New York Welcome!

by jenjenk on June 2, 2009

I flew into New York before 6:00am on a very rainy Friday. My heart sunk with the prospect of navigating my way through the city in pouring rain. Luckily, I had booked William, (718.775.2611) to pick me up. He was awesome – prompt and communicated with me from the time my plane landed until he found me in front of the terminal. He was a bit difficult to understand due to his thick Columbian accent but was extremely polite and professional. (Case in point: Jelp. He had picked up a client who was an owner/investor in Jelp…you know…the company in California. Oh, right…Yelp.)

Sheraton Manhattan Times Square. I really hate that hotel. It is such a dump. Added to that was some ridiculous claim that they didn’t have a single room available for me until that afternoon. It’s one thing if I wasn’t in the industry but the fact that I understood hotel speak and knew he was blowing smoke up my butt, added to the fact that i didn’t sleep on the red-eye really nearly made me lose my mind….then again, I wasn’t VIP or have any status with this hotel chain so what could I expect? He asked for a business card with cellphone number to call me when a room was ready. I gave him one…and got a call a couple of hours later to check in. That was better than I was expecting but it didn’t change the fact that i was still tired. :(

I killed some time while i waited for Carrie to fly in by participating in my favorite past time – shopping. I decided to join a “garment district tour” (http://www.shopgotham.com/) at 10:00am. They handed out the list of stores we’d be hitting and I have to admit, I poo-poo’ed the list with a hint of snobbery. I know some of you are thinking, “wow?? jenny struck out??” Please…needless to say that in a group of 10 women – all complete strangers, I “won”. Again. Added to that i kept spurring other women on with why they should buy what they had on (if it looked good). I did well for the shopkeeps. You can always count on me to upsell…well, when I’m not busy upselling myself.

My best buy was the Japanese crushed wool sweater above. Regularly, $540. I got it for a cool $40. I was going to get a basic cardigan that retails for $780 but I still couldn’t stomach the idea of paying out $150 for it. No way.
These pair of shoes were on sale for about $110. I didn’t pay that much…because why would i pay $110 for SATIN shoes?? Right. I wouldn’t. What happened was that I bought a pair of shoes that were high heels, black leather that was almost biker chic. I tried on the right shoe and it was like I was cinderella. a perfect fit. I get back to the hotel to show Carrie my score only to discover that they were TWO right side shoes. I mean…at least if they were left feet shoes, I’d understand…and could probably work with it. As it was…not so much. *SIGH*…loved those shoes but these are infinitely more practical.

I’m sure I’d have PETA crawling up my butt over this but I bought this scarf. Somehow, midway through the freaking shopping trip, the other women realized that I was trying to upsell them or they thought it was funny that I was so mad that I was the only one “winning” that they told me how fantastic this looked on me. Unfortunately, it really was warm and comfy. I loved this thing. it looks ridiculous on the hanger but it really does look fabulous on.

Here’s another sweater that I bought. Wool angora…it fit me like a glove. Other people tried it on but it just made them look short. *SIGH*. There was no way I was leaving without it.

I highly recommend going on this trip, if for no other reason than to just get into the showrooms of some famous designers. A good time to go is in the spring or fall when a lot of people are trying to get rid of inventory.

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Anonymous June 2, 2009 at 4:39 am

wait…so you did buy those $110 satin shoes?

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Jen June 2, 2009 at 4:46 am

oops. i forgot to mention – i didn't actually buy it. I exchanged it. it's still a lot for satin shoes but I really love them…

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Anonymous June 2, 2009 at 11:21 am

As always, great purchases. Glad you're back safe. – tosh

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employee_8 June 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm

is it me or does the purple shirt look crooked at the bottom? the left sleeve also looks shorter.

the collar is messed up looking and the shirt looks wrinkled.

the scarf reminds me of the captain from the pirates of the carribean with the octopus face. =)

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Jen June 2, 2009 at 6:56 pm

it is supposed to be crinkled. i didn't put it on the hangar properly.

i love that scarf. you'll be jealous when PETA comes after me.

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employee_8 June 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm

yeah, i will BE jealous. i should sign up for PETA so i can be in the mass email when they come and hunt you down and throw rocks at you! =)

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