Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Holiday Lights Tour with On Location Tours

Spending my Christmas in New York City turned out to be pretty fabulous. The Sofitel hotel was amazing as always, and may be a regular stop each holiday! On Christmas Day, most stores and museums are closed. So you have to find some other things to do, like Radio City, St. Patrick's Cathedral OR a tour from On Location Tours! I have attended a few of their tours, and they are always wonderful. They are great for newbies to the city, to get the lay of the land before you explore on your own. When I heard they had the Holiday Lights Tour on Christmas Day, I was thrilled to work with them to attend this tour. 

They start in Columbus Circle area and show you all the wonderful holiday movie locations. There are so many sights in New York City that appear in holiday films. I was thrilled to see the apartment where Buddy the Elf stays with his Dad during his visit to New York City in Elf. I just love the Elf movie, could watch it even during non-Christmas months! 

These photos of the gorgeous winter owl and her babies is from Lord and Taylor, they reminded me of the owl in Harry Potter! The babies are just too darn adorable! 


Lord and Taylor did a great theme with animals this year, everything was really sweet. 
Most of the windows were not too crowded on Christmas Day, the bus takes you to each store and then you can get out to see them up close. It makes a very easy way to see a good portion of the holiday windows in one day. 

Macy's was probably the most crowded to check out the windows. I was thrilled to see my friend Virginia O'Hanlon displayed again this year. She is just so darn cute, and I love the whole story around Is There a Santa Clause. 


The New York Sun was a real newspaper, and Virginia was a real person! 

Macy's other windows were cute as well, a bit harder for me to photograph, but this one came out nicely. 

The next windows were Bloomingdale's and they were total glam. I just loved it. 

Very, very cool 

Awesome colors here ! 

The work that goes into the making of these windows is unreal. So many talented people that make these come to life! 




I really enjoyed Bloomies efforts in 2016 for their holiday designs. 

On Christmas Day, the best way to see this tree is on the bus with On Location Tours. A much nicer, safer and stress free way to see that famous tree! 

Barney's windows were very interesting and fun. 




Where do they get their ideas from? I would love to know! 


South Park made a visit to Barney's as well and it was fabulous! They were actually talking on speakers and making a bit of fun at expensive stores just like Barneys! 





I really enjoyed this tour, and it's a fabulous way to spend Christmas Day in NYC! You can check out my reviews of other tours from On Location Tours on my Unique Tours page. I have enjoyed all the tours I have taken with On Location Tours and would recommend to just about anyone.

The Holiday Lights Tour runs 
When: Nov 25 - Jan 1 Daily at 3pm & Saturdays at 3pm & 5:30pm (Check for additional tour times).
Where: The Shops at Columbus Circle (Exact location given upon purchase)
Cost: Adult: $42, Child: $32
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours

Disclosure: I was provided a ticket for this tour from On Location Tours or this review. There has been no monetary compensation for this post. I only recommend products that I feel will be of interest to my readers, and that I am truly impressed by. All opinions are my own. Thank you!! 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Flowers by David at the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show


Since the 2017 PHS Flower Show is coming up soon, I thought we could re-visit some of my favorite posts from prior shows I attended. 

Flowers by David
2048 E. Old Lincoln Hwy., Langhorne, PA 19047
Contact: Robin or David Heller, 215-750-3400, flowers.david@verizon.net
Reves de Fleurs (Dreams of Flowers)
Delight in horticultural dream-catchers arranged on a “bed” of flowers – “bed” as in to sleep and dream. These dream catchers are made of beautiful floral arrangements to chase away the winter blues as well as any bad dreams.
I would love to spend a night in this bedroom........
what sweet dreams would you have ????

if pink is your favorite color, this is the display for you !!  
the skirt on the bed looked like leaves  
these flower rings were so amazing and they turned as well 
how lovely a view is this??
I wonder how long it took them to make these? just glorious!!  
up close, the flowers were just so pretty!!
I am going to have a seat in this chair with a latte and a good book!!



2017 Dates for PHS Flower Show: Holland 

Saturday March 11 - Sunday March 19, 2017

Show Hours

Friday, March 10 (PHS Members' Preview) 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 11 (PHS Members' Preview) 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, March 11   11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 12   8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon. - Fri., March 13-17 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 18 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 19 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Address

Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107


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Monday, February 20, 2017

10 Best Vintage Shops in NYC


Vintage is still a hot commodity in 2017. I do not see it going away any time soon. There is just something about the style, class and elegance of items from a bygone era. I still shake my head when items from the 1980's are now considered "vintage". There are so many great shops and flea markets in New York City to purchase or just browse and enjoy vintage items. Here is my pick, in no particular order, of the top 10 best vintage shopping places in New York City. I would hope my readers who live in this great city will leave their comments with places they visit for vintage shopping.

Today's Words of Wisdom: " I like the old, vintage Hollywood look " Gwen Stefani 

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Friday, February 17, 2017

A Trip to Chelsea's Historic District

This is one of those posts that makes you want to visit NYC at least once a week! When I attended my wine class at Pastai NYC I came across an amazing area of Chelsea. There are so many little streets in NYC, that no matter how many times you visit, you can't see everything. I am always impressed by my findings when I go in a direction I never have before. To me, that is what makes this city great - always surprises at every corner! How fabulous is this door above?? 
This area is West 20th and 9th Avenue, part of the historic district of Chelsea. It was built between 1853 to 1845. Some of the homes have their original elements such as the stoop, door, cast iron and windows. Many are in the Italianate style, a few in Greek revival period. 
Is this not perfect? 
I just was in awe of the various designs of wrought iron and to think some of them were here since the 1800's is mind blowing! 
Due to the fact that the area is a historic district, the Historical Districts Council helps keep the neighborhood's character alive. The HDC performs regular architectural surveys of historic neighborhoods that may merit protection. I think in the USA, we are too quick to tear things down then try to restore and keep them around for everyone's enjoyment. 
Love the red door and that door knocker is just sweet! 
Artisans work on these designs from metals such as custom wrought iron, copper, bronze, aluminum, stainless steel or brass. They really are works of art! 

The Italianite style was a popular Victorian-Era housing style from the mid to late 1800's which was inspired by the villas of Italy. They had nearly flat roofs, wide eaves and massive brackets. Italianate architecture knew no class boundaries. 














I apologize for this post being so long, but I really felt the need to showcase this wonderful area of New York City. I found my research interesting, and have an even more appreciation for these artisans who crafted these homes. I am so thrilled that New York City has organizations to preserve these areas for all of us to enjoy. Every state should have an advocate for historic neighborhoods to preserve all the beauty from centuries ago.

Today's Words of Wisdom: Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own Earth. It is at least the geometric pattern of things, of life, of the human and social world. It is at best that magic framework of reality that we sometimes touch upon when we use the word order. - Frank Lloyd Wright





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