Our First Official Day: Recap
Thanks for joining me for my second New York travel diary! In part 1, I discussed our first full day in the Big Apple. We went to the Brooklyn Bridge, had some trendy toast, and went shopping! In case you missed it, click here to view the first entry from this series. I would like to note that no part of this blog post is sponsored. In this post I provide direct links to items I purchased and places I visited because I really enjoyed them and felt you might too!
After the Brooklyn Bridge, we walked over to Washington Street to snap some quick shots, and then made our way to Brooklyn Industries. The boutique carries a few different brands that I recognized such as BB Dakota, in addition to their own label. I noticed a sign in the front of their store that mentioned they began transferring their graphic t-shirts to organic cotton in 2015. After reading their statement, I got really excited because I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called “The True Cost” which discussed the importance of using organic cotton.
Organic cotton is important for growers and consumers. Think about it... Growing cotton involves real life farmers. If these people are constantly surrounded by chemicals they are much more likely to end up with diseases like cancer. In addition, those who live in the surrounding areas are affected as well because the chemicals contaminate the air and water. Then, those chemicals get passed down to customers upon wearing and purchasing. I do my best to preserve Mother Earth, and to make conscientious decisions regarding my health, so I appreciate this sentiment.
From the start, I didn’t plan on doing much shopping in New York, but I did know that I wanted a new sweater- specifically a chunky-white-turtleneck. I tried on a bunch of cozy pieces and graphic tees, then decided on this Nylon, Acrylic, and Wool blend because it was exactly what I had in mind! I tend to stay away from care labels that state “dry clean only” but it was so warm! It was 10-20 degrees during our entire trip and I knew I could get some good use out of it. My California wardrobe was definitely not sufficient for the frigid temperatures. The cozy turtleneck is still available on their website for $88.00 USD and is called the Avery Mockneck Sweater.
I bought this beanie in San Francisco a few years ago and brought it along for our trip. Mainly because I knew I needed layers, but also because I was confident I would find the cream sweater of my dreams during our trip (I was planning this very strategically). Lo and behold, the beanie matched my new knit perfectly. I wore this outfit the next day for our journey to the Empire State Building.
We viewed snowy city 86 stories high on the Main Deck. After, we were starving and decided to find somewhere yummy to eat. On our way to hunt for a restaurant, we stumbled upon a hat store called JJ's Hat Center where Mario found a leather newsboy cap with ear flaps (the style name is Statson and it is available on their website for $125. After shopping at the hat store, we found a Peruvian restaurant called Raymi NYC that had some delicious vegetarian options and courteous customer service. After lunch, we made our way to Madison Square Park near the Flat Iron Building to shoot some winter wonderland vibes.
The Shoes that Saved My Life
I wore these Sperry's Salt Water Duck Boots for the majority of the trip. I highly recommend them! They were good for the snow (and can work in the rain too) because they have good insulation and rubber bottoms. In addition, I had enough room to wear three layers of socks and stockings, and they were still comfortable enough to walk in the city for hours in freezing temperatures.
Until Next Time...
I hope you enjoyed reading about our second day in New York, and that you are able to visit some of the same places I mentioned if you haven't already! Looking forward to starting Part 3 of this series now, which will be about New Year's Eve! We took some epic rooftop shots at our AirBnb before we went out dancing, and almost literally got hypothermia.