Sweet Poppy's Bakery-North Branford CT
So one of the things that it did in Connecticut a lot this year was RAIN. It rained every single weekend in September, and almost every weekend in October. Another person in my fashion community had planned a very fun meeting at Elizabeth Park in October that was rescheduled to late November because of rain. I felt like we still needed something to do, so I made what I assumed to be the easiest meeting possible-go to a local bakery and a farmers market.
We met up at Sweet Poppy's Bakery, which is a Top 9 Allergen Friendly Bakeshop in North Branford, CT. (Top 9 allergens include wheat (gluten), milk, eggs, soy, sesame, tree nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish). Being wheat, lacto, and peanut sensitive myself, I was very excited to find a local bakery that not only made sweet things I could enjoy, but also made it affordable as well. I got to try the pumpkin bread and a hot tea, and my friends enjoyed other treats and the sweet tea. I also purchased cupcakes and cookies to share with my family for a special occasion later that day. It was all very good--even to people that are not sensitive to any ingredients! The bakery itself has a little bit of seating inside and a nice wall with sprinkles for some good photo opportunities.
For the theme of the meeting, I said anything fall colors, gingham, country, sweet, candy, and or Halloween theme. As for myself, I was inspired to wear Infanta's Little Red Riding Hood JSK that I had received in a Lucky Pack last year because it is wine red (a fall color), and has a country feel with the attached gingham apron. Last year I wore a very spooky coordinate for Halloween, so I wanted to mix it up and wear something totally sweet.
I mixed and matched both white and off white with my coordinate because the bottom lace in the jsk is off white so I paired it with an off white shirt, and used white and red patterned socks with a white bag to balance the white aspects in my JSK. The bonnet is also from Infanta, but technically goes with an entirely different JSK. I wear a lot of brown pieces in general and figured I could use a bonnet like this for many different jsk that I own. This is also the first time that I am wearing my matte wine red Sheep Puff Elegant Lolita Bowknot Retro High Heeled Shoes. I feel like I ordered them in April, and by the time they came, I wasn't incorporating wine red at all into my wardrobe. They waited about 6 months for their official debut. They are super comfortable and I am very pleased with them.
Mel has a wonderfully sweet and spooky at the same time theme. She is wearing a dress with the Sanrio character Kuromi on it that is black with pink polka dots and accents. She balances the pink with a pink and white headdress. What is the most special about her coordinate is her matching bag. One side is black with a pink accent with Kuromi's face and the other side is pink with black accent with My Melody's face.
K's coordinate actually perfectly balances with mine as she is wearing fall colors as well as an Infanta fairy tale theme skirt (it illustrates that of Snow White rather than Little Red Riding Hood). She balances out the primary accent colors of wine red and white in her skirt with her choice of leg wear, shirt, and cardigan. The rose necklace is also a wonderful touch!
As far as getting to a farm market, the best I could do was a roadside farm stand. Unfortunately because of all the rain, the larger outdoor market with the pumpkin patch, gift shop and corn maze would have been terribly muddy for our beautiful shoes, and the other smaller one that had an indoor hay maze had unfortunately closed for the season the weekend before my meeting. So here I am standing in the mums for sale in front of a green house. We didn't spend a lot of time here...it looked like they might have been getting ready to close for the day and that it looked like RAIN again, so we took a few photos, bought some veggies and went our separate ways.
Here's a bonus shot of Pahl and I at the bakery. This is his first time wearing nearly everything in this outfit and it was actually a little challenging to put on so he came a bit late to the bakery. He wore almost the exact same outfit a few weeks later, so I will talk more about it then. I wouldn't necessarily consider gray a fall color, but with all the rain we had---I'll let it pass~
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