New York – Part One

New York – Part One

K…here’s the NYC part one recap…I realized after starting to write that I couldn’t possibly get through the whole thing in one post so, I’m thinking 3 might give me enough room to babble adequately…and PS, I apologize in advance for the total lack of photos- I’m hoping that as people get back, I can swipe theirs…I have no excuse really for not snapping more…it was all just so fast- couldn’t keep up really.
Anyhow.
The 36 hour ‘I want to live in NY in a LARGE way’ extravaganza started at 5a.m…that’s when I had to get up and get ready-um yeah…booooo to that- turns out I’m not an early riser these days.
I digress.
I got up thanks to hubby’s cell phone alarm and got ready- in the car by 6 and headed to Toronto Island Airport to catch a flight via Porter Airlines
 aka…best ever airlines period- why do I say this you ask?  Three reasons/phrases:
1. They have their own airport (well OK..Air Canada just started using it as well like 3 weeks ago but as far as I’m concerned, it belongs to Porter) and it’s pretty much in the middle of the city, directly off the main highway, on its own little island that can only be accessed from a 8 second fairy ride- the whole things is just entirely too civilized.
2. And this airport I speak of, it’s basically one giant lounge filled with easy wifi access, comfy leather lounge chairs and free snacks/bevies.
3. The airplanes are state of the art/brand new and all the staff is dressed in circa 50s retro attire (long and short of that one, love their aestetics…perhaps that make me shallow but whatver, after 12 years a private school teacher, I appreciate a good uniform;) …and the best part of the staff (and I mean even better than their outfits,) they dole out free booze on flight.
Long story short- I heart Porter Airlines…alot.
Oh wait…almost forgot the BEST part…they’re cheap!!!!!
And PS, the airlines is most certainly NOT paying me to say all of this but if they want me to and will give me free tickets as payment, I’m all for it..PPS Porter Airlines if you’re listening…I need to go to Chicago next month to see the birth of my new precious niece or nephew, I have a wedding to go to in Victoria, BC in July and hopefully a blogger meet-up sometime in August so yeah, anytime you want me to advertise in exchange for free tickets, I’m more than happy to oblige.
I digress…again.
Back to the two day blitz.
I arrived at the ferry and met Lisa Ferguson of Decor Mentor on the ferry.
And PS on that one, if you haven’t checked out her new site, go now…tres fantastique.
I told her how I managed to almost wreck my brand new shirt Zara silk in the car while trying to put on extra deodorant  and by the time my story was over, the ferry ride was over, we had made it through check in and Ms. Meredith Heron was waiting for us in swanky Porter lounge.
The three of us chatted…alot…and then we boarded the plane.
We took off…at first all was good but then we hit New Jersey turbulence and it was the WORST FLIGHT OF ALL TIME- Meredith and I seriously almost died.
She had a bad case of motion sickness and I had a bad case of ‘I’m going to spend my last hour of life on this effing plane and leave my children behind with no mother’ freak out.
Anyhow- we survived- duh…I’m writing this post- but it sucked- ass.
After departing the shitballs plane, we breezed through customs and headed towards the city- car styles.
Soon, we were here at the Ace Hotel
And it was delightful.
Oh wait…I forgot something- rewind a little…while on the plane, a little unfortunate accident resulted in a little blop of fountain pen ink landing square on my brand new pair of Hudson Ferris jeans..aka the most $ pair of denims I’ve ever owned..
After arriving at 10:30, we were told our room wouldn’t be ready until 3p.m…not matter I thought- sure Meredith and Lisa had to leave almost immediately for their Blogfest official events…I had Alex (Things that Sparkle) coming and were were going to spend the afternoon soaking up all that NYC had to offer.
Sure I had no suitcase, no hotel room and large black blotch on my only pair of pants- no biggy.
Oh but wait…my phone rings- even though I have no roaming…well I do but I’m not ‘international’ so any call/text/tweet/email I make cost like, I don’t know, $1000 dollars-anyhow- text arrives and it’s Alex and her damn flight has been cancelled due to shitballs weather in Chicago- cue total devastation music…I’m alone in New York without even a pair of pants to my name.
I quickly dash to the public bathroom, strip off  the pants and begin frantically trying to remove stain- 30 minutes of nail polish remover, water, Dyson hand dryer and still LARGE stain- it’s actually bigger at this point- I leave the bathroom totally defeated, get hotel staff person to kindly retrieve my suitcase from storage, go back to said bathroom stall and change into my one pair of replacement jeans- trouble is their skinnies and with my 8′ platform wedges, I kind of feel like a hooker- anyhow- I’m dressed at this point at least and decide, what the F…I’m in NY with no kids and no responsibilities, time to enjoy- I head outside.
Too bad it was pissing rain, I still have on aforementioned 8′ wedges…oh and a leather jacket.
I try to make it 10 blocks in an attempt to get here…

But I almost die from wet road and ridiculous shoes- I attempt to find any place to replace killer shoes with anything that will work in their place and make the great switcheroo happen….exhibit A for exhibit B…
I’m now, much much much much happier- strange men aren’t offering me ‘help’, I’m blending in with the masses and I can walk- yay me.
I make finally make it to ABC and find myself knee deep in a Madeline Weinrib sale but pat me on the back and call me frugal, I leave with nothing…despite walking into this…
Let me just say it was hard…very hard…to buy nothing.
After my tour in the rain, I decide to make my way back and pray to the hotel gods that my room is ready.
I’m the lonely tourist in NYC with no one but myself and my phone camera at this point.
See….sorry in advance for lame/dark/rainy tourist shots…my daughter’s only request was that I take a picture of the Flatiron building so voila..

I arrive back at the hotel and guess what…..room’s not ready- surprised???
I wasn’t.
I end up sitting in the lobby for an hour- here’s a live shot…
and then sheepishly make my way (for like maybe the 5th time) to the front desk.
Happily, because my room still isn’t ready and it’s clearly after 3p.m., I’m offered a bump up to a more ‘desirable’ room- I really could give a flying you know what at this point- I just want the hell out of dodge, and by dodge, I mean lonely giant city…I need to retreat so I can regroup and get my proverbial balls back.
Anyhow, I get my key card and open the door to this…
Fabulous, great, love it- dorm style chic…I need to lie down.
Hence this..
After an hour of rest, a shower, and a regroup of epic proportions, I’m ready to start part 2 of my New York adventure and let me just say, it starts off SOOOOO well.
I’ll leave it here for now but let me just say the sequel begins with cocktails called ‘Lust for Life’ and a meeting with two of the most fabulous bloggers a girl could ever hope to spend a few hours with…the lovely Dawn from the Alternative Wife and the fabulous Nichole of Parlour– j’adore!!
Until then…thank you for making it all the way to the end of this very wordy post and I’ll see you back here soon with part two:)
Oh and PS, despite the rocky start, I love New York a lot and want to move there…just saying.
Mwah!!!
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  • The enchanted home
    Posted at 05:26h, 19 May Reply

    THIS was what I soooo needed to start my day, rip roaring funny, loved every word. OMG this is the kind of thing that happens to me, so glad I have company..loved the part about the changing of the jeans and how you felt like it looked like a hooker and having to tapse in 8 inch platforms and I almost found myself breathing a sigh of relief for you when you switched the shoes!! Ahhhh..how good that must have felt. Can’t wait to hear and see more.
    PS That “live” shot of the hotel lobby….very happening….

  • Megan Abigail Chandler
    Posted at 06:40h, 19 May Reply

    WHAT A MESS!!! I found your blog on a A Diary of Lovely as you went over your fabulous kitchen. And while New York didn’t greet you well, it still sounds like so much fun to be a part of a blogging community that takes trips like that!!! I just started, but its great to hear these stories! I will return tomorrow to hear part 2!

  • Debby
    Posted at 06:45h, 19 May Reply

    Sounds like it was a stressful beginning for you. Hope the rest of it went well. xo

  • A Flair for Vintage Decor
    Posted at 06:51h, 19 May Reply

    Sounds like you handled the beginning so well…I know the feeling when nothing is going right!! I am so glad it got better and can’t wait to hear about it! Those rugs are fabulous by the way! Happy Thursday! Caroline

  • Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely
    Posted at 07:05h, 19 May Reply

    Love your story so far! Your hotel room looks gorg – which part of NY are you staying in? Flat shoes are definitely an essential, I walked everywhere when I was there! Can’t wait to hear the next instalment xo

  • Things That Sparkle
    Posted at 07:12h, 19 May Reply

    Ahhh I am so so so so endlessly sorry that I wasn’t there through all of this mess! And also, I am so incredibly impressed you didn’t buy anything MW those pictures alone kill me.

  • Cara
    Posted at 07:28h, 19 May Reply

    Sometimes I miss working/living in the city…but then I realize I live @ the beach πŸ™‚

    PS. love that hotel room-simple and adorbs!

  • Blue Fruit
    Posted at 07:34h, 19 May Reply

    What an adventure. Up, down and every thing in between. But fab to know that despite it all, you still love this fabulous city. I look forward to the next installment. And don’t skip the detail – it’s great!

  • jillian :: cornflake dreams.
    Posted at 07:38h, 19 May Reply

    sorry your trip started off a bit rough! i hope the rest of it goes better…
    cant wait to hear more! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  • Lindsay [rookie's nest]
    Posted at 07:50h, 19 May Reply

    there are so many things i want to say!! first off – you’re Canadian (Toronto?!) – I LOOOVE Porter airlines!! Have taken it from Ottawa a few times!! Second, I just love the shoe switcheroo you made, both pairs I was like “ah!! where did she get those!?”; third, love the wall in the dorm hotel room, haha…neat. I hope NYC turns out to be just as fabulous as it should be. xo

  • ashley nicole catherine
    Posted at 08:43h, 19 May Reply

    looks like an amazing trip!! i have to try this airline – LOVE the retro uniforms! um and you’re coming to chi?? def think we need to plan something! ps – try a dryel stain remover stick on the jeans before taking them to the cleaners. i swear, it is magic!

    xo.ashley

  • Liz
    Posted at 08:47h, 19 May Reply

    these photos are amazing! Looks like a fabulous trip starting with a fabulous airline. Your shoes were amazing {both A and B}, ABC looked incredibly dreamy, and all of your photos are giving me a jealousy induced panic attack. Also, I need to visit Toronto.

  • The Zhush
    Posted at 08:59h, 19 May Reply

    YIKES! Sorry to have missed you too, was only in town for Monday, although I only live about an hour outside of NYC…should you ever find yourself in this type of situation again..please do not hesitate to email me! srsly!:) Anxiously awaiting the next installment!

  • Danielle Oakey Interiors
    Posted at 09:06h, 19 May Reply

    What a day! You are such a fantastic writer, I read every word. I can’t believe you did not buy anything! Can’t wait till tomorrow.

  • barbara@hodge:podge
    Posted at 09:06h, 19 May Reply

    Crummy start but from the sounds of it, it ended up fantastically well? I guess I’ll have to come back tomorrow. I have done NYC without kids and it is tres magnifique!

  • Naomi@DesignManifest
    Posted at 09:08h, 19 May Reply

    OH man! I feel your pain. So glad part 2 is much better. Traveling can be tough and wondering NYC by yourself (in HO shoes) is intimidating. Cute little flats, though. Nice score πŸ™‚

  • Brandi
    Posted at 09:21h, 19 May Reply

    My trip to Florida recently was sorta like this so I really feel your anguish. Sounds like it’s starting to turn around though! Can’t you believe you didn’t buy anything Madeleine Weinrib, I would have died upon walking into that room!

  • THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE
    Posted at 09:28h, 19 May Reply

    Haha LOVE this recap. You poor thing had such a crazy start to your trip. Although the Porter airlines experience sounds fab despite the NJ turbulence. Maybe Porter can comp you a free ride back to NYC sometime soon πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to hear part 2! xoxo

  • lark + linen
    Posted at 10:01h, 19 May Reply

    ahh, I hate to giggle at your expense, but it sounds like your first few hours in NYC were so terrible that you just have to laugh. I’m happy to hear the next portion of your trip made up for it!

  • Fran
    Posted at 10:09h, 19 May Reply

    Christine, so funny!! Sorry to hear about the rough start, but makes for a great recap! Love your shoes!! Can’t wait to read part two!!

  • pretty pink tulips
    Posted at 10:27h, 19 May Reply

    Wow! First, I detest flying b/c of the possibility of turbulence so truly feel for you on your flight in.

    Am really sad we did not meet – I was at the Ace too, even though I live 45 minutes outside the city. Just thought I would embrace the whole experience…but did not make it to Joss Main. boo hoo.

    Glad you had some silver linings to your trip. I hope you’ll come back so we can connect IRL!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful}
    Posted at 10:33h, 19 May Reply

    At that point in the trip, I probably would’ve been heading to the airport! )c: But it sounds like you stuck it out and ended up with some fabulousness…I’m excited to hear the rest (c: Seriously, it could only go up from there…

  • jennifer@nicolejanehome
    Posted at 10:47h, 19 May Reply

    You are Hi-lar-ious!!!! That’s exactly the type of trips I always end up taking. The music is all sweetness and light at the beginning, then the terrifying dark music starts and the plane is goin’ down!!! Love it.

  • Marianne {Style For Living}
    Posted at 11:06h, 19 May Reply

    You have the BEST stories! What a crazy start to your trip, but I know what’s coming next will surely make up for everything you went through at this point!

  • Nuha
    Posted at 11:45h, 19 May Reply

    awww I’m sorry it got off to a rocky start! But I bet the rest of the trip was totally worth it πŸ™‚ It’s always been my dream to go to NYC alone and wander around aimlessly …(This sounds like I’m asking to get murdered! hah!)

  • escapade
    Posted at 12:08h, 19 May Reply

    Everything I hear about Porter is 100% good – I need to fly with them asap!

    I live for long afternoons in ABC hardware – looks like you had fun – can’t wait to hear the rest!!
    xo

  • Tobe | Because It's Awesome
    Posted at 12:17h, 19 May Reply

    traveling solo is always a bit tricky . . . looking forward to the recovery in parts 2&3! i’m assuming it gets better πŸ™‚

  • A Delightful Design
    Posted at 12:23h, 19 May Reply

    You poor thing! I’m so glad to know this story has a happy ending! I would have loved to go this year but I’ll have to wait for 2012.
    xo

  • Amber Interiors
    Posted at 12:24h, 19 May Reply

    I would have saved you! Gladly! I would have let you borrow a pair of jeans also!

  • Christel @ Captivated by image
    Posted at 12:57h, 19 May Reply

    What a start of your trip Christine! Now I’m so curious about the rest of your story. And how awful about the stain on that fabulous jeans :O Plus, excuse me if I’m wrong, but are those YOUR amazing wedges???

  • Connie @ SogniESorrisi
    Posted at 13:00h, 19 May Reply

    Love Porter and the last time I was in NYC it rained for a day and a half straight. Sucky.

  • H.G. The Countess
    Posted at 13:24h, 19 May Reply

    If you liked NYC this week, you would LOVE it when it’s not raining. I hope you ate at the Breslin when you were at the ACE!

  • Morgan
    Posted at 14:19h, 19 May Reply

    Awesome post! Super happy there was a happy ending! Can’t wait to read part two!

  • Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File
    Posted at 16:29h, 19 May Reply

    OMG… I feel your pain re. the turbulent flight. THE WORST. I hope you eventually got the stain out of those fabulous jeans… can’t wait to hear part 2!!!

  • Jackie
    Posted at 16:32h, 19 May Reply

    Wow, what a whirlwind! Can’t wait to hear more!

  • Danielle {breakfast at toast}
    Posted at 17:33h, 19 May Reply

    Ah! Sorry your room wasn’t ready right away. That is the worst. But — if you do end up coming to Chicago I would LOVE to meet you!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 20:46h, 19 May Reply

    Loved everything about this entry but specially I need to know about the Exhibit A shoes. Give us the info, please!!!!

  • Nichole @ Parlour
    Posted at 20:51h, 19 May Reply

    Oh, girl. The story was as good the second time around as when I heard it the first. Rough day, fixed by girl time and cocktails!

  • Lori
    Posted at 20:53h, 19 May Reply

    So sorry your trip started out so rough, but really glad it got back on track. Can’t wait to read part 2!

    Lori
    http://www.lorimayinteriors.com/blog

  • Wendy
    Posted at 21:44h, 19 May Reply

    wow, rough start… looking forward to part 2! I can’t believe all the MW rugs heaven!

  • Meredith
    Posted at 22:07h, 19 May Reply

    I know my news today makes up for the blotch on your jeans but I have a bottle of Folex that will get the splotch out. Fer sure. xo

  • Marcus Design
    Posted at 22:10h, 19 May Reply

    Yes, a rocky and very brave start…but I can’t wait to read more!!! I know how fab NY is so I can only imagine how fab it is when it is filled with my favorite bloggers πŸ™‚ Must have been SO hard not to buy stuff at MW!!! Well, definitely can’t wait for part 2 my friend, hugs!
    Nancy xo

  • Love it like LuLu
    Posted at 22:23h, 19 May Reply

    Best post ever!! I now follow and am hooked on your blog. Will be coming back to visit very soon.

    Have a fab weekend doll!

    Sar xx

    http://www.loveitlikelulu.blogspot.com

  • Full House
    Posted at 00:16h, 20 May Reply

    Not the jeans. I remember that happening over here and trying to use hairspray…yup just made it worse.

    Those wedges are hot!

    Can’t wait to see your other recaps.

    xx – CB

  • coolkids
    Posted at 10:16h, 20 May Reply

    wow! That is quite a story!:) Can’t wait to go up and read part 2!
    When you come to chicago let me know! I would love to meet up!

  • SHERRY HART
    Posted at 12:02h, 20 May Reply

    Ha Ha…you are funny! Who knew! Glad you finally got to your room….nothing like getting up at the butt crack of dawn and not having a place to relax a little. That room was HOT though!

  • Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!}
    Posted at 22:36h, 20 May Reply

    I’m loving these posts!!!! you’re telling such a great story!

  • jennifer Brouwer
    Posted at 06:56h, 21 May Reply

    omg you kill me!!

    Who knew? Thanks for sharing & hurry up I need to know what else happens!!!

  • Brittany {Gallery No. Eight}
    Posted at 21:41h, 22 May Reply

    You’re a fab storyteller Christine! Glad to hear that after a not so fab start, your time in NYC was fab! I’ve never been, but I might be going for my 21st birthday πŸ˜€

  • Heather Pranitis
    Posted at 00:34h, 25 May Reply

    OMG! Regardless of how it started I’m really glad you had a great time. And especially arrived in one piece. A complete bummer about your pants. By the way, what brand are the flats you bought? I love them and they look fabulous for traveling. Thanks for the needed laughter this evening.

  • Heather Pranitis
    Posted at 00:48h, 25 May Reply

    Sometimes you just need a little rest and then your all refreshed! Glad it worked.

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