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Fashionable Friday : Tousled and Tasselled

28.8.15

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Tousled and Tasselled © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Tousled and Tasselled © Shell-Sherree}


My present coffee table and I will be having a 'conscious uncoupling' soon.  It's served me well but I never really loved, loved, loved it ~ and from here on in, I'm all about choosing what I love, love, love.  {Kale should be on that list but unless it comes in macaron form ... enough said.}

Given I put my feet up on my coffee table whenever I'm on the sofa, a buttoned ottoman is gaining traction.  And it's softer on paws for landings.  There's the slight matter of the unofficial 'scratching post' status that might be forced upon it, but that's what tassells and fringes were invented for.  What goes on under a fringed skirt stays under a fringed skirt.

So come, sit a while and we shall debate the virtues of a pink-and-lilac-veined Italian white marble-topped gilt legged coffee table ~ not that I've really given it a thought ~ versus a luscious fairy-floss-pink tufted ottoman worthy of an empire.  Hugh: Please grind the arabica beans and fire up the cezve.  Grazie, bello!  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !
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Fashionable Friday : If the Jeans Fit ...

22.8.15

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  If the Jeans Fit © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  If the Jeans Fit © Shell-Sherree}

It's time for a casual respite from our usual glam ruffles, shimmers and fluffiness.  They'd look very much at home here for the sake of a flight of fancy, but those park benches are hellishly wicked when it comes to organza and tulle.  

It's also time for me to take the whole 'denim on denim' trend for a half-hearted, heel-dragging spin.  I've been choosing to ignore it, but it's not going away yet, so let's keep one jeans-clad leg on each side of the fence and tuck a different shade of denim under our arm ~ purely in case of a rodeo flash mob emergency.

Big fashion stretches require big sunglasses, big puppy dogs and big hair to boost one's bravado.  There's a hair teasing station a few hundred metres along in case we need to put more 'up' in our 'dos.  I hear a ukelele, too. Banjos are so yesterday.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you ! 
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Fashionable Friday : War and Peace and a Literary Paws

14.8.15

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Literary Paws © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Literary Paws © Shell-Sherree}

When reading War and Peace, today's illustration suggests it's important to paws regularly and take naps often in order to pace oneself and be fully present for the journey.  {Vodka and chocolate make none too shabby travelling companions, either.} 

Within its widely spaced covers, Tolstoy wrote, "Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women."  Our young pup has heeded his sage advice and is waiting for them to awaken.  He might also be heeding further admonishments like, "The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience."  Nice move, Tolstoy.  I think we're all going to need them.

The samovar is brewing and our troikas are at the ready.  As I've barely reached Chapter 8, I have no idea if they will come in handy ~ but while Time and Patience might make great warriors, blessed are the tea makers.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

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Paris Daydreams : Ladurée, Louboutins and Frenchie Kisses

11.8.15

Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Ladurée, Louboutins and Frenchie Kisses © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration :  Ladurée, Louboutins and Frenchie Kisses © Shell-Sherree}

This little French bulldog knows how to thumb a ride.

Clearly today's illustration sees the tail end of a day of heavy shopping, fuelled by Ladurée and footed by Louboutins.  Understandably, this can be very tiring for a tiny pooch like this.  The restorative pit stop would be chocolate-free and puppy dog-safe ~ but there's only so much a liver and spinach macaron can do to alleviate tired paws.

Now that we're home, we can kick off our shoes and run a peppermint foot B.A.T.H.  I suspect our Frenchie will be off like a pocket rocket when he hears the water running.  Thankfully, we're already barefoot and ready for a speedy pursuit.  And on that note ...

Happy Paris Daydreams to you !
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Fashionable Friday : Hang Onto Your Hats, the Fur is Flying

8.8.15

Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Hang Onto Your Hats © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Hang Onto Your Hats © Shell-Sherree}

It's that time of winter when I'm starting to hit the wall.  Hopefully one more cold snap at the most then Hello, Spring!  Come to Mama.

Today's illustration was drawn under the influence of wishful thinking. Some pretty icy winds usually blow in during this coming week while our Royal Queensland Show is on.  But Chez Shell, the fashion parades are unseasonably warm, thus enabling us to go sleeveless while wearing compensatory gloves as a nod to the frostbite we are politely declining.

Our two mascots will need some brushing prior to judging for Best in Show, but once coiffed and pawdicured in the grooming lounges to the tune of J S Bark and Purrcell, they will be on top of their game.  Come, let us pick up our gilt-edged boar bristle brushes and commence without further ado.  Cucumber sandwiches and a nice pot of tea await our pleasure.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

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Paris Daydreams : If the Fiat Fits

2.8.15

Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Paris Pink and Far From Pedestrian © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and fluffballs illustration : Paris Pink and Far From Pedestrian © Shell-Sherree}

My, my, my ~ it's a spectacular weekend for a Paris road trip !  No need for oodles of planning or the tedium of packing a valise ~ or even a full tank of petrol.  We'll simply stop for Café crèmes and macarons or champagne and baguettes according to the location of the sun in the sky.  If our chariot turns into a pumpkin, we'll know it's midnight.  Then things will really get interesting.

Our only point of consternation is how to fit in our fluffy full-length tutus without cramping the paw room of our faithful mascots.  After all, we know our priorities.  On the plus side, we'll have no need of airbags.  On the minus size, we might need to make some alterations on the fly.  Thankfully, tulle is forgiving when snipped with manicure scissors. Pray we don't need to turn to a corkscrew instead.

All those opting for the ever-practical capris are welcome to shimmy into the back seat where there's more breathing space.  Meanwhile, I'll find some ribbon and tie a sundial onto the bonnet.  And on that note ...

Happy Paris Daydreams to you !
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