Photos by Christina Emilie
One last outfit post from NYC before I leave her for 6 weeks to tick a few more places off my bucket list. Last weekend, I stayed at The Carlton Hotel and because it’s located in one of my favourite areas of the city – Flatiron – I made sure to shoot some photos. The weather was also absolutley perfect! I currently live in the Upper East Side here in New York which I absolutely love but being in this area for a whole weekend made me realise that I would 100% move there. Over the last few weeks, with my travels coming up, I’ve been adding more & more pieces to my Summer wardrobe and this white shirt dress is one of them. I picked it up in Zara but I found some similar versions for you Here & Here. Literally one of the easiest pieces to wear! Also, a lot of you ask me about these sunnies I got a few months ago. They’re from a brand called Illesteva and the style I have are the ‘Boca’. Is it weird that my favourite thing about Summer is sunglasses? Haha! I LOVE them!
So as I’ve mentioned, today is my last day in NYC for a little while. This is my 4th Summer in New York (which is so crazy by the way) and by now, I have learned that the Summer heat & humidity here don’t seem to get on very well with my pale, red-headed self. So I knew that Summer was the perfect time for me to do a little travelling outside of New York. Last year, while I was still working in a full-time marketing job, I had the grand total of 10 holiday days (for the WHOLE year) – so as you can imagine, my travel opportunities were a little limited. So as soon as I made the leap to full-time blogging, I promised myself that this would be the Summer I would finally tick some more places off my bucket list. The travel bug has really hit me hard this year (I blame you, San Franscisco & Coachella) and the wanderlust just isn’t stopping. Probably THE best thing about blogging is that I literally can work from anywhere as long as I have my laptop, phone & a wifi connection – so where ever I go, my work can come too and this is something I’m determined to make the most of.
You may have seen my blog post back in January all about ‘My Dream 2016’ – where I wrote a list of everything I wanted to do this year. It was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done because every time I go back to it, it gives me the push to keep planning. I definitely can be guilty of planning to do things for so long and then coming up with some sort of excuse, but this year (& that post) have really changed my perspective. There will ALWAYS be obstacles, always. Time off, money, family, the list goes on….but look at it like this, you only have one shot to do it. None of us know what’s around the corner, so you have to do as much as you can, while you can. And you know, it mightn’t happen today or tomorrow, but it will happen eventually once you start planning, saving & researching. One of the trips I’m doing this Summer is honestly one I’ve been planning for years and I can’t believe it’s actually happening.
So where am I off to? Well to be honest, it was never really my plan to do all these trips at once but it has just kind of worked out that way and I’m honestly so happy it did. I managed to sublet my room here in New York to a lovely Irish girl (through snapchat, would you believe!) for the next month so once I had that confirmed, I figured why not just keep going from one destination to the next. It would genuinely work out cheaper overall! So first up later on today is good ol’….Ireland :) This was a trip that was planned for ages (even before I found out about my last trip in April) because Saturday night is my sisters 21st at our house in Kerry! I only have one sister, so I didn’t want to miss this. I’ve missed a lot of her birthdays because I’ve been here in New York during the Summers, so I promised her no matter where I was in the world, I’d be home for her 21st. So I leave later today and arrive back in Kerry very early tomorrow (Friday) morning. I know I was just recently home, but the novelty & excitement just never ever wear off. I can already see the drawer full of Dairy Milk, haha!
So we have Kaelin’s 21st Saturday night and then I’m actually going to be home for another week & a half after that before we all head off on a family holiday together. Ever since I was little, we’ve loved our family holidays so we tend to plan them really far in advance each year to make sure we all set aside the time. Both Kaelin & I have lived away from home for a while now, so the Summer holiday gets us all back together. You might have remembered that last year, we travelled around the South of France and now this year, we’re finally making a trip to The Caribbean. SO frickin exciting!! We did loads and loads of research and in the end, we went with an all-inclusive resort in The Dominican Republic. I’m literally counting down the days!
Then the original plan after that was to come back to New York for a few days before heading to my next destination, but once I subletted my room, I changed my mind. At the end of June, I’m going to be going to VIDCON, which is a big youtube conference that takes place close to LA, so instead of coming back to New York – I decided to fly straight from The Dominican Republic to LA and explore the city for the week before. I spent half a day in LA after Coachella and I just knew there & then that I needed to come back for longer. So I arrive in LA on June 17th, VIDCON goes on from the 23rd-25th and then my friend, Ciara, is flying to meet me… to do a RAODTRIP from LA to San Francisco!!! I am finally doing it!!! This is the one I have been planning for years! We are going to drive up along the coast (San Diego, Santa Barbara, Carmel by the Sea, The Big Sur & more!) over the space of a week and end up in San Francisco. We’ll be picking up Lorna (& of course, Tommy, haha!) in SF and spending 4th of July weekend in Lake Tahoe – which is just a short drive from San Francisco. I still have loads of planning to do for the Cali trip so I would absolutely LOVE any recommendations from anyone who has done the roadtrip before. I honestly still can’t believe this is all actually happening and I more than likely have packed all the wrong things, but the main thing is that it’s happening and I could probably burst with excitement. It’s funny, I’m such a planner and always have everything mapped out – but I have a feeling this Summer will 100% be a go-with-the-flow type of one. So although I’m a bit nervous, I also just can’t wait to see how it all goes. Once that travel bug hits, it’s a VERY hard thing to ignore so I’m just going to go with it this Summer and hopefully have lots of fun stories & pictures for you along the way.
So next stop….Ireland! I may be doing another event while I’m home this time, so keep an eye out on my snapchat (retroflame1) and Instagram (@retroflame) incase you’d like to come along.
Have a lovely Thursday & to anyone who is heading off on their travels too – ENJOY!