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The Ultimate Girls Night In | AD

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I think a lot of people are under the illusion that Valentine’s Day has to be this super gushy romantic day. However, if you’re a single lady and don’t want to be reminded of how gushy this day can be, why not organise not just any old girls night in, but the ultimate girls night in?

~ The Pamper ~

My first tip for the host or if you want to bring a gift, is to purchase some skincare bits. I love girly sleepovers where everyone can put on a face mask and just ~chill~. In fact in my opinion, that’s the whole bloody point of them! My ideal skincare gifts would be some beauties from L’Occitane. I have loved this brand since I was about 13 years old, and I received a hand cream from my neighbours one Christmas (!!!), I just think their packaging is beautiful and their products are well worth the money. I’ve highlighted a few things that I would love to splurge on for my best girlfriends and I, but L’Occitane* have some stunning ‘gifts for her’ on their website that would relax even your most uptight mate! My suggestions would be the Neroli & Orchideé Body Care DuoNeroli & Orchideé Body Care Duo which smells delicious, or the Divine Ritual Collection which is full of minis – who doesn’t love minis?!

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The Settings ~

I love the idea of making your house into a spa-like environment, so fuzzy robes would be ideal to hand out to your gal pals and letting them totally relaxxx. You could also tell them in advance to wear pyjamas because you know for sure that’s what I’d be wearing! These PJ’s from Boux Avenue are my faves!

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Of course, no gathering of mine would be complete without a candle, I just think it sets the ambience so well, and with a lovely clean fresh scent, your house can smell just like a spa. If you read my ‘What I Got For Christmas | 2017’, you will know that another favourite candle of mine is one from the White Company. Honestly, spa-like candles are beautiful, and so easy to find!

The Entertainment ~

I am going to write a whole post about what I’m currently watching and loving on Netflix, but there are some amazing girly movies and original series’ on right now (Cillian Murphy is a bloody dreamboat), and it’s perfect to have on in the background, whilst having a ‘lil gossip and catch-up with your friends.

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If you don’t fancy watching a film, then you could play some board games! I love a good board game, and I feel like we don’t play them enough, especially this close after Christmas! As long as no-one in your friendship group is not overly competitive (we don’t want the Monopoly board to be tipped over – yes there is usually always one!), but it is a really nice way to spend an evening, and it’s also a good way to ensure that you don’t spend the whole time on your phones! My fave board games are Articulate, Monopoly, the Logo Game and obvs Cluedo!

The Goodies ~

You can’t have people round and not provide some grub. This is probably my favourite part of having people over, I’m a feeder and I love shopping for food! I would buy lots of mini’s, hamburgers and hot-dogs, as well as lots of crisps and dip! The possibilities are endless!

As much as I’m trying not to snack, I would buy lots of chocolatey goodies and ice-cream – you can’t beat Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough!

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You need to hydrate (lol) so why not make a huge batch of cocktails? I’m currently doing Dry January so it would be mocktails for me! I did a Christmas-themed cocktail post in December so leave me a comment below if you would like a new cocktail post because I had so much fun writing that post! Also you could definitely use some of the recipes from the Christmas Cocktails post, because a few of them are red and pink and look very Valentine-y (not that you have to make pink/red drinks but it could be cute!).

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This would be my ultimate girly night in! Are you planning a girly night for Valentine’s Day? What kind of things do you have planned?

 *THIS POST WAS KINDLY SPONSORED BY L’OCCITANE BUT AS ALWAYS, ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN! READ MY DISCLAIMER HERE TO SEE HOW I WORK WITH BRANDS.

 

 

2017 Highlights

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Happy New Years Eve! Every year I like to reflect on the year, and this year has been full of ups and downs. I find this such a useful tool to look back on everything that has happened and all the things that I would ~like~ to happen in 2018. 2017 has been a blur, it has gone so bloody fast! It has been a year filled with love, travel and made some incredible memories with the most amazing people.

January 2017

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I started off the year with my very first solo trip to Berlin, and discovered that I could be my own travel companion and still have the best time! I wrote a post all about it here. Berlin was also last trip I took before starting my new job – eeek!

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February 2017

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I celebrated my 23rd birthday which I wrote about here, with my closest friends and family. It was a chilled evening and I had a lovely time. I find birthdays quite overwhelming because I share it with Valentines Day and it sometimes sucks, but when you have the right people around, it never matters.

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March 2017

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March was all about family time, and my Mum, my sisters and I had the most amazing spa day. It’s no secret that I love a spa day, it’s the ultimate relaxation and occasionally you need those days to not think about anything apart from rejuvenating. I didn’t write a blog post about this particular spa day, but this is the same spa I visited last year, which you can read about here.

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April 2017

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In April, I went to my first ever bloggers event, which was the Bloggers Who Brunch event, I had mixed reviews about the event itself, but ultimately I did what I said I wanted to do. Read more about it here.

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May 2017

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I went to Rome in May, and fell in love. Rome quickly became my favourite city in Europe, which says a lot! I honestly couldn’t have had a better break, I had such an amazing time and took some beautiful pictures, which you can have a nosy at here.

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June 2017

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June saw me travelling again, this time to a hen do in Marbella. I didn’t write a blog post about this time because it was a personal trip and I didn’t feel right to post about it. It was an incredible trip; my first visit to Marbella and it was actually so much fun! Ocean Club was a definite highlight, their pool parties are infamous and for all the right reasons!

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July 2017

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In July, I visited Stockholm, Sweden, where some of my family live, so it made for a nice little weekend break. I love the concept of Fika which is big in Scandi countries, you guessed it, I wrote a little blog post about it, which you can find here. Stockholm is one of my favourite cities in Europe, it’s definitely pricey but very beautiful.

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August 2017

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I got asked to review a beautiful pub in Twickenham in August, which was such a great opportunity for me and my little blog. This was one of my first blogging ‘jobs’ and I had the most amazing time. As per usual, I wrote a blog post about it here!

September 2017

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Another month, another trip. This time I visited Cancun, Mexico. It was such a relaxing trip, and one of the most incredible hotels I’ve ever been to. Read more about Cancun in the blog post I wrote here.

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October 2017

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In October, I got to visit the lovely London restaurant the Delauney. I’ve been wanting to visit this beautiful place for years now, and I got to have brunch here for my sister’s birthday. The staff were amazing and the food was delightful. Could not recommend enough!

November 2017

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November saw me ticking off another place in London, this time it was the Ned. This is super close to my workplace in London and it didn’t disappoint. The food was lovely, everything was expensive and we couldn’t go to the underground Vault bar because it was Members Only. But it really was a stunning location, if you’re ever in London, I would pop in for a drink.

December 2017

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Last but by no means least, December rolled around. My favourite month of the entire year. As you will know, I wrote a blog post about visiting what is now one of my most favourite cities in the entire world: New York City.

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I also had the best Christmas with my family and I can’t believe that this year has gone so quickly. We’re almost into a New Year and I can’t wait to make more memories, to travel a lot more and to grab every opportunity that comes my way.

What were the highlights of your 2017? I’d love to know, so do leave me a comment below and let me know.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

 

What I Got For Christmas | 2017

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First of all, I’d just like to say a huge Merry *belated* Christmas to you all! I hope you all had the most magical day!

So I wrote a ‘What I Got for Christmas‘ post last year, and it was one of the most popular posts I’ve ever done, so I really wanted to do it again this year. I love reading these kinds of posts, I feel like it give you so much inspiration for future presents and I’m generally quite nosy and I like to know what other people got for Christmas hehehe.

I’ve tried to link everything I could find, anything I couldn’t find I’ve tried to link something similar. Enjoy!

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Water Bottle

Elephant Mug

Naked Heat Palette

Ted Baker Purse

Wine Tasting Experience

Hollister Tracksuit

I was so happy when I opened my water bottle. It’s made of glass and I’m so glad that I have this now, it’s so much better for the environment to use less plastic – I think David Attenborough would be proud!

I’ve had my eye on this beautiful mug from Urban Outfitters since about 2 years ago, I love it sooo much! I’m obsessed with elephants, so I was literally the happiest person ever when I opened this! The little trunk bit is where you can put the teabag (or a biscuit) – tell me that’s not the cutest thing ever!

I always get some make-up for Christmas, mostly because I never want to buy any make-up myself (have you seen how expensive make-up is?!), so I was super excited to see the beautiful Naked Heat palette underneath my tree this year. I receive a new Naked palette every year so it has also become a Christmas tradition for me.

I needed a new purse so I was very excited to open this on Christmas morning. I’m not the hugest fan of this colour combo so I may exchange this for a more classic colour, but I don’t think I’ve ever owned anything from Ted Baker so it’s a lovely addition to have!

I absolutely love the idea of gifting people with experiences or days out, it’s such a nice idea having something to look forward to later in the year. Wine-tasting is something I’ve been wanting to do for absolutely ages, so I cannot wait to try it! Something tells me I may be a pro…

I really like clothing from Hollister, but I do find it expensive for everyday stuff. I really like this beautiful tracksuit, I love comfy clothes to lounge around in, so this is perfect for me!

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Benefit Brow Kit

Aspinal Card Holder

White Company Candles (Winter + Cassis)

White Company Cashmere Socks

Last year I received a lovely Brow Kit from Benefit, and I love the fact that it’s a little kit so that you can keep everything organised. It comes with a conditioning primer, a brow pencil and a high brow pencil. You also get a mapper which makes filling in brows so much easier!

I have an Aspinal passport holder which I received for my birthday this year and I absolutely love it! So I was overjoyed to receive a classic Aspinal card holder, it’s so pretty! I do love Apsinal products, they are pricey (which is why I love receiving them as gifts hehe), but they are so worth the money. The quality is fantastic!

I bloody love The White Company, and I’m unashamed to say that I hate spending money in there because everything is so beautiful and well above my price range! So when I received a few prezzies from there, I was so excited! I got two candles, one smaller votive candle in the scent ‘Winter‘, which is one of my favourite ever scents (also very apt for our current season), and a bigger candle in the scent ‘Cassis‘, which I’d never smelled but it smells bloody delightful and I cannot wait to start burning them!

As well as the candles, I also received a pair of gorgeous cashmere socks from The White Company, and I have never owned anything so soft! This is my first ever cashmere anything, so the excitement was real!

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I think I may have *screamed* when I opened this present! It was given to me because I complain all the time that by the time I get home, it’s too dark to take pictures for my blog! I cannot wait to use this, I really hope that it helps me!

Probably the most random gift I have ever received lol, I basically love eggs in the morning (who doesn’t?!), and basically when I poach them, 20% of the time they don’t come out perfectly (understatement of the century). So now I have these gorgeous egg poachers so that I can have perfectly poached eggs 100% of the time ~yay~

I love getting clothes such as this lovely black jumpsuit as gifts, because it’s so classic, and also it can be dressed up for special occasions and dressed down to be more casual. I don’t think you can go wrong with clothes like this, and it fits! Also I do apologise that I couldn’t photograph the jumpsuit, I did try and all angles just looked weird (how do fashion bloggers do it?!), hopefully you’ll see me wearing it on Instagram soon!

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Elephant Friendship Bracelet

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Christmas Memories Tealights

love elephants, as I’ve mentioned before. They are my favourite animals in the entire world. So imagine my excitement when I opened up this adorable friendship bracelet. I literally don’t want to take this off ever, it’s so pretty. Whoever said jewellery had to be expensive?!

The Body Shop is one of my favourite brands, so I was so happy when I received this lovely satsuma soap. I haven’t tried anything from this range and it smells bloody delightful! I also never buy soaps from The Body Shop, I’m more of a shower gel kinda girl myself, so it’s always nice to try something new.

Need I say more about Yankee candles?! If you are an avid reader of The Dizzying Heights, you’ll know that ~a lot~ of my blog posts are about candles, so there really isn’t anything more perfect than the gift of candles. I love tealights because they’re so easy to burn and they’re perfect for baths. These also smell fabulous!

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So that was everything I received for Christmas! What did you get for Christmas?

If you’ve done this kind of post, I’d love to read it so please do leave a link below!

 

Travel Diaries | New York, USA

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If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter (if you don’t, where have you been?!), you will know that I recently visited the City of Dreams, the City That Never Sleeps, the Big Apple also known as the fabulous land that is New York City. I went for 5 days, which I was a bit unsure about, but I read so many blog posts and helpful articles on how to make the most out of any length of time in NYC so I wasn’t too worried after that.

This was my first time to New York, so I really wanted this trip to be about sightseeing and getting to grips with the city. Before travelling, we had booked a CityPass which cost £92 each and allowed access to 6 different tourist attractions: the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History, which were all included, and then you could choose between

Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum –  of which we chose the Top of the Rock.

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island OR Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises – of which we chose the Statue of Liberty.

9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – of which we chose the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

Not only were the tickets to the attractions included in the pass, you also stood in a different (shorter) queue if you had this CityPass, which really makes a huge difference when you want to pack a lot into a day!

 Also anyone who has travelled to New York will know that you should try and plan things by the area that you’re in, because it goes without saying that New York is *huge* and it is much easier! You may notice that I didn’t always manage to do that, mainly because I love walking around and getting lost in cities (weirdo alert), but for the most part (probably because of a map) it did end up working out that way!

We also decided to get a weekly travel card which allowed us to travel on buses and the subway. It cost us $32 I thinkkkk, but it’s such good value for money considering a daily travelcard in London is £17!

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|| Hotel ||

Like I mentioned before, I did a fair bit of research before travelling, and every blog post  I read, told me to stay in Times Square, as it is in the Midtown and therefore in the heart of all the action. It also means it’s easier to travel uptown and downtown (being in Midtown – duh). We stayed at a hotel called Row NYC, which was a block away from Times Square and basically in the perfect location.

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I really liked the actual hotel as well, the room was basic but everything you needed, and we didn’t want to spend thousands on a hotel where we would essentially be sleeping and getting ready. The staff were so lovely too, always giving us great suggestions for non-touristy restaurants and bars.

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We flew out from London Heathrow at 9am on Saturday morning to land in New York at 11am, which we were happy with so that we would have some time to explore our surroundings without feeling like we were wasting the day, and also it really helped with jet-lag, as we went to sleep quite early to wake up bright and early the next day.

We checked in to our hotel, left our luggage in the room, and immediately walked 13 blocks to Central Park. I know there are parks in London, but this was just beautiful. It was so autumnal with all the leaves and colours, and I basically just pretended that I was in Gossip Girl ha!

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Our hotel wasn’t far from a district called Hell’s Kitchen, which is where we had dinner that evening. We chose a Mexican restaurant and it was cheap, cheerful and we were so knackered that we would’ve eaten pretty much anything and enjoyed it lol!

|| Day Two ||

After getting into bed super early after dinner on the first night, we woke up refreshed and rather early (3am), went back to sleep and woke up at (6am lols), and made a plan to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum first, and then decide afterwards what we would do for the rest of the day.

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The 9/11 Memorial was incredible to say the least. It was so eye-opening and heart-breaking. I don’t think any words will do the memorial or museum justice to be honest. All I have to say is that if you ever visit New York, you have to go to here. The reduced queues made such a difference here, the CityPass queue was about 15 minutes, whereas the normal queue was around 45 minutes to an hour.

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After the museum, we decided to visit the Top of the Rock, which is the observation deck inside Rockefeller Centre. It has arguably the best views in NYC, breathtaking and beautiful views of the skyline. I really enjoyed the experience here, howeverrrr it is same kind of thing in every city you go to. I have been to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and Hong Kong’s Sky 100 Tower and it is kind of boring after a while. This trip was all about visiting the touristy sites, so I’m glad I did it but that doesn’t mean the views were worth it!

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After visiting the Top of the Rock, we came outside and took pictures with the big Christmas tree. If you’ve ever seen Home Alone or Elf, or any of the other hundreds of Christmas films set in New York, you will recognise this beautiful tree. It really is stunning. It was so busy and so difficult to get a good picture because of the crowds!

Right by the Rockefeller Centre and in the same building where the NBC Studios are, there is a rooftop bar called the Rainbow Room, where we had a cheeky little cocktail. I do love a little rooftop bar, even though I’m not the biggest fan of the views (see the paragraph above), I just think there is something quite lovely about having a little drink so high – maybe I do like those views after all!

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After having a ~few~ cocktails, we headed back to the hotel to chillll, before asking the concierge about where the best New York pizza was. I had already googled a few places, but there’s nothing better than getting a locals opinion on the best restaurants. She mentioned John’s Pizza, which was literally a block away from us, and it was honestly some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. It was suuuper busy in there, we had to wait 45 mins for a table but it helped just being two people!

|| Day Three ||

Before going to sleep the night before, I managed to book a table for breakfast at a gorgeous little cafe in SoHo that I really wanted to visit. I would definitely recommend booking a table because there can be queues around the block on busy days! I’d heard a lot about Jack’s Wife Freda and it surpassed expectations! The decor was so bloody cute, the service was unbelievable and the food was stunning. I ordered eggs benny, which was 2 poached eggs over potato latkes, smoked salmon and beet hollandaise – soooo yummy!

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This area of New York reminded me so much of Friends, all of the buildings have the fire escapes like Monica’s building in the show and it was honestly one of the loveliest neighbourhoods we visited.

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We knew we wanted to visit Brooklyn at some point during our trip and walk across the famous bridge, so after breakfast, we decided to head over towards the bridge (see what I mean about not sticking to districts lol). The bridge is actually way more fun than I thought it would be. I have walked over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and it was a much longer walk than that! I really want to cycle but bikes weren’t that accessible, or if there were, we didn’t see them! Walking over the bridge, including taking pictures took us around 50 minutes to an hour. The views of the skyline were beautiful so you will definitely want to take a few pics.

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Next time I visit New York, I really do want to spend more time in Brooklyn. I’ve heard so much about it so I definitely want to dedicate a few days towards just exploring it. We just spent a few hours in D.U.M.B.O which was cool, but I feel like Brooklyn has a lot more of offer!

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Apparently walking for an hour took it right out of us, so we ended up getting the *subway* back to Manhattan, and straight to the closest subway station to the Statue of Liberty ferry docks, which is near Battery Park.

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The Statue of Liberty is one of those monuments that you have to visit because it’s so famous and holds so much history. I also kind of forgot how big the statue is because of how small it looks when you’re in the city. I also didn’t feel the best when we were on the ferry because when we were in the queue the sun was shining down and it actually got really hot, and then when we were on the ferry because of the water etc, I was shivering.

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On our way home, we decided to re-visit Rockefeller Centre to get some better pictures with the famous tree because it had been so busy before. As you can see it was still super busy!

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We went back to the hotel for a little nap before heading out for dinner. I am a huge sushi fan so I knew I had to visit a Japanese restaurant in New York. I did some research on TripAdvisor and of course asked the concierge, and eventually decided on Haru Sushi, which was about a block away from us. Could not recommend this place enough! The service was amazing, and the food was just incredible! From what I can remember the prices were reasonable too!

We also decided to have a little nightcap in an Irish pub just passed Times Square. I realllllly wanted to go to Butter because of it’s appearances in Gossip Girl, but because it was so close to Christmas, it was always booked up for work parties.

|| Day Four ||

After hearing so much about Balthazar, I knew I had to go here. The concierge told me that it was her favourite spot in the entire city to have breakfast so I was so excited! I did book ahead so my table was ready and waiting, and apparently it does get busy so I would recommend booking ahead if you can. Balthazar is definitely more classier than Jack’s Wife Freda, which has a more chilled vibe. I felt like I was in a cafe in Paris, which I’m guessing is the vibe they’re going for.

Food was amazing, it doesn’t look like much (!!!) but I ordered the buckwheat crêpe filled with scrambled eggs, ham and gruyère – it was so good! I do feel like service wasn’t as good here as it had been in other places, but it was very busy so it may be because of that.

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After breakfast, we decided to visit one of the most famous New York landmarks: the Empire State Building. Now after visiting the Top of the Rock, I didn’t really think the views were that different, especially because with the views from the Top of the Rock had the Empire State Building in the background. The queues with the CityPass for the Empire State were unbelievable, we literally walked in and out – there was no one in the queues!

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Because our CityPasses included the two museums (American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art), I thought it only right that we should go and have a nosy. I knew that we would never be able to look at everything, especially in the AMNH, I think it would take an entire week to see everything in there!

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I especially wanted to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to sit on those infamous steps, yes I am a complete Blair wannabe! Fortunately, no-one spilled their yogurt on me ha!

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I know we have it in the UK now, but there was a Shake Shack opposite our hotel and after walking around what felt like a million miles, we decided to get takeaway burgers and milkshakes and watch Elf  in bed. Couldn’t think of a better evening spent to be honest!

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Grand Central was something I’d wanted to see ever since Dan saw Serena in Season 1, episode 1 of Gossip Girl, but it was actually so lovely to see. It was very busy and people were rushing around to catch their trains, so it was quite nice to just people-watch. They also have a large food-court on the ground floor, perfect for a few snacks! I had the banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery which was recommended to me – sooo good!

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After visiting Grand Central, we walked the few blocks to something I’ve been wanting to see my whole life: New York Public Library. Reading is one of my favourite things to do anyways and I knew this building would be my favourite. It is so stunning.

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We also walked past the beautiful Lotte Palace New York, which was the Palace Hotel in Gossip Girl, the one Bart Bass owned and where Serena and her family lived in. It was decorated so beautifully for Christmas that I couldn’t resist taking a few pics.

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Before we flew out to New York, I knew I wanted to watch a Knicks game, so we booked tickets to a game for Wednesday evening for the New York Knicks vs Memphis Grizzlies. I don’t really understand basketball but it was so easy to follow, and there were loads of famous people there which was so exciting! They were shown on the big screen (when Lucas from Stranger Things came up, I legit screamed!), and the whole atmosphere of the evening was just so exciting – anywhere I visit next in America I will have to book a game! Also I bought a giant hand like Joey from Friends and it was the best $10 I’ve ever spent.

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|| Day Six ||

Our last day came around so quickly, it was so emotional! For our last breakfast, we went to a diner simply called Times Square Diner and it was classic New York diner food, but so tasty! The staff were also really friendly, which is something I rate very highly! I was so excited to eat typical American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, and I have to say that I thought I would hate it, but it literally just works!

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After breakfast, we walked 9 blocks to Central Park for a walk to try and digest our food. There, we saw these people selling bike rides around the Park so we thought we’d take the opportunity and enjoy the gorgeous sunshine and fresh air. We had the best time doing that, I couldn’t recommend it enough. Central Park has walking lanes and bike lanes with traffic lights, and more often we found others riding bikes at similar paces, and everyone is so friendly!

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Where Blair and Chuck got married – ahhhh all the feels!

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All too soon, it was time to say goodbye to New York, and I don’t think I’ve ever been so sad to leave a city ever. I felt so at home in New York, and this is one love affair that has most definitely just begun.

Have you ever been to New York? Did you do any of the same things I did?

12 Scents of Christmas | AD

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It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas…

When it came to naming this blog post, I had to hope that any readers or followers of The Dizzying Heights didn’t think I’d gone insane. As a blogger myself and especially around this time of the year, I love reading Christmassy blog posts and this is one very close to my heart.

We all talk, write and think about what we love about Christmas pretty much the whole of December and this always includes, what we love to do, what we love to eat and what we love to wear. As weird as it sounds, I wanted to write a blog post about all my favourite smells around Christmas time.

The reason behind this post was because there are some smells around this time of year that just transport me to a different time in my life (nearly always Christmas), and I think that says a lot about them. Even though the majority of the smells are still around the other 11 months of the year, it’s this time of the year that they really shine.

The Spicy Scents:

Gingerbread. Of course, this comes as no surprise as it is a very festive scent, but I do love the smell of gingerbread. Whether it’s gingerbread men or women baking in the oven, or assembling a gingerbread house (such a fun activity to do on a rainy December afternoon), or burning a gingerbread-scented candle, which as you guys must know is one of my favourite things to do to achieve the ultimate cosy day in. I also love gingerbread in my coffee or hot chocolate, so now that we’ve all established that I love gingerbread, shall we move on to the rest of the scents?

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Cinnamon. Another festive favourite. For me cinnamon is a definite winner all year round, I love cinnamon buns and cinnamon on top of my coffee, but in winter and especially around Christmas time, it just feels so warm and again it works so well in candles. That smell of baking in your house is so easily achieved with a cinnamon scent and that is one thing I love so much!

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Nutmeg. If you recall, I did mention that my lovely candle from AA in my candles post that Nutmeg is such an overlooked scent at this time of the year. I do feel like gingerbread and cinnamon are so much more popular when being associated to Christmas, but Nutmeg is actually beginning to take its place in my most Christmassy scents!

The Sweet Scents:

Frosted Berries. As I’ve mentioned before, The Body Shop are always amazing at any time of the year but at Christmas I feel like they really do shine. I love their products so much and their festive range is no different. They have brought out three festive scents: vanilla chai, frosted berries and frosted plum. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I bought all three scents in shower gels and the candles – best decision ever! This smells so festive and quite sweet but very wintery, it is one of my favourite scents so far!

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Frosted Plum. Like I said above, this is one of the other festive scents that The Body Shop have released this Christmas, and this is just such a lovely one. It’s not overpowering and it smells fruity and floral, which is not usually a combo that I like but somehow this just works!

Vanilla Chai. Oh-em-gee. I love this scent, it is sweet yet spicy and it just really ticks all of the boxes for me. My work got some vanilla syrup to put in our coffees, and it really has made all of the difference for me, ultimate Christmas coffees just need touch of vanilla apparently! My babes over at The Body Shop also have this scent as one of their festive scents and it just made my life.

The Fresh Scents:

Pine: Nothing says Christmas quite like the smell of a Christmas tree. I unfortunately have never had a real Christmas tree, which kind of sucks, but that has never stopped me from loving the smell of them! I understand why my parents don’t want a real tree because they can be quite pricey and they are messy too, but when I have my own house, I would love to have a real tree in the house. Candles that smell like Christmas trees really do help replace the scent in my living room, so I can’t really complain!

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Snow: I know it’s incredibly difficult to nail this scent, especially as snow doesn’t actually smell of very much. I imagine this scent to smell like a crisp winters day, when the sun is shining, but it is extremely cold and the air is fresh and clean. That is my favourite kind of day when it gets to Autumn/Winter, those long winter walks are one of the best things ever!

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Open Fire: We’ve all heard the song, and even though I’m not the biggest fans of roasted chestnuts, I am a huge fan of the open fire! I’ve always wanted a huge fireplace with a real fire burning and stockings hanging over it, maybe one day I’ll buy a place with my dream fireplace. For now, the smell (and sound) of a fire will have to do.

The Perfumes:

Perfume Gift Sets or just perfumes are such a common present that I couldn’t not add them into this post. I personally love receiving perfumes, especially brands/smells that are unknown to me because it introduces me to new scents that I would never have known about. I decided to add 3 scents into this category, so that I could highlight one from each kind of price range.

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Budget: Japanese Cherry Blossom I do love the Body Shop, which I think I’ve mentioned a fair few times in this post alone, let alone the rest of my blog! I just think they have fab deals and a great loyalty programme, as well as genuinely good products. Getting perfumes and body mists from here are such a bargain and such good value for money. I use this one as my everyday perfume and it lasts for ages and didn’t break the bank – hurray!

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Mid-range Armani Code. I love the scent of this perfume, it is one of my favourite perfumes to wear when I’m going out, but not somewhere fancy. It is long-lasting, not overly expensive and it is a scent that I feel suits me quite well. The notes are vanilla, jasmine and orange, which do sound quite festive actually! Also I love the look and shape of the bottle, I think it looks very expensive and classy! Top marks all round!

Luxury Fragrance Gift Sets: I know this is fairly extravagant, but Christmas is a time for giving and for those people in your life that you really want to spoil, Clive Christian* always have some gorgeous perfume gift sets. There is a reason that these gift sets are luxurious – they are made with only the most precious and finest ingredients. I can confirm that the samples I received smelled incredible; quite strong scents, musky and rich, and they also lasted for a long time.

As well as the scent, the bottle is also what you’re paying for with this luxurious brand. Queen Victoria was so impressed with these perfumes when they were part of the Crown Perfumery, that she allowed them to use an image of her crown for the top of the bottle. I have to say that I’m a teeny bit obsessed with anything to do with the Royal Family (anyone else love The Crown?), and for them to put their seal of approval on it makes me want to purchase this.

I think this would be a perfect gift for a loved one, everyone loves a perfume at Christmas time, and this is luxurious and you can be sure that the recipient of this beautiful gift will never forget such a beautiful gift.

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Additionally, Clive Christian is doing an Advent Calendar competition so do check it out!

  1. Every day, Clive Christian is hiding advent baubles on their website
  2. Every day, a clue is posted on Instagram to help the user find it on the website
  3. Once the user has found it, the user must take a screen shot and post it on their own account and tag @clivechristianperfume
  4. Each day, one person will win the daily prize!

Aaaaand those were my 12 Scents of Christmas! I had so much fun writing this post, and I’d love to see what kind of smells you associate with Christmas, so do leave me a comment below and let me know if any of mine are the same!

 *This post was kindly sponsored by Clive Christian but as always, all opinions are my own! Read my disclaimer here to see how I work with brands.

Merry Christmas!