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Fashion

Petal Perfection

There is something about flowers. I know they are synonymous with Spring; but I am happy {more than happy – ecstatic even} to wear them all year round. Four seasons of flowers = sign me up.

Flowers do have power. While seemingly these pretty petals are girly and fragile, there is something about a beautiful floral print that could quite literally stop you in your tracks.  Why you may ask? Florals are a print classic. They join the likes of a Benetton stripe or a spot in the category of timeless perfection. So when a floral print is done well – with charisma, with charm, with elegance – it can be an extraordinary moment.

Florals can be bold and enchanting; moody and romantic; light and airy – the myriad of prints available can be matched to your every mood and manner. There is a petal for every personal taste. A bloom for every occasion.

So think freshly cut flowers. Think Carrie Bradshaw’s beautiful blossom brooch. Think the secret garden. Be inspired by the new and invigorating ways designers interpreted florals for the upcoming season. Their green thumbs growing a garden of botanical delights…

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Style

What I Wore..

Wearing this gorgeous Carla Zampatti dress… my hair actually done; jewellery chosen specifically for my outfit; heels on my feet and not reconsidered at the last minute; and an actual handbag {not a baby nappy bag}… was the first time since mid-pregnancy I felt like myself again {in a fashion sense that is}.

To pin point this, I think it was a feeling of ‘put together’… as each element had been given thought and carefully considered. A sense of composure and confidence in knowing I looked how I wanted to look at that moment.

For me glamour and even more so innate style, is all about the finer details. The tender care that is placed into finding the right earring or those extra minutes taken to ensure your make up is just so. Because for me, style is a delicate combination of elegance and confidence with a splash of je ne sais quo {or something special you cannot quite place}.
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Fashion Illustration

A Cult Beauty Christmas

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of year, so I was beyond excited when asked to create the 2013 Christmas campaign artwork for UK brand, Cult Beauty.

Using bold black lines and a beautiful colour palette of gold, green and red– the campaign artwork had to exude the elegance of the Cult Beauty brand while still evoking the frivolity of the festive season.

Many of the artwork pieces feature the signature Cult Beauty Christmas gift wrap – the elegant black and gold fern print coming together perfectly with the luxurious black ribbon and delicate line detailing.

The Christmas artwork will be featured across the Cult Beauty website throughout the holiday season {i.e. particularly the ‘Give & Get Gorgeous’ Ultimate Gift Edit} as well as appearing on affiliate banners around the web.

More of my artwork for the Cult Beauty Christmas Campaign…

Cara xx