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Week One in New York City

Week One in New York City

by Kelly Sparkes on August 8, 2012

The first week of our trip was always going to be a chilled one, we planned to do very little and recharge the batteries after a busy couple of months.

We explored the area and wandered around all the posh shops. The Art Deco frontage of Bergdorf Goodman always impresses me, although we stuck to window shopping as Mr S once fell in love with a $1,000 scarf in there (I didn’t let him buy it, mean wife).
Art Deco Frontage of Bergdorf Goodman
Luckily the window shopping was so imaginative that it didn’t matter. Has anyone else noticed that birds seem to be everywhere?

Bergdoorf Goodman Window OstrichBergdoorf Goodman Window PeacockBergdoorf Goodman Window Crow
Our hotel was so close to Central Park it would’ve been criminal not to enjoy it, so we headed off with a picnic prepared by our hotel, and spent the day lazing on the grass. It was lovely to get the chance to explore the park at a leisurely pace as we usually just walk through it once a trip. I made the most of having the time and something lovely to sketch.

Me SketchingAnother bird, this time a real Eagle, it was in a tree right above our heads! Anyone know what kind it is?

Eagle in Central ParkWandering around the park it’s easy to forget you are in the middle of a bustling city.

Boating Lake Central ParkOne of the things about an extended trip is that you can’t eat out every night, so it was a real luxury to have a Dean & Deluca around the corner.

Bread in Dean and Deluca
Cookies in Dean and DelucaWe also visited the Gugenheim and I spent the day at the Ace Hotel doing an Abigail Ahern Workshop, but more on that later :).

I can’t believe our first week is over and that we are now experiencing the completely different city of Miami and soaking up the sun.

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Laura Passey August 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Oh wow you did the Abigail Ahearn class! I am very very keen to hear about it. I read her blog and she has a very clear style (as I think we’ve discussed before)! Was she saying it has to be dark or nothing? She is great at the kooky accessorising.

I love that eagle… he looks sort of sweet!


Kelly Sparkes August 17, 2012 at 4:19 am

I really enjoyed the class, (full post to come) and although it was clear that she prefers dark interiors, it wasn’t ‘dark or nothing’.

I found out from my Dad that the Eagle is actually a buzzard! x


Sam Lennie August 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Aww check you out daubing like a good student in Central Park of all places, very chi chi! We didn’t go to Bergdorf on our last visit, so perhaps this time, even if it is just for the architecture and window shopping.

Don’t know the Eagle I’m afraid!

Have fun in Miami, I’m expecting lots more art deco photographs on this leg of your trip xx


Kelly Sparkes August 17, 2012 at 4:28 am

Well I’m trying to be a good student but to be honest haven’t picked up a pencil since then tut tut :) xx


Tina August 11, 2012 at 12:09 am

Wow, what a great start to your extended holiday;) I love how you don’t look like a tourist but rather fit in perfectly.
Great photography. I love that picture of you!

Dean & Deluca…l you guys know how to live!

Look forward to review of Abigail’s workshop and your Miami pics.
How very decadent. Instead of catching one of AA’s workshops n London ( like all of us living here), madam did it in NY….very posh!!! Xx


Kelly Sparkes August 17, 2012 at 4:30 am

Thanks Time, I will pass on your compliments to Mr S. He took loads of photographs whilst I was sketching.

I wonder if the American Abigail Ahern workshop was different to the London one…



Sarah Edmonds August 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Looks like you’re having a wonderful and cultured holiday Kelly.

I dream of relaxing in Central Park, and New York is top of my Holiday Wish List…

Enjoy the rest of your time there x


Kelly Sparkes August 17, 2012 at 4:31 am

Thanks Sarah, I hope you get to go soon! Let me know when you do so I can point you in the direction of some good places to visit :)



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