If you read my last post Something Big on the Horizon then you already know that my friend Amy and I traveled into New York City this past weekend on a secret adventure! Now I am going to tell you all about it.
We headed out of Watertown on Thursday afternoon around 4:30 and headed directly to Amy’s mother’s house in New Jersey where we stayed for the weekend. And a great big thank you to her mom and step dad for accommodating us on our last minutes plans. And for sharing in our excitement! We arrived at their house around 10:00 p.m. haggard and tired and feeling kind of gross from eating McDonald’s along the way.
In McDonald’s somewhere in Pennsylvania.
We had high hopes of heading into the city early Friday morning. But after staying up until well past midnight chatting with Amy’s mom, we slept in a bit and got off to a late start. We did allow time for some photos on her mom’s porch before heading out.
We drove into Weehauken, New Jersey, and took the ferry from Port Imperial into Midtown Manhattan. And it was a beautiful day for a ferry ride.
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First stop in Manhattan was Michal Golan‘s studio! You have no idea how excited I was to witness the behind the scenes workings of how Michal Golan’s jewelry is created! This was the most amazing experience. Michal is the artist/designer who created my very favorite evil eye necklace and bracelet. The kindness I received from everyone in the studio is unrivaled by any other business people I have ever met.
I set up this meeting via Instagram direct messaging with Michal’s assistant, Ariel. She walked Amy and me through the studio and allowed to take lots of photos.
Mosaic art by Michal Golan
The lovely Ariel
Wall Hamsas being created
The supply drawers (like giant card catalogs filled with jewelry making pieces)
After our little photo session, I sat down with Ariel to discuss some opportunities for me to carry Michal Golan pieces in…here it is…my new Traveling Fashion Boutique!
(More details on that later in the post…)
Some pieces from Michal’s newer collections
Aren’t they gorgeous?! After speaking to Ariel and Michal about my vision for my traveling fashion boutique and expressing that I really wanted to be able to offer very unique, almost one-of-kind pieces to my customers, they pulled out pieces from discontinued collections which are no longer available and no longer being created. I chose about 20 different beautiful pieces from these collections as the first additions to my inventory. And I cannot wait to share pictures (once I have the chance to catch my breath, get organized, and take some pictures)!
The beautiful artist herself
And the resident studio-cat
This was such an amazing experience! I am so glad we started at Michal Golan’s studio because the ladies there really boosted my confidence which carried me through the rest of the weekend! Thank you so very much, Michal, Ariel, Carla, and Nicki! For your kindness, for your assistance, for your encouragement, and for your time (we spent over 2 hours with these wonderful women)!
Then we moved onto the garment district and started checking out wholesalers. So, I was basically in a fashion lover’s heaven! And we hand-picked some fun, unique, and on-trend pieces for my inventory.
Here we are in the boxes!
So many decisions had to be made. While it was super fun, we were totally exhausted and hungry by the end of the day. We treated ourselves to an amazing sushi dinner at Haru Sushi in Times Square.
After dinner, we walked for about an hour back to the ferry station (mostly because we got a little lost and walked about 8 blocks out of our way)!
After another late night, we headed back into the city late Saturday morning to check out the jewelry wholesalers in the fashion district. I think we were much too tired on Saturday to even take photos. But we did get some pictures upon leaving the city for the final time on Saturday evening.
Did you notice that Amy and I are holding the same bags? It’s because we had most things shipped home and this is all we carried out of the city with us. The boxes arrived yesterday and all of my supplies are on their way from Amazon. And Amy’s fabulous husband built custom-made garment racks for me this weekend. Thank you so, so much to him for helping make all of my dreams come true! And thank you to Amy for going on this crazy journey with me! And thanks to my husband for all of his support. And to my sister for all of her crazy and very helpful ideas!
I am feeling excited, nervous, thrilled, stressed, confident, overwhelmed, exhausted, scared to death, and completely exhilarated all at the same time. And it is the most amazing combination of feelings ever! Remember, I previously wrote that if we manage to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones that is where great things can happen. Here’s hoping I am onto something great!
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