It’s been a while since there’s been a Lolita meet up in Massachusetts. The community has been fairly silent as of late. However, local New England Princess of Kawaii, Darcy, found out that Leah Mae’s, a tea and antique shop in Nothern Massachusetts was closing down for good. Leah Mae’s was a sentimental meet up spot for New England Lolitas. The lolita community has had four meets at Leah Mae’s (3 of which hosted by Darcy). It is a bit tricky to get to since it’s outside Boston and there’s no direct commuter rail that’s conveniently near the tea house. Haverhill is fairly rural with old fashioned homes scattered around, twisty roads to nowhere, etc. However, Leah Mae’s is a nice little stop for travelers and locals.
Because it was summer, I wanted to keep it simple. I decided to go in my Little Lady set by Innocent World. I’m also wearing a basic Bodyline Blouse in white. Some accessories included off brand blue rose pin, cameo necklace (thanks Kayla!), rose crown from a downtown LA quincernara shop, and a bag that I picked up at Katsucon. I also used my natural hair to avoid the heat of wearing a wig. Most girls at the meet were using their natural hair anyway.
I thought Leah Mae’s was a straight up tea house. There’s two stories of antique goods. I’ve never quite gone antique’n (sic?) before. I actually did find a tea set – 2 cups and saucers, tea pot, sugar holder, milk holder, and plate for said tea pot all for $28. Considering the tea house was closing, I figure I’d give these guys a good home. They were also selling vintage clothes upstairs. If you were looking for a decent set of tea cups and saucers, Leah Mae’s had a plenty!
About fourteen Lolitas showed up to the event. We decided to go for afternoon tea. Leah Mae’s afternoon tea consisted of finger sandwiches, scones, choice of tea, and dessert treats. The supplies were unlimited and all-you-can-eat. I was quite surprised they brought in more food. Our group went for Irish Breakfast tea (it was all right, fairly standard) and White Orchid (super sweet,wish I had drank more of it!). Our afternoon tea was both savory and sweet!
And even more photos of the meet up!
It was really nice meeting new Lolitas (hope you do come out to other events!) and catching up with people I don’t see all too often. I definately agree that Massachusetts needs to make up more meets. We actually started discussing random ideas of what we could do for future meet ups…
And extra special thanks to Darcy for hosting this meet up. Also extra thanks goes to Mary for the carpool up to Haverhill. I’m sad to say that this is my first and last time at Leah Mae’s. The shopkeeper was very sweet and I was more than happy to give these people my business. The tea shop closes at the end of the month. If you do have a chance, I highly recommend stopping by for breakfast or grabbing a tea saucer set or two.
Until then, see you at the next meet!