Monday, October 25, 2010

making plans for martha

Photo credit: Variety

About a month or so ago while blog-hopping, I read about a woman who attended a taping of The Martha Stewart Show in New York City. It sounded like so much fun that I requested tickets and to my surprise, received a confirmation email just weeks later.

My ticket confirmation says:
Martha LOVES when our audience wears bright colors & dresses to impress. The camera picks up bright colors best, so please plan your outfit accordingly.

Black, gray, tan or any muted colors, T-shirts, prints, logos, hats, or sleeveless tops.

Um ... all of my clothes are muted colors! But in the name of fun and Martha, I went shopping today on a quest for bright colors. The closest I came was this peachy-pink dress.

I wanted something fun and a little over-the-top for NYC but am still not sure about it yet. Tights, leggings or jeans? Boots or flats? Cardigan or no cardigan? Or something muted but pretty that I already have? (Hubby gave the ruffled dress pictured above a sensitively put thumbs-down and my youngest thought it was an elf costume -- and it could be!) Anyway ...

My BFF and I are very excited and plan to stop for sweets ...

Photo credit: Marilee at Rose Brier Studio

followed by treats at Martha's "favorite store in all the world" before heading home (about a 3-hour trip).

I promise to pack my camera and share my adventures by the weekend.



Scrap for Joy said...

What fun you'll have Elyse! Tinsel Trading is an awesome the Wendy Addison stuff. If you have time stop in at M&J Trimming at 1008 6th Ave. The first time I went there I couldn't even buy anything because I was so overwhelmed...lots of tinkering supplies there. It's between 37th and 38th and Tinsel is on 37th. That whole area is filled with trim and bead places...sensory overload for sure. Can't wait to hear about your adventure! Have fun!

Katy Noelle said...

How exciting and fun! I LOVE that dress!!!!!!!

Bunny said...

Very pretty dress I love it not sure it is bright enough, but is is pretty. Have fun I love NY used to live there 30 years ago and still miss it.

vintage girl at heart said...

I love the dress!!
I would layer it over jeans with cute (comfy) heels or and yes a cardigan for the NY weather!!!
Where did you buy it and who is the designer??
I love it!!
((Bet Martha will too))
Yall have fun and YES take photos!!!

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, how exciting, Elyse! Can't wait to hear & see all about your adventures!

I think your dress is lovely! Wear it however you feel fabulous!

Have such a fun trip, my friend!


julie said...

How fun! Attending Martha's show has always been on my list of things to do. You'll love all the shops in the garment district. Try to stop in at Mood Fabrics as well. Most importantly, wear comfortable shoes as there's just so much to see!

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

SO exciting Elyse!! I hope you have a great time at Martha! I love the dress, it really is beautiful. That is so funny how they tell you what to wear. cracks me up!

xoxo heather

koralee said...

Ok.....this really is my dream trip...Martha and Magonlia..does it get any better? I love that bakery....only visited once but I still have dreams of it. Enjoy every minute will look stunning no matter what you wear!

Hugs and love

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

A trip to NY? Wowzie! Have fun, drive safe(I sound like your mother) and please do post right away!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh my heavens Elyse! You are going to have a blast! Make sure you let us know when it will be aired! No matter what you wear, you will be beautiful! Tell Martha, Maryjane said hello! LOL!


The Shanty Girl said...

I think the dress is georgous, if you must follow instructions than pop a black sweater on with some black flats but the dress is awesome!! Have a really good time. I long to go to NYC and see the sites. Enjoy the bakery!

stefanie said...

oh, how exciting!!! oh, I wish i was you!!! can't wait to see the pictures!!!
and that dress is gorgeous!!!

Deborah said...

I think that top is gorgeous. Post a pic when you wear it.

Diane said...

I bet that Top/Dress/ blouse... will look fantastic on you! Go for it it's speaks Elyse... I cannot wait to see it on you, go for it! Hugs, Diane

Jill said...

Wow~ sounds like such a great time!! You will have so much fun! I absolutely love your dress. I think it would look darling with jeans and boots/heels. So cute! Have fun!

debi said...

eeeeeek!!!! I'm so excited for your Elyse! I love Martha!

I think that dress is beautiful...I also think that whatever you wear, you'll look gorgeous!!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

What fun, tell Martha I say hi!
Love that peachy, pink dress, it's darling.

The English Romantic said...

Beautiful dress, just my colours. I do muted too so it would have been my choice.
Have a great time.
Smiles, Angela.

Theresa said...

OH how fun! Wear bright colors and take her one of those pretties you have made:) She will love it! Have a blessed day! HUGS!

Shellie said...

You'll look adorable no matter what!HAVE FUN!! :)

Sandi said...

Elyse I LOVE that ruffled dress! You will look cute no matter what you wear though.
I thought maybe you were going to BE on Martha and show people how to create something. I am sure you will be doing that soon though!! :)

Sherry from Alabama said...

How exciting! Congratulations! With the rest of the audience in bright colors you'll be sure to be the stand-out in your beautiful soft peach outfit. I can't wait to hear all about your adventure!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

NanaDiana said...

Elyse-Have fun. The reason they don't like pastels is because the camera tends to "blur" them a bit...and light blue causes the camera to do REALLY weird things. If you want to be SEEN on TV you will notice that they always pan to people wearing bright colors. ps...Did ya know I was a minor little on-air personality back in the mid 70's? lol

That being said-just so you know- the brighter dressed people get to sit closest to the front. They put those in the lighter colors and sleevless outfits towards the very back because they don't "show" as well. And that's just the little bit I know about that~;>)

I hope you have a ball! I know you will~And...I hope you have a bit of time to shop (even window shopping) because there is nothing in the world like NYC...make sure you walk 5th Avenue!!! Hugs- Diana

birdie blue said...

how much fun, elyse. i can't wait to hear all about it. it's about time you and martha had a chance to meet.


Sewn With Grace said...

You are one lucky girl! Have a fabulous time and come back and tell us all about it!

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Interesting, no sleeveless tops? Why I wonder? They worry about hurricane force winds from the over-40 bat wing arms clapping? ;)

Good for you! Have a wonderful time!

Lisa xo

Betty Jo said...

I hope you have a blast! I think the dress is darling. Are you allowed to wear it since it's sleeveless? ♥

Elyse said...

thinking of going with the ensemble idea from vintage girl at heart.

am loving all of these comments. thanks, everyone!!!


T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh Elyse, fun, fun, fun! Enjoy every moment. I love your dress. It is so you, I think! What do husbands and kids know about clothes anyways!!!! It may not be a bright color, but your smile will definitely brighten up the room. ;)

I love your bazaar treasures, too. I was to have a table at a bazaar the end of November, but I just never feel like I have enough time to prepare or that I can actually make anything that anyone would want.

Wishing you all the best. :) Tammy

Claudia said...

Have a fabulous time my friend. I'm so glad you're making time for Tinsel Trading. I want all the details.


Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

That'll be so fun!! I love that ruffled dress. I would pair it with some sweet, pink flats. Boys have a way of stifling our style. If it was up to my husband, I would wear jeans and casual tops with athletic shoes ALL THE TIME!

It's me said...

How exciting !!! your Ria....

Roberta said...

Love this dress/top Elyse!!! It's so you and pretty ~ and a you can wear it so many ways! boots & skinny jeans? New York, New York! Have a blast!

Roberta said...

p.s. if you don't go anywhere else, go to ABC carpet & home. omg!

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh my goodness how exciting & I absolutely love that dress!!! I would wear it with leggins & flats or jeans & cute low heeled shoes & a pretty cardigan for both!
Have a fantastic time!
p.s thank you so much for your sweet message today regarding my Mum.

heidi said...

Wow, congrats! I love the dress! leggings and boots with--I give it thumbs up! I'd love to got to Tinsel Trading, lucky you!
Hugs, Heidi

Jeanne said...

Oh what fun! What is the date of your appearance in the audience?

Jeanne said...

Oh what fun! What is the date of your appearance in the audience?

tales from an oc cottage said...

You...and Marty Stu...the stars HAVE aligned! Wooooooooohoooooooooooo!

m ^..^

❦TattingChic said...

Have fun on your trip and tell Martha Hi! LOL! ;D
Wow that store that "Scrap for Joy" is telling you about sounds like heaven to me!
I am envious and wish I could go!
~TattingChic ♥

Creative Wings Boutique said...

hi elyse,
so jealous you get to go meet martha. i love love love martha. i am a ny girl stuck in mo and i miss it loads. i hope you have an awesome time. maybe you will luck out and she will be doing awesome give aways on the day you go!
Good Luck

Terri's ThreadArt said...

Hi Elyse,
I have been to the show lot's of times ~ don't worry too much about the clothing. I will tell you that everytime I wear bright colors ~ they seat me in the first or second row! I even went to Nate's Show a few weeks ago and the same thing happen. Anywhere you sit is a good seat however ~ Martha's show treats her guest awesome. Her set is beautiful. Have a great time and don't forget to visit Bryant Park on 42nd near Grand Central ~ peaceful sweet place to sit and take a load off! Also City Quilter is right near the show!

Suz said...

I would give my eye teeth! That sounds wonderful. I just love that dress and love the ideas that people have given for wearing it with different things. Very New York dress. You will look smashing!

I am not sure if I told you there is a giveaway on my blog, jewelry designed by Robin Thomas (A Nest with a View) and myself. No strings attached!!


birdie blue said...


i've been thinking about your outfit dilemma. are you familiar with emma pillsbury from glee? darling, colorful, vintage with a might want to take a peek.


KarenHarveyCox said...

That sounds like so much fun. Leave it to Martha to even try to control the way her audience looks. Your dress is perfect! Have a ball. Karen

Cassandra said...

oh how exciting! How much fun! Congrats! P.S love your purchase! xox Cassandra

Annette said...

I love the dress!!! And leggins would look great! But what do I know??? What fun you are going to have!

Brenda Kula said...

Love the dress! Sounds like loads of girl fun.

gabrielle messina said...

eeek! I am so excited for you! A tapinh of Martha! I just picked that dress up at H&M last night! It's beautiful!! I am going to go for boots with mine... Magnolia.... I could go for one of those sweet cakes right now!

Little Pink Studio said...

Have a wonderful time! Sounds like a dream day to me for sure!
I love Martha, I love Tinsel Trading, and I love Magnolia's Bakery.
Hmmm, wonder if I could talk my husband into a trip to NYC? I haven't been in a couple of years...
Have fun sweetie!
Cerri xoxo

baysiderose said...

How exiting and have a fabulous time.
Pam x

Rose Brier Studio said...

I love the dress. leggings and ballet flats. a bright scarf around your neck. A cardigan if you get cold, or a long sleeve T under? You will look wonderful. What fun!

Lori said...

What ever you pair with that ruffled gem will be gorgeous!! I adore ruffles and this is beuatiful! Lori

Jacqueline said...

Goody goody gum must spill all the jelly beans on dear Martha!
What a hoot. I'd love to do the same! Can't wait till you return back'll look smashing my dear!

Gracefully Vintage said...

OF Course so so Jealous. You'll have to let us know, when the episode your on will be on, so we can look for you in audience-..
Im so happy for you..

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Have a wonderful time. That ticket explains why audiences are often dressed the same :-) I've noticed it on "Funniest Home Video".
I look forward to seeing your photos.

Tracey said...

Oh Elyse that really does sound like so much fun!!! And your dress is so pretty! Just like Martha to have a bunch of rules about being an audience member :)

Eat a cupcake for me!

Hugs ~

:) T

jeanetteann said...

I absolutely adore that little pink floaty dress How could anyone not xx