New York Skyline

It wasn’t an April Fool’s.

Yesterday I stood on the streets of New York City.

It was a whirlwind trip.  La-Z-Boy invited me to go behind the scenes of a commercial they were filming in NYC.  One of the rooms from the commercial was inspired by this room that I created for them during the Design Dash contest.

That wonderful, glorious houndstooth chair was front and center.

living room design ideas

I spent the morning watching the filming and shaking hands and meeting the most amazing cast and crew and eating at the Kraft Food table and trying to contain my excitement and acting like this is something that I do everyday.

And meeting Fred Savage.

And Constantine from American Idol.

And Brooke.

(total aside:  can I tell you how much I love typing that sentence)

New York Park

But I’m so getting ahead of myself.

Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start).

My husband and I arrived at New York City and parked the car and dumped our bags in the hotel and jumped up and down and told each other that we had just been drinking coffee that morning in Kentucky looking at the cow pasture and now we were gazing at the New York City skyline.

And then promptly went out on the town that night and saw the sights.

It was incredible.

New York Times Square

The next morning was the day of the behind-the-scenes filming of the commercial.

I awoke to NYC coffee and the city.

I brushed my teeth and washed my face and curled my hair and put on my “going to meet Brooke” statement necklace and reached into my bag for my make-up.

It wasn’t there.


New York Church

Where was it?

I knew I had it yesterday.  Frantically, I searched the entire length of a New York City hotel room for a little blue and white polka-dotted make-up bag with special wrinkle-dissolving under-eye concealer and the best tube of red lipstick on the planet.

It wasn’t there.

I had left it in the rental car.

The rental car that was parked 47 blocks and a twenty minute cab ride away next to the Port Authority bus terminal.

New York and Me

So here’s me.

On the street of NYC, opening a New York City drugstore door 30 minutes before I left for the commercial shoot.

Looking casual.

With my face washed and my teeth brushed and my hair curled and my amazing “going to meet Brooke” statement necklace….

….without a stitch of make-up.

Or a tube of red lipstick in sight.

New York Lipstick

Good thing there were these.

I grabbed a bag of make-up that at New York City prices cost me almost as much as week’s worth of groceries in Kentucky.

This wasn’t my go-to Dollar General.


New York Katz's

Then I took my bag of make-up and walked around the corner to Katz’s deli where I ate breakfast and applied red lipstick under the watchful eye of a photograph of a smiling Judge Judy.

Narrow escape.

Tragedy averted.

Me and Brooke

And the best part?

An hour later, my red lipstick and I met Brooke.

I know….right?

And everyone lived happily-ever-after.

The end.


PS  Just kidding.  Totally not the end.  I have so much more to tell about the trip.

Coming soon to a blog near you. 🙂

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  1. Image for Terri Terri

    I guessed right.... I said you were hooking up with "Lazy Boy".... YES!! and Brooke??? Come on!!!! You totally do not even need makeup.... however... Your signature...... :) was missed!!!! :) ... What incredible opportunities!!! (btw.... I remember when you did the contest decor thing... gorgeous then and now!!!!!! )

  2. Image for Tina Matteson Tina Matteson

    I love that room you created!!!!!!!!! Especially the brick wall! And if you tell me it is wallpaper, I would feel a little bit better cause that might actually be attainable for me. And... you don't look bad at all without makeup! It helps that your hair was so cute and your outfit - well, that necklace! And you look so good these days. I know you love your red lipstick but your fresh face is adorable. Can't wait to hear more of the story!

  3. Image for Ter'e Ter'e

    LUST!!!! JELLY!!!!!! Omgeeeee you looked adorable! You simply have the cutest hair. Constantine you said???????? Be still my heart. He has it all goin on. I hope he smells beautiful. Have a blast!!!!!!! You look so darling!!!!! What fun. We can't wait to hear.

  4. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Happy you made it to see Brooke and find a red Lipstick!! Which one is your Favorite? So hard to find a good one! Love you blog!

  5. Image for liz liz

    This is so exciting - meeting Brooke - getting behind the scenes of a shoot - can't wait to read next post!!! I can't believe you kept your cool knowing the shoot was in 30 minutes - lucky there was a drug store close by - I would have totally freaked out!!! Now, tell us more about that special wrinkle dissolving under eye concealer.

  6. Image for Robin Stephens Robin Stephens

    Sweet!! Leaving makeup behind is one of those "that thing which I greatly feared has come upon me" for certain! Glad you could quickly find a supply and apply! You (and Brooke) looked amazingly lovely! Great post!

  7. Image for Leslie Leslie

    I'm so very excited for you and again....can't wait to hear more!!! As my husband says: "in life we are either making memories or sharing them"..and you do both beautifully! Thankful you found that red lipstick!

  8. Image for Dêbbie Dêbbie

    You are too cute!!! Makeup or no makeup. Love love that houndstooth recliner, so glad Laz z boy is making pretty furniture now that doesn't look like my parents furniture back in the day. Have a great time.

  9. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Well, now you have two tubes of lipstick. Perhaps twinkling brown eyes can put the other in his pocket just in case you misplace yours?? And to tell the truth, it looks like Brooke is in awe of the Rock Star from Kentucky!! Can't wait to hear the rest of your adventures. Buona Pasqua!!

  10. Image for david david

    As a former New Yorker I feel your sticker price shock (though I never bought much make-up). Can't wait to hear more about the trip and the shoot! David

  11. Image for Julia Julia

    First - you are beautiful even without your makeup and red lipstick. Second, you met Brooke!!! Wow!!! You really are a rock star!

  12. Image for Peggy Peggy

    Loved, love, loving that room you did for La-Z-Boy! The houndstooth chair, the little round table, the numbered credenza, the couch. So very excited for you! But, oh girl! The price on that lipstick! Ouch!

  13. Image for Pat Pat

    Your trip sounds so exciting, can't wait for the next chapter. Only to tell you I also lost more than a weeks worth of groceries flying to Washington DC on a HY Vee Veterans flight, took new Mary Kay on my carry on bag and much to my dismay, only 3 oz is allowed so you know where it all went, Garbage, first time to shop at a drug store on a corner.

  14. Image for Cassie Cassie

    Forgetting my makeup is my #1 worry when I travel! I always pack it in my purse if I'm flying - if I have to wait for a lost bag, I'll do it with my face on, thank you.

  15. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    Awesome Pictures! Specially....the one with you and Brooke Sheilds and "you're going to see Brooke Sheilds Necklace"! Can't wait to read more of your posts in the near future!! Take care!

  16. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Miz karianne, I am so happy and proud of you! You deserve it, girl. After ARE a ROCK STAR, and I bet even Brooke recognized that in you....she's not just another pretty face, you know. ;) Can't wait to hear the rest of the story!

  17. Image for david david

    I'm also curious to see where you travel in the city as I picture you to be more of a "grab a croissant and have breakfast at Tiffany's" kinda gal then a "gimme a bagel and a shmere" Katz's deli kinda gal.

  18. Image for Jonell Harrison Jonell Harrison

    Let me tell you: That's me..talking about MY RED LIPSTICK!!! Panic...I don't wear MUCH makeup [can't LIVE WITHOUT UNDER EYE COVER] rEALLY REALLY AND Truly couldn't go anywhere without my RED LIPSTICK I often have TWO with me [somewhere] with spares just in case WM didn't restock my color

  19. Image for betsy c betsy c

    That room you created is fantastic. Love it! It sounds like a wonderful adventure. Although not having my makeup bag would devastate me. You recovered well!

  20. Image for Pinky Pinky

    First of all you are totally adorable, with or without makeup. That being said, I, at my age, would have CRIED!!! I also NEED to know about that wrinkle dissolving under eye stuff!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!! You met Brooke!!! Hole cannoli!! YOu are a super star my friend:):) Have a very Happy and blessed Easter!!!

  21. Image for Maureen Maureen

    I left my makeup home once on a trip from MD to Louisiana. I remember thinking as I realized this in VA...Oh, I live in the US now and I can buy more! of most anything. Phew! I too need, NEED, to know what under eye concealer you use. I suspect Brooke is tall and you are...not. I wonder what the difference in height was? ;)

  22. Image for Beth Beth

    Only KariAnne could leave her cute polka dot make up bag in a NYC taxi cab! Just makes the story and life more interesting. P.S. I'm working on my new blog with all your recommendations and someday, hopefully, will have something before it's 2016...

  23. Image for Lynne Lynne

    How exciting! So happy for you! You are fabulous, with or without make up!! Enjoy your NYC adventure. I am looking forward to reading more!

  24. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I love the part about you two jumping up and down in your hotel room. I find myself smiling every time I read your posts KariAnne! What a fun adventure!

  25. Image for monica monica

    How funny. Being a New Yorker I didn't even notice the no make-up thing ... I see your purse is wide open. I'm sitting hear yelling very loudly. You are in NY -zip up your purse!!!!!!!!!!!!

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