Category Archives: Inspiration

too pretty

 

candels by alexa rose_v2

 

 

 

I received a lovely package of some candles a couple of weeks ago from the lovely ladies at Candles by Alexa Rose.

They are now displayed all around my room. Some on my bedside table as you can see in the image above,  a couple are also in my book shelves and there’s one on my dresser.

The candles all have different quotes and images on them and the ones I received are so me. They had all my favourite things on them; Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, one had ‘The Juliet Report’ on it, a coffee one and the ones in the photo. These candles are very personal and special and make a such a great gift. They are actually too special and too pretty for me to use.

Jx

 

credits: photo and illustrations by me.

Links:

Candles by Alexa Rose

comme inspired

2014.10.03_de clieu coffee 2014.10.03_ess laboratory owners

I think I forgot to mention that in January I got a job as an assistant designer with a menswear suiting company. yay me !. It has been super, it has been fun, I have been learning so much, and I especially love that it is based in Fitzroy. Fitzroy is such a cool place. There is so much going on, so many cool stores, cool cafes, restaurants, and the people, such a cool mixed bag of personalities.

The studio we work in is on the second level and we can look down onto Smith St, it’s so fun people watching. There are also regulars that you look out for and super fashion people that you always want to catch a glimpse of just to see what they’re wearing on that day.

My favourite place to go to for coffee and to hang out is De Clieu. The coffee is superb, the food is delish (especially the muesli) and the coolest people go there. When I was there the other day I saw this really cool Japanese couple walk in and order takeaway coffee. I wanted to stare at them, but I didn’t want them to see me staring. The woman had a Rei Kawakubo hair style, they both wore Comme Des Garcons looking clothing which probably is comme des garcons, the guy had the cooolest glasses. I was so inspired by them, that I texted my brother to tell him about them and as soon as I got to work I told the design team about them. Which was interesting because they knew exactly who I was talking about! How about that! They told me that the couple own their own store on Gertrude street called Ess Laboratory and that they have a cute child with the same haircut as the mum.

I totally stalked them online, and will go visit the store in the next week! Anyway, above are some sketches I did, the first is of my De Clieu takeaway coffee that I sketched without looking at the page. And below that is a sketch I did of the ESS Laboratory couple I saw in De Clieu.

In an attempt to draw more I have started carrying around my sketch book with me, and using it as a journal to sketch and document my world. It’s actually super fun! I will try to share as much of is as I can!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Jx

Links

De Clieu

Comme Des Garcons

ESS Laboratory

The Kawabata’s

Rei Kawakubo

fashion photoshop and kanye

 

cad ex 2 cad ex

 

More experimentation with Photoshop. So fun. Still using Thom Browne Fall 2013 RTW, because, why not, it’s so fucking amazing.

My favourite album at the moment is Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer. I watched Kanye when he was on tour in Melbourne and he is all I’ve been listening to lately. What are you listening to?

Jx

 

 

 

 

the row s2015

 

the row illustration

One of my top looks from NYFW S2015 was the one above from The Row. The image above on the left is from from style.com and the one on the left is my illustration.

 

The Row is a label I am falling more and more in love with each season.

Just in case you weren’t aware, the designers at The Row are Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. They named it “The Row” after Savile Row in London. Mary Kate and Ashely explain the label as being; “…refined, minimal luxury that is wearable. …everything tailored to your body…”

 

Jx

 

Links:

Video interview with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

The Row S2015 on Style.com

The Row Website

About Savile Row, London

 

 

 

 

 

roman holiday illustrations

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I watched Roman Holiday tonight so I could remind myself of what ‘Anja’ gets up to on her day off from being a princess. It is part of some research that I am doing for my design concept.

I giggled so many times, the character of the princess who is played by Audrey Hepburn is so cute and so funny.

 

The drawings above where created by me, I drew them with pencil, then outlined in fineliner and added colour using photoshop. I was originally going to leave them in black and white, but I actually like them better with colour.

 

The reason I watched Roman Holiday, and have outlined the above sequences is because I am exploring the idea or the concept of a ‘flaneuse’. Some meanings of a flaneuse are;

– a person who walks the city in order to experience it

– aimless idle behaviour

– in order to engage in flaneri, one must not have anything too definite in mind

– a flaneuse is a detached pedestrian given to observing and commenting on milieu – critically and analytically to be sure but not without bemusement, even fondness.

 

So, now you can see how the character is totally a flaneuse. I think I am also quite the flaneuse. Are you?

 

Jx

ida’s bowl of strawberries

2014.07.15_ida_s bowl of strawberries

 

I have been following Ida Laerke on instagram and through her blog for at least couple of years now and she has always inspired me.

I always look forward to her posts and new photographs, to see what she is up to, what is inspiring her or to see what is going on and what the weather is like in Copenhagen. Ida is so creative and I love how she curates/styles her photographs.

I wanted to start taking photographs the way she does, or at least being more creative and putting more thought into the photographs I take. However, I don’t really have much time to do that at the moment, so I decided to illustrate her photographs instead.

The image above is a watercolour illustration I did of Ida’s bowl of strawberries.

 

Jx