7.21.2008

city girls... kinda

I did feel very grown up because I took public transportation into S.F. on Saturday. We met at the Powell St. stop (yeah, how tourist are we?) It was so fun to go into Union Square and go to Britex fabric. Anyone who does not know of this phenomenal store is a true gem. If you have been to Britex or have heard of it, I'm sure you're raging with jealousy. This fabulous place has four stories of gorgeous fabric, patterns, ribbons, buttons etc. and people on every floor who are expert in their knowledge of all the aforementioned goods. We meandered our way around the store drooling (I'm sure they have employee just to mop that up) and finally came to a floor looking confused enough for someone to ask if we needed any help. Of course we did, but if she knew the conversation that was about to ensue, I am sure she would have pretended not to see the glazed over look and puddle of drool and kept on walking. This is how the conversation came to pass:

Gigi (helpful and sweet Britex employee): Did you ladies need any help today?
Me (wiping drool and snapping out of my comatose state): Uhhh... yeah.
Gigi: What are you looking for?
Me: Well, I need a fabric that is stretchy, but not like a swimsuit but stretchy enough to have some give. And it has to be classy, not too tacky. I don't want the fabric to cling, but just barely hug. It has to be able to withstand some serious getting down followed by getting funky. But, I want the color to be such that when I put black sheer over it, it will look like this- ( I proceeded to pull out a swatch that my soon to be sister-in-law and interior designer sent to me)
Gigi (super hero of fabric): ok. I think we can work with that.

Then to my surprise, she used the strange and vague request to zoom up and down the aisles at warp speed, pulling out this bolt and that (I swear she had a secret compartment somewhere, because I did not see any of the fabrics beforehand). After 3.5 seconds, in front of me was EXACTLY what I had pictured! Before I knew it, I was standing in front of the mirror with beautiful fabric draped up and around me and a vision of the gorgeous and elegant frock I would be wearing once I sewed all this fabric together. Yeah... we'll see how that turns out... I also got the cutest fabric to make pajama pants. After being in the magic world of things fabric, my mom and I went to the Cheesecake Factory. Anyone who does not know of this phenomenal restaurant, it is a true gem. If you have been to the Cheesecake Factory, or have heard of it, I'm sure you're raging with jealousy. We shared the Thai Lettuce Wraps, Tuna Carpaccio and Calamari. Then we left... psych! What do you go to the Cheesecake Factory for???? CHEESECAKE! We shared a raspberry lemon slice of cheesecake with lady finger crust- delish! Like the city girls we are, we rushed down to the BART station and hopped on our trains. (I'm so incredibly urban and seriously, so blessed! Heehee) You will not believe what conversation topic came up with a couple from Australia- the Oprah/Ellen debate! Yeah, I won't say how that turned out... but, I did get home safely. Fabulous.

2 comments:

{Amy} said...

Cheesecake Factory must have: Strawberry Lemonade and the appetizer plate {so you can try everything!!}FACTORY APPETIZER FAVORITES
A Combination of Our Favorite Appetizers including: Avocado Eggrolls, Spinach and Cheese Dip, Pot Stickers, Summer Rolls, Quesadilla, Corn Cakes, Buffalo Blasts and Calamari
P.S. Are you going to the Prom?

Rella said...

My sister and I are traveling to the Bay Area in October (I believe). We are going to see our mother and take her a surprise gift that is really a bribe. We want something she has and we have something she wants. Muahahahaha... At any rate I think my sister and I would absolutely LOVE to visit this phenomenal fabric store! I'll have to get directions. Thanks for posting it!