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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
I’ve had an obsession with black and white lace ups since I saw Victoria wearing hers.
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! 🙂
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!
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.
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!
I’m heading to NYC in April for my 40th, where would you recommend to eat? X
I went to the Spotted Pig for my 40th – it was fabulous – a great gastro pub. I also love Jack’s Wife Freda and Balthazar in SoHo. For a fun, loud night out Buddakan is great – and was used in Sex and the City for Carrie’s and Big’s rehearsal dinner!
Ooooh, fabulous, thank you!! X
Hey Joanna… I love your style & blogs.. Found you on the net randomly somehow and an proud to say I live just down the road from bury.. In Heywood.. Have just turned 40 this year and we share solar hair and very, very similar tastes in clothes.. I look forward to your blog via email… You look like you are living a life I could only dream of….. Manchester truly sucks!!!!!! Xx
Solar hair wtf??? Similar hair dooo! Only I go full on bleach lol xx
Aww – don’t be so harsh on Manchester – I love going back and prefer shopping there these days than the Trafford Center! I used to work in Heywood every summer at Biwater:)
I love the glamour of it, then being in bed at 10pm, perfect 🙂
Ha – far less glamor than I imagined actually – the camera masks a multitude of sins!
In bed by 10pm- who are u and what have you done with Joanna!! Loving the party outfit, the shoes are particularly amazing. And loving that new ‘do too- you’re ageing backwards! C
LOL I know – don’t worry I’ll keep you up late in Feb! Thank you for the lovely compliment – I do like my hair super short – the length on top lengthens my face too!
You look gorgeous! I love NYC. I need to get back there soon. Looks like you had a good time too.
After reading your blog I think I need a trip to Detroit! I need to sit and have a bottle of wine with you – we’d have a blast!
Fab post Joanna. So glad you went for the sandals, they look perfect with the dress x
They were so comfortable too! I was worried about tottering around NYC in heels so had a pair of ballet flats in my bag but I never needed them!
As a lover of NYC to it baffles me also why people would want to stay nor eat around that area…… So many fabulous places elsewhere with real New Yorkers in! Can not believe you left Stuart’s shop empty handed, those black & white brogues are amazing. Xx
Don’t worry – they are ordered and will arrive today:) x
You looked absolutely freaking amazing Joanna – I LOVE this outfit
Aww why thank you – I have to say I left the hotel feeling pretty good – it’s always nice to head out knowing you look your best!
Love the pic of us! It’s too funny. Well you look great and I look like a boob! hahaha..had a great time!
Sounds like you had an amazing time! I love your evening look, the shoes are so gorgeous x
A weekend away by yourself must of been bliss!! Love the fact you snuggled up early every night yet did everything you wanted to do! Love your outfit & the sandals were perfect with the dress! Ax
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