vrijdag 8 september 2017

London & DMC Part 3

The second day of Dream Masquerade Carnival was for the tea party of course. Luckily we had a bit more time to prepare, but I still managed to be the slowest one because of my hair T_T.
Week after week I thought about what to wear, my first choice was the Milky Planet OP, but I've worn it some weeks earlier. Don't you know that feeling where you want to wear something you haven't worn for a long time, but when you just wore it recently then you rather choose something else? Well, this is why.
In the end I chose the Sugar Pansy jsk. I still love that one a lot, it makes me feel very pretty, because of the wide tiered skirt and all the lovely lace around the neck. I matched it with some princess-sleeves for an even more dreamy, flowy look. The flower headband I already made 1,5 years ago, and the yellow shoes I bought in Japan last March. They are a perfect matching yellow! Just like during the Easter tea party I attached some bows to it to make it a little less plain.
Whitehall Court (photo from Wikimedia)

The Tea Party

Our venue was at the Whitehall Court. This building is next to the Thames and it's a pretty old and prestigious one. Because of its close ties to the Royal Horse Guards and The house of Parliament, the venue was used for a lot of important meetings and stays throughout history.

It was another sunny day, so it was quite surprising when they called us to wait inside for the preparation. I think we had to wait more than half an hour after the actual starting time, in quite a small room. After that we could get our tickets and come in. A very large impressive victorian room, decorated with wonderful chandeliers, old tapestries, and now hosting a lot of lolita's so the space was full of big round tables with fancy candleholders. It was the biggest tea party I've been to, and I honestly think I won't see any bigger ever in the future, there were so many people!!
View of the corner with the head (guest) table
I chose to sit close to some other Dutch sweeties, but sit next to new people because it's a great opportunity to meet some new fellow lolita's and chat with each other. On my left there was a girl who came all the way from the USA, and on my right some girls from Scotland, how awesome is that! From all the waiting I got really hungry, so I passed on joining the group photo and started with the food already. It was really tasty!

After some eating, my Scottish neighbours thought it would be a nice time to take some outfit photos, which was a lot of fun (they had the cutest strawberry-themed dresses on)! And then of course some more chatting inside. I even got asked by Asuka who wanted to take an outfit picture of me, I felt a bit honored ^_^ ! Then the coolest duo Babi and Kaie of Triple Fortune apparently did a round and chatted at every table, so nice of 'm. They asked where I was from, and I told them from The Netherlands and tried to tell them there were about 20 Dutch people there (eh, maybe it were a bit less after actually counting) and they said they wanted to go to The Netherlands too! It would be really nice if we could have another big event one day and have 'm here.
With Babi & Kaie ^-^

Everybody just chatting away

It was time for the raffle and then a talk from the organizers, who announced that this would be the last tea party from the Tea Party Club, because they would stop! After 10 years, of course everyone was absolutely grateful for all their hard work. I'm happy I still could attend two of their events, but luckily Street Fashion Europe is still a thing, and maybe, who knows, somebody else will start throwing these amazing parties.

Not to forget: we did get some lovely gifts, including a lovely british-themed button and a
hilarious but actual useful fan.

When the tea party was over, I heard that one of my roommates, Poppy, didn't feel well and that (a super sweet) someone wanted to call a taxi for her, so we all went together back by car and then took our time to get enough rest in the hostel. I'm happy that Poppy felt a bit better after that <3 she's a strong person! After some chinese food we went our way to the after party, which was at a crazy (and amazing) cocktail bar, The Escapologist. Where you get 10 pounds off of your first drink if you subscribed to their newsletter, so I actually got a cocktail almost for free. We had fun, but it was already quite late so we didn't stay too long to still get some sleep after the exhausting days.
The next day we could relax a bit (haha, no more effort putting on fancy outfits anymore, yay), got some breakfast/food near the station and then it was time for me to say goodbye and head to the airport again. During the trip to Heathrow I talked to my husband who had a lot of fun as well and we agreed on that London is still a very nice place to be at <3 so thank you London, thanks roommates and thank you Tea Party Club for the great time again!

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