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Sunday, 12 February 2017

TRAVEL DIARY: NEW YEAR, NEW YORK

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to my blog. Before I begin, I just want to say thank you so much for all your amazing comments and kind words on my last post. I was seriously blown away by all the support, especially after being away from blogging for such a long time, I was made to feel welcomed back with open arms which was really sweet so thank you :)
For the New Year 2017, we made plans to go away over New Year to New York as it has been something we've both wanted to do for so long and because of my old job working in retail, you are never allowed to take time off over December- January time, so now that I have my current job I was finally able to go away over the holidays! I found it really strange packing for a cold weather holiday as I'd never done that before but found it surprisingly easy when I was basically packing what I'd wear on a normal day in the UK. After an absolute nightmare of a time travelling there and getting completely lost on the way to the hotel, we eventually made it there in one piece and just in time to get ourselves ready for our New Year's Eve plans.
We stayed at the INNSIDE New York Nomad hotel which was wonderful. The staff were brilliant, they were always really friendly and more than happy to help you out with any queries and the decor was gorgeous too both around the hotel and our room, especially with it still being around the holidays, it was still all christmassy in the lobby too with a big christmas tree covered in golden decorations. We got to our room and we had an incredible view of the Empire State Building right outside our window which made it extra special. Especially as for New Year it was lit up with all these beautiful colours (shown above) and changed to green and red the other days we were there.
Once we were settled into our room and unloaded our cases, we began getting ready for the night. We had booked tickets for the New Year's Eve Cruise aboard the Atlantis Yacht which was a boat cruise along the Hudson river with a buffer dinner, open bar and a dance floor, as well as free champagne to toast at midnight and a beautiful view of the fireworks over the Statue of Liberty. We did our research before we left and found that Times Square at midnight wasn't all it cracked up to be so we thought the boat cruise sounded amazing and would be much more intimate and memorable event for us to attend.
Dress: TFNC London, Heels: Dune, Bag (not shown): Versus Versace, Earrings (not shown): Vivienne Westwood.

As the dress code was black tie optional, I had been unsure about what was acceptable attire but I had managed to get in touch with a member of the events team to confirm what sort of outfit was acceptable and they were happy to help which I thought was really good that they did that and when we were onboard the yacht there was a mix of super glam, formal and smart casual, so it was a good mix. The issue I had was when I was looking around online for more information about the yacht event there wasn't a lot that was given away about how it looked inside or what the dress code looked like so hopefully this gives a little more of an idea. I opted for this TFNC paris scallop gold sequinned dress from TFNC London which I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. I had looked for other options too just to make sure it was definitely what I wanted, I had looked at others that were maybe more on the 'super glam' side but I kept finding myself being drawn to this one over and over again and it was cheaper than other ones I'd seen so saved myself some pennies! I teamed it with my Vivienne Westwood drop orb earrings, midnight blue sparkly nails for a contrast, with Versus Versace lion head shoulder bag and with my pewter heels from Dune to complete the look.

The whole night was fantastic! We shared a table with two welsh couples and two german couples and everyone was so welcoming and friendly which made it even more special having others who were so easy going and of course, in the festive spirit too. The food was so delicious, with a good variety to pick from and the bar had also created their own special cocktail menu for the night too. When it was close to midnight we stood out on the middle deck out the back as it was so cold on the top deck so you were a bit more sheltered from the wind where we were and had the most incredible view of New York skyline from the yacht. The DJ began the countdown and played all the celebratory songs, everyone around us cheering and shouting 'Happy New Year!' at the tops of their lungs and hugging their loved ones and then watching the fireworks over the Statue of Liberty began whilst Frank Sinatra's New York, New York and Alicia Keys' New York played as the soundtracks to the occasion. It was honestly one of those 'pinch me' moments and a memory that will stick for me for the rest of my life. It was absolutely perfect and such a wonderful way to celebrate the New Year.
Thank you for reading and hope you all had a fabulous time celebrating the new year too!
Let me know in the comments what you all got up to yourselves as I'd love to read them :) Thanks!
Also head on over to my Instagram: /@vasey228 for more photos of my trip!
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  1. It sounds like you had an absolutely AMAZING time. That view looks so dramatic.

    Also, that dress is *beautiful*.

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    1. Thank you very much Cora :) it was definitely a very special trip :) thank you for the comment! xx

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  2. Lovely photos! It really sounds like a fantastic time that you had!

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    1. Thank you very much We Test :D I had a lovely time thank you :) hope you had a good new year too! x

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  3. It sounds like you had an amazing time! I also love your outfit, that dress is stunning!xx

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    1. Aw thank you so much Hannah for the lovely comment :D xx

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  4. It sounds like you've had such a fantastic time! Loved all the shots and your sequin dress. Have a lovely start of the week! x

    Andreea
    http://couturezilla.com/

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    1. Thank you very much for your lovely comment Andreea :D I had a lovely time thanks :D hope you have a great week too :) x

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  5. I have always wanted to visit NY on NYE! I'm so jealous, I hope you had an incredible time xo

    Liz | LotsofLoveLiz x

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    1. Aw thank you so much Liz! I had an amazing time :D I'd definitely recommend it :) xx

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  6. Lovely photo diary

    xxx, Eva
    www.dark-rebel.com

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  7. Sounds like you had an absolutely amazing time in New York, it was just as amazing when I went and this post has made me want to go back!
    As for the getting lost on the way to the hotel, all I can say is. At least you found it and the trip only got better from there!

    ps. the dress looked stunning on you.

    Alys
    www.alysgeorge.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you for this lovely comment Alys :D I had a great time thanks :) hope you do get to go back since you had an amazing time before :) so true, getting lost on the way to the hotel was due to our airport pick up taking us the complete other end of the city, I'd never power walked so much in my life haha but that was a minor part of the trip luckily. I'm just pleased we got sorted and could enjoy ourselves in the end :) xx

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  8. Beautiful photos! such a pretty start of a year!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog
    P.S. would you like to follow each other?

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    1. Thank you very much Lyosha :D I'll take a look now, thanks :) xx

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  9. OMGGGG new York am jealoussss!! u look so stunning and festive btw! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Dominica from London, www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk xXx

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    1. Aw thank you so much for this lovely comment Dominica :D glad you enjoyed the post! :) xx

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  10. wow, amazing photos!! I'd love to go to New York x
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    1. Thank you so much Alice! Glad you enjoyed them :) I hope you get to go :D xx

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  11. Lovely dress, and great photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time in NY. Have a great week.

    xo,
    I AM YASMIN

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words Yasmin :D Hope you have a great week also! :) xx

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  12. What an amazing trip!! Unbelievable to see the fireworks by the sea!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
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    1. Thank you for the comment Monica! I had a brilliant time :D xx

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  13. these pictures are so so lovely! sounds like you had a fab time!
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    1. Thank you very much Mary Lee :D glad you like them :) I had a great time thanks! :D xx

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  14. Nice blog =)
    Followed you, would love if you could follow back.
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    1. Thank you very much, I'll check your blog out now :) xx

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  15. Wonderful and perfect! I follow you blog, please follow me too. http://alamodenatine.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you very much Kristine :) I'll check it out now, thanks for the link! xx

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  16. Great post!
    Would you like to follow each other? Let me know in comment on my blog :)

    El's Notes

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    1. Thank you very much El :) I'll check your blog out now :) xx

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  17. those photos are amazing!! i'm glad you had fun =)

    xoxo, rae
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    1. Thank you so much Rae! Glad you like the photos :D xx

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  18. I can't wait to one day visit USA. Have some weird fascination with it!

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    1. I hope you get to Signe :D I'd love to visit more places in the US for sure :) thanks for taking the time to comment! xx

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  19. Wow! It sounds like you had a great time! I would love to go to NYC someday!
    Kate xx

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    1. I hope you get to go Kate, it was a great time! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, have a great week! :D xx

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  20. You look beautiful!! Looks like an amazing trip, stunning photography

    X Emma | www.missemmacharlotte.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much for the kind words Emma! That means a lot :D I had a great time :) xx

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  21. This sound so amazing! Your dress is absolutely gorgeous, you definitely picked the right one here! I guess New York at New Year´s is now just another thing I´m going to have to add to my dreams wish list. It just looks so magical on your pictures here!
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

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    1. Aw thank you so much for the lovely comment Lisa :D it was definitely worth doing, you'd have an amazing time for sure :D xx

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  22. I went to New Yok mid Jan and had such a great time, your time looks so glamorous and fun. Love your dress! You look gorgeous, I already want to go back, thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words Kiran :D glad to hear you had such a fab time when you were there too :) xx

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  23. Your trip sounds amazing!! I am desperate to go to New York!!xx
    nicoleannx.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for the comment Nicole :D I had a great time thanks :) I hope you get the chance to go, I think you'd enjoyed it! :D xx

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  24. Wow this makes me miss NY so much! Sounds like an incredible trip you had and I love that photo of the two champagne glasses with that view.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. Thank you very much Julia :D I had a great time, hope you enjoyed it when you were there :) xx

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  25. Wow NY looks even more magical at New Year than it does the rest of the time! Looks like you had a fantastic time!

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

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    1. It was definitely magical, I had a great time thank you :D Thanks for the comment Emma :) xx

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