3 days in New York

New York view from the Empire State Building

Affordable New York City looking out over the view from the Empire State Building

This trip was supported by Stansted Airport, the Moxy and the Pod hotels. Whilst I was required to write a blog post of my experience, all views are my own. Affiliate links have been used when linking to clothing and some travel info. 

Affordable Manhattan

I flew to New York City with a group of internet peeps including Fashion and travel blogger Kavita, Vlogger Emily Canham and money blogger Charlotte of Lotty Earns. Our mission? To holiday as affordably as possible without compromising having a good time. Our trip started at London Stansted airport where you can treat yourself to loads of complimentary treatments like hand massages at Jo Malone and beauty treatments at Charlotte Tilbury plus a welcome cocktail and shopping at Oasis, Ted Baker and Next.

Once on the other side, our itinerary took us to central Manhattan for a day and then to Brooklyn for another before heading back. Here’s what we got up to!

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Interview: Jess Sims, freelance & former West Elm

Jess Sims interview social media manager at west elm freelance be more hive

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In the second part of my series heroing talented peers from my Social Gals networking group, I chat to my social media manager friend in an interview with Jess Sims!

As we wander around Covent Garden (and ogle the new Bluebird store), Jess spills all the gossip from her former role, tells me all about her struggles going freelance and what she’s learnt along the way. Jess speaks her mind so grab a comfy seat for an insightful read into her predictions for the future of social media and her career so far.

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Visit Port Anotonio in Jamaica

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Things to do in Port Antonio

So you’re planning a trip to Jamaica and you want an authentic experience. You want to travel around a bit, live the life of a local as well as kicking back and sampling some of the Island’s little luxuries.

If Port Antonio has tickled your fancy then let me tell you this one thing first – it’s wet.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, you’re ready to explore! Pack your brolly and some reliable trainers and note these places on your map.

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A lazy Spanish lunch with friends

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I’ll admit it. I’m terrible at being a host. Not in the sense that I leave my guests hanging for hours or that I only provide Sainsbury’s dips and tortilla chips (quite the opposite in fact, I have to stop myself going overboard) but more that I only ever invite friends over for meals about once a year, if that. #BadFriend

Campo Viejo (aka my hands-down favourite wine) asked me to show you how I can live my life a little more ‘uncorked’ – that’s to say, a little more spontaneous, a little more slow paced, a little more with friends, a little more… Spanish. After all, it’s all very well me picking up a bottle of their Rioja Reserva every weekend but if I’m just going to sip it in my dressing gown in front of the TV on a Friday night then I’m really experiencing it properly am I?

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