I feel like I've been in NYC forever and like I only arrived yesterday all at the same time. The City has a way of doing that to you - simultaneously making you feel like a seasoned New Yorker as you power walk down whatever street you're on, only to turn into a tourist as you stop and stare at the Flat Iron Building for about the 500th time. I feel like I could write a novel about what I love about The City, and how we're trying to take advantage of our time here - but better just to show you...
... our beloved West Village - it's all about charming cafes, beautiful buildings, lazy mornings at home, quirky doorways, Washington Square Park, spectacular sunrises and the distinctive shape of water tanks on every rooftop. I loved watching the leaves change in the fall/autumn and seeing the vibrant pops of colour on the street as I wait for blossoms to burst into flower this spring.
oh... New York. Don't these photos make your heart beat a little faster? The Chrysler building is the prettiest sky scraper around, the Flat Iron the most interesting, the Brooklyn Bridge is a marvel of engineering and the Empire State is the most iconic of them all - I love looking out at it from my West Village window - in case I ever forget, it's a reminder that I'm living in the most incredible city in the world.
... it was a year of wonderful celebrations - my gorgeous sister got engaged, we went to a beautiful wedding in New York, a best friend's wedding in Melbourne, birthdays in high places (like at the top of the Hancock Tower in Chicago), Independence Day on our rooftop, our first Christmas in the city and balmy summer nights as an excuse for (more) champagne.
... and travel. We saw some amazing places in (and out of) the US. I never get tired of seeing Manhattan from the plane, I'd like to move to San Fran, we explored Costa Rica, spent time in Chicago, visted Niagara Falls, New Orlearns (and here), Toronto and went riding in California.
... and lastly - the beaches. We saw some spectacular ones in the Bahamas, Cali, Perth, Gold Coast, Montauk and Miami to name a few.
In a word - amazing. Thank you for sharing our fun times with us, here and on Instagram @hopeinhighheels. It's been wonderful sharing your lives all over the world too!
From New York, with (lots of) love xox