Model Tattoos

So when I owned my bakery in the UK, one of my best customers (and eventually a friend) was the local tattoo artist. So, I have to say that tattoos have become a very prominent thing in my life since then. Not so much getting one, Lord knows I could not sit still that long without whinging, but I’ve become fascinated with what tattoos people have chosen to get.
I’ve also moved to a country where tattoos are very significant. The Maori people get tattoos for cultural reasons. I’m not familiar with all the different reasons, I know that a facial tattoo has to be ok’ed by authorial figures and that originally tattoos were symbolic of participation in battle.

As we all know, I do quite like clothes. If you don’t know, then you’ll get to know.
So when I was browsing ASOS the other day, one image jumped out at me. One of the models had a tattoo on her arm. She was the only model on the site to have an obvious tattoo that was clearly visible in every single one of her shots.
These two interests collided and thus this blog post was born.

Oh that was a lot of writing to get to a small point!
Bare with!

I did a bit of research into the subject matter and it turns out that a lot of models have tattoos, although a lot of them are very small (the models and their tattoos) so that they can be hidden with make up for photo shoots. I suppose it’s practical, no one wants to be sitting in make up for five hours to do a twenty minute shoot because they’re covered in tattoos.

Of course, there are the Suicide Girls who are trying to break away from the cookie cutter stereotype of beauty but I think that’s an extreme so I won’t go too far into that here.
By the way though, tattoos and piercings are A-OK by my standards but those poses are not. Having a tattoo does not automatically make you a skank so put your bits away. Thanks.

I have to say that I’m fascinated by these 3D tattoos. That leg art is amazing, I can’t even visualize her leg being whole. Awesome job!

Now, without sounding hugely sexist here, I also believe that there’s a different standard for tattoos for men and women. For instance, women had “tramp stamps” but men don’t. There are masculine tattoos and feminine tattoos. Women tend to have tattoos in different places to men and particularly so that they can cover them up.
All of this has been incredibly interesting and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning more about tattoos on models and people in general.

Saying all of that – I an never ever getting a tattoo.

Summertime and the Living is Easy

Here in the Southern Hemisphere, it is nearly summer!
Although it doesn’t really feel like it here at the moment, it will soon be time to break out the BBQ, the short skirts and the large brimmed summer hats. I can’t wait 🙂
By the time autumn rolls around, our family will have had 12 months worth of summer due to our move from the UK to New Zealand. I’m certainly not going to complain about that at all.

So here’s a little look at some of the pretty things available for this summer.

1. This blue barrel bag carries all the essentials. From your summer lip balm and sunscreen, to a lovely summer salad for lunch. Bright colours are on trend for summer, but if you’re not into wearing bright block colour from head to toe, then a bag like this will help you achieve the look anyway. Pair this with some killer heels and you’ll look right at home at the office. We love transition pieces! The more looks for a small price, the better!

2. I pinned this costume because I cannot wear bikinis but I deserve to be able to frolick in the waves like everyone else. This colour is beautiful and will look amazing with a tan or a dark skin tone.
The detail around the bust is good to draw eyes away from a belly (that would be me) and the slight ruche is flattering to move figures.

3. Peter Pan collars are really flattering and really pretty. The colour contrast of this dress is really nice and the lines of the dress are lovely. This is the type of dress I would wear with heels, a nice bag and a pretty updo. It would be a shame to hide the beautiful collar.

4. Florals are always big for spring and summer. That’s no secret by any means. However, instead of looking like a 70’s curtain set, you might want to introduce florals in small doses. A nice pair of heels like this would do wonders for an outfit and paired with the barrel bag, well I would mug someone for that outfit to be fair.

5, I love yellow. I love retro clocks. I think this combination is just gold. That’s pretty much all I have to say about this. Except I cannot buy this. I can’t stand the constant ticking of clocks so digital it is!

6. Everyone needs to stay sun safe. That includes remembering your sunscreen, staying out of the midday sun and wearing a hat. And if you’re going to wear a hat, you might as well wear a hat. I like this neutral colour and the pretty ribbon. I actually have one similiar that I bought in Thailand. If you ever wanted a hat, that’s the place to go. The street vendors line the streets with thousands and thousands of hats on their stalls.

Is there anything you’re really itching to try out this summer? A trend or something you’ve been waiting for the sun for?

DIY Finishing Touches

The holidays are coming. It’s no good sticking your head in the sand and pretending it’s not happening.
If you’re trying that method, you need a reality check. Go cash it now.
And with the holidays come family. They come to stay, they come to eat, they come to judge. Don’t try and act like you don’t do it too. Whenever family is together, there’s tension and people are judging each other. It’s just the way it is.
A good idea is to make everyone feel at home to relieve the tension.

People like to feel like you’ve planned for them and that they’re not imposing on your home. There are a few ways to make them feel better about being there and a few days to impress even your snooty mother-in-law.

1. Have a pamper hamper ready:
It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy, just a nice wicker basket, vintage metal tin or even a cardboard box covered in some nice paper. Add some bubble bath, some scented soap, a soft facecloth and a nice candle. Your guests will be champing at the bit to get to the bathroom and relax. And it’ll get them out of your hair for a little bit.

2. Have a snack handy:
A bowl on the dresser with a packet of biscuits or a nut mix is perfect. Meal times are different in every household and that means that people will get hungry or snacky at different times. There has never been a time when I’ve been to stay at someone’s house and not been peckish before bed. A bottle of water would be nice too, save all of your glasses ending up in the spare bedroom.

3. Bring your guests into the fold:
The one thing that is really amazing about hotel rooms is the towels. It’s always nice to have a neat pile of clean, fluffy towels on your bed. I suggest providing a few different sizes so that guests can choose which one suits them. Depending on how much you like your guests, you can go wild with towel folding! I was a maid for a little bit and they taught us how to fold towels in a simple way that looks elegant and pretty.

You can also fold the toilet paper into a point. It’s something that hotels do to show that the roll hasn’t been used before. While that’s not practical for a home all the time, if your guests have their own bathroom then it’s a nice touch.

And of course, if your guests aren’t sharing a common bathroom then it’s a good idea to pop some extra stuff in there in case they’ve forgotten anything. A spare toothbrush, a bar of extra soap, a new razor. Practical and helpful at the same time.

4. The finishing touch counts:
Have a nice vase of flowers ready for your guests. It makes the room smell nice and flowers are proven to improve people’s moods. Even if they’re your favourite flowers and not your guests’, the thought still counts and you’ll feel more positive about the whole thing. If your guests are allergic to pollen then get some fake flowers. They work just as well without the allergy to it.

I hope these help and that you feel more relaxed when your guests come to stay next!