Friday, January 30, 2015

Fashionable Fairytale Friday: Into the Forest with Van Cleef & Arpels

{Into the Forest in Aqua and Bijoux : ink pen and watercolour fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}

Today's illustration is inspired by the Van Cleef & Arpels collection inspired by a French fairtytale named Peau d'Âne {Donkey Skin}.  As fairytales go, this one peaks on the Weird-o-Meter !

But as for the jewellery, the Van Cleef & Arpels bijoux tell a spectacularly pretty story.  Our damsel is luxuriating on upholstered seating most graciously provided by the forest.  {Such a thoughtful forest!} And she's not wearing a donkey skin, for which I'm sure you're as grateful as I am.  This particular scene, to be specific, was inspired by a Financial Times spread including the Robe Couleur du Temps necklace, so we have them to thank for her choice of attire. Phew!  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday Fairytale to you !

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fashionable Friday: Vintage Red Road Trip

{Vintage Red Road Trip : ink pen and watercolour vintage fashion illustration © Shell-Sherree}

It's Sunday here but play along and pretend it's Friday.  Actually, it's a long weekend so it feels like Saturday again, just to further discombobulate matters.  We're celebrating Australia Day on Monday and while I started off thinking today's fashion illustration would be dedicated to that, I lost myself for a while on a breadcrumb trail of links that started with Australian inventions. 

I knew some of the basics ~ like the Hills Hoist for drying clothes in the backyard, Australian Rules Football {designed to develop exceptional physiques in the males of the species ~ with an entertaining sport as a handy by-product} and the wine cask {trust us to invent something to simplify pouring wine and keep it drinkable for longer}. But I confess, I wasn't fully aware of just how many awesome and significant things we've invented.  Such a resourceful bunch we are !  The black box flight recorder, wi-fi and solar power.  Spray-on artificial skin, ultrasound, bionic ears and the pacemaker. And thank heavens ~ notepads and the clapperboard for movies ! Imagine the chaos and disarrangement of shopping and motion pictures without them?  No, it doesn't bear imagining. And we invented our Hugh.  What can I say.

But on to today's illustration !  On the long list of achievements, you'll find the ute, a iconic Aussie vehicle with the comfortable cabin of a sedan and the rear of a small truck, invented in response to a request for something that could travel to church on Sundays and take the pigs to market as well.  Nowadays, it's the vehicle of choice for builders and tradies, aka tradesmen. But while looking for a suitable vintage ute to inspire me, this image captivated me instead. So we're leaving the sweet pigs snuffling happily around the pastures and going for a road trip in a convertible.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Australia Day Weekend Friday to you !

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Paris Daydreams : Giddy Up, Buren


{Giddy Up, Buren : ink pen and watercolour Paris illustration by © Shell-Sherree}


Today, there is potential controversy here in our fairytale kingdom where boxes of macarons replenish eternally, and our favourite music is regularly punctuated by the gentle sigh of champagne corks popping while conversation and laughter bubble over long into the starry night. {And being a fairytale kingdom, there is no such thing as enduring sadness, trouble and strife.  We shall leave those behind for a respite while we're here.}

Today, for the first time, I have turned my illustrative fancy to Les Deux Plateaux, aka les Colonnes de Buren, aka the Buren Columns in the Cour d'Honneur in the Palais-Royal, Paris.

Actually, there's no particular reason why it hasn't happened to date ~ I bear them no grudge, although I'm aware they don't float everyone's boat.  They remind me of cylindrical peppermint humbugs, which could explain my partiality towards them.  I'm not sure why I was drawn to a wintery equestrian-inspired wardrobe choice on this very warm summer day here in Brisbane, but she does bear bare legs and strappy stilettos to counter the riding jacket, felt cloche and snowy-soft faux-fur muff.  Perhaps subconsciously I was hedging my bets to welcome differences of opinion on Les Multitudes de Humbug-Like-Doodads.  {Let's not stop at three aliases ~ so last year.}  And on that note ...

Happy Paris Daydreams to you !

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Ruffled Over the Thrill of the Chaise

Fashionable Friday Ruffled Thrill of Chaise ink and watercolour illustration Shell-Sherree
{Ruffled Over the Thrill of the Chaise : ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell-Sherree}

Today, I'm allowing my cares to float away on a sea of ruffles tumbling from tangerine waves into pale pink fairy floss ~ and feeling grateful and blessed for so many things.  Expressing love, beauty and gratitude are the ways to my happy place.

Would you like to join me?  We might need another one of those chaises.  What's a gathering of more than one chaise? A charisma of chaises?  Come to think of it, maybe we're talking love seats, anyway ... or fainting couches.  Who can tell under this delectable proliferation of fluffy goodness?  How about I pour some tea while we make up our minds ~ and on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Inspiration: Giambattista Valli couture Fall 2014

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Fashionable Friday: Falling for Wenda and the Silver Ghost

{Falling for Wenda and the Silver Ghost : ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell-Sherree}

We've needed smelling salts in the past here Chez Shell {this time springs to mind}, and in all the post-New Year's excitement, we need to break them out again.

Today's illustration inspiration source is Norman Parkinson, English portrait and fashion photographer {and successor to Cecil Beaton as photographer to the royals}.  For me, though, this one's dedicated to his gorgeously glamorous muse Wenda {who makes me want to take copper hair for a twirl again! Join me?}  Wenda over the Rolls {1951} features Wenda in a divine Molyneux satin evening gown and a 1907 Silver Ghost Rolls Royce.

Ours is in perfect working order.  Where are we off to tonight?  The theatre?  A picnic under the stars? A stroll along the boulevard?  One thing's for sure ~ we have champagne and salted caramel macarons on board.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell Sherree : Falling for Wenda and the Silver Ghost
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pink Ballooned Pretties: Come Fly With Me


{Come Fly With Me, Pink Ballooned Pretties : ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell-Sherree}


'Tis New Year's Eve.  Come Fly With Me is bound to bob up on my playlist tonight, along with some smoky French versions of jazz standards minus the smoke. {Hello, Hipster Cocktail Party on Pandora ! } Close your eyes while looking at this and those balloons could start to resemble pink champagne bubbles, especially closer to midnight.

Today's New Year's Eve illustration was inspired by this whimsical Tim Walker image.  It's hard to go wrong with a beautiful gown and a proliferation of pale baby-pink balloons aplenty ~ but wait!  Could it be?  Is one of our favourite beaus Chez Shell hiding behind that embellished doodad {which might be a giant chess piece? That's kind of where I went with it ... }?  Hmm, perhaps even more magic will unfold ~ and on that note ...

Happy New Year to you !

Ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell Sherree : Come Fly With Me, Pink Ballooned Pretties
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Paris Christmas Daydreams: Eiffel Like Playing with Cartier Kitty

{Eiffel Like Playing wtih Cartier Kitty : ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell-Sherree}

Whiskers on Cartier panthers and bright, hopeful kittens ... these are a few of our favourite Christmas things.

We've somehow landed in the clouds in Cartier's Winter Tale with its sweet, playful snow leopard cubs ~ but let us not forget our tree-trimming duties in all the feline excitement.  And it seems they were all out of brown paper packages tied up with string ~ pastels and gold will have to do!

Wishing you a festive season filled with love, happiness and dreams come true ~ and on that note ...

Happy Paris Christmas Daydreams to you! 

Ink pen and watercolour illustration by © Shell Sherree : Eiffel Like Playing with Cartier Kitty


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