Fashion Illustration

Here are the results of my first attempt from my new Fashion Illustration book. It actually suggests colours you should use as well as showing you how to draw your illustration step-by-step but I strayed from the colouring in instructions & opted to give my model leopard print tights for a bit of fun! I’ll share my favourites with you as I go along… doing this also gave me some ideas for some more collage work too which I’ll have a go at soon.

What I Wore Wednesday

*Yes, it is only Wednesday for another half an hour in this part of the world but it’s still Wednesday!
*My plan is to make this a new feature on my blog.. each Wednesday I’ll post a picture of myself & a self-portrait drawing. Partly just for fun, but also to push my drawing skills… drawing people can be quite difficult.

*Anyway for the fashiony bit… I’m wearing my (almost)future SIL Mazz’s hat, white vest from New Look, yellow vest from Primark, sunglasses from River Island, cardigan from Next, scarf from a market years ago, & my jeans are Red Herring.
(Drawn in biro & coloured in with oil pastels.)

Goodnight!


Flora, Fashion & Fish!

On Friday whilst I was out & about I decided to pop in to Oxfam & check out their books section on the off chance that I might find a well-illustrated children’s book. What I walked out with were three beautifully illustrated books… Fashion Illustration, The Fresh & Salt Water Fish of the World & The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.

The three books totalled £15 & I’ll be using them for inspiration & to practise my drawing skills. The Edwardian diary is amazing. It is the publication of a lady called Edith Holden from the year 1905! It’s her written, drawn & painted observations of the surrounding nature during that year. Sadly some of the species she describes are rarely seen in England any more.

Whilst out thrifting I also bought myself a maxi skirt for a £5 which I’ll be donning as soon as it stops raining again!

DB & I found out yesterday that we can hire a houseboat next week Wednesday to Friday & we’re very excited! I’ve never been out on one before despite living next to a canal lock for 8 months.As DB texted me ‘It should be an awesome adventure!’





Friday Fashion

It’s a tad odd that I started a Friday fashion post as fashion isn’t really my thing. You can see the first ever FF post here

I think this will be my last FF post, if you’re a fashion fan then I do apologise, but fear not I’m sure the odd fashion post will sneak it’s way in every now & again!


I’ve decided to do something more ‘me’ as my regular Friday post, so, starting next week will be ‘Foodie Friday’… recipes, photographs, drawings & whatever takes my fancy! See you next Friday! x 


Friday Fashion

Oh the humble maxi dress. How I love thee. 
When you wear a maxi you KNOW it’s summer!

Friday Fashion

Oh yes… I now own these adorable Cath Kidston plimsolls… I ❤ them!

I do absolutely love florals! I’m really looking forward to some sunny weather so that I can get out my flowery maxi dresses & skirts… A girl can daydream! It’s raining here now again… I’m off to cook dinner. Have a great weekend! xoxox


Friday Fashion

How awesome are these tees? All from Common Threadz, each tee is one of a print run of 250 so you’re pretty unlikely to see anyone else wearing one! Most of the tees are about $38/£23.50 & each tee you buy pays for school uniform for an orphaned child in Africa. Definitely worth checking out… I want this one…

I’ve mentioned these guys before here when I signed up for Isis’ Ethical Clothing Pledge which is a fantastic idea but which I most definitely have failed on in the last year! To be fair to me I think as much as many of us would like to be greener on an every day level on the British high street it’s really quite hard! One thing I am very good at though is recycling my clothes when I have bought new stuff.. I dish them out to friends & bag them up & take them to the charity shops so at least I don’t have items languishing at the bottom of my wardrobe!

And you can get your mitts on any of these if you pop over to Bleubird Vintage… if I was skinnier the rainbow patchwork skirt would be mine… I love it! Now that my shopping urge has been satisfied without actually spending a penny I’m off to get ready for work… Hope you all have a lovely start to your weekend xox

*Click here for previous Friday Fashion*


Perfect Day

(images via weheartit)
I have been working my butt off lately & with the sun shining its face too I have definitely been a little neglectful of this little corner of my universe! I had Saturday off & had a lovely day catching up with friends & I’ve been off today with mr J & chilling out this evening catching up with TV… Saturday lunchtime I met up with my friend Laura, whom I haven’t seen for about a year! We had lunch at a favourite place of mine, The Oxford Retreat, caught some sun & a had a good catch up. Saturday night I went to the local Tapas bar with some work friends & it was fantastic! The food was delicious & the company hilarious, but no one took a camera, doh! Here’s one of me & Laura though…
Today Mr J & I went clothes shopping at TK Maxx… conscience free shopping! TK Maxx sell end-of-the-line stuff & clothes that haven’t sold in the sales that would otherwise go to a landfill. I picked up a cute floaty top & some faded grey skinny jeans, Mr J got himself a checked shirt, he is most pleased! Mr J had to work tonight so I’ve been catching up on my favourite TV… Murder She Wrote, NCIS, Cold Case… (I’m a TV murder junkie!)… back to work tomorrow, but for now… a perfect day xox

Thinking Green

Four weeks ago I decided to undertake The Ethical Clothing Challenge of the Utmost Kind… an amalgamation of a couple of different pledges & ideas that I discovered in blog land. I have discovered that actually I am not a huge consumer. I am a magazine addict but I’ve limited myself to ownly buying Marie Claire which is dedicated to aiding human rights, bring green issues to women, & womens rights and buying The Independent newspaper (especially now that it’s election time!) and of course reading my favourite blogs. I don’t buy things for the home as we have everything that we need to be honest. Even if we need kitchenware I head to the nearest charity shop whereby you can purchase a perfectly lovely mug for 50p! I have an entire vintage 70’s dinner set that I picked up for a fiver. Why buy new?!! My downfall is clothes. At work I have to wear uniform so out of work I like to wear nice things. My wardrobe is in a weird transistional phase where I have t-shirts I used to wear when I worked behind a bar but don’t wear anymore, dresses that used to fit but are now to big, old vests that I use as pajama tops… & not a whole lot else. However over the last month I’ve only bought one new item of clothing (I was away from home & very very cold & bought a thick chunky grey cardigan that I will wear over & over!)… it was the shoes. Rainbow ballet pumps from Schuh. Again though I’m already wearing them constantly but it has made me question just how much is actually available on the high street? Today courtesy of The British Heart Foundation & Oxfam I’ve come home with 2 dresses & a lovely Dorothy Perkins top, a Louis Theroux book for Mr J & a very very interesting book for me… Green is the New Black by Tamsin Blanchard. It’s funny, relevant, very up-to-date & not just good for a Brit chick.. at the back it has a global green directory for clothing and hair and beauty, I think it will be my new green bible! I’ve also recently read a fascinating interview with Jane Sheperdson the woman behind Whistles’ current revamp. She does consultant work for People Tree & Oxfam, was responsible for bringing People Tree to Topshop & is now working similar magic at Whistles. Most of the clothes are made in the UK for starters with only 35 factories being used to make their entire collection. Yes prices are high but it’s worth it to have a good quality item that will last several years & wasn’t made using child-labour in a sweatshop. I’m glad I’ve undertaken this pledge as it really has made me think before buying, it makes me ask whether or not I really need that and it’s made me think just how much my decisions affect other people. And on that last note I’ve got 4 weeks to figure out which party to vote for in the General Election….


Pink Wednesday

sources 1,2,3,4 & 5 all found on weheartit although if you look closely at 1. it has Claire Penn photography waterstamped across it… check her out she is very talented! 6&7 are both Bleubird Vintage finds… how much do I want those boots? They are absolutely gorgeous! 8 is a CommonThreadz tee… they are only $38 each, are made in print runs of 250 & for every tee bought a school uniform is given to a child in need. Check them out! What is your favourite colour? PS. We had another tidying spree today & now Mr J has his own little office (in the teeny corner between the guest loo & the utility wall) which he is very happy with because the sun no longer shines on his computer screen! Now the bookcase is in the living room… I need another one I have soooo many books! PPS. Why is it that the minute I have to leave the house to go to work the sky turns an ominous shade of grey…??!

See previous Pink post here x