Saturday, January 26, 2013

"Fun" NYC, Grand Central and the big show

Trying to find photos for this post was harder then I thought it would be. I love the video and wanted to capture the feel of it from my own experience in the city. Because I don't spend my time at a pub with a boat load of friends singing songs it's not the same. I do though love entering Grand Central. They just celebrated it's 100 yr anniversary. A long time for us in the US. When they shot the video it was very empty and I kept thinking that you NEVER see it that way, but actually that's not entirely true as you can see in the photo there are very few on an early Sunday morning. It's tourist day and not the usual commuter traffic. I do like both ways. Hubby will be staying home this time and taking care of the pup and the kitties. Deanna will be my buying partner,  going our own directions but meeting up for lunch. It will be fun to hear what great stuff she ordered and discovered. Hopefully I will return the favor and share my own discoveries.  I hope to get some good photos for you of the show. This time I am only taking my phone. I think the last time I took my big camera and never took one shot with it. People look at you funny when you whip it out. Plus I can sneak more with my phone. I know it's bad. SO  if you're a company from China please don't steal to copy. That sadly does happen. Even Pottery Barn does that. Yep I didn't want to mention that but one place even had a sign saying "Please no photos....especially if you are Pottery Barn" They were suing them:(   Ok now that I just brought the whole mood down I am off to do some last minute stuff.

Carry on......get it?
(well if you listened to the song)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Luncheon with friends

I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since that memorable visit to Evi's house. There hasn't been a day since that I haven't thought of it. It's like seeing a great movie and for days later parts of it happily swirl in your head. The difference is that this time you and your good friends are in it. It's a good feeling. As you may have seen in posts done by Laura and Evi herself, her home is decorated throughout with touches of Christmas that are totally enchanting.  There is an undeniable European styling to her decorating and testament to her German heritage. Evi grew up with the  dollhouses as a young child in Germany.  Her father would take them out and display it on Christmas Eve and a couple of days later would pack it up until the next year. Now Evi leaves it out in her downstairs family room all year long. It's too wonderful to stay boxed up and not enjoyed. The 6 year old child in me wanted to play with the little farm animals and make pies in the bakery. Speaking of cooking lunch was divine with the creamiest mushroom soup, green salad, Waldorf salad and two different quiches. I had two helpings of all of it....I have no shame. I need to get some recipes. Laura was saving herself for dessert. I didn't deny myself that either. Deanna wanted to get a better look at Evi's studio to get ideas for her own so we headed downstairs. When I grow up I want to be as organized. She was patient with us as we pulled out drawers and drooled over her art supplies. That was when we got a glimpse at the sketches that she had done years ago when she was in the fashion industry. In her folder were etchings her granddaughter had done by using examples of her grandmothers. The apple does not fall far from the tree. Planting the seeds of creativity I think :)