Welcome to Rosa Nitida!
On this page you will find more information about Rosa Nitida in following order:
  1. What is Rosa Nitida and what does it mean?
  2. About owner
  3. Sewing and commissions
  4. Photoshoots and tutorials
  5. Rosa Nitida as a personal blog
  6. Promoting and media
  7. Contact information
1.) What is Rosa Nitida and what does it mean?

What is Rosa Nitida?

1.1) Rosa Nitida is... a fashion blog created in 2010 by a Finnish aristocrat/lolita who in the name of developing her own style wanted to share her thoughts with the world. For now the blog entries have been dealing with subjects such as Aristocratic fashion and lolita. Rosa Nitida blog was having a few-year break in 2012-2015, but is planning keep itself more active now in 2016.

1.2) Rosa Nitida is... an independent clothing "brand" for styles such as Aristocrat and Lolita.
"I make and design all items myself. My work includes hats, headdresses, dresses, chokers, hand bags etc. Most of the items are designed to suit gothic styles of several kinds, but I am very capable of creating pieces for other styles, such as sweet and classic lolita, as well. My work gets its inspiration from gothic romance, historical fashion (such as Rococo and Victorian era), high fashion and beauty in its many forms (people, roses, poetry, music, fine arts etc.)  The items are usually detailed with a generous amount of feathers, roses, crosses, chains, crystals and pearls depending on the preferences of the client. I will upload more better quality material online once I get the chance".
Go to Gallery to see more pictures of my work.

What does Rosa Nitida mean?

Rosa Nitida, also known as Shining rose or Doll rose (that would be the direct translation from Finnish to English), is a Latin name of a specific rose breed and chosen to describe my love towards delicate flowers such as roses. Furthermore, I found the Finnish translation of Rosa Nitida (Nukkeruusu = Doll rose) as a very suitable name option due to Lolita fashion's doll-like aesthetics.

The statement "Find the Rose Within You" on the blog header has its own message as well:
Find the rose within you = Find the beauty of your heart.
This is something I try to convey through my "logo" as well: A beautiful heart is like a shining rose (Rosa Nitida) and such a heart is what makes you truly beautiful. Kind, intellectual people often have a specific glow to them, have you noticed?

2.) About owner

Name: Iira Alina
Height: 185cm/6ft1
Eye colour: steel blue
Birthday: March 13th
Nationality: Finland
Occupation: designer/seamstress/photographer/model @ Rosa Nitida, dental assistant, student - I also change car tires, use chainsaw to cut trees, drive a tractor and milk cows (and I'm not even lying here)

Favourite food: Apples
Favourite drink:  black coffee
Favourite brands: Moi-meme-Moitie, Atelier Boz, Juliette&Justine
Favourite colour: white
Favourite thing to do: Sewing/drawing/writing/studying at some warm, quiet cafeteria and watch people passing by while drinking coffee and eating sweet buns. Even better if it's raining or snowing.
I like being alone - I  need plenty of so to say alone-time as I'm not the most social person in the world. So, during these times alone, I usually have a great chance to get myself into sewing and painting, or writing poems.

Interested in:
Lolita/aristocrat/gothic/mori/high fashion, beautiful music, arts, photography, SEWING & DESIGNING, studying, literature, culture, friendship, philosophy, mathematics, medical science and many others.

Sources of inspiration:
Flowers, nature, Japanese culture, magazines of many kinds (Ageha, Gothic&Lolita Bible, Vogue, ELLE etc.), poetry, music in general and especially visual kei bands (such as D, KayaMalice Mizer, Moi dix Mois, Versailles Philharmonic Quintet, Lacroix Despheres, Lareine, GPKISM etc.) + many Finnish metal bands (Apocalyptica, Children of Bodom, HIM, Nightwish, Sonata Arctica etc.) + other metal bands such as Chthonic (Chinese black/death metal), Eluveitie (Irish folk metal) and so many others + classical music.

What I also find very inspirational is the life itself. It is very important to try your best to find happiness and beauty in the smallest and most common things of your daily life.

The most respectable grandmother of ours. She has taught us many good values in life, such as always being kind, polite, calm and patient towards other people, and respect everyone and their opinions.
As for style icons: Mana, Hizaki, Kamijo and all of my lovely friends, of course.

Personality (shortly):
I'm kind, calm and understanding person with quite an unique sense of humour (which many people often misunderstand). I also appreciate (and aim towards to myself) education, good social skills, intelligence and the overall ability to understand and listen the people around you.
What matters to me the most in other people are the beautiful minds and hearts of them (personality, thoughts, passions etc.), not so much how they look like or what their preferred fashions are. In other words, a person's "inner side" is much more important than their looks, atleast for me. Afterall, through some personal experiences, I can prove it true that it is true when we say that beauty is deeper than skin. Furthermore, intelligence is freaking attractive!

And what I would like to say to the people who dislike me a lot for some reason is.. well, nothing else except: "Haters gonna hate and are very welcome! Have fun with your great attitude." :)

3.) Sewing and commissions

On this blog you will find a lot of information about Rosa Nitida as a small indie brand and about the commissions that I take every once in a while. More about commissions at the Commissions page.

My sewings get their inspiration from feathers, pearls, chains, crosses, butterflies and almost everything romantic and beautiful.
As I often state: I would never sell anything that I wouldn't wear myself.

For me sewing is a very dear hobby to delight not only myself but other people as well.
If you wish to collaborate with me, please do not hesitate to send me an e.mail to: rosanitida@hotmail.com

4.) Photo-shoots and tutorials

This blog is full of photo-shoots and tutorials that are either made by me, my friends or other people (professionals and non-professionals). I will upload some of the photos to the Gallery page which is constantly updating and growing. I hope you enjoy!

If there's anything to request, please let me know. I would be more than delighted to receive any recommendations and ideas. Concrit is also very highly appreciated.

You will find my (very old) make up and hair tutorials from my Youtube channel. More material, such as sewing tutorials, will be uploaded some day again. Hopefully I will have a better quality camera in my use some day...

5.) Rosa Nitida as a personal blog

As I try to keep my texts mostly related to my hobbies, such as lolita and aristocrat fashions, I won't be writing much about my personal daily life which includes a lot of studying, work and stress. My blog and sewing are my way to escape from the daily stress, and continue dreaming. However, if there's something that you would like to know more about me, please feel free to ask! I'm always happy to answer any questions.

6.) Promoting and Media

For now Rosa Nitida hasn't had much media existence - as I haven't been seeking for it.  However, I am hoping to some day have enough time to introduce everyone and the media something proper, such as a full Rosa Nitida collection, Some day...

If you know someone who would be interested in working with me, or promoting my blog/Rosa Nitida, please feel free to let me know. Collaborations in the future are possible, but for now done only if I find enough time as I am very busy with many other things in my life.

NOTICE: I am very interested in promoting other websites/blogs etc. in my blog, especially if the site includes something that is somehow related to what I do and find interesting (artists and bloggers are welcomed to join the listing). So, do not hesitate to send me e-mail in case you wish to get your site on Rosa Nitida! :)

7.) Contact information

For questions, commission or collaboration requests and messages of any kind, please feel free to send me e-mail to rosanitida@hotmail.com or contact me through Facebook or Tumblr.