6 Months in NYC & Many more…

Today marks my 6th Month in New York City!! I can’t believe how the time has flown and how much I’ve experienced, in what feels to me a short period of time…

I have learned so much from this amazing city and even with all the nice images you see, behind that was a lot of ups and downs and worry if I would even last here… it certainly thought me that not everything comes easy and there is a hundred other people who want the same job, apartment, etc but you have to work hard! I would have never thought that I would have experienced what I have so far in this city… Literally anything can happen here!!

From meeting people here who knows a mutual friend at home to meeting random celebrities (Dr.Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds- I’m obsessed!) (Which can be seen over on my Instagram)

… If your given an opportunity, take it! You just never know where it could lead you or what connections could be made…

Even if this city makes you broke, because it certainly does, there’s always something, from an iced coffee to bottomless brunch;) I still never regret it

… I honestly was never a coffee person before coming here and now I know why everyone drinks it, it’s really a necessity!

…I’ve experienced all four seasons in my last 6months, from feet of snow (which I am certainly not used to), to rain, to sweaty humid heat in the summer:) 


I never knew what I would think about living here when I was planning it all those months ago but I really wouldn’t change a thing, it’s my NYC Adventure*

K x

Is black the only colour?

The weather is finally picking up here in NYC and it’s getting hotttt so that means much more sunscreen (people always seem so worried when they see my pale Irish skin out in the sun here), I have such funny skin that I might tan sometimes or just burn! I’ll never know why haha!

For such a fashion-forward city, I am still surprised by how much black seems to be still the favourite colour here but with the summer finally here I’m starting to see more colours around… I could ‘people watch’ all day long just looking and admiring people’s outfits.

If you love black or monochrome but don’t want to wear your same work pants or jeans, I’ve recently fallen in love with plisse pants, they are just so comfortable and loose fitting is great too for the warmer weather. Also, you can dress them up for work or like I did on my Sunday to Brooklyn Bridge with my Cons:)

                                                 I got mine in Topshop but I also found other ones I liked from Urban Outfitters,  Missguided and Polyvore.

My First NYFW

I’ve been absent from a while, with so much going on here, between having family over to visit and finally landing myself a really good job!! The time just flies by here without even realising it!

But if you want to hear, I am finally going to discuss my time at New York Fashion Week (I know it’s been months ago now and I do apologise*)Arriving to New York, I had big ambitions and high hopes for how easy it would be to get a job here… but no one tells you of how hard it is and how many times you will be told ‘Sorry, No’ or maybe not even any reply… but what I’ve learned is that ‘No’ doesn’t mean No to everything, it just means no that that particular job/position just wasn’t for me and that was the only thing that got me through it all.

It’s all about making connections here, so after joining every social media and job site and numerous hours of applying, researching and emailing as many people who ‘might know someone… who knows someone’ …I knew a lot of internships (especially during fashion week) are unpaid but my experience was worth it all!

I had finally landed an internship with Marchesa!! Honestly one of my dream dream designers! I  remember how my Mom and me had always been so amazed by how beautiful the dresses were and what imaginary occasion we would wear one of those dresses if we ever got a chance… We had just seen the finished gowns on celebrities on tv or in magazines so I was in total admiration of getting to see up close the details and dedication going into each design. I was lucky enough to be involved with helping backstage and not just going out to get supplies that we would need for the week & coffee, which was quiet stressful during times because the fact that I’m not from New York so trying to still figure out the subway and not get totally lost (was a task in itself.)  I think this is when I began to drink Iced-Coffee over here and would have it maybe once or twice every day here now and now I understand why there is such a love for coffee here! 

Getting to witness so many interesting parts of the preparation for a new collection and fashion week show, I was able to see the drawings of what the dresses were to look like to the finishing dresses and getting to see many models walk through the door for castings. When the night arrived for the collection to be revealed, there was so much excitement and it was so amazing to see how organized everything was and how all the work came down to this night, which only lasted around 10minutes for the show and it was all over again. ​​​

It was certainly one of the most stressful, yet satisfying experiences I have ever experienced but had really pushed me more to be in this city!(I loved this pic!! #interiorgoals)

Hope you enjoyed the details of my first NYFW & some other pics from The OliviaPalermoXBananaRepublic event.

Kel x

Happy St. Patricks Day!

🍀🍀Happy St.Patricks Day🍀🍀

This is my first time not being at home and I could wish more than anything that I could be, celebrating with my friends & family… but it’s even more a reason to show how proud I am to be Irish in New York! I am honestly so proud of my nationality everyday, but even more so today on Irelands own St.Patricks day, especially as I am in a different city, a different country, hundreds of miles away from my home in Ireland. 

It always lifts up my heart that our little nation is known across the world for our good spirit, kindness and for clearly being the best fun of all countries… I’m not being biased I swear;) haha

Since moving over to New York, (after being here Three whole months!!) There have been a few things that I’ve noticed which pretty much summerise what it’s like to be Irish abroad…

  • Not caring that much for ‘Taytos’ or ‘Barry’s Tea’ when it was back home in Ireland but now the sight of them over here or in a care package, literally makes us all smile.
  • Missing the fresh air and green green fields, it’s a big difference to the ‘Concrete Jungle’ 
  • Explaining that, No the weather is not this cold (winter in NYC) in Ireland so I’m not used to this snow & cold.
  • For St.Patricks day, it’s shortened to ‘Paddys Day’, NOT, ‘Pattys Day’ and one of our traditional dishes is ‘bacon & cabbage’, NOT, ‘corned beef & cabbage’.
  • Explaining the cultural significance of a good ‘fry-up’ (Irish breakfast) and arguing about the skill of hurling & how it’s really not like any other sport.
  • Hearing an Irish accent in the streets of New York, gets me a little excited inside… missing how you could say hi to a complete stranger in passing because it’s just the norm in Ireland.

Hope everyone has a great day!

‘Sona lá st Pádraig’

Kel x

    ‘Storm Stella’ in NYC

     Happy Weekend!! (nearly) I honestly thought I would be snowed in by now, after all the talk we had here about the snow ‘blizzard’ that was on its way to New York and all the hype about it, I thought the whole thing was a little over-dramatic if I’m honest! It was meant to be one of the worst storms that the city has ever experienced in years and everyone was told to stay indoors and the shops were crazy busy… it was like everyone was going into hibernation!! 

    You may have seen on my Instagram (aztecdesires)




    After it all, it was not half as bad as expected but at least it turned the city into a beautiful winter wonderland… So I just had to get to Central Park to see it all… before it had now started to turn into dirty slushy snow around the city!

    Hope you’re all getting as excited for St.Patricks day coming up as I am;)

    Kel x

    My Top Free things to do & see in NYC

    As it’s the weekend and Sundays is usually my day here for exploring around New York City… I have decided to share some of my favourite things to do & see here, wether you’ve just moved here or your travelling here for a holiday… 

    New York is such a great city, but expensive, so saving as much money as possible is always great, especially when it can be put more towards coffee & brunch;)After being here nearly two and a half months (which feels like a few weeks), I have already seen so much, so hopefully this list might be of interest to some people*…

    1.) Brooklyn Bridge – This was one of the first attractions that I went to after arriving in New York. The views that can be seen from Brooklyn Bridge (especially on a sunny day) are something else. It does get very busy at the weekends  so sometimes can be slower on the walk back over the bridge but it’s worth taking your time to take in the views, it’s such a lovely walk.

    2.) Dumbo – (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) If going to the Brooklyn Bridge, Dumbo is on the Brooklyn side of the bridge and if have time, it’s worth the visit on the same day… I’ve only just got to visit Dumbo last weekend but I loved it straight away! It’s such a nice peaceful area, away from the busy city and right by the waterfront.

    3.) The Highline – Created from a disused rail line and now turned into a beautiful walk-way in Manhattan, which also goes through the Meatpacking District… it’s a lovely spot for having a picnic on a nice day and seeing amazing views of the city.

    4.) Central Park – Since I’ve been in New York, I’ve already got to see Central Park in the sunshine and like a winter wonderland under a blanket of snow! It is so nice to get to any of the parks in the city, especially to just get to walk through and take in everything around you and even to see some grass and fresh air as it can’t be gotten that often in the city! There’s always food stands of some kind in the park and also three cafes/restaurants.

    5.) Grand Central – I got to see it first, around Christmas time when all the decorations were still up, but even without them, it’s such a beautiful building. It’s not a bad looking station to arrive to off a train and it’s a good place to visit, perhaps, if it’s too cold to be outside to see any of the other attractions, grab a coffee and take in all the views from the steps inside the bustling Grand Central. 

    6.) The MET – (Metropolitan Museum) Not everyday might have nice weather for being outside so days like those are made for museums like the MET… Even outside the museum is picture worthy, and inside is one of the biggest museums of the city, with endless hours/days of different areas to be seen (I still haven’t seen it all), and there is no fee for entrance just a donation fee of whatever you would like to pay…  -This picture is from the Fashion Costume Centre part of the museum.

    7.) Getting Lost – No, I do not suggest to get lost! Haha (but it’s how I found out about more places around the city) , but by just wandering around New York, you get to see and stumble upon some of the best sites of the city, and I have honestly found people to be so helpful if you want to ask for directions or there’s also GoogleMaps;)

    Hope this may help some of you exploring the city… I know there is much more to add and after more time I will add more again… 

    I would love to hear of any other free things to do & see that you would suggest..?

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

    Kel x

    Concrete Jungle

    Two months here & I cannot believe how fast the time is going!! I am loving NYC… it is certainly a city that will test you in every way possible, with all the ups and downs and breakdowns on the subway:( (and I was never one to cry in public!) It is hard, I will admit that… there never is a day that I don’t miss my best friends at home, it certainly doesn’t get any easier… but at the same time I got to experience my very First NewYorkFashionWeek and I would never of got the chance to do that if I didn’t come here!* 

    I guess I can’t have it all…

    Today, before I filled up on the tastiest cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, with my friend (who is visiting from Ireland, it’s the longest time we’ve gone not seeing each other) I took a snap in front of the ‘Where’s Wally’ wall painting in Manhattan.

    You would have seen every piece of what I’m wearing on the blog before. (when I was last in Central Park) I have some different pieces that I love to wear together or mix & match as an outfit, so I may capture it more than once because of all the amazing backdrops in this city (I’m never one to just wear an outfit once) and that’s one of the best things about being in New York is getting to capture the amazing sights and scenes from around the city and also to show you what I get to see and experience in this city, as well as what I wear:)

    Hope your all having a great weekend,

    (If you want to keep up with me on my NYC adventures, be sure to follow me on Instagram & Facebook*)

    Kel x