Learn the meaning of “I Heart NYC” after just four days in the Big Apple. In this concrete jungle dreams are made – at least according to Alicia Keys.

From Times Square and Liberty Island to Central Park and the uber-cool SoHo, you’re guaranteed one of the best cities in the world – and one of the world centres of theatre, music, art, gastronomy, and fashion.

I can remember my first trip to the city (almost nine years ago) like it was yesterday and how magical it all seemed. That same feeling really has never gone away. This time around, I spent most of my time walking through the streets and exploring the city.

My NYC dress code was comfortable yet chic. The weather was quite nice, and even on a few occasions, it was possible to walk around without a jacket on.

However, I’m quite bored of all my winter clothes, so for NYC I mostly brought spring styles with me. If you layer up, you can easily wear all your new spring (and even summer) styles in wintertime. For instance, a plain turtleneck underneath a V-neck sweater and finish off with two jackets: one in denim and one padded. Or you can wear the turtleneck with a pair of faux leather leggings in combination with a blazer. Layering just works!

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These kinds of outfits I wore to a bunch of wonderful places in NYC. Some of my absolute favourites are the Brooklyn Bridge, which offers an amazing view of Manhattan.

Another great place is Soho, a neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan, synonymous with shopping thanks to its mix of major chains and high-end brands. Here you’ll also find nice cafés for taking a break in between shopping. Lastly, I can recommend an Australian café, Citizens of Chelsea, which serves tasty and healthy food as well as really good coffee.

Needless to say, I’m counting down the days until my next trip to NYC.

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