No. / 39

Preggo Ballerina

PREGNANCY is a time to let my skin glow, hair shine and think encouraging, positive thoughts. Since this is my 3rd pregnancy and I don’t give a shit about what people think, here’s what PREGNANCY stands for me lately :

P is for Pissed Off that I keep peeing when I sneeze. It takes every ounce of muscle strength in my nether regions to stop the urine flow. Thank goodness for panty liners.

R is for the Ridiculous expectations I have of myself. I recognize they are utterly and truly ridiculous expectations and yet, I still get angry that I haven’t done what I set out to do for the day, week, month, year or decade. Also, I need to stop comparing myself to pregnant supermodels because, well, that’s just RIDICULOUS.

E is for Energy sucking little vampires I grow in my belly. Will I turn into a vampire after I give birth like Bella in the Twilight series? I hope so.

G is for Grumpy because I’m not sleeping throughout the night. I especially love it when she decides to do a crazy roll when I’m in deep sleep. It’s startling at first, then sweet and then I’m up for an hour. This routine happens about 3-5 times a night. I wake up grumpy and annoyed.

N is for Nausea. Do you remember that feeling of wanting to throw up from a crazy hangover, but can’t? You try and try to gag yourself with your fingers so you can induce vomit but sometimes it just doesn’t work. Anyway, that’s the way I felt for a little more than half of my pregnancy. The constant hangover that just won’t go away.

A is for Anesthesiologist. Why? Because I’m hoping and praying that this time my anesthesiologist will not deliver my baby. “Nurse, can you please check her?” the anesthesiologist asked. The nurse responds, “she’s fully dilated.” The anesthesiologist clapped his hands and got up from his chair, “LET’S DO THIS.” EXCUSE ME. OMG. Where is my OB?! He went home to eat dinner with his wife!! To be Continued… Will save this labor and delivery story for another post.

N is for Nipples from my 20s that I wish I can have back. Will discuss later.

C is for Compare. Again, do not compare myself to Amal Clooney and Beyonce.

Y is for youth. My long lost youth, how I miss thee.  Anyway, missing my youth just makes me want to live in the moment because I don’t want to be 60 years old wishing I was 40 again. Going to enjoy my present right now. Just like I did on Saturday when my closest and dearest girlfriends threw me the most amazing Baby Sprinkle Soiree! They opened up their hearts, creativity and home. Friends gathered to celebrate the upcoming birth of my little baby girl! Surrounded by flowers, yummy food, great conversations and amazing energy. Can’t help but to feel so lucky and grateful for all that I have!

Whoa, that ended on a happy note. I really didn’t expect that. Anyway, this was quite therapeutic for me, so I’ll see if I can post more PREGNANCY related posts before baby arrives. Thanks for taking the time to read this! xox, The Illustrienne

 

 

 

 

 

No. / 36

Wowza!

Dresses

Wow Wow Wowza!

So honored and excited to be featured as one of six up and coming fashion illustrators to follow on IG!

Thank you so much clozette.co!

Found out a week ago, but every time I read this article I want to dance and cry it out! I’m just really emotional like that.

This illustration was inspired by one of my favorite emojis. I’m twinning with my sister in Valentino because that’s what we used to do when we were younger. Even though my sister is two years younger than me, we’d make sure to coordinate and wear matching polka dot outfits in elementary school. We looked freaking adorable! Not sure why we got teased by the mean older girls on our walk back home from school. That never stopped us from twinning! Made us love fashion that much more!

Follow me on IG and see my illustrations way before they’re posted on my blog with random stories. Thank you!

xox

 

 

No. / 26

Chanel Wishes and Coco Dreams

Goodies

One of my favorite shows growing up in the 80’s was Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.  The show was the epitome of 80’s debauchery, but oh so much fun to watch!  The best part of the show was the theme song and the tag line, “Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams.”  Now as an adult, I have Chanel Wishes and Coco Dreams.  I saw this picture on British Vogue’s Instagram feed of the Rouge Coco lipsticks that launched on my lucky day,  Friday, the 13th!  I’m wishing for a drawer filled with Chanel lipsticks for my choosing. This piece will hang in my bathroom, so every morning I can dream of Coco lipsticks and wish for all Chanel goodies.  A girl can dream!

No. / 22

A Dreamy Stars and Hearts Date

Goodies

My hubby and I rarely go out for romantic date nights in the City of Angels.  (Wasn’t that video of Los Angeles by Chris Pritchard so beautiful, especially at night?)  We usually meet up with our friends for fun double dates or stay in for movie nights complimented by my running commentary that my hubby just adores.  Not.  (Yup, that’s us in that clip of The Weird Things Couples Do On Movie Night.)  That’s why I’m so excited about our Valentine’s Date Night next Saturday!  I have my whole outfit planned out in my Illustrienne Dress Up World!  Drum roll please….  Here are the illustworthy items:

1.  There’s no better way to say I love you than wearing hearts on your sleeves and dress.  And this beautifully embellished lace Dolce and Gabbana Dress is fun, feminine and whimsical.  I especially like that my arms are covered up (I’m weird about my arms right now) but I’m able to show off my legs.

2.  I saw these earrings on net-a-porter and immediately fell in love with the fantastical element of Lydia Courteille’s creation. But when I found them listed on Vogue Paris online as “Virgo white gold, diamond, sapphire and moonstone earrings,” I knew it was written in the stars for me to illustrate them.  Being a Virgo with a former astronomy obsession, I love spotting little Virgo images in unexpected places.

3.  I’m lusting after Alexander McQueen De-Manta Heart Print Clutch for a pop of color and of course to complete my Stars and Hearts date night look!

4.  Definitely want to stay comfy and don’t want to hobble by my hubby’s side in fancy heels I can’t walk in!  I opted for these illustworthy, perfectly bead embellished Balenciaga Cut-Out Flats.  My hubby loves me in flats and I know why.  I’m more confident in flats.  I feel secure in knowing that I’m not going to topple over, and I can walk faster in flats with perfect posture.  And I’m in such a better mood because my feet are not in excruciating pain (unless I wear my Clergerie platforms).

5.  Now to complete my look with the prettiest shade of pink is Chanel Rouge Allure #93, Exaltée.  Such a feminine, fresh color!  And I just love their packaging and always enjoy illustrating their goodies.

My hair won’t look that voluminous on date night but this is my illustrienne world and a girl can imagine.

Please check out my instagram feed and my daily works in progress on www.thedailyillustrienne.tumblr.com.  Find out what I used to create such sparkly textures on the dress!

No. / 9

Bisou

Goodies

I love everything about Diptyque candles.  Every time I just glance at the candle I’m transported to Paris.  I recycle the glass candle jars to store my lipsticks, makeup brushes and eyeliners.  What I really want to do is fill one of the glass jars with Rouge Double Intensite by Chanel in all of my favorite shades.  I own the sensual rose shade and the other night, I demonstrated to my friends the application of the color and the top coating of the high gloss.  One of my friends said she couldn’t take her eyes of my lips because of the high shine and another said she wanted to buy the lipstick after my little demo. I’m quite the sales lady.