My New York City Trip and Big Announcement

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 ismy 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!

About my shop:


“Show me yours and I’ll show you mine.”

Does your wardrobe need to be refreshed and revitalized? Do you have your tried and true favorites that you will never part with but they just need a little extra lift? Have you lost your edge and are looking for a way to reclaim it?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then I can help! With my personalized styling services, I will offer you new handpicked on-trend pieces from my shop to combine with your existing long-cherished staples. Just bring me (or show me) your old faves and I will help you choose a few new items to inject a brand new flair into your wardrobe and create a fresh look which will give you that extra edge. “Let me put the new in your old!”

Come visit my shop and browse my handpicked selections of women’s apparel, accessories, and jewelry items.

For readers local to the Jefferson County, New York area, I am offering my personalized styling services which include in-home parties and the opportunity for you to earn free clothing as a party hostess. Pick a date, invite your friends, and spend a few hours shopping with your own personal stylist right in the comforts of your own home! You can even earn credits for purchasing items in my shop along the way. Call or text for details! (484)714-8856.

Also serving the New York Counties of St. Lawrence, Lewis, and Oswego.

“Bring me an old fave and together we will make it new and fresh!”

Let me help you rediscover your edge,


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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

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46 Responses

  1. Wow, Shelbee—that’s so exciting!
    And truly what a great idea.
    Can’t wait to see what’s in store!

  2. Sounds wonderful. I wish you all the success in the world on your new business!

  3. Good luck lady! Sounds like a fabulous idea, especially since we’ve all been doing these home parties but never before brought what we already owned and just bought to compliment those items. I look forward to seeing your success here on your blog!

    • Julia, thank you so much! It took a lot of creative energy to come up with a new twist on an old idea! I am really looking forward to see where this goes.


  4. Congrats on your shop/personal styling, how cool! Looks like a fun trip for you and Amy!
    Thank you for linking up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up
    Rachel xo

  5. Shelbee congrats on your new adventure, I wish you the very best and look forward to seeing you bloom 🙂 HUGS!

  6. How exciting!!!!!!!!

  7. Exciting times! Best of luck!!!!!

  8. WOW, It sounds like such a fun few days in the city! Those jewelry pieces are beautiful! What a fun opportunity. I am loving your outfit the first day you were in the city. Casual and super cool.
    xx, Elise

    • Thanks so much, Elise! It was an absolutely exhilarating experience! I can’t wait to start selling the pieces I chose for my inventory! I need to get pictures up on the website soon.


  9. How absolutely FANTASTIC, Shelbee!! I wish I could come up with a far more eloquent way of saying it but CONGRATULATIONS. I am so so so happy for you. Look how far you’ve come, my friend!!!! xoxo

    p/s I did not forget your email, I WILL reply. The reason I haven’t is because when you asked, I could not, for the life of me, discern how it all happened. Which was interesting because how can something be sustained and/or replicated if we do not know the MO? So you set me thinking, and I believe I have (finally) deciphered it all, and thus shall you be hearing from me this week xoxo

    • Sheela, you are too kind to me! Thank you so very much, my friend. Suddenly, I have taken action of my own and things are falling into place! Plus yesterday, two friends walked into my house and purchased inventory before I even had it priced! I am onto something, for sure, here! Then I received an unsolicited offer for a sponsored post (a little one, but one I am willing to do based off the recommendation from Linda of A Labour of Life. Then I received an email from Nicole of High Altitude Style that I had won the $300 StyleWe giveaway! So good things happen when you start to take action! (That may appear on a tee shirt one day soon! Thank you so much for all of your support!


  10. That is so awesome shelbee!!!!!!! Congrats!!!

  11. Sounds like a fun and fashionable adventure! Wish you the best!

  12. Anna Marcus

    You are right Shelbee, you need to take actions if you want to succeed in life. Best wishes in your new adventure

  13. So, so excited for you, Shelbee! Proud of you for taking a chance on yourself and wishing the very best.

  14. How fun that you were able to go on a road trip with your friend Amy! It looks like you ladies had a blast!!! 🙂

    • Oh, Char, it was so much fun. I don’t even have the right words to express how exhilarating the entire experience was! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!


  15. Looks like a great adventure!

  16. You are going on a big adventure, good luck. It all sounds so exciting.

  17. WOW congrats on your shop! Amazing news, wishing all the best on your new adventure! 🙂

  18. Shelbee !! you go girl!!! congratulations on stepping out of your comfort zone and into a new adventure in your life. Wishing you much success and abundance. The start up time can be very exciting and busy – so remember to use your planner to make sure you are taking care of you and scheduling some “you” time throughout your week.. You rock girl!! xo C.

    • Celia, thank you very much for those encouraging words! And the reminder…it has been crazy busy and my husband left yesterday for 2 weeks which is making it even busier for me! But I definitely have got this!


  19. Wow! Congretulations!!! How fantastic is that! I am proud for you!

  20. Wow, such an exciting new venture and how cool that you got to go to that studio in person! So glad you joined us at #FridayFrivolity!

  21. oh Shelbee, so exciting, Wonderfull jewelry, you are right. I wish you the best for your start up 🙂

  22. Yay Shelbee!! Welcome to the club, I also have a traveling boutique… it’s tough, but gf it is soo worth it 🙂 And those jewelry pieces looks amazing 🙂