Back from the Big City - NYC

jburgh

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Hello all!
I'm finally back home from NYC and ready to give tPF the devotion it deserves. I was able to get online for about 15 minutes on Wednesday, but that was it. Here are the details...

We arrived on the 14th, late in the afternoon. LaGuardia is amazingly close to the city, so the trip in was short. The first night I ate like a carnivore. Here at home we rarely have steak, but my SIL had to have as she called it a "New York Steak" We went to Kennedy's on 57th, and it was cute to see the couples celebrating Valentines day. The food was delicious. Since the trip was really to visit Toy Fair, I went there all day Sunday. Toy Fair is huge, there are about 1000 toy vendors, and lots of fun things to play with. In the evening, we attended a banquet at the 5th Ave FAO Schwartz toy store. That is a really fun place. The theme was New Orleans, yum...but I was too chicken to eat a crawdad.

Monday, I took a trip on the bus out to the Woodbury outlets. I made a beeline for BV, naturally! If that had been the only outlet there, it would be worth it. I found a great woven felt and leather man bag for the DH. I also got one of those little pink coin purse thingies. There was a lovely satchel that I snagged. Now it was called the Viva Italia bag...but wait, hold on, wait a minute! This was NOT the same orphan bag on Bluefly. The bag was an ash scuro-like color. There are small enameled metal squares around the bag. I like an unusual satchel, and this was not garish. I managed to find a Carmino agenda, too. That is the best red. Also, a pair of Ebano embroidered suede shoes followed me back. Actually it is all being shipped and I will post pictures here when it arrives. I made a quick visit to Choo, Ferragamo and to Loro Piana. That was it...all I needed to see. That evening, we went out with some of my SIL friends to Ralph's Italian restaurant. It was good, too.

On Tuesday, I went back to the Toy Fair to visit the Steiff booth (love those mohair animals) and kill a little time before noon. I met up with Mid- at Hatsuhana for sushi. Mid- is as adorable, kind, sweet, softspoken, and elegant as you would imagine. The restaurant was wonderful. Afterwards we set out for some shopping. We visited BG, Saks, BV, Mikimoto, Hermes, and Swarovski. I found all the scarves I had been looking for. The pearls at Mikimoto are absolutely beautiful. Mid- was not wearing her Pearls in Motion necklace, but I did see them at the store. It sure is great to get to a big city with the flagship stores...they are well stocked.

The important one...the BV boutique. Oh my...that place is huge! It was fabulous to see so many items in person. No oxidized copper, though. It all flew out the door immediately. Mid- tried on a gorgeous triple strand woven silver bracelet. And there were so many shoes! All the great stuff from the catalogs.

They had the embroidered Tea/Nero Florette Settansei (76) bag. I have no idea why it is called that, but the shape is the same as BL's Mattita. They also had the Caramel/Tea Pensee´ bag with the embroidered violets. I saw the divided knot in both the Vachette and Nero. What a great new style. Love the two sections. One section opens using the knot clasp on top, the other with the buckled strap.

And then...there it was.... My HG Knot, the Pepe sterling silver with the cloisonne enameled snakes. Wow. The SA took it out of the case, so I could hold it. Oh boy.

We headed upstairs to the men's department. Get this, the elevator was lined in suede. It smelled great in there. I got a bow tie for the DH. Also, we saw lots of the new men's bags. The light was out in the absinthe case, but we did get to see some accessories in that fantastic color. The home furnishings and RTW were also upstairs. I love the natural fabrics that BV uses. Oh, we also saw a woven cot with a pillow. I think the color was Tea.

We spent about an hour in BV. Although we did see some BV in both Bergdorfs and Saks, they were mostly the Cruise collection, and cannot compare to the thrill of seeing S/S in person. The day ended too soon, I hope to see Mid- again sometime, perhaps on this side of the country :graucho:. That evening I attended a toy store owners dinner at Saigon 48 with the SIL, a Vietnamese restaurant with delicious food, and so reasonably priced.

Wednesday began at the Toy Fair with the SIL to finish up her business, placing orders, collecting information, etc. Then she and I headed over to Soho for some exploring. She really wanted me to see a purse store called Braccalini (meh), as well as a shop that sold pewter kitchen items. We puttered around Soho and had a great late lunch at a place called Boom. The day ended after we attended Wicked on Broadway. I am not the biggest fan of musicals, but it was very enjoyable.

Thursday was an all day travel experience. I don't need to tell you how great it was to sleep in my own bed. I also seemed to have brought back a chest cold...most likely from the plane trip there.

Next time I visit, I hope to see the Met, especially the Japanese Woodblock prints. And, a whole host of other things. As much as I like to think I'd love to live in a forest in the middle of nowhere, you just can't take the city out of the girl!
 
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Kathy K

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Wow, thanks for the travelogue! I have to tell you, I also share a passion for mohair teddy bears. I have probably close to 100, most handmade, around my house. Funny!

And where are the pics of your purchases....?
 

jburgh

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The loot should arrive by the middle of next week. kroquet, the weather will be great in April. Hope you can meet Mid-, too.
 

kroquet

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I hope the weather is nice, but I've got a lovely Burberry raincoat, if not! And meeting Mid will make me a nervous wreck as I am NOT elegant!!!
 

kroquet

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Oh, did you see any coin purses in the BV store?? How much are they? What colors?? I sound llike a small child! Are we there yet?:roflmfao:
 

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Trip sounds great. Prior to collecting handbags I was a bear and doll collector and have some Steiffs, also have attended the Toy Fair and loved it. I can't wait to see the flowered bags in person, I think the one I liked most is the pensee, but the bag seemed a little small to me, I'm in a big/huge bag stage, plus after seeing the Ruggiadas go on sale while they were still in season, I'm leaning toward taking a wait and see attitude on the flowered bags.
 

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jburgh, I just saw your post on the most delicious, divine (words cannot describe) cabat! I am still hyperventilating, the cabat is so beautiful that i lost swear i stop breathing for quite a few seconds!!!

You must post your loot and i will be waiting anxiously for your next reveal :P I am now hoping that i can make the trip the NYC in April. The last time i was there i had to skip WC shopping as i do not know how to get there from Manhattan... and i did not know that the outlet stores will be so extensive including BV, Chanel, etc.

 

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jburgh, I haven't been on the BV sub in a while, but I just checked in (having heard about our SO!) and it sounds like you had a great trip! I've met Mid- and she is just a beautiful, lovely, sweet person. I'm excited to see your loot!

BTW, Woodbury's out of the way for me, probably about 2 hours, and I've never been there, but we were driving to upstate NY to visit DH's family last week and dropped a friend off on the way, taking somewhat of a detour because it's not really technically on the way...but as it turned out where we dropped him off was right by Woodbury! I was not expecting just to bump into it like that. So I will really have to stop by when I have a day to kill.