Soaking up the Sweet and Savoury: RNG Sugar Raid

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Loving Day cookies

Sugar, spice and everything nice! That’s what we’re after. We actually found a lot of it on recent excursions to tea shoppes, cookie palaces and the land of cupcakes OH MY! We took our love of tea parties to the next level by going on a gastronomical sugar hoard one weekend. We’d do it every weekend but…yeah, there’s some thing called moderation? Basically, we know better than to get out of control with anything especially our love for sugar, royals/drag queens and JFashion.

But wow, there are so many cool shoppes we’ve been visiting with the entourage in tow. One of first stops was The Cookie Studio. Located just west of Pharr road in quiet part of Atlanta, this shop has an enormous patio with a quaint indoor eating area. The menu is packed with breakfast and brunch items like bagels, scones, paninis and even macaroni and cheese. Their cookie game is obviously strong. We tried about 20 different kinds of cookies. Our top favourites were the Lemon Snaps and the Key Lime cookie. Both had great flavour. Each cookie is about $2 each and a pack of cookies (Chocolate Shortbread and Lemon Snaps) run around $8 for at least 10. There’s also a number of soups, specialty cheeses and Sanpelligrino for L’eau minerale fanatics like us.

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You can stock up on cookies at The Cookie Studio!

Our next stop was CamiCakes in midtown. While they are a well established place having been here many years, this was the first time in our busy schedule we got a chance to actually go there and sit down. Ohhhh we went to town on those cupcakes. Again, more keylime for us! Also, lemon, salted caramel, almond cherry chocolate, strawberry and tons more. One of our members took some home and it took over a week to finish them. These cupcakes were huge and topped high with icing. One fun and convenient way to consume cupcakes is to break off the bottom and put it on top, scoop the cake together like a sandwich (preferably in the cupcake paper) and consume! This allows you to enjoy the cake and the frosting at the same time.

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Cami Cakes is Cupcake Heaven!

A week or two later we went over to Sweet Hut for Lunar New Year. That was a treat. In their bakery, you can find a ton of goodies like bread for tea toast and savoury meat filled buns. This is a kawaii pink bakery we’ll certainly return to and stock up on favourites. Best to go early because it gets really crowded super fast…especially on cultural holidays. The best part may have also been the fun lions and dragons we encountered on the way. Maybe we should feed them savoury buns in addition to red envelopes in the future. Picture that!

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We went a ton of other places this month including Eclipse de Luna and our old haunt Rusan’s. In fact, February has been a food filled frolick and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. Kawaii life is about going to extremes to have a good time and we are certainly living up to that goal. Join us in the future. Take the #RNG challenge and make Kawaii life 3D. You should start with a tee!

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#KeepItSweet
-Team RNG

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Keeping the Curves in Couture

It is said that nearly two-thirds of women in the United States are considered plus size. So why are we still being bombarded with expectations of hiding the curves as if there’s something wrong with having a full set of hips? Probably because we’ve been engineered to believe that curves equates unhealthy. That is far from truth, a real ugly misnomer that has ruined the lives and mental states of women for far too long. Icons like Marilyn Monroe had curves and by today’s standards would be plus size though we never really see her that way. We at RNG have real issues with those terms and classifications. Isn’t there a better way? If the majority of women in the USA are considered plus size, should American retailers relabel plus size “regular?”

Thankfully there are plenty of fashion writers and designers out there who are praising and making couture and fashion that flatters all women. We’ve touched on brands like Torrid who make some pretty cute and all out Kawaii styles available to many. Another leader in elevating women for whom they are vs. what a standard says they should be is Susan Moses. She is the author of The Art of Dressing Curves. The book goes beyond dresses, skirts and blouses. It dives deep into foundations, hair and make-up tips. This is so welcomed and a relief.

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Follow Susan Moses on Twitter for updates and cool things on couture for curves

Ever been to a fashion expo and felt completely left out because they just do not have your size or aren’t even featuring a diverse range of models? How about checking out The Style Symposium next week in North Carolina. This event promises to empower attendees, engage them with activities and offer customized style advice from top leaders in the curvy community. Finally, something inclusive! Yay!

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On the entertainment front, it’s difficult to find anyone that highlights plus size women in a non-comical way. Thankfuly, Phat Tuesdays at The Jungle hosted by Shavonna Bisforbarbie Brooks features a variety of female impersonators who welcome their bodies and flaunt their curves in Haute Couture with finesse. Their first show was this past Tuesday and featured several of Atlanta’s top talent in the art of Drag including Katy Cakes who does an incredible Anna Nicole Smith presentation weekly at Lips Atlanta. Drag in Atlanta is rarely comical. It’s not even campy, it’s a GLAM FEST! The ladies actually pay true respect to women. They represent a variety of ethnic groups and body types. They can sashay in the sweetest of couture and fashion. Few cities compare in our opinion to the drag of ATL. Congrats to the Phat Tuesday show for showing the city that size has very little to do with how well you can werk it. These icons were phenomenal!

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Katy Cakes performs in an elegant coat, stellar hair and jewelry. #StyledPerfectly

RNG’s entourage is comprised of diverse genders and ethnic groups. We appreciate each other’s contributions and cultural differences, always learning and finding ways to embrace the positive of every side. In our love for fashion we know the angst of finding the right size because some of us are petit/e super slim and others tall and full figured. Given that the world is diverse, it’s time to embrace brands that serve an entire community with  but respect. Support your cultured brands and those that praise beauty in every form. When we don’t we tend to become a part of the problem.

#KeepItCultured
#EmbraceDiversity
#SizzleAndShine

-RNG

7th Annual Japanese Street Fashion (Lolita) High Tea

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Having a blast before Tea Time!

So…what did we think? We thought it was great! This was a two-day event that took place in Roswell, GA just minutes from Atlanta. The location was the Roswell River Landing, a new facility with a gorgeous view of the river plus seating and a large deck. It’s heavily wooded but open enough to allow in natural light. This two story facility has an outstanding foyer that can be turned into a dream come true. The upstairs is spacious with plenty of room to set up an additional party and meeting space.

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Lady Andrea and her team organised a very diverse fashion show

Day One: On the first day of the tea party, guests enjoyed a variety of fun activities like shopping, a fashion show and games. There were lots of the southeast’s Japanese Fashion Community members decked out to the nines in their coordinates that they carefully picked just for this occasion. From the Kuro Lolitas in their amazing black to the OTT and Kadona/Ouji inspired sets, everyone looked absolutely amazing! Games went well into the night as it was a full on frolic of fun for everyone. RNG’s entourage rep was there on Saturday night and won one of the many games played.

 

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Having a little tea chat…

Day Two was completely dedicated to the tea. Guests were invited to arrive and get registered at 1pm. RNG entourage arrived at 1:30p and got seated quickly after hugs and fluffing up petticoats in the parking lot. We got a great table with familiar faces and long time tea party pals who’ve been involved in Lolita fashion for over 5 years. After admiring each other’s dresses we took a few pictures on the patio before we got started. The wonderful photographer came out and snapped a few candids as well.

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The tea started just a little after 2pm with our first course being vegan and savoury scones. Raspberry, Ham and Cheese, Chive and other flavours were available alongside clotted creme, jam and an abundance of assorted teas from which to pick. One of the great things about this tea party were having actual tea cups. There was no skimping, it was all china and in pots with the appropriate French decor to match the theme of “Memories of Paris.” Most people in the room wore some symbols of Paris i.e. Fleur-de-lis, La Tour Eiffel.

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Beautiful place settings and decor throughout the venue!

Our second course included small open face toasts with savoury spreads, quiche tarts, salmon and cream cheese plus fresh fruit like strawberries, kiwi and citrus. This was followed by the dessert course of eclaires, cookies, macarons francaises, les madeleines, fine chocolates and baked sugar cookies dusted with soft powered sugar. Between the pots of tea we swilled and the food, we soon were beyond satisfied. One might think it’s impossible to be satisfied by a tea but it is indeed possible.

20160131-_RS_7438After the dessert course we had door prizes. They ranged from Japanese candies to beautiful parasols donated by the Lolita Collective (an on-site vendor in the shopping area). There were tons of prizes and in some cases, whole tables won items. Our RNG crew won sushi candies, parasols and bunny stickers. These were really cute kawaii treats that are totally useful in our daily kawaii lives.

20160131-_RS_7586Post dessert, picture time!! The photographer brought his drone and did some really cool shots of the Lolitas. In various poses and angles, the entire fashion group was captured in their finest of frocks showcasing frills and dainty details. Everyone looked stunning and the pictures look outstanding. After 30 minutes of posing and prancing around we all sat, chatted, played on the patio, took more selfies and group shots and shopped! The Lolita Collective had a ton of great items including purses, rings, headbows, parasols, blouses, petticoats and more. They were reasonably priced and plentiful!

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This is only a portion of the vendors’ space…so much to buy at great prices!

Of all the tea parties hosted by this community this was certainly one of the best. We all had such a good time and bonded very well over a great set of treats and good eats! We’re totally looking forward to more tea outings and opportunities to spend time together in the fashion we love best!

#KeepItSteeped!
-Team RNG

 


Gargantuan thanks to Andrea, Veruca and all those involved from out of state. Great representation from Florida, North Carolina and beyond. Let’s do that again really soon! #MoreTeaPlease!