What better to do on a Monday morning OTHER than doing the School run and clean the house? Oh, let me see. A run in my fancy new Nikes down the Hudson River as the city woke up. A mani/pedi, an eyebrow wax, some shopping and lunch In NY? Alrighty then!
I named today “Maintenance Monday” and first stop along the way was a Manicure & pedicure. I was a little frightened that it would have been like the scene from Seinfeld when Elaine had all the Korean ladies laughing at the state of her feet, but Esther was delightful and pummeled, scraped, rubbed, shined and painted my feet and hands like it was nobodies business. And cheap too! And SO good. I now have a neon shellac on my nails which I have no idea what that is, but it looks fresh and as Esther said “a nice summery colour Miss Beth”. It is too. She knows what she’s talking about. Except she didn’t know what she was talking about when it came to Kangaroo’s. She said “they attack people yes Miss Beth?”. These Americans are a little obsessed with our roo’s. The Doorman at our apartment asked if we eat anything other than Kangaroo. He was quite impressed that we have beef too!
Next stop was an eyebrow wax. But seeing we walked past this place, we decided to give threading a go. I now have the BEST eyebrows I have ever had in my life. Best. Ever. I never want the hair to grow back. And? It was SEVEN bucks. 7. It also hurt quite a lot.
With our shiny hands, feet and brows we headed downtown to ABC Carpet & Homes. Terrible name, fabulous store. I had another Anthropologie moment where I became short of breath, a little red in the face and clutching my pearls. Oh. My. Stars.
Go on, come and have a look with me.
Yuh. HUH. SO much stuff. So much beautiful stuff. Thank goodness this place does not exist in Australia. Rob that will make you happy.
I just couldn’t focus.
It was all too much for this little lady. I wished that my Mum and sister’s were with me. They would have DIED.
These lights were thousand’s of dollars. Imagine having a NY loft to decorate with an unlimited budget? I would head here. The people shopping in there were pretty fancy too.
Then I turned a corner and landed in THIS section. How can something even be 90% off? Isn’s that just free? I was in a red hot state. Nothing fitted me, but I gave it all a go. I did get some amazing black tailored shorts.
Are you ready for this?
They were $228. I know, right? Who would pay that for shorts.? Well I did. BECAUSE THEY WERE REDUCED TO $25. 25. 2. 5. Bam! My sister in law Jo, who is fabulous and thin would have gone mad there. Mad. I wish I could have teleported her into that clothes sale section.
Mrs Woog was hungry by now, and when she gets hungry, she gets cranky and can’t focus on anything except food. So food it was! I needed a little sugar and carbs to calm my nerves and mind post ABC anyway.
We stumbled across Good Burger. Which is apparently like Shake Shack, but with air conditioning. We need airconditioning right now, it’s hot. Fresh, delicious burgers made to order?
It was even better than it looked.
Next stop? Sephora. SEPHORA. Mrs Woog took charge of the situation, which she does quite often. She is a can DO woman. There’s not much she can’t do. She grabbed me a basket, whacked it in my hands walked around briskly throwing things into it with gay abandon. There was nothing for me to do but nod, close my eyes and pucker up when the gorgeous girl called Annie that Mrs W arranged for me applied something called Boing to me eyes. I now have Boing. And a whole lot of other stuff that I never knew I needed until now. The highlight for me (because I know NOTHING about make up) was when a hot salesman in there told me ” I love your necklace – the colour is SO on trend”. This was the ultimate show pony approval for me. I almost shed a little tear. But instead I just fist pumped and said BANG! Look at me! ON TREND IN NYC. Yes I did actually say that stuff out loud. I told the cashier too, who incidentally asked me where I got my hot necklace so she could go get one too. Me? Giving style tips to stylish young things in Sephora? BTW you can get it at Century 21.
Homeward bound for a rest before heading out for dinner I have fresh nails on feet and hands, new brows, bags full of wonderful shopping and a tasty burger thrown onto my thighs for good measure.
It’s hard to take a selfie on manual on the digital SLR. But look! New brows. And that hot necklace. And those shellacy nail things.