Saturday, December 31, 2011

Resolutions for 2012

Step into 2012 right. Or risk becoming a fossil like this dinosaur.
We are hours away from ringing in the New Year.  I'm leaving Times Square for the tourists and enjoying a bottle of Eve's Cidery Essence and making my Netflix queue smaller.

It's always fun to compare last year's resolutions to this year's and next year's see whether you've actually accomplished anything. Plus it's a good reminder for when you put "lose weight" on your list and you supposedly forgot about it.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

W.M.D.s found at Wafel & Dinges

Wafel truck at Central Park.
Belgian waffles are the bane of the college freshmen diet. Thankfully statistics have proven that the "freshmen 15" is completely myth.

So go out an celebrate by eating a waffle! Specifically at Wafels & Dinges. It is one of the original gourmet food trucks that roved around New York City streets leaving a trail of spekuloos spread.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top 6 Things to see before 2012

Time is a lot like chocolate - it's gone before you know it.
The holidays are almost over and you're pretty much set to start 2012. However there's still plenty to do before you start counting down.

Here are my top picks:

Know anything else that is closing/expiring before 2012. Let's hear them!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Cupcake of the Week - Sprinkles at Dylan's

Noticed the Dylan's Candy Bar Pop up Shop by Bryant Park? Ever gone inside and noticed the Sprinkles stand? No? Well you were probably too distracted by the kid-sized gingerbread house and upside-down Christmas tree. As you can see there's not much left for the day.

For inquiring minds, Sprinkles is LA's go-to brand for cupcakes.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Brunch: Alice's Tea Cup Chapter II

Alice's Tea Cup is very reminiscent of childhood tea parties you use to have. Except instead of fruit punch you can have actual tea and real tea cakes. (Did I mention real cake?)

Chapter II is one of there most popular locations in New York City for lovers of pink and nostalgic for childhood fancies. As well as people who want a real tea party without the stiff and stuffy atmosphere.

Lolitas love to venture to Alice's whenever they have the chance, and the wait staff are more than welcoming to those wearing dresses with maximum poofiness. With a short walk from Central Park and the popular shopping avenues--it's no wonder that this place has wait times that are anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours. 

I had been several times before, but wanted to introduce the other half to the place. Luckily we had our chance on a late Saturday brunch with a short wait of 15 minutes!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I feel like this is one of those obligatory holiday posts, but I wanted to wish anyone and everyone who reads Lolita and the City. It's a slowly building brand which I hope to continue to despite this busy year. 

Keep your eyes open for some new posts this coming weeks (and possible an anniversary giveaway).

Happy Holidays everyone!

(Feel free to tell me if you've gotten anything outstandingly stupendous that you need to share!)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cupcake of the Week: Fancy Smancy

Cupcakes are getting fancier and fancier. Robicelli's stall at Union Square Holiday Market has flavors such as chocolate merlot and pear mascarpone.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cupcake of the Week: Cafe Angelique

Was on my way home from a quick shopping trip in SoHo when I passed by this cupcake stall. It's Cafe Angelique's Express stall for those (like me) on the go. For curious minds, it's on 575 Broadway. If I'm not in such a rush next time, perhaps I'll slow down for a quick cupcake.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Life Underground and the Little Men at Work

Ever been at anyone of the E trains and noticed any one of these little guys? Or even just passing by Times Square and see them just holding bags of money or hanging off the Applebee's sign?  And then as soon as you see one you can't help but search for them all because you don't want to miss one .

As a fun fact this is an art installation known as "Life Underground."  Tom Otterness collaborated with the MTA to create this installation in 2000 as part of the Arts for Transit program. The installation runs along the A, C, E, and L trains.

There's no rhyme or reason to their locations and scattered in such a way that you won't expect them. On benches, ceilings, and under stairwells. I'll be honest I've tried to catalog some of them, but there's simply too many to count. And no wonder since these bronze statues. are no taller than a foot high.

If you are curious, the MTA has generously cataloged them all in case you've missed any.  So take a camera next time you travel on the A, C, E.

It would make a good scavenger hunt wouldn't it?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cupcake of the Week: In the Bag (Purse)!

Remember that blinged out cupcake purse Lily (Charlotte York's daughter) had from that first Sex and the City movie? Well you could own one of your own. The original is by Judith Leiber, but these are by Timmy Woods. He has a booth at the Grand Central Holiday Fair, so check them out if you are waiting for the train or looking for a really nice Christmas present.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Extremely Late for an Important Date: Tokyo Rebel Tea Party 8/22 in Pictures!

This is long, long, long over due, since this was in August and now it's November with the leaves already on the ground (and we've already experienced our first snowfall!). So apologies to anyone and everyone who reads this.

In late August, Tokyo Rebel held its first tea party. First part of the event was a buffet at Cha-An, a Japanese teahouse in the East Village. The second half took place at their store for a live Skype conversation with Misako Aoki!

Friday, November 11, 2011

New York Chocolate Show 11/10 - 11/13

Designs from chocolate fashion show last year.
It's never a bad time for chocolate. Especially when one prefers chocolate over roses (though I may reconsider for chocolate roses). The 14th Annual New York Chocolate Show has begun, but you've still got time.

What other plans have you made for this weekend? None? Well any plans made have been automatically overruled in the name of chocolate.

There's workshops, artwork, and couture chocolate fashion. And, of course, free samples.

I strongly recommend the wasabi-flavored or 5th Avenue Chocolatier truffles (which taste great frozen, I learned).  Also get your tickets ahead of time, and perhaps a good book to read (the lines will be long, but worth it).

14th Annual New York Chocolate Show
November 10th - November 13th, 2011
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

Thursday, November 10 - Saturday, November 12, 2011: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday, November 13, 2011: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

I dragged along the other half along last year check out pictures I took to convince you to go. Or see what you're missing out.

There is No Lifestyle Just You (Wearing Lolita)

Right (Betty, Season One), Left (Betty, Season Four)
I've been finishing up Ugly Betty and notice a lot of similarities between Lolitas and the main character, Betty Suarez. For those who are unfamiliar with the show, Ugly Betty is originally a telenovela that was remade for American audiences. It follows a young, green college graduate who is immerse into the world of fashion journalism in New York City.  Just watching it and seeing a over the top version of the fashion industry makes you want to dress better.

While it only lasted four season, you notice a gradual change of Betty's fashion sense has become, well, more fashionable.

Lolita fashion is the same.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Drops of God Wine Tasting 11/9

Who doesn't love wine tastings? Vertical presents a wine tasting in conjunction with one of their food-related manga titles, Drop of the Gods.

Taste wine featured in the manga series and learn how you can be a better wine connoiseur. This is a great event to go to - especially if you aren't able to get into Cinched at the Swift Hibernian Lounge tomorrow night.

A Very Vintage Vertical Vednesday - Tasting the Drops of God
Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit
5 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

Melissa Shoes Sample Sale 11/10 - 11/12!

Melissa X Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon 2009

Melissa's having another sample sale! Featuring Alexandre Hercovitch Joy and Vivienne Westwood collaborations, plus other well-known Melissa styles.

Get there early if you want those shoes in your size and don't settle for a size too big. You may not want to part with them later, even though you can't fit into them (like I have with my Lady Dragon shoes in Pearl).

Melissa Shoe Sample Sale
November 10th - November 12, 2011
520 W. 27th Street
Suite 601
New York, NY 10001
Hours: Wednesday – Friday 12PM - 8PM
Saturday 11AM - 3PM

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cupcake of the Week: Ugly Doll

I'm starting to understand the Ugly Doll appeal after getting one at NYCC this year. And it so happens their favorite food is a cupcake. The evidence is in the window at Forbidden Planet in Union Square.

Cinched: Historic Corsets & Modern Corsetieres - 11/9

It's not fashion unless there's some pain involved. The Nineteenth Century Society presents the history of the corset. Learn about how to make your own, as well as see some corsets historically-made and historically-inspired made by designers and fashion enthusiasts. 
CINCHED: Historic Corsets & Modern Corsetieres 
November 9, 2011
6:30 - 9:00PM
Swift Hibernian Lounge
34 East 4th Street
New York, NY

Friday, November 4, 2011

Japanese Fast Food - Kobeyaki

There are not many ramen places in New York City. Correction: There are not many ramen places that do not require a two hour wait. The other part of your criteria is that it is authentic ramen and not the Maruchan freeze-dried kind.

Kobeyaki seems to satisfy this desire. It is fast food for people who don't want a typical burger and fries with some Japanese fusion thrown in for good measure.  They have everything from sushi to Kobe burgers to ramen. The selection is small, but it makes up in taste.

The ramen was good and filling, despite the small size.  It satisfies your "I'm craving ramen" desires. I even started drinking the broth, which I never do.

It's a bit pricey for your typical meal - calculate drink and food and you've got a little more than $10 to spend. Factor in that all there food is sustainable and locally grown (which they mention on their website), Kobeyaki is alright for a midterm study break or, in my case, just dinner since you're not familiar with the Chelsea area.

It's too bad there's only one location (right now).

293 7th Ave
New York NY 10001

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Artsy Fanart - New York Museum of Conan Art 10/31 - 11/3

If you have to time between now and Thurday (and a fan of Conan O'Brien) head uptown to time Warner Center to the New York Museum of Conan Art (or NY MOCA for short).  In town for a limited time - literally a treat for Conan fans.  

And this is literally an exhibit dedicated the tall, ginger-coiffed talk host. However for a short time, he's returned to his beloved New York City and his fans have welcomed him with fan art.

From night lights to color-by-numbers to hand-painted acrylic nails to a talking chair (yes a talking, orange chair which you can get your picture taken and get Conan swag), the MOCA is an exhibit that is for fans by fans. 

Time Warner Center is a great location for this once-in-a-lifetime event, what with it's mall-like atmosphere in a Upper West Side location. That's why NYFW is at Lincoln Center, placing fashion at a higher level, closer to art. Each piece also had a QRC code so you can look it up. Or if you want to check it out the old-fashioned way, click here.

Onto the pictures!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Cupcake of the Week: Pretty Pop!

Pretty Pop Design's table seen at New York Anime Festival portion of New York Comic Con. By the end of the weekend they were all gone. I can see why, they are good enough to eat!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Brunch: Eataly + Birreria

This is not your typical Italian food with pasta and pizza (which is not really Italian). If you've never heard of Eataly before, and you love artisanal food, then this is your heavan. Or at least your mall.

From chocolate, to cheese, to seafood, to vegetables and gelato, Eataly is your level of gluttonly at its finest. Besides shopping you can also dine and the various stations/sections. Be prepared for a long wait for any of them (especially during weekends and dinner hours), but that's when you begin roaming around this part supermarket, part restaurant, part food court.

If you aren't in the mood to stare at the various kinds of brie Eataly offers, then head up to Birreria, Eataly's own rooftop beer garden/restaurant.

Wine and Bread wrapped in parchment paper.
I can only attest to a late lunch, but it was still exquisite, especially when paired with a rosé wine. The waiters are also very attentive when it comes to asking for recommendations.

Cavolo Nero Con Salsa - Chopped mixed kale, grapefruit, poppy seed frico with anchovy vinaigrette

The price is a bit average for New York, but worth it to try once. Although Birreria is open all year round (winter time, they have heatlamps) the best time to dine would be preferably during fall and spring when the weather is just right.

200 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wedding Dress Shopping for Lolitas: Tips and Shop Recommendations

I now pronounce you Lolita and bunny bear. (Tokyo Fashion Festa 2010)
It's a bit hard to envision a wedding when your a Lolita. And there are not alot of resources out there.  GeekMeNina is recently posting updates about her upcoming wedding. And there's Pink Milk Tea's posts about her simple ceremony at City Hall.

Especially, if you want to incorporate your love of Lolita, but also have a wedding.  A real wedding, not a civil ceremony at City Hall.

This goes same with a dress.  If you're a Lolita, you have a good sense of what looks good on you, what materials you want it, and how you want it to look. Not too plain, but not too shiny, and maybe a bit of lace.

Some tips for the newly engaged and wear Lolita and looking for a dress:
  • Marathon at least one season of Say Yes to the Dress. This gives you a good idea what you do or don't want. It also saves you money if you don't want to buy and flip through several wedding magazines. (Also once you have a dress, stop watching.)
  • Leave David's Bridal as your last resort. There are plenty of salons in your budget (see below) if you just look. Also I've learned your information is also given out to affliated third party vendors.
  • The best way to set a budget if you're a Lolita: imagine there's your ultimate dress on an auction site. What's the maximum limit you would spend on this dress? (Note: Another tip is use your monthly rent as a typical gauge of how much you'd like to spend)
  • Bring a close friend who's into fashion or a Lolita. 
  • Physically try on dresses before considering ordering online. You never know you'll like it if you just try it on. Wedding dresses, I've found, look completely different on the hangar than on you. 
  • Start with a boutique that sells more traditional styled dresses before thinking offbeat. You may find out you want a dress that's more traditional after all.
  • How to tell it's the dress: nothing else will matter if you get the dress. Even if your significant other plans to wear a certified replica Doctor Who suit.
I'm sure you are not here to listen about tips, but physical places to look. Here are list of boutiques I recommend you check out if you're in the New York area, or are planning to head to New York City to shop for a dress if you city lacks in the bridal department.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stetsons are Cool - Sample Sale 11/10 - 11/11

Are you so enamored by this past season's Doctor Who, you need a hat and boots (optional) to make a Lolita version of the Eleventh Doctor's ensemble?  Specifically the "Impossible Astronaut" episode.

Then mark your calendars for Stetson's sample sale.

Boots (originally $225 down to $50) and apparel (originally $50-200 down to $10-$25) will be marked at a 60-80% discount.  This is two days only, so act fast.

Stetson Sample Sale
November 10 - 11, 2011
263 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018

Monday, October 24, 2011

Cupcake of the Week: Money's in the Cupcake

A bank like this is honest. My money is going towards cupcakes.  $6 in Century 21.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Surreal Moment of NYCC 2011

Fandom is a weird disease that you catch like a cold. You don't realize you have it, and once you do, it's already too late. I'm not a big comic person, and even less of an anime person now, unless I know who the person is affliated to what pop culture reference, I'm very much out of the loop. 

There were only two times I could say this was true or just very surreal. Seeing Wylie Dufresne, owner of WD-50, and seeing Sebastian Masuda, founder of %6 Doki Doki and the Might Harajuku Project. Attending the Food and Comics panel made me realize how much of a food fanatic I really am.  Discovering Masuda had been attending for the sake of attending was beyond surreal. 

(Okay, a third surreal thing was meeting a blog reader I had never met in person.)

He apparently also knew about the tiny New York portion Mighty Harajuku Project I helped organize at Sakura Matsuri! I shouldn't have been surprised, but it was probably still awe-struck seeing him in person. 

However that was literally the ending moment of the convention for me. See more pictures of what happened earlier that day.

Note: If you'd like to use these pictures for your own reference, all that I ask is for credit of some kind. No one likes when their stuff is stolen, even if it's a picture.

Streets Snaps - Lolitas at NYCC 2011

Dalin from La Vida Frills
I'll be honest and tell you I did not see much at New York Comic Con this year. Mainly because I was doing one of three things: navigating through the Javits, buying lunch and last-minute supplies for people, and hiding from the crowds.

However I made sure that I had to see two panels: "She's So Unusual" by Dalin from La Vida Frills and "Little Pink House on the Prairie" by Martha from Moss Garden.  And take some picture snaps of Lolitas if I could find any. Despite the lack of Lolita programming I did find quite a few girls.

Note: If you'd like to use these pictures for your own reference, all that I ask is for credit of some kind. No one likes when their stuff is stolen, even if it's a picture.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Get Your Glide On - Ice Rink Openings

No Lolitas were harmed in this photo.
The weather is getting colder, which means only one thing: the ice skating rinks are starting to appear!

Before you starting planning out that long holiday present list, find your skates and try them out before asking for another pair.

Also practice that combination lock (or in my case figure out what is the combination, since I only use locks during this time of the year). 

Rockefellar Center's Ice Rink opened last week, and this Sunday marks Wollman Rink's opening.

And . . . now that Bryant Park is no longer the place to be for NYFW, The Pond is opening up October 27th, instead of the usual early November.

Check out last year's post for tips if you've forgotten how to skate properly. Hint: It's just like riding a bike.

See you on the ice!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cupcake of the Week : Yes That's Popcorn

More Butterlane cupcakes. This time I got the decency to buy two, which was well worth the $6.

Moist and just a hint of sweetness.  Oddly enough I do recommend the one with popcorn on top. It's a caramel frosting and the popcorn offsets the sweetness for yummy goodness.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Taste of Home - A-Pou's Taste

Lunch tends to be a tricky meal if you work full-time, and really want to avoid the lines and burgers Mickey D's.

You could bring lunch, but its more rewarding to know you can afford lunch.  I recently discovered A-Pou's Dumpling cart.

With 4 dumpling options to chose from you really can't go wrong. There's Taiwanese Style Pork, Hong Kong Style Chicken, Kimchi Beef, and Vegetarian.  What's got me hooked is that they advertise using no MSG in their food, and it's pretty authentic when it comes to potstickers - right down to crispy skin).  The next closet thing is making them yourself from scratch.

Took me at least 3x before I was able to take the pictures.
Which I've actually done, and it's simply not the same making them with family and then eating a giant pot of dumplings.

You can have it with noodles or just order a whole bunch of dumplings. And between $5-$9 you get your money's worth.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cupcake of the Week : Rilakkuma Cupcake

Found in Kinokuniya books stores. Fortunately for you I'm not a big Rilakkuma fan (Tenkorikuma all the way).

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Lolita at NYCC - Panels and Events

MintyMix booth from 2009
New York Comic Con (NYCC) is less than a week away (which is not a lot of time to plan an outfit). If you are a Lolita and have never been to NYCC or this is your first time dressing up in Lolita and want to meet other gals you should be reading this.

A convention is always fun, but also overwhelming. Crowds, lines, meeting new people, getting lost after seeing another Lolita for the first time.

A few tips for first-timers and regular congoers:
  • Make sure you've bought your ticket ahead of time. Crowds are intense just getting in. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes. If you have rocking shoes just collecting dust, this is a perfect opportunity to wear them.
  • Money needs to be accessible, but not to others. (ATMs will have lines.)
  • If possible, bring food or plan out your restaurants ahead of time.
  • Ask the person if you are planning to take a pictures (No one likes stalkers.)
  • Staff people are there to help, so if you have any problems or wondering where the bathrooms are - ask a person wearing RED staff shirts.  
To make things easier for you and your feet, I've highlighted several events and booths that you may be interested in checking out if you are attending. Also check out NYCC's official blog Medium at Large for daily updates and panel highlights.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Cupcake of the Week: Baby's First Cupcake

Plush Cupcakes at Kidding Around, a toy store that opened up in Grand Central. So adorable!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

FNO with LVF

NYFW has past, but FNO will always a memory of craziness.

Although it was my first time venture out for Fashion's Night Out, I was not alone - Dalin from La Vida Frills decided to team up and find out what all the insanity was all about.

I do mean insanity.

Four hours to get into the Missoni @Target Pop-up Shop in Bryant Park. Kim Kardashian and Pauly D shut down DASH.  We were at none of these.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cupcake of the Week : Anna Sui

From Anna Sui makeup launch party. On another note I saw her in the store, but was too chicken to say congratulations on her latest show.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Cupcake of the Week : Swimming with the Fishes

Taken at Dances of Vice: Enchantment Under the Sea. Made by the Land of Cake Believe.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Orange is "In" - Anna Sui Launch Party 9/15

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So what do you think of New York Fashion Week so far? Current favorites of my are Charlotte Ronson, Richard Chai, and Vivienne Tam.

Unfortunately spring is too far and summer is clearly ending. So to remind people, autumn isn't so bad, Anna Sui's throwing a party to celebrate the launch of her Autumn makeup collection for 2011.

From 6-8PM on Thursday, September 15th, Anna Sui store will be giving free mini makeovers. For purchases over $75 you get a free cosmetics case.

So try some makeup, browse around, or perhaps congratulate Anna Sui on her latest fashion collection (Note: Her fashion show is September 14th 6PM. Check LiveRunway for Anna Sui and other designer's collection. They also loop the shows that day in case you missed them live.)

Anna Sui 2011 Autumn Cosmetics Launch Party
Thursday, September 15th, 2011
113 Greene Street
New York, NY 10012

Friday, September 9, 2011

Willkommen to Cafe Marlene

Ode to Marlene Dietrich 
As much as I enjoy being a foodie in Manhattan, Queens should get some love too.

Cafe Marlene is a cozy little cafe that reminds you of Old World Berlin. Inspired and named after And its no wonder, the owners were inspired to open this little spot after Marlene Dietrich, film noir Hollywood actress and singer.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

All Aboard, Courtesy of Nucky Thompson

Like Boardwalk Empire? Like vintage trains? Just like anything vintage?

To get ready for the premiere of the second season of Boardwalk Empire, HBO gives MTA riders a chance to travel on an authentic Prohibition-era train every weekend of September from 12PM to 6PM.

Just wait along the uptown 2/3 line until you spot an old-timey train with the windows open (they didn't have A/C back in the day). The train runs between 42nd and 96th street, running along the express line. 

Feel free to dress up or down, but just remember to bring your camera. Last Sunday I had the opportunity to take a ride into the 1960s myself and took a few pictures.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Cupcake of the Week: Cupcakes = Love

Decided to put my own spin on Cupcake of the Week, which will feature anything related to cupcakes. This was noticed in window of Butter Lane Cupcake's East Village location.

Cannot agree more.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Unicorns Everywhere - Big Gay Ice Cream Shop Opening

Had the opportunity to check out the opening of the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. Definitely worth the wait, especially for a first-timer like myself. Check out their Twitter @biggayicecream for minute-by-minute updates. 

In the mean time, check out pictures of the place I managed to take while inside. And for those already addicted, they have loyalty point cards available.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Throw It in the Bag : Picks and Tips for Fashion's Night Out

Three year's ago when the economy was very down in the dumps and shopping was literally a guilt trip, Anna Wintour and her colleagues decided to get people out to the stores. As such, Fashion's Night Out or FNO was born. An idea that began in New York has now spanned several cities, which grants people the opportunity to meet fashion celebs, win exclusive prizes, and of course, shop until you drop.

This year it falls on September 8, 2011 (just a few weeks away) starting at 6PM. Now it's grown to overwhelming proportions, so I thought I'd give you some events that appeal to a Lolita-minded fashion lover's heart.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Out and About: Meet and Greet with Lolita Designers at Tokyo Rebel

Mistuba (left) and Masumi Kano (right)
With Otakon having taken up so much of my time, I barely had moments to enjoy myself (much less have time to eat). Which is why I was truly ecstatic when Tokyo Rebel announced they would be hosting a meet-and-greet session with designers Masumi Kano and Mitsuba on Monday, August 1st, 2011.

It was also a great opportunity for those who weren't able to make it to Otakon, and for people like me, who prefered a more intimate one-on-one sitting -- not to mention avoid hour long lines just for an autograph.

Tokyo Rebel asked those girls interested to RVSP ahead of time, with everyone going in groups of ten at a time so each person could have a few moments to speak with the designers. It was also beneficial to attendees to not feel claustrophobic with Tokyo Rebel being such a small store.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Traveling Lolita - Otakon 2011

Pepper Ink
It's been at least a year since I've gone to a con, and two years since I've attended Otakon, one of the biggest conventions on the East Coast.  I had just gotten into Lolita and haven't quite fully grasped that Baltimore is hotter and crazier than New York. 

This year's guests feature designers from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates - along with Ibi and Mint, designers of Sixh (a sub-brand of h.Naoto). There was also the Ultimate Lolita Fashion Show, a fashion show devoted to American designers. With Lolita being guests and part of the main events it was a must-see event, and a mini-vacation I could not pass up. 

Initially I was unsure what to expect this year, and at my only priorities were the Lolita-focused fashion shows. All the while, I would tweet my adventures via Blackberry. Unfortunately my Blackberry could not take Baltimore heat and I had to survive sans smartphone. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Magician King Signing 8/10!

For Harry Potter fans there is a void that needs to be filled. So while you're waiting for your Hogwarts letter from Pottermore, I suggest checking out The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

I picked up The Magicians on a whim in a now defunct Borders store. It was one of the best books I've ever picked up. Think adult version (as opposed to YA) of Harry Potter set in Narnia - and there are no happy endings. Six months later I seized the opportunity to check out a booksigning. It was the most interesting signing I've been too - an elderly attendee began comparing The Magicians to the upcoming Sorcerer's Apprentice. (There's no contest that The Magicians is far better).

Lev Grossman continues where The Magicians left off with The Magician King. If you're a fan or aching for a new book, Grossman will be holding a Q&A and signing his latest book at two stores. On Tuesday, August 9th, Grossman will be at WORD bookstore in Brooklyn, and at Barnes & Nobles on Wednesday, August 10th.

Hope to see you there with at least two books in hand!

The Magician King Signing
August 9th, 2011
Word Bookstore
126 Franklin St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

August 10th, 2011
Barnes & Noble
2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street)
New York, NY 10024