Dinner in the City

I’m back in New York for the weekend.  And, because I’ve watched too many late night news programs about people who post on Facebook and Twitter about travelling only to have their homes ransacked while travelling, I’ll add that  I’ve got a male dog sitter,  born and bred in Baltimore who is totally in to P90X staying at my place. He and Linus can *take* you 🙂 There mom, feel better?

Right o. I took the bus up to New York to have dinner with some of the Mood Sewing Network Bloggers. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who says, ‘Oh. I’m having dinner in the city tonight.’  Heh. Specifically, I met up with  Oonaballoona ,  Ms. Carolyn and Meg from Mood. I’ve met dear Meg and Carolyn more times than I can count, but this my first time on the dance floor with Ms. Balloona. Can I just say, she had me at ‘musical theater’.  How can you not love someone who knows all the word to Miss Celie’s Pants  from the Color Purple on cue.

They picked this gorgeous tapas restaurant in Chelsea. After walking through the restaurant to be seated, it took me a minute to realize I was outside!

I don’t often post photos of food. But, can we talk about the beauty that is dessert? I am so not in to chocolate. It’s just ok. But, you put something creamy, tart and sweet in front of me and I’m about ready to start licking the plate.

I saw something lovely at Mood but will post more on that later.  And, I think I want to go back tomorrow (if I can talk my traveling companion in to it).

Why? Because I left this silk behind

And this brocade

Do you know the challenges of going through three floors of Mood in less than one hour? It’s like a dog at the faucet jut trying to get a drink. And, as discussed, I’m not good when overwhelmed with choice.

I did see Swatch… but he was having none of me

For now, I’m off to bed *yawns*.

Because on Saturday I’m heading to the Museum at FIT. Not only are they showing highlights from their collection, they have a second exhibit on Ivy League (preppy) style. I may enter fashion nirvana.


  1. What a terrific post. And a gorgeous restaurant. I love how Oona’s hair does that perfect ringlet thing in every picture. It’s like she doesn’t know a bad hair day! 🙂

  2. Lucky you! I sew wants be a ‘having dinner in the city’ kinda person … and in such great company also. Of course, I live in Utah so it isn’t gonna happen. I hope your whole weekend is great.

  3. Is that a gauze top? I love it! It is so flattering. If you made it, share, sister, share! Have a great weekend, and maybe you should go back and get that silk.

  4. it was all i could do not to go through a musicale catalog with you on the subway platform. FABULOUS night!!! i hope you get back to that brocade today….

    • Manhattan makes everyone feel as if she’s in her own private musical. It’s an inherently dramatic place.

  5. Jealous!! Lucky you; sounds like a wonderful weekend. You even had your very own papparazi at the restaurant 😉

  6. I’m jealous! Can you direct me to a good tutorial – I’m putting in an invisible zipper and I don’t know how to make sure the bodice seams line up on the dress.

    • Look for the tutorials that discuss basting the seam line. It’s a much more straightforward and foolproof method, if a bit more time-consuming.

  7. I’d be weirdly jealous, if I hadn’t popped by G-Street earlier. (I really need to get up to see Mood in person, don’t I?)

    Renee, I’ve just bought my first Burda pattern. It’s that peplum top and skirt that I pinned on Pinterest. (Bright yellow) Any tips on using their patterns?

  8. Laughing at Swatch’s expression! Don’t take it personally, that’s how he generally looks at the camera unless he’s being bribed.

    Now, why don’t you live here in NYC? You really need to be here, R. And I hope you bought that brocade. It’s one of my personal faves.

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