You might not be able to tell by our innocent faces (a cute Lorelei on the right and me doing my best imitation of BOTH Sonny & Cher on the left) but we took NYC by storm and left very few survivors (of the bead and metal sort).
Sporting matching Mary Jane Crocs (a total coincidence) we hit the wickedly hot pavement in search of Metalliferous. It was everything I had hoped and dreamed it would be. Piles and piles of beads of every sort and rows and rows of chains, findings, tools, books, charms, sterling, copper, brass, cord, vintage supplies - everything for the jewelry crackhead and more!
We loved it so much that we made a second trip the next day. I just couldn't get these burnt opal beads out of my mind and desperately needed to possess them. Once back in the store I was unable to locate them which nearly sent me into a psychotic episode (notice the stern concentration bordering on maniacal look on my face in the above photo - little did I know that the beads were directly behind me, mocking me the whole time).
And here they are! The beads all the way on the left are the burnt opals followed by grey fossil, snakeskin jasper (found this in a shop called New York Jewelry Mart which was also incredible), and a variety of other semiprecious stones and glass. I also loaded up on metal supplies and some tools. I am very happy.:)
Along with the shopping we did some serious eating as well. Burrito Loco in Greenwich Village was by far some of the best Mexican food I have ever had and a truly charming atmosphere. We inhaled the guacamole like our ship was going down and drank sangria like pros.
We stayed at The Lucerne (the view from our window, below) and had a wonderful breakfast the next morning right next door (above).
All in all it was a splendid little trip and a much needed break. Aside from the misguided subway ride that landed us in Queens (we meant to go there, really!) we had an excellent time. I am so thankful to Lorelei for inviting me! Be sure to check out her blog to read her account of our adventures. :)