Do you ever just pretend? You know, like you are somebody else or at least just living somewhere else. I do, but it shouldn’t be any surprise as my imagination tends to be on the overactive side (in good and bad ways). Usually, it’s when I’m reading a book or watching a movie, I get a little lost in the character, the set, the plot and find myself right there in the middle of it all.
This past weekend while we were in New York celebrating our anniversary and visiting dear friends, I did just that. I imagined, envisioned, and made mental pictures of myself living in a big city. And of course, not just myself but my lovely (not so) little brood. Could we do it? Would we survive? What would life look like? I took in so many details, as I always like to do. My eyes scanning and searching the layers beyond the surface. This time it wasn’t just the buildings, the fashion, the food, and the palpable creative drive that seems to permiate the air. This time, I watched families, children, everyday life, the coming, the going and those unnoticed in between moments that are often unseen and overlooked or deemed unimportant. I found those moments to be the telling ones.
I can’t say I have come to a conclusion on whether or not I could or could not do it. And I suppose, a conclusion is not really necessary, as all of this thinking and imagining is theortical. But, I like to know what I’m capable of and if I had to or even wanted to, would I survive? Yes, is the answer to that, but would we thrive and be able to take on a such a foreign way of living?
These kinds of trips, which are usually meant for fun, always end up meaning so much more. There is a deeper meaning to everything, at least always in my mind. I’m grateful for the thoughts, the conversations, the learning, and the possibilities.
As for what we did, it kind of went like this….Thursday night I stopped by the Rue Turns Two party. Then we hopped on over to an event for Q Ideas which was held in Tom’s NYC showroom (which was beyond cool). I loved meeting new like minded friends that are brilliant in the industries they work in.
After that, we had a great time with our friends and pretty much shopped and ate our way through New York. And although, I now probably need to exercise for a week straight…I wouldn’t have done it any other way.
Here is a list of places we went, which I would, without a doubt, recommend:
Hudson Clearwater – this place is like a secret garden. it seriously took us awhile to even find the entrance. so good and such a great atmosphere.
Magnolia Bakery – it had to be done. and yes, it is a good as they say.
Co. – for pizza. probably the best pizza crust i’ve ever had.
Shake Shack – i could have eaten this every day. and i’ve been thinking about it every day since.
Le Pain Quotidien – bread. croissants. tartines. perfect for a quick bite.
Sarahbeth’s – lovely for breakfast and known for their jams.
Our last night we saw the Broadway show, Once. The music was insane and the story is the kind that sticks with you.
*Tomorrow I’m sharing some photos from a shop in NYC that totally inspired me.
images from la la Lovely Instagram.