Friday, June 05, 2020

[LBC] My First Experience Going Out In Lolita Fashion

Hey there, stranger.

This entry is quite special since it's the first time I'm participating in the Lolita Blog Carnival post of the week, but I thought the topic was so nice that I should write something, right?

To be honest, I don't remember exactly how was the first time I went out wearing Lolita fashion. I started many many years ago when it was basically impossible to get Lolita clothes in Spain (especially in the south, where I'm from) and we had to customized and make our own things by ourselves. It was not polished, it was not perfect, but I felt really good about it and I remember it like the beginning of discovering a part of myself that will stay with me forever.

Looking on the internet and old pages that I used back in the day I found some photos from 2004/05. I started wearing Lolita earlier, but rarely took any photos, so these are the earliest ones I could find.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Indrolita Couture: A Dark Romance

Indrolita Couture

Photo session with Hats by Issis Starlust
Photos by Peachy Pitch

Dark and romantic, like a Victorian image, surrounded by mystery and decadent beauty. Indrolita Couture is Verónica, a Catalan designer in love with past times and Victorian mourning that with each meticulously hand-sewn piece gives us a work of art. Her style, also notably influenced by the figure of Mana (Malice Mizer), presents a mix of patterns and periods but focuses on providing simple and elegant garments with a dark and decadent touch.

Indrolita Couture

I am lucky to count Veronica as a great friend whom I have known for many years, back in the dawn of Lolita fashion in Spain. She always seemed to me a kind and humble person, willing to help you and delighted to create for you unique and special pieces. In all the years I have known her and ordered her clothes, she has never disappointed me, on the contrary, she has never ceased to amaze me. That is why I want to share my love for Indrolita Couture with all of you.
I hope you love it as much as I do.

indrolita Couture

Friday, May 22, 2020

Anxiety Check: Back to the Real Life

Hey there, stranger. 

It's Mental Health Awareness Week and I wanted to check back on you about how you're doing with all this COVID-19 situation. I believe that the excess of information that the media has been bombing us for more than two months is not only confusing the population but putting us all at risk.
Today, citizens are unable to interpret themselves about what type of mask is the most suitable to use, how and when to go outside or how de-escalation works. And it seems that nobody understands the fact that we are facing a new, unique situation that has not happened before.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Looking for The Primary Colors (A Trip to London, Part III)

Hey there, stranger. 

My last two days in London a year ago were all about walking around and visiting fantastic places. After partying hard at the Cave Club the night before, Saturday was all about comfort food and visiting Camden Town. After 10 years without visiting there, you can imagine that the shock was quite big. 

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Interview to Violet Fane, haunting our dreams

When we think of Violet Fane we automatically enter a state of nostalgia and reverie, as if we were opening an old trunk in a dusty attic where fairies live and in whose corners whispers of ghosts are heard. Its creator, Magda, is a big fan of horror stories and vintage fashion, a passion that comes from a young age when she was not yet wearing Lolita clothing but was fascinated by history and Victorian garments.

I've known Magda for many years now, and she's been always this curious girl full of great ideas and not afraid to jump out of her comfort zone. Her creativity is immense and I believe that this can be reflected in her designs, full of little details, from the prints to the jewellery, all made meticulously with care and affection.
In this interview Magda explains a little about her, her professional career with Violet Fane and about the world devised for her brand, where through unusual prints she allows us to delve into the most mysterious side of Lolita fashion.

Welcome to the world of Violet Fane.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Nice places around Alkmaar: Sweets & Antiques

Hey there, stranger.

If there's something I miss from the "outside" world, is having coffee, some sweets and a nice chat with a friend somewhere nice. Here in Alkmaar the perfect place for that, at least for me, is Sweets & Antiques and believe me, I miss it quite a lot!

In the old town of Alkmaar, you will find the candy store of Han and Esther, a lovely little place full of curiosities and nice food that will delight those with a sweet tooth. When you enter inside, you can see yourself in an old Dutch candy store from the early XX century, surrounded by more than 200 different types of candy contained in old glass jars and vintage cans. 

Friday, May 01, 2020

Looking for the Primary Colors (A trip to London, part II)

Hey there, stranger. 

My second day in London City was a dream come true. Not only the night before I could attend a gig for which I was waiting a long time but also the weather was beautiful and I was hungry for art and culture. 

After having breakfast with Helena, I took the public transport again and made my way to The Wallace Collection, a personal matter pending between me and London for a long time now. 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Sustainability and Lolita Fashion: are our frills gentle enough with the enviroment?

Hey there, stranger.

It's Fashion Revolution Week, a time we, as consumers, should raise our voices higher than the rest of the year to ask questions to different fashion brands and create awareness into the fashion industry. And in this time of pandemic and quarantine, what a better way to use our social media channels to ask brands who made my clothes? or what is in my clothes? (#whomademyclothes? #whatisinmyclothes? campaign). Under the pressure of all the consumers, we can make brands change and set a new sustainable path for the future of fashion.

But why do we need a Fashion Revolution Week?

(text from their website)

On the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more in 2013, we encourage millions of people to come together to campaign for systemic change in the fashion industry.

We are living in a climate emergency and the fashion & textiles sector is one of the most polluting and wasteful industries. The industry continues to lack transparency, with widespread exploitation of people working in the supply chain. Never before have there been this many people on the planet in slavery, and fashion is a key driver of this reality. Brands and retailers are still not taking enough responsibility for the pay and working conditions in their factories, the environmental impacts of the materials they use or how the products they make affect the health of people, animals and our living planet.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

What We Do in the Shadows

Hey there, stranger.

Since this week was released one of my favourite tv shows, What we do in the Shadows (base on the mockumentary by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement) I thought it would bee fun to show you a couple of outfits I did during this quarantine revisiting my darker side (you know, once you go black you never go back; it doesn't matter how many Emily Temple Cute dresses I have, I'm a goth at heart always).

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Looking for the Primary Colors (a trip to London, part I)

Hey there, stranger. 

Almost a year ago I visited London after 10 years since the last time I was there. The purpose of that visit? Attend to the Royal Albert Hall for a very special show: the 10th anniversary of Primary Colors, by my beloved The Horrors. 

Of course, that was the perfect excuse not only to visit the city but also to see my friends there: Helena (who gladly let me stay at her place), Viveka and Carla. But let's start for the beginning, the first day!

I arrived there in the morning without any trouble, although I forgot that at the entrance of the airport they ask you several questions and so. My flight was to Southend-O-Sea Airport, so that's about one hour away from London... But when you live in The Netherlands or in the south of Spain like me, you're used to travelling to get there, so that was more than ok. Plus the flight took less than an hour, blimey!
Once in London I went to Helena's flat and left my suitcase there. We caught up for a bit while having some food (second breakfast for me, like the good hobbit I am) and after that, she had to work (I was lucky that during my stay there that was the only day she had to work!), so I decided to walk around the city centre by myself, pretty excited since last time I did that was so long ago!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Het Kattenkabinet

One of the biggest pleasures that you can have when moving to a foreign country is to look with fresh eyes into the secrets of the cities, secrets that perhaps the locals know but have never visited because they're simply there, "and you can always visit". But now, in time of coronavirus, I keep looking to all these photos and although I haven't been a good blogger (yes, I had the time but sometimes sitting down to write it's difficult, especially when you've lost the habit), I'm gonna try to make it up to y'all.

So last summer I was really willing to visit the Kattenkabinet, a place full of curiosities, and I was lucky enough to count with my beloved friend Cassie to come with me (remember her from this previous post? She's such a lovely person, believe me!). 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder | Our Lord in the Attic

Hey there, stranger. 

How are you coping with all the coronavirus situation these days? By the time you read this, the Dutch government would have made new announcements let's see what they say this time... 

But while we wait on that, let me take you with me to one of the most fascinating places I've visited so far here in The Netherlands.

I wanted to write about Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder for a long time now since is my favourite museum in Amsterdam and a must if you come by and want to see something different. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Discovering Egmond aan Zee

Hey there, stranger. 

I think since we have quite some time, we could catch up little by little, don't you think? Maybe this way I can seduce you to visit The Netherlands and discover little places around the country. I'm still on it, of course, but seeing the photos from our past adventures makes me want more! This one belongs to 2018 but is still worth it.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The 'Dutch Kremlin' and Museum 'de Turfschuur'

Hey there, stranger.

When I moved to The Netherlands I never thought I could visit the Kremlin. Of course, it's not the Russian one (although I hope to see that one in the future) but the one located in the little village of Winkel. 
The Dutch Kremlin only open its doors four times per year (June 7, July 12, August 16 and September 13 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm), but if you're around, it's worth visiting.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Anxiety check

Hey there, stranger. 

How are you doing? For some of you, this would have been the first week at home quarantine. For some other, maybe less, maybe more. And I can imagine how hard it is, being stuck in a place while you could be enjoying outside. We don't value things until we lose them, I think that this freedom that we usually have will be much appreciated it once this has passed, right? I hope so. 

I'm not gonna give you a list of things to do while being at home. I believe everyone should do what thinks it's best, and not force themselves to do anything productive if they don't feel like it. But I wanna know how are you handling the anxiety that may be generated these days in which you cannot escape from home, and offer you help. 

You see, I've written about anxiety before here, here, here and here (in Spanish, but you can use the translate button on the sidebar, no worries!), and as I said before, we should totally talk about this more often, because believe me, you're not alone, and the voices of others who may have passed the same situation in which you're at the moment may help. 

People always say that you must confront the source of your anxiety and they're right, but in a situation like the one we are living nowadays it can be very complicated, so please, don't feel guilty if you don't do this immediately. The most important thing is to stay calm and as healthier as possible (physically and mentally), if that means that you should avoid whatever disruptive thoughts that may lead to a panic attack, do it, and don't feel guilty about it. There will come other times in which you can confront it (and get over it, of course!), but don't force yourself into this road since we know is not a nice one.

I'm at home with my boyfriend, and although sharing the same space all the time might be a tricky situation, we're doing quite well. I don't mind to be at home at all, when we moved to the Netherlands I spent quite a lot of time by myself here, since he was working and I wasn't, but I enjoyed my time by myself quite a lot. I had (and still have) my routine for when he's not around; having a routine in situations like this is quite important, so you won't lose track of time and think you've done nothing (even if you just need to catch up with that tv show, do it within a routine!). Now with the two of us here at home, I try to keep that routine every day too: waking up at a decent time, shower, dress, have breakfast, tidy the house, etc. It may be sunny outside, but we stay home

Sometimes I get anxious due to how the situation is developing in Spain. You see, my granny is quite old, and I worry about her. "Call her", you may say; and I do, of course, but still I cannot help to worry a lot about it. In those moments that I feel I cannot stop my thoughts, I breathe, as deeply as I can, and listen to music that won't let me think (like Kvelektar, for example). And hey, it takes a while but it fades while I focus myself in some other tasks to do. I may bite my nails still, but at least I can control the panic attacks most of the time like this. Exercise, plan meals, read a book, clean your wardrobe, craft, make a TikTok post... I know, I said I was not giving you a list of things to do, and you don't need to do any of these things but the ones that work for you to stay safe. 

Because in the end, that is the important thing. Stay healthy, stay safe. After this has ended, there will be more battles to fight. 

But I will talk about those battles some other day. And about my anxiety to talk on the phone, which I have may discover the origins just recently. Life still amazes me sometimes.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Visiting the Schuttersgalerij at Kalverstraat

Hey there, stranger; 

How are you doing? I hope you're safe at home, taking care of yourself and the ones you love. Seems that we are gonna be stuck together for a while, and although I don't wanna spend my days in front of the laptop, I'm gonna try to update this a little bit more frequently with nice places I've been discovering around The Netherlands, so you have something to read and look forward when all the quarantines end.

A couple of weeks ago, before all the madness started in Europe, I met my beloved Cassie for a treat to ourselves having some delicious brunch and a nice walk around Amsterdam. 

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

A quite Monday

 Hey there, stranger. 

Yesterday was a nice and relax Monday for me, and I wish all Mondays could be like this. We woke up around half-past eight, had coffee, bacon and eggs on the bed and chill for a while before we started tidying up the house and running a couple of laundries. While Thijs went to the supermarket, I finished organizing the house and then we went for a little walk under the rain and a nice coffee.

Monday, March 02, 2020

A trip back in time (part II)

Hey there, stranger.

I owed you this entry for some weeks now, just to show you how this trip ended, right? Where was I? Oh, yes, on a boat! Follow me to continue this adventure...

So our boat trip took us to our next stop in the city of Enkhuizen: the Zuiderzeemuseum! I didn't know what to expect here, but I must say I was really pleased with what I found there.

Enkhuizen, located up north from Alkmaar, was one of the harbour-towns of the Dutch East India Company, from where overseas trade with the East Indies was conducted. There you can find the Zuiderzeemuseum, located on Wierdijk in the historic centre of Enkhuizen, and devoted to preserving the cultural heritage and maritime history from the old Zuiderzee region. The museum has two parts: an indoor building and an outdoor village that was opened back in the 70s. Here is where we started our visit!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Before Ciara

Hey there, stranger.

Last weekend was a long (and much needed) weekend for me. Also, a weekend to stay at home since we had the storm, Ciara, on top of our heads! Or at least, that was our main idea until, of course, we decided to do one of our favourite things during our spare time: visit a museum!

 Our initial idea was visiting the Westfries Museum at Hoorn, but due to the storm lots of trains were cancelled, so we decided not to take the risk and we paid a visit to the lovely Kaasmuseum (cheese museum) here in Alkmaar. 

The Kaasmuseum was founded in Alkmaar in 1983 and it's located in the historic Waaggebouw (weighing house), which was built in the 14th century. The day was quite dark, so I don't have any photos of the beautiful facade of the building, but we manage to take some nice shots inside the museum. 

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Every time that you lose it sing it for the world (Karaoke Meet)

Hey there, stranger.

Some weeks ago we had a super nice meet at the Duke of Tokyo, a Japanese-style karaoke in the heart of Amsterdam. The lovely Rossella (@girlfromtherosegarden) took the time to organized it and gurl, what a great idea she had! I cannot thank her enough for this fun experience with the rest of the comm!