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As a person who loves art, especially things made by hand, it's only natural that I am attracted to tattoos. I love how every one of us look different; different shapes, different skin shades, different muscle tones.. So when I look at tattoos on other people, I love not only the stories behind the design, but how they just look on their bodies.

I have wanted one since I was in college. I was 18 so I could've gotten one if I wanted it, but for various reasons (or rather, excuses), I didn't. I wasn't sure about the cost, I didn't know what would be meaningful to me, I was going to law school how would people judge me? blah blah blah.

If I learned anything in the past 3 years, it is that we all only live once, and we have no idea when it would be the end for us. I was tired of keep putting off the things I really wanted to do and worrying about how other people would judge me (and as I write it out, I'm staring at that sentence because I've been saying that since I was 15.... why is it so hard to stop caring?)

So for 2017, I decided the keyword was going to be "DO." If it's something I really want, I should do it.  

After perusing through Pinterest, Instagram, and Google images... I finally decided on the design of my first tattoo. 

My first tattoo (@candyandbagel) by @pare_eddie in Tustin, CA

My first tattoo (@candyandbagel) by @pare_eddie in Tustin, CA

It's a stylized symbol of Scorpio sign. I've always been proud to be a Scorpio, the sun sign known for its mystery and intensity. This was going to be a constant reminder for me, of my strength and intense inner peace.

A month after I decided to get my second because I just loved the process of tattooing so much. From the buzzing noise to the steady sensation of the needle scratching your skin, I love everything about the process (now, the healing process... that tests my patience! I want to show it off!)

I contacted an artist whom I have been following since the beginning of this year; my husband, ever the supporter of anything I develop intense feelings for, found her Instagram a long time ago and introduced me to her works. I loved everything I saw! So I decided that my love for tattoos was strong enough to invest in a larger piece, and I really wanted to have it done by her.

Long story short, it was like meant-to-be, because she had a cancellation and was able to fit me into her schedule in 4 days (her assistant told me that she was currently booking July/August!). If I were to wait that long, the suspense would have killed me because Sara (@SaraFabel) doesn't show you the sketch until the appointment! 

Just a month after the first one.... Peonies tattoo by Sara Fabel (@sarafabel) in Los Angeles, CA

Just a month after the first one.... Peonies tattoo by Sara Fabel (@sarafabel) in Los Angeles, CA

I don't think this will be the last and I will always be looking for more ideas!  I love the fact that talented people left a piece of their incredibleness on my body and I get to keep them and admire them for the rest of my life. 

 

 

{Life Things - Home}: Prayer Flags for Nepal

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A month ago, I donated a little to the cause to help people in Napal after the earthquake through The Sugar Shack Styling Co.. and received these cute prayer flags in the mail today. They're reminders to pray for Nepal and people who were affected by the earthquake.

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Donating to a good cause is always good, but getting a small gift in return makes it extra special. Every time I look at them, I'll be thinking of this year and remember to not only pray for the people in Nepal but also for everyone in the world who need help... and remind myself to do more and reach out more every day to be helpful and useful for those people.

I simply put thumb tacks on the door frame and hung these up. On the regular office supply type thumb tacks, I superglue-d cute buttons. To prevent accidents, set the thumb tacks on stable surfaces like styrofoam boards or a cardboard box. 

Take regular thumb tacks from office supply stores, and super glue cute buttons on them. | Handmade Fashion at Candy & Bagel

Take regular thumb tacks from office supply stores, and super glue cute buttons on them. | Handmade Fashion at Candy & Bagel

Check out The Sugar Shack Styling Co's instagram here. I believe they are based in Australia, and their photography is just so inspiring. 

Hang these flags in your home as a reminder to send love and strength and prayers to these people who will so desperately need our ongoing help. Prayer flags hang in the wind and carry our blessings on the breeze around the world.   - The Sugar Shack Styling Co.

Hang these flags in your home as a reminder to send love and strength and prayers to these people who will so desperately need our ongoing help. Prayer flags hang in the wind and carry our blessings on the breeze around the world.  - The Sugar Shack Styling Co.