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a city guide: brooklyn, NYC
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On our recent trip to New York we chose to stay in Williamsburg as opposed to Manhattan and I can honestly say it was such a great decision! Brooklyn is a really amazing place, worth a visit on it’s own is definitely worthy of a post.

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The Hoxton, Wythe Ave

First up, our hotel. I adore The Hoxton hotels and having stayed in their London and Paris locations I knew it had to be our choice in NY. It’s fairly new and really well located, about 7 mins from the nearest subway station. Our room was little but had everything we needed. We also got upgraded to a Manhattan view so that definitely made the size more than ok. The hotel also has a beautiful restaurant downstairs, as well as a super cool lobby to work or just grab a coffee in. We did pop into their bar which was lovely and knows their way around a good whiskey sour.

Cafe Colette,

After running out of places we fancied in Manhattan, we thought we’d stay local and fell into Colette. It’s a compact little place, with a real European feel (think vintage Paris) plus they do an amazing French toast. I think anywhere that deems an entire branch of cherry blossom as reasonable decoration is a place for me.

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Aland,

I was actually shooting with Sammi when she mentioned here, only for it to be a stones throw from our hotel. Aland is a really cool concept type store full of Asian brands that we don’t tend to see much in the UK. It also has a tonne of really aesthetically pleasing skincare and is all really reasonably priced.

Sunday in Brooklyn,

Another brunch spot! This one a little further from our hotel, but still so great. A real mixed vibe going on inside, and not too long of a queue - Sunday was perfect for grazing on 11am cocktails and having a slow morning. I got the chorizo hash and it was f-a-b.

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The Great Eros, Wythe Ave

Again, a few steps from the hotel (told you, great location) we found this little lingerie shop tucked away. If you know me then you’ll know I’m lingerie obsessed and screamed when I found this little place. It’s all designed in Brooklyn and made in Italy using the most amazing lace and meshes. Not cheap, but a beautiful store stocking some really great pants.

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Milk Bar, Williamsburg

Not strictly a Brooklyn-only place but genuinely my favourite place in NY. I don’t have that much of a sweet tooth but this place just gets me. You need to try their cereal flavoured soft serve and confetti cookies. I bought back five and would’ve carted the ice cream over with me too if it was possible. Crack Pie (yep) is their best seller but Kim and I found it a bit *too* sweet as it’s literally just butter and sugar but it might be your kind of thing.


Honourable BK and NY mentions; Joe’s Pizza. The Spiderman pizza place, as Kim told me 10347 times but genuinely the best slice we had in NYC. I actually had it for breakfast one day. Mr Purple was also a super fun bar on the LES with a really great view from the roof. Kinfolk bar near the hotel was lovely too. We grabbed a cocktail during the day and the doors were open with the sunshine streaming in.


TravelGeorgia Meramo
how to holiday on the amalfi coast
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This post has taken me a year to write, but better late than never eh!

I found when I visited the Amalfi coast that there wasn’t much practical information online and I’m definitely someone who worries about how often buses run and where I can go to a supermarket so this is for my fellow over-planners. Without further a-do, my top tips;

  1. Hire a car. SO do this if possible. It made our trip so much easier. The buses are honestly awful and come every 2 hours or essentially whenever they fancy. It’s also not very clear where they go, and naturally Citymapper doesn’t work there so just get a car. It’s a bit scary to drive at first but as long as you’re careful and confident you’ll be fine.

  2. Everywhere is good to eat. Being half Italian I might be a bit biased but honestly 99% of places are absolutely great. There are lots of family run restaurants dotted around and they all know a good bowl of pasta like the back of their hand so trust your gut and try literally anywhere.

  3. Visit Praiano. I was so set on getting ‘that’ photo on Positano beach but it was so expensive due to the area being a tourist trap. We actually found a gorgeous little beach in a town between Sorrento and Positano called Praiano and it was honestly the highlight of my trip. Quiet and beautiful with an amazing restaurant on the edge of the water, we ate there every day!

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4. Take some comfortable shoes. Don’t assume because you’re going to the beach for the day you’ll only need flip flops. Big mistake! We had to park over a mile away as there’s very few designated car parks and then you essentially have to scale down the side of a mountain in order to get to a beach.

5. Do stop at the random stalls and shops. You can get hand painted crockery everywhere but there are some really cool ceramic shops where you can meet the artist, as well as old Italians selling limonata along the side of the roads while you’re driving into the towns. Definitely worth a look and you’re helping out a local!

6. Make your own decisions, don’t base it all on Pinterest! I know you’re reading a blog post but I went to a few places that the internet told me were beautiful only to find they’d been cleverly edited (some even had tourists removed, the sea cleaned etc!) to look a million times nicer than they actually were. Fiordo di Furore was one of these.

7. The nearest airport is Naples, which is another reason to hire a car. Hiring a car in itself is a whole world of stress but entirely worth it in my opinion! I believe there are bus transfers but essentially this tip is to make sure you plan ahead and ensure you can get to the coast when you land.

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I honestly can’t recommend a trip to Amalfi more, just do your research and go prepared! It’s such a beautiful place and lets face it, the food alone is worth the flight.

Let me know if you go and if you have any other tips!

Gx