Saturday, January 19, 2013

New York City & HomeGoods

Last week on Friday I was on a plane on my way back home from the Big Apple
reflecting on a fun filled trip with great memories and new friends.
Just a few days earlier, I hopped on a plane headed to NYC for a couple of days for the
Annual HomeGoods Blogger day
If you follow me over on Instagram~ you know some of what was going on
but here's a little recap
 I arrived in the evening on Wednesday and headed over to check into the Gansevoort Hotel
and then met up with the other  California bloggers who had arrived that evening as well.
It was early for those of us on California time so the three of us headed out for dinner.
 Joan and Cathy felt like they were long lost friends by the time we were done eating
and we made plans to meet (not too early) in the morning for breakfast.

(photos courtesy of Cathy)

After we tanked up on coffee at Starbucks in the morning
 we had some free time before meeting up with other bloggers and the HomeGoods team
and so the three of us headed out to explore the city.
Joan had been to NY before so she knew where to take us in Manhattan 
and she graciously put up with Cathy and I snapping photos every 2 minutes
We walked and walked and walked and laughed and laughed and laughed.

Between kicking our heels up  in Times Square
(yes, we were falling over as we were laughing)

enjoying NY style pizza for lunch
 and doing a little shopping while exploring the city
we had so much fun.

(yes, you might be a California girl if you wear your sunglasses on your head
  all.the.time.and don't even realize it.)

I loved everywhere that Joan took us to in NYC but I think my favorite spot
was the Public Library.
 Crazy right?
 Seriously, I could have sat there and stared at the gorgeous architecture and details for hours.
 It was incredibly beautiful.
That evening we met the other HomeGoods bloggers, the HomeGoods team
and their social media team and off we went to dinner  where we spent the evening
chatting and laughing. They are a FUN group for sure and it was so nice to be able to meet
 in person and really get to know them. One of the other bloggers
 you  might know is Inspired By Charm

 The next day was Blogger Day with HomeGoods where
we learned the ropes of how the newly redesigned HomeGood blog would work 
and learned about some of the behind the scenes stuff and about the new blog layout, details, etc.
They have done an amazing job on the new design!

We all enjoyed a delicious lunch,  then had our headshot photos taken for the blog (yikes!)
 and then there was a little surprise for us.

The incredible Grace Bonney of Design Sponge was their guest speaker
She spoke about blogging and finding balance, mistakes, and her top ten tips. Amazing.
The blogger day was fantastic~ super inspiring, filled with info & exciting ~
 I can hardly wait to start blogging with HomeGoods.

After we wrapped up the day- it just so happened to be the three of us crazy California girls
together in the car on the way back to the airport-
so of course, we ended the trip with lots of laughter too.

More details to come about the new blog as it gets closer to it's launch this Spring for now,
 I am back to work over here this weekend finishing up some projects and happy to have
an extra morning to sleep in on Monday!

Hope your weekend is going great!!

Feathered Nest Friday is going on all weekend long~
just scroll on down to the next post to link up.


  1. It sounds like a blast!
    I used to get to Manhattan once a month for business and loved every minute of it!

  2. Sounds like a dream Courtney! Congrats!

  3. WOW! That's a great bloggersmeeting!!!!!
    I enjoyed your post!
    Love New York!!!!
    Hope to see it again this year.....
    from holland

  4. woow that sounds very nice......
    and NY.....woow :)
    and do not miss.....




    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  5. Awesome! Looks like you had a great time! Are you going to share the 10 tips with your readers? I'd love to hear them :)

  6. Wow, thanks for the post. I enjoyed seeing all the things that you did in New York. It was almost like being there.

  7. Wow, sounds like an exciting, whirlwind trip, Courtney! Congrats on being a Home Goods blogger.

  8. What fun, how extraordinary!

    I adore visiting NYC and have been there many times - but have never been to their library. Need to put that on a bucket list now!

    Glad you had a fun and safe trip.

    It's exciting to read about your being on HG's blogger team, you deserve that, indeed.

  9. I am so happy you had a wonderful time!
    It is always great to get out and do fun things!


  10. Oh I love NYC, and that is GREAT that you are going to be on the Home Goods blog team. Congrats on that! We have a recently opened HomeGoods about 40 miles from us. I need to take a trip up there to check it out. Blessings to you, Patti

  11. What a fun time in one of the greatest cities! I would have been kicking up my heels, too!


  12. Sounds like a fantastic trip full of fun and new friends. I'll bet it was hard to leave everyone-LOL
    Have a good weekend.

  13. Courtney, what a fabulous trip, and NY suited you.
    Wish I were in this group, excited to see what excitement brings in spring.

    You looked great even with your California girl style sunglasses.

    See you soon, keep inspiring us, we love it so.

  14. How fun! Thank you SO much for sharing photos from your trip, including the nice ones of you! :-) I feel like I was there. It looks carefree and happy. I especially LOVE the Baroque-style ceiling at the library. Creating Baroque sky in my painting is my goal for this year...and then you show it on your blog. Gorgeous!

  15. What a fantastic trip. I have never been to New York Yet, but would like to visit in the future. Your pics showed what a great place it is.

  16. Sounds like a lot of fun and how exciting for you to be part of the team! Love your blog and your photos - you will totally rock it for HomeGoods!

  17. How lucky for you to attend! Looks like a fun time! That library is amazing thank you for sharing those beautiful photos!

  18. That sounds like so much fun! I live so close to NYC and love it every time I'm there.

    The Tablescaper

  19. I love your blog and I'm excited to here your taking off with new and exciting adventures. Wishing you the best, Christina

  20. I love your blog and I was excited here you have been invited to join a new adventure with home goods. Keep on inspiring me, and I wish you well for your future. Christina

  21. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Yes us Cali's do have a thing for

  22. Girl .. You will have to fill me in on the annual blogger trip..That is awesome.. and WELL DESERVED.. your BLOG is magazine worthy ... Hugs and blessings for a great new week ...

  23. OMG - what fun! I am only somewhat envious :)

  24. You're a lucky girl! I don't remember the librabry. I probably didn't have time to go... And I was so young when I visited New York. I loved your pictures: it was nice to have a virtual trip to the city this morning!

  25. Courtney, the pictures from the Library are beautiful. Now that's my type of entertainment! Glad you had fun in NYC.....

  26. I'm originally from NYC (as a kid), and agree that the Public Library is awesome. Hope that you were inspired by the conference:-))
    xo, Janet

  27. it was so fun to see the pics on Instagram! :) Did you meet Michael from Inspired by Charm? What an opportunity! Love Homegoods!

  28. Wow Courtney! Pure fabulousness and excitement going on for you. How FUN! Gotta be a Cali thing. >sunglasses on head all the time<

    So excited for you and your new adventures!!

  29. Sounds perfect!!! How exciting to meet Design Sponge - love that place. Great surprise!

  30. Courtney, you're sooo pretty. It sounds like y'all had a ball. Best of luck to you with all your new adventures. Leslie

  31. The ceiling in the library... WOW! :-)

  32. What an exciting opportunity! It looks like you girls had lots of fun!

  33. Hi Courtney!!

    I'm so glad that you had a great time!! I haven't been to New York, yet, but I bet my camera would be going off every few minutes. It's so huge of a city.

    Meeting up with other bloggers is great, especially when they are from the same(or close by) state that your in.

    Can't wait for all the new blogging news in the Spring!!

    Have a great weekend!!