Heroine in Heels

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Casual Leather Shorts

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I have to admit, I get a bit lost when it comes to summer dressing. I know I like girl stuff, but I wouldn't say I'm girly girly. I like a bit of edginess when I dress, even when it's just casual. 

Which is why I have fell in love with the shorts and sweater combo. Casual, but you can have a bit of fun- especially when the shorts are leather.

It's also a great alternative to the crop top fashion. I don't know about you, but I much prefer flashing my legs, whilst covering up my top half. 

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There was something about this outfit that I just loved. It was comfy yet it felt fun. A motif sweater made a statement whilst the touch of leather gave it just that added oomf to stop it being entirely boring. 

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Shorts- Finders Keepers c/o House of Fraser*
Converse- Office
Bag- Coach

Also with this look, I feel it is OK to wear shorts even when our summer hasn't exactly been the warmest. I mean my top half will be nice and snug which will radiate down right?

Let me know what your think of this look. Are you loving leather shorts right now?

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Burger Joint, New York

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For this post I was planning to move more away from food and show you some of the cool sites we saw, but to be honest, on this day we mooched around Grand Central station and spent a lot of time in the Apple Store. Not the best blog worthy material. However what was blog worthy was the food. Oh the food, why would I ever consider ignoring you?

Especially when it's as quirky as Burger Joint.

Now the story goes that back in the 50s there was a typical dirty diner. However it got quite a following with New Yorkers and celebrities, and sort of became an institution. Then years later a big hotel company wanted to buy the land it was on for their fancy new hotel. There was uproar! So the hotel made a surprising decision. It built the posh and refined hotel on the last, but built it around the diner.

Meaning yes, the dirty diner is in this expensive hotel. Whether the story is true remains to be seen, but the diner sure is real.

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You slip behind a discreet curtain and down a corridor to where a neon sign beckons though in.

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Leaving the world of marble and chandeliers behind, the diner truly is the definition of a dirty diner. It's the most higgledy piggledy, dirty shack- and it was awesome. 

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The walls are covered in stickers, graffiti and 90s posters with some little extras- poor SJP's face.

It's funny though as such a grimy place attracts such a diverse crowd. There were the casual crew like us, the post office city workers, and even some glam ladies in heels. I think it's an indicator that its a goodun. 

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The menu is pretty darn basic. 

Single burger with or without cheese, and then doubles of them. Fries as a side. Milkshake, coke or beer and that's about it. 

No fancy pants burgers here. It's the classics done well. 

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There is limited tables, so pull up a pew next to someone with your greasy bag and get stuck in.

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It may not look much, but let me tell you something. A humble beef burger with cheese is a glorious thing when done right. They do it right. No messing, no faff, just juicy, cheesey burgers. 

It gets a thumbs up for sure. 

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Burger Joint is one cool... err... joint. We ended up chatting to some random city worker next to us who was on a work trip from Chicago and was told of this place as a must go to. It's also one of those places that if you are solo, is perfect to go to.

Refined dinner in say the actual hotel I'm sure is a great thing too, but isn't it sometimes more fun to just relax, keep your converse on and not worry when the sauce dribbled down your chin?

We went at around 11pm and it was booming. So if you are in need of a late night dirty burger, then this is just your thing.

Le Parker Meriden
119 WEST 56TH STREET 
NEW YORK 
NY 

Monday, 20 July 2015

Gallow Green Rooftop Brunch, New York

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New York and rooftop bars are pretty synonymous. Before going I researched so many rooftop bars, but once here most plans went out the window as I should have known that me and Dan aren't exactly schedule kind of people. We like to just see where the day takes us and go from there.

We didn't end up going to any rooftop bars, but there was one rooftop that I insisted we plan for, and that was a rooftop brunch.

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The Gallow Green is a rooftop bar located on top of the McKittrick Hotel (It's not actually a hotel, a bit like Hotel Chantelle) that during the week is a evening cocktail bar, but at weekends, it does a set buffet brunch.

I immediately knew I had to come when I saw the photos and read the description. A rooftop area decked out like an abandoned railway station, clad with trees and shrubs, that did a buffet brunch with live music all afternoon. Never one to go for the mainstream I was sold instantly.

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The roof was even more stunning in real life. Plants, flowers and trees covered the entire area, forming canopies and shade. Pretty lights draped from the rafters, and cute home garden touches were everywhere.

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Top: H&M // Leggings: Barbour // Shoes: Converse // Bag: Coach

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The Gallow Green roof looks directly onto the Highline. Whilst I'll agree with you that it doesn't exactly look very impressive right now, the Highline is really cool, but that's for another post this week.

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You can tell we are Brit's- always be prepared and carry an umbrella.

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Inside the main seating area, it is just rather magical. Like a big summer party was happening, where all your cares had suddenly evaporated, as the bands music draped over you, and the waft of freshly cooked food hit your nose.

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For most tables, its big old long benches, so everyone just grabs a pew next to a stranger and leaves with a new buddy.

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It's really had to put into words how much of a good atmosphere there was. Happy vibes were just everywhere. The bands music was so much fun, that I found myself skipping instead of walking. There was also a woman singing for some of it, who was the sassiest woman I've ever met. I want to be her. She even sang a really fun song about brunch. Anyone who can sing about bacon and eggs wins my heart.

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So the actual brunch part is a unlimited buffet. All you can eat, unlimited coffee, tea and juice, and one mimosa. Don't worry though, this is no lukewarm dubious buffet. The food is continuously being cooked in the open kitchen, so it is fresh. Plus this buffet is quite the diverse mix to keep those taste buds raring. 

Thing fried chicken... yes for brunch, why not?

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Sliced beef

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Maple bacon

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Salads and veggies.

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A variety of eggs. 

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Hot rolls and one of my current obsessions, smoked salmon. 

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There was even granola and yogurt for the breakfast purists. 

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Sweet wise, there was scones and cinnamon swirls. 

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Yet I discovered something quite sacrilege to the English scone. 

In America it is called a biscuit, it has SALT on it, and they eat it savoury. See the sign? Sausage gravy. Gravy! On a scone! Oh I felt like fainting!  My beloved English scone massacred. 

Finally moving on from this great transitivity, we piled our plates high and got down to the business of eating. 

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Eventually I did got back and try a "biscuit" but I couldn't bring myself to put gravy on it. Instead opting for caramel sauce and jam.

It's pretty much the same as a scone, just maybe a little harder and obviously more salty.

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We were literally there for hours. I think we were there for a good 3 and a half, as the atmosphere is just so chilled, so fun and just so happy. We grazed lazily, whilst swaying to the music, and chatting merrily over juice. 

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The Gallow Green was definitely my favorite food place in New York. Sure, there were places with better food, not that is bad, oh no not at all, but like The Spotted Pig I wrote about was exceptional. However the Gallow Green made me so happy, and left me feeling good all day. 

If you are going to New York this summer, this is the happiest place to be right now.

542 west  27th street
New York
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