Thursday, 30 January 2014

°~ A Tea During The Belle Epoque ~°

Hello everybody !

Sorry for the delay, I was very busy last week !

There was a national Swiss meeting with Sous-sol des Saccharine (SsdS) last Saturday !
It was set in Kandersteg, a nice snowy village in Bern. For 4 years now, Kandersteg returns in Belle Epoque (1900-1910) during the last week of January !

Mara reserved an English tea with fashion show in a 4-stars hostel, just like last year ! It was one of the best meeting I had, so I can't miss it this year neither ! :D

Our group in the Swiss Alps (without the late people) !

Time Machine

I am not into historical reenactment, but I didn't want to do a completely off-topic coordination. Last year, I tried a Classic look, inspired by nature in Winter.
Thanks to Mara for this little collage of us ! We almost did the same pose without noticing,ahah !
This time, I decided to wear Steampunk Lolita, a style that makes me dream. And what's better than dream to make you travel trough time and space ?

Until Bern, I was alone, but I join the others in the regional train. The ascent to Kandersteg is very smooth and long (1 hour). We had a splendid view on the lake of Thun and the white Bernese Alps !

The era of the extravagant hats

Mara welcomed us in Kandersteg. The Sun was behind the mountains, so until it came out, we decided to visit a little exhibition of hats. It was held by a hat's artisan. As you can see, most of them were already gone ! They were fabulous, like the boxes !

In 1900, a lady must wear a hat in any circumstances, even inside. Those years were dangerous for the birds, because one hunted them to decorate the hats of the women. Some species even almost disappeared. =(

Mountains, snow and Sun

Kandersteg was a very famous traveling places for English Aristocrat in Belle Epoque. When you see the snow sparkling and the original shape of the mountains, you can easily understand why !
While we were waiting for some late people, we did a little photoshooting in this postal card landscape !

Outfit Rundown

Skirt : Infanta
Blouse : Dear Celine
Hat & Tights : Off-brand
Rings & Pendent : Claire's
Broach : Handmade by me

Like in Belle Epoque

The activity that Mara booked cost 30 CHF. But there are other ways to have fun during Belle Epoque's Week ! In front of the train station, you can skate, play hockey or try old-style curling on a frozen lake for 5 CHF.

From the station and for 10 CHF, it is possible to take a tour around the village in a horse carriage. We wished we could do it, but there were too much people ! Maybe next year !

Apart from those activities, you can go skiing (with wood-made skis) or do the race on wooden luges. Or if you want to feel aristocratic, you can book a night in a hostel, have a delicious meal, learn to dance like in 1900 and ice skate at evening under the candles light.

Finally, you can go for modern activites, like cross-country ski, paraglinding or just wander around the village to admire the costumes of the visitors.

English high tea

When the last people joined us, we came to the Waldhotel at 20min. walking from the station. On the way, we stopped by a cute accessories shop and encounter people wearing 1900's style !
Yume and her daughter found another Lady in red ! :)
We arrived early, so we had the time to warm ourself in front of a chimney fire.
At 15:30, a maid showed us our round table. When the Darjeeling tea was served, we enjoyed the delicious pastries. In the room next to us, an orchestra was playing music of Belle Epoque.

During our tea time, a fashion show was set. But it wasn't very interesting for us (real fur). The next one was way better, because it was a contest open to all. We had to vote for the most beautiful hat of the week ! Certain creations were really fantastic !

Yummy ! And you didn't see the sweet ones yet !

See you next year, Kandersteg !

I have found a matching gentleman ! =D
We went out of the hostel before the evening. Outside, there were magical colors in the sky. For me, Kandersteg is one of the best Swiss Lolita meeting you can do. I would like to thank Mara again for the organization ! Pure air, joy, snow, mountains, English tea, elegant skirts... There're a lot of reasons to return ton Kandersteg next year !
I hope you enjoyed this little summary ! Thank you for reading and see you soon !

Pyl ~


  1. Nicely presented, Pyl! Makes me want to go there someday. :D

    1. Thank you Zasu ! :D If you do, don't forget your 1900's costume ;-D

  2. ah, ça fait rêver !

    Bravo pour ta tenue steam-punk, c'est super classe !

    1. Je suis contente, c'est aussi le but : donner envie d'y aller ! :D (je devrais travailler dans le tourisme, ahah !).

      Merci, je n'ai pas mis beaucoup d'élément SP, mais je suis assez satisfaite ^^

  3. I looooove your steampunk coord ! (*w*)
    I hope I could go with you next year ♡

    1. Thank you ! I'm not as gorgeous as Jiny in SP Lolita, but I'm glad you like it :)
      Oh yes, you totally should go with us next time ! And your fiancé would eat all the tea time ahahah ! :D