BLOGMAS DAY 6: New York in December Part 1

I think out of all the BLOGMAS posts I had planned, this little three part series was one of the ones I was most excited to shoot and share with you guys! A huge part of my love for Christmas comes from the complete magic that is in the city during the festive season. Walking around the streets is like being on the set of Christmas movies like Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Elf and of course Miracle on 34th Street! I thought that this year I would share with you guys some of the New York hotspots I highly recommend visiting during the festive season!! 

This time last year I was psychotically running around the streets of Manhattan with my faces pressed against the windows of department stores. You could find me under the Rockefeller Christmas Tree mesmerised by the twinkly lights or repeatedly wandering around the Bryant Park Christmas Market. All things Christmassy here in New York just makes me even more thankful for being here! NevNYC has been the perfect platform to share my delight and thanks for having this insane opportunity so there was no way I could do BLOGMAS whilst here in NYC and not share with you guys some of the incredible sights there is to see!!

1) Lord & Taylor - 424 5th Avenue, 10018

 

If you're in the Midtown area, swinging by Lord & Taylor to check out their windows is a MUST DO. I had never heard of the department store prior to last year as we don't have it in England, however when walking up 5th Avenue I was like a homing pigeon to the festive fairy lights that are wrapped around the awning outside, I mean it just makes for the perfect Christmassy picture! This year the theme for both the windows and the awning is "Enchanted Forest" and it is such a cute theme. Each window is animated and magical, I honestly could spend a solid hour looking in each window. I feel like one of those classic Christmas pictures of the children with their faces pressed against the windows. No seriously...that's me this year. 

The best thing for me about these windows is that they are not commercialised at all. Usually and rightly so, department store windows are selling something through their festive decorations but here you can just immerse yourself in the magic and I really really enjoy that! Make sure you check it out!!

2. Bryant Park Christmas Markets - 40th & 42nd Street

 

If you fancy a little escape from the streets of New York then the Bryant Park Christmas Market is the perfect place to do so! Reminiscent of the famous German Christmas Markets, there are rows and rows of bespoke gift shops, food and drink as well as places to pick up a Christmas ornament or two! It is so refreshing to wander round the little stalls and just take in the festive buzz in the air! What makes it so special is that right in the centre of the market is a huge ice rink! Surrounding the ice is views of the New York Public Library and it just makes it all the more special. Gino and I grabbed a coffee and pastry and wandered around for an hour just looking in each of the stalls, I had to pull him away from making crazy purchases! If you're looking for something to do on a weekday evening then I can't recommend this place enough! Both the market and the ice rink get incredibly busy during weekends so be sure to plan accordingly when making your visit! 

3. Saks Fifth Avenue - 611 5th Avenue, 10022

 

If you wander up 5th Avenue you can't help but notice a huge glow in the distance, as you get closer and closer you will recognise that it is Sak's 5th Avenue. This department store to me looked like that classical Christmas window. Garlands and lights frame each window and as you walk along you notice the intricate detail they have entered this year. In the side windows is the fashion windows with various displays of designer gowns. However right at the very front is the main event. In the windows you have the story of "The Nutcracker Sweet" a tale in-keeping with this years theme "Year of 1000 Delights", the whole store is BRIGHT! HOWEVER in recent years, Sak's Fifth Avenue has become renowned for is light show. And when I tell you that it is out of this world, I mean it!

If you cross the street to the beginning of the Rockefeller Plaza (which I will be showing in Part 2) and face back towards Sak's, your breath is literally taken away. Every 10 minutes there is a huge light show played to "Carol of the Bells", the festive sound echo's down 5th Avenue and you cant help but be completely taken of by the Christmas Magic. I highly recommend heading to the spot I have photographed which is in-between the fountains down in Rockefeller Plaza. There is a much smaller crowd there than at the very edge of the sidewalk up on 5th Avenue. I will say this area gets EXTREMELY busy, so be prepared for huge crowds and try and time it so that you go maybe a little bit later in the evening as crowds tend to disperse around 10PM and the light show continues on until 11PM!

I absolutely loved going on this little NYC Christmas Adventure with Gino, and I know he did too so I really hope you guys love this little mini-series too! I'm really looking forward to going out and shooting part two where I'm going to get photos and review even more iconic New York spots! 

HAPPY BLOGMAS EVERYONE!

Christmas Song of the Day: CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) - MICHAEL BUBLE

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BLOGMAS DAY 3: Decorating My Room! (On A Budget)

For the past four years I have lived in a shared apartment with different roommates so have somewhat become an expert of condensing my over-the-top festive decorations to one single room! This year I felt like I really wanted to go for something a lot cosier than my past decorating attempts! Funnily enough that was pretty much one of my only options as I really wanted to save on money this year and make sure that I'm able to do everything I wanted in the festive season!

I thought I'd start off with Christmas/Wintery bedding! One thing that I found that was really great was the deals that Target email out almost daily and I was so lucky that one weekend I came across a deal on flannel bedding/sheet sets! This one was only $40 including shipping (around £32), this particular duvet set is currently sold out but you can check out the selection Target has by clicking HERE

As I'm going home a lot earlier this year I really wanted to make sure that my room was still "festive, festive, festive" but ALSO "cost-effective, cost-effective, cost-effective" PAH! So the best thing to do was utilise the things I already had at my disposal and then add a few festive touches. I started off with the two mason jars, pouring in some "Fake Snow" I picked up from Flying Tiger for $2, and added a tea light on top. I must say Flying Tiger, or just simply Tiger as it is called in England has been an absolute God-send when it comes to holiday decorations or parties. Cheap, cheerful and down-right awesome. So yeah I thought these little candle holders turned out pretty sweet and added a little festive glow to my windowsill!

The Christmas tree I have in the corner of my room is a small tree that my Mum sent over to New York last Christmas and I just love it. It is so nice and perfect for the tiny rooms/apartments we have here and it is also nice to know that my sister Faye also has the same one tree and little baubles! The Big Ben ornament you can see on the last picture of this set was given to me by one of my best friends Suzanne when she came to visit from London 2 weeks ago. We both were living in the North East of England 5 years ago and discussing our big city dreams, as you do. So it's so nice to have this little reminder of us both making it to New York and London. Plus on top of that achievement it means we both get to visit each other in both cities a couple times a year!!

These festive bows were also from Flying Tiger and were $1 each, I thought they were perfect to add to my light fittings in the room and also they're great for convincing people that you are skilled enough to make them alone....I'm not. And the lights I've wrapped around my French Bulldog ornaments here are just some battery operated wire lights. I much prefer wire lights as I find they're so much cheaper but also equally as bright! I just added a set to the Christmas tree as well as along the windowsill to make it a little bit more bright and Christmassy! 

I think my favourite little feature for this year is my little bedside table bits and bobs. Hanging above my bedside is this little glass tea light candle holder that I was given from my flatmate Finty for my birthday, I absolutely love it so just popped a red tea light candle in it! But on the side there I picked up a metal tray, fake snow, advent candle and two little knitted ornaments all from Flying Tiger. The whole thing was $6 to make and it is so cute! I absolutely love the mini-Luke and mini-Gino! And of course to top it off I have my "Merry." mug that I grabbed from Marshall's for $3. 

All-in-all I'm so over the moon with how these little additions turned out. I was so nervous before going to decorate as I didn't know how a low-budget decorating attempt would look! But knowing that a little crafting and candle light can turn a regular student-room into a mini-Winter Wonderland, I will definitely be looking for some cheap and cute ways to decorate in the future!

HAPPY BLOGMAS DAY 3 EVERYONE!

Christmas Song of the Day: ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE - BRENDA LEE

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BLOGMAS DAY 1: Welcome to Blogmas!

ITS CHRRIIIIIIIIISTMASSSSS!!!!!

Okay so technically, I've been celebrating the festive season for the past month now BUT today officially kicks of the Christmas countdown. So I thought this year I would get involved by doing "24 Days of BLOGmas!" where I will be posting a blog post on www.nevnyc.com EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I'm mad. I don't know what I've done! But I cannot wait to share with you guys everything I have been up to and everything I will be doing in the month December. 

I have been planning BLOGmas since the beginning of October and I have absolutely loved collecting all these different types of blogs together for you guys. But what can you expect in the 24 Days of BLOGmas? Well! You can expect:

- WAAAAY too much festive-ness
- Recipes, some of my favourite dishes and festive baked goods!
- Festive fun in NYC!
- My thoughts on Christmas itself (i.e WHY AM I OBSESSED WITH ALL THINGS XMAS)
- Christmas Song of the Day. Each blog post will have a song of the day attached as we countdown to Christmas. You can also follow my Christmas 2016 Playlist on Apple Music here! 
- VLOGS I'm unsure in what capacity, but I will be filming all things festive in NYC so be sure to check back! You can subscribe to the NEVNYC YOUTUBE by clicking the link!
- Flying home for Christmas
- Christmas traditions at home in County Durham, England!
- Lots and lots of fun!

This time last year I began counting down the days until I head home to my parents house by putting a Christmas song everyday, on my Mum's Facebook page. And on the post I would talk about a Christmas memory associated with the song I was posting. It was honestly so much fun and so many people from around our hometown shared with us their memories associated with the song as well!

I've had so much fun already getting these blogposts together and I'm so excited to share my insane energy for the festive season. And although not everybody celebrates Christmas and not everybody who reads my blogs will be willing to divulge in the festive spirit to the extent I have, I hope that throughout December everyone has fun and joins me on this journey!!!

Throughout the month I would love to hear from you guys what you thought of the blogpost, which was your favourite or if you have any Christmas traditions! 

HAPPY DECEMBER EVERYONE

To kick off the festive season, there was only one choice for...

Christmas Song of the Day: STEP INTO CHRISTMAS - ELTON JOHN

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