Friday, July 24, 2015

Recent Work: Pears & Roses

Like every other artist I'm still looking for my 'signature' style. I just can't seem to stick to one way of working. Sometimes I feel like something colorful and cute, the other day black and white and dark. One day I want to make something simple, the other day some elaborate collage. I don't know if this is a good or a bad thing, but for now I just create whatever I feel like. I think the only way to find your signature is by just creating as much as possible. Anything your creative mind comes up with. Don't worry about it too much :) Here's two things my mind came up with this week..
I made sketches for this cute 'pear' a year ago but was never happy with the outcome so I decided to work on it again this week! I really like it now!

This floral drawing I randomly came across in my old files and I was surprised I never used it for anything. So I made a pattern out of it!

As usual both of these designs can be found over in my Redbubble shop. Have a wonderful weekend everyone! It's super sunny, hot and beautiful over here so I hope mind will be a good one ^^

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My 6 Favourite Youtubers

Today I thought I'd share some of my favourite youtubers with you! Youtube has always been one of my best friends (that sounds kinda sad but it's true!). It keeps me company when I'm working, doing beauty stuff or just feel all blah and uninspired. It's been my therapist, motivator and support. It has helped me learn new things about design, health and just.. life! I still remember when youtube just came out. I was amazed at what you could find on there (mostly emo music videos, anime and fanmade Harry Potter videos :P). ANYWAY, let's get to it!

Kiera Rose
I've been following Kiera for a while now. I started watching her videos when she was still Scarlet Saint and had bright turquoise hair! Thanks to her I've learned a lot about mental health and came to understand and identify my own mental health problems (social anxiety etc.). Her videos also helped me to accept myself just the way I am. She's such a kick ass lady with amazing style, her own little company and beautiful tattoos. I also think it's pretty cool she proposed to her boyfriend instead of waiting for him to take the plunge. All in all, Kiera is one of those people I never talked to or met in real life, but it feels like she's one of my best friends.

Cherry Dollface
Cherry is another youtuber who truly helped me to love myself and embrace who I am. She also helped me (and is still helping me) to dive more into the whole vintage/pinup culture and style. Another thing she taught me is to laugh at myself more, not take every little thing too seriously and that kindness is very important. The other day I sent her an email when she asked about places she should visit in Canada for her next makeup, hair & photoshoot tour with some recommendations (and begging her to come to Toronto!) and she actually replied to thank me! I might've squeeled and fangirled for a moment. The fact she actually took some time to reply and thank me really shows what a great person she is. I hope I'll get to meet her next year!!

Cassey Ho, the amazing lady who started Blogilates, is pretty much my work out buddy. I started doing her videos about 4/5 years ago and never looked back. Not only did I see big physical changes, most changes were actually mentally and spiritually. I'm a lot stronger and determined mentally now, am a lot more confident, and pilates has helped me so much with my anxiety. She truly believes that every body is beautiful. She admits her flaws. You're welcomed to the family no matter where you are on your fitness journey. She also educated me on clean and healthy eating and introduced me to the magic of 2 ingrediĆ«nt banana pancakes! Blogilates is the one hour of my day I always look forward to.

Lindy has a contagious positivity that always brightens my day! I especially enjoy watching her videos when I'm doing my nails or my stretches. I love getting a glimpse of her day to day life in her vlogs. Her baby is so adorable and the little captions she adds of what her son or dogs might be thinking always make me giggle.

Another beautiful lady who introduced me to the wonderfulness of pinup style. Ashley Marie is so gorgeous and comes across as such a sweet yet fierce lady. Her hair skills are amazing and nails always on point. But she's also not afraid of showing her 'bare mug' and talk about loving yourself. Her style is also a big inspiration for me and I love the cute videos she makes with her boyfriend!

I found out about Vintagious only a little while ago while looking for a video showing some simple vintage hairstyles. Hers was in my opinion the greatest one. I love how down to earth she is and to the point in her tutorials. What also helps is that she has the same kind of hair as I do and it gave me hope that vintage styles are possible even when you have a big fuzzball on your head. Definitely go check her out if you want to start learning vintage hair and make up styles!

Do you follow any of these youtubers? Who else should I follow? Please share!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Woman Crush: Bettie Page

Bettie Page is someone I always heard a whole lot about, but never really looked into as much as I do with Marilyn Monroe or Dita von Teese. The other day I just randomly typed in her name on Pinterest while looking for inspiration and looking at her photographs instantly made me feel happy! She has such a beautiful, sexy and fun attitude and truly proofs she is the pin up queen! These pictures make me want to put on a bikini and dance to some rockabilly on the beach.

Apparently Bettie Page always did her own makeup and hair and made her own bikinis and costumes! She learned all this when she tried to imitate famous movie stars with her sister as a teenager. She got her famous Bettie bangs because her photographer suggested that she style her hair with bangs in front to keep light from reflecting off her high forehead when being photographed.

After looking at all these pictures I really want to get some clip-in bangs to experiment with. I don't think I'll ever be brave enough to get bettie bangs permanently (they might not even suit my face!) but it would be fun to try out some fake ones :)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Recent work: lots of tea, please!

All of you should know by now that I'm a huge tea lover, both drinking it and inspiration wise. I love to look at pretty tea sets and draw them.. or even 'paint' with tea! It should come as no surprise that my latest artworks are a complete tea overload.

Care for a cup of Cat Tea?

Sketch from my sketchbook

I kinda want one of those elephant tea pots...

As usual my designs are available on Redbubble on all kinds of products! I love the new hardcover note/sketchbooks they have. I've been feeling a little uninspired lately (hence the lack of new work) but I'm thinking of doing more fifties/retro themed things. It always helps me to stick to a theme when I'm stuck :)

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Little Things: books, books and froot loops!

Last weekend was pretty eventful! We got to get a glimpse of the PanAm Games going on in Toronto right now, which is actually pretty damn cool. We went down to the 'grounds' because there would be a free concert going on and there was a lot of other cool stuff going on! Especially with the amazing weather we're having I love being in this festival-ish vibe. Besides that I've been reading a lot, eating lots of delicious things and I will now put it all in a list for everyone to enjoy :)

Mango/pineapple smoothies  take out chinese and fortune cookies  Games of charades with friends  pretty red birds  the picture on my bodywash bottle  clumy penguin videos  going for a walk in the park with the cat who randomly decided to follow me the whole way  New Orange is the New Black  Making a 'to read' book list working in my permanent resident application and gettin to document our relationship so far in text and pictures c:  full breakfast when you're super hungry  lilac nails  froot loops  Zorro being silly and cute  Listening to records and reading with my love  Maynard's mini peaches  reading and browsing for hours in the bookstore to kill time (and lusting over the Vintage Tea Party Book for the 100th time)  slushies on a super hot day  Free USS concert at the Panam Games grounds  getting coke cans with our names on them  striking silly poses in a super expensive car  Watching 'Me, Earl and the Dying Girl' late night at the downtown theater (it was great!)  when you realize your nails are actually Creamy Garlic nails reading the book the next day  baking my favourite Oatmeal Lemon Creme Bars  Lazy Sundays after Busy Saturdays  Cruising to Circa Survive  Bubzvlogz (her baby boy is soooo cute and chubby! Her videos relax me and make me happy!)  This (to me) hilarious Lizard video

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

My Favourite Uses For Coconut Oil

I did it. I jumped on the Coconut Oil bandwagon. And let me tell you, I'm SO GLAD I DID! After seeing it pop up in countless of youtube videos and blogs I simply had to get my hands on a jar. So when I was at an eco/healthy grocery store the other day and saw literally an entire wall of different kinds I knew that was the day I would try this apparent magical substance.

This the one I got (after smelling and reading the labels of a lot of them) by Spectrum. I got it because it was cheap, organic AND has a rainbow on the front. You can basically get any kind as long as the labels says nothing else but (organic) coconut oil. Make sure the label reads either 'Virgin' or 'Organic', NOT 'Hydrogenated'. Real, natural coconut oil is odorless and tasteless. And even though I love the taste and smell of coconut I wanted the real deal! As for as I know, this is nothing but true organic coconut oil.

Sooo what can you do with it? Well, let's jump straight into it shall we!?

1. Make-up Remover
This is my number one favourite use! It literally melts that stubborn make-up off of your skin. Normally I'd wake up with mascara stains or would have to rub to get everything off. With this, I just warm a little bit between my fingers, gently rub it over my eyes and wipe it away with a tissue! Believe me, it's amazing. Super gentle, all natural and cheap. I do use a tonic afterwards for my entire face to feel fresh, but at least I don't have to rub my face anymore.

2. Make a coconut & sugar facial or body scrub
This is also a great, all natural way to clean and smooth out your skin. Just mix sugar and coconut oil together (I kind of eyeball it, and whatever is left I keep in a small air-tight container). Use finer sugar for you face (either store bought or put regular sugar in a blender and grind it) and regular sugar for you body. Just wash your face and/or body with soap afterwards and voila! Super soft and nourished skin.

3. Smooth out flyaways and dry ends
Yes you can even use it to style your hair! I'm always taunted but those pesky baby hairs, flyaways and dry ends. Just warm a tiny bit between your fingers and gently smooth over any hairs sticking out or hydrate your dry ends. It works great for me personally and instantly adds some shine to your hair. Surprisingly it doesn't make my hair greasy at all!

4. Soften your skin and strenghten your nails
Before I used coconut oil my nails were very weak and kept breaking all the time. It was driving me (coco)nuts! I love having long nails but they simply weren't co operating. Now I use the oil on my hands and massage it into my cuticles almost every night and my nails are super strong now and haven't broken in a while (let's hope I won't jinx myself) and my hands are a lot softer. I also like to rub a little on my lips once it's on my hands. Again, it's surprisingly not greasy at all and you could definitely use it as a full body moisturiser as well!

5. Oil Pulling
I admit it sounds a little gross, but hear me out. This oil is great for oil pulling. Basically what you do is take a tablespoon of oil and put it in your mouth. Swish it around for about 15-20 minutes and then spit it out in the trashcan (NOT in the sink. It will clog it). It's amazing for your oral health and whitens your teeth. I always feel like I just had a dental cleaning when I do it.

There's so many more things coconut oil is great for, but these are my personal favourites! Just google or youtube coconut oil and you'll find a lot more uses! Do you use it? Do you want to get jar now?

Monday, July 6, 2015

My 5 Favourite Blogs

I've been reading and writing blogs for a long time now. I've been on so many platforms like livejournal, deviantart, wordpress and now blogger and have been following other bloggers on here for a while as well. Over the years lots of them disappeared, or both them and I changed so much that I wasn't interested in following them anymore. ANYWAY, I thought it would be fun to make a list of blogs of which I read basically every single thing they post.

I was never the kind of girl to dream about her wedding. It was just never a priority to me. But thanks to Rock 'n Roll bride I started fantasizing about my wedding even before I met my boyfriend. Well, it's not even really about the wedding idea.. I mainly just love all the amazing photographs on there of off-beat weddings and people and to read about their stories. What can I see.. I just love seeing quirky people in love and having their 'happily ever after'. She also sometimes posts other things to inspire and/or motivate you and all in all it's just a great blog with good vibes all around!

Usually I'm not the biggest fan of 'daily outfit' fashion kind of blogs, but Ashley is the exception! She always has the greatest pin up inspired outfits and not to mention the greatest hair colours! All her colours and styles inspire me and make me smile every time. It's also great to watch her grow and develop as a woman. Going from one job to another, having a baby girl, balancing everything. She seems very genuine and down to earth. And I just want to own her entire wardrobe.

Just the layout of this blog will instantly make you smile (and have a cavity or two!). Sweetapolita makes the cutest and most beautiful, delicious looking cakes ever. Food is a huge inspiration for me creatively and her posts are sure to inspire me every time. I'm dying to get my hands on her brand new book, if even just to look at the pictures..

Cara's bright and colourful outfits always make me smile! Plus her banner has Hello Kitty and unicorns so you can't go wrong with that.. I love her pink and purple hair (I might be biased just a liiiiitle bit when it comes to that haha) her quirky style and pretty nail art. Again this girl seems very genuine and cool and that's what always attracts me to blogs. Plus she has a hot pink car. Enough Said.

This blog is from the awesome couple Jenny and Aaron and they have a super cute shop with all kinds of pastel coloured pastries to decorate your home. I always love their colour pallet with light pink and blue with a touch of black to even everything out. Jenny also posts the cutest little DIY and mixed media projects and always provides me with lots of creative inspiration! They also post some pretty delicious recipes every once in a while. After browsing through their blog looking for pictures to use for this post, I instantly feel like grabbing my craft supplies and create something deliciously cute!

Are you following any of these blogs? I'm kind of to lazy lately to look for new blogs to follow, so if you have any tips for me, please let me know!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Pinspiration: tea, rainbow hair, food, pink and pin ups

Things that will always inspire me: tea, rainbow hair, food, pink and pin ups. Thank heavens for Pinterest where there's a huge never ending collection of eyecandy. I love browsing through my recent likes and pins for inspiration. And yes, most of them have something to do with the main inspirations I just mentioned! Anyway, here's a little collage of some pictures inspiring me right now...

Sources can be found here and here

The other day I was thinking how cool it would be to be able to change up the frames of your glasses without having to get a new pair. Then I came across the picture above. How awesome are those interchangeable cateye frames?? And see that doilie in the tea cup? It's actually made of sugar. So cute! I also have some serious hair envy thanks to those ladies, and would die to have an amazing pink tea pot and couch like that.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Currently Reading

Hi everyone! So I've always been a booklover. I have quite a nice collection back in the Netherlands, but unfortunately there are wayyy too many to move here in one go. However I did succeed in bringing out my boyfriend's inner book nerd so we're starting to create a nice little book collection ourselves here! We've been browsing the local bookstore and Kijiji on a regular basis and because of that I've been reading more than ever. I thought it would be fun to share some of my recent and current reads with you all.

Let's start with the three books that are on my 'to be read' list right now. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs I actually finished last night! I read the second book in the series 'Hollow City' before reading this one (because it was the only one they had at the store and I was too impatient). It was a great read that really teleports you to a completely different world. I do have to say that I liked the second book better. In the first book everything moves rather slow and not an aweful lot happens compared to the second one. The original vintage photographs in it are awesome though! 

The book in the middle is called 'Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times' by Emma Trevayne. We discovered it in the sale section and thought the cover looked really cool. It's a children's book, but I mostly read kid's and young adult books anyway because they're just that much more fun and relaxing to read :)'s All I know so far about this book is that it's about a fantastical steampunk London and I can't wait to start reading it!

And of course the third one is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I've already read all the books multiple times, but it's been a few years now and we fell in love with these new covers. We're slowly starting to collect them all. We already have the 1st, 2nd and 3rd book! This is definitely one of my favourite books (and movie) in the series and it's a lot of fun re-reading these books. Takes me back...

The next series is one we've been wanting to check out for a while now, so when we came across someone selling all of them for an amazing price we got them right away. The graphic novel series Locke and Key are in a bunch of top graphic novel lists and after reading them I surely understand why.
The story is written by one of my new favourite authors Joe Hill (Heartshaped Box, Horns..) and the amazing art is by Gabriel Rodriguez and it's basically about a family living in a haunted house that has a bunch of mysterious keys. It's the perfect mix of reality and fantasy, emotions and horror. If you're looking for a place to start when it comes to graphic novels, definitely pick up these babies.

What are you reading right now? Have you read or do you want to read anything from this list?

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Little Things: Brownies & Dinosaurs!

Since it's been a while, I thought I'd share an extra long list of little things that made me smile the past few weeks :) Hope you enjoy!

Finding strange hairy caterpillars in the garden  fresh fruit salads  freshly dyed hair  going to the movies with the boyfriend in the middle of the day  pizza with bbq base, chicken and red onion  getting sweet messages from people  getting the hang of victory rolls and other vintage hair styles  buying a bunch of (cosmic!) brownies and cookies to munch on - reading more books and browsing the bookstore together!  receiving updates from my dad's awesome bicycle adventures 
Seeing vehicles from 'The City of Gotham' downtown (because they're filming Suicide Squad here! Unfortunately we didn't spot Joker Jared Leto..)  drawing faces on balloons  tomatoes as big as my face  receiving a print of my art and other awesome goodies from Redbubble!  pink fake flowers at work  experimenting with pencil crayons again
Dreamland Tea  Going to a free Hollerado show downtown  Zorro the cat being silly  wrapping presents in dinosaurs  Jurassic World! 90's music videos spotting pretty coloured flowers in everyone's yard the smell of summer  laughing my butt off at 'Fail Videos'

What is making you smile? One of my number one tips to a more positive, happier life is making a gratitude list every day. It keeps you in the moment and reminds you to be happy now, rather than thinking you'll only be happy when you get that new car or a better job. It takes from practice, but it's totally worth it!