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Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Is it really mid- January already? I don’t know about you, and though I’m slightly embarrassed to admit it, I still have Christmas decorations up in my house. Yikes! I better get myself in gear. 



As I mentioned on the blog last week, I spent this past Thursday and Friday in New York City. The wonderful folks at HomeGoods (Yes, HomeGoods!) are launching a brand new blog in the coming months and have invited me and several other amazing folks to be contributors. As you know, I’m a huge fan of HomeGoods (I know many of you are, too.), so this pairing is just perfect. 



They invited all of us to the city for a fun little blogger day. We stayed at the Gansevoort Hotel which was super swanky and fabulous. Purple chandeliers and armchairs upholstered in an oversize houndstooth pattern. I loved it!  On Thursday I had a couple “free” hours to explore the city. I jumped on the subway, and after getting slightly lost (I now know the difference between uptown and downtown, I think.), I ended up in SoHo and did a little shopping. I found a blue polka dot sweater at TopMan and a Members Only-inspired jacket at Zara. I love a good sale. The weather was gorgeous. I could have spent all afternoon exploring the city. After that, we all met up for dinner at Benjamin Steakhouse, which actually used to be the space occupied by Britney Spear’s restaurant Nyla. How’s that for a fun fact?



The following day was spent learning about HomeGoods and their plan for the blog. It sounds like it’s going to be an incredibly fun and inspirational space. I’m so excited to start blogging there. We also got some headshots for the blog. After lunch we were super surprised to find out that HomeGoods was bringing in Grace Bonney, creator and blogger behind the amazing Design*Sponge to speak to us about blogging. Talk about star struck. Not only is Grace really sweet and cute, but her advice was priceless. As I attempt to figure out where I want to take my life and this blog, her words of wisdom couldn’t have come at a better time. Now I need to put it into action! That’s the hard part.



A trip to New York City is always a bittersweet experience for me. Each time I’m there I find myself leaving with mixed emotions. I’m pretty sure I could never live in the city, but I absolutely love visiting! I could spend hours siting on a bench, people watching. There are so many beautiful people sporting some of the best clothes and hairstyles. The city is full of shops, shows, and restaurants. Endless stimulation for all five senses. It’s inspiring. As much as I am overjoyed at being there, I also have this sick feeling in my gut, knowing that I have to leave soon. I suppose that’s what love does to us. It twists our insides with both joy and sadness. (This is when I should be referring to my New Year’s goals for guidance, right?) I just try to absorb and enjoy as much as I can during the limited time I’m there and then look forward to my next visit. 



Regardless, it was such a fun time, and I’m so thankful to HomeGoods for their hospitality and beautiful accommodations. They truly have a rock star team and I’m endlessly appreciative of companies that reach out and support the efforts of bloggers. It allows us to continue to do what we love. 


Until we meet again, NYC.

This post first appeared on Inspired by Charm on 1/14/2013.


All text, photographs, and graphics were created by Lifestyle Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr. unless stated otherwise.

Disclosure: I was not paid or asked to write this post, I just wanted to share my awesome experience with you.

 


Comments

  • Gail at

    Can’t wait to read the HomeGoods blog! I know it will be filled with lots of good stuff like the stores! So glad you took a picture of the purple chandy. Love, love, love purple!

  • Michele @ Moonfield Lane at

    Oh, this is so exciting!! Home Goods and Grace Bonney??? What a fun opportunity for you. Looking forward to reading your posts, too.

  • Jan at

    Very exciting news. I’m with you, I love NYC. I blow the budget and go once a year. If I win the lottery, I think I’ll have a place there. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Online Furniture Store at

    @Jan, wish you to win the lottery and having a place in NYC. NYC is really a beautiful and advanced city than other cities of United States of America.

  • mitchellkraft.com at

    Congrats on the opportunity. It sounds like NYC was a great experience.

  • HomeGoods Insider at

    Hi Michael, did we mention that we love your polka dot sweater? Great write up. You really captured the allure of NYC and how bittersweet it is to leave. Can’t wait to get to work. Your friends at HomeGoods

  • Shannon at

    Such great things are going on for you–super exciting and I love following along. :) Great post.

  • Anonymous at

    Ditto on the sweater and those houndstooth chairs! Can’t wait to see what this new opportunity brings for you. You are one very talented and intelligent young man!

    Kathy T.
    bkdbm@charter.net

  • sara at

    it was so amazing meeting you this past week! i can’t wait for my HG adventures together:)

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  • Deb at

    It was great to meet you! Love the pics! It was fun wasn’t it!

  • Krystal Klear Ideas at

    Don’t feel bad about the Christmas decor still up. Some of my is still up too! I am so jealous about your trip to NY Homegoods! They are a wonderful store. Hubby and I are rock collectors and we have purchased so many onyx carving, book ends, and anything gemstonesc. So excited for you glad you had fun and can’t wait to read their blog.

  • Katie at

    Oh how I love thee HomeGoods! What an awesome experience!!!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks at

    Congrats on your new gig – and how fun! And hanging out in NYC with the DesignSponge gang, Homegoods, soaking it all in…yes, sounds like a pretty fabulous time!

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