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A Touch of Glamour

9 Sep

Earlier this year, I worked with Max Operandi on a series of pin-up images in a beautiful home out in the countryside. As often happens with submission images, I was unable to post them until they had been published and so sat on my hands and waited excitedly for the publication to come out… and here it is!

I have a two-page spread in Temptress magazine, with my name on the cover too. :D
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Which means that I can now share more of the images from this shoot!

Photographer: Max Operandi
Wardrobe: Black garter dress and black/pink set are by Playful Promises. Jade green set- designed and made by me
Styling: Me

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I often mention on my modelling profiles that I do not do glamour work but what I am referring to is the generic “Nuts”/”Zoo” kind. You will never find me pulling down the sides of a G-string or squishing my breasts together while making a duckface. To me, this may be the accepted definition of glamour, but in no way is it glamourous. It’s strange the way in which that word has been used- I often hear the word used to describe someone I think looks ridiculously overdone. I once had a middle-aged geography teacher who backcombed her hair until it sizzled from proximity to the desk lamp, plucked her eyebrows and drew them back in black, an inch above their original place (they looked very awkward sitting there!) and wore six inch heels every single day. The general opinion is that she looked horrendous, but one day someone came looking for her: “She’s a very glamourous lady, isn’t she?”

To me, a glamourous person is sophisticated and well-styled in a flattering manner. (Check out Anita De Bauch, Vanessa Lake and Morgana’s pin-up work for good examples.) Though I usually dress like Sarah Connor or something out of Sucker Punch, I love glamourous photoshoots as they give me a chance to indulge an alter-ego. High heels, stockings and garters? Yes! Red lipstick and half a can of spray in my hair? Double yes!

Close-up of my styling:
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My waist-length hair does not like vintage styling as it’s so ridiculously long, so in order to get the Marcel wave look, here’s what I did: (you need curling tongs, spray and bobby pins.)

1) Make sure your hair is not clean- it’s easier to style.  Make a parting and brush through
2) Slide the tongs into the top section of your hair, as close to the scalp as possible and clamp down. it should be parallel with your parting.
3) Wait 10-15 seconds and then remove- there should now be a kink in your hair. Spray.
4) Turn the tongs upside-down and clamp down again, a little lower than the existing kink.
5) Wait, remove, spray. There should now be a wave in your hair.
6) Repeat, flipping the tongs each time until your hair is in waves to just below your chin (or the ends of your hair- whichever comes first.
7) Loosely pull your remaining hair into a bun at the back of your head and secure with pins

Now, wear as much or as little as you like! ;)

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I was soooo excited to be given a book about making lingerie from a fan (thankyou M in Cambridge), as I love to make my own clothes. The below set is a customised bra and handmade knickers, with gorgeous brocade fabric I found in a charity shop. There’s a better picture of the set in my issue of Alternative Revolution Magazine, which will also soon appear in new magazine Red Candy. Stay tuned…

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And while I was there, I couldn’t resist showing off my bending skills. (This was actually just me being silly, hence the expression, but I loved the picture!)
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And here’s my favourite favourite favourite…

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I hate seeing tacky images labelled “pin-up” because the model is in a corset. Sometimes the image in your mind’s eye is very different to the one that turns up on the computer and it’s hard to know how sexy to be- vintage glamour was the “lad’s mag” style of the 50s after all! Below are a few tips for a successful pin-up and/or vintage glamour shoot.

Roswell’s Tips for Sexy, not Sleazy:
- Style, style, style!!! Look at vintage tutorials for inspiration. Tousled hair and natural make-up is not okay here- you want to look as though your style cost £1million and several hours and it’s all you would ever wear, darling!
- You are not wearing underwear- you’re wearing lingerie, and make sure it matches! You want stockings, suspenders… the works. Try to buy something unusual- not an instantly recognisable brand (if you are buying from Ann Summers, don’t get anything shiny or costume-like).
- If you would like to wear a costume, be creative. Cliches are cliches for a reason so go for it and be that naughty nurse, but don’t get your costume from a joke shop. They don’t work. Make something, source bits and pieces from vintage or charity shops, look on ebay.
- All-fours pose, orgasm-face, pulling clothes off, winking, pouting. If you absolutely must do these, make sure it’s only one at a time. With the right styling and pose, you may be able to get away with one, but that’s still pushing it. Practise in the mirror.
- Work with the location. Sweetshops, US-style milkshake bars, the beach etc are fun locations. Jump, smile brightly, wave, be cheeky! Boudoirs, pavilions and scenic locations can be moody, wistful, dreamy… If you’re in a studio, it’s a little harder to decide which way to go, so take it as a challenge! There are different kinds of sexy- experiment!

Here is my butt shaking it for Louise Ferdinand. ;)

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I’m off to look at the clouds with a cup of something nice. It’s been a strange weather kind of day.

ROSWELL xxx

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Great things

3 Jun

So, it struck me while watching The Great Gatsby* how true it is that the proverbial grass is greener.
There was an aerial shot of New York City that I’m guessing was filmed from a helicopter- illustrating how huge and full of opportunity and scandal 20s New York was. It weirdly gave me goosebumps as due to my constant travelling and modelling on location, I swing from being literally on top of the world to part of the underworld in secret fetish clubs and sleeping in hostels. Shots like that one make anyone feel small- so insignificant within cities that are have beeen awarded their own personalities by writers and artists time and time again. I feel as though I should be aiming to climb to a higher place literally. Yet I have been in those places- the hotels that watch the tiny people down in the street, alone and practically among the clouds. And you know what… I want to be down there! Being so far removed from the streets and the people living their lives, I then feel as though I am missing something huge- something important down there. It’s that that makes me leave my hostel for the nearest lonely hill, and then in turn my hotel for the nearest coffee shop or writer hangout. I suppose really, it’s the combined determination for success and fear of missing something extraordinary but it was epitomised for me, in that shot.

It’s about to start again I’m sure, as I leave for Europe next Monday, but this time, I’m seeing as many friends as possible while I’m out there and should find a happy balance. This isn’t meant to suggest that I am unhappy at all- just that I’ve discovered what that odd feeling is when I have a little time to myself on my travels. :)

Anyway, I have no 20s-style shots that I can show you right now (they’re being published), so have a reposted behind-the-scenes…
Lingerie by Playful Promises (and I’ve just realised the tearsheet I’m about to post actually features the same lingerie!)
This picture was taken at the end of March. The pictures below were taken in January when I was half a stone heavier. Thought I’d better explain that before someone points it out. ;) The shot below is the most recent one.

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I’ve just confirmed I’m definitely going to Dominatrix in July and will be in the running for “Best Up and Coming Fetish Model”! Sooooo exciting! It was a New Year’s Resolution to be in the competition. Voting doesn’t start for some months though, but I’ll let you know when it does. :)

It seems all of my magazine publications will be out at about the same time, though I do make an appearance in Riot Vixen this month, in a feature about the awesome photographer Luci Alice, who I will be working with again in the next couple of months. Hair/make-up by Leanne Jessica.

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And here are some more from this shoot (which we did back in January!)

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And something different… :)
Outfit: Neanga

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As I’m watching Lord Of The Rings, I will stop writing now and ogle Aragorn’s stubble. ;)
Next entry, I’ll show you some pics of me nude in one of my favourite cities. At night. With a ‘murderwagon.’

ROSWELL xxx

* I’d heard the mediocre reviews but as my friend Anita De Bauch hadn’t seen it either, we decided what the hell. The majority of the characters were cold and soulless, but that was part of the point, in my opinion. Shallow and dripping with diamonds (literally), some of the characters existed to watch the others fall, but aren’t we all guilty of that sometimes? Without spoilers, Gatsby goes to insane lengths to attract the attention of Daisy Buchanan- the woman he loved and lost to a complete douchecanoe. The thing is, I saw nothing about her that was appealing. She could barely string the words together to tell Gatsby whether or not she loved him in the first place and I ended up wanting to throw her out of the window in a later scene when two characters argue over her like dogs with a chew toy. (And like the chew toy, she does little more than squeak sadly and wait for a dog to claim her.) Visually stunning though, but not over-the-top like Moulin Rouge; I’d happily freeze shots and put them on my wall – a scene in which some characters drive to New York past a car full of people playing the saxophone and dancing, Toby Maguire as Nick standing under an iridescent tree in the rain rather than disturb another character, Gatsby waiting on the end of his pier silhouetted against the green light on the other side of the water…

JFC part 2: Film Noir

4 Oct

It’s getting dark now and usually I have ‘sleeves issues’- I don’t like wearing sleeves. It’s enormous boots, trousers and skintight vest tops for me 90% of the time (to the point where a friend described me as looking like a video-game assassin the other day. Thanks B, I will take that as a compliment!) However, I have now bought a big swishy coat that gives me a “film noir”-ish silhouette and I quite like it, sleeves and all. Too bad I didn’t have it in New York- I’d have loved to shoot in a dark side-street wearing it. Anyone fancy a sunset/night time shoot? ;)

I found a lot of the night-time city very bright; making my sleepy way back from a photoshoot and realising 42nd Street was the same as Times Square, I had to come and have a look. Sticking my head out from the underground (and probably blinking like a mole in the sunlight), I was visually assaulted by a hundred different advertisements at once, all glowing against a very black sky. I only came to have a look and as I had my suitcase, dived back underground unimpressed and thinking ‘well, I came, I saw it…’
A few days later after another photoshoot and with a lot less luggage, I found myself in Times Square again, but a moody, dusky Times Square that felt completely different. Isn’t it strange how the same exact spot can change based on so many small factors?
Look at this… have any of you seen a film called Dark City?

Anyway, I think these photos remind me of some kind of Film Noir stills…

Photographer: John F Cooper
Make-up: Me
Basque: Gossard (thanks for the lendage, Easy Tiger!)

Look at the studio corridor- so spooky/cool!

I can’t decide which of these edits I prefer- the colour or the black and white! Which do you prefer? :)

I still have a lot more images to show you from this shoot, so keep an eye out! ;)
For now though, have a preview of one hair/make-up look and a location…

Speak to you soon,

ROSWELL xxx

Beautiful Blogger Awards!

6 Jun

Wow!

I woke up this morning rather dejected (as I expected to be) as I’m making a lot of big changes in my life (more will be revealed in August when things have been finalised/decided on) and I have to say it helped a lot opening my laptop to see I’ve been given a “beautiful blogger” award!

See??

It’s like a game of internet tag and there are rules!

1) Acknowledge the person who nominated you- so, thankyou so very very much, Chwennyland.com!

2) Post seven facts about yourself

3) Nominate seven other people for the award!

So here goes! Have some facts…
1) I never had a teddy bear- I had about ten rabbits, a crocodile, a gorilla, two dogs and a tiger, but no bears
2) I hate looking at pollarded trees- I think that they look mutilated!
3) I can get just about any ballgag out of my mouth with my hands tied behind my back
4) When I was a child, I wanted to be a palaentologist (and a Gladiator)
5) I am afraid of very few things… but one of them is a small harmless species of animal that is more afraid of me than I am of it. It shall not be named. *shudder*
6) My submissive side has a “thing” for Cal Lightman. (Tim Roth’s character in Lie To Me). All my other sides are making fun of my submissive side for this.
7) I don’t take drugs and with the exception of an amaretto or Bailey’s coffee once in a blue moon, I’m teetotal as well.

And as for the beautiful bloggers…
1) Ella Rose is a fellow writer and model. She’s been kind enough to let me read her novel and I love the description and sensuality in her writing. Even her blogs sound beautiful in a way I can never manage!!

2) Postsecret.com is run by the awesome Frank, and if you haven’t seen the site yet, you really should. It began as an art project. Now thousands of people send Frank their secrets every week. (And hide their secrets in the books he’s brought out…)

3) Elyse Sewell was a contestant on the first series of America’s Next Top Model (before it got so formulaic). She was a hyper-intelligent medical student and became instantly successful in Asia, and her “Lost in Translation”-style blog is wonderfully bemused and sardonic at the same time.

4) La Carmina is a Japanese fashion/culture blogger with the most adorable cat ever to walk the planet. She inspires me as she follows many career paths in the same way I do, which gives me hope that I can continue doing so.

5) Three Beautiful Things. This lady records three things that have made her happy every single day. It really has inspired me to remember the beautiful things I see. Sadly, since she’s had a baby, the vast majority of the posts have become BABYBABYBABY but the spirit is still there.

6) The Ark in Space is a blog all about the fantastic, weird and unusual creatures you can find in the world. As I’m a huge nature fan and love expanding my knowledge of the natural world, this blog never stops making me smile.

7) The Lingerie Addict- as I am a huge fan of lingerie and not a standard size, I love looking here for tips on finding lingerie that will fit me, and also just seeing pretty pictures of the stuff that won’t… but is just so pretty!

Can’t remember if I’ve shown you these backstage shots from a vintage lingerie shoot yet, but as they are happy pictures, here you go!

And ooh! My BBC Wildlife magazine just thudded through the door! With a fox cub on it! :D

ROSWELL xxx

Spring cleaning!

13 Apr

I’m selling stuff. It’s listed below. :)

First though, check out these pictures from The Phnarrcissist!!
Latex: Anatomic Bomb
Make-up: Me

Can’t decide which of the two below I like best! Opinions please?

Anyway, I’m having a huge sale so if there are any of the items listed below that you would like, send me a message or a comment and I’ll get them packaged and sent!
I hope you find something you like- prices are negotiable, within reason. :D

ROSWELL xxx

SHOES:

What: Black patent leather heels with ankle strap
Size: UK6
Condition: Worn a few times but still in pretty good condition
How much: Were £20, now £10

What: Red strappy heels with clear platform
Size: UK6
Condition: Good
How much: £15 (or free with Fraulein Ehrhardt latex outfit listed below!)

What: Black strappy heels with eyelets and clear platform
Size: UK6
Condition: Good
How much: £10

What: Cherry red biker-style boots
Size: UK6
Condition: Good
How much: £30 (or free with Fraulein Ehrhardt latex outfit listed below!)

What: Burgundy suede shoes with wedge heel
Size: UK6
Condition: Worn a few times but in generally good condition
How much: £5 (or free with FairyGothMother corset listed below!)

What: Mint green/black knee-high boots from Schuh
Size: UK6-7
Condition: Worn once for a photoshoot
How much: Bought for £35, selling at £25

What: Black patent and matte platform shoes from Schuh
Size: UK6
Condition: Never worn!
How much: £40

What: Platform open-toe trainers with velcro fastening and UV detail
Size: UK6
Condition: Never worn, some damage to the stick-on label at the back
How much: £37

LATEX:

What: Cream and cherry red lingerie from Fraulein Ehrhardt! Stockings, thong, suspenders and corset!! Choker looks like Lickorish Latex
Size: About a UK size 10- corset measures 22″ closed
Condition: There’s a (hidden) mend in one of the stockings and a little wear on the bottoms of the feet but otherwise in good condition
How much: Retails for well over £300. I was selling at at £250… now £195!!! (comes with a free pair of shoes (listed above) !!

What: Libidex “Bastille” corset- made of very thick rubber. Military green, with gold trim.
Size: Should fit anyone with a 22″-28″ waist
Condition: Excellent- worn once or twice for photoshoots
More images of the style on the Libidex website
How much: Retails at £219.95- I’m selling it for £195!!!

What: Black buckle top with reinforced front- good condition. (Short- comes down to around bellybutton level)
Size: Medium
How much: Was £30, now £25!

What: Black/trans tutu with suspenders (Fraulein Ehrhardt) and black/trans seamed stockings (Libidex)
Size: Stockings are Medium, tutu fits a 25″ waist
Condition: Tutu in perfect condition, stockings slightly discoloured at the toes due to black shoes
How much: Was £160, now £115

CORSETS/BASQUES:

What: FairyGothMother burgundy corset, with white lace and burgundy ribbon trim, with detachable suspenders! No longer made!!!!!
Size: 22″ waist when closed
Condition: Excellent. Been worn once or twice for shoots and I’m very sad to part with it! :(
How much: £85 (and comes with a free pair of matching shoes (listed above)

What: Black 22″ steel-boned corset
Size: 22″ waist when closed
Condition: taken a bit of wear but still looking good!
How much: Was £45, now £39
RESERVED

What: Gothic basque of burgundy velvet and leatherette, with lace-up sides
Size: Appprox UK 10-12
Condition: Good but slight scuffing on the middle bone at the back.
How much: Was £38, now £30

What: RARE Lip Service Drastik Plastik waist cincher. Electric Blue
Size: Medium- about a UK10
Condition: Great
How much: Was £60, now £55

What: Cherry red and black PVC basque with lace-up front and back
Size: Would fit a UK12-14
Condition: Excellent
How much: Was £20, now £15!

What: Gothic black and purple lacy basque and thong, with hook and eye fastenings at the back
Size: About a UK10-12
Condition: Excellent
How much: £5

OTHER STUFF (cyber, pin-up, gothic etc):

What: Couch slash top with electric blue pattern. (The picture on the right is closest to the actual colour). Unisex
Size: UK 8-10
Condition: Excellent- never worn.
How much: Was £10, now £8

What: Long black elegant sheer gauntlets. Elbow length with loop for middle finger
Size: Small-medium
Condition: Excellent
How much: £5
RESERVED

What: Short gothic basque top- deep blue with black lace overlay and silver buttons. Comes to just above my bellybutton
Size: UK10
Condition: Good
How much: £5

What: Playful Promises black pencil skirt with small split at the back. Zip at top.
Size: UK8-10
Condition: Worn once for fashion show
How much: £20

What: Playful Promises black silk shirt (feels lovely!)
Size: Depending on how loose you like your clothes, about a 10-12
Condition: Perfect- worn once for a fashion show
How much: Retails at £60, selling here for £40

What: Topshop deep purple shirt. Silky material- very pretty!
Size: UK10
Condition: Good
How much: £15

What: Black velvet opera gloves with feathery trim
Size: Medium
Condition: Good
How much: £5

What: Burgundy-red satiny three-quarter length sleeved top, with Eyelets and lace-up sides (with backing)
Size: UK10
Condition: Worn and loved- a few faint marks, and some eyelets need replacing
How much: £5

What: Lilac and black polka-dot suspender belt with lace detail!
Size: UK12-14
Condition: Good
How much: £5

What: Chinese burgundy asymmetrical jacket with gold brocade trim
Size: Approx 12-14
Condition: Excellent- never worn
How much: £40

ACCESSORIES AND NON-CLOTHES:

What: One necklace with scorpion and yin/yang symbol. One brooch with hippy goddess and crystal with tiny tree in it. Both pewter
Condition: Excellent
How much: £4 each, or both for £7

What: Gothic coffin incense burner
Condition: Good
How much: £3

What: Living Dead Dolls collectable barware: (Series Two) drinking glass- “Schooltime Sadie”
Condition: Perfect- though I do not have the doll.
How much: £5

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