Friday, August 28, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Tousled and Tasselled

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Tousled and Tasselled © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Tousled and Tasselled © Shell-Sherree}

My present coffee table and I will be having a 'conscious uncoupling' soon.  It's served me well but I never really loved, loved, loved it ~ and from here on in, I'm all about choosing what I love, love, love.  {Kale should be on that list but unless it comes in macaron form ... enough said.}

Given I put my feet up on my coffee table whenever I'm on the sofa, a buttoned ottoman is gaining traction.  And it's softer on paws for landings.  There's the slight matter of the unofficial 'scratching post' status that might be forced upon it, but that's what tassells and fringes were invented for.  What goes on under a fringed skirt stays under a fringed skirt.

So come, sit a while and we shall debate the virtues of a pink-and-lilac-veined Italian white marble-topped gilt legged coffee table ~ not that I've really given it a thought ~ versus a luscious fairy-floss-pink tufted ottoman worthy of an empire.  Hugh: Please grind the arabica beans and fire up the cezve.  Grazie, bello!  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fashionable Friday : If the Jeans Fit ...

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  If the Jeans Fit © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  If the Jeans Fit © Shell-Sherree}

It's time for a casual respite from our usual glam ruffles, shimmers and fluffiness.  They'd look very much at home here for the sake of a flight of fancy, but those park benches are hellishly wicked when it comes to organza and tulle.  

It's also time for me to take the whole 'denim on denim' trend for a half-hearted, heel-dragging spin.  I've been choosing to ignore it, but it's not going away yet, so let's keep one jeans-clad leg on each side of the fence and tuck a different shade of denim under our arm ~ purely in case of a rodeo flash mob emergency.

Big fashion stretches require big sunglasses, big puppy dogs and big hair to boost one's bravado.  There's a hair teasing station a few hundred metres along in case we need to put more 'up' in our 'dos.  I hear a ukelele, too. Banjos are so yesterday.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you ! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Fashionable Friday : War and Peace and a Literary Paws

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Literary Paws © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Literary Paws © Shell-Sherree}

When reading War and Peace, today's illustration suggests it's important to paws regularly and take naps often in order to pace oneself and be fully present for the journey.  {Vodka and chocolate make none too shabby travelling companions, either.} 

Within its widely spaced covers, Tolstoy wrote, "Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women."  Our young pup has heeded his sage advice and is waiting for them to awaken.  He might also be heeding further admonishments like, "The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience."  Nice move, Tolstoy.  I think we're all going to need them.

The samovar is brewing and our troikas are at the ready.  As I've barely reached Chapter 8, I have no idea if they will come in handy ~ but while Time and Patience might make great warriors, blessed are the tea makers.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Paris Daydreams : Ladurée, Louboutins and Frenchie Kisses

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Ladurée, Louboutins and Frenchie Kisses © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Ladurée, Louboutins and Frenchie Kisses © Shell-Sherree}

This little French bulldog knows how to thumb a ride.

Clearly today's illustration sees the tail end of a day of heavy shopping, fuelled by Ladurée and footed by Louboutins.  Understandably, this can be very tiring for a tiny pooch like this.  The restorative pit stop would be chocolate-free and puppy dog-safe ~ but there's only so much a liver and spinach macaron can do to alleviate tired paws.

Now that we're home, we can kick off our shoes and run a peppermint foot B.A.T.H.  I suspect our Frenchie will be off like a pocket rocket when he hears the water running.  Thankfully, we're already barefoot and ready for a speedy pursuit.  And on that note ...

Happy Paris Daydreams to you !

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Hang Onto Your Hats, the Fur is Flying

Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Hang Onto Your Hats © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Hang Onto Your Hats © Shell-Sherree}

It's that time of winter when I'm starting to hit the wall.  Hopefully one more cold snap at the most then Hello, Spring!  Come to Mama.

Today's illustration was drawn under the influence of wishful thinking. Some pretty icy winds usually blow in during this coming week while our Royal Queensland Show is on.  But Chez Shell, the fashion parades are unseasonably warm, thus enabling us to go sleeveless while wearing compensatory gloves as a nod to the frostbite we are politely declining.

Our two mascots will need some brushing prior to judging for Best in Show, but once coiffed and pawdicured in the grooming lounges to the tune of J S Bark and Purrcell, they will be on top of their game.  Come, let us pick up our gilt-edged boar bristle brushes and commence without further ado.  Cucumber sandwiches and a nice pot of tea await our pleasure.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Paris Daydreams : If the Fiat Fits

Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Paris Pink and Far From Pedestrian © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Paris Pink and Far From Pedestrian © Shell-Sherree}

My, my, my ~ it's a spectacular weekend for a Paris road trip !  No need for oodles of planning or the tedium of packing a valise ~ or even a full tank of petrol.  We'll simply stop for Café crèmes and macarons or champagne and baguettes according to the location of the sun in the sky.  If our chariot turns into a pumpkin, we'll know it's midnight.  Then things will really get interesting.

Our only point of consternation is how to fit in our fluffy full-length tutus without cramping the paw room of our faithful mascots.  After all, we know our priorities.  On the plus side, we'll have no need of airbags.  On the minus size, we might need to make some alterations on the fly.  Thankfully, tulle is forgiving when snipped with manicure scissors. Pray we don't need to turn to a corkscrew instead.

All those opting for the ever-practical capris are welcome to shimmy into the back seat where there's more breathing space.  Meanwhile, I'll find some ribbon and tie a sundial onto the bonnet.  And on that note ...

Happy Paris Daydreams to you !

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Agent Violet in Vintage Paris Purple

Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Vintage Paris Purple © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Agent Violet in Vintage Paris Purple © Shell-Sherree}

As Agent Violet has discovered, trench coats have their uses but you can stow all manner of useful gizmos in the voluminous sleeves of a vintage coat like this one. 

The spotted cuffs and matching pillbox in today's illustration might seem too eye-catching ~ but don't be fooled.  Violet is well versed in the art of distraction so no doubt they serve a purpose for which we can only hazard a naive guess.  After all, in Paris, one never knows when one might need to secure a surreptitious stash of brandy-laced macarons that can weaken an adversary's defences after dark.

Shall we tail her and see where she leads us ?  Let's not dilly dally, though, as she knows how to slip into a chocolatier and vanish without a trace.  On y va.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you ! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fashion and Fluffballs : Have Ball-Pup, Will Play

Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Have Ball-Pup, Will Play © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Have Ball-Pup, Will Play © Shell-Sherree}

In my teens, I had a tennis phase.  In hindsight, I suspect it was more about the look than the game.  Bless my mother and sister ~ we spent more time getting the giggles and chasing balls than returning serves, and usually at night under lights so we could avoid the sun.  But they valiantly rallied to indulge my sweatbanded addiction, secretly expecting it would only last a few weeks and turning out to be pretty much right. {I've since learned that pastries are the easiest way to manage my 'serial obsessive' phases.  Salted caramel scrolls are the current pastry du jour.  Their days are numbered.}

Anyhoo, something like today's fashion and fluffballs illustration would give me incentive to hit the court again ~ though I fear I'd tucker out just one Pomeranian ball-pup, so I shall arrange a team of pooches and a Pawty Pavilion for their recovery sessions. 

There's plenty of room in this tennis bag for a spare racquet and puppy treats.  Maybe even some miniature salted caramel scrolls.  For the rest of this month, at least.  Care to join me in rallying for 'tennis pinks' to be the norm ?  So much more universally flattering for the complexion.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashion and Fluffballs day to you !

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Wandering Not Lost in Paris

Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Wandering Not Lost in Paris © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Wandering Not Lost in Paris © Shell-Sherree}

 Not all those who wander are lost. 

JRR Tolkien composed this line in the first book of his Lord of the Rings trilogy, but methinks he was dreaming of Paris at the time.

Funnily enough, this quote is commonly attributed to William Shakespeare but it seems Tolkien caused much confusion by prefacing his sentence with ''All that is gold does not glitter," which bears a striking resemblance to a line of Shakespeare. Perhaps there's some kind of poetic justice afoot by giving credit to Shakespeare for something Tolkien wrote.  Had Shakespeare been alive to see how closely Tolkien brushed against his own oft-quoted gem from The Merchant of Venice, it might have given him the fair Willies.

Anyhoo, today's illustration sees us wearing something that could be just as home in both pieces of literature, and certainly while taking a stroll in the city of light.  We shall seek out some caramel au fleur de sel macarons as our own form of golden currency and more four-legged fluffy companions to enchant us and tell us how fetching we are.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Happy Bastille Day : An Australian Frenchie in Paris

Paris illustration : An Australian Frenchie in Paris © Shell-Sherree
{Paris illustration : An Australian Frenchie in Paris © Shell-Sherree}

Happy Quatorze Juillet !  There's nothing like having one's illustration photobombed by a cheeky French Bulldog after labouring at the drawing board especially for Bastille Day. Sacre bleu and pass a profiterole !

I haven't the heart to chastise, as I think this poppet was merely endeavouring to snuffle closer to the macaron crumbs on my chin.  And possibly some remnants of a tarte framboise.  {What can I say ?  It was a long day ... And between you and me,  I've had far less appealing offers ...}

As capris and Bretons are more universally flattering than a sea of ruffles, let us opt for our Frenchie friend's classic Parisian wardrobe choice for our pâtisserie crawl.  I've issued a decree Chez Shell that anything made with butter has zero calories for the next 24 hours.  Let us make haste.  And on that note ...

Happy Bastille Day to you !

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Ruffled by a Sea of Ruffles

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration : Ruffled by a Sea of Ruffles © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration : Ruffled by a Sea of Ruffles © Shell-Sherree}

Wearing ruffles can be so exhausting.   

And locating wardrobe space sufficiently expansive to house them ?  Where's my snifter of brandy ! 

We could be here a while assessing load-bearing walls.  Then there's the perplexing choice of wall colour. Duck Egg Blue is always de rigueur but I hear Peacock Egg Blue is fluffing up a storm this season ~ not to mention sparking parental equality debates.  Let's pull up a tufted ottoman with our little Frenchie friend before the smelling salts are required.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fanciful Friday {Or Is It?} : The Real Amelia Story

{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration : The Real Amelia Story © Shell-Sherree}

Not quite this day in 1937 {let's pretend it's 2nd July ~ missed by 'that much'}, Amelia Earhart vanished.  The first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean was also instrumental in the formation of The Ninety- Nines ~ a organisation for female pilots ~ who are most likely politically-correctified to aviators nowadays, but to heck with it.  Just like our heroine and her companions, the word aviatrix is far too enchanting to ditch into the sea.

There are many theories as to what happened when Amelia disappeared.  Today's illustration gives you an inkling as to mine ~ and regardless of what scientific analysis might seem to validate in the course of time, I'll be paying no heed. 

In honour of a feisty and determined woman and her fluffy companions who have hitherto flown under the radar, let's raise our goggles and drink champagne cocktails in their honour.  {Hold the maraschino cherries.}  And on that note ...

Happy Fanciful Friday to you !