Tiny Tattoos

Tiny tattoos, I’m obsessed. I have six [currently] and maybe one might not be considered tiny as in under an inch, but it’s still pretty small and cute. I have a thing for these dainty pieces of art. Each one has its own meaning or special memory behind it. Sometimes it’s about a connection to a person. They are thought out before I get them, the exact design, the meaning of the symbol and the meaning at that point in my life. That’s a big part of it. For me, it’s cementing a moment in time, a distinct memory or an important relationship.

Most likely my favorite tattoo is my Morse code tattoo – it’s a quote that speaks to me and a difficult time in my life. It was something I wanted on me as a reminder but not written out for everyone. I found multiple Morse code alphabets and then designed the tattoo in Illustrator and brought it to my tattoo artist. We had arrows on the paper showing left to right and which way was up so we didn’t put it on wrong lol.

Three more tiny tats. The skull on my back.. is a fun story that I only share with close friends. The Olympic running wings is a classic symbol. I found a few different designs and then sketched out my own and then designed the final piece in Illustrator. One of my best friends and I got these together, in the same location, on our right heel. We truly bonded through our runs and races together. It helped to build our relationship. So since she moved north we make it a point to run together on every visit. On my first visit to see her, we got them.

& Lastly from above, my rib tattoo (that I also got on that same trip up north). It’s the word ‘wanderlust’ and a Unalome. Traveling is a huge part of who I am. I love to do it because it allows me to open my eyes to new cultures and practices. I literally have an urge to go and travel (quarantine 2020 is killing me). A Unalome is literally a Buddhist symbol for the path to enlightenment, i.e. your life journey. Mine is technically backwards, but as you know, I design my tattoos and I did it with purpose. The swirls are the little crazy moments in life, the twists and turns, the straight line is one finds enlightenment and the tiny dots are death. Visually I preferred it laid this way with the text. I also think that you have many moments of enlightenment (straight lines) throughout your life.

Celtic Triangle

I have two more tiny tats. They were actually my first two. A pink & orange star on my left foot (first one). I got with my friend from school one weekend when everyone was away. For whatever reason, at the university we went to people loved to go home on the weekends. We were not those people. So we cooked up shenanigans to get into instead. I got the star and she got a butterfly. It was a fun college memory and something I’ll never forget, as well as I’ll never forget her.
The second tattoo I ever got was a downward facing Celtic triangle. A triangle facing down is representative of the female. It’s feminine. I believe the future is female, even when I got this in 2008. The triangle is actually one continuous line. It represents the connection of your mind, body and spirit. They are so intwined with each other. I’m not big one wearing watches or bracelets, so this placement was perfect for me.

Tattoos are a commitment. Yes, there are ways to remove them now but you get them for a reason. They represent a memory, a significant time in your life, an important relationship or even something that brings you joy. Tell me about your tiny tats & big ones too. Which one is most significant to you? Mine is my morse code tattoo. Maybe one day I’ll open up more about that one but as for now, just know it stands for strength.

and yes….I do want more. I’ve been sketching out a single line flower tattoo I want for my arm. I might have to do another post on that once it happens.

Happy tatting friends!

Halloween Fun

My girl Chanel threw the best pre-Halloween party! Literally thought of everything, including the most fabulous throne chair for us to pose in front of. The decorations were amazing and we did a potluck style food and drink table. Her candy charcuterie board blew us all away!

Did someone say happy hour plus sweet treats?

But… what about the costumes..Also, playing dress up at 36 is just as fun as it is at 5 😉

Which outfit was your favorite? Mine is clearly the blue Greek Goddess outfit, but my black top and silver pants with the pink skull is pretty fantastic too! AND I will say I NEVER wear horizontal stripes, but hello, this dress looks aMAZing on me. Let me know in the comments what you liked best!!

Motocurious?

Hell yeah I am. My dad started to ride when he was in high school. I can’t even count the amount of bikes he went through up until now. He would literally ride off to the mountains on one bike and come back on another. I loved it though. He taught me to be fearless and try new things that might seem scary to the normal person. I’m far from normal though. I was a little tomboy running around in the dirt, building forts (sometimes with barbies), climbing trees, riding anything with wheels, bikes, four wheelers, go-carts, you name it I was on it. I actually got my motorcycles license when I was 19. My husband had a bike in college and we were too crazy on it (130+ miles an hour with me on the back). I lived for it though. Here are a few fun photos of just me and my helmet and some bikes… working on some fun motorcycles shots for you all!!

Tell me what you’re riding? Or if you’ve ever been on a motorcycle. I’m always curious as to how many people are out there riding and especially if they’re female. It’s been such a male dominate world for so long but plenty of women have broke that barricade and being the hottest moto babes!

3 R’s of Quarantine

How are you staying sane during this quarantine? Are you still working, do you have kids and are trying to balance both? I saw a meme recently that said “what a time to be childless.” This is something my husband and I have struggled with but it’s almost seems like a tiny blessing right now. I’m not currently working, I canceled all my photoshoots and my graphic design work has depleted. I am not the kind of person who can sit still. I have to be active. My three R’s of quarantine are: running, recipes and reno!

Running: Getting outside for runs has been great for my mental health as well as my body. It’s also been fun way to explore more of my neighborhood (Old Fourth Ward) and the surrounding neighborhoods such as Inman Park, Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown. I’m also balancing my runs with long bike rides, HIIT workouts (hello Sydney Cummings on YouTube) and yoga!

Recipes: As a foodie eating is one of my favorite things to do (also a reason for all the running, lol). Dining out and supporting my local restaurants is important to me but I really do love cooking. I’ve brought back some of my favorite classic dishes like shrimp tacos with chipotle sauce, Thai basil chicken and eggplant parmesan. I’ve also been exploring new recipes like Caico e Pepe (so easy!), champagne sage sauce for lobster ravioli and Shakshuka.

Renovations: I’ve been in my new home for just over a year and I LOVE my neighborhood! My husband and I bought a project and are renovating everything ourselves. Want to know if your relationship can stand the test of time? Renovate a house together, while living in it! The current project is our guest bathroom.

Rest: Ok, so maybe there is a fourth R of quarantine. I have a hard time stopping and relaxing, I literally can’t nap even if I try. I feel like I should be doing something but, if it rains it’s as if Mother Nature is forcing me to stop and take a break. Mentally and physically I need that from time to time.

Tell me, how are you coping? What are your 3 (or 4) R’s of Quarantine? Tell me in the comments below and let me know if you have any recipes I must try!

Salut in the City – my first hello

Always looking for sunshine

Oh hey!! You’re probably here because you follow my Instagram @SalutInTheCity. If you found me another way then hi new friend, welcome!

I came to the point where I wanted to focus less on Atlanta (even though I love this city) and the Atlanta food scene (my waistline thanks me too – lol). I want to focus more on lifestyle and my other interests. Travel being a big one – I am a wandering soul, also running, a healthy lifestyle, cooking adventures and my current home reno (which is all DIY with the hubs btw).

A little about me I live in Old Fourth Ward with my husband of 10 years! I am a photographer and graphic designer. I’m bubbly and love finding the positive in every situation. Running is my therapy. If I’m stressed out or stuck on a design I hit the pavement and it makes everything better (bonus – runners booty). I grew up on the North side of the city in Woodstock (way OTP). You could always find me outside playing in the dirt, riding motorcycles & four wheelers and camping. Summer was always my favorite season for all those reasons plus being a water baby. I would beg my dad to open the pool in April and I’d be swimming around in 60* water or living the boat life on the lake.

This definitely instilled in me a life always seeking adventure. You name it I’ve probably tried it or it’s on my bucket list. I can check off soloing (an airplane), sky diving, living abroad in a monastery with nuns, getting my motorcycle license and so much more. So, stay tuned for more cities, my life and yes plenty of Atlanta love, because I truly love this city!

xoxo,
Lauren

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