Saturday, August 23, 2014

Burgher Life: Yale Art Gallery Meetup

Jean-Fran├žois Millet's Starry Night (1850-65)
This past Sunday I had my first opportunity to meet the lovely ladies of the Connecticut lolita community. We had an outing to Yale University's Art Gallery in New Haven which is a hop, skip, and a jump away from Stamford via the train. I had convinced my S.O. to come along with me and spend the day at the museum (which is no small feat for an art history major) because partners in crime are always a boon. While we were waiting on the train platform we were joined by Alison who we had met on our way to the opening of Tokyo Rebel / Baby the Stars Shine Bright several weeks before. Though we hadn't had much time to introduce ourselves before, the two of us had a lovely chat on the hour-long train ride in to New Haven.
Alison and I  with our matching Angelic Pretty bags
After stopping at Starbucks for some much needed caffeine and sugar, we finally made it to the gallery after being misdirected by a pleasant but confused bartender. There we found a variety of frilly lolitas all in their Sunday best and eager to meander through the various wings the museum had to offer. Under the direction of our lovely hostess, Aly, we headed first towards the ground floor wing of ancient art before trooping through a series of galleries dedicated to 19th century art.
Looking at ancient Greek pottery
From an art historian's perspective, the museum was fairly small, but had a large number of excellent pieces from works by Picasso to Monet to Stubbs, and many in between. It was a playground for art lovers and an excellent resource for anyone interested in the history of art. I especially enjoyed the galleries dedicated to the decorative arts. The cases full of beautiful silver tableware reminded me of Innocent World's Antique Cutlery print.
After spending several hours immersed in the wonderful collections which Yale University had to offer, the group marched off to York St. Noodle house where we all gorged ourselves on delicious noodles and bubble tea. The table was raucous and all of the girls were entirely charming and a pleasure to talk to - it was like I had known the group for years instead of just a few hours. Though a few of us had to break off to catch trains, the day was not complete without a few outfit shots and heartfelt goodbyes. Thus, it's safe to say that I'll be seeing plenty more of these amazing young women in the future!
Full group shot

Outfit Rundown:
Blouse: Innocent World
JSK: Rose Fob Watch - Innocent World
Bag: Angelic Pretty
Other: Offbrand

Bonus Photo:
Outfit Shot Silly Pose

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