Valentines Day Fancy Hat Lolita Meet | Angelic Pretty's Toy Fantasy Coordinate

 I am so far behind on my blogging, that this meet was all the way back in February for Valentines day! I almost wasn’t going to post about it, but I got such lovely photos of the group, and I was so proud of my hat that I thought I would just do it anyway.

So for Valentines day this year the Adelaide Lolita Community held a fancy hat meet. The premise was just that, put together a coordinate and wear an OTT hat to go with it. I had just obtained Angelic Pretty’s Toy Fantasy in white and way super excited to wear it. This is the first print I have ever owned more than one copy of (I have the skirt in sax) as I just adore the print.

Valentines Day Fancy Hat Lolita Meet | Angelic Pretty's Toy Fantasy Coordinate

In making my hat I decided to stick with the toy theme. I had a cute pink top hat I had purchased around Easter the year before, which I covered with different toys and cute things with a glue gun.

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Outfit Break down

Dress: Angelic Pretty’s Toy Fantasy in White

Bag: Heart bag from Angelic Prettys Cotton Candy Shop Special Set

Socks: Angelic Pretty Toy Fantasy socks

Shoes: Bodyline

Hat: Homemade using toys from savers

Necklace: Louvisa

Valentines Day Fancy Hat Lolita Meet | Angelic Pretty's Toy Fantasy Coordinate

When we arrived they handed us all a champagne glass of sparkling fruit juice (I later discovered that this is because they do not have a liquor licence) as we sat down. They then started bringing out share plates of food and big pots of tea.

Valentines Day Fancy Hat Lolita Meet | Angelic Pretty's Toy Fantasy Coordinate

All of the food was amazingly decedent, they had everything – scones, various sandwiches and cupcakes to die for.

Valentines Day Fancy Hat Lolita Meet | Angelic Pretty's Toy Fantasy Coordinate

As always I got my own plate of gluten free treats which were quite delicious, although I was a little disappointed to find there wasn’t any GF scones.

There was a a prize for best hat, the winner of which was chosen by the staff at the cafe. Tamara Took out the prize for best hat with her gorgeous rose tiara.

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Everyone really dressed to the nines for this meet and it showed, every single member of the group looks amazing in their various coordinates.

Valentines Day Fancy Hat Lolita Meet | Angelic Pretty's Toy Fantasy Coordinate

Which is your favourite hat in this photo?

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Valentines day is such an awesome day, and we always have an adorable themed meet around then as well. This year it was called the “Lovely Pairs” meet, and the idea was to match up with someone else, and not necessarily twin, but to be a lovely pair. We all wrote love poems for a competition to win a lovely AP necklace, and headed to our very own Hello Kitty Cafe to fill ourselves up with sweets!

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I was so excited for this meet, because after a whole year of searching I had finally manged to collect all the pieces for my chess chocolate co-ord. I even got my hands on the matching blouse, but since it was thick and long-sleeved and it was 38 degree’s (that’s Celsius people!) outside, I decided not to wear it. I was supposed to be a lovely pair with my friend Corina who had just purchased the same dress in mint, but unfortunately it didn’t arrive in time for the meet.

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I ended up making a lovely triplets group with Pepper and Pale as we were all very pink! No surprises there really, I’m always very pink! 😛

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My absolute favourite co-ord of the day was the one that Rebecca was wearing! She wore Romantic rose letter by Angelic pretty with a head-piece she made herself. Doesn’t she look gorgeous?! After seeing her in it I instantly fell in love with this dress, and it is now on my wish list.

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As always, the food was so amazingly delicious, and ridiculously adorable. I ordered a creme brulee, and it came out with this cute hello kitty face on it. I almost felt guilty about eating it. Almost.

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We did what we do pretty much every meet, stuffed ourselves with cake/sweet treats, and then stand/sit around catching up and giggling a lot 😛

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After our obligatory group photo we all went for a walk and had a look through a few shops before heading home. As always, I had such a lovely day ^_^

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Riccardo and I had the most wonderful Valentines day, so it thought I would share it with you. We had been out the night before as we had a gig and a friend’s birthday to go to (which I will share in a little bit ^_^) so our day started with a massive sleep in. Then we got up and played some computer games before heading out to the movies. Before you ask, yes we saw Fifty Shades of Grey, and yes it was cringe-worthily awful. And that is all I will say about the movie. Oh, but going Gold Class was lovely, they brought me tea! To my comfy chair in the movie theater. I think that was the most exciting part!

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Earlier in the week I was lucky enough to actually win a Facebook competition (I know right, people actually do win those things?!) for a romantic dinner for two, from Bank SA. Their comp had popped up in my news feed as on of my other friends had entered it, so I though why the hell not? The question they asked was “Whats the best last-minute Valentines day plans you have ever made?”. So I told them about how last year (when Mr Tardo was still working up in a mine in Whyalla) my partner was feeling all sad that we would be apart for Valentines day. I made the last-minute decision to sneak out of work early and drive up there to surprise him, and got there just as he arrived home from work. I slept over, we watched cheesy TV and got take away, then I drove home the next day. Not very romantic in my books, but apparently some one at Bank SA thought it was, and gave us a romantic 5 course meal at Georges on Waymouth as a prize!

Valentines day Menu

We were pretty excited, and once we were finished with our crappy movie, we headed straight into town for our dinner 🙂 When we arrived, we were seated straight away, and were given a complimentary glass of pink bubbles.

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We were pretty keen to start as we were super hungry and everything on the menu looked delicious. I am not usually one to take photo’s of food, as I think its kinda wanky, but I was willing to make an exception in this case. Now, are you ready for some food porn? Because not only was the food delicious, but it was so pretty too.

The first course they brought out for us was A salad of heirloom tomatoes, goats cheese, brioche and tomato sorbet.

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To be honest, this has got to have been my least favorite of the 5 courses 🙁 I’ve never really liked goats cheese, and the tomato sorbet in the middle was a little bit much for my liking. But it did look pretty.

The second course on the other hand was divine. It was a plate of soft cured Tasmin ocean trout, confit orange, fermented radishes and sesame tuile.

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This was so tasty it had me wishing there was more of it. All the flavors were perfectly complimentary and the trout was the perfect temperature between warm and cold.

The third course was by far my favorite of the whole lot – Pork porterhouse, sweet corn, leeks, fennel, crackling and prosciutto salt.

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I just love pork as it is, and the sweet corn mixed with whatever was in that brown sauce was mouth wateringly delicious. I’m getting hungry just looking at it 😛

The fourth course was cone Bay Barramundi, beetroot puree, parsnip gnocchi, swish chard, caramelized shallots and red wine jus.

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Beacuse of the whole gluten-free thing, mine didn’t come with the gnocchi, so they gave me a bigger piece of fish. The fish was amazing, it was beautiful and soft on the inside with a nice crunchy and salty crust on the outside. Mr Tardo loved the beetroot puree, but I wasn’t a huge fan. He was more than happy to finish it for me 😛

Last, but not least was desert. They said it was Textures of chocolate, buttermilk and caramel curd. It sure was interesting. It looked like chocolate dirt and even came with edible flowers around the edges

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On the way out I was even spoiled enough to get a lovely long-stemmed rose from my sweet heart ^_^

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After dinner we wandered down to the Garden of Unearthly Delights as we thought we might go see a show. As we were walking to the box office, some guy doing a promo gave us a free ticket to go see a performer called Yana Allanah. We figured we would give it a go and bought another ticket.

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I’ve got to say, she was pretty funny. When the show started, she came out at the back of the room and was absolutely stark naked. She sang a song called I’m blue, which was ironic since she was wearing a giant blue wig and was body painted into a blue jumpsuit. Definitely not a show for the faint of heart, she was quite abrupt and told people to f-off a lot. The hour-long show went by quickly as she sang hilarious songs about sexuality, taking medication, and at one point Anal. As you can imagine with my filthy sense of humor, I was in stitches most of the show as was Mr Tardo.

As far as Valentines day goes, I think we did a pretty good job of it. We had a wonderful time eating, drinking, giggling and just hanging out. I could not have asked for anything more.

I Love You Riccardo x

I know it’s a bit late, but I thought I would tell you about my Valentines weekend. It was super lovely.

It all began that I had decided that I was going to drive up to Whyalla (which is 4 hours drive away) after work on Valentines day to surprise Mr Tardo. To make sure he didn’t organize to go out anywhere else I had promised him we could have a borderlands date that night at 7.30, as I figured I could make it there by then. I had swapped shifts with one of my co-workers so that I could leave a little early that friday as well. So the day came, and it turned out that we were over staffed, I tried to convince my boss to let me go early, but she wouldn’t claiming she had some work she needed me to do. The next few hours I spent feeling annoyed as I set about some seriously mundane tasks that were not actually my job to do, all the while getting shittier and shittier with my boss as I went along. It just seemed like she was trying to stop me from leaving. As it turned out, that’s exactly what she was doing! About 2.30 a giant bouquet of flowers turned up at work with my name on it! Mr Tardo had been speaking with Janette to let her know he was going to have flowers sent to me and made her promise not to tell and not to let me leave until they arrived.

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So after a few minutes of gushing and giggling with the girls at work about how sweet he is, Janette finally let me leave. But not until she had cursed us both for sticking her in the middle of us trying to be cute.

The drive to Whyalla was a little exciting, we had heaps of rain that day as well as the few before and some of the roads were almost completely flooded. I actually got a little worried that we were going to get flooded in and I wouldn’t make it there or back. But I finally made it there in one piece, and he was super happy and surprised to see me. We had Indian for dinner and I think I’ll cut the story off short there 😉

The next morning I saw Mr Tardo off to work then got in my car and headed back to Adelaide (Lucky I really enjoy driving huh? 😛 ). Thankfully the rain had stopped which gave the roads a chance to clear, so the trip back was somewhat uneventful.  I listened to my audio book of Ready Player One which I would recommend to everyone as it is a freaking amazing book, and I was home in no time.

The reason I had come back the very next day was because I had a Lolita meet to go to! I was quite looking forward to it as I had picked up a few new piece for my wardrobe since the last one and I was super keen to wear them out. One piece of which is this adorable pink top…

Car Selfies FTW

Car Selfies FTW

The Lolita Valentines day meet was upstairs at the Chocolate Bean, and I was delighted to find out that majority of their menu was gluten-free! 😀 I was running a little late so most of the girls were well into their snacks by the time I joined them, but I was there just in time to vote on the best dress and take some photos!

How adorable are these two?

How adorable are these two?

Mt heart goes Doki Doki for Mr Tardo!

Mt heart goes Doki Doki for Mr Tardo!

The whole group!

The whole group!

I was even lucky enough to get a love letter, even though I turned up after they had all written them out. Mine was from the lovely Angela 🙂

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What a wonderful weekend it was ^_^ I feel so very loved.