So, we did a thing. A super crazy thing.
Only giving ourselves four days’ notice, we booked flights to New York City and we went.
Awhile back, our favorite artist, Ashley Longshore announced that she would be the first female in history to have a solo show at Bergdorf Goodman. That meant 5 of the windows at Bergdorf would feature her art, and the entire 7th floor would be jammed with her amazing paintings, sculptures, and furniture.
When we heard about this, we were feeling a million emotions. We were SO proud of Ashley and SO jealous of all the betches that would get to go. We were like, “There’s no way we can swing this. We couldn’t swing this…Could we?”
And then we stopped those thoughts right in their tracks. NO. We NEEDED to do this. We wouldn’t take no for an answer, no matter how crazy it all was. We decided we’d go to her exhibit, spend a night in the city, and head home the next day.
So we spent a couple days shopping for clothes, freaking out, and planning as much as we possibly could, in between several new client meetings and our normal work load. Before we knew it, we were waking up at 1:30 AM to catch a super early flight to NYC.
We got to our hotel, got ready, and decided we’d walk to Bergdorf. We’d be passing Times Square, and the walk wasn’t much more than half a mile, so we thought that by walking, we could take in the sights and really experience the city at night. Well, we experienced it all right. We found out that apparently directions don’t always work when you’re surrounded by skyscrapers and a zillion and a half people ready to trample you. After getting off track, we had to call an Uber. We tried, okay?!
Rolling up to Bergdorf Goodman, we were in awe of Ashley’s windows.
Her art dazzled behind all the designer gowns. We could have stayed outside looking at the windows forever, but we really wanted to get to that 7th floor to see Ashley herself and more of her work!
Her floor was jam packed with people and was approximately 532 degrees Fahrenheit. We wiggled our way through oodles of rude af New Yorkers, making sure to say “ope, ‘scuse me” approximately seven hundred times like the true Midwesterners we are.
There was a makeshift line (the structure was more like a mob than a line) to get selfies with Ashley, so we got in it, moving 3 inches forward approximately every 15 minutes. Just as we were getting close to having our turn, Ashley was wooshed away to another part of the floor.
Because Blake Lively and Christian Siriano had just showed up.
That’s right, Blake Lively and Christian Siriano (with his husband Brad Walsh) IN THE FLESH, just mere feet from us. It was so crazy!
After all that excitement died down, another “line” formed around Ashley. We ended up being a few of the last people to get a word in with Ashley before she left. What she said to Kelle’s daughter Bailey was beyond special. It made the whole trip worth it.
I wish we had a recording of exactly what Ashley said, but the long and short of it was this: She wanted Bailey to promise her that she would work hard to make sure she would get the same opportunities as everyone else. Bailey was blushing like crazy and you could tell this would be such a special moment in her life. THAT is why we did this.
Our trip from that point on was… A bit of a rollercoaster. Finding a restaurant that night with amazing dumplings and lots of prosecco (YES!) hanging out in Soho, shopping at The Real Real, and getting the best macarons ever (YES!) sprinting in the pouring rain to our hotel to get our bags (NO!) missing our flight after spending two hours in bumper to bumper traffic (NO!) getting to stay an extra night, this time in Soho (YES!) and discovering two more delicious food spots (YES!)
Yeah, that all happened. The whole experience was amazingly overwhelming, and all we can do is laugh. We are so happy we took the plunge and did it. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t learn a couple lessons:
- Try not to give af about the betches that will be eyeing your purse to make sure it’s expensive enough. We learned that Coach isn’t good enough for New Yorkers. Noted.
- Everyone on the street is RUDE and will trample over you, even if you have a small child with you.
- Never assume that you’ll be in your Uber for less than 25 minutes, even if your destination is walking distance. All that traffic does not curr that you have places to be.
- That being said, don’t assume that walking will be faster, especially if your directions decide to just not work. Because that CAN and probably will happen.
- If you have a short amount of time in New York City, don’t even bother with Times Square. Go directly to Soho or Tribeca. You can thank us later.
Well, we did it. The first of many more big adventures that we will have at KDI is in the books!
I wonder where we’ll go next…