Tattoos and Future Tattoo Ideas

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As much as my parents hate it, I think tattoos are so cool. They are literally pieces of art you can get inscribed to your body which can fill you with confidence and remind you of stuff that keeps you happy and even remind you of things very close to your heart. Obviously, especially after getting my first tattoo, I do know of a lot more people who aren’t a fan and that’s fair enough. But I can assure everyone who tells me I’m going to regret my tattoos and want them removed one day (yes I’m looking at you parents), I don’t think that’s going to be the case and I’m very self-assured in that. Growing up as a female, I’m surrounded by stupid media trying to push the idea my body will not be good enough no matter what, and unfortunately a lot of the time it does succeed in that peer pressure. I’ve always loved art since I was young and growing up I can see the beauty and talent in a lot of tattoo artist’s work so obviously I was very drawn to getting a tattoo the past year and a bit cause I found so many amazing artists on Instagram. Some of my favourite artists that I follow on Instagram include the artists who did my lovely pieces; Hannah(@hfvtattoo) and Bekki(@bekki.lana.tattoo) – as well as other artists @alexrowntreetattoo, @laurenharpertattoo, @chelsietattoo, @tkennedyuk, @lydiatattoos, @kiki_tattoos, @hugotattooer, @warahshitehouse etc., the list goes on and I’ll probably find even more amazing artists in the future! I recommend you all check them out!

So far the tattoos I have is a beautiful My Neighbour Totoro piece on my right thigh by Hannah (@hfvtattoo, also can be found through Bravest Kids Tattoo facebook page). I got it in January of this year as my first ever tattoo and although it was way more painful than I expected – I bloody love it. I get so many compliments on it whenever people see it and it makes me feel really happy with my upper legs, considering a lot of the time I despise the size of them.

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My Tattoo about 10 hours after it was done!
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Recent image of my tattoo! (Excuse rubbish quality)

So my next tattoo is very recent, in fact so recent I still haven’t got it completed! I plan to go back and visit Bekki, (she’s a lovely, talented apprentice who works at Flesh Tattoo in Manchester) and get the dotwork shading completely finished! Admittedly, I must have been hell in the form of a client for Bekki, bless her patience, since I got it on the back of my left calf but my leg wouldn’t stop involuntarily twitching! It got so bad that, to make sure she could get the detail on the cat’s eyes done well, my boyfriend had to hold my leg down so it wouldn’t kick off. I was so embarassed! However so far, Bekki has done an amazing job on it – it’s a dotwork piece of my cat’s face! His name is Cozmo and he’s my first proper pet and I love him so much, so I decided to get his face tattooed on my leg. I’ve always wanted to get a small tattoo dedicated to my cat so this was very much a planned design. I can’t wait to get it finished.

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So of course, like most people who get tattoos, there’s a certain want to get more after getting some. I have one or two more tattoos planned and I’m not sure where or when I want to get them but I have basic ideas in my head of stuff I’d quite like. I’ve always loved the idea of more tattoos on my legs to help my confidence with my legs, but I’d also maybe like one on my inner arm! My older sisters both have recently gotten tattoos in dedication to my parents and I’d love to have one as well. I’m not entirely sure what design but that’ll probably be my next tattoo! I also want to get a nice bumblebee tattoo because it’d have quite a lot of meaning to me. Manchester uses a bee as a symbol called the Worker Bee. It was adopted as a motif in the Industrial Revolution and is meant to represent Manchester’s hard work during the era, now in my hometown you can find the Manchester Worker Bee illustrated on lampposts, bins; you can even get Manchester merchandise/souvenirs with it on. As well as it being a motif to my hometown, obviously bees are special to me because of my blog name! The bee tattoo would remind me of a turn in my life where I got the confidence to start writing and develop my blog. It also represents my change of attitude to my life ambitions, as during this time when I started my blog I decided to apply for University and write a lot more about my views. I think if it wasn’t for my blog a lot of things in my life would not have happened and I never regret making it.

So what tattoos do you guys have or want? Any favourite tattoo artists?

Thanks for reading,

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My eco-friendly resolutions for 2016

Being environmentally friendly has been a lowkey obsession in the back of my brain since I was a child and first heard about global warming. As a young kid with anxiety, the thought of destroying the earth really fuelled me with fear and guilt. I was very scared for everyone in my life and would get really upset whenever anyone in my family did ‘non’ environmentally friendly things like chucking away paper.

I always related heavily to that one episode of My Name is Earl where Earl tries to help a guy he wronged in the past, to find out this guy helps out at an Environment commune. He is educated on global warming then goes into a frenzy of trying to convince everyone to help the earth, he then hears news about pollution in China and feels like that he is doing nothing good. The leader of the commune then teaches him to spend 5 minutes a day helping save the planet. Everyone has to do their little bit. This has always stuck with me and I firmly believe everyone has a small responsibility to help the earth even in the smallest way they can. Whether it’s switching off lights that shouldn’t be on, walking instead of driving, taking public transport, gardening and planting more, donating to animal/environmental conservation – even if it’s £1 a month, anything is better than nothing!

It still saddens me to hear that global warming is taking it’s toll on the earth, especially lately when a lot of land near me was distraught from floods caused by ‘Storm Desmond’. I want to see change as I grow older and I want my children to grow up knowing they need to look after the planet they are on as there is only one earth.

I’ve not made many resolutions for the new year however I’ve decided, it’s time I make a couple! I’m going to try and stick to some environmental resolutions this year and here is what I’m going to do!

  1. Walk more – I have a bad habit of pestering my parents for lifts when I can’t be bothered. Which is really lazy and cheeky of me really, however this year I am trying to convince myself to walk more. Not only is it healthy for me, it also saves any emissions from car or taxi rides.
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  2. Cut out even more dairy/meat productsAgriculture is responsible for 80% of US water consumption and 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. The news never tells us that does it? Even scarier – livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land. Imagine how many forests, conservation or even homes could be in those places instead of mass breeding of livestock and food for said livestock. In 2015 I have slowly transitioned into a vegetarian lifestyle and in 2016 I am going to continue making sure I do not contribute to the meat industry footprint, I am going as far to even try and teach myself more vegan recipes so I can use even less animal product.
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  3. Save that greywater – It’s recently clocked to me how much water we just let go down the drain during showers/morning washes/baths and let the water turn into soiled, sewer water. However you can reuse this ‘grey water’ in some ways. Using buckets or tubs or whatever you can to catch shower water or scoop up bath water after use, you can then reuse it to do many things, for example ‘bucket’ flush the toilet (some toilets can use up to 5 gallons of water each flush), water non-edible plants outside (it has been recommended to pour this water on the soil surrounding plants) or even possibly handwash small items! As long as the water doesn’t go down the plug it’s perfectly ok to reuse it! 
  4. Open the damn blinds or get up earlier– This one could be seen as nit picky, but when I am in my bedroom I tend to have the main light turned on majority of the day. Which now I look at it, I could save a lot of energy from making some changes. If I woke up early and did anything I needed to do in my room in the daylight with the blinds open and then spent any evening time downstairs sharing the living room light with my family. I’d save so much!
  5. Shampoo Bars over Bottles – LUSH do a lovely range of ‘shampoo’ and ‘conditioner’ bars which are solid blocks of organic product you can just massage into your hair and they will instantly lather up. I’m almost finishing a small bar of Lush Seanik and it is very lovely and now to save the waste of plastic bottles I am considering getting another shampoo bar when this one is completely and utterly dissolved. This idea should work well alongside my previous idea of saving greywater.
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  6. Reusable Sanitary Pads – I have mentioned these in a previous post and here I am bringing up this unspeakable idea again. Reusable cloth sanitary pads are really useful for both you and the environment. Apparently in North America it is estimated 20 billion pads and tampons are discarded each year. Using, washing and keeping care of reusable pads is a completely other topic I am not going to go in to, but I have used them before and I have had positive experiences with these so this year I am going to try and keep on using them!
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So yeah those are my 2016 resolutions to reduce my global warming footprint! Are you guys doing anything to help the planet this year? Feel free to comment and follow me on Instagram for any updates in my planet loving life!

 

Thanks for reading,

Helena x x

Halloween Week Goals

I feel like I should have hashtagged ‘Goals’.

I probably have mentioned before how much I love the Autumn/Winter season, if not there’s my statement of adoration towards this time of year. I love getting excited for Halloween and Christmas, although every October I get so hyped up for Halloween by all the store-based and online hysterics leading up to Halloween, whether it’s BuzzFeed going on about loads of cute Halloween recipes/costumes or online illustrations to do with Halloween – I get so excited and when the week comes round it’s kind of a let down. Unfortunately in the past I’ve rarely gone out on Halloween, and as I’ve become to old for trick or treating – I end up just spending it as another day. I really miss when I was young and my adjacent family (e.g cousins, aunties) would have Halloween do’s where we’d all get together and just sit around but there’d be Halloween themed food and music. So I decided spontaneously about half an hour ago, I’d try to actually get some stuff done next week that is going to end with Halloween.

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Obviously carving a pumpkin lantern is on the top of my list. Although it’s a lot of hassle and work (and I have possibly the weakest arms out of everyone I know including my baby nieces), I really want to do one! I like the ideas behind Jack O Lanterns on how they are used to protect houses from the undead or spiritual creatures. Online you can find a lot of interesting tutorials and stencils for funky pumpkin lanterns, one of my favourites I found whilst browsing was from a Swedish blogger called Ruth! She does a tutorial with instructions in both Swedish and English on how to make a pumpkin lantern covered in stars!

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Next up on my ‘Halloween Goals’, is trying to do some themed baking. I used to really enjoy baking when I was younger but recently I’ve become more rubbish at it; a good example is a week or two ago when I tried to make blue vegan vanilla cupcakes which ended up tasting really undercooked and the icing ended up looking like radioactive blue butter…
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But practice makes perfect! So I want to try again next week on something that’s hopefully less likely to turn into sickly goop. ‘Oh She Glows’ is one of my favourite blogs to gaze over when I want to find recipes and on her blog she has a recipe for vegan homemade Rolo knockoffs! I remember Rolo’s being absolutely delicious so I like the idea of trying them. They only require 5 ingredients too!

Finally arts and crafts are always fun no matter what age you are. The Tesco’s website has the awesome idea of egg box Bats. They help reuse the old egg box and only really require googly eyes and paint! Pinterest had some other great examples including making swirling hanging ghosts! You can also make characters like bats or ghosts out of old toilet paper tubes! All these little crafty pieces would look so cool as decorations around the house!

So my plan for next week is..

Tuesday – Make Halloween decorations
Thursday – Make Halloween treats
Friday – Carve a glorious pumpkin

And you can hold me to that! I will post about my experiences with being more crafty and Halloween next week. Are you guys doing anything interesting for Halloween? I’d love to hear!

Thanks for reading,
Lenah x x

P.S I found this adorable video whilst searching for Halloween recipes and ideas: