Jenny La Fleur
NYC: Mon: garment district - Jenny La Fleur
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NYC: Mon: garment district

Monday we parted ways for the first time, Dad went off to his conference and it was just Mom and I for the day. We got out of the hotel about 10am and made our way to the Garment District. Again we took our usual 1.5 block detour but did pretty good after that.

I was really interested to see what the difference between the LA and NYC districts was and no surprise they were quite different. NYC FD is right in the middle of the city and is a lot more spread out. In LA its store after store after store, in NYC there are gaps and other types of properties in between. The types of stores tend to cluster but still it’s better to know where you are going first. We had fun though! Mom found the things she specifically went looking for and I met most of my goals. I found a trim I liked for the Charles II but I wanted to look at Tinsel Trading before I made a finial decision and we didn’t make it there today. I also didn’t pick out the rhinestones for my QotN, although I did find the shop recommended to me. I was feeling overwhemled. So we will be going back up there for more shopping fun.

I did meet my main goal though. I wanted to go and find some fabulous, different and affordable fabric I would never find again - and I succeeded! I’m so excited about my finds. I can’t decide if the yummy shell pink cotton velvet or the amazing salmon pink wool is my favorite. Maybe the wool… it so cool! I’m pretty sure it’s a blend, I suspect linen but the weave has a subtle stripe and the drape of it is just fabulous. I’m temped to ditch the orange faille and use it for my Charles II gown but I need to ponder first. It would also make an amazingly fun 18th century ensemble or a darling Italian Ren. Ah the possibilities!!

After we’d blown most of our cash/spending money, we decided to head back to the hotel, grabbing some long-over-due lunch along the way. Somehow the eating thing didn’t happen and we just collapsed in our room for a bit. We freshen up a bit then headed toward Times Square for a bite to eat. We got distracted along the way by some bargain jewelry shops but eventually did eat something. It was wonderful but that may have had something to do with the fact it was 3pm! We headed back to the hotel to grab sweaters (the temperature had dropped) when Daddy called to say he was done for the day. He joined us at the hotel and after showing him our finds (he is such a good sport!) we headed out for dinner.

We found a nice little Chinese place on W46th - everything was really good, even the tea. (It is going to be SO hard to go back to the limited Fredericksburg cuisine after this week! *weeps*) Next we walked down to Rockefeller Center and the American Girl store so Mom could by her doll. We got distracted with sightseeing (Mom had never been to RC) and made it to the AG store just as it closed. Arrgg! I was pretty ticked, we could have made it in time but it never occurred to me it would close at 7pm. So lame. So we will have to try again later this week. *sigh*

Back to the hotel it was for the nightly ritual of getting ready for the next day, journaling and fighting with the network to get an internet connection. Ah well.

Next up FIT and Gothic frocks!

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From: (Anonymous) Date: September 23rd, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC) (link)
It's been such fun reading about your NYC adventures, a little armchair costume travel!

When you're not so busy I'd love to see pictures of your lovely fabrics and whatever you end up getting at the AG store.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 24th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC) (link)
I'm glad you are enjoying it! Yep, I'm taking lots of pics and will pos them when I get home...
From: murthandjoy Date: September 23rd, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC) (link)
If you get a chance try going for dinner here before leaving NYC it's a little expensive but the servings are large and the food is more than good. If you find yourself on the Upper East Side go here it is a button shop, but not any button shop, they have amazing antique buttons. Here is the link to for your Dad and for your Mom. And, for you M&M World, wall to wall candy.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 24th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC) (link)
Oh thanks for all the links! We've passed the M&M store a couple of times... I've been trying to resist! :P
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: September 23rd, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC) (link)
Oooh! I can't wait to see pictures of your fabric finds!!! Pink wool?! *swoon*
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 24th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC) (link)
Yes, you will die it's so fabulous! hee hee*
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: September 24th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC) (link)
Sounds like you are having a great time! And thanks for the call. You are such a sweetie and I loved hearing from you. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 24th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC) (link)
You are most welcome! I got your FC... hopefully I'll get to give it to yu soon! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: September 25th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC) (link)
Yes! I absolutely insist that you give it to me in person. The sooner the better! ;)
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