It's the impeccable off-duty style of locals. It's the co-existence of the grunge and the glamour. It's the fashion headquarters, a world-stage for production, and a creative heart that never skips a beat. 

It's New York City. 

It was my recent visit this winter that cemented the fact I would one day call her home. Whether it's working off tips at a bar, or playing dress ups as an Intern for the rest of my life- no cares are given. Rarely do I find myself leaving a place, dreading the thought of home. Sadly this year, that feeling became a reality- and hence, i'm counting every second until i'm back there again. This year we stayed in The Standard East Village- it's like the teenager of New York's hotel family, not enriched with enough history to be considered a classic, yet lacking the youth of what Brooklyn is boasting. It's the city you can spark conversation about, it's the ice-breaker for meeting strangers, and it's a place so rich in the arts- they almost all call NYC home. 

Like the season's itself, extremes exist in harmony. Dali and Picasso grace the walls of the Guggenheim, while Koons erects metallic puppies in MoMa's lobby. Just as the rich and poor share a seat on the Subway, and despite her extroverted personality, Manhattan accepts them all.

Before visiting New York I find myself jotting down a minute-by-minute agenda, but in reality there's no place for a schedule. You'll find yourself in shops you have discovered through their windows, and snow storms will bring a halt to all sense of time and place, forcing a three-hour coffee date at Cafe Gitane, and before you know it's Standard Bingo Night. This year we ventured into Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and with the Canon in hand we attempted to blend into the hipsteresque neighbourhood. First stop breaky (or Brunch, they say) at Egg, a cafe with enough eggs to feed the entire borough, and the best drip coffee for two (or three). We followed Wythe Ave and embraced all it had to offer- The Brooklyn Artists Library, The Wythe Hotel, and even a tour around Brooklyn Beer's Brewery. So please, I urge you next time to take that extra stop off the L line and find yourself looking back, rather than up, at the infamous skyline you travelled so far to see. 

Amongst the pristine fashion houses and art royalty, Central Park remains gridlocked on all sides by penthouses and ghettos alike. The neighbourhoods of New York are defined by a feeling, not a look- and the more variety you expose your sense too, the more you can appreciate the spark in them all. Each have their own personality. You have your coffee-lover, fashion-obsessed student paying top dollar as a SoHo tenant. Or your older, more lived (less travelled) and immaculately groomed Upper East Side resident. In between them both there is less room to move, breeding the Midtown up-tight, business-driven woman, who lives half the time in London and the other at the local drinking hole. All stereotypes aside, it's this perfect gridlock and all it's history which makes Manhattan what it is today- an island in which 1.6 million people call home. 

Time in New York flies faster than a Boxing Day sale at Barney's, and i'm addicted to the feeling. While it's not the relaxing holiday you daydream of, it is the busiest ten days of your life. It's for the girl who likes the cold, can handle the heat and considers peak hour her favourite time of the day. For most, it's a place they've only dreamed of through screens,  so when reality hits and you're on the move, like the Silver Screen, you're a movie star by day, and a rock star by night.

  It's the type of fun that can't be crammed into an Instagram photo or 16 gigabytes in your bag, and for that, I thank you New York City, brb, i'll see you soon. 

(Scroll down for my full list of New York Galleries, Cafes, Restaurants, Coffee and Art)


Cafe Gitane
Two hands nyc
Happy bones
The Butcher's Daughter
The Egg Shop
Jacks Wife Freda
Saxon and Parole
Gasoline coffee
Momofuku Milk Bar
Cafe Select
Dean and Deluca
Egg (Brooklyn)
Balthazar Bakery
Dough donuts (Brooklyn)
Russ and Daughters
Mast Brothers Chocolate (Brooklyn)

- Restaurants -
The Standard Bar and grill (especially Sunday night bingo)

Cafe Gitane

Beauty & Essex
Miss Lily's (East Village)
Narcissa (inside Standard East Village)
Momofuku noodle bar
Mercer Street kitchen
La Esquina (Brooklyn and Manhattan)
Bond Street Sushi
Rubi Rosa Pizza
Shake Shack
Reynard (Wythe hotel Brooklyn)
ABC Cocina
Potlikker (Brooklyn)

- BARs -
Momofuku Ma Peche
Standard Bar East village
The Wren
The Dead rabbit

Attaboy Speak Easy

Please Don't Tell Speak Easy
Wythe hotel (Brooklyn)
Brooklyn beer brewery (Brooklyn) 
Living Room (Standard Highline)

Le Bain

Upside Down

Dover street markets
Opening Ceremony
Atrium Concept Store

KITH Concept Store
Taschen books
Chelsea flea markets
Rag & Bone
CatBird (Brooklyn)
Isabel Marant
Brooklyn artist bookshop (Brooklyn)
Missioni jewellery
Saturday's surf nyc
Acne studios
Barney's New York (co-op level 7)
Creatures of Comfort

- SITES - 
Central Park ice skating
High line Meatpacking district
Rockerfeller centre lookout

Madison Square Garden Basketball Game
Brooklyn day trip
Brooklyn flee markets
Chelsea Markets (Japanese tacos and mexican)
Times Square
Broadway shows (Book of Mormons) 

- ART - 
The Whitney Gallery
Guggenheim Museum
The New Museum
The Metropolitan Museum  

I'm not sure what's more important- the 50th year of Superbowl or getting your hands on the best twill coat since Coco Chanel circa 1954. It's game day here in the USA and just as we Aussies embrace our sport back home, its all eyes on the screen here today. Yet as the saying goes, 'only in America' as 105 million viewers tune in to watch the game, generating over 25.3 million tweets (#superball50) and according to CBS, approximately 100 million pounds of guacamole will be devoured. 

As I sit watching from East Village we are 15 minutes in and i've already witnessed Adriana Lima and Karlie Kloss snapchat their pre game antics, The Weekend appear in a Squarespace add and Lady Gaga belt the American Anthem- on that note, God Bless America. It seems that Game Day brings everyone together, if it's not pop culture royalty its presidents and coaches alike, a whole 160 minutes that brings the nation to a halt. While I have as much an idea about the rules as I do the players lets be honest, i'm here for one thing and one thing only- Beyonce. 

Coldplay is taking centre stage and good for them, a collaboration with her majesty Bae, and while we await with anticipation costumes, songs and every detail of choreography- people, it's both show time and touch downnn. 



Turtle Necks: Topshop , Shopbob , Urban Outfitters 

Coats: Topshop , ASOS

Sneakers: Adidas , Net-a-porter , Topshop