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My daughter and I are in the spring edition of National Geographic Traveller. WOOHOO. This is a special issue on “Family” and we have been included in the Real life section “Travel With Teens”. Written by Sarah Tucker, author of […]
This is exciting news – the recent announcement by Mayor Bloomberg and NYC & Company that the Muppets have been invited to be the latest official Family Ambassadors for New York City. The Muppets are the fourth NYC Family Ambassadors […]
Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is happening in New York City on Sunday March 4th and they’re offering two free tickets plus flights AND accommodation. It’s probably worth entering …. I have….you never know. How interesting that they are choosing […]
We couldn't have been there for a better weekend for fashion which was perfect for my daughter as she is considering fashion as an option for her future. We arrived just in time to join in all the events going on for the now three year old Fashion Night Out - the brain child of Anna Wintour. I've written about the event itself already - but thanks to the lovely people at Vogue we managed to get to the best events and I'm just going to do a little bit more showing off about who we met in case you missed it the first time. We strolled around the lively streets, got up close and personal with Grace Coddington in Prada:- Me and Grace:- Daughter and Grace:- Met lots of new people and ate and drank and danced about. How simply perfect when fashion meets food - just look at the cupcakes we got from this mobile cupcake van:- we then spent the next few days observing and recording.... What We Saw:- New York seems to be just as eclectic when it comes to fashion as London - a real mixture of styles. We couldn't really pinpoint many key features - apart from the obligatory take-away coffee (mostly a frappe as the weather was fantastically hot) that all the women carried about. The teenage girls were all wearing shorts. These are my daughter's favourite one's at the moment and she got stopped several times whilst wearing them:- As I mentioned Wellington Boots seem to be a feature of the streets (maybe due to the recent flooding). As did top knots, red shoes and dogs as accessories. Dogs came in all sorts of sizes, but the most popular dogs appeared to be those small enough to fit into Louis Vuitton bags. I saw one dog wearing shoes and another strapped into a baby papoose - literally like this one but at the front. Unbelievable:- We saw some spectacularly interesting outfits:- Tartan man in Grand Central Station (although loving those pink shoes too):- Green net woman in Saks:- Cool fashion in the street:- There were loads of models about and fashion shows to go to for NY fashion week. Here is the gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whitely - love where that man's eyes are directed:- What we did:- Daughter very into neon nail varnish bought from Urban Outfitters:- Showing off her nails:- She liked these lips:- We spent a lot of time on Fifth Avenue looking in all the divine shops. Saks near Central Park - with their memorial display in the window:- My daughter loves Juicy Couture and Urban Outfitters so we had to spend an alarmingly long time in those shops. Ditto Forever 21 (which has just launched in the UK). Even I quite liked some of the stuff in there because it's SO cheap. She chose a pair of leather shorts and then asked me if I could buy some for her friend back in London - so there I was, mother and daughter at the counter buying two pairs of leather shorts - the assistant thought they were for me and her. How embarrassing. We also spent a lot of time in Soho where the shops are more boutiquey and the vibe is much more cool and edgy. She found a lot of cheap indie shops which made me miserable and I found Dean and Deluca, the fabulous purveyors of fine wine, food and kitchen ware which made me happy (because I bought tea towels):- Sorry - childish sense of humour:- There we found a huge Victoria's Secret where my daughter was literally fizzing with excitement. "OMG I'm in heaven" she kept saying, picking up one beautiful bra after another. Texts kept flying in from friends requesting various items. We converged in the changing room and as we were a mother/daughter combo they allowed us to share. BIG MISTAKE on my part. Firstly it felt like I was in a pink padded cell. There was a dimmer switch which I kept trying to dim as the situation got more and more bleak. So there I was trying on bras and pants with my daughter - not only were my bras smaller and my pants bigger than hers but nothing looked the same on me as it did on her obviously and I got more and more grumpy as she got more and more happy. Droopy bits. Cellulite. Bruises. Old skin. No cleavage. Juxtaposed with her. Big, big mistake. "Mum", she said, laying out all her choices on the floor "I could literally cry with happiness - have you ever seen anything so beautiful?". At this stage all I wanted to do was jump on them all and then her in a Rumplestiltskinesque rage - but my bras were SO padded I probably would have bounced off them and banged my head on the ceiling. I like this shop, but it was no cheaper than in London:- Even with the make-up we differed. She loves Mac make-up and we found a lovely girl to give her lessons in how to put on lipstick:- Frankly she could have smeared it all over her face and still looked gorgeous. I of course tried to look just the same as her by being Laura Merciered.....sadly, nothing miraculous happened at all. But it was fun though. We loved Bloomingdales (the equivalent of a Harvey Nichols) and Macy's (probably more like Debenhams) but sadly missed the fabulous Anthropology shop everyone told us to go to. We went to all the obvious US shops that are cheaper there than in London like Abercrombie & Fitch (although my daughter thinks this should be avoided now because it's full of tourists and nobody she knows buys anything from there anymore) and Hollister and I bought a pair of J Brand jeans. Thats about it. Just fabulous. Couldn't recommend it more highly. Everyone assisting us in the shops were lovely and cheerful. The biggest danger is trying not to spend too much. The exchange rate was $1.5 to the £ so not like it was last time I went when we got $2 to the £.
We are back from our mother/daughter long weekend in New York. What a great idea for a travel piece. Even the US Vogue office thought so (regarding assistance for covering Fashion Night Out):- “the postings you are proposing sound unique […]
So. We're here. In NYC. Which is very exciting. We've just spent the first night in a teeny room sharing a teeny double bed. Brings back memories of the previous mother/daughter road trip I was on a few weeks ago - I've now swapped roles. Initially I was the daughter sleeping with strange Romanian refugee style mother and now I have inadvertently become that mother. Flight was easy enough. A yellow taxi from the airport into the city is about $50 and very easy to get. The price is already set which was good because our driver got a bit lost. Our hotel is odd. I've gone for a budget option, but although it's a pretty good location, it seems to be mostly a building site. Barely any lobby and loads of drilling. Consequently grumpy staff and a dodgy lift. Not sure what to do about it - they should really tell you stuff like that when you book in don't you think? Anyway, woken up this am to a scary text from friend "trust you to walk into NYC now on high alert. Looking for 3 men.. bla bla". OH NO. I guess there was always going to be concerns and increased security but I hope no more than that! Last night was great. Having gained 5 hours we were on the streets of NYC by 3pm on our way to our first big appointment. Love it. So vibrant. Every other woman appeared to be wearing Hunter wellies with a skirt. Which I thought was a little odd because a)it wasn't raining and b)it was too hot for wellies. We walked about 35 blocks down Fifth Avenue and got there just in time to get involved with some of the Fashion Night Out stuff. Michael Kors was standing chatting in a shop window:- There were bands in the street and lots of unusual attractions:- Beauties in the street:- This one was weird - a rather gorgeous man just sticking lots of twinkly stickers all over twinkly girl - interesting addition to their CV:- We did meet Grace Coddington in the Prada shop which was brilliant - she didn't have time for a full interview, but gave us some time:- Lots of unusual characters out and about:-