Monday, February 28, 2011

Double Dipping at Crumbs

March is certainly arriving like a lion. Crumbs unveiled two new cupcakes - one for the Cupcake of the Week, and Cupcake of the Month.

This week's cupcake should definitely go with the phrase "Don't Worry, Be Happy." I mean how can you go wrong with food that has a smiley face on it? Especially when it's a vanilla cupcake with chocolate-flavored cream cheese filling. Frosting is vanilla with yellow sanding sugar.

Crumbs was in the mood to honor St. Patrick early. Irish Cream is a coffee soaked cupcake topped with Irish Cream cream frosting, rimmed in chocolate sprinkles, and an espresso-flavored cream rosette. It doesn't matter if you're Irish or wearing green, but you'll definitely feel lucky to have eaten this cupcake.

So skip the coffee and go straight for breakfast with two very delicious cupcakes.

That half hour of Wii Fit can wait until tomorrow.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Musty Dusty Love

So much to do this weekend and not enough of me to go around.

It's the last weekend of ice skating at CitiPond in Bryant Park, the City Bakery's Hot Chocolate Festival ends Monday (with flavors like Tropical Hot Chocolate, Happy Hot Chocolate, and Surprise Finale Hot Chocolate), and the Museum of the Moving Image is screening 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

All things that pique my curiousity, but what's number one on my to-do list? The Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Crumbs Cupcake of the Week - Gone Bananas

Ever crave bananas but hate that to have that filling feeling after eating one? Gone Bananas is a cupcake that will still make you feel full but also give sweet delicious taste in your mouth.

A marble cupcake filled with chocolate fudge, topped with banana cream cheese frosting, and rimmed with chocolate chips. And the best part? Instead of a cherry on top you have banana chips.

So go bananas with this week's Crumbs' Cupcake of the Week, and check out more sweet deals on Twitter.

(Note: Beware of cute babies dressed as monkeys. Don't let their evil plan to steal your cupcake fool you.)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Literature for that Fashion Confidence Boost

Sometimes wearing Lolita is not enough to get you to take that step out that door to the outside world. Wearing clothes that are beyond your plain t-shirt and jeans combo is weird to other people. And wearing Lolita makes you appear like you're from another planet.

Even before you look into that mirror to see if your headbow is straight or if your pettioat has enough poof, I recommend these three books to build confidence:

Fierce Style - This book surprised me as it was not only a fashion memoir/biography of the youngest Project Runway winner, Christian Siriano, but held down-to-earth, real advice (yes, really) on what to wear and how to wear clothes that flatter woman of all shapes and sizes. And you can find it at H&M, along Fifth Avenue, and of course, by Christian Siriano.

Eccentric Glamour - Ever walk by Barney's and see those window displays and wonder who is crazy enough to come up with them? Simon Doonan was the creative director behind those insane displays that bordered between fashion and modern art. In his latest book, his witty personality and bold confidence will surely convince anyone wanting to try their hand at Lolita fashion and just go for it.

Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves - Crystal Renn is a model. And like all models she had to live up to the image of thin is beautiful. As a result she suffered from anorexia nervosa. Then she decided to just be herself and is now a size 12, happy, and still a sought after model. Hungry is her journey hungry to happy to be who she really is.

All of these books can be found in your local bookstore.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Mystery (Bag) of Anna Sui Revealed! Plus In-Store Event 2/17

I cannot tell you how much I adore Anna Sui. With her hippie florals, sophisticated but poppy prints, and gothic twist on everything she has become one of my favorite designers. And her entire makeup line is bold and subtle with just a hint of roses (including the nail polish!).

So what better way to spend some leftover Christmas/New Year's gift cards than invest it in a Anna Sui New Year's "Mystery Bag." Like any lucky pack it had a selection of makeup products but you're unsure what will be inside.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day - Eat, Indulge, Distract, Repeat

Valentine Day's should be celebrated for the sake of being able to wear red, eat lots of sweets, and watch lots of sappy movies. While you could do this any day, February 14th is a good excuse as any, especially if you're planning to sulk and be like every other "woe is me."

Whether you are enjoying it as a couple, single, or with friends, you should just plain enjoy Valentine's Day. It's a holiday, after all.

So plan a rocking outfit, grab some friends (or drag the significant other), and go out on the town. Or find some comfort in front of the couch with some cheezy movies. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Calling all Theatre Geeks - The Wii Plays ends Feb 12!

For those who play video games, you know the story lines and interactive is an equivalent to actual theatre (for the most part).
Ars Nova takes it to the next level and presents "The Wii Plays" - a series of 8 minute plays that take Mario, Sonic, Bob the Builder, Barbie, and, of course, the Wii to the stage. 

I had wish I had known about this sooner, but if you get the chance head onto Ars Nova before Saturday, February 12th.  It's a good compromise for that nerd-minded significant other when you can't agree being treated to opera for Valentine's Day. 

Here are two reviews by NY Times ArtsBeat and Switched.

February 1 - 12, 2011
Ars Nova
511 West 54th St
New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $15

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

NYC Restaurant Week Extended until 27th!

No more Sky High Pie for me.
Calling all Foodies. New York City cannot get enough of Restaurant Week and has been extended to the 27th.

NYC Restaurant Week is a time when anyone who wish they could afford the appetizer and a high end restaurant on a regular day, can now do so.

Selected restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner specials at more affordable prices ($25 and $35 respectively). It offers restaurants the chance for new customers (and future food connoisseurs) to get a taste of what they offer, and it gives the everyday New Yorker a chance to really dine fine.

I sincerely recommend making reservations. While the prices are lower that doesn't mean it is easier to get a table for four at Coliccho and Sons. Opentable is a restaurant directory that enables you to make reservations online. (Note: Be sure to have a good internet connection.)

NYC Restaurant Week
January 30th - February 27th, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Crumbs Cupcake of the Week - Cherry Cobbler

I had imagined Cherry Cobbler to look more like Crumbs' Apple Cobbler, but it's still looks delicious.

If you're not a fan of Red Velvet, I would definitely opt for this week's Cupcake of the Week. Cherries are not only lighter in sweetness, they're also just plain sweet.

Beneath all the streusel crumbs is vanilla cream cheese frosting, and beneath that is a cupcake filled with cherry preserve.

Check out Crumbs' Twitter feed for more news and sweet deals.

Monday, February 7, 2011

In the News: NYCC/NYAF tickets on Sale and Baby the Stars Shine Bright & Alice and the Pirates comes to Tokyo Rebel

NYAF 2008 BtSSB & AatP Fashion Show

New York Comic Con Tickets Go Live Today

While New York Comic Con/New York Anime Festival is months away, you can order professional and fan tickets starting today.

Tokyo Rebel Carries Baby the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates

This is big news in the Lolita world. East Coast Lolitas won't have to venture all the way to San Francisco for brand as Tokyo Rebel has announced today they will soon be carrying Baby the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates.

It is great news after their previous announcement about no longer be stocking Angelic Pretty items. However, there's still some AP items left in the store, so stop by before it's all gone. (Note: Since they won't be restocking, the items are all on sale!)

New York Comic Con/New York Anime Festival
October 13 - 16, 2011

Tokyo Rebel
170 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009

Friday, February 4, 2011

Crumbs Cupcake of the Month - Red Velvet

Red Velvet is not only delicious but a classic flavor.

Perfect for Valentine's Day. Much better than a box of chocolates (well, almost.)

Crumbs' Cupcake of the Month for February is Red Velvet. Need I say more?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Lunar New Year!

It's the year of the Rabbit!

Be sure to be wear lots of red, eat lots of good food, and try not to spend those red packets too soon.

If you have the chance head to Chinatown today to and ring in the new year at Roosevelt Park for the Chinese New Year Festival from 11AM - 3:30PM

Or head to the Museum of Chinese Americas as it is free every Thursday courtesy of Target.

Chinese New Year Ceremony and Festival
Date: Thursday, February 3, 2011
11 AM - 3:30 PM
Roosevelt Park (between Grand & Hester Streets)

Museum of Chinese Americas
215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cupcake of the Week - SuperBowl!

Are you ready for some football?

As you write up that Superbowl snack list, be sure to put down a pack of Crumbs' Cupcakes. This weeks cupcake is a chocolate cream-filled vanilla cupcake, vanilla cream cheese frosting, sprinkles and a sugar cookie in the shape of a football.

I have a hunch on who Crumbs' Bake Shop is rooting for, do you?

Check out Crumbs' Bake Shop on Twitter for more news and contests.

Follow Alice to Wonderland - the Musical

It's very fitting that Wonderland has come to Broadway - to New York City, even. In the city you can find new places to eat ever day, discover new places that were never there before, and you pretty much think everyone is mad as a hatter.

Wonderland - the Musical starts out like all fairytales: a young woman goes on a life-altering adventure. Except this one happens to take place below the streets of NYC.

The adventure starts April 19. Previews will start March 21st, and you can start purchasing tickets February 14 (hint: if you're not sure on a Valentine's gift, this is a great idea to start).

Hope to see you there!

Wonderland - the Musical
April 19, 2011 -
(Previews March 21st)
Marquis Theater
1535 Broadway (between 45th and 46th Streets)
New York, NY 10036