Health & Happiness.

This week I did something that I never thought I would actually do, I only went and joined the bloody gym!

fc2a9607d32b3cbd6bdee811e662aa81So, I’m all for self love etc etc. this is of course extremely important especially in a society where you are expected to fit into certain boxes to be deemed attractive, and I can not stress enough that this whole expectation has not had even the slightest influence on my decision to work out.

As someone who has spent the majority of their life wanting to cry every time I looked in the mirror, someone who was rejected by boys I liked on the basis that I was ‘too ugly’, someone who was bullied throughout what feels like my entire school life, I have always had the strongest feelings of hatred towards my body, as I’m sure many of you have. These feelings have been conjured up by the media and what they portray as ‘beauty’ and only recently have I done a complete one eighty and have embraced my body’s rebellion against society’s expectations.

In the last year or so, I feel like I have reached my ‘final form’ so to speak and I’ve developed a way of dressing that suits my body type, fits into my style and allows me to feel comfortable at any occasion. Corr I sounded like an advertisement for some shaping underwear just then….Anyway, I have learnt to appreciate my curves and learn how to emphasize them in all the right ways. So, why have I joined the gym?

I have joined the gym for a few different reasons, the first one being the most obvious; health. The women in my family who I seem to take after physique-wise, were all quite barrel-like and many of them have experienced health problems due to this. On top of this, I have scoliosis which has been known to worsen when a person gains a significant amount of weight, also I’m just generally REALLY unfit and would like to walk up three flights of stairs without feeling like all the oxygen has been removed from the world.

The second reason I have started working out is for my own happiness. So, I am aware that I will always be a curvy lady and I’m completely, 100% okay with that however, I would really love it if certain parts of my body could be slightly less jelly-like and more toned. I have a huge butt, seriously, and I am actually quite happy with that but it wobbles just a tad too much for my liking.

The third and final reason is for my mental health. Joining the gym has given me an extra hobby and something to do when I’m bored; luckily the gym is just down the road from me and is open 24/7 so I can pop along whenever I fancy. Once I have completed a gym session there is a feeling of achievement and my mind is often a lot more refreshed and clearer. I can not stress enough how great it is for everyone to partake in activities that work towards an end goal, it can be the boost that everyone needs.

Most gyms will offer day passeswhich is what I did as a taster, so if you fancy giving it a go I can not recommend it enough. I often find it hard to get motivated to exercise but I have found that going with a friend can really spur me on and make the whole experience more relaxed and a right giggle.

I’m looking for new routines so let me know if you have any, I would love a bit of variety! Maybe I will also update you all on my progress.

B.Viper

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My Bloody Valentine

“Roses are red
Violets are blue
Let’s stay in 
and watch Nosferatu.”
Bex Viper

I have never been one for Valentine’s Day celebrations if I’m honest. Okay, I’ll admit in the past I have surrendered to the Hallmark invented holiday and celebrated with partners and, of course, enjoyed it at the time. Nowadays I just see Valentine’s Day as a day for companies to make money; surely that’s not what it should be about? This year will be my first Valentine’s with my other half but I’m going to stand firm with my inner Scrooge and let the day bypass me like any other Tuesday. At the end of the day, as disgustingly cheesy as it sounds, I love him all year round, not just on a day that society throws upon me; I will not conform!

I always thought that the big V Day wasn’t really my thing, after all, I’m quick to cringe and make gagging noises when my friends are soppy and always go out of my way to heckle couples who insist on PDA-ing in front of me, I swear I’m not mean, but there’s a time and a place guys! However, after a quick Google, I discovered there is a side of Valentine’s Day that’s designed for weirdos much like myself, who’da thunk it?!

My favourite discovery was these vintage horror themed card designs:

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Unfortunately I was unable to hunt down the source of these dreamy card designs; if anyone knows then please pop it in the comments below!

I also discovered a whole page full of horrifically romantic messages for you to just print off and hand out to whoever has stolen your heart this year:

You can find the rest over at: Thought Catalog

The more that I am researching, the more I am feeling the need to partake in Valentine’s purely so that I have an excuse to creep people out with these amazing cards and whatever else I can find; perhaps I will just give out a few anonymously and really freak out some innocent victims

Rest assured there are still plenty of vomit-worthy cards out there for you lot who love to revel in the soppiness of February 14th. Of course I’m just kidding; the way the world is at the moment I think everyone is in need of a little loving; Enjoy it!

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‘Till Death Do Us Part’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Vamps Unite

I am a horror obsessed ghoul, I always have been ever since I can remember. I am also vintage mad, anything that allows me to escape the modern day is welcome in my world. I always thought about crossing the two things over but, as they are both seen to be quite quirky interests I wasn’t sure how to go about it. However, I have finally clawed my way out of the coffin and have embraced a lifestyle that combines my mad love of all things horror related and vintage obsession!

When I first discovered my love for vintage I was mainly intrigued by the 60’s and the 70’s, I took on the style of a traditional Skinhead/Suedehead girl, dressing in a way that slotted right into the late 60’s, early 70’s. Now some of you might be thinking ‘what the bloody hell is a skinhead or suedehead?!’, and this is something that I will address in the near future; for the purpose of this post I will insert some old pictures of myself here:

 

So there it all began. My passion for all things vintage stemmed from my wonderful parents who introduced me to the subcultures that they knew and loved such as; Mod, Skinhead, Suedehead, Rockabilly. Being one of those quirky folk, I was drawn in like a moth to a flame. My parents always warned me ‘Don’t get into it otherwise you’ll never get out again.’; that was nearly eight years ago and they could not have been more correct.

After visiting the 60’s and 70’s, I spent a bit of time in the modern day, shock I know! Although I was wearing high street clothing, I never succumbed to the ‘normal’ fashions, I ensured that I always had a twist on my style. Whilst I was in the modern day, I charged up my time machine and it has now transported me to the 1950’s and I’ve really made myself at home. Okay, so I might not particularly stick to a style that is 50’s through and through however, most of my style inspiration is derived from that era.

It was strange how I noticed that The 50’s/Rockabilly look went hand in hand with so many things, it seemed to crossover with a number of different styles; there’s the Hardcore Punk scene, Psychobilly, Latino Cholas and so much more; each of these styles takes influences from 50’s fashion. Naturally I was in awe when I stumbled across a whole online presence of vampish, vintage enthusiasts. These Vamps are embracing that vintage, horror crossover; this crossover seems to be heavily influenced by people such as Elvira, Morticia Addams, Lily Munster and Vampira. These Queens of Darkness pull off the vampire-esque look with elegance, beauty and pure sass, whilst maintaining that 50’s Hollywood glamour.

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Artwork by Andrew Tarusov

For the first time in what seems like forever, I am beginning to feel comfortable in my own skin. I am able to express myself through my style and lifestyle. I can attend different events without feeling the need to mould myself to my surroundings; I can finally just be me. It sounds cliché I know, but it has taken me a long time feel confident and happy about who I am; don’t get me wrong, I’m not completely there yet and there’s still some work to do however, it feels great to have made a start!

One of the benefits is that for a girl of a curvier physique, like myself, the 50’s style is rather complimentary and can make me feel attractive and glamorous whereas modern styles can often make me feel like a condom stuffed with potatoes.

Thanks for reading & if you want to keep up to date with posts there’s a link on the right to follow this blog.

xXx

Happy New Year!

2017 has hit us faster than anyone could have imagined! I hope you all had a frightfully good end to this not-so-great year?

I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions if I’m honest however, there are things to tick off on my achievements list.

This year I have tons of different projects I want to work on and maybe even complete; one of those projects is going to be starting this new blog and hopefully keeping up to date with it! I previously had a blog over at http://bexpiper.blogspot.co.uk/ but I feel that it’s a tad outdated now and not really to my taste anymore. On that note, bring on the era of Bex Viper!

My plan for this blog is to post about various things that intrigue me such as; anything spooky, vintage, vegan or whatever else finds it’s way into my brain. I would like to keep it up to date and hopefully post about three times a week, but don’t hold me to that!

Anyway, if you would like to keep updated, you can follow this blog via email – the link is on the right. I would really appreciate the support.

Thanks!