Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Fleurish : A Spot of Weekend Gardening

Fashion & Fluffballs llustration: Flutter By Flower Fountain © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion & Fluffballs llustration: Flutter By Flower Fountain © Shell-Sherree}

This is the closest I could happily come unto gardening.  Tuck a few flowers and butterflies into a tumbled mess of up-do and that's my work done for the weekend. 

No weed-pulling.  No Edward Scissorhandsing.  I can't even fit a hat on top, so I'm doing my thing for sun smarts by staying safely indoors. 

So come, let us make a pitcher of iced single origin oolong hand-plucked tea and ponder on the vagaries of varietals.  It will all be news to me.  And on that note ...

Happy Friday Fleurish to you !


Friday, April 22, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Coachella Coochie-Coo





Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Coachella Coochie-Coo © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Coachella Coochie-Coo © Shell-Sherree}

For long enough to embarrass myself, I thought Coachella was a brand of handbags.   Perhaps that comes of having a cat named Ella and a friend who loves Coach bags.  And a finger that easily slips off the pulse of festival life.

Anyhoo, I've opted for head-to-toe Gucci for our sojourn and we can gather some fluffballs for a session of Gucci-coochie-coo.  Which sounds like a good name for a craft beer, come to think of it.  You saw it here first.  Let us feast on something cold-pressed served in a pineapple and sipped through a hand-whittled coconut husk straw ~ and wonder where we left our heart-shaped glasses.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Out of Africa-ish



 
Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Vintage Camera Romance © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Vintage Camera Romance © Shell-Sherree}



Not quite Out of Africa, but from the looks of that fence, this could be our definition of a weekend with the big cats.

Call me old-fashioned but there's a certain romance about old cameras and the careful consideration called for when capturing a moment in time without the ease of digital indulgence.  And don't get me started on dark rooms.  Is a kiss stolen while gently swirling paper and watching an image come alive under the ripples more breathtaking than a smooch exchanged over a computer screen?

Let us compose ourselves and sip G&Ts with a slice of finely-Laguioled lime while we ponder on the meritous possibilities of hipsters trading fudge brownies for Box Brownies.  Perhaps not a moment too soon.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Dior de Triomphe


Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Dior de Triomphe © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Dior de Triomphe © Shell-Sherree}


Ah, the power of being able to change a designer's colours on a whim with zero cost to the management.


While I started out with every intention of staying true to the lemon chiffon and 15 shades of grey used for the original gown by John Galliano for Dior, a suspected blood sugar droppage led me down the sweetheart lollies colourway path. If you're reading this, Mr Galliano, I'm sorry.  And oh, look: a diversionary French bulldog puppy! Pretty!

I may be a fashion neophyte, but I know what makes a 'My-God-but-you're-lovely' radar ping.  And this nod by John Galliano to legendary fashion illustrator René Gruau had my sonars all a-flutter. So let us stop the Paris traffic and take our 50 metres of silk and tulle for a spin while five crack teams of very tuckered out silkworms recuperate in a mulberry tree spa in an undisclosed location.  Gosh knows, they've earned it.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !
  

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Vintage Vixens

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Muddled Lilac and Vintage Vixens  © Shell-Sherree
Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Muddled Lilac and Vintage Vixens  © Shell-Sherree


The penny farthing has dropped that I'm increasingly taken with illustrating vintage fashions {and not overly flash at knowing in which era penny farthings were invented.  Insert shrug of insouciance here}.

This led me to thinking ... is it time to sashay into the world from a film reel of glamorous day-to-day dressing times and see if it catches on?  Faux fur and feathers obligatory but nary a bone of corsetry in sight?  Could we have just one day a week in which vintage vixenry is the norm, or would the world wobble off its axis as surely as a penny farthing rider with a bee in his bonnet?

Let us lower our fluffy stoles, imprint lipstick on glasses of sherry and draw seams on our legs as we wonder.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Fashion and Fluffballs : Happy Easter

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Hop To It, Honey Bunnies  © Shell-Sherree
Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Hop To It, Honey Bunnies  © Shell-Sherree

Joyeuses Pâques, honey bunnies !!  

Whether you're celebrating this extra-grande long weekend with double the froth and triple the dark chocolate shavings or it's 'I'll have the usual', may your ears be pink, your hugs be snug and your whiskers be perky.  And on that note ...

Happy Easter to you !

Friday, March 18, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Coochie Coo

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Pink Petal Pies and Coochie-Coo  © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Pink Petal Pies and Coochie-Coo  © Shell-Sherree}

Coochie-coo, happy Friday to you !

One of the things I love so much about illustrating is that I can fashion up whatever I feel like in an ink and watercoloured world where pigment is currency and magic is an hourglass or two away.

While this concoction was tickling itself onto the paper, inspired by a real life gown and strategic placement of poetically licensed ruffles, I wondered if I might offer you a No Sew DIY Haute Couture Tutorial involving a 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sateen bedsheet, three metres of tulle, hemming tape and a smoking hot glue gun. But a packet of Turkish fairy floss caught my eye and that was the end of that.

If you're up for some fun, let's give the construction a whirl while we sip muddled-cherry-infused bootleg and play Pass the Pretty Kitty.  Our fluffy fabric confection's lack of thread saves both a stitch in time and nine.  By my mental arithmetic, that means we'd make it to dessert with dinner to spare.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Frenchies in Paris, Blue, White & Red Too

Paris Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Blue White and Frenchies  © Shell-Sherree
{Paris Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Blue White and Frenchies  © Shell-Sherree}

With a view like that, shall we let a picture speak a thousand words?

I hope so, as I can't string a sentence together at this moment, let alone two.  Come, pull up a languorous chaise, exchange those stilettos for ballet flats and we'll mollycoddle nonsense.  Or you can craft Haiku while I eat all the éclairs.  I'm fine with that too.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Frenchie Friday to you!


Friday, March 4, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Babes Beehiving Beautifully

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Beehive Envy and Kitty Cat Chic © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Beehive Envy and Kitty Cat Chic © Shell-Sherree}

Behold the beehive.

When having a bad hair day, a hat is always an option.  But how better to use that engineering degree than constructing a beehive instead.  Steel is so yesterday.

So come, let us don our long gloves, clink pink champagne and start misbeehiving.  May the puns begin.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Vintage Pink and Royal Frenchies

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Vintage Pink and Royal Frenchies © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Vintage Pink and Royal Frenchies © Shell-Sherree}

Hello, fluffy fashionable Friday!  Let's throw in a Frenchie and a fanciful fairytale for fun.

Don't ask me why we're waiting on a park bench while dressed to the nines.  Let's just say if Breakfast at Tiffany's collided with Rear Window and a wee dram too much absinthe, this could be what we would find. 

Melt-in-your-mouth croissants are on their way, and the coffee is bottomless.  Henry Mancini might have braved Moon River with a Hitchcockian twist but I'm voting for The Pink Panther and a ukelele.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Fluffing Around in Venice

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Venetian Pastel & Fluffballs © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Venetian Pastel & Fluffballs © Shell-Sherree}

 Ah, Venezia. 

Our languid wardrobe choice is a sympathetic reflection of your flowiness.  It's been too long since we fluffed around while basking in your pastel beauty, crumbling as it is like sweetheart lollies long since tucked in lovers' pockets.

But we are here now ~ and a moment of regret is a moment stolen from the future to be squandered in the past.  So let us keep our eyes firmly on the 'now' and stroll in our elegant sandals with not a displaced Roman in sight.  The prosecco is crisp and the dial on the pizza crust wood-firing goes to 11.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Agent Violet and the Powder Compact

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Agent Violet and the Powder Compact © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Agent Violet and the Powder Compact © Shell-Sherree}

Agent Violet smoothed the skirts of her Dior and swirled her glass of Taittinger.  The abandon of fine bubbles dancing in her champagne flute was a refreshing distraction from the potential gravity of her situation.  She took another sip.

Having drawn a blank on The Gondolier's whereabouts, she was without a safe house in Venice.  It was imperative that she find her way to Paris posthaste.  Her passage on the Simplon-Orient-Express passed uneventfully aside from the somewhat delicate Chicken Incident between her feline and a nonna whose lack of humour was more than matched by her deft skills with an umbrella.  Once fur and feathers were smoothed, Violet secured The Nonna's contact information. She would make a formidable ally to have on her side.

Her canine amused himself by changing breeds at every station.  Her feline sharpened her claws. They were in unfamiliar territory in which a compass would be of little guidance even if they had one, but all was not lost.  She still had The Harlequin Hat Box. Violet gathered her companions and they proceeded to stroll.  She recalled the pretty gold compact The Antiquarian Book Seller had pressed into her hand with a knowing glance on her mention of The Gondolier. She removed it from her purse and decided to powder her nose.

What secrets had the shimmery light of Venice withheld?  Would her apartment be occupied when she returned?  Could she replicate the circumstances of her departure to cause an undoing of what had transpired?  Let us graze on dark chocolate-shelled cherries and ponder from afar.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !