Alice Negri Illustration // Ravenclaw Portrait

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There's nothing more I love than finding new artists on Instagram! I'm a huge fan of collecting beautiful pieces by talented independent artists. Alice Negri is a new favourite! I've seen her work before as she's drawn a few of my friends. I love her style and just had to get something!

I decided to get my little family (including our furkids) attending Hogwarts in 1955 in The Great Hall. All dressed as House Ravenclaw! Just look at Pumpkins sweet little face!! Blown away is an understatement!! Alice was kind enough to answer a few questions about how she got into illustration and what inspires her.

How long have you been drawing/painting? 
I started drawing and painting with passions and interests when I attended Elementary School, I used to make a lot of Harry Potter fan arts! I’ve always loved illustrated books and art. They have played a huge role in my life so when I finished High School (where I studied foreign languages - and not very well, I have to admit it!) decided to dedicate myself to Art. I went to Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, where I graduated in 2015. Then I attended a two year Illustration course at Scuola Civica Arte & Messaggio in Milan. It was then I discovered that illustration was my own way to communicate things. 

  
What is Your favourite medium to work with?
I love both traditional and digital media! If we are talking about traditional I have to say that I love copic markers! I love to use them on watercolour paper, blend them in beautiful shades, I really like how they look like watercolours! By the way i’m really into digital painting now (me of the past would never ever believe it!). I mostly work with flat colours especially when I paint my tiny vintage ladies or pattern illustrations but i’m trying to get better with a softer, complex style too.(I’m still learning!!)


 What are your inspirations? Who/what inspires you to draw?
My work is highly inspired by old movies, period costumes and hairstyles, mythology, fairy tales but also everyday things, feelings, pictures of beautiful creatures find out on Instagram or on Pinterest. I have also a huge list of amazing illustrators and artists that inspire me everyday, and everyday I discover new ones! I’m in love with the work of Isabelle Arsenault, Julia Sardà,Sara Maese, I adore the amazing shapes and colours of Mary Blair and i’m crazy about the work of Frida Kahlo and Tamara De Lempicka ( AND SO MANY MORE!)


  
Favourite custom pieces you love to work on?
I love working on custom family portraits, especially themed ones! I love to catapult my customers into new magical and fantastical worlds and see them happy as i am: that’s the power of illustration!! And i really love creating custom illustrated logo designs too!
 Where do you see yourself in the future?
I see myself working full time as a freelance illustrator and textile designer, travelling around the world with my sketchbook, publishing illustrated books, happy about my life.
 What house are you in at Hogwarts? (Obviously the most important question)
Slytherin till the end!

Thank you SO much Alice for taking the time to answer my questions! :)

Please make sure you follow Marla Von Duta on Instagram! Get your own illustration before she goes on holiday in August at a fabulous price! 

Do you have any favourite independent artists? I'd love to know!


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Birthday Wishlist 2017

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The weather has been a delight the last couple of weeks and we can officially call it Summer. I'm more of an Autumn girl but do love a breezy Summer day! I've come across so many lovely items I've put together a few things (things as in dresses LOL) I'm loving. I mean it's my birthday month after all. Woohoo!

Joanie Clothing
I purchased my first wiggle dress from Joanie and love it! I've never been one for fitted dresses but the fit and cut is a dream. These are a few other pieces I love from their site. Mellow yellow boned bodice dress, Green gingham summer shirt dress, Mermaid sun dress and OMG this Petal Bee & Floral cardigan is to die for!!!


Unique Vintage
1950s Hamilton swing dress in Black/White stripe and beautiful Floral print. Adore both of these! Huge fan of this style!

Campbell Crafts
 C/C own brand of clothing has been incredible lately. I adore the Navy and Pink stripe 1950s swing dress. I already own the Pink Gingham version and it's one of my favourites for sure. The fit is perfect and easy to wear that I want them in every colour!!

Vixen by Micheline Pitt
I have been obsessed with the Vixen range since Micheline first launched her own brand. I have yet to buy from her website because ya know 'Mum Life' comes first. But that doesn't mean I can't drool over the new Halloween range that's coming soon! I want everything! Ben Cooper Trick R Treat print swing skirt, Sweetheart in Raven Black swing dress and the Bad Girl in orange/black stripes top.


Rock and Romance
I've found so many wonderful new brands over the last few months. One of them being R&R whilst looking for a dress for a dear friends Hen Do. I'd come across this brand before but never purchased anything. I decided to buy the Charlene dress which I loved and I felt amazing in it! I received lots of wonderful compliments. I didn't realise this floral print was made in different dress styles either! I'm thinking I definitely NEED the Suzy dress in this print and of course the red gingham too!




Seeing as I'd possibly need to win the lottery to purchase all of my wishlist, a girl can dream right? ;)

Any Summer favourites you're loving right now? I would love to know and leave links so I can have a browse at your faves :)

Disclaimer: All pictures in this post are by the named brands above. I have added the links from its original source.



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Into The Woods // Erstwilder

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 Hands up who's been excited for this Erstwilder collection? I know I have and its been SO hard keeping these a secret but today I can finally share these with you! Into The Woods is a collection of all things autumnal including some of my favourite woodland animals. I've been dying for them to release an autumnal range and all my dreams came true in one collection!


First up is Mr Fantastic. He was the first one I opened and instantly loved him. He has the perfect fox silhouette. The rusty orange from his fur pops out which is perfect for Autumn that's just around the corner for us. I know I'll be wearing him a ton, as many of you know I adore Autumn and foxes are my favourite woodland animal! Win win!


Mr Fantasic
$34.95 AUS// £23 GBP (Prices may vary)
Outfit Details
Dress and Belt: Joanie Clothing // Cardigan: Mak Sweater from Pinup Girl Clothing
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Forests and fairies were always a part of my childhood growing up. I'm been reliving this through Forest Fun Guy. Not only do the colours really pop out, all I imagine is tiny little fairies hiding behind the toadstool! A whimsical brooch in all its glory!


Forest Fun Guy
$34.95 AUS// £23 GBP (Prices may vary)
Outfit Details
Top: Primark // Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing (No longer available) // Necklace: custom made by Bloody Mary Metal // Glasses: Bonlook
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Last but certainly not least the Masked Trickster. His super cute face will brighten your day for sure! Raccoons love adventures and exploring. I shall definitely being going on some with this little guy on my outfit.


Masked Trickster
$34.95 AUS// £23 GBP (Prices may vary)
Outfit Details 
 Dress: Campbell Crafts // Belt: Bernie Dexter // Glasses: Bonlook 
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These are just a few of the pieces from the Into The Woods collection that have been gifted to me. This is by far my favourite collection to date and cannot wait to purchase a few more pieces from them! Be sure to check out the full range over on Erstwilders website or any of the U.K stockists I've added below.

Erstwilder offer free shipping within Australia for orders over $80 AUS and internationally for orders over $150 AUS.

Erstwilder

U.K Stockists:

Be quick! I've got a feeling they're gonna sell out fast and are limited edition!!

Do you have a favourite? Or any you're dying to purchase?  I'd love to know!


 Disclaimer: Whilst these items were gifted to me, I never accept anything that I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are my own.
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Damn Fine Cup Of Coffee

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*Hands up* who watched the new Twin Peaks?! It was weird and wonderful just how I've always liked it. I've been a huge huge fan of the show since I watched it a few years back. I was already a big Lynch fan but never really watched the show fully. I remembered the show being aired in the 90s but I was really young. I was incredibly excited once I saw David Lynch announce on his Twitter that it was making a comeback after 25yrs.

As the new show has finally aired, I thought I'd share with you a Twin Peaks secret dinner I arranged to go to with my husband a couple of years back. It was possibly the best most amazing evening ever!!! They were SUPER strict on no photos rule so it didn't spoil it for anyone that may upload onto social media for those that hadn't yet attended. We managed to snag a few photos but nothing that really gave too much away. From the first step into the building of the secret location, everything and everyone was in character. And when I mean in character, I mean fully in character!!!


Now I won't go into too much detail as I'll let the photos and videos speak for themselves, the video above was filmed on my iPhone. Also you can find out more about the event here and see more from Lemonade and Laughing Gas who created this whimsical experience.

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Tara Nashville Flowers

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 Purple Poppy

I have seriously become addicted to these beautiful handmade hair flowers by my talented friend, fellow blogger Tara Nashville. I recently stayed with her and she gave me a few whilst I was there with Winter and OH MY GOSH, they're amazing!

I find it so hard to find good quality handmade flowers that don't fall a part or look 'tacky' looking or overpriced. Each hair piece is made with good quality flowers and attached to a sturdy crocodile clip. I've been wearing a couple of them the last few days and they didn't fall out or need adjusting at all. I have had a few people ask me if these are real flowers in my hair. That's when you know when someone has done there research of high quality pieces to sell that actually last. But also look REAL.

 Tiga-Lily and Alstroemerias hair flower (My favourite!!)

Previous hair pieces I've purchased have even fallen a part after a few wears or frayed around the edges. When you pay a bit more than the usual, you'd expect to have something that will last.


Beautiful Sunflower

Hair flowers are the perfect way to finish off a hair style.  They're also great to stick in your hair on a super lazy day or hide an imperfection from a style that hasn't worked out. That's pretty much how my hair styles are these days with not a lot of time with a 2 month old baby! Ha!

Hydrangea cluster large off white
Royal blue large rose
White hair flower

My Tara Nashville Flower Collection

No order placed is too big or too small and is open to custom orders if you don't see something you're after on the website. Make sure you follow Tara Nashville on her Instagram for the latest creations and purchase them here. She's currently got discount on the large blue roses for the month of April for Autism Awareness. I already have my eye on a few more I'll be purchasing! I mean you can never have enough hair flowers, right? :)

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