Archives for April 2013

Piercing the International Music Charts – Little Mix

modified UK girl group Little Mix

Little Mix: Big Attitude. Little Mix is a girl group from the UK that won The X Factor in 2012. They have a number 1 single, and are on the verge of international super stardom. Some people are touting them as the next Spice Girls, and those are literally some big shoes to fill. They are perfect, looking like they just walked off Tumblr. Much like the Spice Girls, each girl has a unique persona and attitude of her own. They’re silly, fun, young, and just plain fabulous. Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Perrie Edwards make up this fresh new pop band, which is energetic and fantastic.

The girls of Little Mix are great role models for young girls (Little Mixers); they often talk about body image and loving who you are. Especially Jesy Nelson, who has been criticized for her curvaceous body, speaks out against cyber bullying. Jesy flaunts her beautiful body and pierced navel. The fact that anyone would say anything about this girl’s body is beyond me because she is beautiful. It’s wonderful to see a real girl like Jesy standing up and saying it is not ok to judge others based on their physical attributes or their size. Jesy is also famous for her full hair and forever flawless makeup. I think she has the perfect nose for a nose piercing (hint, hint). Her look consists of simple double gem belly rings, large cocktail rings, drop chain earrings with spikes, combat boots, black or dark clothing, curve hugging dresses and shorts, the occasional bikini, chains, leather, and fun graphic t-shirts and leggings. Jesy’s body jewelry style is elegant and blingy, something that will really catch the sun on the beach.

Jesy and her belly piercing

Jade Thirlwall is a beautiful and youthful tomboy of sorts. Her style is a good mix of masculine inspired looks mixed with delicate femininity. Although she does not have her belly button pierced (yet) I think it would look fabulous on her, and if anyone should have facial piercings in this group I can see her with them. She would look amazing with a set of snakebites.  Jade has long flowing mermaid hair; it has been several colors including red, bright blue, and purple. Her style is slightly boyish but always flattering. Light colored skinny jeans with a cut-off graphic midriff baring t-shit, her signature big hair bows, simple gold hoop earrings, crop tops with suspenders and short shorts, and for shoes creepers and Chuck Taylors. She has appropriately quoted the line “Too fly to care” on a custom crop t-shirt, which suits the personality of not only Jade, but the entire group. Jade’s jewelry style is fun and flirty, anything with bows or graphics such as cherries or wings.

Jade and her alternative hair

Lee Ann Pinnock puts an urban spin on her feminine yet still boyish look. I love when she rocks the intricately braided do; it looks absolutely fantastic on her. She often wears baggy pants and tight crop tops that expose her beautifully pierced belly button. I think her look is reminiscent of 1990s Salt n Pepa or TLC chic. Lee Ann also has a tattoo spanning across her right shoulder. It’s a line of sheet music with butterflies. For accessories she is often seen with a big gold chain, gold hoop earrings, and a splash of red lipstick. (She would look fabulous with multiple facial piercings filled with gold jewelry.) Lee Ann’s body jewelry style is gold and bright, neon embellished jewelry that stands out. Musical note jewelry would compliment her tattoo.

LeeAnn and her cute tattoo

Perrie Edwards is the Mixer with the most buzz around her. Perrie is dating the sexy Zayn Malik from One Directon , who himself has stretched lobes and tattoos. He even has a tattoo dedicated to his girlfriend. Perrie recently made big news on Twitter and Tumblr with her brand new nape and nostril piercing. She also has her tragus and lobes pierced. She rocks a basic surgical steel ball captive ring in her tragus, a basic silver surface bar in her nape piercing, and a simple diamond solitaire nose ring. I think she would look absolutely amazing with a Monroe piercing; I wonder if she would ever consider it?

Perrie and her nape piercing

Perrie has had a plethora of colorful hairstyles including bleach blonde hair, blonde and red ombre, purple, and faded lavender. On her feet she rocks combat boots (New Rocks), Chuck Taylors, and Jeffrey Campbell shoes. For her wardrobe acid wash denim jumpers or overalls, bright sun dresses, leather and lace, pastels, super hero-esque costumes, studded everything,  rosary jewelry, graphic t-shirts, fringe, babydoll collars, brimmed hats, and sunglasses. Perrie’s body jewelry style is girly and rebellious. Think skulls with flowers or bows, matte black with lavender or pink accents, and don’t forget the spikes.

Perrie and her many shades

Little Mix is currently huge in the UK but I think that it is just a matter of time before these sweet girls become a household name worldwide. As cute as they are hip, the girls of Little Mix are a great spearhead for acceptance of all bodies and body modification in pop culture. They are a perfect example of alternative style bleeding into the mainstream. DNA is their next album and it will hit American stores on May 28th. Since the UK seems to find out about good things before we do, I recommend checking them out.

the girls of Little Mix

Perrie Style: My hair is dyed blonde with pink on the tips and my friend Nico sports lavender locks.

my fun pink doNico's cute lavender locks

Heart Shaped Box: Anchors Aweigh

So everybody who hasn’t been living under a fashion rock for the past year is probably aware of how huge the anchor motif is right now.  With the return of classic retro tattoo flash art styles (think Sailor Jerry) there’s been a massive resurgence of connected motifs (the nautical star, the swallow, the Chinese dragon…) but the one that speaks to me the most is definitely the anchor.

loving anchor fashion

Traditionally amongst the original breed of tattooed sailor, the anchor stood for a stabilizing influence.  It was meant to remind those who inked it upon themselves of the things, or people, at home that keep them grounded.  For this reason the name of a sailor’s best gal or a general phrase such as “hold fast” would often be emblazoned upon the anchor itself or on a banner wrapped around it on such a tattoo.

fun plugs with anchor motifs

That’s why I love these cute little anchor plugs.  Whether you want to go for the more cartoony flash art style, or a simple modernized emblem in natural wood, they’re the perfect little hint of retro.  Now all we need is a matching tattoo!