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July 10, 2008

Francesca Hearts New York

As Francesca wraps up her sojourn in the Big Apple, she reflects on the fact that the Raspberry-Mango Chi Chi at The View is incredibly delicious and refreshingly cold, and another Manolo for the Big Girl meet-and-greet will have to take place there, if only for the delicious cocktails. She is saddened that so many valued readers were not able to make it. Who could have foreseen that Christine’s dog would have a highly unfortunate run-in with a stupid boy and a BB gun? It is terrible and Francesca wishes Rosy (the dog) well.

While rushing to an appointment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side,  Francesca noticed a little boutique with clothing for the Big Girl, but was too rushed to write down its name for further research, and now forgets . . . are there any UWS readers who can help? It was on Broadway, some place between 97th and 100th, on the East side of the street. Any details in the comments would be appreciated by all readers in New York, Francesca is sure.

Oh, my, Francesca got so much wonderful shopping done. Francesca loves sales and clearance racks! She found an adorable pink cotton top at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Salon Z department for $32, a cotton-and-gingham polo at Lane Bryant for $5 (count ’em, five dollars), a sweet nightgown and multiple tops and skirts at Talbots Woman Petites, and a gorgeous office-appropriate skirt at Macy’s for just $35. With the money she saved, Francesca has splurged on the slightly outrageous Mozart shoes by Stuart Weitzman, which she will probably wear twice in her life, but which are so much fun to own. It has been a wonderful trip.


  1. The Weitzman shoes are divine!!! I **so** wish I could’ve been a little birdie on your shoulder while you shopped.

    Comment by GradualDazzle — July 10, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

  2. The shop in question is:

    2624 Broadway
    New York, NY 10025
    Phone: (212) 864-0740

    I find their stock a twee bit matronly for me, but if you like the drapey natural fibers look, they’ve got your schmata.

    Comment by Sarah — July 10, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

  3. Thank you Francesca. I feel like I’ve been living in a stupid reality show, with poor Rosy and the idiotic family of the boy with the BB gun and little brain. The show would have to be called “Can you get a Pacifist to Kill?”…I am speechless at parents of this child, and worry far too much about that boy’s so-called future.

    The Rosy may lose an eye but otherwise should be fine and home perhaps in a few days.

    I sooooo wish I had been drinking cocktails and schmoozing the divas who read Manolo for the Big Girl. I hope you come back and this time while walking the dog she can don a protective suit, lol.

    Comment by Christine — July 10, 2008 @ 5:55 pm

  4. Are any of you ladies coming to DC again?

    Comment by dcsurfergirl — July 10, 2008 @ 6:18 pm

  5. I’m sorry, but there’s probably nothing left at the Talbot’s WP site. I seem to have purchased most of it.

    Comment by Hermione — July 12, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

  6. Are you sure it’s Rootchi? I’m a size 4 and I have drapey natural fiber stuff from there.

    I was guessing Daphne because their stuff looks so fabulous that I wish I could wear it (both size and scale), but that’s Amsterdam around 82nd.

    Comment by Shamhat — July 15, 2008 @ 10:46 am

  7. I’m really sorry I missed you. That’s what I get for not being in town.

    Any chance we can do an advance-email list so I won’t muck this up again?

    Comment by littlem — July 17, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

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