Yesterday was another sunny beautiful day here in New York City - I'm here doing some "advance work" (that means I'm doing my own shopping before everyone gets here - they would not want to wait while I try things on and stuff AND running through our routes and all since we are doing some new things this year and meeting with Robert and Marcia - our hosts for our party Saturday night) until the ladies and I meet up on Friday.
There is a pretty little park across the street from my hotel - a little oasis in the middle of the skyscrapers. It can look dark and gloomy when you're down in the middle of things but when you catch a glimpse of the sunshine, it's magical! See how it's shining on the building on the right?
I made my way up 5th Avenue and over to Madison Avenue and Lexington Ave. By the time I returned to the hotel at night, my feet were done - I'd walked from 46th st. to 79th and around and back and over.
I have to share this fashion "don't" that I spotted on 5th Avenue -
Her shoes are sparkly gold too!
The lights and decorations are up on the stores - I'll share more pictures of those later since I don't want to spoil it for all the ladies that will be here soon. I'll just share this one of some new lights on the Fendi store...
and this one of Tiffanys...
I made my way to the new Tinsel Trading Company store on Lexington...
It's a beautiful little shop - VERY little - but with a sampling of the gorgeous things that they are known for.
My next stop was Laduree - a little bit of Paris in NYC. I was to pick up a birthday present from Michelle that she had ordered for me.
Of course I had to have a couple macarons, too. Look what she got me - a Laduree floaty pen! The macarons float along in the end! How cute is that!! She made this card - amazing, isn't it?
I managed to make it back to 5th Avenue in time to see the unveiling of the holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman. This is the first year that they made it an "event" with "host" Andy Cohen. I have to say that it was kind of dumb - I'm not sure what the people walking down the side of the building had to do with anything!
Just a look at one of the windows to not spoil the surprise. The theme is Holiday on Ice.
I asked the official-looking guy with a clipboard at the store door if it was a private event afterwards in the store, and he said no - that I could just go in the door around the corner, so you know me - off I went! I've never wandered much from floor to floor there but this time there was different book signings and refreshments on each floor as people - who looked important (or at least they thought they were important LOL) - mingled and nibbled. They are usually very strict about no pictures in the store so I've never gotten any but this time there were photographers everywhere, so it was ok. The first floor is always amazing at Christmas...
and how about this bar made from ice in the shoe department!
This pair looked familiar to me - friends on Facebook identified them to me (the funny thing is that I asked a couple young sales girls who they were and they didn't know.) It is Cindy Adams, the 83 year old gossip columnist, who writes the Page Six column for the New York Post, and Carleton Varney, decorator Dorothy Draper's protege, who designed the Grand Hotel in Mackinaw Island, among other things.
I got a glimpse of Aerin Lauder, the granddaughter of Estee Lauder...
I took a picture of this man's sign because I recognized his work - such gorgeous calligraphy!
With a few elegant sweeps of his hand, he wrote my name for me!
I'm so happy to see that they lit the star over 5th Avenue earlier this year so the ladies will get to see it!
It is like a gorgeous piece of jewelry in the sky!
Today I'm off on another adventure - doing a run through of the subway rides we're going to take this year!