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The Big Apple

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Living Healthy in New York City

After waking up far too early on Wednesday morning, I caught a plane to New York City. Between napping, reading, and eating a sandwich, I started sorting out my BlogHer conference schedule during the time in the air. It was at this point that my seatmate on the plane exclaimed that she, too, was on her way to the blogging conference! And so I met Last Grl Standing. It was a great way to start the trip – to meet a fellow blogger before even arriving in Manhattan. Luckily she had a better idea than I did about how to get from the airport to the area of the city where we needed to be (I totally forgot to plan that out ahead of time. Left to my own devices, no doubt I would have wound up hitch hiking my way through goodness knows where. I can buy a condo and traipse around the world, but get from an airport to a hotel? Nu uh, too much work for me).

I spent the afternoon wandering by myself through Broadway and plenty of other streets, falling more and more in love with the city as I went. I even found this little place:

Yes, that sign says "Town house for sale". Methinks it's time for an impulse buy...

It is a really gorgeous city, and I couldn’t help but ogle the architecture in between tasting samples of fruit at farmer markets and gazing reverently at the shelves of Whole Foods.

At last I arrived at The Tangled Vine, where I met with Danielle from A Nourishing Glimpse. I’ve always adored Danielle because a) she shares my love of travel; b) she shares my passion for communication and editing, and c) she shares my taste in wine. You really can’t go wrong with that combination! We had a lovely evening of drinking wine, tasting cheeses, indulging in girl talk, and discussing worldly issues. Those are the best kinds of hang outs.

On Thursday, I woke up bright and early for a breakfast at Cafe Lalo on recommendation of a Twitter friend. It was a beautiful cafe! It was featured in the film You’ve Got Mail. I had nearly the entire cafe to myself:

I ordered the British breakfast of steamed eggs and a scone. And tea – cannot forget glorious tea.

Must return to this cafe in order to sample some of the delicious-looking items!

After breakfast, I took a walk through Central Park…

…and then I wandered down Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, Park Avenue, and Lexington Avenue. Had to stop at Barney’s, Bloomingdales, Tiffany’s, and all the other wonderful shops, of course. Especially the Hermes store. And yes: I bought my very. own. Hermes. scarf. It’s so pretty!

The image is of suitcases piled on top of each other. I thought the graphic on the scarf was fitting for me 😉

Now isn't that a fantastic scarf?!

By that time, I had some cocktail parties to go to. Beginning with the Seed Cocktail party at happy hour (champagne cocktails are delish!). I met some lovely women before heading back to the hotel room and meeting one of my roommates, Anita, who is equally lovely and works for Then I trotted off to another party, the Green Blogger Soiree, where I met and happily chatted with Wendy, who is actually one of the coolest people I’ve met in recent times. It sounds silly to say that nearly everyone I’m meeting is so nice, but… I really have sincerely enjoyed meeting all of these people and can’t wait to meet more as the conference continues. I’m pretty sure that bloggers in general rock. That is what this conference is really all about, right? 😉


  1. asithi

    Sagan – It looks like you are having a great time! I never visited NYC or a BlogHer Conference. But next time the conference gets hosted in the west coast, I might consider going.

    Emergefit – I am wondering the same thing. Are there any male bloggers?

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