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Sunday, 27 November 2016

New York in 24 hours!

On my travel bucket list a few weeks ago I mentioned my eternal love for the city that never sleeps; New York. Now, (perhaps not fitting to be on my bucket list) I have actually been lucky enough to visit New York twice now! Both times I have jetted off with my mum on some last minute trips and the very first time we did, I accompanied her on a trip (she’s an air hostess) in which we were there for literally about 24 hours. Therefore, I saw it only fitting that I did a post on my experience and some of the key must-dos if you ever find yourself in NY for a day…

1. BROADWAY SHOW

As the plane ride was a good 8 hours (+ the 5 hour time difference meaning we arrived 7pm NY time which was midnight UK time!) we found ourselves landing in NY pretty late in the evening, however that didn’t stop us. After the pretty long journey from JFK airport into Manhattan (about half an hour drive minimum but with the crew bus and getting through customs - always a long one in America, never underestimate it, it took us a good 1.5/2hrs to get to the hotel), we dumped our bags at the hotel and headed straight to Broadway to grab some last minute tickets for a show. At the time Sister Act was on and was featuring Raven Symone – needless to say she was pretty epic and absolutely hilarious. Such an amazing atmosphere and fab experience!





2. EMPIRE STATE BUILDING AND TIME SQUARE

Of course, you can’t quite get away with visiting New York without popping through Time Square and letting your inner tourist be revealed as your head tilts back and is overwhelmed by the incredible lights, bustling atmosphere and just pure amazement. We tottled along, knackered and hungry, but ecstatic after the show and wandered through and headed to the Empire State Building (luckily as it was late evening the queue wasn’t as bad as I expect it probably is during the day). As you can imagine the view from up there – and at night too – is simply spectacular. I was hypnotised by the beauty of it all! Some may say the view from The Top of the Rock is better (which it might well be – I still haven’t been there - that’s next on my list!) but I feel they must be pretty similar.





3. HELICOPTER RIDE

Perhaps a bit more on the pricey side (was a birthday present – and was also 4 years ago - so I’m afraid I can’t quite say how much it was), but if you’re only there for 24 hours, definitely worth it! I shotgunned the front seat (not the drivers obvs) of a helicopter and the lovely New Yorker whisked us off around the concrete jungle and took us around to see the Statue of Liberty and everything – pretty awesome if I do say so! Definitely a great chance to get a snapshot of the city and just spend half an hour- an hour just in awe! (Can you tell that NY is probably one of my favourite places on this planet?)




4. CENTRAL PARK

Absolutely stunning – in summer and winter – Central Park is so tranquil and pretty that I could walk through it for hours (1. Because it’s gorgeous, 2. Because it’s bloody huge!). In winter there’s a lovely ice rink (although expect a long queue) and in summer the trees and sun are just lovely to bask in. Due to lack of time me and mum took a nice walk and then called upon a lovely horse and carriage to take us on a quick trip and gave our feet a little, well needed rest!


Little pic of when my brother joined us just the second time we visited - just after Christmas, so it was extremely cold! If you ever go at that time (which I suggest that you do, NY at Christmas is even more magical) I suggest seriously wrapping up - like I'm talking even Northern England cold!




5. BURGERS

America are notorious for their overindulgence on food, but I feel a good way to embrace the New York experience is to of course grab yourself a good burger (hence the name) or hot dog and indulge! However I must point out that when we were there for our 24 hours, we trekked a good while looking for somewhere to grab dinner that evening and were fooled by the term 'city that never sleeps' when in fact it was more like 'the city that sleeps at around 11pm' - just to warn you!





Of course, I’ve only picked out a few of the many must-dos in NY and the bits that really stood out to me! – little bits you can probably also fit into your 24 hours are taking a yellow cab (obviously) and pop down to 5th Avenue! There are also so many more things I want to do next time I’m there (Top of the Rock, visit Greenwich Village, the zoo etc) but I could probably write forever about my love and lust for NY and that may bore you a little (though I don’t understand how!)

I wanted to do this post after seeing Amy's post over on Salt and Chic, on 24hrs in Amsterdam and hearing about the AccorHotels competition to win a stay in Paris/Amsterdam/Berlin which you can find out about here, and also to share my love and experience in this magical city!

If anyone’s ever been to NY – any more tips? Any good local places that are great to visit?


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Monday, 14 November 2016

Yorkshire Wonders

I feel like I'm a bit late in posting about the gorgeous Autumnal weather, but even though the temperature has plummeted drastically and the grey clouds are looming, the coloured leaves are still falling and the gorgeous sunsets/sunrises still dazzle me every day! 

Last weekend, my family came up to York for a well needed visit and on Saturday we headed out to Harrogate to visit some family. After a lovely chat accompanied by tea and cake, we headed out for a lovely Autumnal walk at the National Trust Brimham Rocks. 









It was such a stunning walk, the views were incredible and it felt so lovely to be with my family and take a nice long walk in the fresh, crisp air with nothing to think about! 


Jumpsuit : Missguided

Trainers : Nike Air Thea



Definitely the ideal place for dog walks and since it was half term there were a lot of kids loving it (although some of them I couldn't watch because some of those rocks are pretty high and those kids were being very adventurous - I'd keep an eye on them if you visit!)


Anyone ever visited the Brimham Rocks before? 

What did you think?

Where's your favourite place for an Autumnal walk?



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Monday, 7 November 2016

My First Giveaway: CaseApp*

A good while ago I entered a CaseApp giveaway and it was the first one that I actually won! I won myself a nice new case that I could personalise myself. I actually made it for my mum for Christmas and she adores it and it's still going strong a good while later!



And then not long ago, CaseApp contacted me to offer me a chance to get another case and to host my own giveaway to offer you guys a chance to have one too! With CaseApp you can make your own custom iPhone case/laptop skin. They have a variety of styles to choose from like my new one below (I was so torn between the green and a really nice pink and grey one!) or you can customise it yourself with photos like the one above. 

My new one is lovely and so pretty and marble-y and such a nice size and I love it!




Now for my first giveaway I thought I should have some sort of milestone or something, as usually bloggers tend to host giveaways to mark a certain number of followers or subscribers. But since I'm pretty small in comparison and not entirely fussed about the numbers I thought my milestone could be my sudden enthusiasm for blogging again.

I tend to go through phases where I'm really creative and absolutely love it, or get severe writers block and can't think of anything! And even though I'm insanely bogged down with work right now I've managed to clear some time to unwind and unload my thoughts into this blog and I've really enjoyed it. (Lets just see how long this productivity is maintained)


T&Cs:
  • Giveaway will last one week, so you have until Midnight on Monday the 14th November 2016 to enter
  • The winner will win a code for £22 to spend on CaseApp.co.uk that is valid until the 31st of December
  • Once the winner is announced, I will contact CaseApp and get given the £20 code, please allow 48hrs for contact 
  • The winner will be announced by twitter/via email, within 48 hrs of ending, so to enter please follow josie_victoriaa and leave your twitter username or email in the comments. (If you leave your twitter username but would prefer to be contacted via email please state in the comments, thanks)
  • I will contact you via direct message on twitter/email to provide you with the code.




a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclaimer: CaseApp have provided me and the giveaway winner with a free product but all opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

What is a 'Mistake'?

Lately, I've been feeling a lot of anxiety and feeling a bit down, and it was all going completely fine last week and the week before and then yesterday it hit me again. Not that I've particularly got much to feel sad about (got a lot of work on but what else is new, and I'm more on top of it than I was a few weeks ago) - which is irritating as hell! - but I'm finding myself either upset and quite anxious or just feeling nothing at all. 



A lot of my feelings or mental health triggers I think stem from safety and a lot of that is provoked when I'm at uni because I'm suddenly miles away from my family or friends and expected to get going and do all this work on my own as well as live on my own as well. 

And when I got thinking about what it was I'm really afraid of this year, I think it's a lot about screwing up. Making a mistake. 

And these 'mistakes' come in a lot of shapes and forms - which is why I think I get so overwhelmed by it all because there's too many for my brain to cope with. 

For example, a presentation (common one I know, but I get very nervous and anxious before it) or meeting with my supervisor (where I need to present to her all the things I've been researching when really I'm still very confused on it all). Coursework. Meeting new people. Blogging - I often lack a lot of confidence and am terrified that something in any of my blog posts could come across in the wrong way. Similarly, I'm always scared that I might do/say something that violates some sort of rule or regulation - I'm really not great on common sense sometimes so this scares me in all aspects of life. Living alone - the running of a house, paying bills, all these things terrify me, what if I do it wrong or don't think about things that I should and something goes wrong?

These are just some of the worries and thoughts that are circling my brain right now and make it difficult to concentrate on actually getting things done so that I can worry less about some of them. 

So what is a mistake really? 

My mum always used to say 'what's the worst that can happen?' and sometimes thinking of these can really help. For instance, if I'm worrying about a presentation or coursework, I think the worst thing that could happen would be that I don't know the answer to a question or I mess up my words or I fail. But really these things are bad but not 'end-of-the-world' bad. But on the other hand thinking like this sometimes sends me into further panic - for example the thought of getting into trouble with the police or something law related, makes me hyperventilate and panic severely, even though I know I've done nothing wrong! 

For the most part this works pretty well though, it comforts me to know that even if I met someone new and made a complete fool of myself - we'll both get up the next day and probably use it as a hilarious story to tell in the future.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that there are no 'mistake's really. Everything we do, we do for a reason and they all happen to enable us to grow into the people we're meant to be. Some things go a bit shit, e.g. failing an exam or getting fired, but we'll get over them and they don't make us bad people. These 'mistake's aren't really mistakes at all they're just things that happen in life.


So as long as we're putting in work and being good people, everything will be fine!




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