Tentative Tattoo Planning

Lately I’ve been dreaming of getting a tattoo. I’ve wanted one ever since I was 15 and first got into music. Since then I’ve gone through lots of ideas but never followed through because I was young and was unsure if I would regret my choices.. Now I’m moving closer towards my mid-twenties, I have a lot more faith in myself to pick an idea that I will love for a long time. In any case, I can’t get a tattoo yet because I’m still recovering from health problems so I’m safe to brainstorm without worrying about making an impulsive mistake. I am hoping, though, that sometime next year I can finally make something permenant.

Part of me wants to be a painted lady, covered in art.

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But that’s not going to happen any time soon. Tattoos are expensive and I will stick to areas that are easy to hide for work. Also, I don’t even know what it feels like yet. Maybe I’m the biggest wimp and will end up with half a tattoo xD My first tattoo will definitely be something small and meaningful.

During my tattoo research I kept stumbling upon amazing vintage-style tattoo designs

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I soon discovered that the artist is Angelique Houtkamp, a fabulous Dutch tattoo artist with a shop full of similarly amazing artists in Amsterdam. Right on my doorstep!

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I’m definitely going to look into getting tattooed there in the future.

I also like Lina Stigsson and Emile Steenhuizen’s work at Admiraal Tattoo in Amsterdam.

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My Ten Favourite Perfumes

After I read Jessica Cangiano’s post on her favourite scents (any scents, not perfume), it made me realise that most of my favourite smells are artificial. I enjoy the smell of some foods but mostly I go around the world being ambivalent to smells or even slightly disgusted or displeased by them (For some reason the smell of certain foods makes me feel sick in the morning, for example. I’m weird!)

Perfumes are a different matter. I have so many perfumes that I’ve loved over the years. I love perfume samples and walking around spraying tester bottles at department stores. I love that perfume gives me a feeling of luxury, even if said perfume came from a tiny sample bottle and I’m wearing old sweatpants and a hoodie. I used to save my perfumes for ‘special occasions’ but lately I’ve been wearing them almost everyday. Perfume is not like clothes, perfume I really only wear for my own pleasure. I wear perfume so I can sniff a pleasant smell the whole day through, and why not have that enjoyment everyday!

So here’s my ten favourite perfumes (not in any order).

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

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At first I didn’t like this perfume. It gave me a ‘meh’ reaction but it grew on me in time. I’ve heard it being described as the younger version of Chanel No 5 but I’ve never smelt No 5 so I’m not sure. It’s definitely a mature and sophisticated scent.

Thierry Mugler Angel

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I actually didn’t like this one either at first. It’s very strong so use it sparingly. It’s got kind of an exotic smell and it’s also very sweet yet musky smelling. I think I need to start using crazy visuals to describe these perfumes. It’s the only way! This one smells like I would imagine the hair of Jasmine from Aladdin to smell.

Thierry Mugler Innocent

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To me this is like the baby sister of Angel. She’s less Jasmine and more ‘girl in a meadow with flowers’. It’s a lot lighter than Angel but still reminds me of it. It’s definitely more of an everyday scent. The bottle is quite boring though in my opinion.

DKNY Be Delicious

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My favourite fruit is green apples so I really like this perfume. I love the bottle, with its apple shape and the scent is so light and unassuming that you can safely splash it on. I do find that it wears off half way through the day though. It’s a girl-next-door kind of scent.

Versace Versus

versace versus

My boyfriend’s mother has this perfume and whenever she wears it, I follow her around sniffing her. A perfect choice if you want to attract a cult following. ;)

Thierry Mugler Alien

mugler alien

This has been one of my favourites for years. One, the bottle is beautiful, two, it’s purple, three, it’s called Alien and basically made for any girl who feels odd in an awesome David Bowie kind of way, four it smells gorgeous. It’s not a super feminine smell but it does have a tinge of musky sweetness. Out of all the perfumes on here, it’s the one that I really think is ‘me’.

Vera Wang Princess

vera wang princess 

This is like a girlier version of Alien. I considered buying a bottle before I settled on Alien. It’s more floral and less heavy. What other image can it bring in my mind than a princess? Think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday or Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries.

Cacharel Amor Amor

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It’s floral, slightly fruity and a little bit spicy. I really think of fruit when I think of this smell. I’m not sure if that’s a totally accurate association but that’s what I get! I also think of a cool Parisian woman.

J Lo Glow

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The only celebrity scent on my list. This was the first perfume I ever owned. I liked it because it was light and fresh but feminine. I think it’s a great perfume for teenagers because it’s a gentle smell that won’t overpower your classmates.

Dior Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle

dior hypnotic poison sensuelle

SEDUCTIVE is the word and I think that’s exactly what they were going for. I associate it with a barefoot Brigitte Bardot. It’s a delicious scent. A balance of sweet and musk and very rich.

Etsy Picks: Vintage Brooches

Call me a magpie but I love to look at shiny things. I especially like to lust after vintage brooches because while they can sometimes be incredibly glamorous, there’s a lot of fun and kooky brooches out there. Here are some beauties that I’ve been admiring on Etsy. As an honorary Dutch person, I especially love the 1930s windmill brooch (The sails actually move!) and how cute are the ruby slippers?

Vintage Brooches Etsy