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!