Skip to main content

Adventures in the Big Apple

Mercer Street
My weekend in New York City started with drinks with an old friend who loves in TriBeCa. We became fast friends years ago when we realize we read the same sappy/crazy young adult novels, and are both the mother of two girls. We drank wine/cider, snacked on bruschetta and talked books, work, parenting and more. There was much giggling.

The next day, Dave and I roamed SoHo -- hitting some of my favorite boutiques and shops (Mariebelle, Purl, Scholastic Store, etc.). This includes the Orla Kiely shop where I don't so much as purchase but pay homage to the designer and her products. Had there been an alter, I might have fallen prostrate before it. Such is my zeal.

We then enjoyed lunch at Bread on Broome Street, a favorite lunch spot back in the days when I worked in the neighborhood. The house tomato soup continues to be the best EVER. And with the rapid change that often happens in a city, it's nice when things stay the same. 
The MET

That evening, while Dave was off enjoying a very expensive all-star, fundraising event, I met up with BFF Sonja and her boyfriend John. We dined on savory German food at the Neue gallery and got caught up on life's big events. They were in Ireland this Spring and had an enchanted time.

Than we wandered the Impressionist rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I checked in with Degas's 14-Year-Old Dancer statue (Marie) -- my own personal touchstone. (There's usually a silent conversation/check-in between the two of us, and no, it's not normal.)

The Smith
I love the Met at night. And what is it about a museum that makes you feel full? Not physically. Not like eating too much, but feeling like a reservoir somewhere inside gets filled up with all the beauty you bear witness to on the walls of a museum -- that you feel sated. Awe-fulled. Fulfilled. 

Our last morning, after lazing around in bed -- having no daughters to rush us to breakfast -- we dressed, packed and headed out to brunch at The Smith on First Street, where the food is beautiful and the atmosphere is retro and cool. The day had the potential to be a beautiful, warm fall day with sun and 50s -- so we were sad to have to go. 


After a walk around the block, we gathered our overstuffed luggage and headed off to the airport -- hopefully more relaxed and ready for another crazed week.

Next year, I'm going to attempt to add a day. Two just isn't enough.


More Instagramed Photos:

Tomato Soup at Bread - YUM!

Aztec Hot Chocolate at Mariebelle

Fabrics from Purl - So Beautiful

The Waldorf-Astoria - Home Base

The Bathroom Sign at The Smith

Comments

Most Popular Posts This Month

Reusable Cotton Rounds

Maybe one of the things I'm digging so much about this plastic-free venture is getting to be a little creative and crafty. It's a fun challenge to figure out the better choices and make them.

When looking through the bathroom for easy swaps, I zeroed in on those little cotton pads I use to remove mascara and swipe on face toner.  Harvesting cotton, pressing it into little disks only for me to use it once and throw it away!? Plus, I'm spending 5€ for a plastic bag of them every few months? I can do better.

A little Pinteresting found a quick step-by-step to make these reusable pads. You can find better direction here, but basically I....

1 - traced circles in color flannel fabric using a water glass.
2 - Pinned three pieces together.
3 - Used a tight zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine to close up the edges.
4 - Last, I trimmed around the edges and repurposed a pickle jar to store them. 

Nothing to it.

I wash them with the kitchen rags on a hot water setting. And I've i…

Three New Plastic-Free Swaps

This week I've been thinking about the plastic-free swaps that are slowly getting added to our home. One thing I read a lot is the misconception that you need to "buy all this new stuff" to go plastic-free. And that's kinda silly. I mean, the idea of buying a lot to become sustainable is a littlecontradictory, right?

Chances are, you have a reusable water bottle and shopping bag rattling around the house, or you can probably ask a family member for one. And you've already created a pretty good swap.

While I DO like shopping, I'm a touch frugal. So, I'm swapping out plastic items that are ready for replacement with more renewable sources as they need to be replaced. Here are the latest three.

First up, replacing our plastic toothbrushes for bamboo. 
While usually I buy Preserve toothbrushes, made of 100% recycled plastic, mostly yogurt cups, I wanted to switch to a sustainable material. Bamboo! This Bam and Boo company offers a 3-month subscription and, mos…

My Tips for Visiting Paris

One of the absolute joys of being an expat living in Paris is that I can be a tourist without the jet lag and limited luggage space for new shoes. It's such a privilege! Having traveled to Paris several times, with and without kids, I have a few tips I can share to make your trip here enjoyable.

Wear good walking shoes. Paris is one of the most walkable cities. You can start at the Notre Dame, walk to the Louvre along the river, and up the Champs-Elysees in one day. Or over to the Palais Garnier. And just strolling through neighborhoods, picking up snacks, desserts, etc., is the reason to come here. It's beautiful. But it can also be hell if your shoes are too tight. I love my grey Nike sneakers or a pair of trusty Birkenstock sandals for when the weather is nice.

To blend in with the local gals, you'll want to pack a scarf. Or two. I love a scarf and always travel with one, because it's a blanket/pillow on a plane, and an extra layer while walking around -- adding jus…