Monday, March 20, 2017

Barcelona — day 1

First day in Barcelona!! I've been waiting for this week-end to come for so long~ I'm glad I could spend these three lovely days with Marie, Tro-tro and Sandra ♡ After waking up way too early and spending too many hours in airports we finally made it to this amazing city. 

We spent one afternoon full tourist mode and I couldn't be happier! We first went to the Harry Potter inspired Pudding Café, then Park Güell and finally Barcelona Cathedral. I wish I could have spent more days in Barcelona, definitely a destination I would like to come back to. 

I loved everything about this Harry Potter café's decoration: roof, walls, accessories, everything was perfectly on theme. I really liked the fact that it was more subtle than I thought it would be: it also had that kind of old book store feeling! It seems there was another room downstairs with the Hogwarts houses flags, but we didn't see it until the very end. 

Look at these cuties!! We sat upstairs, near the old book library part. It really felt like being in the Hogwarts library or in one of the common room. Moreover, not only the place was super cute but the food was delicious! I went for a hot chocolate with marshmallow and a salmon and spinach quiche, I couldn't believe the size of the slice I got (only 10€ for both!!). 

Since we would be walking all day, we went for comfortable outfits (except Marie's shoes haha).

I really wanted to wear that Jane Marple dress! I love it so much, I'm glad I could wear it to Barcelone (still too cold in Paris....). By chance, it also matched the Harry Potter café! I've never felt so much on theme. Plus, look at these books, we found some strange things but this small dog portrait might be the best.

If you had any doubt about my final thoughts: I would definitely recommend this place! Some other girls told me the staff weren't really nice but I thought they were all lovely with us, we had a little chat at the very end and it seems they were quite please to see so many people coming in these late days (I guess every single lolita in town went there haha). They also have a Circus/Alice themed cafe in Barcelona, though we didn't have time to go there we would have loved to!

Pudding Coffee Shop (Harry Potter themed)
Avinguda Diagonal, 515
08029 Barcelona, Spain
+34 937 68 98 84

Sunday to Friday: 9h00 - 21h00
Saturday: 9h00 - 22h00

Picture by Sandra

We also went to Park Güell and had a great time walking all around the park. Unfortunately, we didn't know there was a fee to enter the Gaudi part (8€), thus we came a little too late and the next enter time was more than 45 minutes after we got there. In the end, we just wander in the free part and got a lovely drawing of us from a local artist. 

did Marie and I switch our shoes? maybe.
We spent last hours of daylight in the Barri Gotic, being amazed by every little streets and details we crossed. Barcelona is definitely a lovely city I wish to come back to. The only thing we could think about with Marie was how badly we wanted to have photoshoots in that area! I'll just leave porn pictures of the Barcelona Cathedral so you can understand how beautiful this place is.

That was a fantastic day that I was glad to spend with these cuties, it's been so long we didn't travel together! We had diner at a tapas bar near our flat and ended the night with a now traditional ice cream at McDonald's ♡ Leaving you with these two pictures full of tiredness and love. Love you 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Summer events 2015 — Day 1: Angelic Pretty pop-up shop opening

Hi deers~ My laziness was strong this year and I really didn't take a lot of pictures during events, I'm sorry about that but I will do my best to still give you nice and lovely reports. Better begin with the first day: the opening of Angelic Pretty pop-up shop! As usual, it's one of my most awaited day so I couldn't contain my excitement.

We couldn't take pictures of the shop itself (especially inside), but I still have some glimpses of what it looked like! We had a lot of new releases and popular dresses, as well as some useful basic accessories. I didn't have a lot of budget this year so I was glad that none of the lucky packs or dresses really appealed to me (Except that Milky Cross OP (;▽;)).

Though I'm not a big fan of the dress, I love the Fantasic Carnival's print.

As last year, Marie and I got up pretty early in order to make sure we would be one of first girls in front of the shop. It worked again and we were glad to be the 3rd and 4th in line (Mei and Miyu were actually in front of the shop waaay earlier than us, haha). Thanks to our early awakening I was able to buy one of my dream bag and two pairs of really lovely ankle socks.

I don't know if it was that useful for me to be 4th in line since the store's most popular content wasn't that in my taste but I was REALLY glad I could grab the Misty Sky OP in Pink for one of my friend. I know it was her dream dress for so long, I felt so happy I could get it to her~ (I'm definitely one good shopping service ☆~(ゝ。∂)). 

1st to 10th in line is the dream team. With Roxane and Marina.
Girls queuing in front of the pop-up shop.

My Angelic Pretty's loot of this day! Isn't everything so cute? ♡

This year's summer was incredibly hot so I tried to stay as cool as possible with shorts-sleeves OPs and blouse-less JSKs. I was actually supposed to receive a parcel with new lolitas items in it for the events, unfortunately I didn't get it in time and had to re-think about new outfits nearly every single day..... (;へ:)For the opening I went for a retro-inspired look with red and purple colour combo, I was glad to be able to wear that OP again, it so cute and comfortable (understand: not too hot for the season). I definitely wished I had more red accessories to coord with it, maybe some bracelet or socks, but it's not something I own (yet). 

As usual, thanks to Marie for these beautiful photographs.

As you can imagine, we waited for a very long time in front of the shop (up to 2 hours or more?). It may have been tiring but at least we had time to eat delicious cakes and drinks from Aki boulangerie (a Japanese bakery store next to the AP pop-up shop) and, of course, take coordination pictures! Beware of the incoming spam...

Marie being the perfect AP-lady
Marine was as cute as usual, I love this print so much!
Miyu wearing Misty Sky, the black x with x lavender was a really cute combo.
Mei was being super elegant for the pop-up store opening!!
Cute and comfy coordination with Crystal Dream Carnival (dark blue really highlights this print).
Roxane's hair was perfectly matching her outfit! 
We also definitely had time for derpy pictures as everyone brought their cameras!

It was definitely a great way to begin this year's summer events! Nice weather, friendly people, an amazing pop-up shop and of course being able to see again all of your friends~ (and I don't know how this happens every year but everything that Maki wears actually end up in my wishlist..... I don't even understand how she makes me like Shadow Dream Carnival print (;__;)). 

I can't wait for next year's pop-up store, it feels like Angelic Pretty knows what European lolitas are waiting for: new prints (some of the ones you could find in the store were even sold out on the website), limited editions, basics accessories and lucky packs — who doesn't love luck packs?! I think the only thing I could wish for is: more blouses (are you reading me Angelic Pretty's staff-san??).

Thank you for reading me and see you soon for more adventures~ I still have a lot to tell you about these events! Tea Parties, fansign with RinRin by French Café, filming with Kawaii International, Japan Expo, can't wait to share all these days with you ♡

Last picture of the day in front of the new AP print with Maki, Asuka and Ludwig.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Anime Matsuri Day 0: Rehearsals and first Kawaii Ambassadors meet-up!

Becky, Aaron and I first thought we had to be at Anime Matsuri convention center pretty early in the morning, but finally we were glad to know that we were only expected around 12:00 for the fashion show's rehearsal. This means: we could actually get a decent amount of sleep! I think we wake up around 8:00 or 9:00, just enough time to get dressed, finish packing and have a ride to Hobby Lobby~ As you can see, my outfit was inspired by... my love for lavender and it's called "50 shades of Lavender by Angelic Pretty".

A quick outfit shot and selfie with Becky  

But what is actually Hobby Lobby? Don't laugh you American reader! We actually don't have any Hobby Lobby in Europe... And this is making me really sad. Hobby Lobby is some kind of giant crafting and decoration store with literally you could ask for. On a scale from 0 to 10, my lolita crafting would be 25 times easier with that kind of store in Paris. Becky had to buy some Easter themed deco to finish her scepters and I really needed some more glue and stars to fix my constellations bonnet that.... didn't entirely make it through the flight inside my luggages. I also found out that Hobby Lobby was a really Christian store, well... Seeing all those kind of crosses and religious-themed deco it's not really that hard to guess. Here are some of my favorites from Hobby Lobby — I'm still quite sad with myself not buying these Jesus fans, I'm sure my friends would have cherish this gift forever.

Right after our Hobby Lobby expedition, we went straight to the Hilton, hoping we could get our room a little earlier than we were supposed to. Hobby Lobby's Jesus spirit surely were with us because we have been able to check-in as soon as we arrived. I was really so excited to be able to sleep at the Hilton, I don't think I could have afford it all alone so I was really glad to share the room with Becky, Aaron and Jessamyn~ I was actually expecting a smaller room but it was perfect: enough room to make a mess out of our 4 luggages all over the place in less than 24 hours.

Becky had to go to the rehearsing room right after we checked-in but I had first to meet the other Kawaii Ambassadors for the first time! Isn't it exciting? You might know them already, but let me introduce them anyway: Cadney and Nadine from Canada, Daniela from Mexico and Ruby from Hong Kong. Kitsune, the Taiwanese Kawaii Ambassador was also invited to Anime Matsuri but couldn't make it until later today. I was really glad to get to meet them and know them better, they are all, each in their own way, amazing and hard-working girls!

Nadine was very whimsical and elegant in her pink (under)dress
Cadney being as cute as usual in Angelic Pretty
Daniela was super elegant in Lief
Ruby wore beautifully this new Angelic Pretty dress

I am wearing: hair accessories, dress, socks and shoes: Angelic Pretty — Earrings: Bubbles

After sharing a cup of coffee we all went to the first rehearsal~ This first one was a choreography and walk rehearsal and the second one (later on the day) was more a allover and dress rehearsal. There were actually a lot of girls in the rehearsing rooms! Nearly all models for Angelic Pretty and Metamorphose were here, as long as with some models from Putumayo and Atelier Boz. Actually since most of Putumayo and Atelier Boz's models were local people, their part was more of a choreography than a walk? Which was pretty cool! Angelic Pretty and Metamorphose's parts were definitely more usual fashion shows. The fashion show team did a great job handling everyone and learn them the walks, it was actually faster than I thought it would be. The atmosphere was also super nice and friendly!

Xiaoyu and I just chillin' around Angelic Pretty fashion show's boxes
Brookelle was being an absolute babe in her Marine Kingdom dress 
Look how cute and perfect Kammie was! I love her ability to make cute yet surprising outfits~

I was glad to get to meet new people each! Xiaoyu and Renée were both so nice to me during the whole week-end~ I had seen a lot of their coordinations on Tumblr and sometimes on Closet of Frills but I actually never talked to them before Anime Matsuri, so I was really happy to find out they were both as amazing as their coordinations are! I also saw again the one and only Kammie~ I've met her for the first time few months ago in Paris (and I still didn't blog about it... shame on me), I was dying to get to see her again!! Like, except over excited, how am I supposed to feel when I get to meet two times in a year the girl that really got me into lolita fashion?? 

I think we finished the first rehearsal around 3:00PM? Lunch time! I went to grab some fast food with Kammie and we came back to the Hilton's lobby to eat with Cadney, Daniela, Renée and Ruby. It was actually the perfect location to take some pictures and selfie together (look at that nice light) before going back to the rehearsing room.

Renée and I share a deep love for Angelic Pretty. I think she is as obsessed with mint as I am with Lavender!

I have to be honest the second rehearsal was a bit more boring since it was pretty much an overall rehearsing, but it was more focused on Putumayo and Atelier Boz's parts since the Japanese models also had to learn their choreography. Angelic Pretty and Metamorphose models' weren't needed that much but it was still cool to hang around each other and watch the other brands' rehearsals. I honestly wish the head organizer of the fashion show or someone from the staff would have explained to us all the concept and the story behind the fashion show. It might seem like a little detail but actually I think it would have helped us in getting the feeling of the fashion show and knowing how to act during our time on stage? I might have understood that Angelic Pretty's models were supposed to be some kind of fairies with magic powers, but I wasn't really sure (and I'm still not sure, haha).

Kammie, Ariyana, Ruby and Kistune 
Keeping ourselves busy with selfies during stage rehearsal~

As the evening was coming we learnt that we might not have time to do the dress rehearsal for Angelic Pretty, and let me tell you we were dying to know which dress we had to wear, haha. Actually, all dresses were on racks but we just didn't know yet which one was for which model. But actually at the very very end the day, the models still remaining (some had to go to Nightfall, a lolita event organized by Palace of Princes) had the chance to try on their dresses! I'm not a big fan of the new Angelic Pretty collection but I was SUPER excited by the dress I was wearing. Can you guess which one it is? I don't know if it was fashion show organization or Maki and Asuka that picked that outfit for me, but I was really glad someone thought it would somehow fit me. It's not something I would have turned to in the first place, but damn, I really wanted to keep that whole outfit for myself, haha.

By the time we took off our fashion show's outfits it was already like?... Super late? Haha. All Kawaii Ambassadors were starving but we had to get Japan Lolita Association booth ready for the day after. I was really glad to see that Anime Matsuri set up several props for us: beautiful armchairs and a couch in order to have a perfect photoshoot location! Adding two tables, two mannequins and a great background, we were officially ready for the first opening day of Anime Matsuri~

You'll be as sad as I was to learn that those lions weren't for Japan Lolita Association booth :'(

I have to be honest I was actually really sad not to be able to attend Nightfall: so many great people were going there and the event seemed really amazing, so I wish I could have gone so badly. Sit here with me and watch that amazing Nightfall video by Deerstalker Pictures so you can be sad with me because you didn't go (or you can make me jealous while you tell me "But I did go!").

You thought that was the end of the day, didn't you? You thought I would be so tired I would go sleeping after that day or rehearsals? Well, I could have but don't underestimate my capacity of staying up an indecent amount of time when I want to! Nadine, Cadney and I went to meet some friends at our first amazing room parties rallye. I met so many great people and eat so many great pizza that this night is still a bit blur in my mind, haha. No seriously, I think I was so tired that I had problems processing what I actually did during that night (not having any pictures of that night isn't helping). I just remember the taste of delicious ananas-pizza and the kindness of all people in the room, thank you y'all ♡ I went back to my hotel's room a little to late (or a little too early?) but it was totally worth it!

Thank you for reading and see you soon for the Anime Matsuri report, third part~
featuring amazing outfits, more backstages and fashion show!(^▽^)

♡ Anime Matsuri, Day 1 (coming soon...)