Oh the places we’ll go

Travel 2016

It’s opener there
In the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
And frequently do
To people as brainy
And footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
Don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
Who soar to high heights.

 

 

Travel time!!

I know, I know! It’s been ages! I’m sorry. Life has gotten busy (as it does) Little life update:  In 2 weeks I’m off to Europe! I’ll be uploading some posts about travel style and a few travel sketches whilst I’m away will be here too! I post regularly on my instagram! So if you like, you can hop on over and follow me there ! :)

I’m starting to think of handbag essentials. Here’s a little flatlay of some of my top picks for now.

1: Bag – Grabbed this one from Asos
2: passport *very important* hehe
3: Invisible zinc sunscreen/face moisturizer
4: Sunnies! Mine are from Lespecs
5: Hand sanitiser- I love the smell of this one from ‘Young living’  It’s full of essential oils so It’s also good for your skin. (Thanks Mum!)
6: A lipstick (I always find lipstick makes you look that little bit more put together.. not sure why) This one is ‘Nars’ in the shade ‘Cruising’

I’ve never travelled before, so I’m beyond excited! I’m so rookie. haha, what are your essentials? What should I be packing? Let me know loves!

Speak soon,
Claudia

Colour combos for chicks who don’t wear colour!

If you’re anything like me, colour in the wardrobe is.. difficult. I’m constantly torn between wanting to wear colour but also wanting to appear minimal. This Summer, I’ve challenged myself to wear more colour. Now, this doesn’t mean I’m going to start wearing every colour under the sun! I’ve decided to take a minimal approach to colour. Here are some combos i’m thinking of sporting!

Pink and cream/light grey


  


orange, navy/brown

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 Lilac+ tan

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Dusty pink, red/burgundy (if you’re feeling brave)

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Aqua/mint + khaki/grey

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Xmas stuff soon to come! Let me know if you would like to see any particular types of posts this December!

Claud xx

Styling Overalls! (so you don’t look 10!)

Recently at my work we’ve had a big delivery of overalls or dungarees and don’t get me wrong! I’ve always loved them! I think they look effortless and chic. But here’s the thing. They give off a very youthful carefree vibe.. but I already have a baby face! The last thing I need is a garment that’s going to take me back to my toddler years. BUT! (and there are a lot of ‘buts’ in this post) We got them in white! And i’m a sucker for anything in the 3 base colours (black, white and grey) I’d seen bloggers wear them and so I thought ‘Just give them a chance!’

I’ve done a lil research and here is how I’m thinking of styling them ! (so I don’t
look 10!)

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Over the past year i’ve become a fan of minimalism in fashion.. Clean silhouettes and colours.. I LOVE the look these white overalls with another light colour underneath. Looks really fresh and clean!
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You could go the full length version as well! If you’re short like me, heels are a nice pick.. They add a touch of maturity and sophistication. If they’re a black pair, you could carry them from day to night with a pair of heels! Otherwise, a pair of sneakers will do. I love the wash of denim in the second image.

I think these items would be a great combo -

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I’ll probably post an outfit pic on my insta this week some time, so if you’re interested head over there to see how I styled them :)

Enjoy your day! xx
Claudia

 

10 drawing tips!

Hey hey lovelies!

So every now and then I get asked for some tips on drawing and so I thought i’d whip together a little post giving you my top 10 tips when drawing! Please note these aren’t the ‘be all and end all’ tips of drawing! These are some techniques that work for me and have developed over time. You can alter any of these techniques to suit your style or even build upon them! It’s entirely up to you! So here goes!

#1  Invest in a good set of pencils and an even better sharpener!

I use ‘Faber Castell Polychromos’ and LOVE them! Highly recommend. You don’t want any pencil that has a waxy or chalky texture.  A big mistake is getting a great set of pencils and then a crap sharpener! It’ll eat away at your pencils until you’re left with a pencil the size of your pinky! (Or smaller! Believe me… they can get smaller!) The sharper the pencil, the more precise the detail. Obvious stuff yeh?

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#2 Always have a smudging stump near by!

In year 9, my art teacher told me to NEVER use my fingers when attempting to blend my pencil rendering. At first I was skeptical.. but she was right! When using your fingertip, oils transfer onto your paper and make blending more difficult. It can create stains whereas a stump will even out your colouring and help create a nice coverage. Very inexpensive and come in ALL sizes!!

#3 Use appropriate paper!

Always make sure you’re using adequate paper. Nothing too smooth that doesn’t show any texture.. but nothing too rough that stops you from blending properly. Ask in your local art and craft store about drawing paper. There are plenty of pads around for all styles.

#4 Break things up into shapes! 

When you’re drawing from observation, break things up into shapes! Try not to look at things as one big shape, but rather smaller individual ones.

#5 Start with the lightest colour and build!

You can always go darker but it’s harder to go lighter! If you’re working off a photo, find the lightest colour in it.. and start with that. Build depth by adding colours layer by layer ! I find blending each layer also helps.

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#6  Use your rubber as a highlighter

Don’t be afraid to rub out sections of your drawing to show the light is hitting it. Drawing a section and rubbing it out completely is sometimes what needs to be done to show depth.

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 #7  Use your white pencil/pem!

Often the white pencil is underrated! Use it! Adding a layer of white pencil on top of a blended area can help erase the ‘pencil’ look and create a more ‘realistic’ finish to your drawing. It also helps blend colours together! Very useful!

 #8 Take pictures of your progress

This one is a bit of a weird one. Not really sure how it works, but it does. Often when you’re staring at your drawing for so long, you can fail to see the flaws in it. Take a pic with your phone and look at the image on your phone. Sometimes seeing your drawing in a different scale helps you see the areas you need to work on.

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#9 Have a good balance of sharp and soft lines
The most realistic drawings are always a combination of crisp outlines and soft rendering. Look closely at your reference picture and try to identify what should be crisp and what needs to be blended out a bit more.

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#10 Keep practising !

Like anything.. Practise makes almost perfect!! Keep drawing and I guarantee you’ll see improvement!

Hope this helped someone out there..

Lots of love

Claud xx

A to Z

Excited to show you guys my latest print! An animal for every letter of the alphabet ! This one is available in A3 and A2 in my Etsy store right now!

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26 unique animals. All so different.

Really hope you like this one! Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Claud xx

Nail polish that won’t scare you!

I am hardly ever without nail polish! Having grown up with my Mum who is HUGE on natural alternatives, it’s only normal for me to find the healthiest option to most things. In the spirit of Halloween, I thought I would share some healthy festive colours from two of my favourite brands! Plus, a lil rundown on why 5 free is
so important.
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Kester Black is proudly Australian made and owned. (yay!)  
The nail polish follows the “Five Free Formula” meaning it contains no Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor. Which really means nothing unless you know exactly what these 5 things do and why you shouldn’t have them anywhere near your skin! Here is a little run down.

Toluene- Can cause irritation to our eyes, noses and throats, and can cause skin to become dry and cracked
DBP- Gets absorbed through the skin, and can also enhance the strength of other harmful chemicals.
Formaldehyde- A fungicide and disinfectant. In some cases even cause immune response issues.
Formaldehyde Resin- It’s a known allergen. Can cause skin irritations and eye and lung irritation. (Think about how much we breathe it in when applying! yikes!)
Camphor- In small doses camphor can cause reactions such as a really fast heart beat, slowed breathing, and increased perspiration.

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The Australian fashion brand ‘Limedrop‘ also have their own range of Nail Polish that are Australian made! Also 5 free, vegan and palm oil free!  Loving the gold shade! And who else thought of  Charlie Brown when they saw the first colour?

Stay safe loves,
Claud xx

Warmer weather textures

I’m a big ‘textures’ girl! I love to incorporate lots of different textures into me everyday outfits, but I find in Summer it gets more and more difficult to do so. I think it’s the lack of chunky knits and leather that makes it tricky. I’ve come up with a few different current trends that showcase some wearable textures that you won’t
sweat in!!

 

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First, is anything sheer! A lot of people are really scared of sheer pieces but you shouldn’t be! This sheer tee is perfect for nights out! Chuck a bralette or bandeau underneath and you’re set! The sheer material adds a nice textured piece to your outfit and it’ll be nice and breezy! Okay okay.. I sort of cheated with one of these items.. But I couldn’t resist! This faux fur clutch is adorable! And lets face it.. you’re not exactly weearrriinngg it.. So getting sweaty isn’t an issue. Adds a pop of colour to a minimal outfit and an element of interest.

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I was reluctant about the ‘boyfriend shorts’ trend.. but after seeing them styled here and there by different bloggers; I feel differently. I think a pair of heels makes these suckers look great! Distressed denim is another really wearable material to sport in the summer. You can get your hands on Skirts, Shorts and even Shirts that look distressed and it gives a really cool edgy vibe to an outfit.

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean knits are completely out of the picture! Love this knitted crop! Generally knits in this silhouette are made from a much thinner material.. So the warmth wont be an issue!

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Satin is another interesting material to play with! This Bustier would catch all the light on a night out; adding some dimension to your outfit. Same goes with the metallic pair of flats! If you’re afraid of outlandish textures/colours try and incorporate them into your accessories first and see
how you go!

Those are my picks guys! I know how easy it is to lose outfit inspo when the weather changes! (especially in Melb! Home of unexpected weather changes!) Hope this helped some of you or gave you some ideas of what outfits you can rock
this Summer.

Claud xx

Black and White dogs are here!

The three dogs are here! All three are available as A4 prints in my store as of today! I’m proud of these three. Hope you’re feelin them too! Let me know of any other breeds you’d be interested in seeing. I’m open to any animals/breeds/colours! So be as creative as you like!

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Have a happy day lovelies!!

Claud xx

The Wardrobe 3/5

A progress shot of my third instalment of ‘The wardrobe’ (click for pt1 and pt2) I started this one MONTHS ago.. And as always find it months later rolled up covered in dust. I decided to start doing it again.. cause why not?  For this one, unlike the jumper and shirt drawings, I’m only using 4 or so colours. Here is what i’ve done so far.. (Mind you, it is a midi dress aghh! So lots more to go)

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^* BEST SHARPENER EVER! * Also, please forgive how blunt the pencils are.. *face palms ashamed* I took the picture right after completing a section. I’ve left the label of the dress blank because I was thinking of coming up with my own word.. Not too sure what to put there. What do you think?

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More to come soon!

Claud xx