In January I flew out to New York City for a few days with my younger sister, Leila. This was my fourth time visiting NYC, so it wasn’t your average sight-seeing, tourist-y, shop-til-you-drop type trip that you’d normally think of for someone going on holiday to the Big Apple.
I’m getting married there in 2018 and since the £ isn’t doing very well and it was January, the flights were pretty darn cheap so we thought why not take a trip out there to narrow down my venue search (and visit a few green beauty places of course…).
Whilst the majority of my trip was spent looking at restaurants to host our post-wedding ceremony dinner, we did manage to visit a couple of green beauty stores. The first was Credo Beauty which has an amazing range of natural & organic skincare, make-up, haircare and perfumes. I did a little bit of shopping and picked up the brow gel from Eco Brow in Penelope which I’ve been loving so far, and I stocked up on Indie Lee’s C0-Q10 Toner which is a lovely, refreshing product that’s perfect for using in the mornings to wake you up!
The Follain store is a few blocks away but unfortunately we were so tired from walking all morning in the snow, that we couldn’t bare to walk any further and headed back to our hotel. I will definitely try and make the trip next time though, along with CAP Beauty which is on West 10th Street. Follain stock over 60 brands that are all made in the USA so if you’re visiting from abroad, it’s definitely a place to pop by if you want to try brands that aren’t as easily available in other countries.
There’s also Yarok who have a Beauty Kitchen where they do hair masks, scalp treatments, cuts, colours & up-dos using their amazing natural range of products…I think a pre-wedding treatment will be on the cards!
There’s a new Wholefoods in Bryant Park which we stopped by and they had a good range of natural skincare, bodycare and make-up on the slightly more affordable side than most green beauty stores, but there was still a good range of brands from Acure to W3ll People and Trilogy.
If you’re looking to visit New York & want to see some “green” spots I’d recommend Central Park for starters. In the Spring & Summer it’s a lovely place to enjoy a picnic or simply have a nice walk around. There’s the boating lake near the Bethesda fountain and the Conservatory Gardens are beautiful to look round.
The High Line is also worth a visit. It is a 1.45 mile long linear park, built on an elevated section of a disused NYC Railroad called the West Side Line. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.
1 Hotel Central Park is an amazing building with living green walls outside, and is decked out inside with recycled, reclaimed swoods and materials to create the most amazing natural spaces in such a fast-paced city that is New York. This is definitely a hotel I’m considering staying at when we go back for the wedding!
We’ve now booked the restaurant for our private lunch after the ceremony which is so, so exciting! We’ve also booked the florist and the photographer…next stop, wedding dress shopping!