|Check laduree.com for a really charming Parisian website, with music.|
But parking uptown meant I romped my beloved playground Figless. The girls were too far away--I didn't feel like walking there or taking a subway--and besides, Bloomingdale's didn't really interest me.
I'm a little tired and cranky, so want to go to sleep. But here's my hit list. Click on boldface names to check websites.
- Tory Burch. As always, from the orange door to the doll-size gelato cones [I had vanilla]. From the dazzling earrings [$195] to the beautiful white sandals and the well-heeled shoppers to match. It was really crowded there at 8:55; the store was open till 9:30 for FNO. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Even when I can't afford to buy anything @ Tory [like tonight], I love scoping out the merchandise in person. That way, when it goes on sale at toryburch.com, I know what I like, what looked as good in person as it does on the web page. Party note: I spotted women on Madison carrying cellophane-wrapped cookies decorated with the Tory logo. But none in sight by the time I arrived. Rats.
- Milly. What can I tell you. The sizes aren't big enough for me, but I love this designer's sensibility....the punchy colors, the feminine cuts, the coats and shoes and handbags. One day I will own one of those handbags. For now, I have a fabulous oceany turquoise print Milly beach tote with white terrycloth lining that I got years ago at Bergdorf's on a deep markdown [original price around $300]. I splurged here tonight. I asked if anything was on sale and the salesperson, Steve, pointed me over to the corner. I found a silk scarf for $55, marked down from $95. It's red, white, blue and adorable. I hope to wear it tomorrow to perk up my day--maybe in my hair, I have to see. Party note: They were pouring Prosecco and glass jars were filled with giant pink gumballs [I took two for the girls] and other pink candies. The cocktail napkins were hot pink with gold Milly in script. The shopping bag is a work of art, and I intend to have it for keeps. It echoes the napkin--hot pink with gold trim. So nice.
- Ladurée. Oh, to dream. Macarons in so many colors, and best of all, beautiful boxes to match. Last FNO, they were giving away free ones, but not this year....I bought a notebook and I love it. It is truly gorgeous."You're having the notebook?" the man at the register said to me. Yes. Yes, I am. I also love the shopping bag. [I inherited this shopping bag gene from my mother. Decades after she died, we still had/have some of her beautiful bags from Lord & Taylor, B. Altman and Bonwit Teller.]
- Sant Ambroeus.
- Jo Malone. Blackberry & Bay fragrance was all the buzz. Best themed refreshments all night: blackberry bellinis and blackberry gelato cubes on a stick--very pretty colors and head and shoulders above now tired options in every shop of champagne, rows of pastel macarons on silver trays and mini cupcakes in their tiny pleated-skirt wrappers. I'm intrigued by the Wild Bluebell [both the name, which brings to mind old-fashioned flowers in an English field, and the fragrance]. The saleslady spritzed me in a generous cloud and gave me samples. I missed Sis here--she loves Jo Malone.
- Empire State Building. Dressed stylishly in red. Beautiful view of it on drive home to NJ.
- Rode my bike to Private Benjamin appt. with H.
- Got some exercise marching up and down Madison Avenue.
- Admired the big showy white moon flowers I grew from seeds. [They bloom at dusk and in the dark, unfurling to be pollinated by moths. I just read that.]