It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly three weeks since we headed out to the Big Apple for the National Stationery Show! If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, then a lot of these pictures will look familiar, but I think it’s important to get this fantastic trip into a recap blog. We were only gone for four days, but we packed it in! My mom, aka Product Manager, accompanied me to NYC for my very first National Stationery Show, we also threw in as many other fun activities as we could fit!
Disclaimer: There are some trips you want a really nice camera for, and this wasn’t it. My iPhone is the chosen taker of these photos!
Does this key look familiar?! I got one of these same keys back in January when I went to OnceWed’s one-day intensive in Atlanta. I know there’s an abundance of these keys, but I think it was telling me something!
We hit some high points on our first night in NYC, and finished it off with some local pizza! Yummy!
Our first trip to the Javits Center left us holding our breath! What an impressive building this is!
What a dream!
We went on to see nearly 300 booths, full of creative and magnificent things. I would get so overwhelmed that we would have to take a water break! The bottom left photo has an invitation with an actual working compass! What!
The best part about day one was meeting Mattie + Amanda from Puddleduck Paper Co. I had been following them on Instagram, and finally being able to say hello in person was amazing! Another perk? The massive amount of swag we got!
While in NYC, we took it upon ourselves to eat, and eat well. Picture here: Pimento Cheese Potato Skins & a burger from 5 Napkin Burger, tiny cupcakes from Baked by Melissa, and our amazing dinner at an Italian Restaurant, with an owner named Elvis!
Second day at the Javits Center was all about the supplies! We talked to printers, and chalk pen people, and glue stick people, and duct tape people… all kinds of people! We made it through the whole show in 2 days, which means we booked it! There were so many booths, I can’t even count them all!
After the business was done, the fun began, and we then pursued as many tourist attractions as possible!
Our last morning in New York, was the first morning the World Trade Center Memorial was open to the public. We were a little hesitant at first, but I’m so glad we made the trek down there. It was truly amazing. The city is nearly quiet there, and everyone is so respectful. I took a photo of the media that was present, because that was the only thing that I felt would have been different on the opening day than any other day in the future.
The new One World Trade Center’s reflection in the memorial.
One last stop, one last sweet. Eataly + Flat Iron building.
Traveling will always be such an out of body experience for me. It think it’s so amazing how one plane ride can change everything about how you function.
Thanks mom, for traveling alongside me!