This experience and post should definitely be filed under "things you never thought you would do," because spending three days in NYC for the purpose of going to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is most certainly a thing I never thought I would do. Actually, I'm not sure I even knew the event existed, so it would have been impossible for me to even imagine such a thing, but I love NYC (not as much as Boston, but still...), and a friend from church was in need of a traveling companion, so I decided to go.
When we arrived at our "boutique (and WAY too CHIC for my $19.99-outlet-store-Banana-Republic-sundress) hotel" ~ The Hudson, our room was not ready, so we HAD to go to the Terrace Bar for a cool drink and amazing city views. It was gorgeous.
We realized pretty quickly, though, that Nicolette was actually a bit late for a book signing by the famous fashion illustrator (can't remember her name, but that's her in the sunglasses signing the book of the man with red dress pants!) who would be her instructor the following day, so we hopped in a cab and headed to Lincoln Center ~ me still in my magenta Banana Republic sundress and flat brown strappy GAP leather sandals. Pretty sure my hair was in a pony tail, too. At least I wasn't in shorts, and I had some jewelry on, because as you can probably tell from the photos it was ANOTHER. WORLD. They were handing out free samples of electronic cigarettes at the door.
|Hudson Terrace Bar|
High heels with lots of ankle straps or crazy high and clunky platform shoes, expensive handbags, and cigarettes seemed to be the fashion theme for women. For men it was mostly skinny jeans, pointy leather shoes, scarves, and cigarettes. Cigarettes were definitely a thing. (Looks cool and suppresses appetite, I learned.) Hair, too. Everyone's hair was perfectly coiffed, spiked, curled, and pouffed.
Before the show, we ate in one of the hotel restaurants. A very hip atmosphere, it was mostly fancy burgers and salads, which will work for the new paleo lifestyle, but then I saw that their french fries were made in-house, and could be served with a fried egg on top and a side of truffle aioli mayonnaise. Some people would say that potatoes don't really fall into the paleo category, but many do, and I really wanted to try these "Thrice Cooked Fries." Fortunately, Nicolette also follows a high protein, low carb, no sugar diet, so searching for food was easier. The fries, the egg, and mostly the mayo were incredible!
I had the following day mostly to myself, since Nicolette had class. I got up early and went for a run around Central Park, stopping occasionally to take pictures with my phone. (Brand new iPhone user here!) Later, I met my oldest friend from elementary/middle/high school, Mike, for lunch. He works on Park Ave, and had made reservations at a wonderful steak house ~ The Strip House. Our families have met up in the city several times over the years, but this time it was just the two of us doing as much catching up as you can possibly do in two hours. And the restaurant was perfect for eating paleo. I had a filet mignon salad. It was basically small strips of extremely tender filet mignon served over thick slices of beefsteak tomatoes and arugula with a house balsamic dressing. Perfect and delicious, too!
He headed back to the office for a conference call, and then I strolled down 5th Avenue drinking iced coffee, browsing through some of the famous shops, and just enjoying a sunny, 80 degree afternoon in the city. I loved these banners at two different churches along the way. I thought the "OMG" sermon series on the book of Psalms at First Presbyterian Church was especially clever. I made my way all the way back to Columbus Circle and stopped in the Argo Tea Cafe for a Green Tea Ginger Twist which was sparkling water, green tea, lemon, and ginger with a bit of honey sweetener. So good! Then I sat in the sunshine in Central Park and called Robert to tell him about my day, and hear about his trip to Texas. We had missed each other coming and going that week!
Nicolette looked beautiful and wore a cute Mod Cloth 1950's-style dress and carried a Kate Spade purse that looked like an old radio. I did my best in a lacy, grey, $29.99 TJ Maxx dress that I bought two summers ago for one of the ten weddings we attended in those three short months. I did get to wear my Nine West platform pumps, though, which I love but rarely have an opportunity to use in my day-to-day-middle-aged-homeschool-mom-and-pastor's-wife-life. ;-)
And as if that were not enough thrill to last us for several months at least, we spent Saturday at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nicolette had been encouraged to take in one of the local museums, and make some sketches for future inspiration in her fashion designing, and I am certainly not one to say no to a trip to The Met ~ or really any art museum for that matter. Nicolette had never been to The Met, and so it was fun to experience it through her eyes and with her excitement.
I enjoyed taking photos of artwork done by artists we are studying in the Western Cultural History seminar of my Challenge II class in order to show my students ~ Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Eyck, and Durer to name a few. We ate lunch in the museum cafeteria ~ salads from the wonderful salad bar, mixed nuts, dried fruit, and water for both of us.
Who knew the whole church planting call to New England would involve such food and fashion adventures as these. I know for sure that this is part of how the Lord extends the grace needed to continue the journey, and for that I am very thankful.