Weekly Photo Challenge: twist ~ A day full of random twists and turns!

Life is too short

I have decided that life is too short to worry about the small things.  If you want to do something, as long as it isn’t morally wrong, just go and do it.

Since having suffered from my ‘chronic pain’ it kinda puts life in to perspective a bit.

Much like my blog’s name, I like to think of myself as being ‘eclectic’ in that I like all kinds of things, I might dress one way one day, one way another, there is no set rules or themes much as music tastes and anything else.  This probably gives a good indication as to my chaotic mind, I am sure there is a connection somewhere that makes sense, hehe!

Nose piercings?

Well to get to the point, I have wanted a nose piercing for years, since my teens really.  I am not giving my age away oh heck I am in my 40’s but you know, never too old right?

I figured I don’t really drink, I might have one glass of wine a week, I don’t do drugs, except prescribed ones, I don’t get to go raving nor be half as outrageous as I would like so that was it, I was going to go ahead with it.

Phobias and pain

I have a horribly low pain threshold and a phobia of needles, but having had spinal injections I could cope with this, how hard could it be?

Pampering for bravery

I think a good idea would be to start the process all off with a bit of pampering, so with a very special friend I went out for lunch.  I lubricated my throat and bravery with some white wine and chased it down with some lovely asaparagus in a bernaise sauce and poached eggs & sticky toffee pudding.  The restaurant was like a little den below road level, tucked away and the service was good.

So then it was time, off I went.  Braved the tube which I must say nowadays I hate and felt a horrible unexpected sense of claustrophobia coming on, you have never seen me move so fast as when getting up those escalators and out.

Google has it’s uses

I found the studio through Google search the day before.  Yes I do live life on the edge it seems.  But the website was good and the receptionist was patient with my hundreds of questions, like “how will I blow my nose after!!”

Of course I got lost and couldn’t find it.  The receptionist had said “ring me” if you do in fact get lost.  She must have been a mind reader.

She must be about 20 ft away, jumping about in the middle of the pedestrian cobblestoned pathway right next to the huuuge sign that says ‘piercings and tattoos’ (slaps my forehead).  She herself was heavily adorned in ink and metal, causing quite a stir as she jumped up and down with her phone going “yoohoo we are here”

Extreme piercings

So I go in, past the sign that says “Extreme piercings” and gulp heavily.  Yup I am not going to duck out of this.

Raff who does the piercings eventually called me through, appearing from her tiny little room which was more like the size of a telephone box.  I had to go in on my own for ‘hygiene reasons’ so my friend had to sit outside and not hold my hand whilst it was done.

The whole place was sterile, covered in plastic sheeting, I went to put my handbag down and it was a “no no you musn’t do that, please use the hook on the door, nothing except yourself must touch anything in this room it is completely sterile”.  So I hang my bag up and turn to raff, who I must say has the most delicate charming French accent.

Her head is shaven except for some tiny strands of long blond tresses where sideburns on a man would be.  She is skinny and dressed in black.  There are of course multiple piercings on her face and scarification which appears to be tattooed also in the shape of a flame going down one cheek.

All of this of course doesn’t frighten me, far from it, quite the opposite and causes me to ask her a bevvy of personal questions about her piercings and scarification which results in a lot of “ooohs” and “aaaahs” from me.

I will say at this point that I have only my ears pierced, so I am really a ‘virginal’ piercer and no don’t worry I will not get the urge to adorn myself in metal, but I just HAD to have this done.

So I chose a rather delicate stoned piercing.  She says “clear or blue?” which are my top picks.  I think, “clear will go with everything and be sensible” so of course I choose the blue as it is my chance at 40 to say “yah I am a rebel I am going for blue” besides which it is very very pretty.


I sit down, she pens my nose, shows me in the mirror then fastens a kind of plier to clamp my nostril.  She then says “breathe in” and I do, it is then when a “whoooooaaa gawds that was painful” comes out of my mouth, she then quickly asks me to breathe again and pushes the jewel through.

My head lifts up and I proceed to start chatting again, she goes slightly ashen faced and tells me to tip my head back again to make sure I don’t bleed too much,  then I am ‘cleaned up.’

Tadah I am done, I see something glinting as I look forwards, she assures me that after 3 months of cleaning twice a day I can change the jewel if I wish and after 4 months stop cleaning.

I nearly pass out from the time span of necessary cleaning rather than the actual event.  I look in the mirror and am very happy.

My nose, a little bloomed as still red I don't want to frighten you all! LOL

My nose, a little bloomed as still red I don’t want to frighten you all! LOL

I must say if you ever want a piercing and live in London, please consider this studio, she was absolutely wonderful and has been doing it for 15 years.

The salon website is here – Extreme Needle

Covent Garden has entertainment

I leave and decide to wander through Covent Garden, only to find the tube is annoyingly shut, however on my way I passed this man, who seemed to be levitating and attracting rather a crowd, however it was his nose which amused me somewhat after what I had done that caught my attention.

So my day is finishing and I pop in to a lovely make up store which is to me like a ‘candy store’ and in here I see a lovely ‘twist’ decorating some of their products and simply couldn’t resist taking a photograph.

As you will see my day was full of random moments of delight and twists and turns.

I hope you enjoyed the read as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Have any of you got any piercings?  Want to share your tale!

© Justine @ Eclecticoddsnsods.com

Taken in response to two challenges:

Random Moment of Delights #21

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

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  60 comments for “Weekly Photo Challenge: twist ~ A day full of random twists and turns!

  1. May 25, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    OMG, YOU GOT YOURSELF A PIERCING!! BRAVE GIRL!! I’m just astonished 😮


    • May 25, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Haha yes the rebel inside me is still alive and kicking, wait til we get married its gonna be a wild ride 😛


      • May 26, 2014 at 3:57 AM

        It’s gonna be a wild ride when we’re married? I think I can’t wait! We said it’d be in December? That’s a long wait yet… Anyway, congrats on your new piercing!!


        • May 26, 2014 at 7:11 AM

          Thank you 🙂 yes December 😀 😀 we have a bank holiday today so off to the fair we go later and yes wild wild wild. X


          • May 26, 2014 at 8:42 PM

            You had a bank holiday today? Whew! I got an exam today… It was a torture but I passed, and now I “only” need to write my dissertation to finish… I’ll need to check out your post about the market, once I recover from my exam!


  2. May 25, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Those food pics look divine!


    • May 25, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Hah thank you it was a real treat!


      • May 25, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        I think I gained some cellulite just looking at those!


        • May 25, 2014 at 8:29 PM

          Lol was rather yummy and the asparagus was a starter! I had no main meal so don’t feel too bad :-F


  3. May 25, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I can’t wait to see the “complete” pic. I bet you looking really pretty with the nose ring ^-^


    • May 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Hehe thank you! It’s still a little ‘pink’ but I’m looking after it well 🙂


  4. May 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    “EXTREME NEEDLE” I would have run at that, an image of a giant syringe springs to mind!!! And how do you blow your nose after? 😀


    • May 25, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Hahaha yes it did make me gulp and basically I’m not allowed to blow my nose for a few days and even then have to be extremely careful as the inside is sort of a sharp hook so would hurt against the inside of ones nose if pressed which I’ve managed to do once already lol! My youngest has a cold so I’m totally avoiding him hehe


  5. May 25, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Well done missus!!!

    I’ve had mine for fourteen years now but stupidly I went to an ear piercing place and they did it with a gun. It didn’t go all the way through the first time so they had to re-shoot me lol That made my eyes water! 😛

    I wouldn’t be without it now though xx


    • May 25, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Omgggg woth a gun? She told me they used to do that in the old days and it would blow out portions of skin and cartilage and they had to do it twice!?!?!? Omg faints! Haha sheesh your a brave woman. Do you wear a stud or ring? X


      • May 25, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        A little silver ring. I used to have lots of different ones but I’ve had the ring for years now, it’s like part of my face these days lol xx


        • May 25, 2014 at 8:43 PM

          Yes I though have gone to scratch it by mistake ack it’s hard not too hehe once I did and ‘ouch’ soon made me remember! X


          • May 25, 2014 at 8:47 PM

            It doesn’t take long to heel, you’ll feel much better after a week or so xx


            • May 25, 2014 at 8:57 PM

              Yes 🙂 I never even saw your ring in your photo header now I will have to take a good nose…scuse the pun lol x


  6. May 25, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    OMG you go, girlfriend!!! Nothing unnatural (other than hair dye) adorns me – not even pierced ears!! I would love a nose ring if my nose was cuter, but I will live vicariously through your audacious adventure 🙂 your description of parlor and piercer were precious (hows that for alliteration?!?)


    • May 25, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Haha that’s great and believe you me my nose isn’t cute I am hoping in some weird way it will distract from it when it’s not pink and calmed down lol! No more piercings for me though that’s enough haha


  7. Lainey
    May 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Wow! Very brave, I’m in awe….not just the piercing but the whole tube thing too!! Used to hop on and off at college but couldn’t bear it these days, lol xx


    • May 25, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      Hah yes the tube was worse for me than the piercing. I don’t really do that kind of thing due to my back I was totally medicated up lol but Urgh yes I hated it felt like a hot tube of not much oxygen and kept imagining it getting stuck! Yikes


  8. May 25, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    You did it!


  9. May 25, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Amazing! I admire anyone who has the courage to do something like that. I have wanted a tattoo for years, but I am just too chicken.

    And it looks great, by the way.


    • May 26, 2014 at 7:15 AM

      Thank you hehe! I always thought if I had a tattoo it would be on my bum
      But could never chose a design so it never got done and now I wouldn’t bare it to the artist anyway lol! It’s never too late you know 🙂 xx


  10. May 25, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Happy for you and looks okay…. but not for me… Ear piercing is my limit… Wouldn’t do nose or lip (as if most women my age would).. Diane


    • May 26, 2014 at 7:13 AM

      🙂 no I wouldn’t do lip it always makes me want to wipe someone’s lip. Like something’s on it plus to me it doesn’t enhance what can already be an attractive area whereas my nose you see isn’t the cutest so well a method is distraction plus I love the look I guess I love the eastern look also not that I am but it appeals to me xz


  11. May 26, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    That is fantastic, Justine!! Your posts always crack me up since you share all of your inner thoughts with us. I have two piercings in each ear and a belly ring. But that’s enough for me, I think! 😀


    • May 26, 2014 at 7:09 AM

      Hehe thank you for your compliments 🙂 you know I always wanted my belly too that was the only other place however my stomach has never been flat so I never had it done and it’s never going to be flat lol xx


      • May 26, 2014 at 7:40 AM

        Well, mine stopped being flat and it’s still pierced, so I say go for it!!


        • May 26, 2014 at 7:41 AM

          Oh gawds no it prob looks cute on you. I’ve put on far too much weight really lol honest guv! X


        • May 26, 2014 at 7:41 AM



          • May 26, 2014 at 7:48 AM

            What does guv mean??


            • May 26, 2014 at 7:50 AM

              It’s slang for what a person would say being questioned by the police lol. A cockney way of saying things pleading innocence xx


              • May 26, 2014 at 7:53 AM

                Haha, I’m going to start using it now!


                • May 26, 2014 at 7:54 AM

                  Haha that will be funny up see peoples reactions haha


                  • May 26, 2014 at 7:56 AM

                    People over here will probably think I started stuttering. Lovely. 😉


                    • May 26, 2014 at 7:57 AM

                      Haha lol you should google it to find on you tube or something so you get the accent just right! X


                    • May 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM

                      Found this:

                      Noun 1. guvnor – (British slang) boss
                      jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant – a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); “they don’t speak our lingo”
                      Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain’ is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
                      hirer, boss – a person responsible for hiring workers; “the boss hired three more men for the new job”


                    • May 26, 2014 at 8:15 AM

                      I know of the term guvnor! I’m going to start calling my principal that. He’ll think I have gone mad. Hehe. 😁


                    • May 26, 2014 at 9:07 AM

                      haha thats so funny”


  12. May 26, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Three holes in one ear, two in the other … pretty standard stuff for who I was in my 20’s — 30’s living in the south and east of the U.S.

    But in my 40’s I had several tattoos and a belly button piercing over the course of a year with my then-late-teenage daughters. I’ve since taken out the piercing, but the fairly discreet tats remain as a reminder of that time in my life. At 55, I don’t regret any of them!

    Good for you for your nose piercing! It shows strength, personality, and uniqueness!


    • May 26, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      Awe thank you your comments made me have a big big smile 😀 I’ve not done the tattoo thing only due to never being able to chose a design lol so gave up hehe! Very happy with my nose though and good for you also having gone for it! Xx


  13. May 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Wow! I love how brave you are! I’m getting a tattoo this year! I’ve always wanted to do something like that!
    What a wonderful adventure and post!


    • May 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Hehe thank you and wow a tattoo good for you! Chosen a design yet and where to have it? Hehe


      • May 26, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        Yes “She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs at the days to come.”
        I love that! As for the location, not yet but somewhere so I am reminded daily. 😀


        • May 26, 2014 at 9:17 PM

          🙂 I shall look forward to hearing about the day as and when x


  14. May 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Your post went to places I had no idea they were going to go. Here I thought it was all about food (which was absolutely lovely, by the way). Love the twists and turns in your incredible (and very brave) story! Bravo for you!! I wear my hair spiky for the same reason you went and got your nose pierced – something totally unexpected from someone a bit “older.” (I’m way into the decade after yours :)) Thanks for the smiles (and inspiration) today, Justine. Great post!


    • May 28, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      haha thank you, your comments made me smile alot. yes I did think am i going through a mid life crisis but I did that already when i got two puppies lol. I had wanted this done for so many years i think dealing with pain and having a limited lifestyle makes me think “what the heck I am just going to start having the small things I wanted to have and stuff anyone who doesn’t approve!” rebel yah” hehe xx


  15. May 27, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Awesome post! Somehow it never made it to my RMoD post. I’m going to put it on now if that’s cool. Anyway, are you by any chance a Sagittarius (I am)? I too got a nose piercing in my 40s. I don’t remember it hurting as much as it making my eyes water so much I looked like I was crying! lol I loved it but had problems with infection on and off and after about 9 months I let it just heal up. I wish I still had it. I have not ruled out a discreet tattoo though… but I haven’t decided where… someplace that won’t look disgusting when I’m 85. 😉
    I love that you did this!!!!!!!!! You rock my dear… and I like your twists and turns too. What a fun day.


    • May 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      oh dear, you know i dont even remember if it tried to put it on lol, i had meant to, maybe shock of the piercing? lol. I am a libran btw, I just think i am at an age to enjoy the things ive been wanting for a long time, and can still do, i guess that was the crux of it. I am looking after it but yanked it a few times, oh my ouch ouch ouch, it’s a bit sore today as I patted my face with a tissue and it nearly pulled the whole thing out. Also the bit inside keeps slipping down andi t showing below my nostril which doesnt look good. The therapist has said if I can’t stand it showing, as it is meant to be in for three months she will change it for a shorter stemmed one in one to two months which I think I will take her up on, but generally really like the look of it and when its all healed will hope it just becomes a ‘part’ of me. Tattoo sounds v exciting, ive given up on that as i simpy could never decide on a design i k now i would have it on my bum but thats as far as i got lol. Iwill be very excited to know what you chose and when you have it done 🙂 xxx


  16. May 29, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Wow…. that was quite a day! I’m so glad you went through with it and got the nose piercing you wanted!!!!


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