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Outfit Post – Fashion Blogger in Maryland

As you may know by now, we were on holiday in the US for some days. We got back last week, and we still trying to get back into the swing of things. The jet lag is gone, which is great. We were like zombies for days. But I still have a mountain of laundry to tackle, and some unpacking to do. Which is the part I hate the most about going on holiday. Thankfully, I made sure I cleaned the house from top to bottom before we left. I didn’t want us to come back to a dirty house. That would have been so depressing.

 

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I took these photos in Laurel, Maryland. It was a nice sunny day, and I was in the mood to get outfit shots taken. The only accessory missing was my sunglasses, but I didn’t let that stop me.

Like I said in the previous travel post, I didn’t get to do a lot of sight seeing in Maryland. I was hoping to do visit some tourist attractions but it never happened. All I did was see family and friends, and I spent the rest of my time in shopping malls or the hotel.

We spent 6 nights in Maryland. It was my third time visiting the city but first with the kids. We stayed in Homewood Suites by Hilton, which was a literally a home away from home, with a kitchen, living room and bedroom. We had a dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, TVs, coffee machine and all the basics available to us. It was a lovely place to stay and I will be looking out for Homewood Suites by Hilton in other locations.

I didn’t get to travel with my Canon camera so the quality of my photos are not as good as I would have liked. I had to make do with my iPhone and Samsung phone cameras. We were travelling with too many tablets and laptops, the last thing I wanted to add on was another gadget.

 

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Everything I have on is old, apart from the cardigan. I got that piece a few weeks ago, and I am seriously loving it. It is such a stylish piece! Do you agree? Have you been to Maryland before? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

WHAT I WORE

Cardigan – Next Clothing

Jeans – River Island

Shoes – TOMS

Watch – Apple Watch

Bag – KNOMO

Scarf – M&S

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Road Trip from New York to Maryland

After spending 48 hours in New York City, our next stop was Maryland. We decided we were going to drive down, so we rented a car from Enterprise. The process of renting the car was smooth and straight forward. The car was in a good shape, and car seats were provided for the kids as requested.

The road trip was fun overall. The kids didn’t bug as much, so it was a good journey. As soon as we got out of New York, and got into New Jersey, there was difference. The air felt different. The people looked a lot happier. It was like a breath of fresh air. We stopped over at a service centre in New Jersey, so I had the opportunity to take in the city and observe the people. People watching is one of my favourite things to do. I also got the chance to grab a New Jersey souvenir. It would be amazing to spend a few days in the city one day. I am sure there would be a lot to see.

 

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Driving in the US is always fun. The driving rules are different from the rules in the UK, so you have to pay attention. The roads are so wide in comparison to the tiny roads we have here. And there were quite a few toll gates on our way, but it was all good. We all enjoyed the road trip, and I can see us doing it again, from other cities.

 

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I know we are a bit adventurous when it comes to how we holiday. And I like that about our trips. When the kids get older, we plan to be even more adventurous. I would love to visit California one day. The distance is putting me off, but I am hoping we could make the trip when the kids are a bit older. There is a lot to see in the world and I plan to see as much as possible.

 

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You can see more of my trip on my 48 hours in New York and Madame Tussauds posts. I will be writing more on my stay in Maryland. I didn’t get to do much of exploring. Majority of my time was spent shopping. We planned to take the kids to see the White House and other parts of Washington DC, but we didn’t get the chance to do all that. It was my 3rd time in Maryland so I have done most of the tourist stuff already but maybe when next we are in the area, we will get to do more.

 

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Have you had a road trip from New York to Maryland? What do you think go both cities?

 

Our Visit to Madame Tussauds New York

While we were in New York, we visited Madame Tussauds. It was my first time visiting a Madame Tussauds. I am yet to visit the one in London, so I was happy to visit this one. The wax museum was celebrating Bollywood, so there was a DJ and some Bollywood dancers, which was good entertainment. We didn’t plan to visit Madame Tussauds. It just happened because our hotel was next door to the museum, and we decided to go in. I wish we planned our visit beforehand. It is a lot cheaper to buy the tickets online, rather than at the door. We would have saved around $20 if we booked the tickets online.

 

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My first impression of Madame Tussauds New York was that I got the feeling of being in a club. The music was way too loud. I didn’t understand why the music had to be that loud in a wax museum but we quickly got on with it.

We got closer to the stars for sure, and we took lots of photos. You may have seen some of my shots on Instagram if you follow me on there. I have been disturbing the timelines all week now.

 

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There was a lot to photograph. The kids loved posing next to the celebs, especially my daughter. She had a fantastic time. It was like Christmas came early for her.

We took a break after an hour or so. There was a little restaurant, so we got some drinks and pizza. The kids needed a break and we adults were shattered as well. After our lunch, we carried on admiring the beautiful wax creations. Some were more amazing than others. I really like the ones of the Royal Family and Princess Diana. They looked very real.

 

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We decided to skip the world-exclusive Ghostbusters: Dimension Virtual Reality Experience bit because we were advised our kids may not like it much. Which was a shame, since we had that package on our tickets already.We would have saved a few dollars and not bothered getting a platinum ticket if we knew the reality experience may not be age appropriate. But we made the most of the rest of our time there by heading off to watch Marvel 4D movie. It was about 20 minutes, and we all enjoyed the short movie.

 

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Overall, we had a great time. We were at the museum for around 3 hours in all. I would love to visit Madame Tussauds in other locations, but will make sure to plan the visit.

Hav you been to Madame Tussauds New York?

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