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outfit of the day: bubble, pop, electric.

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It’s officially fall in most parts of the country and the weather took a drastic turn towards the cold side. California dropped too but we are talking from a scorching 90 degrees last weekend to about a high of 71 degrees instead. Don’t get me wrong, this was a bit chilly for me but I’m sure places like say, NYC wouldn’t really appreciate the comparison.

All that said, the temps are dropping and summer dresses are going back into the closet. I refuse to give in completely though – I might be breaking out the leather pants and my high waisted skinnies but I’m keeping the spirit of summer alive with bright pinks, muscle tanks, and cutout booties with this outfit of the day: bubble pop electric.

 

Heart tank: Wildfox High Waisted Jeans: ASOS Cut out booties: Sole Minded Bracelets: All over

Heart tank: Wildfox
High Waisted Jeans: ASOS
Cut out booties: Sole Republic
Bracelets: All over

 

 

Arm candy.

Arm candy.

 

I decided to mix up the girly details (pearls, bows, and of course the bright bubblegum pink) with some texture and studs to add some more depth to the look.

 

The love was in the air.

The love was in the air.

 

Who can resist blowing kisses with hot pink and hearts everywhere? Not this girl!

 

Jeffrey Campbell inspired booties for a small fraction of the price.

Jeffrey Campbell inspired booties for a small fraction of the price.

 

Now I know, I know. I NEVER go for the off brand/imitation of a designer I really love. But I’ll be honest – I don’t actually LIKE the original Jeffrey Campbells :( I know – BLASPHEMY! But I bought them, tried them on, and didn’t like how they felt. I was super bummed to miss out on the look of them and when I found these babies at a boutique I knew it was meant to be for me. It just goes to show sometimes the undiscovered smaller brand may surprise you.

 

I wore this fun little number to a concert with friends.

I wore this fun little number to a concert with friends.

 

We all know leopard is my staple in the way that black is for most people so in the spirit of fun and color, I paired the look with a long leopard cardigan for evening.

 

What will you miss most about summer? Don’t forget that sunshine is only an accessory away sometimes. :)

xoxo

heth

 

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outfit of the day: i woke up like this.

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Mixed prints are one of my favorite things to play with.

Mixed prints. A bold lip. A full skirt. And Queen Bey. #flawless

This outfit of the day spotlight features a nice handful of my favorite things – read on if you think you’re ready for this jelly. (I know. It was embarrassing to even type.)

 

Beyonce tank: Mrs. Carter Tour  Skirt: A'GACI Shoes: Nine West Bracelets: Alex and Ani

Beyonce tank: Mrs. Carter Tour
Skirt: A’GACI
Shoes: Nine West
Bracelets: Alex and Ani

 

I kept my accessories really minimal with this outfit – the mixed prints are the focus and with the lip being bold as well I didn’t want to be doing TOO much. I kept my hair and shoes simple as well so that the outfit was the true focus.

 

Walking around wearing Queen Bey gives you some automatic FLAWLESS tude, I must say.

Walking around wearing Queen Bey gives you some automatic FLAWLESS tude, I must say.

 

What I found to be the key with mixing prints is to keep the color palette complementary. There is clearly a lot going on in each standalone piece but the black and white design connects them both together in a way that doesn’t seem obvious as separates.

Mixed prints are one of my favorite things to play with.

Mixed prints are one of my favorite things to play with.

Queen.

I woke up like this (had to right? I know. Terrible.)

I woke up like this.

 

Are you brave enough to try the mixed print trend yet? Let Beyonce (and hopefully filthycutexo!) inspire you to try it out. It was one of my most fun outfits to date!

 

xoxo,

heth

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outfit roundup: summer concert series.

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Tank: Redbubble
Skirt: Forever21

This summer I went to A LOT of concerts. In the months of May up to the present alone I attended 9 One Direction shows, Sam Smith twice, Ed Sheeran twice, Marc Broussard, Ray Lamontagne, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, and New Kids on the Block – just to name a few! That, combined with my love of fashion, creates a need for a LOT of different outfits. All except three of these shows were held in outdoor venues in the middle of the summer which created an added challenge as well.

I get asked quite a bit how I pick my outfits for various shows. It really depends on the climate, the type of show, where your seats are, and what you feel like that day but a few constants for me are it has to stand out in some way, it has to reflect my style and it has to fit your venue.

Below lets take a look at a snapshot of some of my favorite summer concert selections.

Tank: Redbubble Skirt: Forever21

Tank: Redbubble
Skirt: Forever21

 

This particular outfit was at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena California. I had three boiling hot nights there where the temps hit over 100 degrees every day and the humidity was out of control. I went with a custom tank top featuring one of my favorite boys and added a purple bandage skirt to add something special to the outfit. The top started out as a t-shirt and I cut the neck, the back and the sleeves to fit my style a bit better.

 

Romper: ASOS Headwrap: Boutique in Boston Flash Tattoos: Various Lace Bralette: Victorias Secret

Romper: ASOS
Headwrap: Boutique in Boston
Flash Tattoos: Various
Lace Bralette: Victorias Secret

 

Miami, Florida – another HOT and humid locale. This was my most recent show and by this time I have learned the lesson that jewelery plus humidity = NOT FUN. Because of this I was so delighted to finally get a few packages of Flash tattoos. I have been a fan of these for over a year and finally made my order and I am so grateful I did – they help add pops of glamour and jewels to your look without having to sweat and ruin your favorite pieces. They go on just like regular temporary tattoos and come off the same way. Each package has PAGES of sheets with unique designs so this will add fun and flashiness to any outfit for a long time to come.

 

Karl Lagerfeld Tank Hot pink shorts: Boutique Necklace: Forever21

Karl Lagerfeld Tank
Hot pink shorts: Boutique
Necklace: Forever21

 

Ah, yet another outdoor venue. For this one, I decided to let my love of Karl Lagerfeld speak for itself and wore my prized tank top with him. I paired Uncle Karl with some bright hot pink shorts, a skinny leopard belt, and a black and gold statement necklace. This was beyond comfortable and one of my favorites as it was really fashionable but also quite a standout in a crowd.

 

Party dress: ASOS Flash Tattoos

Party dress: ASOS
Flash Tattoos

 

I went a little dressier at this show because 1. I was RIGHT HERE AT THE CATWALK!! :) and 2. it was a special Irish someones birthday and it’s not a birthday without a party dress! I loved this one for the bright color again and also the material – it was made entirely of a lightweight scuba material. Because the dress was so neon (seriously, it doesn’t even translate. this was like a highlighter!) I had only a single flash tattoo on my arm with it as the dress definitely did the talking on its own.

 

Dress: Urban Outfitters Sandals: Steve Madden

Dress: Urban Outfitters
Sandals: Steve Madden

 

This was a fabulous choice for the overwhelming humidity of the Rose Bowl. The dress is an extremely breezy fabric with a small cutout in the back and tank straps. I didn’t have to wear a bra with it and for me, that is 90% of my convincing right there. The sandals were simple and comfortable but gold to add just a bit of my signature metal. Again you’ll notice no necklace or bracelets – in a situation like this less is more but the sandals and cutout details on the back of the dress show you don’t have to sacrifice style for sweating.

 

T-shirt - VINTAGE 1997 BABY Yellow skirt - Uniqlo Shoes: Sam Edelman

T-shirt – VINTAGE 1997 BABY
Yellow skirt – Uniqlo
Shoes: Sam Edelman

This look was something I wore to the Greek Theatre to see Sam Smith. I went with mustard yellow and wanted to pair it with some kind of leopard (one of my favorite combinations) but was also feeling nostalgic for one of my very first summer concert memories – the boys of Hanson. This tee shirt was actually purchased in 1997 back in their prime and I have held on to it as a coveted possession ever since. The wedges have leopard straps so I was able to add my pop of print and the waistline of the skirt has a nice and subtle gold line in it.

 

There were more outfits and more shows and lots more coming up but these were definitely some of my favorites.

Do you find it hard to style yourself for warm weather shows? What about concerts in general? Find ways to incorporate your personal sense of style into each outfit and you can’t go wrong no matter where your destination is!

 

The summer of a lifetime.

The summer of a lifetime.

 

xoxo,

heth

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make-up spotlight: fabulashes.

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It’s been said that your eyes are the windows into the soul. If this is really the case, that would make your eyelashes a pretty important design piece for the window frame. So. Pretty big job here. Like any window treatment, there are several ways you can go but at the end of the day we all want something to accentuate the view beautifully without taking over.

If you’re like me, you get REALLY excited over makeup. Especially new makeup. I’ve been hearing a sudden influx of people talking about this new 3D fiber lash mascara by Younique. I’ve seen some Facebook groups and various friends are distributing it and I’ve also seen it trending a few times via instagram hashtags. Naturally my “heyyyyyy what am I missing??” mindset took over and I just HAD to try it.

The results? Well…I’m pretty sure the excitement in my face gives it away…

So excited to flutter my long and pretty lashes.

So excited to flutter my long and pretty lashes.

 

The kit comes with a case, a tube of the transplanting gel, a tube of the fibers, and a direction sheet. The case feels sturdy, like a sunnies case, and I am already imagining packing my makeup brushes in it when I travel.

The kit and the tubes.

The kit and the tubes.

 

The directions on the beautifully packaged product say to apply one coat of your own mascara and then let it completely dry. I personally tried it three different ways – once at the beginning of my makeup process, once at the end, and once in the middle. I personally found it best to do the coat of mascara (and actually the whole process) before applying your foundation/concealer to avoid having to touch up any stray fiber particles that landed under my eyes.

Once your base coat of regular mascara has been applied, you put your first coat of the gel onto your lashes. While this is still wet, you then put an evenly distributed coat of the fibers over the gel. The final step in this process is one last coat of the gel to seal it all together. You can do this more than once if you want/need more drama on your eyelids but I personally found one round was perfect for my look.

 

The before and after really says it all!

The before and after really says it all!

 

Now, to be fair, I have been blessed with long eyelashes to start as you can see above (thanks, mom!). The top picture is with just a very thin layer of regular old mascara. But on fun nights out I do love to wear fake lashes if the mood strikes and I gotta admit the 3D Fiber Lash product has completely eliminated the need for those. It was like the effect of fakes without the glue, concentration, and awkward feeling of putting them on. They also LOOK natural because they ARE natural. This product seems to really just accentuate what you have and give you what is lacking.

 

After the second coat of the transplating gel.

After the second and final coat of the gel.

 

A view from the top.

A view from the top.

A close up of the completed look. I'm in love.

A close up of the completed look. I’m in love.

 

Overall my thoughts on this new trend is that 3D fiber lash mascara has my eyelashes batting a thousand.

If you’re ready for an inexpensive way to glam out your daily routine, check out the below links:

www.myyouniquelonglashmascara.com

instagram: FabulashTricia

xoxo,

Heth

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and the winner is…

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WOW! I am blown away by such an AMAZING response to my little old contest and with so many wonderful entries it was nearly impossible to choose just one. So…I didn’t. :)

I chose the grand prize winner for the floor seats I had for this contest specifically and couldn’t help but to purchase two other sets for two other lucky runner up winners since I simply could not pick. The other two winners won’t be getting floor seats unfortunately but they ARE seats in the first 20 rows of the bowl section (above the floor) and still will have a great view of the stage. If for any reason you were selected as a winner and CAN NOT go to the show, please let me know ASAP so I can pick an alternate winner.

And without further adieu – the winners!

GRAND PRIZE – 2 floor seats in section C6 on September 11th.

Cherlynn – thank you so much for your submission. It touched me for obvious reasons and I hope you enjoy your last evening in town with your daughter. My mom took me to my very first concert and several others after and we always had an absolute blast together. I have e-mailed the tickets to your gmail – feel free to leave a note if you didn’t receive. Have a wonderful time! xoxo

1st RUNNER UP – 2 tickets in section 19, row 17 on September 11th.

Sabrina – Twitter xxstylesbabexx – Thanks for sharing your story with me and I’m so sorry about your loss. I know how difficult it is when someone passes unexpectedly and the financial implications on top of the grief is awful. I hope these tickets brighten your day – your e-mail was not on the twitter but I have followed you on twitter and sent a DM. Please DM me your e-mail address so I can send the tickets to you. xoxo

2nd RUNNER UP – 2 tickets in section 19, row 20 on September 11th.

Veronica – I totally relate and empathize with your story – that is SO me too! I have been there and have been made fun of for my boyband obsession. Especially as an older fan of these boys (and I am older than you!). It’s truly something special that the music and silly break from reality can help you get a clear head and make the changes you needed to make. Music totally has that power and it’s happened to me many times before. These boys made my year liveable after the worst in my life last year and I’m so excited to give you the chance to experience them live for the same magic. I have e-mailed you  - please let me know if you didn’t receive. XO

Thanks again to all that entered and for sharing your stories. I truly wish I could have treated all of you to the show!

Stay tuned to the blog for more contests, accessories and of course fashion favorites. :)

xoxo

heth

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giveaway: see one direction FREE at the rose bowl!

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Yes – you read that right. I have a pair of floor tickets for One Direction’s Rose Bowl show on Thursday, September 11th up for grabs. Want them? Keep reading.

This year has been all about making some amazing memories and trying to keep the grief and heartbreak that lingers from last year at bay. I’ve traveled, I’ve shopped, I’ve seen a million concerts, made a million memories with friends and family. And slowly but surely it’s working. Nothing will ever fill all the spaces of my broken heart after losing my mom and grandma but keeping positive, trying to smile and doing things that make me (and would have made them) happy are all helping each day become a little brighter.

And now I want to help pay it forward.

Some of my most amazing and special memories this summer happened with and because of the boys of One Direction. Rainy nights in Dublin for the first time, backstage in Manchester with the boys and my girls,  meeting a long time friend in Boston and sharing the concert with her there, the shows and all the things surrounding them I have planned with my friends next week and finally a birthday treat in Miami. I have been very fortunate this year and want to give someone else the chance to smile, sing, and dance along with these boys under the stars. To win these two tickets in section C6, row 17 on September 11th all you have to do is comment here or hit me up on twitter at @filthycutexo with a short description on why you think you should win. It doesn’t have to be a tragic story. It can be something silly or funny or just you really wanting to go. But let me know why you want them and I will pick one winner and e-mail the tickets over on Monday at 5pm.

Oh yeah – and please leave me either your twitter name, tumblr page or e-mail address so I can reach you should you be selected. :)

Get to commenting or tweeting – and you could be seeing my favorite boys next week!

One of my most favorite summer memories - backstage with the 1D boys <3

One of my most favorite summer memories – backstage with the 1D boys <3

xoxo,

heth

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outfit of the day: walking on sunshine.

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Ah, September. The kiddies are all back in school, the weather starts to change and for some reason with the change of the seasons people expect hair color to go darker and wardrobe to be less bright and fun right along with it.

I have never understood that trend with fall hair and nails – I know fall fashions tend to be more autumn tones but why the hair? Why can’t I continue to wear bright mint nails and have coral toes? I make it my mission to break these rules every year and this year is no different. I kicked off labor day with brights, shorts, floral print, a vibrant mani/pedi and of course my platinum blonde hair. Throw in a hot pink lipstick and I think it’s obvious that this Cali girl isn’t quite ready to shift into fall yet.

Bonus – this entire outfit (sans the bracelets) was under $150 in total – including the shoes!

Top: H&M Shorts: Forever 21 Shoes: Nine West Bracelets: Alex & Ani Earrings H&M

Top: H&M
Shorts: Forever 21
Shoes: Nine West
Bracelets: Alex & Ani
Earrings H&M

Bright pink Candy-Yum-Yum lips is definitely a favorite for me with a light hair color and skin tone like mine.

Bright pink Candy-Yum-Yum lips is definitely a favorite for me with a light hair color and skin tone like mine.

 

Sending goodbye kisses to a wonderful summer.

Sending goodbye kisses to a wonderful summer.

Another full outfit shot.

Another full outfit shot.

I went with long earrings and no necklace to highlight the neckline of the top. I also loved the gold dangling a little longer than my blonde bob.

I went with long earrings and no necklace to highlight the neckline of the top. I also loved the gold dangling a little longer than my blonde bob.

 

What fashion rules are you going to break this fall?

xoxo,

heth

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outfit of the day: gentlemen prefer blondes.

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Dress: Marilyn Monroe Macy's collection
Shoes: fergie
Necklace: asos
Bracelets: alex & ani
Earrings: vintage

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” – Marilyn Monroe

Today’s outfit of the day is dedicated to you, you blonde bombshell.

Dress: Marilyn Monroe Macy's collection Shoes: fergie Necklace: asos Bracelets: alex & ani Earrings: vintage

Dress: Marilyn Monroe Macy’s collection
Shoes: fergie
Necklace: asos
Bracelets: alex & ani
Earrings: vintage

One of my favorite aspects of this dress besides the peek-a-boo skin showing is the playful little bow on the top.

One of my favorite aspects of this dress besides the peek-a-boo skin showing is the playful little bow on the top.

The dress is a halter and has a straight across back. Perfect to enjoy the sunshine.

The dress is a halter and has a straight across back. Perfect to enjoy the sunshine.

Alex & Ani positive energy bracelets. I have a bit of an addiction.

Alex & Ani positive energy bracelets. I have a bit of an addiction.

Can we talk about Alex and Ani bracelets for a moment?? This company is everything I like rolled up into one – lovely fashion, positive energy and encouraging messages. There are hundreds, literally hundreds, of designs and I can’t wait to continue building my collection while benefiting from the great energy at the same time.

 

Full view of the dress.

Full view of the dress.

Since there is quite a bit of skin showing in this little number, I decided to let the dress speak for itself and went with suble lip and eyes.

Since there is quite a bit of skin showing in this little number, I decided to let the dress speak for itself and went with suble lip and eyes.

 

This dress makes me feel so feminine.

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” – Marilyn Monroe <3

 

xoxo,

Heth

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accessory spotlight: sweet on sunnies.

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I have a confession to make: My name is Heather and I am ADDICTED to sunglasses. That’s right. Addicted. My newest pair arrived this week and I decided to take inventory of my summer loves and was both ecstatic and a little embarrassed to discover how many pairs have made their way into my collection.

Sweet on sunnies - especially my newest pair from Wildox.

Sweet on sunnies – especially my newest pair from Wildox.

It’s no secret I love Wildfox in general but these sunglasses might be my new favorite piece I have from them – and that is saying A LOT. They’re just so cute, different, silly and overall flattering to the face shape.

 

Wildfox and Bel Air - two of my favorites.

Wildfox and Bel Air – two of my favorites.

Obsessed.

Obsessed.

These are still available for purchase if you want to be darling like me.

As much as I love these new babies I can’t neglect all of my others – from Chanel to Fendi, Prada to Forever 21, Nordstrom to H&M, or Dior to Target, I do not discriminate on cute eyewear.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

Some of my sunnies.

 

One of the reasons I am so into sunglasses are for not only the protection from the sunny So Cal days but also that they can really make your outfit pop. Big, black sunnies add some drama to your look; sleek aviators add a definite cool factor; even throw on a fun American flag or brightly colored pair for a summertime pop.

You can never have enough cute sunglasses in the summertime!

You can never have enough cute sunglasses in the summertime!

 

Are you like me when it comes to being sweet on sunnies?

xoxo,

heth

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tattoo spotlight: just want a way of keeping you inside

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“Got a tattoo and the pain’s alright, 

Just want a way of keeping you inside”

Tattoos are in my opinion one of the most personal and beautiful accessories that a person can wear. Inked skin tells a story and I am constantly amazed about how often I am asked about mine. From readers to strangers on the street, people definitely take notice and take interest. I have ten now with plans for a few more special ones before I (maybe) call it quits.

Picking a favorite tattoo is like picking a favorite child but out of all of mine I definitely think this foot and ankle piece is the prettiest. It also took the longest (3 hours!) and was the most painful. It was worth it though – it has really lasted amazingly and the colors are still vibrant and deep. So feminine, so delicate and the artwork and shading is just gorgeous.

Picking a favorite tattoo is like picking a favorite child but out of all of mine I definitely think this is the prettiest. So feminine, so delicate and the artwork was just gorgeous.
Ribbons and hearts. 

Piece done at Outer Limits Tattoo in Anaheim, CA.

 

Next up is my most secretive – my Chanel symbol tattoo. Fashion, Chanel, and ink – three of my favorite things rolled up into one tiny and mostly hidden tattoo.

Chanel

Chanel

Close up of the Chanel symbol.

Close up of the Chanel symbol.

Done at Sick Dogs tattoo in Huntington Beach, CA.

 

This next one is incredibly special to me as it is dedicated to my mom who passed away November 2012. The words “i carry your heart” taken from an e.e. cummings poem were fitting for this loss and I really do believe I carry a piece of her heart here on Earth.

I carry your heart.

I carry your heart.

As a bonus – another tattoo is also shown in this picture. Can you see it? It is a tiny outline of a heart behind my ear. This was the first best friend tattoo I got with Shannah, my very best friend of 17 years now. We should probably get it touched up or maybe filled in but I still love seeing it and knowing what it means.

 

The music note with a tiny red heart in it was my third tattoo ever and one I am still really proud of. Music is one of the most important things to me and I really like having the reminder close to me where I can see it at all times. I get asked quite a bit if I am musician because of it but I just smile and tell them that music is my greatest love.

Music note

Music note

Piece done at Outer Limits Tattoo in Anaheim, CA.

 

The cherry blossom art above my collar bone is another very special one – this one is for my sweet grandma Terri who passed away in June of 2013. We called her Grandma Cherry sometimes and her love of flowers made this one seem like the most perfect choice for her. I know she would have loved the feminine colors and the bright and vibrant  flowers.

Cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms.

Piece done at Goodfellas Tattoo in Orange, CA

 

When I said my ankle and foot tattoo was the most painful I meant it – minus the one minute it took for this one on my ring finger. The pain was overwhelming and immense – thank goodness it was done so quickly! I chose the heart here on my ring finger for my man and also because I am a hopeless romantic and lover of love.

Tiny heart outline on my ring finger.

Tiny heart outline on my ring finger.

Piece done at Goodfellas Tattoo in Orange, CA.

 

The peek-a-boo behind the ankle tattoo of a kiss is my second tattoo with Shannah. We have the same design in the same spot and I love how flirty and cheeky it is.

Lips

Lips

Piece done at Sick Dogs Tattoo in Huntington Beach, CA

 

Finally we have the most recent piece – song lyrics that mean a lot to me in many ways but after surviving the horror that was 2013, I found myself even more drawn to them. The words “courage is the triumph of the soul” come from a beautiful Jason Mraz song entitled “Anything you want” which I unofficially call my life motto.

Courage is the triumph of the soul.

Courage is the triumph of the soul.

A close up shot of the font/words.

A close up shot of the font/words.

Piece done at Goodfellas Tattoo in Orange, CA.

I got this one on my forearm so I can easily see and read it whenever I want as this one was for me more than anything else. A reminder that I did it, I was brave and had the courage to make it through the darkness with a smile on my face. I’m proud of my strength and this tattoo is there to honor that.

 

If you’ve been counting along here you may notice only nine photos were posted. This is because my very first tattoo, three hot pink stars on the back of my hip is my least favorite. It was my very first one and before I really took the time to think about the commitment. I plan to cover it up and when that is done I will share the new artwork.

I hope this has answered some of the questions I’ve received regarding the peeks here and there of my tattoos in my photos throughout the blog. While I find tattoos and ink and the art of them beautiful, they are definitely a lifetime commitment so make sure you are confident in your accessory choice before jumping right in. :)

xoxo,

heth

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