What's On My Face

If you know me, you know I don't really wear makeup... ever really. I tend to just wear mascara on a daily basis, and depending on if I'm a sleepy bear or not, I will do steps 3-6 if you're lucky! But I thought I would do a post on what makeup I wear if it's a weekend and I'm feeling fancy, even though I only ever do natural looks anyway, and it's a rare occasion but ah well! I am trying so hard to only buy vegan/cruelty free products, so slowly swapping out the ones that aren't (damn you Rimmel... and Soap And Glory seem to be a grey area one, where they say they are vegan/cruelty free but won't confirm it to big organisations like PETA...weeeeirdd). If you want more of these sorts of posts let me know!!

A Week Of #OOTD's

I have seen so many 'look books' and 'outfit of the days', but haven't really seen many illustrated versions spanning a week of outfits. So I thought I would give it a little go all of last week, as a push to draw every day, but also a way to practise drawing humans, as it's something I struggle with (I draw too many pandas eh!!!) For the majority of these outfits, most of the clothes are no longer available in store as they are a few years old, woops, so I have linked the most similar item the same brand has at the moment to get the closest match!

Monday: For the majority of my Monday I spent it sat at my desk trying to organise myself, I have had an exiting commission come in to design a poster for an interactive cinema screening of Matilda, lots of blog posts to get organised and my Etsy shop launch! So I unintentionally dressed like a girl boss, with my suit style trousers and a slouchy striped tee, which are both really comfortable yet make me feel fancy (even if I didn't bother putting a bra on or any makeup and left my hair down in a matted mess... but you didn't need to know that...) Similar trousers and t-shirt.

Tuesday: Tuesday started off badly, with a poorly migraine morning (which will become a recurring theme this week), but when I woke up I popped to the post office to deliver my first ever Etsy order (eek!), then spent the majority of the afternoon designing and making cards for my Valentine's range. In the evening I cooked a yummy dinner for me and Mum. Queue mini recipe!!! First you cut new potatoes into chunks (about quarters) and boil them until they are fully cooked. At the same time fry green beans, peppers and spring onions, then once cooked put in an oven proof dish with tomato pasta sauce and sweetcorn. Pop the dish into the oven for five mins. At this point the potatoes should be fully boiled, so drain away the water and leave them to dry out for a little bit. With the oven dish, you want to crack two eggs on top of the veggies, and pop back in the oven for twenty minutes. While the eggs are cooking, you fry the potatoes on a low heat with garlic olive oil (or garlic and olive oil if you don't have that!!), cayenne pepper, ground ginger and ground nutmeg. Then it should all be ready at a similar time, and it's super yummy! Similar jeans, jumper and socks.

Wednesday: I popped to the post office again, with my second Etsy order (how exciting!). When I got back I sat and watched Matilda while taking notes and screenshots and doodling different layouts and elements. I then listened to my sisters uni radio show whilst making valentines cards and blogging, and can I just say she's bloody great at it, so impressed!! And then when my Mum got home from work we went shopping for craft supplies that I needed and home stuff that she needed in town, and just chilled out at home chatting afterwards. Similar dress, long sleeve top, denim jacket, necklace, shoes.

Thursday: Was another poorly morning, so I had an easy morning and started off with a little scanning session of my Matilda sketches, valentines doodles and ootd's so far. I then cracked on with laying out the Matilda poster which luckily wasn't that difficult as I had done most of the layout the day before. And then I just had soup for dinner whilst watching Real Housewives and took a long bubble bath. It was quite a tough day mental health and happiness wise, and I became quite lonely and sad, so found it really hard concentrating and spent most of the day in my pjs or in the bath, so decided to draw myself in the bath instead for this day as it summed up the day a bit better. However, here is a similar skirt (they no longer do ones at a shorter length, booo) and top that I wore during the day for a few hours.

Friday: Deja Vu here, but it was another poorly morning, went for lunch at a nice hotel nearby, making valentines cards whilst listening to my sisters last radio show for the week. Similar jeans, top, jacket, necklace (they no longer do the one I have, which was a lovely gift from one of my besties, but here's another cute on that is in stock) 

Saturday: Another poorly morning... so I had an easy day and just sat and watched housewives again, whilst finishing off a few more Valentines cards (slowly taking over my life), then had a chilled out evening eating pasta bake and pancakes whilst watching rubbish TV. with my Mum and Mike. Similar jeans (same as Friday), top and jumper.

Sunday: Didn't do an awful lot again, and spent most of the day chatting to Mum and Mike with the music channel on in the background. I did manage to sew a few panda heads and starting to design and make some dala horse badges though, so wasn't a completely unproductive day. Simalr shirt (the don't make shirt dresses anymore) and socks.

So there we have it, that was my week! I'm quite happy with how a couple of these illustrations have turned out, but can already see proportion mistakes and annoying bits I wish I could fix, but I think I might turn these into digital illustrations and fix those niggles! If you liked this little series please let me know, and I'll try think of similar ones I could do soon!

Socks For Christmas Please!

Socks have had a bad reputation for being a rubbish Christmas present, however I've always secretly loved receiving them, more so as I've got older. You can really never have too many socks, if you're anything like me they will soon be missing one of them, resorting in wearing odd socks constantly! Anyway, I decided to make a list of ten pairs of socks which definitely won't make people, who are less sock inclined, groan in disappointment!

Line One: Scottie Dogs, Foxes, Spotty, Swans, Heartbreaker, Shapes.

Line Two: Cat, Funky Dash Pattern, Knitted, Beetroot, Socks On Socks, Funky Shape Pattern.

Sweater Weather

If you are looking for the perfect Christmas jumper, either for Christmas day, festive fun or maybe you're having a Christmas Jumper Day on the 16th at work, then look no further as I have put the best of the best together for you! 

Fairisle Style: one, two, three, four, five, six

Pretty Patterns: one, two, three, four, five, six

Picture Perfect: one, two, three, four, five, six

Snazzy Shoes

Here is a little look at some of the snazzy shoes that have caught my eye recently which are perfect for spring throughout its sunny spells and rain clouds. Below is a list with click through links to where you can buy each pair, enjoy!!

Shark slippers, red sandals, poodle heels, denim look trainers, brown boots, bunny kitten heel slippers, checkerboard trainers, mustard floral brogues, orange heeled sandals, red spotty slip-ons, red welly boots, pink glittery heels, bunny heeled shoes, green spotty brogues, stripy flats, lace-up flats, floral boots and boyfriend trainers! (Phew!)