So what on earth am I into, then, that's very much inherently Lolita-approved?
Here is a brief summation. I might go into greater detail on some of these topics later in my blog.
Yes, yes, tea. I've always been a fan of tea with milk, but within this year I've learned to consume it without milk as well. The thanks goes largely to the Tea Parlour/shop called Ounce here in Helsinki. It's a very popular hangout and shopping place for Finnish Lolitas, and their variety of different kinds of tea is impressive. My own favourites usually fall into the Rooibos and flavoured Black tea -categories.
2. Sweet things
I rarely have cravings, but when I do, it's mostly for candy/sweets/bonbons. Licorice, salty licorice, jelly beans, chocolate - bring it! While not a major fan of baked goods, I simply cannot resist cheese cake. It's my weakness. The soft, smooth, velvety consistency of the cream cheese, the rich, sweet bottom layer, the toppings...so delicious, so deceptive. I'm fortunate/unfortunate enough (depending on your angle) to have some great cheese cake witches in my circle of friends.
3. Classical music
I am a fan of classical music. My particular favourites are the late Czhecs of 1800-1900, Antonin Dvoràk and Bedrich Smetana but also Tchaikovsky and our very own Finnish master, Jean Sibelius. I judge classical music like I do any other, so whatever I prefer has to have beautiful, powerful melodies and rouse emotion. I could also listen to piano and cello being played, like, 24/7.
4. Classic literature and poetry
7. Opera and theatre
"Der Ring des Nibelungen" by Wagner, "Rusalka" by Dvorák, "Turandot" by Puccini...ah! I haven't been able to go to see any operas or plays in a long while, but it's an ongoing dream of mine to get to see world-famous pieces in Prague's national opera. Same applies for theatre and musicals - I don't go nearly as much as I'd like to. Partially this is because I'd like to travel abroad to experience most of the plays and musicals I want to see. My mother taking me to London's West End to see A.L. Webber musicals and pampering me with opera must've spoiled me, haha.
8. Amusement parks
The wilder the ride, the happier I am and more juvenile I act, make no mistake about that. I run from the first contraption to the next, forgetting to breathe or eat and eventually end up with a sugarrush-like state of ecstacy. This usually results in me being exhausted but happy, and falling asleep in the car on the way home. There's also a certain charm in the old-fashioned, ornate and slightly kitschy rides, and who could resist the mixed aromas of cotton candy, popcorn and junk food?