Thursday, 30 August 2018

My New York Diary: The Stuff I Brought Back

Shall we end the 'My New York Diary' mini-series with a little bit of showing off? I bought some lovely things while I was over in the States, things that will forever remind me of what it was like to be in New York City. So, here we go. Here are all the new additions that made it into my suitcase on the way home from America.

Let's start this list on a weird one. On the first night that we were in New York, the night that we walked out to Times Square to get our bearings and get our first glimpses of the city, a guy randomly gave us his mixtape, or rather, a signed CD. I'm guessing he's not a fan of Soundcloud, and likes to do things the old-fashioned way. As bizarre as it was to have a stranger wander up to us and just hand over a CD, it was an interesting start to the holiday. Will I ever listen to it? Who knows? My dad even asked me after we'd walked away if I still own a CD player, and luckily, I do. I'll let you guys know if it's any good if I ever feel the urge to give it a listen.

And now, the more serious stuff. The National September 11th Museum was probably the experience that will stay with me the longest, and it was the place where I felt most inclined to pick up some souvenirs that will hopefully stay with me and retain those memories for years to come. The first is this notebook with the slogan 'Love is stronger than hate' printed across the front, which immediately grabbed my attention, and not only because I'm a sucker for notebooks. It's heavy and dense, something that feels like it will last a long time, plus it's as bold and powerful as the message that it's conveying. I'm so happy that this is now a part of my notebook collection, so that among all the silly slogans and bright colours, there is something a little more sobering and important.

I'm not usually the kind of person who opts for wristbands when it comes to souvenirs, but this blue one pictured below was too good to turn down. 'United by hope' was a slogan that struck me as both a positive and melancholy message, and the fact that three words could instantly make me feel so much made me fall in love with this little strip of rubber. I wore the band every day of the holiday as a comfortable little reminder that there is still hope in the world, and that, as terrible as things can seem at times, all is not yet lost. The white band is one that we got for free with our purchases in the gift shop. It's a little simpler than the blue one, and I haven't actually worn it yet. I'm sure I will one day, but until then, the blue one is my favourite.

But it wasn't only profound, meaningful memorabilia that I picked up across the pond. Some of the things that came back with me only made their way into my bag because I'm a total hoarder. For example, the wash bag that I was given when we got onto our Heathrow-to-JFK flight and settled down in Business Class. This cute little pouch contained plenty of things that would come in handy on a plane and not many places besides. I'm sure I'll find a use for the earplugs and grey socks and the tiny toothpaste one day, but until then, these are just a nice reminder of our great flight at the start of our holiday. 

And what sort of holidaymaker would I be if I didn't take the complimentary soaps from the hotel room? As with the British Airways wash bag, I'm not sure if/when I'll ever use these, but I'm sure there'll come a time. They smell lovely, so maybe that will encourage me to use them at some point!

Here, we get into the stuff that I'm most excited about. On Day 4 in New York, I managed to pick up a Fenty Beauty lipstick in Sephora. It was a hasty decision as to which Mattemoiselle lippy I was going to pick up since they were all GORGEOUS and we were short on time, but since I'm going through a bit of a nude lipstick phase at the moment, I went for the warm-toned nude shade 'S1ngle'. And I'm in love. The colour, the finish, the packaging...everything is so beautiful. As you can tell by the second photo below, I've worn it a couple of times since we've been home, and I'm in love with how effortlessly it glides on and how well it wears. The colour is also a perfect match for me, showing up on my pale complexion as a slightly darker nude, making me feel very 90s. Definitely worth it!

But as hyped as I am about my new Fenty lipstick, the purchase that I'm most excited about is, of course, the one I made in the Tiffany store on Fifth Avenue. As I've mentioned before, I wasn't set on buying anything from there until we actually got inside. The store was so beautiful that there was no way that I was going to leave empty-handed, and I didn't. I left with a little blue box inside a little blue bag.

The earrings that I picked up are very simple, very elegant, and made of sterling silver. I asked at first if they had anything in the shape of an ampersand (the name 'Tiffany & Co.' obviously features one, and they feature heavily in the store decor), but they didn't. They did, however, have these ones in the shape of the infinity symbol. I remember reading once about how an ampersand 'represents a broken infinity' but also means that there is always an 'and', always something else still to come. It was that resemblance between the two that clinched the deal for me, and I ended up with this gorgeous pair of earrings that I have worn pretty much every day since I got home from our holiday.

I should of course note that these earrings were paid for with the money that my grandparents had given me as a graduation present. They had given me some cash in the hopes that I would buy myself something special in New York, and I hope that I delivered on my part. I'm so grateful that I had the chance to buy a special something from one of the most famous stores in one of the most famous cities in the world. 

And with that, the New York posts are over! Took me long enough to get them all out, but hopefully they've been worth it! It was the holiday of a lifetime, and even though we were only there for four days, those four days are packed full of amazing memories and will stay with me for years and years to come. I've thoroughly enjoyed documenting them all on here, and I'm sure that looking back through these posts in the future will help me to remember the fantastic time I had. 

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