|What an incredible experience it was!|
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I have just returned from spending four wonderful days in New York City. Every year for over twenty years I have attended the International Vision Expo. This is an incredible Eyewear market where all of the latest in eyeglasses frames and trends are being featured. I found myself in color and shape overload, it was exciting and so much fun to be attending. This is where I get to buy frames for my Optical boutique and stay ahead with the fashion and styles. Believe me, there is a lot of art in eyewear and bright colors are definitely the new trend for this spring!
When the expo was over and the frames were purchased, the classes were taken and there was no more for me to do . . . it was time to shift into Donna the artist mode! I had two days alone in New York before my husband came. Independence and time with yourself is a very good thing! I was able to spend precious girlfriend time with two friends I had met at Squam last fall. How wonderful it was to catch up with both of them. Jennifer and Riva, you are two amazing women. My husband came on Sunday morning, right in the hectic crowd of the NYC half marathon, happening right outside my Park Central Hotel. I had a list of things I wanted to see and accomplish and my wonderful husband Jimmy made sure I did all of it. Did I say wonderful??? I gave him my list of places that I wanted to go and he made sure whether by subway or taxi, we got to every destination!! With some latte breaks at Dean and DeLuca, wonderful lunch at a Soho cafe, exploring many miles of walking, we made it to everything on my list!! He patiently waited for me in every store and with every picture I wanted to take. I did say wonderful hubby right?
It was a wonderful trip and I was filled with inspiration. Here is a summary of all that I got to see!
Cafe Europa Lee's Art Store on 57th Ave Rizzolli Bookstore Laura Mercier makeover at Henri Bendel Mary Poppins Broadway play Times Square late at night dinner at the Algonquin long walk in Central Park Metropolitan Museum time with my other man Claude Monet shopping on 5th Ave famous frozen yogurt at Forty Carrots in Bloomingdales
dinner at Bobby Flay's Bar Americain subway rides taxi cabs Soho shopping Dean and DeLuca
Anthropologie Purl Soho knitting store Loopy Mango knit store Dick Blick Art Supplies The Ink Pad rubber stamp store Empire State Building Yummy cheesecake
and so much more!!!!!
It was a wonderful time. I am filled with inspiration to get into my studio. I brought home lots of treats from unusual collage papers, to a new and fabulous paint brush, rubber stamps, French music CD for studio time and lace knitting yarn! I loved being with like minded friends and being in a place where anything is possible! Don't ever be intimidated by NYC and if you need a guide to show you the way, I am right here!