03 May MARGUERITE at the Plaza
Written by: Laura Nell Burton
Photography by: Christin Gish
Start spreading the news, she’s leaving today…
She wants to wake up, in a city that doesn’t sleep
And find she’s Queen of the hill, top of the heap!
Hello ELOISE, je suis Me MARGUERITE
Are you up in the penthouse with Weenie and Skipperdee waiting for me?
Because I’ve finally arrived at The Plaza!
Ooooooooooo isn’t it rawther extraordinaire?
Here’s what I brought in my suitcase
oh my Lord
We’re going to take sooooooooo many pictures
because I am rawther photogenic
and Mommy is going to write a Love Letter for her Cloche friends about our trip
but she says I absolutely cawn’t call Room Service for Johnny Walker Black
or champagne like Nanny lets you, ELOISE!
I am the blessed mother of three children, ages eleven, seven and four. Suffice it to say, MARGUERITE is our firecracker.
An insightful memory comes to mind from her princess phase at the age of three…when one night she awoke with 102 fever but traded in pajamas for a fuchsia ball gown before she came to tell me she was sick (not the first or last time during that stage of motherhood that a scratchy tulle petticoat triumphed over my REM). Marguerite never wants the party to end. She doesn’t take no for an answer. And someday, she’ll set the world on fire in wonderful ways (that’s if we make it through her teenage years—stay tuned…). From the acrobatics that started with her first flutter in utero, to the moment that head of fiery red hair debuted into the world nine months later, she’s been spirited from her beginning. Fast forward seven prec(oc)ious years and if you ask her, she’ll tell you in no uncertain terms, how rawther “HARD it is to be in the MIDDLE.” Always fighting for attention divided (UNFAIRLY!) between her brother and sister. Middle Child Syndrome, at it’s best.
So I decided it was high time to take her on her own vacation to visit my darling New Yorker sister, Olivia (a.k.a “Auntie-O”).
NYC, here we come!
Introducing, the Eloise Suite at The Plaza Hotel. Relax in Eloise’s cushy robe and slippers, sink into the king-size bed with its sparkly pink headboard and custom Eloise bedding, snuggle up with Eloise books, dolls and DVDs, and bask in the glow of Eloise’s name in big neon lights. The entire pink, white and black room (don’t miss the zebra carpet) was lovingly created by celebrated designer Betsey Johnson. The floor plan includes an adjacent one-bedroom Nanny Suite inclusive of a living room, bathroom and its own powder room. In full disclosure, MARGUERITE didn’t actually sleepover with her best friend ELOISE. We cost-consciously opted for the Fairmount Suite, and nonetheless still enjoyed a full Eloise experience during our own luxurious stay at The Plaza.
More highlights from our NYC trip: a shopping spree at Bloomingdales and the Tiffany Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue; dining at Match 65 Brasserie (kids can color on the tables), Via Quadronno, Billy’s Bakery (the red velvet cupcakes are insane), and historical Tavern on the Green; and cultural experiences including the Ancient Egypt and Modern and Contemporary Art exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Broadway show, Wicked.
A pink enameled Tiffany charm
for Marguerite’s favorite accessory,
her James Avery charm bracelet
(her first Tiffany experience).
Lovely ladies lunch at
Tavern on the Green in Central Park.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
3 +1 = 4 Renoir redheads (left)
and discovering Jackson Pollock (right)
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
We loved the lessons in wonderful Wicked:
there are always two sides to every story;
and true beauty comes from within.
At every stop we purposefully collected a scrap memento (curating lovely details!)—our room key, crayon correspondence between ELOISE and MARGUERITE during our stay (God bless the darling Plaza staff!), our Playbill, maps, menus, drink coasters, shopping bags—for a Framed collage which now graces a wall in Marguerite’s bedroom, reminding her of magical mother-daughter memories.
Finished framed NYC Trip Collage!
We loved working with
the talented team at Framed!
We hope we’ve inspired you to curate and collage your own memories the next time you take a special vacation…
If this ANGEL can make it there,
She’ll make it anywhere.
It’s up to you, New York, New York!