Apr 28, 2012

another trip

In a few days I'm heading off to New York! Feels like this trip is coming so quickly, especially with so many assignments due before and right after. I've been swamped in school work since I came back from Vancouver, so I haven't been able to update, or even do anything worth posting about!

I'm getting really excited to go to NYC, the last time I went was years ago with my family after Christmas. I remember being so impressed with the city, and how pretty it was with the holiday decorations and under snow. This time it will be pretty warm, so it will look very different. I'm going with school, so there's a set itinerary, but luckily it's pretty much all things I'll enjoy doing. Our hotel is in the middle of Times Square, so it's right in the middle of everything. Last time I went I stayed at The Palace, where Chuck Bass lived in Gossip Girl. I went before Gossip Girl had started, so now watching the old seasons I recognize the hotel well!

I'll be taking lots of pictures and hopefully making lots of purchases, so there will be a long post following the trip. Before the trip I have to finish two essays and write a test though, so I need to stop searching stores and restaurants and finish doing my work!

Here's a photo of where my hotel is...

Street at the Marriott Marquis New York

Apr 3, 2012

vancouver purchases

Here are the things I purchased while I was in Vancouver:

from Front & Company

 Bought this at a vintage store on Main St.

Bought these from USED on Granville St.

Sunglasses from USED and Nag champa incense sticks. 


I finally got my photos, so here is the full Vancouver trip post, as promised!

My plane landed in the morning, so I was able to have a full day when I got there. I watched Midnight in Paris on the way there. Such a great film!

This is the view of the mountains from the airplane. So pretty!

My sister picked me up and we headed back to her apartment. We just hung out most of the day, but we did go to this really nice Indian restaurant, East is East, for lunch. I was really impressed by the restaurant. The atmosphere was so warm and welcoming, with low wooden tables and Persian rugs on the walls. We both had roti. It was served with a really yummy chickpea curry soup and a kale salad. Here is their website, I definitely recommend it. (In case you're wondering I had the Gypsy and the Silk Route roti's, they were delicious!)

The second day we went to Stanley Park and the Sea Wall. It was kind of rainy but it was still nice enough to go for a walk.

After walking around the park we went and grabbed some food at a restaurant called Score on Davie Street. It was my sisters friend's birthday so we all just hung out together for the evening.

The next day we went vintage shopping on Main Street. There were a lot of really good stores on Main, but one that really stood out was Front & Company. They sell consignment clothing as well as new things. Their website is here, but they don't show their consignment pieces online.

This is a photo of Main St with the mountains in the back. It was pretty cloudy, so you can just make them out.

It started raining and hailing really hard while we were out shopping, so we had to hid in the Shoppers Drug Mart for a little while. Then we went up the street and had burgers from Splitz Grill. I had a spicy lentil burger, it was so yummy!

My sister found out about a art-deco vintage clothing exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver, so we went there the next day. It showed day wear and evening wear from the early 1920's upto the late 1930's. The dresses were so beautiful, I couldn't stop taking photos! Here are the best ones.

We went around the museum for a while, and looked at the other exhibits too. It's pretty small, but worth visiting. Then we went to Granville Island and the market there for lunch. We sat outside on benches and ate food from the different vendors. 

We walked around Granville St. for a while and ran into a big fair for St. Patrick's Day. There was carnival food and live music. It was really interesting to see. For dinner we went to a raw vegan restaurant called Organic Lives. It had a relaxed atmosphere and the food was really good. I had a smoothie called the Solar Pear (it had pear, raspberry, vanilla and ginger), a veggie burger, and pumpkin pie. It was all really good, and it was cool eating all raw food. 

The next morning we went to a cafe called Bean Around the World. They have the best banana chocolate chip muffins I have ever tasted. So good! Then we went to the flea market, where my sister got some records. From there we went to Gastown, an old part of Vancouver and looked around.

From there we went upto Granville again and looked in a few stores. Then we walked to the Templeton, a retro diner that had some really good food. Surprisingly they had a lot of vegetarian food too! We went to the seawall again after that and just sat by the water for a while.

These are house boats, but I was surprised because they just look like houses on the water.

The last day we took our time at home and relaxed. Then we went back to Front & Company and I bought a new purse. We went back home and watched Mad Men and then I went to the airport. On the way back I watched My Week With Marilyn and Amelie, my favorite movie.