A Day Off…

27 Apr

I’ve had a day off today-  a proper one and my first in ages!! :D

I started by finishing my book in bed (The Wind in the Willows), then explored an area of the riverside I’d never seen before and found some very interesting things in the water! I hate taking my phone with me but it is a necessity for documenting my wildlife findings. :)
A date with three lovely men later (Ben, Jerry and ‘Constantine’) and I spent the rest of the afternoon cooking and making props for tomorrow’s shoot with the lovely Emma-Jane. You may have already seen some of our work together:
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I just had to update you all with the latest, as I’m mostly going offline for the next few days in order to shoot and submit an entry to a very exciting writing competition- the prize for which is a trip to Antarctica! Wish me luck please. ;)

Talking of luck, the competition I entered to win a latex catsuit has been reset. Apparently some models were cheating!!! Horrid, I know, so the judges decided it was best to reset everyone back to zero. Could you please take the time to vote again? The instructions are below:
1) Go to this link: http://www.latex.at/en/all-models-voting/?id=187
2) Click “vote for this model”.
3) Enter your email (which will NOT be used for promotion or advertising messages)
4) Log into your email and click the confirming link.
5) Accept my thanks for your support. :)

As it’s an early start tomorrow, I’m going to log off, jump in the shower and curl up in bed, leaving you with these beautiful pictures from photographer Eleanor Marie. Long rust-coloured dress by Falcieri. Black girdle dress by Playful Promises.
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Did I mention she’s also a model? :)

Goodnight, everyone! I hope you all have a great week, whatever you are doing.

R xxx

Against the railings and on the steps

21 Apr

Hey hey!

Have you voted today? If not, the link is here and I’d really appreciate your help- you can vote every 24 hours to help me win a latex catsuit! http://www.latex.at/en/all-models-voting/?id=187

Maybe like this one? ;) A ‘Golden oldie’ from one of my first events! (catsuit by Libidex) I just love the colour. :)
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Ahem…

Anyway… a bigger vote is coming. Not quite as pretty as my catsuit but still, quite interesting. So have you registered? (UK people, that is!) If you haven’t, it’s too bloody late as the deadline was yesterday. :P
I have friends who are anti-voting and politics. I’m not a fan of many of the parties either, but I always vote. Firstly because women died so that I have that right, but secondly so that my vote, no matter how trivial, will be one more little cross in a box that counts against any party I really detest- one tiny step between the parties I hate and 10 Downing Street.
A close friend used South Park to explain why he did not intend to vote. I haven’t seen the episode but apparently it goes like this:
1) The South Park kids have to vote on a new school mascot. The choice is between a douche and a turd sandwich (ah,  South Park…) ;)
2) Stan refuses to vote as he doesn’t see a difference between the two. He wants them to lose equally.
3) Something involving PETA and a cow.

Well, okay, the UK are in a bit of a confused position politically and many people here don’t see a difference between the parties BUT… there is more going on that “choose this idiot or choose that idiot”. There are the idiots in between *cough* UKIP *cough* that started as jokes but will gain more power each time someone does not vote against them. There are the frightening idiots like the BNP who have gained seats in Parliament. (Yes, they are there no longer but that fact that they managed once already is worrying). Each time somebody refuses to vote against them, they gain a fraction more power.
When the voting is over and one party has come out on top, the other MPs don’t go home and twiddle their thumbs- they take seats in parliament according to the proportion they were given in the general election! ‘My’ party may not win 10 Downing Street, but maybe they will win a few more seats. Maybe they will be able to make it a little harder for policies I don’t like to become law.

So, of course I’m going to go and dutifully put my little cross in the box. It may well do nothing, but you have to enter a battle to have a chance at winning it.

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I’m not exactly chained to railings here but I being all powerful and womanly on the steps of a stunning building in Gothenburg, and with my beautiful friend Belinda Bartzner taking my picture. I’ve waited so long to post these- they appeared in Sinical Europe 2015, which features just six international fetish and pin-up models, so I was very honoured to be counted among them.

Photos by Belinda Bartzner
Styling and lingerie made by me
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Speak to you soon!

ROSWELL xxx

Beauty in Shadow

14 Apr

I’m back from a lovely sunny few days in Somerset with Anita De Bauch and am now sitting down to catch up on my emails and organise my next tours, which will be Berlin, Ireland, Manchester and Norfolk.

First though, I’d really appreciate your support with a couple of things I’m doing. Pay attention at the back there! :P
1) I’m in a competition to win a custom-made latex catsuit!! (As you may guess, this is something I would love to have.)
All you need to do is click the link here and click ‘vote’. That’s all. No signing up to anything.
http://www.latex.at/en/all-models-voting/?id=187

2) I’m in the running for the award of “Fetish Model of the Year”! If you could please follow the link here and vote me as highly as you think I deserve, that would rock as well! It’s a little less user-friendly- you need to cycle through the pictures, which are displayed at random, but the plus point is that you get to see more beautiful ladies.
http://www.european-fetish-awards.com/fetish-model-of-the-year-2015/

There you go! Any help would be appreciated.
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So, as the days are getting ever-so-light now, I struggle with conflicting wants and wishes! On one hand, I love the clouded days in which I write with a mocha nearby. On the other hand, I sit on my roof and watch the world go by on sunny days. It’s only then that I can truly get to know the creatures and life around me- and on that note, Mr Toots the kingfisher is back! Apparently he returns on bright days so I’m staking out the bank.

Somerset rolled with the hills, caves and gorges we lack in Milton Keynes and apart from seeing one of my best friends “in her natural habitat”, it was a relief to finally shoot outdoors again without fear that I’d freeze to death! So many lambs everywhere, lovely food, kind people- and we found a slow worm in the garden. Look at her little face!
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Anita christened her ‘Fern’ and I added ‘The Turbo Snake’- in case she has a complex about being a slow worm. (They are neither slow nor worms- they’re legless lizards.) ;)

I also saw pipistrelle bats flittering around at dusk! I couldn’t capture them on my slow phone, but it’s lovely to see them again after what has felt like a long winter. They’re the smallest found in Europe and a friend of mine used to call me a pipistrelle when I was a thirteen year old Goth…  a teeny tiny little bat. Ha ha ha!

Another thing I’m noticing more and more is that the sunsets are drawing out and are even more orange. Despite the Spring frolicking I’m doing at the moment, I can’t help but think it would be perfect for a Film Noir shoot or two in London, or maybe a Milton Keynes underpass. (Just a quick snap taken outside Wagamama…)
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I love the moodiness and atmosphere of Film Noir shoots! I shot these back in January with David Morley, in Saracen House studio.
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A lot of you have been asking about the petition results from my blog “Between My Legs”. Sadly, petitions about Jeremy Clarkson were more popular and now that the general election is upon us, politicians have better things to do- like bitch and moan at each other on National television… I’ll blog properly about the wider issue when I have a little more time, but I promise this is not forgotten.

So, for now I am going to enjoy the light and practise not feeling guilty for being out in the sun. We humans do need our sunlight hours, after all. And when the shadows lengthen, I’ll write my little socks off (when I’m not stretching, that is. I can get my foot under my chin now!)
These were taken by Simon P Shaw last year, in Blackbarn studio and perfectly capture the peaceful kind of darkness.

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I’ll leave you with some lessons learned in one of my favourite childrens’ books. A sticker for guessing which! ;)
Dark is: exciting, kind, fun, necessary, fascinating, wonderful, beautiful.

Until sunrise, people!

ROSWELL xxx

p.s. I just got a message from another of my best friends- the olive-skinned gypsy nude model Madame Bink. I’d like to share her blogpost with you- please have a read and see if you can make her smile today.
http://madamebink.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/a-real-pain-in-the.html

The Dark and the Light

3 Apr

A belated Happy Ostara to you all, and Easter wishes to Christians. :)
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I’ve had a hell of a week and haven’t felt much like blogging, so I’m making extra effort on this one while listening to one of my more eclectic playlists (Pearl Jam, hippy folk music and truly trashy current hits).

Not to dwell on the negative, but just about everything that could go wrong went wrong and I ended up slouched on the back of my boat looking like a wet sponge covered in mascara. Not to mention my faith in humanity taking a bashing as petitions centred around Jeremy Clarkson got more attention than Female Genital Mutilation… Thanks to some wonderful friends and their good wishes, I’m feeling a lot better and almost ready to face the world again.

So… HAPPY OSTARA. It’s also known as Eostre (as in, where we get the word Easter from- Easter is in fact based on this festival.) It’s also known as the Spring Equinox- the days are now officially longer than the nights! It’s a time to celebrate mating and matching, birthing and hatching and all that is light and happy, so I’ve decorated my boat with daffodils and pictures of March hares, and gathered feathers from the marina birds. I’m also burning a lovely beeswax candle Anita De Bauch left me when she stayed to boatsit while I was in Belgium.

Today’s blog’s going to be a little different as I’m going to share little moments and memories rather than my usual ramblings. Here goes…

THE DARK:

Behind-the-scenes from a luxurious hotel shoot with Luci-Alice and Anita De Bauch. I’m still choosing the pictures from this shoot- it’s always extra fun when shooting with friends.
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A misty morning in Holland as I prepare to leave crocus-strewn Haarlem for a fetish shot further North.
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This spine I discovered while on a nude shoot on location! Can anyone tell me what it is from? Both photographer and model would love to know. It was large- about the length of my hand! A rabbit? A hare?
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This picture taken by Ben Ernst, in an artists studio. The artist painted big, colourful abstract pieces just for fun and this is actually the reflection of one of his pieces. While I posed, I could hear birdsong from the woodland outside and was actually very happy and at peace despite the ‘sad’ curled-up pose.
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Another one by Ben Ernst- this time in a sculpture park by the sea! All the pieces were immense, made with metal and stone, and I loved the weathering on them. As I paint and draw too, I have a lot of respect for sculptors for leaving their work outdoors. It must be a strange experience seeing your work changed by the elements: I’d be back every day to check on them and read them a bedtime story! :P
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THE BETWEEN:

Ben Ernst again, and back in the artist’s studio. I LOVE these- I think because of the slightly otherworldly lights above me… my science-fiction brain says I look like I’ve just been- or am about to be- abducted by aliens. :D

“I-  I wanna look into the sky and I see a strange light, everything is alright, everything is alright
Newton Faulkner- U.F.O. (listen to the lyrics- there’s wine and an anal probe mentioned. Ooh-er, Mulder and Scully… LMAO!)
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THE LIGHT:

Being taken on a foodie tour of Brussels centre with the day’s photographer Kirsten (pictures coming soon- they’re some of my new favourites!)  I wished I could bring these home but they’re meringue and I didn’t think they’d survive the journey.
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Strutting on the catwalk for designer Am Statik in a custom-made outfit. Isn’t the little cape gorgeous??! :)
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A view or two of the location I found the spine in. The lake looked so blue and beautiful behind me but I didn’t fancy a dip- it was freezing!
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A photo taken a few months ago, by Henry Murphy. I love getting the chance to play with my hair and make-up. Looking back now, I think I look like a Winter faerie-thing dreaming of Spring!
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Don’t you just love the spot of light just above my elbow? Triangular Roswell! :D
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And lastly… this outtake still makes me laugh- I look like the make-up artist is punching me… but I’m happy about it! Ha ha ha!!! :D I’ll show you these photos soon too. They rock.
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I’m off- I want to drink tea, eat one of the big crunchy apples I bought today and watch something silly.

ROSWELL xxx

Between My Legs

23 Mar

I’ve been away for two weeks, touring Holland and Belgium. I was going to blog about that, but as sometimes happens when I leave England and work from dawn ’til dusk every day, I’ve missed something huge in the news and this time, it’s very serious.

As of April 1st, women in the UK who have genital piercings will be classed as victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

FGM is torture. Girls as young as nine have part or all of their genitalia removed- often without anaesthetic or sterilised blades. This includes the clitoris, labia and part of the urethra (wee tube).
It is a cultural practise centred around keeping girls ‘pure’ and it is not only excruciatingly painful but can lead to severe and fatal problems later. This includes:
– Difficulty and pain urinating- scar tissue can block the urethra and lead to infection.
– Fertility problems- menstrual blood cannot escape the body and is left inside to rot.
– Multiple kinds of infection from open wounds and old blood
– Death from blood loss
… Not to mention mental scarring.

This is, of course, done without consent from the girls and women undergoing the procedure. Here it is: for those as squeamish as me, I’ve posted one of the least horrifying pictures I found.
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In the UK, there are many kinds of genital piercings and adornments available for women. I asked friends why they have genital piercings and received a range of responses, but mostly these:
– I like the look
– I had it done on a whim and never took it out
– It enhances sexual pleasure

(Image found on the internet. No, it isn’t me.)
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Though there are women who are pressured into getting piercings, this has nothing to do with FGM and it is insulting to women who have survived FGM to suggest such a connection.
It is currently unclear whether or not female genital piercing will be made illegal, but certainly on medical records, a pierced woman will be placed in the same category as a ‘cut’ woman. How dismissive and trivialising for the survivor of such a despicable practise.
In a society still uncomfortable with discussing womens body parts, this new law can do yet more damage- trivialising FGM and confusing some as to what it consists of. I can imagine a few dim bulbs under the impression that women are brought to a remote village, given a clitoral piercing and sent home again! The true horror is masked by the non-issue of consensual piercing.

As I am writing, it is also unclear whether genital surgery (e.g. labiaplasty) will be included under the FGM umbrella or not. There are many unanswered questions but one thing is clear: This will not affect men. Men can still get any part of their body pierced without being labelled a torture victim.
Remember last year’s new porn laws, which banned women (but not men) from being filmed facesitting (among other things) despite their written consent?

The issue with both of these laws is that our consent is ignored.
Sex without consent is rape.
Surgery without consent is mutilation.
Either of these things with consent is none of your fucking business.

Pierced or not, please sign this petition to support the right of women to adorn our bodies as we wish, and to acknowledge the fact that FGM is a separate issue- pretending otherwise insults everyone.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/75889

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