Tattoo Tuesday

Name or Alias: Emily (Or Tugboat to my fiancĂ©) Age: 18 Occupation: Full-time student and boarding kennel manager Age of first tattoo: 18
Favorite tattoo: My only one
Featured tattoo/location: Right outer Thigh Artist/shop/location of feature tattoo: Syndicate Tattoo; Manhattan, KS 66502
Please tell us about your featured tattoo- is there a background story about why you chose it, or maybe a special meaning?
I chose my tattoo because it’s been my motto for a long time. The tattoo is a quote that says: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  I have lived by this Dr. Seuss  motto my entire grade school career because I believe that in order for something to get done, and done right, you have to care about what you’re doing.
2) Do you have any other tattoos? If so, what do you have and where? No, I don’t have nay other tattoos.  This was my first!

3) Do you plan on getting more? Yes Ma’am I do! I already went and got my next one appraised so that I can start saving up for it!
4) How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)? Have you run into any adversity or negativity because of them? My mom isn’t completely sold on the idea, and her mother is completely prepared to disown me because of this, but I don’t care. It’s my body, my art, my expressions.
5) What's the most interesting experience you've ever had in regards to your tattoos? The only thing that I’ve had happen with my tattoo so far is that it’s getting swollen, and I didn’t get the apostrophe put on the “It’s”... Once it’s all healed up, I’m going to go back and get it fixed.

6) Any advice for those interested in getting tattooed but haven't gotten one yet?  Take a friend with you. It does help. They’re there to keep you calm. While they’re doing the tattoo, RELAX! You’ll forget that it’s happening until the artist stops. Don’t mess with the tattoo once it’s done, and be sure to keep it clean and dry. ALSO! If it’s hurting to the point where you can’t bare it, find and aloe plant and put some of the goo on it. It’s natural and won’t clog your pores.
7) What is your least favorite part of being tattooed? Do you have any stories/advice to people who are not tattooed? My least favorite part right now is that it hurts all the time.  I’ve talked to two “veterans” of getting tattooed, and they both say that it’s normal, and that it’ll hurt for about 10 days before being better.

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Tattoo Tuesday

Name or Alias: Gigi Fair
Age: 27
Occupation: pinup, esthetician, makeup artist, mom
Age of first tattoo: 17
Favorite tattoo: I love them all but the portrait of my mom is closest to my heart!
Featured tattoo/location: Pirate ship in stormy seas that covers my back!
Artist/shop/location of feature tattoo: Steve Smith at Extreme Tattoo in Piqua, OH 
about your featured tattoo- is there a background story about why you chose it, or maybe a special meaning? I have a love of all things nautical and a few other nautical tattoos so this seemed fitting. I wanted to have stormy seas because I had just come out of a very difficult time in life. The tattoo was a cover up and I have a lot of trust in the artist so I left the rest of the details up to him. I think you get a better tattoo that way!
2) Do you have any other tattoos? If so, what do you have and where? An angel on the side of my hip, a mermaid and ocean scene 3/4 sleeve on my left arm, An anchor behind my left ear, the eye of horus on the front of each shoulder, my full pirate ship back piece, a rose for each of my children , a spider/human morph , the word l'espoir (means hope in french), a very small star, and my mother's senior portrait all on my right arm. The words sink and swim on the outside of my hands, a skull and dia de los muertos couple on my right leg, a seahorse unicorn on my left leg, a hummingbird on my food and a small word on the other foot, stars on my side, a very small design at the bottom of my breast bone, and a raven in a frame on my ribs. Wow I have never had to list them like that!
3) Do you plan on getting more? Absolutely! I look at my body and still see lots of blank canvas. 

4) How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)? Have you run into any adversity or negativity because of them? When I first started they really didn't know what to think. I am lucky to have a very loving and supportive family! Now they just know that you see a person, not their tattoos. 
When I started getting tattooed it wasn't as accepted in the workplace as it is now, so a lot of people didn't understand why I would still get them when I had to wear at least 3/4 sleeves in the summer! For a long time I had to cover up for work and my bosses didn't understand why I would continue to get tattooed and my even more tattooed friends didn't understand why I wasn't completely offended by this. I just continued doing what I wanted and thankfully now don't have to be concerned with covering them! I do live in a small town so I sometimes get some negative comments from strangers or what I call the "old lady stares" especially when I'm out with my kids! Yes I am a mother, and a damn good one even though I am tattooed! It doesn't bother me though, it just makes me giggle. The only thing I really don't like is when strangers ask me why I got them like I owe them an explanation.
5)What's the most interesting experience you've ever had in regards to your tattoos? Everytime a stranger wants to show me their one terrible tattoo because they see mine, or tell me what generic idea with 20 things incorporated in it that they want! I have also had strangers touch me to try to move clothing so they can see my work better too! I am amazed at others etiquette sometimes. 
6) Any advice for those interested in getting tattooed but haven't gotten one yet? cheap isn't always better! Do your research and don't get tattooed because its the cool thing right now, do it because you want too! It does bother me to see such young people get tattooed in the most visible places because its the trend. 

7) What is your least favorite part of being tattooed? Do you have any stories/advice to people who are not tattooed? My least favorite part is just being uncomfortable when I am sitting for long sessions. That is almost worse for me than the pain! You know its going to hurt and some spots more than others, but that is part of the process! My advice for people who are not tattooed is use your manners, I really don't care wether you like them or not, please don't ask me where I got my tattoos done if you really have 0% interest in going. Also "Heeeyyyy girl nice tats" is never an appropriate pick up line :)

Celebrating the Season: Holiday Tradition #2


Every year, for I think the past 5 years (?) my friends Bianca and Rebecca and I do a baking exchange. We each back four to five things, multiplied by three, so we have huge baskets to give to our friends and family during the holiday seasons.

It is always a fun time, and I always look forward to what my two gal pals will bake and bring to the exchange.  I always have to make homemade chex mix, Bianca always makes her yummy pretzels, and Rebecca makes the BEST chocolate crinkle cookies.  Those are standards, but each year we make something new and test it out.

I made mini lemon poppy seed muffins, along with chocolate covered peanut butter ritz crackers, chex mix, and seasoned oyster crackers.  Here are the recipes:

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
1/2 cup sweet creamy butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs, separated
1 1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
2 lemons, zest of, grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk or 1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°F Coat muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add the egg yolks, one at a time  Beat well after each.

In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients, poppy seeds, and lemon zest.  With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating two times with the buttermilk, then lemon juice, and then vanilla.  Beat just until smooth.  In another bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.  Gently fold them into the muffin batter until blended.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, 3/4-full.  Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely.  I sometimes sprinkle the muffin mixture with sugar prior to putting in the oven just to add a little extra sweetness.

Tex Mex Chex Mix

6 Tbsp. margarine or butter
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix dry, (1.25 oz)
1 Tbsp. worchestershire sauce (I used Tamari, so that it is vegetarian)
1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
8 cups rice or corn, or combo of both chex mix
1 ½ cup peanuts
1 ½ cup pretzel sticks broken into two
1 cup Cheez Its
1 cup Provolone cheez its
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Melt Margarine in large oven safe bowl.  Stir in taco seasoning, worcestershire, and hot pepper sauce.  Gradually add cereal, peanuts, and pretzels; stir to coat evenly.  Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Spread on absorbent paper to cool.  Store in airtight container.

1,000 Likes = $100 for the Homeless Animals of KC Pet Project a GIVEAWAY WITH BEER PAWS

Do you want to help homeless pets this year?
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Throughout the month of December, Wayward Dogs Blog has been rallying fans to help her Beer Paws business page reach 1,000 Likes.

If we can do that by December 31, Beer Paws will donate $100 to our featured shelter of the month, KC Pet Project.
KC Pet Project is the non-profit animal shelter that serves Kansas City, Missouri. Thousands of animals pass through this program every year, and following many years as a high-kill shelter, KCPP achieved no-kill status this year.
Establishing more foster parents for pets has been one key to the program’s improvement. I’m happy to say that a dog was pulled into foster under Crystal's name just a few weeks ago – and adopted soon after.
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Another key element of KCPP’s success has been the establishment of play yards, where dogs get more exercise and socialization. Earlier in the month, the shelter had to raise $40,000 to improve the play yards to be in line with state standards.
Although that particular fiscal goal was met, there is always a need for donations to the shelter.
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Nearly Famous Pinup Wednesday ~ K.P. O'Malley

Name // blog name//website: K.P. O'Malley

Age: I'm a perfectly seasoned twenty-faux year old

Occupation: Corporate Trainer/Dream Chaser/Positivity Promoter/Actress/Burlesque Performer/Music Blogger/Unabashed Dork/Goofball

Where are you from: Kansas City, MO - the MidBest!! Woot! Woot!! <3<3

Favorite photographer to work with: My first shoot ever was with Vixen Pin-Up Photography. It was a present to myself for a major life accomplishment. I still to this day cherish  the photos from that shoot. They are a symbol of my strength and freedom - something that they were skilled enough to capture on film. I have no idea how those ladies do it, but they bring something out of me, some new inner beauty, every time. I'm always impressed with my sessions with them and they are still one of my favorites to shoot with, hands down.

Artist/Photographer/location of featured photo(s) 
1. Vixen Pin-Up Photography, MUA by The Candy Shop, Hair by Vintage Flare (from my 1st shoot ever, awwww lol)
2. Ooh La La Boudoir by Hilary Hope Photography, MUAH by Amanda Adams
3. Paper Moon Photography by Charlie Girl, MUA by The Candy Shop, Hair by Get Your Locks Off

How long have you been modeling/enjoying photography? 1 year

Who are your favorite Pinup Models? Past or present inspiration? The first "pin-up" I ever watched shoot was Katty DeLux (she was shooting at my very first shoot too and my jaw was just lying on the floor in awe, me thinking "I can't do that! She's incredible!!" So, I've always loved and admired her ;) Love me some Veronica Virgo, Sally Sparrow, Mosh - and of course the Classic Old Hollywood Starlets and Burlesque performers.

What is some of your favorite clothing lines? Favorite Designers? Stop Staring, Hell Bunny, Sourpuss, Bettie Page Clothing, Pinup Girl Clothing is like a dessert buffet for me - I must practice self control. Same with make-up, costume and wig sites - my imagination gets me into trouble sometimes lol

If you could shoot with any photographer, past or present, who would it be? Not a photographer but he often painted from photos/sketches, so, I ADORE Gil Elvgren!  Everything he did, all of it <3 it would be a DREAM to be painted by him! Or, more currently, Les Toil - he gives a lady's curves the love they deserve <3

What is your favorite color and why? Green and Purple (eye color and fave color) plus they both go well with red hair #teamread <3

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead who would it be? oh, gosh....I only get to pick one? Ok, Mae West - I think it would be fascinating.

How did you get your model name? Well, I'm kinda bad at remembering names, so I used to call everyone pet names (also to kind of pretend I was a southern belle with the permission to call anyone, "sugar, doll, etc" accents are fun lol)  anyway, and I always liked the use of "Pants or Britches, etc" as a last name. So, quickly my friends and peers turned my own affectations on me and I became "Kitten Pants" and O'Malley is my last name. Actually, for years, people who had trouble pronouncing my REAL first name would just call me K.P. O'Malley. I have name tags from previous jobs that have that on it. It was easier than correcting people constantly :)

What is your favorite city to visit and why? You know, I haven't had the privilege to travel very much, so, I'd have to say New York City but I think that Paris would be an absolute dream. I'd love to visit Australia as well - the pin-up scene down there is AMAZING!
Do you have a favorite song or artist? Yes, like 50 million of them! lol So, top 5: The Beatles, Jeff Buckley, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, Led Zeppelin. This list is biased and life encompassing, because I also write for 2 music blogs, so my favorites change day to day. For example, I am really digging Little Comets - listening to them right now, actually lol

Tattoo Tuesday

Name or Alias: Mallary/Miss Malloween
Age: 25
Occupation: Medical Receptionist
Age of first tattoo: 18

Favorite tattoo: My favrorite tattoo is my moon on my right hand.  One of my best friends bought it for me for my birthday this year and it means a great deal to me.  I am obsessed with the moon, it reminds me that the people I love are looking at the same moon as me and it keeps us together.  My best friend passed when I was in highschool and we had an inside joke/story about the moon.  This is my favorite tattoo and it is my smallest one on my body.

Featured tattoo/location: The tattoos pictured are by the wonderful Steve Janowski from in Victoria, TX and the great Jett Radford of Houston, TX.
Artist/shop/­location of feature tattoo:  Primal Ink, Victoria, TX & Jett inks out of his home.  Super clean, very professional.

Please tell us about your featured tattoo- is there a background story about why you chose it, or maybe a special meaning? There are two featured on my arm-the moth on my lower right arm was my own design.  I came up with it and the quote during a transformation period in my life.  I wanted something to keep myself motivated and focused on my goals and dreams.  As for my upper right arm, I love the band Mastodon and had a friend pass away short after their new album, The Hunter, came out.  It spoke to me and I had to have the song title "Creature Lives" on my body.  I was living in Victoria, TX at the time, and the tattoo artist (Steve Janowski) I chose listenend to my reasoning and said it was funny because he used to open for Mastodon at one point in time.  Funny how that works out :)  As for the spiderwebs and peacock feathers, I love all things Halloween and all things beautiful/creative.  I really wanted it to portray my personality.  

2) Do you have any other tattoos? If so, what do you have and where?  Yes, a friend and I have matching hip tattoos that say "Free Spirit" and I have another on my right hip that says "My Heart Still Beats".  I also have the count tattood on my right foot for my father.  He laughs just like the count.  I am looking into what I should get to honor my Mother.

3) Do you plan on getting more?  I do, but more than likely my feet.  I LOVE foot tattoos.  So awesome.

4) How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)? Have you run into any adversity or negativity because of them? I have heard both good and bad, but I know my family and true friends love me with all their heart, no matter what is on my body.

What's the most interesting experience you've ever had in regards to your tattoos? I went to one of my best friends Grandparents retirement home 4th of July party, and received so many compliments from the little old ladies at our table.  One of them told me she watches LA Ink and said it is too cool.  She said if she were younger she would get a tattoo.  A lot of older women stop my awesome fiance & I to compliment our work.  He receives so many compliments on his and it is adorable that the majority of his compliments come from old women.  This has nothing to do with his good looks, I am sure.  Haha!

6) Any advice for those interested in getting tattooed but haven't gotten one yet? The best advice I can give to you is to make sure it is exactly what you want, that you are doing it for no one but yourself, and that you do not act on impulse when getting ANY tattoo.  Think it through!

7) What is your least favorite part of being tattooed? My least favorite part is that you are sometimes instantly judged by others.  I go through life with an open mind and an open heart, I do not like judging others by appearance.  When I first saw my fiance, his tattoos really drew me in.  It was like a story waiting to be told.  I was intrigued, I wanted to know all about them, why he had them, who from, etc.  As for me (and as I said eariler) I have received both good and bad remarks on my ink.  However, out of both, I have more good than bad.   Your body is a temple, but your body is also a beautiful blank art canvas.  Respect your body, love your body, tattoos are a release of creativity for both the artist and the customer.  For some, tattoos are a reminder of loved ones they've lost, happiness they want to hold on to, etc.  Self expression is a beautiful thing.  Respect your body, love yourself, you only live once.

Do you have any stories/advice to people who are not tattooed?  My advice is to not judge so quickly.  I dislike that people are judged based on tattoos...I have worked in the medical field for almost 2 years.  I have worked with disabled patients, psychiatric patients, I have also worked as an Ophthalmic Technician doing diagnostic testing on patients macula and retina for disease.  I am now a medical receptionist and going back to school to be an elementary teacher.  Never judge a book by its cover, you never know what lies within the pages.  May be the best novel you've ever read.  :)

Makeout Monday ~ Things I love this week Skin Care Edition

Clarsonic Brush.  I hopefully am getting one of these for christmas!  I have had a knock off one that officially broke, so I know the benefits of this brush is amazing.  The price tag is a hefty one, but what are the holidays for besides asking for something you wouldn't buy for yourself? 

Ole Henriksen Skin Care.  Oh em gee, one of my favorite lines of skin care.  A great price point and who doesn't love to use stuff in bright sunny packaging?

First Aid Beauty.  I love the simplistic packaging and this stuff is seriously moisturizing.  Next time you are at sephora, ask for a sample of this stuff! Pretty amazing.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm.  I seriously love this and it is even better than acting as a sole foundation, as it has SPF in it as well!

On loss and love, A Pet Story.

Do you remember getting your first pet?  Perhaps the animal was already in your home before you ever arrived, or maybe is was something you begged your parents for.  Mine was good and kind and sweet and his was wild and loved to run.  This is the story of getting my very first dog(s).

My brother and I are only 2 years apart in age, and for as long as I can remember he has always been someone I would boss around, but really I was just being bossy for his protection.  I mean, I spoke for him half the time. It wasn't like he didn't like to speak, but we just had this uncanny recognition of each other that I just knew what he wanted.  I still think that it is this way, even as adults, we still look for that acceptance in each other.  However, this has nothing to do with my dog story, besides just giving you a little back ground on my family.

I was in second grade, at the time, and my brother had yet to start kindergarten.  I believe him and I had wanted a dog for as long as I could remember, and we even got his lame ass imaginary friends in on the  'dog-gettin' scheme.  I mean, what child doesn't want a pet at some point in their life.  I don't remember where this dog came from, but we finally got it.  We name her ho-ho (duh I love sweets) and it was near winter, so I think Santa has something to do with it.  The dog was a heeler mix and she was fluffy and loved to run, and my brother and I had the best time chasing her around our yard.  Soon winter turned into warm months and well, being a child of the 80's we had no choice but to play outside, ride our bikes, chase our dog and wait for the Book-Moblie to visit our small town.

Every week this library on wheels would come to our town, park in the parking lot of our local gas station and allow you to check out books and videos from our neighboring big city.  It was the highlight of my week!

My mom drove this super sweet light blue Monte Carlo.  My brother and I had gathered up the books we had checked out the previous week and were ready to get in the car and get our next bevy of rented books.  So, we loaded up and headed out.  Side Note: our new-ish dog loved to chase after cars.

We pulled swiftly out of our driveway and head down the street, when all of the sudden we felt a huge bump, (and this being like the late 80's we had no seat belts on) I looked up and my mom and then to my brother and then out the back car window.  For a 7 year old I did some quick calculations and realized we had just ran over our dog!  My mom threw on the brakes, put the car into park and leaped out of the car and towards where our beloved Ho-ho was lying.  When I started to cry, my brother started screaming "murderer! murderer!" at the top of his lung to my mom.  Needless to say this made a horrible situation worse.

After we got our of the car, I can't really remember what happened next because a)my dog had died and b) we were so obviously not going to get to go to the Book-Mobile.  Horrible.  It was a dark day in our household.

When my dad got home, we were of course bummed.  My brother and I had no dog and no new books.    We buried our dog in our back yard (We lived in the country, people, no laws were broken).  I thought that this would be the end of our dog days, but little did I know we would soon be welcoming not one, but two new dogs into our lives!

Ho-ho was missed, but shortly after her death, my dad loaded us up in his truck and off to the humane society we went.  Of course, when you take children to see baby animals, there is going to be a lot of disagreement on what baby animal is going to be chosen.  In my 7 year old mind, it felt like we were there for a long, long time and of course my brother liked a totally different dog than I did, so naturally we did the right thing and rescued both dogs.

His dog was a blue heeler.  It has one blue eye, and one brown.  I think he liked that dog because it's markings were so close to Ho-ho's markings.  It was a tiny, little dog with a lot of personality.  Drumroll please………….we named it bubblegum.  

My dog was a white lab.  She was shy, and sweet.  I remember her being kind of fat for a puppy, but she was nice and cuddly and really that is all I wanted in a dog.  She, of course, was name lollipop.  

On our ride home, my dog puked on me and my brother's dog peed on him.  I mean, we all kind of got started off on the wrong foot.  Once we got home though, we knew that this would be great.  And that is where my love for dogs started.

Celebrating the Season: Holiday Tradition #1

First fire of the season!  One of my favorite things about cooler weather, is lighting the first fire of the season in our fire place.  On cold nights, nothing beats curling up in your pi's with a comfy blanket, a warm fire and watching tv or reading a book.

My dogs love to curl up by the warm fire, and sometimes get a little too close for my comfort.  Winston is the worst about it! He will actually crawl right up next to the fireplace, and once his fur started smoking!  

You can even make scented fire place starters to make your home smells a little more "outdoorsy" and help get the fire started!