The suitcase was packed, my hair was straightened, and I had on my jeans, black tank, pewter leather cropped jacket and my cheetah print scarf wrapped loosely around my neck. Oh yes, I was ready. Big Apple, here I come! I was off to spend the next 2 days at the Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker Event in NYC!
This would be my first time ever in NYC! And to be totally honest, I was a tad bit nervous.
Ok, a whole heck of a lot nervous.
I was flying into Newark and taking the train over to NY Penn Station. Then there I would meet my sister Beth (Home Stories A to Z) and then we would navigate the subway together. Thankfully my sweet friend Cyndy (The Creativity Exchange) was flying in at the exact same time. (Yay!). We were able figure out the whole Air Train and NJ Transit system together.
Oh my…. Penn Station…. now that is a crazy, busy place! It is where the subways, NJ Transit, and Amtrak all meet! People are everywhere. I felt like a deer in the headlights…. a sweaty deer. Air conditioning obviously is not as high on the priority list in NYC as it is in the south. One nice thing was that Amtrak would store my luggage for the day for $5.50! So I checked my suitcase with them and Cyndy and I made our way up to the street level to meet up with Beth. It was time to see some sites before heading to the hotel!
After re-nourishing ourselves with NYC’s finest pizza, we walked along the High Line, an old elevated railway that has been converted into a pedestrian boardwalk with gardens bordering each side of the path. It is a great way to walk throughout the city without dealing with the all the traffic, construction, hustle and bustle.
We walked on down into Chelsea Market. Love this place! It is filled with all types of eateries and unique shops. After all our walking, we stopped for a rich chocolate brownie and iced coffee at a little bakery.
At the end of Chelsea Market is Anthropologie. Now if NY does one thing right, it’s window displays. Anthropologie had this gorgeous branch with paper tags hanging from the branches, representing leaves. Each tag had a punched out ginko leaf and the the ground was covered in a thick blanket of those punched out ginkos. It was a work of art. Inside the store we found way too many clothes that I am now coveting…. ahem. They also had two huge round displays of unique knobs and drawer pulls. I felt like a kid in a candy store!
After heading back to our hotel via subway (a whole separate, crazy experience), we met up with Rhoda (Southern Hospitality). The three of us quickly realized that hailing a taxi at rush hour was not going to happen. Our dinner reservations were totally across town at Hell’s Kitchen. A bit of panic started to set in. We ended up walking the whole way… in heels! I can completely see why no one in Manhattan is overweight! You get such a work out just trying to arrive at your destination!
Dinner was delicious and I wish we had taken pictures, but after walking so many miles, we were simply famished and photos were not on our mind. After dinner we saw the Broadway musical Wicked. It was phenomenal, a total must see! Of course my sister and I had to recreate this fun pose!
Friday was BHG time! Design, DIY, Lifestyle, Food, and Fashion bloggers gathered together for a full day conference. We attended fun and informative classes with art directors, stylists, and editors from the magazine. I was able to attend the very popular, Eddie Ross’s styling class. I picked up some great ideas from him! Eddie is such a nice guy! They wrapped up the day of classes with a panel of their top stylemakers seen in the September issue of the magazine. It was moderated by the adorable Nate Berkus himself! (insert dreamy sigh…)
For dinner they whisked us all off to the luxurious Gansevoort Hotel to the BHG Stylemaker cocktail party sponsored by Pier One, Lee Jeans, and Vanity Fair. Pier One decorated the room with beautiful neutral and gold furnishings.
The day was also a wonderful time to see all my bloggy girlfriends from around the country. Pictured below is me, Sarah (The Yellow Cape Cod) and my sister Beth.
The evening ended with a late night impromptu gathering of friends at a little cafe across from the hotel. Sorry the pic is so grainy… it was dark in there! (Pictured Left-Right: Rhoda –Southern Hospitality, Jessica – Four Generations One Roof, Laura – Finding Home, Stacy – Not Just a Housewife, Michael – Inspired By Charm, Grace – A Storied Style, Jen – IHeart Organizing, Beth- Home Stories A to Z)
I think I walked over 50 blocks (in heels) between the two days…I have the blisters to prove it. Blisters and all, it was an amazing experience and I’m feeling so very honored to have been chosen and invited this BHG Stylemaker Workshop!
Thank you so much Better Homes and Gardens for making my 1st trip to NYC so very memorable and special!
See more #BHGSTYLE pics from NYC on my Instagram.