Fashion & Fluffballs Friday : Classic Audrey and Mr Famous


Audrey and Mr Famous Go To the Country, fashion & fluffballs illustration © Shell-Sherree
{Audrey and Mr Famous Go To the Country, fashion & fluffballs illustration © Shell-Sherree}

Even Paris daydreams need a holiday once in a while.  So let's go au casuale and head to the countryside.  I hear a cool change is finally blowing in.

Today's illustration is inspired by my evergreen girl crush, Audrey Hepburn, and her first beloved Yorkshire terrier Mr Famous, who shared screen time with his mum in Funny Face {possibly because they were all but inseparable!} Audrey is credited with introducing Yorkies to Hollywood ~ and such dear little characters they are, too! 

Audrey believed in pink.  And if she was alive today, I have a feeling she would appreciate the hashtag #KeepingItReal.  In that spirit, I figured if it's styling-appropriate to display a pink Mentos, it's only fair to include the wrapper.  So come, let us load up on pastel lollies and thermos flasks, pull back the roof of the convertible and see how far the blood sugar rush takes us. And on that note ...

Happy Fashion & Fluffballs Friday to you!


Fleurish Friday : Tiptoeing Around Tulips


Cocktails and Vintage Noir Fashion & Kitty Cat illustration © Shell-Sherree
{Cocktails and Vintage Noir Fashion & Kitty Cat illustration © Shell-Sherree}

Welcome to my tulip garden.  Not exactly earthy but highly appropriate for today's illustration.

Bulbs are supposed to be planted when the weather turns cold ~ traditionally known quaintly by historians as 'autumn' and 'winter'.  But Houston, we have a problem, as I sit here at my studio desk wearing a black cotton slip dress and no need of a cardi {albeit still daylight}. 

Aspiring tulip growers of Brisbane must have beads of discombobulation trickling down their furrowed brows.  Their bulbs are in grave jeopardy of ending up crushed and sautéed in a case of mistaken onion identity, loitering as they are in the dark recesses of fridge crisper drawers while the mercury decides whether to release its grip on the mid-20s of celsius.  And yet, for problems such as this, we should pray. I'm happy to dodge frozen extremities for a while longer.

So come, let us don our shortest sleeves and satin cocktail gloves, pull up a mocktail and speak of black tulips and unicorns.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Fleurish Friday to you ! 


Espresso Yourself : Of Chihuahuas and Cafe Life


Chihuahua Cafe Life in Paris illustration © Shell-Sherree
Chihuahua Cafe Life in Paris illustration © Shell-Sherree

The only plus side of my coffee machine finally expelling its last puff of steam? The chance to name a new one.

When sifting through the glitterati of alliterative opportunities in my head, French names were high on the list ~ a logical default given my rose-coloured glasses are still fixed on Paris and inching towards the real possibility that the delicate macaron-tinted daydreams I've hand-held all these years {cough} decades can never be matched.

But in the end, I thought of my new machine's model moniker Venezia and dubbed her Violetta. In  honour of same, I included two tiny chihuahuas, tucked into the tote of today's illustration, who love visiting Venice.  {You can follow the adventures of Hermès & Hercules here.}  But we are detouring via Paris for today.

If you'd like to send your pups or kitty cats on a magic carpet ride to the destination of their dreams, let me know what you have in mind and I'll send you some info. What a lovely gift idea !  And on that note ...

Happy Fluffballs Friday to you!


May the Fourth Be With You


French Bulldog & Kitty May the 4th Be With You illustration © Shell-Sherree
{French Bulldog & Kitty May the 4th Be With You illustration © Shell-Sherree}

Say, "Hello," to Gary, the subject of today's Fashion & Fluffballs pet illustration.

If Carrie Fisher's scene-stealing French bulldog Gary had been on set back in the day, there's a good chance the Star Wars dynasty would have included a Frenchie.  I'm relieved that didn't happen, or I'd have been forced to abstain thanks to my golden rule of not watching movies starring animals.  Far too high a 'Weeping Inconsolably' risk factor for my EQ levels.

But here Chez Shell, transportation to your happy place is always a safe bet.  So come, pull up a cosmic lounger, roll up those side buns and clink glowing glasses of liquid aqua while pining for the caramel scrolls back home.  And on that note ...

May the Fourth be with you !

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