Sweet Poison Cupcake: It’s JPop + It’s Dangerously Sweet.

{Tempest with handmade lollipops (non edible) and more #kawaii pieces in the foreground.}



274 N. GOODMAN ST D109


WHO: Tempest Paige, teen entrepreneur & Cosplay babe.

WHAT: JPop boutique! (That’s Japanese Pop. #kawaii)

WHERE: In the Village Gate!

WHEN: My tip (especially for bomb places like these, which often means smaller staff) … check Facebook for hours & updates! {Closed Monday for Labor Day!}

WHY: There absolutely is something for everyone. Handmade trinkets are one-of-a-kind and unique. … Ah, there’s a hand-crafted rhinestone carousel horse. And Tempest is a force that you have to meet.

“No comment that anyone could’ve made to me—especially a stranger at the mall—would ever stop me from doing what I love and dressing how I want.”


You’re in love too, right? Tempest does her own make-up & even dyes her own hair!! She mixes her own dyes using brands like Manic Panic. Basically – if you need a hair or make-up tip, drop by and talk with Tempest. She’s better than most pros. (I mean, look.)

Nineteen-year-old Tempest Paige puts the bad-assery into business owner and sells J-POP (Japanese pop) fashion and handcrafted Lolita jewelry and trinkets—think sweet with a cherry-on-top–at her boutique, Sweet Poison Cupcake Designs, in The Village Gate.

A typical Rochesterian who graduated from Spencerport and attends MCC, Tempest is not. Enchanting eyes, candy tresses, and a style that includes Cosplay and Sweet Lolita: Tempest channels every doll you wish you could have played with. “It’s not Halloween anymore!” gawkers taunted.

In the 7th grade, Tempest dressed as black-bob Britney Spears alla “Womanizer” for a school dance and at Otakon 2012, transformed into Jessica Rabbit. “Bullying never really bothered me,” Tempest admits.

“My mom raised me to be strong. Not to care about those who don’t care about me.”

Shaun, Tempest’s mom, an airbrush artist and painter, is credited for hand-gluing 100s of rhinestones onto the SPC carousel horse. She also helped Tempest begin SPC in 2009. … Tempest was in 8th grade!

After various Conventions, including RIT’s Tora-Con in 2009, SPC officially opened in April 2014. When a Village Gate storefront hit the market, a twist of fate baked Tempest her cake. The, “I don’t know middle ground,” attitude means she eats it, too.


Note – Wall of awesomeness behind the bejeweled carousel horse. Into ’90’s backpacks? From my assessment, Tempest & Sweet Poison Cupcake had them first!


Signature cupcake rings; a rainbow of sunglasses; kawaii pieces from Japan; Rockabilly fashions from Kreepsville 666; ‘90’s backpacks; club bling featuring pizza slices alongside lockets: at Sweet Poison Cupcake, there really is something for everyone.

And a sprinkle of inspiration, saucy, smart, empowered, and sweet.





Sweetlife Music + Food Festival: Eat Local. Music Local. Lana del Rey.





party with a purpose

WHAT: Music + Food Festival that celebrates Sustainability + Gives Back. Sweetgreen, a restaurant started in 2007 by 3 college students, thinks sustainability and makes an impact. Locally sourced + organic ingredients from trusted partners + farmers feed Sweetgreen goers and DC, MD, VA, + NYC schools. Proceeds from Sweetlife are donated to FoodCorps, the Sweetgreen partner.

WHERE: Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD.

to connect people through food

WHEN: Sweetgreen started in 2007 + Sweetlife began in 2010 behind Sweetgreen’s Dupont location. What started as a 500-person gathering in a parking lot has evolved into a festival to connect people through food + now, through music.

WHY: Community + Education + Farmers + Music + Sustainability + Food. To get why + to see the larger picture, you have to check out the story. Sweetlife Festival + Sweetgreen say it all.

FAVS: Lana Del Rey, Bombay Bicycle Club, Capital Cities, Hozier {Ireland}

#eatlocal #drinklocal #musiclocal #LanadelRey

I cannot contain my excitement. This festival embodies every single last thing I could ever hope for in my entire life. And it’s a celebration of my good friend Katie Regan’s Dirty Thirty. I first met Katie when I was a sophomore in college, visiting SUNY Geneseo for New Year’s Eve. In the near 10 years since I’ve known her, Katie has proven to be the most adventuresome go-getting fun-loving fly-by-the-seat of her smarty-pants fashionista I know. Sweetlife Music Fest + Lana del Rey?? Katie’s idea. Happy Early Birthday Katie. Here’s to the dirty.

I sing the body electric baby

I’m stoked for so many of the acts, even 2 Chainz. But. Let’s face it. #LANA. I love Lana del Rey. I don’t remember the 1st time I heard Lana. I don’t remember the 1st time I fell in love with Lana. Because Lana is entrancing. Lana entrances me. Every single last 1 of Lana’s lyrics on her 2 critically acclaimed albums, Born to Die + Paradise, speak to my soul. I have a snake on my tattoo, and I have the ivy + the ink blue, and I got this Eve tattoo before Paradise even broke. Lana + I are soul mates.

Lana is my National Anthem

Tryin to tell me to wait until Saturday, but I can’t wait to see you, Lana. I hope you like this anthem. For Lana + for Sweetlife.

Sweetlife is the anthem of success, so  I will put on mascara + my party dressThis is what makes us girls, after all. Also, I’ve been out on that open road; I’ve been traveling too long, I’ve been trying too hardI need to sing the Body Electric, baby. I need to hear Lana. We get down [this Saturday] night, dancing + grinding in the pale moonlight. I will pretend I’m not hurt, + go about the world like I’m having fun. Because this weekend, at Sweetlife with Lana, I am. Finally, Katie + Meg + I are the lucky ones. Seeing Lana at Sweetlife,  feels like, feels like, You know it feels like falling in love for the first time.

It’s supposed to thunderstorm this Saturday in Maryland, but I don’t care. I know that I’m a mess with my long hair and my [neon pale skin], [long] dress, bare feet. I don’t care what they say about me. I can handle some rain + mud. Because before Sweetlife, I was in the land of gods + monsters, I was an angel looking to … see Lana. No one’s going to take my soul {or this concert} away. I’m living like Jim Morrison. And I cannot wait!! I cannot wait to feel it in the air. Telephone wires above sizzling like a snare. We’re going to be young, be dope, be proud, Like an American. Like a lover of all things Lana + sustainable + sweet. By the time I leave Sweetlife, I’ll be all: I don’t want to wake up from this tonight. Fact.

Hot summer days. Rock ‘n’ roll. The way you play for me at your show: let’s face it Lana. You are playing for me at this show. You are playing for me at Sweetlife. Will I still love you when you’re no longer young + beautiful, Lana? Yes. Your music + your soul are forever beautiful. Forever wild.

Lana: I would love you ’till the end of time. I would wait a million years. Thankfully, you’re in concert more than once a year. And thankfully, Sweetlife is happening again next year. Feet don’t fail me now. Take me to the finish line Oh my heart breaks every time I get a migraine. The road is long, we carry on Try to have fun in the meantime. Plus, I’m a warrior and have been fighting these migraines off like a champ. If I start to get one, I’ll drink Coca Cola. But Lana sure makes a compelling argument for Pepsi Cola. Lana, you know I got a soul as sweet as blood-red jam + you, Lana, laugh like God, your mind’s like a diamond.

It’s almost like I know you, Lana, like I walked with you once upon a dream. I know you, that look in your eyes is so familiar a gleam. Thank you for singing to me at Sweetlife, Lana. I need this. I need this Sweetlife.



Yayo {pre-intro}

National Anthem

This Is What Makes Us Girls


Body Electric

Lucky Ones


Gods + Monsters

Summertime Sadness


Dark Paradise

Blue Jeans

Young + Beautiful

Born 2 Die


Off To The Races


Once Upon A Dream