Christmas is such a magical time of year. Fairy lights, Christmas trees, the German Christmas Market. It all adds up to make December a wonderfully festive time of year. I have a bucket list of things I would like to experience in my lifetime and one of those was to head to New York at Christmas. The first time I watched Home Alone 2; Lost In New York, I became obsessed. I needed to see the Rockefeller tree in all it’s glory. All 94ft of it. On Thursday, I had a dream come true. 24 hours in New York, and what was the first thing that I did? Well, I headed down Fifth Avenue of course.
New York in December is cold. I’m not just talking a bit chilly, but it’s biting and icy. Although the weather app was showing 8 degrees on arrival, it felt more like 2 degrees with the icy blast that was being blown in our direction. Thankfully, I had packed jumpers and a faux fur coat as well as my brand new Ugg boots. I had a feeling that when I saw low temperatures of -1, it would be a heck of a lot colder. Funnily enough, it started snowing on the evening that we left. Heading down to Fifth Avenue with the wind burning my face, the excitement started to warm me as I headed towards Saks Fifth Avenue. Having never been to NYC during the festive period, I had no idea what to expect and to say I was blown away was an understatement. A full light show with accompanying music which was breathtaking. Even watching it back brought tears to my eyes.
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is definitely a sight to be seen. As you would expect, it was so busy around the Rockefeller Centre, and I would have loved to get full outfit photos but it was practically impossible. The 94ft tree is covered in over 50,000 LED lights, whilst the Swarovski star on top is made up of 25,000 crystals and weighs around 250kg. It is said that over 125 million people will visit the tree each year, so you can imagine just how busy it was. The Clarebout wire angels with the 6ft long brass trumpets also make the Rockefeller a truly magical place.
Wrapping up warm, I wore my Bows Boutiques Cheska Faux Fur coat which protected me from the elements. Rather than being a full faux fur coat, it features faux leather sleeves and panelling with a matching belt as well as a chunky faux fur collar. Its very warm and comfortable, and I also love how the pockets are deep enough to fit my iPhone 6s Plus inside comfortablely. It’s the little things that count. Layering up was essential and my new oversized baby pink jumper from Primark is quite possibly my new favourite. Featuring a cut away neckline and choker style neck, it’s very flattering for a larger chest, whilst still looking stylish.
I’m getting more and more obsessed with wearing white lately, so white skinny jeans were my pairing of choice. White and baby pink are such a lovely colour combination, especially when worn with darker neutrals like my taupe coat and my stormy grey UGG boots*. UGG boots have had a bit of a revival as of late, with Alexa Chung leading the pack with the Alexa Edit; a contemporary style edit using Alexas favourite women to showcase the ease of UGG. Having already owned several pairs of UGGs in my time, I know that I prefer the Classic Short style. Choosing Stormy Grey as my colour for the season, they are an unusual shade and one that really helps lift my wardrobe in terms of colour combining. Aside from the unusual colour, they are just what you would expect from UGG. Hard wearing, waterproof and warm. Toasty warm in fact. Being in the chilly NYC weather, I was so grateful for them as once my feet are warm, then the rest of my body tends to follow suit.
Being in NYC for Christmas has literally been a dream come true and although I was only there for a short duration, I was able to tick off one of my must do’s. A highly emotive evening, and one that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone planning to head to New York over the December period.
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