Do I look like I was sitting close to Nate here? That is because I WAS people!!! I was in the VERY front row. Like the front, front row. Like, I was almost spit on by Nate, front row! It was very exciting, and I’ll tell you all about our whirlwind day trip to New York starting from the very beginning.
Kathleen from Grosgrain and I caught a 5am train and arrived in the city at 8:30am. The trip went by quickly because we chatted incessantly :).
Once we arrived, Kathleen downloaded an iPhone app which helped us navigate the subway and it was a lifesaver! We jumped off our Amtrak at Penn Station and jumped right onto the correct subway without looking like loser tourists staring at a confusing subway map. I highly recommend it if you have an iPhone!
You can see the full head to toe Nate Show outfits here in all their glory! We were told in an email from the producers to wear bright colors. Don’t we look cute all color coordinated? I’m wearing my new knee-high flat boots which were super comfy. No blisters for me thank you very much!
If you’re wondering what Rhoda and Sarah are like in real life, unsurprisingly, they are delightful. Rhoda is gorgeous (and incredibly fit), warm, oozing with charm, and thoughtful. Sarah is lovely (and tall), down-to-earth, genuine, and smart. I so enjoyed the brief time I had getting to know them better and just hanging out. I would have loved more time to do so!
After our morning stroll, we headed over to Bouchon Bakery to enjoy some sweets and meet up with other design bloggers.
With all these amazing selections to choose from, it was difficult to pick just one thing. However, I have been a bit obsessed with macaroons for the past year and have been dying to try one!
I bought a chocolate macaroon and Kathleen bought a pistacio and lavendar macaroon. So yummy and pretty! They tasted like a cakey meringue with ganache in the middle. I would have loved to try them all!
Although Kathleen swears people were staring simply because her dress was red, it didn’t account for all the flirtations, compliments, second glances, door holdings, etc. that she received yesterday! If you like her dress, you can see more of it here.
After our dessert, we decided we should really eat some lunch before the show so Kathleen and I grabbed lunch at a little cafe. And then, we stood in line for-evah to get into the show. We would soon find out it didn’t matter if you were first in line. You are NOT seated by when you get in line. You’re completely seated based on your looks! (Again, bring Kathleen with you if you want a good seat.)
Once it was finally time to head into the studio, we were told where to sit based on how many in our party and what the producer thought of our look. When they ushered Kathleen and I to the only two seats left in the front row, I about died!
And then when they placed one of the shows “stars” in the seat right next to me, I died again! I’ll tell you who she was soon, but let’s just say she’s a designer and was recently given her own show :).
The audience coordinator in charge of “entertaining” us before the show and between segments practiced with us how to laugh, giggle, nod, and act surprised. It was campy, but she was indeed hilarious and entertaining. The studio itself had the most gorgeous lighting and seemed very warm and cozy. Our benches were interesting in that they forced you to sit up straight and made you feel like you were leaning forward.
THEN, the moment we were waiting for finally arrived and Nate came out and walked right up to Kathleen and shook her hand. No one else received a hand shake at the start of the show…..just gorgeous girl in the red dress!!! I have to admit that the show itself left me wanting a bit more and you can read some fellow blogger reviews of it linked on my facebook page. After the show was MUCH more interesting! Nate took a good 10 minutes to answer audience questions which was incredibly generous of him. I was very impressed with the eloquence of the designers’ questions and equally impressed with Nate’s answers. Nate was warm, genuine, smart, and helpful. I only wish more of himself was put into the show. (I snapped pics of him while he answered questions.)
We didn’t get out of the show until 5:30pm and had a 6:30pm train to catch! Therefore, we raced back to Penn Station, grabbed our train, and gabbed the entire way home about our fantastic day!
No news yet on when the show will air, but I will definitely post the time once I know! Oh yes, and for those of you wondering if we “won” anything while on the show, everyone was given a giftcard to Payless and a fashion accessory from Send the Trend. Some were disappointed and offended by the Payless giftcard, but I own several Payless shoes and am certainly not above them! (As a matter of fact, if you look at my blog header those cute white, ruffly wedges are from Payless!) Needless to say, I’ll be using my certificate proudly soon! Who doesn’t love free stuff???
Thank you so much Rhoda for inviting me! And thank you Kathleen for your willingness to join me! And a BIG thank you to all the Nate Show peeps for making it all possible!