Christmas in the City

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Holiday Greetings! This past weekend Hubby and I took a quick weekend getaway to NYC which is truly one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities at Christmas time.

Being it was a short weekend getaway I definitely had my "must see" places that I wanted to visit.

You cant visit New York and not see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

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There were some very brave souls ice skating because it was FREZZING cold!!!

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Another must visit place was one of my FAVORITE stores Henri Bendel. The holiday windows were full of glitz and glam!

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Another FAB shop that I know must all of us love….

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It was THE largest Anthro I have ever stepped foot in. I was very proud of myself and showed much restraint. I only bought a sweater. 😉

It was located next to the famous Radio City Music Hall.

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However, I did not show much restraint at this next store. I actually went a bit crazzy. When they totalled the bill I was "EEEK!" surprised.

After I got off the plane, checked into the hotel,  I quickly hopped a cab and went straight to Tinsel Trading Company. Hubby wasn't arriving till late so I had all afternoon and early evening to do what I want.

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This is the delightful site of what I walked into. I visited last year with my aussie friend Natasha , and they had just moved in and didnt have NEARLY as much displayed. This was a sweet surprise!

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So festive and full of Christmas sugary decor!  

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Love this gorgeous blue and green wreath!

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Isn't Mr. Snowman adorable?

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Wendy Addison's gorgeous collection.

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A darling Jennifer Murphy Christmas ornament.

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Than there is the rows and rows of the most gorgeous stunning trim! You definitely dont find this stuff at Michaels and Joanns. tee! hee!

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Millinery that will leave you speechless and wanting them all!

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So while I am in a state of "La~La" looking around, and taking photos a lady approaches me and looks at me a bit strangly as if she is trying to figure out who I am and if she's ever seen me before. She than ask me if my name is Jenn of Eye Candy Creations. OMG!!! I about fell out! What are the chances of someone recognizing me from my blog while in NYC ? This super kind gal that so sweetly approaced me is Jen Bowles of Jen Bowles Design.

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Once she told me her name I immediately made the connection and knew who she was. We are flickr friends and I am very fond of her work. She makes the most darling banners! Jen was in NYC celebrating her birthday with her adorable fiesty Mom Ginny.  After we chatted for what seemed like 30 minutes Jen & her Mom invited me to dinner near Rockefeller Center. Since hubby wasn't getting in till late I said "Sure! Why not!" Awesome decision!!! We had the best time! We  dined at a cozy french restaurant, and had wonderful dinner conversation over a yummy meal and wine.

Me and Jen's Mom Ginny after dinner standing out in the cold waiting for a cab.

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This to me was another fun serendipitious moment! What a small small world it is!!!

 Later that night when hubby arrived at the hotel the first thing out of my mouth was "Honey….you will never believe this!!!". hee! hee! 

One of THE major highlights of the trip was meeting up with my BFF that I have known since middle school. Kristie lives in Dallas with her family, and so we rarely get to see one another except for an occasional "girls trip". She and her husband were in town with another couple and it just so happend to be on the same weekend we were visiting.

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 The night started with a fabulous Italian dinner, and we than later went back to the Soho Grand hotel where they were staying. 

Weeeeee….fun girlie shots! (yes….that's my hubby peeking over us! LOL!)

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It was a fantastic weekend in NYC! I did a little Christmas shopping, siteseeing, and now I am 100% in the holiday spirit!

This is a little something fun I created for you to see and giggle over. My chidren have insisted I play it over and over! 

Make sure to turn UP your speakers!:)
 

Countdown is on to Christmas! EEEEK!!! Christmas cards needs to be mail and more shopping to be done!

Joyful Holiday spirits to you all!!!

XOXO,

 


 

 


 

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I loved seeing photos of your trip to Tinsel, and I enjoyed seeing my stuff in the pink photo, the cones and the decorated vintage house box. Its a wonderful store esp. at Christmas.

Jenn, it looks like you had a fabulous time in NYC…NO fair showing us all the wonder of tinsel trading and then not what you got there…i want to see…yes, i am nosy…hee hee…that is the cutest elf yourself i have seen yet…i was cracking up…i esp liked Vivi and your hubby as elves…too funny!!!

Oh my goodness! I live in NYC and I did not know about this store! It looks so pretty. I am so glad you posted it – I will have to check it out :)

JENN!!!!!! You are the luckiest person on EARTH, lol!! I am so envious of your trip. I LOVE Anthro!!!! It is my favorite store, THIS, is top on my Christmas list for summer: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?subCategoryId=CLOTHES-BLOUSES-SOLID&id=910284&catId=CLOTHES-BLOUSES&pushId=CLOTHES-BLOUSES&popId=CLOTHES&sortProperties=&navCount=105&navAction=top&fromCategoryPage=true&selectedProductSize=&selectedProductSize1=&color=010&colorName=WHITE&isSubcategory=true&isProduct=true&isBigImage=&templateType= Oh how I adore it! I want the sweater with all the ruffles in the front too :) I am with Lori, what did you get at Tinsel Trading?? I would probably faint if I went there!! Talk about dreamy! And how fun to meet up with someone from blogland! It sounds like you had the perfect trip :):) The elf video is too cute for words, I love it!!
Big Hugs,
Amy

that was so lovely Jenn- first the tree – i have never seen so many lights – we have one delivered to trafalgar square in London every christmas – it is a thank you present from Norway for all our help and efforts during the 2 World War – imagine all those years of christmas trees :-) – but not half as many lights as you have on that beautiful tree.
So lovely for you to have met up with a fellow blogger – well you know you are famous :-)
thank you for sharing – how did the candle light tour of the christmas homes go ?
best wishes always Ginny xx

Jenn…your trip looks so wonderful. I am jealous. Tinsel Trading at Christmas. Amazing. I love the video of the kids . Have a lovely day. xxoo Valarie

Sounds like you had a fabulous time…Small world and Isn’t NYC fun!!!
We get that way at least once a year since my sister lives out on Long Island but not during Christmas as of yet. We will be heading back down there in February to stay in Manhattan so I will definitely be on the look out for Tinsel Trading Co!
Thanks for sharing your pics ~ Rebecca

Jenn,
Sounds like you had an amazing trip to NYC! It’s always fun spending quality time with our hubbies!!! New York always looks so pretty at christmas time.. That tree looks gorgeous…
I looooooove all the pics you got of Tinsel Trading!!! How can all that beauty be in one place(hehe).. Hope all is well..
Stephenie

I would go broke if I walked in Tinsel Trading…I want everything I saw in your gorgeous pictures, especially all those pink trims…yum!
Suze
P.S. I’m So Sorry to hear that someone is stealing your incredible idea’s selling them etsy…they will always be second rate to your origionals!

Wow, lovely photos ! Looks like an awesome time !! How fun to meet a blogger and also to see old friends :) Glad you had such a nice time :)

Jenn
You go girl with those diggin elf girl moves!!! I’m headin out to Az in March, hope there’s an Anthro there! Yes, i seriously doubt any of us girls wouldn’t devour the trim store, love the pinks! Lori

Sounds like a weekend in Heaven! Oh I LOVE New York City at Christmas. It has been YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I have always dreamed of going to Tinsle Trading Co. I didn’t know about them when I was there so long ago. I can feel a girls trip in the making. I would have done serious dammage. Thank you for sharing you photos. We can dream of being there through the pictures. That tree was wonderful!!!! And IT CAN GET COLD THERE. I remember standing in line for FAO Schwartz & thinking I would freeze. We southern gals aren’t used to that kind of cold. Charlene

Jan

I live 1 hr outside of NYC & to see the Rock Center (thats what the kids say!) tree never gets old! One year I did my daughters Christmas pic in front of that tree (flanked by all the angels w/the trumpets!)..we love to visit! You got some great pics..Glad you enjoyed your trip!
:)
P.S. I have yet to visit Tinsel..one of these days!

Your pics of New York are so beautiful! The Rockefeller Center never looked better. And Tinsel Trading….OMG! I’m having a tizzy! Some day I must shop there. I know I could help them reduce their inventory a bit!
Merry Christmas!
Mitzi

Hi Jenn,
Thanks for taking us along on your NY City trip! I really enjoyed myself. Your photos were wonderful and what fun to meet another designer. A few years ago my hubby and I drove into NY City for the day – we can do that living near Philly – to see the Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular Show. One of these days I would like to stay over night and see a Broadway show with hubby. Back in the 1980s while on a long business trip (of several weeks) I was able to see two Broadway shows including “The King & I” with Yul Brynner and another play with Richard Chamberlain. Your yuletime video was funny – I bet your kids really enjoyed watching it.
Teacup Lane (Sandy)

Oh my heavens!!! You must run dont walk!!! It’s a FABULOUS store!!! Happy Holidays!

Amy, I LOVE the sweater! So frilly and romantic! I bought a beautiful sweater the exact same color and it’s so romantic looking. :) You MUST do the elf with the kids. I want to see!!! XOXO

Ginny, the tour went wonderful! Tons of work, but it was such a success! I’ll be posting pics next week. :) Christmas blessings to you sweet friend! XO,Jenn

What a neat trip! Loved that store!!! Wow! My youngest son worked at ESPN Zone in Times Square. We never did go and visit while he lived there, as he would have been the perfect tour guide. I was only in NYC once, as a child. When my Hubby and I go, I’ll be sure to check that fantastic store out!

Looks like you’re having a wonderful time in NYC,sugar. But I think you’ll love looking at my pink, white and ROSES Christmas tree for this year. It’s a “squeeeeeealer” for sure. Drop by and see it before the post pasts. 12/17/09………
xoxo and Merry Christmas,
Connie

OMG Jenn the video was too cute and i watch it twice too still laughing non stop! Your NYC trip pictures is making me thrilled. And gorgeous you are in every pics! Really a small world and i believe you have so much of fans love your eye candy creations! I am one of it too *teehee* Hahaha perfectly honest:)
WoohOOOo Its Holiday spirit!
xoxo
♥zoe♥
http://dreamcometruelovekz.blogspot.com/

oh bless you for taking and sharing so many photos! I really, REALLY want to go to Tinsel Trading. Crikey, that looks like the kind of place a girl could spend a lot of money in!
And the tree at the Rockerfeller Centre is just stunning. Beautiful.
Thanks again for sharing. And how lovely to meet up with a fellow blogger!
:o)
x

Janice In Missouri

Jenn
Your trip is a dream of mine. That Tinsel Trading company is Fabulous!!!!!!!
It was wonderful seeing all your lovely pictures of NYC.
I really want to go Now

Oh my goodness ~!! What a fabulous Post Jenn.. Looks like you had a wonderful time in NYC (:) you are a lucky girl..
hugs,Patty

Jenn, I love seeing your trip to NYC. I wish I could go every year at Christmas time. One of the shops on 5Th Ave. had their windows decorated completely out of chocolate. I have pictures somewhere and it was so amazing I wanted to go in and grab a bite-lol. Next trip, if your DH needs golfing attire, please visit NikiTown on 57Th next to Trump Towers, you may run into my son if he is in town. Now I will have to check out the Tinsel store when I go back$$$$$$$$$$$$ or have Donnie check things out for me. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. NYC is so beautiful this time of year. Hugs and a Very Merry and Blesed Christmas. Love your Elf Yourself. Pat

Jenn, what beautiful photos of your getaway to New York! I LOVE the photo of people iceskating… so pretty… and WOW about that tinsel trading! How wonderful for you to be able to visit during the Christmas season.
Cute elf yourself video!! I love thos!
xoxo Heather

Looks like you had a great time in NY and with friends! Thanks for sharing the Tinsel Trading photos…the next best thing to being there! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

What an amazing trip! Tinsel Trading is just a fairyland! And the big tree in Rockefeller (sp) plaza is GORGEOUS! I am so glad you had a great trip! I guess we are in the xmas home stretch! Have a great holiday dearest friend!
xoxo
Christine

HI Jenn!
I LOVE Christmas in NYC! It’s so wonderful there! I’m so glad you had a great time. Wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.
Big hugs,
Holly

Sweetie Jenn!
I wish you and family have a wonderful love, joy, blessings during this holiday season and always. All your dreams come true! I am so excited this Christmas will be celebrating in Hong Kong instead of with my beloved family:)
Huggies!
xoxo
♥zoe♥

OOps some mistake above, I am so excited this Christmas will be celebrating in Hong Kong with my family instead of “IN Singapore”. Silly me! lololo

I am so jealous…. I have been to NYC once during Christmas and would love to go back again! It is so magaical there during this time.
Daisy~

Jenn
Thank you so very much for all of those wonderful pictures of my shop. I feel very honored that you would devote so much space to us, especially mentioning those other “more famous” NY sights.
Glad you had a great time in NY.
Marcia
owner of
Tinsel Trading Company

Another fun post! Lucky you getting to go to NYC at Christmas. I only live 2.5 hours away by car and though that is close, driving in the city a few years ago proved to be hazardous. We may stay outside the city sometime and take a bus in. : ) Anyway, that was neat you met up with your Flickr pal. I think I would definitely go nuts in that store too-lol and probably run into someone I knew too! : )

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