Who is La Carmina?
She is a OG fashion and travel blogger - She´s been running her La Carmina blog (https://www.lacarmina.com/blog/) since 2007.
Sharing personal stories of alternative, retro, Gothic style and culture around the world -- from Art Deco Weekend in Miami, to vampire graveyards in Romania, and industrial festivals in Germany.
She has travelled to over 70 countries, and wore Lola Ramona on some of her most exciting trips - including to the Pyramids of Egypt.
In addition to blogging, She´s written 3 books and freelance for a variety of travel / culture outlets, and also appear regularly on travel TV shows.
Perhaps you've seen her on The Purge TV, No Reservations promo, Bizarre Foods, Oddities, Taboo, and more.
You can keep track of her adventures on her site www.lacarmina.com and social media @lacarmina (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook etc).
LaCarmina in Chloe Verve
See more of La Carmina in our Chloe Verve on her blog
We asked her how it all got started.
For as long as I can remember, I felt fascinated by all things underground and obscure. I was like the girl in "Ghost World," looking for exotic VHS tapes and sneaking into fetish fashion stores!
I started my La Carmina blog simply because I enjoyed writing and connecting with others over these niche interests, such as Japanese Goth bands, retro pin-up style, and "kawaii" cute culture.
I was an early adopter to blogging and it fortunately took off, leading to opportunities I didn't think were possible -- such as traveling to dozens of countries a year for work, and appearing on major network TV shows.
I'm eternally grateful and in awe of this roller-coaster ride, and I'll keep doing it if it remains fun and meaningful. I am happy if I can share positive stories of subcultures and individuals (like Israeli drag queens, Burmese punk rockers, and Japanese body modification artists), who tend to be overlooked or misunderstood.
What inspires you?
My friends can attest that I have all sorts of offbeat passions, which don't always make sense.
I'm infatuated with Seinfeld, italo disco music, sun protection and scientific skincare, efficiency hacks... And I always feel inspired by Gothic art, culture and fashion, whether it's decadent architecture or an Alexander McQueen gown.
La Carmina wearing our Nina Lynx.
A love for Lola Ramona.
As a fashion blogger, I've made it my mission to focus on independent, alternative designers -- and Lola Ramona is one of my favorites!
I love the personalized attention that goes to each customer, and the community that you've created.
My personal style draws upon a variety of alt influences, including vintage and pin-up, so I adore incorporating Lola Ramona's designs into my wardrobe.
The sneakers are a favorite new addition -- instead of having to go to a sports store, I can now rock your beautiful leather shoes with playful elements like bows and hearts.
La Carmina wearing our Serena Bullseye sneaks.
For this installment of our fashion blog we spoke to Brazilian pin-up model Cherry Rat. We have always loved her style and were thrilled when we finally got the chance to collaborate with her earlier this year.
So we virtually bridged the geographical distance between Las Vegas and Copenhagen to ask her some questions...
Cherry in June Luscious
LR: So, for our readers who are not familiar with you, give us a quick synopsis?
CR: I’m Cherry Rat. A Brazilian girl living the American dream in Las Vegas. I love vintage, from clothes to mid century houses, from music to decoration and I’m more introverted than people think I am.
Cherry in Serena Referee
LR: So what is it that you do?
CR: I am singer and pinup model. I started both careers about 10 years ago in Brazil and I moved to the USA to be closer to the rockabilly scene.
LR: Why did you end up choosing these paths for your career?
CR: It’s both my passions combined. I always wanted to be a model when I was a kid, but I never had the right height or weight for it. I also started learning instruments when I was 9 years old and when I discovered rockabilly, it was like it was meant to be. Pinup girl, rockabilly singer. That’s just who I am.
LR: Fab! Is there anything that really inspires you?
CR: Everything basically. Movies, songs, books, nature, colors, photography, ... inspiration come from everywhere, you just need to open your mind for it.
Amazing. So, why do you love Lola Ramona?
Lola Ramona has the styles I like to put together my pinup outfits in a very comfortable way and, at the same time, it has very comfortable sneakers I’m using to exercise, keeping mind and body healthy for my day to day life.
Kirstine in Dakota Raven
My passion is all about building amazing diversive teams and working with them to deliver great content. Nerdy but true.
Three years ago, I got a promotion. I had been waiting for the go ahead for a new business project and I was stepping up to become CEO. But instead of accepting the promotion I resigned with a month’s notice and started on a very interesting and weird journey to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, my career and my creativity.
I started out as a television producer, co-created the first ever Danish conference for creatives within the digital content business, started my own business (and closed it down again) and ended up as a creative consultant working in Copenhagen and Stockholm.
Kirstine in Audrey Morticia
I have learned much about my creativity and what makes me happy but my most important learnings from all my strange adventures has been too fail fast, move forward without any fear and always accept coffee invitations from people who reach out.
Eight months ago, my friend Felicia told me, that I had much in common with another of her friends and she would like to introduce us to explore our shared interest in native advertising and digital business models and thereby relieving her of the agony of our nerdy rambling. That meeting sent me in a new direction and that cup of coffee turned into an opportunity which again turned into the most interesting job I never thought I wanted.
Today I am building and running a new set up within Dagbladet Børsen called Børsen Live. A very old and traditional financial newspaper with great digital ambitions. I get to create projects that transcends the traditional silos to reach new audiences. And I love it!
I love all my Lola Ramona’s because they light up my day and reminds me of a promise, I gave myself. To have fun and stay true to my passion and my creativity. Right now I look forward to spring. I miss the sun and I miss wearing my Ramona Booties. Sleek and so beautiful. When the sneakers became part of the Lola Ramona collection, I immediately fell in love with them. My favourite work sneakers are Serena Referee but my next buy will be Serena Leopard. But so difficult to choose!!
Birta and Stella are sisters both originally from Reykjavík, Iceland. A small, island nation in the North Atlantic that more than accounts up for its relatively tiny population with its huge contribution to the arts.
It is evident as soon as you touch down at the blustery Keflavík airport that you have arrived in a magical, movie set like, land full of wonderful scenery and even more wonderful people. So we were very intrigued to find out more about these two sisters.
Stella is a manager at Spúútnik, a funky second hand store in Reykjavík that is packed with character and personality. Her sister Birta, has made the leap that so many Icelanders do and travelled across to Copenhagen to study. She is enrolled at KEA studying Jewellery Design, Business and Technology.
Both girls have a wonderfully individual style that really drew our eye at Lola Ramona. So we asked the girls what is it that inspires you, and what are the main differences you see in fashion in Iceland and Denmark?
What inspires me the most is probably my job. Working in vintage fashion is a dream for me. To be able to wear something that you don't know who owned before you is so interesting and a beautiful concept. I try to be as sustainable in my choice of clothing as possible so the vintage fashion business is perfect for me.
I also get a lot of inspiration from Instagram, I save about 300 photos a day on Instagram. But my biggest inspiration is my beautiful sister Birta!
The fashion culture in Iceland is so big and so diverse! I love how outgoing the people are here. I think the reason why we are so different from other countries in Scandinavia is that we are so few - with only 300.000 people everyone wants to show their own style, but we are very influenced by the Scandinavian style as well.
I find the most inspiration from my surroundings whether it’s my style or designs, when I’m designing it is all about a concept; how does it fit into my life, where do I see it in the future, does it match, where did it come from and what is my manifesto? These all have a big effect on my style.
However, I've also been trying to keep up with my big sister for years now, she's truly a huge style inspiration and has a really unique way of finding new things and putting them together <3
We are a good example of the difference in Reykjavik and Copenhagen when it comes to style, here it's definitely more minimal and some statement pieces while at home you are the statement and that's something I definitely miss! Like my sister I love to look at Instagram and Pinterest. I just look for hours and save pictures, it makes me rethink so many things and find a way to implement it into my life.
It Is fascinating to look at the two girls and see the differences in their styles. For Birta there is a clear alignment with the more minimal Copenhagen style but there is no doubt that Icelandic flare is still there! That flare is for all to see with Stella and her use of colour and texture combinations for exciting new looks!
This is the reason the girls caught the eye at Lola Ramona, We wanted to see how our shoes would look when we gave two girls with amazingly individual styles the chance to break the mould with some of our shoes. We have not been
disappointed and have loved every second of seeing these awesome shoes being worn in a different and exciting ways that are so starkly contrasting to our history with the retro and pin up subcultures.
We finally asked the girls how they liked the shoes and we got the exact same answer back... "I love them, they are so comfortable". Now that is something we are used to here!
Birta Was wearing Gringo Chameleon - Vegan and Stella was wearing Eileen Forest - Vegan
Check out the girls Instagram accounts here
Also for anyone travelling to Reykjavík make sure to check out Spúútnik