So everyone that knows us (and even people who don’t know us but know someone who knows someone who knows us), knows about our big win. Yes, we were very honored to take home the coveted LOUIE award for one of our greeting cards. Our best description of the event is that it’s basically the Oscar’s of the greeting card industry. We were seated next to Hallmark and Papyrus. Ok, we weren’t sitting next to them. In fact those companies were in their own special section behind velvet ropes, but we were in the same ROOM as them, competing for the same LOUIE.
It was a glorious moment, when The Kiwi Tree was called as the winner of the Friendship/Encouragement- Humorous category for cards over $3.50 (think of it as Best Supporting Actress for a film under 1 hour). Our Tool card had made us proud. Who would have thought that telling your friend not to let her ex “back in her box” would win such a prestigious award? Well, we did!
Anyways, almost everyone knows about our LOUIE win. So I thought I’d share our New York City story, in pictures of course. Side note: This was my first trip to NYC.
First line of business once we checked into our hotel: find food and alcohol. So we ventured out and chose Serafina for lunch. Serafina isn’t just any old restaurant. The HOUSEWIVES frequent Serafina. If you need more clarification- we’re talking LuAnne, Ramona, Jill, OH MY! Of course, there were no Housewives to be found, as they were probably in the Hamptons. Please notice the mimosas, bellinis, and wine in the picture below.
Day 1. Ladies at Serafina.
After getting my first NYC buzz, we headed out to Central Park. WOW! It was like looking out over a sea of half naked people, miles away from a beach, but getting what sun they can. I’ve never seen so many North Face fleeces combined with bikini bottoms in my entire life!
Day 1. Central Park Tanning.
After lounging at Central Park and getting a little sun ourselves, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for our first night out. We were going out with an awesome friend who lives in New York, and then heading out to see La Cage Aux Folles. Upon arriving at the hotel, we promptly began pre-celebrating.
Day 1. Pre-celebration champagne.
As we unpacked, we realized we had an extraordinary number of shoes. There were 4 of us. We were there for 2 days. And this wasn’t all of them.
Day 1. The Windowsill of Shoes.
Our first stop of the night- the W in Times Square for dinner and drinks. And what did we encounter on our way in? A rapper and his entourage. Now, I have no idea who the guy was, but I knew he was super cool and important judging by the crew he had with him. It was very exciting.
Second stop- La Cage Aux Folles. For those of you unfamiliar, this is the broadway show version of The Birdcage and stars Kelsey Grammer. Outside of the show, however, we encountered our second celebrity sighting (the first being the rapper that we didn’t know). It was Isaac Mizrahi. Yes, Isaac Mizrahi, the designer. Oh, wait, no. It’s Michael Musto from The Village Voice. The guy with the glasses that does the VH1 Countdown shows. Yeah, I don’t know that he’ll be our biggest supporter, being we mistook him for Isaac Mizrahi.
Day 1. Isaac Mizrahi...Err...Michael Musto.
Anyways, La Cage Aux Folles was amazing. These dancers were incredible. These men looked better in lingerie than I do, and could bend in ways that Will could only dream of me doing. Sorry, Will.
We weren’t supposed to take pictures, but we did. Here’s Kelsey.
Day 1. La Cage Aux Folles with Kelsey Grammer.
On Day 2, we were heading out to SoHo to visit retailers and hand out wholesale kits. On our first trip on the Subway, I, of course, had NO idea how to work the machine to get the fare card. A small line had formed behind me and a very nice gentleman yelled at me “JESUS CHRIST HURRY UP!” I was so excited about my first New York City verbal assault! My experience in New York was proving to be authentic.
As I mentioned, day 2 was meant to be our day to go around and visiting retailers, handing out wholesale kits. We took a small detour and day drank instead.
Day 2. Lunch in SoHo.
But we needed to pace ourselves. Because that night was the Big Night. Time for the LOUIEs!
Day 2. Lookin' good before the LOUIEs.
Not many people know this, but we had another card up for a LOUIE. Our “Screwed” card was nominated for Superbly Stated- Humorous. Unfortunately, we didn’t win that one but luckily we had already practiced our gracious loser faces so as not to make a scene if we lost. Sadly, though, Kristin and Jess couldn’t hold back their disappointment. Epic Fail.
LOUIEs. Gracious Loser Faces. Fail.
After our big win we took Louie out to celebrate. Here he is, just getting started.
Louie Celebrate 1.
He’s starting to get a little crazy, climbing up onto the beer taps.
Louie Celebrate 2.
We head to Bar #2, and Louie takes his first cab ride.
Louie Celebrate 3.
At Bar #2, Louie starts to lose his composure.
He starts out by seeing the NY view.
Louie celebrate 4.
But then he falls in the bushes.
Louie Celebrate 5.
He might not have known how to handle his liquor, but he did get lucky.
Louie Celebrate 6.
And here we are. The winners of a LOUIE, and his name is Louie. We can’t wait for next year, when maybe we’ll win Louie a brother or sister.
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