New York, I (will) Love You.

So I have some news. From the title of this post you may have guessed it has something to do with the Big Apple… and points for you Sharpy McSharp ‘cos you’re spot on! This time next week, (plus six hours) I will be flying out of Melbourne for New York City!

Can I get a collective ‘weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!‘?


Now this might be the time when you would expect me to break out some over-used pop-culture cliché in the form of a Jay-Z song… and again – you would be right.

New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothin’ you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you

Sorry, had to do it. (Come on, you probably would have done it. No? Awkward.)

This trip was planned rather last-minute, in lieu of a 21st bash. The costs were adding up and Mother Curts was all for a trip instead of a party, and when I found out my darling friend Erin was going to be staying all alone in a fabulous apartment in Manhattan (Gramercy, to be exact) I just thought, ‘heck yeah, New York!’.

After almost touching on a month in New York, I’ll spend 2 and a bit weeks visiting my US side of the family, who are all dotted along the California coast, from San Francisco to San Diego. (Oh, tough gig I know, visiting family that live along some of the most beautiful coastlines!)


So apart from making best friends with Jay-Z, what will I be doing? (Actually, I am putting money on it that Jay-Z, no longer content with just being besties with me, will show Beyonce how adorable I am and they will adopt me as their “little Aussie Koala Kid” – vom-inducing nickname I know, but I’ll be called anything to be a mini-Z.)

In all seriousness, as corny and cliched as this sounds, I plan to just be. Working between 6 -7 days a week along with uni classes and assignments, exercise, personal writing including this blog, family, boyfriend and friends really takes it out of you. I constantly feel as though I am rushing, nay, running from one commitment from the other, find myself holding my breath in panicked moments and generally stressing myself out about everything. And look, I love a busy lifestyle, and could probably turn down a few babysitting jobs (although the wallet would suffer) so I’m not having my own pity party here, (I’m just almost showing myself here even), that sometimes you need to re-learn how to relax and become a little more balanced. I know many other people are even busier and that they handle it just fine, not to mention when you throw children into the mix. I know.
I tend to internalise stress, thriving for a few days off the adrenaline rush that comes with having too much to do, and not enough time to do it, and then collapse into a self-imposed ‘wallow-session’ where woe-is-me rules supreme. And too much chocoate is consumed.

Not. Healthy.
I should know better really, after an undiagnosed bout of Glandular Fever in late 2007 left me beyond exhausted, depressed and eventually diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2008. Luckily it was no where near as severe as some people’s.

I plan to still be productive, as I don’t think I am the type of person who can’t not be doing something. But productive in the way that I chose, not for things that I would rather not be doing. Self-development, writing personally, for this blog and also hopefully pushing my boundaries with some other publications. Reading books, or should I say finishing the 5 unread novels laying around my room. Exercising in new and exciting locations, as well as taking up new forms. I hope to do regular yoga and pilates classes. Walk, shop, eat, explore.

I really hope to find and try new beauty brands, products, salons and services to try and tell you about, as well as bring you beauty musings and observations from the streets of New York and California.

I am hoping the streets will make me feel brand new.

So, have any of you been to New York?
Where should I walk, shop, eat, explore?
Anyone got Jay-Z’s number?


5 Responses to “New York, I (will) Love You.”

  1. 1 theloveofpink May 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I am just beyond jealous but so incredibly happy for you. Hello mini-Z!
    I have no advice but I am off to Noo Yawk later in the year so you will have to word me up when you’re back!x

  2. 2 Roxy May 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Awesome blog. Fun, fresh and funny. Total winner! Enjoy NYC, I am tres jealous! Looking forward to reading more of your blogs. x

  3. 4 Bethilee May 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Better late than never…
    As requested: NYC Adventure Hit List.

    You know the basics (T Square, MET, Rockerfeller, Radio City, Public Library, Grand Cent, Ground Zero) and I’m sure Erin has a million fab places to take you but here’s my must see…

    1. Bergdorf Goodmans. Ah-mazing window displays
    2. Get to Battery Park & look across the Hudson. So pretty
    3. Coffee @ Dean & Deluca. It’s just too cute
    4. Snacks @ Eileen’s Cheesecake. De-lish
    5. Keihl’s Flagship. Think of all the hand cream
    6. Lunch @ Olive Garden in Times Square. The view
    7. Adventure all the way through Central Park
    8. Movie @ the Paris theatre
    9. Cruise 5th, Lex & Park. Just to oogle the apartments
    10. Wander through Greenwich. The cutest little shops ie Magnolia Bakery

    If you want, jump on a SATC/GG tour. They’re a little cheesy but they’re actually a really great way to see the city. The SATC tour starts outside the Plaza and treks through Midtown, Soho, West Village, Tribeca, Nolita etc.

    Honestly though the best thing is just to wander around and just see what you find. Al and I found all our favourite places just by chance and there’s so so so many cute little cafes, shops and bars there’s always something new to find!

    • 5 hollyjcurtis May 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm

      Ohh Beth it’s just in time, not late! Thanks so much for the recs- I can’t wait to go hunt them down. And Keihls? I can already see myself in heaven! I’ll let you know of any other wonders I may find. Thanks heaps, xx

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