Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Huge confession alert; Gossip Girl is pretty much what I live my life by. I’d love to say that I’m sorry, but… I’m not (Well, I kinda am sorry to myself for being such a loser, but still… ) I live by the well known, philosophical phrase “What would Blair Waldorf do?”, practically stalk the living daylights out of Blake Lively (otherwise known as Serena, otherwise known as BAE queen) and generally just pretend wish that I was an upper east-sider.
The other thing that I have it to thank for is the fact that I knew when I visited NYC this time, I had to experience Brooklyn. The cool coffee shops, the art galleries, the Brooklyn bridge itself, not to mention the views of Manhattan from Brooklyn. And let’s be totally, totally honest here… going hunting for Dan Humphrey. 
It was always going to happen….
So, camera and fiance – i.e my resident photographer and the poor sod that held our beastly camera and bags the whole time #keeper – in tow, I headed off to Brooklyn to explore… and find the infamous spot in front of the Manhattan bridge.
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Outfit wise, I relied on some basics that have been my go to recently. The first being my khaki – very Kimmy K style – coat that I have worn pretty much constantly for the last few months. Blogging friends, family and pretty much everybody within my vicinity will be able to vouch for the fact that this has not left my back, and I think that’s because it just makes you feel effortlessly chic. Not only is it ridiculously comfortable, warm and cosy, but it also instantly makes you look a little bit more put together which I am very thankful for when rushing to a meeting at 8am in the morning.
Then we have a cream turtleneck from New Look (a few seasons back now, hence why I’ve linked similar options below) which I think will always be my go to throughout the colder months.  Paired with my Primark pleather skater skirt and Clarks silver boots – which proved just as popular in NYC as they are in London – and there we have my “Can you tell me where Dan and Rufus Humphrey are please?” exploring look.
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
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Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
I have to take a moment for this little area of Brooklyn. Not far from the Brooklyn bridge is this spot right here which gives you the most perfect view looking back over at Manhattan and I loved chilling here for a few moments taking everything in and just reflecting a little (clearly the Brooklyn breeze had made me all artsy and thoughtful). If you do visit NYC, I would highly recommend taking a couple of hours out of your schedule to get the subway over to Brooklyn, have a little wander and find this spot, then stroll back over the bridge to Manhattan. It was definitely one of my favourite things to do.
Brooklyn blogger The elle next door
And that brings me to the end of this post. If you couldn’t tell by my consistent fangirling, Brooklyn has a special place in my heart, and as completely ridiculously and superficial as it sounds… so does this god damn lovely coat. Any item of clothing that I can wear constantly for months and still not be bored of deserves all the thumbs up/heart eye’d/clapping/hallelujah hands up emoji’s in the world!
If you have any favourite spots in Brooklyn, please do let me know. I’ll definitely be exploring it more when I return to NYC soon (… as soon as I can get away with booking flights without my accountant giving me all the evils in the world).
As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!


  1. Ooooh those views. And you obviously, looking stunning in front of it all! I've always been someone who thought they'd only do one place once as there are far too many places to visit but I'd definitely go back to NYC. I love how fashionable yet cosy this outfit is xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  2. Anika H says:

    Great pics, Gossip Girl is the ultimate TV show!

    Anika |

  3. Jodie Vernon says:

    Honestly I think I'd go hunting for Dan Humphrey too! You look stunning in all of these photos and the background is just beautiful! I can't wait to visit New York one day!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  4. Beauty Bloss says:

    Urgh so jealous right now! I loved NYC and can't wait to go back. Dan wasn't really my cup of tea though….I more of a Chuck girl myself 😉
    The Beauty Bloss

  5. Angie Silver says:

    You definitely channeled Blair nicely 🙂
    Lots of love,

  6. I Love this outfit and how it was accessorized too. Looks great

    xoxo – Style.. A Pastiche

  7. You look gorgeous as ever. I can't relate to all the GG talk as I, -gasp- have not seen it!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  8. Alina Bostan says:

    Your photos, your outfit and just you in general are all blogger GOALS. Love the setting and how sweet of your fiancee to carry the camera around and take some amazing shots of you. Dreaming of NYC now x

    Beauty with charm

  9. I love that area of Dumbo in Brooklyn. Definitely go on Jane's carousel when you return!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  10. I love that area of Dumbo in Brooklyn. Definitely go on Jane's carousel when you return!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  11. Gossip Girl is like my all time favourite. I've visited Manhattan, but not Brooklyn. Will have to visit next time (if I ever go!). Gorgeous photos! x

  12. Meg Siobhan says:

    The jealousy is real, lemmie tell you that! I will visit somewhere in America…one day! And that coat looks like a burrito of warmth. Fabulous.

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  13. Lee says:

    Ohhh, these photos are so nice! and I love gossip girl too! I need to rewatch it. I love your turtleneck!

    Lee –

  14. I LOVE this location so much! I would loveeee to be able to shoot there one day too, the photos look bloody amazing!

    Shot From The Street

  15. Anonymous says:

    This location is so amazing! The photos came out great (: I would love to go to NYC
    Nati xx

  16. Anonymous says:

    This whole post is amazing! The location, the outfit…all so beautiful. You really mastered how to style a chunky knit sweater and that green jacket is the perfect finishing touch. Thank you for the inspiration and have a wonderful weekend!

  17. OMG im pretty much obsessed with GG as well! I have major withdrawals every single time I think about that show! I miss it so much! In love with the name of this posts and you look so fabulous! That coat is so amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  18. Kimberly Ann says:

    Gorgeous photos! I love New York and need to find this spot on my next trip!

    Kim .. My controversial thoughts on Black Friday & a blanket scarf!

  19. Very pretty outfit! Especially love the metallic boots and the coat 🙂 No need to apologize though…I loved watching Gossip Girl too!
    Christina ♥

  20. ella grace says:

    The coat looks really chic and cosy as well. You've captured the beauty of Brooklyn so well in your photos Elle. Xx

    every LiTTLE thing07

  21. Samantha says:

    I've finally started watching Gossip Girl after years of people telling me I should haha. I love the coat on you, it's looks super comfortable and sophisticated!

    Sam |

  22. Jordan says:

    You look so gorgeous Elle and that setting! WOWWW! I need to go back to New York right now! xx

  23. The coat is simply stunning, and those pictures are too!

  24. LBG says:

    In love with the coat and shoes! Brooklyn looks gorgeous, love the view. I would be looking for Dan and Serena too! Fantastic post!

  25. Art Adorned says:

    Gorgeous photos and loving your coat you look absolutely stunning.

  26. Elle seriously, you have to staaahhhp. I really want to go to NYC so badly, and even more so after seeing your posts and what an incredible time you had!! Those views are just amazing, and you look gorge too. I love your coat! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  27. Robyn Taylor says:

    Elle I enjoyed reading this post so much! Not only do you look fab, the photos of the area are just fab and as a crazy GG fan too I love the Dan Humphrey references!!

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

  28. Olive and cream is a dream! Love this effortlessly chic look!

  29. Glam O'Clock says:

    I am so jealous you're in NYC (but stil really really happy for you :). Can you believe I visited it for the first time 2 years ago and didn't go to Brooklyn #Looser (in my defence, I didn't know it was cool at the time). I absolutely adore your shoes and your coat. I need an effortlessly chic coat and I love kaki (please don't be mad if we run into each other and I have the same one) 🙂 Xx

    Ally |

  30. Majean G says:

    Such beautiful photos. I could tell how excited you are in this post…so cute!x

  31. I am a 'looser' too! Love the photos! So jealous!

  32. hahaha i can't let go of my attachment to Gossip Girl as well! i watch it over and over again. mostly i love the clothes and am always inspired whenever i watch an episode, but also i love the dynamics of the upper east side characters. your photos out and about in Manhattan look really great!

  33. It is so cool you went to this location! Love the coat too!

  34. Oh man I just watched age of adaline as a consolation for my gossip girl woes and now after the mention of dan, omg I just love him haha there are some super cute pictures of him and blake when they first started filming. I adore your outfit and am totally obsessed with turtlenecks at the mo xxx

  35. Lauren S says:

    OHHHH NYC, it looks so gorgeous (as do you my sweetheart) Looking forward to catching up with everything from your trip lovely

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  36. So fabulous! I have never been to New York let alone Brooklyn but it looks so beautiful. I love your coat & could only dream of wearing one here in San Diego. Have a happy weekend! :]

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  37. Lemontierres says:

    Beautiful photographs, I'd love to visit Brooklyn too! I might be a bit jealous here. Oh, and I'm such a great fan of Gossip Girl as well, it's a guilty pleasure for me (just like it is for you) but aren't we all supposed to have a few guilty pleasures! 😉 X

  38. Brooklyn looks nice over there.
    Lovin your oversized coat as well elle.

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  39. Grace says:

    I seriously need to visit NYC – it looks amazing. Love this outfit, very chic. I'm sure Blair Waldorf would approve!

    eat, write + explore | bloglovin' | instagram

  40. Kate says:

    Those shoes are so cool – can't believe they're Clarks! Love the coat too – the khaki colour is so pretty. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  41. Call Me Amy says:

    What a stunning location, these pictures are fab! I've never been to New York or even to America so your New York posts are giving me itchy feet to get saving for a visit! Love the coat it looks amazing with your hair
    Amy xx
    Call Me Amy

  42. Zeynab M says:

    I love love this coat and you look absolutely gorgeous. I am jealous that you are in New York.

    Zeynab x
    The Beauty Load

  43. Rubi Ani says:

    I'd love to visit Brooklyn one day!
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den |

  44. Love how you did this (also love the outfit!). The views are beautiful x

    Ellé |

  45. Beautiful photos, you look lovely! I hope you had an amazing time, it sure sounds like it 🙂 xx

  46. Cate EC says:

    This outfit is so gorgeous. I completely live my life by Gossip Girl too and even have pencils saying 'What would Blair Waldorf do?' on them, so, if you think you're sad…! haha! xxx

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  47. R Burden says:

    Lovely pictures of you in sunny NYC. The coat is probably my favourite item from your outfit. Really pretty. xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  48. Id do anything to get to NYC! I can imagine just being in complete awe of the place. I also have to agree that I am a total sucker for GG! Everything is so classy but with a mischievous streak about it.
    I am loving that jumper too 😍
    Bee |

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