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A Design filled day in Hudson Yards, NYC.

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AhhNew York City…“The city that never sleeps”. This may sound like a cliché, but it’s true. There’s always something to do, see, or eat at all times of the day! After four days in this bustling city, I did feel a tad exhausted, but also completely in love with this dazzling place. Hudson Yards especially. 

For any design lovers checking out the city, I strongly suggest spending a day in Hudson Yards and make sure to check out the following:

The Vessel

new-york-the-vesselHead down to Hudson Yards and check out the new Vessel, an interactive building that is intended to be climbed. It’s a feat of impressive engineering. Staircases circle around a centre point allowing one to climb to the top and offers remarkable views of the city. Make sure to bring your walking shoes.

Mercado Little Spain

After all that climbing, it’s time to hydrate and grab a quick snack for both your eyes and taste buds. Down below in a beautifully designed Spanish market, full of the freshest Spanish treats.  Here you can find bars, restaurants and unique kiosks in both design and taste! Churros, ice cream, hams, cheeses from all around the world. You can find it all. Yum!

Highland Park

After you grabbed a bite to eat, take a walk down highland park and keep your eyes peeled for all the beautiful architecture that surrounds the city. The path stretches from Hudson Yards to the Whitney Museum in the south. It is a beautiful 2.5km walk with stunning views of the city! The path used to be a train rack and has been converted to a beautifully maintained garden and walking path.
Tip: Try to go when it’s not too sunny as this path is loved by all
With NYC being beautiful all times of the year and having so much design inspiration to offer, it’s good to find one place chock-full of design goodies. I highly recommend Hudson Yards as a go-to for all your design inspiration. It’s a shame that I couldn’t squeeze every bit of New York in four days, but this weekend has just made me more enthused for my next trip back. 

Your Guide to Comfortable Camping

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Experience Camping In Comfort With Our Must-Have Essentials.

That feeling of waking up to the freshest of air all around me. The sounds of the forest slowly pulling me out of a deep sleep. Slowly and quietly climbing down my tent ladder while my partner Fraz is still fast asleep. I slip into my sandals and my favourite Tilley hat to head down to the lake. There is this one moment standing on the edge of the slowly lapping water… where everything stands still and there is peace. No work stress, no phone service, no commitments, just the beauty of nature.

Camping is truly my happy place for me to unwind and get grounded. It’s my home away from home. It took some time to create that level of home comfort with my camping gear. These are a few things that have become my must haves for camping in comfort.

Some Comfort – $

Comfortable Camping Hat
  • Tilley Hat: This is my favourite item camping. It is made in Canada, it has a lifetime warranty and it is so functional. It’s waterproof, UV protected and the best hat to have summer naps under… ever. I strongly encourage you to join the Tilley club.
  • Luci Solar Lights – This is such a durable solar powered lantern. It is light, takes up next to no space and they FLOAT! Not to mention they make a color changing one for your next camping party.
  • Brewmate Beer Cozy – I love a cold beverage while I’m camping and this cozy definitely keeps a drink chilled for a very long time. It takes both tall and short cans and doubles as a thermos for coffee. They come in so many finishes that it is hard to choose just one.

More Comfort – $$

Comfortable Camping Mosquito Net
  • Camping chair – Having a good chair is key to camping. I don’t have a particular one I love because I have accumulated quite a few over the years. My top requirements for a good camping chair include a large seat to curl up in and a high back to rest my head on.
  • Pop up mosquito tent: For me this is an absolute must when you are deep in the bush. I love being in nature but I don’t love being eaten alive. This Coleman one is durable and super easy to take down & set up.
  • Camping BBQ: I love this trusty Coleman travel BBQ. It gets super hot, has some great add-ons to buy, and is super easy to pack around. I have made so many delicious camping meals on mine!

Luxury Comfort – $$$

Comfortable Camping Tent
  • Down Bedding:  Now if you know me I am a bit of a princess when it comes to bedding. I love down bedding so I had to buy myself a full camping set from my favourite Canadian supplier, Dreammakers. I also love that the down bedding fits in my vacuum storage bags so well.
  • Tepui Tent:  This was my biggest camp purchase last year. We fell in love with these roof top tents when we found this fantastic local outdoor store called Overland Outfitters. I love that store and the owners are next level amazing people. This has changed my camping experience 100% for the better. I feel so safe being up high. The mattress is very comfortable, easy to set up and take down and is great in any weather. Overland Outfitters even offers rentals, including a rack system for your vehicle, in case you are hesitant to buy one…just yet.

Being at home is so soothing for me. Home is safe, comfortable and soul filling. To create that same feeling in nature is such a treat, which is why I’ve made I have managed to create that feeling in nature with all these camping comforts. Now get outside and enjoy nature. It’s calling for you.