Sunday, November 30, 2014

Interview with the Lolita: Joana

This week in ‘Interview with the Lolita’ I talk with a Lolita from Portugal. She has an incedibly varying and creative style. Whatever she wears, she rocks it, whether it’s Gothic, Classic or Sweet! She loves dolls and likes to keep track of special memories on her blog Redtonic. Here is: Joana!

Lolita Wonderland: First, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Joana: My name is Jo and I am 31 years old. I live in a small but beautiful European country: Portugal. Other than Lolita I cannot say I have a lot of hobbies at the moment due to lack of time but I like to occasionally write letters (penpalling), read, browse the internet, blog, watch movies and tv series and I used to enjoy painting (mainly acrylics on canvas) but I have just realised that I haven’t done a single piece in many years. I am also a doll collector I supposed and I like and own some Ball Jointed dolls, pullip dolls and Blythe dolls.

Lolita Wonderland: When and how did you discover Lolita?

Joana: I remember the how more than the when…
It was when I saw Malice Mizer’s videos basically, Mana’s style was so incredible I remember I wanted to look just like him! After that I started searching for more info on them and eventually found the style. I think this was around 1999 but I only started wearing Lolita for real a couple of years after this.

Lolita Wonderland: You wear very varying outfits style-wise. How would you describe your own Lolita style?

Joana: You are absolutely right, I do wear Gothic Lolita, Classic Lolita and also a bit of sweet and otome. I have a big problem which is to like almost everything and that means I will also want to own a bit of everything and once you have things in your closet then you must wear them otherwise it seems like a waste.
I think despite this mess I’d still describe my style as Elegant. Not sure what else to say to attempt to describe it.

Lolita Wonderland: What is your favourite brand?

Joana: I am currently very confused because I like so many brands and designers at the moment but I must say it is probably Moi-même-Moitié and Atelier Pierrot.

Lolita Wonderland: What is your absolute Dream Dress?

Joana: My ultimate Dream Dress was Moi-même-Moitié’s Iron Gate print onepiece which was a pain to obtain but after so many years I could finally say that I own. I am cur-rently in love with how Lolita is being done nowadays so I almost always have things that I’d like to have and because it is impossible to keep up I found myself not being able to name a dream piece.

Lolita Wonderland: What would you like to see more in Lolita, like certain prints or accessories?

Joana: I would like to see more prints on chiffon light fabrics much like Moitié makes (unfor-tunately they aren’t releasing much lately…) in plus sized versions that do not exact-ly mean being 100% shirred or super high waist. I find that there’s enough for eve-ryone in terms of motifs to be honest, at least my favourites seem to be covered (crosses, stained glass, elegant lace etc).

Lolita Wonderland: You are the mother of an adorable little daughter. Does having a child influence your Lolita life in some way?

Joana: Aww thank you <3. Yes I am a mother, my daughter is now two years old. I find that even though I recently got a promotion, money is going elsewhere now so I haven’t been shopping much which is a change. Not that I used to buy much but I would at least once a month get something smaller or a dress every so often.
I also find that I attend less meetups but it might also be because there aren’t many in my country at all anyway. But I used to try to organize things more often before than I do now and I’m sure its because of my family life as well as being busy at work.

Lolita Wonderland: What is the best event you ever attended?

Joana: Oh this one is easy! The best has been Enchanted, for sure. I do not have the chance to attend international events that often. I am looking forward to La vie en rose now… I feel lucky that I am able to attend something like this again. There are still tickets available. People should be rushing to get them, it’ll be soooo worth it!

Lolita Wonderland: Is Lolita well-known in your country?

Joana: There was a time when it was absolutely unknown and it wasn’t that long ago. A couple of years ago the community was contacted by several tv channels and mag-azines wanting to show case it. Personally I try to stay away from the spot light as much as I can but we had some girls in the community willing to appear in order to inform the general public. After that I have noticed a change not in mind-set but at least people would call us Lolita from time to time meaning that they got the info. Still it isn’t that well known, it’s the same as most places I suppose.

Lolita Wonderland: What is the Portuguese Lolita community like?

Joana: The Portuguese community is and has always been tiny. When I started it my goal was to not be the only one around enjoying the frills and for that it has served its purpose. But when that happens one cannot help but to want more… and seeing most foreign communities being able to have big meetings and events made me dream about having the same around here except it doesn’t seem possible still. It is just small.
There are some people who consider Lolita to be very important to them and you see their style evolve and you also see them put Egl Portugal always first but there are mostly cruisers, people who enjoy the fashion but who only do what they want if or when they want to. I would love to see a change here but I know it isn’t easy in to-day’s world.
When it comes to styles there’s a bit of everything, there’s a bit of sweet Lolita, peo-ple into classic and gothic. There’s even some girls who play a bit with punk Lolita and one of the staff members is into boy style. I believe there might be a bit more of sweet around but these things due to size are not very noticeable.

Lolita Wonderland: You have a blog named Redtonic. Why did you choose this name and do you like blogging?

Joana: Well my nickname has been Redtonic for years so that’s the only reason why I picked that name, it is easier for people to put a name to the blog owner.
Why did I start blogging? I have blogged for many many years… ever since I first got to Livejournal. I had two accounts and the redtonic one is from 2004. For a reason I do not quite remember I have decided to open a blogger account and I have been blogging there instead. The only reason I blog is (this is going to sound quite strange) because my memory is terrible! I love traveling and sharing special mo-ments with loved ones and I decided I should try to write about these moments so they won’t be forgotten. That has made me try to photograph these days and register what was special about them. I basically write for myself but because there’s some things about my hobbies I have decided to share it with others. When I was young, up till when I was a teenager I also kept paper format journals so I guess I’m just used to doing so.

Lolita Wonderland: Finally, what does Lolita mean to you?

Joana: This is the big one, the question I never seem to be able to answer. I honestly do not know what it means to me completely. I know that I have very low self-esteem and that when I saw people in it I thought they looked beautiful and that I wanted to know how that felt. When I wore it in the start I felt somewhat pretty and that made me want to do it more often. I’ve been wearing it and thinking of it and working for it for so many years that I cannot see myself without having a connection with Lolita at some level. So I don’t know what it means to me at the moment, I think i’m too envolved to be able to think clearly about this. I hope this makes sense…

Redtonic blog
Redtonic Facebookpage
Portuguese Lolita Comunity

Thank you for reading!
I hope you liked this interview!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Interview with the Lolita: Kari

Last year, in June, I posted my very first interview in the ‘Interview with the Lolita’-series. Ever since I started my blog, it’s been a dream of mine to interview other Lolitas, but due to circumstances I didn’t continue. Now I have officially revived my idea and called upon Lolitas all over the world whether they liked to be interviewed. I’ve had so many great responses, I can officially restart! And so, I am very happy to introduce you to the first Lolita in the new ‘Interview with the Lolita’-series. She is a fellow Dutch girl with a gift for amazing outfits and awesome posing. Here is: Kari!

Lolita Wonderland: First, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Kari: I'm Kari and I'm studying to become a nurse. When I'm not busy with school, I like to craft things. I don't really stick to one particular thing, but I draw, I read, I sew, just about anything where I can express myself in. This also often results into my room being a mess. I also have three cats and all of them are happy to help me with any of the projects I'm working on, especially when it comes to falling asleep on them.

Lolita Wonderland: When and how did you discover Lolita?

Kari: How I discovered lolita is a pretty long story, but here it goes. A few years back we had this channel on Dutch television and they aired all kinds of anime. And I actually liked it so much that I went looking for anime online. But what really caught me, was the music they used. So I started to listen to Japanese music from there on. And this led me to Malice Mizer. Mana grabbed my attention and I started to look up more and more about lolita. I think this was about ten years ago.

Lolita Wonderland: What is the very first dress you bought and why did you choose it?

Kari: I still have and wear my first piece pretty often. It a red jumper skirt that I bought from a Dutch designer. She was looking for models for a fashionshow and I volunteered, but I fell in love with the dress I wore there and decided to buy it. I still wear it pretty often.

Lolita Wonderland: How would you describe your own Lolita style in three words?

Kari: All over the place. Oops that are more than three words, but I don't stick to one style. What I wear mostly depends on what mood I'm in.

Lolita Wonderland: Has your Lolita style changed over the years?

Kari: Yes, my lolita style has changed a lot over the years. I went from 'beginner' to 'oldtimer' in the lolita fashion. When I started wearing lolita old school was well not old school. At that time I also tried to do everything according to the ‘rules’. But as the style changed and I grew older, they didn't matter as much as they did before to me. And I even often break them nowadays.

Lolita Wonderland: What is the most favourite outfit you ever wore?

Kari: This would be with the dress I mentioned earlier. I wore this to the Enchanted event. I should really make more photo's, since I don't have any full outfit shot of that outfit.

Lolita Wonderland: What is your best Lolita-related memory?

Kari: Not one particular memory, but the friends that I made through lolita. I have a lot of memories of the people I met through lolita that make me happy and smile.

Lolita Wonderland: What does your family think of Lolita?

Kari: I hardly wear it around my family, but when they see it, I always get positive responses.

Picture by Viorella Photography

Lolita Wonderland: You are a model. Do you feel like your Lolita style has been influenced by your modelling in some way?

Kari: Not really. I started modeling before I got into lolita. The only thing I can say about it that it made me more confident.

Lolita Wonderland: And do you feel like your modelling has been influenced by your Lolita style?

Kari: In a way yes. I like to do lolita-related shoots. I make a lot of things for lolita and I also want to get them on photo so I don't have to keep every piece. And there are a lot of photographers interested in doing a lolita shoot. So it works both ways.

Lolita Wonderland: Do you incorporate Lolita elements in your daily, non-Lolita outfits?

Kari: I normally do not incorporate any lolita elements in my daily outfits. I mostly need comfy outfits that may get damaged. Which means most of the time I'm wearing a tee or sweater with some jeans.

Lolita Wonderland: What is an absolute must have for a Lolita in your opinion?

Kari: That's a though one! Next to all the basic stuff, I think it would be something with flowers. Nothing can go wrong with flowers!

Lolita Wonderland: Finally, what does Lolita mean to you?

Kari: Lolita for me means in one word happiness. The friends that I make and the things that we do, just makes me happy in general.

Thank you for reading!
I hope you liked this interview!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Flowers in November

I haven’t really worn Lolita since September, because I wasn’t feeling very well and I had no real good reasons to create a nice coord. When the brand Metamorphose announced a winter coordinate contest, initially I wasn’t planning to join. But then, in the last week before the deadline, I decided to do so anyway! It gave me an excuse to come up with a nice outfit with one of my two Metamorphose dresses. The result? I came up with two really nice outfits, one with each dress! One I will probably wear to an event in the fairly near future, the other I decided to use for the contest. ^^
I don’t really like to be forced to wear ‘winter-like clothes’, just because it’s cold and grey outside. So instead, I decided to make a warm outfit, but colourful and flowery like spring! I tried to do some nice make up and tried a new hair style as well. My fringe has become a little long, but I actually like the side fringe as well! What do you think?
So here is my outfit, I hope you like it. ♥

If you wish to vote for me, you can do so by liking my picture here.
The deadline is until the 28th of November 2014. ^^

Flowers in November One
❁ Flowers in November ❁
My outfit rundown:
Flower headband: Primark
Flower clips: Claire’s
Cardigan: Primark
Jsk: Metamorphose’s Blooming Garden
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Bodyline
Necklace: Claire’s
Bow clip: Chocomint
Bracelets: Six and offbrand
Ring: Claire’s

Flowers in November Two

Flowers in November Three

Flowers in November Four

I hope you like my outfit! Have a nice day! ♥

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Refinery29 – Style Out There

In my previous post you could read all about the amazing Summer Tales Boutique Tea Party, but also a little part about the film crew who were making an item about the Dutch Lolitas for their ‘Style Out There’ series. Yesterday, Friday November 7th, the video finally aired! Asha Leo, the host of the show, visited not only our Tea Party, but also went to Katie’s shop, walked around Utrecht (and not Amsterdam as the video suggests, hihi) dressed in Lolita and talked with Linda Friesen, a Dutch fashion designer.

The video has been received with a lot of positivity from the international Lolita community. Personally, I am overly happy with it! I think the Lolita style is portrayed wonderfully and everyone who was in it got taken very seriously. Plus the video editing is so pretty! I am so happy and honoured they kept some parts of me in it, multiple times in detail shots and an excerpt of my interview. ♥
So what do you think of the video? ^^ I would love to hear your opinions!