I wish I could tell you my second day in New York was different to the first, but it was just more of the same – walking around, drinking coffee, and going into shops on the east side of the island. I bloody loved it.
I started off in Korea Town at the amazing Tony Moly store. I spent ages in there, and must have picked up every single item in the shop but I could not decide what to get. I ended up with bunny lip gloss, panda mascara, and many sheet masks, and I’d even spent enough for freebies. This was possibly my favourite shop on my entire trip.
I carried on south down Park Avenue, stopping in at Sephora and Bath and Body Works for my cousin. It was much colder today, and the wind was back to it’s usual wicked self so I was very grateful for my coat – I can’t believe I was considering not bringing it with me. I eventually reached Union Square and spent ages in Barnes and Noble, swiftly followed by Nordstrom Rack.I’d been ducking into loads of bookshops trying to find Leah Remini’s book on Scientology, and had been getting dirty looks from shop assistants when I asked if they had it presumably because they thought it was pro-Scientology, so thank goodness for Barnes and Noble – they had loads of copies (it’s such a great book by the way, and finally got a UK release shortly after I got back).
Nordstrom Rack is very similar to TK Maxx, and I found so many pairs of Kate Spade shoes that I have absolutely no need for. It also has Wi-Fi so I could check my bearings – WOO!
Even further south I ventured, and found myself in the tiny Milk Bar East Village. I had accidentally sent a co-worker to the Las Vegas store before it had opened, so wanted to make it up to her by getting some cereal milk. I also got myself a Chocolate Chocolate Cookie which was so salty, but so good. Should have got more.On into Soho. I aimed for the Egg Shop restaurant as I really fancied some eggs, but the wait was too long once I got there (I also chickened out on the solo dining front too – I was too intimidated). No eggs for me today, but I was just around the corner from the BirchBox New York store so of course paid a visit. This shop was SO NICE. If I hadn’t have entirely filled my suitcase already, I would have spent a serious amount of money. Such a beautiful, beautiful place. You can build your own BirchBox with a bunch of different miniatures, but they also stocked a lot of full size products as well.
It was now 1pm and I was feeling sleepy and hungry so walked back to my hotel. I walked through Washington Square Park and came across an anti-Trump rally. I sat watching for a while, picking up a couple of badges and reading all the placards. Back to the hotel with yet another Lenwich – what can I tell you, I’m obsessed with the Chicken Chedder – I watched a bit of TV and Hangout-ed Husband.
After my batteries had been recharged, I headed back out and up to the HBO shop which should be renamed the Game of Thrones shop. They had about four items in the entire shop which weren’t GoT, but I did get Husband a Silicon Valley t-shirt. I had a quick wander around Rockefeller Center, picking up an EMS t-shirt for my little brother from the Fire Zone.
Friday night in Midtown was so busy, and so different to my peaceful walks around Greenwich Vilage and Soho. I considered going to Macy’s but despite being 8pm, it looked crazy busy. I was also sad that the Shake Shack had a queue out the door, but that is the downside of staying in this area. I did managed to get a few more shops in before retiring for the evening. 28,000 steps for the whole day, not too shabby.