I’ve Been Keeping A Big FAT Secret From You…

No, I am not preggo. But thanks for thinking that…

At this very moment Me, Court and my 2 sisters are on a plane headed back to New York to do another round with Nate! (you can see pics from Round 1 Here) Does that explain the crazy project mode that I’ve been in for the last 3 weeks?!

Nate Berkus Pic

I am SO excited about the segments and about the opportunity to be back!

So, because I feel super bad that you all cant come with me I am going to be doing a ton of posts and sharing lots of pictures and behind the scenes of our trip over on the Vintage Revivals Facebook page!! So make sure that you “like” it so that you are in the loop!

Last time we were in NYC we did a ton of fun touristy things. Now we want to do the REALLY good stuff. So those that have been to NYC, what are your FAVORITE places!?

Also have you entered the SNAP conference pass giveaway yet? If not then you must not understand how amazing it would be, and how excited I am to hang out with YOU! So please go and enter!!

Aaaannnnnnnnnnnnddd I have a HUGE gift card giveaway from my FAVORITE store tomorrow…Do you want a clue?!


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  1. Oh I am so excited. For you, and the Nate thing and all, but probably more for homegoods… gotta be honest :) Can’t wait to see it all!

  2. YAY for you Mandi!!!! That is so great!

  3. LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY!!! I SOOOOO evny you! I am from NY originally! And no matter how long I am gone from there…I still LOVE IT! I say go to Chinatown & Little Italy…they are only “blocks” from each other =)….get a pretzel and a knish for a street vendor…you wont be disappointed! Go to Macys..its an icon! Go to FAO Schwartz…go to Rockafeller Center & see the tree! And…while you are seeing the tree…walk over to St. Patricks Cathedral…its a STUNNING church! Have so much fun!!!!

  4. Congratulations on your success! You go girl! xo

  5. Nate is lucky to have you.

  6. Have fun lady!! I am sure you’ll rock it:) Love your guts!

  7. Hooooray! I was just thinking that you should be on there again the other day! haha! I can’t wait to see it! Have so much fun and if you have Internet on the plane you should enter my giant giveaway I’m having’

  8. That’s going to be so fun! My husband and I go to NY every year, since his parents live upstate. Our favorite thing to do is simply act like a local. We get our metro cards, ride the subway, and stop at cute little thrift shops and funky restaurants. Move a few blocks from the main tourist areas, and you can find all sorts of cute gems. Oh, and I LOVE the downstairs food market at Grand Central.

  9. Can’t wait to see you on my favorite show. I would love to hug Nate!!! =)

  10. This is fantastic news! I tivo Nate’s show everyday and he is how you and I met…(well, not in person, ya know!). Can’t wait to see your segment!

  11. That’s so exciting!! Happy dance for you! I will for sure be watching…can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with this time!!


  12. MANDI! That is so cool! I can’t wait to see the new segment with nate! awesome!!

  13. for a light lunch, i recommend stopping by Once Upon a Tart on Sullivan Street in the south village. you won’t be disappointed. their soups, savory and sweet tarts are not to be missed. yummy cookies and muffins too!

  14. How incredibly cool. Must feel like Christmas came early.

    I must admit that my first thought was that you were pregnant. :-)

    Enjoy NYC!

  15. Yay! Congratulations, how exciting! Can’t wait to see what you wear…and what you do! :) {Such a girl}

  16. Congrats! I can’t wait to see the episode!!!

  17. OMG Yaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy! I’m so excited for you!!! Can’t wait to see the segment & see all of the behind the scenes stuff you’ll post. Congrats Mandi…you rock

  18. The touristy stuff is fun! Make sure to hit a musical. I would say Wicked has been my favorite. And I love Little Italy. There is a little deli there that has proscuitto balls that are to die for. There is also an Amish store that has the best yogurt with honey, fresh berries, and granola that is so delicious for breakfast. Wish I was going with you!

  19. Lucky you, I watch Nate in Australia and am so pleased to find a show where they do not expect you to buy expensive but how to make things look that way. I have become such a fan. I have seen you on his show and now I feel I have had my “brush with fame”. Everytime he shows the people out there in tv space I thank him in my mind. I must admit I envy all the flea markets etc. you have over there. I will be in NY next year so maybe I can apply for tickets. Keep up your good work. I must admit I have been looking for a site to help me recover a chair. You made it so simple to understand thank you.

  20. can i come so jealous you should mention my blog designerflowerz.blogspot.com thanks

  21. For non-touristy – have lunch at Pastis in the Meat Packing District. Check out Purl Soho (sewing/knitting store). Wander around NoHo & Brooklyn.

    For touristy – do the Sex & The City Tour!!


  22. Awesome! I’m a little jealous….okay, a lot jealous!

  23. Your Gorgeous!! Have fun in NYC! You are amazing and deserve every minute in the big apple spotlight!

  24. Hooray! I can’t wait to watch it – I’m sure you will be awesome.

    Wander around the village and down through little italy and chinatown – there are tons of fun shops and restaurants along the way.

    Best cookies in the world – go to Levain’s on the upper west side. It is tiny but the cookies are HUGE :). I dream about those cookies. Seriously.

  25. This time of year in NYC means holiday windows. Bergdorf’s are always the most stunning, glamorous and spectacular. They are detailed works of art. Barney’s windows, created by Simon Doonan, are usually a tongue in cheek commentary and are avante garde, humorous and very creative. If you want something very special for lunch, email me and i can tell you about a wonderful place you wont forget and it is reasonable. Have a blast and bring layers.

  26. Oh Mandi, you have to go to the Met. The last time I was there, I only had 3 hours, 1 of which I spent in the Egyptian Tomb exhibit (which was cool). Talk about DIY. At an hour in, I realized I was in over my head and there was much more I wanted to see and wouldn’t have enough time. So, I grabbed my iPhone and started taking pictures of EVERYTHING. The Picasso’s, the Monets, the skyline on the roof. I now have a collection of pictures, my own prints if you will, of every major piece of art that I’ve ever loved (you should’ve heard me. I gasped. Out loud. Several times.) that I a) got to study while I was on the plane (because who here loves staring at the back of a bald man’s head for 4 hours) AND I can print them at will and put them on my walls.

    If I could recommend one place in NYC – it’d be the Met.

  27. I regift but only if it’s something I can’t use. Someone gave me a gift card for icecream, but I don’t eat it. So I gave it to someone that does!!

  28. I am not a regifter.

  29. I tweeted… @jandkdelia

  30. I thanked Homegoods on their fb page

  31. I performed a random act of kindness today by holding my daughter’s hair back as we were both puking our guts out… sorry, that’s all I got, as we’re at home sick.

  32. My husband & I just got back from NYC on Sunday and it was so much fun! My #1 recommendation is to eat at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. It is right across from the Flat Iron building and is (no joke) the BEST cheeseburger & cheese-fries I have ever eaten!

    Take the #4 (green) subway from Grand Central to Union Square/14th Street, then the N-R (yellow) to the 23rd Street station. You will NOT regret it :).

  33. good luck!!

  34. That’s so awesome for you! I can’t wait to see the episode.

    NYC during Christmas is awesome! I live in Rochester, NY and I love going to the city this time of year. All the fancy department stores have amazing displays, so it’s fun to browse all of them. And if you’re in upper Manhattan you should go ice skating at the Rockefeller rink, just to say you did. It will take a good chunk out of your day, so plan 3-4 hrs for it. And go get a Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity (the actual place they filmed the movie & the cutest little restaurant ever!) They usually have ridiculous waiting times (like 3 hours) so put your name on the list, go get lunch somewhere nearby, or do some browsing at Bloomingdales, and then go get your dessert. :) http://www.serendipity3.com/location.htm

    Hope you have a great time!

  35. Have a blast in NYC! You HAVE to eat at 2 places… Grimaldi’s Pizzeria – under the Brooklyn bridge on the Brooklyn side – best pizza you will ever eat, and Max Brenners – on Broadway between 13th and 14th – CHOCOLATE to die for! And you definitely have to see Wicked. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen… worth every penny! Enjoy!

  36. I am totally a regifter. I try to think about whether the new person will actually enjoy the gift better than I did, though, before passing it on.

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