Monday, April 23, 2012

Cupcake of the Week: Cakeology

Boston's winding streets meant discovering everything at every corner.  This van was parked by Breugger's on School Street. Little did I realize that the store was right behind the hotel. That is until we walked back up the street.

Have any Bostonians tried this Cakeology? What did you think?

45 Province Street
Boston, MA 02108

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Liebster Blog Award!

Thanks to Kieli from Rainbow Star Candy for presenting me with this award! I'm glad you enjoy reading it so much!

This award goes to the underdogs who are just starting out or simple lost in the sea of bloggers out there.

"The origins of the Liebster Blog award are somewhat unclear but the general consensus is that it originated in Germany, Liebster meaning favourite or dearest, to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Upon accepting the award the recipient can then pass it on to five more blogs of note. A way of introducing other bloggers to the blogs you enjoy."  

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Street Snaps - Anime Boston 2012

La Vida Frills is headlining street snaps post again
This was my first AnimeBoston as press and as a general attendee.  Living in New York and getting to know alot of Lolitas within my own city, I was unsure what the scene would be like in Boston. Surprisingly I met some wonderful people and did lots of picture taking.

If I've taken a photo of you and would like me to take it down. Please feel free to send me an email.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Two Cons, One City - Anime Boston 2012

AnimeBoston 2012
If you ever go to Ithaca, NY you'll notice the maps will include Cornell University and Ithaca College.  Everyone is familiar with Cornell and its Ivy-League prestige, and Ithaca College is also a great school -- in its own right.  You really can't compare the two just like you couldn't really compare AnimeBoston and PAX East

Thanks to an unusual case of double booking, both cons took place Easter weekend. A few people were actually concerned about whether one would overtake the other.  In my opinion, it only benefited by bringing in more people to a great city. Especially when they catered to entirely different crowds (one being anime/cosplay and the gaming) with a slight amount of intermixing.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Cupcake of the Week: Sweet

Craving Sweet.
Last weekend, my fiance and I were in Boston for AnimeBoston and PAX East. We discovered that Sweet was literally down the street from the Omni Parker House when we were looking for Friday dinner options.
Camera phones don't do justice.
My fiance surprised me with two cupcakes after returning from AnimeBoston on Saturday. One was Banana Split and the other Sweet Cake.  Definitely prefer the Banana Split - it was extremely light and you could taste really taste the banana.  And the spoon was an excellent touch. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

NYC Nineteenth Century Extravaganza 4/27 - 4/29

It's Elementary, My Dear Watson (Sherlock Holmes Museum, London)
Wish there was something more to steampunk than just gears and top hats? That's where the New York Chapter of the Nineteenth Century Society comes in. This organization serves as a niche where the historically-minded can gather and appreciate, and, most of all educate each other about the goings-on during the 19th Century.

On the weekend of April 27 - 29th, the Nineteenth Century Society presents their first ever festival of the arts featuring historical presentations, workshops, walking tours, pub crawls, and a fashion show.

The "NYC 19th Century Extravaganza" is an event not to be missed.

Here are some select events going on:

Listen to the event organizers speak about their fascination with the time period on Cityscapes podcasts. 

NYC 19th Century Extravaganza
April 27th - 29th, 2012

Greater Astoria Historical Society
Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11106


Old Stone House – Washington Park
336 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Monday, April 9, 2012

Cupcake of the Week: Hello Kitty #2

Rainbow Kitty
A friend of mine found this in Macy's and thought of me. As such they felt to purchase it as a random day-of-the-week present.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday Brunch: Kickshaw

Commit storefront to memory, otherwise you'll pass it by.
There are lots of restaurants that specialize in one type of food dish in New York City. There's restaurants just for peanut butter sandwiches, dumplings, mac and cheese, and grilled cheese.

The Queens Kickshaw is no different.

Located in the heart of Astoria, Kickshaw has become a fast go-to place for a hip coffee shop that happens to serve one of the ultimate comfort foods, grilled cheese, with adult tastes. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Never Let Go - Titanic 100th Anniversary Events

Ticket from Titanic Exhibition
On April 15th, 1912 the R.M.S. Titanic sank below the Atlantic and we have never able to let go of its tragedy and history since. For 100th anniversary there are several events going around the world to remember and celebrate the passengers who died and survived.

If you stop by the South Street Seaport, one of the first things you'll see is a lighthouse. That lighthouse serves as a memorial for all the people brought to port.  Note: The South Street Seaport location was not it's original spot and moved for historical preservation.

Here are a few of the events going on in NYC in honor of the centennial:
  • Join the South Street Seaport for their exhibition about the history and fascination with the ship's sinking.
  • Queens College will be showcasing documents collected from people who wrote about the days following the sinking.
  • Seamen Church Institute examines the effort from local New Yorks did to help the survivors.
  • Watch Julian Fellows (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey) Titanic miniseries April 14 and 15. Bonus: seeing the newest Doctor Who companion in action. 
  • Gemini & Scorpio are holding a Drowned Ball at the Zanger Hall
  • Titanic in 3D is now playing in select theaters. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Caps upon caps - Easter Bonnet Parade 2012

What does your hat say about you?
I'll be on a bus ride back from Boston and will be sadly missing an iconic New York event. While the event is more unofficial excuse to dress up and put that glue gun you bought years ago to use, it is a fun spectacle to watch, see, and perhaps participate.

During the Victorian era, churchgoers not only wore their Sunday Best but also display their wealth through their extravagant hats.  Now it's become a Hallmark ritual on how fanciful or ridiculous you can make/wear

Decorate an old hat you have no use for or get those brain juices flowing with creativity. Peeps are optional but very effective.  Plus you bought Happy Garden for this very reason.

Check out pictures taken from last year for some last-minute ideas.
Easter Parade
April 8th, 2012
10AM - 4PM
49th-57th Streets (along 5th Avenue)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cupcake of the Week: Sugar Fairy Cake + Mini Review

When Angelic Pretty came out with Sugar Fairy Cake, I had to get it. I reserved the mint version since this would be the most subtle of colors and I'm not one who normally does candy-inducing Sweet Lolita outfits.  

Now that Angelic Pretty has a US website, the reservation process was pretty easy, and when the shipment came in the store sent me an email (and voicemail!) that they had plenty of accessories.  So as a last-minute purchase I bought a matching headbow that came with the order (with no additional shipping charges. 

Seeing it in person, I'm glad I made this purchase. It's very pale and will work well with retro-styled and SweetXClassic coordinates.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday Brunch: Penelope

Penelope is one of those places that you see a line out the door and wonder what the fuss is all about. I've passed by this place every so often, asking the wait times and see what is reasonable. So far no luck with 45 minutes to two hour wait times.

So we decided to take matters into our own hands. We set the alarm for 7AM and headed out early to literally catch the worm.