Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Review #48: Me Likes Tea

At the end of January I saw a beautiful thing pop up on Instagram – Me Likes Tea’s limited edition golden anniversary petticoats. I wanted to get a new a-line petti anyway, and these were so pretty that I figured why not just do it now and tick that item off my goal list? So that’s exactly what I did! Then, because I wouldn’t be me if I bought just one item, I also ordered a pair of bloomers and a set of hairclips.

The petticoat was made and ready to ship, though the other items had to be custom made. Shipping was a bit of a bitch, price-wise, so I went with Airmail rather than my preferred EMS. All in all I placed the order on January 30th and received it on March 13th, which is faster than I was expecting! I had the wrong email linked to my PayPal account so I didn't get any updates, but I didn't mind. Tai (the owner) was quite responsive to emails so I'm sure I could have asked for an update if I'd cared to.

 Within the shipping satchel was this pretty package.
Within the pretty package each item was separately bagged and labelled.

As far as reviews go, let’s start with the star of the show, the petticoat. I’ve been saying I want a better a-line petticoat for a while now, since my current one is from Leg Avenue and is not particularly noteworthy. However, since my existing one has done the job for so long this never seemed like a pressing concern…until I realised that it’s also actually too short for Berry Stripe! And if it don’t work for one of my current favourite dresses then it don’t work for me! So I was actually planning to be proactive on getting a new petti this year and it just so happened to happen earlier than expected!

And oh my goodness, this petticoat is just wow. Like, I almost have no words for it. It is gorgeous. I was amazed. James was amazed! It has a waist ribbon and the lace on the hem is gorgeous and beaded. Can I say a petticoat is a work of art? Because if so, it is! Seriously, this thing is beautiful and I am probably going to get some good use out of it as a skirt for creative photoshoots on its own!

On a slightly more actual serious review kind of note, the petticoat also seems to be a great product - I see why a lot of people swear by their Me Likes Tea pettis! It's very well made and has a lot of poof. It's exactly what I needed. The only downside, and this is an inevitability rather than a flaw, is that the metallic lace is scratchy. But like I say, that's just what you get with metallic lace.

The bloomers (pintuck long style) were not quite an impulse purchase, but certainly not something I truly badly needed. However, they are handy to have and I didn’t have a longer white (ivory, whatever) pair so these were a sensible buy. A sensible buy that turned out to be pretty amazing!

All that gushing over the petti? Let's just repeat that with the details changed. These bloomers are severely nice. Probably the best bloomers I own, and I do own one Innocent World pair! The only downside is that now I have a good pair that properly fit I have no excuse to go around bloomer-less...which I have been doing...ooops...

Last of all, the hair clips (Carola's Tea Ties) actually fill a wardrobe gap as I didn’t own anything small and black and white, so I’m really happy to have them. Not much to say about them really except that, like everything else, they are well made and accurate to the stock pictures!

All in all I am very impressed with the items I received; they are accurate to the stock images, well made, and overall very nice. A random note that I'll mention now is that everything smelled good! Normally new items smell a bit harsh and new...but these smelled like they'd been nicely laundered. So nice.

In conclusion I am really pleased to have bought from another indie brand, and strongly suspect that if/when I need another new petticoat (which may be soon, the lining has started to rip on my Classical Puppets bell petti...) I'll be a returning customer to Me Likes Tea.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Lolita Blog Carnival: What Has Become A Staple Piece In Your Wardrobe And Why?

As soon as I saw this LBC prompt I knew what my answer would be – my two Jillian cutsews from the Black Ribbon.

Basically, ever since I bought these cutsews I have worn them, and worn them hard. I have worn lolita 21 times since receiving these, and have worn one of them for 6 of those outfits. A full quarter! That's a lot! And a very good testament to how good these have been for me.

Some of my outfits with them...I'm wearing skirts so much more since they came into my life!

What I really like about these tops is that they are made for lolita but are very toned down. No weird details, no clashing colours, just simple niceness. And given that I tend to wear fairly simple coordinates that makes them perfect for me. I know for a fact that without these I would not be wearing lolita to work anywhere near as much as I have been, and probably not as much lolita in general. So they are definitely my most noteworthy current staple!

Love the subtle details ^__^

Of course, other items are staples as well; my handmade cherry skirt gets worn a lot, as does Berry Stripe and Bodyline L417. I practically live in beret and lace topped ankle socks. I don’t know where I’d be without all my little hairbows. Nearly every time I wear black I wear by Bodyline flats and often when I wear brown I pull out my handmade brown bolero. I definitely have a number of pieces I reach for more readily than others that are true staples of my wardrobe and it was fun to have a bit of a think about what they are.

But yes, these cutsews are my current number one staple ^__^

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Monday, 12 March 2018

AYWI30C #2: Something casual

I almost tripped myself over with this theme, because nearly everything I do is casual! So it stumped me for a moment to try and come up with soomething that was new and casual, without lookng like jsut another flatlay like I usually do.

What I ended up doing was coming up with something that is causal in the sense of comfort and ease of wear, but that still is rather detailed due to the pieces used. That's something I really love about lolita; because of the details inherent to basically ever item you use in a coordinate you can wear very easy pieces and still look really well dressed!

I haven't actually worn the tights used here yet (which is why they actually look nice laid out like this) but now I'm very excited to. In fact, I'm keen to wear this exact outfit! Which makes me happy, because I struggle a little to get excited about this skirt I made.

I also really enjoy how well the Axes Femme boots and bag match. I mean, it's not surprising given that they're from the same brand and bought at the same time, but still. The gobelin bag is an especial favourite of mine because I love how it gives a mis-matchy vintage vibe to any outfit that it's used in.

And this cutsew is just love! The lace is so pretty and it's just so simple and lovely. I really enjoy cutsews, almost more than blouses I think. Have to resist the urge to buy more...

For this look I'd go super simple with accessories; the matching headbow and a flower clip for colour balance, and a few little bracelets. It's enough to keep things interesting without adding too much.

As I said at the start, I actually really love this outfit. It's casual but so pretty, and I hope to wear it later this year!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Coordinates from January - February 2018

What's that? March isn't over and I'm already posting a coordinate roundup? Well, the truth is that I've actually been wearing lolita even more regularly so far this year so I'm posting early to avoid this getting really, really long! So I guess I'll just do these posts whenever they're needed...which bugs my organised side, but oh well. It's a good thing that I have enough outfits to share already!

I started 2018 off well, by spontaneously wearing lolita to an unexpected household brunch on the third of January. As the whole things was very impromptu, I ran with something that works...and coincidentally is the same dress and bolero combo as my first outfit in 2017. What can I say? It's a good fallback!

JSK & Shoes: Bodyline
Bolero: Handmade
OTKS: Innocent World
Hair accessories: Taobao
Necklace: Kitten D'Amour

I also asked James to try and get a photo of me with Panda, but as usual the furbaby did not cooperate...

I next wore lolita on the first causal Friday once I returned to work because I got my new Angelic Pretty socks in and had no choice but to wear the red crew socks in one of my typical black x red casual berry outfits. No choice. Also they are the best. I didn’t realise how badly I needed them until I had them.

OP: Metamorphose Berry Stripe
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Shoes: Bodyline
Hair accessories: Offbrand

I don’t have much else to say about this outfit – it was cute and comfortable and fast becoming one of my standard outfit variations. Though two of my colleagues (from the young, nerdy half of the office) both complimented me on my beret, which was nice. I also posted a selfie and shoe shot combo to Instagram, which was cute ^__^

The Sunday of that weekend, as you may have read about, was the RinRin Doll High Tea in Sydney. which was awesome! Of course, I have written a pretty exhaustive blog post about this already so I’m just going to drop a link then focus on the outfit. A big thank you to Sam for snapping this for me!

JSK: Bodyline (modified)
Blouse: Lady Sloth
Shoes: Taobao
Brooch: Kitten D'Amour
Stockings & flowers: Offbrand

Next I wore a casual lolita outfit to work on a Friday again at the very start of February. Not too much to say about this look, except that I liked it! I feel so much more me wearing lolita than I do usual work clothes so I’m glad I can do it. Though I may not be able too for long…my bosses are a wee bit bad at communication and we were recently reminded that on casual Friday’s we’ve still got to represent the company well and not look “grungy” so who knows what that means (because no-one wears anything actually grunge to work so it’s a bit baffling). But unless I’m specifically told not to come to work on casual days in a puffy skirt I’m going to keep doing it!

Skirt: Handmade
Shoes: Bodyline
Everything else: Offbrand

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I'm starting to posts more selfies and shoe shots...I actually really liked my shoes shot of this outfits so I'm sharing it.

A couple of weeks later I again wore one of my trademark black-and-berry outfits to work. I tried to do something a bit different with my hair, which I liked, and also wore a new necklace! I like how the pearls on the necklace match the pearls on the socks. I also like that the necklace was around three dollars on eBay… ^__^

Skirt: Handmade
Cutsew: The Floral Notebook
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Shoes: Bodyline
Accessories: Taobao/offbrand

I also got James to snap an artsy photo for me to show off my hair accessories and necklace a bit better.

The next day James and I went engagement ring shopping! For him, that is ^__^ I wanted to wear lolita because why not, and I chose to wear Rose Birdcage because in light of discovering last year I've really only been wearing black and brown (and having done so this year up to this point) I wanted to make sure I got some variety in!

Skirt: Metamorphose Rose Birdcage
Cutsew: The Floral Notebook
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Shoes: Taobao
Everything else: Taobao/offbrand

I snapped a quick selfie as well to show off my hair accessories a little better as I really liked what I did with them. I actually really liked this outfit overall, it was cute and comfy and it was really good to deliberate stretch myself by wearing something a little different to my default.

So those are the lolita outfits I wore in the first two months of 2018! All in all I'm pretty pleased with myself ^__^

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Good news, everyone!

I'm engaged ^__^

That's right, James and I are going to get hitched this year! As is our usual way of doing things, I don't have a fancy romantic engagement story. We talked about it (we don't even remember exactly when we decided to make this year the year) and then spent some time finding James the perfect engagement ring before announcing it today. I am using my mum's engagement ring, which I really like, both aesthetically and sentimentally.

We're planning a late August elopement (well, not exactly, since people know, but we're going overseas with our friends Nat and Luke and that's it) which I'll post about when the time comes ^__^

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Lolita Blogpost Roundup: February 2018

For some reason February felt really quiet on the blogging front! Perhaps everyone was lethargic after doing their January wardrobe posts...

Regardless, as usual, I read a lot few things I liked and some things that I loved, and the loves are shared below.

Eternita–Fall/Winter–Grown Up Alice in Wonderland Magazine from Miss Carol Belle
I'm not much of a magazine person, but seeing scans like this kind of makes me want to be! With the Gothic and Lolita Bible and KERA magazine having left us, I'm glad when bloggers take the time to showcase some of the newer publications.

Why are some dresses so expensive? from Rosie Darling
An LBC topic that I didn't participate in turned out to be one that I really loved reading about! This was my favourite analysis of the several that were posted, but as is usual with LBC posts there are links to the other participants at the end so there's more to read if you're interested in getting some other perspectives.

The Princess Code from Hedgefairy Tales
This is a relic from the lolita blogging past! I'm pretty sure Princess Skye was already inactive when I began in lolita so seeing The Princess Code resurrected for posterity makes me weirdly nostalgic for something I was never around for in the first place. Like with this blogger, I'm not totally on board with the Code, but I still loved seeing this post pop up in my dash. And also, A Little Princess is a fantastic book that I thoroughly recommend.

Comm meet: Antique Fairy Tales from Sanakanin
Go to this post and feast your eyes on all the pretty photos! Man, I really want to attend a photoshoot meetup...

Solid or Prints, what is my favourite? from Poppy Noir
Another LBC topic I didn't participate in, partially because I don't quite know my own opinion! Though, like this blogger, I would probably go for prints over solids if I had to choose. But I'm very, very pleased that I don't have to choose!

2018 from Buttcape
I'm not much of a one for personal blogs, but I do like getting little life updates from the bloggers I enjoy reading already!

Getting a whole series, and in different colours?! from Ruban Rose
Pretty photos, a lovely outfit, and a musing on owning multiple pieces from a series. This post was basically all the things that I love in lolita blog posts ^__^

Where there any particular lolita blog posts you really liked this month that I haven't shared here? If so, drop me a link!

Friday, 23 February 2018

AYWI30C #1: Your trademark look

I'm really excited to be posting my first entry from the "Around your wardrobe in 30 coordinates" challenge and I love the outfit I came up with!

This theme is "your trademark look" and rather than just replicating what I wear most commonly I took those components and came up with something new. Berry print? Check. Black top? Check. Red beret? Check. This really is my trademark look, and it was really fun to come up with a new spin on it!

As I mentioned in the intro post for this challenge, I'm doing more through outfits than I usually do. So I'm also going to be sharing accessory shots! Given that this is meant to be my trademark I didn't go too overboard, but wristcuffs are always a good choice and I liked using the Milk heart hairclip as it really tied in well with the skirt.

I really loved the combo of this cutsew with the Chocoberry skirt, it really took it up a level. It also makes me want to get more printed cutsews...which is dangerous!

I also tried using a different pair of OTKS than usual. In a sense, this outfit turned out to be a more OTT (though it isn't, not really) version of my usual look; there's a lot more patterns going on! But it still feels totally me and I really can't wait to wear it.

And as a final shot, because it may have been camouflaged in the full coord shot, I wanted to show how off my Milky Berry mini tote. I'm so glad I got this bag! I really do love my berry prints, and having a matching bag makes me stupidly happy.

Do you have a trademark look that's recognisably you?

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Around your wardrobe in 30 coordinates; a lolita coordinate challenge

For a long time I've been working my way through the Lolita 52 topics but finished the last of those off in December last year. I have another blog challenge I want to do, but I've had one of my own in my head for a while so wanted to do that first!

Since I really enjoy stretching the possibilities of one’s lolita collection I thought what better thing to do as a challenge come up with than a list of ideas designed to explore just what you can do with your wardrobe? And so "Around your wardrobe in 30 coordinates" or AYWI30C (I'm the best at titles /s) was born!

Even though I put this together with challenging myself in mind of course I’d really love to see the results if anyone else uses these prompts. So if you do, please drop a link in the comments so I can check it out! Of course, with me being the verbose person I am, I won’t just be posting a snapshot and calling it a day, these are really going to delve into the depths of my wardrobe!

But enough preamble, onto the prompts!

  1. Your trademark look
  2. Something casual
  3. Something OTT
  4. A monochrome outfit
  5. An unexpected colour combination
  6. Channel a lolita era
  7. As sweet as you can go
  8. As classic as you can go
  9. As gothic as you can go
  10. Pick a substyle
  11. Inspired by a character
  12. Inspired by another lolita
  13. Inspired by a historical era
  14. Inspired by a mainstream fashion trend
  15. Follow the rules
  16. Break the rules
  17. Something you really like, but wouldn’t wear
  18. An outfit you love but haven’t worn out yet
  19. Based around a particular top
  20. Based around a certain accessory
  21. Based around your favourite shoes
  22. Based around some interesting legwear
  23. Using your most worn main piece
  24. Using your least worn main piece
  25. Using you newest wardrobe addition
  26. Using the thing you bought first that you still have
  27. From a single brand
  28. From as many brands as possible
  29. To suit a particular hairstyle
  30. To suit a certain make-up look

So you can expect to see a lot of flat lays from me again in the near future! I intend to make outfits that are more "complete" than what I normally post, with bags, jewellery and the whole shebang. It's going to be fun!

I’m looking forward to posting about the coordinates I come up with for this challenge, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

RinRin Doll High Tea in Sydney

On 21 January the Australian Lolita Community (that’s right, the whole country and not just Sydney!) held what will undoubtedly be the year’s biggest event: a High Tea with RinRin Doll. This post is a bit later than I'd like as I wanted to wait for the official photos before posting, and it's also long, so sit tight!

As soon as tickets for the event went on sale I leaped in and bought one, springing a little extra for a VIP ticket because that came with professional pictures with RinRin and additional goodies in your goodie bag. How could I resit either of those things? Two events were actually organised; Neo Tokyo on the Saturday night, which was a clubbing event with additional special guests designer and DJ Takuya Angel and his fashion model Miya-chan, and then the high tea on the Sunday. You could buy combo tickets for both events, and a lot of people at the high tea had gone to Neo Tokyo as well. After a while it was announced that Takuya Angel and Miya-chan would also be guests at the high tea, which I thought was awesome. I'm not a clubbing type of person but Neo Tokyo sounded like it was a lot of fun, so who knows, maybe I'll got to the next one.

After buying my ticket there came weeks and weeks of outfit planning and general nervousness. The week before the meet I tried on my intended outfit…and hated it. It just did not work in real life like it did in my head. So I ran with a tried and true blouse and JSK combo, and decided to fancy things up in the accessories department. By my standards I was very dressed up! I don’t have a picture but I even stuck a peachy flower on my black bag for added floral goodness. In the end I feel like this outfit ended up being a little bit hime-ish, though it’s probably not OTT enough to really qualify. In any case, I liked it!

Good opportunity to share my favourite of the professional shots I got with RinRin!

So I had an outfit plan and spent some time figuring out how best to travel to the venue. On the Wednesday prior to the high tea RinRin posted a tiny video in the Facebook event waving to us and saying she's looking forward to meeting us and oh my goodness she has the most adorable voice! I hadn't heard her speak before and I kind of died of cuteness a little bit. After that I also stalked her Instagram stories and started to get really excited!

On to the day itself! In the morning I thought I had allowed more than enough time to get ready in  but found myself having to rush, which is never a good start to the day in my world (though the sleep in and boyfriend cuddles prior to the rushing was great!). But James got me to the station in good time, I didn’t forget anything, and I had a nice relaxing train trip down where I tried to take a nice selfie and made a good start on reading Artemis by Andy Weir. Before too long I’d gotten to Circular Quay station and managed to find my way out and on to the venue, the Sir Stamford Hotel. Once inside a collection of petticoats on couches told me I was in the right place and I took a seat below the dramatic chandelier and near the adorable plush wombats!

I didn’t know anyone who was there but managed to get more and more comfortable chatting with nice girls as we waited to go into the tea party room, so when one of the organisers came out and announced that there was a seating plan I was disappointed! But the disappointment didn’t last for long because after our table was called in we made our introductions and got to chatting and so I got to meet even more new people because of this!

I had actually been to this hotel and this exact function room for a promotional lunch meeting for work once, so I knew how beautiful it was going to be. But still, it was beautiful. Old fashioned and elegant, lots of gold and cream and dusty reds. Just inside the door to the function room two tables were set up, one with Takuya Angel merchandise and one with RinRin’s. I wish I had gotten a photo of Takuya Angel’s stuff, it was all epic cyber/rave style accessories but I didn’t think too at the time and didn’t have enough cash on me to buy anything. Opposite the door was the photo corner, and the rest of the room was set up with six tables facing the head table set up across some big, bright windows.

Have a little look inside the tea party room!

I think I was the fifth person to buy a VIP ticket for this event, as others on my table were discussing they had bought theirs early, and our seats were numbered. And lucky me, seats four and five were in the middle of the middle front table so I had a clear view to the head table where the special guests and organisers sat. Thankfully, I avoided making creepy eye contact with RinRin! My social skills didn’t fail me terribly, which is always a good thing ^__^ After all the tables were seated the organisers called our attention and announced the arrival of first Takuya Angel and his model Miya-chan, and then RinRin Doll!

Oh my goodness, RinRin is super adorable in real life. She was wearing a gorgeously elegant outfit, complete with lace gloves and a fancy canotier headdress. And the print she was wearing was one of the as-yet unreleased Angelic Pretty ones, Heavenly Banquet. It felt pretty special that she was wearing something like that, I’ll admit ^__^ And I’ll mention now that she was lovely and friendly and smiley and sweet all throughout the day. Even if you want to be cynical and say it's her job to be nice it still doesn't change the fact that she was!

After we applauded it was announced that some of the VIPs would have their photos taken with RinRin now and some after high tea was consumed. There was some confusion as first and we headed to the photo corner, only to be told we would be called up in groups of three. So back to the tables we went where we were each served a chocolate dipped strawberry with a flair of gold and had our tea or coffee orders taken; I had a rose and vanilla tea to start. I was called up for my photo very early, we took three shots and a short video waving to the camera. I also know the guy who was manning the video camera so had a little bit of a chat before he had to hit record on the next person’s waving video.

Then it was back to my seat and very soon out came the high tea, and what a high tea it was. Here’s the menu, because I think it deserves to be shared.

I immediately discovered one of the wonderful things about a lolita high tea. Everyone wants to take photos of the food, so you’re not the odd one out trying to get an aesthetic angle while everyone else just starts eating. Nope, we all whipped out our phones and had a good little food photo session. Here’s a shot of a three-person tower of deliciousness.

And here are a couple of close up pictures of my goodies. First the savouries…

…then the sweets!

Everything was really nice, but in particular the weird orange roll thing was amazing (it was the chicken and shallot in tomato bread pinwheel, had to check the menu after!) and the peach dome and verrine were definitely the best deserts I’ve had all year (hahaha)! The scones were very nice too, but no pictures, because a scone is a scone.

While we were all eating RinRin was going from table to table, spending a little time with us all. When she got to our table I think we were all a little awestruck but she was utterly lovely, very friendly, and we had the chance to ask her a few questions and several people gave her gifts, which she was thrilled about. She also took selfies and some videos with those people. I also saw later that a lot of people took selfies with her throughout the day, but I was too shy to ask. I rather regret not getting a more casual picture with her as well as the VIP ones (because I do not like how I looked in those!) but oh well. I’ll do better next time, and I hope there is a next time! But at least I have my VIP photos and our table group shot.

My table! Delicia, Regina, RinRin, Michelle, Serra then Esther, me, Sam and Alisha 
(probably spelled half those wrong but I think I remembered them all right!)

Things got a bit more casual after the food was eaten and RinRin had done her rounds. People started moving around, and I grabbed Sam and Esther to take photos in an aesthetic corner. I took photos of people, for people, and asked Sam to grab some shots of me as well, which turned out rather nicely.

Thanks Sam ^__^

What was really epic to see what the sheer range of epic outfits. I was definitely one of the most “casual” people there, so that should give you an idea of the scope of fashion that was on display. Here are a few collages of some of my favourite outfits where I actually got up the courage to ask for photos. A lot of these shots were taken in the foyer after the tea party ended and my phone did not like the dim light there so excuse the quality and admire what you can see of the outfits!

I loved the wing veil thing...apparently it was from Taobao and I kind of want one! My table mate Esther was wearing a super pretty BTSSB dress and the girl on the right handmade her whole outfit!

Alisha from my table was super cute and really fun too. The two outfits in the middle were super amazing with handmade pieces and so much more amazing in real life than in photos! Michelle, another from my table, had the best hair...I really want to try this kind of style out sometime.

The girl on the right came out from New Zealand along with Esther (I don't think I mentioned that yet, we had internationals visitors as well as people from interstate!) and she got excited when I complimented her dress and said "Empress Sisi, right?". Nikarra in the middle caught my eye right from the moment she walked into the foyer...and her hat was used for the raffle draw later on! Delicia's outfit was crazy awesome, particularly her hair and makeup but my photo does not do it justice.

During my wanderings I took a look at the merchandise tables. As I mentioned at the start, Takuya Angel's items were rather amazing but out of my price range. However, RinRin had postcard sets for sale for five dollars, so I bought one of those. Here's the cards that were included!

After a little while one of the organisers called us to attention and it was time for the Q&A with RinRin. Each table nominated a spokesperson to ask and agreed upon question (Sam was ours) and I jotted down some notes so I could share her answers here. Not entirely verbatim, of course, but I hope you find it interesting!

How many lolita dresses do you own?
Only about five! She only keeps the ones that have particular sentimental value for her. As a note, I assume that for events like this Angelic Pretty provides her wardrobe, since she was wearing an unreleased print.

Do you have any tips for travelling with lolita?
Vacuum bags, Febreze and underarm guards were her tips.

Will you ever stop wearing lolita and branch out into other styles, or are you a lolita for life?
“Lolita for life!” was the first thing she said, which was met with a cheer from all of us. She went on to explain that she already models quite a few different styles (as evidenced by the previous night’s fashion show at Neo Tokyo) but that she intended to continue to model lolita clothes until either she no longer wanted to or the brands no longer hired her.

RinRin at Neo Tokyo.

Who is your favourite person to work with at Angelic Pretty?
Asuka, because she is the one who tends to organise and direct the shoots and events that RinRin is involved in.

Who is your fashion icon, lolita or otherwise?
Maki, the Angelic Pretty designer, is someone who RinRin has looked up to and is now happy to be close friend with. Maki inspires her to be a better person (cue the loud aww from the assembled lolitas).

How did you hear about and start wearing lolita?
RinRin’s story here was incredibly relatable. A friend in high school brought her a GLB as a souvenir for Japan, and she fell a bit in love with the darker gothic looks (since at the time she wore punky, emo style “like you do when you’re an angsty teen”). She stumbled into sweet lolita specifically when she was scouted to model for Angelic Pretty when they were in LA . When she was dressed up in frilly pink she felt cute and adorable, and the rest is history.

Next was the raffle draw! There were three dresses, an apron skirt, and a pair of socks up for grabs, and first drawn got first choice and so on. I had only bought two tickets as I was trying to be sensible with my monies, but as it turned out I could have just bought one because the first ticket I bought was the fifth ticket drawn! Being the last drawn, I got the OTKS which were predictably the last item left, but that suited me fine! I was super chuffed to have won something ^__^

The funniest thing about the raffle though is that we collectively showed how Aussie we were – the response from the first girl drawn was a very loud “oh shit!” and the second girl did the same! It was funny though.

Speaking of being terribly, terribly Australian, when we took the group picture (which I think happened after the raffle, but it may have been the other way around) RinRin also wanted us to take a brief video saying “Hello from Australia” and waving to the camera. But that quickly morphed into “G’day from Australia, mate” which was…something. It was definitely something. I’m not complaining, I think it’s hilarious, but I love how utterly un-kawaii it was. If the video ever ends up online I'll share a link! And we also took a silly picture, of course.

After the group picture the best dressed chosen by RinRin was announced. She started by saying that we all looked amazing and that in the end her choice came down to her own personal preference for angel themes and she announced the winner, a cute girl called Ashley, who was overjoyed! I liked her outfit, it was very simple in sax and white and gold with a Taobao OP and cute little angel wings. It was so cute when she walked up to get a hug and a prize from RinRin because she had busted one of the side seams on her dress and was holding her arm to her side, but she was smiling from ear to ear. So cute!

And then it was time for us to leave. The organisers sent us out table by table so we could collect our gift bags and a little something from RinRin on the way out. My table was second (same as the order of entry) so we filed out. On the way out we all received a gift bag and also a postcard from RinRin herself, which provided a great opportunity to thank her again for coming out to Australia.

Despite leaving the tea party room no-one actually left immediately and instead we gathered in the foyer to examine our goodies and take more photos.

We Aussies are all class ^__^ We're the best fun too!

I also took a brief look at my loot in the foyer, as I saw other girls pulling out velvet bows and trading colours, but lucky me got an ivory set, which is a colour I actually needed! I did, however, trade my Australian Lolita Community ibis badge with Esther from New Zealand for one of the ones with an illustration of RinRin, because the Kiwi had to get the ibis. Had to. No choice.

The badges ^__^

But after a little while of taking photos and chatting it was time to head home, so I said a few farewells and headed back to the station. I had a silly moment where the flower got dislodged from my bag and I chased it across a (thankfully quiet) road, but let's not dwell on that. I had some bad luck with trains but I eventually made it back home to throw off my pretty outfit in favour of pyjamas! I also took some photos of my gift bag loot.

All in all this was a really great event. It was wonderful to attend a "proper" lolita event and meeting RinRin was really nice. I'm glad I got to experience this and spend more time with the Sydney community, and hope that something like this will be organised again in the not-to-distant future.

Also, as a random end note I wanted to mention that once again I experienced only positive (or at least neutral) reactions from members of the public. An older woman walking past me to exit the train I was one said she loved what I was wearing, while in the hotel foyer I answered a lady who asked us if we were dressed up for a production or party (right on the second one!), and another lolita posted in the Facebook event later that apparently a lady in the hotel bathroom wanted her to tell us all that we looked lovely. I just really like the fact that I have not yet had a negative experience in this fashion. I’m sure it’ll happen one day, but that’s always why I want to point out the good times even if they’re just little comments, so I can try and not let the bad outshine the far more frequent good.

Have you ever had the chance to meet RinRin Doll or any other lolita models or designers?