Friday, August 10, 2012

Remembering NYC last Fall

When my niece came for a visit I decided to tag along for the train ride to NYC.   Her friend from Brooklyn invited her to stay for a couple of days before she headed back to Geneva. 

We decided to walk to Bryant Park to have a coffee before she caught the subway at Grand Central. 
I don't know why but the subways in NYC scare me a little.
Scary is not the right word......just confusing. 
Walking the streets is more interesting anyways.

On my list of stops was Anthropologie. The place was packed so I didn't take many pictures inside. I actually went to two of them one in Chelsea market and I forget now the other....I think 5th ave? 

I really fell hard for this coat but I didn't buy it. I think it was the price:) I later found one very similar at Whyevernot in Mystic....and bought the matching vest too.

lights made from gourds....

Anthropologie was fun but nothing like this next spot. 

I have wanted to go to All Saints ever since I read about the incredible leather jacket Jackie bought.  She's smart and waited until they have a massive sale every year and scooped it up. By the time I looked online here in the US( it's a British company) they only had a few colors left. Then I started worrying about the size and decided I would go into the city.....but that never happened:( 

They have the most awesome clothes. I walked around in a daze and kept imagined if I was a size 2 or better a 0.  What does a 0 mean anyways.....? don't turn to the side or they won't see you:) 
It was like no other clothing store I have ever been in. Very industrial and edgy. I could have bought everything but tried on nothing. 
I know it's crazy .....I was feeling fat! and I was so high from just walking around I didn't want a glimpse of my fat thighs in the dressing room to bring me down. 

I have a deal with myself that if I get to my goal weight I will buy one outfit from there. Hey maybe I'll time it right for one of their big sales. I'll have to have Jackie keep me up to date as she lives close by to one of their shops in London. 
I'm still on my diet but have been stuck at the same weight for a couple of weeks so I went off today. It's suppose to kick start it back to losing again. We'll see but I'm not giving up and actually like eating less.

Even their display window is way cool with stacked antique sewing machines one on top of the other. I think their were 4 windows like that. Located in the meat packing district they close the fronts with big metal doors at night. No glass fronts so picture taking is made easier. No annoying reflections.... they thought of everything. ok obviously not why they did it. 

OK don't ask:)
it's NYC after all. 

Next stop was Free People. Very young and hip clothing store.

pretty barbie cake

 founder OSCAR FARINETTI and partners Marion Batali, Lidia Bastianich and her son Joe Bastianich. It is a must see in NYC. 

The fact that I was able to take a photo with very few people in it surprises me. This place too was swarming with patrons all enjoying wonderful food and atmosphere.
I liked what they wrote in their manifesto 


1. Choice: We offer a diverse selection of quality food and drink
2. Accessibility: We are dedicated to offering the best products at the lowest possible price points.
3. Knowledge: We feel that it’s not just important that we know everything about what we sell and serve, but that you also learn about the products we are so passionate about. We share with you the stories of the people and places behind all that we offer. The more you know the more you enjoy.


Our goal is to have you as our customer for a lifetime. The easiest means to that end is offering the best food and drink as well as the best environment in which to discover and expand your tastes.
No wonder they are so successful. 

My time in the city is always full of wonderment.
At every turn there is something new to behold. 

Never enough time to take it all in but happy to have had the day to  explore what I did. 

I leave you with a video of Ellie Goulding at the 
All Saints in Soho. 

A great British singer!
BTW are you all watching the Olympics.
I'm especially enjoying the synchronized swimming and rythmic gymnastics. Gorgeous!


Chemin des Muguets said...

Hi Carole,

Thank you so much for the fascinating tour of the city's hot and trendy spots.

Everyone is on a diet. I start soon...


P.S. Your niece was going to Geneva - Switzerland or New York?

Renée Finberg said...

nyc is magic.
for me it always have been....
i regret ever having left.

thank you for the treat!

Karen said...

I love NYC it's been much to long since I visited. That jacket in Anthro was gorgeous. All of the other stores look pretty fabulous too. Eataly is on my list as a must see. Glad you had a great trip and took lots of pics so I could share it with you.

Hartwood Roses said...

That restaurant's manifesto can apply to SO many businesses!

I loved coming along with you on your trip ... honestly ... It feels as if I was right there ... it helps that we appear to have the same taste in shops.

oldgreymare said...

I adored the hours I spent in Chelsea Market with DD, and both kids and I bought great food stuffs at Eataly. I love NYC. I love NYC..I can't wait to return. sigh...

Denise said...

Wow! Incredible shops. I've never been to NYC but (kinda) always wanted to go. Just the thought intimidates me a bit. Even though we technically live in a "city" can pretty much drive ten to fifteen minutes in any direction and see cows or horses in a field.

Sharon said...

Looking at this post makes me realize what a small town girl I really am. We've been to NYC a few times but I always find it overwhelming and exhausting. Not knowing the hot spots leads to a big waste of time.

Wonderful shops, but the prices . . . wow! There really is no place like NYC. Amazing!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Carole,
What a wonderful day you had ...... Anthropologie have the best displays don't they. We have a few Anthro's now and I just love to see how they do their shops.
.....and, you were lucky that they allowed you to take photos in All Saints. Whenever I go in there and try to take photos they tell me off and say that no photos are allowed !!!! Perhaps they don't mind in New York. I have bought yet another leather jacket in All Saints !! Yes, I know ..... haven't I got enough ? Well, the answer is NO !!!! Most of my clothes are from All Saints and I nearly always wait for the sale. I think that they have caught on a bit now though as they don't make the huge deductions that they used to, more's the pity !!
I LOVE New York ..... it always feels like London to me but with that lovely American twist. Your photos are great ...... aren't those sewing machines brilliant. They have them in every shop ...... I think that they got lots of them from lots of old mills that are now closed down. If you ever see anything that you like, I can always look out for it in the sale and send it to you. Just a thought...... I'm not trying to spend your money or get into George's bad books !! haha.
Love all of your photos and Ellie Gould is brilliant...... am sitting watching the Olympics ..... I don't think that I've missed a thing. XXXX

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oooops.... I knew that I forgot something ..... I also love Free People and bought something from them last year but it cost me more in postage that the item itself !! They have now changed that so it's so much easier and cheaper now. .... and, I see you took a photo of my Hot Chocolate Bar !!!! haha. XXXX

Dorthe said...

I LOVE that jacket Carole.
WOW it is wonderful,I would love one myself also- you lucky woman.
Must be fantastic touring around in NYC , seing all those fantastic shops, and everything else.
Thanks for the look!
Hugs ,Dorthe

SueAnn Lommler said...

Fabulous eye candy...I too love that jacket! Wow to all the clothes!! Amazing!!
I have been totally besotted by everything olympic!! Fantastic!

MYSAVIOR said...

I used to ride the NYC subways all over the place back in the 1960's - very different then today. I find them scary now.

Great photos!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

Was wonderful to see your trip to NYC and thanks for taking us along.
Looks like your hit all the right shops and hot spots and I loved seeing all the fabulous clothes and great window displays.
The old sewing machines are lovely.

Happy new week

Draffin Bears said...

Forgot to say we have been enjoying watching the Olympic Games here.
Sitting up late, with the time difference has been good watching at night, but not quite so good getting up in the morning.
I love the Gymnastics, synchronized swimming and the diving! Wow do not know how they do those somersault, triple twisters! off the high board.


KarenB said...

Thanks for the NYC tour, Carole. I've only been once into the city and only had maybe 4 hours to see anything. I took the subway and made sure I saw ABC Carpet and Home, Purl Soho. I accidently saw Anthropologie, Dean and Deluca and La Paperie (I think). I never got to M&J Trimmings which I really wanted to get to. I LOVE the sewing machine window display. Very cool. Just think of all the things that have been made on those!

Cindy said...

I haven't been to NYC in forever! It is always a great place to visit and get inspired. I LOVE Anthropologie! But I usually have to wait for a sale..Love that jacket!
I will have to visit Whyevernot! I am glad you had a great time! Don't be so hard on yourself with your weight! You are beautiful just the way you are!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi dear Carole, I'm finally here and catching up ... :-).
Insta... - what? Never heard about that. I'm probably more behind the times than anyone else. I can't believe I still exist, owning no whatsoever electronic toy that starts with an "i", not being on any social network etc., lol.
I enjoyed the trip to NY with you much more than our own real one years ago. You captured lots of great window decorations. My favorite one, you'll guess it, is the one with the sewing machines. What a fabulous collection. I love those gourd lamps. Great idea!
Have a wonderful Wednesday, dear friend!
Big hugs,

June said...

The rhythmic gymnastics were my favorite event Carole! Other than the women's cycling that Kristin Armstrong from Boise took gold in : )

I loved all your amazing photos of NYC. Oh boy---would I have loved to been there with you! That coat in Anthro was beautiful. Now I would love to see the one you found at Mystic.
I think the wall of old sewing machines is so cool. Actually I loved all of the shop displays you shared. Your photography is beautiful.
Your comment made me laugh, because I do the same thing when someone mentions one of my blog friends and I haven't visited them in awhile. In fact, now that you mention Jackie, I haven't 'seen' her in ages!
sending tons of hugs...

vicki said...

Carole--- oh how I wish I'd been on that trip with you! I've never been to NY but I'm wanting to go so bad!! I'm totally obsessed with Anthropologie-- and Free People. And-- I'd give my right arm to go to the yarn stores there---

Your photos just leave me longing--)


Susie said...

Carole, I was in NYC, 15-19. I didn't get to Bryant Park...I ran out of time. I wanted to go to Parsons also. There's just too much to see in the big city. I want to go back in the spring or fall sometime.Smiles, xo, Susie

Bead and Needle said...

WOW - Love it ALL!!! I'm glad you got a similar coat to the Anthro one - GREAT piece. We actually have a Spitalfields All-Saints here, in Vegas - photographing the sewing machines is not so easy with the glass windows we have in place. And I LOVE the skeletons, especially! Happy week, Carole - back from travelling myself, and settling in to reality.