In the need of a city break which combines vibrancy, excitement and incredible shopping, and all within a very quick 48-hours? Look no further than Shanghai and New York City. These two metropolises tick all the boxes, and then some. Shanghai is China’s most cosmopolitan city – full of life with crowded streets, a futuristic skyline and some of the best dim-sum on the planet. Cross the Atlantic and you reach New York City – think historic landmarks, Broadway shows and who could forget luxury shopping on Fifth Avenue? These two cities have everything going for them, so if you are jetting off for two glamourous days and don’t know what to pack, we have happily done the work for you; and don’t worry, you can thank us for it later.
Shanghai 31.2304° N, 121.4737° E
A Walk in the Park
There is plenty to do at Jingan Park. Start your day with a walk in the beautiful gardens or join the locals with a session of t’ai chi. Keep your hair off your face with Deepa Gurnani’s pearl cluster headband which features delicate jewels and bugle beads on a floral fabric backing. The headband’s elastic helps to keep it firmly in place so no matter what activity you get up to you will be comfortable and chic. Perfect for layering, we love Shashi’s Jamie blue tassel bracelet made from nuggets and elastic cord. Again, the elastic detailing makes it stay in place, ideal for when you are deepening your t’ai chi practice.
Xintiandi is an affluent eating and entertainment district of Shanghai and is truly a tourist’s paradise. As a car-free zone, it allows pedestrians to focus on the task at hand – shopping. For an easy afternoon, we say add some dimension to your look with a combination of thread bracelets. We love Kriss and Jules’ small silver bites neon pink nylon thread bracelet and it’s no surprise it’s a best seller. This laid-back style looks great when combined with other bracelets from the Kriss and Jules collection, including their neon blue version and their neon green double bracelet in cotton. Fun, funky and fabulously colourful, these bracelets will add a perfect pop to your casual look.
Spend your evening at Din Tai Fung, a Shanghai foodie institution located in the South Block Plaza of Xintiandi. Although renowned for its dumplings, the rest of the menu is also excellent. Ramp up the ‘wow factor’ with Shh by Sadie’s Rocked Up Mermaid Necklace. Featuring a bevy of rainbow crystal quartz pieces that shimmer with amazing colour, this dazzling necklace hangs from a chunky gold curb chain. Keep the rest of your look simple by wearing Tulola Designs’ Infinity Knot 18k yellow gold vermeil studs which take inspiration from the Tibetan knot of eternity. SiammPatra’s chain link statement ring finished in 14k yellow gold mimics the beauty in the shapes of old locks and chains. Don’t forget your handbag! Ethnique PH’s Pravin Clutch in teal will add another burst of colour to your ensemble with its brightly beaded and embroidered front.
New York City 40.7128° N, 74.0059° W
A Splash in Central Park
Discover a hidden world of beauty inside the bustling metropolis that is New York, New York. Rent a row boat to get your early morning fitness fix while staying snug with Bindya NY’s stamp art scarf. Made from a blend of cashmere and silk, this is the perfect accessory to keep you warm in the cool morning air and gives you the flexibility of movement for enjoying this quintessential NYC experience. Don’t forget the earrings! Complete your look with a delicate pair of studs by POTC Jewellery. These earrings are as unique as they are comfortable and feature a fun compass design which ties in perfectly with the navigation themed-morning.
An Afternoon at The Guggenheim
If it’s creativity you are after, head to this internationally renowned art institution founded on early masterpieces. Here you can proudly display your wearable art with charisma and confidence with Isharya’s Blue Lapis Goddess Power cuff. This 18k gold plated brass beauty looks good with any outfit and is perfect for everyday wear. We also suggest Maria Francesca Pepe’s City Maps gold midi enamel ear cuff to add that little understated something to keep your look fresh.
Embrace the culture vulture in you with an epic love story or a long-running classic at the home of American theatre. Although casual dress is permitted, we think it’s important to dress the part, after all, you are on a city break and it is NYC. We love Volha Jewelry’s Polina Statement necklace and yes, does it certainly make one. Made of bright orange agate stones with glass crystals, this piece will transform any look adding that special touch to even the simplest of outfits. Keep the rest of your look cohesive with Katja Tamara’s envelope pistachio python leather clutch to carry your show tickets and other essentials safely.
So here you have it – our round-up of jewellery and accessory essentials to take you from morning to noon to night. Get ready, you are embarking on some seriously fabulous and fashionable 48 hours.
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