Happy day-after-President's Day-Valentine's Day-weekend! I hope that you all had a wonderful time with the ones that you love, from spouses/significant others to friends to fur babies. Valentine's Day is normally a very low key time around here between Glenn and I (because every day is Valentine's Day, doncha know :)). I love to do it up for Hope but I prefer to avoid undue pressure on Glenn or myself for what is essentially a Hallmark holiday. One that focuses on good things, but Hallmark.
This year, I got a very special Valentine's Day surprise, however -- Glenn took me to New York for the weekend! I knew that I was supposed to have a trip to an unknown location over MLK weekend for my birthday, but he had to go out of town for a family obligation unexpectedly, so it was postponed. He told me on Friday night where we were going and my parents arrived to take care of Hope.
I didn't take too many pictures because it was COLD there. Not "you just aren't used to it because you've been living in Virginia cold" but COLD. Walking from one place to another involved layers and preparation and ducking into any place that looked interesting because, well, they had central heating. Stopping to take pictures would have involved being in the cold longer. However, I do have an ongoing list of places that I want to visit the next time that we are in NYC, so we hit many of those.
One of our first stops was at John Derian. I've been wanting to go there for years after seeing his work in high end shops and the store on blogs.
There are actually 3 John Derian shops right beside one another. Each has its own focus -- decoupage/accessories, furniture and soft goods such as bedding. They are quite small but packed with eye candy at every turn.
Please excuse the quality of the photos, I was taking them quickly with my phone in very dark areas. My favorite of the 3 stores was the one with the decoupage. Oh my goodness, I could have taken any and all of the trays home -- just gorgeous. They are very pricey (coaster size items start around $40 and go up from there) so I took them home only in my mind.
Moving on, we stopped in a wonderful vintage salvage store called Olde Good Things.
The items in there are stunning. I thought that I recognized some of their repurposed tin ceiling tile items and it turns out that I was right -- they not only have several locations in NYC and LA but also come to DC area flea markets on a weekly basis. The shops in NYC are definitely worth a stop if you are near one when you visit.
We stopped by The Strand, which I've mentioned a million times, but only stayed a short time because it was insanely crowded. Glenn went next door to Forbidden Planet, a mecca for comic book lovers. After that, we walked over to Paper Presentation, a mecca for paper obsessed people like me. How have I never been there before?? It was heaven!
(photo from their website)
I literally wanted one of everything! I held myself back but did buy a notebook for my ever expanding collection and a few sheets of scrapbook paper.
After all of this shopping, we stopped for a snack at Bouchon Bakery in Rockefeller Center, near our hotel. Then, we got ready for the piece de resistance in Glenn's surprise for me -- cocktails at Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria.
Glenn knows that my all time favorite books are the Betsy-Tacy books. In the final book, Betsy's Wedding, the main character and her long time love become engaged in NYC. I mentioned this to Glenn a long time ago and he read the first few chapters of the book, to find out the locations mentioned so that he could re-create it for me. The characters had a meal at Peacock Alley in the Waldorf, so made arrangements for us to go there that evening. Swoon! He is the bestest. The bestest, I tell you.
After brunch the next day, which was even colder than Saturday (wind chills were well below zero), we decided to head home. We are planning on going back for a family trip for a few days in May, so that made it easier to leave.
We are so lucky to have opportunities to get away like this once in awhile and to have parents that will stay with Hopie. It was wonderful to go to New York but even more wonderful that Glenn would take the time to be so thoughtful. Now, we are back to the reality of laundry and work!