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Image from GLB 24, scans from here.

There’s a lot of little things about meet-ups that you might think about but are important to remember! I like to think a little bit about these things before going to a meet-up, and since I’m headed to see Alice in Wonderland tomorrow, I thought I’d share the things that I remind myself of!
Be Polite! to everyone, but especially your host or hostess. That person spent a lot of time planning and organizing the meet-up, so be nice to them! Of course, this rule does apply to everyone, the last thing to do at a meet-up is make a snide comment and offend someone.
Look lovely, all over! Wear some makeup, even just a little foundation and some mascara makes a huge difference in how you look in pictures. Don’t forget to touch up your shoes, shoes shots are very common at meet-ups and the last thing you want is a big scuff on your shoe! Also, fingernails! Ring shots are pretty common as well, and even if you don’t paint them make sure they’re clean!
Have a schpeal! People will probably ask questions, and it’s good to have some idea of what to tell them when they ask what’s going on. I normally say something along the lines of “We’re a group of people who have a shared love of Japanese fashion and we met up today to *insert activity here*” and if people ask more about the fashion I say something like “It’s based on Victorian clothing, as well as Rococo influences.” Which basically intimidates people from looking at us funny for much longer.
Keep a few poses in mind! Picture-taking is pretty much standard at meet-ups and it’s always a good idea to have a couple simple poses in mind before getting there just so no one catches you too off-guard.
Dress carefully! It might be 90 degrees outside, but if you’re going to be indoors for long periods of time, a cardigan might be handy to have around. Same goes for winter time, layers that are easy to remove but toasty outdoors are a good idea.
Be friendly! It might be intimidating meeting people the first time, but if you’re friendly and join in the discussion you’ll feel a lot more comfortable in no time!

I’m super excited for tomorrow! I’ll definitely share photos and a review of the movie in the next couple of days.

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