At the end of June I took a fun two day trip to New York city with Molly. She had received tickets to Mark Ryden’s ballet Whipped Cream, and asked if I wanted to go with her. The ballet was beautiful and everything you’d expect. The costumes, the back drops, it was all so lovely. You are not allowed to take photos during the show, so the two here are just images from the promo material, but do yourself a favor and google for more photos!

Some of the places we visited while in the city…
Taiyaki-fun ice cream inside a fish shaped cone…mine was the black sesame/matcha swirl and molly had the unicorn cone which was filled with red bean paste.
On our way to get ice cream here we also came across Wu Kong. They serve magical looking ice cream cones surrounded by cotton candy!
New KamMan-Three floors, the top floor has lots of toys and bath products. The ground floor is food with a nice candy selection, and the basement level has a lot of houseware goods.
Kinokuniya– We spent a few hours here looking through all the beautiful craft books. They have such a fun kid book section too-the only bummer being that the kids books are all wrapped in plastic so you can’t look inside. They had quite a few Moomin books and in the past I’ve gotten a magazine that had a free Moomin bag attached.
Pearl River Mart-It was fun to shop in the store since we have both made online purchases in the past. This shop is apparently smaller then their previous location but while we were there they had opened up a lower level that seemed like they were just starting to fill up with goods.
We stayed at The Watson Hotel, which made for a perfect walk to and from the Metropolitan Opera House (which is so beautiful!)
We had lunch the first day on our walk to the hotel to check in at Melt.
We took the amtrak train from Harrisburg, my most favorite way to travel to NYC. It was a fun quick trip with really nice weather. We did have a quick bit of rain the second evening, but it didn’t last very long and we just sat in Little Italy with some coffee & tea until it passed.
If you have any favorite places in NYC to share I always love to hear!


New York City was a blast!
We stayed at Metro Apartments which were awesome, and we would stay at again in a heartbeat. The location was a really quick walk to Time’s Square, and the place was lovely with a living room/kitchen/dining room area, bedroom, and bathroom.
Food stuff…
We had crepes and coffee one afternoon, pomme frites, treats to go from Milk Bar but we both ate the cereal milk soft serve there, dinner at Soy And Sake, we also ate dinner at a place across from Rockefeller center where we had pimento cheese fritters as an appetizer , but I can’t recall the name.
Since Blythecon was all day Sunday we had about a day and a half to explore the city. On Saturday we checked into our hotel at 3pm and were able to walk and hit a lot of things from our list, and then take a cab back to the hotel at the end of the night since we ended the evening near Central Park.
Nintendo World– We were disappointed they didn’t have any Animal Crossing merchandise, but very happy with both had our DS’s with us, so we got lots of new houses in the Happy Home Showcase. Plus we got to see that couple in the amazing Animal Crossing costume!
Sanrio– I wish they had more stickers, and stationary type items…although I did get to squish a penny in their machine.
Toy Tokyo– could of spent quite a bit of money here!
Kinokuniya-This is where we probably spent the most time, in the basement level pouring over the japanese craft books & magazines. It was pure heaven!
We had a lot more items on our list that we just couldn’t get to because of either time or location…
Tinsel Trading Company– We were both so excited to go here, but when we arrived after walking all over (as it was one of our last stops before dinner) we were so sad to see they had moved locations. Next time for sure!
Mimi And Coco– We didn’t make it here because we didn’t have any other plans on the lower east side, but someday!
Pearl River Mart-again just didn’t have any other stops planned near this one, but it’s supposed to be three stories, so I’m sure it would be a lot of fun.
We took the train back home late Monday afternoon, and it was a smooth ride with lots of Animal Crossing to keep us busy. So many houses to explore!
Now that I am back home again, and as far as I know my traveling for 2013 is over, I am ready to just be home for a good long while. I finally finished decorating the inside of the house for Halloween and have a big Halloween party coming up quick. I still have some Halloween goodies to share on the blog, so I’ll be posting those soon as this month just seems to be flying by!

Blythecon NYC

Blythecon was this past weekend in NYC, and it was really fun to be in one place with some many other Blythe lovers, and dolls at one time. Molly and I took the train up Saturday morning and then before the con on Sunday we met up with Jessee for breakfast & to wait in line. Comicon was going on the same weekend and we were bummed we didn’t buy tickets for Saturday soon enough (they were all sold out when we finally decided to go).

As you can see Molly brought Charlotte, and Jesse made a dress to match her doll’s dress with fabric she designed, it was so cute! I brought Frankie because my poor other doll is still mid-re-root, and very much neglected. When everyone first got into the venue, the shopping area was very crowded and crazy. Despite it all I managed to spend way too much money. I did get a beautiful hand painted cameo necklace by Mab Graves, so not everything I bought was for my gals.
Once done shopping there was some talking & meeting new people, but the con ran from 10am-8pm and so there was a lot of time we weren’t sure what to do. There was a table filled with door prizes including a bunch of dolls that was going to start at 6:30 and you needed to be there to win, so we mostly sat around waiting for 6:30 to roll around haha. Molly ended up winning a really cute outfit, I won a little vial with glitter which I wasn’t sure what it was, but I believe it might be a pull charm? When I won the girl who handed it to me said she didn’t know what it was either, so it’s a little bit of a mystery. Once you won you could leave, and so we headed out because we were very hungry and ready for dinner at that point. There were a couple of demos that happened during Blythecon, but they were each limited to the first ten people who sent an email once the announcement was posted on Facebook. So 40 people out of 350 meant there were a lot of people who wouldn’t be able to watch a demo.
It was a very interesting experience, and I think I would attend another one in the future for sure. Depending on the area of the world they are in, the people who organize the blythecons are all different. I know some of the past ones were even in hotels, which I think I would prefer. I am looking forward to finding out more about Blythecon 2014 which will take place in Seattle, and hopefully by then my other gal will have some proper hair.