This was unexpected! My friend got married this past weekend, so I was planning on going back to my hometown for that, and my other friend really, really wanted to go back to the Midwest Tea Festival with a third out-of-town friend and I. I wasn’t sure it would work out, since we would need to get ready for the wedding and all that, but we managed to do both in one day.
Of course, I had to dress in lolita fashion for the Tea Festival! One of the first times I wore lolita out by myself was to the Tea Festival in 2016, so it’s a tradition now. However, I was somewhat limited in what I could bring, so it is a very, very toned down coord. My Fanplusfriend Chiffon Lover JSK, an offbrand dotted half blouse, plain tights, normie flats, and you cannot see that I have little bow clips in my hair, but I do. This was the first time I travelled with any part of my lolita wardrobe too, plus I needed to make sure I had clothes for the wedding and airport clothes and all that.
I noticed after posting this on Instagram that I pretty much wore the same coord to the PDX Tea Festival, except a different blouse and more appropriate shoes. Is this my tea festival dress now? Hah.
I am really glad that things worked out this way, because the Midwest Tea Festival is just SO much fun. I also like that it is indoors, compared to the PDX festival being outside. One of the tea companies was selling this cute little cat figurine, so I had to take a picture.
A few of the stands were selling cute tea sets like this one. SO cute, but completely impractical. While I was at the tea festival, I ran into my old comm also! If I was paying more attention to the facebook group, I would have remembered there was a meetup (I am in the habit now of saying I cannot attend any of the meets because I am 1000 miles away ;_;). It was really nice to see them again, even if it was just briefly saying hi and then spending most of my time with the friends I had gone there with.
My original plan was to just stock up on snacks from a little Japanese bakery, Bimi Bakery, that I love and makes super amazing cookies. Like Herb Garden cookies and sesame seed cookies. I ended up getting some ginger cookies too, as well as a little trial set of some teas. Sadly, the cookies mostly got crushed when I brought them home, but they are still super delicious. I can technically order from their online shop, but the sesame and herb cookies aren’t listed. I am also excited to try some of the teas I bought from them too.
However, I ended up buying too much tea (again). I got some Butterfly herbal tea from The Tea Smith, and this was entirely because one of my friend’s friends was saying that it is BLUE. So we rushed over to try it, and it IS blue, and tastes good. I am easily sold on these things. Also, some Rest East and Mint tea from Hugo Tea, which I have had before and really like. It’s hidden in the picture, but I got some peach tea from Phoenix Teas, and the sample was tasty but my friend also raved about how delicious it is. I love peach flavored things! Finally, I got a bunch of tea from Herbal Alchemy, because I got some herbal tea (tisanes…) from them last year and I really, really like herbal teas lately. I bought some local Missouri/Kansas honey also, even though I have 3 jars of local Oregon honey in my pantry. I may have a problem when it comes to teas and honeys.
This weekend, I also went to Starbucks more than I have in over a year (it’s good at the Airport when you just want some snacks, and my other friend from out of town very strongly likes Starbucks). I used to try to get hot tea from Starbucks, but it is always TOO hot, so now I just stick to refreshers and ice tea, or just get bottled water (mostly in the case of airport time).
We also went out for thai food, which is kind of hilarious considering none of us can handle spicy food too well. I think I probably can handle spicy food the most, and even I got super mild pineapple fried rice. It has yellow curry in it, but I still liked it.
My friend and her family was extremely gracious and let us crash at their house for the weekend. I am very thankful, because it was less stressful for me, AND I got to hang out with her cat(s) too. This is one of them, who ended up sleeping in the room I stayed in. Such a good cat. He woke up me to be fed at 6:00am, just like the old days with Devil Kitty.
Finally, my outfit for the wedding, which you may recognize a great deal of. That is because I just wore a lolita coord sans petticoat! I really like this Puck’s Prank OP (that’s what F+F claims it is, even though it looks like a JSK, but what the hell do I know) for formal, normie events. However, the bodice is a bit big on me so I needed to cover it up with a cardigan. I am posting this here as an example of using lolita items in a “normie” fashion. This is also why I picked these particular flats instead of bringing along shoes that would have been more fitting in a lolita coordinate.
The wedding was really beautiful, and I am very happy for my newlywed friend and her husband. I had some concerns about travelling back to my hometown, however there were not any problems thanks to my friends. I am a very fortunate person.
It was really, really weird flying “home” to Oregon from Missouri. But there were many gorgeous views from the plane, such as (what I think is) Mt Hood. I had a great weekend seeing my friends from college, and seeing one of them transition into a new, wonderful part of her life. I am also extremely happy to be home again though.