I had a couple more little additions this Friday 13th. I just realised I haven’t actually posted about my tattoos or piercings yet – I have a few, I’ll probably tell you about them at some point. I did take part in Tattoo Talk with The Guy With The Owl Tattoo a few weeks ago so if you’re interested take a look at his blog.

Anyway, I love Friday 13th tattoo specials. Although most of my tattoos are larger, custom pieces, I like little fun things sometimes – I’ve started filling my left thigh with random smaller pieces that catch my eye.

Waiting it out with my friends for the last minute flash designs by my favourite artists (I always keep an eye on what Haunted come up with in particular), or turning up at random studios who don’t show their flash in advance (like The Circle) is loads of fun. And my friends on social media get really hyped up for it a few days before.

This year I went with my tattoo buddy, Georgia (we have matching heart shaped fruit friendship tattoos on our bums) to Laura Gascoyne at Never Say Die in Croydon and Curtis Pettigrove at Haunted in Holloway.

The decision to go to Laura was REALLY last minute. Laura is an amazingly talented (and seriously cool) apprentice at Never Say Die – I’ve fallen in love with some of her designs and have plans to work with her on an evil toy piece. She was one of very few artists offering actual £13 tattoos (most places are £31, or £66, or £130 – or maybe that’s just London?) – not only were they cheaper than most other designs I’d seen, a lot of them were really me. I wanted more than one from her – she had an adorable ice cream (which I’m going back for during the week) and a spaceship, but I only had time for one so I went for a lotus flower.

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Now I know a lotus flower isn’t very Friday 13th, but it was perfect to go in a little spot I wanted to fill. The placement of one of my large pieces has made a sternum or rib piece impossible, so I’d been wanting a little something just under the centre of my bra. And since my large side pieces are both Japanese designs, one with lotus flowers, this little one goes perfectly. I really love it, and I think Laura did a fantastic job, her linework is perfect.

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Georgia also got a piece from Laura – some cute love hearts on her foot. She was wearing the perfect outfit – featuring the Black Milk Clothing Candy Hearts Wifey Top.

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Later in the day we went to Haunted, where I had a bit of a mash up of two of Curtis’ flash designs. Freddy and Jason, so a bit more Friday 13th than my lotus flower! I’m a huge horror fan, and these were the perfect size and shape to fit in a gap on my thigh (above a previous Friday 13th/Valentines design I got from Steve Baron at Haunted earlier this year).

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The picture I have of them at the moment is terrible – I’m quite bruised under Jason’s mask still.

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I’d love to see anyone else’s Friday 13th tattoos!

L xx

All photos my own (with assistance from Georgia).

I love my food, so this will be a long post! I had planned on just doing one food post for the whole trip, but that’s just not going to be possible…

Day One – Airport Food (Amsterdam, somewhere over the Atlantic and Seattle)

Ok, so technically this isn’t really US trip food (at least not until you get down to the McDonalds, haha) but I like to be concise.

I started the trip with a breakfast pretzel from Starbucks at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. It was AMAZING. I love pretzels, and I love pretzel bread even more. This one was filled with prosciutto, provolone and sun dried tomato spread. Why does England have the dullest Starbucks options in the entire world? Trust me – more Starbucks to come.

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We flew with Delta for the main flight, and I have to admit the food wasn’t bad for plane food. I’m not someone who’s particularly negative about plane food, although after an awful food experience with Swiss to Tokyo I tend to take my own snacks. But Delta provided a decent chicken option, and it was served with a pretzel roll – and we’ve already established how I feel about pretzels.

Do you like my attempt at making plane food look semi decent…?

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Delta also provided a really good vanilla ice cream pot swirled with chocolate. I don’t normally like vanilla or chocolate sauce but this was crazy good!

My final meal of the day, and my first in actual America, was at McDonalds at Seattle-Tacoma airport. I went for the chicken bacon club – it was way better than anything I’ve ever had at a McDonalds before, anywhere in the world (I have this thing about trying the McDonalds in every country I visit). Even the bun was a soft brioche – delicious.

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For my drink I tried the sweet tea I always see Americans raving about. That was a mistake.

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Oh, and obviously I grabbed a Starbucks for the final flight from Seattle to Sacramento. I went with the Beast Mode frappuccino – a special created with Marshawn Lynch (the running back for the Seattle Seahawks) which I assume is unique to Seattle? Anyway, Beast Mode is the name of his clothing line.

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With mocha and mint and topped with matcha and berry drizzle, it looked really pretty, and had extra protein powder. Which obviously I really need in my diet, but whatever.

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I love how, in America, they’re so supportive of their local sports teams. The McDonalds at Sea-Tec was covered in Seattle Seahawks flags, and wreaths in their colours.

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We couldn’t have that over here, places would just get vandalised by the fans of opposing teams. And that kind of behaviour people of England, is pretty much why WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS. Rant over.

Day Two – Sacramento & Aftershock

Obviously when in America you have to go to Denny’s right? And with it being October, and me being the pumpkin obsessed basic white girl I am, I had to order the pumpkin pecan pancake breakfast. They were delicious and pretty much tasted like Christmas. Another reason England sucks – severe lack of pumpkin products.

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I should have just got the pancakes on their own really, but I went for the full breakfast which included eggs (mine were over hard – I’d never heard of that before, only over easy), streaky bacon and hash browns. I love American hash browns.  But, SO MUCH FOOD.

I kind of regretted the big breakfast because I love festival food, and American festival food is a million times better than British festival food (are you seeing the trend here? USA>UK, haha!). So I only managed a sandwich at Aftershock.

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But it was an AMAZING SANDWICH. The ‘Tricycle Sandwich’ from Drewskis food truck (which has apparantly been voted Sacramentos best food truck three years in a row – and I see why!), it was described as the ‘ultimate grilled cheese’ containing cheddar, havarti and swiss cheeses on sweet French bread. And of course I added bacon.

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Actually, looking back, I didn’t actually eat that much for me on day two. Especially considering the numerous JD cocktails… Oh well.

Day Three – En route to San Bernardino & Knotfest

So I made up for Saturday’s minimal food on Sunday… We didn’t bother with breakfast but stopped off en route for my favourite, Carls Jr. I normally go for the teriyaki burger at Carls, but this time I tried one of the thickburgers. It was good. And I’m crazy for the fried courgette (or zucchini as they like to call them).

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Last time I went to Knotfest I was really impressed with the food – the Chinese and Mexican stands were amazing. I’ll touch on this a bit more in an actual post about Knotfest, but those exact same food stands were there again this year in the exact same places! So for lunch I went for orange chicken (orange chicken is yet another thing I love that we don’t have here in England).

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And for dinner I went for Mexican from the truck in the VIP area. Carne asada quesadilla, yum. You can tell by the picture I was a little worse for wear by this point… I think I just really wanted to get my favourite Black Milk Clothing lace up leggings in the picture, haha!

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I also really, really like the drinks available at Knotfest – cocktails made with Coldcock Whiskey and Ole Smoky Moonshine. LOVE. I keep meaning to buy some of the moonshine to bring home, but I can never find anywhere that stocks it!

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So that’s days one to three, check out the next instalment!

L xx

All photos my own.

 

I had a couple of little deliveries this morning, with products from my favourite clothing brand, Black Milk Clothing, and I’m so happy with what I bought that I wanted to share them!

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The main pieces I want to talk about are the Reversible Crop ($45 AUD) and Shorties ($50 AUD) from Black Milk in the Wallpaper Octo print from their Lady Anarchy Halloween collection.

You won’t have realised from my blog yet that I am a MASSIVE fan of Black Milk, so much so that I’m a ‘Sharkie’ and part of their massive online community. But that’s a story for another day – back to my mini haul…

I’ll be honest and say that this years Halloween collection from Black Milk is, in my opinion, their weakest in recent years. Based around a story they created of ‘Lady Anarchy’, it takes it’s main influence from steam punk. Which is great, but I was hoping for a bit more of a horror theme. Oh well, at least my bank account didn’t suffer. It is nice to see the return of the collectible postcards with orders though!

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Image from www.blackmilkclothing.com

Saying that, there were  few pieces I loved, mainly the Octo Wallpaper pieces, which arrived this morning. I love wallpaper prints, and purchased the black and white versions Black Milk previously released. The Octo is a beautiful deep emerald green, with a subtle ombre effect, and the wallpaper print features little octopuses with swords (or spears? I’m not sure). And the styles they were available in, the reversible crop and shorties are two of my favourites, both are really versatile and easy to style. These are even nicer in real life than I thought they’d be. You’ll definitely see these in OOTD type posts from me soon!

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I also received today a pair of shoes from the Black Milk collaboration with Solestruck, the Kristy flat pump in I Eat Mice (black snakeskin) fabric. I got the smallest size available, and they fit like a dream! They were reduced from $124.95 USD to $14.97 and came without customs, I can’t believe my luck! I just wish I’d bought the other patterns too.

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The I Eat Mice have sold out, but the Kristy shoe is still available in Burned Velvet (which I’ve just ordered) at $22.97 USD. Get them while you can!

I do stilll have a few more Lady Anarchy pieces on my wishlist; the Burned Velvet Damask 3/4 sleeve crop ($50 AUD), the Spellbound reversible skater dress ($85 AUD) and the Bucked Bolero ($70 AUD).

I’d love to hear what other people thought of the Lady Anarchy Halloween collection? What did you buy?

L xx

All photos my own unless otherwise stated.

On Monday I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the Bloggers Love Fashion Week, organised by The Bloggers Hangout (formerly known as Bloggers Love, hence the name of the event!) with some of my favourite blogger friends; Lauren of Saharasplash, Luisa-Christie of Eat Sleep Luisa Repeat, Sadie of Life and Rags and Tessa of Holly Sparkle, as well as my beautiful plus one, SJ.

Photo credit: Lauren Attwood

Photo credit: Lauren Attwood

Now I’d love to have done a detailed, picture heavy post about the day, but I was mugged on my way home and lost all my photos! So my content is limited to images I had already uploaded to social media, and instead I’ll focus on my favourites of the brands I saw on the day. The event was all about discovering and getting to know the brands after all!

Before I start, I will say a little bit about the event for anyone who may be curious. This time it was held at OXO2, a lovely South of the River event space with a beautiful view of the Thames. Seriously, look at this gorgeous sunset that we were treated to!

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Photo credit: Luisa-Christie Walton-Stoev

There were two sessions; 12-3 and 6-9, across which brands showcased their products, with some giving out samples (or in some cases full sized products!) and other goodies. It’s a chance, as a blogger, to discover some brands you may not have previously been aware of, and to network with the brands and other bloggers. There were also beauty treatments, catwalk shows and cocktails from Crush Cocktail Bars. It was great fun, and I’d definitely recommend attending future events if you can.

There was a dress code – all black everything! Despite black really being my thing, I still typically couldn’t pick an outfit and ended up throwing something together at the last minute! I went for my Unif x Urban Outfitters Congregation dress, Black Milk Clothing Dem Lines hosiery and Unif Hellraiser shoes with my trusty Vivienne Westwood Frilly Snake heart bag and Helter Skelter Metalheads Lie With Me necklace. I felt like a baby witch!

An Instagram pic obscuring my outfit with my favourite Motel Rocks dress from their selection is the closest I can get to showing you what I wore! But I think you get the idea.

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True Brit London

The first stand I saw was the manicure table for True Brit London, where I had a lovely manicure (on my terrible short nails!) in a beautiful periwinkle blue shade called Georgie Boy. Definitely one I’ll be purchasing, especially as it hasn’t chipped yet, four days later! If you knew how awful I am for chipping polish, you’d find this pretty impressive!

As well as offering free manicures, True Brit had a stand in the gifting lounge, where I was lucky enough to pick up polishes in my three favourite shades; Shoreditch, Chelsea and Racing Green. The polish bottles are beautifully understated and classy – they definitely look like an expensive product. And I love the names of the polishes, it all sticks with the British theme without being tacky.

I’ll definitely be purchasing from True Brit soon – top of my wishlist (as well as Georgie Boy!) are To The Manor Born and Country Tweed. And I really want to invest in their Caviar Base Coat.

Priced at £12.50 per polish, they aren’t cheap but the quality is high and the colours are beautiful. Personally I prefer to have a few stand out polishes than a load of cheap ones, so this really is a brand for me! A little note on the formula – they’re 6-free and contain Vitamin E, elderflower and rose extract.

Their website is worth a browse even if you don’t plan on purchasing – they have a fab social section and blog all of their own!

My True Brit polishes are taking pride of place on my bookshelf currently, as well as my Maison Ves candle (more on that in a moment!).

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Maison Ves

Now, I’m fussy with candles. So for me to be posting about candles really says something! Maison Ves is a luxury scented candle brand, elegant in design and luxuriously packaged, fragranced with bespoke oils such as Black Fig, Tuberose, Cinnamon and Orange. I’d consider them in the same ballpark as a brand like Diptyque, or Jo Malone.

What makes Maison Ves a little bit different is their gift appeal. If you look closely at the labels, you can see cheeky hashtags relevant to each occasion. The lemongrass and verbena scented Engagement Candle (£78), for example, features hashtags such as #GAMEOVER and #LASTDAYSOFFREEDOM.

Bloggers were kindly gifted bespoke candles for the occasion, scented with vanilla and coconut (my favourites!) with the hashtags #BLOGGERSRULE #SAYITWITHHASHTAGS and #MAISONVES. Thank you Dee!

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Little Ondine

Remember I mentioned how awful I am for chipped polish? I have a terrible habit of not bothering to remove it and just picking it off – all very bad for my nails. So I was interested in checking out Little Ondine.  Remember that peel off nail polish you had as a kid? That was a bit rubbish? Well Little Ondine is a grown up, functional version of that!

I haven’t tried the product yet (I’m not ruining my True Brit manicure!) but I was kindly given a polish to try in shade Back To Black so if I like it, no doubt you’ll see a post about it soon!

Little Ondine polishes are priced from £8.40 to £11, and you can also buy ‘Twin’ mini bottles at £13 for the pair. The polishes are free from any harmful ingredients, according to the packaging.

They have some beautiful holographic shades coming out soon, so keep an eye out!

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Nadia Minkoff

Nadia Minkoff wasn’t a new discovery for me, I’d been lusting after the Cut Glass Skull earrings (£49.50) for ages. But having previously had my ears stretched to 12mm, stud style earrings aren’t ideal for me. I did have a lovely chat with Nadia at the event though, and I’m hoping to get a customised pair made to make them wearable for me. Fingers crossed!

The skull range is absolute perfection in my opinion, and it fits my personal style perfectly – a grown up, more polished version of an emo kid! Winter 2015 has brought similar crystal skulls to the range. I want all the pieces in every colour!

Nadia also offers more classic styles, as well as beautiful bags.

Nadia was very generous at the event, gifting bloggers beautiful drop earrings and cute, quirky necklaces. Thank you Nadia!

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Halo Hair Extensions

I’ve been wanting to try extensions for a while now, and Halo are a company that I had looked at for their innovative design. So when I saw them in the gifting lounge I was very excited, and was overjoyed to be able to take away with me my very own 16″ Halo in shade Light Blonde (RRP £99.99).

If you aren’t familiar with the Halo, it’s an easy to apply set of 100% Indian Remy human hair extensions attached to an invisible wire, headband style. You simply pop it on the crown of your head, cover the wire and join by arranging your natural hair on top and that’s it! After seeing them in real life I was so impressed, and my long hair made me feel like a princess!

Since I tone my hair, I have to do the same with my Halo before putting it to proper use, so expect a proper post on it very soon!

Here’s a very blurry selfie of myself and SJ from the night in Halo hair. Please bear in mind my extensions aren’t yet an exact match colourwise!

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Gallardo & Blaine Designs

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to view Gallardo & Blaine hand crafted pieces in real life, as they are so much more beautiful than they appear online! The jewellery is handmade in the UK, using a mixture of silver and gold plate, and stones handpicked by Madelaine Gallardo from her travels.

I was particularly captivated by the rings. On my hand you can see (left to right) a Heartbeat Ring (from £32 dependent on stone), a Whirlpool Ring (from £85 dependent on stone – mine is Mystic Topaz) and a Tempest Ring (from £56 dependent on stone).

Gallardo & Blaine very kindly gifted jewellery to bloggers, for which I am very grateful! Now I’m seriously lusting after the £230 Whirlpool Ring in Opal!

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As you can tell, a lot of the brands were very generous, and I picked up a lot of items which I will be trying out. I’ll be sure to post about the things I love! What I enjoyed most about the event though wasn’t the gifting, it was the opportunity to meet and network with other bloggers.

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Photo credit: Sadie Jones

I’d love to hear from other bloggers who attended. If anyone posted about the event please feel free to link it in the comments, as I’d love to have a read!

L xx

All photos my own unless otherwise credited.