Escape to New York

Escape to New York


Hello dearies!!

So happy to be back here talking to you all,  I took a little weekend trip across the country over to New York and I just barely got home!

I didn’t bring my laptop or my fancy camera, just my phone, a pocket sized camera and a carry on bag! It was good to be (mostly) unplugged for several days! I enjoyed every single minute of my trip.

Want to see what I was up to?


Escape to New York

I lingered in cafes sipping cappuccinos.


Escape to New York



Escape to New York

I enjoyed meals at restaurants.

Escape to New York

Escape to New York


Escape to New York

Window shopped in boutiques in SoHo.

Escape to New York

Wandered through charming streets and gazed at old architecture.

Escape to New York

Escape to New York


Saw bits of history in the city.

Escape to New York


Took in the sea air.

Escape to New York

Got to spend most of the weekend celebrating (my daughter’s college graduation & mothers’ day!) with my oldest daughter, my mom and my sister who took this picture…

Oh, and hung out with a girl named Kate and a guy named Nate. OH MY! But more on that later. Right now, I need to hang out with my hubby and son.

Stay tuned for more on my big NY adventure and a $250 gift card giveaway!

So happy to be home again!



  1. I love New York City! Looks like a fun trip :)

  2. OOOOH, I can’t wait to hear more about Kate and Nate :)

    You are so gorgeous – I can’t believe your kids are that old. Did you have them when you were 12? ;)

  3. Sounds like a great time! I had a feeling Nate was involved!! Next time you are coming in – let me know. I’m not far from the city – would love to meet you! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

  4. Looks like a fun trip with a few secrets you’re saving for later… Congrats to your daughter on her graduation!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful trip!! Congratulations to your daughter!! Can’t wait to hear about Nate and Kate!!

  6. Wish I had known you were going to be in town, we could have met up for some coffee. Oh well, next time perhaps.
    You can’t be in Manhattan and not have a good time. Looking forward to reading about your adventures.
    Happy belated Mother’s Day. Congrats on your daughter’s college graduation!

    Your Friend,

  7. Amazing pictures from your little camera phone. I love the Hook & Ladder 8 pic. pop of red with beautiful arched doorway. I paused a moment and remembered 9/11 and our most current event with the undoing of Bin Laden. NYC is charming yet frenetic and I so wish I had a little Soho in my backyard. Adorable boutique shops with great design inspirations. Love your blog and your outlook. Happy Spring and Happy Decorating!

  8. Melissa, I love the “vintage” quality of your photos..not sure that is the proper term, but they are incredible. I look forward to hearing about your time with Kate and Nate!

  9. How timely this post is! My husband just surprised with the news of a NYC getaway for our 15th anniversary next month! I will be waiting to read all about your trip to give me some kind of direction for my own!

    We just made our dinner reservation at a restaurant that needs reservations 1 month in advance. Geesh!

    • Oh wow! We had no reservations but found some delightful little places to eat! Have a wonderful time and celebration of your anniversary, what a sweet trip that will be!

  10. i love new york and have been wanting to go back for years! thanks for the virtual trip! susan

  11. What a great celebration!!!
    Can’t wait for you to “spill the beans!”

  12. What a wonderful trip…. so sweet to be with your daughter and Mom. Happy Day
    I had all my children home this Mothers Day….first time in 15 years.
    Loved the pictures in this post.

  13. I love NYC…have been wanting to go back since ’97 when I was last there. I would love to explore the history of the city more. I can’t WAIT to hear more about your trip! Kate AND Nate???? C’mon!!! : )

  14. Sounds like a wonderful trip. Love the pictures and who is Kate and Nate? Really you are leaving us hanging?


  15. Mel, Your family is just gorgeous! I loved seeing New York..never have been there…would love to go! So glad you were able to get away…from it all! Xo, Meme

    I finally got that chair done! come take a look!

  16. I LOVE NYC! I bet y’all had so much fun. What a great trip to take with your daughter, sis, and mom! Can’t wait to hear more about this trip:)

  17. What an awesome thing to do. I hope one day to be able to do the same thing with my daughter and my mom! What a wonderful blessed Mother’s Day

  18. That sounds seriously exciting! What a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. I can’t wait to hear more –

  19. Get out–you hung with Kate and NATE?!?! Sounds like a lovely way to get away unplugged with just a carry on and simple camera n phone. Bliss……

  20. It looks amazing! I can never see enough of New York…

  21. domestosgoddess says

    Aha! I wondered where you had got to, looks like you had a marvellous time and your family photo shows the great genes through the generations!

  22. Get out! I can’t wait to hear more. I love NYC…you are such a rock star Melissa :)

  23. very cool pictures!

  24. fantastic photos! What a wonderful adventure. You totally look too young to have a college daughter, forget decor advice girl, you need to share your stay-young-looking-beauty tips!

  25. Picture 6 looks SO familiar! Where?

  26. Oh my goodness! What fun I know that was! And I’m with everyone else-no way are you old enough to have kids that age! Share with me your beauty secrets ;) how wonderful! Glad you were safe!

  27. I love new York…the east coast is home for me and your pics made me miss it!

    glad you had such an enjoyable time!

    welcome home!

    ~ lisa

  28. Nice. It looked like you’ve enjoyed your stay in NY Melissa. :)

    Did you stopped by Broadway and the 38th Street? I love these places. As a disgruntled theater “actress-singer”, I always go to Broadway every time I’m in New York. It’s my utopia.

    I also love shopping for house decorations and arts /crafts in Soho.

  29. Bonnie Jean Fulcher says

    I loved your trip to New York to look at architecture and go to cafes. I love looking at old buildings and imagining what they looked like when they were first built. In fact, almost everything I look at I see it as if it were the way I would want it to be if I could restore it or renovate it… whatever seemed warranted.
    I also loved the beautiful paint colors you worked with alongside of Nate Berkus. I first fell in love with him and his work when I saw him on Oprah. I moved into my tiny ranch house in 2005 with high hopes of redecorating my almost totally beige house. I hate beige. Unless it is just a very small part of a total color scheme… like a basket… and first we had to replace the furnace, fix the disaster of a yard, rewire our house, put on a new roof, buy a new dishwasher, refrigerator, washer and dryer, replace my car, replace our water heater, and most recently get a new very basic computer as my sons need it for school and my husband for work. Add to that I have had 24 surgical procedures over the last eight years due to a domestic violence incident. Needless to say, that was from an ex-husband, and my current husband works two jobs just to make ends meet as I am unable to work. None of the original plans for beautification of the house and yard were ever completed. I feel like I am drowning in a sea of beige… and with two teenage boys and a husband who don’t understand the concept of wiping their feet… well the beige carpet throughout most of the house is awful looking. I wonder if I could dye the carpet ??? I would love to win a gift card to Lowes and get some paint. What a breath of fresh air that would be to me !!!
    I am so glad I found your blog… I love looking at the pictures on your website too. So many ideas… too little money !!!

  30. Melissa, you captured it beautifully with your phone! Love the new profile. :-)

  31. Oh gosh, I’m going to NY in three weeks ! Can’t wait to be there ! I lived there for 2 years and miss it every single day !! It’s worth each minute you spend visiting !

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