Smooshing what I did during the days in New York City into 12 pretty hours just for you...
Of all the cities I've traveled to in my time (so old and wizened am I), New York is by far one of the most incredible and one of the most bizarre. As evident in all my previous photos and videos from the big city that you've enjoyed, the first time is always about being a tourist. Then every person you speak to tries to teach you how not to look like a tourist, but there's the little things that are left unsaid and you have to learn the hard way. Even after trying to cut it down for you all, I packed so much (fashion week or not) into my few weeks in New York this September that I'll have to tell you how to tackle New York in one day, then one night. This is obviously the first of the two. A third serious, a third ridiculous and a third ridiculous to you but New Yorkers take it very seriously... let's begin:
7:00 am: Begin your day with an oversized portion of fruit from your local bodega - do a circle around the block on your pre-breakfast run and you'll most likely find one. NOTE: choose your fruit and surface of consumption based on what will look best with the 'Hudson' filter on Instagram. People only like natural looking breakfasts.
7:30 am: Realise you actually had a breakfast meeting scheduled for 8 o'clock - walk to Dean & Deluca and, while you wait, wander whether girls just buy flowers to look like someone's given them flowers. When the other person arrives, roam around discussing the benefits of social media to modern day marketing, and inspecting pretty cakes and tarts. NOTE: you won't end up buying or eating anything - "mornings are a terrible rush" - so it's probably a good thing that you ate beforehand.
9:00 am: Attempt to hail a cab on your street corner. Make sure you account for at least half an hour of standing with your arm out, particularly if you're running late to a show (you're better off walking). NOTE: split up and hail cabs from all four corners of an intersection - then J-walk like a boss when one finally stops.
10:00 am: Finally arrive at the Standard Hotel for a perfect presentation by Erin Fetherston on the enormous balcony overlooking bustling West Village and the Hudson River. Notice how much the models look like Erin herself, and quietly sympathise with the casting agent who was responsible for that. NOTE: have at least one in depth conversation with someone you don't already know - loved meeting you, Christine!
12:00 pm: Have a giggle with Nicole and Jess and other fellow bloggerinas, then coerce everyone away from cameras and phones to somewhere awesome for lunch. Café Select, Mercer Kitchen, Spring St Natural, Café Gitane, Le Pain Quotidien and every cupcake cart on Broadway are favourites. 99c hot dogs are not. NOTE: wine and bread is not lunch. Sneakily get a vegan burger and Soho Park iced tea from across the road to eat on the fire escape afterwards.
1:30 pm: Catch up with a friend you made at the airport bag carousel when you arrived, and ask if you could take photos of yourself on their apartment building's amazing downtown rooftop. Pose awkwardly and give kudos to the Empire State Building for looking good during the day too. NOTE: It's a long way down.
3:00 pm: Meet up with your favourite person in the city and go for a magical walk through Washington Square Park being a tourist. NOTE: your sunglasses look kind of like cat ears when on your head. Don't be offended by people who stare.
4:00 pm: Buy yourself a ZARA skirt for $20 and no reason whatsoever. NOTE: this seems to be the premise of all American retail. Ever.
5:00 pm: Take the subway to the Hotel Empire and embark on a search for Chuck Bass. Be confused as to why there seems to be a red carpet and line to every facility (concierge desk, elevator, bathroom...). Then be super sneaky and take the stairs to the roof to enjoy the view and hang out with Geneva and Sara. NOTE: you won't find Chuck Bass.
6:00 pm: Watch the sun go down from the Top of the Rock and fall in love all over again. NOTE: bring tissues and a hug-buddy.
Next up, is New York City by night... but until then, I have an exciting show to head to!
More on that tomorrow.