out & about

[Throw]Back to New York

It’s been a good while since my trip to New York, and I really wanted to document my adventures there in a series of various blog posts, but that obviously never happened. Whoops! I’ve decided to go ahead and put together a Cliff Notes-like post about the rest of my trip for the sake of documenting. And also because I don’t want to have any regrets about not writing about it! Plus it’s Thursday, so it goes with the interweb’s whole #throwbackthursday #tbt thing. Yay!

I already blogged about going to BookCon, visiting Jane’s Carrousel, going to Top of the Rock, and the American Museum of Natural History, so here are some of the other fun things I got to do while I was in the “Big Apple.”

♥ Central Park

The only other park I can compare Central Park to is Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and, in my opinion, it is far superior not because it’s bigger, but there are more things to do, and the fact that you can walk (or bike or take a carriage ride) and not drive through it is nice too! Parks are meant to be walked in, not driven through, y’know? We didn’t get to explore the whole place, and I didn’t get to see the ginormous Alice in Wonderland bronze statue that I’ve been wanting to visit since forever, but I still enjoyed what little of it we did get to venture through. We happened upon the Dairy Visitor Center where part of Enchanted was filmed by accident, and it took everything in me to not burst out singing “That’s How You Know.” We also saw the fountain near the tunnel where Rory got abducted by Weeping Angels in Doctor Who! And we walked through the Strawberry Fields part of the park where people were gathered around singing John Lennon songs.


♥ My very first show on Broadway (and high fiving Zach Braff)

This was a HUGE deal for me as watching a musical on Broadway, preferably with its original cast, has been on my bucket list since I was a kid. And Zach Braff is one of my absolute favorites, so getting the opportunity to not only watch him originate the role of David Shayne in Bullets Over Broadway, but to witness his debut to Broadway, was a such a fantastic treat! My sister and I waited by the door after the show where all the actors come out to greet fans, and we both got to take pictures with him! I was so nervous. I wanted to say “thank you for Scrubs and Garden State, and I can’t wait for your new movie [which I watched a few weeks ago and is brilliant]” and “This was my very first Broadway experience! You were great!” But then some girl by me started talking to him as he signed my Playbill and said it was her first Broadway show and he was all excited and asked if she enjoyed it and I’m thinking, “HEY, THIS IS THE CONVERSATION I’M SUPPOSED TO BE HAVING.” I got too shy, but I was able to take a selfie with him and as he started to walk away I grew a metaphorical pair of cajones and asked if I could high-five him. And lemme tell ya, Zach Braff gives excellent high fives! It stung for a while. It’s not a good high-five if it doesn’t hurt. Truth.

And by the way, his Bullets Over Broadway run is ending VERY soon, like this Saturday,  so if you’re in NYC before the 24th you should definitely go to the St. James Theatre ASAP!

 Eating at Serendipity 3

I’ve been to Serendipity 3 in Las Vegas and I loved their infamous Frozen Hot Chocolate, but let me be honest: I mostly wanted to go Serendipity 3 in New York (its original flagship location) because Serendipity, one of my favorite chick flicks ever, was filmed there. So how serendipitous (ha!) was it that my sister and I were seated at the very table John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale sat at in the movie? We didn’t even request the table, our host just brought us there and was like, “And by the way, this is the table that they sat at in the movie Serendipity.” Naturally, we did our best to re-create the scene.

 Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge

My friend Julia, who moved to New York last year, said it’s a lot nicer walking across the bridge going towards the city because the view is much better, so that’s what we did. Like the bridge in Paris where couples place a lock to represent their love, there were many locks adorned along the Brooklyn Bridge too (although people are being advised to not do that anymore because it’s actually ruining the bridge and costing tons of money to repair — so stop doing that!), however the things I found more interesting were the messages passerbys left along the bridge. My favorite find was “In love with a character in a book I’ve never read.”

♥  Times Square is kinda scary

Times Square is such an iconic part of New York, but talk about sensory overload. SO MANY FLASHING LIGHTS. Even the entrance to the subway was bedecked in sparkling bright lights. And everything is so… well, enormous. It’s like everything is on steroids! I don’t know, it just felt like I couldn’t handle it all — it was too much to take in all at once. Does that make sense or am I just overly sensitive?

I also ran into a t-rex at Toys ‘R Us! See? Times Square is SCARY.

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET)

Like everything else in New York, the MET was fuggin’ massive. We didn’t get to see a whole lot, but one of my favorite things was a taxidermy deer with clear acrylic spheres placed all over it in the Asian art section by Kohei Nawa. It’s called “PixCell Deer #24.” I really liked the renaissance area with all the armor as well, it reminded me of Bed Knobs and Broomsticks a bit.

And look! I also found Princess Leia in golden carbonite.

And the triplets from Brave!

 Shake Shack

We ate at Shake Shack A LOT. It seems like it’s NY’s equivalent to In-N-Out, and as a West Coast girl I have to say I kind of liked it better. I feel so wrong for saying that, but it’s true! Here’s why I think so: there’s more variety on the menu and the fries are not okay, they’re delicious! And crinkly (well at one location anyway)! I’ve never met a french fry I didn’t like, but like pizza there are just some that are better than others. In-N-Out’s fries aren’t necessarily my favorite. Plus, Shake Shack have more milkshake flavors besides the ‘ol vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry (but if you ever happen to find yourself at In-N-Out, get the Neapolitan shake off the secret menu). And they have these concrete ice cream thingies too; we got one with jelly donuts and it was heavenly! The lines were always outrageously long whenever we went, but the wait was always so worth it.

Dammit, I’ve just made myself hungry. * hangry sigh * 


Yet again, Strand is another giant New York has to offer in the form of a bookstore. I didn’t even get to explore half of the store because we were running short on time, but I did manage to find a few fun things to bring home! My typewriter tote is the best tote EVER. It’s extremely roomy and even has a little pocket on the inside to put some stuff in like chapstick and a business card holder and whatnot. Plus it has typewriters all over it! Who doesn’t love typewriters?


Eating at Momofuku and Milk Bar were on my seester’s list of things to do in NY, so we met up with Julia for some yummy treats and noodles! Seriously good stuff. My mouth is currently watering just thinking about the cookies and other sweet goodies at Milk Bar. * insert crying emoji * 

 Grand Central Station (or Terminal, whatever it’s called)

Grand Central Station was beautiful! While we were there, there was a little exhibit to help promote CNN’s series The Sixities, and there was a bunch of memorabilia from the era including pieces of Beatles history such as a guitar signed by them, some toys, records, etc, a shelf full of books published in the 60s, and women’s clothing. The main thing I was excited about seeing there was a wax figure of my favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers!

We also got dessert at Magnolia Bakery (and ate at the Shake Shack there for the umpteenth time). It’s all about the om noms when you travel, right?

A couple of other noteworthy highlights were meeting up with my online pal David and walking around the Bowery and acting like kids at Toy Tokyo with him, and exploring High Line Park and Chelsea Market where my sister shopped like a Food Network star.

I want to go back to New York soooo terribly! Despite being there for a whole week, I didn’t get to explore as much of the city as I would’ve liked to. Hopefully I’ll be able to go again someday in the near future. It’s doubtful, but you never know! Are there any places you’re itching to go to, my little ponies?



geek style · giveaway

Unicorn Crafts

Hey ponies! The Unicorn Crafts giveaway I’m hosting was supposed to end tonight at midnight, but I decided to extend it until this Saturday, the 23rd at midnight PST to give you all a bit more time to enter for a chance to win it. Yaaaay!

Be sure to go –> here <– in order to enter the giveaway. 

Anywho, I want to showcase some of the other cute little trinkets that can be found at Unicorn Crafts as well so you can all get a sense of just how awesome Faheema’s shop is! Though it may be called Unicorn Crafts, there is certainly more to it than just adorable little unicorns — you can also find necklaces, rings, earrings, and pins with narwhals (technically the unicorn of the sea… oops), Totoro, Doctor Who, R2-D2, kawaii looking snacks like bacon, donuts, cookies, avocados, macarons, (etc) with little smiley faces, and many, many, MANY more things!

Besides the necklace I got at AnimeExpo, I also picked up a Game of Thrones pin with House Stark’s sigil of a dire wolf and motto “Winter is coming” for my sister since she’s a huge GoT fan. This was a few weeks before I started watching the show, so now I’m bummed that I didn’t watch it any sooner. * le sigh *

Your teeth are totally throbbing from all the sweetness that is Unicorn Crafts now, aren’t they? Sorry I’m not sorry about that. ☺

Be sure to check out Unicorn Craft’s online shop for more goodies, and,  of course, don’t forget to enter the giveaway!


geek style · giveaway

Unicorn Crafts Review & Giveaway!

{ Giveaway now closed }

Hey my little ponies!

Last month I got to meet Faheema Chaudhury, the mastermind behind Unicorn Crafts, at AnimeExpo and picked up a couple of things — one being a purple resin necklace with an adorable little unicorn and bright colored sprinkles that I’m wearing in the picture above. I don’t exactly remember how I came across Unicorn Crafts… like, I don’t know if it was through another blogger’s post or a hashtag search on Instagram — all I know is that I fell in love with with all the accessories with cute unicorns and nerdy illustrations (R2D2, Doctor Who, Sailor Moon, macarons with smiley faces, etc) on them, so it was only natural for me to start stalking following Unicorn Crafts on Instagram to keep up with all the kawaiiness. You can’t imagine how excited I was to see that there’d be a Unicorn Crafts booth at AnimeExpo while I was there too! Or maybe you can imagine how excited I was. Who knows?  🙂

It doesn’t really seem like it needs to be said, but I’m completely smitten with my necklace! It combines everything I love: unicorns (duh), sprinkles, and the color purple. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that it’s all on a super fancy frame. All things that look fancy with a geeky/cute element pretty much have my name written all over it. I kind of feel like this necklace was made just for me — obviously it wasn’t, but still. Faheema illustrated the unicorn herself (all the pieces for Unicorn Crafts feature her original artwork), but what’s so awesome about it is that it’s made from Shrinky Dinks (in case you’re too young to know what that is, it’s this)!

Would you like one too? Well, you’re in luck little ponies because Unicorn Crafts is graciously sponsoring a giveaway for one of you lucky ponies to win the same necklace that I have! HURRAY!!!

unicorn giveaway

There are several ways to enter, all of them are by following us on all our various social media accounts. Old readers and new are welcome to enter! US residents only, sorry international ponies. And please do not follow and then unfollow both Le Fancy Geek and Unicorn Crafts once the giveaway is over… that’s just mean.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway ends on 19 August @ 12 midnight PST and the winner will be contacted immediately afterwards. 🙂

Best of luck to you all!


out & about

Garfunkel & Oates @ Nerd HQ

I’ve been a fan of Garfunkel and Oates, the musical comedy duo that consists of actresses Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, since I saw Micucci on Scrubs about 6 years ago (?), and they’re going to have their own TV show and it’s premiering on IFC tomorrow @ 10pm!


If you haven’t heard of G&O, they’re basically like a female version of Flight of the Conchords, except some a lot of their songs would probably make Bret and Jemaine blush redder than a red delicious (watch their music video for “Loophole” at your own discretion — PS: it’s totes NSFW). Their Conversations for a Cause panel at Nerd HQ during Comic-Con weekend was just a wee bit NSFW as well (f-bombs galore), and I got to witness it all in person! I don’t know how many times Zachary Levi had his head in his hands or eagerly asked the audience for the next question. Haha!

You can watch their conversation in this video (and you can totally see me chomping on my gum in the audience):

If you like silly ladies, fun songs, and crude humor, then I urge you to check them out! 🙂


PS:  You can watch the third episode of Garfunkel and Oates right hurr:


PPS: Here’s a picture I took of Zachary Levi during the panel, just because.

out & about

Survive the Realm: Game of Thrones Exhibit

Hey my little ponies! I’m not dead, I swear. I’ve just been recuperating from last week’s geeky festivities at Comic-Con. It’s been a little over a week since I was down in San Diego and I still feel grossly exhausted. I only went to the actual convention for 2 days (Saturday/Sunday), but I got there on Thursday and there were plenty of things to do off-site! One thing included the Game of Thrones exhibit at the Omni Hotel. Oh, by the way, I’m horribly obsessed with that show right now. SO. OBSESSED. I started it a couple weeks ago and I’m currently on the 4th season, meaning I marathoned the sh!t out of seasons 1-3. * insert screaming face emoji *

Anyhow, everyday the line capped around 2ish, so on Sunday morning I got there at 7:30 am because I DID NOT want to miss it (the line wrapped around the building by 9:30, yikes)! And it was totally worth the three and a half hour wait. The exhibit was full of original costumes (take a look a the insane details on the costumes pictured below. The embroidery is immaculate and gorgeous!) and interactive experiences such as making a gif set next to Drogon (I’m not posting mine because I froze and ended up smiling because I had no clue what to do), going into a cage with headphones and occulus goggles like you’re going up the Wall; a fireball came hurling at me at the very top and I “died.” Valar Morghulis, I suppose (that means “all men must die” in High Valyrian). It was kind of scary and I ended up gripping the side of the cage and I could totally feel my arm digging into the bars. Haha! But there was one girl who was totally freaking out — her shrill screams of terror filled the room as she made her “descent” (quotes because it’s not really happening, y’know?) down the Wall. Oh, and of course the last part was having a photo op on the Iron Throne! I wore my Khaleesi shirt and my sister bought a set of dragon egg keychains from the Factory Entertainment booth so I held one of them in my picture 🙂 Everyone also got a baby blue Khaleesi shirt with her three dragons on it. Huzzah for freebies!

One more thing that the exhibit offered were free tattoos courtesy of HBO to the first 25 people in line who wanted them each day. Like, REAL legit permanent tattoos. House Stark is my favorite (I think they’re everyone’s favorite, right?), so if I had the opportunity to get one the tattoos I probably would’ve picked a dire wolf (#7 on the picture above) or maybe the one that says “Valar Morghulis” (#1). I like the Baratheon sigil the most (a stag with a crown around its neck — like Bambi!) and their house saying is pretty badass (“Ours is the fury”), but I’m just not crazy about anyone that belongs in that house.

There’s a Game of Thrones exhibit that’s been traveling across the globe for awhile that has way more props and costumes than the exhibit I went to. The last stop will be in Vancouver from August 8 – September 1, so if you love GOT and happen to be in Vancouver between those times you should definitely go.


PS: Here’s yours truly sitting on the Iron Throne!