Fashion and Fluffballs : Yoga Distraction No.39

23.9.16

Kitty cat and fashion illustration Yoga for Tutu © Shell-Sherree
{ Kitty cat and fashion illustration Yoga for Tutu © Shell-Sherree }

When you've been doing yoga for a decade times two, you can increase the degree of difficulty by piling on the distractions.  Today's fashion and fluffballs illustration demonstrates one such method.

Why don yoga wear when you can up the ante with a fluffy tutu and a fetching feline within patting reach ~ provided one has abs of steel and is prepared for paw to hand combat, that is.

So come, let us retrieve our tutus from crannies inconvenient and hope that while those claws may be sharp, our reflexes be sharper.  Then again, a little acupuncture never hurt anybody.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashion and Fluffballs Friday to you !

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Francophile Friday : Arc de Trio de Triomphe

16.9.16

Pretty Paris illustration Arc de Trio de Triomph © Shell-Sherree
{ Pretty Paris illustration Arc de Trio de Triomphe © Shell-Sherree }


Hello, is that Saturday on the horizon?  Let's pull up an elegant upholstered chaise in the middle of one of the busiest avenues in Paris.  We can inspect our gloves while waiting for the weekend to arrive.

As this is the magical world of illustration where red tape is invisible and no traffic-stopping permits are required for us to cool our heels, our nonchalant diversion is pas de problème and the cobblestones under our high heels cause pas de faux pas.  I've never had to draw a turned ankle or blister in my life.  Imagination truly is a wonderful thing. And on that note ...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

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Fluffy Friday : Merengue the Meringue

9.9.16

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Fluffy Confection in Pink with Kitty  © Shell-Sherree
{ Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Fluffy Confection in Pink with Kitty  © Shell-Sherree}

You dance the merengue, I'll draw the meringue.  Maybe someday we can marry the two!

When I was little ~ littler ~ I gave my dear Nanna extra brownie points for her magic stash of mini meringues.  And when my magnificent mum was created {with an extra sprinkling of 24 carat gold dust}, the Mixmaster beaters didn't fall far from the tree!  Lucky me. 

Munching crisp, sweet morsels of love made visible and seeking illustration inspiration, I happened upon a fluffy confection one might call a meringue in the fashion sense.  Height to dress ratio aside, wearing this could well coax me into dancing the merengue.  If Hugh was asking?  The chances magnify exponentially.

So come, let us nibble on the sugary juxtaposition of delicate crunch with fluffy pockets of air and exhale crumbs of small talk.  They might tell us nothing and take us nowhere, but I'll bet they are a whole mess of fun.  And on that note ...

Happy Fluffy Friday to you!

illustration Fluffy Confection in Pink with Kitty  © Shell-Sherree
{ Fluffy Confection in Pink with Kitty, ink & watercolour illustration  © Shell-Sherree }


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Fashionable Friday : Vintage Dior J'Adore

2.9.16

Vintage Fashion Illustration, J'Adore Dior in Turquoise © Shell-Sherree
  Vintage Fashion Illustration J'Adore Dior in Turquoise © Shell-Sherree


Today's illustration is inspired by vintage Dior.  Always feminine.  Always beautiful.

I actually possess a huge white hat somewhat like this one.  It lives in my carport, ready to be tossed in the car if I'm heading for the great outdoors.  I think I've worn it once.  Maybe this spring! 'Tis the season of transformation, after all.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you!

Vintage Fashion Illustration, J'Adore Dior in Turquoise © Shell-Sherree
Vintage Fashion Illustration J'Adore Dior in Turquoise © Shell-Sherree


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Francophile Friday : If the Leopard Print Fits ...

26.8.16

paris illustration, fashion illustration, Fashion illustration: Rosy Leopard Slouching in Paris © Shell-Sherree
{ Paris fashion illustration: Rosy Leopard Slouching in Paris © Shell-Sherree }


Ahh, leopard print!  I should stick with a pretty clutch or pair of pumps, but today, all restraint went out the window.  Hello, statement coat!

The current slouchy 'wear everything three sizes up and all at once' trend might suit suit those of the 6 foot tall persuasion, but those of the 5 foot two persuasion?  Not so much.  Today's illustration is point in case.  I had to add 12 inches to my stature and even so, it seems I'm wearing a leopard dressing gown over my dearly departed grandpa's duds and my nephew's sneakers.  But gosh dang, in spite of it all, I kind of like it.

So come, let us enjoy the comfort of running shoes and an outfit that will surely camouflage the most overindulgent of pastry feedings and several belt notch releases with ease.  Heck, I think we could tuck an entire macaron tower in there.  Shall we test the theory?  And on that note ...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

paris illustration, fashion illustration, © ShellSherree, Rosy Leopard Slouching in Paris
   { Paris fashion illustration: Rosy Leopard Slouching in Paris © Shell-Sherree }


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Francophile Friday : Where in the Louvre-Rivoli Be We?

19.8.16

Paris fashion illustration: Fluffy at the Louvre-Rivoli © Shell-Sherree
{ Paris fashion illustration: Fluffy at the Louvre-Rivoli © Shell-Sherree }

Today's illustration demonstrates my kind of map.  Easily viewed without a magnifying glass and pared down to pretty pictures of the essentials.  Life's too short to get lost in the fine print.

For a travel wardrobe, I'd pack pictures of the essentials, too.  If only I could figure out how to create 'just add water' garments that didn't dissolve into Emperor's new clothes in the rain.  But we're some years and a Kickstarter campaign away from a grow-your-own gown that's as fluffy as this.

Fairy floss and candied violets plump a high percentage of its voluminous rufflage. By the time we've snacked our way to the next metro stop, it will be cocktail length.  Let's hope we still have a mini-skirt in place by the time we reach the Moulin Rouge, or an inadvertent audition could be on the cards.  Sacré bleu and pass the sequins!  And on that note ...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

{ Paris illustration: Fluffy at the Louvre-Rivoli © Shell-Sherree }
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Fashionable Friday Fleurish : Peace, Love and Flower Childs

12.8.16

fashion illustration, Peace, Love and Flowy Fluffy Flower Children © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion illustration: Peace, Love and Flower Childs © Shell-Sherree}


All aboard the peace train! 

Peace train, peace florist ... it's all the same to me.  And as I sit here not quite mid-August in a sleeveless top amid the rumble of an almost summeresque storm, I'm happy in the knowledge that dresses are not too far away.  Woohoo!  I love my jeans but I'm wondering if it's time for us to see other people.  It's not them ... it's me.

So come, let us trawl op shops for heart-shaped sunnies and wield manicure scissors on Buxus japonica to craft peace signs Edward Scissorhands would envy.  I've ordered us a dozen on which to practise and carrot cake on which to eat.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you!

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Furry Friends Friday : The Best Thing to Hold Onto In Life

5.8.16

Audrey Hepburn and Dear Deer, fashion & fluffballs illustration © Shell-Sherree
{Audrey Hepburn and Dear Deer, fashion & fluffballs illustration © Shell-Sherree}


 Happy Friday, my deer!  

If there's something we can count on along with turning up toes and taxes, it's Audrey Hepburn for a beautiful quote.  And her love of animals.

So let's keep things short and sweet today and let this illustration and quote have their say.  Because "the best thing to hold onto in life is each other."  Well, that and your skirt on a windy day.  And on that note ...

Happy Furry Friends Friday to you!

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Fairytale Friday : La Petite Ballerina and her TuTu Cute Frenchies

29.7.16

Petite Ballerinas: Theresa, Odelia & Alice custom illustration © Shell-Sherree
{Petite Ballerinas: Theresa, Odelia & Alice custom illustration © Shell-Sherree}


Until recently, I had only once illustrated a ballerina, inspired by the ever-glorious window displays in Repetto, Paris.  Then, I met budding ballet dancer Theresa Szafranski @lapetiteballerina and her mum Dixie via their beautiful French bulldogs @odelia_and_alice on Instagram.  My Repetto illustration struck a chord {more Tchaikovsky than Stravinsky} and lo and behold, a custom illustration was soon in the making for this beautiful family.  Come with us behind the scenes.

Theresa with Alice (left) and Odelia (right) Photos © Luis Pons
{Theresa with Alice (left) and Odelia (right) Photos © Luis Pons}

Dixie, thank you so very much for engaging me to create something special to capture the essence of Theresa’s love of ballet and her gorgeous French bulldogs, Odelia and Alice!  One of my previous illustrations - the Repetto window in Paris - helped spark your brief to me.  Have you and Theresa ever been there?

We have been to Repetto in New York City.  It's a charming boutique where Theresa purchased two beautiful leotards for her summer intensive and a lovely fragrance. {Theresa also adores wearing her Gaynor Minden pointe shoes.}  We would love to visit Repetto in Paris one day.

Theresa photo © Luis Pons - illustration © ShellSherree
{Having fun with Odelia & Alice for their illustrated ballet performance with mum Theresa}


You and Theresa are currently living in NYC for Theresa’s ballet studies – and how lucky that her sister lives nearby in Brooklyn!  What does your typical day look like ?

Currently Theresa is attending a summer intensive which is 9am to 5pm, but a typical day would start with Theresa feeding the dogs breakfast and leaving for school.  Then I take Odelia and Alice out for a walk in a nice park near home. We go for a few more walks during school hours before Theresa’s home for a quick change before ballet.  The dogs and I usually accompany her to ballet class and I push the dogs in their stroller.  Then we go home and I feed the dogs their dinner. After Theresa's ballet class is over, we walk and pick her up, and on occasion we’ll go out for dinner and take the dogs with us in their stroller. Once home, Theresa starts her homework then we take the dogs out together for one last walk.

That’s a lot of walking!  I imagine the pups are happy to rest their paws during their stroller rides.  So adorable.  Theresa looks every inch the ballerina.  When did you start to get an inkling that her talents and heart lay in that direction?

We first noticed that Theresa had a passion and a talent for ballet when she was around the age of 8. She never missed a ballet class, and always got to ballet early to stretch. Theresa was also chosen for many special parts in ballets her dance school held.  When she performed, we could see her gracefulness and her love of dancing.

Theresa swan-like by the lake © Luis Pons
{Theresa swan-like by the lake © Luis Pons}

Theresa, you must have an extremely gruelling schedule.  I’m guessing Alice and Odelia help you immensely with unwinding and managing that?

Yes they do! They are always there to cuddle and give me kisses when I come home from school and dance. They love me very much and they are always curious about what I am up to. They are the funniest, entertaining and most lovable dogs in the world.

You seem to spend a bit of time by the ocean, which must help everyone relax now and again from the rigorous routines.  Theresa, how are Odelia and Alice’s sea legs when they are out on the water ?

I love the ocean and we are lucky to live near so many beach locations. The beach is one of my favourite places to go because it’s so relaxing and beautiful. As for Odelia and Alice, they aren't such big fans! Odelia always tries to eat the sand, Alice doesn't like the seagulls, and they both dislike the water.

Enough walking, mum.  Push faster, please --- Keeping sand and seagulls at a safe distance Photos @odelia_and_alice
{ Enough walking, mum.  Push faster, please --- Keeping sand and seagulls at a safe distance Photos @odelia_and_alice}


Heh!  They must keep your hands full while you’re there.  Theresa, let's say you could turn any movie into a ballet. Which one would you love to dance in the most and who would be your leading man?  

One of my favourite movies is Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn. I would dance Audrey’s part and my dream partner would be the principal dancer named Roberto Bolle, who happens to be Italian.

If Odelia and Alice were principal ballerinas, which ballet and character would suit each of them best, Theresa?

The best ballet for them would be Swan Lake. Either of them could play both swans, because they both have a sweet side and a naughty side, but Alice would most likely be cast as the white swan (Odette) and Odelia as the black swan (Odile).  Fun fact: Odelia is actually named after the black swan!

They would make beautiful swans, as would you!  I look forward to seeing where your love of ballet leads you, and the ongoing adventures of your beautiful pups.  Thanks so much, Dixie and Theresa.   

And on that note …

Happy Fairytale Friday to you!

Glorious photography © Luis Pons @ponsphoto   Used with permission and my deepest thanks

Theresa © Luis Pons
{Theresa © Luis Pons}
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