When you take a 10 year old to New York City for the first time, it’s a given you’re in for an adventure.
Such was the case when Lucy and I embarked on a trip to the Big Apple on our recent Fall Break. I had taken her big brother, Jack, to NYC for the first time when he was 10, and so I was looking forward to this being a fun mommy-daughter moment.
What’s changed in the three years since I took Jack is social media. The birth of Instagram, to be specific.
Lucy, it turns out, follows Tiffany & Co. on Instagram. I think she’s already “favorited” about five diamond rings this month alone. And while I sorta grimaced over it, thinking she was being a tad bit materialistic with her social media trends (surprise…who knew you could use social media to covet things?) her Tiffany & Co. obsession evolved into a highlight of our trip.
Here’s how this played out:
I walk into Tiffany & Co. and announce to the woman on Floor Two:
“This is Lucy Roberts from Tulsa, Oklahoma, on her first trip to Manhattan. She’s 10, follows Tiffany’s on Instagram, and visiting your store was at the top of her NYC to-do list.”
To which Ms. Floor Two replied:
“Well, hello, Lucy Roberts! Would you like to try on this half a million dollar engagement ring?” I kid you not.
Lucy was my passport from that moment on.
Michael Kors Collection Boutique on Madison Avenue? We were treated like royalty when they met Lucy Roberts-from Oklahoma-obsessed with Project Runway-loves Michael Kors. On that stop, we were ushered into the VIP suite, a fancy room where celebs come in to try on selections I’m sure their stylist has pulled for them. I have no shame when it comes to using my very cute daughter for access.
Speaking of Project Runway, another stop on her list was to see Parsons as well as Mood, the designer fabric shop featured on the show. That was really cool, especially when we saw the store’s now-famous dog, Swatch. No Tim Gunn or Heidi Klum, though…our VIP access has it’s limits.
The trip also included a few non-fashion related moments (though not many), such as Times Square, subway riding (which she hated because she didn’t like the idea of a train underground, to which I replied that’s the coolest part), views from the Empire State Building, the Met and Central Park. Oh, and Dylan’s Candy Bar, which is owned by Ralph Lauren’s daughter so I suppose it’s also fashion related.
Another “aren’t I a smart mommy?” moment came in the form of our lodging. We rented an Upper East Side apartment on Airbnb from a great guy who is an artist and owns an apartment to match. The deal was unbelievable and we lived like real locals–with the Metro station just a block away and the Guggenheim a short walk down the street.
More than anything, I enjoyed lots of good conversation with my little girl who is growing up right in front of my eyes. Some days faster than others. Dressed up as Wonder Woman for Halloween last week, Lucy managed to throw on a bit of make up along with the costume. Whoa.
When I mentioned the next day how grown up she looked in the photos, she reassured me it was just for the costume effect.
“That’s super,” I said, “now hand over your phone.”