Monday, November 16, 2015

Fashion and Fluffballs : Peace, Love and a Frenchie Flower Child

Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Fluffy Skirts and Frenchie Petal Pup © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Fluffy Skirts and Frenchie Petal Pup © Shell-Sherree}

Stairs are a beautiful place to paws.

We can fluff out our skirts, kick off our shoes, and enjoy vantage points within easy reach for pats and rubby-dubs. 

So come, be a flower child and pull up a stair. We will talk of peace, and all that is beautiful and kind and loving in the world.  Elderflower champagne cocktails are on tap, along with a chocolate fountain.  Joss sticks are optional.  And on that note ...

Peace and love to you.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Agent Violet and the Tousled Tryst

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

Agent Violet had her answer with regards to both Harlequin Hat Box and Sir Percy's response to her wardrobe choice for his soirée.  And now, a hasty exit from his private wing was in order.

A visit from One Who Knows More was imminent. She needed to prepare and there was no time to waste.  While she and Sir Percy conferred, her canine eavesdropped on glittering not-so-small talk from the camouflage of impeccably framed artworks.  She hoped he had gleaned something useful and they needed to debrief.

As Violet turned the key in the lock of her apartment, she heard a humming sound and paused.  Her feline's fur stood on end and her canine was alert.  Confirmation enough.  It was not the after-effects of Sir Percy's particularly fine Dom Perignon thrumming in her ears.  It was something ominous, she was sure.

Would Violet have time to fix her hair?  Was Sir Percy's calling card sufficient leverage with the One Who Knows More? Could her canine's Italian greyhound guise be useful if the meeting grew bleak?  Let us hold our breath and ready the smelling-salts while we consider.    And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable{-y late} Friday to you !

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fashionable Fairytale : Halloween Pumpkin Furry Tails

{Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Cinderella's Furry Tails © Shell-Sherree}

On Halloween, not all pumpkins are destined to be Jack-o-Lanterns.  

I'm a wuss when it comes to gruesomeness and things that go bump in the night, so in keeping with the classic denial you know to expect of me, today's illustration is a sure indication of my preference for this night of the year.  Ooh, pretty fluffy things! Who doesn't love a good furry tail?! 

Let us sip Cointreau champagne cocktails, nibble orange jaffa macarons and gaze at the stars oblivious to the kooky and the spooky.  Dew-laden crystalline cobwebs, on the other hand, are welcome any time.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Fairytale to you!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Totes Adorable in Paris

{Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Totes Adorable in Paris © Shell-Sherree}

To the Paris Daydream-mobile !  We have a casual weekend ahead.  While we are wandering the cobblestones in the comfort of ballet flats or white Converse, our stilettos shall be buffed and tended by a team of mice in tutus.  Toting our kitties is therefore an essential.  Our chihuahua, on the other hand, can laze around in bed instead.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Agent Violet and the Curlicued Staircase

Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Violet Ruffles at the Curlicued Staircase © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Violet Ruffles at the Curlicued Staircase © Shell-Sherree}

Sir Percy's soirées were always scintillating, yet never without motive.  In this instance, the timing for Agent Violet was extremely fortuitous.

After a stimulating game of table tennis during which her feline took no prisoners, her energy was reinvigorated and she narrowed her trains of thought to just three.  As her assignation with The Groomer revealed no material contents within The Harlequin Hat Box and its lining, she weighed up the possibilities.

Could The Groomer have deftly sequestered a clue with his masterful slight of hand, acquired through a childhood apprenticeship with The Magician?  Her eyes were sharp, but trust may have dulled them.  More likely, however, The Harlequin Hat Box was carrying a cryptic clue rather than purveying a physical one.  Crosswords taxed her patience so part of her hoped this was not the case.  But the tedium of a puzzle would be preferable to the option tingling a chill up her spine in spite of her gossamer wrap. Could it be that the mere act of possessing it would attract contact in due course from One Who Knows More?  History told her such a situation never came without peril.   Sir Percy knew this full well and she sensed he was withholding something.

Is it possible for her canine to eat the canapés without revealing one of his secrets? Will Sir Percy divulge how The Harlequin Hat Box came into his possession? And will her plunging décolletage help or hinder in loosening his lips?  Let us mingle and exchange knowing-unknowing glances over our glasses of Dom Perignon and citrus-cured ocean trout tartlets.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Agent Violet and the Unyielding Assignation

{Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Hedging One's Fashion Bets © Shell-Sherree}

Agent Violet paced.  It helped her sift through the infinite possibilities constantly flitting across both sides of her brain and secure the pertinent ones akin to Harry Potter capturing the Golden Snitch.  Sometimes it worked, sometimes they eluded her and she had to hang onto her broomstick ~ or in her case, her spontaneous wardrobe-change abilities. 

The meeting with The Groomer had been uneventful, aside from a moment of silent mutual discomfiture when he discovered her Eclair Contact had used Vegemite in lieu of his favourite aniseed and bourbon paste.  Their rivalry was bitter, akin to the Seville orange from whose tree they fell out ~ and had a falling out ~ late one heady night in Andalucia several seasons ago.  It's a long story for another time. 

On the plus side, her assignation with The Groomer was fairly swift and free of obvious peril.  On the minus side, it yielded nothing.  The Groomer scanned The Harlequin Hat Box with every device in his impressive arsenal and came up blank.  When they opened it according to Sir Percy's missive, armed with trepidation and shielded by her Ninja silkworm cape, they were met with an empty box and feelings to match. Pacing wasn't cutting the mustard.  She would have to take to the ping pong table instead.

Will Agent Violet's feline beat her at table tennis?  Must her canine change from French Bulldog to English in order to fetch the ping pong balls? And what strange secret is held by The Harlequin Hat Box in a mysterious Place Not Yet Found.  Let us wince delicately as we sip on Chinotto and speculate.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fashionable Flashback : Going Dotty for Dalmatians

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Disco Dotty and the Dalmatians © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Disco Dotty and the Dalmatians © Shell-Sherree}

Calling all spotty dogs and booty shakers!  We're having a disco-themed pawty and we're short 98 dalmatians.  Don't tell kitty.  She's singularly unimpressed as it is.

Breaking out some Bee Gees and Saturday Night Fever moves will score you extra brownie points.  But if you can shake your tail feathers without snagging anyone's disco pants, you're guaranteed entrée to our soirée ~ no questions asked. 

So come, let us engage in healthy transference and blame it on the sunshine, not the boogie!  Manhattans are first up on the bar cart and kitty is happy to tend it.  Anything to keep her gaze averted from the embarrassment of it all.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Flashback to you !

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Agent Violet and the Chameleonic Canine

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Agent Violet and the Chameleonic Canine © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Vintage Glam, Classic Poochy © Shell-Sherree}

As Agent Violet anticipated, her canine opted for a wardrobe change of his own before their appointment with The Groomer.  He had detected a tail as they were making swift their departure from the pâtisserie and when the opportunity presented itself, they took appropriate precautions.

Quite aside from the need for evasion, there had been an unhappy marriage between the croquembouche toffee and her canine's poodle curls, rendering them riddled somewhat ironically and most uncomfortably with sugared violets ~ and no time to lose.  A switch in time saves nine. 

What other mysterious powers does her canine possess?  Will The Groomer have a matching collar to complement her hat?  And does the lining of her black velvet cape have sufficient fortification in the event of complications and a good stiff breeze?  Let us sip rose petal tea and contemplate.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you!

Today's illustration inspiration: Audrey Hepburn and Mr Famous photographed by Cecil Beaton 1960

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Agent Violet and the Enigmatic Eclair

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Agent Violet and the Enigmatic Eclair © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Agent Violet and the Enigmatic Eclair © Shell-Sherree}

The desire for an éclair proved an urgent one.  Agent Violet glanced again at her watch, assessing the volume of foot traffic and estimated travel time to The Groomer.  Sir Percy had been somewhat tiresome in his insistence on punctuality, given she preferred the element of surprise and had significant skills in adapting time to suit herself.  Her canine shifted from one paw to another and her feline hefted a bored sigh.  It was time to move.

She left the harlequin hat box in The Place Most Secure as it would impede her movements in the pâtisserie, and performed a deft wardrobe change.  Her Eclair Contact was particularly helpless to her charms when she wore a certain shade of red and she needed him to facilitate a delivery of The Drycleaner's favourites.  It was a temporary pacifier but for now, it would have to do.

Will the tranquilliser dart mechanisms in her stilettos survive the Paris cobblestones if she takes the route of most direct trajectory? Will her canine keep his fur in order until she meets up with The Groomer? And can her contact be trusted to package the éclairs without tampering, given his unfortunate history with The Drycleaner?  Let us lose ourselves in the gentle swirling of our snifters of brandy and ponder.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Agent Violet and the Harlequin Hat Box

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Agent Violet and the Harlequin Hat Box © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Agent Violet and the Harlequin Hat Box © Shell-Sherree}

Having safely negotiated a glass of pink champagne and wardrobe change, Agent Violet left her 600 gsm luxe monogrammed calling card by the bed and and exited the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris.  The harlequin hat box was secured.  It must be an extremely valuable asset to have warranted Sir Percy's sudden request for a clandestine meeting under her Scarlet Pimpernel alias, thereby causing undue pressure on her dry cleaner.  For this, she would have to pay, and quite probably at a most inconvenient time.

The afternoon had turned grey and her travelling companions were growing tetchy.  And to worsen the situation, the parachute mechanism of her parasol was overdue for its safety check.  This would never do.  Violet gave the harlequin hat box another glance.  It was light and made no sound when she gently shook it.  Empty? Filled with fairy floss?  Damn.  Now she needed a pastry. 

Will Violet succumb to a classic chocolate éclair and risk being late for her assignation with the poodle groomer? What's so fascinating about the hem of her coat.  And why did Sir Percy caution her to make the appointment with The Groomer before picking the gold hat box lock?  Let us ruminate and have another glass of Chambord muddled with organic single-origin cacao nibs.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Paris Daydreams : Agent Violet or the Scarlet Pimpernel ?

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  The Scarlet Pimpernel in Paris © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  The Scarlet Pimpernel in Paris © Shell-Sherree}

Could it be? Is Agent Violet disguised as the Scarlet Pimpernel at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris?  Or is it the Scarlet Pimpernel herself.  Or are they one and the same?

While kitty provides a convenient accomplice to lull any onlookers with pearl-encrusted opera glasses into thinking our heroine is merely captivated by the lavish panorama laid out before her, danger is approaching with suave stealth.  As she elicits throaty purrs from the fluffy rumble machine beside her, Violet is assessing wind speed and calculating how far her gossamer cape made by her Ninja silkworms can carry her. 

Will she vanish over the balcony or use her wiles to sashay out through the lobby?  Can the pink champagne just delivered by room service be trusted? Do macarons have calories if they are consumed on the run?  Let us contemplate these questions and more.  And on that note ...

Happy Paris Daydreams to you !

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Feel-Good Fluffballs : Happy Father's Day !

Fluffballs illustration :  Miss Olive's Upside Down Patty Cake © Shell-Sherree
{Fluffballs illustration :  Miss Olive's Upside Down Patty Cake © Shell-Sherree}

Today, I'll let our mellow French bulldog and this swashbuckling quote do the talking.  "Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers and singers of song." {Pam Brown}

What does a a sweet, snoozing, topsy turvy Frenchie have to do with it, you might ask, scratching your head on the inside while nodding sagely on the outside ?  Nothing, really .... but some things don't need a reason.

Here's to all the dads in the world in all shapes, sizes and guises. May your channel surfing be swift and your trouser legs narrow.  And on that note ...

Happy Feel-Good Fluffballs and/or Father's Day to you !