New York: City Soiree for Gay

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Big birthdays call for a little something extra. When my dear friend and colleague, Gay, was turning #0, we decided to celebrate in style with a ladies-only weekend in New York. Dubbed City Soiree for Gay on our “official” itinerary (and on the cupcakes we consumed like ravenous tweens dishin’ at a slumber party), it was three days of girl bonding in honor of a real grande dame.

Gay set the tone, requesting a little culture sprinkled with plenty of pampering and washed down with as much food and drink as we could muster. I think we spent more time in Bemelmans, the The Carlyle Hotel’s famed piano bar, than in our rooms upstairs. Maybe we felt at home there, surrounded by Ludwig Bemelmans’ playful wall murals, so reminiscent of his beloved Madeline children’s books, which some of us read as young mothers. Or maybe, and more likely, our ease was due to the snazzy bartenders who welcomed us with smiles and cocktail shakers each evening. Shake, rattle, and roll!

There were other experts beyond the bar who contributed to the weekend fun. An engaging guide took us through the The Whitney Museum of American art and Chelsea galleries before a walk on the The High Line, New York’s meandering park/path overlooking the West Side.

A personal shopper – no charge and no obligation to buy! – supervised an afternoon playing dress up, while a make-up artist stretched our budgets along with our skin. Our glamorous new (and fleeting) looks were preserved by our very own professional photographer from Flytographer, a welcome service doing the world a favor by eliminating the need for selfies in vacation destinations. Why attempt a half-headed, contorted shot of yourself when a real photographer can do it for you – AND make you look good standing in front of iconic sites across the globe?

If you’ve got an occasion to mark or just want to get away with your posse, consider a soiree of your own. City or country, splurge or split – girl time is good times. And we’re not getting any younger.


Caroline Travels the World (with her buds)…And So Can You.


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