What started out as a “hey anyone want to get ice cream” turned into “cute forest animals lolita ice skating” meet!! ￣(=⌒・⌒=)￣
It was both Adi and my first time ever ice skating!!! And you have no idea how completely bizarre that is coming from a girl who spent a majority of her youth in Canada!! Lucky for me years and years of roller skating in the 70s and 80s and rollerblading in the 90s did help me get into the swing of things pretty quick. Adi struggled a bit more but managed to stick with it only falling once.
The people at the rink had no idea what happened when all of a sudden a gaggle of frill folk made their way onto the ice. Surprisingly not too many crazy comments but a few folks genuinely curious and wanting to know what was going on. I did get a first, “are you Hansel & Gretel?” An interesting departure from the typical Little Bo Peep – and what I guess comes to mind when your a couple and both now into the fashion.
I was so excited to finally wear my coordinate from Meno. I picked up a mori top and skirt in Harajuku in the spring… so this is a long overdue experiment to mix mori girl style with lolita. I was surprised that not many in the group had heard of Meno. I hold their shop right up there with Grimoire. I hope to go back and get a longer skirt to go with my code. Well and maybe something for my hair. If I didn’t already invest so heavily in lolita I could really go deep down the mori girl rabbit hole.
With such little time to plan the Alice Tea Party I was pressed for entertainment ideas. I’ve only been to a few of the local meets but have been to enough social engagements to know what can happen. Often small cliques tend to form among those who have known each other for a long time. On public meets where not everyone knows each other some participants can feel left out. Well, there is also how the tables are arranged which can distance participants from others. So I planned a small ice breaker.
Nothing really fancy. Picked up cute Alice in Wonderland playing cards and pulled out all the face cards and the hearts. That was roughly the right number for the party. Then after everyone had their fill of tea, scones and sandwiches I stood and requested attention. Asked if everyone would take turns to stand, give their first name (if they were willing,) and to discuss the point of their coordinate. I am so happy everyone was good sports. Had several good laughs and oohs and aahhs. Especially two cuties who twinned for the party but said they came as Tweedledee and Tweedledum sweet lolita style!! It really helped to put faces to names and to get to know a little about each person without getting too personal.
After each guest spoke about their coordinate they got to pick a card. Using another deck of cards, a winner was selected for a very small raffle. I literally pulled this White Rabbit out of the Mad Hatter’s Hat the night before. It must have been around 7 or 8 pm when I began and finished close to 12:30 am.
Alice Tea Party Raffle Prize
My concept was to stay on theme with a White Rabbit but in a non-traditional form with a classic lolita or even mori girl appearance. You might recognize that most of the laces and flowers are extras from this summer’s Rabbit Garden Party Apron and Purse. I knew I wanted the piece to have a lot of little details but also still feel simple. To achieve that simplicity the entire color palette reads as a solid using a cream base. Not knowing who would win the raffle and what their personal style would be, the design was meant to be true to my design aesthetic but also neutral to go with several lolita genres.
Not sure if it would be classified as a headdress, rosette or even a canotier to be honest. What you can’t see from the detail photos is that the back has both an alligator hair clip and a pin clasp. So it can be worn as a hair accessory or as a badge.
Received good feedback from the group that the ice breaker was very fun and that they enjoyed it. And Alexandra’s expression when she won and opened the bag was a huge treat. Relieved and elated she likes it. So I think I’ll continue this tradition if/when I organize another meet in the future.
Animal ears and antlers have been showing up more and more in J-fashion the past couple of years. The lolita scene has not been immune. Cat, bear and bunny varieties have all been released by the major brands. When Baby, the Stars Shine Bright released a fluffy set based on their cuddly mascot Kumya-chan I had to make my own.
Fawn fur, or Bambi fur, has also been all the rage for several seasons. So it makes sense that antlers are now becoming easier to Google. The two go hand-in-hand. What I love about this idea is that it can span so many different styles. From classic to sweet it is possible to pull off the look in a lolita coordinate. The more obvious is in mori girl combinations as well. The best antler inspired creations also include some flowers which softens the look to make them more feminine.
What do you think. Is it too much of a leap from cuddly kitties to a head of horns?
Taking a minor detour from my vacation photo log. But not really. Here we are back home and our first weekend “to do” is a trip to Mitsuwa the Japanese market in NJ. It isn’t the same, but is the closest you can get to Japan here on the East Coast. I figured it was also a good day to try out a new Japanese fashion style.
Its a pretty big departure from my first love, Lolita. Have to say I don’t miss the petticoat. This is the outfit I picked out at Wonder Rocket in Harajuku. I was very nervous wearing it out for the first time. In Mars (my favorite shop for cute Japanese goods) the shop girl told me she really liked my style. That totally put me at ease. So a big Arigato goes out to Stephanie for boosting my confidence.
I went for what I hope is a mix mostly of mori girl with touches of natural and otome kei. How did I do?
Outfit Breakdown: Skirt, sweater, cardigan, collar and socks are all from Wonder Rocket. Purse is from Ahcahcum Muchacha. Bracelet is from Baby the Star Shine Bright. Watch fob necklace and butterfly pin are vintage pieces from my Grandmother (and 2 of only a handful of items I still have from my childhood.) Pretty sure I found the shoes at Nordstrom Rack of all places.