New York owed me nothing, but gave me everything! I am not going to lie, everything you year about New York is true. New York is busy, there are people everyone, bumping into you and surrounding you everywhere you go. As soon as we landed we witness one cabby arguing with another, cars honking their horns every 5 minutes and car accidents just waiting to happen. Being raised in the south, we are sweet-nasty, where people smile in your face and then say now "sweetie" or “bless your heart.” While, people in NYC are just bluntly and blatantly rude. Other than the rude behavior, NYC was a pretty fun experience. I had so much fun on this trip, getting closer to my girlfriends and getting to live my "Sex In The City" fantasy.

Since I am still young, this was the first trip that I went on with no super vision. I was in the biggest city in the world by myself, with no idea how to get around. I learned so much about myself and grew a closer relationship with my friends/sisters. I have been in a slump recently with recently graduating college and trying to find my calling and this trip really helped me become inspired and motivated again and to continue pushing forward despite the obstacles that I am currently facing.


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7+1 Things To Know Before Traveling To NYC



What do you think about my NYC Lookbook? Which outfit was your favorite? Let me know is the comment section below!




All hotels have a deposit fee of an additional $150

I have stayed a multiple hotels where the whole payment was listed on your confirmation email and I make sure that I read any clauses or disclosures with in the confirmation. However, when I arrived at the first desk they notified me about the additional $150 deposit. When I asked was this included in the confirmation email, they replied no it wasn't, but it was a rule in every hotel in NYC. So make sure you bring extra money for hotel stays.

Wear comfortable shoes!

There is so much waking in NYC. So, if you have very flat feet like I do, I highly recommend you wear some comfortable shoes. One mistake that I made was not buying Dr. Scholls or some sort of foot insoles. Even if you do not have any flat feet, I definitely still recommend sensible shoes.


Just uber, lyft or walk

The subway system is definitely confusing. NYC I have one question. How are you going to have maps that do not include the 'you are here' sign? Once you are on the right train, navigating the routes are easy, its just the matter of getting on the right train. LOL! That is why I recommend taking a uber, lyft or walking. If you are in the area of where you want to go walk and if the place is farther away take an Uber or Lyft and walk to other areas in the area. I will definitely say that Lyft is cheaper. Also, be prepared to walk a couple of blocks. If your map say 15 minutes away, it is not as far as it seems.

Midtown is poppin'

If I could have changed the hotel I stayed in I would in an instant! The midtown of the NYC close to where Bryant Park is located. This area is where all the nightlife is located and you will be close enough to walk through Time Square, but far away to not deal with all the craziness. There are also a lot clubs and roof top bars in the area and a short hop and skip toward some the best New York sights.



Bring your coins!

I am not going to lie NYC is expensive af. Most places we went, the drinks cost $3 dollars and there was no refills because they served the drinks in cans. Also, alcoholic beverages cost a minimum of $15 dollars. Don't get me wrong, drinks can cost a lot in ATL as well, but at least we have drink specials. The place that I go I can get a margarita for $1 or a more expensive drink for a little bit cheaper that the $15. And let's not get started on the food. One restaurant we went to I literally paid $14 dollars just for a regular burger and fry (I don't eat seafood). I was like damn the 5 dollar bag at Wendys taste better than this! (But for real tho)

Nightlife is not a Movie

NYC night life is semi non-existent. I do not know if it the places we went or their night life just ain't hittin'. I haven't experienced a night life quite like ATL and I don't know of anything that can really top it. I remember one bar we went to they literally were playing Justin Bieber 'Baby'. I thought to myself really? As you can imagine it did not take us long before we left. There was this other bar that we went to that didn't even make original or good drinks. They handed us our drink in a can.... A CAN!


Get an AMAZING view

No matter what I say about New York and all of its weird smells, you can not deny that it has some AMAZING views. The view from our hotel was pure perfection. We saw the all of NYC from where we were located. Also, one bar we went to was on top of a hotel. We went at night and the view of the city lights was breath taking. You definitely can not leave New York before taking in one of the views.

Above All Take A LOT of pictures and Video

Whether this is your first time traveling by yourself like me or if this is your first trip to NYC, make sure you commemorate this experience by taking hella photos and videos! Even if you are not extra like I am, take the picture! My line sister/friend does not take a lot of photos, however by seeing myself be "me", I inspired her to step outside of herself and take those photos! Because we all want those bomb photos and make sure the 'gram knows we are living our best life!



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I would normally classify my style as one part trendy, another part classy chic, and the other half casually cute. However, I do think at times that we need to switch up our styles and try on something different. I am the last person who embraces and likes change, but I actually do like switching up my style from time to time. I also let my friends pick out and style some outfits for me, to take me a little out of my comfort zone. Some of those clothing try-on montages don't go so well because honey some of those outfits were horrible (you didn't hear this from me!).

One thing that makes this outfit is the bag! Let's get into the bag! Just a little tip, adding just a hint of fringe to any look will tie in a boho look. It brings the whole outfit together and ties in the boho-chic look that I was going for. I receive so many compliments on this bag and everyone consistently ask me where I got it from. Sadly, I have to say I am not sure because it was a gift and a gorgeous one at that. However, y'all know I am always looking out, which is why I have listed some similar bags down below that you guys can go shop from!


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Seeing that summer is almost over, I could not let it go without ending it in a sundress. I remember being younger and hating dresses, I used to be so scared of embracing my femininity because of my size and I only wore jeans and flowy shirts that didn't show to much of my shape. Seeing myself grow from that small timid girl into this blossoming woman, literally has me in awe of myself.


I am not very big on jewelry because my skin is highly sensitive to anything around my neck that isn't real. I know that sounds bougie AF, but it is honest to goodness truth. This is why I just added small hoops to tie in the accessories. This summer has truly been a "hot girl summer" and I am not using that phrase in the cultural sense, because honestly, it has truly been HOT! This is why I have been toning down my makeup and going with the more natural makeup looks and not all of the glitz and glam that I normally do.


How far do you step outside of your comfort zone, style-wise and how would you define your sense of style?

I travel a lot, and I really mean like A LOT! I am always out of town at least twice a month and every time I go out, you know I have to have my face beat! So, I always have to take good care of my skin once I get back to my hotel room at night.

I have never had any real skin issues such as acne and other skin problems. For the most part I have really good genes is relation to skin and I have always had really smooth skin. However, as I am maturing into adult hood, I am starting to realize the importance of maintaining my physical health. Such as moisturizing your skin, maintaining a healthy diet and the hardest one of all drinking WATER! So much damn h20. So, I decided to start with investing in a good skin care routine that works well with my normal skin type.

My travel kit includes mostly all travel sizes, which is a must especially when traveling by plane. So, here are my current skincare product MUST HAVES and FAVS when on the run! Also be sure to check out my full YouTube video, which is linked below!


XOXO,

Jay


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Get Unready with Me: Travel Skin Care Routine




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