Saturday, September 27, 2014

Paris ’14, Day 4 – French Café Garden Party

On Monday morning Mila, Diana and I woke up very early, for it was a very special day. It would be the day of the Garden Party, organised by French Café! French Café is a very new group of French-speaking Japanese fashion lovers, existing of mostly people I know (like Mila, Marie, Diana, Lunie, Bloody, Ludwig and so on). This year they organised their first event: a garden party open to all kinds of Japanese fashion styles. The location (Manoir de l'Île aux Loups, a little mansion on an island just outside of Paris that you could only reach by little ferry) and programme (food, raffle, bingo, guests) were very promising for sure! Since the biggest part of the French Café group are Lolitas, lots of Lolitas had bought a ticket this year. ^^ As Mila and Diana had to go to the location early to set everything up, I could come along and help too! I was quite excited.
The three of us got dressed into simple clothes and packed everything that needed to come along to the party location. I made sure I had packed all my own things as well, for I would take the Thalys back home in the evening. We left Mila’s apartment and met up with another French Café member outside, Aliénor. We dragged all the suitcases and other items with us to the bus station. There, we took the bus to Gare de Lyon and from there we took two trains. I had never ridden a French train before except for going to Disneyland, so this was quite a new experience. The French trains are quite nice. ^^
We exited the train station and I just walked after the girls while examining my surroundings. We were definitely not in Paris anymore; there were lots of trees, a beautiful stone overpass the tracks of the train were on and soon, we reached the river. On our way, we got joined by Ludwig and Zoé, who had come by car and were carrying lots of things as well.
As soon as we arrived at the river, we could take the adorable little ferry to the other side. The river wasn’t very broad, but getting there by boat had such a nice atmosphere anyway!

Petit Bateau
The little boat that would take the guests from one side of the river to the other.

It was a bit of a grey morning, but as long as it didn’t rain we were all content. We reached the other side, walked up a sloped plank and walked into the front garden of the house. While I followed the rest of the people, I looked around in awe. The house was half hidden behind trees and bushes, as were the garden walls. It was as if we found ourselves in the middle of a forest! The house looked beautiful from the outside: brown stones, cute windows and stairs leading to the entrance. I already liked the outside, but the inside was even more amazing! From the entrance there were two rooms, left and right, and straight on there were stairs up and down. The stairs down led to a big room that could have been the back of the house outside, but instead it had a roof and walls, creating a ‘you’re-partially-outside-but-will-stay-dry-and-warm-anyway’ sort of atmosphere. It had a long, white hallway leading into the garden, which gave even more room to build things up. The two rooms upstairs both had a balcony looking over the inside/outside room, which was really cool. There were three exits leading to the garden behind the house, which was big and green and lovely. Sorry, I am probably very vague, but I am just very enthusiastic about this wonderful place. ^^’

Manoir de l'Île auc Loups
Some pictures of the wonderful Garden Party location.

Soon, Marie, Lunie and Libellule arrived and everyone started setting things up, like clothing racks and mannequins for the guest. Since I wasn’t part of the staff, I didn’t want to be in the way of anything, but luckily Marie asked me to help her checking and preparing all the raffle and outfit contest prizes. Basically, I had to wrap up some sets of prizes together in transparent wrapping paper, which gave me the perfect opportunity to take a look at all the prizes. And they sure were amazing! Many indie brands had sent handmade accessories like jewelry and hats and there were also brand prizes like Angelic Prety cutsews and rings. The big prizes were really impressive as well: an Angelic Pretty dress set, a Moi-Même-Moitié set… I was really impressed by all the prizes! *_*

Baby Doll
This cute doll and hat were part of one of the best outfit contest prizes. I really loved
that doll!

While I was wrapping and checking, people were running around getting stuff done, while poor Mila was trying to arrange taxis for the visiting guests, which sounded like a very tiresome job (poor her). But somehow she managed eventually!
Meanwhile, when they could, the staff got redressed into their maid outfits. All the French Café members would be dressed as maid (or butler) to distinguish themselves from the guests, but they all gave it their personal twist. I thought it was a lovely idea!

Drink Preparation
Ludwig and Bloody preparing the drinks.
Picture by Lunie-chan

After I was done with the prizes, Marie asked me to put a little voting paper for the best outfit into every person’s badge. There were about 150 guests, so that kept me busy for a while. It did give me a good opportunity to find out who was attending. ^^

No. 99, my favourite number in French!

After I was done, I took all the raffle prizes downstairs and arranged them onto the tables. In the meantime, the guest vendors had arrived. Again, I was very impressed by French Café’s hard work! They had managed to invite two Japanese brands who had attended the Japan Expo during the previous days as well: Lorina Liddell and Neb aaran do. Lorina Liddel is a Japanese fashion shop that sells multiple brands, like Atelier Pierrot, Tokimeki and Pays
des Fées.

Lorina Liddell
The Lorina Liddel staff and stall.

Neb aaran do is also a Japanese brand (also carried by Lorina Liddell) that sells uniform-like clothes and berets. And their staff is just adorable! The Neb aaran do staff girls looked super cute, willing to take pictures all the time (looking even cuter) and when I asked about their cute lollipop necklaces, they told me it was genuine candy! How cool is that? *o*

Neb aaran do
The Neb aaran do staff and stall.

Both brands were setting up their stalls in the inside/outside room and they really brightened the place up! Their stalls were starting to look really nice and they had both put banners onto the fences of the little balconies. Together with Marina, who was officially a guest but offered to help out, I helped arranging the Lorina Liddell accessories a bit. They had the cutest jewelry and I surely wanted to check everything out again later. I left Marina and the Lorina Liddell staff to finish up, since they were already dressed prettily while I walked around in my muggle clothes. I went upstairs and looked through the window into the garden, where Bloody (who was already dressed up) was setting up the glasses onto
the tables.
Upstairs, Lunie and Libellule were getting dressed as well. And suddenly, I felt a rush of happiness. I felt so… I don’t know… honoured to be a part of the crew setting everything up, being able to help out and walk around freely backstage. I just felt so happy the crew trusted me to help them. It’s the little things in life huh. ^^
Lunie was getting dressed into a very colourful flowery outfit, but with an apron to give it a ‘maid-look’. Libellule was getting dressed into a lavender and bright green outfit with little wings and little antennae, making her look like a cute dragonfly (‘libellule’ means ‘dragonfly’)! ^^

Rosy Dress Up
The pile of accessories going into Lunie’s outfit.

While I was getting my things ready, I could hear Libellule saying she couldn’t tie her waist ties by herself and that she didn’t know how to ask me in English. ‘Yes, but she understands French,’ Lunie answered. I thought that was just so cute. >_< ♥ I helped Lunie and Libellule where I could, while getting dressed myself as well. Before I left for my trip, I had to come up with an easy to put on outfit, since I knew I’d help set up things first. So I decided to go with a ‘Fancy Alice’ look, a blue and white outfit with gold accessories and my new Angelic Pretty necklace. For my hair, I just brushed my hair, but put on my brown braided headband, so it looked like I used my own hair for it. ^^ Despite the fact I didn’t look super elaborate, I quite liked my outfit! The picture below was taken during the Garden Party itself, so a little later in the story, but showing it now is easier and also more fun. ;)

Fancy Alice
♠ Fancy Alice ♠
My outfit rundown:
Head bands: Claire’s
Head acessories: Claire’s and Swimmer
Blouse: Primark
Jsk: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s Dreaming Sherbet
Socks: Swimmer
Shoes: Bodyline
Necklace: Angelic Pretty
Bracelet: Claire’s
Rings: Six and Mariwest (which I had bought that day)

I looked through the window and saw all kinds of colourful people arriving and waiting at the gate. Everyone looked really pretty! I got more and more excited. ^^

Guests arriving
Guests arriving by boat.
Picture by Studio Art Création

I went outside to pick up my badge and went back inside, walked through the house and entered the back garden, where the guests were starting to come in. While they were taking their seats, I took some last pictures inside of the stalls (again, backstage privilege, hehe), since now nothing wasn’t ‘spoiled’ yet (if you know what I mean). The last of the food was getting placed on the table set up inside the long white hallway. There were lots of different little bites and they looked really good! I was very eager to taste some.

Garden Party Food
Food waiting to be tasted…

Suddenly, Mila came up to me. She told me that she had put 15 extra raffle tickets with my number on it into the box for me, since I helped so much. I was so happy, she didn’t have to do that at all! ;_; So sweet!
I went outside and stood in awe of the amount of people. There were so many guests and they were all dressed in the colours of the rainbow!

French Café Garden Party
The guests waiting for the event to begin.

I found myself a free spot, next to Yuki and Yoki, who were looking really cute as usual. Suddenly, a voice through a microphone sounded and everyone became quiet. The maids and butler of French Café welcomed us to the very first French Café Garden Party!

French Café Team
The French Café team (minus Tiya)!
Picture by Lorina Liddell

In English and French they talked us through the programme for a bit. They told us there were also programmes lying on the tables and explained the purpose of the name bingo (you write a bunch of names onto a bingo card instead of numbers).

The programme for the day.

The staff also said that everyone could write valentines for each other. Now, this was truly a brilliant and such an adorable idea! The staff had hung a couple of wires between two trees with a hundred colourful little bags on them, each with a number and a name, corresponding with the numbers on everyone’s badges. So you could leave a little valentine to anyone you liked. The staff in general had their own bag as well. Isn’t this idea just genius!?

Colourful bags to put valentines in for every guest!

Everyone lined up in front of the white hallway to get food. The bites I tasted were really tasty, as I had expected and so were the many drinks you could choose from as well. I tasted a pink, bubbly drink which was sweet and so delicious!

Sparkles in a Glass
I really enjoyed the food and drinks at the Garden Party.

After I had finished my food, I started to walk around to collect names for my bingo card and start my mission to take as many outfit pictures as I could. I am afraid I didn’t quite succeed due to there being too many awesome events and stalls, but I did my best and I still took quite some! So expect some lovely outfits further down this post. ^^
I talked for a bit with cuties Lou, Léa and Marie (different Marie this time). I was very happy to see them again.
I went inside to check out the stalls for a bit. It was quite busy inside! The stalls were very popular of course, plus you could buy extra raffle tickets. Since the prizes were amazing, many people did so. ^^

The stalls and lottery sale were all very popular. ^^
Picture by Studio Art Création

Despite the fact I adored the shop girls at Neb aaran do and they had super cute items, I didn’t buy anything from them in the end. Maybe some other day though, they had such cute items… But I did take a picture together with the lovely staff. Marie was kind enough to
take it. ^^

With Neb aaran do
Together with the Neb aaran do staff! I really like this picture. ^^
Picture by Marie Tuonetar

Yet at the Lorina Liddell stall, I immediately fell in love with a little gold tea cup ring with a tiny crystal dangling from it and it was only 8 euros! It was too cute not to take it with me and after I had paid, the shop guy put it into a cute little box! I was so happy! They also had amazing handmade necklaces from the brand ‘Tokimeki’ with all kinds of marble-coloured animals and items, like unicorns, rocking horses, mushrooms, crowned frogs and rabbits. I decided to come back later for those, since they were a bit more pricy (but so very pretty)!
I continued my pictures hunt and just generally enjoyed looking around and talking to people. There were so many pretty outfits, I just didn’t know where to look!

Oufits One
Outfit pictures. ♥

There were many people I was so happy to talk to! I really talked a lot. ^^ I was very glad to see Kata again. She looked adorable in light blue with a cute hat. Vief and Diana (different Diana this time) were also there! The last time I had seen Diana was in 2012, before the Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Tea Party. She looked like a princess who had just descended from Chateau de Versailles! ♥ She also introduced me to Pauline, a sweet girl who looked like a bouquet of flowers. And I could also talk to the lovely Marlessa again, who looked so incredibly stunning with her amazing hairdo and long dress!

Outfits Two
Outfit pictures. ✿

Slowly my bingo card filled up. I mostly wrote down people that asked my name (I am somehow shy in that), but eventually I got my 25 names. ^^
The microphone got switched on again and it was time for the name bingo. There were multiple cool mooks to win, but unfortunately I had no luck. ;_;

Garden Bingo
Aliénor and Bloody hosting the bingo, while the guests eagerly crossed off names.
Picture by Studio Art Création

After the bingo, I went inside again and helped (a tiny little bit) with setting up the cakes and pastries. I spotted Lunie watching over the Neb aaran do booth, which gave the shop staff the opportunity to walk around and have some food as well. The French Café maids did this many times, which is really nice I think.
The pastries and sweet bites were looking really good as well and I couldn’t wait to try some, so I joined the back of the queue.

A close up of the maids serving pastries.
Picture by Lunie-chan

The pastries were limited, so I could choose one piece of cake and two small bites. I really had a hard time choosing, everything looked amazing! Eventually, I chose a piece of chocolate cake and two red fruits pastries. They were absolutely delicious!

Pastries on a Plate
Kata’s and my plate on the left, pastries and guests choosing them on the right.

After my desserts, I walked around again (I always walk a lot at events) and took more outfit pictures. I continued to do so for quite a while, but I still wish I had taken more. There were just so many beautiful people!

Outfits Three
Outfit pictures. ✩

I decided it was time for some valentines! I wish I could have written one for each and every guest, but that would have been impossible. Instead, I wrote some for special people and put them into their little bags. I was overly happy to see many people were busy writing or posting valentines. It was a big success!

Vief's Valentine
A beautiful picture of Vief preparing a valentine.
Picture by Kitch

Many people had incorporated the ‘Garden Party’ theme into their outfits, by adding lots of flowers for example. But there were also girls who had decided to dress up to the theme of ‘French Café’ by wearing… Angelic Pretty’s French Café print!

French Café Girls
The French Café girls.
Picture by Studio Art Création

I walked around some more and almost bumped into some lovely English girls, two of them in ouji style. Now, if there is one style I love almost as much as Lolita, it’s kodona/ouji style! I was very happy to be able to take pictures with Charlotte, since we matched so beautifully in our blue outfits!

Blue Royalty
I really love this picture! Charlotte looked so stunning! ♥

I realised I didn’t take many duo pictures (which I should have), so when I saw Marlessa and Vief posing for a bunch of people holding cameras, I jumped right in. And I am glad I did. ^^

Marlessa and Vief
Lovely Marlessa and beautiful Vief. ♥

Then, the moment everyone was waiting for; the raffle! Everyone was very excited of course and clutched their numbers eagerly. Both Lorina Liddell and Nebaarando had added some of their catalogues as prizes as well, so the number of prizes was really big!
Unfortunately, I didn’t win anything again, but I did get the chance to take some pictures of the lucky winners!

Raffle Moments
Wendy with her big prize, girls hoping their number would get drawn and Léa examining her new necklace.

Right after the raffle, the outfit contest took place. There were would be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and a special winner chosen by the Neb aaran do staff. When the winners were announced, everyone cheered. They truly stood out among the guests, so well deserved. ^^

Outfit Contest Winners
The outfit contest winners!

Finally, the event was starting to come to an end, so it was time for the group picture. Maid Sandra was kind enough to take my camera and take some for me as well. ♥ We took a normal one and of course… a derp picture!

Group Pictures
The French Café Garden Party group pictures.

Since we were all gathered in one place now, I managed to take some last outfit pictures of Saltje, Vief and Libellule. Somehow I ended up with three pictures in the same colour schemes!

Mint and Lavender
Vief, Saltje, Libellule and me. We matched well, don’t you think?

People were starting to get ready to head home, so I decided to go back to the Lorina Liddell booth. I needed to take another look at the necklaces. When I did so, I decided I needed to get one after all! They had two unicorns sitting on little spoons and don’t ask me why, but I have a thing for spoons on necklaces. Plus they had unicorns on them, hello!? After some asking for advice, I went with the pink one. ^^

Tokimeki Necklaces
Aren’t these necklaces just super cute? ♥

I said goodbye to many people, but still not everyone. I was sad to see everyone go. I am really fond of many French Lolitas and I don’t see them very often of course. Yet I can say we share this lovely day in our memories together.

Blue Dress Ladies
One of my last pictures, with the cute Calypso. ♥

Finally, I went upstairs to change back into my muggle clothes. After I did so, I went up to Mila and Marie and thanked them for their hospitality, kindness and of course the amazing Garden Party. Then, I went back to Paris together with the lovely Diana and Pauline (I looked so boring next to them. XD). There, I thanked them, said goodbye and headed to the train tracks. I was really afraid to be late, but I was early after all, so I left the station to find a McDonald’s. After waiting for ages, I ordered and got my food and went back to the station. Soon my train track got announced and I took my food with me inside the train (sorry fellow passengers…). Not long after, the train started driving and I left Paris. I finished my food, read some Harry Potter and looked out of the window. My trip had been so amazing, but I was happy to head back home as well.

Returning Home
Wearing my new ring while reading Harry Potter.

I want to take some extra space here to express a big thank you to the lovely Mila, Marie and all of the French Café team. Mila and Marie, thank you for your hospitality, kindness and fun. I really enjoyed my days with you, so much! French Café team, thank you for an amazing party. You all worked so hard and it was so worth it in the end!
~*~ Thank you! ~*~

Purchases of the Day
Purchases and gifts of the day

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Paris ’14, Day 3 – Following Alice Event

On Sunday morning, I was woken up by the alarm on my phone. I went to take a shower and when I walked out of the bathroom, Mila and Marie had started their morning routine
as well.
That day we would attend the Following Alice event, organised by the French Lolita associations Rouge Dentelle & Rose Ruban and Le Chemin de Briques Rose. Usually they organise the annual Lolita Convention, but this year there wouldn’t be one. Out of the blue, they later announced a different event: Following Alice, with special guest Misako Aoki! Also, there would be a contest to elect the official French Lolita Kawaii Ambassador.
Initially, I wasn’t going to attend, but I ended up changing my mind due to the Kawaii Event in my own country getting cancelled which Misako Aoki would attend. I really wanted to cheer on my friends who had made it into the Kawaii Ambassador contest and of course meet Misako again. ^^

The three of us started to get dressed and were later joined by Diana, a friend of Mila and Marie’s. I loved how we all dressed up in very different styles. Mila, who was in the race for Kawaii Ambassador, got dressed into a beautiful Baby, the Stars Shine Bright outfit in soft pink, adorned with lots of flowers and a little crown. Marie had chosen an outfit in her usual beautiful dark style, but added an amazing red headpiece with feathers. Diana dressed in an elegant boy style with cute bunny ears. And then there was me, dressing up in pink and blue with my Promenade de Paris dress and French beret.
When we were finally all done, we went on our way to Princess Crêpe, for some Lolita-esque breakfast. ^^ When we arrived there, to our surprise it was super crowded! We had to wait for our crêpes for a while and it was quite warm inside the shop, while outside it started to rain. I thought I had chosen a safe crêpe for once, with nutella on the inside that wouldn’t easily fall out. Unfortunately, it made the crêpe go soft, making it very difficult to eat after all. XD I always make the wrong choices when it comes to ‘Lolita safe food’, but at least it was very tasty. :3
We were not the only ‘strange looking’ girls in the shop, so many people passing by the shop looked around the corner of the door or through the window to see what was going on. An elder couple asked us about our clothing and since I could tell by their accent we spoke the same language, I answered them in Dutch. They were very surprised and happy, haha! They asked for a picture of me to show to their granddaughter, so sweet!
The four of us went on our way to the location. I am very used to getting everywhere right on time, but now we were running late. Later I learned it was a ‘walk-in-walk-out event’, so it wasn’t a problem at all!
We arrived at the location and there were some Lolitas standing at the small registration desk, like Libellule, Marine, Marine and Karima. I was very happy to see them again in real life, so of course there was lots of hugging. ♥ Mila, Marie, Diana and I signed in and decided to take some outfit pictures. Yet the rain was really pouring now, so taking pictures was quite hard. The entrance to the venue was right in the middle of a roofed path, so we stayed dry luckily, but it was also a little dark as well. Eventually we found a solution: standing as far as possible outside of the gate without getting wet.

Marie Outfit

Mila Outfit
Pictures by Marie Tuonetar

Diana Outfit

Despite the weather, I had a lot of fun taking pictures. I noticed that I like taking pictures more and more. I am not really good at it or anything, but I just really like doing it. ^^
Sweet Marie offered to take some pictures of me with my camera as well. Thank you dear! ♥

Rosalynn Outfit
✿ French Following Alice Outfit ✿
My outfit rundown:
Beret: offbrand
Blouse: Bodyline
Jsk: Angelic Pretty’s Promenade de Paris
Socks: Angelic Pretty
Shoes: Bodyline
Flower pin: Claire’s
Pearl chain bows: ħπ
Bow bangle: Chocomint
Bracelets: Claire’s
Wristcuffs: Angelic Pretty
Rings: Angelic Pretty

After taking pictures, it was time to go inside! We entered through the door and had to descend a winding stone staircase, which was super dark! We really had to be careful not to fall! When we arrived downstairs, we walked around the venue to explore for a bit. I had already read the Following Alice event took place in some sort of cellar, but I expected something of a big, broad room with stone walls. Instead, there were multiple small rooms connected to each other with a low ceiling. It fit the theme really well, since I felt a lot like wandering around a rabbit hole, but it was quite dark and damp as well. Taking pictures would be difficult, I could tell.
Someone started talking through a microphone, thanking everyone for coming and announcing the programme of the day. There was a small separate Tea Party going on with Misako Aoki. As soon as that was finished, Misako would take place in her own corner where you could meet her and buy her book and merchandise if you wanted. There would be an indie brands fashion show and an introduction of the Kawaii Ambassadors, after which the election would take place.
I got separated from Mila and Marie, but instead walked into the lovely Kata from
Electric Space Carousel. I was so very happy to meet her! I have liked her blog for a long time and we had been talking on Facebook as well, so I was very excited to meet her. In real life she was just as sweet as I had imagined. ^^ I was also very happy to see my German friend Vera as well, who introduced me to her friends Saskia and Lisa.

Three German Girls
The lovely Vera, Saskia and Lisa. ♥

After some walking around, I decided to go back upstairs again to get some fresh air. I was not the only one luckily, so I could also take some pictures. ^^ The Russian pirate Lolita Iana told me she liked my blog, which made me really happy! *o* I also met two really friendly English girls and I talked a bit with one of my Facebook friends, Wendy, who looked so pretty in Fantasic Dolly in pink!

With Wendy
With the lovely Wendy. ♥

Kata had joined me in the fresh outside air, so we talked for a bit and took some pictures. There were a lot of lovely outfit walking around at Following Alice, that’s for sure :3

Following Alice Outfits
Clockwise from the top left: Marine, Karima, Marine, Iana, Kata and a lovely girl whose name I unfortunately don’t know.

I went downstairs again (carefully!) and walked into the corner where a photographer was taking pictures of everyone who wanted to. He was putting quite some effort into it, helping girls pose and all. There, I walked into the lovely Camélia, who asked me to take a picture together. Of course I had no objections at all! =D

With Camélia
Together with cutie Camélia! I quite like our picture together.
Picture by Nakana Focus

Finally, it was time for Misako to take place in her corner. I had brought her book that I had bought in Japan with me for her to sign it. When I entered the special room, I felt a rush of happiness sear through me. I have met Misako before, but seeing her again in real life felt surreal and exciting! She really is so pretty and she was wearing a gorgeous outfit with a pink dress and lots of flowers. She looked like a princess! Standing next to her was François Amoretti, a French illustrator who is very involved in the French Lolita community and who acted as a translator.
Before I went up to meet Misako, I first took a look at the merchandise for sale. There were cute glittery, bow-shaped rings, a poster, her new book of course and heart-shaped, striped buttons saying ‘Lolita Fashion Book’. I have a thing for buttons lately as well as for posters, so I wanted to get one of each. ^^
When it was my turn, I walked up to Misako and offered her my gift: a package of Dutch ‘stroopwafels’. She was very happy with them! She told me she had had them before and she liked them very much! After that, I gave her my book to sign it. I bought a button as well, but decided to get the poster maybe later. I showed her the Lolitina button I had bought at the previous Kawaii Event and she was very happy I wore it! We also took some pictures together! ♥

With Misako
I am so happy with this picture of Misako and me! ♥

Since monsieur Amoretti could translate, I asked him to tell Misako I really regretted the cancellation of the Kawaii Event in the Netherlands. Misako gave me an agreeing head nod and told me she regretted it very much as well, but that someday she would ‘get her revenge’, hihi. :3
It was time for the indie brands fashion show, so I joined Vera, Lisa and Saskia at the back of the venue. Since the few chairs that were present were filled up already, we sat down on the floor and talked for a bit, which was really nice.
The music became louder and the fashion show started. Many beautiful dresses and sets passed us by. I tried to take pictures to the best of my abilities and somehow they came out better than I expected!

Fashion Show Outfits
My personal favourites from the indie brands fashion show.

After the fashion show, I decided to go back to Misako’s corner and buy the poster after all. I love posters too much, so I couldn’t leave it behind. She signed it for me as well. ^^

Misako Signing
Misako signing my poster. ^^

I also couldn’t help but buying one of the adorable glittery bow ring as well. They came in two different versions: one with pink rhinestones and one with white rhinestones. I went with the white one, to match my similar bow bangle I happened to be wearing that day. After that, I stuck around for a bit to take some pictures of other girls with Misako.

English Girls
The English girls Andie and Jennifer with Misako. Somehow I really like this picture.

Someone announced through the microphone that the Kawaii Ambassador fashion show was about to start, so I took my previous spot at the back of the venue again and the music got turned up. In total, there were ten candidates. All very different girls with their own styles and qualities. ^^

Ambassador Candidates
The ten Kawaii Ambassador candidates.
Picture by Nella Fragola

After the Kawaii Ambassador fashion show, the three finalists got announced: Yumi, Pom and Mila! From here on, the programme got a bit vague. At the other side of the venue, questions were being asked to the finalists, but since the rooms were so small I heard about it too late and there was no way to get close due to the small rooms. There was a raffle after that, but since everyone was spread out over the venue, the announcer had to walk around to find the winner. ^^’ I didn’t win anything unfortunately.
I took a look at the stalls, I talked to some people and took more pictures until it was time to announce the French Lolita Kawaii Ambassador! I quickly made my way into the room and ended up right behind the three finalists. After explaining a bit about the election process, the woman who presented it all told the audience that there would not be one Kawaii Ambassador, but all three of them were chosen as Ambassadors! My silent prediction came true! Somehow I could feel it in my bones there wouldn’t be just one and I was right, huhu. :3 So Mila, Yumi and Pom became the official French Ambassadors and it sure was well-deserved. ^^

Three French Kawaii Ambassadors
The three French Kawaii Ambassadors! ✩
Picture by Marie Tuonetar

The event came to its end, so we all went back upstairs and outside for a group picture. Luckily it wasn’t raining anymore, the sun had even come out to shine upon us!

Following Alice Group Picture
The Following Alice Event attendees with Misako Aoki.

Since there was finally enough light, everyone who wanted could take pictures with Misako! I ended up getting a lot of phones pressed into my hands to take pictures for people, hihi. My most spoken sentence that day was ‘Ichi, ni, san! Mou ikai~!’ XD Luckily, someone was nice enough to take pictures for me as well. ^^

A picture with Misako again. Doesn’t she look amazing?

Since there would also be an evening event (that I wasn’t attending), many new girls were walking into the square, including the two Irish girls I had met during my visit to the Angelic Pretty pop up store.
Finally, I said goodbye to everyone and went back with Mila, Marie and Diana. We got redressed into normal clothes back at Mila’s apartment, after which the three poor girls had to go to their last meeting before the big event the next day they were organising. I stayed home and ate the last pizza, chatted with my mom back home and spent a nice, quiet evening by myself.
Finally, Mila and Diana got back and we all went to sleep.

Purchases of the Day
Purchases of the day