I told myself at the beginning of the year that whatever trip or vacation I take this spring/summer, it's going to be a perfect balance of business and pleasure. And indeed, that was the case with my road trip to New York City. I went alongside two girlfriends whom, like myself, had their own personal reasons for wanting/needing to visit NYC aside from a much needed break from Toronto. The drive was smooth and stress-free until hitting the brutal, rude streets of downtown New York where cab drivers and locals blow their horns like it's nobody's business. Oh, and not to mention, us three petite girls probably gained approximately 10 pounds each during the drive as we were snacking, eating and drinking coffee nonstop for 10 straight hours. Safe to say that if ever anyone messed with us, we'd just sit on them.
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Every time I visit The Big Apple, it always manages to steal a piece of my heart - this time around, it took a generous chunk and it felt overwhelmingly special and pleasurable. I kid you not, this entire trip worked out seamlessly - it was as if the Universe was specifically working in my favour. I didn't have set plans per se as I just wanted to roll with the punches whilst in NYC, and just like that, plans were just organically flowing hour after hour, day after day. Along the way, I was naturally meeting and networking with various people at various places, at various times. It also felt natural meeting and connecting with my social media networks and we all kicked it off upon introduction although, minimal introducing was necessary as it already felt like we've known each other. I know, I know, it's weird, how social media works. All-in-all, the vibes were beautiful and I felt blessed upon arrival.
During this trip, I got to tap into almost every borough in the city: Downtown and Uptown Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn; Bushwick, West Village, Williamsburg; Bed-Stuy, Lower East Side, East Village, SoHo, and Tribeca. Along the way, I was able to book a photoshoot for Black Scale and Gourmet Footwear, shop and eat at various places I was told "you have to go there", got invited to the hottest parties, attended legendary bars, parties and rooftop events, saw Quest Love spin at the Brooklyn Bowl and DJ Soul and Neil Armstrong at Kinfolk 94, celebrated my birthday along with music enthusiast and blogger - Ashley Outrageous at the W Hotel, met young editors within my field, including those at NYLON magazine and met and built rapports with various connects within my fields of interests. Next time around, I will be completely set! These are just a few at the top of my head. I'm sure I missed out on loads.
All-in-all, there are so many eventful stories to look back on and die of laughter about and so many great experiences, too. NYC, you have been nothing but good to me and I have a few things up my sleeve the next time I see you. You have inspired me deeply. I sincerely love you.