Today’s post from the 52 Week Lolita Topic Challenge is 17. My First Meetup. I guess technically, my first meet up was the lolita meetup at Katsucon February of 2012. Prior to that, I’d attended Otakon in lolita for a few years and I was part of the online EGL community, but I hadn’t really actually went out to a meetup. I’m really kinda shy, and I had this terrible idea that I wouldn’t be good enough to fit in with my local group, because I’d see these awesome lolita at conventions and I felt like the ugly duckling. I don’t think I got any good photos so I stole one of me from another attendee. Credit is in the caption (and she has a lot more photos from the event)
(I’m wearing Angelic Pretty’s Miracle Candy JSK with AP Socks, IW blouse, Baby bag and Bodyline shoes)
My first non-convention meetup was to see a movie at a local mall, and I don’t think I knew anyone there, because I think it was all different people from the one at Katsucon. I’m honestly not even sure what movie we went to see, come to think of it. I know it was fairytale themed though. But, I do remember that I met Jayne and totally thought that her awesome hair was a wig because she had it done so well. Seriously, that girl has some impressive hair skills.
Anyways, I was really nervous about going to a mall in lolita, and what I should wear, so I ended up wearing a really toned down old school coord. I think it was because the movie was fairytale themed and this skirt features sleeping beauty? This is after I came home and my hair is rebelling royally. Skirt is Angelic Pretty, Blouse is Innocent World, and everything else is offbrand, I believe.
The third meetup I went to was just a few months later, and it was at the Zoo in DC, and I wore my favorite dress ever, Innocent World’s Strawberry Animal Fields, but I’d moved the strap button and made the straps too long and slouched in all the photos so they came out really bad. However, I met the designers of Belladonna that day, and one of them (who is super adorable, by the way. She was wearing an AP little bird’s symphonia dress with a blonde ringlet wig and all the little girls thought she was a princess) took the picture of my feet that I use for my tumblr icon now.
Actually, speaking of little girls thinking you are a princess. At one point we were in the section of the zoo that had fish and bugs, and someone knew someone… or was just very charismatic, I don’t remember, but they got us a little tour behind the scenes with the octopus. I’m terrified of fish (and octopi, apparently), so I wasn’t interested and just waited for the rest of the group over with the ants and stuff (which are fascinating, just by the way). This mom came up to me with these two little girls and she was like “they think you are a real princess” with this half shrug like “what can I do?”, so I played along for a bit, and it was really cute. It was a really fun trip, but kinda confusing because someone had to leave early because it turns out pets aren’t permitted at the zoo, and people got there all different times, so we had multiple groups going around that were all disconnected. All in all I had a great time though, and I’m really glad I got to meet everyone.