Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Barcelona ’17, Day 2 – The Harry Potter Café, Sightseeing and High Tea

Our second day in Barcelona was planned to the brim with fun activities. For Josine and me it was our only day we could do some sightseeing or do other, event-unrelated things. My only wish was to see the Sagrada Familia and I was fine with anything additional. Isa had a lot to do in the morning for the event, so we ended up going out with her boyfriend Josh, who had arrived the evening before as well. He is a really nice guy, so of course that was no problem.
First we walked to the nearest metro station to buy some public transport tickets. In the end it wouldn’t have been really necessary, since we didn’t make use of public transport that much, but we thought we would so we did. So we bought some tickets and then walked to the bus stop, from where we drove for about ten minutes to our first destination: the Harry Potter café.

On the Way
Taking the bus in Barcelona.

Although this café isn’t literally called that, but instead bears the name of the ‘Pudding Coffee Shop’, but everyone knows it as the Harry Potter café. With reason by the way, because it is fully Harry Potter-themed. The café must have done some great business during the days surrounding Omnia Vanitas, because apparently a lot of Lolitas went there! Including us, haha. ^^
Apparently, Barcelona has several really interesting themed cafés. We visited two during this trip and if we had had more time, I would have loved to see more of them!
While we were waiting for our friends with whom we would meet, Josine and I took some outfit pictures. Josine went all out during our entire trip, while I went for casual and colourful when Japanese Fashion wasn’t required.

Outfit pictures at the Harry Potter café. Doesn’t Josine look stunning!?

Soon our friends arrived and we all started taking pictures of the lovely café. From the outside it looked very promising already!

Café One
The outside of the Harry Potter café.

We went inside and were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful surroundings. On the right, next to the window were some cute seats and in the floor there were windows to the room downstairs. Right next to it was a beautiful painting on the wall, of the little boats on the lake floating toward Hogwarts. On the left was a big wall filled with books and other items in the house colours and across from the entrance there was a set of stairs, one leading downstairs to the check out and pastry desk, one leading upstairs to what looked like a cosy little library filled with tables and chairs.

Café Two
Some pictures I took of several sides of the café.

We all sat down at a big table (we were with about six or seven people) and checked out the menu. Either I was really in the mood for cheesecake or I had heard they had a really good one at this café, since I went with white chocolate cheese cake. And hot chocolate with marshmallows. As you do.
I had a feeling our waitress wasn’t in the best mood and I felt like it was because she had to try and speak English with us. This is purely based upon my own gut feeling (and that of my friends), but well. You’d expect the opposite in a touristic city like Barcelona, but well. Like I said; just my gut feeling. Anyway, we ordered and just chatted until our food arrived.

My absolutely divine chocolate combination. ♥

Besides the slightly grumpy service, the food was absolutely divine! The combination of hot chocolate with (slightly huge) marshmallows and white chocolate cheese cake was incredibly heavy, but so good! I couldn’t even finish the cheese cake, I nearly cried because I wanted to anyway because it was so good! XD
We had a great time just chatting and eating, but all good things must come to an end. We collectively went downstairs to pay, but not before I had taken a look at the room downstairs. Which turned out to look like a mixture of the Great Hall and a lovely common room.

Café Three
This café was just too cool to be true!

Sadly, when we went to pay we once again encountered the rather rude behaviour of the waitresses. Apparently it was impossible to pay separately, so we all had to scramble around coins to pay together. Naturally, this isn’t a huge deal, but the way it was handled was just… not very friendly. We all did receive a cookie afterwards though. That was nice I guess? XD
Josine and I said goodbye to our friends and together with Josh we went on our way to the Sagrada Familia! I had no idea what to expect, but what we encountered I definitely didn’t expect, haha! After we had walked for a bit, we soon walked around a corner and there it was: the world famous Sagrada Familia.

Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia!

However, it was not only surrounded by apartment buildings, but also by tons of construction buildings and cranes. Now I know the Sagrada Familia is famous for never being finished, but I didn’t expect the place to be such a mess. But not only that, the building itself was just… not my taste at all. I just thought it honestly looked really ugly, I’m so sorry. It looked as if it was made of melting mud… Also, it was just dripping with tackiness! There was literally written ‘Gloria’ all over it, I mean!?
Now I have to say that apparently, from a bit further distance and from the back, the building seems to be much prettier (from what I’ve seen on pictures). And I could see some of the statues were kind of beautiful. But all in all it looked like a brown melting Christmas tree. Maybe someday I will revisit it and be able to appreciate it more? I hope so!

Sagrada Detail
This close up is kind of nice.

I deliberately chose the most appealing pictures I took, since I’d like to portray the Sagrada Familia the best way I can. XD And naturally, a selfie to prove I was there.

Sagrada Selfie
Look, I actually did stand in front of it!

We didn’t have time (or money) to go inside, so we started walking back to the apartment. There we would meet up again with Isa.
Back at the apartment we chilled for a bit before we headed to the Mandarin oriental Hotel, where we would meet with a big group of people for lunch/tea. To kill time I stole Isa’s shoes to try them on because they were just so amazing!

Gold Shoe
Like walking on fairydust!

We then took a taxi to the Mandarin Oriental, where we met up with a big group of Lolitas. Most of them were either from the UK or the USA, which was really cool! I met a lot of nice people that day. ^^
We walked all the way through the hotel to the big, modern-looking fancy room of the Bistreau Ángel León, where we were sat at a long table. Although modern isn’t quite my style, this place looked rather cool.

Mandarin Oriental
This place reminded me a bit of a beehive.

While we were chatting, we looked at the menu. We could pick a drink, a savoury dish and a pastry. The options all sounded quite appealing.

The bright yellow menu of Bistreau Ángel León.

I had a hard time choosing (as always) but went with a glad of fresh orange juice, a salmon bagel and a chocolate pastry. I don’t remember whether we waited for a long time, but we chatted merrily with one another so time passed by quickly anyway.
Finally, our food arrived. Some people had chosen really fancy teas, but I was just as pleased with my delicious choices!

Fancy Lunch
I ate a lot of good food that day!

Before we knew it, it was time for Josine, Isa, Josh and me to leave. We were going to help Magda, one of the Spanish organisers, at her Lolita shop, Madame Chocolat, to prepare some things for the event the next day. We said goodbye to everyone, went to pay and then went on our way by foot, since the shop wasn’t very far.
After a while we arrived there. The shop was small but very cosy.

Madame Chocolat One
Madame Chocolat.

Josine and I browsed the shop for a while Isa and Magda discussed some things. The shop sold a large variety of items. From magazines to accessories and from bags to blouses. Some blouses were just so lovely, I didn’t dare to look at them too much!

Madame Chocolat Two
Some pictures taken inside the shop.

In the end Josine and I weren’t necessary after all, so while Isa and Josh went to buy some things we returned to the apartment and prepared some things for the next day. When Isa returned, we prepared some price tags for some of the brands and then it was time to go to sleep. The next day would be quite an intense one!

Thank you for reading! ~☆~

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Barcelona ’17, Day 1 – The Journey to Spain

Since I didn’t write many blogposts during these past months, I barely mentioned the event Omnia Vanitas, organised by Street Fashion Europe, in Barcelona. I think I only mentioned it in this particular post, but other than that not so much. Just in case you’ve missed it: last year, in May, I helped organising the event Under the Sea, taking place in Amsterdam. After that, I became an official member of Street Fashion Europe, which meant I would help organise the upcoming events as well!
On March 18th and 19th Omnia Vanitas took place in Barcelona, Spain and together with my friend Josine I went there to help and organise.
Unfortunately, my memory is not as great as it used to be, this event took place quite a while ago and I wasn’t feeling very well throughout it, so I won’t be able to write about this trip as extensively as I normally would, but please bear with me! ♥

On Thursday March 16th Josine and I gathered our last things. Josine had stayed over at my place, so we could travel to the airport together easily. We could both only bring a hand luggage suitcase, so we couldn’t bring too much with us.

Packing the last things before our trip.

My mom was kind enough to drive us to the train station, where we said goodbye. Then, our big Barcelona adventure began! Our train arrived on time luckily and before we knew it, we had already almost arrived at the airport.

On our way to the airport.

We arrived at the airport and went to find our flight on the screen. I am always surprised by how many planes are arriving and leaving. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that!

Can you find our flight?

Since we didn’t have anything else to do, we headed to customs. We had to stand in line for a while, but not for long. After getting checked from head to toe and me having to hand in my deodorant (haha) we entered the airport.
We headed towards our gate, which was quite a long walk away and after we finally found it (we first walked into a closed door, what? XD) we noticed a familiar face among the passengers: it was Nina aka Chokelate! We chatted for a bit until it was suddenly time to board.

Our plane, waiting for us to board.

We went to stand in line and when we showed our passports and such we suddenly heard we had to hand in our luggage since the plane was too full. I was quite annoyed by this, since the only upside of having hand luggage instead of full luggage was the fact we wouldn’t have to wait at the luggage belt for our suitcases once we arrived. The main reason we had chosen for hand luggage was money, not necessarily because we wanted to, and this was honestly the only positive thing about it. Oh well.
Before we knew it we sat down in our seats. I texted some people and then turned off my phone, when suddenly the plane already started moving! Soon we were up in the sky and would land in Barcelona after a bit over two hours.
After a short while we even received some food! I love airplane food, still after many flights! We got some wraps with cream cheese, very nice. ^^

Airplane Food
Airplane food. ♥

The flight was a lot of fun! Of course I had Josine to chat with, but the weather was also really nice outside and one of my dreams came true: we flew over Paris! I could see the Arc de Triomphe and Jardin des Tuileries and after some searching even the Eiffeltower! It was so cool!

Paris in the Distance
Naturally, this picture is incredibly zoomed in and not very good, but you can see the Eiffeltower and Champs-de-Mars!

I know this may sound a little weird, but I had a real sense of maturity being on a trip with a friend. I can’t really explain it, but it was a really nice feeling. I was glad I could share this adventure with Josine. ♥

Airplane selfie~!

Not long after, the plane started its descend. We made a big turn over the sea and could see Barcelona outside our window.

Barcelona in the Distance

Our plane landed, we got out and went on the hunt for our luggage. We bumped into Nina again and not long after our suitcases appeared.
We went through the gates, where Isa was waiting for us. Isa is a fellow Street Fashion Europe organiser, from Spain, and our roommate for the trip! So a lot of hugs and kisses followed at our meeting.
Initially Josine and I thought Isa wanted to stay at the airport with us and wait for the guests, but instead we went downstairs to the airport bus and would continue our journey to our Airbnb. The bus ride was nice and we got to see some sights of Barcelona while tour guide Isa told us some things about them. XD
At the end of the ride we got out and followed Isa to our Airbnb; an apartment with an absolutely gorgeous entrance. Isa handed us the keys and headed back to the airport to pick up the event guests. Josine and I took the elevator up to the… something floor. I think the fifth or sixth? Anyway, it was a lovely apartment with three bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a living room. And a view ladies and gentlemen! You know how in movies people always have a view upon the Eiffeltower when in Paris or on the Big Ben when in London. Well, we really had a view upon the Sagrada Familia!

I couldn’t believe our amazing view!

Josine and I spend our time exploring the apartment for a bit and waiting for Isa to return… which took a very long time. Isa had been quiet on our chat for a while and when Josine and I were starting to get worried, Isa called us to tell us she was fine. Pfew! XD She said she and the guests had just arrived at a restaurant and gave us the address. What followed was an hour of me and Josine searching for this particular restaurant that was just nowhere to be found! We encountered shop guys complimenting me on my hair (wtf), a scary-looking police officer who turned out to be really nice and finally we just called Isa to come and save us. It turned out we had been in every wrong direction pretty much possible! Great. x)
When we arrived at the restaurant everyone was pretty much done eating and hey, I also found myself in a panic attack! Fantastic. Our first night in Barcelona wasn’t completely what I imagined so to say. XD
Finally, the special guests offered us some of their food, which was really nice and we went to bed quite late. Josine and I stayed up to chat some more and finally we went to sleep, since we needed it. x)

Thank you for reading! ~☆~

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lolita Meeting at Ladurée

Sooo we’re finally a bit back on track with this continuation post about my birthday weekend in Paris! On Sunday December 11th, Marina and I were going to meet up with some of our Parisian friends at Ladurée. I was so happy people wanted to come and was really looking forward to drinking tea, eating pastries and just chat.
I decided to wear a new dress to this meeting and so I went with my beautiful mint Shadow Dream Carnival one piece that I had bought about six months earlier in Paris. I went with a fairly simple outfit: a white lace bolero, white tights, gold shoes and gold accessories. I quite liked the outcome!
Marina and I got ready after a relaxed morning (especially compared to the previous day, haha) and left perfectly on time for Ladurée Bonaparte, where we would meet up with our friends.

Ladurée Bonaparte
Ladurée always has such a specific green colour, it’s very nice.

Soon everyone had already gathered and we took some pictures outside (thank you Tro-Tro for the amazing pictures). Here is my outfit, I hope you like it:

Outfit One
● Mint Dream ●
My outfit rundown:
Headbow: Angelic Pretty’s Shadow Dream Carnival
Bolero: offbrand
JSK: Angelic Pretty’s Shadow Dream Carnival
Tights: offbrand
Shoes: Bodyline
Hairbows: Claire’s
Necklaces: RoseMarie Seoir and Chocomint
Pin: Angelic Pretty
Bracelets: Primark and offbrand
Ring: 6% Dokidoki

Outfit Two

Outfit Three

And my friends all looked so pretty! ♥ I was so happy they all came together to meet for my birthday. ;___;

Friend One
Lovely Marina, who wore the blouse I gave her for her birthday! I was so happy! ♥
Picture by Tro-Tro.

Friend Two
Marie, stunning as ever! ♥
Picture by Tro-Tro.

Friend Three
Camélia, wearing what is probably my favourite outfit of hers ever! ♥
Picture by Tro-Tro.

Friend Four
Classy and lovely Chloé! ♥
Picture by Tro-Tro.

Friend Five
Sandra stunning in cream! ♥
Picture by Tro-Tro.

Friend Six
And our beautiful mermaid Tro-Tro herself! ♥
Picture from Tro-Tro.

After we took pictures we went inside. This particular Ladurée is well-known for its beautiful blue-coloured room upstairs, but when we asked about it, it was apparently closed for some reason? It was quite disappointing, but not as much as having to wait for the only three tables available to become free, since a bunch of ladies were having tea there. Oh well, I had my friends to chat with so the wait didn’t feel very long. ^^

Shop Window
The shop window looked very nice for Christmas!

Finally we could get seated inside. We all browsed the menu for a while and I quickly made up my mind about what I wanted: I went all out with tea and two pastries! It was my birthday after all. ^^

The menus had different colours!

Unfortunately, the specific pastry I wanted wasn’t on the menu, so I went with my all-time favourite, the Ispahan, and a Religieuse. I don’t remember which specific tea I chose, but I think it was the Marie-Antoinette tea.
Most of the girls chose hot chocolate as a drink and it looked and smelled delicious, but also very heavy, so I was glad I went with tea.

Ispahan, Tea and Religieuse
From left to right: the Ispahan, my adorable tea cup and the Religieuse.

Everyone’s pastries looked really tasty and as expected; my Ispahan was divine! The Religieuse however… not so much. It was very bland in my opinion, not really what I expected or was hoping for. My tea on the other hand was amazing luckily. ♥

Pastries and drinks everywhere~!
Picture by Marina.

Then it was time for presents! My friends all got me some amazing/wonderful/thoughtful gifts, I was so touched! If you want to see some of them, please check out the video I made below! Thank you so much everyone! ;___;
After some more chatting, the time to say goodbye approached. We paid and left Ladurée, after which we walked to the metro as a group and then said goodbye. In a couple of hours I had to catch my train home, so Marina and I headed back to her apartment. But we took a small detour to Angelic Pretty, to take some last pictures there and say hi to Mila, who was preparing for the party a little later that evening. The light was a bit difficult to work with, but our pictures turned out quite nicely I think!

Rosalynn AP
Marina needs to stop taking nice pictures of me because WHO EVEN IS THIS PERSON!?
(Translation: I really like these pictures, thank you so much dear! ♥)
Pictures by Marina.

Marina AP
Marina looking like the perfect, dreamy AP shopgirl. ♥
Pictures from Marina, made by me.

We also took some polaroid pictures. ^^
We said goodbye to the AP staff and headed to Marina’s apartment, where I got redressed and gathered my things. I said goodbye to Kuma the cat and we headed for restaurant Yummy, where I bought some take-away dinner. Then we went to Gare du Nord, where I went to stand in line for the safety checks. I chatted with Marina until we really had to say goodbye. I was quite sad. ;___;
I went through the checks safely and headed for my coupé. I ended up having a solo seat instead of sitting next to someone. At first I thought I’d made a mistake, that it maybe was first class? But it turned out to be correct!

Single Seat
My solo seat, lucky me!

The train started moving, I ate my dinner and after a long train ride I arrived in Rotterdam. My parents were kind enough to pick me up and together we went home.
I know it’s already been several months since my birthday weekend took place, but it was so magical. I will never forget it! Thank you, Marina, for making my birthday such a special one. I am still so glad I got to spend it with you! ♥

Our polaroid. ♥

Haaa even writing about this day so many months after gives me joy. It was such a good day! I also made a (short) video of it. Please check it out if you have time. ^^

Thank you for reading! ~☆~

Sunday, July 09, 2017

My Past Angelic Pretty Tea Party Outfits

Hi everyone!
Today I would like to talk about the outfits I wore to Angelic Pretty Tea Parties that took place in the past years. I’ve had the incredible luck to attend up to five, making this year’s parties in Paris and London my sixth and seventh. Angelic Pretty is my favourite brand and the Tea Parties are always great fun, so I would like to reflect on that. Also, has my style changed throughout the years? And would I still wear these outfits today?

The first ever Angelic Pretty Tea Party I attended was at the luxurious Ritz Hotel, not long before it closed for two years for renovations. I was, naturally, over the moon and wanted to wear Star Night Theater, my very first Dream Dress, which also happened to be my very first Angelic Pretty dress. I combined it with red and white accessories, striped socks, pink shoes and a tiara with roses adorning my head. I kept my hair very simple otherwise.
I remember how happy I was wearing this outfit and you can see it on the pictures of me taken throughout that day. Looking back on this outfit, I actually still really like it! It’s well-balanced with a fixed colour scheme and it overall looks really fun! Maybe it didn’t really fit the elegant aesthetics of the location, but the fact it was my favourite dress totally makes up for it. Good memories. ♥

This outfit is such a change compared to the previous year! I really wanted to wear Lady Rose, which is such a stunning dress. It fit the beautiful style of the Meurice Hotel perfectly. I stuck to a colour scheme of pink, white and mint and used lots of flowers.
I really like how I combined elegant elements with my personal sweet style. I wore pretty lacy wristcuffs and pearls, but combined them with cute bangles. I also like how I put in small details, like the added pink bows on my blouse’s sleeves. If I ever decide to redo this outfit, there are definitely some elements I would change though. Up until this day I don’t really like my hairdo. It looks nice in this picture, but it’s not really my style. I think I’d go with an elegant updo. I also remember I added one single lavender element to my hair decorations (which isn’t visible in this picture) which was really out of place. Other than that, this outfit has such a beautiful colour scheme! I’d love to make an outfit with this dress again sometime.

For my third Tea Party at the Bristol Hotel, I decided to go OTT Sweet. Whip Showcase is a very underrated dress in my opinion, it’s so lovely and light! I piled tons of accessories onto my head and wrists. As long as it fit the colours of the dress, anything was acceptable. I can’t believe I got dressed into this outfit in a public toilet. It was horrifying! XD
I can’t really decide whether this outfit is still my style or not. Sometimes I feel like doing an outfit like this again, once in a while. I love all the colours I used and it’s just such a happy outfit! I do remember I didn’t like my hair that day. I had worn braids all night and usually this gives quite a nice effect, but in this case I felt more like a poodle.

I am so happy I got to wear one of my Ultimate Dream Dresses, Milky Berry, to an Angelic Pretty Tea Party. It’s not really a dress you might consider Tea Party material, since it’s cute and country and not really princess-like (which is of course not a requirement, but I’m sure you get my drift). I tried to go the opposite way and create an elegant, flowery look by crafting a flower crown with strawberries in between, a flower sceptre and wear a long veil as a transparent cape. This outfit was so stressful to create. I had postponed my crafting and was gluing hours before I had to leave. My parents were quite mad at me. x) The result however gave me so much joy! I felt so happy wearing items I had made myself! I was afraid the flower crown would be too big, but in the end it looked quite nice.
It was so hot that day, you can see it on my face. I was nearly dying, I can’t stand heat! I still really love this outfit despite everything, but I wish I could have worn those exact shoes in red. Oh well. I did end up on the Angelic Pretty website and in the Gothic & Lolita Bible with this outfit, so good memories!

And here we have the outfit I wore to my fifth Tea Party at the Westin-Vendôme. Apparently I really blew people away with this outfit, but no one liked it more than me! I had bought and kept this cape especially for this Tea Party, for this outfit. Crystal Dream Carnival is one of my favourite dresses of my collection and I combined it with lots of gold accessories, including a Voodooodolly crown combined with a hand made crystal halo.
Honestly my favourite outfit I ever wore to a Tea Party. I wonder if I’ll ever be able to outdo this one. I loved wearing it, I felt like a queen! Someone suggested I wear a princess sleeve blouse with this outfit, but honestly: I wouldn’t change anything.

So these were the outfits I wore for the past years! For the upcoming Tea Party I really need to start getting an outfit together, but definitely don’t expect anything comparable to last year, haha!

Do you like the outfits I wore? Are there any Tea Party or event outfits you’re particularly proud of?

Thank you for reading! ~☆~