The main goal of my trip to DC, Seattle and NY was to visit friends and family. Second came the bakeries in Seattle (seriously justifies trip to west coast) and third came shopping.
To start with the latter: I had a few things I wanted to buy, which I did: a white iPad, Tory Burch flats, a Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag in a light colour, and books from Kramer's. I managed to get all that, plus picked up a nice DKNY workdress and jacket for the price of Warehouse stuff in the UK. All good, and the iPad has already become an addiction. What a fantastic way to read the papers in small spaces (like airplanes) or when abroad.
Seattle's bakeries were ace. And I managed to find the best sticky bun at Amy's Bakery in The Village in New York. That said, it is a good thing we don't have these bakeries in London, it would easily add a few inches to my waistline.
And friends and family? I had the best of times with them. Spent my days in DC with my bro and his colleagues mostly, and saw Ajax visit the White House and beat DC United. In Seattle I got to meet my friends' youngest, a brilliant kid named Ruby. We did so much I happily refer to my friend's blog for the list. She forgot to mention my highlight though, which was dinner at her parents'. Such wonderful people, and her dad made the best chowder EVER. In New York I browsed the streets of Soho and The Village, and visited the Guggenheim. That plus two playgrounds, as these friends also have two wee ones. Soho playgrounds are full of yummy mummies I noticed, some of whom were definitely models in their previous lives.
So there we go. Back in London after the best of times. Awfully jetlagged, and slightly in denial of the fact my days in London are almost over.