Basically, this week I ate a lot of food…

Pancake Day

So I celebrated Shrove Tuesday twice. Technically three times if you count London Mardi Gras last week.

On the actual day I had half price pancakes from Giraffe in Notting Hill. £3.48 for pancakes stacked with maple syrup, blueberry compote and banana. Bargain. I’m a sweet pancake person.

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And I couldn’t resist a second round when I was in The Diner in Shoreditch on Wednesday. The Diner do amazing Red Velvet Pancakes all year round (and Sweet Potato Pancakes with or without bacon, which I’ve never tried), but they were slightly cheaper this week and there were three specials; Reese’s Pieces, Spiced Apple and Oreo Cookie. All priced at £7.50.

I was tempted by the Spiced Apple, but when I read the description of the Oreo Cookie (three Oreo pancakes, marshmallow fluff cream, broken Oreos and icing sugar) I had to go with them. Marshmallow gets me every time.

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Elite Night at Bubbleology with Yelp

You might have noticed I’ve become quite involved with Yelp lately. No doubt I’ll tell you about that a bit more in the not too distant future, but to summarise, as well as being a pretty damn good review site, Yelp have an awesome community and host regular events, most with a few perks.

Tuesday night they hosted a night at Bubbleology in Notting Hill for their new Elite members (Elite members are selected based on their contribution to the site and community, you can read more here) as a little welcome. We were treated to copious amounts of bubble tea (I have strong feelings for bubble tea), macaroons, cookie straws and popcorn. It was a good night.

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Cocktails In The City Preview

On Wednesday I was over the moon to have been invited to the preview of next months Cocktails In The City event in the swanky Apartment at The Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch. Alcohol companies teamed up with high profile London bars to showcase their products and some of the cocktails they’ll be serving at the main event.

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You can read all about the preview here.

Blindfold Date

After a few cocktails at Cocktails In The City, we headed down to Concrete in Shoreditch for a bit of entertainment in the form of Blindfold Date (you may recall me mentioning the event in my Anti-Valentines post).

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It was a good evening, a bit different to what I usually get up to! It wasn’t really a dating event, although a tombola was used to select contestants from the audience, more for entertainment really. It was fun!

Slipknot at Genting Arena, Birmingham

I couldn’t make the London date, so on Friday I went all the way up to Genting Arena in Birmingham for Slipknot. It was a good choice, because I was basically side stage with an amazing view!

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You’ll know by now how much love I have for this band, and they were so good! They were supported by Sikth and Suicidal Tendencies, the latter who I’m a big fan of. And I had the chance to catch up with a couple of good friends I hadn’t seen in a while too.

Valentines Star Wars Tattoos

It was a quiet Saturday, I just met up with my friend Kat to get some cute Star Wars tattoos from Haunted in Holloway. It was my first time getting tattooed by the studio owner, Allan Graves – he was great and I spontaneously booked in with him to start a True Romance thigh piece in a couple of months!

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Anyway, this time he tattooed a heart shaped Death Star and heart shaped Darth Vader helmet on my thigh. I love them! Kat had a heart shaped R2D2 on one foot and a heart shaped C3PO on the other.

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After, we met up with Luisa of Eat Sleep Luisa Repeat and had a bite to eat at Pump in Shoreditch. There will be a post on Pump coming soon!

L xx

All photos my own.

 

 

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).