I can't wait till October- because I'm going to Ruffle Con! I snapped up my VIP tickets just when they were released, made my 1 night reservation at the hotel (I'm going to be staying longer, but with family), and I've got my plane and train tickets ready. It's still some months away, but excitement mounts as Ruffle Con starts anouncing which guests will be present. On February 15th, they divulged that Fumiko Kawamura, designer for "Enchantlic Enchantilly" (formerly known as Chantilly- tbh, I wish they'd stuck with a simple name) is going to be at the Tea Party! I really respect her for making dresses that can fit larger sizes a staple of her brand. I'm going to make sure I thank her for her wonderful work! She's also a bit on the big side of japanese measurements, so she's an inspiration on looking cute and pulling off lolita with a non-conventional body type. (She mentions in this Q&A that most clothes in the japanese market don't fit her.) Enchantlic Enchantilly will also be part of the fashion show, and the pieces will be sold in the marketplace- which is quite exciting, as I've never had the opportunity of seeing their clothes in person.
Getting to go to a lolita tea party and a masquerade (!!!) for the first time ever has me all aflutter with ideas, I've already started thinking about what I'm going to wear. The magnitude of this event makes me feel like pulling out the pricier pieces. I will likely bring the two japanese brand dresses in my wardrobe: my tartan Metamorphose jumperskirt for the first day and my velveteen Innocent World jumperskirt for the masquerade. For the tea party, I was thinking of wearing the tapestry dress from Forever 21, modified. They actually pulled it from their website for a while because it got bad reviews. Girls complained it was "frumpy", it was too long, and problematic around the bust area. But when I tired it on in-store, I saw it had a lot of lolita potential... if only it didn't have an exposed zipper. The skirt was full enough for a petticoat and I'm not even concerned about the lenght- many popular classic lolita dresses have a longer skirt. The weight of the tapestry fabric and the rust colored floral print are also perfect for autumn. I hope to get the zipper replaced by a tailor, to avoid mistakes.
What I'm still fiddling with is the accesories and the hairstyles I'll boast for each day. To save some space in my suitcase, I've decided to bring one pair of comfortable heels and a matching bag for my lolita looks. That still leaves jewelry and hair accesories to choose! I'm not the best at styling my hair, so I'm having dificulty coming up with a fancy coiff for the masquerade. I'm also wondering if I should buy a plain mask and embelish it myself, or if I should get this pretty black 'lace' mask:
So many decisions! But that's half the fun of getting to go to such a wonderful event. Though I know I will enjoy everything thoroughly, and probably be filled with enough glee to give myself a heart attack, what I'm truly striving for with this trip is to meet new people.