New York State Of Mind

Start spreading the news, we’re leaving today… well, on Tuesday actually, but who’s counting? Yes, we are going to New York (and Boston and Cape Cod) on our holidays, It’s part city-break, part beach-holiday, as I demand the best of both worlds. I love to lie in the sun all day, but I also want to see stuff, we won’t mention the shopping, that goes without saying. I’m hoping this holiday will tick all the boxes. It bloody better do as it’s the most expensive and ambitious trip I’ve ever planned for the family. We usually go to Europe for a fortnight or visit the in-laws in Vancouver. This year I’ve gone totally off piste, spurred on by a cheap flight deal and an urge to see New York again.

I’ve only ever been to New York once before and that was 17 years ago in the bleak mid-winter when the conditions were Arctic. August is the polar opposite and no doubt the kids will be complaining about the heat in the same way I moaned about the cold. I’m hoping they will be excited to see the locations of some of their favourite films, Elf, Ghostbusters and Big. I already know I’ll be humming Carly Simon on the Staten Island Ferry* and Getting into the Groove when I sit on the railings in Battery Park**.

Along with New York, we are also getting the Train to Boston, then having a week by the beach in Cape Cod, then back to Brooklyn for the remaining few days. It will be fully planes, trains and automobiles, don’t get me started on still being the only one who can actually drive a car in my family. But, I’m sure there won’t be a dull moment. So, the reason for this post is not to bang on about my holiday, well it is a bit, but I’m working out what to pack. I need outfits for the city and the beach and I can’t take too much stuff. This blog post is massively self-indulgent, and I apologise, but I’m hoping it will serve as a visual tool for my packing options as I own most of these things (or similar) already…


It’s going to be HOT. I’m thinking light summer dresses and my trusty Birks will suffice for sightseeing. I bought this Top Shop dress, it’s quite see-though in some light, so get your attractive big flesh coloured pants on, or get one of these that work a treat under see through skirts or dresses. I don’t want to take too many jackets, so I think I’ll stick with the denim…

1. Top Shop Lace insert dress
2. Celine Cat Eye Sunglasses
3. Levis Denim Jacket
4. Birkenstock Suede Sandals
5. Gucci Soho Disco Bag 


Possibly slightly cooler that NYC as it’s further up the coast, I’ll take one or two pairs of jeans in case the temperature dips, plus my trusty Gucci belt and Veja Trainers.

1. Gucci Leather Belt
2. Mango Crop Flare Jeans
3. Veja Leather Trainers
4. & Other Stories Stripe T-Shirt
5. Top Shop Stripe Shirt 



This part of the holiday will be totally beach based. I won’t tell the kids it’s where they filmed Jaws. Now I’ve thought that. I won’t be able to stop thinking about it. Shit…This shirt from H&M is a summer staple of mine. They sell a few versions every year, it’s cotton, lightweight and nice and cheap. I also swear by my Boden swimming costume, had it for years and I bring it out fr every holiday. I’m way past having a bikini body but this costume covers all the right areas.

1. H&M Stripe Cotton Shirt
2. Boden Halter Neck Swim Suit
3. Mango Soft Denim Shorts
4. ASOS Stripe Woven Bag
5. Adidas Sliders 



Hoping to waft around the vintage shops and hang out in artisan hipster coffee shops. It will be just like Shoreditch. Maybe. T-Shirts and Navy Cotton trousers or a denim skirt will do me I think, with a sweatshirt for evenings.

1. Ganni Embroidered Printed T Shirt
2. & Other Stories Cotton Trousers
3. & Other Stories Raw Edge Sandals
4. Isabel Marant Etoile Linen Shirt
5. Stella McCartney Denim Skirt (on sale)
6. Vans Old Skool Lite Trainers 


Please do let me know if you have any tips for me in this part of the world, what to do, what to see, where to shop, where to eat. I’d love to know what you recommend!

K x

*Melanie Griffiths in Working Girl

**Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan


12 thoughts on “New York State Of Mind

  1. Let the river run!

    Veja trainers…. be still my beating heart. Love the outfits, v jealous of your trip!

  2. New York is my favourite city in the world! I love the High Line, it’s a disused rail line in the meatpacking district that was turned into a park a few years ago. Absolutely lovely, but I’d recommend going on a weekday otherwise it’s rammed and you just have to shuffle along.

  3. Just went to NYC for a long weekend – it was awesome!
    High Line was fab – we went late afternoon around 6pm and it was very chilled and we ended up in the meatpacking district where we had dinner at Bubby’s.
    Went to an amazing secret restaurant in East Village called Beauty & Essex for Sunday Brunch – you have to book but it was so much fun and family friendly.
    Eataly – (around West 25th street) a fabulous Italian Deli with everything you could possibly want to eat and choice of 3-4 restaurants on the ground floor and a rooftop bar/restaurant.
    The Butchers daughter – a vegan/vegetarian restaurant – amazing food.
    Shopping was awesome too
    Free People
    J. Crew
    & Sephora

    and we walked miles and miles!!!! Have a great time!!

    1. Thanks Sue! I don’t know how we’re going to fit it all in! Will definitely need to return and we have t even got there yet!

  4. Outlet shopping at Century21 and Marshall’s (Boston) 😄. The small islands around Boston are nice for a daytrip. And def eat out in the Nirth end (little Italy) in B, the Daily Catch makes you cue because it’s tiny but worth it! And the kids will like the Duck Tour. Have fun!

  5. If you get time in NYC, get the train to Coney Island for Nathans hot dogs and fairground rides. Walk along the boardwalk to Brighton Beach and check out the Russian shops and bars. THE BEST people watching (old ladies with pink hair, pink velour & matching pink poodles in prams anyone?). Sure you’d all enjoy…this was my son’s (13 at time) highlight of our NYC hols He also loved the Intrepid. If you can get Mr WMM to take them, you can get a solo mooch round the shops Thus sneaking in a few extra bits ‘that were on sale’….:)

    Agree with above, High Line (finishing @ Meatpacking), Staten Island ferry, Empire State rooftop or Rockafeller viewing platform total musts. It would be rude to go to NYC and not partake in a Big Gay Ice Cream too.

    I’m jealous, have the best time. Wear the t shirt. Get the hat. And sunglasses, ha!!

  6. I live near Boston, and the forecast for the foreseeable is around 80 and sunny! Although this year we have had some cooler spells and a little more rain than usual, so worth bringing a brolly! Things to do in Boston – wander up and down Newbury Street in Back Bay (swanky shopping street), walk along the Esplanade by the river, Freedom Trail if you want some history, North End for Italian food (try Modern Pastry, best cannoli ever!), Paramount in Beacon Hill for breakfast or lunch, Legal Seafood (because it’s just what you do in Boston, local institution – or No Name in the Seaport, which is similar but more “authentic”), etc, etc. Just get yourself a Red Sox baseball cap and you’ll fit right in! On the Cape, Chatham is a nice little town, and Head of the Meadow is an awesome beach. Provincetown (or “P-town”) at the end of the Cape is great, gay-friendly and full of nice little shops and places to eat. Have a wicked great time!

    1. Thanks so much! we are staying in Seaport so will check out No Name if we can! x

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