Monday, August 31, 2009


Whoa, I feel OLD! My husband and I just returned from a whirlwind 2 day trip to NYC (a surprsie for his 30th Birthday) It was SO fun, but absolutely exhausting. Maybe it is all the walking? The afternoon into evening drinking? No sleep?!!!! Either way, it was a blast. NYC has an energy and vibe all its own. Not to mention the people watching...Ahhhh, I wish I could have stopped some people on the street and take their picture. I love the creativity of the fashion and the diversity of everyone around you. It was certainly refreshing...

We stayed at the fabulous Gramercy Park Hotel. It's an Ian Schrager designed hotel, which is an absolute feast for the eyes. I felt like I had walked into a bohemian dream. Lots of heavy wood, rich tapestry and bold colored velvet, harlequin black and white tiles on the floor. The attention to detail unreal. The Rose Bar in the hotel is a must-see if you have a chance. It is guest list only and they don't allow many people in, because it is small and they don't want it to get too crowded. I never thought in a million years that I would be sharing this small space with the cast of Gossip Girl, who were there celebrating Blake Lively's 22nd Birthday. Yes, I was completely star a giddy school girl...I mean, come on? Chase Crawford?!

We spent most of the first day eating, drinking and shopping. Since this was my husband's birthday, I had really hold back my urges to hit all my spots and focus on him. So, we hit up some great men's stores. My husband found a gorgeous tweed sportcoat with leather arm patches at John Varvatos. Such a great store, they really know how to take traditional menswear and give it a twist. It's also more of a tailored fit for the guy with a hip attitude and who likes a slimmer fit.

Now, in the time I was given for "me" shopping, I have to say I was completely underwhelmed. I know...hard to believe, right? It was just very 80's looking...tons of sequins and embellishment, which honestly is not really appropriate for my SAHM lifestyle! I was looking for affordable fashion at H&M, Zara and Topshop and there was nothing to be found. Maybe if I would have had more time, I could have found something great. But, in the quick run through, nothing caught my eye.

Scoop had some great things...DVF looks gorgeous for fall, probably the prettiest I have seen from her in the past few seasons. I was surprised to see a lot of the color RED, it seemed to be everywhere for fall. I also have come to terms with the fact that I need a pair of boyfriend jeans, they were also in every store.
The fashion knowledge that I returned with is get geared up for a serious throwback to the 80's...I think that this look is inevitable for Fall. I have to mentally prepare myself, because I am not sure if I am ready for the big shoulder pads...God help us all...


  1. I'm glad to hear that you and Jonathan had a great time in NYC celebrating his 30th birthday. If Jonathan's 30, now I'm really old!

    I enjoyed reading your observations while in the Big Apple. I'll be traveling to NYC Sept. 20-25 for Coterie. I had TopShop on my must see shopping list, but after your comment, I think I'll pass.

    My last purchase at Mark Shale before I was laid off in March was a pair of Joe's boyfriend jeans.
    I LOVE them. They have become my "go to" jeans.
    They look great with a slouchy boyfiend tee and sneakers or dressed up with a fitted top and heels! Mine are distressed, but the rips and holes are in all the right places. No skin showing so they are very appropriate attire for a Mommy!

    You know that I don't own a bit of color in my wardrobe, but I can appreciate that you noticed a lot of red.

    Glad that you and Jonathan had a great time in the Big Apple. Now, I'm really getting excited about going in a couple of weeks!


  2. It's back baby! Balmain jackets have actually made me dig a strong shoulder. Gasp. What a fun trip!

  3. we need a girls trip to NY! wouldn't that be amazing?
    we would probably have to re-finance our house!



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