Day Three in NYC | Obscura, Catbird and Pure Debauchery

Wednesday in NYC I got a little more time to play. No alarms were set, no shows to go to and all we had on the agenda was Obscura, Brooklyn and a 5pm appointment at Style House PR. I still arose relatively early just because I was excited to finally see some of the city instead to hustle here and hustle there.

It’s such a small world, even when you’re in NYC. About 11am I got a call from one of my best friends from home, Wil. Turns out he was just two blocks away from where we were staying. Rushed with excitement, I quickly got ready and met him for breakfast. It’s lovely how things work out like that sometimes. Sadly, it doesn’t always work out so conveniently and I didn’t get to meet up with everyone I indented to while there.

After breakfast (really brunch minus the booze), we set foot to the subway! I was excited to try this thing out finally. It was a breeze! Put some money on a card, swipe and you’re in. The hardest part is figuring out what train you need to take, but there’s an app for that. The first day in NYC we were sitting down for dinner at a rooftop Mexican restraunt talking about what we wanted to see. On my list were two very specific places- Obscura from the TV show Oddities and Catbird, a little jewelry shop I’ve been following on IG for a while now. Right when I muttered the word, “Obscura” Brittany Browers, DJ and blogger, immediately shouted, “Me too!” Thank goodness. So there we were, day three in NYC on our way to Obscura and Catbird.

Walking into Obscura I was instantly overwhelmed. I knew I was walking out of there with something, but what? For those of you unfamiliar with Oddities or Obscura, the TV show is a doco/reality program that follows a shop that trades antiques and rarities. You can find things like mummified cats, monkey skulls and straight jackets there. Looking around the shop I recognized a few things from the show but nothing that really called out to me so I asked the gentleman working if they had any items pertaining to secret societies. If it isn’t obvious by the name of this blog, I’m into cults and secret societies. He showed me numerous things- crested flags, hoodwinks, hats- all very cool but somewhat out of my price range. I finally landed on a Book of Forms of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows from 1913 and a tea towel with a printed actuated skull on it. The book is a nice addition to my collection and I can’t wait to go back to add more. Oh, there’s also an Oddities shop in San Francisco called Loved to Death I’m dying to check out.

From Obscura in the East Village we hopped back onto the subway headed for Brooklyn. Stepping off the train, I knew I was where I was supposed to be. Kari, friend and NYC tour guide, explained that a few years back Brooklyn wasn’t a bustling extension of Manhattan like it is now. Nevertheless, I was ecstatic to be there. We easily found Catbird and it was everything I expected and more. I picked out a cute little cat-shaped ring dish and a horseshoe and was on my merry way. There are so many beautiful goodies in that shop (that I’ll be back for).

We meandered around vintage shop after vintage shop finding great treasures until we stopped and caught lunch at the cutest rooftop restaurant called Juliette. I indulged in a little prosecco and a sweet caramelized grapefruit- pure deliciousness. After a bite to eat we begrudgingly made our way back to Manhattan. I say that because I needed more time in Brooklyn to see if it could one day be my hood. But, alas, we had an appointment to make which I was very excited about.

Brittany, Sarah, Robby and I caught a cab to Wall Street to meet up with Jacki at Style House PR. It’s weird being in the financial district. The tall, towering buildings block out the sun as though it’s in a permanent state of setting all throughout the day. But, the Style House PR office was cheery and welcoming. While some of the group headed to the Ricardo Seco show nearby, Sarah and I got to tour the latest in fashion, jewelry and beauty in the Style House PR showroom. See Sarah’s top five picks from our visit here.

After our visit with Jacki we met up with the group at Adrienne’s Pizza Bar on Stone Street where we ordered way too much pizza. Not a bad problem. That kicked off the celebration to a successful NYFW and the last night in the city. After we stuffed our faces with some of the most delicious pizza we headed for the Ricardo Seco after party at Hotel Americano. A short elevator ride to the rooftop and we were in. The party was packed around a small lap pool and surrounded by amazing views of the city.

Being the last night in NYC I wanted to go out with a bang. And, that I did! I had to see Kari again before I left so we made plans to meet at Beauty & Essex, an old-fashioned speakeasy. Fronting as a pawnshop, Beauty & Essex has essence of an old world prohibition style joint where you go through a back door in the shop to access the actual venue. I was in awe when I walked in. The name of the place holds up well- it was absolutely gorgeous inside. There was even a champagne bar in the bathroom! We stayed for one drink because it’s a pricey joint but I recommend it for the experience.

No night out is a success until there’s some dancing involved. Kari recommended we head to Pianos for some dancing and regular priced drinks. I headed to the bar with a DJ in the back, which reminded me a lot of London Calling in St. Louis where the music is fine and accompanied by video projection. There we danced our hearts out, made some new friends and had an epic night until closing time. Wow, what a way to go out!

The next day we woke up fairly early, packed up and headed home. My experience in New York was one for the record books made by the people I traveled with, seeing old friends and experiencing NYFW. I truly had the time of my life and I’m glad I could share it with you. Until next season.

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