Thursday, May 20, 2010

an empire state of mind -- day two.

My second day in New York was full of fun but was sadly a little short on photos, seeing as I spent the majority of it away from my mom -- who, as I've mentioned, is probably the greatest vacation photographer ever. Some of these photos, therefore, are borrowed from the pros and are credited as such. My pal Catherine came into the city from New Jersey and took me around to all of her favorite places -- and I do in fact mean ALL of them.

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We started with the 5th Avenue area to drool in some windows and to see Bloomingdale's before taking the subway over to the Fashion Institute of Technology museum in Chelsea to see the current exhibition on iconic day and night fashion through the last 250 years. It was absolutely gorgeous but too dark to take photos, so the online exhibition can be seen here.

We then headed over to Macy's because I'd begged Cath to take me to see it before grabbing lunch and heading down to Union Square and through Washington Square Park. We proceeded to wander for awhile before stopping at Crumbs for some absolutely delectable cupcakes (I got vanilla with vanilla frosting and sprinkles -- boring, but SO delicious).

After taking a pair of sparkling lemonades for the road, we explored the Village for awhile (it was the day of NYU's graduation so it was CRAZY!) before coming to what I now refer to as The Promised Land -- the Marc Jacobs "Stuff" accessory store on Bleecker Street.

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This is possibly my new favorite place in the world. Filled with keychains, wallets, T-shirts, umbrellas, canvas bags, jewelry, and much, much more, this tiny and unassuming shop is a budget fashionista's dream. I scooped up some lovely items that will no doubt be showing up here soon.

We cabbed it over to Broadway and Spring where I was introduced to a beautiful, beautiful thing -- Madewell. There isn't one in or near Minneapolis and I was immediately enamored with the shop. Thankfully, the online store is coming soon, or I honestly might die. We continued through Free People (and, yes, I did purchase some of the absolutely gorgeous jewelry that I've been fawning over) and the biggest Urban Outfitters I've ever seen before making a final stop at an Au Bon Pain for a smoked chicken and mozzarella sandwich before jumping back on the subway.

Cath got off to transfer to Penn Station but I continued on to Carnegie Hall, where selected members of the Notre Dame Concert Band (read: Noah Franske!) would be performing.

I met my parents in our little box and I must say that this theater is absolutely STUNNING. Everything about it was incredibly intricate and beautiful; pictures do it no justice. We settled into our seats for the band's flawless performance (Regis Philbin is an alumni and conducted the last song -- he's my new favorite person; he's hysterical) before meeting Noah outside.

Anthropologie earrings and top, Longchamp bag, Aerie camisole, Hollister cardigan

Leaving Noah with his friends, my parents and I popped over to Cafe Lalo for a quick dessert -- "You've Got Mail" is my mom's favorite movie and she insists on stopping every time we go to Manhattan. I'm not complaining. Mmmmm.

Free People bracelet, Citizens of Humanity jeans

We finally hurried back to the hotel in a failed attempt to avoid the rain -- good thing I bought that Marc Jacobs umbrella, no?

xxoo Josie
Thanks to New York Magazine and the Shophound for the photos.

27 comments:

Katie said...

Your MJ umbrella is adorable! It looks like you had so much fun :)

Valerie said...

Your trip sounds more fun each time you post about it! That Marc Jacobs accessory store sounds like a dream come true! And I love Crumbs too. There's one in LA (right by Sprinkles) and I love them both! One time about a year ago I met my girlfriend and we actually went to both in one night. Naughty!

xo
Valerie

Walk The Sand said...

Oh wow.... I'm so so jealous. I'm heading out in September and cannot wait. You make me so impatient! Love that MJ store. I got an amazing ring there last time.
x

Melanie said...

Niiiice MJ umbrella {insert jealousy}! Looks like a lot of fun!

Melanie@Unravelled Threads

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

cute umbrella! yay!! i so want to visit NYC!!

holly in heels said...

Fun fun photos! What a great traveling adventure! I wanna see some photos from the FIT museum...?
xoxo,
www.hollyinheels.com

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohhh how cool...I really love those posts from NY....It sounds like you had a blast...I adore the 5th Avenue....I bet it was so cool! The photos are amazing and I am so jealous now :)
Have a wonderful afternoon my dear!
Kisses

Alicia said...

eee, this post is making me sooo excited for my trip to NY in July!!! :)

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

What an amazing experience! I bet you are making lifelong memories!!! =) I wish you had taken pictures IN Madewell haha. I seriously would have poured over them. Have a wonderful rest of your trip!

The Zhush said...

Sounds like you had the BEST time! Can you believe..I used to live walking distance from Bloomies? Miss it!

SogniSorrisi said...

Hot umbrella!

hiyaluv said...

you are such a cutie patootie!! looks like another fun day!

smiles,
gina
http://hiyaluv.blogspot.com

The Daily Cake said...

Ooooh NYC!! So jealous! I want to go back soon. Glad you are having fun and I'll be sure to check out Madewell next time I'm up there!

Fashion Court said...

i love all of your pics, darling! you look fabulous :o)

Taj Acosta said...

What a fun trip! I've never been to Cafe Lalo and love You've got Mail Too! I'll have to check it out. Sounds like loads of fun you are having my dear. xoxo

Marcie said...

I just love the bloomingdales sign. It look so vintage! This trip is making me want to get on a plane to NYC stat!

:) Marcie

Beautygirl24 said...

You are giving me some great ideas for shopping when I go in three weeks ;) I might have to stop in Stuff!

meg said...

such fun. love the umbrella too.

Sonya said...

Looks like you had so much fun! I can not wait to live in NY.

www.sonyasark.blogspot.com

CC said...

Bloomingdales! *heart*
Have you been to Serendipity yet? You must if you haven't. Their desserts are amazing. :)
Xx

its simple love said...

Wow. There is too much joy in this post. I wish I were there! The shopping sounds amazing! Which peices of jewelry did you get? I still am swooning over that fab watch.

Rachael

kirstyb said...

looks like fun x

Audrey Allure said...

Awesome, those are some of my favorite places too :) So glad you were able to visit Crumbs - I'd say it's the best place to get cupcakes in New York City haha.

Rachel said...

It sounds like such a fantastic trip!!

Bren said...

Oh so much fun! There's always so much to do in nyc! I sometimes wonder why I haven't moved there?! Love the pics of you with your family, and the last shot of you with your new adorable umbrella. :)

xo,
Bren @ Chasing Beauty

theoctoberissue said...

Crumbs!!!
Gotta love those cupcakes :)

Jess said...

That MJ Umbrella is stunning! Where did you get that?!

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