Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Girls’ weekend


Well HELLO there! I’m back, I’m back! It was a whirlwind of a weekend, for sure. We had a BLAST in the city that never sleeps. I’ve told you before how much I adore NYC, and this trip was special because I brought two friends with me who are now in love with the city as well.

It is now my mission to make every single person I know a NYC lovah. :)

We were there for three days, which translates to about 300 pictures. I’ve seen it all a million times but I never tire of the sights.

It was HOT, but it was a beautiful, sunny weekend. Times Square was hopping Friday afternoon:


We stayed at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square (to the left by the Bank of America and Kodak signs above). We used to stay there ALL the time – in my opinion it’s the best spot in the city for a tourist. We don’t stay as often anymore because the room rates have gone up so much – ours was $350 a night!

But divided by three, it was way affordable for a Times Square view!:

Geez, I am SUCH a goober.

That first night was the main reason for our trip – the last NKOTB concerts ever (at least that’s what they say now.):


There is something really special about going back in time like this – we felt it at the concert last summer and at this one as well. You are in space with thousands of women, all who grew up having so many of the same experience you did. And when you get together again 20 years later, there is such a wonderful feeling of camaraderie that is so sweet:


Of course, just like last year’s concert, we followed the instructions on our tickets and DIDN’T take in our cameras. WHY do we listen and follow rules? WHY?!

Um, every. single. person. had their cameras. We had our camera phones.

Translation – crapola pictures:


Actually that one isn’t so bad. ;)

Radio City was a an absolutely fantastic venue – amazing! Even though our seats were closer last summer, this seemed more intimate. At one point Joe and Jon came up to the side we were at:


Of course I ran down there. :) I may or may not have been screaming. I will never tell.

Back in the day, Jon Knight was my fave – something about that tall dark and handsome – I married one of those. ;)

So I figured this was going to be the closest I would ever be to him. But I was WRONG my Squeezies!!

After the show, we went around the side of RCMH and found a gaggle of women and decided to see what we could find. There were many large men walking around with walkie talkies, and barricades up everywhere.

We waited around for a while and then were about to take off, but I had a FEELING. A white van pulled up, and all the sudden there’s SCREAMING and who walks out but Jordan, his son and JON.

This is the part where my eyelids flutter and hearts fly out. :)

The crowd rushed them, of course, and the bodyguards were SERIOUS. (I don’t blame them.) I pulled back a bit (I was about five feet from the van) and then my smarty little head was a thinkin’ – and I realized they would pull out and have to drive away, so I ran down the street about ten yards and waited.

I’m smart. :)

And as the van drove my way, the gaggle ‘o women came with it, but I was in the perfect spot to put my hand right on Jon’s window as they drove away.

And he LOOKED at me. And smiled. SQUEAL!!! :)

Let’s ignore the fact that there were women all around me, umkay? Whatev.

Did I mention, I didn’t have my camera?! Good Lord, when will I learn?

So I walked away a happy camper. I checked one off the bucket list folks.

The next day I took the girls to Ground Zero (more on that in a later post!), Little Italy, and Chinatown and the shopping commenced! HA!

There is NOTHING like the shopping in NYC – the variety of stores is one thing. The street vendors (especially in Chinatown) are another.

Want (cheap, really cute) earrings?:

045   Pendants?:

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Blingity bling?:

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Purses and scarves?:




:) Those New Yorkers are funny.

The prices are great, and you can usually get them down even more if you try. Some of my favorite jewelry pieces are from NYC – they are the cheapest I own and they’ve lasted years.

I thought of you all as we walked down 6th Avenue and saw M&J Trimming. You’ve NEVER seen such a selection of buttons:

258 That was just one wall!

Nailhead trim:




And trim:


Isn’t that insane?? It was GORGEOUS! :)

If I had only thought to bring my fabric swatches for the office redo, I would have had it made!!

Oh my goodness, we smooshed a LOT into three days – I can’t even begin to tell you all of it! Well, I could, but I got 14 hours of sleep in four days, so I need to get to bed. :)

We truly took in the sights and had a blast – our last night there, we were up till 5:30 a.m.:


That’s me at 5 a.m. See the sun coming up in the background? CRAZY!! (Notice the pic of Sean Hayes to the right? We saw that show last month and this time I came within feet of him as he left the theater that night!)

We weren’t even that tired – there’s something magical about New York City. It has my heart.


That’s the view from the Top of the Rock, all the way up there…


:) Sigh.

I love you New York!!

I am so glad to be home sweet home though – and looking forward to getting back into my crafty mojo with a fun item I got last week.

And I’ve got a little surprise for you tomorrow! Whoohoo! Stay tuned!


  1. Looks as though a fab time was had by you ladies. Great photos... for a goober that is.. LOL.. JuSt KiddiNG!!!


  2. What a great weekend! Looked like you had a blast, and I LOVE M&J Trim!!

  3. looks like a really fun trip. And I have to be honest I am like you and am a rule follower as well. Grrrr. When will we learn? :) Glad you're back though.

  4. Oh how fun! I'm glad you're back =]

  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE NYC!! go as often as I can....Thanks for the great pics, sounds like you had a great time & showed your friends the high spots :) (can't do the city without Times Square & of course Chinatown :)

  6. So glad you and the friends had a great weekend in NYC. Thanks for the pics of the city and concert... the close-up pic of you is nice! Thank you for your blog.

  7. If I was a huge Donnie fan, can we still be friends?? ;)

  8. I love living vicariously through you;) So wish I could have seen NKOTB at RCMH, but I did get the chance to see them up super close (plus a few hugs-squeal!!!) for the Seattle screening that they did in January of their dvd and I know just what you mean when you said you got one of your dreams fulfilled by seeing Jon;)

    I should have told you to bring the camera, I did at both concerts (1st tour and summer tour) and of course they never checked. . . oh well at least you could concentrate on the show instead of taking pics/videos!

    I want to go back to NYC!

  9. I love the Marriott Marquis--we used to stay there all the time! Looks like you had a great time!

  10. I love Jon! I went to their concert in November of 2008 and I got to TOUCH HIM! :) He came out on this little round dance thingy and and touched me as he went by! Made my day! :) Your pictures looked like so much fun! :)

  11. LOVE your NYC recap! What an awesome weekend! Seriously jealous about the NKOTB concert! That awesome pic of Joe and Jon coming up to your side...yeah, if I'd been there I *might* have almost hurdled you to get to Joe...but I would have apologized...a hundred times...after I screamed Joe's name at the top of my lungs and let the 13 year old bubble up from within. :-D
    NICE pic! Love me some NKOTB!

  12. I'm totally with you on the NYC love. The first time I went, I went with a friend on a business tri. We stayed at The Carlisle, had a drink with celebs in the bar, shared an elevator with Steven King, sat in another bar with Jay Z, and took it many, many more sights. I don't think another trip will ever top that!!!

  13. Looks like a wonderful trip. I adore NYC. I'm feeling the urge for another trip. Our last was a whirlwind for sure. Just over 24 hours.

  14. Looks like a ton of fun! Thanks for sharing the pics. Now I am even more excited to take my first trip to the City in Nov.

  15. WOW. The buttons, the ribbons, the belts, the purses...the WOW. I'm a country mouse, but I'm so tempted to venture into the city after seeing those amazing stores! I'm so glad you had fun in NYC!!

  16. I love your blog and your NYC adventures. I am heading there in a few days for my first time ever and bringing with me my two young kids (daughter 7 and son 5 ). Have you ever taken your kids there and if so any advice? We are only going for three nights but want to see as much as possible without going crazy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


  17. Wow! What a whirlwind of a trip! Looks and sounds like you had a blast!

  18. Looked like so much fun! Were you at the concert that the Backstreet Boys showed up at? I saw the video for that, what a surprise!

  19. Looks like you had a fabulous trip! Loved seeing the pictures and the shopping -- I think I may have to do a girls trip there myself!!

  20. I just did a post on NYC. I was there this past weekend too. But my take is on the different side of NYC, living there is MUCH different than going as a tourist. Is a wonderful place indeed, and I'm glad I married a Newyorker.

  21. Oh my goodness what fun! It looks like you had a blast, I haven't been back to New York since Christmas of 2004 when my older sister surprised me with tickets to go see the NYC ballet perforn the Nutcracker at the Lincoln center, thus starting my infatuation with the story. I LOVE IT! :-)

  22. Sarah! Sooooo much fun! I'm so glad you got to make that connection with Jon :) I feel like I just went to NY with your pics~we're going to NY next month for our anniversary~my husband's never been and I can't wait to take him!

  23. Hub and I were there just last month (yep, during the bomb scare, lovely) and had a ball! I highly recommend The Belvedere hotel if you are looking for a new spot. Very cute boutique hotel in Times Square, uber clean, and charming staff.

  24. My heart skipped a beat when I saw that blue rose glass pendant. We went to China last November to adopt our son and those beautiful glass pendants were everywhere at the pearl and jade market. What sweet memories.

  25. Woo Hoo!!! I was at the concert Friday night. So friggin good. I was almost embarassed for myself with how excited I got. Who gets chills watching a NKOTB concert - I DO!! I brougt my camera in - I should e-mail you my pics!
    I also stayed in Times Square, but my hotel looked more like the Shinning...

  26. Oh what fun!! I just loved shopping in NYC - probably one of my all time favorite things about going! So glad you had a great trip!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  27. Ohhh!! Looks like you had an amazing weekend! I love NYC and I was a HUGE New Kids groupie 20 (GASP!) years ago! :)

  28. I LOVE LOVE LOVE NYC. Something about the vibe is just electric. You can't even describe it, and you feel it right when you step off that plane. So glad you had a great time. Love the pics of China Town.

  29. What fun! I grew up on Long Island, and really need to take my hubby and kiddos up for a trip. It really is something!!

  30. I was cracking up during your NKOTB story! HA! You definitely made me want to take a trip to the city for sure!

  31. My senior class took a trip to NYC for school... I loved it but I would love to go back now with my hubby and do whatever we want! Not school stuff but fun stuff!!! Looks like you guys had a blast!

  32. Oh what fun you had! I have always wanted to go to NYC! {jealous} The shopping looks like a total dream! love, love, love it!

    Thanks for sharing!

  33. Looks like you had a wonderful time! I thoroughly enjoy NYC too BUT San Diego has my heart... I cry every time we land because I seriously feel I should live there and its in the talks of us moving there so we will see!

    Glad yall had a good time!!

  34. Ahh, NYC - the perfect place for women to get together and act like girls! LOVE IT! RCMH is awesome - we saw 'Phantom' there and it rocked my socks.

    Ground Zero museum was so touching, tears ran freely when we walked through. Can't wait to hear about it.

  35. OH bless your heart I've never been but I've heard of the stores but now my wildest dreams are shown to me! I need to go there ASAP.

  36. Sounds like a wonderful time! I just informed my husband that a bunch of my girlfriends went to NKOTB concert and posted pictures and I am wondering if it is time to make up for the one that sold out when I was 13. I couldn't get tickets, we waited in line for 3 hours at a record store to learn that they weren't coming but we could still meet Johnny Page, poor guy he was so the pony at the horse show. No one was excited to meet him!!! We wanted NKOTB!! ; )
    Love all the pictures, excitement and yes, I too need to not follow the rules like you I always learn later that no one else does either!

  37. NYC has my heart too! I was just there the weekend before you!! I can't get enough of it! I love your blog and love you even more now that we share the NYC love! Thanks for sharing!!!

  38. Looks like it was a great weekend! (And Jonathan Knight was my favorite NKOTB member too! I had the doll as a kid!)

    How do you get your pictures to have the rounded look? It looks neat.

  39. I'm really glad you had such a wonderful time. I used to love NYC too (but I think business trips have ruined the city for me now!) I love that you saw so many sights with your girls! That's the way I vacation too.

  40. I love NYC! looks like you had a ball, your NKOTB fetish and all :)

  41. Oh my word! That looks amazing!! Seriously....NYC is tip top on my list

  42. So funny that the women are still scremaing for NKOTB- even though they are all married moms now. How fun!

  43. I love NYC too! Such a gorgeous city! :)

  44. I'm so jealous of you, even if you are a goober. ;) Looks like a wonderful weekend...I'll have to hold on a few more months for my annual NYC fling. :)

  45. It looks like you had a spectacular time! I must confess, I saw NKOTB when they came to town and I definitely did a little screaming of my own.
    Great pics!

  46. I was a leeettle too young for the whole New Kids on the Block craze, but I do remember having a Donnie doll. Now, when Backstreet boys started touring again, that's when I went NUTS. :p

  47. Oh my the ribbon THE RIBBON, I can't get past the ribbon!!!!

  48. I am definitely not-so-much a city girl, but it is fun to visit. I have mostly just been to NYC for hair shows, so I haven't gotten to do many of the touristy things. The millions of people , and those cab rides scare me a bit. Glad you had so much fun....totally jealous of You going to NKOTB concert and getting so close to Jon.

  49. Soooo glad you had fun. I can't believe that was supposed to be their last concert though!!! NOOOOOOO!!! LOL Enjoyed your pics

  50. Donna@affordableaccentsJune 23, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    I am glad that you had such a great time. Sometimes it is fun to be a goober along with good friends (that's one thing that keeps us young at heart)!

  51. Your post made me smile. I have a 3 Musketeers candy bar that Donnie Wahlberg threw out of his tour bus at me and 100 other screaming junior high girls after a concert.

    Looking back I realize that I completely risked my life because I didn't catch it so was stooped down trying to find it and could've easily been trampled in that hot mess of a crowd.

    I might just still have that candy bar safely tucked in a zip lock bag somewhere... shhh, don't tell. ;)

  52. What fun!!! One thing I was looking for though is a picture of the Naked cowboy???? So I could say Squeal! Hee hee!!!

  53. I've only been to NY once and the trip sucked. If you ever plan to do a another trip and want a tag-along, I'm your woman!

  54. Looks like a great time was had! I saw NKOTB when they were at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond a couple weeks ago...I went to two of the three shows! It was SO much fun! I love that people love them so much, again! My fave was Joey...now it's Donnie!

  55. I really do take NYCity for granted!! I'm going to try to walk around with the eyes of an tourist! Thanks, I enjoyed this!!

  56. Looks like a fun trip! I grew up on Long Island and NYC was not far away. Many wonderful memories of Broadway shows, dinner in the WTC and just walking around people watching. It has been many years since I have been back. I need that on my to do list.

  57. How fun! Just got back from NYC with my hubby, but I'd LOVE to go with my girlfriends. :)

  58. I've been reading your blogs and I love them all. THIS one made me very jealous. Never been to NYC...I know..I can't believe I admitted that. Someday....

  59. You are sooo funny! I was laughing quite a bit with this post. I love NKOTB!!!! although I'd never admit that in front of my friends which are way younger.. that will reveal my real age!! (I'm jocking they know my age and WE (you, me and all of those that love NKOTB) are not that old.. right? RIGHT??!!) :D

  60. Thank you so much for making my first trip to NYC such a wonderful experience girlie! :) I can't wait to go back!

  61. Silhouette is way way kewl! MY GOSH! My brain is in overdrive!! Etching, walls and plaques oh my!
    What a handy dandy machine!

  62. Wow.. those pictures are A-MAZING! I loved the walls of buttons, fabric, ribbons. My mom is in Kuwait for a couple of years and sent me similar pictures. They have a public market place with stuff like that. Upstate NY's got nothin....

  63. Sounds like a great trip! You feel the way about NY as I do San Francisco. We are taking out son out there in a couple of weeks and I just about can't wait!


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