Blogmas 2018 Day Eight: 10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Ahhh the Christmas stocking. What a magical but complex creature.

Stockings are one of my favourite Christmas traditions. My parents have made a stocking for me every Christmas for my entire life and I try to take part in the tradition now as well. While stockings are super exciting, they can also be quite tricky to shop for. Sometimes you just don’t know what sort of thing you should pop in there. But thankfully, after years of stocking experience, I’ve got a few ideas tucked away that might just help you start - or continue - your own stocking tradition this year!

BODY LOTION

Honestly, who doesn’t love a deliciously scented body lotion?! Personally, I carry body lotion with me everywhere to use on my hands when I’m out and about. Throughout the winter, especially if you live in a bitterly cold place like I do, body lotion is an essential. Why not give your friend or family member a body lotion with a lovely festive scent?

Twisted Peppermint // Champagne Toast

BATH BOMBS

You can really never go wrong with a Christmas bath bomb from Lush, in my opinion. I think that one of the great excitements of the season is Lush releasing their Christmas line. If you’re looking for a small gift for someone who loves baths & being cozy, a bath bomb is totally the way to go.

Cheery Christmas // Santa Bomb Bomb

CHRISTMAS SOCKS

Christmas socks might just be the cutest tacky thing ever!!! If you know anything about me, you’ll know I’m very much for the whole tacky Christmas thing and printed socks are p e r f e c t. Once I’ve got my Christmas socks on, it’s ~festive time~. Share the Christmas love with your friends!!

Christmas Socks

MAKEUP SETS

Makeup sets are the perfect stocking stuffer idea as they give you the most bang for your buck. Personally, I think that e.l.f. does the best makeup sets, especially if you’re someone on a strict budget for Christmas shopping (like myself). You can find a lot of really cool gifts sets on their website for $10 or under that make the perfect addition to any stocking!

Matte Lip Colour Set / Eyeshadow Duo Set

ORNAMENT

A really nice gift to put in a stocking is an ornament. I think it’s great because you can get a small ornament that’ll fit perfectly into the stocking and then on Christmas morning, the person receiving it can put it right on the tree! I’ve received ornaments a few times over past Christmases and I think they’re a lovely present to open.

Book Ornament / Mini Mug Ornament

DECALS

I’ve come to really love decals since I got my first car earlier this year. I think they’re the perfect way to personalize anything, from your car to your phone or your laptop. There are so many options out there, with decals of any sort of tv show, film or band that you could think of! And on the bonus side, they come quite cheap so you won’t be breaking the bank by buying one for a stocking. A lot of people make them and sell them online so it’s really easy and accessible to buy them!

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CANDLES

Candles are the best. Hands down. I absolutely love them and I’m sure loads of other people do as well (judging how busy Bath & Body Works is on a regular basis).

SWEETS

I’m sure everyone can agree that a little sweet treat in their stocking is a lovely surprise! If the person that you’re shopping for has a favourite candy or chocolate, then go ahead and buy them a piece, and put it in their stocking. It’ll be a great gift to open up and snack on come Christmas morning! For me, my favourite candies are always the Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark and Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Yummm..

GIFT CARDS

Why are people so against gifting or receiving gift cards these days? While I think there is certainly a group of people who just purchase generic gift cards so they don’t have to think of a gift idea (that’s tacky), I think that gift cards on the whole are a great gift! If you know your friend or family member loves to shop at a particular store, pop a gift card into their stocking so they can go on a mini-shopping spree! Unless they’re vehemently against gift cards, I feel this is a great way to go!

Do you have any stocking stuffer ideas?

Felicia x

To view a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Blogmas 2018 Day Three: My Favourite Christmas Films

Hello darlings! Welcome back.

Today is quite possibly one of my favourite posts of Blogmas and that is my favourite Christmas films. Films are a huge component to the holiday season for me. In fact, I see films as a huge component of my life in general. To me, there’s nothing better than cozying up underneath a thick fluffy blanket, with a steaming cup of hot cocoa, all ready to watch a holiday film. My holiday film collection grows more and more each year and it’s very lovely. So today, I thought I’d share with you guys all my favourite holiday films, in case you guys are looking for a new addition to your next holiday film marathon!

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~ LOVE ACTUALLY ~

I’m sure you all expected this one to come up on my list! Love Actually combines two of my favourite things: British rom-coms and holiday films. This ensemble cast film follows the lives of several Londoners as they encounter romance during the holiday season, all leading up to the Big Moment of Christmas eve. It also boasts quite possibly the greatest cast ever, featuring a bunch of Richard Curtis film regulars like Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, along with some other fab actors like the wonderful, late Alan Rickman. This is just a really feel-good, funny film that really shines a light on the importance of family and love.

~ THE HOLIDAY ~

The Holiday is a newer favourite film of mine, as I just saw it for the first time last year or maybe the year before. It follows two women from opposite sides of the world who both decide they need a break from their lives, so they decide to swap houses for a few weeks over the Christmas holiday. While on their respective holidays, they both encounter people who get them to look at their own lives with a different perspective. It’s such a lovely, cheery film that just makes my insides super warm and fuzzy!! Kate Winslet is in this one, which automatically gives it bonus points in my books. Like Love Actually, this is a rom-com which is very much up my alley.

~ MIRACLE ON 34th STREET ~

Let me start off by saying that the Miracle on 34th Street that I hold near and dear to my heart is the 1994 version. Which I know is extremely controversial to some who say that the one and only version is the original 1947 film. But hear me out! I grew up on the 1994 film, as it came out just four years before I was born, so it was still fairly new. I’ve always loved the film, regardless of what people have said. I think the message of the film is still extremely important. And Dylan McDermott will always have a hold on my heart, no matter what. I think this is probably one of my top holiday films. It’s definitely one I have to see every holiday season, without exception. I also love how they incorporate elements of 1940s fashion to pay homage to the original film. So so cute.

~ ELF ~

Let’s not kid ourselves here. Who DOESN’T love Elf?!? This is perhaps the funniest, happy-go-lucky Christmas film out there. Will Ferrell plays the role of Buddy the Elf so perfectly, making it so hard to finish the film without a smile on your face. The emphasis on the importance of Christmas spirit is so important. I think that this film also teaches us a valuable lesson about putting aside the stresses of work or life in general during the holiday season and just focusing on our families and loved ones. Life will always be demanding and stressful. But you have to find a healthy balance between the fun and the stress of life! And what better way to have fun than to sing some Christmas carols at the top of our lungs?! Like Buddy says, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!!”

~ WHITE CHRISTMAS ~

White Christmas holds a very special place in my heart and has for a while now. My mum has always loved this film, and she shared the love with me a few years ago. White Christmas is all about two American WWII soldiers who formed a performing act after the war. After receiving a letter from a former comrade-in-arms, they go see a sister duo perform in Florida. The foursome then embarks on a journey to Vermont where they spend the next few weeks planning an extravagant Christmas musical in honour of their former commanding officer. This is the only musical film on my Christmas favourites list and as you all should know by now, musicals are my favourite. ALWAYS. I think that it’s a really lovely film with a good meaning and some fabulous musical numbers.

~ THE SANTA CLAUSE ~

We can’t be friends if you don’t love the film The Santa Clause *shrugs*… Okay, maybe that’s a teensy bit overdramatic. No, but honestly, I think Santa Clause has been on my Christmas favourites list the longest out of all these films (except for maybe How The Grinch Stole Christmas). The whole concept of some random guy becoming Santa Claus just by being in the right place (or wrong place, depending on how you see it) at the right time is just so amusing to me. I love everyone and everything that makes up this film. Tim Allen really does a great job as the grumpy Scott Calvin who eventually learns to find the Christmas spirit in his heart and in his life. And let’s not forget to mention that Bernard totally steals the show.

~ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS ~

Ahhh the Grinch. This is a classic holiday film, in my opinion. I’ve loved this ever since I was a child, back when the jokes that Jim Carrey makes went straight over my lil head. But now as an adult, understanding the jokes in the film just makes it that much funnier. I love watching this film so so much. I truly think it’s the best adaptation and there’s never a time where I’m not up to watching it. Jim Carrey is phenomenal in this film and his improvisation of Ron Howard is possibly one of my favourite film scenes of all-time. And honestly, aren’t we all a bit like the Grinch sometimes? I know I am for sure haha. And of course, every time I see this film, I have the song Where Are You Christmas stuck in my head for days. (It’s still stuck in my head from last year tbh).

What’s your favourite Christmas film?

Felicia x

To see a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Travel Diary: Disney World August 2018

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Hello, everyone! Been awhile, huh? Sorry to have disappeared. If you've been following my Instagram stories, you probably saw that I mentioned I'd be taking a bit of a hiatus from the blog as I was on a week-long staycation at Walt Disney World. Crazy stuff, right!!

When I used to visit Walt Disney World as a kid, my family would always stay on-property. But when we bought our vacation home back in 2012, we didn't really have the need for staying in a resort anymore - that's what our vacation home was for, after all! But last year, all of that changed when my parents surprised me with a 2-night stay at Port Orleans French Quarter with my boyfriend as an early birthday gift. Needless to say, I caught the bug and we found ourselves back on-property this year! Today I thought I'd give you guys a bit of a run-down on what we got up to on our Disney trip this year...

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THE RESORT

We stayed, once again, at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort. I've stayed at the French Quarter four times now and will keep coming back without a doubt. I absolutely love it. It's my favourite moderate-level resort by far. I love how small it is, how no matter where your room is located the lobby & restaurant are only a few steps away. The style of the resort is also amazing - the historic French Quarter style with cobblestone walkways, Mardi Gras decorations, and beautiful bursting colours is so pretty. And they even have horse-drawn carriages! How cute is that?! 

We stayed in two different rooms during our stay, because we extended our trip after we arrived and our first room wasn't available the entire length of our trip. But we were lucky enough to have both rooms in the 6th building, with a view of the man-made Sassagoula River. Although the rooms don't have balconies, the sights from the windows were GORGEOUS. I'd totally recommend trying to get a riverview room on your stay. It's not guaranteed you'll get one, but hey, it doesn't hurt to ask!

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grand floridian

eggs benedict at grand floridian cafe

eggs benedict at grand floridian cafe

THE FOOD

Because we were staying on-property, we took advantage of the restaurants that are available within Walt Disney World - safe to say we were by no means restricted! There are dozens (maybe hundreds?) of restaurants of all types around the World for you to try. We ate a few times at the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, which is the quick-service on French Quarter property. I actually really enjoyed it! They had quite a different menu than typical quick-services because some of it was Cajun inspired and it was delicious (try the beignets!! you won't regret it).

We also tried out for the first time the Mobile Ordering at D-Luxe Burger in Disney Springs. It was super efficient and so easy to use! All we had to do was place our order on the app beforehand, click a button to let them know we'd arrived, and grab a buzzer at the restaurant to place on our table. We took a seat on the back patio, listened to some live music while we waited, and within minutes, someone was bringing our food over! Sure beats waiting in the massive line to order and wait for food to be made. I'll definitely be using that feature again and I highly recommend trying it! 

And, of course, no trip to Disney would be complete without brunch at the Grand Floridian Cafe! If you know anything about me, you know how much I adore the Grand Floridian resort. I've decided I won't stay there until my wedding (dramatic af, I know) so I've got to get my fix somehow. And that's by having the delicious brunch at the Cafe. I always order the traditional eggs benedict and it's wonderful! 

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disney springs

MEMORIES

This trip was extremely special for me as we were there to celebrate my twentieth birthday! We spent the evening of my bday at the Magic Kingdom, where we did the Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party. I did the Party last year for the first time with my bf and it was such an incredible experience that we decided to do it again for my bday. The Dessert Party is so much fun - there are a ton of sweets and goodies to try and best of all, you get prime viewing for the fireworks. We had a space of the hub grass to ourselves to just sit down, spread out, and relax while we waited for the fireworks - and even got to stay seated during the show. I'm spoiled forever and now standing during the show like a sardine in the crowds will never be the same!

Birthday outfit -- Top:  GREYLITTLEARROWS on ETSY ; SKIRT:  similiar - forever 21 ; EARS:  SHOPDISNEY

Birthday outfit -- Top: GREYLITTLEARROWS on ETSY; SKIRT: similiar - forever 21; EARS: SHOPDISNEY

Easily one of my favourite moments of the trip, however, was my date night with my boyfriend. The two of us went over to Epcot, as we had a dinner reservation at Les Chefs de France. If you've ever been to Epcot, you've probably walked right past this place. It's that beautiful brasserie at the edge of the France pavilion, with the expansive windows and glistening rooftop. We both ordered the boeuf bourguignon and it was TO DIE FOR!! I've tried this dish before at the International Food and Wine Festival but it was even better in the restaurant. We had a delicious meal with an incredible server (shoutout to Kevin!) and then ended our perfectly romantic evening off with a stroll around the park beneath the sunset! 

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yummmm

boeuf bourguignon at les chefs de france

boeuf bourguignon at les chefs de france

Sunset over world showcase

Sunset over world showcase

On our first trip to Port Orleans as a couple last year, my bf and I decided to do a little resort hopping to see what the other resorts had to offer. When else will you get the chance to do it? This time, we brought along my parents to join us! We checked out Port Orleans Riverside and my personal fav, Old Key West. Riverside was so so beautiful and I thought it was quite cool how they had two different areas (my bf loved the Alligator Bayou area) but honestly it was too big for me and I can't see myself choosing it over my one true love, French Quarter! Old Key West, on the other hand, is a dream stay of mine. I def want to stay there someday (next summer perhaps?) and think it's just the greatest. I've always had a soft spot for Key West, FL and I think this resort really nails it. 

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port orleans riverside

Old Key West

Old Key West

And just like that, I'm back to regular life! I can't believe how quickly a week in the parks went by... What will I do without my Must-Do Disney with Stacey?! The post-Disney depression is settling in. But luckily, now I get to look forward to next year's trip! Is a year in advance too early for starting to plan a Disney trip?? Asking for a friend...

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port orleans french quarter

Talk to you all very soon! x

Felicia 

#THROWBACK: My First Disney Trip

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Hello my loves! Today I just realized, out of the blue, that I have been visiting Disney World now for fourteen whole years. Where has the time gone!? I cannot believe that Disney has been a part of my life for so long now. Over the years, it has not only become one of my favourite places in the world, but my second home. So I thought I'd share with you all some of my favourite photos and memories from my very first trip!

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My first ever trip was in 2004. Not long before we'd left, I'd actually had surgery to clip a piece of my upper gum that was attached to the inside of my lip. And the day before I left was my sixth birthday. Soooo this trip was a v big deal to me.

On our first trip, we stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, which is right next to - you guessed it - the Animal Kingdom park and has an amazing view of animals walking around just outside your hotel room! We also stayed there in 2006. We later stayed at Coronado Springs in 2008, and Port Orleans French Quarter in 2009, 2011, and more recently in 2017.

These pictures are some of my absolute faves from my trip. Unfortunately, as I was so young, I only remember certain things that happened on the trip. One of the things I remember so clearly though was when the picture of Belle and I was taken - they had cancelled a show at the castle so they brought the princesses out for photos. Belle has always been my favourite princess and I was SOOO flippin' excited to meet her. I seriously cannot wait to be able to watch my own kids meet their favourite characters and to see them be as excited as I once was!!

So many things have changed since 2004 - it's so weird to look back on all these pictures and see not only myself as a kid, but also a ton of attractions that are no longer at the parks! A lot of my beloved rides and shows have gone onto the great beyond and they'll be greatly missed by me and probs many others forever. #rip y'all

Have any of you guys been to Disney World? I'd love to hear about your first trip! 

Felicia x

Things I Love About Christmas

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If you hadn't already guessed it, I am one of those people who goes into full-on Christmas mode as soon as the clock strikes 12am on November 1st. I love Christmas. My excitement starts early as in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, and so our next holiday after Halloween is Christmas. This is genuinely, 100% my favourite holiday and I find there is so much to love about Christmas. In the interest of pumping myself up even more for the season, and getting all other Christmas-lovers excited, here are seven things that I love about the Christmas holidays.

The Return of the Red Lip

During September/October, I tend to put my red-lip obsession on the back burner and focus more on autumn lip colours: berries, burgundies, etc. But with Christmas around the corner, that means I can bring back out my reds and rock the classic look I love so much.

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Decorating

I think my favourite time of the weeks leading up to Christmas is the decorating. My mum and I are restricted to putting up our tree at the very end of November by my dad, so we spend all of November (and admittedly, October) buying decorations and planning out how we envision our decorations in our home for the holidays. We've got a closet under the stairs full of boxes of decorations, and a Pinterest board full of ideas - we're ready to go!!

Baking

I recently tried my hand at baking my favourite autumn dessert, apple crumble, and discovered an interest in it that I didn't know I had. This year, I'm very excited to bake Christmas treats with my mum for our family, friends, and our party in December. Some of my fave Christmas treats are gingerbread cookies and chocolate fudge... yummm..... I'm getting hungry now!

Buying and Wrapping Gifts

As stressful as I find buying gifts for my loved ones (and trust me, I do find it very stressful), I love it. There's something so amazing about finding the perfect gift for a family member or your boyfriend. I love buying gifts for everyone and once I've got everything bought, I go into crazy wrapping mode - it's serious business for me! And then, it's total agony waiting because all I wanna do is give the gifts out to everyone! Haha

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The Toronto Christmas Market

Last year, I visited the Toronto Christmas Market for the very first time and I fell completely in love with it (despite my toes being frozen afterwards). For those who have never been to or heard of the market, it is held in Toronto's Distillery District which is a pedestrian-only area where an old whiskey distillery once sat in the 19th century. The whole area gets decorated for Christmas, they put on shows, and they have a massive Christmas tree at the entrance. It's so fun to walk around and take photos of everything. I cannot wait to go again this year.

Christmas Music

I can't tell you how much I love Christmas music. As soon as November 1st, I'm playing Christmas tunes in the car, while I'm doing my makeup in the morning, basically any chance I get. I even have Michael Buble's Christmas album on vinyl - which by the way is amazingggg. I love to sing-along to the classics and the newer versions by some of my favourite artists.

Holiday Films

Some of my most favourite movies are Christmas themed. Love Actually, White Christmas, Elf... to name a few. My mum and I love to watch these films in November and December every year (sometimes in July, too, but shh that's a secret). We can practically quote the entire Love Actually film. I mean, who doesn't love watching Hugh Grant and Colin Firth???

What gets you excited for Christmas?

Felicia x

My Favourite Things: Paris, France

"I simply remember my favourite things, and then I don't feel so bad..." 

Welcome to the very first post of my new blog series, My Favourite Things! I always find that when things get tough, or you're generally feeling a bit down, it can be so helpful to reflect on some of the more positive things in your life. It can really put things into perspective. So, my aim with this series is to share with all of you some of my absolute favourite things to hopefully inject a little bit of positivity in your day!

Paris, France

The minute that I stepped off the train at the Gare du Nord station, I fell in love with Paris. It had always been my dream to visit France and the short 3-day trip to Paris gave me a taste of something I definitely want to see more of. Without further ado, here are my most favourite things about Paris...

The Eiffel Tower

Bienvenue à la Tour Eiffel, mon amis! (There are my eight years of learning French hard at work haha). I know, I know. This is a terribly typical way to start off a post about Paris, but I mean it when I say that the Eiffel Tower stole my heart. If you've ever visited Paris then you'll know that you can see this tower from most anywhere in the heart of the city. Keep that in mind when I say that every time I saw the tower, I took about a dozen photos. It's safe to say that choosing just two photos for this post was a challenge. Oh, and please enjoy this picture of a very little sixteen-year-old me haha.

The Eiffel Tower will always hold a special place in my heart because it's one of the obstacles I've overcome. I was so overwhelmed at the idea of going up the tower, due to my fear of heights, and the night before I outright refused to do it. My parents wouldn't let me waste the opportunity and forced me to go, which I am so glad they did because it was such an experience. The view was unbelievable! It was extremely nerve-wracking but it's something I'll always remember. I even made it all the way to the Summit, which is the highest peak you can visit. I was so proud of myself for making it and I got amazing pictures.

Versailles

Oh my god, I have so much to say about Versailles but I'll try my best to condense it all. I am a huge history buff, but I hadn't heard about the French Revolution or the Palace of Versailles until this trip to France. Now, because of visiting the palace, it's my favourite era of European history. The palace is absolutely gorgeous in person, not even a million photos could do it justice.

My family took the Fat Tire Bike Tour which took us first into town, where we bought baguettes and fromage, and then through the palace grounds to a lovely spot of grass along the Grand Canal where we had our delicious French food. The tour included a full self-guided walk through of the palace itself which was incredible. I am so glad that we did this tour, I would do it again without hesitation.

Pont des Arts

This is a bit of a sappy portion of the post but bear with me. For those who don't know, Pont Des Arts is a bridge in Paris that crosses over the River Seine, leading into the main square of the Louvre. The Pont Des Arts is famed, as it was once known as the Lovelock Bridge, which you may be familiar with. Visitors would write theirs and their loved one's initials on a lock, then throw away the key. Of course, being sixteen and in love, I was dying to do this. I put my lock on the bridge, got rid of one of the keys (there were two - I kept one) and then went on my way. Unfortunately, in 2015 it would appear that the area of the bridge in which I placed my lock collapsed, which was pretty devastating at the time. I still have the key though and I keep it in a memory box, so I will always remember the sentiment of the Lovelock Bridge in a less destruction-of-property kind of way. :)

Nighttime in the City

In my eyes, there isn't much better than a sunset. But a sunset over Paris? Wow. I was only in Paris for a few days but every evening when the sun came down, the city came to life. They don't call it the City of Light for nothing! It was so wonderful to walk around the city at night, especially with all the people sitting outside of bistros and restaurants at tables, sipping wine and eating amazing food. Speaking of food, French food? To die for. My diet consisted of baguettes, crepes and croissants - mostly baguettes. Seriously, I'm still dreaming of the food.

There are a hundred other things about Paris that I could list here, but then you'd be stuck with the lengthiest post known to man and no one needs that! I hope you've enjoyed reading about one of my favourite cities in the world and I hope that it brightened your day in some way. I can't wait to share more of my favourite things with all of you!

Felicia x

NYC: On-foot sightseeing, The Met + Broadway Musical

Welcome to the very last post of my New York City series, I hope you've enjoyed your stay!! For days 1 through 3, follow the links here, here, and here.

The last day we spent in New York City happened to be our most eventful, in terms of how much we covered in just one day. We wanted to get everything on our to-do list accomplished before we left, so once we were out the door, there was no stopping! The first thing we did was head to Times Square, where we waited at the TKTS booth to buy tickets to see Chicago, my all-time favourite Broadway musical. While my parents waited in line, my boyfriend and I sat on a concrete bench a few feet away and took a bunch of pictures, including the landscape of Times Square below. We were so incredibly lucky, as we ended up getting four tickets discounted at 50%, in the ninth row from the stage for the show at 8pm that night!

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After we had our tickets, we immediately set off on a long journey to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To put it into perspective, the TKTS booth sits at 47th street and the Metropolitan Museum of Art sits between 80th and 84th streets. We had a lot of walking ahead of us. Fortunately, what we walked through happened to be my favourite area of NYC: the Upper East Side. We walked along the sidewalk for awhile on Fifth Avenue, and just took in the architecture I love so much. It also happened to be a beautiful day outside, which made the experience that much more enjoyable.

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For awhile, we dipped into the edge of Central Park, and I got some photos that I have been repeatedly looking back at since arriving home. It was such an amazing day to take a walk in Manhattan, and I wish I could go back to it now that I'm stuck in the rain at home haha!

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Almost immediately after finding ourselves back on Fifth Avenue, we came across the most wonderful sight that I have ever laid my eyes upon: a gigantic Strand kiosk. This book-filled kiosk covered both sides of the sidewalk, taking up quite some space with two sheltered step-in areas and a long foldable table. It was filled with books - old copies, rare editions, classics, fiction, contemporary, everything you could think of - and bookish items like bookmarks and little knickknacks. I was in book heaven! I went on a mad hunt for Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale - instead of diving into the new series, I am opting to read the novel first like a good English major - but was disappointed to find that the new shipment that came in that day had already disappeared. Instead, I picked up The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, as well as a cute button for my denim jacket.

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Finally, a long while afterwards, we came across the Metropolitan Museum of Art, alternatively known as the Met. The Met is a massive museum, consisting of a bit of everything, but primarily historical artwork and artifacts. Coincidentally enough, we visited the Met the day after the Met Gala occurred this year. Due to this, there was still some remnants of the cover over the stairs left behind, which obstructed the photos of the steps that I had dreamed of taking. Nonetheless, the Met is a beauty, inside and out. The architecture of the building is beyond comparison. As you can tell from the photos below, I was a huge fan of the interior, haha.

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After taking our time to view as much as we could of the museum's collections (which was seriously a task, considering it is two floors and almost 1/4-mile long), we headed back out to the streets to make our way back to the hotel to freshen up for Chicago. The walk was arguably worse on the way back, considering we had already walked it once, we were walking further (our hotel was further South than Times Square), and we had just walked the entirety of the Met. However, we made it back in one piece and rushed to get ready to go back out.

We had dinner at Chick-Fil-A, partially because it was easy, quick, and located just a five minute walk from our hotel, but also because it is my favourite fast-food restaurant and I did some begging. After a rushed meal, we walked up to Broadway to the Ambassador Theatre and there we saw the spectactular show that is Chicago. I've seen it once before, however it was so long ago that I couldn't remember a specific moment of the show, but I can now say with full certainty that it remains my favourite musical. I have always loved the film adaptation, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, and although the Broadway original is far different from the movie, it is absolutely incredible. If you find yourself in New York City, searching for a well-done musical on Broadway to see, I highly recommend you see Chicago. And with a cost of $70-something for ninth row seats, it was completely worth it.

Unfortunately, that marks the end of our trip. The next morning, we got up early, headed down to our breakfast place one last time, and then embarked on a seven-hour drive back to Canada (commencing in New York City rush hour, yippee) where I stayed at my boyfriend's house, as I didn't have a home to return to in my hometown!

Have any of you visited New York City? What's your favourite sight to see or thing to do in the Big Apple?