5 More Pop Culture Costumes with Julia!

Hey everyone, and happy Fashion Friday!! I know I said I was going to post this on the 30th, but I’ve got a million and one things going on this weekend, so I’m posting the rest of these adorable costume ideas from Julia today! Stay tuned next week for the second half of the 2 part series on Little Red Riding Hood! Now, I’m handing it over to Julia with her costume ideas coming straight from your closet!!

1. Jessica “Jess” Day — “New Girl”

     Who’s that girl? It’s Jess! Jess from “New Girl” is adorkable and perfect for a last minute costume. You need a colorful dress and some shoes in a contrasting color. If you don’t have bangs like me, create some faux ones using an online tutorial. Top off the look with some big glasses, and make sure your eyes look BIG!
    Optional: Sing alllllll night long
2. Hermione Granger — Harry Potter
    Harry Potter is ALWAYS relevant. This costume is recognizable and easily assembled. You need a white oxford shirt, black shoes, black or gray skirt, and either a sweater or a sweater vest. Tease your hair all over to make it big and frizzy. If you don’t have a wand lying around your house, venture outside (ugh) and find a stick.
    Optional: Make a Gryffindor pin from red cardstock and a print-out hot glued to a safety pin
    Bonus points if: You wear a red and gold striped tie
3. Violet Baudelaire — The Series of Unfortunate Events
    The Series is coming back in a big way – as a Netflix original series. Beat the onslaught of Violet costumes that are right around 2016’s corner and show that you are one with the times. I LOVE this costume because the only thing you HAVE to have is a bow in your hair. I am wearing a plain gray dress and blue oxford shirt underneath, but any kind of outfit that includes a dress or skirt in muted color is perfection. I am carrying The Unauthorized Biography of Lemony Snicket just to make the costume more recognizable.
    Optional: Find someone to play Olaf or Klaus!
4. Holly Golightly — “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
    Who doesn’t want to be Audrey Hepburn? Don’t lie to yourself. This Holly costume strays from your typical tiara-and-pearls nonsense. You only need one item! A trench coat. Use a lot of hairspray to bump up the front part of your hair and curl two cute pigtails! Retro makeup is a must!
    Optional: A ginger cat named Cat. (My cat is named Audrey. She’s neurotic.)
5. Luke Danes — “Gilmore Girls”
    “Gilmore Girls” is my all time favorite show. I’ve been in love with Luke Danes since I was very, very young. You need a plaid shirt, jeans, and a backwards baseball cap. Carry a coffee cup or coffee pot and shoot everyone looks of disapproval because Halloween candy is VERY bad for you.

    Optional: Luke’s Diner merchandise.

Thanks so much again to Julia for putting together these awesome costumes!! She’s the coolest, am I right?! Hope y’all have an AMAZING Friday!!
❤ Abbie and Julia

Fashion Friday: Little Red Riding Hood, Werewolf Huntress

Hey everyone and happy fashion Friday! Today will be part one of two posts on this costume! I will show you in this post how to make a floor-length red riding hood cape! Next week there will be a tutorial on how to make a werewolf vest, and how to do makeup and hair!

We will start with the cape. First thing you need is 2 and 1/2 yards of red fabric. I used this fabric called peach skin fabric. It has a beautiful color and the fabric literally feels like the skin of a peach… who’da thought that? The other cool thing about the fabric is that it was made really wide, so much so that I just took 2 yards and sewed it length-wise. I’ll explain more on that later. I also bought a hook for the clasp of my cape.

I cut 10 x 36 inches off the length of my cape for my hood.  I cut off whatever weird amount of fabric that was left on the end. With the weird fabric left, I had just enough to make a strip that fit around my neck with some room to spare. Take that strip and set it aside. Next, take the 10 x 36 in fabric and fold it in half. I then sewed one long side of the fabric. At this point there should be a folded in half side and a sewed side. In the photo below I drew what your hood should look like. The squiggle will be the folded part and the dotted line should be where you sewed.

After you have sewn all of that, take that strip that is your neck circumference and take the hood and sew the hood onto the strip. Set that aside.

Next, you will make the cape part. Now I really wanted my cape to be flowy. I didn’t care so much how long it was, but because I am so short it worked out to be floor-length on me! I started on one side of the length and started to gather it in sections. Don’t laugh but I ran out of pins so I had to keep it gathered the best way I could…. so enter paper clips. I made sure that when it was all gathered it fit around my neck and had a little room to spare.

I attempted to sew the gathering together with my sewing machine, but at some points I had 5 layers of fabric folded, so it didn’t work. I’m actually thankful that it didn’t work because the way I hand-sewed it you don’t see any stitching on the outside. Next, take the neck strip and hood combo and hand sew the gathered cape onto the neck strip. That will probably take awhile. I double sewed all of the cape gatherings just to make sure that it is sturdy.

Next I took the clasps and sewed them onto the neck strap! After this your cape is done!!

Right now I’m just going to show you the back of the cape! Next week you will get the full thing!

Don’t you just love the billow on that!?! I really do. I hope this has been informative and I hope you all have a happy fashion Friday!

❤ Abbie

Fashion Friday: 5 Pop Culture Costumes with Julia!

Hello everyone! I am excited to announce that today and the 30th we will be having a guest blogger!! My amazing sister-in-law Julia is taking over Wanderings and Beautiful Things! You’ve met Julia once before on another Fashion Friday but today and the 30th she is bringing you 10 easy costumes from Pop Culture! Take it away Jules!

Hi! My name is Julia LeFort, and I’m Abbie’s sister-in-law. I’m a geeky, fandom-loving girl who always has her nose in a book. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I always have a lot of fun trying to come up with a good costume. Unfortunately, I tend to spend so much time coming up with different options that I run out of time to actually assemble my costume. So here are 5 pop culture related costumes that you should be able to whip up straight from your closet! On the 30th I will have 5 more!
1. Amelia “Amy” Pond — “Doctor Who”
    I love “Doctor Who” and I’ve (humble brag) met Matt Smith at a New Orleans ComicCon. Amy Pond is my spirit animal, and her outfits are easy to replicate. This one is from her most heartbreaking episode, “The Angels take Manhattan.” Wear dark jeans, a black-and-white striped top, brown oxford shoes (or flats,) and a khaki jacket. Part your hair straight down the middle and let it fall in soft waves. (Lucky you if your hair is as red as Karen Gillan’s.)
    Optional: Sporting a Scottish accent and small round glasses
2. Mary Poppins — Do I really need to type it twice?
    She’s practically perfect in every way. You can make the perfect costume with practically nothing. Black skirt, white oxford shirt, black tights and heels. Tie a red ribbon in a bow around your neck. Wrap your hair into a bun and wear makeup worthy of Julie Andrews.
    Optional: An umbrella!
    Bonus points if: You wear a black hat with flowers
3. Wednesday Addams — “The Addams Family”
    This was my Halloween costume last year. It is super simple and very fun. All you need is black clothing and a white collared shirt to wear underneath. Part your hair straight down the middle and braid both sides. Wear very dark makeup and do not smile. All. Night. Long.
    Optional: Cut the head off of an old doll
4. Castiel — “Supernatural”
    Misha gripped us tight and raised us from perdition. (P.S. – Met him too.) Everyone’s favorite “Supernatural” character is easy to emulate. Black pants, white shirt, trench coat, and a backwards blue tie. Wear little to no makeup and it’s okay if your hair is kind of a mess, because you just fell from Heaven. Speak in a pseudo deep voice and act confused at every reference.
    Optional: A knife sharpener looks surprisingly like an angel blade.
    Bonus points if: You wear black angel wings
5. Princess Leia — “Star Wars”
    Princess Leia is the best of the best. This costume isn’t an exact replica. Instead, I just wore white clothes and the dark lipstick. The hair is key. Everyone can recognize the Leia buns. Twist up sections of your hair and pin them to your head very carefully. (There are about a million and two bobby pins in my hair.) Hairspray A LOT. Be sassy. Because you are a princess.
    Optional: THIS IS AN AIRSOFT GUN AND YOU CAN HAVE ONE TOO!
It’s Abbie again! I don’t know about you but I am SO EXCITED to see what else Julia has for us on the 30th!!! Thank you Jules for helping out this month!!! Have a happy Fashion Friday everyone!

Fashion Friday: Fortune Teller Costume!

Hello everyone and happy fashion Friday!!! So today marks our very first costume of the month!! And to be honest, this is a really simple costume made from items that you might have in your closet already! I love costumes like that, don’t you? So let’s get started with hair and makeup!

For your hair you’ll need thermal protectant (so you don’t fry those luscious locks!), hairspray,  and a .5 inch curling iron. For my thermal protectant I used an amazing product called Satinique Dual Defend. It protects against humidity and it’s also a thermal protectant. It smells really good unlike most thermal sprays, it’s all-natural, and it works really well! My husband and I actually sell this product so if you are interested in buying some just email me! (abigalejachym@gmail.com) For hairspray, I used Control Force by Aveda.

Now the curling iron is a .5 inch iron, which is tiny. I call it my afro maker. I had the honor of helping out doing hair for New Orleans fashion week and we got to use these irons! They make super tight curls, and if you tease the curls enough after it makes an afro! Needless to say, after NOLA fashion week I went and bought my own .5 inch curling iron and I absolutely love it! I will tell you it’s kind of difficult to curl the hair in the back of your head with this iron because it’s so tiny and you have to take small pieces of hair, but if you have a friend to help it should be pretty easy!

First spray your hair with your thermal protectant and run a brush through it a few times. It’s important to make sure your hair is covered, but you also don’t want to soak it. I suggest sectioning your hair in 4 sections and doing one squirt of thermal spray per section. After that, section off about an inch or 2 of hair at the back and bottom of your hairline. The general rule for curling hair is to take the  amount of hair that equals to the width of your iron. For example, my iron is .5 inches round, so I will take about .5 inches of a section of hair. You want to make sure that the pieces are small, because that’s what creates the bountiful fluffy curls! I also don’t use the prongs on the iron when curling. I just wrap my hair around the iron like you would wrap your hair around a wand. So start curling at the bottom and work your way up! Don’t forget to spray lightly as you go!

Unfortunately, because the iron is so small it does take longer than it would to normally curl your hair. For me, it took about an hour and a half to curl my entire head. However, I also didn’t have help on the back so that took a bit.

Once your done curling your hair will have bouncy tiny curls! I wanted my hair to look a bit crazy and fluffier, so I took my fingers and ran them through my curls. That loosened it up a bit, but it still wasn’t enough for me. Next, I took my flat brush and just stuck it near the bottom of the curls and lightly brushed upwards. That started to really fluff it up!

Next, we move onto makeup! I put on my normal makeup base (foundation and powder).

Then I put on my eye base, Painterly by Mac. Next I used my Elf eyeshadow case and used dark purple all over my eyes. I also used black in the outer corners and under my eyes! I was going for a smokey eye look.

Next I took my Elf  black liquid eyeliner and made cat eyes.

Then mascara!

For lipstick I was wanting something dark, matte, and different. So I actually used Aveda Eye Definer (which, fun fact, can also be used as lip liner) in a green color called “Juniper.”

Hair and makeup done!

It’s time to put your outfit together! First, I put on a red turtleneck dress I bought from Forever21. I wanted a high collar so I could focus on wearing a lot of jewelry without having a problem with a neckline. Next, I put on a black maxi skirt from Forever21 over my dress.  Then I took an off-white lace scarf from American Eagle and tied it around my waist to make a droopy effect over my hip. Finally I put on a blanket scarf as a shawl. I wanted a really droopy and flowy effect.

I put on an adorable turban that I bought from Francesca’s. If you don’t have a turban, you can always tie a scarf around your head! Now put on a ton of jewelry! Seriously! Pile it on! I have 2 sets of bangle bracelets that I put on! I put 3 over-sized rings on. I put on a long chain necklace and a short statement necklace. Add some big earrings and your fortune teller costume is complete!!

Here’s the final product!

Admittedly I did re-decorate my dining room for these shots, but I am not ashamed! It’s fun to go all out!

Spooky right!?

Here’s a few close-ups of my jewelry choices!

I hope this has been helpful and maybe some fun inspiration for Halloween coming up!!

I see a good Saturday in your future!

❤ Abbie The Fortune Teller

Wandering Wednesday: Quarry Hill Orchards

Happy Wandering Wednesday everyone! I am excited to announce that today is……

THE FIRST DAY OF FALL!!!! Can I get a “Woot Woot?!?!?”

Sorry… I may have gotten a little too excited, but with fall I don’t know if that’s even possible. It seems only fitting that I do a post on one of my favorite places to visit in the fall, Quarry Hill Orchards! This awesome orchard and farmers market is in Berlin Heights, OH. So sit back with your apple cider and fall candle burning, because we are about to visit the cutest orchard ever.

Whenever you arrive at Quarry Hill Orchards the first thing to greet you are their adorable Golden Retrievers Walter and Henry. See, I told you it was cute. They are super friendly and will even grab you pumpkins that they feel you should have. Yes, you read that right, they pick pumpkins for you. It’s getting even cuter right? Are you ready to see their sweet puppy faces?!?!

SO CUTE!!

The orchard has many different types of apples and other fruits and vegetables freshly picked for your choosing! Look at those apples…. mmmhmmmmm…

They have some of the best apple cider you will ever drink. I’m serious. This stuff is amazing. It tastes like you just took a straw and stuck it in an apple sprinkled with cinnamon and started drinking. Sorry it’s half empty…. we couldn’t help ourselves…

And don’t even get me started on the caramel popcorn. This bag didn’t even make it all the way home. My dad, brother and I ate it within the 30 minutes it takes us to get home. Yeah, it’s that yummy.

They even have fresh honey and pure Ohio maple syrup!

Also, about a million different kinds of butters. Apple butter, pear butter, peach butter. Yum.

Behind the market area you can watch them pick the best apples of their stock and watch them clean them!

You can even take a stroll through the orchards! It’s so pretty!

They always decorate it so cute too! It’s quintessential Ohio farm country!

This place is seriously amazing and if you ever get the chance to be out in Berlin Heights definitely make a stop at Quarry Hill Orchards!

Happy Wandering Wednesday and first day of fall!!

❤ Abbie

Wandering Wednesday: Cleveland, OH

Happy Wandering Wednesday everyone! Today we are going to adventure in Cleveland, OH. My Dad and family live in Sandusky, OH which is about an hour away from Cleveland. For practically all of my life we have taken trips out to Cleveland for various reasons. It’s become something that we have to do every chance I get to visit! So today I’m going to share with you some really cool places to visit in Cleveland! (Some of my favorite places I’m going to leave out until October because I’ve got some great ghost stories about those places. So stay tuned.) The first place is the Cleveland Public Library. This library is beautiful. 

Marble floors, winding staircases, beautiful statues, what more could you ask for in a library? Well, books I guess…. but good news, they have those too!!

Feel free to wander around the Library and take pictures. They are really helpful and photo-friendly!

The second place we are going to visit is Tower City.

The tower is called Terminal Tower. It’s 52 stories high, and occasionally they have the observation deck open to look out on the city! It’s pretty much the landmark in the Cleveland skyline. If you go inside Tower city they have a shopping mall, train station, movie theater, and an entrance into the Quicken Loans arena where the Cleveland Cavaliers play! (GO CAVS!!!)

Now if you’re an Avengers fan you may recognize it. This was where they filmed the scene that was supposed to be Stuttgart, Germany when Loki was having his crazy moment!!

Cool, huh?!? I recommend you visit Tower City around Christmas, because they decorate it so beautifully!

The third and final place we will visit today is honestly one of my favorite places ever, the West Side Market. The market was built in 1912 to sell goods to the diverse cultures of Cleveland. Today it still thrives and was named one of the “10 Greatest Public Places in America.”

Here you can buy everything from fresh fruit to fine cheese.

The market sells many different cultural cuisines like Polish Pierogies (which are amazing,  btw), Cambodian Chicken Pad Thai, and some of the best Gyros you will ever eat (Try Steve’s Gyros. It’s delicious and was featured on the Food Network). I also suggest you go to some of the meat shops and get beef sticks. You will have made a great decision in buying some because they are ah-mazing.

Below is one of my favorite pictures of my Dad and I laughing with the guy who sells us our favorite beef sticks! When you go to the different stands make sure you talk with them about their stand! They always have interesting stories!

If you have a sweet tooth I suggest you head over to Vera’s Bakery! They are some of the nicest people and their sweet treats are super yummy! Their Raspberry Squares, German Chocolate Brownies and Clothespin cookies are killer. And they wrap up your goodies in a cute little box with  bakery twine.  How could it get any better?

If you’re there for lunch I suggest you head over to Frickaccio’s Pizza Market! They have really delicious Italian sandwiches that are made fresh on the spot! After you get your lunch if you head to the front of the building (near the tower) and exit through the first set of doors, you will see an open hallway with stairs. If you head up those stairs you get the best seat in the house. There’s a large balcony that overlooks the market that has seating. It’s a fun place to sit and watch while you eat your yummy lunch! The picture below is the view from the balcony.

Well, that’s it for today’s Wandering Wednesday! I hope next time you’re in Cleveland you can stop at some of these amazing places!! Happy wandering!

❤ Abbie

Wandering Wednesday: Cody Creek

Happy Wandering Wednesday everyone! Today’s post is going to be on super cool Cody Creek in Dobson, North Carolina! This place is a hidden gem! They have a yummy restaurant, a cute general store, an adorable chapel and wedding venue, and cabins you can rent! It’s like it’s own hidden village!

As you’re driving down the road there is a little turn  that leads you down into this place! Once you enter you go through a beautiful covered bridge. The general store is on the right and the chapel is on the left. If you go a little further you will see the restaurant and the wedding venue. As you are exiting you pass near some of the cabins that are backed up into the woods.

The chapel is just beautiful! I can just picture the weddings they have there! For all you people in North Carolina I think I found you a wedding venue!!

The general store is absolutely adorable! They have lots of vintage signs, an old truck, and old gas pumps!

I mean where in the world are you going to find something so set up for the perfect photo-op with the whole family!? How adorable is this??

The inside of the general store has cute vintage items on the walls. They sell candy and fun t-shirts to help commemorate your trip!

The restaurant on the grounds is called The Depot. They serve everything from finger-lickin’-good Baby Back Ribs to the amazing Pepper Jack Chicken. I promise that anything you get there will be absolutely delicious and leave you wanting more! (P.s. Get the peach cobbler. It’s phenomenal)

I don’t know about you but I just love North Carolina. The natural beauty is just incredible. Cody Creek does a fantastic job at showcasing North Carolina’s beauty! If you are in the Dobson/Mt. Airy area anytime you definitely need to check out Cody Creek! Happy Wandering everyone!

Fashion Friday

Hello everyone! I’m currently in beautiful North Carolina on vacation! I have to say that North Carolina might just be my favorite state I’ve ever been to. There are mountains, lakes, woods, and all other things that are wonderful in this world. I think I might just live here forever! Well… maybe not… but a girl can dream right? Needless to say you are going to see some fun places in North Carolina for some upcoming Wandering Wednesdays!  However today is Fashion Friday and we are going old school with an updated 1950s outfit!

This outfit has been a long time coming for me. I bought the skirt almost 6 years ago at Anthropologie. It was actually a dress when I bought it originally. It had a detachable top and there were a few buttons missing that kept the top on. So I threw the top out and decided to just leave it as a high-waisted skirt. No 1950s outfit is complete without oxfords! They are some of my favorite shoes and it shows. But hey, the wear gives them that vintage look!

love  a good chambray top! They are so versatile! My chambray shirt is from PacSun. I put a dusty rose colored undershirt on then tied the chambray shirt over top! I love the rose and green colors together.

 I just love vintage style! It really is my favorite and it’s quite easy to replicate! Hope you all have a fantastic Friday!

❤ Abbie

Wandering Wednesday: Hot Springs, AR

As you all know I was on vacation last week and I got to travel up to the lovely Hot Springs, Arkansas! I adore this little town! Walking around Hot Springs is like stepping back in time. The architecture and beautiful sculptures are reminiscent of a bygone era. So let me take you back in time today as we tour the charming town of Hot Springs!

The town gets it’s name from the thermal springs that flow from the ground. The water averages at about 143 degrees year round. There are places around town that you can feel the water as it flows from the ground!

Back in the 1800s people from all over the country would flock here to relax in the thermal springs. Because of this the town started to build bathhouses for people to enjoy a more spa-like experience. Today as you walk down the main street of Hot Springs you can’t help but notice the incredible Bathhouse Row which is made up of 6 beautiful historic buildings.

Each building housed their own thermal spring baths. Many of the hotels also have their own baths for you to unwind in! You should definitely visit the Fordyce Bathhouse which has been turned into the Hot Springs Visitors center! It shows what it was like back in the old days to visit a bathhouse in the town!

Starting in the late 1800s to the 1930s Hot Springs became a popular site for gangsters. Al Capone and Lucky Luciano were said to frequent the town. The Gangster Museum in Hot Springs can give you lots of  information about the notorious gangster town. They will also let you try on some sweet fedoras!

Nowadays the town has slowed down and there are many adorable shops lining the streets just waiting for your arrival. One of my favorite shops is called Bathhouse Soapery. This cute little shop has lots of different handmade soaps, perfumes, and lotions that are sure to put you in a relaxing mood.

Their foaming body scrub is amazing!  I suggest Mud and Minerals or the Oatmeal Creme scrub, both smell amazing and make your skin incredibly soft! Bathhouse Soapery should be a definite stop on your next trip!

If you’re craving something sweet you have to check out Fat Bottomed Girls Cupcake Shoppe! They were featured on Cupcake Wars and the Food Network.

This place has your classic cupcakes like Chocolate on Chocolate or Red Velvet (my personal favorite) but they also have some that are a little out there like Salted Caramel (Jackson’s favorite) and Lemon Lavender. Whatever you get it is sure to be delicious!

The last shop I encourage you to visit is an antique store called Tillman’s. From the outside you can look in the window and see a lot of really exquisite antiques.

When you step inside the whole shop shimmers! Pearls the size of a quarter and gold encrusted clocks are waiting to be seen behind glass cases. If you’re lucky, a man named Davis will be in. If he is there let him tell you about some of his historical pieces!

They have everything from crown jewels that belonged to Russian Royals to a staff from a Moroccan Sheik!

Davis’ stories are absolutely fascinating and you will not want to miss a chance speaking with him!

As you walk around you will no doubt see a large grand hotel. This hotel is called the Arlington and it was built in 1924. The building is so beautiful and the inside is just as grand!

As I mentioned before there are many different bathhouses on Bathhouse Row. There are several of them that are still in operation today. Since you are in Hot Springs I recommend wholeheartedly to take a bath in the springs. Some of the bathhouses have public bathing areas, but I enjoy a more private setting. The Buckstaff Bath House is fantastic.

Men and women are separated and each person is given their own private bathtub. I have done the Whirlpool Mineral Bath. You start by getting in your designated tub filled with the hot spring water. There is a little jet in the tub so it feels somewhat like a hot tub. They give you cool towels to place on your neck and arms so your body doesn’t overheat. You relax in there for a bit. When you get out they lay you down and put hot towels on your arms and legs and give you cold water to drink. At this point you’re about ready to die of happiness and relaxation. After that you enjoy a Sitz bath and a vapor cabinet. And finally you end with a needle shower (which is not as terrible as it sounds, it’s basically a massage shower). After your spa day you will never want to leave and you understand why so many people came to enjoy the springs!

If you want to venture a little outside the town there are lakes and mountains to explore! There is a large observatory that looks out onto the town below and the mountains surrounding! The lakes are beautiful and make for a fun afternoon of swimming!

Hot Springs is a charming place filled with beauty and history! I encourage you to step back in time and enjoy the simple things in life! Happy Wandering Wednesday everyone!

Wandering Wednesday: New York City

I am SO excited about today’s post! New York was one of the most amazing trips I have ever taken! We got to spend 10 wonderful days there last year! We did everything from the Natural History Museum to Coney Island! So today I am going to share with you some of our favorite moments (and about a million pictures) from our adventure to the Big Apple!

When you go to New York you have  to ride in a taxi and take the subway at least once. It’s a must. So when we got in from the airport the first thing we did was hop in a taxi and head to our hotel.

We stayed at this really cool place called Pod39. It’s this super cool modern hotel on East 39th St. We were about 2 blocks away from Grand Central Station, which was not only convenient but very fun! We were within a mile of Times Square as well.  In the lobby of the hotel there was an AMAZING restaurant called Salvation Taco. Even if you don’t stay in the hotel I highly recommend you check out the restaurant! I suggest you go for dinner, but make sure you all ahead and get a reservation! The Al Pastor tacos with Roasted pineapple and avocado salsa are phenomenal.

Our first adventure out was to the New York Public Library and Grand Central Station. The library is absolutely beautiful! You feel like you are stepping back in time! It’s also where they filmed the movie Ghostbusters.  If you go behind the library there is a lovely park called Bryant Park. They have ping pong tables and chess boards set up for fun! There are also little food stands with pretty delicious food. We stopped at ‘Wichcraft and got a yummy Heritage Smoked Ham sandwich. How does poached pears, dijon mustard, cheddar, and smoked ham on cranberry pecan bread sound? Amazing right?! It totally was.

Grand Central is amazing. You can really feel how busy the city is. It is such an amazing historical landmark! If you go down beneath the main floor, there is a food court. You will want to eat at Shake Shack. Oh my word, that place is so yummy! To this day I still crave Shake Shack burgers and milkshakes.

Another day we took the subway and were trying to head up to the upper east side to see the Natural History Museum. We somehow ended up in Queens, which is in the exact opposite direction. Subways are crazy! However there is a cool app you can download on your phone called Subway App: NYC  that you can look at to help you get around. It doesn’t need internet, so when you are underground you can still use the app! Well, after the little mishap we ended up finally finding the Natural History Museum! It is the coolest museum I have ever been to! They have real dinosaur bones and amazing exhibits! We spent a good bit of the day there and absolutely loved it! I highly recommend it!

We also took a trip to the Statue of Liberty. I will tell you that it closes early most days, so you need to get there in the morning. It is pretty expensive to go as well. We hopped on the boat and were off to Liberty Island.  It was really cool being up close to the Statue of Liberty. It’s something you see pictures of all your life, and it’s pretty fulfilling to finally see it up close! And you can’t beat the view of the city!

My most favorite part of the entire trip was walking around Central Park. It’s hard to describe the absolute beauty and enormity of the park.  There are so many days that I long to go back and wander around the park. There are so many different trails to take and different sights to see.

There is a little cart that moves around all over Central Park called Wafels and Dinges. If you see the cart or the food truck make sure you stop! They have some of the most amazing waffle treats you will ever put into your mouth.

It’s so amazing to walk around central park and see different landmarks that were in movies or TV shows! The Loeb Boathouse was in 27 Dresses. 

The Bethesda Fountain was in Gossip Girl. 

We loved walking around and just watching people as well! Everyone just seemed so relaxed. You can tell that this is a haven for so many people in the city and it’s understandable why!

The Mall in Central Park is breathtaking. I could literally sit on a bench all day and just relax. Toward the southern end of the Mall is the Literary walk. There are statues of authors Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Shakespeare. It’s a lovely place to sit and enjoy the day!

We did many more amazing things in New York that it’s hard to fit it all in one post! I will do another wandering Wednesday on Brooklyn and Coney Island! So stay tuned and happy wandering!

 Some photos credited to my handsome husband, shown taking the picture above! 😉