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Lolita: Kyoto Baby, the Stars Shine Bright 5th Anniversary Tea Party

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After 2.5 years in Japan I finally went to one of my favourite brands tea parties!!!!

So, how was it…?!

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Lolita: Kera Shop Osaka Tea Party with Kimura Yu

Occasionally brand stores have tea parties to promote new items or as a thank you for loyal customers. Sadly I can hardly ever go as they tend to be on a Saturday, but Kera Shop had a Sunday evening party on the 28th September.

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Lolita: Angelic Pretty Tea Party Shoes

Angelic Pretty Tea Party shoes have been my go to lolita shoe ever since I got into the fashion, some time back in 2006/7.

If you don’t know what they look like –

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They are a basic shoe, I find them very comfortable (I’ve been hiking and dancing in them) easy to coordinate and they come in lots of different lolita colors – pink, dark pink, sax, mint, lavender, brown, black, red and more recently yellow and navy.

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Even Kira Imais artwork features TPs!

The shoes cost ¥14,490 which is quite expensive. You can buy replicas from Secret Shop, and as it doesn’t have a brand name emblazoned all over it it’s a replica I don’t mind buying.

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Here are a few of the TP shoes, I currently own – pink (but with a broken sole), dark pink, sax, lavender, red, brown and black. Although I only have the dark pink and brown with me in Japan. My brown and dark pink pairs are Angelic Pretty whilst the others are Secret Shop. Looking at them you can’t tell the difference at all.

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My dark pink pair I bought in Angelic Pretty Osaka in 2008 when my SS ones strap broke on holiday here. I have worn them a lot and last summer got them reheeled. Unfortunately they are now completely worn out ;_;

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Bye bye shoe. We had some fun times together!

Now I have to find a replacement pink lolita shoe, and Ive two big meet ups fast approaching…. Do I buy another ¥14,490 pair? SS pair? Or continue the hunt for the perfect off brand shoe?

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Kera Tea Party Report!

I didn’t get many pictures, as not sure they were allowed, so here is a terrible outfit mirror shot and head shot before I left. I got the hat from Emsexcite for ¥1995 but it needed more ribbon or flowers or something, so I stuck my Miho Matsuda bow on there.

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I wore the hat, Rococo Bouquet long OP in green from Victorian Maiden and pink bow heels. I also twisted my hair and put it in a bun.

The event was to showcase and promote the uUeda College of Fashion (where you can take a gothic lolita course) alongside Kera. We arrived just in time for things to start, and got quickly ushered downstairs to take a Kera snap! Wow my first! It was over so quick I’m sure I looked like a startled deer! As we were late we didn’t have time to complete our forms properly and I had to leave the ‘point of style’ bit blank – I would have just written ‘Spring!’ anyway.

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It started with introductions and the fashion show! We saw Metamorphose, Marple, Baby the Stars shine bright, Alice and the pirates and some of the students final pieces. Midori and Yu Kimura modeled for the event and at the end had an interview with the presenter and played a quiz game! Our table did terrible we only got 2 points! Apparenty Midori is going to be a teacher at the college from June (no idea what she will be teaching though!). A designer for Alice and the Pirates was also at the event, she spoke a little and presented a prize to one of the fashion contest winners.

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After that it was over.

We walked down a floor to look at the Kera shop area, but it was really lacking. As we were stood talking one of the organizers told us to go back up. We didn’t know why but thought, why not?! When we went back into the event room a small circle of chairs had been set up and the female presenter and the Alice and the Pirates designer were there….we had a private audience with her! There were only 11 of us! We listened to her talk about her work and her fashion background and then we got to ask questions. Via Lona I asked her how long it took from having an idea to it being available to buy in the shop. I was expecting it to be 6-12months, but she said it usually only took a month! They work to a very tight schedule, one day for pattern cutting, one to send to the factory and get a sample etc… I was so surprised! The designer was really sweet and spoke to me in English a little afterwards, she’s taking English lessons at the moment as when she travels to other countries for conventions with Alice and the Pirates there is hardly ever an interpreter for her. Which is interesting as I know plenty of lolitas who speak Japanese well and would love to interpret for the lolita brands!

We were all pretty hungry by then (5pm!) as the tea party had only consisted of one glass of tea and a small handful of sweets on a plate! So we went to Umeda station for dinner and purikura before heading home.

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You can still see some of the footage from the event here including the chat with Midori and Yu Kimura.

Edit: kera report here, my back made it! Lol.

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Osaka International Lolita Meet: Atelier Pierrot Tea Party

Sunday was the Atelier Pierrot tea party, tickets cost ¥3250 and you could wear anything big or small from any of the brands they stock.

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My outfit shot, I changed my bolero to a Victorian Maiden one of Karmens as my VM dress didn’t make it in time.

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Big hair and eyelashes!

Karmen was late due to an eyelash glue disaster so we missed the fashion show and turned up during photo time!

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So cute.

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My turn…not as cute!

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Some of the shop staff.

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We had a short walk to the cafe for the tea party part!

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The cafe was anatomy themed, lots of surgery instruments, skeletons and drip bags around.

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The delicious food!

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My lovely table companions! We played a few games where the answer was either A or B and you had to hold up the one you thought was correct. It was really fun! The winners could choose from the new selection of Atelier Pierrot clothes.

All guests got to choose a gift from a small selection of AP jewelery, I chose a crown necklace, and we got gift bags with a AP tote bag too.

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I had a really fun time even though my Japanese is practically nonexistent, and felt welcome, I’d definitely go again!

Thanks Atelier Pierrot!