Pokemon, PotterCon & Book Shopping Vlog ft. Jordandene, Geekscape & More!

I’ve been having a really fun time getting into vlogging! It’s really weird and awkward at first if you’re filming in public so I’m still adjusting to that but I love having the footage to look back on afterward so I’ve been making a concerted effort to vlog whenever I’m on the go.  Two weekends ago, I had a really exciting string of days so I combined footage from Jonathan of Geekscape’s Pokemon Go meetup, PotterCon at Irving Plaza in NYC and National Book Lover’s Day at Barnes and Noble with Monica.  At PotterCon I finally got to meet Jordandene who is a super lovely person and she filmed a little clip with me for my video!  There’s also a ton of Harry Potter cosplay (the winner of the contest’s cosplay is one of my favorite I’ve ever seen) and a mini book haul.

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Bryant Park Holiday Shops

Last weekend, Andrew and I headed over to Bryant Park for our first of many trips to see the Holiday Shops.  Each year, Bryant Parks sets up a number of pop-up type boutiques in the area surrounding the ice skating rink.  All the shops are full of great ideas for holiday gifts and there are so many eateries to sample along the way!  My favorite shop each year is By Whoops which sells macarons in a wide variety of flavors.  I tried to be patient on our walk to their kiosk but it was rough!  The first flavors I sampled this season were 1) Cookies & Cream – so much yes, 2) Pumpkin – delicious, 3) Nutella – OMG there are no words, 4) Caramel Apple – not my favorite, 5) Raspberry – always one of my favorites, and 6) Coffee – pretty good!  I’m looking forward to going back and trying more.  While we were walking around I also purchased a snowflake necklace (I’ve always wanted one!), ate a delicious cheddar truffle pretzel from Bavarian Food Company and sampled the always amazing chocolate at Max Brenner.  Another shop I really liked had beautiful necklaces made out of painted leaves from Central Park.  I (obviously) had to stop anywhere that had Christmas decorations.  One of the last shops I stopped in had the most creative chandelier made out of teacups.  Overall, it was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go back once the Christmas tree is displayed and lit up at night!

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My Week In Photos

Sunday

Last Sunday, my cousin Rachel came to visit all the way from Florida.  We spent the day roaming around NYC with my brother, Bob .  I wore my new Mermaid leggings by Black Milk, a hipster Ariel tee from Target, and Sephora’s Ariel palette eyeshadow in Sea Witch.  We met at City Bakery which has delicious french toast, and the best hot chocolate you will ever taste in your life.  It’s basically like drinking a melted chocolate bar!  Afterwards, we went to Books of Wonder, a bookstore in NYC that specializes in YA fiction and children’s books.  Next, we headed to the Southwest lounge in Bryant Park where we had drink and sat outside enjoying the beautiful crisp fall weather.  Afterwards we went to Baked by Melissa (because cupcakes) and finally to Times Square (where the billboards were overtaken by geeky franchises), to go to the Disney store where all of the employees raved about my Ariel outfit.  Later that night we met up with my cousin Samantha, and the rest of my family for dinner and then Rachael stayed overnight and I made her watch an episode of The IT Crowd which is my favorite sitcom ever created.

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Monday

Monday I wore my new My Little Pony dress by Iron Fist Clothing.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the perfect addition to my wardrobe.  I also put out my Harley Quinn pop figure on my desk so she’ll be next to me while I write, and I read the first volume of Attack on Titan, which was really engaging.  I’m definitely going to pick up volume 2 the next time I find myself in a bookstore, which is usually pretty often.

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Tuesday

Tuesday was an eventful day because it marked the finale of Fangasm!  Syfy played a two hour special of our final two episodes, which showed us LARPing in a park and visiting the Batcave from the 1966 television series, as well as final episode which showcased the launch party we had been working towards planning throughout our internship.  I also received my copy of Jetpack Unicorn in the mail which is a game that I supported on Kickstarter created by my friend and pen pal Kristina.

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Wednesday

I don’t have any photos from Wednesday, but I can tell you that I spent my night reading Pretty Deadly #1, a new series released by Image Comics, and Young Avengers #11 which I had been dying to read ever since Bleeding Cool posted a spoilery photo of Tom Hiddleston holding up a certain page from the issue.

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Thursday

When I came home on Thursday I was so excited to find a copy of Kiri Callaghan’s new book, Alys, which she had sent to me to read during my 5 and a half hour flight to LA next week.  The book is inspired by Alice in Wonderland, and I was so intrigued by the plot summary that I couldn’t wait to start reading.  I’m currently about halfway through the book, and I absolutely love it.  If you’re a fan of Lewis Carroll, I definitely suggest picking up a copy!  I also reviewed these delicious Zombie chocolate bars for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  They’re zombie green bars with crispies inside and they even say Bite Me on them.

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Friday

Friday was a ton of fun!  After work I headed to Bryant Park where I was ecstatic to find that they’re already setting up the holiday shops and ice skating rink!  It was an usually cold night, but I sat outside and finished reading the 5th volume of Sailor Moon.  Afterwards, I met my friend Leonard at Kinokuniya, which is a manga bookstore in NYC, and I bought the second volume of Attack on Titan, and the second volume of NANA.  From there we rushed to eat our dinner at the Brooklyn Dinner so we would be on time to see Matilda on broadway.  Matilda was one of my favorite books as a kid, so I was particularly excited to see the show.  The set design was beautiful!  The theater was decorated with enormous sized versions of Scrabble letters, and the scenes of Matilda in the library surrounded by books were some of my favorites.  I was so impressed with all of the talented children in the play, who are far more coordinated than I’ll ever be.  After the play we went to the Disney store, where I got a Frozen mug.  I keep wanting to buy everything with Elsa on it, but I’m trying to control myself until I actually see the film, even though I already know that I’m going to love it!  Then we went to Jamba Juice and drank pumpkin smoothies before calling it a night.

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Saturday

 I ended my week with the long awaited next installment of our monthly Geek Girl Blogger Brunch.  We had a lot of ladies who were unable to attend this time, but even with our reduced number (me, Cassie, Melissa, and Yissel), we had so much fun!  The theme was Harry Potter, and the majority of us were donning Hogwarts house scarves.  The hostess asked if we were in a fraternity (which is especially confusing since women are in sororities, and not fraternities), but we were definitely our waiters favorite table of the day.  He greeted us by asking if we were planning on playing Quidditch later that day, and he used my replica of Luna Lovegood’s wand to cast the levitation spell Hermione corrects Ron’s pronunciation of in the first film.  He was also very confused by Cassie’s pygmy puff, Spartacus.  We started our brunch by toasting to Melissa who just landed a book deal with Random House!  Her first book is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2015 and we’re all extremely proud of her!  After brunch we headed to a wiccan store where we played with cats.  Then it was off to The Strand (where I purchased 4 books for only $20!).  Then we went to the next closest bookstore, Barnes & Noble in Union Square, where Cassie and I shared pumpkin cheesecake.  We decided that we couldn’t end our brunch without grabbing dinner, so we also hit Heartland Brewery and I finally tried their pumpkin & sage ravioli which is incredibly decadent.  So overall, it was a fantastic week!

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This is Not a Costume Party: Sugar Skulls Edition

Remember at the end of my last post when I said I had to run because I was picking up Melissa from the train station?  Well, she visited with me this weekend and as usual, the antics we got ourselves into could easily be used as the premise for a sitcom.  On Saturday night, we spent hours applying sugar skull makeup to our faces because we were attending a belated costume party to celebrate my friend Amanda’s birthday and Halloween.  We were supposed to arrive around 9pm, but as our makeup was taking longer than usual I texted Amanda to let her know.  She replied “LOL,” with no other explanation.  At 11pm when we finally entered the party there were a bunch of folks standing around outside dressed in everyday civilian clothing.  Mel and I glanced at each other but assured ourselves that once we walked inside the room would be decked out to the nines in elaborate costumes.  So as we entered the door, and surveyed the crowd, we burst out into a hysterical laughing fit because it was apparent that we were the only ones in costume.  The bouncer even told us to just go because he wouldn’t be able to tell if it was actually us anyway.  Amanda apologized and said she had no idea what I meant when I said our makeup was taking a long time.  She also forgot to text anyone to tell them not to wear costumes, but everyone else (besides Me & Melissa) had decided of their own accord and laziness to come without getting dressed up.  Luckily for us, we both love dressing up and since we both don’t care what other people think, we had a great time.  No one had any idea what we were, but that’s a whole other story.  Anyone who is unfamiliar with Long Island, may not know that most of the people here are not the most, er, accepting of people.  I dislike making generalizations about large groups of people because there are always exceptions but for the majority of my life I knew that I  was meant for Manhattan and not this island.  Anyway, we were receiving weird looks all night from strangers, and accidentally scaring people whenever we turned around.  But obviously, this was not an issue for us, because look how totally AWESOME our makeup turned out!

Because of Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath causing a lack of transportation in NYC, I missed my Wreck-It Ralph screening which I had been looking forward to for over a month.  I had been determined to see Wreck-It Ralph and the “Paperman” animated short early but since I was unable to, I had my heart set on catching it on opening weekend.  There is still a gas shortage and commuting hasn’t returned to normal just yet, but luckily the movie theater is very local so Melissa and I headed out to see them on Sunday afternoon.  I fell both madly and deeply in love with the “Paperman” short.  I even cried during it!  For me, there’s just something about Manhattan that enhances love stories.  Maybe it’s because I’ve lived near or in New York City for my whole life and I know that I belong here, so to see such a touching film set in my very own world leaves me feeling hopeful and inspired.  “Paperman” definitely deserves an Oscar and I’m very certain that it has a good shot after the Academy impressed me with their choice last year.  If you haven’t seen it yet, or would simply like to relive the magic of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” you can click the link and be transported away :o)  I was so enthralled with “Paperman,” that upon arriving home I immediately tumbl’d a whole bunch of “Paperman” posts, and I even created my own paper airplane which I kissed after applying a coat of cherry red lipstick.  I was also extremely pleased with Wreck-It Ralph.  The movie was adorable and I loved all of the references to my favorite childhood video games.  I was charmed by each of the characters and I was definitely rooting for Ralph throughout the entirety of the film.  I might’ve cried during the actual movie too.  (Don’t judge me, I’m a sucker for Disney!)   It became apparent that if I ever were to move, the only other place I might enjoy living is Sugar Rush.  Disney did a wonderful job with both the animated short and the full length feature film.  Further proof that my favorite franchise (Star Wars, obviously), has fallen into good hands <3

I know I ended my last blog post gushing about my excitement for the upcoming holiday season, so I won’t bore you again :o)  But I will say that I am planning on making the absolute most of my season and enjoying each and every moment of it!  As you can see from the below photo I’ve already been unable to resist devouring some more of Starbucks’ Gingerbread lattes.  I also picked up a pair of Stormtrooper earmuffs from the Star Wars gift shop in Disney (after riding Star Tours five times) so I’d be prepared for my upcoming Manhattan adventures.  I’m most looking forward to wandering around the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park in the coming weeks.  What are you looking forward to this season?
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