Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fluffy and Furry Saviours : On Sweet Wings and a Prayer

Feathered friend carrier pigeon illustration : On Sweet Wings and a Prayer © Shell-Sherree
{Feathered friend illustration : On Sweet Wings and a Prayer © Shell-Sherree}

Today is Anzac Day ~ and this year we commemorate 100 years since the first landings at Gallipoli.

It's a time of respect and remembrance for all those who have given their lives for their country and those who continue to put themselves on the line today.  Hundreds of thousands of animals have served and protected, too.  From dogs to donkeys, camels to horses ~ and cats {mostly on ships, but yes, they served!} ~ there are countless tales to be told.

And valiant little carrier pigeons gave far more than their weight in hearts of gold, both close to home and abroad. You can read the touching story here of how carrier pigeons helped our troops fighting in Papua New Guinea in WWII.  I'm reminded of this quote from A Midsummer Night's Dream, "Though she be but little, she is fierce!"

In the here and now, animals help soldiers with wounded souls to heal, thanks to organisations such as The Dog Squad which unites rescue dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD.  I spend much of Anzac Day sniffling back tears but some, like these, are happy ones. 

Wishing you a peaceful and loving day.  Lest we forget.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fashionable Paris Daydreams : Pink Belle of the Ballgown

Paris fashion illustration, Paris Pink Belle of the Ballgown © Shell-Sherree
{Paris fashion illustration : Paris Pink Belle of the Ballgown © Shell-Sherree}

Well, hello there.  Going our way ? I seem to have forgotten something ... let's see ~ oh, yes.  To put my leg away.  Tsk, tsk.

Today's Paris fashion illustration is inspired by this extravagant Dior gown.  I could have easily been more modest in the translation, but it seems I'm not above showing a little leg.  We've stopped well short of doing a Cancan.  {Come to think of it, I don't know why !  Therein lies an illustration for another day.}

Behold the function in this form.  Much macaron contraband can be obscured in the generous fall of the skirt ~ and it's ideal for kitty smuggling if the invitation states No Cats Allowed {though that could be grounds for a protest in the finest of Parisian traditions.}  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Paris daydreams to you !

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Netting a Cat in the Hat

Fashion illustration, In the Pink with Netted Hat and Cat © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion illustration : In the Pink with Netted Hat and Cat © Shell-Sherree}

Uh-oh.  It's hat hair time again.  Just when you thought you were off the hook.  Surprise !

Today's fashion illustration indulges my current state of Jean Shrimpton smittendom.  Here's the original inspiration ~ and if you ask me, there was more than a dash of Cat in the Hat behind that. 

So, let's all have hat hair together this weekend.  It's been pretty breezy here this afternoon, so we might need luxury-length hat pins, but old school glamour does not come without sacrifice.  And we're at risk of getting something caught if we bat our false eyelashes too heavily under that netting, but I'm willing to take one for the team if you are.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Shimmy Chic Pink

Fashion illustration : Shimmy Chic the Pink Downstairs,  © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion illustration : Shimmy Chic the Pink Downstairs © Shell-Sherree}

Now that we've had a Token Casual Day Chez Shell, it's back to the glammies.  My penchant for bows is only a few steps behind my obsession for ruffles, so today we are shimmying downstairs to answer the door in a soft pink number with a bowed bustle to add some rustle to the hustle.  {Stop me, someone ...}

Today's fashion illustration is inspired by this divine vision, whose gown was most likely ivory in colour, but given the choice between ivory and pink, you know where my brush and palette will want to go.  As for our usual kitty or dog, feel free to decide whether they are hiding under the train or chasing the tail end of it.

Sitting for any length of time would be a waste of a beautiful back view ~ a brief perch at the most, I feel ~ so a leisurely stroll might be the most flattering way to pass the time.  Our Hugh is on his way to chaperone and field prospective suitors.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Paris Daydreams : Casual Pastels with a Touch of Fluffballs

Paris fashion illustration : Paris Pastels au Casuale © Shell-Sherree
{Paris fashion illustration : Paris Pastels au Casuale © Shell-Sherree}

The Instasphere has blossomed forth with a proliferation of Paris petals in the past few days.  And very pretty it is, too !

While Spring has arrived in the gorgeous city the Eiffel Tower simply knows as 'home', I suspect a light blazer for layering will be welcomed with open, goosebumped arms for a little while yet.  We're past the tail end wagging of the four day weekend Easter brings here in Australia, but I vote we stay in casual mode for one more day and go walkies.  It also gives us a chance to take Kate Spade New York's Lily Avenue Carrigan tote for a kitty-toting-test.  {Looks like a thumbs up to me.}

I hope you'll join us !  We might even bump into some Nutella crepes while we're strolling.  And on that note ...

Happy Paris Daydreams to you !

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Minty Fluffy Honey Bunnies

Fashion illustration, Minty Fluffy Honey Bunnies © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion illustration : Minty Fluffy Honey Bunnies © Shell-Sherree}




Fluffy is as fluffy does, and it seems that's become a recurring theme Chez Shell.

Today's fashion illustration is inspired by Giambattista Valli's haute couture spread in Harper's BAZAAR.  {It's not the first time this collection has inspired me.}  I chose it especially for this weekend, as it seems only kind to provide the Easter bunny with shelter in which to camouflage if tuckered out from eluding chocolate-fuelled pocket rockets whose speed is disproportionate to their leg length.

Nestle our bunny into this skirt and our little fluffy poppet will safely disappear for hours of rest, rejuvenation ~ and maybe even a pawdicure.  Our refreshments include candy eggs and macarons in pastel colours {but of course}, and we have plenty of ladders to go around.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you {and a safe and peaceful Easter to those who celebrate it}.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fashionable Fancy : Round Midnight Blue

{Fashion illustration : Round Midnight Blue in a Sea of Ruffles © Shell-Sherree}

Round Midnight is one of my all-time favourite songs, written by Thelonious Monk in the early 1940s.  As my Ella is named after Ella Fitzgerald, I'm putting this rendition onto the playlist first. {Forgive me, Thelonious, for choosing this over one of your recordings ... just as I hope you forgave me for calling you 'Theolonious' well beyond when I should have known better.} 

Today's fashion illustration is inspired by vintage Dior from a Lillian Bassman photo in Paris for Harpers Bazaar 1949, so we're roughly in the same era.  The original gown clearly wasn't midnight blue but it's my colour of choice for tonight's twirl around a terrace under the moon and stars. White tuxes for the men, but of course.  Shall we dance?  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Fancy to you !

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Double Trouble, Fluff and Cuddle

Fashion animals illustration Double Trouble, Fluff and Cuddle © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion animals illustration : Double Trouble, Fluff and Cuddle © Shell-Sherree}

You could be forgiven for thinking you spent too long at the pink champagne fountain during our last post  {after all, Hugh was there ...}, but fret not, you aren't seeing double. 

Today's fashion illustration is inspired by another walk down Jean Shrimpton memory lane ~ and I couldn't help but think a couple of kittens would enjoy fluffing around amongst the froth and feathers.  Not to mention it takes away the ever-present conundrum of what to do with one's hands when being photographed. 

You'll be glad to see we're wearing flats today, though it looks like we aren't actually walking anywhere ~ so I could have brought out the stilettos big-time. Say, we could go-go dance in situ while the going is good !  What do you say ~ are we game?  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fashionable Flashback : Hatted Pale Pink Pixie

fashion illustration, Hatted Pale Pink Pixie copyright Shell Sherree
{Fashion illustration : Hatted Pale Pink Pixie © Shell-Sherree}


This is my kind of hat.  Simple, elegant and large enough to shelter an armful of kittens or puppies if needed.  And I challenge new freckles to get past this one.  {While I love my freckles, I have ample to suit my current needs.}

Today's fashion illustration is somewhat inspired by a vintage Vogue cover with Jean Shrimpton ~ who, incidentally, is my new inspiration-obsession, so prepare for more where today's came from ! 

Where are we off to ?  How about the races for a start?  Pink champagne fountains are popping in our marquee, along with nose powdering stations and complimentary gold-trimmed paper fans should the temperatures unexpectedly rise.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Flashback to you !

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Paris Daydreams : Have Tux and Frenchie, Will Shop


{Fashion illustration : Have Tux and Frenchie, Will Shop © Shell-Sherree}

If the AIRFRANCE ad that inspired today's fashion illustration is anything to go by, I'll need a tux, a trolley and trail mix to sustain myself for the shopping experience.  Egads!  But it certainly looks pretty !  In for a penny, in for a pound ~ a cute little French bulldog for company must surely help. {I borrowed the adorable Miss Olive for this one!} Perhaps she can carry an emergency flacon of vitamin B on her collar Saint-Bernard style ... brandy would slow the process rather than hastening it, and I know which I'd prefer.

More than one of those bags contains emergency ballerina flats for those who would prefer them.  Black velvet might stand more of a chance on cobblestones than satin ~ since we're going formal for the occasion.  And on that note ...

Happy Paris daydreams to you !

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Kittens on the Keys

fashion illustration, Shell Sherree illustration, cat illustration, Kittens on the Keys,
{Fashion illustration : Kittens on the Keys © Shell-Sherree}

Chez Shell, we do have a piano and Ella has played kitten on the keys a couple of times {once late at night and scared the bejeezus out of me !} ~ but it's of the grand piano variety, not this one.  Sometime soon, I might be tempted to recreate something along the lines of Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys ~ and perhaps even illustrate it.  Today's inspiration, however, keeps us in the here and now with Karlie Kloss in Delpozo {by Patrick Demarchelier for Glamour magazine}.

Any suggestions as to our playlist while we see how many upright pianos we can squeeze into one Parisian apartment {with balcony}?  There's also a pianola in the corner if anyone wants to work off their miniature salted caramel scrolls and champagne.  And on that note ... 

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Pastel Daydreams : A French Bulldog Pup in Prada Wonderland

fashion illustration, Shell Sherree, French bulldog Prada illustration
{Fashion illustration : Pastel and Frenchie Pup in Wonderland © Shell-Sherree}

Holy sugar rush, Batman !  I think gelato was flavour of the month at Prada ahead of their Fall/Winter 2015 showing ~ and I, for one, am passing around the candied high fives.

I might possibly have eaten my body weight in sweetheart lollies in preparation for illustrating this one.  Or maybe I just imagined it. One could be forgiven for thinking there's a touch of Willy Wonka going on here ~ but Alice in Wonderland is more my cup of tea so let's run with that, per favore.  The Cheshire Cat was preoccupied with steeping organic edible rose petals for the Mad Hatter, so our little French bulldog pup has come along for the party.  Full length gloves are in order for such an occasion ~ and don't feel obligated to choose pistachio as your gelato flavour.  Everyone's favourite is available.  And on that note ...

Happy Pastel Daydreams to you !

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