Easy Route

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetIMG_3129IMG_3130When you’re on the road, it can be hard to find places you actually like, for example, Starbucks. I have Starbucks on the daily, and I always like to know where the nearest one is. With the @cherripikapp it’s super easy to find all the places you love no matter where you are. CherriPik is a store locator app that you should all download! When you use the link, don’t forget to use the referral code 4VX7Q when you sign up!

LOVE & KISSES, MAITRI P. 

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New York – The City of Dreams

I took a tiny road trip to New York. I was so excited because my best friend visited me all the way from Texas and we have never been on the New York City trip. Also, it’s on my New Year’s resolution list – to have a photoshoot with my best friend in the city.

On this trip, my best friend, Alesha and I got lost for a good half an hour in the subways underground – which was no Bueno (no good). Despite getting lost underground and asking MILLION people on how to get around, it was safe to say that it was worth it. I enjoyed it because the view was absolutely breathtaking. We got to visit the Roosevelt Island, which I never knew about. Although I am scared of heights, I prefer to challenge myself and overcome my fears.

Later that day, we went to visit two of my friends whom I have not seen for over two years. The warmth of their hugs and the reunion was worth an hour ride of the sub from Manhattan to Flushing.

Coincidently one of my friend’s mother’s salon was close by so, Alesha and I chose to pamper ourselves by getting our makeovers done. I chopped off 3 inches – though it’s not a lot for most of the people, 3 inches is a LOT for me considering I love my hair long, haha!

PS. The salon is absolutely beautiful and the people there are VERY nice! I 100% recommend it to my New York readers, not to mention it’s adorable as well 🙂

(Usha’s Shreeji Beauty Salon – 7 days a week: Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 7:30 PM Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM Address: 40-11 104 st. Corona, NY 11368 Tel: 929-204-9806)

You guys may be wondering so did you do a city tour or nah?

Haha yes, we did. We chose to save the city tour for the night since its beautiful at nighttime with the city lights.

For dinner, we went to a Salvation Tacos which is a Mexican restaurant. I have 0 words to describe the view from the rooftop! It’s BEYOND sumptuous. Though the wait is super long because of its popularity and a number of people that visit there every day – it’s worth it. To digest our food, we walked to The Time Square and just rested at the tables there. Took couple pictures and just admired the city and what it had to offer us.

We were there for more than 12 hours. Though we had to take the train back home, we did not want to leave what-so-ever. Our hearts said no, but our minds said yes.

It was positively an adventure because our phones completely died as soon as we purchased the tickets for the train. We were phoneless and we were lost at 1 AM in New York. We somehow managed to get back on time. Our feet and body were so sore from all the walking but it was surely worth it. New York is a place where I’ll never get tired of visiting and would not want to leave every time I am there.

My heart resides in New York❤️

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Empire State Building

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Roosevelt Island

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Usha’s Shreeji Beauty Salon 7 days a week: Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 7:30 PM Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM 40-11 104 st. Corona, NY 11368 Tel: 929-204-9806

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Rooftop views

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Actually being back in the city is giving me all the feels.

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India trip 

Although I was born in India, I’ve raised up in New Jersey, America most of my life. December 2014, I got the news that my family and I are all going to India to attend one of my cousins, Shruti Patel’s wedding. My heart filled with joy and the thought of reconnecting with my family members and friends was incredible. Till this day, I pick my mother’s side over my father’s side. And being able to see them after almost 10 years.. just incredible. I couldn’t put my excitment into words. Not only was I cheerful about the fact that I’m going to India, but because I lovelovelovelove traveling.

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Obviously after reaching there, I was super busy due to pre-wedding shopping and dance practices. Although the first few days were so hectic, the end results were totally worth it. Dancing with family members, taking pictures, dressing up with cousins, making fun of each other, and much more.

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Outfit details:

  • Blouse
  • Saree – “a female garment that consist of a drape varying from five to nine yards in length. Typically wrapped around the waist, with one end drapped over the shoulder, baring the midriff.”
  • Indian gold jewelry; earrings, necklace and bangles.

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Gujarat, India has many breathtaking places to visit for tourist. One of many, Sarangpur is my family’s dearest. It’s our temple. Even though it was my first time visiting Sarangpur, I did not felt as if I was an outsider. The people there are so lovely and welcoming, the food there is AMAZING and the place itself is gorgeous. I felt as if I was home. We spent about 3 hours there and when it was time to leave, I cried because I did not want to leave, haha

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Indian food is something I die for everyday. Indian food’s known for its spices. Even thought I had a chance to eat as much as I want, I ended up ordering something continental. First few days I was okay but as soon as the spices started to kick it, I decided to go with something else. Haha, oops!

(I nearly ate out everyday. Unfortunately, I couldn’t help but dig in, so I only have this picture. Just by looking at them, I get hungry, haha!)

Maitri Patel | Elegance of SimplicityOverall, roaming around the neighborhood, trying new street food, as well as just spending time with friends and family was pretty entertaining. I would rewind and relive every second of it all over again if I could.

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City of Dreams

 

 

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“Every summer, vacationers traverse the globe in search of new sights and experiences. But when it comes to scandal, I’ll take Manhattan every time.”

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There is something in New York air..

Hey loves,

I was going through my summer 2016 album and came across my pictures from the trip to New York City, so I thought why not share it with you all. First of all, I lovelovelove the city!!! Really, every time I am there, I feel that the city is becoming more and more beautiful.

This time, I was going on a scavenger hunt with few of my girl friends. We started off by driving there, then taking the train to New York, Manhattan. Wherever I looked, the streets of New York City seemed to be like a neverending building. Few main spots I recall we hit are; Grand Central Terminal, Time Square and The Radio City. Everytime I am in New York, I get the Serena and Blair from Gossip Girl kind of feeling, haha!

Side note: Grand Central Terminal is where Gossip Girl shot their first episode of season 1.

That day, I wore a cream color blouse with black jeggings, both from Forever 21; and my handbag is from Ted-Baker.

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Summer 2015

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Downtown Chicago

 

Since it’s my first blog post, I want to make it special and write about something that means the most to me. The summer of 2015, I’ve had an opportunity to go on a religious National Summer Camp. It was approximately eight days long, away from my family in Chicago, Illinois.
There were sixty girls and we all were put into groups of six. We had no idea who any of us were. After the first day of mingling sessions, we became somewhat comfortable. As days passed by, we became closer than ever. The girls I was put into groups with practically became my sisters from another mother. Not only did we share our educational/career goals with each other, but we also shared our past embarrassing stories as well as our goals we’ve accomplished so far in life.
National Summer Camp not only taught me life lessons and helped me find my true identity but it also gave me life long sisters; who’ll be by my side no matter what.Maitri Patel