New York In Photos

April 20, 2012

As you may have read, I love New York. In the few days I spent there roaming around, I loved the many shops, art, the street fashion and of course- the food.

I left New York longing to have a Vespa of my own and dreaming of all the fancy restaurants I have yet to try. One of my big life goals is to go back to NYC and watch a taping of The Daily Show and SNL. I will totally wait in line in horrible weather for that!

The fashion in Manhattan is what you’d expect- meaning, it’s everywhere. Fashion is deliberate on window dressings, people walking down the street, small street merchants catering to our love of design and color and even in the wait staff for some small hole-in-the-wall bakeries and restaurants. Honestly, I wish I had taken more pictures but at times I was too entranced with the experience to think to whip out my phone. So, here it is…


1.  The notorious NYC subway which wasn’t as scary as I remember (my last trip at 19 yrs. old was a doozy!).

2.  The view from my window in Manhattan, you can see the reconstruction of Ground Zero in the distance.

3.  I didn’t make it to the Brooklyn Bridge, next time baby!  For now, I enjoyed the flowers & architecture.

4.  Ground Zero is still under massive construction and to see the reflecting pools one needs reservations (it was crazy busy).


1. Stopped in a little cupcake shop for a rice pudding.

2.  Oh…and I also got a cupcake at said cupcake shop.

3.  …and I might have stopped nearby for a mani-pedi (I had to get party ready!).

4.  No, I didn’t buy these fab Betsey Johnson shoes (I did though pick up a different famous pair, more on that later!)


1.  For Julie’s book launch party, we surprised her with flowers, homemade confetti and some champagne.  Cheers!

2.  So I cut it close getting to the airport…distractions, distractions.  Silly Hello Kitty stops me every time!

3.  Spotting Julie’s book in a Manhattan bookstore for the first time was such a thrill!  We squealed like little girls..haha!

4.  Fabulous ladies posing for photos at the book launch party-  there’s Julie & Jenny!


1.  Roaming around Manhattan I saw this sign and had to giggle…no honking, really?!

2.  Not-from-a-package Japanese ramen w/ all kinds of yummy stuff floating in it.

3.  Isn’t this glamourous?  Christian LouBoutin’s NYC location bathroom…expensive boxes chillin’ by the toilet. Lawlz.

4.  This is my dream.  Live in NYC, have a gaggle of pugs, ride a Vespa scooter.



I’m still deliberating if I shall be making the move to NYC.  I’ve been talking it over with trusted friends, mentors & family…and heck, anyone with experience making the move to see if it’s a good move.  Needless to say, I’m pumped and want to make it work.

Chances are, my business could take a turn for the worse (I hope not) and if I end up eating rice/beans, if I had to live on the financial edge, I’d want to do it in NYC.  I’m 25 years young,  impetuous and adventurous with no strings attached (hell yes!) and since I have no interest to move to London or Paris, this seems like the right move.

I have yet to make a final decision though my heart has already hopped in the metaphorical moving box, but feel free to weigh in.  I get that NYC is crazy, expensive, cliché in some respect and could totally kick my ass…but that’s why I want to experience it.  I’m ready for the risk, I’m curious about the reward.

13 comments so far.

13 responses to “New York In Photos”

  1. i say if you can make it work, someway…any way…go for it. tyler's corporate office is on madison, and he goes back there for work, and we've talked about making the move many times…even to the point of looking at real estate in westchester and in williamsburg, but it's just SO much harder considering we have a baby and 3 dogs…one weighing more than myself. do it while it's easier!!

  2. @applecsmith says:

    I love the photos (so jealous you were in NYC, I've always wanted to visit). I love the Betsey Johnson heels, they are fabulous.

  3. Shannyn@FruBeautiful says:

    Thank you everyone, I appreciate the encouragement and am totally nervous but excited. I know I can make it work and will be reaching out for new opportunities to fund the journey (like landing some new clients for Cake Mix).

    I have a lot of researching, thinking and planning to do. Thanks for the support..I'm going to need all the courage I have!

  4. LadiesGoFirst says:

    I LOVE these photos of NYC!!! I can't wait to go there somewhere! Thanks for sharing the awesome pictures!!!

  5. lkrant says:

    I love NYC, although we have have lived there since the late 60s. We moved to Los Angeles which is the land of opportunity. It is better to be from NYC than to live there.

  6. Shannyn@FruBeautiful says:

    Interesting feedback everyone! I have always wanted to experience life in NYC and though people say it's hard, I've spent time in Chicago, L.A., San Diego and now I'm looking for the next new challenge and experience, even just for a year or two. I think it holds a tremendous amount of opportunity and though it scares me through and through, I want to give it a shot.

    Yes, I am totally cray-cray.

  7. Angela says:

    I would so move to New York or the East Coast if I could.

  8. Tami says:

    Love, love, loved this!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!

  9. I got to visit NYC last September… and I completely loved it! I would love living there! its so fabulous!
    I think I have found a new favorite blog here! =D

  10. Erica Pinto says:

    Your photos are beautiful! I'm from NY and I love taking photos of everything here.

  11. Piper says:

    Also loved the pics. Not your average look at the city, in pics a lot of the time you see the same ole things.

  12. Adrien says:

    Cool! Look at these sunglasses: and try them on with the “virtual try-on”.


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