After we enjoyed our lunch, we hopped in a cab and went to
M&J Trimmings on Sixth Avenue.
I have been there before but I never tire of seeing all of the dazzling ribbons, laces, buttons, silk flowers and crystal embellishments. Michelle had given me a Groupon coupon for Mother's Day so I was all set to have some fun! (I love Michelle-she's so thoughtful!)
A wall of laces!
The last time I was at M&J I bought some unusual buttons, but this time I had a goal.
I want to make a purse like this one...
I saw this beautiful tote bag on Lisa's blog...A Thing for Roses..two years ago and fell in love with it.
M&J was the perfect place to choose some beautiful laces and a pink velvet rose to trim out the bag when it's finished. (The blue flower pin is just for fun)
Aren't they gorgeous?
After scooping up my items from M&J, we then proceeded to Mary's, Harold Square, to do some make-up shopping. I had a nice gift card from Macy's that David had given me for Christmas that I hadn't used. Michelle decided that I needed to go to the Bobbi Brown cosmetic counter for a do-over!! Yikes! We were hot and
sweaty dewey, but that didn't deter the little make-up person one bit. She stripped my face of all make-up and cleaned it, moisturized it and then began layering. Now, please know that I spend about 5 minutes in the morning putting on make-up. Spackle, foundation, blush and mascara. Suddenly I needed corrector, concealer, foundation, eye-brow make-up, 2 eye shadows, eye liner, bronzer and blush, eye liner and mascara. It was pretty funny. I must have said "Now I'm not buying all of this" about 20 times but undaunted she went on.
OK, that was fun and I purchased some of the items and then returned some (unused of course) when I returned to Pittsburgh. It's easy to get caught up in the moment!
After our stop at Macy's we were ready to go home to Hoboken. Michelle's boyfriend, Bill, returned from a business trip and the three of us enjoyed dinner together, again cooked by Michelle. The cookies and sweet treats we had toted home were our dessert.
On Saturday, Michelle and I took the train and the subway back into the city (she does this like I jump in the car and drive 3 miles to the Mall) We were meeting Michael and Jackie (our son and DIL) for lunch at Eataly, at 200 5th Avenue near 23rd. If I tell you that two of the partners in this endeavor are Mario Batali and his Mama, Lidia Bastianich, that will give you an indication of the quality of this place. It's part market, part restaurant and interesting things can be found at every counter. Homemade pastas, breads, meats, cheeses, chocolates, produce, seafood and wine and beer in addition to supplies and cookbooks can all be found here. I highly recommend it!
A produce stand with magazine worthy fruits and veggies. (Unidentified woman)
The homemade pastas looked wonderful...see the squid ink pasta in the back of this case? Mmmm-no thank you.
Lots of pastas I had never heard of.
The meat counter.
We decided to have lunch in the portion of the market where you can have table service.
(Michelle, Jackie and Michael)
While we waited to be seated, the kids enjoyed a glass of wine.
(Not a $5,000 portrait but a cute picture nonetheless)
For lunch, Michelle and Jackie shared a plate of homemade pasta (I can't remember the sauce) and a pizza.
Michael & I each had a calzone, unlike any other. The dough was light and the homemade ricotta cheese inside was delicious! I should have taken photos before we chowed down but we were hungry!
Happy, full faces!
After lunch we went outside and around the corner to another part of Eataly where they sell gelato....the line was long but it was worth the wait. Creamy goodness on a hot, summer, New York day!
I had a wonderful time visiting with Michelle, Bill, Michael & Jackie and seeing, doing and eating some great things in New York City.
Thanks for the fun time kids!
For those of you, besides my family, who have followed along on this journey...thank you.
I will be back next time with a bunch of crafting projects I have been working on!