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It’s just another work of art

2 Oct

At 3:50PM on Monday 1st October, I welcomed baby number 4 and baby number 5 to the family yesterday afternoon. No, not twins. The newest members of my tattoo family were inked.
If I was in a line up, and someone was asked to pick who would have a tattoo, I’d say odds on I wouldn’t be picked. I’m normally wearing pretty little dresses, I don’t look ‘hard’ or ‘punk’, I enjoy Twilight, and Xfactor and silly programs. I look like a candidate that would cry if I felt the prick of a needle, and only likes cuddling very fluffy kittens.

The prejudice against people with tattoos very much lives on. My tattooist yesterday, a lovely lady with a 17 year old son and a 13 year old daughter, had tattoos everywhere – even on her palm which I can’t imagine how much that hurt. When choosing the area to have my tattoos, I asked if my heart tattoo could move a little bit closer towards my hand. She refused to do it. She said that any half decent tattoo parlours will not tattoo on hands. The reason why? Because of the prejudices that are still alive and well in the UK today. My mumsy tattooist said that people won’t actually sit next to her on the bus because of what she looks like, and she didn’t want that to happen towards me. She pointed out, and unfortunately I agree, employers will frown on visible tattoos which could greatly effect my chances of getting a job in the future. It’s sad but true. Does a tattoo have any effect on my ability to work? No. My ambition? No. My work effects? No.

Having a tattoo does not change me whatsoever. I was asked why I have tattoos. And it took me awhile to answer. But in the end, my tattoos all symbolise something that is important to me, things that I always want to keep in mind. They are for myself, and not for anyone else. If anything they make me a better person because I’ve always got reminders of what is important.
And to be honest, if someone can stick a toilet in the middle of a white room and call it art, then so are tattoos.
Tattoo number 1 – Fairy Queen – Midsummer nights dream – what can I say – I love that play.

Tattoo numer 2  – half moon and stars – because I always believed that if I wished hard enough I would get the roller skates I wanted. 18 years later and I did.

Tattoo number 3  – apple blossom – to always remember my Mum and my home that I loved.

Tattoo number 4- simple heart, so that even when I’m at my most cynical, I don’t forget that I’ve always believed in romance and to always follow my heart and never to settle for less.

Tattoo number 5 – birds – to remember to never be dependant on anyone, that I am fine and happy on my own, and to always be free.

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Where’s my head at?!

19 Sep

Do you ever have weeks when you literally don’t know what is happening?
It’s been a hectic week and it’s only Wednesday! So far I’ve done things I’ve enjoyed, been involved in things I haven’t enjoyed, and stopped from doing things I would enjoy.
My brain can’t even communicate what to write. So here are some pictures to explain what’s been happening over the past 5 days, including a couple of songs which have been at the top of my recently played list.

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How to spend an evening with your pjs…

14 Sep

Firstly.

Buy new pjs

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Run a bubble bath and make sure pjs are ready and waiting

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Get out of bath and put on said new pjs

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(Team with freshly washed face and hair shoved in a high bun)

Slip on slippers

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Then realise you are actually posing in your pjs and must get a life

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                             !Voila!

They know how to get me excited…

14 Sep

I absolutely love Burberry Prorsum and love this teaser video, which, incidentally, has one of my all time favourite songs as the backing track.

 

 

Christopher Bailey, I adore you.

Beauty pick of the month

13 Sep

For me, has to be Maybelline Eye Shadow Gel Liner in black. I stumbled across this by mistake whilst flicking through a magazine at the hairdressers, but as soon as my blow dry was done I headed straight for Boots to pick this up.

I am definitely no expert with liquid eye liner. Normally one eye goes drastically wrong and I have to take the whole thing off. However, with this gel liner, which incidentally comes in a neat little pot and brilliant applicator brush, if I do make a mistake it’s easily correctable.

Mac do a similar version, but does not come with the applicator brush, and Maybelline is a steal at £7.99.

I’ve been having great fun trying out different styles and flicks.

Highly recommended – a must have for any makeup bag!

 

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The Mann family

9 Sep

Well, actually, we’re more of a mob.

A quick few facts:-

There’s 5 children
Katy is the oldest, 42
I’m the youngest, 25

We do not hug, we do not kiss. We’re pretty much an emotionally retarded family. Most of the time we try to catch each other out with carefully worded insults. People don’t like when we ‘debate’. Most of them are too clever for their own good (myself not included). Our favourite film is Withnail and I, if you don’t like it, I probably won’t like you.

Our mum sadly passed away boxing day 1999.

My sister’s got married. Both said they didn’t want children. But Audrey Grace Johnston was conceived in Paris in 2006 and was born 27th December 2006.

She is my only niece. She was born profoundly deaf. She is the most animated, imaginative and sweet little girl you’ll ever meet and this weekend I got to see her.

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                Messing about in the sun

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We went to Kew Gardens, to see Grease at the open air cinema. During a ‘sex’ scene in a car, Audrey asked, “are they trying to squeeze out the window?”.

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Audrey dressed herself for her evening out…

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                         Audrey and Katy

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                        Beautiful evening

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         Audrey messing about with James

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   Henry and Aud’s Lego building workshop

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            My ‘tattoo’ to show my ‘husband’

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                            Audrey and me

Not everything that glitters is gold

8 Sep

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After using selotape it worked!

So happy with them right now… now for the right hand