NYFW – part 2 – the rewardStyle party

After an early night on Friday I was up and raring to go on Saturday morning. There were a couple of things that I had promised myself that I would do while NYC on my own – one was to head for a run in Central Park, which I did! Even in the crazy, nasty humidity that morning!

IMG_0801

photo

Sweat I did, but it felt good, I was cleansed and ready to imbibe again! That started with the second thing I’d promised myself – coffee and an egg and bacon roll from a deli on the way back to the hotel!

IMG_0803

It was still only 10am so I decided I had time to mooch around the shops before I had to get ready for the rewardStyle blogger party that started at 3pm. Given how hot it was still I threw on a Mango t-shirt and denim shorts with my Avarcas pons – perfect for beating the heat in the City.

IMG_0805

The party was held at the Empire Hotel next to Central Park – so I had decided to stay in Times Square. This was my only error of the weekend. I HATE Times Square. Tell me please why people will queue for hours to get into TGIF, Ruby Tuesdays or the Shake Shack when they can dine at the most amazing places in the USA, for the same price, just a few blocks away? It baffles me.

IMG_0807

Still I had fun and it was easy to walk across 46th to 5th to get to all the stores. Though I have to say I spent longer in the American Girl Store than I really wanted to – mainly as their air conditioning was so welcome! I managed to snag the cheer outfit for Poppy which she was thrilled with.

IMG_0811

From there I nipped into one of my favorite shoe stores – Stuart Weitzman. I just wanted to ‘look’ of course – but I ended up trying the Highland in charcoal and the Leman in black and white. I fell in love with both immediately, especially the Highland which I wore a lot last season in black (here, here, and here). This season they have raised the bar with their boots and shoes!

IMG_0818 IMG_0819 IMG_0820 IMG_0821

I’ve had an obsession with black and white lace ups since I saw Victoria wearing hers.

Victoria-beckham

I stunned myself by walking out of the store empty handed – but only because they didn’t have my size! Trying on shoes when it is hot and sticky is pretty nasty too! ūüôā

So then it was back to the hotel and I was ready in less than an hour – I was quite impressed! I did have a little dither over which shoes to wear though!

IMG_0828 IMG_0829 IMG_0834

In the end I opted for the Sam Edelman Anastasias in grey – they coordinated really well with the AllSaints Rip it Up sweater dress and gave an edgier vibe than the originally intended Vince Claires.

PoppysStyle v1

IMG_0864 IMG_0855 IMG_0851

I met some fun people and even Coco Rocha was there! After a thrilling day I was in bed by 10pm – that wouldn’t have been the case 20 years ago in NYC!

IMG_0880

 

 

May Madness.

I know March Madness has passed (college basketball finals for the non-American readers) – but for me the real madness sets in in May. ¬†May is the end of the school year here, and with my daughter’s birthday (and it seems every other child in her class!) and the excitement of overseas visitors, it is a crazy month.

On Saturday we made our first, and hopefully last trip to the American Girl Store. ¬†I have delayed it as long as possible – but it seems the 7 year old birthday is the one where the burning desire for a ‘mini me’ kicks in. ¬†It turned into the perfect trip for Saturday morning as it was miserable weather here – persistent rain all weekend! ¬†The mall was empty when we arrived – I soon discovered why – EVERYONE was in the American Girl store. ¬†Moms and daughters had traveled from all over the South East seeking their perfect doll – it was terrifying. ¬†Poppy, however, was thrilled and we left with Saige – an artist and animal lover apparently. ¬†Poppy’s birthday isn’t till the 18th, and normally I vehemently disagree with the notion of ‘early’ birthday presents – but her friend is having her birthday tea party at the American Girl store this week – so Saige was required a week or so early so she can accompany Poppy for tea – I will not be.

IMG_3800 IMG_3802

 

The rest of the rainy weekend was spent painting the basement. ¬†For some reason the Husband has become rather gung ho about decorating. ¬†I’ve no idea where this new found enthusiasm has come from – probably from the ridiculously high painting quotes we’ve had. ¬†Anyway I’m rather pleased with the progress we have made though my hair currently looks like it has been used as a paint brush.

Finally here are some improvised rainy, Spring outfits РI am hoping the legs can be bared again by  the end of the week!

Skirt – J.Crew Factory (old –¬†similar here) // Shirt – J.Crew Indian voile popover (some sizes available in the sale¬†here) // Boots – Isabel Marant Dicker in Camel (similar¬†here)

JCrew Factory

 

Jeans –¬†H&M¬†tapered boyfriend jeans // Shoes –¬†Clarks Hamble Oak¬†// T-shirt –¬†Target¬†(old) // Jacket –¬†Zara

brogues

 

Jacket – Boden Limited Edition Chic Leather Biker Jacket (old) // T-shirt – Zara long sleeved with zip at the back (old) // Trousers – Zara (old) // Boots –¬†Acne Pistols

Pistols

 

Enhanced by Zemanta