I just love the catchy chorus to the song Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys. In the past, I would sing to it but wasn’t able to relate, but now….”there’s nothing I can’t do…big lights will inspire you…in New York…”
I had the opportunity to spend my Thanksgiving weekend in the Big Apple. This time around, I am a wife and a mother. A totally different person from who I was 13 years ago when I first went. I gained a new appreciation for the possibilities and opportunities life has to offer on this trip. I am blessed to live my dream as a Creative Designer, but to be in a city where fashion options are endless & inspiration is everywhere…well, I am speechless and in awe.
As most of you may know, Houston has only a few fabric stores. Some are hidden gems like Sew Much Fabric. Having this opportunity to visit New York City again opened my eyes to a whole new world that is like…Heaven. The energy of the city made me giddy and I felt like a little girl.
Here is a little glimpse of my journey to New York…..
Got ready in my comfy clothes & boots and caught a cab…I was prepared for the Garment District:)
My nephew NN joined me on this adventure. We made it to Mood which was popularized by Project Runway.
This was a BEAUTIFUL fabric. You have to see it in person. I could see a luxurious wedding gown made with this fabric. Check out the price tag…the most expensive fabric I have yet to hold.
This was just one of the many trim stores along one block. I was baffled how similar trim stores were right next door to each other.
I made a discovery that M&J Trimmings had a bridal salon. As the Bridal Fashion fanatic that I am, I had to check it out and get inspired.
We caught a cab to the Vera Wang Flagship Salon on Madison. You had to ring a doorbell to enter the simple elegantly designed salon. As I was trying to take a peek inside the salon, the sweet receptionist allowed us in. Silly ‘ol me asked with anticipation if I could check out Vera’s collection and be inspired by her gowns. I was also hoping to catch a glimpse of one of my favorite designers. No luck. The receptionist sweetly replied, “Sorry, it is only by appointment.” Understandable, cause that is how I see my beautiful guests. I am no Vera Wang, but I am Ann Ngo.
Lovelies, I just want to leave you with this message. DREAMS DO COME TRUE. Don’t be afraid to work hard and make them a reality. Persevere and do not compromise your values and morals. Have faith & believe in yourself!
p.s. I am working on my very first Vlog. Visit me sometime next week for an opportunity at some give aways.