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!
Tags: american.girl, traveling