We started the day by a quick venture into the fabric district, where I stocked up on velvet ribbons and rayon bias tape (perfect for tying up all sorts of things).
Then we reboarded the subway and journeyed down to SoHo to go to Laduree. We had long anticipated going to this Paris-based bakery's NYC location, so we were thrilled to be here!
The beauty of their pastries just took our breath away!
We ordered a late breakfast of fruit, pastries with orange marmalade, freshly-squeezed orange juice, a chocolate pastry, and hot chocolate. So delicious! The service was most genteel, and many of the patrons seated about us were speaking softly in French. We felt positively transported to Paris!
Then we moved back uptown to see the Flat Iron Building.
Selfie with the Empire State Building in the background.
Time for a little shopping now! Colette visited the Brooks Brothers Shop. And while she was there, I visited Beecher's Handmade Cheese just across the street and picked up some little items to take to our hostess and to the guys back home.
Then we went further uptown to Ralph Lauren's new coffee shop, Ralph's, where we enjoyed our second cups of hot cocoa of the day (no, neither of us are coffee drinkers).
Then we went from there to Ralph Lauren's gorgeous Madison Avenue store...four stories of exquisitely designed items! And the marble staircase is pretty fine too!
We had such a great time, and are so grateful to my dear friend for hosting us and making some great memories possible!