Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fashionable Friday: Vintage Glamour in Pink and Black

{Pink Bow Hat Trick and Kitty Stowaway : ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell-Sherree}

Did someone say Mad Hatter's Christmas Tea Party?  We could really get into the spirit of things by dressing like a giant ribboned gift.  When I spotted this vintage Gilles Bensimon photo for Elle magazine 1987 {vintage ... really? Egads how it flies!} it struck me as glamorously festive.  Hmm, I guess massive satin bows pull that kind of inevitable sway.  Behold the eensy-weensy bag which could be new again, given the current repopularisation of bags you can only fit a change purse and lippie into.  {And a stowaway kitten.}  For the vertically-petite amongst us who have struggled under the weight of tote bags half our size for the past decade or more ~ hooray for that! 

I'll be posting more regularly in the New Year and will see you again before Christmas ~ I thought I'd better give you a heads-up so you don't fall off your gold-macaron-encrusted pastel-upholstered flying Louis chairs!  À bientôt!  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you!

Ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell Sherree : Pink Bow Hat Trick and Kitty Stowaway
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Paris Daydreams: Pink Scooters and Kitty Conundrums

{Paris Pink Kitty Scooterjacking : ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell-Sherree}

Hmm, it seems our pink Paris scooter is being seconded.  It's been a while since kitty has been at the wheel, so no disrespect but I'm thinking her skills could be a little rusty.  Come to think of it, it's been a while since we rode a scooter full stop, so perhaps those who live in glass houses should not cast aspersions. 

I'm sure there's a frilly monogrammed pillion strap under the seat.  Should we draw straws?  Let's not dilly dally as café au lait and pastries await ~ and on that note ...

Happy Paris Daydreams to you!

{Wardrobe notes: adorable crossover bag inspired by Kate Spade New York Cedar St Mini Maise}

Ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell Sherree : Paris Pink Kitty Scooterjacking

Monday, December 1, 2014

Pink Ruffles and Birthday Girls

{Pink Ruffled Birthday Girls : ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell-Sherree}

Hot on the heels of last weekend's Paris balcony party, we're celebrating again.  {Or perhaps we never stopped ... } It was a birthday weekend Chez Shell ~ and it feels like it's been a birthday month, as I have several special girls in my life with birthdays during November! 

When I was drawing this illustration, two kitties wanted in on the action, so I let my pencil do its thing. Mine is not to question why ~ I just follow the magic. 

Belated as it may be {Sunday inexplicably drifted away on a melt of party ice}, please join us amongst the pale pink peonies and roses {thanks, dear sis!} for champagne, candles and fairy lights, dear friends and family {thank you all for being in my life, both near and far!} and the most amazing berry lemon cheesecake you could dream of {thanks, dear mum!}  In all the fun and frivolity, I forgot to take photos, oops {thanks dear dad for bringing the gear!} Maybe it's a sign I should do an illustrated version.  And on that note...

Happy Birthday to all of us, whenever yours happens to be!

Ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell Sherree : Pink Ruffled Birthday Girls 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy Paris Daydreams: Pink Gown Vertigo in Paris

{Pink Gown Vertigo in Paris : ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell-Sherree}

Is it a coincidence that the words pink and Paris both start with the same letter?

I think not.

As for today's view, shall we peep over the edge on tiptoes or would you rather maintain a respectful distance from the edge with our kitty?  I have visions of a cocktail party here as dusk deepens. Don't worry, the balcony is larger than it seems ~ Chez Shell Sherree, space and time accommodate all our practical needs.  We shall hoist delicate fairy lights to blush our complexions fetchingly.  And they shall complement La tour Eiffel's very own twinkling light show. {Such a show-off...} And on that note ~

Happy Paris daydreams to you!

Ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell Sherree : Pink Gown Vertigo in Paris {inspiration via Pinterest}


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Venerdi in Venice: Flirting with Lilac Frills

{Lilac Frills in Venice : ink pen, pencil, watercolour illustration by Shell-Sherree}

Ciao!  Patience is a virtue ~ and Saints preserve us, thank heavens I have some very virtuous Venice-loving souls amongst you. {Bless your fuzzy loyal hearts!} 

It's a glorious day for lilac frills and the clink of glasses lending a splish-splash of prosecco to echo the lapping canal below.  Let us twirl.  And on that note ...

Happy Venerdi in Venice to you!

Illustration inspiration via Pinterest

Monday, August 4, 2014

Francophile Friday: Et Tutu, Repetto

{Et Tutu Repetto Paris : ink pen and watercolour illustration by Shell-Sherree}


When I was little, like most young ladies, I daydreamed of wearing a tutu {and still do!}  The dancing side of it ~ hmmm, not so sure of.  My sister and I had a short-lived flirtation with some dance classes but I'm hazy on the details aside from using the back of a dining chair as a practice barre ~ and not often enough to continue on with the classes.  {Fair enough and probably a wise move ... though I'd never have been rejected for being too tall.}

A little something from Repetto in Paris for a fancy dress occasion would be a gorgeous way to see those tutu daydreams through. Their exquisite window displays are more than enough reason to press your nose to the glass ~ and today's illustration was inspired by this one.  

If a street-wear take on the tutu is more your cup of tea, may I suggest this with your tank top colour of choice.  {And possibly an extra foot in height ~ fortunately for me, what I lack in ballet genes, I make up for in those of the high heel variety!}  And on that note ...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

PS:  Time is nebulous Chez Shell Sherree.  Friday ... Sunday ... let's not concern ourselves with such minor details ...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Francophile Friday on a Monday: Vintage Paris for Bastille Day

{Timeles Paris Vintage : pencil and watercolour illustration by Shell-Sherree}

Hello ~ bonjour ~ ciao!

And happy Bastille Day to you, my sweethearts.

You had a feeling I'd surface today like a pastel-tinted, ruffled submarine from the depths of my dark chocolate/latte/bubbly-{but-only-after-6:00pm}-fuelled sabbatical, didn't you?   I sure hope so!  And I will be back more regularly forthwith.  Thank you for being so patient and sticking with me. 

The inspiration for today's illustration has been sitting on my desktop ~ the photo, that is, not the exquisite creature in it ~ for a long time.  Ever since our Paris compatriot Katie sent it to me.  {Thanks, dear Katie.  I love it, as you know!}  

Let us seek out some pink éclairs as appetisers, and if our champagne flows too freely, there's always this option for a nap.  And on that note ...

Happy Belated Francophile Friday to you!

{I'm sorry for the grey tone to the background - somehow I've found my illos are now showing that way here even though they are scanning cleanly.  I'll be doing some site renovations very soon so I hope to resolve that issue then...}

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fairytale Friday: Valentine's Reprise

{London Kiss: ink & watercolour illustration by Shell-Sherree}

How could I let today slide past without a little something to celebrate Valentine's Day.  {I know it's commercialised, but in the spirit of love, I embrace tolerate accept its flaws along with its good bits.}  In spite of my good illustrative intentions, though, I lost track of time daydreaming. {No need to feign shock ~ you know me too well.}  So I hope you don't mind me dusting off a little something appropriately romantic from the archives.  Here's to love and good old-fashioned pashing, smooching and snogging.  And on that note ...

Happy Valentine's Friday to you! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Francophile Fancies: Snowed Under in Paris

{ink & watercolour illustration © Shell-Sherree}

When Tiffany & Co. took its gorgeous horse-drawn carriage to the streets of Paris, I have a feeling the smelling salts had to be passed around.  If Shakespeare had been there to seen it, he would have written Much Ado About Something.  It's so beautiful, it's worthy of its own supersized snow dome.  And I'd want matching ones for all of us. 

Merry Christmas to you.  May your days and night be merry and bright and resplendent with love, peace and happiness. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Francophile Friday: Peter's Paris Whimsy

{Peter's Paris Whimsy: ink & watercolour illustration © Shell-Sherree}

When you've been blogging as long as I have, your dear bestie friends get to know what tickles your fancy.  After Peter of Peter's Paris posted his gorgeous photo of restaurant Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole several months ago, I received a {not-so} gentle nudge and "Pssst, Shell ~ take a look at this!"  When I approached Peter to ask if I may take inspiration from his photo for an illustration, he most kindly acquiesced with the utmost generosity and chivalry.  {Merci, dear Peter ~ I hope you love it as much as I love your inspiration!!}  

Observe if you will how many chairs we have to fill ~ we're long overdue for a catch-up!  Here's a little something whimsically appropriate to wear {a very little something, actually ~ some might like a petticoat ~ and look what colour it happens to be... so predictable, I am}.  As they probably don't serve violet macarons, here's a doggie kitty bag for you to take home.   And on that note ...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

PS: Please do click on the image to embiggen.  I tried loading the large size but désolée, it's too large for the page format. Sniff...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Happy Francophile Frunday: If the Eiffel Tower Fits ...


{Quatorze Juillet Kitty: ink & watercolour illustration © Shell-Sherree}

You didn't really think I'd let the 14th July slip past without a little something, did you?  Here's un petit peu ~ a divertissement of sorts, albeit a weensy one.  So, how have you been?  Do tell!  Insert my personal whine here about it being winter, an overabundance of grey skies, and a distinct scarcity of cheery blue-basked sunlight I enjoy for drawing and watercolouring {rightly or wrongly ~ that's the way I like it!}  But enough about that ~ let's wear something appropriate for daytime celebrations with a quick-change when dusk falls.  Oh, and here are some non-colour-coded Parisian treats {do we really want to eat blue macarons?  Not that I'm judging...}  And on that note ...

Happy Quatorze Juillet / Fête Nationale / Bastille Day to you!

PS: Francophile Frunday = Francophile Friday on a Sunday.  Sorry I've been so absent from the blog lately!  Please pop over and Like my Facebook page to keep in touch between posts.  Merci, grazie, thank you...

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Francophile Friday: Feel the Pain and Eat It Anyway

{Paris Pain de Campagne: ink & watercolour illustration © Shell-Sherree}

Today we play Guess the Location.  The prize is the warm glow of helping your fellow Chez Shell partygoers, so everyone play along and we won't let such minor details as accuracy get in the way of a good story {a philosophy embraced by many news outlets on the planet}.  That said, I'm fairly confident someone really will know which boulangerie/pâtisserie we're pressing our noses against.  {Wait ~ wrong window.  How did that get in here...}  Let's carry a casual dress code into the weekend as we indulge both sweet and savoury tooths with today's selection.  Which would you choose?  I'm on the fence.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

Inspiration with thanks here.   
Update:  Location is (Stéphane) Secco, 20 rue Jean-Nicot, 75007 {thanks to our learned readers!}