Saturday, 16 January 2010

Christmas Shopping In New York

As promised last week I am sharing some more of my New York photos . These are all of shops and cafes and a few of my purchases.

This was a lovely book I treated myself to from Barnes and Noble. It is full of wonderful pictures.

This is the inside of the famous Dylan's Candy Store.

The Christmas displays in the department stores were amazing. Unfortunately it was hard to capture the window displays because of the reflections on the glass. These were taken inside Henri Bendel. The store has beautiful Lalique windows.

This was a lovely cafe called The Magnolia Bakery. The banana pudding and red velvet cake was out of this world. It reminded me of the Hummingbird Bakery in London only with real vintage charm.

The inside was decorated with paper chains and I loved the vintage glass lights.

On the shelves were wonderful vintage toys and tins.

This was a window display in one of the many department stores.

This picture isn't great but they were vintage dolls put together with vintage tins used for their bodies. They were incredibly expensive. Interestingly some time ago a buyer from the US bought a vintage tin money box from my Etsy shop. She later sent me a picture showing me that she had used it to make one of these using it as the body for a doll all made up of vintage parts. I had never seen anything like it until I saw these which were almost identical.

This was the Cartier shop wrapped up in a red ribbon.

This was one of the wacky window displays in Anthropology.

I am afraid I just had to take this because it was so disturbing ! This was the American Girl shop, just full of dolls and accessories.

The M & M shop was enormous.

There were M & Ms in every colour including loads I had never seen in the UK. We came away with bags of pastel coloured M&Ms and a green M&M bone for Josh.

The amazing Apple building.

Polar bears in F.A.O Schwarz.

I loved all of the Muppet displays. They hand make muppet puppets here and have shelves of eyes, noses, wigs etc. You can watch them being hand made in the workshop.

We were entertained by dancers playing Christmas songs by dancing on the keys of an enormous piano.

This was a traditional New York diner. All chrome and wood inside and very retro. It was a bit like the inside of a subway car.

The breakfast we had was enormous, piles of pancakes and maple syrup, steaming cups of coffee and plates of  bacon and eggs sunny side up. The only thing I really missed was a nice cup of Earl Grey tea.

This is my vintage style apron I treated myself to from The Magnolia Bakery. I love the red ribbons on the pockets and the 1950s style fabric. It looks great hung in my kitchen with all the other splashes of red.

I know this is a bit sad but these are two tea towels I bought from Anthropology. It is a lovely shop but pretty pricey. These were cheaper than the prices in the UK branch on Regent Street and one of them was in the sale so I couldn't resist. I love the appliqued designs and pompom decorations. The only problem is they are too nice to use.

A few more pictures from 'Vintage Vavoom'.

I treated myself to a few American magazines. I love reading my favourite magazines every month Like Period Living, Homes and Antiques and Country Living so wanted to check the American equivalents. I think I prefer the UK versions but they did have some wonderful pictures.

And finally a pretty mug my lovely girl bought me as a surprise in Anthropology. Much of my time was spent in clothes shops with my lovely girl and that's where most of my money seemed to go. I didn't find a single antiques shop and there are no charity shops of course. There is a weekly flea market in Hells Kitchen but the snow stopped that unfortunately.


Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x said...

WOW Amazing!! I have always wanted to go to New York at Christmas time!! Thanks for sharing the prettiness hun xxx
Annie x
Pop over for the giveaway when you can hun xx

Sal said...

Gosh...I do fancy that book...and as for Anthropologie..I am glad I live nowhere near it!!!

bellaboo said...

What! No charity or antique shops!I wouldn't survive there!
Seriously though.. I so enjoyed looking at all those shops,the vintage toys..and that Vavoom book.. and the 50's apron will be great for your kitchen!Thanks for showing us all the wonderful things New York has to offer.


Andi's English Attic said...

It is a real treat visiting your blog because of all the wonderful photos of such a wonderful place. I really want to go.
No thrift shops? That's surprising. Perhaps in a different part of town?
Your vintage style apron - I have that very fabric at my window and glass front cupboards in my kitchen! xx

Hen said...

Oh wow, it looks so fabulous, I would love to go. In the meantime, I will satisfy myself by looking for that book on Amazon! Thanks for sharing the photos.
Hen x

LissyLou said...

Thanks for sharing - i almost got that mug from Anthropolgie last week in London!! it's gorgeous xx

Anonymous said...

What fantastic pics, you must have had such a brilliant time. That red velvet cake looks fantastic.

Tilly Rose said...

Oooh just fab-U-lous! My dream has always been to visit NY at Christmas....I sooo want to go now I've seen those pics!
Glad you had a fab time hunny...
Happy New Year wishes
Karen x x x

Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful images. I can now see why Christmas shopping in NY is so popular. It looks totally amazing. The size of the slice of cake! Not sure about that vintage tin dolls though, they are a bit too weird for me!
Lisa x

Purple Sparkle said...

Wow, thank you for sharing the pictures! I would love to be sitting in the Magnolia bakery with that cake and coffee and a pile of magazines! Looks just wonderful!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

What an amazing traet this post has been, thank you. Wow you went to the Magnolia Bakery, so cool. You really have been on a dream trip, I am so happy for you. You photographed all the things I was curious about too, I think you must be psychic!

Sarah x

Thecraftytrundler said...

Looks fantastic!! I bet you would love to pay another visit!! I know I would!!
Maybe the charity/ thrift shops are on the outskirts of the city? You'll have to check next time!!

Sharon xx

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Ann, that is the same pinny that Amy bought for me (and one for herself) Isn't it lovely on! I am so tempted to pop it on before I answer the door!