Empire State of Mind

So after what felt like *months* of prep and countdown, our NYC trip is now behind us. We walked miles and miles, saw loads, visited four states, and bought WAY too much stuff.

We had absolutely CRAZY weather – some days it was almost 30 degrees (centigrade), some days it was 6. You needed summer clothes *and* winter clothes. We definitely felt some of the effects of Hurricane Michael while we were there – we narrowly escaped the storms in Washington (we were literally walking into the train station to leave just as the thunder, lightening and rain started), and had some mental strong winds when we got back to New York City.

It’s the first time we’ve visited New York since moving to London (previously we lived in more rural England, in a town called Ipswich for anyone that’s familiar with our little island), so its interesting to be able to compare the two cities. A few things we noticed:

Taxis are more affordable in New York

There are WAY more restaurants/food outlets on the streets of New York than there are in London, especially pizza places! 🍕

People are more friendly and willing to talk to/help strangers (perhaps that’s just the reserved British nature, though) 🤷🏻‍♀️

British trains/subways are actually better than those in NYC. Ours are more frequent, and there’s more information available on the platform as to when you’re next train is coming, and what’s going on if it’s *not* coming. Several times we waited on the platform in NY with no idea how long we had to wait for the next train. We got a NJ Transit train to Newark Airport for our flight home, and we pulled out of the station, progressed on our journey for a few minutes, then the train stopped. Nothing from the driver at all – no announcements, nothing. Then, we begin to go backwards, back towards the station. Ermmmm, what now? 🤨 Still no information from the driver. We arrive back at the station, and most of the passengers get off – despite still not knowing what’s going on. We waited on the train, as we hadn’t actually been told to get off (and I couldn’t be bothered to haul my suitcase off the train), then after 10 mins or so – without warning – off we go again 🤷🏻‍♀️ We get to the airport without further incident, and still no explanation so I don’t even know what the problem was in the first place. You’d NEVER get that in London, there would be uproar 🤣

So what did we get up to during our two weeks away? Quite a lot. It was one of those holidays where you need another holiday to recover from the one you just had. In fact, we’re already looking at remote cottages in the Peak District for a week of dog walking and knitting/reading by the fire 🔥🏠

I met NYC sewists!

So you’re probably not aware, but there’s a New York Sewcial Hour meet up that takes place on the last Tuesday of every month at a pub in the garment district. It’s the perfect opportunity for sewists from the surrounding areas to meet up and have drinks, some food and of course a good ol’ chat! We were lucky enough to meet some fabulous ladies at the Houndstooth Pub (520 8th Avenue). It was great to meet some locals and get their pro tips on where to shop, and see all of their gorgeous creations (both knitted and sewn!), and talk about life as a sewist on the other side of the pond.

This is us! (Minus the husbeast, because he took the photo)

From left to right: Julie (sewchicasewww), Olgalyn (ojolly), Sandra (sandrahenderson5812), Victoria (victoria.lowery.779), Naomi (naomi_is_reluctantly_here) and Grace (wzrdreams).

There’s a lovely sense of real-life/face-to-face community around the sewists there, which I kind of feel is missing from the London community… maybe because London is (probably) more geographically spaced out? 🤷🏻‍♀️ we don’t really have London meet-ups very often, which is odd given how many of us there must be in the city. Maybe that’s something that needs to be started.

I met Swatch!

A visit to New York wouldn’t be any good without a trip to Mood Fabrics, obvs, but it also wouldn’t be any good to visit Mood and not see Swatch the dog 🐶

I thought I was going to be out of luck, because the first time I went into Mood, the dog bowls by the door were empty and the closest I got to his little doggy face was the portrait on the wall by the lifts.

But… the second time I went in, I spied some dog biscuits in the bowl… 👀

And when I turned around, THERE HE WAS.

Right there, laying starfish-style on the floor in front of me. Ohmagaaaaaaad. He’s such a cutie. I was missing my dogs while I was away, so I’ll take being able to make some fuss of someone else’s doggo as a substitute.

I think Swatch could sense that I came in peace, because he actually got up for me and let me give his ear a scratch 😍

A fabric shop is awesome but a FABRIC SHOP WITH A DOGGO is hitting the jackpot 💛

After a suitable amount of Swatch-fuss I continued my thorough inspection of (almost) every bolt of fabric in the building – I’m not even joking, I think we were in there about two hours the second time around. I bought A LOT. That bag at the back looks empty, but I promise you it’s not!

Rooftop of Pier 17

We saw Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park and Fort Minor fame) at the Rooftop of Pier 17. As the name implies, this was an open air concert on the rooftop of a pier, and it was bloody freezing. BUT – the views were absolutely epic. You could see all the skyscrapers around you, and the bridges all lit up. It was amazing.

I genuinely don’t think I’ll ever see another concert venue that beats this one. 🌃

Brooklyn Greenway Half Marathon

We ran the Brooklyn Greenway half marathon while were there. We missed the NYC marathon by a couple of weeks (it’s the first Sunday in November), so we thought we’d run this instead. Because everyone runs while they’re on holiday, right? No? Oh.

It’s one of those things that feels like a good idea when you book your place months beforehand, but when you’re getting up at 6am the day after having gone to the aforementioned concert, and it’s cold, and you’re jet lagged, all of a sudden running thirteen miles feels like the worst idea in the world.

Coupled with the fact that I knew my time would be rubbish because of my hip injury a couple of months prior – in the lead up to the race I only ran a max of 3km/2-ish miles – I really wasn’t feeling it. But when I got to the start line, and felt the buzz of the atmosphere, I felt a little better.

I completed the race in 2 hours 26 minutes – which is a shocking thirty minutes slower than my personal best – and although my hip was ok, the knee pain (on that same side) started about mile 4 and got progressively worse towards the end, by which point it was maxing out on the ouch-factor. It’s IT band issues, probably, along with tight quads, so I’ll probably have to do some work on it that leg order to be able to keep running on it. YAY.

BUT – I made it to the end of the race (albeit limping), and saw some amazing views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty along the way.

I was muchos tempted to just swipe a medal off the table at the start line and leg it home 🤣

But I didn’t 😇

Window Shopping

It was almost as much fun looking at the window displays and shelves of the city’s department stores as it was fabric shopping. We might have Selfridges and Harrods here in London, but Manhattan’s got Bloomingdales, Macys, Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, and of course the whole of the luxurious Fifth Avenue with its designer stores. I got a lot of inspiration (for extravagant garments I’ll probably never make) from them, and there was a ‘noir’ themed room in Saks that I spent a LOT of time in eyeing up some really fancy – and really expensive – garments, including a dress made entirely of fine chainmail which you were advised that you couldn’t wash and had to store in an airtight box. And something made of feathers, REAL feathers.

Here’s the best of the best, for your viewing pleasure:

THAT PINK FUR. ‘Nuff said.

LOOK AT THAT DETAIL 👀

Matching boots and coat, anyone?
#BagGoals
I’ve genuinely never thought of using fur for a lining 🤔
*Actual* duvet coat – is it finally now acceptable to leave the house wrapped in your duvet?
The noir boutique in Saks Fifth Avenue
Can this be my closet please?
Apparently the husbeast now wants me to make him a shirt like this 🤷🏻‍♀️
YES. Just YES.

Just keep knitting

I took the opportunity, as I usually do, to get some knitting done on the flight (because obvs I can’t take my sewing machine). I carried a little pouch with my notions – including a small pair of embroidery scissors – in my hand luggage, and had no problems getting it through security. According to the U.K. government website, scissors are allowed in hand luggage if the blades are less than 5cm from the pivot screw holding them together – but I took an old pair that I wouldn’t be sad to lose, just in case they got funny took them off me. But I needn’t have worried. All was cool.

One thing I did forget to do was wind my yarn – I just shoved the hanks in my bag and went. The Handsome Husbeast came to the rescue and held the yarn for me so I could wind it into a ball 😝

(I was knitting a hat for him though, so no winding meant no hat)

A waste of bag space

I started reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara a while back, and got about a third of the way into it before I changed jobs and suddenly found myself with a shorter commute and less reading time, and it got put down for a while. I had the bright idea that I’d take the book on holiday with me, and start again from the beginning and finish it this time, but we were so busy that I actually read ZERO PAGES. I’m now deferring ’till Christmas.

Blog shoots

Obviously, we took blog photos in this amazing city. I worked crazy hard before we left to take some things with me to photograph, and the husbeast worked crazy hard to get everything shot before we came home. We got some really amazing photos – not just in New York but also Washington and Virginia – so keep your eyes peeled on the blog!

My Deer and Doe Opium coat… on the blog soon!

*HOW* much?

Ah, good ol’ Brexit. The British pound has fallen in value against the dollar since we last visited NYC five years ago – last time we got about $1.8 per £1, now it’s just under $1.3. This meant that when comparing things like-for-like with back home, there wasn’t any saving, so it’s no longer cheaper to buy the same goods in the US. But, we don’t have a Mood Fabrics in England, so the fabric prices don’t matter amirite? 🤑

Where have all the good people gone

After the horrific experience that we had prior to leaving the country (if you missed it, long story short is that the apartment we had booked cancelled a week before arrival, and I had a massive fight with Airbnb to get them to refund me the extra that I had to pay to secure another place at such short notice) balance was kind of restored by the fact that the place we ended up with in New York was actually really nice, and the host we had in Washington was just THE BEST. They stored our bags for us after check out so we could wander round the city on our last day, and left us some bottles of water and a little notecard when we collected our bags.

It restored my faith that there are indeed still good people in the world, after the NY host that cancelled on us was such a douchebag over the whole thing.

On the road again

We took the Amtrak train from New York down to Washington, stopping at Philadelphia on the way. We spent a fair few hours in Philly, and other than me dropping some serious dollarz in a yarn shop there (and wandering the malls taking advantage of some Columbus Day discounts) I wasn’t really sure what to make of it. We walked south to a burger place for lunch, and felt like I’d stepped back in time a little bit.

Washington was pretty good, apart from the fact that it was SUPER hot, I was seriously sweaty ALL THE DAMN TIME and I got bitten to shreds by mosquitos. Little bastards bit me all over my legs. We went to see the Capitol Building and the White House, sadly we didn’t have time to do the *many* museums they have there but we did nip into the Smithsonian for a wee and ended up spending 30 mins in there while Aaron walked around nerding out over all the planes and space exhibits. While waiting for him I stumbled across an exhibit about how they sent a monkey into space (with a real-ish monkey strapped into the model and everything), and I got so upset over it so quickly that Aaron had to drag me away from it, telling me that the monkey had landed back on Earth safely, lived to tell the tale and that he was a hero to all other monkeys… but I wasn’t to Google that for confirmation. I appreciate the cotton-wool effort, but I’m not stupid enough to believe that.

Despite it being early/mid October when we visited, the people of Virginia were in FULL HALLOWEEN MODE already 🎃

I took a picture of a beautiful autumn wreath on someone’s front door, then I took another, and another, because there were so many beautiful ones. In the end I had to stop because it was getting out of hand. These were definitely #DoorGoals

But they didn’t stop at wreaths. Oh no. Some people had FULL ON HALLOWEEN DISPLAYS. And they were epic.

Clothes shopping as a sewist

Last time I visited NYC was five years ago – before I had ever sewn any clothes. I came back with a lot of clothes that last time, including a winter coat. Going clothes shopping again was a different experience now that I sew – I looked at things in a different way. A wool coat, which I bought last time, would now be a no-no because I could make one. The shirts that Aaron was looking at in Bloomingdales could also be made, for a lot less. We only bought things that I couldn’t make, or didn’t want to make. I came away with some casual T-shirt’s from American Eagle which were heavily reduced in their sale, and Aaron got a couple of fine knit jumpers (if a pattern calls for less than 4mm needles, I ain’t making it. Fo sho I don’t have the time to knit on toothpicks). My main clothing purchase was a pair of embroidered jeans, which aren’t my usual jeans colour (I literally don’t own a pair of blue jeans) but they really spoke to me. It’s probably the colours. Now I *really* want to buy an embroidery machine.

We didn’t come away with much in the way of clothing this time (because the suitcases were too full of fabric and yarn) but the few items we got were of a higher quality – because now I sew I have this habit where I have to inspect the seams and finishes on every garment before I decide to buy it 🤣

Denim wishing tree

Bloomingdales had a ‘denim wishing tree’ in their store, so of course we had to make a wish.

I’m not gonna tell you what I wished for though, because then it won’t come true! 🤞🏻

 

Dogs!

Along with Swatch, we met this little cutie called Gertie in a yarn shop in Philadelphia:

And I just had to snap a pic as we walked behind this little girl – the award for the best hand knitted (probably) dog coat on the streets of NYC goes to her!

We also spent a good five minutes on our last day peering through the windows of a Doggy Day Care at all the fur kids being sociable – or not as was the case with some – with their dog friends… I literally could have stayed there forever 😍

Walking the garment district

7th Avenue is Fashion Avenue. A stroll down here will take you to various fashion-related things:

The famous ‘button’ (which is getting a makeover next year)

Some random sewing machines on tables:

An even bigger sewing machine (though still not as big as that massive button):

The Fashion Walk of Fame: ‘The Fashion Walk of Fame celebrates excellence in American design by honoring designers who have had a significant and lasting impact on the way the world dresses with plaques embedded into the sidewalk of Fashion Avenue’

And of course most of the fabric shops, trimmings shops and haberdasheries are

(Not) leaving on a jet plane

Although a good time was had while we were there, the trip reminded me why I hate air travel. The whole thing is exhausting – getting to and from the airport with heavy cases (even heavier due to the masses of fabric I brought home 🤣), checking in, getting through security, flight delays, awful food, swollen legs.

Gah.

U.K. holidays (or at least short-haul flights) are starting to look REALLY appealing.

The flight going wasn’t too bad – I got to do some knitting while watching Mary Poppins 🙌🏻 I haven’t seen that film in YEARS and it’s still one of my favourites. That, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks too. Those two are proper classics, they don’t make ’em like that anymore. The flight home was awful though, the seats were much more cramped and I have no idea why we thought it would be a good idea to get the red-eye flight. It was only 6 hours but it was the longest six hours of my life. I was too tired to do any knitting, and too uncomfortable to sleep. The person that landed was a very grumpy, hangry, tired Sarah, that had a very long trip home from the airport ahead of her. Sad face.

Gluten free food

So this isn’t sewing related, but I thought (hoped) this might help out someone else in need – how to find gluten free food!

Aaron is celiac, and therefore can’t have gluten (or eggs, or indeed walnuts as we accidentally discovered a few months back), and this makes eating out a little bit more tricky because if he’s accidentally ‘glutened’ the effects can last for weeks. Our usual workaround for holidays is to rent somewhere with a kitchen and cook ourselves, but we were so busy in NYC that we didn’t have time to walk back and forth to the apartment for every meal. By accident, I stumbled across a website created purely to help people find gluten-free food – findmeglutenfree.com. You can type in what type of food you fancy and it’ll show you what’s nearby. You can even read the reviews of people that have been there as to how well they cater for people with allergies.

This website was a LIFESAVER, and it works all over the world – so if anyone in your family needs gluten free food it’s definitely worth checking it out. If by any chance you’re celiac as well, AND you’re heading to New York City, here’s my recommendations:

Bistango – really lovely upmarket (but not *too* expensive) place, they have only one pizza oven which is gluten-free so there’s no cross contamination. Every dish can be made gluten-free, and all desserts and pizzas are gluten-free in the first place. The waiters will tell you what’s gluten free and what’s not when bringing food to your table.

Pizzarte – the BEST wood fired pizzas, and even the gluten-free one tasted amazing. Food was delivered with a ‘gluten free’ flag stuck into it so you knew which was which.

Five Napkin Burger – a burger joint with gluten-free buns and a dedicated fryer so the chips are safe too. Check with the server which plate is the gluten free one when they are brought to the table though, as it’s not otherwise identified.

Schnippers – burger joint with gluten-free buns, though if you order one gluten-free and one regular burger, they don’t tell you which one is gluten-free – I had to check with the waiter.

As you’ve probably guessed, all that food did nothing for my waistline (despite running the half marathon) and now I need to go on a serious detox 🥕🥒🍅

Phew! You made it to the end. Well done you. That post turned out to be way longer than I was expecting it to be 🤣

The holiday was proper tiring. But the fabric, yarn, and blog shoots we got made it all worth it, along with being able to spend time in my favourite city.

I’ll be doing a round-up of all the fabric shops I visited on the blog next week – so keep your eyes peeled for that… Don’t worry, there will be a ‘fabric purchases’ post too, but on a different week otherwise you’d spend about four hours reading one post 🤣 In the meantime, I’ll be sleeping for most of the weekend and trying to restore some type of normal rhythm because boy AM I TIRED. I’ve literally never been so grateful for that extra hour in bed due to the clocks going back ⏰

And it’s my birthday tomorrow, so… happy birthday to me 🙌🎂🎁

I hope you all have fantastic weekends!

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34 Comments

  1. Margery Watson
    October 28, 2018 / 9:18 am

    I always enjoy starting my Sunday by reading your posts. This weeks was even better as I doubt I will ever go to New York so interesting to read what I am missing. Your style of writing always makes me feel as though I am there with you.

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 2, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Ah thanks Margery! 😘 I’m so glad you enjoy the posts ☺️
      New York is one of my favourite cities, even more so now I’ve discovered the fabric shopping there!! 😍😆

  2. Cindy
    October 28, 2018 / 9:29 am

    Well done for your marathon challenge, now rest that body . I adore your blogs, it’s the only one I read as I don’t know where to find them, I must of stumbled on yours somehow but jolly glad I did. Happy your back safe , take care,from your oldie cyber friend xx

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 2, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Thanks Cindy! 😘 I’m so glad you enjoy the blogs, we will have to get your London trip organised so that you can enjoy some fabric shopping too!
      I think I’m finally getting over the Nee York jet lag now, but I’m counting down to Christmas when I can have another week off work!!
      One site where you can find other sewing blogs is Bloglovin, there’s a search bar where I think you should just be able to type in ‘sewing’ and it will bring up some posts and you can see what takes your fancy! ☺️

  3. October 28, 2018 / 9:34 am

    I first discovered you a while ago when we shared comments about purchasing Holland and Sherry fabric from the GBSB event. I looked up your blog then and subscribed. Wow – how far have you come girl? The shop looks to be doing fantastically well, Aaron’s photos are stunning and you’ve gone all professional with the blog. Always interesting, always entertaining, I really look forward to my Sunday morning fix. If you decide to give up finance then I’m sure you’ve got a proper career ahead of you as an entrepreneurial blogger/sewer. And Aaron should def get some of his photos in front of an agency! Glad to see you had such a fab time in NYC and I look forward to seeing what you bought! Sandra xx

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 2, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      Ah, yes that good old GBSB show! I’m so sad they never did another one, especially now that the knitting and stitching show has gone so downhill 🤷🏻‍♀️
      The shop has done better than I ever thought it would, so has the blog really if I’m honest! I’m so glad that you enjoy the posts ☺️☺️
      I hope that one day I can shift career into something more creative… keep everything crossed for me!
      The fabric reveal is coming real soon I promise 👀🙌🏻 x

  4. Helen
    October 28, 2018 / 10:10 am

    Hi Sarah looks like you had a fab time, I love the pink fur and the alpaca jacket. Those jeans are to die for I was looking at an embroidery machine afew weeks ago but it was £1200 so a bit expensive. I love reading your blogs and look forward to seeing something from all the fabric you’ve aquired x

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:39 am

      It was definitely an experience! Fashion capital of the world for sure. Ohhhh is that how much embroidery machines cost?! 😱 hmm. Might have to wait a bit for that then, although it would be AWESOME to embroider all the things 😍 so glad that you enjoy the blog! ☺️

  5. Brenda Holmes
    October 28, 2018 / 10:19 am

    I so agree with you on the air travel thing. I hate it so much that I’ve not flown for 7 years and I’ve let my passport expire.
    Oooooooh, that beaded and sequinned jacket – fabuloso.
    Machine embroidery is my thang. If you need any info when researching embroidery machines, I have four embroidery machines and have discovered quite a bit of knowledge along my 14 year machine embroidery history. A word of warning, you’ll soon become accomplished in using purchased embroidery designs and will want to digitise your own. It’s great fun, but a steep learning curve that takes up a LOT of time. That time cannot also be used for sewing, so there are compromises to be made.
    I loved reading about your NYC trip and look forward to your following blogs.

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:42 am

      Air travel is THE WORST. Maybe it’s my age, I dunno, but it’s all of a sudden become almost intolerable 🤣
      Aha – so you’re the lady I’m going to come to when it’s time to buy an embroidery machine then! I have no idea how you even begin to digitise your own designs… I’m rubbish at drawing though so that might hold me back?!
      So glad you enjoy the blog – the NYC fabric purchases will be on the blog very soon… keep your eyes peeled! 👀

  6. Teresa
    October 28, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    I’m exhausted reading your post! A feel ya on the travel stuff. I fly a lot between Edinburgh and Portland, Oregon and it’s exhausting. Planes are getting smaller, staff and fellow travelers getting more rude, and the 10 hours it takes seems like 20 now. At least you have some lovely purchases to show for it.

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:45 am

      Haha, that was an unexpectedly long post 🤣🙈
      Oh, you’re in Edinburgh? I’m there in May for the marathon ☺️
      You’re so right about the travel… passengers are getting more grumpy, it’s becoming more intolerable so maybe I’ll just stay in the U.K. forever 🤣🤣🤣
      (I am flying from London to Edinburgh though. So far, I’ve got the night bus – NOT recommended – the train, and flown. The flying is just about bearable as it’s such a short journey!)

  7. October 28, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    Great post! I was desperately trying to download it to read on the plane but had to switch off before the photos loaded!!!! Going back for the gallery now!
    So glad you got to see Swatch! And had a great time!

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:46 am

      Haha, the pictures were the best bit! 🤣 hope you had a fab time in Venice 🙌🏻 Swatch was like, the highlight of the whole trip obvs 😍🐶

  8. October 28, 2018 / 10:28 pm

    Happy Birthday to you! I often wondered if I was reading another Scorpio’s writing. What fun it looks like you 2 had in NY! I’ve never been to NY which is just crazy. I could easily have popped down there from where I was living (60 km west of Toronto, Ontario Canada) but it just never appealed to me. I tend to shy away from cities that big – I don’t know why! I grew up in one but I just don’t gravitate to cities even to visit that are much larger than 500,000. I think I’m missing a lot though as your post highlights so well 🙂 I’m not a marathon runner either but I can relate to eating whatever is available (and I’ve heard the food in NY is the best in the world) while you’re running around. And all so good! You don’t get to go to NY very often though so I’m glad you took full advantage of getting YOUR personal highlights in and I’m assuming Aaron as well. You could easily spend a year in NY and not get to see it all. I look forward to seeing your fabric haul and all those pictures!

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:50 am

      Thank you! And yep, fellow Scorpio here – Aaron is too! (though only just, 22nd November).
      I’d say give NY a shot just once… even if you spend the whole time immersed in the fabric shops! (Which is totally not a bad way to spend the time!) that way you can maybe forget that it’s a big city 🤔🤣
      The food is just crazy over there… so much of it and so much choice!
      You’re so right, you could spend a year there and still not do it all. I’d love to travel America, it blows my mind to think that each state is bigger than England, and they are all different. I’d love to visit them all! Have you ever been to England?
      The fabric haul is coming very soon – keep your eyes peeled! 👀

  9. October 29, 2018 / 9:12 am

    Holy moly those embroidered jeans are epic! I totally get why you had to have those. I’ve loved reading all about your trip to NYC and can’t wait to read all about fabric shopping next week. I think there is a fairly regular meet called the London Stitchers Meetup if you don’t know about that one? I think it’s organised by Ana of Cocowawa and always looks a lot of fun – sadly I live far away up North. As an aside I think it’s just Londoners who aren’t friendly/helpful to tourists. Come up to Yorkshire and everyone will talk your ear off while giving directions lol

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:53 am

      The jeans are really something, aren’t they!
      I googled the stitchers meet-up – you’re right! But it always seems to be in far west London, rather than central. I’m south-east, so it’s gonna take me like 90 mins to get there ☹️ perhaps I’ll have to start one that’s more central!
      Haha… ok deal I’ll come to Yorkshire to compare – you guys have nice scenery right? Hills and stuff? 🙈

  10. Sam Chandler
    October 29, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Looks like you both had a fab time & well done for persevering with the marathon. Looking forward to seeing what’s in those Mood bags & how sweet is Swatch! Hope you are fully rested & have a fantastic birthday.

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:54 am

      Swatch is THE BEST 😍
      Fabulous birthday thank you… though I ate so much cake I thought I was going to be sick 🤣
      Keep your eyes peeled on the blog, that fabric reveal is coming very soon! 👀

  11. Sally
    October 29, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    Wow Sarah your trip looked fab….! Love the autumnal pics and the pics of Mood and that you got to meet Swatch. Not everyone does a massive run on their holiday but you must be proud of yourself to have got to the end despite being in pain. Looking forward to seeing what you bought soon ! Sally xx

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Thanks Sally! Swatch was totally the highlight of my trip 😍🙌🏻
      I was very happy to come home with that race medal, despite the time it took me. Onwards and upwards though – need to sort that knee out and I’ll be fine! x

  12. October 30, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    What a trip!!! I’m so glad you both enjoyed yourselves–and yes, a lot of Americans get *really* into Halloween! 😉 I cannot believe you signed up for a half-marathon while on vacation, that’s amazing! I would be spending my day bouncing between pizzerias, fabric stores, and my bed for restorative naps in between, but that’s just me, lol.

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Haha, if you throw the run into the pizza-fabric-nap mix, that is basically how I spent the time 🤣
      The Halloween displays were AMAZING. So good! It makes the British attempt at decorations look pathetic 🤣

  13. Brenda Evans
    October 30, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    I yet again really enjoyed your trip and Pics of NY. I seemed to be just as tired after reading it all as you and husbeast. I have read it a few times now as it was such alot to take in. I do enjoy Sundays and get to the Ipad to read your blog. Happy Birthday xx

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:59 am

      Thanks Brenda! So glad that you enjoy the blog ☺️ yes that post turned out unexpectedly long, seems I had a lot to say 🤣 I think I’m finally now recovering from the trip – counting down the weeks until Christmas so that I can have another week off though!
      I had a lovely birthday thank you, I ate so much cake I thought I was going to be sick 🤣 x

  14. October 30, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    Thanks for this terrific post! I feel like I’ve visited NYC vicariously. 😉 LOVE the embroidered jeans you bought — definitely a worthwhile purchase, I’d say. And happy birthday to you!

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 9:00 am

      Thanks Lori! So glad that you enjoyed the post ☺️ Those jeans are amazing aren’t they! Now I just want to embroider EVERYTHING 🤣

  15. November 1, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    I really enjoyed reading about your NY adventures and thank you for the info on the gluten free site! I’ve really had a hard time while travelling to overseas especially Rome and Paris and pretty much had to resort to vegetarian or fish dishes but this is great!

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 9:02 am

      So glad you enjoyed the blog Valerie! And YAY – I’m really pleased that the gluten free website is useful to you! I think we stumbled across it by accident (while we were googling to see what was local) but I’m so glad we did. We will be using this a lot, and I hope it helps you to find something yummy! 😊

  16. Cindy
    November 4, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    I’m about to give it a go now, thank you x

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      I hope you find some good ones! Two of my faves are Lladybird and oonaballoona 👍🏻

  17. November 5, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    Thank you so much for mentioning the gluten free eating. My husband is a Coeliac too, so someone else”s gluten free recommendations are always appreciated. The rest of your blog is great too. Looks like a fantastic trip and congratulations on the half marathon!

    • Sarah
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      Ah – yay Margaret! I was hoping it would reach a fellow celiac somewhere! That website really helped us out, hopefully it will be useful to you too ☺️ so glad that you enjoy the blog 😘

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