28 Jul 2015

Tuesday Travel: 10 Simple Things To Enjoy In New York City



  • Stay central in a Hotel with amazing views
I went to New York City for the skyscrapers so I needed a good view from my hotel window. I was so lucky and happy when the staff @nychitonmidtown changed my room from a room without a view to another one which has a gorgeous view overlooking Central Park, I floated on cloud nine.




  • Central Park 
Central Park automatically brings to mind the 1967 film A Piedi Nudi Nel Parco (Barefoot In the Park), I used to watch it on repeat when I was growing up in Italy, Rete 4 showed some old movies in the afternoon and this movie was one of my favourite to watch. I didn't venture into the dept of the park but just walking at the entrance was enough to feel the magic of the place.



  • Magnolia Bakery @magnoliabakery
You may find a long queue here but it's worth waiting to try one of their delicious cupcakes

  • Breakfast at Sarabeth's @sarabethsnyc
I had my first breakfast in New York city, with my sister, an old friend of mine and Kimberly @manifesturself, at this chic restaurant where the staff are friendly and patient


  • Ici in Brooklyn @ici_brooklyn
Monique @tipatipa and I had our blogger-meet-up in this fancy French restaurant situated on Dekalb Ave. They serve authentic farm food to you. I had shirred eggs and I'm telling it's a must try brunch next time you're in Fort Greene. 

  • Subway
You experience true NYC if you take the subway once in a while, this how real NewYorkers commute.
  • Lyft Taxi @lyft 
Lyft is an innovative way of getting a taxi in your city conveniently, you just have to download the lyft app unto your phone and you can find the nearest taxi to you in a flash, they then drive to you and take you to your destination. It helped me move from one hotel to the other without getting to stay on the street and wave my hands for a taxi.

  • Yellow Cab
A yellow cab is just part of NYC life. You can try a short ride, it will make you feel like you're in a movie.
  • The Halal Guys street food
The first evening we were in city I wanted something yummy but inexpensive to eat I saw the cart of street meal but don't want to spend too much, try the halal food vendors situated on the south-east corner of 53rd Street and Six Ave in the borough of Manhattan.

  • Feliz
After our brunch at Ici, Monique and I saw this unique shop across the street. We had to go in. Once inside we found a bit of everything, from new baby items, children's toys, beautiful crafted necklaces, something original for your home, and even an old bicycle. The fun part for me was how affordable some things are inside. I bought a pair of SaltWater sandals for only $34USD, I thought it was a bargain.


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My overall experience in NYC, after thirteen years absence, was fun, carefree and inspirational. Everyone was so friendly to me. I can't wait to return. 


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If you have any other simple things to enjoy in NYC please leave comment :).

26 Jul 2015

30/52


AOI and TOI: She is so protective of her brother, they play nice together but then she's the one that snatch thing from him as soon as he takes something that she wants to play with but didn't realize until little brother took it.

AOI: a photo that speaks for itself

TOI: "Mine, mine, mine..." is his favourite word together with no, he's cute even when he puts on mean face and pulls his lips together to make his statement. When it's snacktime he says "Mine..." then reaches his hands up to get the bag of fish. I can't say no easily to him because his tantrums... I  don't want to see them.

{linking with Jodie}

25 Jul 2015

My First #BlogHer15

Finalmente!

Yep, finally the children had a nap at the same time yetersday. In fact it was AOI's first nap since I got back from USA. I could finally sit in front of my computer and type a sentence.

Today I want to share a brief review of my first experience at @BlogHer conference.


CONNECTION

The first person I met, after a quick trip to 37th street to photograph @DasRockHaus NYC #FBL2015 show on Thursday, was Nellie A. @BklynActiveMama. Then I saw Quiana @HarlemLoveBirds and we spent most of the time together. I saw Stacy-Ann @WeatherAnchorMama. The following morning as I was getting breakfast just before the keynote message I bumped into Monica Marino @MarinoBambinos… I hugged and had a laugh with Danielle Faust @DanielleFaust Then I was able to hug LaShawn @lashawnwiltz, she was hosting her session on how to become a better instagramer. 

The last day I was I was in NYC, I took the subway to Brooklyn to have brunch with Monique @TipaTipa, I couldn’t leave NYC without meeting Monique {I will make a post just for this meet-up}. 

In short, I was able to meet with many of the ladies I wanted to meet. Ladies that I’ve been following along the journey even before we were mothers. We laughed and hugged, we connected on the other side of the screen.

Hubby was so impressed that I met all these ladies and they were all from my blogging experience.

Truly there is a community out there waiting to welcome you if you let them.



INSPIRATION

Going to #blogher15, I didn’t have any expectation because it was my first conference and just the idea of being in NYC sent head into space. I was on cloud nine, maybe I bubbled on a little bit too much - when I’m nervous it happens. 

But one thing I was hoping for is to find my voice in this vast ocean of blogs.

The event was on a fast pace, there was inspiration coming from everywhere. Style, beauty and working for your cause, confidence. I was inspired to be true to my style, to take care of my beauty (again) and to be confidence in my new found mummy body. I realized that it’s not about the weight I may or may not lose, it’s more about how I carry around my body post-two-children. I was so inspired I confessed to my mother how some of her comments made me do things that weren’t healthy when I was kid. 

Most of all I was inspired to stay true to my voice.

At the end of conference party, I talked briefly with Philippe Guelton and he asked me “Which part of the conference did you like most?”
“The keynote sessions. Each speaker inspired me to stretch for my dream and to set aside fear because that's the only way our dreams will come true. 

INTENTION

After the conference I came home with the subtitle to my blog THEODORA OFOSUHIMA: un-apologetically me. My intention after the #blogher15 is to share my experience has I know it, to keep myself out of the box as I’ve always loved doing, to not fear talking about inequality when it comes to race issues in this, apparently, post-race era we find ourselves living in.

My intention is to write everything I fancy, from culture, current affair, career, motherhood and more. I wanted to have a focus on my blog, but after a deep thought I realize I would be making a mistake to focus on only one matter that I would be making a  and that would revolve around my complex thoughts. 
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