Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New York is Always a Good Idea...Part 1

       I recently had the opportunity to travel to New York City for a week. As the eve of my mothers 50th birthday came close we planned a girls trip to the "city that never sleeps" with my aunts and grandmother. Needless to say it was an interesting trip but one I would never change.

         Being that we were going to one of the fashion mecca's of the world your typical travel essentials are a little different. Since my trip was for the beginning of September packing was a little difficult. Is it going to be hot? Windy? Cold? Rainy? What do I pack!? So I basically covered every base within reason. Both long-sleeve and short-sleeve tops with jeans for throughout the day and plain black skirt as an option for either day or night. I brought along two dresses and two jackets, one more casual one more dressy. When it came to shoes it was a bit easier, a pair of comfy yet chic sneakers, a pair of boots, and my glittery Toms for the airport. 
Above is a composed Travel Essentials list with some of the items I felt were "must-haves" for a fall trip to NYC or any metropolitan city up north. 1. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Crossbody 2. Henri Bendel Studded Mini Wallet
3. Ray-Ban Clubmasters in Brown/Green  4. Converse Chuck Taylor Canvas Hi-top
5. Lush Body Was Happy Hippy 6. YSL Volupté Sheer Candy in 04 7. Zara Floral Print Dress 8. Zara Basic Jacket
9. Marc Jacobs Rollerball Perfume 10. Leila Stone Hailee Boots

        The vast majority of the items I brought on my trip were things I already owned or things I bought that I knew I would get use out of even after my trip. Now you may be looking at this list and think "What on earth is she thinking?" or "Did she raid Clarissa Darling's closet?" and if you got that last reference I commend you. First thing first, whenever you are going to a busy city always bring a small cross-body bag. I find that the Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac is the perfect size, it easily fits my sunglasses, glasses, phone, a pillbox with Tylenol, rollerball perfume, lip balm, and small change-purse. For those of you who don't have to carry around two glasses cases in your purse you can opt for a bigger wallet like the Henri Bendel that I have been coveting for months now. Since the sunglasses and Chuck Taylors are pretty much self-explanatory we will skip straight to the body wash. I recently picked up this Happy Hippy bodywash from Lush on a trip to visit one of my aunts in Miami, and I can say hand on heart it is the most heavenly smelling body-wash that is if you have an affinity to sugared orange slice gummy candy, it was my best friend when we came back to our 7 floor walk-up nestled in the Upper East Side. After hours of walking and multiple subway rides in 90 degree weather believe you me, you feel pretty grimy so my trustee grapefruit scented body wash help get me clean and with the vitamin c, feeling fresh. 

        Now I know not everyone wants to splash out and buy a $35 lip product but I love my YSL lip balm it has the perfect tint of color to add that stain of berry pink and it keeps your lips well moisturized. Another alternative is Maybelline Baby Lips or Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. On the subject of beauty another essential you should include in your make-up bag specifically is a matte powder because no one wants a shiny forehead, I personally love Rimmel Stay Matte. Now how do you keep yourself smelling nice when you are walking ten plus miles a day? And the easy answer is a rollerball perfume, the lovely thing about rollerballs is that they are more affordable than a bottle of perfume, small and easy to carry around, and last longer than a body spray. Since rollerballs are usually modeled by their vanity table dwelling counterparts you can get one in your favourite or "signature scent" or you could be adventurous and try something new, I highly recommend Marc Jacobs Honey. I could probably write an entire blog post on what make-up you should bring on holiday. If you would like me to write a post on Travel Beauty Essentials leave a comment below! 

        Whilst in New York I had the chance to see my first ever Broadway play and what was also Orlando Bloom's debut in his first ever Broadway role, Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This was no ordinary revival of one of times oldest love stories it was modern and dynamic integrating a whole new dimension.  

       In an interview featured in the Playbill, it explains that Orlando Bloom was the one who recommended that it be set in modern day. So much so that his character is introduced on the back of a motorcycle clad in a black hoodie, plain white tee, medium wash ripped denim, and burgundy Doc Martins, which I can vouch for many female audience members, a very appealing site. As you may have noticed, the woman opposite of him in the photo is Condola Rashad, it was not the goal of the Director to include a interracial theme, during castings she stood out to him as one of the best and cast her as Orlando's female lead. I personally loved the fact that she was cast as Juliet. It takes modern day normalities, such as interracial relationships, and injects them into a script that people all across the world are familiar with. The chemistry between the two of them was remarkable and the best performance I have seen from Orlando Bloom. He embodied the role entirely with the exuberance of a young boy, you didn't simply see Orlando you saw Romeo, a love-sick teenage boy. 

        Seeing as this is partly a fashion blog I should include a "OOTD" shouldn't I? Below is what I wore to see Romeo and Juliet on Broadway, note the ever so handsome Orlando Bloom to my left. 

           Blazer: H&M, Dress: H&M, Belt: H&M, Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff, Boots: Shoedazzle, Watch: Fossil

Gabriela xx