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Lolita Convention 3 -2012

Published Thursday, 3 January 2013 by sydneysunnyray

Lolita Convention

Another event that happens in the summer is the Lolita Convention. It is around the time of the brand tea parties and Japan Expo, so lolitas from other areas can stay one more day in Paris with their friends. The convention was opened Sunday in the afternoon and all day Monday; the tickets were only 6euros. The event was easy enough to find – follow the lolitas and behind a hospital.

Lolitas everywhere.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the Lolita Convention. Everyone was in their element- it wasn’t an Anime Convention nor a meetup in a public place. Everyone was dressed and talking. There were wonderful shops set up and a secondhand booth (to buy/sell). Sadly, I could not buy too much. I had two overstuffed suitcases  in my hotel that need to get on a plane with me. However, I did buy things. I bought a Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Paris tote bag and a Baby, the Stars Shine Bright plastic barrette.

I use this for classes all the time!

Also, I bought a book. Which brings me to my favorite part about the convention! At the convention two artists were present to sign their books. I was so terribly excited. I love meeting artist and authors because I feel like I have a deeper understanding of their work. The two artists present: Francois Amoretti and Lostfish

Francois Amoretti signing my copy of Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui.

Francois Amoretti is famous in the French lolita community for illustrating Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, and more. His most recent work is Burlesque Girrrl. Once I fingered through a friend’s copy of  Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui, I knew I had to buy it! I searched forever and bought it at a good price on eBay France. Once I got the book, I learned he would be at this convention;  I was very excited. So, I spent the time leading up to the convention reading the book and enjoying its presents in my dorm room.  Gothic Lolita: Princesses d’Aujourd’hui is rich in detail and depth, and the art is equal to it. What I love about Francois Amoretti’s work is his attention to detail. Through his work, I understood, he completely understood Lolita fashion! And I learned, he actually is interested in the fashion!
In person, he was very nice to talk to (he spoke English well). Also, he has a fun personal style of thick framed glasses and button up shirts. I think it is adorable!

Lostfish with my copy of Alice A Travers Le Miroir

Lostfish is an enchanting artist, I’ve seen floating around the web. I never knew she was France! Her art work is clearing inspired by dolls. The use of doll like features, color, detail, and simple composition forms her signature enchanting, yet haunting, art. I didn’t own her illustrated book; so, I bought it. The book is Alice A Travers Le Miroir (a full French translation of Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll). The book is large – as big as a “bande dessinee” or French comic book, and the paper and print is of high quality. Sadly, the book was expensive at the convention and fewer people came to her table, but I do not regret it!

Lostfish’s display

I want to thank the artist for taking their time to sign and to draw detail pictures in my books! I didn’t know that the artist would draw a large picture on the cover page! It was a great, wonderful surprise!  Francois Amoretti drew a bow on the main lolita girl simular to mine that day, and Lostfish drew Alice and her kitten for me!

The drawings! Top: Francois Amoretti’s Gothic Lolita // Bottom: Lostfish’s Alice A Travers Le Miroir

I thought I would show some pictures of me and my friends. I look bad this day, but it was because of stress and being tired. I was very tired and stressed. Not to mention, I was very emotional because it was my last day.

Mes amies sont trop belles! // My girlfriends are so beautiful!

I left the convention early because I had another tea party to go to! Sadly, I missed the fashion show!

I had to leave early and say my “a bientots” to Karima! This is our last hug!

Till next time, my dear!

PS: Samantha FancyMelody‘s outfit was my favorite! She wore my new “dream dress” – Alice and the Pirates Lilietta.

Baby, the Stars Shine Bright Paris Summer 2012 Tea Party

Published Saturday, 13 October 2012 by Sydney Sunny

The last 3 days in Paris and France were very stressful but amazing. At the end of June and the first week of July, I was cleaning and packing to return to the USA. It was hard to close my life over there and to pack my small suitcases. I can not explain all of the process, but the stress of it all was very rewarding. I left my cleaned room in Amiens and arrived in Paris for 3 days with friends!

My outfit: Pink Dessert OP// Everything Baby, the Stars Shine Bright but my wrist cuffs// Credit to Yumi

My Baby rose necklace with matching rose bracelet, and rose ring resting against my lacy pink dress.

The first day I went to Baby, the Stars Shine Bright’s Tea Party. I woke up early in the morning of July 7th because of the excitement! I dolled up in the hotel and left in baby pink! I was wearing platform pink shoes and had no where to hide, but I held my curly head up head in the metro till I traveled to the store to meet some friends before the tea party. I was the first to arrive. I talked with the store owner, M. Sawada, and looked around. I bought a few presents for my friends and a huge silver Baby ring. Then, my friends began to arrive.

Sweet Yumi in her blue dress resting in the store.

I don’t know who arrived when and how but people began to pour in as time went on till the store closed. First, Yumi arrived. She is my cute friend from Japan studying in Paris. She arrived in a newly bought blue dress that I absolutely adore on her. (If only my arms were shorter or the sleeves longer…) She and I were all smiles and hugs to be together! We met at Baby’s Tea Party in February, and I have cherished every moment with her so much! So, it was a special time for me to be with her again.

Me and Rosalynn chatting happily together. //Credit to Yumi

Then, I saw Rosalynn from Lolita Wonderland through the store’s window. I have followed and adored her blog for a while. She and I became close during my stay in Europe on Facebook chat. I have no idea how we started to talk or became friends. We were always talking and messaging each other. When the tea party tickets were announced, she and I both had our fingers crossed. This was a moment when our worlds could come together and meet! And, here we were meeting each other in person! We hugged and were very happy to touch. Rosalynn is such a sweetheart! She is just as her blog portrays her- a sweetheart in love with lolita! I was so happy to meet her, and without this Tea Party I would have never met her! Sadly, on my return to the USA we chat very little because of school and the time difference!

And also, I met Emilie! She and I met at the last tea party where we both shared our loves for the colors yellow and pink! She is adorable, and I always adored her outfits! She is very clever with her outfits too! One might say, I am a secret admirer of her many talents! Plus, she is a great artist.

Tasty, delightful, colorful,sushi waiting for us to eat it.

Soon- too soon- the store closed. This was my last visit since then to Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. So, Yumi took me to an authentic tiny sushi restaurant. She said the sushi tasted truer to the sushi in Japan; however, my taste buds are not sensitive! We had a great time talking and eating. Yumi even treated me to sake! She was surprised I liked it. Oh my! After our lunch, we had time to walk over to the Tea Party at Le Grand Hotel next to the Opera.

I was twirling in the empty tea room.

Yumi and I took the back entrance to the hotel. We both took this entrance when we came to the Anniversary Tea Party in February. We thought we were late. There were no other girls entering. We followed the signs and some workers nodded to us that we were in the right place. Yet, there was no one to greet us. Confused, I think, a man took us to the room and left us. The tea party was in the same hall, so we both knew where we were. Yet, the tables were empty. What did we do? We took pictures of the empty room.
Then M.Sawada appeared at the door and was surprised to see us. With him was a small, pretty, woman with a bob cut in “muggle” clothing- Midori. Yumi and M.Sawada talked in Japanese. What I got from the conversation (Yumi’s help) was that we came in the back entrance and everyone is waiting at the main entrance to be let in. M. Sawada was not mad by any account he just directed us to the correct place to wait, smiling and bowing.

Outside a sea of girls (with a few boys) were waiting to go inside. There was girls in over-the-top sweet, classical, bittersweet, goth, simple, pastel, dark, natural hair, wigs, bows, and bonnets. The mix of styles was like looking at a Tumblr feed of the lolitas. Plus to the many styles, people were from many places. Last time there were few girls outside of the French speaking countries, but there were girls from Germany and even Russia!

Claire explained the events in French and English.

Waiting for my ticket to be checked and entering the tea room was not very exciting. Yumi and I, both, were spoiled by our early visit. For the gift, I received tiny pins of the currant popular prints from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates.

I choose the Black Forest cake with silver on top.

Everyone standing, chatting, and taking pictures. Emilie is posing in the

front.

This pretty German girl looked so cute in pink and her bunny!

Another girl who was cute as pie!

First, Tea and Sweets were served and every chatted and took pictures for a long time.

Midori with her book, Classical Doll.

Second, We were told to return to our seats for Midori’s entrance. She modeled the new Cinderella collection. I love the dress because it is so princess-like but also elegant!

The Cinderella dress’s print up close is stunningly elegant.

I felt like the design of the tea room mirrored the elegant print on the dress.

After she came in and modeled, the Cake made an entrance, and everyone had more sweets. I love this cake. I don’t know what kind of cake it is but it has to be made with French magic.

Midori held my hand, I smiled my super silly, excited smile.

my ticket, signed postcard, and pins

Then Midori held a little contest for her book by Rock-Paper-Scissors (which I lost horribly). And, then she sign the winner’s books and postcard for everyone else. For each person she talked to with the help of Claire, she looked at everyone’s outfit (she liked my little Baby- store ribbons), she would hold everyone’s hand, and smile for a picture. She seemed so calm, nice, and grateful to be with everyone.

This beauty won the best dressed of Alice and the Pirates. She sat at my table, she was from Russia, and she was just stunning!

Finally, the exciting hope of getting free pries by a drawing. Sadly, nothing for me! haha! And, the best prizes to Best Dressed by Midori’s Choice – which I agreed with!

Fin.

Yumi, me, M. Sawada, Emilie, and Rosalynn posing together for a final picture!// Credit to Rosalynn

Check out these blog post for more pictures and information:

Lolita Wonderland

Fancy Melody

Totoro’s Adventures (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)

PS: Sorry for the TOTAL abuse and lack of posts. I just hate to think about my last days in France… and be stuck in the middle of nowhere again! Maybe after all my French posts, I will be able to find fun things to write about again even if I am back to a boring university student! Till then!

Oh, Paris!

Published Wednesday, 18 July 2012 by Sydney Sunny

The best place to start is Notre Dame.

Another day in Paris, as the month June rolled along. The weather had been a little hot of the past few weeks as summer started to bloom. I was ready to try once again to go to the towers of Notre Dame.  I had longed to go up for so long but the lines are long too. Plus it is only weather permitting. Finally, there has been great weather! However, it did not hold out. The cloud crept in as I made plans and the wind blow cold.
When I met in Paris for my friends, the rain drops started to innocently fall on me. Why now?

Waiting in line for the towers gave interesting views of the side of the famous cathedral.

We did get in line for the Tower Tour (facing the front- the left), and we did wait for a wait but suddenly the rain poured from the heavens! I was distraught. The rain was miserable for me and my friends. I was the only one bent to go to the towers. So, I gave in. I hate rain, cold, and hunger.

The gargoyles perched on Notre Dame before their mouths because full of water.

So off we went, to the joy of the people behind us, to find a place to eat. We went to the Opera looking for some sushi. I have a deep love of sushi now and the Opera has a great selection for sushi, Japanese, or Korean food.

The Opera is always beautiful!

A funny situation unraveled when the boy ordered a bowl of white rice to accompany their sushi. They put a little shower of soy-sauce on the rice. Yumi, who is from Japan, laughed in surprise and amazement. She told them that it is considered rude to put soy-sauce on plain rice. I have heard of this but to see Yumi’s eye light up with the cultural difference made me smile.

Totoro watches and drools over the yummy sushi. There is cucumber,  avocado,  and pickled radish sushi.

Afterwards, we went to our favorite shops in the Bastille area, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, Les Fleurs, and Boddywood.
I only bought something from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. I bought about 3 pairs of sock and, I think, a few other things.

The little store I talk of, 6 Rue de Keller, Les Fleurs.

I really want to talk about Les Fleurs. I think, it is the name of the store. It is located on Rue de Keller and number 6. The store is full of unique homemade things. It reminds me of a real Esty store location. There are elegant, cute, and fun things. I had my eye on a crystal collar, I fingered the clock necklaces and I laughed at the mustache necklaces.

A vintage scooter next to the store that I believe a worker owns.

Time was running short, and we wanted to use our all day metro tickets. So, we went to Montmartre. I hate walking up the stairs to the Sacre Coeur. The stairs have people sitting, performing, tieing things on your arm, touching you, and just being loud. The area is not a relaxing area. Also, the Sacre Coeur is beautiful but does not interest me as Gothic Cathedrals do.

Sarce Coeur sits on a hill and has a great view of Paris.

However, it was easier because my French friends were with me. They guided us though the men saleing bracelets and the people seated on the steps. Once in the artist district, we looked are the artist and shops. Marine and Yumi got some ice cream.

Nice cool ice cram is starting to melt by the time they have their pictures taken.

The graffiti is very interesting at Montmartre.

We parted for another time. I waited for my train and returned to Amiens, till next time.

There is nowhere to sit and wait for trains in Gare du Nord. I like to find a metal post in front of the train tracks.

 

A nice welcome back to Amiens.

Disneyland Paris

Published Monday, 11 June 2012 by Sydney Sunny

I don’t know why it is taking me to long to write about my adventures. I think, it is because I have only about one month left in France before I return to the USA. I hate being reminded on all the work I must do to return, but there are so many more adventures. This adventure is a bit sad because it was the last grand adventure I had with Stephanie. She returned home at the end of May.

After the morning and a bit of the afternoon in Versailles, Stephanie and I headed back to Paris to pick up our good friend, Yumi! Once we met up we took the next RER to Disneyland Paris. It took a while to get to Disneyland, but we finally got there. The cloudy and rainy morning has gave way to a wonderful sunny Sunday afternoon. Disneyland was quite empty.
I followed Stephanie around because she had been to Disney a few times, had a pass, and is just crazy from Disney! She knew the park like the back of her hand!

We tackled the rides without difficult waits and lines!
The rides we took: Phantom Manor, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Le Carrousel de Lancelot, Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups, and Casey Jr.- le Petit Train du Cirque.

Here are a few of my favorite rides:

The Phantom Manor was quite fun! We got into a little separate seated ride that took us around a creepy house. The effects were very impressive! I could not figure out how they did everything! The story was very sad and chilling too. A young kid would only see the haunted house but there is a story! It is like the Corpse Bride’s personal story of a sad bride.

Big Thunder Mountain was perhaps the best ride! There was a long line for this ride because it is the most popular ride. Stephanie said it was a must. We all were screaming and laughing as the train took us through the hills and valley of the west…very fast!

Pirates of the Caribbean was not what most people expected. The ride was older with less impressive effect, and the theme was based on the old Pirates of the Caribbean. In other word, there was no Captain Jack Sparrow! I didn’t care. The ride it self was fun! the boat went down waterfall and showed scenery of burning cities! The ride is once of my favorites! I wanted to go again right when I got out!

At the end of our day, I saw Le Carrousel de Lancelot. I begged to get on! We all hopped on a golden horse and went around in a whirl of lights. I really liked this carousel because it was very classical. Now-a-days carousel can be seen with modern characters and strange flashing lights. Classic fun!

Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups were a must stop! The tea cups move in such a crazy way! Having a group of friends to twirl the tea cup makes a great time of laughter! Oh how we giggles and laughed together on this twirling ride!

We also explored : La Cabane des Robinson, Le Passage Enchante d’Aladdin, Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

 


My favorite was Alice’s Curious Labyrinth! The maze was actually pretty hard. I was always taking the wrong turn and even got lost! Characters from Wonderland popped up here and there as we found our way. we look perfect all dressed in lolita. Alice is an inspiration to the lolita fashion.

Also, my favorite was Sleeping Beauty’s castle. The stain glass windows and tapestries told the story of Sleeping Beauty. I was breathless viewing the detailed windows and tapestries!

 

A lot of people might be wondering how 3 lolitas got into Disney with out any trouble. First of all, we were not over the top with wigs, bows, and socks. We worn our plain solid dresses with nothing else. As plain as we were in the lolita world, people did notice your style. We were even approached but people who knew the style. But that is the nice balance, the notice. If too many people notice you, Disney will not want you in the parks. The character actors must shine first!

 

After Disney closed we went shopping and ate dinner at 10pm. I bought my first collection of Disney Collector Pins!  Finally, we took the last RER back to Paris and the “sweeper metro” ( last metro) back to Stephanie’s place. We were worn out!

 

 

I have so many adventures to look forward to in my remaining time in France!

With Sugar on Top, Paris

Published Saturday, 28 April 2012 by Sydney Sunny

The next day was sweeter then the next. I seem to crave food in Paris from all the walking around. In the morning Stephanie and I went to Starbucks right across the road and had tea and Matcha cake for breakfast. Dessert for breakfast!

We walked around for a long time. Stephanie took me off the main drag that I normally stay on to not get lost! We were soon in the Oprea area. We ending up in Junko, a Japanese bookstore. It was a bit pricey but I bought the Gothic and Lolita Bible v.43! I got it to remember all the releases by Baby while I was in Paris and for the wonderful patterns! We stayed a long time because the cute, cute things in the store!

Ladurée = sweets

Me in front of the shop's display for Hello Kitty!

Soon with hungry stomachs we came to the grand, sweet, and well known Ladurée! We had a lovely tea. I had a fresh tea , Cherie, and Stephanie had a spicy tea, Othello. We choose 4 macrons. We choose the seasonal ones, which are not normal in other shops. But, I got the Pistachio for my mom.  Also, Stephanie picked out her favorite pastry to split with me! I have no idea what the name of it was, but it was rose favored.

4 macrons: Top: Cherry // Middle (left to right): Banana- Chocolat, Salty Caramel // Bottom:

Pistachio

Rose flavored pastry! I think, I ate the rose petals!

Stephanie with all the sweets! Look at that smile!

We had to leave after walking around the streets of Paris again. We both had sugar crashes, and mixed with the lack of sleep can be devastating!

Eiffel Tower/ Tour Eiffel

Thank you Stephanie! We must do it again before you leave!

Much Love till the next post!

PS: Finally found the online equal to instagram: pixlr

The Paris Jungle

Published Thursday, 26 April 2012 by Sydney Sunny

The next day, Stephanie and I headed out to find my family! My family came for a day in Paris for the vacation. Agathe just came back from Tokyo, too! I was so happy to see them again. It was like Christmas again!

Vegan Folie's

We went to Vegan Folie’s. It is a rare little vegan cupcake place! The cups looked so cute and well made! Some where bight colored, others rich and dark, and others sparkled! The cupcakes had funny names: Choc Norris, Johnny Nutsville, John Lemon, and Austin Flower, to name a few. The cupcakes were not just sweet but there is also savory too! Plus, scrumptious looking brownies and cheesecakes.

Agathe with all the yummy vegan cupcakes!

Agathe bought 10 cupcakes! After a Japanese buffet lunch, I choose Choc Norris. It was chocolate with vegan “Nutella”.  Whoa, it was amazing! Also, I had a few fingers of Austin Flower’s purple lavender icing.

Cupcakes ready to be eaten!

My vegan cupcake, Choc Norris - no regret.

Afterwards, Agathe, Stephanie, and I explored the jungle in Paris. Do you not know about the jungle of Paris?
Well it is called Le Jardin des Plantes. We went deep into the jungle greenhouse, full of plants from all around the world.

Paris's jungle.

Center view.

green

"holy" leaves

My family said goodbye in the Metro. Stephanie then took me to Concord to shop at a British book store and have tea at Mariage Freres at the Louvre. And again, we stayed up very late! haha!

Till next time! One more day in Paris with Stephanie!

Always Paris

Published Wednesday, 25 April 2012 by Sydney Sunny

What am I going to do when I can no longer go to Paris on the weekends? I look forward to Paris during the whole week. It is a usual sight to see me walking to the train station on a Saturday morning.
One weekend I stayed in Paris for two nights at Stephanie’s apartment.  She is done with classes, and I just had one more week. So we where ready to explore!

Stephanie and I met with Yumi and walked to Baby the Stars Shine Bright. We stayed for a long time talking and looking at every detail of the store. Yumi and Stephanie wanted me to try on something. I had no objection to this proposal! I tried on Lady’s Victorian Afternoon square neck blouse in black and Pas de Deux in the blue moon Odette jumper skirt in black with the matching bow. I am proud of the coordination!

Baby the Stars Shine Bright's Pas de Deux in the blue moon Odette.

I have fallen in love with Pas de Deux in the blue moon Odette. It is really a nice print, and the jumpskirt has lovely details! But, I didn’t buy it. Instead, I bought new socks. I have love affairs with socks.

We also went to Boddywood/Angelic Pretty. Sadly, Angelic Pretty no longer has a special room. They have made the right back corner Angelic Pretty’s home. I have to say, the slection is just not as great as Baby’s, so I never find anything to fall in love with. However, Boddywood has all sorts of other goodies! I bought a Swimmer Wallet (large for my passport) and Hello Kitty vs. Samipoo by Baby the Stars Shine Bright paper.

After stoping in another shop we were famished from shopping so much! We walked to American Breakfast. It is a cute American style dinner. Apparently, they are popular in Paris. I ordered a nice vegetarian soy burger with a green salad! YUM!

Then, Stephanie showed Yumi and me some shops in Paris! I really like a shop called Lollipops. The bags and shoes were really cute and not a million Euros! Also, the huge vintage store called, Hippie Market. It was really nice. The clothes were well washed and in nice contition! Stephanie found wonderful white boots that fit! Lucky!

Hippie Market is a MUST! I hope to go again!

Finally, we made our way to the movies to see Titanic 3D! I don’t think the 3D was worth it, but I enjoyed seeing the film on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. I really did not like the French movie theater. The bathroom had only 3 toilets, and the theater was burning up! Horrible!

We returned really late, and Stephanie and I talked almost all night! Oh la la!

The shopping of the day: Hello vs. Samipoo paper, Titanic 3D ticket with glasses, Baby the Stars Shine Bright OTK logo glitter socks, and a Swimmer wallet.

My weekend doesn’t stop there! I had such a wonderful time the next day too!
Till my next post!