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New York: part one

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 I took more than 800 photos during my one week in New York but I could have taken more – almost everywhere is beautiful architecture, fantastic views and street art. It’s taking a while to whittle down my favourite pics but here’s a handful (more to follow, obviously).

Williamsburg, where we stayed in a gorgeous flat with a very generous friend, was my favourite area – great bars and cafes, fab shops and a much more chilled out atmosphere than the city. I’ll blog some of the best places to eat and shop this week. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the snaps!

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Strolling around Williamsburg.

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Empire State picmonkey

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 The Empire State Building doesn’t disappoint – it’s a great piece of art deco architecture and looks fantastic at night. But we didn’t go up it, opting for the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center) instead.

The consensus seems to be that the Top of the Rock is cheaper than the Empire State Building, and has shorter queues and arguably better views – I’d say so, since you can get a great view of the Empire State from  it. The Top of the Rock was a mission enough – between queueing up for tickets, getting to the top and back down again, it probably took us at least three hours. But the view at night was spectacular.

But by the end I was certainly in no mood for a similar experience at the Statue of Liberty.

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The view from the Top of the Rock.

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Flat Iron picmonkey

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 The market at Union Square is full of fresh fruit and veg and other organic produce. It’s also very near the Flatiron Building (overlooking Madison Square Park) so get some honey from upstate and take a look at one of New York’s most iconic buildings.

Brooklyn Bridge picmonkey

 The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York’s best freebies – take a walk along here, even just to the middle, for great views of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and to look at the beautiful structure up close.

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  If you go to Central Park (which you must because it’s stunning and there are so many follies and little buildings creeping out of the trees), I recommend arriving at the entrance on West 72nd Street – opposite the Dakota where Yoko Ono still lives on the seventh floor (the balcony level). Strawberry Fields is just a minute’s walk from the road.

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Hello New York!

Hello New York!
On Friday Auriol and I are heading off on our very first trip to New York and we are enormously excited. Here’s what I’ll be taking…

Marni dress
$575 – theoutnet.com

Untold silver metallic dress
$230 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Asymmetrical motorcycle jacket
$140 – il2l.com

Topshop tan oxford
topshop.com

Dr. Martens shoes
$77 – gravitypope.com

Topshop ring
topshop.com

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Hello Jaeger sailor!

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Sunday afternoon was definitely autumn so I strolled to the pub in my 1980s Jaeger coat, which I picked up for just £50 at a vintage shop last year. Add a stripy top and a pleated mini and hello, captain Jenny!

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I’m wearing:

Vintage Jaeger coat – Most Marvellous, Northampton

Dress (worn as a top) – Primark

Skirt – United Colors of Benetton, via Gone Retro, Stony Stratford

Brogues – Pied A Terre

Umbrella – Lulu Guinness

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Sunday at Waddeson Manor

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 I like helping my London friends escape the city and showing them that I do not, contrary to popular belief, live in a soulless mass of concrete. So when my friend and former colleague Farah came up to Milton Keynes on Sunday I took her down to Waddesdon Manor – one of my favourite stately homes.

I don’t know if there’s anywhere else quite like Waddesdon in Britain – it’s a Rothschild home built in the style of a French chateau, in Buckinghamshire. The house is imposing and incredibly ornate, and the gardens – overlooking clear, sloping lawns – are very formal. This is a perfect spot for Sunday afternoon picnics in the summer and is equally stunning in the frost.

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