navy patent shoes with bow - primark (oh, the shame)
white ankle socks - bentalls
navy gingham skirt with pleats - i made
gingham backless shirt - topshop
navy jacket - ?
cream bag - vintage
head scarf - ?
Lookbook - please hype if like :)
There was a reasoning for our, now long, walk which was the visit the Meat Packing District and SoHo. The areas had been recommended by some rather trendy family friends, so I was excited to see what they had in store. Talking of "in store", on our way, we managed to pop into our first few shops... Much to the frustration of my father. Yet it was clear when we had arrived at Meat Packing because all the buildings lay far lower and trees lined the streets. We wandered through, down to SoHo where we were all cosumed with looking for an appropriate noodle bar for lunch. Which was never found, and we settled for a not so nice one. In SoHo we ate in a rubbish noodle bar, joy. Yet, we did find this wonderful bakery with the servers wearing cow skin and multi-coloured waistcoasts with patterned headscarves.
After pounding the pavements for hours, it was time for the second yellow taxi ride of this holiday (the first one being from the airport) to Ground Zero. We visited the memorial museum now set up which shows videos of the World Trade and what it meant to those who worked their and their families - it was an emotional experience, to say the least. Now the site is being built on, so there was a lot of construction work being done...
I was absolutely exhausted by about 4pm today (and I can barely use the excuse of jet lag as it would only be 9pm in the UK) and cabbed it back to the hotel for a little rest! After watching an hour or so of wicked American "trash" (as my mother would say. AWESOME, I would say), it was time to head out for dinner. As the hotel was in/next to Grand Central Station, we headed inside to see the Oyster Bar which had also been recommended by the same friends as mentioned earlier. It looked bustling and gorgeous, with lights lining the concaved ceiling and red chequered table cloths. I ordered jumbo shrimps (oh yes, not prawns, shrimps) in a garlic butter sauce which were delicious and absolutely JUMBO.
A typically NY end to our first day....
Olivia x x x x