Monday, May 28, 2007

NYC series-3-Mock Birthday



I hope you're having fun going through my NYC photos at a meaningful and focused pace. I'm trying to instill that type of process to every aspect of my life these days. Focused, not rushed. Huge challenge.Anyway, you've seen some color on the streets and some gorgeous windows. Now let's go in to one destination.

I'm fortunate enough to have a mom who has always appreciated my taste even if she didn't employ it for herself. We both looked forward to getting on the other side of these windows, as much for the delightful experience of it as for the contents of the shopping bags as we exited.



Now that they've opened a few more shops in the Manhattan area and everyone has calmed down a little bit about this store, the dressing room lines are less obnoxious. I am just as happy looking at the quirk and glee tucked into every corner with their clever merchandising tricks as I am to buy things. I'm certain that's the way we all feel and why we all regard this retail collection with such affection. It's just plain cozy-cheerful-casual-clever perfection. But randomly perfect, not perfectly perfect. There. Maybe I touched on it just a bit.




Anyway. Mom was all too happy to treat me to a birthday dress. Was it my birthday? Nope. Not by a long shot. Still a few months to go. But that didn't matter. I wanted a gorgeous blue dress and it didn't make any sense whatsoever for me to indulge. Mom and I have this knack, however, at attaching perfectly logical decisions to really meaningless situations. Like saying this is my birthday present early and that it makes good sense to do that now because we won't be together on my birthday anyway, and it would be easier for us to just let this be the present since we're both there enjoying it and it's exactly what I want and it fits and everything. Then there's all those balloons in the front window too. Oh and our connecting flight on the way up had us in Chicago which is my birthplace. Thats got to be enough reasons.



We were pleased. I was thrilled. Mom treated herself as well to a little sale sweater. And me a few little ceramic thingies. To further drive home the concept of this being a birthday celebration though, we thought it best to attach a piece of cake to the afternoon. Not a problem. A glance across the street had us in a Russian cafe enjoying afternoon coffee, tiramisu, and the most amazing warm cheese and cherry pastry ever. Mission accomplished.



It was pretty rainy and chilly that day. It was dark and warm inside that little cave of a cafe. Everything outside was loud, honking, sloshing and really just a mess of a day. But exciting and beckoning nonetheless. It was such a rare occurrence for just the two of us chatting away with no time constraints. We decided to give up our warm spot to the next customers in line and brave the outside together to see what would happen next. Really not unlike an actual birth-day. Thanks Mom. For the real one and the pretend one and all those in between. xo, AM

29 comments:

  1. That Tiramisu looks de-lish! And your blue dress sounds lovely.

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  2. Mmmmm I LOVE tiramisu just as much as I love Manhattin. I need to go back.

    Wheres the blue dress? Cant wait to see it!

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  3. You are OH so welcome!
    Mom

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  4. ohHHH, HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, GIRLIE!! Happy happy thirty something to me, too! :) I have been away for a week and just got back and am catching up on your colorful posts! Love it all! I'm dripping with NYC envy! :) Can't wait to see s'more.......glad you had such a gleefull time!!! Love, Laurie~

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  5. Aren't Mums great?
    (well.. good ones are, others - not so much).
    I cherish days like that with my mum - they are like special presents in themselves.

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  6. I am loving your trip pictures!

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  7. These photos are soooo gorgeous and inspiring. Looks like a fabulous trip. I heart NY.

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  8. Anonymous8:50 PM

    thank you! thank you! i love anthropologie! we used to live close to chicago and that was my favorite part of the day trips we would take into the city. now we live 7 hours from phoenix and the closest anthropologie. thank you for a glimpse! and the sweet story of mother and daughter!

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  9. lucky you - i am so overdue for an anthropologie trip. thanks for reminding me!

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  10. Ooooooo....tiramisu and Anthropologie!! Does it get any better?! Looks like a dream trip for sure! Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure. :)

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  11. sheree1:55 AM

    Your mom sounds like the sweetest! What fun. Nothing more special than that mommy/daughter time. I too want to see that blue dress. :)

    sheree

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  12. Sounds like a perfect un-birthday celebration to me! Time alone with your mom, a great shopping trip, and some decadent dessert. Hmmnnn, my own Mom is coming to visit in August -- think we need to schedule a shopping day to ourselves!

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  13. so, happy un-birthday!
    seems you've got the perfect present from a perfect mom on a perfect day... :)

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  14. Hi Anna,wishing you whole lot of fun and enjoyment on your coming birthday.The dresses are gorgeous and the photos are wonderful!Hope you had an excellent trip.Enjoy!

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  15. HI Anna

    Love the pictures. I am a high school fashion merchandisng teacher and was just in NYC for a student conference. I told my students I would take pics of store windows and the ones they liked best were the ones from Anthropologie. They do such a wonderful job. Did you see the one at the Rockafelller store with all the pink balloon puppies? We liked that one the best. Have a great day
    Lynn

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  16. Wow fashion merchandising in HS!! That is so cool, I better not tell my oldest or she will have her bags packed. I didn't get up to the Rockerfeller store this time, sounds adorable. Who doesn't love balloons?
    xo,AM

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  17. I have a huge Anthropologie addiction. It's a problem really, given that I live 2 blocks from one of the downtown NYC stores. I think 3/4ths of my wardrobe comes from that place.

    I'm glad you had such a great visit. I'm a new reader to your blog, but I love your fabric and can't wait to make something with it.

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  18. so nice to see all the pleasure and fun you found in NYC...sheesh, I live here and haven't done all that. Happy un-Birthday- what a good mom to celebrate you any chance she gets!! thanks for the visit my way...xoC

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  19. Oooh, lovely! And when do we get to see the blue dress! Hmmmm? ~A :-)

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  20. OH I just love mums!!!!
    They always know what can makes us happy, and they always know that our birthday is basiclly whenever we what to!!!
    I love that store...

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  21. Hi Anna,
    Thanks for the "visit" over to my place! I've become a recent fan of yours since Heather B. posted about your market trip. I love your not-exactly-linear artistic path. Looks beautiful and like great fun! Can't wait to hear more about the book...
    Betz

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  22. Happy birthday to you Anna, it is your birthday Month right?? So celebrate as long as you like! I have never been to New York, but the inspiration you are posting is lovely. Thank you!

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  23. Thanks Sara-nope not till JULY! haha
    you are sweet :) AM

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  24. Awww... this just leaves me with misty eyes. Very sweet! Glad you had a great time in NY with your mom.

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  25. Stunning post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. What a really fun way to celebrate an un-birthday! Happy un-birthday to you!!!

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  27. JenniferPaganellli6:08 PM

    so glad you made it to NY some day we'll hook up love, Jennifer

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