the elle next door Upper east side new york
the elle next door Upper east side new york
The good thing about returning to a city for the second time, is that you’ve most likely visited all the really touristy things first time round, so you have a lot more room in your schedule – yes I am that anal person that tries to schedule a trip to get maximum New York fan girl time – to just wander the avenues, get lost amongst the quieter streets and generally just take in the real city vibe. Rather than just that of the overly populated areas full of fellow tourists and more selfie sticks than Kim Kardashian’s had relationships.
So on our second from last day, after visiting the Rockefeller which we hadn’t managed to squeeze in before – more on that stupidly, ridiculously beautiful experience later – we had a bit of spare time to wander the upper east side. And pull over into the middle of the road to take some outfit snaps #DedicationToTheCause
And whilst I didn’t find Serena or Blair, Chuck or Nate (it would have been really nice to find Nate)… I did find a new possible favourite area of New York. xoxo Upper east side (I’d like to take this moment to say that if you aren’t familiar with Gossip Girl, I promise I haven’t regressed to my 14 year old self using phrases like “xoxo”).
the elle next door Upper east side new york
the elle next door Upper east side new york
the elle next door Upper east side new york
the elle next door Upper east side new york
the elle next door Upper east side new york
the elle next door Upper east side new york
the elle next door Upper east side new york
Shirt – New Look / Trousers – Oasis via Liv who I bought them from at The Bloggers Market / Boots – ASOS
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Rewinding to post “Sorry Dan, but you’re going to have to wack the camera out because I need some upper east side/yellow taxi background shots please” moments, when we headed to the Rockefeller centre. I had high hopes for this as first time round everybody had advised me to head here instead of the Empire State, but I think there’s just something about going to NYC for the first time that attracts you to the Empire state first. All I can say is, the reality of the Rockefeller was everything I’d heard it would be and more…
rockefeller top of the rock
I spent a long time wandering around the Observation deck – making sure to head up to the top section like my good friendJess had told me I had to do – and in all honesty, it was only the promise of a Starbucks and gluten free pizza that managed to drag me down from there. The views, quite frankly, are absolutely breathtaking. I defy anybody not to go to the very top and not be blown away by what you see.
I definitely had a little moment to myself [read: slight tear] just thinking about how lucky I was to be there, and how devastated I’d be to return home. NYC really will always have my heart.
So that brings my fourth instalment to the NYC diaries to an end. I do have a Travel Guide/”I love NYC so much” ramble coming soon however I’ll be returning to London/Christmasy content for the next few posts as work calls. (Sometimes I forget that this is my actual job and some things have a deadline and I can’t go fangirling over NYC for the rest of my life). 
Oh, before I forget, I also have a vlog of my whole trip so if you fancy checking that out, I’ll pop that here… 

I really, really hope you’ve enjoyed these posts though, I would love to know which was your favourite from the NYC diaries? Also, if you have any recommendations, I may have already had a sneaky peak at flights for March 2016. Just saying… πŸ˜‰

As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!


  1. Lemontierres says:

    I love your outfit, awesome photos as well. Oh I really want to go to New Yoooork! πŸ™ X!

  2. The heart shirt is so cute!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  3. Loving your outfit! Especially the heart print shirt, so cute! I'm dying to go back to the US, so envious!

  4. Oh Elle, you look beautiful. I have this shirt in the reverse colours too – great choice I think πŸ˜‰ Your photos are gorgeous too, utter perfection xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  5. I love your boots! All of your New York posts are seriously making me want to go like now! x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  6. Ahhh. You're making me want to go to New York so bad! You look too cute! Loving that blouse and those booties are fabulous!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  7. The views really do look fantastic from the top of the Rockefeller Centre, I've only been to the Top of the Rock bar for a drink at night

    Suze – Luxury Columnist

  8. Amazing photos and nice look! I like your heart-print top πŸ™‚


  9. I will never get over that view. I had no idea Central Park was so huge! Your vlog was a nice little (or long actually) break from working, it made me feel so excited even though I'm not going any time soon! Loving your NYC posts x

    Martha Jane |

  10. Ever so stunning! NYC! Cute shirt!

  11. stephanie says:

    gorgeous pictures!!! you look amazing! the print of the shirt is just adorable.

  12. You look so pretty! I was a big fan of GG and this video was like short bits from GG, especially Grand Central Station bit:) I really want to visit NY and watch this spectacular view from the observation deck! x

  13. ella grace says:

    This has to be my favourite from your NY diary Elle. I am a sucker of a good top view wherein I can see almost the whole place/city. Also, your photos are impeccable as always! Xx

    every LiTTLE thing07

  14. Love your outifit – I've been looking for a shirt like that! x

  15. You are a super stylish cold weather dresser!!! I actually had a dream a few days ago about nate… got real. HAHAHAHA xxxx

  16. What lovely photos! I hope you had a lovely time in NYC and you are very lucky to have such an awesome boyfriend who helps you out with your photos!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  17. Beckie says:

    lovely outfit combination! NYC looks incredible!

  18. Alina Bostan says:

    Wow that view is just incredible, definitely putting this as one of the first places I visit in NYC (if I ever go). Love your outfit too, the shirt is so pretty and you look amazing as always. Fair play to Dan for getting such great shots too x

    Beauty with charm | AVENE GIVEAWAY

  19. Dana Nicola says:

    Wow these pictures and the views looks absolutely stunning, I can't imagine how breath-taking it is in person, you lucky girl!

    Dana ||

  20. Trend Mix says:

    I love your patterned shirt, the hearts are so cute. The pants color is perfect! πŸ™‚

  21. Raquel says:

    Love Rockerfeller Plaza..there is so much to see! I know exactly what you mean about the touristy places though. Living in NY most of us don't really enjoy going around those areas much either. There is so much more too see when you just get to explore on your own!

  22. tytuyi says:

    Nice post, and thanks for your share

    Janny |

  23. Kirstie says:

    Really enjoying your posts about NYC Ellie! It's my dream to go there. I have a really similar shirt to this but black with white hearts from Matalan πŸ™‚

    Kirstie |

  24. Angie Silver says:

    I truly fell in love New York too and those views are just incredible!
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  25. Robyn Taylor says:

    You look beaut here! I love the purple trousers, I have some burgundy jeans that I've had for years and I've no idea why I don't wear them more!

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

  26. You look so cute Ellie.
    Lovin the heart print top πŸ™‚

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  27. Lauren S says:

    Love that shirt on you Elle, and top of the Rock is my favourite place in NYC – makes me want to go back so bad!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  28. crafty-zone says:

    Wow, the view from Observation Desk is breathtaking, I think that it must-have when you're in NYC πŸ™‚ What about your outfit I really like it and I see that you have similar taste, because today I was wearing very similar outfit to yours (including trousers in this beautiful, wine color and white shirt :D) πŸ™‚

  29. Art Adorned says:

    I think you're outfits are cute and not boring love the black and white top by the way super cute.

  30. Rubi Ani says:

    Such a stunning city! and I love your trousers.
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den |

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