Blood and Ink

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I didn’t take a break from blogging, however as you know I have slowed things down this year after starting a new full time job and relocating it was hard to find the time and energy to create a photoshoot. On top of that working in sustainable fashion has put something of, not quite a guilt trip, but something of a more concious state of mind in play. I started to question my own shopping habits and in return what I was blogging about. I haven’t gone cold turkey on fashion but I have certainly changed, I will write a full post on this as its pretty interesting. What I wanted to talk about here is something else which is a big part of my life. For those of you on Instagram (@SuperElevated) this will come as nothing new, whilst I have forgone the fashion addiction (somewhat) I have been investing in another area. My body and body art. I had my first tattoo aged 16, I followed that up with five more over the next few years the last I think I was around 20, as an undergrad at university, was to remain unfinished for the next 12 years. I can’t tell you why it took that long, the most recent years having a tattoo was impossible due to the immuno-suppressant medication I had to take. I guess it was just something out of mind if not always out of sight. My first tattoo on my wrist I have now lived with just as long with, as without. When something is so much a part of you it isn’t a concious thing, not for me anyway. Its like remembering you have a left knee everyday, you just don’t.

A lot changed for me this year, another thing was finally coming off my medication, not cured but lets say on hold, how long for it isn’t known, a day, a month, ten years? But I feel mostly ok and that’s good enough for me, without the steroids I’ve been getting fit again and I think that was the first stage in deciding to get the unfinished tattoo on my thing sorted out. After putting a lot of thought into it, myself and my artist decided that a cover up would be the best option but due to the heavy black outlines a few sessions of laser removal first would give the best result. Everything I am mentioning here I will write about separately in more detail, gory photos too if you like. But this is the first time in a while I’ve really felt I had something to say without visuals to speak for me. Tomorrow is something of a big day for me, it doesn’t really feel like it is yet but I guess it must do in a way for me to be typing out the waffles like this. As of tomorrow I will go from being someone with a few tattoos to the first stage of the process in becoming what some would class as heavily tattooed. Its not a decision I’ve taken lightly or rushed into, obviously as I am well aware of the impact your appearance has on your life. But sometimes there are just some things you need to do, this is one of them. So whilst I am not changing the nature of the blog from fashion to tattoos, it will of course change in some ways as I do. I’ve never had a set agenda for the blog, its just rolled with me over the years and hopefully will continue to do so for many more. Lets say then its something of a new chapter.

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Why the Converse photos? I got this new pair not even two weeks ago and they are already covered in blood and ink, custom body, custom shoes. I got these from Spartoo where these All Stars and some other styles are on sale. I hadn’t worn Cons for years and have been living in these, so comfy. Although I’m not sure cream was the wisest colour choice for me!

Tom Binns Crush

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┬áI’ve had a real crush on Tom Binns jewellery for so long but I can never quite manage to save up for something so here is a post dedicated to stunning necklaces (all images and necklaces from Avenue 32)! Binns combines classic, elegant traditional jewellery such as diamanties and pearls but adds a characteristically modern edge. From neon paint splatters to safety pins, delicate to bold, this is jewellery made to stand out! Binns can list countless celebrities as fans, even Princess Diana. Yet it was creating jewellery shaped like rubber penis’ for Vivienne Westwood and Malcom McLaren’s 1983 Punkature collection that gave him a jolt into fame. Since then he has honed a signature style, I think opulence is indeed the best word to use. That said these aren’t just pieces for the red carpet. Stunning with ball gowns of course, but the perfect thing to dress up any outfit from jeans and a tee to pretty summer dresses. Well a girl can dream.

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As you all know I am a sucker for eye-liner, I’ve pretty much tried them all from solids to pencils but will always go for a liner pen to create the perfect cat-eye flick. I have also been a big fan of Benefit since discovering the brand when I was at uni, bye-bye student loan and I still have all the original pin-up girl make up cases which I adore. I have seen many of their products come and go, wearing BadGal chubby eye-liner pencil for years, perfect for a smudgy eye. But these days I much prefer a perfect flick of liner which needs a precision pen so I was really excited to hear Benefit had created one. My current staple liner pen is Bobbi Brown which I can’t fault so Benefit have some tough competition, but I am more than happy to give it a try. Anther thing I have always liked about Benefit are the friendly girls on their counters who are happy to doll you up so you can test out the products before you commit to buying. So what does the new eye liner promise, besides a get out of jail free card? It claims to the be the first ever lash-hugging gel liner in a pen – which should mean no running or smudging. One problem I always have is getting transfer from liner onto my lids before it dries so this is something I want to test. It also claims to be smudge and budge free, with no drying out so it shouldn’t move an millimetre all day. It certainly packs a punch in the video, those are some killer wings! Will keep you posted when I go to try it out!

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Outfit:Some Current Favourties 50s Style

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First outfit: Vivienne Westwood Anglomaina dress, Gold Label Animal toe courts; Second outfit: Vivienne Westwood Gold Label jacket and shoes as before, Philip Lim top, Iceberg skirt. 

I’ve had it pointed out to me a few times recently that my style has changed recently. I think changing my hair and well pretty much my entire life style has had on impact on that. Subconsciously I have started to lean towards a 1950s style, I’ve not bought anything new just changed the way I have put together what I already have. What I do feel I am missing are some nice big jewels, fake or otherwise I do like a bit of bling. My ultimate eye-candy site is Pragnell for antique jewellery, I could spend all day looking at their jewels. In reality I am more likely to pick something cheap and cheerful from eBay but a girl can dream. I’m hunting for a statement necklace with pearls and rubies, vintage would be nice but do let me know if you spot anything. I know I’ve been most disappointing to you all lately as I’ve not bought anything, I’ve not bought one thing in the Westwood sale! There’s a few reasons for this I guess, firstly working in sustainable fashion has made me even more aware of what I have and what we are doing to the planet so that has certainly had impact. Then moving and now having my wardrobes stretched out over two house made me realise what a bloody great big hoarder I am so I’ve been rediscovering old things and having a clear out too. Now this will come as the real shocker, the last items I actually bought have been from River Island. Yep me buying High Street I know, I know. I picked up two of these Bardot tops, the black and the striped. No they aren’t very well made, especially noticeable on the striped where they haven’t even lined up the fabric, yes I would have much preferred to pay more to have something of better quality but they were exactly what I have been looking for to update my skirts and shorts. There’s a pic of the black on my Instagram (@SuperElevated) but will share on the blog soon enough. Another shocker I have for you is that my downtime uniform has ended up being denim shorts and Converse – yep I confess I really am going through some style changes.