Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Ellen, Gina and I (oh, and Ellen's hubby Rob, too!) just returned from a trip to New York City. No work, gobs of eating, loads of walking, and a ridiculous amount of shopping. This was Gina's first-ever trip to the Big Apple, while Ellen goes many times a year, since her daughter attends school there.

And, to those of you that know Ellen, it should come as no surprise that she projects the most, um, authentic New York attitude.

By that I mean, balls.

This became sort of the unofficial theme of our trip. First, there was the view from our Marriott hotel room, which overlooked where they drop the "big ball" on New Year's Eve. Dick Clark could not have asked for a better view.

Gina's niece, Lydia, who works at the Ritz, got us a rockin' rate on this rockin' room. Thanks, Lydia! (Sometimes you just have to have the balls to ask).

The first night, we saw "Wicked" - fabulous as always - and had a great Italian meal with Ellen, Rob and their daughter, Ariel. Our waiter was good friends with Adam Sandler. Then, continuing the celeb theme, on the way home we noticed some guys with cameras standing around outside a tiny hotel on a quiet side street. So we lingered and out of a car pops Katie Holmes holding baby Suri. I kid you not! We were 10 feet from her.

The next two days were devoted to hardcore shopping. Ellen added the title "Cashmere Ho" to her long list of "ho" monikers ("Bag Ho," "Book Ho, "Ho Ho."). Here she is with more cashmere than she can carry - and this was just the beginning:

Next, we embarked on a 4-hour private shopping tour of sample sales and designer "back rooms" called the Elegant Tightwad tour. Here are Gina and Ellen at the entrance to the Garment District - love the giant button sculpture:

The bargains were amazing. I got a new leather "corset" jacket for about 90% off, and some fun finds like this cashmere scarf:

That evening, we did some sightseeing, and found some balls even bigger than Ellen's:

Our last day, we visited my favorite stop - the enormous Anthropologie store near Rockefeller Center. Their displays were just breathtaking:

And of course, they had balls too - the yarny kind:

Even Starbuck's has gotten into the yarn ball trend:

This is random, but it really does take balls to walk around in a costume for no apparent reason:

And finally, there was my favorite ballsy New York advertisement, pointing the way to the "Charmin restrooms":

That's the thing about New York: You've just gotta go.

- Shelley
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved New York so much I just gotta go back! Gina H

December 16, 2008 at 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Sue said...

Glad you enjoyed New York! It's such a fabulous place. Did you get down to Purl Soho? That neighborhood is so much fun. Next time, make sure you walk down Prince Street and check out Thompson Street - you would love the shop called Clio. Also, the restaurants in Little Italy are fantastic! Love reading your blog. Thanks for all your inspiration.

December 16, 2008 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

You guys missed the advertisement on the sigh on a bus that said "Learn English". I t was all in English. Not a scrap of another language on the bus. Couldn't get my phone out fast enough to take a picture.

December 16, 2008 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger spinningmom said...

I'm so happy you got to go! I can't believe it's been a year since Becky and I went to NY. I hope ypu got your present and I'm wondering about yarn, do you want some? Trish

December 16, 2008 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger captured magic said...

Oh, Ellen! That's awesome! LOL I wonder how many calls they get?
Was the bus something like this? (Minus the blacked out tooth, perhaps)

December 16, 2008 at 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to read about your trip! I was in New York right after Thanksgiving for a trade show and two extra days of vacation and stayed at the Marriott Marquis!! So that view was very familiar. New York City is such a fantastic place. Visited many yarn shops, but I have to say ... absolutely NONE of them were as nice as Loops.
-Lee Ann

December 16, 2008 at 6:07 PM  

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