You've probably thought I've abandoned this blog, but I've just been on vacation and taking a little break from the computer which has been nice. We did a quick family trip to New York and it was perfect. A week away was inspiring, relaxing and refreshing! We had just enough days between school's release before my boys began some summer things so we took off for New York City for a week. My guys had never been to the East Coast except on layovers. I highly recommend going in early June as it was not filled with summer tourists yet and the weather was perfect!
I'm finishing up my travelogue of Manhattan to share with you, but came back with a few new things on the radar.
|My youngest watching the planes.|
This terminal has terrific seats, views and some neat little local shops like Elizabeth W apothecary and small versions of local restaurants.
|Elizabeth W here and below. Great spot for local souvenirs from this Ghirardelli Square based local perfumer. I love their Vetiver and Sweet Tea fragrances, body oils and lovely candles too.|
There was also time to have an Aperol Spritz before takeoff, at Mission Bar & Grill.
Terminal 3 has long work bars with almost 400 electronic outlets to charge devices, free wifi, free water dispensers to refill bottles, a dedicated yoga room, and a spa-like women's restroom/lounge as well. If only all airports could be so nice! Shout out to SFO and United for a job well done!
I read Amanda Brook's new book, Always Pack a Party Dress on this trip. I was lucky to find it in the airport at the little Compass Books kiosk. I love this little mini book store. They were out of this book at the terminal I was in, so another person ran 20 minutes to another terminal to get a copy! Great staff who know their books...in an airport!
Anyhow, loved the book. It's part memoir, part fashion guide and just the right read for NYC. I enjoyed how Amanda's personal stories mingle in with her style evolution. She's honest and humble and real. Her choosing farm life with her family over having it all, provide a strong counterpoint to the 'Lean In' mentality and I love Amanda even more for it. I agree that having it all doesn't have to mean simultaneously. Some terrific photos, wardrobe inspiration and thoughts on shopping fill this book as well. She's funny too. Her story of meeting Mick Jagger while clubbing is what any of us girls with a boyfriend would do. A great escape and I highly recommend it as a summer read for any fashion lovers out there.
I also picked up these Tretorn Tournament Net Sneakers (above) at J Crew the day before as I knew I'd be pounding the pavement a ton in New York. They are cute enough to wear with a skirt and have the net fabric which kept my feet cool the whole trip. They also have a cushion insoles that massage your feet and let them breathe, i.e...no sweaty feet! Get these if you want a cool travel shoe or just an alternative to sandals for summer. We walked about 18,000 steps a day in New York (serious) and took the subway. I wore these on the flights and a few days in the city too. They also come in a cute navy.
We did squeezed a lot into 7 days and I will share all of it next post. I especially loved Brooklyn which I had never been to. We tried to do things the boys would like.
However, I did get to do tea at Bergdorf Goodman one afternoon overlooking the park!
My guys were great sports and went along.
Love my husband for agreeing to some of these 'girl' things with me.
Because we have done this a few other trips, my kids love afternoon tea... It's the sweets really.
The iconic egg chairs and Gracie wallpaper at the BG cafe.
The lovely Bergdorf windows...
To see even better shots I just noticed Jill of Everything Just So photographed these beautifully.
By the way if you are traveling to NYC pack skirts. I wore a skirt or dress every day of the trip. Even on the cooler days pants are warm and shorts seem a little casual for the city.
I went with a denim theme for packing and brought a denim pencil skirt and two denim shirts as well as a Theory dark denim blazer for the airplane and one cooler evening. Here we are having cappuccinos on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side or LES, a super hip neighborhood. I am wearing one of my shirts and a multi colored wrap skirt that was great as it went with everything. For night I paired it with a silk black tank and wrapped black sandals.
LES has great coffee shops and The Tenement Museum which I'll tell you about in my next post!
Some of the gorgeous Michael Kors bags at Saks. Mind you these are the $1,000 ones so no I didn't come home with one, but they are beautiful with their two tones. Lots of fabulous things to fawn over at Saks!!
The people watching was terrific on Fifth Avenue and I found New York gals to be fully embracing summery dresses and skirts (the best way to stay cool) and ankle tied espadrilles, which made me really want some.
I wandered into Banana Republic to find a bathroom, and found this flagship post had some very cute things ( although I have one in my town) and bought this pair of leather espadrilles (think they are 40% off now-!) with ankle ties which are very comfy with a padded footbed, and the perfect white linen shirt dress which I had on my list to add to my summer wardrobe. While shopping I fell for these Vince espadrilles which I am dreaming about, such a chic, modern looking espadrille.
On holidays I have a tendency to get excited when I'm at shops I normally can't get to and often buy what I don't need. Lately I've really been thinking long and hard and taking a curating mindset with my closet and buying only things that will enhance what I already own. Still, so many cool stores and little time to see it all, especially the uniquely NY ones. Another day I hope!
I hoofed it back with my shopping bags and grabbed a street pretzel! I loved soaking up the energy of Manhattan and even the sidewalk crowds.
Next post I'll tell you where we stayed ( I loved our hotel) and where we went.
Hope you are enjoying summer!
Hope you are enjoying summer!
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