petak, 23. ožujka 2018.

Illustrating a Runaway Look From Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2018 Collection (Fashion Illustration of the Day: Watercolour)

Today I'm sharing with you a new fashion illustration of mine. The medium is pencil and watercolour on paper. I illustrated a look from Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2018 collection. Miuccia Bianchi Prada is a very talented designer and I for one have always loved her designs. Perhaps the devil does wear Prada (who knows?), but that shouldn't stop us from admiring this brand. Miuccia's collections never disappoint, but this one was particularly eye-catching. This Miu Miu collection was so bold and beautiful that I simply had to illustrate a look from it. I opted to illustrate this black midi dress with a bold yellow lettering. Scroll down if you want to see the painting process and read my thoughts on this collection. 

 Illustrating a Runaway Look From Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2018 Collection (Fashion Illustration of the Day: Watercolour)

Illustrating this dress was a lot of fun. I'm really not an expert when it comes to watercolour, I'm much more knowledgeable about oil and acrylic paints but I'm going to share my painting process just in case someone is interested. Perhaps those who know more about watercolour will say that I'm doing it all wrong, I really don't know that much. There are so many mediums in painting and perhaps it is not possible to be equally good in all of them. I mostly use watercolours to work on my fashion illustrations.  

Anyhow, here it goes. This is the first layer of paint. Before I had started applying watercolour paint, I made a sketch in pencil. I wanted to catch the model in mid walk, to make it look like one leg is just about to step down, I'm not sure have I managed to do that, but that's what I was going for.

I didn't base this illustration so much on the photograph as on the video I saw. It is easier for me to illustrate clothes when I see them 'in motion'. This is why I usually look for collections in YouTube. It is not always possible to accurate asses materials just from photographs. When I watch collections I usually mute the videos. I know that music is supposed to be an important part of a fashion show, but I prefer to see the clothes in silence. I'm not sure why, that's just how I am.

 Illustrating a Runaway Look From Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2018 Collection (Fashion Illustration of the Day: Watercolour)

If you're wondering about the watercolour brand, I honestly don't know. I got this one at the art course, and I didn't remember to ask. I might invest a bit more into watercolours once I feel like I'm getting better at all this aquarelle thing. I will probably continue to make fashion illustratuions in this media, but I will probably continue to use other mediums as well.

I wish I knew the name of the model, she's gorgeous. Why don't they list the names of the models who walk the fashion shows? Unless they're famous or you know them by face, it is really hard to find out the names of models who walk the shows. Or maybe there is some place where you can look for it? I don't know. So, if you know the name of this model let me know so that I can name her. 

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Bellow you can see how this illustration looks like with a second layer of paint. After the first layer of paint dried, I added the yellow lettering. Once that second layered dried, I added another layer of paint and finishing touches. At least I think I did. I'm not sure is this fashion illustration really finished or not. I like how it looks, I prefer it to other I made recently but I change my mind a lot. Sometimes it seems to me that my art is terrible or even worse mediocre, sometimes I love it. It's a constant struggle, but it is also a lot of fun. 

 Illustrating a Runaway Look From Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2018 Collection (Fashion Illustration of the Day: Watercolour)

I'm so in love with this collection. I feel like it's  quintessentially British, even if it's actually Italian and the Italian influences are clearly there.  Maybe it is a mix of the two that appeals to me so much.  It makes me think of the sixties and seventies, of Beatles and David Bowie. The new Miu Miu girl seems to be quite strongly unapologetic and fabulously fashion forward. My kind of girl. What do you think? Have you seen this Autumn Winter Miu Miu collection? Do you like it? I will totally wear these designs as soon as I win the lottery.

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 Illustrating a Runaway Look From Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2018 Collection (Fashion Illustration of the Day: Watercolour)

Lately, I've been experimenting with digital editing of my art. Here I added some stickers to my illustration. Black and yellow combo often makes me think of bugs. Maybe that is why I love them so much. Have I ever told you that I love bugs? I don't like spiders, but techically speaking spiders aren't bugs. Yes, spiders are not insects, they are arachnids (managed to spelled it from second attempt!). The thing with black and yellow is that it offers a very strong contrast. A contrast that I personally love. 

 Illustrating a Runaway Look From Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2018 Collection (Fashion Illustration of the Day: Watercolour)
My painting + digital editing

 Illustrating a Runaway Look From Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2018 Collection (Fashion Illustration of the Day: Watercolour)
fashion illustration

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My painting + digital editing

 That would be all for today. Thank you for reading. Have a fabulous weekend lovely people!


11 Ways To Style a Dusty Pink Skirt For Spring (Inspiration For Both Warm and Cold Spring Days)

Spring is in the air. Maybe not quite literally. As I explained, we have snow in the air right now, but it doesn't matter. The calendar says that Spring is here and I want to believe the calendar. So, here are 12 ways to style a pink dusty skirt. I think most of these tips can be applied to any pink skirt really, but I choose dusty pink for a reason. The reason is that I have one dusty pink skirt in my closet that I wear all the time. I must have worn it for a hundred times. I think I only paid something like ten euros for it. Best purchase ever! I wore this skirt with everything, from high heels to sneakers. I wore it when I went hiking and I wore it for weddings. It's one versatile skirt. Makes me think I need more dusty pink items. Who knows maybe I even have some in my closet? I need to look for them.

Bottom line is that by wearing a certain clothing item often, learning how to restyle it in different ways we can end up shopping less often and being less wasteful. Shopping our closets is one of the easiest ways to start being more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Wearing something just once or twice and getting rid of it is so wasteful. Plus, building up a relationship with our favourite clothing items can be a lot of fun. So, here are my suggestions for restyling one particular clothing item.

my marker drawing + editing

1. Wear a dusty pink skirt with a floral blouse

Powder pink matches most floral prints quite well. Here I paired it with a dress not a floral blouse but you get an idea, especially since you can't really see it's a dress. I often wear dresses under skirts, or you could also say that I wear skirts over dresses. The reasons for this is quite simple. This way you don't have to bother about undershirt and the lines your underwear will be less visible. I mean you can also wear a underskirt for that, but I know most people don't wear underskirts any more.

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2. Style a faux fur coat over a dusty pink skirt

Give me any excuse to wear a faux fur coat and I'm going to take it. This was one of my all time favourite outfits. Perhaps because it was all about layering. I wore a t shirt under a striped cardigan and a faux fur coat. Honestly, one of the most feel good outfits that I have ever worn. Some would say that black doesn't match dusty pink well, and in a way it is true. These two colours do contrast. However, keep in mind that fur (be it faux fur or ordinary fur) often has a particular shine to it. The texture of fur (synthetic or natural) makes it not only visually interesting but somewhat ever colour- changing, and this helps with the colour matching. In a way, fur is multicultured. Have you ever noticed that?

3. Wear a dusty pink skirt with a bright yellow top

Why not spice up things a little? This yellow top was designed by me and made by my mother. Way back when I was in high school, I would design things and my mother would sew them. Thanks mom! That was always awesome. This outfit is more appropriate for warmer than colder spring days obviously, but I think it's pretty cute and I plan to rewear it.
4. Pair a dusty skirt with sneakers and a red blazer

Another outfit that is all about colour contrasting, but boy did I love it or what! It was such a comfy outfit to wear. I loved the contrast between this blazer and dusty pink skirt. Some people don't like to mix red with pink, but I love it.

5. Wear a dusty pink skirt with a checkered shirt

Here is a suggestion for warm Spring days. Why not try pairing a dusty pink skirt with a nice pair of pink sunglasses and a black and white checkered shirt? In retrospective, I think this outfit was very cute. The more you think about it, the more you realize how versatile any clothing item can be. This is especially the case with skirt and dresses.

6. Wear a dusty pink skirt with a faux leather coat

Here is a suggestion for spring days that might be on the cooler side. I wore this outfit recently.  There are a lot of colours in this outfit and they do clash a bit but I liked wearing it and that's what matters. I actually think that the colour of this faux leather coat matches the dusty pink nicely. 
7. Wear a dusty pink skirt with a neon green shirt and a tweed jacket

Because mixing styles and textures is fun. This outfit was very comfy but at the same time felt elegant. I would totally wear it again, so I guess it was a winner.

8. Pair a dusty pink skirt with a blue vintage peter pan collar shirt

A dusty pink skirt is pretty much a girly choice. Why not pair it with something that is just as romantic and girly? Why not opt for a peter pan collar shirt? I love these kind of 'easy to wear' but girly and pretty spring styling.

9. Pair a dusty pink skirt with a red bomber jacket

Because nobody will expect you to. In this outfit, I made a contrast between the top and the bottom of the outfit by pairing a sporty top with a more dressed up bottom (heels and tights). Or maybe I just stole this jacket from my husband. I can't tell with certainty. It was back in 2013 guys. I have a good memory, but that's too much detail.

10. Wear a pink cardigan over a dusty pink skirt. Match different shades of pink.

Matching different shades of pink is always fun, right? Why not pair your dusty pink skirt with a more vibrant shade of pink? I will probably wear this combo again some time.

10. Wear a dusty pink skirt with a green jacket

Because green and pink make me think of Spring. They might not be an obvious combo, but it is something I like.

11. Wear a dusty pink skirt with a ruffled skirt

Why not dress up a little? Open toe heels are always a good choice and when you pair them with a ruffled skirt, you get one dressed up outfit. I need to remember to wear this again. In this outfit, the colours are coordinated (for a change) and I can see how it makes it look more polished.

That would be all for today. I hope you have enjoyed this post. Let me know if you would like to see similar posts in the future, the kind where I show you how to wear a same clothing item in different ways. I've done these sort of posts in the past and I think they're fun to make (and hopefully also to read) so I might be making one soon!

četvrtak, 22. ožujka 2018.

Illustrating a Catwalk Look From Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2018 Collection (Fashion illustration of the Day: Watercolour)

Today I'm back with a new fashion illustration. Once again, the medium is watercolour and pencil on paper. Once again, I'm not sure will I make any alternations, but I wanted to share this one as it is. I can always change it up a little bit if I want to. Plus, this is a pretty good way to show you what caught my eyes the most when we're talking about collections. I mean if I illustrated something, then you know it caught my eye, right? This time I illustrated a runaway look from Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2018 collection. How do you like it? 

I absolutely love this look. I think this was my first time illustrating one of Stella McCartney's designs but I do love her work. In my view, she is an absolutely original designer and I do respect that. Stella McCartney's not only creative, she is also a very environmentally friendly designer. She always makes sure that her collections are sustainable and I do admire that. Sustainability in fashion is important! I heard it said many times that fast fashion is one of the largest treats to environments. So, falling in love with clothes and shopping less can be a good way to fight pollution. When we truly love an item, then we want to keep it and it is more important to us that  we keep it in a good shape. Does that makes sense to you? I'm not advocating designer clothing items as such, I'm just speaking in general and saying that being  more conscious about our purchases is always good. I might speak about this subject a bit more in the future. 

Yesterday was the first day of Spring....and you know what? It snowed! Can you imagine? Snow for the first day of Spring. I know that in some places it is quite common, but in the Mediterranean region. It was a lovely surprise, though. I know it is easy for me to say. I know there are a lot of you that are really tired of the snow and I don't blame you, but to me snow looked so beautiful yesterday. I felt as if I was in a fairy-tale. We hardly ever get snow so when it snows here, I always feel like I've just travelled to some other country. 

You know despite writing down the name of the collection in pencil (you can see it in the bottom of the illustration), when I wanted to take another look at this catwalk look, I made the mistake of looking for this collection in Stella's Autumn/Winter collection simply because the boots made me think of Winter. Only when had browsed through her Autumn/Winter collection (and that one is gorgeous as well), I finally remembered that this look belongs to Stella's Spring collection.

However, we do wear boots in Spring, so why they shouldn't be a part of a Spring collection? This particular look is seriously stunning. I would totally wear it right now. Would you? Runaway looks are sometimes more theatrical and fashion forward and not that I mind that, I actually love it, but it is also lovely to see something you can wear for every day. I'm a big fan of midi skirts, any time anywhere. For me, this look is pure perfection. It's feminine but it looks very comfy at the same time.

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These dried flowers ( I love drying flowers if you hadn't noticed) made me think of this design so I had to take a photograph with them. The other photographs I'm sharing were all taken on the same day, most of them are unedited but some of them I edited. I've been trying to experiment a bit with adding effects to my illustration and drawings. Although, I think I'm really a more old fashion kind of illustrator, it is always nice to try something new. That would be all for today? Let me know how are you? How is the weather? Has the Spring arrived yet? Here it is still cold, I guess that we have to wait a bit longer.

Illustrating a Catwalk Look From Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2018 Collection (Fashion illustration of the Day: Watercolour)
My painting + digital editing

Illustrating a Catwalk Look From Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2018 Collection (Fashion illustration of the Day: Watercolour)

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See my previous illustration here

Illustrating a Catwalk Look From Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2018 Collection (Fashion illustration of the Day: Watercolour)

Illustrating a Catwalk Look From Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2018 Collection (Fashion illustration of the Day: Watercolour)

Illustrating a Catwalk Look From Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2018 Collection (Fashion illustration of the Day: Watercolour)

ponedjeljak, 19. ožujka 2018.

My Fashion Illustration of the Day (Watercolour on paper, Illustrating a Look from Chanel Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 Ready-To-Wear Collection Worn by Kaia Gerber))

Time for another fashion illustration of mine. This time I  illustrated by a catwalk look. As I told you, recently I finally got the change to catch up with some of the collections I wanted to see. Last Saturday I have spent an entire day watching fashion shows and illustrating looks that caught my eye the most. Now, it's time to show you some of them and why not start with this one?  This look was worn by Kaia Gerber in Chanel Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 Ready To Wear Collection.

It is a wonderful design to illustrate. The dress itself is very elegant and classical. Black lace dress is always a nice choice. The accessories for this look are very interesting,  an oversize rose pink bag with a print and long gloves in a hot pink shade. Do you like it? Have you had the chance to see this  collection yet? If yes, how did you like it?

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The medium for this one is pencil and watercolour on paper. I'm not sure will I keep the outline I made with the pencil or I will delete it. I'm also considering filling in the outline with a marker or a coloured pencil in a shade of the skin. So many ideas, so little time! Maybe I will add some finishing touches to this illustration, maybe not. I'll keep you posted. I did enjoy illustrating this look. This LBD is absolutely beautiful. I used two layers of watercolour on the additional (peplum) lace layer of the dress because when lace is layered  on lace, there is always a darkening effect. I tried to make the lace details visible, but not too detailed.

Illustrating fashion is always an interesting experience. There are so many different styles when it comes to fashion illustrations. Some are more true to body's proportions (anatomical), some are more stylized (idolized). After tackling fashion illustration for a few years I seem to have developed a preference for elongated necks and legs. Maybe I could even call it my style. Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!
pencil + watercolour on paper

nedjelja, 18. ožujka 2018.

Transitional Outfit : How To Style a Red Vintage Dress? (Sunny Spring Day Outfit Proposal #1)

Today I'm sharing with you a transitional outfit. I paired this red vintage dress with black leggings. I didn't wear a coat because the dress is warm enough on its own (at least it was on a very sunny day I wore it). Vintage dresses often come with under dresses and this one is no exception, so that makes them warmer for obvious reasons. I did wear leggings with this one,  because for my taste it is still not time to go bear legged. I opted for pink heels, because I like how pink and red looks together. How do you like this transitional outfit? 

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Transitional Outfit : How To Style a Red Vintage Dress

This red vintage dress used to be belong to my aunt. She gave it to me a few years ago. Last (and only time) I wore it on this blog was back in 2015 (here). I adore it. The cut is simply divine, and the colour is so eye-catching. The reason why I don't wear it often is because I'm afraid that I might damage it. It is such a beautiful vintage dress, though. I'm happy that I can call this fashion treasure my own. 

Do you ever face a similar dilemma? Do you have a vintage item you adore but you're afraid to wear it lest something happens to it? Do you like vintage clothes? 

Transitional Outfit : How To Style a Red Vintage Dress

Transitional Outfit : How To Style a Red Vintage Dress

Transitional Outfit : How To Style a Red Vintage Dress

Transitional Outfit : How To Style a Red Vintage Dress

subota, 17. ožujka 2018.

Rainy Days Outfit Proposal #2 ( How To Wear A Side Braid?)

Here comes another outfit proposal for rainy days. The gorgeous building behind me was build in 1898. I'm always enthusiastic about historical building and if I remember well, with this one it was love at first sight. Besides being my favourite historical building in Mostar, this place is also one of Mostar's high schools known as Old Gymnasium or Mostar Gymnasium. In addition, within this building (apart from this high school/gymnasium) you can also find United Worlds College. UWC describes itself as a global movement for education and they have collages all over the world. I'm not sure about how many students this UWC collage has, but the students seem to come from all parts of the world, a really mixed bunch, so I imagine that studying in such an international institution must be fun. The reason why I often hang out here is another institution and that's American corner. First thing that any bookworm does when he or she moves to a new town is to find out where all the libraries are. That is what I did when I moved to Mostar many years ago. I visit the library in American corner fairly often. If you are an ex pat living in Mostar and are looking for a nice library, I can totally recommend this place. You can see more photographs of this beautiful historical building here and here.

Rainy Days Outfit Proposal #2 ( How To Wear A Side Braid?)

Rainy Days Outfit Proposal #2 ( How To Wear A Side Braid?)

The quality of these photographs isn't so great, but I choose not to edit them because I'm not sure how to go about it. I'm not very good with editing. As I said, I don't really plan my outfit posts. It's more a case of 'my husband sometimes takes my photographs and I sometimes publish them'.  As you might have noticed, most of the time I publish outfits I wear for everyday outings, not very glamours events. In this case, I went to return A Painted House by John Grisham to the library.

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A Painted House, a novel by John Grisham  ( book review and recommendation by @bookmagiclove)
You can read my review of A Painted House here.

Rainy Days Outfit Proposal #2 ( How To Wear A Side Braid?)

  Obviously, I didn't notice that I was holding this book (or the covers) upside down when we took these photographs. I did read it, it's not a prop for photography purpuses. If you want to read my review of this book, you can do so here.  Bittersweet and nostalgic, this novel isn't typical Grisham. As a historical fiction, it works quite well. I thought the plot has some weaknesses, but nothing major. I read it back in January and I quite liked it. I do like Grisham's simple but descriptive style of writing.I think that is what makes his books so suitable for movie adaptations.

coat: Bajina bašta, boots: Šimecki, leggings/bag/turtleneck: old

Seeing these photographs, I keep wondering about what was under my coat. I don't mean that in a weird exhibitions way. I just don't remember what skirt I wore over these leggings. I think I wore a denim skirt over these leggings, but I can't tell for sure since I didn't take any photographs without my coat that day. I always wear something over leggings and most of the time, it's a skirt. I  already shared an almost identical on the blog (bad, bad blogger that I am I sometimes repeat outfits), so I won't comment on in. All I'm going to say is that I love this hairdo. A little side braid is simple enough to learn, won't take away much time from you and  it can add something extra special to your look. I hardly ever think of hairdos as a way to enhance an outfit, but in reality our hairstyle do play a role in creating the right look. It is when our hairstyle complements our outfits perfectly, that our outfits look well put together. It is something we might forget, but make no mistake. Choosing the right hairstyle can make all the difference.

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Rainy Days Outfit Proposal #2 ( How To Wear A Side Braid?)

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