Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jellyfish and Drawings

Last weekend, I didn't feel so well and didn't do much. The weather wasn't so great either, but I made the best of it. I got to give my friend, the cutest mug I have seen in quite a while! It is so perfect for her :)

 This is mug is part of a very cute collection of different animals and prints, see if you can find them at your Target, as they do not seem to be listed online.

I also had the best cinnamon rolls for dessert because they are just that good, yes they are from a can.

I have been working on my drawing, my goal for the month and here are few of them. I am working on some new ideas, that I'm pretty excited about and I think I might be in the mood to sew some creatures again soon.
peg leg pirate squirrel

happy little toucan

pretty in punk

31 days of drawing are almost up, and I'll admit I'm behind and trying to catch up. It has still be a fun process though. Hope your week is going well! Happy Tuesday!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Earring wishlist

I am pretty low maintenance when it comes to a beauty routine, I rarely wear make up. But I do like to accessorize with a pretty pair of earrings, it really does brighten up an outfit, and give you that extra little pop without much effort.

I like drop earrings better than stud, I have a few favorite pairs. These red/pink ones were given to me on whim by a coworker a few years ago. I love them. Especially with anything purple.

These blue ones, I found at my favorite art museum gift shop, I had to decide between the blue, purple and light pink, I should have purchased all three, but live and learn. ;)

Here's my earring wishlist.

I have been looking at these for awhile. I also like the other pretty pale colors they come in.

These are bright, fun and flashy and hand cut leather.

I also like these cascading studs because they are colorful and flat so they won't make a clanking sound when you are on your cell phone :)

I think I like the yellow/orange/pink version the best. These two are both from the same shop, which also has fun necklaces.

This is a new shop I found, I really like that uses found objects from the sea. She makes pretty stuff.

As you might know, my favorite color is purple. These are pretty and a little dramatic. They are from athread.

These appeal to my cutesy vintage side. They are sweet and colorful and available here.

What do you think about my picks? What's your favorite type of jewelry. I also love necklaces but that is a separate post ;)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pretty in Punk

I've always liked cute clothes with punk influences, and I was quite smitten with this long sleeve tee, I saw at Target recently. Skulls have grown on me the past few seasons, especially when they are presented in a new fresh way. Also the ombre effect is cute, not to mention it's pink. I couldn't find a link online but's the LOL Vintage brand.

It definitely got me inspired. I really love flowers and want to get better at drawing them, so I think I'm going to work on that :)

Floral skull sketch

What did you think about the First Lady's wardrobe on Monday? I thought the coat was interesting by Thom Browne, the print was said to be inspired by a man's tie, accented with a J.Crew belt. I have never been a huge fan of jacquard, but I like that she makes interesting with the belt and pop color gloves.
 I got the first lady fashion pictures from here.

 I think her bangs are awesome and her red dress was pretty (again by Jason Wu)
I think I like the red dress better, the subtle print is fashion forward and elegant. Which is your  favorite?
Left 2012                  Right 2008

 I did a bunch of cleaning and organizing this weekend, and work is crazy busy. Needless to say I am brain dead, but I hope to have some more posts and new sketches this week. Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, January 17, 2013


I have been doing pretty good, on my New Year's goals. I baked my Grandmother's cookies, I have been trying to make them correctly for a couple of years now, unsuccessfully I might add. And now I finally know why! I was leaving out a cup of flour, I copied the recipe down wrong from the original but this time they turned out fluffy and happy. They are a chocolate cookie, subtly sweet with nuts, vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles: rainbow sprinkles are a must. Getting these cookies right finally......makes me really happy, and seeing them look like they should reminds me of all those Christmases with my Grandma and her amazing cookies.

you can't eat just one :)

I even starting a sewing project, I need to buy some gray thread though, why is it whenever you start a project you never have that particular color of thread. I'm so glad I got Joann's gift card for Christmas now I can get whatever color thread I want, baking stuff, paint stuff and FABRIC!!
I am very happy girl.

I hope it turns out like I want :)

I've also been painting, I started with the background, and then got nervous about messing up the face so I scanned it to have a back up and then I thought about experimenting with an actual paint and then computer drawing on top of that; kind of a digital mixed media. I used paint brush tools to draw the details of her outline too.
I am pretty happy with how it turned out, for a new experiment anyway. I want to do more stuff like this see what I can come up with.

I made her skin pale so the brushstrokes would show through

I want a little happy bird on my shoulder :)
 This year, I really want to make a point to challenge myself illustration wise.
 Her blue hair is inspired by Kate Winslet's charater Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
one of my favorite movies ever!

What's new with you. Are you busy with new projects?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Golden Globe Fashion

It's that time of year again, I love movies and fashion, so it's like Christmas all over again :)
Here are some of my favorite dresses of the night. I love Tina Fey, and she rocked it in a beautiful gown with vintage flair by L'Wren Scott.

 I thought Jennifer Garner looked really amazing, her dress is by Vivienne Westwood which is a surprise because Vivienne is usually over the top.

Adele, won for her amazing song on the Skyfall soundtrack, and she looked awesome, I think she dresses really great, she knows who she is and doesn't try to be super trendy but knows how to look wonderful. Her dress is by Burberry Prorsum.

 I like that Lea Michele likes to take risks, like this beaded halter by Elie Saab......gorgeous!

 I love Lucy Liu in Elementary and I thought this dress was wonderfully unexpected. It reminds me of Jane Austen for some reason, of course this kind of dramatic, romantic creation is brought to you by Carolina Herrera.

This one kind of took me by surprise, Cody Horn, who I'm not really familiar with (she was in Magic Mike?) In a pretty drape-y modern ode to a Grecian gown. Anyway I like it... check out more by Vionnet

And best hourglass goes to Sofia V. and JLo in very different styles but both looked great
Sofia wore a beaded or sequined  Michael Cinco gown.

 and JLo in lovely lace Zuhair Murad gown.
Much better than past plunging neckline styles she's worn.
pictures from here and here

As far as awards go, I have seen Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln and Argo and I think Lincoln should have won for Best Picture. What looks did you love? Did all your favorite movies and shows win? Are you excited for the Oscars? Are you going to see the best picture showcase?
Love to hear your thoughts! Happy Monday :)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Painting and Fashion

Over the past couple of days, I have found various stories online that are all about painting, in one form or another.

The first is about company that paints ads on walls, I didn't even know large companies still used this form of advertising, I am pretty sure I do not have ads that are this cool in my city scape.

STORYBOARD: Wall Dogs of New York from Tumblr on Vimeo. Check out more here

Then I found this awesome recreation of Van Gogh portrait done with photography. Even if you don't like Van Gogh, you gotta admire this guy for interpreting a work of art in a new and clever way. You gotta watch the video not just look at the still. The photographer, Tadao Cern, has an interesting story. He was an architect and then decided he wanted to try something else. He takes wedding photos, and likes to do different experiments like the Van Gogh as well as portraits of people while they are having blasts of air blown in their faces. Think comically cartoon versions of what your face would look like if you fell at an alarming fast rate.

Revealing The Truth from Tadao Cern on Vimeo.

And finally, I was stunned(along with the rest of the world) to see Kate Middleton's first official Royal portrait. She's so pretty and vibrant, and the portrait does not capture that at all. I keep thinking couldn't someone see where this was going & said to the painter, thank you but we have to go in a different direction...... I hope she get's a better one sometime soon, but until then I thought I'd share some of my favorite outfits of hers thus far.

Alexander McQueen + Velvet = Awesome

Amazing in a red wrap dress by Beulah London

A flowing lavender dream also by McQueen

Not many people can pull off an intricate interwoven bodice, but she can.....beautifully. I was surprised this was a vintage dress,it looks so modern to me.

This one is one of my favorites I love the lace detail.
Pictures from here and there
Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Friday, January 11, 2013

head in the clouds

It has rained a lot the past few days, it was so nice to see the sun and the happy clouds on the way home. It kinda got me thinking about a sketch idea that has been bouncing around.

colorful clouds make me happy

I want to keep playing with this idea, it's not quite the version I saw in my head.

Also, I stumbled upon this awesome USB hub with USB drives shaped like toast! 
Over the top? Maybe a little but I think it's adorable in a nerdy way.

There's even different types of toasts

In other food related news, I finally got my first piece of pie of the new year! It had been over a month, we didn't get to go over the holidays, when I had nice leisurely days off perfect for pie. But pie is also good after a crazy hectic week. Hello, Merry Berry :)

yes, the pie is awesome enough to get a close up

I was checking out Moschino's handbags recently and they have these fun novelty bags. I can't decide if I like the paper boat, or the painted tea cup, they are both cute and hilarious.

What do you think about novelty handbags? Do you or would you carry one?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fashion, Happiness & Etsy

Trying to focus more on the little things that are fun and happy in life.
I got to wear my new raincoat today! Yes, I got it from Target, they still have some sizes on clearance.

My friend, Jenn is a sewing whiz, and one of the best quilters I know. She's just added some super cute baby quilts to her shop. She makes them out of vintage sheets, definitely a one of kind heirloom.

It doesn't get much cuter than that :)

I made my first treasury in her honor :) See all of the items here.

just a snap shot

As far as jewelry goes, I have been looking for an agate/druzy necklace and I found a really great shop.This necklace is so pretty and bonus points because it's purple. It's a pretty big pendant but maybe I can pull it off.
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Ok well that's all for now. I'm gonna go paint as my drawing of the day. Hope you are having an awesome week :)

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