The Girl Behind The Blog

So I have been officially been writing this blog for 100 blog posts! Hurrah! And with that I have had my own little compact space where I can talk about all things shimmery, glittery and stuff that makes me feel less like a toad! But with this, I thought I would get a little bit more personal about some facts about me! So you feel like you know me more personally rather than just my beauty preferences! So grab a cup of tea, and a biscuit or two, and have a nosey a little more about the girl with a drawer (or 11) of Makeup.

1 What is your full name? Emily Jayne Lakin.

2 Are you named after anyone? Ironically, my mother didn’t like the name Emily to begin with. She thought it was an old lady name. But apparently looking at my pink potato face when I was a newborn and thought it suited me. Thanks…I think!

3 What does your name mean? Industrious and striving…and I do believe that is true. I am a proud workaholic!

4 Where are you from? A small town in the West Midlands!

5 Where do you live? In the same small town in the West Midlands.

6 Where were you born? In a hospital…in the town in the West Midlands! Seeing a theme here?

7 Which of your parents are you closest to? Definitely my mum. She is my rock, my angel and best friend. She was my carer when I was poorly, a beacon of reason, someone I can have a shout and a rant about life to. But can still curl up on her lap as we watch a film together as she rubs my head. She is my absolute world. I love her so much.

8 Which of your parents are you more like? My nose is from my dads side, my chin is my mums and I have my eye colour also from my dads side. I get my anxiety and temper from my dad, but also get my work ethic from my dad too. I get my mums sickening positivity. Something I had to train myself to have when I was poorly! But I am more like my identical twin! In appearance. Not in anything else! We are complete opposites

9 What is your favorite drink? Lime and lemonade! But when I can get my hands on it, if I go to the states, certainly root beer!

10 What is your favorite food? That is so difficult. I love lots of food. Indian food is a big favourite. You also can’t go wrong with a pizza. Garlic ANYTHING is also very much loved. But my all time favourite has got to be the delight that is a Lemon Meringue Pie! Following close second, the Key Lime Pie. If you haven’t already guessed, I am a lover of citrus!

11 What is your favorite holiday destination? Favourite place I have ever been and continually go and love, is Berlin, Germany. It has everything for wilderness, shopping destinations, museums, galleries, sights et cetera. It is just such a beautiful city in its own urban grunge feel.

12 What is your favorite childhood memory? Our holidays to Borth in Wales. It was the happiest I ever was. I was an extremely anxious child. But never by the sea.

13 What is your favorite way to pass time? Drawing.

14 What is your favorite snack? A crisp Pink Lady apple and carrot sticks!

15 What is your favorite sport? Difficult, either dance or long distance running. Hope it to train for a triathlon in the near future too!

16 What is your biggest regret? Being so afraid, meek and mild in school. And not telling the bullies to go f*** themselves.

17 Are you a fan of any sports team? Does the professionals of Strictly Come Dancing count? Obviously love the olympics and support our country. But not massive into teams. I love watching the races like Great North Run and London Marathon!

18 Are you a dog person or cat person? Definitely a dog person. I am allergic to cats and have never met a nice one personally. When I went to Florida, I went to the American version of Crufts and literally died of happiness and got so many licks and cuddles!

19 Are you scared of heights? Extreme heights like from a plane, no. But heights like anything higher than 5 stories of a building and up…where I could fall. Terrified. Like the thought makes my knees buckle!

20 At what age did you go on your first date? I was 15 and I took an hour drinking a glass of water. Bless.

21 What is an ideal first date for you? Something outdoorsy. Or adrenaliney. But definitely outside!

22 What is at the top of your bucket list? Go on a storm chasing experience in America.

23 What is something you are gifted at? Art. But it’s not something I could always do. It was something I always enjoyed. And with a lot of hard work, I am working at constantly developing my skill.

24 What is something you look for in a partner? Drive and determination. Brilliant sense of humour. A zest for life. Desire to succeed in their career (IMPORTANT) and life. Not judgemental and to be very open minded. TRUST! LOYALTY! Oh…and a nose like Alan Rickman…

25 What is something you wish you were gifted at doing? Singing. I sing like a constipated walrus with a chest infection. But does that stop me? DOES IT HELL!

26 What is the one item you can’t leave home without? My phone. I hate having to say it. But yes, my phone. I have many many clients that always request responses, and I like to remain loyal to them so try to answer as quickly as possible. I also promote my work online so need to know the response!

27 What is the best compliment you have ever received? You’re not too weird to live, you’re too rare to die! Said by a nurse when I was sectioned! She was so so so lovely!

28 What is the first book you remember reading? Most likely The Hungry Caterpillar….

29 What is the first movie you remember seeing? I think that I can remember, it was Chicken Run.

30 What is the last book you read? The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall was the fictional book. But I read the diary of Frida Kahlo too which was breathtakingly emotional! And so beautiful!

31 Do you like pets? I would rather have pets than a husband!

32 Do you have any pets? Guinea pigs! But I also want an immense amount of goats in my future. A sanctuary if you will. Oh and a Basset hound, called Wilson.

33 What is the name of your first pet? Goldie the goldfish, that we soon renamed Princess Leia. Why? My dad introduced us to Star Wars and 3 year old I thought it was incredible.

34 What is your best physical feature? Teeth. I don’t like much about my appearance. But my teeth have never needed any work like fillings or braces. I am religious with my oral hygiene.

35 What is your biggest accomplishment? Taking hold of my illness and working to achieve my dream job.

36 What is your eye color? Green

37 What is your favorite color? Yellow

38 What is your favorite fairytale? Not really a fairy tale, but the poem that the “fairytale” was based on called “The Ballad of Hua Mulan”. About a girl, that achieves her dreams through hard graft on her own merit. No fluffy “women need men” nonsense.

39 What is your favorite ice-cream flavor? Hazelnut, cherry or bubblegum!

40 What is your favorite music genre? In general, punk, rock, metal. Rammstein and Skillet are firm favourites! But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy blasting out ABBA! And I also love Imagine Dragons, The Script, Maroon 5 and Lady Antebellum. Very eclectic. I also absolutely adore all things 80s!

41 What is your favorite nickname? Flim Flam. It is actually my name as an artist.

42 What is your favorite quote? Not too weird to live, but too rare to die. Thank you lovely nurse!

43 What is your favorite type of clothing? DUNGAREES AND PINAFORES!!

44 What is your most commonly used swear word? Prick…I am easily annoyed by the general public and mutter this to myself frequently on a daily basis!

45 What is your star sign? Aquarius.

46 Do you have a best friend, if so, then who? My friend Rudi. She is my the best friend a girl could ask for. We share a love for tattoos, animals and arts and crafts! I love her dearly!

47 Do you have a tattoo? Just a few!

48 Do you have any allergies? Penicillin, cats, pollen. And the weirdest one, reptiles that shed their skin!

49 Do you have any birthmarks? If so, where? I have a birthmark on my thumb in the shape of a guitar that my mum would scrub with a nail brush thinking it was dirt. A little smudge on my ankle. And one the size of a penny on my hip/buttock!

50 Do you hold any convictions that you would be willing to die for? Um…no?

51 Do you prefer kissing or cuddling? Any affection suits me. But there is something about sharing a kiss with that special someone. It speaks a thousand words while being practically mute. But I am still awaiting to find the one…someone that satisfies me more than my job.

52 What piece of technology can you not live without? My iPad! I do all of my drawing, designs and admin on it! I’d be lost without it!

53 What was the first concert you ever attended? The Script, No Sound Without Silence tour.

54 What was your favorite subject in High School? Art, Geography and English.

55 What was your first job? Working in a local card and gift shop.

56 What was your least favorite subject in High School? Biology, as the teacher was vile to me.

57 What is the furthest you’ve ever been from home? Florida.

58 What is your biggest fear? Humiliation.

59 When did you suffer your first heartbreak? Proper heartbreak? Last year. And I’m still getting over the hurt of what what he did. It broke me.

60 When was the first time you were on a plane? When I went to Finland age 6.

61 When was the last time you cried? Yesterday watching the last episode of a Dexter! But properly, Christmas.

62 When was the last time you got in a fist fight? I do not fist fight. It is not a way of solving problems. I prefer confrontation of the intellectual and verbal kind!

63 Who has left the most impact on your life? My mum. Need I say more? She is my everything.

64 Who is the best teacher you ever had? My art teacher. Not only with what he taught me but his care also. I had a horrendous panic attack and confided in him about wanting to kill myself and he said it isn’t safe for me to be in school and drove me home.

65 Who is the first person you call when something exciting happens? My friend Rudi! Or my mum.

66 Who is the first person you call when something horrible happens? My mum.

67 Who is your favorite musician? Overall, I love the Script, Skillet and Imagine Dragons, they probably have the most songs that I like in one band.

68 Who is your role model? My mother.

69 Who was your first Boyfriend/Girlfriend? Does imagining being Alan Rickman’s girlfriend count?

70 Who was your first Celebrity crush? Alan Rickman.

71 Who is your favorite actor? Alan Rickman!!!

72 Who is your favorite actress? Anne Hathaway or Meryl Streep!

73 Describe yourself in a single sentence? One word, Strong.

74 Have you ever dated two people at the same time? Never. And never will.

75 Have you ever suffered a fracture? Many!

76 Have you ever visited a country outside your continent? Yes, Florida. And hope to do more travelling too!

77 How many Boyfriends/Girlfriends have you had? 2.

78 How many relationships have you been in? 2.

79 If you could give your younger self any advice what would it be? It gets easier, you are worth it and maybe twitch at the bullies a few times. Or tell them you ate your triplet in the womb. Might make them back off.

80 Last time you swam in a pool? Gosh, years and years ago!

81 What is your most embarrassing moment? Meeting up with my sister, feeling mischievous and go to make my sister jump, grab her. Not my sister. The woman found it funny in the end…once her heart went back to normal rhythm!

82 On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest, rate your fashion sense? 3. But I’m happy with that! I aim to be a mix of 80s and Frida Kahlo!

83 On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest, rate your driving skills? 0, I don’t drive, and am not allowed to drive.

84 On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest, rate your cooking skills? 5. When I get the chance!

85 On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest, how good a kisser are you? Dear god, I would hope I would rate somewhat highly and not a mess!

86 One thing you know now that you wish you had known as a kid? It gets easier.

87 The first app you check when you wake up in the morning? Instagram or Facebook.

88 What app do you use most? Procreate.

89 What are some of your bad habits? Ripping skin off my fingers. I have dermatillomania. From my anxieties.

90 What are your favorite things about yourself? My strength to carry on, despite having various things try to hinder me.

91 What are your hobbies? Drawing, writing, running, yoga and dance. I am also an avid cloud spotter!

92 What countries have you visited? Finland, Spain, Germany, Austria, America.

93 What countries would you like to visit? SO MANY. Japan, Italy and more places in America.

94 What do you consider unforgivable? Someone hurting my mum.

95 What do you do for a living? Tattoo artist!!

96. How would you describe your sense of humour? Dark and twisted and a little bit dry.

97. Most important lesson you’ve learnt through life? Do not be a doormat! It’s okay to say no sometimes! And it’s okay to tell someone they are being unreasonable and not just let it slide! You can choose your on destiny, and don’t let anyone control you!

98. Favourite TV programmes? House, Wentworth, Greys Anatomy, Dexter, Bones.

99. Where do you want to be in 10 Years? Hopefully married, or settled down with a partner, in my own place, with maybe a couple of goats of my own! Successful in my tattooing, booking up with things I want to do. Maybe winning an award at a convention?

100. Do you want kids? Absolutely 100% no flipping way!! I have endometriosis and personally do not see myself as a maternal figure. Respect to anyone who is maternal and has children, you are powerful and amazing. It’s just not me. And I think being with someone who would want children, would turn out being a very bad decision As I would be having them for them and not me! The picture above. Those are the kids I want!

I hope you found this interesting! Something a bit different from me but thought you deserved to know who this weirdo is behind the blog!

Thank you so much for reading!

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