these kind of updates. Love the boots and pleased you got those ones!

    Also, I remember F21 was crazy (especially during sale time) and while the quality doesn't compare to TS, it's still pretty fun to look around.

    Your room looks lovely!

  8. you know im just desperate to go to new york for the shopping. im hoping to go in about a year but we will see what happens. love the fone! dont worry about not having a very cool fone, mine isnt very expensive but it has a qwerty keyboard which is soo useful for texting. i can txt nearly as fast as i can type so its so quick, i dont think i could go back to normal mobiles now! x

  9. I love those boots! Hurrah for new buys!

  10. I love the white cardi you're wearing!! Any chance of picking one up for me?? :p

  11. I am loving those military/combat boots, they go perfect with that outfit!

  12. even MORE jealous of you know... bitch! :)

    wish I could do some US shopping - those boots are amazing! I NEED those in my life!

    ♥ Hannah



  13. I have been looking for months of boots of the same style and length. Lucky you. Great post, btw. :)

  14. haha thank you!
    I love your boots, they are awesome.

  15. Congrats to all of your purchases - especially the camera. I love your lace dress in the 1st picture! Sabine x

  16. Ooohh those lashes look good!
    And I simply LOVE the outfit with the white cardigan. And the mesh top is amazing.
    Basically, loving it all!!
    So envious of your NY adventure! xx