On day two, I had a much bigger kick in my step now that I had overcome the energy drain that comes with a morning and afternoon filled with traveling. I mixed a little business with pleasure on this day since the PR company I worked for coincidentally happened to be in the city also. We met with Gucci to discuss their Artisan Corner coming to Houston at The Galleria. The offices were right off Fifth and it was fascinating to hear them discuss all the ins and outs of an event of this sort and just how much history is behind all these brands that have become so familiar on the forefront of international fashion. Exposure to this also made me realize how accessible a career in fashion can be, if I so choose to take this route four years from now.
We ate lunch before my next meeting at Sarabeth's, a quaint cafe laced with gardens on the southern border of Central Park, where I finally got to meet Mollie's friend Tessia, a native New- Yorka (insert NY accent). They met at a study abroad program in Oxford a few summer's back and have been friends ever since. She'll be attending NYU in the fall.
Mollie and I in front of the Condé Nast building where my next meeting was held for Fashion's Night Out...home to Vogue, Glamour, W, Lucky, GQ, Vanity Fair and many other famed publications
Mollie and I were in the mood for some authentic Italian fare, so Tessia recommended a family spot in the Upper East Side--Mezzaluna. My pasta with veal meatballs melted in my mouth and their shared pizza didn't look so bad either. We topped off our meal with a trip to Sixteen Handles (clever, right?!) to get some self-serve frozen yogurt. And even in New York, where the cuisine typically reigns supreme, it still didn't even come close to Houston's own Voss Creamery.
A trip to New York is never complete without some sort of view of the island. We got our own private rooftop view on the top of Tessia's apartment building in Roosevelt' Island (runs parallel to the Upper East Side, just a quick tram ride over the East River).
And at the end of our day of trekking it all over Midtown and the UES, we were nothing if not entirely delusional the night before our trip to Hamptons.