Monday, May 30, 2005

Back home in NY

It's Monday night - today was fabulous. We woke up late and spent the day in Soho. I bought a phenomenal pair of shoes at Aldo - then we had lunch at Bar 89 and spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the area - walking - buying - walking - buying - it was a lot of fun. Found 2 of the most amazing stores: Distant Origin - and De Vera - both are high-end home furnishing/accessories stores - and both had the most incredible things i've ever seen. Portico is another favorite - beautiful things. We're going to stay in tonight - i've got 2 deals closing tomorrow - so we're going to order in - and watch a movie - and hopefully - i'll get the majority of my work done so tomorrow won't be completely chaotic.

Yesterday was equally as fun. We again woke late - and tried to pull our stuff together to check out. We were going to be spending the day in Soho - but after i called to ensure a late check out - jackie called - they were downstairs - having just had brunch and rich and i insisted they come up and spend some time on the terrace before heading back to DC. They came up - Jackie - her husband Brandt and their baby Cassidy Rose. We talked and laughed - caught up some more and once we were all ready to leave - we left the W. I'll miss that terrace - it was unbelievable. I'll post pics if i can. Rich and i headed to his apt - and then quickly met his sister and her friend sari at Panorama Cafe for brunch. After brunch - we headed to a great park by rich's apt - on the water - and played with the dogs in the 'little' dog run while both his sister and sari let their dogs run wild with all the other dogs - it was hysterical. Such fun.

We got back later than expected - and while i was able to secure reservations for that evening at Spice Market - we ended up going with the original plans of Cipriani's Downtown in Soho - with matt, jeremy and matt's brother dave - to celebrate jeremy's birthday. It was wonderful - a bit of a scene - but i'm never one to shy away from that - i enjoy all the preening and posing - it amuses me. Shannon Elizabeth was there - black shirt - jeans - very pretty. A round of champagne - then several bottles of wine and great food rounded out the dinner. Rich and i got jeremy a key case from louis vuitton - symbolic as they just moved into a new home - so it was a more personal birthday present and he absolutely adore it. I love giving - so much more than receiving - it's such fun to see how excited people are when you get them something they really love. And who doesn't love louis vuitton...

After dinner we went over to their new apt - on the west side - a penthouse duplex with a roofdeck to die for. They've got incredible views and the neighborhood was wonderful - i think the west side just moved up a notch on the list of potential places for me to live...

We stayed until nearly 2am - drinking wine on the roofdeck - and having a generally easy - relaxing - wonderful time. Such good friends - i'm so lucky to know them.

Saturday was fairly quiet - we woke at a reasonable hour - padded around the penthouse (meow) and the terrace - decided to have a late brunch at Mercer Kitchen and do a little shopping. It was fabulous as always - we had our same table at Mercer - upstairs - lobby level - with a front and center view of everything that comes and goes. Before we went in i was perusing the tables outside - looking at all the dangly earrings, etc. One pair caught my eye - a beautiful pair of chandelier earrings - turquoise and gold - dainty and sexy at the same time. There were 2 pair actually - i held each up for rich's opinion - he liked the same pair better that i did. I put them on hold to pick up after lunch. We're seated - enjoying a cocktail - people watching and enjoying the day. Rich gets a call and excuses himself to take the call outside - when he comes back in - he places a silver box in front of me. Too caught up in everything that's happening around me - i don't even notice...for a few minutes - haha. Finally - i look down - BABY!! - and hurrily open it. The earrings!! They're so pretty - i put them on right there - and slowly shake my head back and forth so he can see them. I love them!! So sweet. I love the little surprises he comes up with.

We shopped at louis vuitton - and Orgin Domain - among others - and then had a 3:30pm apt tour at a new complex in the area. We both thought the place was great - but the price point was a good 30% above market value - so that's a pass. But a good measure of what is out there and available if need be... Afterwards, we end up cabbing back to his place - we have to get ready for the philharmonic and i need a nap. We pass on the early dinner - nap for a bit - then get ready for the evening. The philharmonic was so so wonderful. There was a pianist who was truly amazing. It was incredible. I'm so glad we went. We were supposed to see our friends after the performance - but we opted for a late dinner and some more alone time. Saw kathleen turner at the bar. She has an amazing body - but her face hasn't aged well....

Friday was a work day - spent the day at the hotel - on the terrace - finishing deals and taking conference calls. It's amazing how much work i got done. Thankfully...

My darling girlfriend jackie called around 6ish - and we all decided to grab a late dinner downstairs - blue fin i think - it was fun - lots of little tastes. Brandt - her husband - and she LOVED rich. They thought he was great - such fun - and that we're awesome together. Their daughter was sleeping for most of the evening - and Brandt - having just flown in from Zurich the night before from a business trip - excused himself and the little one and headed upstairs. Jax, rich and i stayed downstairs and chatted for another hour before we headed our separate ways. So nice to have the confirmation of dear friends in what i already know to be true.

Thursday night i arrived - settled in - had a glass of wine and was greeted by rich with a gorgeous bouquet of peonies (my favorite) - some little presents (as i had for him) - and a long awaited kiss. Matt, jeremy and dave came over that evening and we went through 2 bottles of wine on the terrace - catching up and relaxing. Rich took a ton of pictures - i'm sure he'll post them.

More to tell later - i'm exhausted...



Yorkshire Pudding said...

I for one don't love "Louis Vuitton". I love America and in my life I have known many great Americans but excuse me dear, you seem to correspond with the stereotypical European notion that most Americans are utterly materialistic - shops, cars, wealth, glossy stars etc. - a certain shallowness, skating over what really matters. I'm sorry if this offends you, but it's true.

Boogie said...

Judging by the fact that gossip and style magazines fly off the shelves faster than does US News and World Report and Time, I think many Americans are -- at least in part -- utterly materialistic and vain.

However, appreciating a good bottle of wine, an expensive piece of jewelry or a Vuitton bag doesn't equate one with shallowness. It merely suggests that one enjoys nice things that are not inexpensive.

Whether or not I would prefer a Bugatti or a Maserati over a Chevrolet or a Ford doesn't mean I am shallow or that I'm not concerned about the environment, individual rights, racial equality or the meaning of life.

Put another way, it's best not to judge unless you know for a fact your judgement is accurate; since I know the person about which you wrote intimately, I can assure you your judgement is incorrect. And I'll refrain by making the same mistake you did, which would be akin to me suggesting, based on your post, the English way is to be judgemental, critical and holier-than-thou.

Put yet another way, one should employ a sense of humor along with his or her analytical processing of what he or she encounters on the Internet.

Just a thought.