Friday, February 12, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Agent Violet and the Powder Compact

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Agent Violet and the Powder Compact © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Agent Violet and the Powder Compact © Shell-Sherree}

Agent Violet smoothed the skirts of her Dior and swirled her glass of Taittinger.  The abandon of fine bubbles dancing in her champagne flute was a refreshing distraction from the potential gravity of her situation.  She took another sip.

Having drawn a blank on The Gondolier's whereabouts, she was without a safe house in Venice.  It was imperative that she find her way to Paris posthaste.  Her passage on the Simplon-Orient-Express passed uneventfully aside from the somewhat delicate Chicken Incident between her feline and a nonna whose lack of humour was more than matched by her deft skills with an umbrella.  Once fur and feathers were smoothed, Violet secured The Nonna's contact information. She would make a formidable ally to have on her side.

Her canine amused himself by changing breeds at every station.  Her feline sharpened her claws. They were in unfamiliar territory in which a compass would be of little guidance even if they had one, but all was not lost.  She still had The Harlequin Hat Box. Violet gathered her companions and they proceeded to stroll.  She recalled the pretty gold compact The Antiquarian Book Seller had pressed into her hand with a knowing glance on her mention of The Gondolier. She removed it from her purse and decided to powder her nose.

What secrets had the shimmery light of Venice withheld?  Would her apartment be occupied when she returned?  Could she replicate the circumstances of her departure to cause an undoing of what had transpired?  Let us graze on dark chocolate-shelled cherries and ponder from afar.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fashion and Fluffballs : Let's Monkey Around

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Let's Monkey Around © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Let's Monkey Around © Shell-Sherree}

Happy Chinese New Year !

In a vague, half-baked effort to bring you something journalistically intelligent, I looked up the attributes of those born under the sign of the monkey.  Congratulations if that's you, because you sound rather charismatic!

You are quick-witted, intelligent and bright, cheeky, curious and innovative.  Apparently your gentleness and truthfulness win you eternal love.  Good for you! On the downside, you are capable of nicking someone's sandwich.  But you'll easily charm them into forgiveness and offering you another.

My research interest waned by the time I read the 'good luck/bad luck' tips for the new year. In brief, if you happened to have cleaned your house on Sunday, extra bananas will turn up on your doorstep. If you did the washing today, you might need to watch out for the peels.  And on that note ...

Happy Year of the Monkey to you !

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Let it Flow

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Paris Frenchie to the Max © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Paris Frenchie to the Max © Shell-Sherree}

If it's cold, let it snow.  If it's hot, let it flow.

For those ennuied with summer or winter and wearing Season Fatigues, Paris in the springtime is a good idea.  Behold the flat sandals, so teeter-tottering is a ticketable offence.  I've had enough heel-to-hem near misses in maxi dresses to accept defeat.  For today, at least.

So come, let us stroll with insouciance and partake in pâtisseries.  Our clutch bags shall unfold into pique-nique blankets when the sundial reaches baguettes-et-fromage o'clock.  Just wait til you see what they become at cocktail hour.  Who knew grand pianos travelled so light?  And on that note ...

Happy Fashion and Fluffballs Friday to you !

Friday, January 29, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Agent Violet and the Venetian Mirror

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Pink & Gold Puppy Tales © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Pink & Gold Puppy Tales © Shell-Sherree}

Agent Violet checked the view and re-checked it twice. That made it a total of thrice ~ and it still looked the same.  Venice.

It had been a breathtaking 24 hours since she opened the door to her apartment after Sir Percy's soirée and one of the secrets enclosed within the Harlequin Hat Box had revealed itself to her.  24 hours or more.  Or less.  It was dawning on her that perhaps it was irrelevant.  Time as she knew it might never be the same again. 

Venice.  Mystery and romance shimmered in its incandescent light and her mind drifted back to the last time she had been there.  Carnevale.  Secrets exchanged with knowing glances.  The heady fragrance of tobacco-fumed jasmine and nobility.  Her canine looked at her enquiringly and her feline toyed with her ruffled silk skirt.  She looked at the calling card still in her hand.  Percy.  Where are you now?

Did Violet's cape make the journey? Were her canine's favourite chew toys available here? And would The Gondolier recognise her or have they not even met yet?  Let us gaze at the bubbles in our prosecco and wonder what they know that we do not.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Fluffing Around


Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Wait a Fluffy Minute © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Fluffing Around © Shell-Sherree}

Hello, Friday !  It's officially acceptable for us to spend time fluffing around.

We've already started partying.  I hope you don't mind but in this instance, we ran with 'it's better to beg forgiveness than ask permission' as our primary train of thought.  All aboard !

So come, the bubbly is perfectly chilled and if our magic carpet rescued you from wintery climes, please check your faux-fur lined capes at the door.  Fluff out your skirts and we'll shake our tail feathers.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Friday, January 15, 2016

Fashionable Friday : Fluffy Pink Petal Pies

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Pink Fluffy Petal Pies © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Pink Fluffy Petal Pies © Shell-Sherree}

One can never be too fluffy or too pink.  I have decreed it, therefore it is so.

Let us always keep the company of those who make the bubbles in our champagne take flight.  And let us constantly and freely give out love, cuddles and the lightness of being.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Friday, January 1, 2016

Fashion and Fluffballs : Of Gold Dust and New Years

Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Pink Balloons, Gold Dust and Kitty Cuddles © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Pink Balloons, Gold Dust and Kitty Cuddles © Shell-Sherree}

Hello, New Year, you bright, shiny, gorgeous Christmas present waiting to be unwrapped one day at a time. 

Let us snuggle under sprinkles of gold dust and the promise of pink balloons, and give thanks for the beauty around us in all shapes and sizes. Here's to the dreamers.

Thank you for all the friendship, love and happiness we share.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashion and Fluffballs New Year to you !

Friday, December 25, 2015

Fashionable Festive Friday : Under the Mistletoe

{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Have Mistletoe, Will Pucker Up © Shell-Sherree}

 Happy Christmas, Happy Holidays !

And all the better for kissing under the mistletoe, as our dear little French bulldogs are proving.  You can follow their darling adventures on Instagram at @miss_olive_the_frenchie and @bentley_the_frenchbulldog.  They were the first Instapuppies I met, so they hold an especially cosy corner in my heart.

However you are celebrating, or indeed whether you are celebrating, thank you for your friendship Chez Shell.  I wish much laughter, love and mistletoe for you and your loved ones.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Festive Friday to you !

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Fashion and Fluffballs : Tongue Out Tuesday

Fashion and fluffballs illustration: Chase the Blues © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration: Chase the Blues © Shell-Sherree}

Some days, the easiest thing to do is poke out one's tongue.

Childish, yes.  Effective?  Pretty much so.

Chez Shell, mercury conveniently aligns itself with our wardrobe mood rather than the tedious practicalities of ambient temperature. So we shall opt for something fluffily snug and grand for our stroll in the park, and I will not bust one bead of perspiration at the very thought of it.  En garde, Australian summer!  Hot toddies are on speed dial, and wait ... is that the sound of chestnuts roasting on an open fire?  Lead on, sweet Frenchie!  And on that note ...

Happy Fashion and Fluffballs to you !

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Fashionable Friday : Hello, Hugh. Faux Insouciance is Futile

{Fashion and fluffballs : Au Casuale and Fluffy Chops Cuddles © Shell-Sherree}

Well, hello, Hugh.  Bless your fuzzy, gorgeous, warm, huge exuberant heart for coming to town. When you make your entrance on stage, I'll be a gooey mess of smittendom on the inside.  If you're taking requests, I can see you 'Singin' in the Rain' in a very fetching way. Excuse me while I fan myself.

On the outside, however, can I possibly wear an air of nonchalance? Insouciance? Will an off-the-shoulder top signal the sartorial equivalent of an off-the-cuff remark?

When the concert comes, there's a good chance I'll be as cool as a blow-torched cucumber and channelling my Bay City Roller fan days, minus the tartan but still most inelegant.  In the meantime, however, let us practise our best Parisian shrug and count the hours.  Limitless TimTams and lamingtons will fuel our endeavours, floating by on golden trays powered by energy harnessed from Hugh's dazzling smile.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

PS:  Yay, there's a quick special on at the time of posting on all ShellSherree merchandise including cards {champion the magnificence of handwriting!} and prints: free shipping worldwide and 20% off everything.  Lovely for Christmas gifts! There is one catch: you need to order post haste using this special link, which will expire with a burst of pink and gold bubbles at midnight PT 5th December 2015. 

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 !