Let's talk about Inkbox! Lately, it seems like everyone and their mother is getting tatted. It's growing as a mainstream trend from the real thing, to stick and poke, to two week tattoos. The difference? Stick and poke last 1-2 years, whereas two week tattoos last for anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks, which is the beauty of them. If you're a girl who loves the look of a tattoo, but doesn't want to commit for life or even for a few years, these are amazing options. The ink is plant based, just like henna, so it's natural and safe to use on the skin. Don't worry, it's NOT black henna! You can pick up pre-made designs and apply them using inkbox kits, or you can purchase freehand ink and do some designs of your own. They are currently beginning beta testing for custom pre-made tattoos as well, in case you want a one of a kind design, but aren't exactly artistic.
So what's the process? Really pretty simple. You pull the wrapping off of the inkbox and stick it to your skin. You use the enclosed alcohol wipe to wet the ink pad. Then you heat the towel, and press down on the inkbox as hard as you can for 30 seconds, then firmly for 15 minutes. After that, you can peel of the inkbox, and you'll see a faint hint of your design on the skin. It takes 24 hours to fully develop, and once it does, these look just like the real thing.
The freehand ink is especially fun to work with. It is a gel ink that you squeeze from a little bottle with a "needle" tip. The best way to describe the process is like frosting a cake! Below are some of the freehand designs I've done for girls on my University campus. The top right photo shows what the ink looks like when it first goes on. It sits on the skin for an hour before you wash it off. Then it develops in 24 hours, just like the pre-made designs.
Okay, yeah - that's kind of a lie. It's more like the semester is killing me - slowly and painfully. Maybe I'm exaggerating slightly, but heavens, this has been a rough few months. Being a full time student and a full time business owner really takes a toll sometimes. This semester in particular is heavy ridden with large creative projects that take up a lot of time. Let's just say I'm counting down the days until May. On the bright side, Jonathan and I got the keys to our apartment on Monday! We're already busy coming up with plans for the layout, and the latest news is that Jonathan has the know-how to build furniture (cue Pinterest scrolling).
Shirt: c/o similar Romwe
Bracelet: Wanderer Bracelets
Necklace: Charming Charlie
White Hart was one of the first places I heard about when I moved to Lynchburg in 2015. It's the local go-to for a cup of third wave coffee. The atmosphere is super authentic. If it's not on a busy day, I love stopping in here to do some photo editing on my laptop, or for a latte when I'm working a wedding downtown. Recommendations? The White Hart Snow or a chai tea latte.
Life has been insane lately. Somehow running a business, being a full time student, apartment hunting and wedding planning all are meshing together. My day planner is spilling over with scribbled plans for each week. I do enjoy being busy, but I think it's time to dial back where I can. The problem? Not really too sure where I can dial back at the moment - ha! It's hard not to wish away Spring when reprieve from school and our wedding is around the corner. I will say, it's so much harder to live in the moment when you don't give yourself a chance to breathe.
Shirt: c/o Romwe
Necklace: c/o Romwe
Slowly but surely, I've been exploring the different shops, restaurants and local offerings in Lynchburg. The town is growing steadily with incredible artists and community events, particularly in the Downtown area. Live Trendy or Die is one of those Lynchburg gems. Stephanie was a doll, and was kind enough to let me cruise around and snap pictures of her set-up. Live Trendy or Die features pieces from some of my favorite local artists. If you live in the area, I highly recommend stopping in - it's a great place to pick up some one of a kind statement pieces.
Who can resist a good cup of tea? Especially if it's served in a gorgeous glass teacup, and enjoyed in the ambiance of an art gallery? Good Karma is another local place I love to hit up in Lynchburg. Don't get me wrong, espresso or a solid latte has my heart, but you can't jolly well chug a cup of joe in the evening, can you? Well, at least I can't, if I want to have the promise of any sleep that night. Sometimes it's tea for the win. I love this place for it's vast selection of unique, herbal teas, in addition to a friendly and welcoming staff. If you're hunting for a new spot in Lynchburg to simmer down and relax, definitely check them out!
I don't typically accessorize a lot, but when I do, I like to keep things simple with a little edge. These gold bar earrings and this choker necklace from Zaful are just a couple of pieces that work great for winter accessorizing. I paired them with a black pleather jacket and army green dress from Romwe, and topped everything off with a black lace skirt from Zaful. Zaful is currently hosting a Valentines Day sale, so if you want to save a bit and pick up some new pieces for Spring, you can save 12% with the code LOVE12.
Jacket + top: Romwe
Skirt + jewelry: c/o Zaful
Horacio Printing if you haven't picked up your organizer for the year!