- Food based gifts from Dean & Deluca for R - multi coloured popcorn (I know!), dried chipotle chillis, za'atar spice mix and Mast Brothers Brooklyn blend chocolate. D&D is ridiculous and extravagant and delightful. The people who were there doing their weekly shopping baffled me but stocking the shop would probably be my dream job. They had a whole shelf dedicated to peanut butter! Fond British shout outs to the Hobnobs and Lyle's golden syrup. Sadly we didn't make it out to the beautiful looking Mast Bros. shop/factory in Brooklyn but if I flutter my eyelashes very prettily I might be able to try some of the product...
- Elizabeth St is a pretty perfect shopping street - Erica Weiner, Le Labo, Aesop, the delightfully weird Love Adorned... I treated myself to a little reminder of our trip at Erica Weiner. Although I could have happily bought up most of the shop (funds permitting) I restrained myself to a lovely little pinkie ring. It is delicate and interesting and lovely and a perfect permanent addition to my fingers. More on that later.
- Speaking of Le Labo, I've been wanting one of their fragrances for probably four years and this seemed like an excellent opportunity to indulge. The Rose 31 perfume oil was actually a very generous gift. I've found the oil lasts better on my skin than their EDTs which are lovely but not very long lasting. They say: 'alternating feminine/masculine with the disturbing ambiguity of the Centifolia rose, quickly picked up by a chorus of warm, spicy and woodsy notes such as cumin, olbanum, cedar and a touch of amber.' I say: 'a very physical, peppery, non-flowery rose scent - delicious and not at all girly'.
As my maternal grandmother would say, I'm so spoiled! Obviously it's very luxurious but scent and jewellery are wonderful ways to preserve memories. I'll remember this trip whenever I glance down at my hand or catch a waft of my wrist - what more could you ask?