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Fridays at Home: 6 Days

25th May 2012

In 6 days…count them: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, I will be leaving for New York. I cannot quite express the depth of my excitement. This will be my 6th trip to the city, and each has increased my love for it. The first time I went, I wasn’t all that impressed. I was with my sister and a couple of friends, and we were so divided as to what we wanted to do that I ended up not enjoying it completely. Plus, I’m not a touristy gal. No Empire State or Lady Liberty for me. In fact, as of this trip, I’ve still never made it to either of those places, though I’ve admired each from afar. That’s good enough for me.

I officially pulled out the suitcase Wednesday afternoon, though I’ve been planning outfits for weeks. I’ve been using Pinterest to keep some of my “must-haves” in mind, and I saw Swapna was doing the same thing. I thought I’d share my board today. In the next week, I’ll try mightily not to wear any of my planned outfits, so I can do laundry once and forget about it. I’ll also pack and re-pack my bag a couple of dozen times. 🙂 My family jokes that I could be a professional packer, and I’d take the job in a heartbeat.

When I took that fateful Italian trip by myself when I graduated from college, I was the “crazy girl wearing heels, walking on cobblestones” (a waitress told me they’d been watching me all afternoon) – I’ve since graduated to the girl hobbling in heels, bemoaning her blisters. This year I got smart. I have a cyst in the bottom of my right foot that was miserable last year. This year I’ve taken it easy and bought a pair of Sperrys deck shoes. I’ve been breaking them in, and though they aren’t dressy, they should go with most of my outfits.

So what am I bringing? You can click on the board below to check out all the pics, but here are the basics:

1 pair Sperrys

1 pair cowgirl rain boots (if it rains in NYC, your feet are unhappy)

1 pair Chinese Laundry camel leather wedges (for any get togethers; a quick swap)

1 pair BCBG red peep toe pumps (for a cocktail party I’m attending one evening; again, a quick swap)

1 denim jacket (perfect to go over dresses or tees)

1 jute bag for the Javitz floor

Luna Vanilla Almond protein bars (these are my breakfast, but they also work great if you need a snack)

Nook Color (Easier on the plane, simple on the subway)

2 Camelbak Stainless Steel Water Bottles (this is daily for me; both are filled each night and chilled)

Colgate Wisp disposable toothbrushes (for after meals or before meeting publishers/authors)

Target Notebooks/Gel pens – I love these for jotting down notes. Plus, they’re pretty!

Softlips Raspberry – This stuff is true to its name. Love it.

Moo cards (little business cards with blog info)

Medicine bottle with easily identifiable headache, stomach, heartburn, migraine meds (easier to keep in one bottle)

Ponytail holders! I always have such good intentions, but at some point, the hair will go up.

Assorted outfits/toiletries/chargers/accessories

Yea! Next week, I’ll give you a little live action and show you the nitty gritty of how I get my packing done in minimal space. One of my favorite tips? Make a list, and pack early. Then take something out each day. Don’t add to the bag. I promise, you won’t regret it. (Unless you add a pair of stilettos and take out your comfy shoes. Take it from me.)

In a New York State of Mind…

19th May 2011

Howdy. This Texas gal is heading to the Big Apple for the next 10 days for New York Book Week, during which I will be participating in Book Expo America and Book Blogger Con. I’m headed out early to visit my brother. I will most likely be exhausted because he has a double-column notepad sheet full of things to do. 🙂

I promise I won’t leave you high and dry, though, as I have some posts prepared for while I am gone and will try to update the blog as much as possible.

Today I’m most likely in the air (or waiting during a layover), so if you comment on any posts or email me, it may take me some time to get back to you.

Have a great week, and if you have any absolute must-sees (off the tourist trap path), be sure and leave them in comments for me.

See you soon –

jenn aka the picky girl

Down & Dirty: BEA & BBC

3rd March 2011

Guys and gals –

I am planning on attending BEA (Book Expo America) and BBC (Book Blogger Con). I had such a great time at the Texas Book Festival  this year and thought it would be a great time to visit my brother (aka Picky Boy) who lives in NYC as well. To be around books and book-loving people for days? Yes please. To walk the city streets and get away for a while? Are you kidding – I’m ready yesterday.

I haven’t actually registered because I threw my paycheck away on accident. (Don’t ask.) I am really excited because last year during BEA, I was a new blogger and loved hearing about what was going on and seeing everyone’s posts.

However, having never been, I have no clue what to expect. Do you just walk around? Are there sessions (are these what you pay extra for?)? I remember everyone saying to bring extra comfy shoes because the Javits had concrete flooring. So… I want the down and dirty.

What are your BEA/BBC experiences? What should I expect? What should I definitely not miss?