2016 Review

Yes, I know I’m fairly late in the game but hey, better late than never, right? As for so many others this year has been a mess and a roller-coaster of emotions with both major highs and terrible lows. I’ve been trying to figure out how to review last year and it seems that the only sensible way for me to do it is month by month.

So here we go…

January: My roller-coaster month of all roller-coaster months… It started off not very well with my grandfather’s health deteriorating from the cancer that he had suffered from since the year before. Then I hit a major high with the announcement that I was going to be one of that month’s cover models for Bedeseme Magazine. This is still one of the best things that happened all year and I am so proud! But the world didn’t want me to stay happy for long as on the 14th my grandfather passed away and I was left devastated..
I did manage to squeeze in a couple of shoots though with Katiekat and Lady Tigra, and I got published in Azaria Magazine.

February: Work, work, work.. Also painful funeral and spending time with my honey.

March: Shot an amazing steampunk shoot with Miss Metnal, Katiekat, Naddine E, Imperial Fiddlesticks Emporium and Viola Lahger, as well as a retro themed shoot with Hanna Fredholm

April: This month saw the light of a collaboration between Katiekat, Kya Wolfwritten, Attera Nox and myself for TAMD, of which we are all members. I’m so proud of what we achieved on that day, it was one of my best shoots ever! But the highlight was my 30th birthday that I got to celebrate with both my family and my dear friends πŸ™‚

May: GFB!!! For the second year in a row my honey and I returned to Berlin and German Fetish Ball Weekend for some wonderful and relaxing days with sun, party, latex and cocktails ^^ I also tried my hands on burlesque modelling with Hanna Fredholm and while it’s not really my thing it was really fun to try.

June: My honey and I celebrated our 8th anniversary ❀ Also did some gothic shoots with Lucy Fehr and Katiekat and a latex shoot with Katiekat as my co-model.

July: Finally got to model alongside my dear friend and fellow TAMD member Nea Dune! Of course Katiekat was the photographer πŸ™‚ I also got to shoot with Felicia PΓΌschl Photography, someone I’ve wanted to shoot with for a long time! Otherwise this month was mostly about fancy food and still dealing with the sadness of losing my grandfather, the one who taught me everything I know about art.

August: Got to shoot some dieselpunk latex with my lovely friend Necrinity Art ❀

September: Went to London with my honey and my mother so I could get my final birthday present from her, a lunch at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck! This was something I had wanted to do for several years, it was on the top of my bucket list. And I finally got to experience it and it was ah-mazing! I keep thinking back to those five hours of eating, enjoying and feeling like a happy kid, and I can’t wait until I can go back and do it all over again ❀ I also got published in Xpressions Magazine with the steampunk I did in March.

October: The month of bachelorette parties and a wedding. Necrinity and her love, Sire Plague, got married and I had the honour of not only attending her wedding but her bachelorette party as well. Such a gorgeous couple ❀ And a very dear friend of mine got her surprise party as well as she and her husband-to-be was going to elope in November for their wedding. Two shoots also happened, one steampunk with Felicia Püschl and one Halloween themed with Katiekat.

November: Went in for surgery on my ear. I’ve been suffering from a so called cholesteatoma in my right ear (basically, it means that there’s been pressure on my eardrum, forcing it inwards and “eating” up the bones in my inner ear), leaving me half deaf, and the only way to fix it through surgery. No shoots, only convalescence and spending time with my family.

December: Christmas happened and a very nice New Year celebration with my honey. We also sold the house my grandfather had been living in since my grandmother passed away little more than 5 years prior to his departure. I knew it would come but it was still the hardest thing to accept since the funeral. I had spent so much time in that house and still have so many wonderful memories from there and so it’s very hard to come to terms with the fact that I will never be there again..

Reading all this makes it seem like everything has been fine and dandy but I have been struggling with this huge loss all year – and still am. I will probably never recover completely but I also have to try and focus on the positive things that happen in my life.
All I can hope for this year that in the midst of the chaos, sadness and frustration that’s going on I will find some new high points, work on new projects (although I am cutting back on shoots to focus on other things) and be more social with my friends.

2017, let’s do this.

Electric Lilac Latex Dreams

Back in early May me and my boyfriend went to Berlin for German Fetish Ball Weekend. This was our second time there as we really enjoyed the experience last year, and while we had planned to go to more parties and events we actually spend a lot of time just enjoying the city. We did go to the ball on Saturday though and of course the fetish fair, these were our main priorities after all.

I love going to fashion fairs and flea markets, it’s so much fun to go around, browse everything and chat with a designer or two (although I’m horribly shy and very bad at representing my model self). And of course I always come away with something nice ^^
This time was no different, although I wish I had taken the chance to get something more (don’t you always?).
Anyways, my treasures this year was a beautiful harness inspired top from Pandora Deluxe’s latest collection and an order for a dress from Catriona Stewart Clothing. A few weeks ago that dress arrived and here it is! It’s an absolute dream made of electric lilac latex ❀

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It’s the girliest piece of fetish clothing I will probably ever own but I love it to bits πŸ™‚ And I will be doing a shoot with it soon which will be so much fun!

When Are You A Model?

This is a question that has racked my brain ever since I started modelling more seriously back in 2011. When can you claim to be a model? What do you have to do/achieve to be considered one by yourself and others in the business? It seems to me that everyone has their own definition of what a model is and when you can call yourself one.

Here are some of the answers to the above questions that I’ve heard or read during the years:
– Once you’ve done a shoot with a professional photographer
– Once you’ve been paid for a shoot (either by the photographer or another creative involved)
– Once you’ve done product shoots for a designer
– Once you’ve collaborated with a designer for a creative shoot
– Once you’ve been contacted by a professional photographer to do a shoot
– Once you’ve been approached by a designer who wants you to shoot their creations (either willing to lend you the item/-s or letting you keep it/them as payment)
– Once you’ve been published in a magazine
– Once you’ve been on the cover of a magazine
– Once you’ve done a fashion show for a small designer/business
– Once you’ve done a fashion show for a big designer
– If you’re represented by a major agency

I’m sure there are plenty more though..

According to this little list there are 8 reasons for me to call myself a model πŸ˜› Personally though, I’m not quite sure what I think makes or doesn’t make a model. I think I want to say that once you know your angles and how to pose for/adapt to different photographers, then you are a model. Just standing in front of a camera isn’t enough, you have to be an active part of the creative process. Once you’ve got that then you’re a model in my book.

What about you? When do you think someone can call themselves a model?

2015 Review and a Look at the Future

As we now are about a month into 2016 I thought this is a good time to try and some sort of review of last year.
Last year was a bit of a roller-coaster for me with periods of all the things happening at once, followed by absolutely nothing. Creatively I had so many ideas of things I wanted to do, shoots I wanted to realize. While I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to, I still got to do some very fun and interesting things.
But instead of just filling this post with lines and lines of text I thought I should just list all the positive and negative things that happened last year.

Good Things:
– Me and my honey travelled to Berlin to attend German Fetish Ball Weekend for the first time. We had a lot of fun and we hope to go back this year!- I was published 5 times in different magazines (well, twice by Kultur Mag but in different issues).
– I walked the runway for Cyberesque at Unleashed Stockholm in October. It was my first time doing a fashion show, I was scared as hell but it was so much fun at the same time πŸ™‚
– I got to work with several new photographers, including Post-mortem.se, Hanna Fredholm, Carmilla and Nathalie Holmberg at Fractal Fashion Photography.
– I moved to a brand new apartment with my honey, finally, after spending 7 years in a long distance relationship ❀
– I got a permanent position at my job, woho!
– I have eaten at a local Michelin star restaurant, Ekstedt. We got to sit at the chef’s table and also got a tour of the kitchen! I mean, how many people get to do that unless you’re in the food business?! Icing on the cake, I got to meet the owner Niklas Ekstedt who’s a food hero of mine πŸ˜€
– I got to shoot the most amazing mermaid concept together with the most awesome team of talents ❀

Not so good things:
– Didn’t get to shoot as much as I wanted to.
– Felt very stressed over things, probably more than I should have.
– My grandfather got diagnosed with cancer. This was/is the worst thing that happened in 2015. In spite of all the good things that happened the news of his illness came during the late fall, which pretty much set the tone for the rest of the year. He passed away last week..

But 2016 didn’t just start on an extremely low note, it also started at a very high one at the same time. This is because I’ve had two publications coming out these past two weeks, one of which I made it onto the magazine cover! I will post more about that later, but let’s just say for now that I’m extremely happy, thankful and freaking proud!
I hope that this year will contain more creativity for me, as well as more travels. I’m looking forward to evolve in my modelling and try my hands at new things. I have set a few goals for the year so let’s hope I will achieve all of them!

Simon O. Latex Model Competition!

Hey everyone!

I don’t normally do this but I’d like to ask for your help. You see, I’m part of the latex model competition hosted by designer Simon O. and there’s a chance of winning some really lovely latex, including a custom made catsuit!
But to be able to win something I have to be in the Top 12 when voting ends June 4th.

So pleasepleaseplease, click this link and give me your vote: http://www.latex.at/en/all-models-voting/?id=71

You can vote once a day and it would really mean a lot to me πŸ™‚ ❀

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Going for the High Heels

One of my favourites Internet stores has decided to close up shop, so I decided I wanted to say “Thank you for all these years” by ordering one last pair of shoes from them :3 It just so happened that I had been staring (and probably drooling) over one particular pair. They’re a little higher than I’m used to, but I don’t think that should be much of a problem. I mean, when you’ve got badass heels like this you learn to use them quite quickly ^^

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Aren’t they lovely? ❀ I can’t wait for them to arrive so I can use them in a shoot ^^

Latex Snow Queen Pt 2

Yes, I know, odd title since we’re in the middle of spring/start of summer. But just hang on a little and you’ll understand why πŸ˜‰

I’ve had some busy weeks with work and planning for this and that. And this past weekend it wasn’t just Easter, it was my birthday too! ^^ That meant lots of cake for me and presents in the form of cookbooks (5 in total), a madeleine cake tin, some other kitchen utensils and things to put in the DVD player when I’m bored.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to enjoy those things much since I’ve been sick with a stomach virus since Monday :/ But now I’m getting back in the game and can finally eat properly again! Seriously, I hate not being able to eat..

Anyways, here’s the reason to the chosen title: a new photo from the awesome Kitty Carol ❀

Photo: Kitty Carol
Latex: Westward Bound
Gloves: All you need is Gloves

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Westward Bound Polkadots

Last week my latest order from Westward Bound arrived, the lovely Sucre-Bomb Dress ❀ I got it in red and white and it’s so pretty! It fits really good too πŸ™‚ I’m really looking forward to plan a proper shoot for it.

Westward Bound is one of the latex designers I would love to do a proper collaboration with, that’s been on my bucket list for years now. But until that time comes, I will keep on buying the things I like and create some creative shoots with them ^^ Hopefully, one day..

Anyways, a little sneak peek of the pretty thing ^^

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Alive and Kicking!

Hey everyone, sorry I haven’t been so active these past few weeks but I have been busy with life :3

Valentine’s Day came upon us and I spent it with my one and only Mashiara ❀ A night at a nice hotel and a lovely dinner at a fancy French restaurant, I think it was our best Valentine’s ever and definitely one of out best weekends together for some time. I didn’t want it to end and I miss him so much my heart is aching… But hopefully he will be here with me again soon ^^

Other than that I’m working, planning some shoots and apply for new jobs. Even though I like my current workplace I feel the need to move up from “just” being a registrar. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, but my goal is to be an archivist and I won’t settle for less. But right now I’m happy if I can get the security, and paycheck, that a permanent job will bring (I’m currently employed as a temporary consultant with a shitty salary..).

And I’m all done with studying! At least for now, I’ll probably go back at a later stage but not right now πŸ™‚ I decided to celebrate that with something I’ve been drooling over for some time: Burned Velvet leggings from Black Milk ❀

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Sales!

I need to clear out my wardrobe to fit some new things in (things that I’ll actually use..), so this post will be dedicated to exactly that. It will be updated as soon as something goes or I find something new to get rid of, so you might want to check back every once in a while πŸ™‚

Prices will be listed in Swedish Krona (SEK), Euro and Dollar, shipping is not included! If you see something you want, send an email to arathin@live.se with a description of the item in question and your country so I can calculate the shipping costs properly. I will NOT hold anything, it’s first pay first served.

Purple vintage skirt, 100 SEK, €11, $14
Purple vintage skirt made of raw silk, never worn and in great condition.
Waist measures 74 cm/29″.

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Long PVC skirt from X-tra-X, 300 SEK, €32, $43
Long PVC skirt with decorative lacing in the front, closes with a zipper. It has lost its shine a bit, but that can probably be fixed with some PVC/latex shine. I am open for offers for this one as it needs to go!
Size: Small, waist measures 70 cm/28″.

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OOAK PVC dress, 400 SEK, €42, $58
PVC dress designed and made by me. It laces up at the front, sides and back and is therefor very size friendly. Good quality PVC, only been used a few times.
Measurements when completely closed: bust – 71 cm/35,5″, waist – 67 cm/33,5″, no hip measurement needed since it’s a full circle skirt.
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OOAK PVC set, 500 SEK, 53€, $72 for the entire set! Each piece is 300 SEK, 32€, $43
PVC set, designed and made by me. The top laces up at the back, measurements when closed are: bust – 79 cm/31″, waist – 60 cm/24″.
The skirt is a wraparound model that closes with four buttons, two on the front left and two on the front right. Decorative lacing around the waist. Waist measures 82 cm/32″.
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