Can you believe that it was over 18 years ago that Sex and the City first came into our lives? It was so fun to live vicariously through Carrie Bradshaw and friends as they navigated their lives around New York City. If only we could all have such fabulous lives (and wardrobes)! Since the series has ended, we have been robbed of a few things. One of which is the fashion and style. Could anyone’s shoe collection be nicer than that of Ms. Bradshaw’s? The second thing is knowing all of the latest bars and restaurants to visit on a trip to NYC. The girl gang would be filming in some of the trendiest spots, which was major inspiration for New York travel. But if you’re planning a trip to New York City anytime soon, then it might be worth looking up some of these spots that are a little different from your typical tourist locations. Carrie Bradshaw would be proud.

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Cronut Bakery

In the series, Carrie made the Magnolia Bakery a popular tourist spot when she was seen buying her cupcakes from there. But let’s face it, cupcakes are a little ten years ago, right? The baked goods of choice have got to be cronuts, right now. The combination between a doughnut and a croissant is some flaky pastry perfection. So make sure you look up where to find some when you’re in New York. The Dominique Ansel Bakery in the SoHo area of the city is a stylish spot to get some of the goods. So you could add that to your list.

Beauty and Hair Salon

It wouldn’t be a trip to New York without getting a new hairdo or treating yourself to a beauty treatment. It could just be getting a manicure or a pedicure or even something quick and easy like getting your eyebrows threaded; treat yo’ self! One of the best areas to look for the best hair salon in NYC is in the SoHo district. You could also look on the Upper East Side for an ultra glamorous hair or beauty salon that every Gossip Girl would be interested in too.

Quirky Cafe

If you want to get a hot chocolate with actual gold leaf in, then look no further than New York. A cafe like Serendipity 3 could be a fun choice for a stop off for a light bite. Based not too far from the Upper East Side, the legendary dessert destination is a stone’s throw from Central Park. So a walk around the park afterward will be the perfect way to see it in style.

Shopping

It wouldn’t be a complete trip without being able to so some major shopping in the city. Starting in Midtown Manhattan will be a good place to start. Most famous is The Plaza Hotel site that was famously used in the series, both times involving Mr. Big. Then carry on down Fifth Avenue as you shop (or window shop) and take in all of the amazing shops and atmosphere.

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Like many newly engaged women, you’re probably floating on cloud 9 with a wonderful fiancé and an impressive engagement ring. First of all, congratulations. Don’t stop enjoying the moment, but take a few seconds to step back and think about your next actions. Getting engaged can get easily overwhelming – and you’ve got all the reasons in the world to be overwhelmed – and while you don’t have to plan the wedding right away, you should give some thoughts on what to do next. Indeed, the countdown to the wedding begins now – take it easy, this isn’t a wedding plan post – and your big journey to the rest of your life with the person you love the most has just begun. So make it sweet and fun!

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A For Announcement: Share The News Properly

You may not know what to do next, and you probably feel like celebrating forever. That’s a good thing, because that’s exactly what you should be doing, far a little while at least. Get on the phone with your close relatives, your parents, your siblings, your best friends, and tell them the big news if they don’t know already. Only then can you begin to plan an engagement party that will share the happy news with those you most care about. Traditionally the parents of the bride were to host the party, but more and more couple organize and host it themselves. If you are planning something big, have a look for convenient venues to keep everyone comfortably entertained. Consider it a practice training for your wedding planning. As a rule of the thumb, you should be inviting only the closest and nearest friends and relatives. But more and more engagement parties are moving away from an intimate ambiance to invite people that they wouldn’t include in the wedding invitations.

B For Bridesmaids And Groomsmen: Who To Trust

You may not already have decided on a date for the wedding, but you probably know who should be your bridesmaid or your groomsman. Your best friend who has shared all your secrets for years, your beloved sibling, your close cousin, you can choose who you want as long as you trust them to be the best person for the job. The best thing about picking your bridesmaid, or bridesmaids, early is that you can spend a lot of time discussing the possible dresses for the wedding, and review collections such as Alana Vivi or your local bridal boutique, to decide which color or shape is best suited. Talking fashion is certainly nothing new to you, but wedding fashion will be a lot more exciting with a trusted friend!

C For Cover The Ring

There’s something that people easily forget in the excitement and this is to insure the engagement ring. Remember that the ring is probably your most precious possession, not because it might be expensive, but because of everything it means. And this is exactly why there are specialist engagement insurances that provide the right cover. This might start with an appraisal with a reputable jeweler; this is something that you can ask your fiancé to arrange, so that the price of the ring remains a secret.

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If you’re planning a wedding, it probably didn’t take long for you to start panicking about the budget. The average wedding in the US costs a whopping $26,000. If this figure is completely unattainable, don’t panic. It is possible to plan a beautiful day on a budget. If you don’t want to start married life with debts coming out of your ears, it’s perfectly understandable to want to save money on your big day. Here are some ideas that will ensure you enjoy a magical day without any money worries.

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DIY it up

DIY weddings are all the rage, and it’s easy to see why. They save you a fortune, and you get the chance to personalize your day and put your stamp on your celebration. If you’re creative, and you have a team of willing helpers, there are all kinds of things you can do to save money without compromising on style and class. You can make your own favors, design and create a gorgeous cake and adorn the venue with DIY table plans, place names and centerpieces. You can also create your own photo booth, run your own disco with a carefully put together playlist and hang handmade, customized signs to point your guests in the right direction.

Consider your venue carefully

Some venues cost a lot more than others. If you have an idea in mind, but it’s out of your price range, think about ways you could achieve a similar outcome for less money. If you’ve fallen head over heels with a hotel on a lake, for example, why not look into putting a marquee up on the waterfront in a different location? You’ll have free reign when it comes to catering and stocking the bar, and the hire fees are likely to be much lower.

Shop around

When you’re shopping for wedding supplies, make sure you shop around for the best deals. Even if you only save a couple of dollars on each item, it will all add up. You can compare prices on everything from the hire of tables and chairs and bridesmaid gowns to wedding rings and cakes. If you’ve got suppliers in mind, but you’ve found better quotes, go back to them and ask them to match or beat the prices you’ve found elsewhere.

Avoid high season

The cost of getting married can go through the roof at certain times of the year. If you’re not particularly fussed about when you get married, and you’re more concerned with having the day of your dreams, try and avoid high season. Fees for venues, photographers, and entertainment tend to be highest during the summer and on holidays like the 4th July and New Year’s Eve.

Trim your guest list

If cost is a worry, trim down your guest list. If you can reduce the number of guests, you’ll save a lot of money.

Getting married doesn’t come cheap, but there are ways of driving down costs without giving up on your dream day.

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There really is no better way to get back to nature than camping. Cooking over an open fire and sleeping under the stars are cliches, but they’re so very true. Unlike a hotel break, a camping getaway gives you the chance to get up close and personal with nature. In the process, you’ll probably find yourself relaxing more, and spending a whole lot less! If you need anymore convincing, check out Reader Digest’s list of reasons to camp, http://www.readersdigest.ca/travel/travel-tips/top-7-reasons-go-camping/. For those who are already convinced and raring to go, have a look at this guide to the best destinations to pitch up a tent…

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Arches National Park, Utah

You’d be hard pushed to find any camping destination more awe inspiring that Arches National Park. The Devil’s Garden Campground is a great place to explore the national park from and set up base. If you stay here you’ll be sleeping amongst huge sandstone arches. The national park is also famous for it’s wildlife. Home to the peregrine falcon and a large number of lizards, you’re sure to come face to face with the park’s inhabitants. The desert landscape of Arches National Park, and the stunning rock formations, makes it a unique place to camp.

Pangong Tso, India

This huge lake is an endorheic lake, one that acts like a huge draining basin, in the Himalayas. Be sure to bring a tent equipped for the weather. http://tentsandcampgear.com/coolers/ have some good options available. The lake itself is a big tourist attraction and has lured visitors from all over the world to see the stunning views. The perfectly clear waters are a beautiful sight, and many choose to camp along the shores to enjoy the lake.

The Isle of Arran, Scotland

Scotland is well known for its rugged landscapes. People come to The Isle of Arran to take part in outdoor pursuits. From hiking to climbing, you’re sure to find yourself surrounded by like minded enthusiasts. The surrounding islands and villages are also worth exploring. If you do decide to camp here, just make sure you pack appropriately, Scotland is known for it’s cool weather!

Miyajima, Japan

If you’re traveling priorities are to mix the great outdoors with some culture and shopping, camping at Miyajima could be for you. This island is situated just a short boat ride away from Hiroshima. If you prefer luxury glamping to camping, there are cabin options as well as tent spaces. The temples and local shops also offer plenty to do. There are also deer that roam Miyajima, they’re very used to people though so don’t be alarmed if you see any!

Yosemite National Park, California

The Yosemite National Park is an area of complete wilderness. For hardy campers it’s the perfect area to explore. There are no signs of the modern world here, cars, electricity, and buildings won’t be seen! Hiking is popular here. Some of the most spectacular views can be found at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls.

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First of all, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who reached out to Kendall + I yesterday after seeing our engagement story. I’m still in shock and awe of the fact that not only do I get to spend the rest of my life with the man who planned such an amazing surprise for me, but also that we have so many people who are so happy for us. It has touched my heart and I tear up every time I think about it. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

With that, I wanted to get back to regular programming, despite the fact I’ve been bursting into happy tears off and on since Sunday.

Originally, I had this post scheduled for yesterday, but obviously I had something really important to say so today we’re talking graphic sweatshirts! I’ve always loved clothes that literally make a statement, to the point that in high school my mom had to squash my spending. “You don’t need anymore t shirts that say things.” I have gotten away from the look a little, usually opting for an oversized solid t or something striped, but I can’t help but slipping into babies like the ones below for a casual weekend or over my gym clothes. I actually like to pair them with jeans and booties for casual Friday too.

1.Juniors’ Mickey Mouse Graphic Sweatshirt||2.FIFTH SUN The Lion King Brushed Fleece Sweatshirt- Juniors||3.Freeze Long Sleeve Sweatshirt-Juniors

4.Give it to me I’m Worth it (Pizza) Crewneck Sweater||5.Crewneck – For Fox Sake – Sweater Jumper Pullover||6.Collecting Tears For My Potion Crewneck Sweater

7.White Drawing Print Sweatshirt||7.Orange Print Loose Green Sweatshirt

9.Lucky Sweatshirt||10.Je t’adore Embroidered Sweatshirt||11.Wifey Sweatshirt – Burgundy

12.Black Printed Cat Ear Hoodie With Pocket||13.Hybrid Juniors’ Hangry Graphic Sweatshirt||14.WILLIAM RAST Veruca Dream Acoustic Graphic Sweatshirt