The Big Apple

What a trip! Saturday morning- Kelley Wenzel, Erin Siegel, Nancy Schindler and myself hopped on various modes of transportation and met up in the Big Apple.  On the agenda, SHOPPING! SHOPPING! SHOPPING! And boy did we ever! After we tracked everyone down in Penn Station, we headed to the hotel, checked in, ate some lunch, and headed out in the VEEERRRYYY cold streets of NY.

Times Square

I think we were frozen within minutes, but it was good to be there, regardless! We took in the sights and enjoyed the view and then hurried along....


Our first stop was to Martha Stewart's favorite trimmings store: Tinsel Trading Co. on W. 37th. Talk about Heaven on Earth. It was eye candy from floor to ceiling.  Although not a very big shop, this place housed what I had thought was one of the biggest trimming and ribbon selection I had seen. That was until later in the day when we went to M&J trimmings which was literally the Mack Daddy of trimmings shops. Didn't get any pictures, they would have never done the place justice anyway.

See what  I mean? The place rocked- it was so visually appealing- I couldn't stop taking pictures. I finally did get it out of my system and started shopping. They had some metal findings, vintage goodies, ribbon and trim. I bought a little bit of everything.

This was the cabinet of spendy treasures. There were several ribbons here that I wanted very badly but the price tags kept me away. One of the coolest things about this shop was the antique furnishings used to display the pieces.

Tinsel Trading Co. NYC
More shots from Tinsel Trading. I can't wait to show you some of the ribbon I found here!

All smiles after our purchases were made!

I can't believe I didn't get any pictures of any of the bead stores we went to. But we hit up several, and they were all really great. Lots of strands, stones, glass. We went to City Beads, Toho Shoji, Bead Center, and Phoenix Beads. I guess I got completely blinded by the bling and forgot about photographing anything.

Saturday night we had reservations for dinner at El Rio Grande- A wonderful Mexican Restaurant where we met up with the beautiful Lisa Peters Russ! It was my first time meeting Lisa, and I can tell you she is just as friendly and wonderful in person as she is online. We had a nice dinner and enjoyed several glasses of Sangria- talked beads, talked shopping- ya know- All the important stuff!

On Sunday we had breakfast out at a diner up the street from our hotel. We headed back out to do more shopping- hit up M & J Trimmings, and also went to Anthropologie! There was so much to look at! I'm always so inspired at that shop. Everything is so beautiful, the displays, the housewares, the clothing, the JEWELRY!

Anthropologie, NYC
                                                             More shots from Anthropogie.

There will be a nice follow-up post to talk about the beads I came home with. Also, Nancy and I did a fun Flip video when we got home last night, where we talked a little bit about our favorite bead purchases. Once that's uploaded, I'll share links here.

Til next time,