04 Sep

Hello Kitty Hotel is back for Hello Kitty Con!

Remember the time I fulfilled my life goal of staying at a Hello Kitty hotel?  Well, its back!  There are a few themed Hello Kitty hotels around the globe, but this time Hello Kitty has partnered with Los Angeles’ newest and chicest boutique hotel, The Line Hotel. Unique themed stays will be offered to enhance the ultimate Hello Kitty fan experience in conjunction with the first ever Hello Kitty convention.

hello kitty hotel

Timed concurrently with Hello Kitty Con 2014 from October 29th – November 2nd, The Line Hotel will feature a full lineup of one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty promotions including:
Hello Kitty Super Sweet Stay Package: A select number of hotel rooms will infuse Hello Kitty’s supercute style into the hotel’s cool, contemporary ambiance. The rooms will feature Hello Kitty décor with special complimentary items available for guests to take home after their stay including Hello Kitty robes, slippers, cushions and more.
Hello Kitty Sweet Stay Package: Each room will offer an exclusive Hello Kitty welcome amenity package including a highly collectible, limited edition Hello Kitty x The Line Hotel plush set and additional surprises such as gifts from SEPHORA’s Hello KittyBeauty Collection and Loungefly.
Extra Hotel Specials: Famed environmental designer and The Line Hotel collaborator, Sean Knibb will create a special Hello Kittylounge for all hotel guests to enjoy that will later be converted into the VIP room for Hello Kitty’s official birthday party. Additional promotions will include sweepstakes hosted by both Sanrio and SEPHORA to win a stay in one of the unique Hello Kitty rooms; aHello Kitty SPAM® Musubi offering created by famed chef Roy Choi as a limited-time special for the room service menu; custom designed Hello Kitty x Linus bikes for hotel guests to ride; a collaboration with lifestyle brand Poketo for limited edition products available at the Poketo shop in the hotel; curated Hello Kitty art within the hotel; and more.
The Official Hello Kitty Birthday Party: Saturday, November 1st is Hello Kitty’s birthday! Hello Kitty, The Line Hotel, SEPHORA and Loungefly will co-host Hello Kitty’s official birthday party on her actual birthday. Guests that book any of the Hello Kitty room packages on Saturday, November 1st will have access to attend this exclusive invite-only event.
My last Hello Kitty hotel experience was amazing, and I cannot wait for this one!  Book your Hello Kitty stay through The Line Hotel, and your convention tickets through Sanrio. And don’t forget to enter the Hello Kitty Convention VIP giveaway!
09 Apr

Eats around Duke University

As The Cupcake Princess, I was definitely excited to move to the South’s Tastiest Town to attend business school at Duke University. And as a busy business school student, I have definitely been eating out a ton.

Here are my current Durham standards:

lilly's pizza durham raleigh duke university

Lilly’s Pizza is my favorite pizza place so far.  Their traditional thick crust is sweet and chewy, reminiscent of the gourmet pizzas found in big cities.  The restaurant has an open kitchen in the middle of the establishment, where you can see all the pizzas being made and the stone oven.  They also feature the works of local artists around the restaurant, which changes every month.  I highly recommend the Sir Walter, a white pizza with a flavorful blend of roasted garlic, prosciutto, smoked gouda, and mushrooms.  The toppings are perfectly proportioned.  The Big Shindig is also a classic.  Besides pizza, they are also known for their calzones.

foster's market durham duke university restaurant

foster's market durham dessert duke university

Foster’s Market is one of the sweetest food markets I have seen.  I love it there so much, I am actually doing a mentored study in entrepreneurship with Foster’s Market.  Rustic and artisan, they offer a bakery, café, deli, as well as a retail shop.  Foster’s Market is the ideal brunch spot, so be prepared for a brief wait.  The place also has the perfect set-up to catch up on some reading or homework over coffee.  My go-tos are anything with bacon jam, the English Muffin breakfast, Jammin’ Turkey sandwich, as well as the Peanut Butter Fudge Pie.

sushi love duke university durham

Sushi Love is the resident go-to sushi spot for students in Durham.  The place boasts a multitude of California style sushi rolls with daily half off and buy one get one free specials.  Close to campus and next to the Lofts and Trinity apartments, I always run into Fuquans whenever I stop by for a sushi fix.  I always get the perfectly spicy Sunrise Lava Roll and the sweeter Durham Cares roll. Decent sushi for a student budget, Sushi Love tends to be packed during peak meal times.