How I Did New York In 4 Days

How I Did New York In 4 Days - Dreams and Colour Schemes

Along with Paris, London and Rome, New York is one of those staple cities that appears on every man and his dog's bucket list. I know it's certainly been on mine for a very long time, so when the opportunity came along for me to take a whirlwind trip to The Big Apple mid way through my holiday in Chicago, I grabbed it with both hands. I took the 2 hour plane journey from Chicago O'Hare to New York's LaGuardia airport on the Saturday morning for a 3 night stay in Times Square, returning to Chicago on Tuesday evening. This left me with 2 full days and 2 half days to experience as much of New York as I could possibly squeeze in. It was a task, and my feet didn't thank me one single bit, but here's how I saw the big city in 4 days...

Top 10 Must See Pieces @ The Museum of Modern Art

When my trip to New York was finalised, The Museum of Modern Art was my number one 'must do' activity. Widely regarded as the most influential modern art gallery in the world, it's been on my gallery bucket list for a very long time and so I was more than a little bit excited to finally get the opportunity to go! Even though I was on a whirlwind 3 night stay in The Big Apple, I spent the majority of a whole day marvelling at the museums impressive collection. For those who are limited to a more speedy visit however (or for anyone that simply wants to know what to look out for!), I've put together a list of 10 works that are not to be missed in my opinion. Many of these pieces are not only incredibly monumental in the art world, but also highly well known amongst tourists, so I recommend getting to the gallery at opening time and heading straight to your 'must sees' before they are overrun with crowds. These are the 10 I headed straight for...

5 Tips Every Nervous Flyer Should Try

5 Tips Every Nervous Flyer Should Try

Flying can be a scary experience for some. I’m certainly not the most nervous flyer in the world, but about 24 hours before I fly anywhere, I start to feel anxious and my mind begins to tick over thinking about my oncoming journey. There are certain worries that begin to set in and ‘what ifs’ that enter my mind. But as I write this post, 35,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, I feel completely safe and at ease. Since there's no internet access to be had from up here, the tips I’m about to give are purely off the top of my head, taken only from personal experience. What works for some may not work for others, but these are the things that I’d at least recommend giving a go if you tend to be an uneasy flyer. 

Instagram Inspo: #TheWorldNeedsMoreSpiralStaircases

I've got a confession to make. I have an obsession. It's an addiction. I, Sophie, am a spiral staircase-aholic. If you've never witnessed the #theworldneedsmorespiralstaircases tag, then I urge you to rectify that situation as soon as possible. Sweeping lines and beautiful shapes plunge down into geometric infinity and leave my design brain weak at the knees. I try to contribute to the hashtag when I can, but sadly as the name suggests, beautiful spiral staircases can be few and far between these days (damn you elevators for demoting stairs to only a safety feature!). Today though, I thought I'd round up a few of my favourite contributions to the hashtag for you to feast your lovely eyes on. I'm incredibly envious of all of these gorgeous examples!

50 Things I Want To Do When I Move To London

50 Things I Want To Do When I Move To London

A couple of weeks ago, I shared 5 things that I'm going to miss about my home city of Manchester when I make the move to London in September. While it will be strange and quite sad to leave everything I have ever known behind, I didn't want to leave it on quite such a negative note, especially since I am so excited to be going to discover a whole new city. In order to lighten the tone a bit, I've put together a list of 50 things I'm excited to do when I'm living in the big city for the next 3 years. I've been to London a fair few times in the past and so I've already done a lot of the 'touristy' things, however some of them are repeated below if it's something I fancy doing again sometime, while I have left others off completely in favour of new experiences.

Manchester Jazz Festival 2015: The Launch Party

A few months ago, I wrote a post about the fact that my painting was going to be used across the marketing campaign for this years Manchester Jazz Festival, and their 20th anniversary celebrations. On Friday 31st July I was invited down to the VIP launch party that kicked off the 9 day event in Albert Square, Manchester. It was a really great night and I was introduced to a lot of the lovely people that made it all happen and brought this campaign to life over the past few weeks and months.