My top 10 tips for selling on Ebay

We all have it (and kudos to you if you don’t): the ever overflowing cupboard full of clothes!

And yet every morning I stand in front of the cupboard with nothing to wear. I know this is probably nothing new to you and any lady that just can’t pass by that sale rack….

Story of my life, I can’t walk pass a sale rack. But although I may get a good deal on that 50% off item, is it really a good deal for me if I end up not wearing it? Probably not.

It’s as if this magical red tag reading %%% clouds my mind.

So the promise is not to buy unless I can match the item with other items in my wardrobe, it goes with the overall theme of my work/casual clothing and that the item is timeless, so I can wear it at least for another year or two!

But the another question remains: What do I do with the stuff I don’t want to wear any more?

Well, I started off with clearing out the cupboard and actually looking at the items I don’t want any more. They were all in a very good condition, apart from maybe two or three pieces. Think Carrie Bradshaw from SATC in the episode she cleared out her wardrobe with her girlfriends

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So to not loose out completely I thought I give selling on Ebay a try. Whatever wouldn’t sell, or is simply not worth selling, would go to the charity shop. A large bag and a trip to the charity shop later, I ended up with approx. 60, YES still 60 items to sell.

The rest of the day was spent photographing items, creating ads for them and writing descriptions. I won’t bore you with the details of how to set up an Ebay account, it’s super easy anyways. But here are a few tips that may make your selling more efficient and successful:

  1. Know what to sell: Some items will sell better on Ebay then others. Make sure to choose items that are popular or from a popular brand, easy to ship or maybe just rare. So don’t waste your time trying to sell that old Shirt from 5 years ago, which may just be better off at the charity shop.
  2. Know when to sell: As with shops, customers tend to browse Ebay in their free time. So make sure you list your items on the weekend and in the evening to encourage sales.
  3. Photos and description: Make sure your photos are sharp and clear, taken in good light and also show the item from all sides. The customer doesn’t have the opportunity to touch and see, so good pictures and an accurate description are key. Don’t forget to mention any faults as you only end up with a return.
  4. Price the item fairly: I know we all want to make a good profit but overpricing an item will not encourage the sale. Instead price the fairly and with luck people will bid more for it. If they purchase it for the minimum price you are still a winner, as you have one less unwanted item in your cupboard!
  5. Choose your words wisely: When it comes to the title of your item it is worth considering your words. What are the key features of the item and what would people need to search for to find it? Also consider how you would search for the item? If for example you are selling a blue T-Shirt key words may include the accurate color blue, type and cut of the T-Shirt, size as well as the brand. All these key words will help the customer to find your item.
  6. Consider shipping cost: Shipping cost can dramatically increase the price of your item and maybe put off potential customers. So make sure your postage is reasonable and always ship items on time.
  7. Good customer service: People may send you messages asking questions about the item. Make sure you take time to respond in a nice and timely manner. Good customer service will pay off.
  8. Use the Ebay app: This app came in so handy when I was selling my 60 items. I was able to manage my account and the items I am selling from the convenience of my phone. It shows your active items, which have sold and what items you need to dispatch.
  9. Make sure to take the time to review the your clients and leave a nice comment. This will encourage them to review you back and build your profile on Ebay. A seller with many positive reviews is more likely to achieve a sale.
  10. Lastly, consider costs: You can list up to 20 items a month for free on Ebay, however, Ebay will still take a cut of 10% for every item you sell, that includes postage. So make sure it is worth your time and effort.

I hope you found this helpful, happy Ebaying!

Isabella x

 

 

A weekend in the Cotswolds

Spontaneous trips are my favorite. Especially to places like the Cotswolds. Although I have to admit that the Cotswolds, a huge area – almost 800 square miles – that runs through five counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire), was never really on my places to go list. In fact many of the places I want to visit are located outside of the UK. But with limited holiday remaining and a free weekend with no plans, my husband and I decided to plan a spontaneous trip somewhere in the UK. We narrowed it down to the New Forest and the Cotswold. Both places are less than 3 hours drive from our home in Kent. In the end the Cotswolds with it’s cute villages made the cut.

So Friday night, after work, we set off and arrived fairly late at our cute little Airbnb. When possible we like to book Airbnb. It is a great way to meet the locals and also save a bit of money. The room we booked was actually a converted little annex, so beautiful and full of charm.

After a good night rest we set of bright and early the next morning. Our first stop was Burton-on-the-water which was approx. 15min from our Aribnb.

We decided to book a room within the Cotswolds and explore the north of this beautiful area. However, no real plans have been made, which was nice.

So the first stop was Bourton-on-the-water with their famous Bakery-on-the-water. We had a delicious breakfast which was also very reasonably priced. I wish I could’ve bought all the bread and pastries on display!

With full stomachs we were ready to explore. First we had a little walk around the village. We were glad we came early at around 9am, as the first buses full of tourists already started arriving. But we quickly found a little detour and saw some very cute cottages. Houses and cottages are made of the famous Cotswold stone, a yellow oolitic Jurassic limestone. The color of the stone varies according to where it was quarried. In much of the northern part of the Cotswolds the stone is a rich honey color, which, as you go south towards Bath, becomes creamier and greyer.

The Cotswolds is best explored by car, especially when you are only spending a weekend there. Unless you are a keen cyclist, which we are not 🙂

So, we moved on to the next village which was Chipping Campden, a small market town in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire. At the center of this charming village stands the Market Hall with its splendid arches, built in 1627. Another attraction worth seeing is the early perpendicular wool church of St James.

The next stop was Broadway Tower, a folly on Broadway Hill and the second-highest point of the Cotswolds. We weren’t particularly interested in going up the tower, so instead we admired it from the outside and walked along the fields nearby.

Near the Tower is also a cute little cafe with outside seating. So we sat down and ordered a cheese platter and some cream tea, could it get any more British? 🙂

The last stop on our day out was Stow on the Wold. Another stunning Cotswolds village with plenty of little shops, cafes and pubs.

After a day of exploring all the lovely villages the Cotswolds had to offer, we retreated back to our Airbnb for a rest and to fresh up.

For the evening, we decided to stay local and walk to the nearest pub, which was the Hare in Milton-under-Wychwood. We sat in the beer garden and enjoyed the last rays of sunshine as well as some amazing food.

On the way back we walked through the fields and made some friends 🙂

This pretty much concluded our weekend in the Cotswolds. Sunday was spend enjoying a lovely breakfast and then heading home to Kent.

I think my husbands and I will add some more English destinations to our ‘places to go list’. The Cotswolds are truly beautiful and worth a visit – we sure be back!

Bruges in a day

At the beginning of January, Petya from ‘I Dream Live Inspire’  and I met in London, you can read about our day here.

While we were out in London, we came up with the idea to do a trip together soon. Ideally somewhere in Europe. With January being a though month when it comes to finances, we decided also that the trip had to be cheap. However, we didn’t want to compromise on the fact that the trip had to be outside of the UK.

While Petya found some amazing flight deals, we eventually decided that our destination would be Bruges which we could reach by car.

Why Bruges? Well firstly, Bruges and Belgium in general are the capital of chocolate! And that is all the convincing I need. But apart from the fact that Bruges has hundreds of chocolate shops (don’t worry I tell you all about them later…), it is also very cheap and convenient to get to.

Living in Kent and close to the Eurotunnel, my first stop was the Eurotunnel’s website to check pricing. I prefer using the Eurotunnel over the ferries as it is much quicker. We were in luck and we were able to snap up a day return ticket for £60! I think £30 return per person is a bargain, considering I pay almost as much to get a train to London at times.

So two weeks after deciding to go to Bruges, we were sitting on the train, in my car with our coffee’s in hand.

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We took an early train as we wanted to arrive in Bruges before lunchtime. We took the Eurotunnel at 7.30am and made it to Bruges for 11am. The drive from Calais is only 2 hrs, but don’t forget the time difference.

Parking in Bruges is convenient. There are parking houses everywhere close to town, as well as a park and ride option. Parking is also cheap with approx. 8 Euros for 7hrs.

Our first destination was the town square. On the way there we discovered a pretty church and had a peek inside.

 

The town square, Place de Bruges, is huge and filled with bikes, horse and carriages as well as tourists. It is surrounded by prettiest buildings, the Belfry of Bruges (bell tower) and the Provinciaal Hof (Province Court).

 

 

 

There is always time for a selfie…

 

By the time we reached the town center we were pretty hungry so we opted for some Belgian Pommes Frites. You can find them everywhere and they are a quick and inexpensive snack. We went to a place called ‘t Brugsch Friethuys’. The Bonus with Belgian fries? You can choose from what felt like a hundred sauces to accompany your fries. We went for Curry Special Sauce and Sauce Andalouse, yummy.

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The square things are fried soft cheese, amazing too!

We fueled up again and were ready to move on. We had a few places in mind we wanted to see, however, Bruges is a great town to walk around in and explore, no prior planning needed.

We headed towards the canals past some of the most amazing chocolate shops and chocolate creations I have ever seen. Bruges and Belgium should be on your ‘places to visit’ list if you are a chocoholic.

 

Mouth-watering, isn’t it?

There is some cute little alleyways to explore and around every corner is a beautiful building to admire.

 

We made it to the canals with it’s lovely little bridges.

 

You can walk around the town forever and never get bored. Some of the buildings have the most beautiful and intricate decorations and doors.

 

We also came across some pretty hotels. The two that I found were especially beautiful are the Hotel De Tuilerieën and Hotel De Orangerie.

 

After a couple hours of walking in the freezing cold, it was time for a break and one of the famous Belgian beers. We ended up in the Brewery Bourgogne des Flandres which is right next to the Hotel De Orangerie. We ordered a ‘tasting platter’ of beers and got to taste some interesting beers.

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Belgium is very proud of their beers, you can even find scooters with beer bottles on them.

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There is also a beer museum and a wall of fame with every Belgian beer imaginable.

 

After walking for hours and taking in this beautiful city it was time to make our way back to catch the train. But we couldn’t leave Belgium without having a famous Belgian waffle. So Chez Albert was our last stop and definitely worth it.

 

Until next time Belgium…

Isabella.

 

 

End of Sales Bargains

If you are like me and you missed out on all the Boxing Day and January sales, fear not! There are still some good deals out there which I compiled for you this post.

The sales are near the end now, however, I find this is the best time to pick up some real bargains. An added bonus is also the recent Pay Day (….and there goes my money)!

My first stop was Zara and I was surprised at the great variety of coats and jackets on offer. I think January sales are great to pick up some winter essentials. Let’s be honest, the UK is not exactly the warmest country. So a coat, jacket or sweater will always come in handy. So picking them up in the sales is an extra bonus!

I actually found some great transitional pieces in the Zara sales, which can be worn into into spring, but also next autumn. Because they are such basic pieces, they won’t go out of fashion.

So here is my Zara Jacket and Coat selection:

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  1. Short Double Breasted Coat £29.99 (down from £99.99)
  2. Coat with Wrap Collar £29.99 (down from £79.99)
  3. Double Breasted Frock Coat £19.99 (down from £79.99)
  4. Flowing Trench Coat £29.99 (down from £69.99)
  5. Short Flowing Trench Coat £29.99 (down from £79.99)
  6. Suede Effect Jacket £19.99 (down from £49.99)
  7. Leather Biker Jacket with Open Lapel £29.99 (down from £99.99)
  8. Short Double Breasted Blazer £15.99 (down from £49.99)
  9. Checked Blazer £15.99 (down from £29.99)

Some massiv discounts there and no item is more than £29.99! Pretty good value for money, don’t you think?

Asos does some nice knitwear, again, no item is more than £20. Here is my selection of favorites:

  1. Stradivarius Contrast Stripe Jumper £11.50 (down from £25.99)
  2. Brave Soul Bow Back Jumper £15 (down from £25)
  3. Vila Jumper With Tie Detail £20 (down from £29.99)
  4. Brave Soul Stripe Eyelet Jumper £9 (down from £25)
  5. Monki Knitted Ruffle Short Sleeve Jumper £10 (down from £25)
  6. ASOS Boyfriend Cardigan In Boxy Fit £11 (down from £22)
  7. b.Young Classic Round Neck Jumper £11 (down from £29.99)

There is also some pretty cute dresses out there. All reduced and great for the next summer holiday or night out:

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  1. Floral Embroidered Lace Dress £10 (down from £30)
  2. Flounced wrap dress £10.49 (down from £17.99)
  3. Lace-trim dress £14.99 (down from £24.99)
  4. Hole-embroidered dress £16.99 (down from £29.99)
  5. Printed Wrap Long Sleeve Dress £10 (down from £30)
  6. Lace V-Neck dress £25.99 (down from £59.99)
  7. Velour wrap dress £14.99 (down from £24.99)
  8. Off-the-shoulder dress £12.49 (down from £24.99)
  9. Lace dress £14.99 (down from £34.99)
  10. Sleeveless Midi Dress £12 (down from £25)

And there you have it, my favorite ‘End of Sale’ sale items. Which item was your favorite? Have you spotted any bargains lately?

Isabella.

 

 

Summer in the Alps

While summer is far away here in the UK, I am thinking back to a holiday I spent in the French Alps in 2016.

When thinking of mountains, you usually think of snow, skiing and cozy fire places. But the mountains are just as beautiful in the summer. Think ‘Sound of Music’ and ‘Heidi’.

So my husband and I decided to go to La Clusaz in the summer of 2016. It is a place we have visited before for skiing and also got engaged! It was the obvious choice to spent our first wedding anniversary there, which is in August.

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La Clusaz is located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France and close to the border of Switzerland as well as Italy. La Clusaz is probably one of the prettiest ski villages in France. The centre has a range of boutique shops and a 200-year-old church at the Centre, so there’s plenty of character to be found.

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We were lucky with the accommodation, as we were able to use my husbands uncle’s flat, which is conveniently located in town.

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There 16are around 50 different restaurants in LaClusaz alone,  and more in the surrounding areas.  The vast majority serve local Savoyard specialties, like fondue with local reblochon cheese, which is amazing. But you can also find other cuisines as well as Pizza. Alternatively and depending on your accommodation there are supermarkets to just self-cater. We did both.

We spend most days just hiking the mountains and enjoying this breathtaking view below! Really no words needed.

If you don’t feel up for walking up the mountains, there are lifts operational in the summer as well to take you up and down. Just make sure you check the closing time, you don’t want to get stuck on top of the mountain.

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Other things you can try while there is mountain biking, climbing, paragliding or the toboggan – so much fun!

We opted to visit a wildlife park. Look at all these beautiful creatures.

We also took two day trips to some nearby places. The first trip we took was up Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe with 15,771 feet (4,807 metres).

We went to Chamonix, from where you can take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi. The Aiguille du Midi is a 3842m peak in the Mont Blanc massif of the French Alps. This is the closest you can get to the summit of Mont-Blanc without hiking or climbing.

The Aiguille du Midi cable car leaves from the centre of Chamonix Town (1035m) up to the summit of the Aiguile du Midi (3842m). It is a two-stage journey. A footbridge connects the cable car top station with the Central Piton terrace. An elevator inside the rock rises the visitor the final 42m to the top terrace at an altitude of 3,842m (info taken from here).

Once you reach the top you are greeted with this stunning view. You will certainly feel like on top of the world – and out of breath, as the air does get thin up there.

For bit of fun, at least for some, you can stand on a glass platform. For that you are asked to take of your shoes and instead wear these soft slippers. My husband made it about 10 seconds on there for a quick picture before we had to leave – it goes very deep down.

The other day trip was to the nearby city of Annecy. Annecy is the largest city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France. It is about a 50min drive from LaClusaz and located by Lake Annecy. Because this was our summer holiday, we couldn’t leave without some sunbathing and swimming. Lake Annecy is the perfect place. The water is clear and well, ice cold – but refreshing. There is a beach club you can use but also some open places where sunbathing and picnics are permitted.

Our last day in La Clusaz we decided to go for one last hike and picnic. 4I can only recommend to visit the mountains in the summer. The vast variety of activities, beautiful nature and wild life as well as stunning views just make it a perfect holiday. So pick your nearest mountain range and off you go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Wanted: Skin Care January 2018

January had me thinking about my New Year’s resolutions. While many of us thinks of resolutions like more exercise, healthy diet or work related goals, I was thinking a lot about my skin.

Over the cold autumn and winter months it has become very tired, dull and dry. And the fact that I crossed the 30 mark last year doesn’t seem to help.

Of course great skin doesn’t just appear with using the newest, most expensive skin care. A healthy diet and plenty of water play the biggest part I guess. But a bit of extra help from the outside doesn’t hurt.

So I had a look around the online shops and some of my favorite bloggers and came up with a wishlist that I think may help my tired skin. Here are a few products I would love to try:

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(one) Everyone talks about the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and I couldn’t be happier Glossier’s products are finally available in the UK. At £15 this cleanser is super affordable. The pH-balanced, creamy gel formula is made with a blend of five skin conditioners so your face is supposed to be left feeling healthy and soft, never tight.

(two) This REN toner is free from harmful chemicals. It uses willow bark to gently remove impurities and unclog pores, exactly what I need right now. And at £13 another affordable product.

(three) Bubble masks are everywhere and I had my eye on this Rodial Snake Oxygenating & Cleansing Bubble mask. The detoxifying bubble mask generates O2 bubbles to remove dirt, dead skin cells and excess oil revealing a brighter-looking complexion – Yes please! At £48 it is on the more expensive side, however, 8 sachets are in a pack.

(four) / (five) Both GlowGlam products are masks and have been all over the blogsphere last year. So naturally I want to give them a try. The Clearing Treatment Glam To Go is their most Advanced Clearing Treatment developed to help fight common skin concerns. The Brightening Treatment on the other hand is supposed to help to create the brightest, lightest & luminous perfect skin. The small 15g size is perfect to give it a try or take with you while travelling.

(six) / (seven) I think these products will most likely stay on my wishlist. Simply due to their pricing. But one can dream and maybe there is one of you out there reading this who would like to invest in such high end products. If you do, let me know if the La Mer products worked for you, because the reviews for La Mer are great. The Creme De La Mer Moisturizing Cream promises for ‘skin appear firmer, the look of lines, wrinkles and pores to appear less visible, for skin to look virtually ageless’. That is a bold claim. Alongside the moisturizer you can use the Eye Expression Cream.  Puffiness, fine lines, dark circles and other signs of stress, fatigue and daily life gently fade in appearance.

(eight) I have actually tried this product before – the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I received a little sample and was able to use it for a couple nights and I loved it. The smell is divine – the lavender sends you right to sleep. The concentrate is supposed replenish the skin’s moisture level over night.

(nine) This day time serum sounds amazing and just what dull skin needs. The Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum helps skin look firmer and plumper, as youthful bounce and an even tone are restored – sounds amazing. The concentrate is infused with 15 percent ultra-stable, advanced vitamin C for enhanced tone, clarity, and visible brightening. I am definitely sold to this. Again, not on the cheap side, but usually small amounts of serums and concentrate do the trick – it may last you a while. #

(ten) Now I’ve got to be honest, I have never heard of these drops before. But when I came across them, I got intrigued. The Tan-Luxe Illuminating Self-Tan Drops are added to your usual moisturizer or face oil and promise no streaks, no smells and instead a a flawless, glowing complexion. I don’t know about your face, but mine could do with a bit of colour. And the boosting and smoothing properties of Raspberry Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera will help with the extra glow.

So there you have it, my ten Most Wanted skin care products I would love to give a go.

Have you tried any of them? What are your experiences? What are your go-to products to make your skin glow again?

Isabella.

 

January Day Out in London

The New Year started off great for me, as I was able to spend the first weekend with my friend Petya. If you don’t know her you should definitely go and check out her beautiful Instagram feed here.

We decided to spend the day out in London and our first stop was the beautiful Langham Hotel for coffee – because every good day starts with coffee.

It was also a stunning location and perfect to take a few snaps. This hotel is #interiorgoals. Have a look yourself:

Beautiful – right? I mean indoor palm trees?

We decided to have a stroll around London and walk towards Kings Cross. We came across some cute little alleyways and stopped by the St.Pancras Renaissance London Hotel.

By that time we got pretty hungry. So that only means Pizza. One of my favorite Pizza places can be found in the area: Pizza Union. It’s fire baked, thin, 12″ pizza and super delicious. The place is very casual and the pizza’s are priced well. Prices start at £3.95 for a Margherita.

Because we still had time before our next activity we decided to head to Simmons for a cheeky cocktail. There are multiple Simmons around town, but this one, was just around the corner. It’s the tiniest little bar and super quirky with a skull-shaped disco ball and tea-pots everywhere – really cool. During the week this place is super busy, especially during their happy hour – so so cheap. But we were lucky and it was pretty empty. So we enjoyed our Raspberry Mojito and Pornstar Martini before heading towards Tobacco Docks where our next destination was.

Petya and I booked ourselves in for Rooftop Ice-Skating at Skylight London. Skylight is pop-up bar and food destination on top of a multi-story car park. We opted for a package that included 45min ice skating, a cheese fondue and a bottle of wine. It was a great deal, however, the ice-skating disappointed a little bit. This was mainly down to the ice-skates being  very uncomfortable. So we did a few rounds and went inside for some cheese fondue and wine. Have a look here:

What did the new year bring for you so far?

Isabella.

 

 

 

New York in Pictures

The streets will make you feel brand new. 

Big lights will inspire. – Jay Z

So I am finally getting around to share my pictures and travel diary from New York with you….it’s only been two month. Oops.

It will be a long one, so grab a cup of tea and get comfortable…

We set off on an early morning flight from Heathrow. Being a nervous flyer I preferred plane-ticketthe early start, just get it done and over with.Plane But to my surprise it was a lovely and fairly quick flight.

We arrived at Newark at about midday, but didn’t leave it until about 2pm due to the long queues at passport control. But we weren’t in a rush, so all was fine.

We decided to save some money and take the train into Penn Station rather than getting a cab. This was super easy. The airport provides a free shuttle to the station and from there it was maybe 30min into the City.

As the city is expense enough we decided to make this trip as cheap as possible without compromising on the experience. Therefore, once we arrived at Penn Station we purchased a MetroCard from the subway station. You can get it at any of the machines at the station and it will definitely save you some bucks. Despite only being there for 5 days, we opted for the 7-Day unlimited MetroCard at $32. With all the things to do and see on our agenda it still worked out cheaper than buying individual fares or day tickets. By the way we still ended up walking loads, which I definitely recommend if you want to soak in the City and see the neighborhoods.

Transport sorted, we made our way to the ‘Hotel’. I say hotel, but really we actually stayed in a hostel. Don’t dismiss this idea. It is a great option as most hostels nowadays offer private rooms and bathrooms, which is what we went for. We stayed the YMCA West Side right next to Central Park. Try and find a hotel that is less than a £1000 for 5 nights, that location and that time of year….impossible. So the hostel was a great option and served our needs completely – a safe and clean room with a bed.

Despite being tired, we decided to pull through and have a wonder around town before heading to Brooklyn for dinner. As we were close to Times Square we made this our first destination. This place can blow your mind with all the lights and people.

 

We were hungry of course, so we opted for one of New Yorks specialties: Pizza! This turned out to be a re-occuring theme during our trip, the 99c and $1 pizza’s in town. You can find them everywhere and they are seriously yummy and well within budget!

 

After exploring times square we made our way to Brooklyn to have dinner at Emily’s. My husband found this place through extensive YouTube research watching hours and hours of ‘Best Burger/Pizza/Fast Food in New York’.

Emily’s didn’t disappoint. Because we were still full up from our 99c Pizza we decided toIMG_20170928_180620 share a Burger, and oh my, that was yummy. Definitely worth the trip!

After that we headed back to the hostel to catch some much needed sleep.

The next day the jet leg has hit us hard and we woke up at 5am. We were out of the hostel by 6am. I am not complaining, as we had the whole of Hyde Park to ourselves…well apart from the joggers and people walking their dogs. It was a beautiful, sunny morning. So we grabbed some coffee and started walking through the park.

 

Then we decided to have breakfast. There wasn’t much around, but we stumbled upon a little cafe serving everything you could possibly want for breakfast. We went for waffles and french toast…of course. 20170929_105454

We decided to stay around the midtown area as we had the ‘Top of the Rock’ booked for 10.30am. I think we chose the best day for our trip up the Rock. It was sunny and the views were breathtaking! Have a look yourself:

 

The rest of the day was spent walking around town, eating more pizza and a bit of shopping. Because why not?! 🙂

 

In the evening we went on to have some southern BBQ food. No pictures, as the place was simply too dark. But trust me, the brisket, wings and ribs were mouthwatering. Dinner was followed up by drinks in one of the coolest bars: Barcade!

 

Make sure you stop buy for a drink and a play on one of their machines.

The last stop was the Top of the Rock again, to see the never-sleeping city at night. Still breathtaking.20170930_015031_LLS

The next couple days were spent exploring the city more. It included a trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, walking around the financial district and visiting the Twin Tower Memorial, a visit to China Town and and an early morning walk over Brooklyn Bridge. Here are a few snapshoots:

 

Our last day in New York was pretty uneventful and chilled. A bit more shopping, a bit more coffee and doughnuts (try Dough) and a bit more fast food (try the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park).

 

To finish off our holiday we got tickets to see Katy Perry at Madison Square Garden. The show she put on was epic, including oversize lips, a baseket ball court and floating on a planet.

 

Here are a few more to-do’s you should add to your list:

  • Make sure you have a Hot Dog from one of the street vendors. Warning though: They will charge you a fortune. My husband fell for it and paid $16!!!
  • Check out Chelsea Market for all the food options you can think off. We had the Los Tacos, so so good and so so hot!
  • Visit Dumbo for the famous Insta Shot of Manhatten Bridge. Top Tip: Come early, like really early.
  • Go and see a show on Broadway. We saw School of Rock, which was amazing. Another tip: Buy it via the ticket lottery. So much cheaper. You apply the day before/on the day, and will be notified on the day whether you got the tickets. If you’re flexible this is a good option and will save you some serious money.
  • Check out the flag ship Microsoft store on 5th Avenue. Not only do you get to play with the latest gadgets, every hour they do a tour of the behind the scene’s of the store, which includes trying the Hololens, which layers digital images onto the real world using holograms! What an epic experience. The tour takes an hour, is absolutely free and definitely worth it.

I hope you find this post helpful. It is mainly touristy things we did, as it was our first time in New York. What an amazing City.

Until next time New York!

Isabella x

Autumn Bath & Body Works Haul

While in New York last month I couldn’t resist to do a bit of shopping here and there.

One of the shops we don’t have in the UK is Bath & Body Works. I saw other bloggers raving about their candles, so I had a little peak on their website before we left to New York …and oh my!

One of each please!!

A stop at Bath & Body Works was quickly added to our ‘to do & see’ list and here is the aftermath:

You can’t go to Bath & Body Works without picking up a candle. I picked up two 🙂 They are sickly sweet and I love it. The flavors I chose were ‘Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin’ and ‘Caramel Pumpkin Swirl’. You will quickly see a pattern here :D.CandlesCandles close

Next one up were some body products. I picked up a ‘Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte’ Scrub, which is amazing. It is made from pure honey and you can definitely smell it. Probably more than the pumpkin latte, but it is still lovely. To compliment the scrub I went for the ‘Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte’ whipped body butter….it smells delicious.Pumkin scrub and butter

To complete my pumpkin haul and something I picked up by the checkouts (so so tempting always) are the ‘Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte’ hand cream and ‘Pumpkin Cupcake’ hand sanitizer. Hand

And, last but not least some more body products. I picked up a body oil which is eucalyptus and spearmint scented, some of my favorite smells. It is great, but once applied to the skin changes its smells drastically and doesn’t smell of mint at all. Have you experienced that before?

For my evening routine I also picked up a lavender body lotion, so lovely and calming to apply before going to bed.

Brown lotions close up

And here you have it, my Bath & Body Works mini haul.

Hope you enjoyed it and see yo next time,

Isabella

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