TJ Maxx delivers again with the accidental discovery of this awesome Valentines Day card that opens to feature a bunch of cute sharks popping out at you! Squee!
I realize that all TJ Maxx stores do not necessarily have the same merchandise, but the card is super cute and pretty cheap ($3.99) for a pop-up card of this quality, so maybe make a run to your neighborhood location and see if you can get lucky.
Yes, it Exists: Hello Kitty Pink Hot Chocolate (just add hot water!) is a thing that you can buy! With 100% positive on-line reviews from what you know are satisfied customers, the ‘delicious’ taste is described as “like a rich hot cocoa with a subtle hint of coconut.” Sounds yummy to me! Each 1.25 once envelope sells individually for just $1.99, so there no big commitment involved if it ends up not being your thing. But seriously, how can you not love Pink Hot Chocolate?
Available froth Hello Kitty Pop Up at Cost Plus World Market. Visit This Link or a participating Cost Plus World Market near you (through January 2020) to purchase!
Well, New York City really has it all, oh yeah. And by “all,” I’m including a Pop Up, or in this case Pup Up Grooming Salon, sponsored by Klarna. The Pup-Up — which was open from October 31st to November 2nd — allowed dog owners and their dogs to get matching makeovers together. The space (located in the meatpacking district just wet of the Apple Store on West 14th Street) had custom made human and dog makeover stations for the matching duos as well as a myriad of little dog friendly touches: little pink carpet for the dogs, dog level VIP ropes and some decor, just for the dogs, hung at dog height. This bowl of Pink Tennis Balls was just outside the door, so that each dog cloud take home a souvenir. Celebrity dog groomer, Jess Rona (dubbed ‘the Oprah of dog groomers’) who is known for her signature musical slow-mo blowout videos and primping Katy Perry’s poodles, was on-site to offer her stylish services to dogs and owners alike.
It’s a Hello Kitty world, and we just live in it. Cost Plus World Market on 6th Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets in Manhattan just re-imagined itself as a Hello Kitty Pop Up wonderland, where Hello Kitty-themed items spread out across the entire merchandise floor, save for a very narrow perimeter of the store, where you can still find throw pillows and scented candle with the Cost Plus brand attached. There are also many step-and-repeat-style Hello Kitty selfie stations scattered throughout the store, so expect to start seeing this marketing nightmare ‘Pop Up’ all over Instagram.
The red sauce, whose label boasts that it is made from “fresh, ripe tomatoes from Napoli, Italy,” sells for $6.99 per 19.6-ounce jar. They also sell Hello KItty-shaped dry pasta, but I am saving that for another post.
The Hello Kitty Pop Up at Cost Plus World Market will be open through the Holiday Season into January 2020!
On Saturday March 9th, 2019, I was fortunate to attend the wildly-anticipated Barbie 60th Anniversary Pop-Up Experience; a one-day only celebration of Barbie’s life and legacy marking the occasion of her 60th Birthday, so to speak. The free event, which had non-ticket holders queuing up for a quarter mile along Broadway in SoHo, was set up like an interactive Barbie museum. As much as the push-and-shove of instagramming hoards hindered me from getting any really great photos of this very fun and memorable event, I came away with some choice photo documentation, such the photos you see here. No Barbie Pop Up would be complete without a lifesize recreation of her famous Dream House, and this one did not disappoint.
Not only are Barbie’s kitchen appliances a delightful shade of Shocking Pink, but, apparently, she eats pink food as well. Behold: the Pink Glitter Roasting Chicken hiding in her oven!
It’s great see Barbie Rocking the Pink at 60. You go, girl!
This holiday season, Hugo Boss joins forces with artist Jeremyville on a new capsule collection and campaign. Sleek Boss design collides with playful Jeremyville artwork in a limited-edition collection, featuring a cityscape inhabited by a unique cast of characters. Jeremyville’s adorable abstract characters — most notably the artist’s iconic Pink Bunny — also infiltrate the store’s front window and interior displays.
Photographed at The Shops at Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, New York City.
Hentai-Inspired Art on Box Truck, Bushwick, Brooklyn (Art By MAST, All Photos By Gail)
Having lived in NYC for 30 years, it’s easy to be all jaded and imagine that I’ve seen just about everything. But writing this blog always affords me an opportunity to discover something interesting and fun. Getting to know the works of Japanese artists like Takashi Murakami and Mr. introduced me to Manga, a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, but I wasn’t really hip to something called Hentai, which is, essentlally, Manga porn, until I was invited to a pretty fun party sponsored by Nutaku Dot Net. Nutaku is the world’s largest English gaming platform dedicated to 18+ titles — and Hentai games are their thing. I like to tell myself: It’s not about what you don’t know; it’s about what you don’t know that you don’t know. And I’m always ‘game’ for an enlightening experience!
There is most definitely a taboo surrounding adult gaming and Hentai (Instagram will not even allow users to tag a post with the word, ask me how I know). It sheds light on the ways in which the topics of sex and eroticism still make Americans uncomfortable. But sex and sexuality undoubtedly hold a place in art, because we see it every time we visit a museum. I think it’s time for everyone to loosen up, and so does Nutaku, so the company put together a two-day pop up exhibit/experience called Hentai is Art, which took place on June 29th and 30th, 2018 in the burgeoning neighborhood where Chinatown meets Tribeca. Hentai is Art was all about presenting Hentai-influenced art and gaming as something that’s fun and imaginative which should be encouraged, explored and embraced rather than shied away from.
At the Hentai is Art pop up event, visitors were able to immerse themselves in the world of Hentai art with a range of styles and mediums to get turned on to. The ways in which Hentai is breaking into the mainstream — and helping to break down barriers — were showcased throughout the exhibit with virtual reality experiences, historically-inspired Hentai works, graffiti art, and a unique “toy” showcase. Please enjoy my photos from the press party on the eve of the exhibit’s opening to the public!