Hi friends!! I didn’t mean to stay away for so long. Forgive me? Things have been busy, busy with work travel and family trips the past few months especially. It’s been a crazy whirlwind of airports and road trips, complete with all the intense post-trip catch up, but I’m back home now with no more trips planned through the new year and I’m not one bit sad about it! I’m feeling energized and excited to wrap up some of these really fun client projects we’ve been working on, but I’m most excited to start blogging regularly again! I have an enormous amount of photos and finished client projects to catch you up on. Also Michael and I are tackling the next phase of reno projects here at the house this fall/winter and I can’t wait to document the process!
The last trip I just got home from was a fast and furious long weekend in NYC. I had two quick work meetings that happily lined up with a girls weekend to celebrate my friend, Angie’s 40th. Angie is an amazing stylist and personal shopper now living in the Bay Area, but she was one of my dearest friends when we all lived in New York a few years ago. That was such a crazy time of my life. Looking back, it’s hard to wrap my mind around how we all survived. Many of us were launching our careers at the time and all of us were raising little ones in a city that can be tricky for kids, with spouses working at law firms or banks that required completely insane hours. We relied on each other for almost everything during those most precious, most intense years. Some of these ladies still live in the city, but many of us have moved away. It was SO fun to all meet up together and pick up right where we left off years ago. We ate all sorts of delicious food, danced our hearts out and slept WAY less than we should have. Love these sweet friends and love this beautiful city.
Even though it was a quick trip, we got to pack in some fun favorites. We stayed downtown all weekend and here were some of our stops:
Freedom Tower Observation Deck and then shopping in the Oculus (have you checked out COS?!)
Eataly – the new DT location is smaller and more manageable — and just as delicious.
Bar Pitti (don’t miss the burrata!)
Suteishi for sashimi and beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge
Century 21 (Angie and I had our kids in the same preschool back in the day and we spent many of those kid-free mornings combing through the racks on the 3rd floor Euro designer level. And now she makes a yearly trip to come see me in Arizona so we can go to Last Chance together. She is an amazing shopping buddy who can give the ruthless yet gentle feedback only the best personal shoppers can give!)
Bubby’s in TriBeCa for brunch (…really mostly just for the biscuits and the old-timey photo booth in the basement.)
10 Below and Big Gay for heart-breakingly good ice cream
Candy Nails (mostly for nostalgia, but it’s a great and cheap mani/pedi!)
Tacombi (if for the corn alone!)
Chelsea, Brooklyn and Hells Kitchen Flea Markets
Any of the Housing Works Thrifts
ABC Home for special baubles and bits and inspiration galore
Citi bikes up and down the west side highway
Rock the Yacht for an amazing three hours of dancing with my best ladies in a tight, dude-free circle with the most breathtaking views of Lady Liberty and the skyline as our backdrop. :)
Right before coming home, I took the metro north up to Connecticut to see my friend Jenna and to walk through some houses. Check out this farmhouse! It was so, so pretty in person. I wish my quick photos did the spaces better justice!
This trip was honestly just what the doctor ordered. Even though I was out of town AGAIN, it felt like a palate cleanser and was somehow the perfect way to cap off what has been one of the most strange, unbalanced, travel-filled years of my life. Not going to lie, I’m ready for it to be over. I think we’re all feeling like 2016 has worn out its welcome. Mid-November seems like a perfectly reasonable time to call it quits and jump right to 2017, don’t you think? :) Here’s to fresh starts! Or at least to some great list-making planning sessions for those soon-to-come fresh starts!