I love how this fashion illustration of mine turned out. It might be immodest of me to say so, but I feel like I'm finally getting somewhere with them. Can it be that I'm starting to see developments in terms of my illustrating style? I do hope so. Anyhow, with this illustration I'm combining two things that I, quite possibly, love the most: reading and painting. I thought it might be fun. It was.
Is book the ultimate fashion accessory? Well, if you want to look smart, it probably won't hurt. Yesterday (here on blog ) I was all about how we need to embrace the digital and audio formats when it comes to reading, but today I'm sharing an illustration of two girls reading together and doing it the traditional way. Hey, wait! Wasn't that also the subject of the unnamed watercolour painting I shared yesterday? Yes, it was. You see, recently something caught my eye. I have noticed, in the background of one rather well known 16th century painting, an interesting detail: three young ladies reading from the same book. Somehow, that motive got stuck in mind and I will probably explore it more.
Have you ever heard that 'a smile is the best fashion accessory' saying? There is probably truth in that, despite the fact that the moody face (also known as - no I can't say it sorry, once you have trained as an educator, swearing doesn't come naturally to you) is becoming increasingly popular in the fashion photography. Still, I do generally like to see people grinning it away, so all of you who enjoy putting a smile on, feel free ignore that new fashion rule. On another note, would you call a book an accessory? Can a book be considered a fashion accessory? Traditionally, a fashion accessory is defined as something either carried or worn. Well, you can carry a book, so maybe it can be called a fashion accessory?
I feel like saying 'book is the best accessory'. In my point of view, an accessory is something that should and can make you feel extra special. I'm pretty sure that some people do like adding books to their outfits. For some people (perhaps even for a lot of people), a book can indeed be the ultimate accessory. I also feel like saying smart girls are the pretties just because I feel the need to thank them somehow. Maybe because I feel, that they are, generally speaking, those who contribute to our higher quality of life. You know, Marie Curie and the likes.
Can you imagine our world without ladies who read? I'm pretty sure it would be terrible. It's good to remember that we're blessed with a lot of amazing ladies these days. Perhaps we should remember to say thank you to them a bit more often, it's like I said in one Instagram post not so long along: ' The most intelligent and hardworking women are rarely talked about (if at all!). The media doesn't write about them often, you won't find their names on front pages but these ladies, for me, they are the true heroines of this world. I've been inspired by so many amazing, hardworking, eloquent, intelligent and educated women over the years and I do feel the need to thank them for it. '
Alright, back to being a bit less serious. Let's talk a bit about the outfits I illustrated, shall we? Because I like to talk about clothes. I know, shocking for someone who owns a fashion & lifestyle blog named Fashion: An Ode To Joy (that is how the name of my blog translates to English, btw). Two imaginary ladies who read together, two imaginary outfits that I loved. The blonde is wearing a long brown (possibly faux leather) coat, paired with high heels and jeans (because I love the combo of the two). The brunette is wearing a dark pink dress paired with a black jacket and ankle boots. Cute outfits, wouldn't you say?
Yesterday I wrote and shared a rather long post about How to read more? so if you're interested in that, you can check it out. I stayed up until 1 am writing it, so it is probably not that bad.
Alternatively, you can also read the short version I'm about to share. So, here are my 8 reading tips for reading more:
1. Don't limit yourself to one format (try out digital and audio books).2. With the help of audio-books, you can read while you're doing house work, cleaning the house and/or preparing a meal.
3. Remember that non-fiction has a lot to offer.
4. Remember that other people read and that it is something you can share with others.
5. Join a library and make regular visits to it, don't forget to enjoy the process.
6. Inform yourselves about the benefits of reading as it can motivate you to read more.
7. Read to others or ask them to read to you (you can also read aloud to yourself).
8. Don't forget about rereading.
Thank you for reading!