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Shiny Happy People!

27 Feb

Today is a good day.

It’s seven pm and I’ve done no ‘busywork’ whatsoever so my laptop’s not going to know what hit it in a second, but it’s still a good day.

– My latest article’s out! I wrote about the perceived abuse in 50 Shades of Grey. This meant I had to read the book. (Utter torture- there’s masochism and then there’s writing so excruciatingly bad I wanted to gather all copies up and chuck them in the canal.) Anyway, read this!
– I visited a secret nature reserve with one of my best friends- we saw tiny ponds full of tadpoles and the place rang with birdsong. We also visited a windmill that had been virtually on my doorstep the whole time- I’d never known it was there!
– I remembered ‘my’ issue of Marquis magazine is out and that I should tell you about it! It features me wearing heavy rubber, seriously shiny pictures and some of my favourite latex outfits yet… ;)
– It’s day 4 of the “Roswell Ivory detox” and I’m feeling less sluggish and full of energy! (I’m allowed one treat a day and today’s was a big slice of ginger cake, with crystallised ginger on top).
– Maybe it’s the detoxing, but I finally achieved front splits gymnastics style! (I’ve being doing it ‘dancer style’ for years so have had to completely retrain my hips). Success!
– One of my best friends in the world has published her long-awaited book, in which I appear!! You may know her- she’s the chameleonic Anita De Bauch and you simply must buy it: CLICK HERE
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– Mog is on my knee, purring.

Last year, Marquis asked to publish some of my work, so I had the perfect excuse to dash off to Belgium, play dress-up in heavy rubber and bounce around a gorgeous designer apartment with photographer Kinky Style. I then got bonus shots during Dominatrix (my favourite crazy kinky working weekend) with photographer and friend Belinda Bartzner.

Belgium really is full of beautiful sights, which I sadly lost when my phone died!! Still, I’m back in a couple of weeks for more tourist fun, and anyway, these photos live on. I’ll post the other sets soon… ;)
For all you catsuit, corsets and inflatables fans, check out the BEWBS! I nearly posted these on April Fools, with a “look, I had secret surgery” message… but I couldn’t wait that long. :P

Photos by Kinky Style
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Have a teaser for the next set…
Dress is by Yummy Gummy
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I may have mentioned before, Dominatrix Weekend is my Euro family reunion! Though it is a working weekend and I’m always running around for photoshoots and fashion shows, I get the chance to catch up with my model and photographer friends that live far away. Generally, madness ensues and we can all let our hair down… so to speak. ;)

Here are a few snaps from previous years:

Lara Aimee, Me, Kwipi Lovebite and Amy Day waving tentacles around
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Riona Noire, Me and Sara Scarlet backstage, wearing Pandora Deluxe latex
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Rene De Parade, Michiel, Me, Riona Noire and Sara Scarlet doing… god knows what.
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My ‘model face’ came on eventually… ;)
Photo by Mew-Chiel
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… so the morning after an all-night pool party, Belinda and I checked we were still alive (we were) and got ready to shoot one of my favourite dresses, by Yummy Gummy. There’s a character in my second-favourite trilogy (The Wayfarer Redemption) who wears a dress made of the blood of her enemies… and this is mine! :P But much sexier though.
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Don’t you just love these shoes?? I’m going to shoot just a few more times in them, then I’m going to customise them. Watch this space…

It’s time for a coconut milk mocha and a few pages of my mystery drama book (the one I’m writing, not reading.) ;)

ROSWELL xxx

p.s. A few of you have been asking when my steampunk novella “The Marius Conundrum” is out. The answer is “I don’t know.” Sadly, the owner of the publishing company is in need of a heart transplant and must, of course, put her health first. She has disbanded the company for now, reverted the publication rights to me, and I’m now looking for another publisher.
Should I not find one (novellas are hard to publish), I will self-publish BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. Wish me luck, and if you think you can help this endeavour in any way, please get in contact.

Springing sundial

20 Feb

So I’m back on the Mothership and catsitting now I’ve returned from a mini tour, and what a fantastic week it has been! :D

– I went to visit a friend’s new home, full of curiosity cabinets, tea, skulls and wood/glass sculptures… and stroked a chinchilla for the first time. They’re strange little things- like living marshmallows!
– I did a photoshoot in a tranquil, friendly yoga studio, with yet more tea and artwork everywhere. On the pinboard was the yoga students ‘weekly thought’ and interestingly it was something I needed to read:
Aparigraha: Greed rooted in jealousy. For example, wanting more than you need just because someone else has it. I’m proud to have very successful friends and of course I’m happy for them, but often evaluate my own accomplishments as not being enough, so it was nice to see a reminder that this is a thought pattern I need to let go of.
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– I met a couple of friends I’ve spoken to online regularly but never actually met in person! It’s always a bit nerve-wracking but we got on like houses on fire and I hung out with a gigantic dog too. :D
If you have a sense of humour, do check out my friend’s creative endeavour: The Beezly Street Gazette. It’s a Daily Mash-esque satire and really very funny.
– I attended an engagement party for my beautiful Kitty Wood Photography and “Beardy Stu”… and I’m now a bridesmaid for the first time! During that weekend, I became a mermaid, dressed like an 80s rockstar, ate my bodyweight in sausage rolls, lost a French Fry crisp between my boobs and got the hideously early coach back home then flopped into bed. Congratulations to the happy couple! :D
Here I am with the bride- who has a great blog HERE:
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– I nipped up to Manchester for a quick shoot (the hostel made me feel very at home- on a riverside with Canada geese and boats) and arrived back to a very cuddly, very clingy Mog.
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Today’s been a day of chilling and though I will be answering emails etc over the next week, I’ll be a little slow as I’m enjoying some much needed downtime. Hope you understand. :)

In my last blog, I hoped that the preview would work and bring some Spring warmth… and it’s worked! There are snowdrops everywhere, daffodils are peeking out above the earth, catkins hanging on the trees and though it’s still chilly on the boat, I’m not as deathly freezing as I was and my hot water bottle is sulking redundantly in the corner. I even went for a long riverside walk and had a ‘singing’ conversation with a robin.
So here are some more pictures from the awesome Follyhouse team, who I’m planning my next shoot with. Hooray!

Autumn…
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Winter…
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Spring…
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Summer…
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I didn’t notice the seasonal parallels until I started uploading them here!

A few more:
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For the latex and heavy rubber people, why not check out Marquis Magazine on the 25th? There’s a feature and several pages of yours truly wearing the shiniest of latex. I’m so, so excited to show you those pictures (and my new shoes). ;)

Now, I’m going to have a Zen-stretching session in front of the fire I just made . I shot with Sense8 Photography the other day and for the first time on camera, achieved this!!! (In yoga, it’s called the Compass or Sundial pose). I cannot wait to shoot this pose in latex and may have the chance at Dominatrix Weekend next month, where I’m stomping the catwalk again!
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Speak to you in five days! ;)

ROSWELL xxx

p.s. behind the scenes in my own shoes:
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Another magical forest

14 Jan

I never get fed up of shooting in forests- every few weeks, I get an entirely new backdrop to interact with and new plants and creatures to look for- especially when I’m shooting outside of the UK.
Last time I visited the Netherlands, I found wild boar, red squirrels, nuthatches (I think) and deer. I also discovered Dutch pancakes. Not a creature, I know, but still seriously amazing. ;)

I got these pictures from Frits aka Studio3nl a little while ago but didn’t have the chance to post them up! So here you go- it was a beautiful day, if a little muddy. Though we tried hard to be discreet, we did nearly cause a man to fall off his bicycle, which made me nearly fall off the tree stump I was posing on!! Utterly hilarious- it was a multi-quadruple-take, as he kept swinging back off his seat just to check I wasn’t a figment of his imagination, LOL!!

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Wish me luck- I’m about to head South (hopefully ahead of the snow) for some outdoor nudes… though hopefully my “Narnia coat” will get another outing too… ;)

Got to dash!

ROSWELL xxx

Don’t tell me to stop…

9 Jan

Okay, so the apocalypse happened to G Haskew’s computer. (Want more apocalypse references? I have plenty more where that came from…) :P Sadly, almost an entire photoshoot was lost- back up your work, folks!
However, I still have a few of the pictures to show you.

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(Obviously the namesake of this blog, lol! We had several pictures of me bouncing around in the dust in homage to the Madonna video)

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And as soon as the staff stopped looking… ;)

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You really really should go and look at G Haskew’s other work as well- he’s amazing at finding locations and is now beginning a new venture into urban exploration. Just click his name above!

Now, talking of stopping…

Don’t worry- I’m not going anywhere just yet as I still love my job and I’m certainly planning on at least another two years of modelling for a living. However, the job I want eventually will probably take me several years of hard work before I get to where I want to be, and so I’m now applying like crazy to as many volunteer projects as I possibly can. (Did I mention I want to work in conservation?) ;)
Soooo… this is one of those times in which you may be able to help with my future plans! Do you, or does anyone you know, work in conservation (especially with projects in Africa, Madagascar, Australia or in marine biology?) If so, could you please send me a message through my website? I want to talk to you!
Thanks! :D

I’m excited to say that one of my New Year’s resolutions looks set to be SMASHED! I planned to visit at least two new countries each year. Well, this year, it looks as though I’ll be hitting Malta, Austria (Vienna), Romania, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, China and (if I get the chance) Borneo!
I’m getting itchy feet already but it’s too cold for touring season at the moment. I’m using my free time to write, chill in front of the fire and watch the birds outside eat the homemade treats I’ve been leaving them*.

I’m now watching Africa (narrated by King David) ;) Golden rule: do not talk while the Attenborough is talking. Night night…

ROSWELL xxx

JFC part 1: Fairytale of New York

30 Sep

I apologise in advance to anyone who now has the song in their head and is now cursing me for mentioning Christmas songs in September. :P

If you’re a regular reader, you probably know that I’m the biggest country bumpkin around. (If you’ve just got here, hello- I hope you’ll stay!)  You might also know that my first novel, which I’m currently editing, is about a disaster (like Hiromshima) occuring in a woodland full of strange Fae creatures and the subsequent mutations that occur. If you’re interested, it’s called Sarascyon and I’ll be posting an extract here soon.
I was a little apprehensive about visiting New York as I get a bit tetchy if there aren’t any trees. While I get inspiration from everywhere from the English coast to the gritty abandoned churchyard I see from the train on my way to London, I go to the woodland if I want to be calm. I feel at home with trees and there aren’t many in the Big Apple.

I live near a lot of parks- most are big, and if you walk far enough in, you can forget that there are roads to either side and the only paths become those you make yourself. I expected Central Park to be a green oasis of wilderness and sprawling trees within the city’s invasion of angles. I thought I’d escape from the traffic for a few hours between shoots- read my book and eat my sushi, so when I arrived and was nearly run over first by joggers and then by cars (there are ROADS in Central Park), I revised my opinion a bit. I am sure there are more eloquent ways to put this but… parks should not have angles.

And so my search for nature continued…

Luckily, I was staying in Brooklyn (with photographer Paul Ward). The garden at the back was a little rectangle of clearly very loved and cared-for land, chock-full of flowers, squirrels and bluejays that sound disturbingly like birds of prey (so much so that I, in a sleepy bleary-eyed state, thought an eagle was in the tree).
Just down the road was Brooklyn Botanical Garden so on my first day off, I took myself on an adventure. I’d have loved to shoot there- the amount of different themes and concepts that could have been done in there… Maybe one day!

A few days later, I dashed to an area of Brooklyn called DUMBO! (I think I was told it stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) to shoot with John F Cooper for his book Organic Portraits. There are some examples of the work in his portfolio- I’ve linked it. :) It’s in aid of the Rainforest Fund.

The project supports indigenous people in their efforts to protect their environment. It makes me feel ashamed of my species to know that our actions affect the lives of people who have no hand at all in the changing state of our planet, yet find their day to day life increasingly impossible. These people have the words to express what the voiceless flora and fauna also nearing extinction can not. They are in exactly the same situation, and give it a human voice- a perspective we can empathise with.
I tried to use this idea as inspiration for this part of our photoshoot.

Photographer: John F Cooper
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I rose from my dream last night. I thought I saw them again- living columns that sang and swayed

But now, they are up there where the dead are. Too high for me to reach.

So when I woke, I wore their memory like the crown only I had, and only I remember

Long ago, trees, not memories, cast shadows on my face.

ROSWELL xxx

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