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If you’re like me and have brows that need creating each morning, you’ve probably looked up longer-term fixes. I’m not a make-up queen by any means so I try and keep my routine minimal, yet my brows always seemed to demand attention.

Enter microblading. Now this blog post isn’t going to focus too much on what the process is about (hopefully you already know), rather than simply describe my experience of it.

What actually is microblading? Does it look fake? Does it hurt? Can I justify the price? 

These were just some of the questions running through my head when I considered the process. It all seemed too permanent and risky; I really wasn’t sure whether I was ready to commit. But I was really fed up of feeling like I was unable to go outside without getting fleeky first. Getting up earlier every morning to sort out my non-existent slugs that end up wonky and smudged was really starting to cream my corn. I decided to take the plunge, can’t hurt to try right?

back in 2011 when my brows were the least of my problems…

After too much deliberating, I booked an appointment with Soraya Steel to see what kind of magic she could work.

I couldn’t believe how intricate and detailed the whole process of microblading is. Microblading is basically semi-permanent tattooing that lasts between 1-3 years. Small cuts are made under the eyebrows and dye is deposited in them so it resembles small, natural-looking hairs.

When I arrived, the first process was to map out the points to make my eyebrows even, cos why should eyebrows be sisters and not twins?

Soraya then took a picture of my eyebrows on an app that checked whether the measurements she’d taken were correct, it’s insane how there’s an app for it!

(lol that one of my eyebrows was so much lower than the other)

After I was all measured up, it was time to get slicing. I was pretty nervous but thanks to the reassurance from Soraya and noticing the anaesthetic kicking in, I was ready. I’d definitely say the weirdest part was the sound, listening to your eyebrow being sliced open is an odd experience to say the least.

mapping that brow

prepping for the procedure with anaesthetic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The whole process took around an hour and a half – that’s the mapping of the brow, the anaesthetic and the filling.

When Soraya handed me the mirror I was pretty speechless. There were defined, dense brows hovering above my eyes like little halos! They’re definitely more natural looking than I was expecting, especially compared to when I was drawing them on, it’s saved me SO much time in the morning!

2 hours or so later, Im in love!

Here’s a couple of points I feel anyone considering microblading should know:

  1. It will hurt a little. I’m not going to pretend that it’s painless, but I would definitely say it’s worth it and I’d happily do it again. I did have anaesthetic but after a while it does start to wear off, so prepare yourself for that!
  2. Make sure you know what eyebrow shape you want – considering I’d been drawing my eyebrows on for years, I had no idea what shape or size I wanted 🙄
  3. You cannot wear eyebrow make-up whilst it is healing, no matter how patchy they look!
  4. Everyone heals differently, so in the following weeks, results may vary from person to person.
  5. Aftercare is crucial!

I’ll be following this post up with the healing process, as well as my top-up come December. A huge thank you again to Soraya for being a genius with a scalpel and giving me the brows I’ve longed for all my life.

photo by Brows of Steel

If you would like to get your brows done by Soraya, check out her Instagram here and don’t forget to use my 10% discount code TIFFANYBROWS10 xoxo

 


If there’s one thing you should know about me, it should be that I am grossly obsessed with food. I get through my day just thinking about what I’m going to eat next. You know the feeling right? I’m sure you all do.

So when I heard from a good blogging pal Dizzy Miss James that The Orange Tree was hosting a vegan food festival I was dying to get a spot! Being a lactose intolerant vegetarian tends to take me to the vegan side of the menu more often than not, but this time I was incredibly spoilt for choice.

I decided to go for the vegan burger and Oreo sundae (omfg) and this was my experience:

(P.S I was a little piggie and helped Victoria with her hot dogs too ❤️)


Big O’s Burger

Beef flavoured soya patties with vegan cheese, gherkins, sliced tomatoes and baby gem lettuce topped with house sauce cuddled by a tasty bun

The first point I wanna make is how incredibly real the patty looks – pair this with the combination of a home-made sauce and vegan friendly cheese and I was buzzing with excitement! And I can’t forget to mention the mix of sweet and regular potatoes as the wedges; variety keeps the mouth moist (ew).

I EVEN HAD VEGAN MAYONNAISE. M A Y O N N A I S E !

I do love a vegetable-themed burger as much as the next veggie, but there’s something (somewhat guiltily) satisfying about having a burger that resembles meat, whilst knowing no animal was harmed during the process! This burger was warm, juicy and had all the complex textures of a mainstream (*cough* meat) one. My mouth is watering just thinking about it… ahhhh…

Hot O’s Dog

Vegan sausage in a hot dog roll, topped with sauerkraut, fried onions, cheese sauce and mustard (oh hot damn)

What first caught my eye about these delicious ‘dogs was that there were two – I mean, what’s better than one hot dog? You get the jist. This photo doesn’t do justice to just how good these ‘dogs tasted; they were a classic example of a meal becoming more than the sum of its ingredients, the mustard and sauerkraut complemented each other as Rick complements Morty (if you don’t get the reference, seriously get watching Rick & Morty – it’s on Netflix). I couldn’t tell the difference between the vegan sausage and a regular one, and I actually had a dream about this hot dog recently. True story.

Oreo and ice cream sundae

It’s Oreo, strawberries and vegan ice cream, duh.

OH THANK THE HEAVENS, OREOS ARE VEGAN! I didn’t realise this before attending Sloppy O’s, what’s inside of them?! I’m not complaining, I had a dope ass sundae to finish off me stuffing my face; so happy I think I actually shed a tear.

There’s not much to reveal about an Oreo and ice cream sundae (the secrets of the Oreo were discovered long ago), but I have to comment on how luxurious the crunch of Oreo tasted alongside some smooth and silky ice cream.

Why can’t Sloppy O’s be every month?

I always thought the Orange Tree was merely a place for great drinks and a top pub quiz, yet my eyes have been opened by their amazing selection of vegetarian and vegan foods and I’m desperate to try some more! Huge thanks to Orange Tree in Leicester for accommodating us veggies and I can’t wait for the next event!

If you haven’t been already, make it your next stop for lunch or dinner. You won’t be disappointed! Plus you might see me lurking in the corner with Tofush and chips.

Cue drooling.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I, honestly, want to be an illustrator. I would love to draw for a living; artwork for childrens books, designs for magazines, anything to be able to sit down at my work space and draw to put food on the table and money in the bank.

There’s just one problem…

I don’t draw.

I am probably the most useless self-proclaimed illustrator there is. I get in my own way all the time, I criticise myself too much, I want everything I do to be as perfect as the people I admire today. As you may have seen in one of my most recent posts I am moving out of my family home soon, and I’m planning my work space with a twinkle in my eye, thinking of all the possibilities to motivate myself. Now, other than pretty paints, pens and notebooks, I am following some bad-ass illustrators on Instagram who have kept my small, inspired flame alight. I want to dedicate this post to some top class artists that keep me going, make me laugh daily and inspire me to achieve my dreams.

 

Gemma Correll

Gemma is a British babe living it up in the US with her gorgeous and art-inspiring pug. I love Gemma for her love of stripes, her honesty and her style. I own so much of her stuff it’s a joke, and her calendars are my favourite. She came to Loughborough for a book signing at Ohh Deer on 11th Feb and I was too ill to go, I genuinely think I’ll be regretting it for the rest of my life!!! CURSE YOU VIRAL FLU I WILL DRAW ABOUT YOU UNTIL YOU DROWN IN IRONY!

 

Mari Andrew

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I discovered Mari on the Instagram explore page. I think she was partaking in a ‘Draw Everyday’ challenge and I fell in love with her vulnerability, her thoughts and how honest she was in documenting what happened in her every day life. If she was upset, she would draw about it, if she suffered heartbreak, she would communicate to her followers through her designs, and it began to feel like I really knew her! I genuinely look forward to seeing what she produced daily, and I think her 350,000 IG followers feel the same! Without sounding cliché, she’s incredibly relatable. Mari manages to make even the most mundane scenarios entertaining, which is one of my favourite approaches to art.

 

Emma Block

Emma Block does things with watercolours I could only dream of doing. She’s a freelance illustrator in London and she is the epitome of cute, quirky and creative. I love her fashion as well as her artistic style, and I’ve always dreamed of going to one of her workshops! Whenever I think of Emma, I think of vintage cars, springtime flowers and stripes. She seems like an absolute babe and her precision is jaw-dropping.

Side note: I’ve just noticed illustrators like stripes(!?)

 

Chloe Hall

Some of my most recent patterns 🌷 which ones your favourite?

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There is no way in hell I could write a post about inspiring illustrators and not include Chloe.
Chloe is a really sweet, down to earth girl who I met through my boyfriend. The first two things he told me about her were 1. “She lives on a boat!” and 2.” She likes drawing, you’ll like her”. He was not wrong! Chloe finds her inspiration in nature, primarily in plants and greenery, and her colour palettes are combos you’d dream about. I’m a little obsessed with green & pink and I think that’s because of her… You’ll find Chloe’s work on Etsy and Casetify!

 

Molly Mathews

I couldn’t find an active illustration account for Mol, but tbh I’d follow her personal one cos she is style goals, and her hair is icy dreams. Molly is an illustration student from Leicester, currently studying at Loughborough University. She designs super cool pins and has even had the likes of Jamie T wearing her stuff! Mol’s designs are inspired by pop-culture and she nails satirical work that echoes society in a light hearted and playful manner. Her A-Z of celebrity scandals is probably my favourite thing that has ever graced the internet. I genuinely think this girl is destined for great things. Find her website here 🙂

 

 

 

 

❤ I AM MOVING OUT WITH MY LOVE! ❤

We haven’t found the house yet (lol), but we are looking every minute of every day to see what’s online. Does anyone else find it baffling that estate agents want professional people that work full-time but too many close at 5 and don’t open weekends?

WHAT IS THIS CRUEL GAME YOU ARE PLAYING WITH ME PAL!?

My other favourite situation is when a lovely new house is listed…

*DING*

"Ohhh, this is lovely! Let me give them a call"

*RING RING GURL*

"Good morning (insert estate agents name), How can I help?"

"Hi! I saw you've just listed a 2 bed house on Blahblah road and I would love to book a viewing as soon as you can"

"Ohh.. really sorry that house has just been reserved"

"Oh? But it was put online 10 minutes ago?"

"Yep it's gone"

CRAP. SHIT. FUCK. WHAT. HELP.

But now that’s off my chest, I can show you all the crazy, sick, beautiful, lovely, exciting things that I’m going to buy for this fancy new pad I haven’t found yet…

 

Eyelash Fringe Shower Curtain £10

Oh so insta darling, I cannot wait to dance in the shower and feel like a princess wrapping myself in this beautiful peachy dream. What a bloody steal for £10!! I want to buy it now, but I need to make sure the house I get has a shower curtain (#goals)

 

Marston Hanging Mirror £40

I absolutely love a Marston mirror, I love anything vintage, leather looking and rusty so clearly it’s right up my street. John Lewis sell a lot of mirrors like this, but I’m getting mine from Fashion World as its a steal at £40! I probably shouldn’t put this in the bathroom with a frilly shower curtain…

 

Heather Grey Jersey Duvet Cover £45.50

Of course Urban Outfitters made another appearance…

Can you even image how soft this is gonna feel? JERSEY MATERIAL!

I love how minimal this is, and I think Nat will approve too as he loves a bit of soft grey. How cruel would I be to make him sleep in a floral colourful duvet every night? To be honest I don’t think he would even notice!

 

GARNES over-the-door mirror £39

If you don’t go on a trip to IKEA and eat Swedish meatballs are you actually even moving out?

There is no doubt in my mind that my new home will feature a lot of IKEA bits, I mean, every time I go there I buy numerous candles and tons of tupperware… but maybe I should get some stuff I actually need!

This mirror is brilliant, for the obvious fact that it hangs over the door and is space efficient, HUZZAH! I love the two handles it includes too, YAY FOR MORE PLACES TO HANG MY CRAP.

 

Heart of House Sherbourne 12 Piece Dinner Set £17

I bloody love duck egg, it’s such a beautiful minimal colour and I enjoy its subtlety mucho. I don’t think I would ever buy a dinner set that doesn’t support this design, as I am such a messy pup and having the modern high sides helps me look high society whilst keeping my grub where it’s suppose to be!

 

I think I should stop here, otherwise I think I’ll get a bit carried away. I am so excited to start purchasing everything, and decorating my home with my bestest pal that I also give kisses to. What a great way to start 2017!

Also if anyone knows where I can get a huge banging soft rug hit me up because we (I) need all the help we (I) can get!

xoxoxox

Here’s blog 2349i32490 about New Years Resolutions, but they’ve got to be done!

I find I always make new resolutions, but because they’re not measurable, I never know whether I have achieved what I originally set out to.
So here’s me trying out some smart resolutions, hopefully in a years time I can go back and reflect on what I have stuck to!

#1 Create a healthier lifestyle for myself

I could have called this ‘lose weight’, but I think what a lot of people miss is the reasons behind losing weight. It might be that you want to fit into that dress you looked incredible in on your birthday, or you want all eyes on you when you’re on the beach in summer. But what it all boils down to is having more self-esteem. I started with a personal trainer at the back end of 2016, when I started I was on Slimming World, desperately waiting for my weigh-in day to be a positive one. My mindset changed from wanting to lose lbs to becoming stronger and healthier. I am so much happier eating things that I know are good for me, rather than things SW tell me are too many syns. I LOVE YOU AVOCADO.

#2 Stop worrying about my blog content so much

I have definitely worried too much about what I post here, whether people will like it, whether it fits in with the “blogging culture” and honestly I feel like a poo head for even feeling that way, it’s not all about ‘whats in my bag’, ‘shopping haul’ and ‘what I got for Christmas’ posts. I love reading posts like that, but they’re not me. Unless the shopping haul is stationary. I could do a million of those! I will post at least once a week, anything more is a bonus!

#3 Learn to say no

This isn’t really to do with blogging, because no one asks me to do anything (lol) but in terms of my social life I need to take a break. I hate letting people down and I burn myself out keeping plans with everyone which doesn’t leave me any time for myself. MY FAMILY NEED TIFF TIME TOO. I will dedicate 2 evenings a week to seeing my parents, and as me and my love are moving out this year I will dedicate at least 1 evening to us just being creative together. He’s so lucky.

#4 Draw anything and everything

Just like blogging, I overthink what I create. It has really dampened my creativity and I hate that. The other day I wanted to draw a seal with sweetcorn for teeth, my friend told me a story and it’s all I could imagine, and I never created it because I thought it was stupid. Why? I don’t know, ask my brain. I received the most incredible book for Christmas, and I am going to draw every day to keep my juices flowing. Yesterday I drew 2 dragonflies, I don’t think I’ve ever drew dragonflies in my life!

#5 Continue to do the things I love

This year, I started two projects which I am really excited about continuing. I started volunteering at the Nagarjuna Buddhist Centre, also known as the World Peace Cafe in Leicester. I’m helping them to update their website and increase their social media presence, it’s been so fun to throw ideas into the mix that I don’t have to worry about being great, as I’m not being paid to have them! It’s helping me increase my confidence in my ideas, and I’ll be starting meditation classes in the new year!

The second project I have started is Le Doodle Crew, a place for creatives on Twitter to share their ideas and creations, and can also ask for advice if they’re suffering from a creative block. Right now it’s just a page that retweets artist’s work, but I am so excited to implement my plan. I just hope followers will be engaged!

 

Anywho, they’re my resolutions. 24th year the charm eh? I wonder where I will be this time next year, hopefully not moping about doing jack shit all year…