At SAINT we love finding local bloggers and fashion icons to talk too. Today we caught up with Instagram blogger, Lolita Pink or to many people she is Sarah Miller. The 26-year-old trainee visual merchandiser talked to us about her wacky fashion style, crazy hair colours and her recent trip to America.
Hi Sarah, thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. We are in love with your fashion style! Who is your style icon?
This sounds so stupid but Mary-Kate Olsen, I live for her and her style is so elegant I can’t even describe how unreal she is. I take a lot of style influence at the minute from drag queens, if I see a sequinned dress I need to have it. My style is a lot more crazy than what it used to be. For pride this year I went as Dead Barbie, I wanted to do it last year but I changed to a mermaid but this year I had to do.
Have you ever felt like you could not be yourself through fashion?
Not really, if people don’t like what I wear then that doesn’t really bother me. However, when I worked at Zara, I couldn’t be my self at all and it really got to me. I had to dye my hair brown and I got depressed during that time. I went through a really bad stage because my parents were in hospital and with me not being to express myself at work I just hated life but as soon as I left, I dyed my hair straight away. When I started working for H&M I felt like my old self had returned. I feel a lot confident now since being there, no one ever judges me for the way I look and it makes me feel really good about myself.
Talk us through your style. What are you looking at for inspiration these days?
My style is more gender fluid. I don’t put myself in a gender. If I want to dress up as a boy I will and if I feel like dressing like a girl then I will. I know that it bothers people when they see me dressed as a boy. When I was on the train, people were staring at me and all I could do was just not care, it doesn’t bother me at all. I wake up each day and become whoever I want.
So what does your boyfriend think of you being gender fluid?
Again he really isn’t bothered. He knew that I was different when we first met and he said that he fell in love with me because of how different I am. It was only last year that I told him I was gender fluid and I didn’t expect his reaction. I thought he would be funny but he was really happy that he finally got to learn who the real me was.
Have you always liked to experiment with your fashion look?
It all started when I was around 15 years old, just before I took my GCSE’s. All of a sudden, I decided that I really liked fashion so I started making my own bags and I’d do embroidery on bags. I fell in love with one that had my name on in Thai and people started asking me to make them a bag and all though I was flattered, I wanted it to be something that only I had. I experimented more when I was in sixth form. I went through a stage where I pretended I was French so I had the beret on, I wore a lot of stripes and everything.
And what do your parents think of the way you look?
They just really let me get on with it even to this day. With my fashion style, whenever I walk down the stairs with a hat on they shout: “Oioi, here comes Boy George!” and I always laugh and go “hey guys!” as if it is a compliment. The way I walk down the stairs, I make everything dramatic and all about me. Yeah they take the piss out of me but at the end of the day, they love me for who I am and always will. My Mam especially, she show’s her friends photo of me and the one thing they always comment on is my style and hair colour.
You always seem to change your hair colour and style, what makes you do this?
I like to look different a lot of the time. I go through stages where I want to be characters so for example, my recent hair was inspired by My Little Pony but I’m bored of it now but since I have been every colour under the sun I don’t know what to do next.
When I was younger I used to be obsessed with wanting curly hair so I would go to the extreme and spray hairspray on my curlers and even more on my hair.
Did you ever get wrong of your parents for doing that?
They weren’t too happy but at the end of the day, I never set the house (or my hair) on fire.
Would you ever do your hair one colour on one side and another colour on the other side?
I’ve already done that [laughs] I did my hair pink and blue a long time ago. I really want to do Cruella de Vil so I think that will most likely be my next character.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
At the minute, i’m digging Zara and Lazy Oaf. Lazy Oaf is very quirky, it has stuff with 101 Dalmatians on and it’s very pastel goth. I change my style too often so it always change.
What is your go to piece of clothing?
Culottes all the way. I live in them. If I’m having a bad day or want to wear something comfy I’d definitely just stick a pair of them on. I’d style it with a black frilly shirt, long waist coat with a hat. A big hat is a must! I like people to notice me. Culotte’s are the most casual piece of clothing I will wear or smart joggers, the Divided section in H&M have some really nice ones in at the minute
In what way would you say you dress differently?
I don’t feel like I do, although I know a lot of people will say different. To me it is normal. A lot of people point at me. When I was in America, people came up to me in the airport and said to me that no ones dresses up anymore to come to the airport and she told me I looked stunning and that I looked better than everyone in this airport, I nearly died at that point because I was so happy about what she had said.
When you went to San Fransisco and Las Vegas, did you dress differently in both locations?
Yeah! Vegas I was very classy. I wore long gloves, all black long dresses and everything. I wanted to make a statement to people to pretend that I have lots of money. I wanted to play a totally different character to what I usually do, I wanted to play a rich wife of a gambler, which I was playing on a lot. I spent over £2000 on makeup from the likes Anastasia Beverly Hills and Sephora I just went crazy. It was amazing.
In San Fran, I was my casual self. Very trendy and relaxed. We went to smaller towns around them locations and I would still dress up even though people were wearing hiker boots. I wanted to stand out.
Were the reactions bigger in the smaller towns compared to the likes of Vegas?
Yes! They were totally backwards with their fashion style and I could definitely tell that the locals didn’t like me. They gave me this look as to if they were saying: “What is she? Who is she?” y’know? One night, they were all sitting outside this bar and the looks some of them gave me, I’ve never been stared at so much in my life.
We loved that photo that you took in the desert that you posted on Instagram, how did you come up with such an idea as to do a random photo shoot in the middle of no where?
I knew I wanted to do a range of different photos of me before I went over there and I already planned the outfit that I would use. I said to my boyfriend on the way to Vegas come on let’s do a photo here so I got changed in the backseat of the car and just went for it.
What do you like most about the grunge/pastel goth trend?
I like the trend because it gets a reaction out of people. I like anything that gets a reaction it draws away the fact that, I know this will sound weird, but that I am half race. People just think that I am English and I rather have words like freak shouted at me rather than something racist. I’d rather be called a freak any day of the week because I just push it off because I think I’m mint haha.
What tips would you give anyone who is wanting more inspiration to up their fashion style game?
Literally just go for it, it’s easier to do it when you’re young rather than when you’re older because no one cares. I’ve found that the older I have gotten, it’s become really difficult for me to be who I am. I always wonder when is the right age for me to stop wearing a mini skirt or something unique. Use Instagram too, you can get so much recognition of Instagram so make the most of it.
You can follow Sarah on her Instagram at @lolita_pink