Daily Archives: November 19, 2013

Moscot

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I popped into the Moscot shop 69 West 14th Street in NYC to scout out and get fitted for a cool new pair of frames I could take back with me to Toronto and have them befitted with RX lenses.

The fist night I went in the shop I got an arrogant sales guy who really just wanted me to buy a $300 frame going on his judgement which frame looked good on me.  I figured I needed to leave because I wasn’t happy with his energy.

Before I left, I made sure to look around all the goodies of the shop.  I have been longing for a pair of Moscot frames but not knowing which style fit my face from online shots proved to be a pain.  Their geek chic thick frames have always left me swooning.

The shop was super sweet.  Lovely frames nicely laid out.  Different colours, shapes and sizes.  They were easy to pick up and try on.  The price tags were high – yes.  But the quality was superb.

I waited a few days and went back to the 69 West 14th Street and was greeted by Amy.  Wow, Amy was amazing.  She took her time with me gave me constructive feedback.   We narrowed it down to two frames.  The Bummi and the Tummel in Tortoise shell. But when it came down to the nitty grit the bridge of my nose was too small to support these frames.  Amy suggested I get nose pads onto the frames but then stopped.  She said ‘Look I can sell you these frames, but you won’t be happy.  You will be out over $200 and these frames won’t fit right’.

Done.

This is a shout out to Amy and genuine customer service.  This girl could have totally fleeced me.  Instead, I will keep perusing Moscot online and when I am next in NYC – Amy, you will see me again to see what else you have on offer.

Note:  Whilst at the Tenement Museum one day after this incident I popped into the Moscot on 108 Orchard Street.  I asked the blonde at the counter which frame she would suggest.  She suggested the Bummi.  When I asked her if the frame was sitting well on my face she said, ‘Oh that’s just the style’.

http://www.moscot.com/

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The 9/11 Memorial

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I wasn’t going to check out the 9/11 Memorial whilst I was in NYC but something compelled me on my second last day in the city to do so.  Perhaps I was nervous of what I may feel when I was there?

When I did arrive I had to undergo a pretty fierce screening process before I entered the 9/11 Memorial.  Once I was in – I didn’t expect to feel such a powerful presence embrace me.

The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.

The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.

The Memorial Plaza is one of the most eco-friendly plazas ever constructed. More than 400 trees are planned for the plaza, surrounding the Memorial’s two massive reflecting pools. Its design conveys a spirit of hope and renewal, and creates a contemplative space separate from the usual sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis.

Swamp white oak trees create a rustling canopy of leaves over the plaza. This grove of trees bring green rebirth in the spring, provide cooling shade in the summer and show seasonal color in fall. A small clearing in the grove, known as the Memorial Glade, designates a space for gatherings and special ceremonies.

As I walked around the space I saw some extremely intimate moments between strangers.  It was heartbreaking.  I saw firemen resting their fingertips on inscribed names, people crying and people staring almost mesmerized as the water spilled off the ledges into the pool below.

I remember where I was the day the towers came down and I can only imagine what it must have been like for the people affected and their families.  I made sure I took time to reflect upon that whilst in the space.

When I left the 9/11 Memorial and walked back onto the main street I looked up amidst all the construction and saw the damage the building that housed Brooks Brothers still held.  Indeed the memorial is complete and a wonderful space to sympathize with family and friends but just outside the reality of what befell that day still lingers for visitors and locals as a reminder of how blessed we all are.

http://www.911memorial.org/

The High Line

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In my quest to find Banksy’s art I popped upstairs on a break to the High Line after visiting the Chelsea Market one afternoon.

The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.

The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.

It was a lovely space to take photos of the NYC skyline whilst walking above the busy streets below.  I wish I could do this every day in Toronto.  I guess I’ll have to go back to NYC some time soon.

http://www.thehighline.org/

Let’s Shop at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets!

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When I travel I love to find deals – who doesn’t?  Especially when I am in the U.S..  In Canada, there are deals to be had but between the exchange, duty and finding the deal – it’s a lot of work.  I’m all about keeping the Canadian dollar in Canada.  But when you see something that is 60-70% off retail from where the price stands in Canada; tell me – what would you do?  Exactly.

Whilst in NYC I made sure I left some time to head over to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets.  I’m glad I did.  It was worth taking  a breather from the intensity of shopping downtown NYC for a day and be out in the country amongst some quaint cottages holding some wicked labels.

Ann Taylor, Armani, Balenciaga, Banana Republic, Burberry, Chloe, Coach, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger are all represented and have bargains galore.

My journey started early on a Friday morning to head over to Central Valley, NY.  I grabbed an early train from Greenwich Village and then jumped on a ShortLine/Coach USA.  ShortLine/Coach USA offers a frequent daily bus service to Woodbury Common from Port Authority in New York City (42nd St & Eight Ave).   For around $40 I was able to kick back and enjoy the scenery as we headed out of the city.  Indeed there are other ways to get to Woodbury; but the coach service was perfect for a single girl like me or if you are venturing out with your girlfriends or partner.  Easy,  safe and affordable.

When we arrived at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets we went to the Tower Building and were able to pick up an amazing coupon booklet for additional savings with our bus ticket voucher.

After that exercise, I was off to the races.  I was keen to check out Le Sportsac for a cosmetic bag, Levi’s, Under Armour (because it was freezing that day and I hadn’t dressed warmly enough) and also perhaps get lost in Diane Von Furstenberg, Dior and Polo.  I liked being able to shop at stores that my pocket book could afford and then also check out the luxury goods that perhaps I could dream I could afford.

The rolling hills of Central Valley behind the outlet beckoned with gold, yellow, orange and red Fall colours.  For a moment I felt transported out of NY State.  Take a moment to enjoy this sight even in the winter with your hot coffee.

The shops were endless and still easy to navigate.  If you are wondering – ‘I don’t want to go all the way up there for a few shops’.  Quit that thinking asap.  Woodbury Common Premium Outlets as the name states is premium in its wares.  Just when you thought you had hit all of the stores a whole other lane opens up for you to get lost in.  Keep your eyes peeled and grab a map before you start.

There is a real culture at these Premium Outlets that I have noticed.  There are a lot of Europeans who arrive at the airport, empty their cases at their hotels and jump on a coach to Woodbury to fill them with goodies.  It’s fascinating to watch.  My job was to keep my shopping to a minimum for necessities as I only brought a duffle bag with me to NYC.  I spoke to a girl from Madrid on my way back to NYC who expressed she had filled her current suitcase and had merrily gone to the Samsonite shop and filled it with Coach, Cole Haan, Polo Ralph Lauren goods.  No shame, no shame.  Just do it well and with class.

If you are looking for break points to leave your partner and the kids or need a respite from all that shopping there are some great food options on site.  From the cheap and cheerful cafes and sit down eateries – again Woodbury has you covered.

I got to Woodbury at 9:30 a.m. and left around 3 p.m..  I had hit my threshold by that point.  I encourage you if you can to try and stick to that schedule.  This way you can get on a non-crowded coach,  avoid traffic and to also monitor you’re spending – ‘Do you really need another pair of boots?’.

Lastly, make some time if you are in NYC for Black Friday to travel up to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets.  You will be certain to grab the lion’s share of savings.

What’s in my checklist before I leave for Woodbury?

–          Sign up for their VIP Shopper Club for added discounts or coupons https://www.premiumoutlets.com/vip/

–          Grab a bottle of water, wear some comfortable shoes and be ready to walk.

–          Get a good night sleep the night before so you are clear and ready to search out some awesome deals.

–          Try to keep your normally heavily purse down to the bare minimum.  The less you carry on your upper body frees up hands for purchases.

–          Make a list of things you want to buy for yourself, family and price points that fit your budget.

–          Grab a map and a coupon booklet from the Tower Building before you start shopping.

–          Lastly, keep your chin up and have fun.

What are Woodbury’s store hours over Black Friday and the Christmas holidays?

http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/hours.asp?id=7

How do I get to Woodbury?

http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/directions.asp?id=7

Keep it simple and have fun!  Tell me what you pick up!

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

498 Red Apple Court

Central Valley, NY 10917

(845) 928-4000

http://www.premiumoutlets.com/index.asp