The Missouri Botanical Garden is located in St. Louis–you may remember that my dear friend, Erika, got married there this summer! It’s a beautiful place that hosts all sorts of fantastic festivals and events throughout the year. My favorite is the Japanese Festival that they host every Labor Day weekend.
When I was a young, cringe-worthy teenager, it was the highlight of my year to be surrounded by so many tastes of Japanese culture. I was the white girl in a yukata losing her shit over the stacks of Japanese magazines. Nowadays there are kids in cosplay and cat ears. I shake my head and say “Gurl. No.” and am thankful I never did such a thing, but I must admit that I understand how exciting and liberating it can feel to just let lose with your nerdy passion in a situation where you feel safe to do so. What is a nerd if not a person who is just super passionate about what they enjoy?
I’ve skipped the last few years because I couldn’t justify the entrance fee for the familiar experience, but this year I really wanted to share the happy memories with my boyfriend and I’m glad I did!
I threw caution to the wind that day and paid tribute to my roots by rocking some Angelic Pretty. :) My AP skirt is the most expensive article of clothing I own and I only whip it out on special occasions or when I’m sure no harm will come to it, so it was a bold decision. I just knew that if I saw a cute little gaggle of lolita girls, I would be a little jealous. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! Haha, does that saying apply here?
Denim Shirt: Thrifted | Kitty Heart Badge: I’m Your Present | Skirt: Angelic Pretty | Shoes: Target