My Favourite Pictures and Memories from May

Hi everyone!

 

Here’s another post that’s part of the ESG: My favourite picture of the month May swap on Swap-Bot.

 
First up is this selfie I took at GeekFest! I absolutely loved this look! The synthetic dreads were made by Karmic Dreads and I’d highly recommend her work! The circlet is one of my own creations that I am also selling in various colours. 

 

Next up is this photo of me with a cute cat I met in Mellville! I went shopping with my new friend Krisne, and one of the charity shops there is also a cat sanctuary!

 

I also got engaged to my boyfriend of 5 years! This is our engagement announcement photo.

 

And lastly, I had a great shoot with Emmy Photography. This is one of my favourite photos from the day!

 

I also had an amazing shoot with Xpressio – Photo Artistry that I can’t share with you yet, as it is for a magazine!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about my month!

 

 

J

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My favourite jewellery

Hi everyone!

 

My apologies for not posting in a while. I have been dealing with a lot of personal issues and have also been really busy with my jewellery business.

 

This post is part of the ESG: Show us your jewelry! swap on Swap-Bot. I’ve decided to just show my absolute favourite jewellery items, as I have a lot of jewellery!

 

Firstly, let me show you how I store my jewellery. Most of my jewellery is on this hanging display, but then I also have some in separate trinket boxes. My rings and brooches are kept in the purple trinket box shown.

I don’t have one favourite item of jewellery that I love the most, but these are some of my favourites. I am a firm believer in supporting small businesses so many of these items were made for me by local crafters.

 

First up, this beautiful anatomical heart cameo necklace made by La’ila Designs:

Next, a custom raven necklace made by Puff’s Handiwork:

An Alchemy Gothic bat necklace that I got secondhand:

One of my own creations that I kept because I loved it so much:

This awesome 3D printed raven skull necklace by SIN BIN: Graphic and Fashion Design:

A violin themed choker that I made for myself:

And finally, a dragon ring, imported by Big Dog Steel

All of these pieces are items that I wear as everyday pieces. I like to dress up every day and nothing completes an outfit quite like some extravagant jewellery!

 

 

J

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My Favourite Pictures and Memories from March

Hello everyone!

 

Here’s another post that’s part of the ESG: My favourite picture of the month March swap on Swap-Bot.

 

I handed in my leather bound research report, which means that I am done with university! And I got 70% for my research paper! I was so shocked that I got such a high mark, as I had to complete my research report while still suffering from adrenal fatigue.

 

On 4th March, I had my jewellery stall at Ink & Iron, and decided to enter my new back tattoo into the tattoo competition and we won best half back colour female tattoo! My artist was over the moon, because it was the first tattoo award he’s received. He definitely deserved it! I got really sunburnt though – ouch!

 

I had a really fun first shoot with Xpressio – Photo Artistry, but her husky, Sky, kept on photobombing us. Here’s one of my favourite bloopers from the shoot!


I went to a cosplay picnic on 18th March and had lots of fun. I was excited to wear by Little Sister cosplay from the game series Bioshock. We got some really cool photos of it. Thanks to Muller Time Photography for this shot.

 

My favourite memory from the entire month was when I went to Attrition Event: Resident Awesome on 26th March. It was the first Attrition event this year and it was so much fun! But what made it my favourite is that two of my non-Goth friends, Bree and Kalyca, went with and I got to Goth them up for the day! Didn’t they look stunning?!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about my month! Sorry I haven’t been blogging lately.  I have lots of big things happening that I can’t reveal yet!

 

 

J

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My Favourite Pictures and Memories from February

Hello everyone!

Here’s another post that’s part of the ESG: My favourite picture of the month February swap on Swap-Bot.

 

Firstly, I took this funny photo of how Merlin often sleeps. He likes to sleep with half his body hanging out of the hammock. It doesn’t look very comfortable!

This is possibly my favourite photo I’ve ever taken of myself. I look so creepy! I took this before going to a Goth club with my best friend.

This amazing fan art was drawn by Hellga Protiv! She really captured my likeness!

I adopted two mice! Meet Dobby and Winky! Poor Dobby had a stroke last week, but she’s managed to make a full recovery.

For Valentine’s Day, I made my boyfriend this gift. Inside the jar was 50 sweets, each with a reason why I love him attached to it. He loved it!

Towards the end of the month, I had a photoshoot with one of my favourite photographers, Liam from Dark Arts Society. We took this afterwards as a sneak peek. The photos are going to be sent to a magazine.

I was also given this amazing drawing of Nosferatu, that was created by the talented Hannes Strydom!

That’s all from me for now. I hope you enjoyed reading about my month!

 

J

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Megara: The story of my tattoo

One of the questions I get asked the most is “what does the tattoo on your arm mean?”. While I can answer it in one sentence, that doesn’t even begin to explain what it means to me. So for those of you who have been wondering, I am about to tell her full story, in the most detail I have ever told.

 

Before I start, just in case you haven’t seen it, this is the tattoo I’m talking about:

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Her name is Megara, and she’s been with me for as long as I can remember.

 

I have always had a very vivid and fantastical imagination. So vivid that long ago, I used to see the creations of my imagination in real life. One of these beings was a forest nymph named Megara. Megara was my age, and my imaginary friend, if you wish to call it that. Every night when I went to bed, I would escape from the real world and enter a magical world which I saw through her eyes. She was a little girl, entrusted as the forest guardian, even though she was barely 5 years old. This forest was a special forest, where all the animals lived in harmony under her protection. Megara was gifted a beautiful wooden bow and arrows from the forest spirit in order to protect the magical realm she lived in. She spent most of her days exploring with her wolf companion, having fun and playing with the other animals in the forest, or washing her beautiful long hair in the crystal clear river.

 

As I got older, so did she. As I changed, so did she. I remember it clearly, the day she first got her antlers. It was just after I had moved back to South Africa, aged 12. She had to protect the forest from a swarm of hunters who came to kill everything in their path. It was horrible. Many of her animal companions were killed. But in the end she was victorious. As a reward for her loyalty to the forest and its creatures, the forest spirit granted her antlers – then only two small stumps protruding from her head that looked quite silly. They got larger and more beautiful over the years, as did she.

 

As I went through hellish teenage years with the worst kind of loneliness and even worse “friends”, she was always there. She gave me strength at my darkest time and was the only thing keeping me alive for quite some time when I thought I had nothing to live for. And then, suddenly, she was gone.

 

I couldn’t understand why. I lost my ability to dream. It was as if she had abandoned me, and eventually as if she had never existed.  In hindsight, I know that it was due to the medication I was put on – I was wrongly diagnosed with bipolar and heavily medicated to the point of being nothing more than a zombie. For years, I had to find another way to cope with my struggles. Then one day, she returned to me, older than she was than she left – matching my age as she always had. I know now that this was because I had stopped my medication, and was finally a happier person than I’d been in a long time. While I don’t dream often, I still see her when I close my eyes. I can travel back to her world as I used to in my youth and escape from my troubles.

 

For a long time I wanted to commemorate her return by getting a tattoo of her as she is now – in her most beautiful state. It took years for someone to finally draw her correctly. Unfortunately I can’t draw and it’s not that easy to explain how someone’s facial features look. But finally she was drawn precisely as she is, and I got her permanently inked onto my skin, so that she will always be with me wherever I go.

 

In December, I decided to do a photoshoot where I could become her for a day. Sadly I didn’t have antlers or ears exactly like hers, but it was close enough. I’m so happy with how the photos came out!

 

Model: Jossie Ayame (me)
Photo: Annari’s Photographic Endeavours
Circlet: Ayame Designs (me)
Antlers:  SIN BIN: Graphic and Fashion Design
Corset: Arwen Garmentry
Hooded capelet: Epic Armoury

 

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I hope you have enjoyed these photos and my story of my tattoo.

 

 

J

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Album Review: Xandria – Theatre Of Dimensions

Artist: Xandria

Album: Theatre Of Dimensions

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Released: 27th January 2017

Track listing:

01. Where The Heart Is Home
02. Death To The Holy
03. Forsaken Love
04. Call Of Destiny
05. We Are Murderers (We All)
06. Dark Night Of The Soul
07. When The Walls Came Down (Heartache Was Born)
08. Ship Of Doom
09. Céilí
10. Song For Sorrow And Woe
11. Burn Me
12. Queen Of Hearts Reborn
13. Theatre Of Dimensions

Wow, where to even begin with this album? I recently became a Xandria fan so I had high expectations for this album after the release of the Fire & Ashes EP in 2015, and Dianne van Giersbergen certainly did not disappoint! This album is definitely their most experimental and magical album to date! I guess one way to describe the sound would be as a fusion of the orchestral sound of Epica and the theatrical elements of Nightwish. They really pushed their boundaries with this album, and it paid off! The album also features a strong lineup of guest artists from Soilwork, Firewind, Myrath and Van Canto appearing on a few tracks.

It’s difficult to choose a favourite track off the album because I was captivated from the first song. We Are Murderers (We All), features Bjorn Strid of Soilwork and might possibly be Xandria’s heaviest track to date! Not that that’s a bad thing though! This song is very angry, yet incredibly epic at the same time. Burn Me is another brilliant track that perfectly balances heavy and epic vibes! Another favourite of mine is Call of Destiny, which has a more stereotypical symphonic metal sound but still grabbed my attention. There’s something about the keyboard riffs that reminds me of Rhapsody of Fire (which is one of my favourite bands). The final track, Theatre of Dimensions, is a fantastic end to a brilliant album. It’s a much longer track than the others on the album, but it perfectly showcases the band’s diverse sound. This is probably the most theatrical track on the album, and I actually hope to hear more like this in the future!

The Theatre of Dimensions album is a masterpiece – there’s no doubt about that! I’d highly recommend this album to any symphonic metal fan!

J

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My Favourite Pictures and Memories from January

Hello everyone!

Here’s another post that’s part of the ESG: My favourite picture of the month January swap on Swap-Bot.

 

January was a relatively boring month, so I don’t have many photos to share this time. I promise February’s post will be a lot more interesting!

 

Firstly, I got this beautiful fan art portrait from Kariba Chalmers! She created me as an elf, which is my favourite thing in the whole world!

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I got these awesome patches from a member on Swap-Bot for the “I collect…send to the person above you” tag. This awesome package caught me completely off guard, as she had already sent me another package with spooky washi tape and cute cat sticky notes. She really spoiled me and brightened my day!

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This is my favourite photo for this month! It’s from a photoshoot I did with Silverwolf Photography at the end of December and I received the edits throughout January. In this photo I am wearing a circlet that I made, and the scale armour and earrings that she made!

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At the end of January, I went to Emalyth Arts Expo: Nine Lives, but I completely forgot to take photos! I had my jewellery stall, and had lots of fun chilling with friends and watching the bands! I even bought some cool things!

 

And that’s all from me for now! I hope you enjoyed hearing about my month. Sorry it wasn’t as exciting as other months!

 

 

J

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