Monday, June 17, 2013

Frill 2013: An Honest Review

I would like to preface this review by stating that it is not intended to defame anyone's character, reputation, or particular person. This is not intended to be slanderous (though in this format, I believe it would be considered libel) against Frill or its associates, but merely give an open and honest opinion, a review of my experience as seen from someone attending and participating for their first time. Names, as well as things pertaining to specific people have been removed or omitted completely to maintain anonymity. Sections denoted by [ ] have been added in after this letter was formed and written to send as feedback as requested by Frill directors, as details have resurfaced in my mind.

I apologize for any offense that is taken by anyone after reading this, but I feel it is only fair to share a review that is not sugar coated, but an accurate account of my experiences, as I feel perhaps there are other girls out there that also did not have a pleasant experience but are too shy to step forward.

In most cases up until this point in my life, I have felt it is other people's god given right to walk all over me and that it is something I must simply deal with in silence because I believe it is "impolite" to voice my opinions otherwise, as this might upset them when I do so and according to my strange etiquette of never standing up for myself or saying how I truly feel, is "rude" and should simply be avoided. To the frustration of many I know, this is how I deal with most things when it comes to me. Though it is funny or rather strange, because when it comes to the people I care about, I will tear someone apart for hurting or disrespecting them before I will stand by to watch it happen regardless of the consequences to my person.

So against my usual norm of keeping quiet, playing nice, and letting the opportunity to speak up pass me by, here is how I truly experienced Frill.

"Dear _____,

Thank you so much for being patient with me in getting this email to you! I never thought work would pile up so much just being away for a couple of days, so thank you for waiting!

I appreciate that you are open to feedback from the community that attended Frill, as both constructive positive and negative criticism is useful in building a solid foundation in order to make something excel from good to great. Over the last couple of weeks since the convention I have been trying to organize my thoughts of my personal Frill experience into feedback that would be constructive and beneficial, but also as honest as possible, which I hope will hold some value. If anything I write comes off as too negative or impolite, please realize that is not my intent, but only to be open with you.

When I first heard about Frill’s first convention last year, I told myself then that it was something with certainty that I wanted to be a part of and waited for the months to roll around until I saved up, and was able to apply for registration. The idea of an all lolita run and attended convention is a novel one that enhances basic meet ups by creating a different status all together, one that is professional, a convention where lolitas go to discuss their passions, skills, ideas, and trades. It’s not just a place to network, and make new friends, but a get together of girls from all over the country.

I was grateful to hear back from the directors accepting me as one of the designers to appear in the Frill fashion show, as well as giving me a chance to participate in the boutique. I was looking forward to the chance to set my brand on a platform that it had never had before, at least not this level, of all lolita audience gathered in one place. I set to work in January on the runway pieces, anxious to make a good impression, and by April had found most of the models I needed except for the two Frill had said it would be happy to provide.

Almost all of the Frill staff, with the exception of a few, seemed very warm hearted and genuine. They were very personable, respectful, and caring. I think most were a bit frazzled from stress but I appreciated the effort and hard work, time, sweat, and tears that every single person put into making this convention happen.

Before I go much further, I suppose I should say that counting Frill, this will have been my seventh fashion show in the past 6 years, and have worked anywhere from fan run, semi-professional, and professional platforms, ranging from lolita, couture, and so on. I want you to know this is not a statement of conceit, but rather just an example of accumulated experiences with fashions shows over the years as a point of reference, one that I hope will add insight and perhaps helpful suggestions.

I begin to have some anxiety about the fashion show as May crept closer and there was no word on when the show would be, what time/place, or even if a model call had been cast. And as the deadline approached, I began posting model calls on the blog or EGL, where girls literally had no idea if there had been a call for models and if there was how to find it, or how they could apply. The lack of advertisement for this I think may have resulted in what one of the directors said was a “low volume” of responses to get models. I searched the Affriliation website, the Facebook pages, general Google search and was unable to find any information on it, except for the model call for Innocent World, but not the Frill Fashion Show. I believe if the information had been more readily available, more girls would have applied, and it may be something to ensure for next year’s greater success.

I had hoped like in previous fashion shows, that whoever was considered the fashion show coordinator/director would have assembled all the models who did apply into a Google document with names, contact info, measurements, photos etc which would then be shared via the Google Drive to the designers. This allows for designers to go in, edit the doc and select the models they would like to receive based on a first come, first serve basis.

This is not only useful because it’s an aggregate of models all in one place who are looking to model, but it allows the freedom of a designer to follow their vision. It is important for a designer to select a model that is perfect for that garment that enhances the aesthetic of their design, and not the other way around. It’s like going on a blind date, you are never really sure if who you are receiving is going to be a good fit, not in the sense of physical appearance, but in your life and as who you are as a person. It’s not a matter of vanity, but sometimes when you create something and you suddenly see that model, it’s like breathing life into art and you can envision them walking down that runway.

That issue aside, there is also a matter of fit. If you make a garment that is a 36/27/36 then it has to fit a model with those exact, if not extremely close, measurements. Again, not an issue of vanity, but certain silhouettes do not suit everyone’s shape and if you put the wrong garment on a girl with incorrect measurements she could be the most stunning creature, but looks frumpy because the garment does not fit her properly, because she is either too big or too small. It takes away not only from the beauty of the garment itself, but the beauty of the girl that is wearing it. She should shine in whatever garment she’s in because it fits her properly, like a glove, giving her confidence. Taking away that option of letting designers select those models, even if it was just two, can have the unintended effect of having an ill fitting garment go out on that runway that misrepresents the brand, no matter how small or large.

The date of the convention got closer and closer, and suddenly we are less than a week out from the show, and one of the most nerve wracking things for a designer to have to deal with is not knowing if they’ve invested hundreds of dollars in a design that they will not have a model for. Once you have your models, yes, you are 100% in charge of getting them where they need to be when for fittings, for photo shoots, for hair and make up, etc, and that’s on you but up until that point it causes a lot of stress not knowing. It got to the point where I literally did not know who either of my models were until the day before and then at some point at 2 am in the morning the day of the show.

This causes extreme anxiety. It does not allow for the designer to prep with the models at all, in regards to hair, make up, accessories, shoes, etc. You cannot have a “finished” or polished look on the runway if you don’t have time to plan and execute these specific details. Because it was last minute, it looks last minute, which reflects poorly on the brand and its designer because we should be in charge of getting our looks down that runway properly. That is impossible to do, however, if it’s down to the wire because of poor preparation or planning. Basically it forces the designer to compromise their vision and simply go with whatever it is the model has on hand, and hope that it looks like it is supposed to be that way.

If you (and I’m not saying you, as in you, ____! Just speaking generally here) are in charge of having to plan and execute a fashion show, and you have known since January that it needs to be done then you have to be extremely meticulous and shrewd with your time. We all have busy lives: work, family, education, and other obligations but if that time is not carved out properly, then it ends up being thrown together at the last minute, which is never a good thing when you have all those people counting on you.

I recognize it’s the second year, but if the third year is going to be a success then someone has to be specifically dedicated to the fashion show, and that alone. You really need someone who can take charge and be on top of dates. Someone that is great at organizing and multitasking, and planning for such a key event. That is why in most fashion shows there is a key fashion coordinator who is only in charge of the details for the runway show, and they are strict about deadlines and getting things pushed out on time. They are critical players in getting models, designers, hair and make up teams, all meshing seamlessly.

As a participating designer, I must say that I honestly felt slighted, not in the sense of being angry, but that I felt unappreciated. If designers are going to work long and hard hours to produce a collection to be shown, regardless of the venue, do we not at least deserve to skip over the harrowing anxiety of last minute details? Don’t we deserve to have the same time devoted to preparation, where it seems like things aren’t hurriedly thrown at us? I felt like a last minute detail, which had been pushed aside and then handed whomever could be found. Preparation and planning is key to the success of Frill, the designers, and its participants if it’s going to be a semi-professional platform.

I apologize again the length of the message I am sharing with you, ____. I simply want to be thorough and I hope the depth that I’m going into is not too troublesome. And again, when I say you or your, I am speaking broadly.

The day of the fashion show, I know that a lot of models wondered why it was that we needed to be there five hours before the show in order to prep. With the volume of models that participated, I feel it may be advantageous to add to that time slot for next year in order to ensure that all models receive hair and make up. I was again concerned when I arrived, having little communication from the models who I had gotten last minute, and also upon seeing how few were available to do hair and make up for the amount of team to model ratio.

I became more disenchanted with the situation when the directors didn’t actually know who any of the other designers were, except for themselves and their friends, and started calling out, “Who are the designers again? If you’re a designer just come over here, we don’t know who you are. So if you are here, come over…” let alone being able to differentiate between names and faces of those participating. I understand and don’t expect to be known on a first name basis, but I again felt like other designers were last minute details if its impossible to know what other brands than one’s self are participating.

When we, designers, were told that there was no extra space for our garments that I can only imagine all of us spent hours ironing and steaming except for the one rack brought in, it ended up being a bit of a disaster. Throughout the night, I was going over and picking up not only my garments, but other designer’s, off from the floor as they were being tripped over or worse, sometimes stepped on. These small amenities have to be thought of, if you have x number of designers with max amount of looks, they should have a proper space to be stored until the show.

On the train of thought of amenities, having a group of models and designers stuck in a hallway where hotel staff (male) are frequenting and setting up a photo studio in that small area (also male, they were very nice guys but again, guys) made almost all of the models present extremely uncomfortable. The models have absolutely no privacy for dressing, and no room to do so. The directors kept telling girls to “change behind the photo backdrop” but not a single girl did because that’s extremely insensitive if you are shy to begin with, and even worse because I know a lot of the girls were underage. Many ended up going to the restrooms to change.

I understand if you are dealing with professional models. I’ve had girls strip down to their thongs and nothing else in the middle of backstage with VIP guests floating around, cameramen, waiters, and everyone in between without shame because that is their job. But to ask girls who have volunteered their time to do that, just get naked and move on, is wrong. They need a private area---even like the sheeting that was set up in the boutique to get dressed and feel safe and secure, not self conscious and embarrassed. It is these little things that will determine whether a model’s experience was a good one or not.

I realize that the venue was more or less out of your control, but I cannot imagine a worse place to house over, what I’m guessing, was at least 40 people if not more than a hotel hallway behind the stage, with less than three yards between us from all the tables/furniture to wall. When you house that many people, already strung out on not enough sleep and stress, in an area that small it tends to elevate the tension of every single person in the room. This tension rose throughout the night, increasingly so as designers were snapping and yelling at models, at other designers, at volunteers trying to help. More than once, I heard in the case of volunteers and was told under muttered breath by other designers (directors, I might add) that I was “in the way,” among other choice words, along with a good deal of cursing, as if the volunteers trying so hard to be helpful were nothing and as if fellow designers were simply beneath them. I do not expect much from other human beings in general, but if directors that are also designers are going to act rude and unprofessional to others that are participating, it will alienate designers and models from returning. 

[I cannot express how long I was blatantly ignored by those in charge of the show backstage, especially when I would just go to check in and see if anyone was available to assist my models with their hair and make up.]

On the note of people, i.e. directors being in charge of the show, also being designers I felt that this might have been a mistake. Putting designers in charge of a show almost always leads to an amount of bias, where they are allowed first pick at everything and given a sense of entitlement, hence the disrespect towards other designers present. This was further proven when designers/directors made certain that their models were taken care of first during hair and make up, without a care for how other designers/models would get taken care of. I personally waited three hours and was not once asked if my group was taken care of, though I was patient and did not want to push the hair/make up team. They were working as hard and fast as they could given the allotted time, but what bothered me is the self centered air which director/designers had taken on in only looking out for themselves. This is not conducive of promoting teamwork, and caring about each other’s looks.

I have been to several shows where the deadline is closing in and designers are helping each others models finish their looks, and drop garments over their head without messing up hair and make up, or when its twenty minutes to opening and some girl pops out of her dress and a swoop of designers dives in and starts stitching her back up. That is the sense of spirit that Frill’s backstage was completely devoid of.

In the future, might I suggest what others have done in the past for hair and make up. If you intend to use the same area as “back stage” then it would be ideal to have hair and make up set up in a different area---i.e. transforming the VIP room into that area for a few hours, or simply a hotel room. It would be even better if you do what a lot of professional shows do and instead of having every single model/designer show up at once in the same place, it is scheduled. Say something like, “Designer A/Models ABC, Hair and Make Up: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm. Designer B/Models ABC, Hair and Make Up: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm.” This relieves congestion, tension, and allows for the hair/make up team to work without feeling overwhelmed.

In the end, I and another model ended up doing all but one of my model’s hair and make up because it was an hour till the start of the runway show. Not only were we still doing hair and make up in that hour, none of my girls were dressed or had gotten photographed. As the time drew closer, a few of them had been dressed and the designer/directors kept pressuring me and causing further stress telling us to hurry, and trying to “help” my models get dressed, and I know the model’s were anxious to get into their garments as the hour drew nearer. I appreciate this notion, I do, but my garments are like children, if anything happens to them it needs to be on me. So I respectfully declined, and let them know I would really rather do it myself. 

I walk away for a few minutes to check on my last model’s make up, and a few models had been dressed. This would have been well and good, except I realize that those three pieces are damaged---lace has been pulled out of seams, lace has been ripped completely, and snags in fabric from jewelry earrings etc. I cannot hold fault the models and others trying to "help" I know the intentions were good, and everyone was extremely anxious to to be dressed and get out the door, but that really hit me quite deeply. [Models do not feel this on you if something happened to your garment, really it was I who should have been more firm.]

This was the paramount moment of feeling unappreciated and disrespected by the Frill directors for me. I realize that those garments have no value to anyone else, but they are my livelihood, with hours of labor, expense, and work. To have them damaged, after kindly asking for them not to be touched, was too much for me. Respect has to be given to each other especially so in stressful situations, and not just blindly ignored or misunderstood because one is in a hurry. I could have handled the rest of it, but this was something that genuinely upset me. 

[I am not ashamed to admit that I was absolutely so disturbed, frustrated, and upset by the end of the fashion show that I went back to my room and cried myself to sleep, as I felt all of it was a failure on my part.]

[It has taken nearly three weeks to repair these garments, taking them apart, re-dying the lace and fixing them.]

That combined experience alone of all those culminating events up until the actual show would probably dissuade me from participating at Frill again.

I did want to touch on a couple points of the boutique and then I promise you, ____, this novel shall reach its conclusion.

On a personal note, as well as speaking with other designers, the boutique’s signage was extremely unclear, in the sense that there was nothing, not even little handmade paper signs to say what was on the racks of the boutique. Unless you actually looked through every garment there you had no idea where the consignment began, the boutique started, and no idea what designer/brand was where or sometimes even who the designer was at all. There were a lot of dresses that had absolutely no tag identifying the brand, not on the outside or the inside which I found confusing especially if one wanted to buy it or get a custom piece made in one’s size. Even if there was just a printed sign above the rack that said the brand’s names I think this would help increase sales and traffic in the boutique.

While we’re talking about hang tags and brand identification, I was extremely disappointed to find that I had spent the money to have hang tags professionally printed, and took the time to label them, and make little plastic bags filled with matching thread, beading, buttons, for Pop Princess only to find that they hadn’t even been placed on the boutique pieces I submitted. This is an important aspect of branding, and if we, designers, are told personal brand hang tags are welcome then I would hope it would be important enough to take the time to do so. Again, it’s just a matter of really being conscious about those small details, and keeping those you are trying to accommodate and bring back as repeat customers feeling valued. 

[On a final note about the boutique, during the initial set up I cannot imagine it is appropriate for the directors and those in charge of the show to be idly gossiping and disrespecting the other designers that were participating in either the boutique or the fashion show. If you are there to set up shop, talk shop. It is beyond rude and unthinkable for you to being saying what a "b" or other rude things you thought about a participant who has paid good money to be able to participate in your event. Can you imagine walking into that room and hearing directors speak about you, a designer, in this fashion? Can you imagine how unprofessional that is, or at the very least how hurt your feelings would be?

And if you do care about the other designers submitting their works for sale in the boutique, why would some of them end up on the floor, crumpled, and disregarded? I know I went through and hung things back up properly, which should have been a non issue.]

On that note, again I apologize for the length and I hope it did not take up too much of your time, as I know it is precious, and hope this is at least helpful in a small way in regards to feedback. I believe you, and all of your staff did work very hard and I do appreciate the efforts that were made to make Frill happen, and your efforts to try to make it an even better one for the following year. I believe with your openness to the frilly patrons’ ideas and feedback, and leadership, it will blossom into something quite lovely.

Thank you again for your time, I really appreciate you hearing us out, myself included.

Annika Simmons"

[7.17.2013 As of today, I received my garments back from the boutique after a slow start. I was extremely disappointed to say the least to find that the hang tags, the ones that were especially printed along with corresponding garment bags containing their matching buttons, thread, beading, etc for sale in the boutique, to be missing. Which means, they were not on the garments at the Frill boutique because they had been lost or misplaced before that, even though they had been carefully sealed in a quart sized plastic ziplock bag along with written garment care instructions. I was told that the person in charge "checked all the boxes ahead of time and there was nothing like that included in yours." It was also, let's say, insinuated to me that perhaps this was my fault as "in the future" I should "gun tag" the hang tags to my garments. I am also missing a few items that go with the garments, and some of the laces were also torn. Now, not only do a I feel unappreciated, undervalued, and upset, I also feel completely disrespected as someone who entrusted my work into what I thought were capable hands, to someone who would value the garments as if they were their own.  How is this considered okay? Did you value other designer's work so little as well?]

I can only hope by posting this that it will be at least a cathartic release for me, as well as in hopes that perhaps Frill will be able to overcome these obstacles, learn from their mistakes, and consider treating their participants with a bit more respect and appreciation.

I can genuinely understand now why there are so many girls out there leaving lolita, and I know that by the end of this experience I too have given it great consideration.

I hope your experiences at Frill, my dear readers, were much better and happier.
As always yours,


  1. First of all, I'd like to really give you props for writing such a detailed letter. You made your points, reasons and even gave them some positivity. What you wrote needed to be said and it was all you. All honest. As a designer in a show, you have every right to give your opinion of how things are run. Like you said, these pieces are your babies. They're the end products of blood, sweat, tears and dreams that went into creation. I believe you have every right to feel what you feel after everything that happened. I especially am upset for you on the things that happened to your pieces. WHO DOES THAT?! That's like saying hey, it's not mine! Let's ruin it! No. You just don't do that!

    And while there are times where one must keep quiet, this was definitely not one of those times. I am glad you wrote this. And I only hope the organizers at Frill will do something about it. Especially if they want designers to come to next year's event.

    You did great, Anni! And I'm so proud of you <3

    1. Kieli, as always your continued to support fills my heart with such happiness. I only hope to have some good come out of this if nothing else, as I do not believe that there needs to be any more unkindness in the world then there already is, especially in the lolita community. We have to respect each other if we ever want anyone else to! <3 xo I adore you!

  2. This letter had to be written, and I thank you for writing it.

    I am really sad that they would treat you and other people like that. You pay money and spend time to do this and yet they want to take people's money and give a sub par experience? That's not right, not in the least. I was put off by going to Frill this year from the things I heard from the first year. And I will not go to the event for sure if designers get treated like this. You have every right to be upset and disappointed since after all, it wasn't run very well and showed bias for certain people.

    The suggestions you made were great, and you were very level headed in your thought process and procedure. But that can only change if they're willing to change, which may not even happen.

    Your pieces were lovely and I can't wait to see more.

    1. After this experience, I have been getting a few messages from girls from first year of Frill who have confirmed they too had a bad experience and did not return this year because of it. I find this deeply saddens me, especially to have to go through that alone and feel like an outsider, or worse someone made to feel that they didn't belong. If patrons are paying to network, enjoy, and spend time with fellow lolitas, they should have only the best experience and in the public, they should be treated like princesses, even if the directors gripe about them behind closed doors. It should not be a matter of public display.

      I only wonder if any of the attendees, non-designers, felt disappointed as well, especially if they were like me and flew all the way out there to attend!

      Again, thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I hope only to help!

  3. Thank you so much for your honesty! I agree with a lot of the points you've brought up, but am too afraid/cowardly to publicize myself. I keep thinking to myself, "it's only the 2nd year, things will get better..", and so I try not to say anything negative. Plus I think the experience as an attendee is 100% completely different than the experience as a designer.

    I totally agree with you on the models for the fashion show. I'm participating in Frock On later this year, which like Frill, is an all-Lolita event, but in the UK. Recently I got to choose my own models (as in go through applications with both pictures & measurements! :D) for their fashion show, which was a joy to be able to do, and I don't understand why something like that can't be done for Frill. Anyways, this year I actually got the emails of my models (yes, it was like a week before the event, but at least I got them), whereas last year I didn't even know who my models were until a few hours right before the show. Both this year and last year I had models that didn't fit the clothes (last year the dress was WAY too big, and had to be safety pinned to hell to even stay on right, and this year the outfit was WAY too small), but I never said anything because I know there was a shortage of girls, and not everyone can get the exact model they need.

    Last year on top of not knowing what was going on, my models got their makeup done last. So this year, I made sure to bring my friend who also doubles as my makeup artist (she helps out on all my photo shoots, so she's someone I completely trust), so I wouldn't have to go through additional stress which helped a lot. I'm sure she would've been more than happy to help make up your models as well, but I was so busy running back and forth and everything I didn't realize you needed it /:

    Despite all the drama, both you and your garments looked gorgeous on the runway, and you never would've guessed so much had happened behind the scenes~

    1. My Darling Girl, meeting you in person at the event was absolutely wonderful and I can say if nothing else, I was so happy to be able to do so.

      There is nothing wrong with you not speaking out about what a horrid experience you had at first year Frill, though I am glad that you shared it with me privately. I believe there is something wrong at the core with Frill if even the experiences of a handful are being sullied, regardless if they were attendees or designers. The goal should be to provide a pleasant, accepting, and supportive environment for the fashion and its wearers to grow and become closer together. A shred of respect goes a long way, even if it is only to maintain the air of being polite for appearances alone.

      If any platform wants to be successful, they need to learn to listen to what their patrons are saying and grow from those experiences rather than becoming stunted. I believe with a few small changes, Frill could become great.

      I think you did an amazing job in the show, and it was more than okay that you were busy with your girls and did not know I needed help. I was trying my very best to maintain calmness and be patient, even if it was on the outside alone. :)

      Your works, and you yourself as a person, are stunning!

  4. It made me sad to read this. I'm and Australian loli and seeing stuff about Frill last year and this year always made me excited to think that lolita was gaining momentum. But this is making me rethink.

    Thank you for sharing this with your readers as well as with the Frill staff, I think it's really helpful to be able to see the good, the bad and the ugly so thank you for sharing this. I think you wrote a very good letter - it's not accusing, you're just saying what happened and what the effect of that was.

    This isn't the most coherent comment, but I just wanted to say good on you for standing up for yourself this time, and I hope that your feedback will make for a better Frill fashion show next year.

    1. Dearest Roli, I again thank you for writing to me privately. I genuinely appreciate your support. <3 We will talk more I am certain!

  5. This is absolutely horrible! I'm sorry you had such an awful experience, Annika, that's really not how people should run any kind of a show. I haven't got any experience with fashion shows, but I used to sing with a choir in theatre and other venues, so I know what madness can sometimes ensue backstage (or even on stage, when the technology goes kaput) and can fully commiserate with the stress and panic you must have felt. Backstage and on stage, everybody should be a team - everybody should make sure others are okay, dressed and know what they are to do and when. I fully agree with you then that what you went through is unacceptable and you have got every right to voice your very reasonable objections and suggestions. And if I may, I applaud you for finding the courage to do so, seeing that you are so shy and considerate of other's feelings. May I ask if you will ask for compensation for the pieces lost and torn?
    Also, as I read your post to my Mama, she suggested perhaps you girls who had a bad experience could get in touch with each other and create a show of your own, with professional standards? I understand it would be a painful lot of job and a great investment, but if Frill continues like this, perhaps it would be worth it to give it a try?
    A big virtual bear-hug and lots of love


    1. Rosa, my sweet girl, it is always a pleasure to hear from you.

      I find that it is very difficult for me to speak my mind, even to those I am close with, so I hope that in opening up and being completely crystal clear with my experiences that perhaps others will find the courage to speak up as well.

      I considered asking for compensation for the dresses that were damaged and the pieces that were lost, however I think that this is probably more trouble than its worth in the long run. I feel if they are unable to give a simple apology, or take even a small responsibility in the actions of what went wrong, than I can expect no more from them. In all reality, an apology was all I was looking for. Just to say, "Hey, we made a mistake. We're sorry, let's talk."

      Tell your dearest Mama that I appreciate her kind thoughts. And that I believe her and my mom would get along quite well, as she has also suggested that I do this with a group of designers. :) I think it is a good idea, and perhaps we ought to try!

      My biggest hug and many hearts and love,

    2. I think it could - courage is sometimes contagious, God be praised:-) Has anyone from Frill got in touch with you yet, have they apologised? As for the damage, is there at least any kind of insurance for fashion shows? Sorry, I'm clueless about that, but it kind of bugs me that they could ruin your pieces into which you have poured hundreds of dollars and you'd get no compensation for them.
      Mama was pleased to hear you are not giving up and making up plans what to do next - she likes your clothes a lot. As for your mom, that is lovely! Great minds think alike;-)

      I also like hearing from you - sadly most of the time I don't have the energy to keep up conversation, but I lurk around here often and read (and like) most of your posts:-)

      Have a wonderful summer, dear, and we all have fingers crossed for you *hugs*

    3. Sadly, they have not. I am uncertain if it is quite something they are ready, or perhaps willing, to at least take responsibility for and apologize. Which any successful business model would suggest that it is the right thing to do, even if you feel you or your organization has done no wrong. A simple apology can go a long way in sustaining any relationship. But perhaps this is just me.

      Ah, some fashion shows do offer insurance to protect them of course if anything goes wrong, and others simply have you sign a waiver stating they are not responsible for damage. I believe it really depends on who it is you're working with!

      ^^ <3 Well, any time I do hear from you makes me smile. I hope you lurk on the Pop Princess Facebook page as well, that way I can wave at you from time to time, no words required. :) It is always a pleasure to know you are around!

      :hugs: I hope you too have the best of summers, and are relaxing and having a lovely time!

  6. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for writing me such beautiful, supportive comments of encouragement. I cannot express in words how deeply I appreciate you taking the time to do so, and also in messaging me privately. It was amazing to read each of these and know that you are there with me. <3

    I adore you each! My biggest hugs and lots of love! `Annika


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