Bloomingdale's provided flights round trip for Adam and I so we asked to be booked on Virgin since we wanted to try out this new airline, and it was pretty cool! LoL! Yes. I said cool! BIG fan of TV screens for everyone...definitely made the time pass fast as I was one eager girl to get to NYC!
We made it! We got off the plane and were promptly whisked off to our hotel by an awaiting car which was also arranged by the fabulous people with Bloomingdale's! Easy-Peazy! No standing around in the heat & humidity waiting for a cab...nope. Not us! Off we went to check-in for our 3 day/2night stay at The Alex Hotel located in midtown, specifically on 45th between 2nd & 3rd.
I loved our stay at The Alex. Loved. Great location and a totally welcoming and friendly staff. We had a very easy check-in thanks to Bloomingdale's once again picking up the tab. And when we got to our room, we were amazed! Bloomie's booked us in a faboosh corner suite set up with a kitchen and all....and as if they hadn't done enough, Bloomingdale's had a Welcome Gift sitting on table when we walked in! The sweet touch consisted of a stunning leather Carlos Falchi metallic tote that was stuffed with goodies ~ an Elizabeth Hurley rose-scented candle and traveling accessories which no doubt made my trip back to SF a cinch!
So, we got situated in our uber mod-styled room and I immediately headed for a soak in the bath because we had a cocktail party to attend 2 hours after we checked-in! Bloomingdale's arranged a light cocktail party to welcome all the winners in a special room upstairs in the hotel bar. And of course, I was "fashionably late!" LoL!! I was so excited to wear my new leopard printed Weston Wear dress with my Louboutins, no less! Vintage bag and my emerald cocktail ring to boot! Party time dolls!
I had such a great time meeting people and finally putting some faces to some names...
OMG!! I met up with fellow winner Carl & what do you know...Carl & I found out we are BOTH from Sunnyvale, Cali!! It truly is a small world! And so the champagne flowed and the night got even spicier!
Obviously Monika of Anytime Scarf and I thought Bloomingdale's threw us a fabulous little soiree...I had a blast...can you tell...that is definitely the face of a WINNER! Haaahaaaa!! Here I am celebrating the $5,000 gift card Bloomingdale's handed out at the cocktail party. And in typical "Vanessa-fashion" I celebrated till late in the night and made life difficult on myself the next morning...but it was worth it! I had sooo much fun. Darn you champagne! :o)
And after I shopped till I dropped...that phrase has never rung more true than after this experience, I bid my farewells to my shoppers and to the best store I've ever been in my entire life.
The shopping done, most of the gift card spent, Rachel and I walked the streets gabbing and catching up and just loving being in the same city together. The perfect end to a beyond amazing day. We snagged a cab and headed back to The Alex where we sadly said our goodbye's and parted ways. Adam and I relaxed and enjoyed our final evening in the city...can we say room service? Most definitely!
We got a late check-out the following day, took a quick last stroll over to Bloomie's where Adam got a fab Vince cardigan and I said goodbye...again! LoL!! So hard to leave when we had such a great time. We got back to The Alex just in time to be picked up by the car service that Bloomingdale's arranged to take us back to JFK for our return flight to SFO. They thought of it all...not one detail missed. Not one thing overlooked. I was thoroughly impressed. It was as if it was all a dream...a most magnificent dream.
Bloomingdale's took care of shipping all my purchases to me and I am eagerly awaiting their arrival! So, you will all have to keep posted because the next blog post will be focused ENTIRELY on EVERYTHING I bought with the $5K gift card! You'll see all the key pieces I bought and how I've styled them. Very exciting indeed! I can hardly wait.
A huge thank you to Bloomingdale's for treating us like royalty. Nothing could beat this truly unreal experience and how perfectly it was all carried out.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM OF SOME OF MY PURCHASES MADE WITH THAT $5K GIFT CARD!