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Illustration Friday: Nature


Wow, guess what I'm thinking about.

Fall. Always.

This is, admittedly, not the nicest thing I could've done. It looks too messy and unfinished, but I've decided to leave it as is. These Illustration Friday posts are just exercises anyway, and this is just another to add to the pile. I might go back and use this as a reference for something in the future. Possibly. I'm thinking about it. I just can't wait for orange leaves though. I'll be more encouraged to open the blinds every day, just to see all the trees outside of the window near my work space. Maybe that's when I'll have the inspiration to make this better.




July Recap






Goodbye July. I won't miss you.

July and I never get along. It could be the long, too hot days, or the stretch of nothing that tends to ensue. We've never been friends, or even acquaintances. July always feels like an extended waiting period. It's when I contemplate my life the most. What have I accomplished this year? What am I going to do with the rest of the year? What am I doing now? That's the main question right now. What am I doing?

I know what I want. I don't entirely know how to get there. Help me out August.


Doodle Every Day






I mean, it's probably pretty obvious, but last week was a killer. I was dealing with a lot of personal family issues that honestly still haven't really been resolved. I was feeling pretty gray. After that (or during, I should say), I fell into a classic movie hole. I remembered that there are TVs in this house, along with cable and Turner Classic Movies. I've probably seen at least ten in the last week. I'm obsessed. Women from the Forties looked so glamorous all the time, but the role of women in a majority of the films I've recently watched is not one of a ditsy housewife, which would be expected of the time. Or so I thought. I've noticed a number of strong female roles, and that's probably a big reason I keep going back for more. Of course there are some things that are a bit uncomfortable to view in the 21st Century, but I think we all know that.

Anyway, I've also spent a lot of time adding to my personal sketchbook and browsing through cookbooks for new recipes. It's nice to use this post to see what all I've been up to throughout the last week or so. I feel like I haven't accomplished much at all, but I've actually been quite busy. Good. Also, all of the weak paper has been used, so hello better quality.


COS Wishlist


I've been doing a lot of posts like this lately. What's with that? It's been ages since I let myself browse through the COS website, for reasons unknown. There are so many nice things. I spent awhile combing through everything the other night, and these are some of my favorite pieces for sale right now. Most of these are perfect staple pieces year 'round. Both dresses are perfect for transitioning into Fall (soon), the cardigan as well. That cardigans is really helping reignite my love for cardigans, and it seems thick enough to layer over other pieces. So good, so good. 



This is not a sponsored post. I do not own the images in this post.


Absence Of Plants





As you may or may not know, we had quite a bit of rain and flooding over Spring here in Texas. This meant an excessive amount of humidity, and gnats. Tons and tons of gnats. They're still around, though finally not as bad. I'm a bit foolish and thought that opening my window (on multiple days) would be fine. I didn't realize that gnats can squeeze through a screen. They did, and made homes in my plants.

I've learned that mixing humidity and nasty gnats can be the death of houseplants. I had to count my losses, because no one wants bugs in their home. RIP plants. You are missed.


Polyvore Illustrations



It's safe to say Summer doesn't exist in these illustrations. I think the look right now is maybe-a-professor-maybe-a-time-traveler. I'm dreaming about big coats and Old Hollywood inspired silhouettes (think 1940's). I've been toying with the ideas of different textures and layers, and even small bits of color (very small, and it very much depends on the fabric). 

I hope everyone's enjoying today. This was fun, let's do it again some time.


Embroidered Cardigan




I can be pretty picky about cardigans. I have two gray cardigans, because I decided I preferred buttons to the top, so this one has been shoved away to the back of my closet. When I was going through my entire wardrobe a couple months ago, I had the idea to embroider the rejected cardigan. I only just got around to working on it this week though. I decided to keep it simple with my initials, and a little bead from a (recently found) broken necklace from my childhood. It's a bit crooked and messy, but that's the look I was going for. I'll actually be wearing this piece (again) now.


ACxAG Fall '15 Favorites


Everyone loves a bit of Alexa Chung, let's be real. The icon has teamed up with AG for a second collection, and it's very easy to fall in love with, as one would expect. I've recently thrown out my only pair of light denim jeans, and the pair above are what dreams are made of. I also never knew I needed a denim romper in my life, but I really, really do. These are the pieces I'm head over heels for:



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Illustration Friday: Treasure

This week's theme was treasure, and I decided to keep it simple. I've been watching a lot of old, classic black and white films this week, and it's making me want to do everything in black and white. Or gray-scale. What is it? I might play around with something like this some more. I need more black ink ASAP.


July


I have to talk about my dogs again today. Look at this. This is the most important thing about this month.

I've got three dogs. Romeo hates water, Belle loves to swim, but she sheds a ton and it clogs up the filter, and then there's this one. This is Izzy. She can swim, though she hates to, but this month we've learned that she loves spending the day on a pool float. This is one of the highlights of this year so far.


Some Of My Etsy Favorites


I recently got a new phone (finally), and with that, I downloaded the Etsy app. I don't know what possessed me to do this, but I did, and it's like a black hole (though I honestly think it could use a few improvements). I've been finding so many things I want and definitely don't need, and most of it is admittedly lingerie, because Etsy seems to be the best place to look for it. My favorites list on Etsy only has 150 items (is that a small number?) because I maintain it obsessively, but it's an addiction, I swear.

Art Update: Illustrations









These illustrations are the result of Couture Week, still obsessing over a dream home, and rekindling my love for Harry Potter. I fell into a frenzy over all the wonderful couture shows, and I've got more couture inspired doodles in my sketchbook. I'm still debating on whether I want to show them or not. I meant to on Instagram, but I sort of forgot. Instagram is hard you guys. 

Anyway, I currently live in a house that is in limbo. It's in the process of being redecorated, but it's not my house, so the decisions are obviously not my own. This (and all the home decor I obsess over anyway) has spurned a deep infatuation with wood floors, dark walls, and picture frame moulding. I want it all and I want it now.

Maybe now I'll move on and draw other things. I can continue this in my sketchbook. I still don't know why I decided to stop using one. I've currently got two different ideas for (more than two) illustrations and a ton of reference photos, so who knows? 


Over The Leather Jacket



This might be the last time I ever wear that leather jacket again.

I bought it when I was eighteen and I thought it was the coolest thing. I've worn the hell out of it. However, it's just not me anymore. It's horribly uncomfortable, too fitted and the studs make me cringe. If teenage Amber could see me now, she'd probably be disappointed. But that doesn't matter. I'm not feeling it. I'm over it. Goodbye leather jacket.

This entire thing makes me cringe so much.


Doodle Every Day





Goodbye weird paper!

This period of illustrations was very productive, which always sets things right around here. I've been busy with both blog related things and non-blog related things. I had a slight panic over the computer situation, but there's nothing I can really do about it at the moment, so it is what it is. As today's illustration states, today is my mom's birthday, so I've got a big meal to cook, and I'm a little nervous about it, but I'll manage. Here's to Sundays and birthdays. I'm off to try to be decent for a day!


Light & Facial Structure






A few nights ago, I was thinking about lighting and how it affects facial structure. I'm very short, and when I stand in front of my bathroom mirror, the way I angle my head affects how my face looks under the lights mounted over the mirror. It's fascinating, and I think this is why someone can look different in photos than they do in person. I think about this a lot. I think I look a bit different in photos, and maybe this is why. I've got to start taking photos of myself with more light, because this is what shadows do.

This post is just the result of things I think about whilst brushing my teeth.


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Illustration Friday: Garden

This week's theme was so simple, and that's what made it difficult. "Garden" as a theme immediately brings a million ideas to mind. This is what I ended up with. A small view from the outside looking in. It's a garden that I think about, that I dream of having one day. If you want to dig deeper, it's any specific thing I'm dreaming of, that I'm sort of looking at from the outside in. This can apply to pretty much everything. 

When I was a teenager, my mom was obsessed with this idea that if you really wanted something, you just had to think about it a lot, like really concentrate on it, and you'll eventually have it. I've recently realized that this is actually my mentality as an adult. I think about what I want in life constantly, and I work towards it constantly. This messy little illustration is a peak at a personal goal.


Outside





I've been complaining about the heat so much lately, but I have been enjoying Summer when it hasn't been so bad. This is what I see throughout the day, and when I'm quite willing to go out in the evening. Though I complain, Summer evenings and nights are moments I think should be cherished. Some of my favorite memories take place during such, so I try to savor as many as I possibly can. I love the atmosphere and the plants and the sounds. It's life.

If it's Summer where you are, go outside this evening and let it all in, if only for a minute. Take a break, breathe.


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