Didn’t hear about day one? Well, it was thrilling, check it out here.

Cody and I weren’t ever sure if the beds at the W were comfortable. We were so tired we didn’t have time to notice, meaning New York hotels could make you sleep on box springs and you wouldn’t even notice because you’re so busy trying to remember what it’s like to be bored.

We set out on a private tour of the city in the morning with the other bloggers involved with the Vivienne Tam HP campaign, to say it wasn’t awkward at first would be a lie, we were all from different parts of the nation and we all had such different areas of focus in our blogs it was hard to do the “pick of where you left off on your blog blogger meet and greet.” Thankfully lunch came and one thing we could all agree on besides how lucky we were to be there was that bacon is awesome.

Somehow the topic of bacon vodka came up. Sierra, a tech blogger from Oregon, said she had found the recipe online and given that she hosted Baconfest in her home town and knew an apple wood smoked piece of fried pork from a hickory smoked slice, I dare say she was the perfect candidate for bacon vodka. She even labeled it “Styy Vodka” and gave it out to her friends. Apparently it’s lovely if you lick mayo off your hand, shoot the vodka and follow it with a tomato.

Retch or salivate at will, there was mixed emotions at lunch too.

Speaking of retching. It is New York law that calorie contents be included in menus.

Maybe it’s just me but when I go out to eat I enjoy staying blissfully ignorant to what I’m stuffing my face full of. However when you’re in the mood for a cheeseburger and it’s in giant black type that said cheeseburger with fries contains over 1,800 calories? French onion soup with no cheese begins looking really tasty.

There should be no fat people in New York with this law. But don’t do it in Indiana, I like being ignorant out here.

On our tour we stopped of in Chinatown (Canal Street) which borders Little Italy.

Little Italy smells really, really good. As if the streets were paved with garlic. Outside handsome men with Italian accents beg you to dine on their pomodoro, nosh on their lasagna, I could get used to Little Italy (as long as there’s no calorie counts on the menus.)

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We stopped at a place promising us the “PLANET EARTH’S BEST CANNOLI” when truly all we were in search of was a clean potty. I have never had a cannoli by which to judge planet Earth’s best cannoli, but if it truly was the best cannoli on the planet?

I do not like cannoli.

One block away we started the trek down Canal (Chinatown) back to our tour bus.

Chinatown does not smell as good as Little Italy.

Chinatown/Little Italy Chinatown/Little Italy Chinatown/Little Italy Chinatown/Little Italy Chinatown/Little Italy

Our tour guide had told us about the “underground handbag business” on Canal Street and promised us that while we wouldn’t get hurt, we would definitely come home with a unique experience. A young Chinese girl on a street corner whispered “Coach? Handbag? Miss?” to me as I walked by, I smiled and told her “No thank you.”

Cody had different ideas.

“I want to see one of these places!” so being the dumb tourists, we continued down the street hoping for any whispers of “Handbag?” Sure enough we were approached, and let me tell you, just like in a Borne movie, you realize EVERY SINGLE PERSON AROUND YOU is in on the scheme, all sorts of handbag schleppers came from no where. We walked back down the street ten feet behind until we were ushered into a secret store and taken behind a fake sliding wall to a room full of fake fake fake. A Prado (have you seen Serendipity?) caught my eye and the girl said “Thirty.” Cody quickly came back with “TEN!” and was laughed at. We made it out without a handbag but with a whole new respect for Chinatown and those willing to go to such lengths to have a fake bag.

Our tour then stopped at the 9/11 memorial. I dedicated an entire post to that here…nothing more needs to be said.

When we got back to our hotel I had a couple of hours to get ready for our first event at the Vivienne Tam boutique. Now this is where I tell you about the major freak out I had before leaving over WHAT TO WEAR TO A FASHION EVENT DURING FASHION WEEK IN NEW YORK. I played it safe and went LBD (little black dress.) with a kicky clutch (Metalia informed me that BIG BAGS at evening events are what make the out of towners really obvious. Aside from the look of fear on their face of course.)

"Prada" *giggle*

Photo by Beth

The night was filled with champagne (water for me), milling about Vivienne’s Fall ’09 collection and people watching.
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Vivienne Tam Fall '09 Show

Is that Prada?” asked a gay man wearing a cape.

Vivienne Tam Fall '09 Show


“Honey, I’m from the Midwest, this is Ann Taylor summer of ’07 clearance rack for $24.”

He leaned in close and said “I’m from Michigan, my pants were $20 and my shoes were $500. Just say it’s Prada, they totally did this whole lace thing last season, no one will know.”

After the party we were whisked away to dinner at a Brazilian Steakhouse. Or as I like to call it “BaconLove Part II.” A man with a deep southern accent seated to the right of me proclaimed “BAC’N! Y’all wrap yuh Teh-kee in BAYCUN? I could git used to ‘dis.”

Vivienne Tam Fall '09 Show

I really think I disappointed the waiter when I insisted on only water.

“You like red wine better?”

“No, thank you, water’s fine.”

“We have a full bar! Maybe a cocktail?”

“No, really, water’s fine.”

“You’re sure no white wine? I’m taking your wine glass if you don’t want wine.” (Said like a threat.)

“Go ahead, really, I’m fine with water.”

I’ll spare you the details of when I politely refused coffee and a dessert wine after dinner.

We walked back to the hotel after dinner, my feet swearing at me in seven different languages they had learned on Canal Street earlier that day. Little did they know what they were in for the next day.

To be continued…


  1. What a wonderful experience! I love that you got to taste NYC in such a unique way.

  2. That dress is fab.u.lous!

    I’ll aim for next year to head to the tents. Maybe by then I’ll be noticed to get a fab.u.lous computer and have to buy a fab.u.lous dress.

    Hellz yes.

    Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]s last blog post..Cloud School

  3. You looked fabulous! And those dresses were SO CUTE!

    Brees last blog post..E-Session

  4. OMG my mother and aunt LOOOOVE Canal St- they go every summer from Cape Cod by bus w/ a gaggle of other women. You should see the number of couch’s and prado’s she has! I went one year- really needs to be experienced.

    Lindys last blog post..MOSI

  5. Looks fun! I’m jealous!

  6. I do drink on occasion, and I find it funny how weird people are when I choose not to drink, as if it’s a requirement. On the last episode of Top Chef, did you see how Carla made a non alcoholic drink in New Orleans? Bold, but it worked.
    Anyway — love these updates! I don’t feel jealous, I’m happy for you!

  7. I love Brazilian meat palaces more than anything in life, I think.

    Avitables last blog post..Why penises are blind

  8. how freaking awesome! You look awesome in that dress. Can’t wait to hear more.

    Jens last blog post..I am absolutely not being political here.

  9. why so much water? lol…just messing with you.

    that lacy dress is gorgeous!

    mels last blog post..Friday5 – Souvenirs

  10. I’m so loving to hear about your adventures — what a fantastic trip!!

    Erika Jurneys last blog post..Would you like to chit the chat here?

  11. what an amazing trip you have had. you totally deserve every stinking minute. and both dresses looked incredible on you. Incredible!

    OHmommys last blog post..And now. As seen through my eyes …

  12. OH, the colors of the Vivienne Tam clothes!! I just want to wrap myself in all of them. I could wear only those colors for the rest of my life and be a happy happy woman. (Especially in silk.)

    I am loving these recaps of your trip, by the way. I feel like I was nearly there.

    As for the cannoli: the pastry should have been slightly crunchy/crumbly; the filling should have been ricotta cheese, very lightly sweetened, and flavored with vanilla and lemon zest, and half of the confection should have been dipped in dark chocolate. Anything less, and you did NOT get the best on earth. For that, you need Mike’s Pastry in the Old North End in Boston.

  13. Calorie counts on menus? Seriously?! Now, there should be a law AGAINST that. Or at least the “calorie menu” versus the “I’m on vacation bring on the bacon and trans fats menu”.

    Tiffanys last blog post..In Or Out Of Wedlock, A Baby Is A Baby

  14. Your Prada dress is gorgeous!

    And personally, I think it should be a crime if Boogie Burger in Broad Ripple ever puts a calorie count on their menu. I like to eat blissfully ignorant as well.

    Katie @ Heart Gone Walkings last blog post..Best on the Blogs

  15. “as if the streets were paved with garlic…”

    the best thing i have ever heard.

  16. i don’t consider myself a jealous person but…
    i’m so jealous!!
    hope you are having an AMAZING time!! which, obviously, you are. but it seems only right to say that after telling you how jealous i am!

  17. Isn’t it a kick when you dine somewhere really posh and the waiters or servers feel it a personal afront that you don’t drink? I mean come ON there ARE people in this world with addictions! No? LOL
    Identical situation at a wedding but our entire table and actually most of the enormous ROOM were LDS and non drinkers/coffee partakers. They just couldn’t understand it! Bahahaha!

  18. Okay, I don’t really hate you. I just want to be there.

    Camilles last blog post..The Millionaire Adventurer {My Calling in Life}

  19. Oh my gosh. I am only done laughing because the jealousy got the best of me! We must become better friends so that you can take me to these things with you!


  20. You looked fab!

    “Streets paved with garlic” Yum!

    And I love the gratuitous piece of broccoli on your plate. Ha.

    Michelle Smiless last blog post..Holy Consignment Sale Batman!

  21. LOVED the LBD and I am so enjoying living vicariously through you 😉

    rachel-asouthernfairytales last blog post..Keep Believing

  22. Calorie counts in Little Italy? Both God and the Pope should be pissed because that goes against everything Italy stands for!

    Domestic Goddess (In Training)s last blog post..You Don’t Get News from the Washington Post

  23. “Anything less, and you did NOT get the best on earth. For that, you need Mike’s Pastry in the Old North End in Boston.”

    Amen, amen, amen.

  24. You looked perfect. Love the touch of green.

    Matches the shade of my face right now – I’m so jealous.

    Amy2 boyss last blog post..Blissdom 09: Nashville Shopping

  25. That’s right. Who needs to spend $$$$$ on designer clothes all the time when you look awesome in rockin’ LBD for $24. Now that’s gratifying.

    Love the recaps of your experience.

    Rachels last blog post..Time

  26. Bacon wrapped turkey is my FAVE. Mmm…and those ribs look delish. You look delish in your Prada. Good times…and oh so jealous.

    Kimmies last blog post..Easily Distracted, Migraines and Progresso

  27. Amy in StL says:

    Hee hee, I’d love streets paved in garlic! And I’m thinking of giving up alcohol for lent but I just don’t know how that will go over with my friends. I mean geez, it’s only a month and a half.

  28. Canal Street? my fave shop down there is Pearl! Or Kate’s Paperie…. and I clicked over to those designer computers.. oh my gosh.. wow, can I talk with them about some fabrics for my bags oh I’m such a fabric junkie!

  29. Your dinner is where that T-shirty “I can’t, I’m Mormon” would have come in handy!

    Emilys last blog post..A Word To Potential Suitors

  30. I am convinced that there is no stinkier place on earth than the fish market in Chinatown.

    And I cannot for the life of me imagine HOW that crap doesn’t kill the people who eat it.

    Miss Britts last blog post..With Bated Breath

  31. OH, Canal Street. My husband and I visited Chinatown the week after we moved to New York. On one block, he was offered luggage, a Rolex, drugs and a woman. He never went back.

    Fantastic dress!

    Jen L.s last blog post..See? Sometimes it pays to be a foodie!

  32. Those pictures from the fish market are fantasic. You can almost smell that fishy aroma.

    Ginas last blog post..NJ Shore Vacation – Small Apartment Rentals and Summer Homes

  33. I always forget what Chinatown is like for people who’ve never been there before… Ah, yes, the handbags! 😉

    Zs last blog post..bwahaha

  34. LOVE the exchange with the guy from Michigan. Also, the photo of the fish tails is fantabulous.
    Sounds like a most excellent time.

    Must be Motherhoods last blog post..Hitting My Stride

  35. I’m as green as that cute little clutch of yours. You’re awesomeness personified in that pic, BTW.
    Love all the photos, even the Chinatown fish tails…but the heads are the real delicacy…

  36. Bwahh ha ha! Drinking is so ingrained in New York, I wasn’t aware we even HAD Mormons until Prop 8 passed and I went to protest it at the Temple. After living there for two years, not having a mimosa with my pancakes, a beer with my pizza or wine with my vegetarian macro seems just… wrong. I feel for you. Don’t take the waiters personally. They have to pay $1000 a month to live in a walk in closet too, and liqueur sales help make that happen.


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