I hope you all are prepared to look at a million (ok, about 30) pictures of my New York trip!
On Wednesday, we took a flight out way too early from Charlotte to Laguardia.
(Thank you Austin, for the neck pillow for the flight... you are always so thoughtful :) )
Shopped, napped, and ate all day long until our group dinner in Times Square....
..... where it was pouring snow!
(Had to get the classic "snowing in Time Square" picture)!
I also found it funny that later in the week all the New Yorkers would ask "Were you here for the blizzard?"
And I just wanted to be like "You call that slush a blizzard?!"
I will give them the benefit of the doubt that they were still dealing with post-trauma from Sandy.
On Thursday, we went on four professional visits to Calvin Klein flagship (retail), RJM group (showroom), Bibhu Mohapatra (designer), and to Harper's Bazaar (I shouldn't have to explain this one to you)!
My personal favorite was Bibhu's.... he was so talented and down-to-earth and full of advice--and his workspace was awesome!
Here, me and Jordan are waiting like giddy school girls to go up to Harper's.
It was like a 24th floor dream.
We got to meet the assistant editor, Lisa Luna, and spend an hour with her, drilling her with questions!
Got some real New York style pizza for lunch that day......
....and some Starbucks, because the day was only halfway over!
Before our broadway show at 8, we went to Rockfeller Plaza to do some shopping, and some gawking at how B E A U T I F U L Free People's flagship store was. (I was in HEAVEN).
The hangers were beautiful....
The decor was beautiful....
The Christmas set-up was beautiful.....
(Hey Mom.... am I due for a new stocking?)
The walls were beautiful....
The lights were beautiful....
The dressing rooms were beautiful....
This bench in the dressing room area was beautiful....
Ahhh. I love Free People.
Later that night, we went to see THE LION KING on Broadway! It was fantastic, and I wish we could take pictures, but this is the only one I have for you.
Then we slept like babies.
The next morning we had a broadway workshop with these two lovely men that have worked on Annie, Phantom of the Opera, a couple others I can't remember, and were currently working on the set of Scandalous.
Jordan and I took turns doing quick changes as Carlotta.
We also got to learn a lot about what happens to costumes after the show is over, how much they cost to make, how and how often the get washed, how the dressing assistants know where to be and how they get on and off stage so quickly...... and more. We learned a lot!
Later that afternoon we got to go on a Harbor Cruise and see some of New York's historical landmarks.
Like the Statue of Liberty, shown at the beginning of the post.
That night, Jordan and I went to see her big sister in her sorority, who now lives in New York doing freelance PR work.
(And just finished up with the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, might I add)!
We went to this awesome little Italian restaurant that was below her apartment, and afterwards we went up to her room to see the view and go cupcakes from the cupcake shop next door.
Great view, right?
Is it bad that the thing I miss most about New York is the cupcakes?
Don't answer that.
The next day, Jordan and I went to the Museum of Natural History, which was incredible!
Pictures don't do it justice.
The turtles were my favorite, of course.
Take a second to notice Jordan on the other side of the bottom turtle..... that was a BIG turtle!
And who can resist the mystery of dinosaurs?
If you're ever in New York, the museum is definitely worth a visit.
The rest of the evening we spent in Central Park, shopping in SoHo, and celebrating our friend-iversary by eating dinner in Chinatown
Then got up way too early the next morning for the flight back home.
But I AM glad to be home.
BIG BIG thank you to my parents, grandparents, and Colleen who helped fund my happy-fun-time (and educational experiences, of course) in the big apple. Lord knows I would have been too broke to go without you!
Until we meet again, New York....