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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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Start the week with a bit of lust

10 Sep

On a Monday, as well as needing 20 shots of coffee, I like to think of what I really want to buy. A lust item, so that I hit the working week running because without doing well at my job, I’m not going to be able to afford my ‘Lust item’ so see it as motivation!
This week – a satchel from the Cambridge Satchel Company. I’ve never been a ‘handbag woman’ . Most of mine are purchased from H&M or Primarni (Primark) because they’re cheap, cheerful, and doesn’t matter if my bottle of water leaks, or it becomes chocker block full of old bus tickets, receipts or random packets of chewing gum.

However, as I reach the half way point of my 25th yeah, I feel the time has come for a ‘grown up’ handbag, and so as I trawled through Instagram I found someone blogging about their new Cambridge Satchel and it was love at first sight.

They have such a wide array of choice it’s brilliant – so many different colours what with the classic, fluro and pastel collections! Although it does lead to the issue… What colour to go for?!

 

But I think electric blue gets my vote

 

 

If you’re a mug, I’m a mug.

7 Sep

A rather inspirational bloke reminded me today of one thing I’ve been searching high and low for – a new mug.

Mugs are a serious business. Many times before I’ve bought a mug on a whim and how I’ve regretted it.

A mug, especially a work mug, must be of a good size. It cannot be too delicate as it gets shoved into the dishwasher or ends up at the bottom of the sink, it must feel good to hold and warm your hands up in the Winter months but be colourful and interesting to look at whilst you sit working tirelessly.

My hunt for the right work mug continues, I’ll know when the time is right, but for now, here are my top contenders.

Colourful, good shape, it’s a different pattern and only £5 johnlewis.com

Loving this mug. It is right up top at the moment. Keeps making me laugh every time I look at it. Good size, good colours, great design. £9.95 Johnlewis.com

It’s Le Creuset. And if you don’t know what Le Creuset is, we need to have a chat. Proper good, solid mugs. Good colours, the Le Creuset colours. Makes me nostalgic and think of my Mum. £8.50

Herdy Sheep Peep Mug

Can’t lie. I like sheep. Nice bright colours. Possibly too small a mug size (remember size is importance…) £12.00 notonthehighstreet.com

I love a good fox and I like the repeating pattern. £10 Heal’s

Anthropologies hits gold again with this beautiful cup. Like the gypsy feel and the fact that there’s the hand painted design at the bottom. £10

So no one steals my mug – ‘H is for Hare’ from Urbanoutfitters £9

See – I still don’t know what to go for. This is the biggest dilemma of my life.
#whichmug

 

Fallen into Friday!

7 Sep

Well hoorah for that! I had a couple of days off but I’m still glad it’s Friday already!

Friends leaving drinks tonight, so tried to make it a good Friday outfit

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Bunny dress! Firstly love the print and the colour – nice dusky blue on a light coffee colour. The cut is perfect for me too! Teamed with denim jacket and flip flops

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Tousled hair again to keep it casual. Bit of eyeliner, and then red red lipstick! I love red lipstick! Especially this matte red from Revlon.

Happy Friday!