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Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Tattoo - Foot







I finally got another tattoo last Wednesday, yey! I've been trying to decide what to get for ages, and as it was half term last week, I went out and treated myself.

After much soul searching and trying to find something meaningful to enhance the temple that is my body (as if lol!) I acted a bit out of character, and decided to go with something purely frivolous and trendy...and I cringe as I type, but it's also inspired by someone I don't particularly love....Nicole Richie ...arrrrggghhh!

Still, it's a cool tattoo, and I'm waiting for it to heal. It looks really pretty and didn't cost too much, so it was a quick fix until I can afford to get a more detailed one.

The reason I'm blogging it is, although it's quite small, it hurt like a mother f*£%er!!! For anyone considering a tatt on their foot/ankle...be warned! I like to consider I've got a fairly high tolerance to pain, and none of my other tattoos made me squeal like a little girl, but I felt as if someone had taken a lit match and was trying to carve fire into my foot. Honestly, it was a real bum clencher lol!

The worst part I would say was the cross on my foot, and the chain around the outside of my ankle. The inner ankle didn't really hurt (just like a normal scratch...nothing major. It was more like my other tattoos.)

Sooooo, I'm glad I've got it, but I won't be rushing into another one on my foot very soon (call that never lol!). My wise friend Rachel says that it's akin to childbirth....something that hurts like a bugger at the time, and you swear you'll never do it again, but you forget about the pain....and then do it again after all. Hmm, think I might still need some convincing on that one...and I'll probably have to be dragged to the tattoo parlour for my next one lol!

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Art - Plamen Temelkov











Plamen Temelkov is a fantastic artist from Plovdiv, in Bulgaria. He is a nouveau impressionism artist, which means that he paints figures, landscapes, interiors and nudes using broad, flat colours.


I'm posting some examples of his work, but he has several online galleries at http://www.plamentemelkov.com/




I absolutely love his work, and I think more people should have an opportunity to see it.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Bobalicious































I have always loved bobs. I know we're encourage to evolve our style as we get older, and try to keep up with trends, but I've noticed my hair is always a version of a bob of some sort. It's a revelation that just hit me. Whether it's layered, coloured, with a fringe or without, or long, short, mid-length etc...it's still a bob of sorts. I've managed to convince myself that over the past 10 years I've had several styles, but ,thinking about it truthfully, I've just morphed between chin-length styles to shoulder-length styles, all based around a straight baseline and long layers.

I think as we age, we learn what suits us and what styles make us truly happy. I'm happy with a bob. It can look punky, retro, smart, chic and bohemian depending on how you style it. Bobs can be versatile (depending on length) as to whether you want to wear them curly, straight, up or down. The best thing is they are relatively low maintenance, so long as you own the right styling tools (straighteners are normally a MUST!)

I'm posting some of my favourite bobs on here. these are the styles I tend to stick with and I think the celebs look great wearing them (Christina Applegate, Katie Holmes, Gwynyth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway)

I am currently sporting a shoulder-length bob with no fringe (just grown out along with the last lot of layers). I spend about 20 mins a day blow-drying my bob if I want it to look really shiny and healthy, otherwise I wash my hair at night, leave to dry naturally, and go for a more wavy, casual look. With more options for straighteners on the market, I've got a relatively inexpensive pair by Remmington, which can be used wet or dry; it takes me roughly 10 minutes to turn my waves into glossy brunette tresses.

I'm going to the hairdressers next week; considering going for a more angled bob, with the front slightly longer than the back. So long as I can still scoop it up into a ponytail for sports and slobbing out, it should be a chic, modern style that involves minimum fuss on a Monday morning...

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