Treating my body for Valentines

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


To say tattoo's are a huge passion in my life and have consumed my every thought lately due to the work on my sleeve, I haven't really done many posts on my blog about them. You can read some like how I look after my tattoos and a FAQ - but apart from that I've not really dedicated any of my posts to the current tattoos I've been getting on my bod. I don't want to throw all of the links at you but I was actually inspired by my best friend Robyn over at Midnight and Lace who did a post on her new tattoo - she also treated herself to a little valentines tattoo!

I know valentines is long gone but my tattooist put up this little love day special and I had to have it. I've been wanting for so long to have a patch work sleeve and finally this year I decided it was the year I worked on it, being a little in the dark as to what exact designs I wanted and where. Don't get me wrong I've had an idea for a long time of things I definitely want, I knew I wanted  cobweb to start off my shoulder and eventually I will get a hand tattoo - but for the rest I thought as I went along in life I'd just see a design I love or something I really want tattoo'd and that's what's I'd get. I guess that's how my arm has gone, I saw the Addams family tattoo by my tattooist last year and went crazy for it, then I decided I really wanted a rat tattoo after one of my pet rats passed away so that became another addition. For my upper arm I'd been debating whether to get a fortune teller but something just told me I didn't really want it that much to go out and get it. With a design being on my upper arm I want it to be something I LOVE because it's going to be mostly on show and at eye level. My tattooist put up this valentines traditional inspired piece wanting some skin to give it a go on and I gave mine up willingly! I thought it would look perfect on my upper arm and which I've been dying to get done but instantly become close to my heart for a number of reasons.


I'm a hopeless romantic, probably why this tattoo spoke out to me so much and demanded that I put it on my body. As an artist myself something I tend to draw a lot of hands with tattoos, so to see this one with additional details that I loved meant that it was definitely perfect for me. Just to describe what you're seeing my latest tattoo is a hand surrounded by flowers and a swallow, holding a letter that reads 'yours always' - traditional, a little sailor without being too over the top with anchors etc. I love how my tattooist has taken the traditional style and made it fit with my other tattoos which I'd say can be quite gothic looking. I love bold lines and most of my tattoos are actually done quite thick. 

I think the whole reason I got this tattoo was down to the script text that's on the letter 'yours always', I've always wanted a tattoo that said 'Always' as a dedication to my parents wedding song but also it's my favourite line (scene) in Harry Potter. Geeky I know...I considered asking if it could be changed to just always but I think yours always is so cute, it just links the tattoo back to the traditional sailor-esque that my tattooist was going for when designing it up. It's romantic and I think having 'love' on the hands knuckles really fits in with the theme of the design. After having this tattoo which is a centre piece on my arm I think I'm going to get a couple more romantic pieces to give my sleeve a theme, mixing in my gothic interests with my other tattoos that I already have. 

So a gothic romance theme.

Pain wise it hurt the most out of all my others that I've had done. My legs we're a breeze, even my shoulder felt fine - but HOLEY HELL my arm was on fire the moment the tattoo gun touched me. I bled a lot which was unexpected and it's so swollen and tender three days after. We've not yet started to scab but I can feel it coming. I've tried out a number of after care products but I always just revert back to using Bepanthen because it just works for me best.


(Excuse how bloody and swollen it is - couple hours after being tattoo'd) 

Lily from Limited Editions in Doncaster has pretty much done everything on my sleeve so far apart from my cobweb on my shoulder! Check out her IG here and if you're local to the area definitely pop in to get yourself something by her I can't express how much I love her designs. Sometimes I wish I hadn't stuck to a black & white palette because her designs in colour would be so awesome. 

I've always planned to get a sleeve of tattoo's since I got my first so it's amazing to see it starting to come together piece by piece! If you have any questions just pop them in the comments, I hope you liked this little lifestyle update post guys <3


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How to refresh all clothing ~ DIY Checked Shirt Pinafore

Sunday, 25 February 2018


I've had this idea in my head for a long time to cut up and re-style old clothes and I don't know how it's taken me till now to actually crack out a pair of scissors and my sewing machine! Something fresh and new I'm going to be doing on my blog is sharing with you guys my crafty side, revamping old items that I've attempted so many times to sell or get rid of and just couldn't go through with it. I'm a huge believer in retail theropy (aka I have a problem shopping because I blow all my money) and I'll admit half of the time I wear an item once or twice then never go near it again. It sits in a bag I've labelled 'selling or throwing away' which I've just never got round to organising because well, I'm busy and also lazy. It's the last thing on my mind, so I thought what an exciting way to deliver not only fresh content but also encouragement or a purpose to go through all my old items and see if I can freshen them up with a little cutting, sewing or added additions. 

I'll go more in depth into the process of how I change up clothing in my next posts, but for this one I just wanted to share with you guys my genius idea and changes on Heartshapedbones! I also have been living in this outfit because I can't believe it worked and now any oversized mens shirt I get will instantly become a pinafore dress.


Time and time again when I'm looking online I'm constantly searching for this high cut style of pinafore, then I just order a dungree set because it's there easier to get hold of and it distracts me for like two wears until I remember I really want a high cut pinafore. I'm sure theres a real term for the style I mean but just to explain - I mean a pinafore which doesn't have the attachable clasp straps. Infact thinking about it I don't know if I've created a pinafore really...but for my first attempt at whatever crafted dress this is I AM SO HAPPY WITH MYSELF. I'd say my crafting clothes skills are about average, I've dabbled before when I was really into vintage so my confidence has been patted on the head that this worked. 

Unable to find a checked higher cut pinafore that I really like online I decided to just get my hands on an oversides checked shirt and see what I could do. I love green checks so this was perfect to get me started - it's perfect for the season and goes with my new ginger locks. I can't express how simple it was to just cut off the arms and neck, tucking in the hems them sewing them just to clean things up. Thats literally all I did.  I figured out what neck hole I wanted from tops I like, measured that out against the shirt and marked where I should cut - same with the arms then literally chop chop. 

I could of added a form of strap in there to make it a pinafore but I didn't have any popper buttons on me, but for next time I'm definitely going to challenge myself to do so. 


green checked shirt ~ mens river island ~ crafted
oversized faux leather jacket ~ h&m
velvet back pack ~ Tesco
studded boots ~ h&m

For this outfit I feel like I've been taken back in time to when I was 18 because this combination was everything. Oversized jacket, dress, boots and a trusty back pack! I've always wanted a black little bag and surprisingly I found this one on offer in good old Tescos! Who could believe it. It was in the sale for only £16 so despite being strapped for cash I thought it was a bargain for a bag of good quality. Despite being little I fit all my daily needs in there including pack up for work, so winner winner AND I think it looks so stylish for any sort of outfit. I think adding the faux leather jacket really adds an edge to the look, where as if I was to wear the checked dress with a floaty white shirt you'd have a completely different result. 


I hope you like the DIY fashion element that's going to be coming to Heartshapedbones and it will be shown in more depth next time. Creating a pinafore out of a checked shirt is so easy you should definitely try it out for yourself and tag me in your photos! 

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How I plan to descending my style out of winter

Monday, 19 February 2018


Despite being a winter baby, I cannot stand the cold months. Once the fuzzy festivities have all worn off we're left with a grey, bleak England and I just can't be bothered to be cold any longer. Living out in the country I feel like it makes things 10 times worse - every things constantly frozen over, it's a awfully cold trek to go anywhere and it just means that my blog photos too look terrible. 

When I lived in the city I found it didn't matter because there was so many cool locations to shoot in, but living in a village really does put my plans for my blog to a full stop because no one including myself can be bothered! I really don't fancy going out in minimum layers to shoot what I've been wearing recently because I've only been covering it up with a hoodie, about 4 coats and then blanket scarves. Sorry to blow any bubbles if you thought fashion bloggers looked fantastic alllllll of the time! In reality if we're also working another job full time we're definitely only getting dressed for the photos then shoving a dressing gown back on! That's what I hate about winter, it's all painfully forced because everyone would rather cuddle up in bed the second they get home from work. In any other season I'd generally be wearing the outfits I post to death all week, but right now if it's not a jumper or hoodie I don't want to know till at least April. 






Ok it's safe to come out now, the rant is over! I just can't stress enough how I hate being a fashion blogger when it comes to winter, I try to change my pattern each year to remain positive but my content really suffers. Now that we're coming to the end of February I want to focus on descending out of winter and there's a number of ways of how I've been doing it. 


white & black striped jumper ~ asos 
cord black A-line skirt ~ urban outfitters
black beret ~ amazon
black & rosegold watch ~ ice watches*
studded boots ~ h&m

For me the first of March signals that it's Spring - I don't care about technicalities, I think on the positive side and it means all the fresher colour schemes are coming out. I love seeing fresh flowers everywhere, longer days, sunshine warming up your bones as you walk and especially the promise of being able to swap out your coat for a jacket. There's a few essentials I've had this winter which I've been able to convert into an outfit which is going to be more appropriate soon in Spring. Simple swaps really that mean you can still keep all your layers but change an item or two slightly if one morning it's warmer than the last.

I've found my love for Mom jeans again this winter but an easy swap over is changing them out for culottes or loose trousers - still giving you the protection from the cold but showing a little leg too. I love how edgy culottes look, so I've decided to whilst still wearing big jumpers or even a coat, I'd put on some culottes instead of plain black jeans I've come to loath now. You can also swap them out for a skirt, nothing screams HI SPRING IS HERE, then layering a jumper over a skirt like I've done in this outfit!


Since buying this striped knit jumper a couple of weeks ago I've barely taken it off, the fit being oversized and I love it so much for an easy fix of style. It has bell sleeves that sums up my style well lately - 70's but casual af. I found this gem on Asos for a cheap price and dived for it, going for a medium to get that loose fit for comfort. I've worn it with so many different combinations of clothing and for any different occasions, but recently I've swapped out my jeans for a little black skirt and I think it layers up the outfit well. Tucked in or out the jumper gives me a slight French theme which doesn't come from the beret alone. My favourite cord skirt is back in action and I'm still amazed it was a steal on Depop. It's my go to item when I'm unsure on how to style something but I know I want a skirt to liven up the outfit. I think this is perfect still for how cold it is because I can throw on my coat, whilst also looking like I've made some form of effort. 

I cant stand wearing tights which I guess is why I always venture more for culottes or a long dress, but I really think the jumper adds a pop of something bright to not make me too washed out in all black. I'm such a sucker for all black combos - so I love that it's dominantly white. I always praise the quality on Asos and I can tell this is going to be a staple piece in my wardrobe till summer. 


I do plan on doing a more in depth post on how I'm changing over my wardrobe ready for Spring, so expect some experiments in my style because things are definitely getting a little different around here very soon!

How are you transitioning your clothing into Spring? 

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Grunge Queen

Friday, 16 February 2018


I can't really pin point when I got into grunge fashion, but in my teenage years I really found myself through the style of music I was listening to and here is how this old pale elf was born. I have a love for the 70's but then at the same time Nirvana is life and a baggy shirt over a band tee is the type of styled man I need in my life. I love to experiment with fashion and my style really depends on what I'm loving that day and how I wake up! But, music has always played a huge part in how I dress and I'm happy it's defined my personal style in a sense. 

It's hard to find alternative items on the high street, especially when you're also wanting those items to be unique, look better than the price they're selling at and a promise that not every coloured hair girl is going to own the same thing. If I see an item I love I tend to claw my way for it despite how much money is in the bank, I get that people with my similar interest in fashion will no doubt want it too - but it still gives me a nerve twinge as a blogger. I want my personal style to be just that, so sometimes when everyone is blogging about the same item it can put me off buying it in the first place. Anyway, I was amazed when I came across the checked tartan shift dress because 1. its yellow and I've been after some yellow tartan for almost a year now and 2. it has corset ties running down before sides which is the coolest thing I've seen on a dress in a long time! It's grungy but feminine and immediately I thought of so many ways I could style it, so with my big stompy boots I more than eager to shoot this look to share on Heartshapedbones!


yellow tartan shift dress ~ asos ~ pretty little thing
sheer short sleeve top ~ h&m
high top boots ~ h&m
grey lipstick ~ new look 

What I love about grunge fashion is the edginess to it. I love how throwing on alternative clothing makes me feel like a bad ass that's ready to go see a band if I wanted or just chill at home running my errands. For me grunge style is about layering and this has to be my favourite combination of how to wear a dress in winter. I always turn to wearing a long sleeve t-shirt or jumper underneath a floaty shift dress or even a baby doll style for that Courtney Love look - but in this case I went for a sheer mesh top. This was my favourite item to layer in the summer so I'm excited that I have an excuse to bring it out again, mesh every goth girls need item. 

I didn't really know what to do with the corset feature on this dress, but after realising if you pull the ties it tightens the dress I felt it didn't bury me as much! I'm such a small human so even small sizes can sometimes be overwhelming on my body, but I actually think it sinches in my waist so that I look asif I have some form of hips. I can't believe this dress is from pretty Little Thing of all places! It's definitely opened up my eyes a little to finding hidden cool gems on the high street.


I like to have a balance of writing to words but I utterly love this set of photographs! My sister took them just on some rumble outside my parents house - but I think it adds to the grunginess of the outfit I as creating! I can't wait for the weather to get warmer so that I can  wear this combination out more, theres nothing worse than loving your outfit but having to cover it up with a coat to save your boobies from falling off. I hope you guys don't mind having a post mainly consisting of photos but hey, I feel like such a grunge queen and I can't wait to start layering up pieces for Spring. 


Until next time guys,
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