Life Lately: NYC Adventures with Sincerely Sara

Last weekend Sara of Sincerely Sara and I met up for a full day of fun on the first day of the season that was actually worthy of spring.  We grabbed crepes from Viva La Crepe (both of us opted for nutella & strawberry) and then walked over to The Strand where I put a slight lift on my No Spend April but I limited myself to just 3 books (which was especially difficult since we kept trading recommendations).  Then we met up with Andrew who took this lovely photo of us in front of a cherry blossom tree<3  We also got to see the newly unveiled street art of the giant baby Hulk in front of an American flag made up of distorted logos and ads which hit the corner of Bowery and Houston just one day prior.

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We walked to Morgenstern’s for ice cream cones (I had pistachio green tea, Andrew had salted caramel pretzel and Sara had mango), and then backtracked down 2nd Avenue where we made a quick stop at Toy Tokyo.  Sara picked up so Funko Pop figures for her brothers and herself, and I grabbed some Sailor Moon charms and a Funko vinyl of Trixie Lulamoon (the wizard pony on MLP).  We ended our day at Phyiscal Graffitea where Andrew and I had the most refreshing iced Moroccan Mint tea, and Sara had chocolate iced tea which we sipped while chatting about photography and past art exhibits in the New York area.  We also saw this beautiful Converse sneaker along our travels.  Overall, we had such a wonderful time and I can’t wait to plan another trip together!  Sara is absolutely lovely in person and if you haven’t read her blog you can check it out here.  I personally love her outfits inspired by Once Upon a Time and classic literature, as well as her own outfit of the day posts and book reviews!

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The Jeff Koons Retrospective at The Whitney

Jeff Koons is one of my favorite artists so when I heard about The Whitney hosting a retrospective of his work prior to their move later this year, I coerced Andrew into seeing it with me on the second day after its opening.  My favorite favorite favorite Koons piece is the beautiful hanging heart sculpture (there are five unique versions in total).  It’s shiny and gorgeous and reminds me of Valentines Day and Godiva chocolate.  The purple version was on display in the show so I could barely contain my excitement having the opportunity to be in the same room as it.  I also love Koon’s balloon animal sculpture which are also quite shiny.  I had previously seen a number of them at the Met’s Koons rooftop exhibit circa 2008.  One of my favorite new pieces from the show is the Hulk organ.  According to the description, the piece is fully functional but we figured it was best not to test the theory and risk getting kicked out.  I also loved the pool toy sculptures and the sculptures that look like inflatable flowers.  They’re very colorful and summery.  My last two favorite pieces both happen to be pink… go figure :-)  There was a stunning painting of a piece of cake which looked like a dessert fit to be served by Marie Antoinette.  The other piece is a sculpture of a woman hugging the Pink Panther.  The woman looks a little bit like a mermaid with nice jewelry and she appears to be consoling a sad Pink Panther.  The exhibit is running through October 19th so if you happen to be in NYC, I definitely recommend checking it out!

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Etsy Shop I’m Obsessed With This Week: Word To Your Unicorn

My fellow geek girl blogger and good friend Leslie Stewart, also happens to operate one of my all time favorite Etsy shops, Word to Your Unicorn.  Leslie sells post cards, greeting cards, and stickers which were inspired by her geeky and kawaii interests.  She keeps adding more and more to her shop and I always find myself favoriting every new item.  I’m especially obsessed with her recent Studio Ghibli and Sailor Moon designs.  I’m also loving the minimalist Avengers postcards which resemble Pantone color cards, and I dare you to look at the Dalek’s Need Love Too postcards without immediately wishing you could hug one of Doctor Who’s adversaries.  It’s fitting that Leslie would be impressing us with her designs in the form of postcards and greeting cards, because she’s also one of the co-creators of the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club.  If you haven’t already joined, I highly suggest you do!  It’s a great way to make a new geeky friend, preserve the lost art of letter writing, and of course, get excited for geeky surprised in your daily snail mail delivery!  Leslie is uber talented and when she’s not busy designing new stationary, she’s blogging all of her clever thoughts on her new site Leslie IRL.  I have a bunch of Leslie’s stationary but I love it too much to send to anyone =^.^=

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Customizing Vinyl Toys & My New Robocop Army

This past weekend was arguably one of the best weekends ever.  My best friend, Melissa, came over Friday afternoon, and we ended up having so much fun that she didn’t leave until Sunday evening!  Anytime Mel comes to visit me, we always end up shopping at Barnes and Noble, Hot Topic, the comic book store, and several other locations, but this time, we were shopping with a purpose.  We decided it would be fun to customize some vinyl toys so in addition to all of the books, clothes, and collectibles we usually purchase, we were also in the market for art supplies.

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We spent about 13 hours painting toys while we watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I & IITerminator 2, and Robocop.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies led to us ordering a pizza (obviously).  There is probably no food in the world that’s better than a New York pizza with extra cheese.

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But back to toys!  Melissa and I basically made our toy dreams into a reality this weekend.  We’re both really into pastel colors, and if it were up to us, there would be a lot more pink in the world.  So we took that dream and applied it (almost literally!) to our new collectibles.  I’m so thrilled to be the proud owner of a rainbow Robocop army, a pink Batman with a gold sparkly belt, Tinker Bell’s twin sister who prefers pink, a glittery Silver Surfer, and the sparkliest Spider-Man bank you will ever lay eyes on.

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My absolute favorite toys that Melissa customized are her lime green Terminator figure, and her pink Hulk.  If I saw either of them on a shelf at a store or convention, I would totally purchase them immediately!

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Here’s a photo of what all of our toys looked like before…

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…. and after!

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