New York Dreams..

Lee and I are the impulsive type (OK, it’s mainly my influence) and the last time we fled to New York it was on just 6 weeks notice. I booked it before Christmas 2009 and we were there for my birthday in early Feb 2010. They are my favourite trips. I usually relish anticipation but when you’re looking forward to a holiday all year it’s always a bit sad when it’s over.. when it’s last minute it’s that much more exciting and definitely appeals to the impatient side of me. When looking online for vacation inspiration we always come back to New York, we’d love to go in the spring/summer when it’s milder but the cheapest time to visit is Jan/Feb and it’s not like we’re going to sunbathe so it seems daft to spend twice the money for a bit of sunshine. Saying that it can get painfully cold at the start of the year and when we went last we were stuck there for several days because of the snow/no flights.. Not the worst place to be stuck of course but we’d run out of cash by the end of our trip so it’s definitely something to factor in. All that aside when we married on the 28th January I had an anniversary trip in mind and given that said anniversary is just 5 short months away we are starting to do our sums and with me returning to work in 2 weeks time it’s looking very possible.. exciting! I know this is a beauty blog but I do throw these kind of posts in from time to time.. I don’t have enough to say about my day to day life to create yet another blog dedicated to lifestyle posts so I do hope you don’t mind my diluting the lipstick and blush with my New York dreams.

For me it’s the most magical, romantic place in the world.. The Empire State Building is life changing (not exaggerating) it’s like being on a film set everywhere you go and if I had to choose one holiday destination for the rest of my life it would be this city.. snow or no snow. There are some great benefits to visiting in January.. SALES! The Knicks! Ice Skating! Yes it’s cold but so long as you’re prepared (I’m talking thermal underwear not just wooly hats) there’s no reason you wont have a fantastic time. I’d also suggest you stay somewhere central because there’s a lot of walking to be done and if you’re far away from the action you’ll be frozen before you get to any of it.

If we do book the trip you can expect some excited prep posts as well as ‘things to do’ type features so apologies if you’re less than uninterested in travel stuff but I can’t contain my love for New York and if I can help anyone else plan their holiday in the process that’s just a wonderful bonus! Any advice veteran cold-weatherers have would be much appreciates as well as any tips for things to do. I’ve been twice but you can never see it all.. it’s ever-changing!

If you’d like to see more pictures from our 2010 trip I have an online album here

Miss BB



  1. EllieSausage
    22 August, 2012 / 1:04 pm

    I love New York!!!..we spent 10 days there a few years ago, we stayed in the Edison Hotel- litterally 10 steps from Times Square, nice hotel & the location was amazing!!!…Lucky you, i’d kill to go to NY again!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      22 August, 2012 / 2:55 pm

      we ended up there for 10 days last time and no amount of time is long enough but I think our budget can only stretch to 5 nights this time. how did you find the edison? it’s one of our options x

      • EllieSausage
        22 August, 2012 / 3:35 pm

        10days was a bit too long for us too..if we were going again we’d only do 5 or maybe 7 days. Edison was good, we never ate there so can’t comment on the food, the room was basic but clean and everything we wanted, we went to stay with my uncle for a couple of nights & when we went back we were given a room that had been renovated-big differance-nothing wrong with first room but 2nd room was all shiny & had a newness about it. There is a deli a couple of doors down-it does amazing coffee & has a buffet type thing going on great for late night snacks! If i was going again i’d go to the Edison, simply because its so close to the centre of Times Square!

        • missbudgetbeauty
          24 August, 2012 / 10:39 am

          we’re looking at the roosevelt at the moment. last time we stayed at the marmara which was AMAZING I don’t know how we got such a good deal but it’s far from everywhere.. residential on the upper east side so in the winter it’s too far really. I like 5 nights will be the perfect length trip this time 🙂

  2. 22 August, 2012 / 1:07 pm

    I’d do the sex and the city tour if I went again (been twice already) the cake shops, the cocktail bars, I imagine it would be a really fun day.


    • missbudgetbeauty
      22 August, 2012 / 2:54 pm

      we wanted to do that last time so we said we would this time!

  3. Ann
    22 August, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    I’m from New York(Long Island to be exact), if you do go in the spring/summer you really need to go to the east end of Long Island. The Hamptons, the vineyards. It is absolutely beautiful, and you may even get to spot a celebraty since a lot spend summers out there. 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      22 August, 2012 / 2:52 pm

      we’d love to go out and spend a few days in the hamptons but I think that’s for later on.. when we’re a bit more cash rich lol.. for now we’ll suffer the winter in the best city in the world x

      • Ann
        22 August, 2012 / 4:19 pm

        Oh I agree,it is the best city in the world! 🙂

  4. Emma
    22 August, 2012 / 3:07 pm

    I went a few years ago, but only for 4 nights as we were moving on to Washington DC. I felt lie there was so much more we could have done, I so need to go back!x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      22 August, 2012 / 3:28 pm

      it’s not somewhere you can visit just once

  5. 22 August, 2012 / 3:34 pm

    If you don’t mind me asking, approx how much was the trip before? I would love to go but have no idea how much I should save! x

  6. Katherine
    24 August, 2012 / 6:55 pm

    sooo jealous! I would absolutely love to go to New York. It looks amazing.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      24 August, 2012 / 7:06 pm

      it IS amazing and I’m not letting myself get excited until it’s booked lol.. you never know!

  7. Cristina
    24 August, 2012 / 6:59 pm

    In october I’m going to NY for 2 weeks to celebrate my 30th birthday! It’s going to be the first time for me and it’s a dream come true

    • missbudgetbeauty
      24 August, 2012 / 7:07 pm

      aww it really is magical you’ll have the best time!! and october is supposed to be the nicest time to visit!! x

  8. Sian
    26 August, 2012 / 7:43 pm

    I loved this post!!:D. I hope you manage to get back to New York next year!. Would love to read more posts about your plans!.
    I went to New York last April, and loved every minite of it, it’s right what you say, it is life changeing! 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      27 August, 2012 / 9:08 am

      I have no money ever haha so it’s going to take some saving over the next few months but fingers crossed.. we’ll make it work x

  9. Laura
    22 October, 2012 / 9:34 pm

    Thanks for this post! I’m off to New York for the first time on 16th December and this got me really excited!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      29 October, 2012 / 9:25 am

      omg! jealous!!! have an awesome time x

  10. 23 October, 2012 / 3:15 am

    I went there three times (New Year’s Eve 1994, September 2011 and March 2004). On my last trip there, my boyfriend proposed to me right in the middle of Central Park…

    • missbudgetbeauty
      29 October, 2012 / 9:24 am

      most amazing place in the world x

  11. Abi
    6 January, 2013 / 1:10 pm

    Me and my family are going on a trip to New York in August and any ‘what to do’/’what to buy’ posts would be amazing cause I am so overwhelmed by the amount of products in the US that I’m not sure what to buy or where to force my mum to take me! Would you be able to do a post on products that you are wanting to buy there because they are cheaper or only available in the USA?? You would be able to get excited about what you were going to buy, whilst keeping people who want this blog to be about beauty happy 😛 hope you have a great hols!!!

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