Last week I was given the fantastic opportunity to travel to New York with my university course. This was my second time visiting the city - I had been to New York two years ago with my family but unfortunately during Hurricane Sandy, which was an experience in itself but not quite the New York experience I had hoped for! This time I was excited to see the city as it should be.
We stayed in The Hotel Wolcott located in Midtown Manhattan - a beautiful, historic (and apparently haunted) hotel with lots of character and in the perfect central location. My friends and I packed in as much as we could during our stay, wanting to make the most of the city and explore both New York's famous tourist attractions of some of its lesser known, quirky areas outside of Manhattan.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, Oscar Blandi dry shampoo as well as the Tarte Sculptor and Living Proof Style Extender - all of which I cannot wait to try.
On Thursday we were invited to the Fashion Institute of Technology and were given a lecture, in the on-campus Perfume Lab, by Assistant Professor of the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing course, Virginia Bonofiglio. She spoke about the history of perfumery, as well as the structures and science behind perfumes. I found this incredibly interesting and helpful especially considering our next project requires us to create and market our own perfume. After, we took a trip to Chelsea, one of my new favourite parts of the city. Chelsea is incredibly scenic, with lots of character. We visited Chelsea Market and the Artists and Fleas market which contained lots of vintage and craft stalls, including the Pamela Barsky stall which was introduced to me by my lovely friend Stephanie, who kindly bought one of her famous pouches for me during her visit to New York last year. We also walked along the High Line which provides incredible views of the city, as well as revealing some of the city's notorious street art.
Liv's Instagram called Catbird. This tiny store hidden in Brooklyn offers an extensive collection of delicate pieces of jewellery and other sparkly trinkets and I was so glad we managed to find it! We also explored some of Brooklyn's vintage stores and markets.
I think travelling is incredibly important, and fundamental in the industry I would eventually like to enter. I want to see everything there is to see and I would travel all over the world if I had the funds to. Experiences are priceless and I hope 2015 brings about more opportunities to travel and explore the world.