2014: Reflecting on a Fabulous Year!

It’s hard to believe 2014 is finally coming to a close.  This year has been so full of joy and success, good times and great friends.  I have a new job which I love so much and is the start of a wonderful career.  I have the most amazing group of friends a girl could ever ask for, not to mention the cutest kitten on the planet.  And I’ve been able to express my creativity through so many amazing fashion photo shoots and design projects.  I performed in an international burlesque festival, got a giant mermaid tattoo, met two of my idols (Yaya Han and Tess Munster) and I even started this blog.   I can’t believe what a lucky girl I am and I feel so incredibly thankful to have had all these experiences.

So here we go.  This is my year in photos; memories from most of the big events, photo shoots, friends, lots and lots of friends and the most fabulous fashions.  Thank you for following my blog and I wish the happiest New Year to you all!

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Meryle Trouble and Dolly Monroe as Jamie and Cersei Lannister. Photo by If You Fall Photography.
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Meryle Trouble, Betty Quirk, Sevvy Skellington and Dolly Monroe preparing for our burlesque photo shoot with Hailey Freisen.
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Me and Irene of “Petite Plus, Meow!” being models at the Dragon’s Den audition for Your Big Sister’s Closet.
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Betty Quirk, Laura Desiree and Dolly Monroe shimmying at “Dances the Cramps Taught Us”.
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Me getting tattooed by Suspira.
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My beautiful mermaid tattoo from Suspiria.
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Sam and I celebrating our birthdays together at the Science Centre.
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My most famous photo of the year (and of all time) from If You Fall Photography.
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Posing with my lovely friends Betty Quirk, Sevvy Skellington, Zilly Lilly, and Leelando Calrissian at the Nerdlesque Festival in New York City!
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My favourite photo from my collaborations with the outstanding photographer Dana Brushette.
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Meeting my model inspiration Tess Munster!
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I took the Iron Throne with help from Betty, Brittany and Sam!
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My naughty Betty Page tribute photo shoot with If You Fall Photography.
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Hanging out with designer Allie of Amplify Apparel and my awesome friends Leeland and Bri!
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My first photo collaboration with Geoff Larkin.
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Mermaid Pride at the Pride Parade with Meryle and Brittany.
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Leeland and I being cute at Atomic Lollipop.
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That one time my face was all over the TTC for the Taste of the Danforth Festival.
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More fun photos with Geoff Larkin.
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Silly friends Leeland and Sevvy at Fan Expo.
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Meeting the cosplay Queen Yaya Han!
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My first official Burlesque poster for the Garters of the Galaxy show.
The Gorgeous Dolly Monroe shows her flair with a Gloomth Clothing dress!!
Modelling for Gloomth Clothing with photographer Tyrone Islington.
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Working hard at my cosmetics day job/taking selfies at work.
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Bringing my favourite Fairy Tale to life in this Red Riding Hood photo shoot with Geoff Larkin.
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Filming the Brick Wall Sessions videos with Betty Quirk.
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Possibly my favourite photo of myself of all time from Geoff Larkin.
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My Bent Beauty Supremes, Betty, Sevvy, Brittany and Trevor!
The Glamorous duo of Dolly Monroe and Laura Palmer of Betty Monroe Designs!
Best friend photo shoot with Betty Quirk, by Tyrone Islington.
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I had to end with this photo of some of my most favourite people! Sam, Delicia, Betty, Scarlett, Taylor, Brittany, Sevvy, and Leelando!

Inspiration: Suspiria

One of my absolute favourite artists in Toronto is the one and only Suspiria.  This talented chick has a style all her own.  Drawing inspiration from classic horror, the female figure and her own twisted imagination, Suspiria’s work walks the line between girly and gory.  She creates dark fantasies through many mediums including paintings, tattoos and recently dolls.  Suspiria’s latest creation is a series of Terror Tot dolls with painted faces and bellies stitched onto plush, handmade bodies.  You may also recall the wonderful mermaid tattoo I got from Suspiria earlier this year.  I am constantly stunned by the outstanding tattoos I see this talented lady creating.  She is skilled at both very realistic, almost photo-like tattoos (see the wicked witch below) as well as her own unique style of cartoony, girly pinups and animals (check out the franken-babe with bat buddy below).

Check out Suspiria Land to purchase prints, terror tots or to set up a tattoo consultation.

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Mermaid Tattoo by Suspiria

After 3 sittings and 10 hours my beautiful mermaid tattoo from Suspiria is finally complete!  It was a long process but totally worth it.  I am so happy with how it turned out and I love looking down at my leg and seeing my beautiful mermaid.  This tattoo for me symbolizes where I am at this moment.  I am going through a lot of changes in my life right now and beginning a new chapter and I love that this gorgeous creation is the marker of that change for me.  I thought I would share some start-to-finish photos of the process of getting this tattoo.  We made a lot of subtle changes between the original sketch and the final completed tat and it has been really fun watching it grow and change.  I cannot thank the amazing Suspiria enough for gracing me with this beauty.

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Mermaid Tattoo: Almost Completed!

After 5 more painstaking hours at the tattoo shop my beautiful mermaid is almost complete! Thanks again to the wickedly talented Suspiria for putting this ink on my body.  I’m so in love with her!  Anyone have a good suggestion for a name?

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Mermaid Tattoo

I had been planning on getting this tattoo for a very long time and finally the time seemed right and things fell into place with my artist.  The amazingly talented Suspiria recently returned to Toronto and her style was exactly what I was looking for.  I sat through 4 hours of tattooing on Sunday and got the outline and part of the colour done.  It will probably be at least another 4 hours before this baby is done.  Here are some shots of me getting tattooed and how my tat is looking so far…

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Feeling the pain!
Finished the outline!