Hi sweet friends I am back.
Back in more ways than one. You see I haven’t only been away from blogging I have been away from home. Last week my Love whisked me away for a few days in my favorite city in the whole wide world.
Times Square by night
Turns out that a trip to the city that never sleeps was exactly what the doctor prescribed. At first I was a bit hesitant, still not feeling a 100%, but I just couldn’t say no to the offer of a few days of special time with my guy in that special city.
New York is such a crazy place, there really is no other. The energy just oozes around every corner. So we walked and walked. At least 10 miles every day. We shopped, and we browsed. We took liquid sustenance at Starbucks and we walked on.
Anthropologie Store Front
I was tired, my body protested at times. But my mind and spirit were lifted in such a big way that my body couldn’t stay behind.
Anthropologie store collection
I came back exhausted, jet-lagged and with sore feet. But most of all I came back energized, inspired and with a new zest to ‘get on with it’.
One World Trade Center
New York itself is a city that never gives up. Whatever is thrown at it, they put their shoulders under it, and carry on. So inspiring.
And I never know, if we bloggers take our cues from the ‘designers’, or if it is the other way around, but everywhere there were the new trends that are so ever-present in the blog world.
Like Fish Eddy: vintage China and shipping crates where everywhere. Love that store.
Vintage China at Fish Eddy
Oh how I wish I could have packed up those old crates, also from Fish Eddy
Me and Mr. Pumpkin Head.
And then again. I don’t think the resourcefulness of us bloggers has gone mainstream yet. ABC Home was as gorgeous as ever. And yet, most of what I saw was so overpriced it was ridiculous. Tiny vintage bottles for $40 each. Doesn’t anyone go thrifting in New York?
Home office supplies at ABC Home
But I loved browsing the store. This ‘office’ corner was my favorite. And look at that cool accessory on the shelf! Donna are you seeing this? A roll of barb wire as shelf décor. Cool.
Vintage roll of barb wire
Now look at the price tag…
Yup that is right $125 dollars for a ‘vintage’ roll of barb wire. Crazy I tell you. Crazy!
Me re-acquainting myself with the vintage mirrors.
They still carried the vintagified mirrors that where the inspiration behind my homemade version of a vintage mirror.
Roof top water towers
I have been to New York a few times now. And each time I fall in love a bit more.
In love with the busy streets, the yellow cabs, the water towers on the roof tops, the quiet parks, the presence of the sea, the fashionable people, the deli’s, the high end shopping, the quirky boutiques, the street art, the monuments and the craziness of it all.
View of the Statue of Liberty at sunset
We had gorgeous weather. Just a bit of rain one evening. But the rest is was blue skies and clear nights. New York was preparing itself for the holiday season. So Halloween, Thanksgiving and even some Christmas decorations where popping up everywhere. This city sure knows how to throw a party.
And this one….
I didn’t even know it existed.
An M&M store.
Soooo busy with shoppers, I saw the tell-tale little bags everywhere in the streets.
I was a good girl. I only took pictures home with me. As always when faced with too many choices I don’t know what to do anymore and I end up not buying anything.
M&M’s in every possible color and flavor
Good thing, I could do without those sugary calories. Pretty though.
Speaking of too much of a good thing. We hung out in the fashion district quite a bit. All the bead stores and trim stores are so gorgeous. I think this one was the biggest of them all.
Embellishment and ribbon heaven
It was huge and filled to the brim with every bit of ribbon, lace or string that you could imagine. I was completely overwhelmed. I thought about buying some yards of this and that, but in the end it was simply sensory overload and I left empty handed.
Just as well, it isn’t as if I don’t have any craft materials at home…
I didn’t leave empty handed here:
Mood Fabric Store
This time around I was successful in finding Mood fabric store (you know the one from project runway). Talk about sensory overload. I was in fabric heaven.
Linens at Mood Fabric
In my mind I was walking the aisles with my mom. Oh how she would have loved this store.
I had something specific in mind to get here, and I found it (of course). I need some time behind the sewing machine and then I’ll let you know what I got.
We spent our final hours catching our breath in Central Park.
Central Park bridge in Fall
Amazingly beautiful as ever.
Thank you New York City, you made me a new person once again.
So what is your favorite city in the world? And where would you like to go to fill up on energy and inspiration?