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The Sunshine Award

24 Aug

Hello Lovelies.

I am so blessed to have been nominated for a Sunshine Award. The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who ‘brighten your day’ and ‘inspire’ you to grow your blog and blossom as a blogger.

To think that anyone thinks of me and my little blog in that way is truly touching and I have to give a lot of thanks to Kayleigh from Ruffles and Rabbits for sending me this nomination.

I really love Kayleigh’s blog. she has her own quirky style and posts regular ramblings about her day to day life and rabbit Karl. She’s a fellow geekette after my own heart and I love her tattoos! Please go pay her a visit for if you’re looking for something refreshing to read.

Onto the rules of The Sunshine Award

The rules do differ slightly, depending on who’s nominated you and what they’ve asked you to do so here is what has been handed down from Kayleigh –

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you 

2. Post the award logo on your blog

3. Nominate 5 blogs that you love

4. Share seven facts about yourself

Seven Facts About LittleRed

  1. The name behind the blogger is Elinor, not many people spell it correctly as it’s not the most common spelling of this name. Some members of my family don’t even know how to spell it and i’ve often got different variations on christmas and birthday card every year! People call me Ellie or El or even Eli.
  2. I was born into a mormon family and raised in the church till I was around 13/14 when I decided that I wanted to make my own decisions in life. I still am grateful for a lot of the morals, standards and ideals that the church taught me but I do like a glass of vino.
  3. I really love The Legend of Zelda. I played a lot of video games when I was younger (and still do!) and The Legend of Zelda was the first RPG (Role Playing Game) that I really got into and loved. The first title I played from this series was The Ocarina of Time and that is still probably my favourite with The Twilight Princess coming a close second. I still have not completed Skyward Sword (hate the controls :(!! – i’ll get around to it i’m sure!).
  4. I have one tattoo which I got in August 2012. This is symbolic to me in many ways, and is completely unique. Something along the lines of ” The one who had the key to my heart had to leave and get his wings, but the key isn’t completely out of reach for the right person”.
  5. I have a birth mark that is shaped like a fish. I call it ‘Sharky’.
  6. I really want to visit Egypt. I have always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt and all it’s history. If I had the brains and grades I would have probably gone into Egyptology. It was a childhood dream to discover Cleopatra’s tomb.
  7. I have an unhealthy obsession with books. I love all books that are art, literature, history & design I one day will have a library in my own house full of a sophisticated collection of books and a comfy chair I can curl up and read away a good few hours.

So there we have seven slightly random facts about your truly.

My Nominations

It’s incredibly hard to pick just five blogs that I feel deserve this award nomination. I’ve met so many wonderful people and stumbled across great blogs that this is a really hard decision. The blogs I find myself going back to time and time again are –

  1. Nora Lilly from Hello You Blog.  I find her fashion sense quirky and cute I love she shares her art and photography I find it incredibly inspiring and interesting. I visit her blog to enjoy her OOTD posts with her clever song titles. I often find myself scrolling through her archives to read her wistful way with words and see her wonderful pictures. She does amazing little caricatures of bloggers and I really secretly hope she’ll do more soon! I truly heart this young lady.
  2. Megan from Little Miss Average.  Megan is a really lovely lady! She’s so welcoming, open, warm and friendly that she’s definitely one of my rays of blogger sunshine. She blogs about all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle and I love that you read her blog posts and you feel instantly like a life long friend. She’s not been on the blogger’s scene all too long but she has blossomed so much in that time i’m sure i’m not the only one who really enjoys her blog.
  3. Hayley Russell from Water Painted Dreams. I love that she just blogs about her passions. She adores reading and books which definitely is a girl after my own heart! She takes lovely photos on her blog and I actually love watching her Youtube videos, girl crush on her accent! ❤
  4. Bethany Worrall from Bethany Worrall. Her personality pours through her posts, I really like her fashion sense and follow her OOTD posts. She also does quite a few haul posts which I totally love! All round she’s lovely and bubbly.
  5. Sophia from Tattooed Tealady. Sophia is very well established as a blogger but she’s incredibly down to earth and I love her style. She’s not afraid to say what she thinks and why and that kind of honesty is refreshing. She posts about some lovely things and I look up to her.

I urge you to check all of these blogs out if you’re unfamiliar with them or not. I love all these ladies.

Much Love x

A Diary of My First Tattoo

2 Jun

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Like any normal teenager I went through a copious amount of phases. I wanted EVERYTHING pierced and a couple of tattoos thrown in there too. The scene I was surrounded by in my late teens was alternative, so piercings, tattoos and gorgeous long haired rockers were everywhere. Safe to say that this enforced all of the above tenfold.

My mother insisted I didn’t need anything and I was banned till 18, I thought she was just horrendously uncool.

Anyway fast forward a few years and the idea of getting a tattoo had not disappeared, so I started researching.  I had a clear idea of the design and placement it was just could I bear the pain?…

My pain threshold is craptastic, I am a whimp. Needles….hell no, injections cannot even watch – how on earth would I do a tattoo?

I started asking friends and work colleagues who had them, my constant questioning of “Did it hurt?” “Was it painful” got boring fast and I highly suspect they went from telling me the truth to tall tales of excruciating pain and infections….gits.

In addition to this, I researched healing techniques and blogs online I wanted to try prepare myself in every way possible, expect the worst and hope for the best kind of thing.

Having chosen my tattoo studio and artist, I went ahead and booked…. DUM DUM DUUUUUUM… 4 weeks to wait and convince myself I could go through it.

Needless to say it came round bloody quick.

On the day of the appointment I was sick with nerves, I tried to eat something beforehand but failed miserably. Once at the tattoo studio, they checked I was happy with my design and transferred it into place.

If only it were that easy huh?

My chosen design looked beautiful and I knew it was something I couldn’t turn back from now, aside from that i’d never had lived it down….told too many people (schoolgirl error!)

So here we go, the tattoo gun buzzed to life and he asked if he could start. I took a deep breath and waited for the horrific pain I had worked myself up for, I was pleasantly surprised!!!

I did not find it painful at all, just a little uncomfortable but nothing that could not be dealt with. It honestly felt like it tickled in places and I was so happy to be able to watch the artist work.

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As the time passed my beautiful design was taking shape I was nothing but overwhelmed at the detail and intricacy of his art. As he moved onto the ribbon over my ankle bone, this was where the pain got a little worse…

It felt how I can only describe as being scratched with a knife tip, but again it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle…

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An hour and 30 minutes later, my tattoo was complete. I felt champion….(I did it, huzzah!)

I was advised to use the ‘wet healing’ method in order to keep the ink pigment dark and crisp. Keeping it covered with clingfilm and nappyrash cream was hard. It iiiiiiiitched so bad, but after 3 days I discarded the use of clingfilm during the day and just slathered it with cream.

I had heard mixed thoughts and opinions on this type of healing method, but honestly I would recommend it as it worked perfectly for me.

I am so pleased with my tattoo and proud of myself for going through with it. My tattoo means so much to me and represents some important people and moments i’ve experienced in life. It feels like part of me that has been there forever.

Much Love x