One of the ways I like to develop creativity in my life right now is by taking local adventures. Last Friday I woke up to a foggy day here in New York City. And on this particular day, I decided to go out and explore The Flower District with a friend.
The Flower District is a popular little stretch of flower markets on Manhattan’s West Side at 28th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I am. the love flowers. And if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my Saturday morning flower routine.
I’ve tried to visit the Flower District before, but I’ll admit I was pretty intimidated. So, when a friend showed me how the Flower District works, I took the opportunity to learn the secret language of this particular New York City hotspot.
I also knew I wanted to make some packages over the weekend. So, I left my apartment bright and early (at 6 AM!) and headed to The Flower District to see how it was doing.
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The subway is part of what makes New York City so special. I decided to cut back on my car service and try to take the train more. There were enough people around me that I felt safe on the subway in the early morning hours. And the train wasn’t very full – I almost had a subway car to myself!
No, this empty train car doesn’t mean New York City is dead. But I feel it is an endangered species now. I’m just trying to do my part to keep the city booming.
I got off the train at 28th Street. This is the nearest flower district station. But you’re looking to end up in Midtown Manhattan, so you can take a lot of different ways to get there.
I’m doing the double mask thing. I buy a box of Dundas paper masks every few months and then wear a linen mask over it. (I bought this mask from McMullen because it matches my skin tone.)
If you love flowers, this stretch of shops is a little oasis.
You can go door to door and find all kinds of flowers and other plants in different colors and colors. It’s very hard to narrow it down to just a few choices! I budget for myself so I don’t go crazy.
After browsing a few stores, a bouquet of toffee-colored roses stopped me in my tracks. I blew my mind! I had never seen roses with such an earthy tone before. And based on my clothes, I felt like I was in harmony. I knew I had to catch them.
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what you learned
The flower district of New York has a very specific culture. When I approached him in the past, I left frustrated and empty-handed. But, now that you’re properly acquainted with the NYC flower district, I can share a few tips for making the most of your time in the NYC flower district:
- Arrive by 7am for the best flowers – by noon everything is collected
- Every flower shop has a specialty – so, if you don’t see anything that inspires you, keep walking to the next shop
- Watch and Learn: Every store has a multi-step checkout process. Watch what everyone is doing and then line up. If you’re more firm than me, you can ask someone to help you out when it’s time to push!
Remember in The Curvy Girls Guide to Denim where I talked about being “between me and y”? This outfit is a good example of how I dress my body between y between y these days.
I found almost all of these pieces in non-bulk stores. I ignored the size on the label and tried them to see if they would work on my body based on the cut. It has succeeded!
My jacket is from “& other stories, don’t carry a size large, I’m wearing a size medium, here are some similar options from Nordstrom beige turtleneck. It took me over a year to find a nuetral color pleated skirt, I found this at Zara, once Others Not a plus size but I was willing to give it a try because I knew I’d wear it high on my waist.Here’s a similar skirt from H&M.
I’ve been wearing these comfortable white Naturalizer sneakers everywhere lately.
This Coach Crossbody Bag is a Winner
I’m still a bit wobbly from meniscus surgery, so I’ve been using a simple crossbody bag to hold all my essentials and keep my hands free for balance.
I also loved that my neutral color palette made the bag and shoes pop.
Plus size trench coats
Finally, I put on a light camel oversized trench coat I got last season. This classic coat is a springtime staple for me every year.
All in all, you had a great early morning flower adventure! I will definitely be back soon.
Will I meet you? Let me know in the comments! And tell me what kind of adventures you would like to have in your area.
Also, keep an eye on my Pinterest for some of the videos I’ve taken in the marketplace.