Friday, June 12, 2015

Old School meeting and odd champagne bar ♡

Hello everyone! Gotta post about last Lolita meeting I went to before it gets old, specially because we have a swap meeting next Sunday which I'm super excited for, can't wait to get some new accessories!
A couple weeks ago I attended an Old School themed meeting, originally I wasn't going, because Old School is not really my thing, I believe my style is very 2015 and I like the new trends, since I started wearing Lolita last year it makes sense, I find even Sweet OTT "old".
But turns out the meeting I was going to attend in June was canceled so I went to the Old School one. The meeting was at Tea Kettle and it was small, I appreciate how thoughtful the hosts were with all the little activities they planned, they paid so much attention to detail and it was a pleasant afternoon we spent at Tea Kettle. Unfortunately the lolitas I'm good friends with didn't attend the meeting but a few other nice lolitas I'm getting to know did so I could talk to them a bit more this time.
The main reason I didn't want to go this meeting at first was because I thought I wouldn't be able to come up with an outfit, if only I had black shoes I could have put together a black&white coord with my Rockabilly Dot skirt from Angelic Pretty, the shoes were the only thing missing. The closest I could get from old school Lolita was wearing a non-print skirt and a two-color-only palette. I wish I could wear something more elaborate but I tried to stick with the theme. Even wearing a very simple outfit I could already tell how much I improved in comparison to most of my previous outfits. Now I have a new petticoat with proper poof and I upgraded my old petti buy sewing an extra layer of hard tulle to it, the poof makes such a  big difference, I feel so much more confident in Lolita now. I also have new blouses, bags, legwear and all sort of stuff to work with, last year I struggled a lot because my small wardrobe made me limited, I'm so excited to wear Lolita now and keep growing my wardrobe.
I wore Rose Dress-Up for the first time, unfortunately there are two problems with that skirt: first it's a little too short on me 'cause I'm a tall-lita, and second, it came without the damn waist-ties T^T, I bought another skirt from the same seller and it came without the wait-ties too, don't even get me started on how mad I still am about it. Other than that Rose Dress-Up is absolutely gorgeous, I got it in light pink which is my favorite color from the series. I've always wanted the dress, since I laid my eyes on it for the first time, hope I'll get it someday.

Skirt: Angelic Pretty
Bag: Angelic Pretty
Tights: American Apparel
Blouse: Random japanese store
All the rest: off-brand

I made the dumb decision to wear thigh-high stockings which were slipping all the time but other than that I like my outfit, I think it looks simple but elegant, It's not like I can shorten myself for Lolita, so sorry, I'll keep wearing my short skirts if I like them and a underskirt wouldn't work with Rose Dress-Up.

I wore black ankle socks with lace cuffs because I didn't want all the black to be on top and the pink on the bottom, I think it looks more harmonious this way.

Anyway, enough talking about me. Let's show da food, which is very important:

The hosts handed us those cute little envelopes with our names stamped on, inside there were some craft supplies for a little embroidery lesson, which I liked very much, they said they were inspired by Momoko of Kamikaze Girls to come up with the idea I think it was lovely and I really enjoyed learning how to make a little rosebud with a ribbon.

I live in a big city and me and my boyfriend are like: we are driving, we pass by some interesting place, we stop, we go check what the place is all about. It happened after the old school meeting: we were driving home and we saw this odd little shop: it was dark and neon and it had bubbles coming out of it, like actual bubbles. It was a champagne and cake bar, all they had was champagne, cake and milkshakes (and some merch of their own brand). It was not your regular champagne, you could pick flavored popping bubbles, I picked cherry flavor and they gave me a neon pink plastic flute with a straw. The eletronic club-like music playing just added to the weirdness.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Le Jardin Secret: flower flavored desserts ♡

Hey guys, today I'm gonna talk a little bit about this place called Le Jardin Secret I visited a couple weeks ago. I've found out about this place a long time ago and finally had the chance to pay a visit.
Le Jardin Secret is a dessert shop and they are well-known for making pastries and sweets using real flowers like violets, roses and lavender. The place is small and the whole decor is super shabby-chic which you guys know I love.

The place is lovely in all it's details but it's pretty small and not suitable for a Lolita meet-up, unless you are a small group of up to 5 people total considering the other clients in the store.

They have sweets, coffee and tea you can have there and have cute little tins and jars of flower flavored cookies and other delicacies you can buy too.

Rose flavored jellies ♡
I went for the dulce de leche cream with cookies and candied violets and the hazelnut chocolate cookie with rose crust.

The place is so beautiful and their sweets are delightful but I think they should put more care on how the desserts are served, using a glass cup isn't the best option for such delicate sweets. But I do intend to go back there and buy some of their flower flavored jellies.

Le Jardin Secret was actually a second stop that day, before me and my boyfriend had lunch at Bistrô O'Chá, a place that I had visited before and loved but then they moved and took a while to remodel the new store, it was my first time visiting their brand new store.

They are known for their vast tea menu, which has about any kind of tea you can imagine. My boyfriend had a fresh plum smoothie with roses and I totally forgot what my iced tea was all about, I just remember liking it.

The entree was sooo good, I loved everything about it, the caramelized nuts, the dried apricots, the toast and the spread even if we didn't really know what it was made of, I guess it was cream cheese with dried tomatoes.

I ordered the vegetarian leek and mushrooms lasagna and enjoyed so very much, my boyfriend on the other hand ordered the fish which was seasoned with some herb he disliked.

They have all sorts of amazing desserts at Bistrô O'Chá including cupcakes and ice cream they make themselves with unique flavors. I want to go there next time to try more of their teas and see what the sweets are about.

Oh they also have a cat, he was super sweet but a little shy. Hope you guys like this post and I do recommend both places for you to visit. See you all next time :)

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