Friday Fleurish : A Spot of Weekend Gardening


Flutter By Kitty illustration © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion & Fluffballs illustration: Flutter By Flower Fountain © Shell-Sherree}

This is the closest I could happily come unto gardening.  Tuck a few flowers and butterflies into a tumbled mess of up-do and that's my work done for the weekend. 

No weed-pulling.  No Edward Scissorhandsing.  I can't even fit a hat on top, so I'm doing my thing for sun smarts by staying safely indoors.

So come, let us make a pitcher of iced single origin oolong hand-plucked tea and ponder on the vagaries of varietals.  It will all be news to me.  And on that note ...

Happy Friday Fleurish to you !


Fashionable Friday : Coachella Coochie-Coo


Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Coachella Coochie-Coo © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Coachella Coochie-Coo © Shell-Sherree}

For long enough to embarrass myself, I thought Coachella was a brand of handbags.   Perhaps that comes of having a cat named Ella {which is totally unrelated to bags but welcome to my brain} and a friend who loves Coach bags.  And a finger that has no desire to rest on the pulse of festival life.

Anyhoo, I've opted for head-to-toe Gucci for our sojourn and we can gather some fluffballs for a session of Gucci-coochie-coo.  Which sounds like a good name for a craft beer, come to think of it.  You saw it here first.  Let us feast on something cold-pressed served in a pineapple and sipped through a hand-whittled coconut husk straw ~ and wonder where we left our heart-shaped glasses.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you!


Fashionable Friday : Out of Africa-ish


Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Vintage Camera Romance © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Vintage Camera Romance © Shell-Sherree}

Not quite Out of Africa, but from the looks of that fence, this could be our definition of a weekend with the big cats.

Call me old-fashioned but there's a certain romance about old cameras and the careful consideration called for when capturing a moment in time without the ease of digital indulgence.  And don't get me started on dark rooms.  Is a kiss stolen while gently swirling paper and watching an image come alive under the ripples more breathtaking than a smooch exchanged over a computer screen?

Let us compose ourselves and sip G&Ts with a slice of finely-Laguioled lime while we ponder on the meritous possibilities of hipsters trading fudge brownies for Box Brownies.  Perhaps not a moment too soon.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Fashionable Friday : Dior de Triomphe


Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Dior de Triomphe © Shell-Sherree
{Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Dior de Triomphe © Shell-Sherree}

Ah, the power of being able to change a designer's colours on a whim with zero cost to the management.

While I started out with every intention of staying true to the lemon chiffon and 15 shades of grey used for the original gown by John Galliano for Dior, a suspected blood sugar droppage led me down the sweetheart lollies colourway path. If you're reading this, Mr Galliano, I'm sorry.  And oh, look: a diversionary French bulldog puppy! Pretty!

I may be a fashion neophyte, but I know what makes a 'My-God-but-you're-lovely' radar ping.  And this nod by John Galliano to legendary fashion illustrator René Gruau had my sonars all a-flutter. So let us stop the Paris traffic and take our 50 metres of silk and tulle for a spin while five crack teams of very tuckered out silkworms recuperate in a mulberry tree spa in an undisclosed location.  Gosh knows, they've earned it.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you !

Fashionable Friday : Vintage Vixens


Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Muddled Lilac and Vintage Vixens  © Shell-Sherree
Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Muddled Lilac and Vintage Vixens  © Shell-Sherree

The penny farthing has dropped that I'm increasingly taken with illustrating vintage fashions {and not overly flash at knowing in which era penny farthings were invented.  Insert shrug of insouciance here}.

This led me to thinking ... is it time to sashay into the world from a film reel of glamorous day-to-day dressing times and see if it catches on?  Faux fur and feathers obligatory but nary a bone of corsetry in sight?  Could we have just one day a week in which vintage vixenry is the norm, or would the world wobble off its axis as surely as a penny farthing rider with a bee in his bonnet?

Let us lower our fluffy stoles, imprint lipstick on glasses of sherry and draw seams on our legs as we wonder.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Friday to you!

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