THE SWAN PRINCESS

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Re-visiting an old classic with a new take on 'The Swan Princess.'

Whether you know the story from its various incarnations such as 'The Swan Princess,' or Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake,' you are no doubt familiar with the tragic heroine Odette. Cursed by an evil sorcerer (aren't they always) Odette is transformed by night into a beautiful white swan. 
A young prince, Siegfried, happens upon Odette one night  in the forest and becomes enamoured by her, his love the secret to breaking her curse. 
Act III sees the sorcerer deceive the prince by introducing him to his 'daughter,' Odile, the 'black' swan and a doppelgänger for his beloved Odette. The princes falls under her spell, inadvertently ruining Odette's chance of freedom.

The ballet itself is so incredibly beautiful, and the image of the heartbroken swan-girl is iconic.I have delved into this tale previously, but wanted to tackle it again to incorporate more detail; both the black and white swans, the enchanted forest, and that beautiful crescent moon.

'The Swan Queen' is available in my print shop now in a limited edition of 40 A3 prints and 15 A2 prints only.
You can find her here: www.birdyandme.com.au/shop

Keep scrolling for more 'Swan/Odette' inspired imagery!

 Kate Moss photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine

Kate Moss photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine

 Tim Walker for Vogue UK

Tim Walker for Vogue UK

 Crista Cober photographed by Kristian Schullerfor Harper's Bazaar Turkey

Crista Cober photographed by Kristian Schullerfor Harper's Bazaar Turkey

 Letitia Costa photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue Paris

Letitia Costa photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue Paris

 Caroline Trentini photographed by Arthur Elgort for Vogue US

Caroline Trentini photographed by Arthur Elgort for Vogue US

PRADA BEAUTY

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I've long followed the make-up legend that is Pat McGrath on Instagram, marvelling with stars in my eyes over her delectably inventive beauty looks for various design houses - be it during any given fashion week, or the editorial pages of a magazine.

One particular show captured my imagination during the Fall/Winter RTW showings - namely Prada - which saw beautiful tweed Winter coats breezing down the runway, paired with rubber boots, shockingly bright neon bows tied in tulle and brilliantly shiny diamanté cat eyes. It was a collection of beautifully ethereal, wet-haired aliens and I loved it!

I couldn't decide on any one look in particular as each girl varied wildly between outfit and beauty looks. So I combined my favourites to create the ultimate Prada girl!

I hope you like.

 PRADA RTW F/W '18 / via VOGUE UK

PRADA RTW F/W '18 / via VOGUE UK

 PRADA RTW F/W '18 / via VOGUE UK

PRADA RTW F/W '18 / via VOGUE UK

 PRADA RTW F/W '18 / via VOGUE UK

PRADA RTW F/W '18 / via VOGUE UK

the BOTANIST

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You'd think I'd be getting tired of the botanical illustrations by now, buuuuut - no such luck!
I decided to draw a little companion to my 'Florist' girl over the last week, because I clearly can't enough of these tiny people.

This is 'The Botanist' - very nearly titled 'Botany Bae' to the now broken dreams of my husband and friends.
But that's an Aussie in-joke. 

This green-thumbed beauty is available in the same sizes and quantities as her (now sold-out) sister! (30 A4 & 30 A3 prints.)
To be honest, I think I like her even more than her floral twin!

You can pick up a print here: www.birdyandme.com.au/shop

P.S The second artwork in the image above is by the amazing Pippa McManus.

le JARDIN

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A new personal work for my folio and store!

Inspired by the song 'Golden Afternoon' from my forever favourite, 'Alice in Wonderland' this piece is all about lazy sun-kissed days spent amongst the flowers and fluttering creatures found in any garden.

You can find prints here: www.birdyandme.com.au/shop

the FLOWER SEEKERS

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Just prior to Christmas I received a copy of the Summer edition of Australian magazine The Flower Seekers. Made by flower lovers, for flower lovers, the new issue features a small article on my work, complete with a few pages of images.
Thank you Sonya, and the rest of the team. It was such a lovely way to end the year!

You can find the magazine and order a copy here: www.theflowerseekers.com

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

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Another year, another collection of my favourite things; any and all of the things that I'd happily have Santa drop in my stocking this Christmas! Simply click the titles to shop each item.
(I'm looking STRAIGHT IN YOUR EYES, big guy in the red suit.)

1. 'Haze' Heels, Gorman
These sorbet-coloured delights are a girl's best friend for Summer!

2. Dionysus GG Blooms Mini Bag, Gucci
Gucci. Blooms. Need I say more?

3. 'Tribales' earrings, Dior
I've lusted after these earrings since I very first saw them. Pearls are so timeless, and those stars add just the perfect touch of celestial edge to an otherwise classic, lady-like look. I prefer the silver-tone. I'm a silver gal.

4. 'Pillow Talk' liptick, Charlotte Tilbury
Aside from my favourite 'Very Victoria' shade of lipstick, this is my newest must-have. Charlotte Tilbury's nude perfection 'Pillow Talk' lip cheat lipliner has now been released as a lipstick in the same shade. No more colouring in your lips with the pencil every damn day!

5. 'Iconic Bags' postcard book, Fashionary
Laura Laine is one of my favourite illustrators, and bags are one of my vices. She has teamed up with Fashionary to create this series of iconic handbags featuring her elagantly elongated ladies. That pink Dior deserves to be framed.

6. 'Literally Me' book, Julie Houts
One of my favourite people to follow on Instagram, Julie Houts has released this collection of her always-on-the-money illustrated observations of popular culture, politics, society and fashion.

7. 'Provence' Linen Wrap Top, Miranda Bennett
The colour, the fabric, and the style of this top just give me life. So beautifully simple and luxurious. A Summer staple, to be sure.

8. 'Pink Christmas' cards, Kelly Smith
You have to plug your own wares somewhere.
These A5, oversized, greeting cards featuring a Christmas twist on my 'Cinderella' illustration and come in a pack of 3. Blank inside for your own holiday message.

9. 'By Any Other Name' perfume, Altaia
I have so many go-to fragrances, but upon my last visit to the beauty department I swear I smelt every perfume there was to offer, (and 57 glasses of coffee beans in between) and this was HANDS DOWN the most beautiful fragrance I have ever smelt. In my life. Their logo is also a pair of mermaids, so. Santa, can you hear me?

10. 'The Ventura' hat, Lack of Color
Because it's Summer here in 'Straya and a new hat is a must at Christmas time.
This one from Lack of Color is super classic, yet that raffia edge gives it just a hint of something special!

11. 'Opulent' earrings by Valet, Maker's Mgmt
These stunning resin earrings had me at 'Hello!' Already purchasing a pair of the most sugary sweet pink hoops by Valet, these monochromatic beauties are the next on my list! I just have to re-train my ears to carry the weight of BFO earrings. They'll get there!

PINK CHRISTMAS CARDS

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A Christmas twist on my 'Cinderella' illustration sees a new card set available in my shop for the holidays!
Available in very limited quantities at: www.birdyandme.com.au/shop

Order cut-off dates for Christmas delivery are as follows:
AUS - Dec 14 (Regular Parcel Post with Signature. Express Post option is also available.)
WORLD - Nov 20 (Standard International Delivery option can no longer be guaranteed. However, express options are available by emailing direct. )
 

CHRISTMAS PRINT SALE

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It's that time of year, again!
YAS. This Christmas nut is super excited, and I'm kicking off the festive season with 20% off everything* in my store with code XMAS17.
Code is valid worldwide from now until midnight AEST November 20th.

Please also note that cut-off dates  for Christmas delivery are as follows:
Australia, Dec 14
International - Nov 20

To shop 'til you drop, visit my store here: www.birdyandme.com.au/shop

*Excludes gift vouchers.

SAINT LAURENT S/S 18

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Quick sketch of one of the gorgeous looks from Anthony Vaccarello's Spring/Summer collection for Yves Saint Laurent.
It was stunning. See some of my faves below.

The original sketch of this look is also available in my shop here.

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Saint Laurent SS 18

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Saint Laurent SS 18

 Saint Laurent SS 18

Saint Laurent SS 18

 Saint Laurent SS 18

Saint Laurent SS 18

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Saint Laurent SS 18

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Saint Laurent SS 18

Images via vogue.co.uk