SO. My new year resolutions go like this..
1. Make more time to enjoy life, the people you love and the thinks you love doing.
2. Get organised.
3. Blog more.
So I thought I would start my attempt to blog more with sharing some happy snaps from my trip to New York, Milwaukee (will explain later) and Vegas over Christmas and New Years.
I cannot begin to describe how amazing our trip was. There was countless design inspiration I got so giddy and overwhelmed, and if you are following me on instagram (@bygabrielle) you would have seen the countless photos of the people, places and things that inspired me, but for those of you who don’t have instagram, here are some of my top favourite photos from the trip!
New York in the Christmas is just..breathless. Everyone and every place is in the Christmas spirit! This is the biggest REAL Christmas tree I have ever seen, I didn’t even know they got as big as the Tree by the Rockefeller Centre!
Ice-skating outside the Rockefeller Centre. Would have loved to have been one of those people, but my warm Aussie blood wasn’t going to manage standing in an hour long line in the freezing cold!
A romantic walk around Central Park on Christmas Eve was one of my favourite experiences. Gosh it was so cold, but it was the most relaxing and magical day with ice skating and opera singers and lots and lots of squirrels!
The window display at Anthropologie. Wow. what can I say… they spend a lot of money and time on these windows, so people like me spend a lot of time and money in their shop!
The most amazing store in the world is definitely ABC home and kitchen… Interior designer/stylist Heaven on Earth. My husband could not believe how excited and happy I was in this store. We spent hours sifting through all 6 levels of amazing curated collections of homewares and furniture!
And what is a trip to NYC without experiencing the crazy hustle and bustle of Times Square! Magical.
Now there is a story behind why we went to Milwaukee. To be honest, I had no idea where the place was until we went there. My husband Jarrod is obsessed with basketball and even more obsessed with Lebron James (Miami Heat player) and somewhere along the line of planning our trip last year, I had agreed to go wherever in the US Miami Heat were playing while we were away…which happened to be Milwaukee. I must say, I am glad we went. We loved it! Everyone was so lovely and the food was amazing and it was just overall a beautiful quite place to relax between the craziness of New York and Vegas.
A thick blanket of snow and an ice covered river made the perfect backdrop.
Snow! lots of it!
One of the most exciting things about going to Milwaukee is that I got to see one of my most favourite buildings in the world, the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by Santiago Calatrava. The ‘wings’ of the building open and close and mimics the movement of bird wings. Just breathtaking. This would be my favourite photo of the whole trip.
And of course, the whole reason we were in Milwaukee was to watch this man, Lebron James do his thing! And my husband was very lucky to meet his idol after the game.
LAS VEGAS BABY!
What an insane and bizaare place! I can definitely see why they call it sin city. However what a great place for design inspiration, shopping and food (all my favourites)!
My favourite casino was by far the Cosmopolitan hotel. What an amazing detailed designed place. I loved the en masse crystal strands that wove their way around the centre 3 level bar of the casino. Just stunning and completely mind blowing.
Again another shot of the Cosmopolitan – gaming area. Very fancy!
The Belagio fountain performance was definitely a highlight.
Finally, to finish the trip off, we headed to the Strip to farewell 2012 and welcome with open arm what we all hope to be a wonderful 2013!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!