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Welcome to INKWITCHERY!

If you’ve followed/known me for a while you’d know I’ve had a number of domains/websites (or online journals, before they were called blogs) since 2000. It has been such a long time since I’ve had a proper website. In fact my last real update was Spring of 2013! A lot has changed and most of it has been documented on my Instagram account (@inkwitchery).

This domain is my renewed attempt at keeping a cohesive online presence that extends beyond the quick FB, Twitter or IG posts.

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Healed Magic

She is all healed up and looking so fine! I adore it. This may sound odd but, I no long feel as if ‘something’ is missing.

Also, I’m glad I decided to keep the areas around my wrist and elbow “open ended”. I still have the option to add on if I feel the need to. At this point though, I love (LOVE!) having a three-quarter sleeve. Aesthetically, it just works SO well with this botanical design.

I cannot wait to finish her up next month!

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The Dark Goddess

I waited about six years for this tattoo. Others can find inspiration easily but, I did not want just any random Pinterest image etched into my arm for all eternity.

[ Not that there’s anything wrong with that – you do You – but, I’m just hella persnickety. ]

I’ve been “saving” my right arm all these years for something meaningful and spiritual. Having gone through many changes (personally, emotionally, spiritually and physically) over the years, I wanted to incorporate and encompass that journey and what truly resonates with me.

I was drawn Hecate years ago when I first started on this path. She left multiple signs and appeared in my dreams. I sketched out my concept one night after re-reading a number of texts, articles and books about dark goddesses, Hecate specifically. I went back and forth over style and design, erasing and scribbling… Leaving it for months then coming back to work on it some more.

In my mind She wears a long hooded cloak, her eyes downcast and a bit obscured, her hair long and flowing. On her chest is an image of a skeleton key, one that opens the gates to the Underworld and other realms.

Hecate illuminates the path toward a greater understanding of one’s self and of others. She represents beginnings, endings and transformations. She is there to support and guide, in times of great change and disruption. Hecate exists in the ether – the spaces between life, death and rebirth. She is the wild woman and the High Priestess. Some even say she’s the queen of witches. Hecate is the guardian of the (literal and figurative) crossroads in life and protector of the household. She is the divine goddess of the dark moon. Coincidentally, it is the phase I feel my (creative and mental) best in.

I asked Joy to frame her with intertwining poisonous and healing flora. White sage and foxglove, lavender and belladonna, patchouli and opium poppies. These plants are beautiful yet some are also deadly. They’re healing, cleansing and protective. To me they represent our own duality. We all have two sides – the light and shadow. We must honor the darker aspects of ourselves as well as the light.

Since my appointment was just a couple days after Yule and the Solstice we agreed this should be a ritual tattoo. Joy performed reiki healing and energy work to bless my new ink. It was calming, transformative and healing.

I am so thankful to have found a wonderful tattoo artist in Joy Shannon (IG: @triplegoddesstattoos). Not only is she multi-talented, she understood my concept and the feeling I wanted to evoke. If not for her input I would not have this amazing piece of art.

The vision I’ve carried in my mind for years is now etched into my skin as a daily reminder to be true to myself and to not fear the unknown.

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Tarot 365 Project

As we near the end of this year I’m feeling quite ambitious. I want to start all sorts of creative projects, set intentions and new goals. I love that feeling of new beginnings, a clean slate and having a whole new year to get my shit together, ha.

A few years ago, when I had first got into tarot, I challenged myself to pull a card every day for a year. It was my way to teach myself, get to know each card, carve out self-care and hone my intuition. I did this consecutively for 3 years, with different decks, and documented my readings on IG using the hashtag #tarot365.

Since my tarot readings have been sporadic at best and my intuition rusty, I decided to re-challenge myself for 2018. I feel called to use/work with The Illest Tarot deck this time around and I’m pretty excited as I find it to be such a playful and cheeky deck.

Feel free to join in! I’ve written out the rules and such here for easy reference.

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Jo Malone

As soon as I sampled ‘English Oak and Hazelnut’ by Jo Malone London, I knew I needed to add it to my arsenal. This is incredible! It’s clean and crisp, earthy and green, woodsy and masculine – mmm!

One of my favorite things about Jo Malone fragrances is, none of their scents are strictly for women or men. The presentation and packaging is neutral and classic. As someone who loves androgynous scents, this one is my new ride or die.

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Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase VitaminC Peel

PROS :
easy to use
feels nice, slight tingle
nice packaging (sturdy, closed well)
citrus scent
little goes a long way

CONS :
expensive
several applications to see results

OVERALL :

Having no experience with face at-home masks or peels I was excited to the Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C peel out. For the record, I have combination skin that’s prone to being sensitive. I’ve had this set for over a month and after a several applications (at night after my usual cleansing ritual), I’ve noticed a decent improvement in my skin’s tone, clarity and texture. Additionally, most importantly, my skin did not have any adverse reactions – yay!

This is advertised as a “peel” but, the first step is more of an exfoliating scrub. If you’re not into citrus scents you may not like this. The scent is noticeable but, not overpowering. There’s also a slight tingly feeling upon application of the second step but, nothing that would indicate something was amiss.

While it’s an expensive product, I feel the benefits outweigh the initial sticker shock. Plus, you don’t need to use much in order to cover an area. As a busy mom of three I can appreciate the quick – 4 minutes – process.

[ I received this complimentary from Influenster in exchange for my honest/unbiased review. ]

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