Friday, May 19, 2017

Top 10 Insta-Worthy Places to Get Your Ice Cream Fix in NYC This Summer

Summer is finally here! If you can manage to peel yourself away from the luxury that is modern-day air conditioning, your only hopes of staying cool outside are incessantly slurping on ice cream cones (yes, plural) throughout the day. Lucky for you, I've made it my personal mission to sample ice cream desserts from a variety of NYC hotspots - you know, for research. πŸ˜‰  It was difficult work, but someone's got to cover these hard-hitting stories!

I've rounded up a list of my favorite Insta-worthy ice cream shops for you to visit this summer, in no particular order. Stay tuned for my upcoming guide on NYC's top scoop shops!


1. Taiyaki 

(Chinatown)
Address: 119 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

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This little fishy is an Instagram favorite, and it's easy to see why. These warm fish-shaped cones, traditionally filled with red bean paste, are a mainstay at Japanese street fairs and festivals. At Taiyaki in Chinatown, you can choose your preferred flavor and toppings - my faves are matcha & strawberry!



2. Wowfulls 

(Alphabet City)
Address: 309 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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These bubble waffle cones are a derivative of the 1950s-style Hong Kong egg waffle, called Gai DΓ n Jai. Crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside, this delicious treat is perfect for the 'gram! Get the Madagascar Vanilla ice cream - it's rainbow!


3. Black Tap 

(Soho)
Address: 529 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

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The OG epic milkshake joint, Black Tap is well-known for their diabetes-inducing monster milkshakes. Take note - only go here if you're prepared to spend a decent amount of time waiting in line.


4. Amorino 

(Chelsea, Upper West Side, Union Square)

Address: Several locations

I mean, it's a gelato rose. You can also get a gelato macaron on top, as pictured above. What more could a girl (or boy) want?!


5. Frozen Sweet

(Nolita)

Address: 184 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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Thai rolled ice cream has been trending around NYC for the past couple of years, probably because there is something oddly satisfying about watching your flattened ice cream become fashioned into delicate ice cream rolls. I love Frozen Sweet because they add cute little animal cookies, and I am a 5-year-old on the inside.



6. Tac 'N' Roll

(East Village)

Address: 124 E 4th St, New York, NY 10002

This neighborhood taco fave offers ice cream (in lychee, black sesame, and matcha flavors) ensconced in a warm paratha bread shell. Called a "Sweet Tac," this dessert is available with a variety of toppings, including a toasted marshmallow, bacon, and classics like (heart-shaped!) strawberries.


7. ChikaLicious Dessert Bar

(East Village)

Address: 203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

Take a quick walk from Tac 'N' Roll and you'll find yourself at ChikaLicious Dessert Bar, where you can order a churro ice cream cone, drizzled with goodness. Be careful, these babies drip quickly!


8. Emack & Bolio's

(Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Brooklyn Heights)

Address: Several locations

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These epic cones are loaded with cereal favorites like Froot Loops and Cookie Crisp. Choose from a huge selection of flavors to create a truly jaw-dropping cone masterpiece.



9. New Territories

(East Village)

Address: 190 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Choose from a milkshake or classic bubble cone at New Territories, a cute new shop in the East Village. The store has an adorable interior, with several small seating areas.


10. Macaron Parlour

(Lower East Side)
Address: 44 Hester St, New York, NY 10002
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If you've followed me for a while, you may have noticed I have a small soft spot for macarons...so what could be better than a macaron ice cream sandwich?! The answer is....a rainbow macaron ice cream sandwich - with caramel ice cream. SO. DAMN. GOOD. It's called the "Care Bear Stare" and it's available from Macaron Parlour in the East Village.


What are your favorite ice cream shops? Have you tried any on this list? What did you think? xx

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Chanel Thrift Store Finds


Thrifting is definitely one of my favorite ways to shop. I've found some truly incredible things thanks to my determination and some good luck (more on that here, "How I Thrifted over $4,000 of Designer Shoes for under $500").

The most elusive and covetable thrifting finds are those from the holy trifecta: Hermes, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. Of course, finding any designer goodie is a delight, but finding Louis Vuitton (which never goes on sale), or Chanel (which is jarringly expensive), or Hermes (hahaha...wish I actually found authentic Hermes in thrift stores) is a special treat for any thrifter. 

In this post, I'll be sharing some of my favorite thrifted Chanel finds! I've managed to thrift two rings, a pair of earrings, a pair of sunglasses, a small wallet, and the holy grail....a BAG! 



I. Chanel "In the Business" Flap 

(Lambskin with silver hardware)
Price purchased for: $40
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I spotted this bag hanging inconspicuously amongst a slew of dusty, black leather handbags. It's a Chanel "In the Business" flap. Skeptical about authenticity from the get-go, I inspected the date code, tags, hardware markings, and quilting. Thrift store Chanel fakes are usually pretty blatantly bad...but this one was shockingly good. Still, I remained wary - I've seen my fair share of superfakes (fakes so good that even the little details are right).  I fervently opened Fashionphile and searched up previously sold "In the Business" flaps to compare details through photo after photo after photo.

Ultimately, the bag proved to be authentic, but the conspicuous tears remained an obvious caveat. The bag was heavily damaged and scratched up on the front and back. Given the fact that I'd been eying Anya Hindmarch's leather sticker collection for quite some time now, this seemed like the perfect opportunity for a little project. I've since redecorated this bag to conceal the gashes with leather stickers I got on sale, so stay tuned to see a before & after!

II. Chanel Sunglasses

Price purchased for: $50
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Considering they were stacked amidst a throng of other nondescript black sunglasses, spotting these Chanel sunglasses required keen squinting on my behalf. Nothing gets my thrifting senses tingling quite like the Chanel logo when thrifting, so when I caught that C-H-A... - I immediately requested them for inspection. Imagine my delight when the authentic (and flattering! Sorry, no '90s Matrix shades for me) Chanel sunnies also came with a case! They only cost $50. #Blessed

III. Vintage Oversized Chanel CC Gold Clip-On Earrings

Price purchased for: $45
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These vintage gold beauties (similar here) were $45. I almost didn't get them, since clip ons are heavy and can be difficult to wear for an extended period of time.  I'm glad I got them, though, because even if they're kind of outrageous, they're iconic. These are perfect to wear with your hair up in a bun with some bold lipstick.


IV. Chanel Rings

Price purchased for: $24 each
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These rings were $24 each. The left ring, with ruthenium hardware and tweed, is a simple classic. The black sparkly camellia ring was missing the center portion. It's not very noticeable but I also plan to adorn it with something else.

V. Vintage Chanel Wallet

Price purchased for: $100

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This wallet was a bit pricier than the usual thrifting find, but it was well worth it, as it has been one of my most-used pieces. It's practical, durable, compact, and super cute! I alternate between this and my new Chanel cardholder. I love tiny wallets - they're ideal for small bags and don't weigh your bag down.




Do you thrift? What are your luckiest finds? xx