New York International Gift Fair, August 2010
I know, I know, what a glamorous life I must lead as the proprietress of a lifestyle store specializing in European goods.
Then, I get the dreaded 'swamp cough' from my adorable niece that is supposedly not contagious. Which is laughable in itself because then I gave stupid non-contagious swamp cough to poor dear J.
Finally, after working 6 days a week, for 6 straight weeks, I was actually looking forward to turning my cell phone off and sitting on a plane for 3 1/2 hours until tiny baby in row ahead of me started wailing.
and purchased a headset from the elusive flight attendant. I turned the volume up on the in-flight movie as far as it would go and prayed darling infant would pass out from crying exhaustion soon.
In-flight movie - Time Traveler's Wife
Let's just say that I hate (mildly speaking) these kinda sappy, deliberate, pull-on-your-heart-strings Hollywood movies. I missed the first thirty minutes of the movie which wouldn't have made the movie's premise anymore plausible to me anyway.
Needless to say, that by the end of the movie, I am bawling crying and my husband is staring at me in his unique quizzical fashion. By the time the plane touches down, I still can't seem to pull it together and must exit plane dabbing my eyes in sappy-movie-embarrassment.
"Oopsy." I wrinkled my frozen forehead and smiled.
Yellow cab driver stopped on the corner of Madison and 54th and instructed us to vacate his cab.
"Too much traffic. Too difficult to turn." Middle Eastern cab driver declared as he changed channels on the radio and casually reached across the dashboard to pop the trunk of his taxi for us to get our bags out.
"Nothing?" I replied in disbelief.
"Great!" I replied ever hopeful and completely unaware of the nuances of 'on-line' hotel booking and 'front desk' reservations.
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What to Pack
Clothes for 5 days and 4 nights in fabulous New York City
Will need clothes to schlep around the show all day and to reward ourselves with fab dinners at night.
My friend R.L. calls this 'theme' packing. I call it 'Garanimals' packing.' My color theme is blue, black, gray, and white, but of course.
Always a pair of White Jeans perfect for dodging in and out of taxis. And, one belt - my reversible black/white Hermes strap and a silver and gold toned buckle. 1 strap. . .2 buckles = 4 different combinations!
Where I didn't stay.
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Where we ate in N.Y. also seems to be a very popular N.Y. trip follow up question. On this particular subject my husband proved very helpful (especially after I mucked up the transportation and accommodations). My sweet husband took charge and made reservations at all our favorite summer-time N.Y. restaurants.
Cute Nicole Richie leaving Da Silvano Restaurant in a dress that looks awfully familiar, albeit 20 year old fashionista version - sleeveless and short. I probably thought it (shortie dress) was a tunic to wear over leggings or something. (Photo taken during Nicole's blonder years)
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Or, as I like to say - 'The Show'
Who: 45,000 attendees
What: 2,800 national & international exhibitors
Where: Jacob Javits Convention Center, Pier 92 & 94
How Much: 760,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space
When: August 14-19, 2010
'The Best Stuff'
The first thing I do when I get to the show is say a warm Texas hello to my friends (vendors) and see what everyone has new. After 10 years of buying 'The Best Stuff,' I might as well see what 'The Best' has to offer first before I squander my money on something that ends up being only second best.
For Fall, I'm thinking accessories - throws, throw pillows, and cashmere.
In fine Cotton woven in Maine, good ole USA.
Lavender and Flax Linen
Robin's Egg Blue and White.
Tissue Thin Cashmere Sweaters and Scarves (happened to pack several for the trip) .
Insider Tip- Madonna is huge fan and has purchased entire collection of handbags for fun gifts to give.
Petit Bateau Baby 3 mos. - 18 mos.
Cute Christmas Gifts For Under The Tree
Then I Headed to The Piers.
The third, fourth, and fifth booth that I went to on the Piers bragged, "Our product is not made in China it is much better quality. Our product is made in India."
I don't think that I remember anyone ever saying that to me before. That is so American.
I think that I will get back on the tour bus and go back to Javits.
What in the world ever happened to - We are proud of our product it is made in the U.S.A.?
That night I read on the internet that the stock market had jumped up because several American companies had announced that they were not renewing their contracts with India call- center services.
My sentiments exactly.
Before dinner, I managed to fit in a quick soak in the tub. I looked down at the icky black smudge on the pristine fluffy white bath mat and thought, Wow, is that smudge just on my feet or is it (dirty smudge) all over my body? And, that smell! I thought that smell was coming from the front seat of the taxi not me! Perhaps I should shower, scrub, shower, scrub, and then soak.
Buying beautiful European gifts can be a truly dirty business.
*Note to Hotel Elysee staff - Sorry about the bath mat. Perhaps you should consider switching to a darker color mat, perhaps . . .gray.
I hear gray is very much in this season, wink wink.
Check out Cote de Texas August 17, 2010 - Thanks for the mention :)
We love you Joni!!!
And, congrats to CDT on the 46,000 'unique' readers. How flattering for moi to think of myself as 'unique', ha ha ha!