Friday, March 28, 2014

cara x MULBERRY

Already being a huge fan of British luxury brand, Mulberry, I was so excited
to see them team up with the gorgeous and über cool model, Cara Delevingne,
for their past few campaigns; each depicting an edgy yet ethereal woodland vibe
- complete with friendly forest creatures and gently decaying blooms.
Photographed by one of my favourites, Tim Walker, no less.
My jam, basically!

So, I was delighted further still when they announced their latest capsule collection
designed in collaboration with Delevingne herself and
felt inspired to do this little illustration of Cara with her namesake bag in black nappa.
I have to say it has shot to the very top of my covet list!

Check out the full collection here:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

bazaar BEST DRESSED COVER


In what can only be described as a total dream job, I was recently asked to illustrate
the supplement cover of Harper's Bazaar Arabia's annual Best Dressed issue!
Those of you who read this blog regularly, or follow me on Instagram/FB etc, would know
what a die-hard magazine fan I am - so I'm sure you can imagine where illustrating a
cover sits on my bucket list.

After chatting with the editor of Bazaar Arabia, Louise Nichol, about various bits and pieces,
I one day received an email detailing a project she thought I'd be perfect for.
Well, thank you Louise!
I'm not sure I can say I was perfect for the job, but the job sure was perfect for me!

With the supplement detailing the best dressed of 2014, it was SS '14 accessories
that had to make their mark on the cover image.
As you can imagine, Dubai is a place of luxury and opulence;
Girls love a good blow dry and a bit of bling!
So it was all about a raven-haired beauty, dripping in jewels, with the best of
the accessories cupboard at her disposal.

I'm so happy with the way the image came out.
It's very pink, It's very Chanel, and I'm very excited to finally have it in my hot little hands!
Thank you Louise and the Bazaar team.
The March issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia is out now.
x

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

i DO

Photographs by Jonathan Wherrett

So, I got married!

I don't usually post a lot about my personal life on my blog or social media,
which is a decision I made a long time ago, because I love to keep my feeds
all about my work and inspirations, with the occasional peek at what I get up to behind
the scenes. But in the case of my recent wedding I thought I would break my own rule!
Granted, I have included mostly details of our stunning flowers
(by the exceptional Kristy McDowell AKA Mrs. Florist)
and decorations, but when so many talented people are involved in making it such
a beautiful day it seems a waste not to share!

I don't even know where to begin on a post like this, as any bride knows just HOW MUCH is
involved in the planning and execution of a wedding - and just how many people there are to thank.
If I tried to include it all we'd both be here all day.
So I wanted to focus mainly on the details, the beautiful elements that bring everything together.

Firstly, these gorgeous photos are by one of the most incredible photographers I know,
Jonathan Wherrett.  He not only has the sublime ability to used filtered light to absolute perfection,
but also a superb knowledge of SNL skits and can bust out a flawless
Barry Gibb Talk Show impersonation with a bride in a field at any given moment.
Snaps for Jonathan!

Our wedding day was blustery to say the least.
Huge gusts of wind kept us channeling our inner Beyoncé-in-front-of-her-wind-machine, raking fingers through hair, forever trying to flick it back to its original place.
In the end though, you just have to give up and accept that you're
going to be a wind-swept bridal party.
The thing is, something is always going to go wrong. You can never have total control.
For example;
I spent a few back-breaking days dip-dying linen napkins an amazing
fuschia colour, only to throw them in the washing machine and see them all
turn the same shade of sugary pink.
We bought board games for those who don't like to dance or drink
- but ran out of time to set them up.
I bought about 40 Moroccan tea glasses at the very beginning of the planning stages,
only to leave them sitting in a cupboard, completely forgotten.

But on the day you just don't care.
Because you're surrounded by your new husband, all of your friends, and your family.
And everything looks beautiful.

One of my favourite things was our wedding cake.
Those of you who have followed me for a while on instagram may have seen that I have
a bit of a collection of vintage Disney figures - Bambi and Co. I call them.
My husband's favourite Disney movie growing up was Robin Hood.
So how lucky were we to discover this beautiful figure on eBay!
'CAKE TOPPER!' we exclaimed.

Beautiful prints spouting loving sentiments were used as decor,
the 'Forever' print above by my friends at Blacklist,
along with streamers and gold floral decorations by Confetti System.
The 'LOVE' sign was from Flora Gondwana, as was the bird cage.

And then, of course, The Gown.
I feel like the gown can fill a blog post in itself.
I was so beyond lucky to work with the incomparable Jane Hill on my wedding dress,
an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Jane very sadly passed away last year, and I don't think there is a bride that worked with her
whose heart didn't break when they found out.

I was fortunate to work with her on a few collaborative projects in addition to my gown,
so I know just how passionate and creative she was behind the scenes
as well as in our more 'official' appointments.
When it came to my dress, she was pure genius.
I arrived armed with references I had collected along with millions of words I threw at her,
sitting excitedly on the pink-rugged floor of her Toorak studio -
'Blush! Tulle! Texture! Beading!'
- and she managed (with a giggle, some champagne, and a lot of enthusiasm)
to bring them all together into one perfect gown.
And I thank her from the bottom of my heart, along with the incredible team at Jane Hill Bridal;
Jen, for taking over my appointments and being so gorgeous and supportive,
and Sophie, for having the best hands in the business and bringing this little vision we had to life.
I don't have enough words to thank these beautiful women,
but hopefully the smile on my face above says it all!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

suits you, SIR

I'm so excited to finally be able to share this project with you.
It's not often that I get to draw ze fellas, so when I do it's always a fun time.

This selection of dapper gents is for Australian bridal magazine WHITE -
a constant source of inspiration throughout the last year for my own wedding -
forecasting the upcoming trends for groom fashion,
including velvet, blue, check and the traditional tails.
It's hard to choose a fave but if I had to I think I have a bit of a jones
for the dreamboat in the checked suit.

How 'bout you?
x

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

lucinda for LANOLIPS

Earlier last year (or late 2012) my illustration was chosen
to grace the front of the Lanolips Beauty Box by Australian beauty brand Lanolips.
Finally - a year and a tulle skirt later - here it is!

As you can see from my original post here
our lady 'Lucinda', as we named her, has had a little makeover.
Girls can't go 'round with no pants on all the time, after all.

The Lanolips Beauty Box is available now in Hong Kong, and Australia soon I believe.
For more information on where/how to buy visit the Lanolips website:
www.lanolips.com

Friday, January 24, 2014

chic ARTISTRY


An ethereal new lady for the beauty mavens at Chic Artistry,
professional stylists of hair and make-up.
It was such a lovely job to work on!
Flowers, antlers and a whole lotta hair. What could be more fun?

Visit their website here:

Monday, January 13, 2014

ARMANI KAJAL


I was so lucky to be invited to take part in a second illustrative project
for another incredible fashion house this past month.

It was such a pleasure to work on these images for Armani,
taking inspiration from their key accessory for the S/S '14 collection 'KAJAL.'
Adorned with beautiful Swarovski crystals, these sunglasses add a touch of
70s luxe to the signature glamour of Armani.

Visit the Armani website to discover more:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

valentina ACQUA FLOREALE

 

I was so thrilled to be asked to participate in a new illustration project by Valentino
for their new fragrance Valentina Acqua Floreale, in which I had to create a series of illustrations
that depicted the scent, bottle, and muse.
I've been a long-time wearer of the original Valentina scent so this, paired with the fact that it was VALENTINO, was such an exciting project to be a part of!

Acqua Floreale differs slightly from the original Valentina, adding notes of jasmine
and orange blossom, however the essence of the fragrance stays the same;
that sweet but playful scent offering an ethereal, girly elegance.

Along with the incredible Sabine Pieper and Bernadette Pascua (Decade Diary),
I was asked to interpret both the fragrance and the Valentina muse, Freja Beha Erichsen,
through a series of illustrations, including a brief written synopsis of what the scent means to me:

Valentina Acqua Floreale speaks to me of a whimsical edge;
its wearer a gamine beauty, a blend of feminine cool
lounging in a sun-kissed garden.
She wears a gown of immaculate beauty,
slightly crumpled from an early morning slumber,
her hair dishevelled from the previous evening's soiree
when all eyes were on her.
Now, in the garden, the sweet Summer scent of jasmine and blossoms remain,
soaked into her skin.

You can discover more on the Valentino Parfums website here:
A huge thank you to Valentino for inviting me to be a part of this beyond dreamy project.
x

Thursday, December 5, 2013

christmas SALE


Last week the number of my Instagram followers ticked over to 25,000
which is cuh-RAZY!
Seeing as though Christmas is ALSO on the 25th, I decided to take it all as
a sign and make everything in my shop 25% off until Wednesday, 11th Dec!

I have added a brand new limited edition print called 'Antlers'
which is stamped in delicious gold foil and is also available as a set of gift cards.
Perfect for sending a Christmas wish to the special people in your life.

There are plenty of other pieces to choose from,
so head on over to www.birdyandme.bigcartel.com
and bag some gifts for the ones you love
(or yourself, let's be honest!)
 
Just enter the code word AWESOME25 upon checkout to redeem the discount.

Merry Christmas!

X

throwback THURSDAY


My first EVER #TBT is an illustrated one!

I thought it would be fun to go back to this time last year and
re-visit one of my favourite magazine covers of 2012,
especially with it being festive and all!

One of my favourite ladies, Marion Cotillard,
shot by one of my favourite photographers, Tim Walker,
for W Magazine's December 2012 issue.

I love it.