I kept waiting for more pictures to surface but October's nearly ended, so I better post this now!
On October 4, I took the earliest train into New Haven. I met another lolita on the train, and we waited for her friend's train to arrive together. Even though I knew I was going to miss the first moments of the convention, the thought of braving the rain and finding the hotel on my own made me decide for safety in numbers. Elissa and Alex were very friendly and fun to talk to- they paid for the taxi to the hotel and were always nice to me every time I ran into them.
I wore a schoolgirl inspired coord on the first day of the con.
Shoes: local store
I checked into my room at the hotel, left my suitcase there, and then went to get my VIP pass. Which was totally worth it, IMHO, even though I couldn't take advantage of the early access to the marketplace & consignment rooms. I didn't spend any money on food at the hotel, I just went down to snack on the fruits, granola bars & (sometimes) baked goods offered at the VIP lounge whenever I felt hungry. I also got a good seat to the fashion show because of it. The swag was very good -I ended up using the big RuffleCon tote as my everyday bag!
Inside the brown paper bag... Enchantlic Enchantilly goodies!
Detail of the compact mirror, crown keychain & ring.
Guide & VIP Rosette
Triple Fortune Folder
I forgot the dress I was going to wear to the Masquerade at my aunt's house, so I decided to buy a dress at the con. I was dissapointed that there was barley anything that would fit me in the consignment room. Luckily, Enchantlic Enchantilly had a nice selection of shirred dresses at their booth. Buying a dress full-price isn't ideal, but I was happy to get my hands on their "Phantom Night" OP in black: it worked well with the mask and accesories that I brought. They put it in a Chantilly pull-string bag so it was easier for me to carry it around.
I really love the carousel print, but being at the max measurements made it a little uncomfortable. I might have to take out some of the elastic in the sleeves and wear a sports bra next time. I don't have any pictures of my Masquerade outfit, at the moment. I was a bit dissapointed with the Masquerade...
First off, it got very delayed, and I was almost falling asleep on my feet when the bands I wanted to see came on. (It was a LONG day.) I had been expecting it to be a big event, with a lot of attendees, but during the night, there never seemed to be more than 20 people in the ballroom. I thought it was going to be a big party, and maybe that's what left me feeling disappointed. I really enjoyed Platform One and Voltaire, though.
The next day was the Tea Party!
Everyone looked absolutely amazing and I was a bit intimidated, to be honest! But everyone was nice and I got compliments on my dress, so it's not that I felt like an odd duck... I was just too shy to talk to the bloggers and the designers I recognized. I've heard other girls say they felt this way, too, so it's nice to know I'm not alone.
I was really satisfied with my autumn florals coordinate:
Bonnet: English Charm (decorated by me)
Square collar dress: vintage
JSK: Forever 21 +
Tights: Charlotte Russe
Harajuku Hearts gave away some Enchantlic Enchantilly x Triple Fortune calendars (pictured on the table) and some gift cards. Gothic Lolita Wigs also had a giveaway on the first day but I didn't win any of the giveaways held during the con. I still feel like I got a lot from my con experience, though!
Other than the special events, I spent most of my time at the con oogling at the goodies at the marketplace and rushing from panel to panel. (I totally forgot there was a screening room! womp-womp -_-) I didn't buy that much after I got the dress... Just a Mossbadger rosette (because I've been wanting one for so long!) and this small lolita coloring book; both too cute to pass up!
I really enjoyed seeing so many amazing fashions, meeting Elissa & Alex, and spending two days immersed in lolita! I feel grateful that I was able to attend, and hope I can find a way to make it next year!