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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. / 16

Step Stool Platforms

Goodies

Have you wished you were a bit or a lot taller?  I have.  Just one inch added to my legs and I’d be so happy. But wearing heels hurt too much ever since I had my two little boys.  I never believed the stories of how a mother’s feet would grow a size after each pregnancy.  Until, it happened to me.  I now affectionately call my feet – Shrek feet.  I don’t want to squeeze my Shrek feet into heels anymore.  I bought my first pair of Robert Clergerie platform wedges 3.5 years ago and I became obsessed.  I own several pairs as I view them as my health/wellness and art investments.  I’m  much happier and more focused when I have happy feet.  I don’t enjoy limping around and hanging onto Theo’s arms for support.  I also don’t like taking off my shoes on the dance floor.  I also view the shoes as wearable sculptures (well, it makes me feel better about the purchases).  In the past, I found them on sale at Barney’s and here’s another pair that I would love to own. Except, I don’t have an office to go to and show them off to my colleagues.  Instead I illustrated the platform wedge on a step stool.  The 4.5″ heel height allows me to grab the usual out-of-reach objects.  But more importantly, they act as a step stool when I sit down at a movie theater for date nights.  No more dangling feet means no more numb feet!  Definitely worth the investment.

 

 

No. / 7

Happy Feet

Bags

My little boys love robots and I love Celine.  I think they’ll appreciate these boots but more importantly, I’ll have happy feet.  I’m also lusting after this belt bag because it’s chic and big enough to fit Dashiell’s Boo bear, an Aden and Anais lovey, snacks, extra clothes and plenty of diapers.  Oh, and I want the coat as well.  I basically want to be in this ad. Is that too much to ask?