This Time Last Week (Day 1 in NYC)

This was officially my first day in NYC. (May 27th, 2013)
I thought that I would have slept in just a little bit considering that I didn’t get much sleep the night before but nope I was wide awake and ready to go at 5:30am. I did manage to take it easy for a bit and I unpacked and got things ready for the day.
On the way down I decided that I was going to do some shopping and that would include heading down town to The Strand and Housing Works, then stopping and going into various drug stores, Sephora, Barnes & Noble and then a grocery store.
Thankfully I still had my directions to the Strand and Housing works from last year. Now if you know me I hate taking the NYC subway so I avoid that like the plague and walked all the way there. Yes you read that right I literally walked all the way there and then back to my hotel.
The first stop was:

 Last year when we went it was pouring rain but thankfully this year it was a beautiful cool morning. I got there a little early and walked across the street to grab a juice and to sit and wait until it opened. Thankfully the wait was that long and it only took me roughly 45 minutes to get there. I did get a little side tracked along the way but it was all good.

Of course I coudn’t leave the Strand without buying something so I picked up this cute Kate Spade tote bag. I was a little sad that they didn’t have the blue owl tote bag that I really wanted but I will chekc online and perhaps order one. I also picked up the white owl pencil case which isn’t included in this picture and only realize that now. It will make an appearance in a future post. The only book I bought there was City Doodles New York for Michael along with two owl pencils.

The next stop was Housing Works. I was super excited to go and visit it again. I love wondering around looking at all the books they have. I even managed to sit down for a bit to take in the sights and sip some tea before heading back out again.

I bought three books there. They were Over You by Amy Reed, Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols and Two Lies and a Spy.

On the way back I did a little more shopping such as some goodies from Whole Foods. Which is a really nice grocery store around 14th avenue if you happen to be around the area and want to grab some fresh baked goods, or fruit or veggies.
After that I went into Barnes & Noble. I love walking around bookstores and this time I remembered a book that I was looking for and that was The Star Attraction by Alison Sweeney. You might recognize that name as the actress who plays Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives or from the Biggest Loser. I read about this book on the train ride into NYC and I was curious about it. Also at Barnes & Noble I found this cute owl agenda for 2014. (There you can see the owl pencil and pencil case)
The last of my shopping before heading back to the hotel I stopped at two Sephoras and various Duane Reeds and picked up:
~Smashbox Camera Ready CC cream (I tried this in the store and loved it)
~Sample of Clinique Moisture Surge CC cream (I think I will be buying the full size because I love this one too)
~Naked Skin by Urban Decay beauty balm (15ml sample) (this is another one I really like and would purchase in a full size)
~Purity one step facial cleanser (I really like this cleanser and I think its time to invest in a bigger bottle)
~Essie nail polish in DJ Play that Song
~Hand Cream in Mandarin Mint
~Nivea’s Lip butter in Smooth Kiss, Raspberry Rose Kiss and Vanilla & macadamia Kiss. (I was looking for the Carmel Cream Kiss but couldn’t find it)
~finally I got a bunch of EOS lip balms that aren’t available in Canada and they were: Vanilla Bean Smooth Stick lip balm (love the smell and feel of this) and three smooth spheres in Lemon Drop with SPF 15,  Medicated Tangerine (this is perfect for dry chapped lips) and Sweet Mint.
After all the shopping I made my way back to the hotel to drop things off and then I went out and got some supper and decide to go back to the hotel to shower and chill for the evening.

It was a great day 1 in NYC.


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