Farewell September





This is a difficult one.

I thought August was bad. September has done me in. I'm leaving this month both skeptical and hopeful. This has been one of the hardest months in a long time. So many things I've known have been completely uprooted and thrown away. I've experienced a major loss, the first one to tear me up, which is unfair because I've experienced loss before. But I don't want to get too into it. I don't want to be so negative. I can't be too negative.

I've spent the end of this month looking at where I am and what surrounds me. Nature is such a big part of my life, even more so as I get older. Driving through the country in Fall with wild lavender everywhere is something I used to take for granted, but this month, it served as a source of comfort. I truly love and appreciate where I am, though I've still got a constant nagging telling me to uproot myself and run off to some place I've only ever seen in movies.

I've made a major self realization, one that I'm not yet comfortable talking about outright on the internet, primarily because I don't really think it's necessary. I've learned that I cope with things by isolating myself. I missed my brother when he went home, and gave him a hug. We've never been that way, unfortunately, but we're both adults, and we're changing. It's strange. Though my fifteen year old cousin told me I still act like a sixteen year old (to which I maturely replied, "well, you're twelve"). We kid, he's like another brother.

I'm not sure what else to say. This is a really sappy, personal post. I've done quite a few of those lately, but I'm a bit raw right now. So I want to move on with this post. Bring on October, and real Fall, and the holiday season. Bring on my favorite time of year, and the rest of Paris Fashion Week, and life getting better for everyone.

Please.




September Favorites

1. I've successfully made pumpkin bread for the first time.
2. Walking barefoot outside, which is a favored past time.
3. Dancing outside in long dresses to F+TM. (always)
4. Leaves changing colors
5. Pumpkin candles
6. Fashion Month (of course)

These are nearly all Fall themed, surely this isn't a surprise. What did you love in September?




Morning Wear

 


It says morning wear, but it means I end up wearing it all day.

I might lose the sweater, though only because the only moments that really feel like Fall right now are in the mornings and evenings. It's still really hot in between, though I hear that'll change soon. What is this elusive Autumn? I'm kidding. I've already baked two loaves of pumpkin bread and I've been painting little dead leaves for a month already, at least. This is a shameful "ootd" post. I'll be real with you guys, I've spent this year rotating every single piece in my wardrobe for these posts, and I've run out of warm weather ideas. I just can't keep up with you cool bloggers. I promise I have style. I just have no money. Oh well. Anyway, that's why these posts are so spread apart. Maybe this will change next year. Let's hope.



Illustration Every Hour #5


After a pretty hectic couple of weeks, I decided to allow myself a lazy Saturday. Naturally this involved illustrations and falling into YouTube holes a few times. I decided to switch up the layout of my Illustration Every Hour posts, and I like the way this flows a lot more. I think the color scheme was unintentional, but this is what I was feeling/doing.

So much of my time is taken up by Fashion Month. I mean, not really, I wish a lot more of my time was taken up by it, but keeping up with the shows everyday, though I seriously love it, has left very little room in my head for much else. It's fun though. It's also sparking ideas, so win win. My small illustration break (other than the daily ones, obviously) is coming to an end. Taking more time seems to work for me.

Cool.

I also have a quick question: What are your thoughts on blogging every day, vs blogging only every weekday (possibly more than one post on the weekdays instead)? I'm very curious about this.



Fall/Winter Nail Shades


There's a good chance I switched to Autumnal shades a month ago already. A very good chance. Why not talk about them here though? Basically, I love wearing really rich colors when the weather gets colder. I've got a few cool metallic shades, though dark plums and dark greens are my favorite. I'm very partial to that red around holiday season. It's a bit darker and it's got just enough shimmer to make it very fitting and festive. 

That's it for today. I hope you've all had a nice weekend.

Are you into Fall specific nail colors?



I'm styling pieces from PPZ Lingerie on Polyvore right now. Check those out here.


Wanting To Try Herbivore Botanicals


I recently stumbled across Herbivore Botanicals while browsing Etsy at night, as one does, and I was immediately interested. Their shop announcement reads: 

"Truly 100% natural skin care, no artificial colors, no artificial fragrances, no animal products, no parabens, no SLS, no unnatural preservatives are used in any of our products. We are also a vegan and cruelty free company. All products are small batch and handcrafted in our studio in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. "

This all sounds fantastic. I've been really wanting to get into using natural oils on my skin. It's so sensitive, and I go through tons of moisturizer, so I've been a bit curious. Using natural products sounds so freeing and uplifting, and definitely like something I want in my life. I'll be looking into this (oils, brands, etc) some more. Regarding the shop however, they've actually got products categorized by skin type, which is really helpful, and a big bonus for a novice like myself. Check it out, let me know what you think.

I don't know, is it a bad blogger thing to do if I haven't actually used the brand? I wouldn't think so. I don't spin around in Erdem dresses, but I'll mention them anyway. How does the beauty world work?



This is not a sponsored post. All credit goes to Herbivore Botanicals.

I'm styling pieces from PPZ Lingerie on Polyvore right now. Check those out here.



LFW Spring '16 Favorites


Though the idea of ease traveled across the Atlantic, London brought more theatrics, which was completely expected. I was far from let down. I actually enjoyed the London shows this season more than I have in awhile. There were so many collections full of long dresses with crazy cuts and ruffles and other details. I spent the week day dreaming about wearing said dresses and dancing in a field somewhere I've only ever seen in photos. This week actually made me feel so inspired by Spring. It's no secret that I favor the cooler seasons, but something about Spring is inspiring anyway. Summer may have put me off of any non-coat weather, but London healed me. I'll see you on the other side March.

Also, are off the shoulder cuts going to be a thing again? I'm going to have to miss out on that. Confetti seems like a thing too, but I'm all about confetti. The more, the merrier. Anyway, I've listed my favorite shows below, as usual. What were your favorites from London?





























I don't own the images in this post. All credit goes to Vogue Runway.

I'm styling pieces from PPZ Lingerie on Polyvore right now. Check those out here.



Hit Refresh


I mentioned on Tuesday that my life is really hectic right now. Any creative will agree that life translates in your art. I've been in a weird place with my illustrations lately. I don't hate them, but I'm not satisfied, and I'm bored of the characters I've been drawing for years. Instead of falling into a complete slump, I decided to step back for a few days and breathe. I thought about what I wanted to do, and what I wanted from my work. 

I really want to work on some oil and acrylic paintings through Fall and Winter. I don't sit down with those mediums enough, because (obviously) watercolor is preferred. I'm not sure what style exactly, but I haven't really sat down in my floor with smelly paint all over my arms and legs in awhile. I also want to focus on quality over quantity. This is something that I always try to live by, but I had fallen into a routine of trying to do a specific amount of pieces for a specific time frame. It would've made perfect sense if I was on a timeline for jobs, but this was all on me.

As I type this, I'm asking myself why I'm saying all of this in a post. Take it as a diary entry. Take it as honesty. I don't know. Fall is like a breath of fresh air to me, and I feel like I can start over. I can handle things.


I'm styling pieces from PPZ Lingerie on Polyvore right now. Check those out here.



Fall/Winter '15 Mood Board




Fall is officially here and I can breathe again! To celebrate, I figured I couldn't go wrong by sharing my favorite details from some of my favorite Fall/Winter 2015 collections. I can now shamelessly indulge in warm pieces, and my favorite combination of long dresses and oversized sweaters. I'm also so serious about ghost chic. Maybe it's October on the horizon, maybe I watch too many vampire films, but I'm so into it. Give me a serious expression and a sheer dress any day. I've numbered off each photo and marked the corresponding detail below.

What are you loving for Fall?



*I do not own the photos in this post. All credit goes to Vogue Runway.


DMA Pt. IV

Grey Blue & Black - Pink Circle by Georgia O'Keeffe

Waterfall by Henrietta Shore

Miss Blanche by Shiro Kuramata

Carlton Room Divider by Ettore Sottsass Jr.

Where are you, Edison...? (Wo bist du, Edison...?) by Ingo Maurer

This is the last bit of my trip to the Dallas Museum of Art (nearly a month ago), and it's bittersweet. Everything in this post is from the twentieth century, and it was the last chunk of art we managed to see before it was too late, because the gift shop is a must, and it was almost closing time. Really though, I could buy so many books from art museum gift shops. They're a favorite of mine. Anyway, like I keep saying: if you're in Dallas, visit this museum. Everything I've posted about is free, and there's so much more to see (also free). I need to go again. If I do, expect to see photos.

What's your favorite museum?


Doodle Every Day





This batch of illustrations is brought to you by runway, Autumn prep, and stress.

Here's the thing: this project is practically a diary. I've mentioned good days and days so shit I couldn't be bothered to write anything to accompany the illustration at all. I'm on month nine (and nearly through it anyway), and the aforementioned good days and bad days formula is pretty obvious, to myself at least. 

What am I saying? Basically, my life is very crazy right now (not the good crazy, unfortunately), and I have no clue how to handle it. I'm not going any further than that, because I have to draw the line between blog life and real life. Blog posts are going nowhere. I love doing this blog so much, and I love creating so much, and a stressful personal life won't take me away from that. But in case anyone else has picked up on the formula lately, I'm sorry. It's insane.

Also, I apologize for the weird colored paper used for the last four illustrations. It's too thin sketchbook paper because I wasn't thinking. Roll on Wednesday (and Fall!) please...


The Quickest Autumn Eye


Fall starts Wednesday! Finally!

In preparation, I tried to come up with a fall look for the face. It's not much, since I'm not one for makeup in the first place, but this is the easiest Autumn face look I can come up with. I'm no beauty blogger, and I used a Halloween palette from last year. It works though. It's good enough for me.

What I look like most of the time.

Take some burnt orange eye shadow and pack it on. Make weird faces.

Blend it out as much as possible. Get under the eye as well.

Add mascara and done.


And that's it! It even works with glasses as well, which is pretty important. I could've used a brush, but my fingers are easier. This is the laziest post, but I thought it might be fun (and it was). You don't necessarily have to go big, though if you do, please teach me how, and also teach me your tolerance for product on your face.

On another note, you can see that I've changed the blog background. I wanted to do a Fall themed color, but it was just too dark. I couldn't handle it. I really like the color now though. It's calm without being stark white.

Have a lovely and productive Monday!


Current Color Scheme


I just want to be surrounded by bold Autumnal shades and light, calming tones.

Always.

I hope you've all been having a lovely weekend.


NYFW Spring '16 Favorites


I'm not here to delegate the latest trends. I'm not here to tell you what to wear. I'm here to talk about things I liked about New York Fashion Week, which is a lot. Personally, I was really drawn to the ease of quite a few collections. I can happily get behind airy, worn in materials and neutral colors. I love that the skirts and dresses were longer, and the trouser legs were wider. These aren't necessarily things I think I can pull off, but we'll see. They look great on others nonetheless. The theme I pulled out from my favorite collections (below) is escapism. I don't know if this makes sense outside of my own mind, but I felt a sense of getting away, of running off to another land (country or something) and spending some time alone. Of meeting strangers and laughing. I specifically have a note that says "wake up and go twirl in the garden," because I think I live in a fairy tale. Sure. This was so enjoyable though. Bring on London...
































*This is not sponsored. I do not own the photos in this post. All credit goes to Vogue Runway.


DMA Pt. III


The Seine at Lavacourt by Claude Monet

Water Lilies by Claude Monet

River Bank in Springtime by Vincent Van Gogh

Water Lilies by Claude Monet

This is where I lost my mind over Monet and Van Gogh. This was later during the visit, though the first photo was one of the first I took, and I forgot to get the names of the sculptures/artist(s). This is, not surprisingly, my favorite photo set from this visit. I wish I could walk into these paintings and hide there forever. But alas, I cannot. Another part of me wants to go back to the DMA and sit in this room for hours. I'd end up falling asleep perfectly happy. I probably shouldn't do that either. But at least I'll always have this post...


Sheer


This is one of my favorite tops. I've had it for a couple years, it was a Christmas gift, and the back is completely sheer. I've never dared to wear it without something underneath, or a cardigan over. I've been feeling a bit more daring though, so here's my back. So risque. It kind of is though, for me anyway.

I've talked about body image a couple times before, but I can't stress the importance of positive body image enough. When I was in high school, I was really, really self conscious. Once day, a boy walked up to me and said "nice back rolls" to get a laugh from his friends. I wore a cardigan or sweater to school every day until I graduated after that. Luckily, my teenage years are gone, and I've learned a few things. 

Don't listen to anyone. Seriously. Love your body. I promise it's not so bad. I've spent the last couple years learning that my biggest stigmas about myself were extremely exaggerated in my mind. I've never been skinny, I will never be skinny, and I've decided to embrace it instead of moping about it forever. 

Please love yourself. You're not too skinny or too fat or too anything. Embrace every "weird" detail. Bodies are so different. It's the best. 

(and being a teenager doesn't last forever)


Coveting: Melissa Joy Manning

Two coveting posts this week. Hello.

I have to admit something. I'm kind of a jewelry snob. I only look at quality/fine jewelry. I do have a reason though! I have extremely sensitive skin. I can only wear gold and sterling silver in piercings (yes, just my ears right now, queue sobbing about teenage Amber's nose ring, I still miss it), and anything else instantly hurts. The rest of my skin breaks out with prolonged contact to any other costume jewelry. So I'm a snob. Sorry guys. 

This means that I don't actually own much jewelry, and I'm totally okay with that. I like to keep things simple anyway, but it's still fun to look for more. No harm comes from looking at it. "It" in particular being dainty rings and odd earrings. Above are some Melissa Joy Manning pieces I stumbled across the other night. I've got serious heart eyes. Do you see anything you like?



*This is not a sponsored post. I do not own the images in this post. All credit goes to Melissa Joy Manning and Net-A-Porter.


Set Illustrations


I didn't plan this very well. I posted fantastic (obviously museum worthy) paintings, and now I'm going to talk about my own little doodles. 

I've been heavily influenced by an excessive amount of denim, Autumn (obviously), and NYFW. Also layering and a lot of Madewell. I decided to switch up my routine with these illustrations. Actually, I wanted to show the first illustration with and without the stole, so I did both, and I figured I should do the others that way as well. I think it worked. I'm a little rough with these lately. I haven't been drawing characters (or versions of myself) very much in the last month or so. I haven't been feeling it as much. I'm still drawing and painting constantly, but not the usual. Or I have a new usual... 

I'm rambling. Enjoy your day.



DMA Pt. II

The Abduction of Europa by Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre

Our Daily Bread (Le Pain Quotidien) by René Magritte // Family of Darius Before Alexander by Francesco Salvator Fontebasso

Woman Bathing by Francois Lemoyne

Seaside Cemetery (Seefriedhof) by Adolf Hiremy-Hirschl

(I can't find the name, sorry!) // Sarah Sherburne Langdon by John Singleton Copley

Frederiksborg Castle by Johan Christian Dahl

In case you missed part one, I recently visited the Dallas Museum of Art for the first time, and fell head over heels. This post contains photos from the same room as the last post, and another room (I'm pretty sure). As I said before, I'm a sucker for centuries old oil paintings, and I know I was hyped up seeing these. I would not be surprised if I was pretty annoying about it. Unfortunately, I forgot to find the information about a few of the paintings in all my excitement. I managed to find all but one. I hope you enjoy this peak nonetheless!

There are two more of these to look out for, so I hope you're into it!

What's genre(s) of art are you inspired by?


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