Hello Winter


In the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland Winter is officially settling in.

The Christmas Market has arrived, The Christmas tree at City Hall is decorated,  Michael Buble’s Christmas album is blasting out every shop door and neighbours are hanging their twinkle lights

Looks like its officially time to break out the oversized jumpers and snoods

And order a ridiculous amount of Starbucks Eggnog Lattes

















Yaeko Abe Digital Experimentation

I chose this image to experiment with because I love the illustrations eyes and how they stand out and catch your attention. I thought this image would be fun to recreate and construct in order to understand Yaeko’s style and methods and see if I can devise a version with the use of digital media.


I started to look at how the features on Yaeko’s illustrations could be constructed using digital media. By the use of clean lines I felt Corel Draw to be of better use than Photoshop. I began with the eyes and nose and created these using the three point curve tool. This tool allows for a lot of manipulation with ease of use.

blank eyes

After I created the basic outline I imported the features into Photoshop where I proceeded to add the colour. I decided to do this on Photoshop because I find it easier for blending and manipulating colours.

filled eyes

After getting comfortable using these digital medias I decided to take the illustration to the next level of construction and added the face and hair. I started from scratch to see if I was able to recreate the eyes again. Drawing the hair proved time consuming but fun to carry out.

hair and eyes blank

Next I added the eye colour again but this time I took my time over the blending of the Iris. I plan to add final version of this illustration with a background and hair colour and will post it as soon as its complete.

hair and eyes filled

I finished the illustration off on Corel Draw using the Three Point Curve tool, Fountain Fill and the Transparency tool. I had expected the background to be the  most challenging part of it, but I used the mirroring tool a lot for it which enabled me to speed up the process, It was the dip dyed hair that proved to be the most time consuming and demanding. But I am so pleased with the final result and I’m looking forward to creating my own style of Illustration using Corel Draw

hair and eyes filled paint

Illustrator Inspiration!

So I have recently been given a creative assignment in class based around illustration.

We are to choose two well known illustrators who have very different styles, and we are to combine them together and create our own style.

I have chosen Nuno DaCosta and Yaeko Abe.

I find inspiration in both illustrators style and know that they will both be fun to work on.

Nuno DaCosta’s style is very sophisticated and high fashion.

I love how all his illustrations look like they are models from French Vogue.

He hand draws all his illustrations and works with Gouche, watercolour and finally Photoshop to perfect his art.

He has worked on campaigns with Dior, L’Oreal, Max Factor and Clinique among many others.




The second illustrator I chose was Yaeko Abe because the style seemed like so much fun to work on .

Yaeko’s work is very stylized and very detailed and so welcoming with such a bright palette.

Yaeko works mainly by hand with pantone pens but also combines illustrations with digital media.

Yaeko has worked with companies such as New Look, Elle and Elle Girl and many more.




I will soon be posting my interpretations of these Illustrators work and images of the style I have myself created with inspiration from these two talented artists.

If your interested in checking out thier work visit these sites:

Valentino S2014RTW : Patterns Embroidery

In awe of this collection! The prints, patterns, embroidery, colours, shapes, materials and textures used everything ❤


When I saw Valentino Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear, I want every piece of garment on the runway. Every piece on the runway is stunningly beautiful. The opening of the show was a micro minidress with beaded lace collar, which was accompanied by an over-sized fringe cape embroidered with turquoise, coral and red patterns. It feels like Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have their inspiration from Egypt or North Africa or Greece but wherever their inspiration are from, the design they showcased were beautiful.

Valentino’s collection is quite dark and dull but those embroidery embellished on those pieces bring the dull garments to life. The patterns are amazing on the dresses. Did you see the details they put on the dress? It is brilliant. The colors they used really comes well together. I want those scandals! I love the gold ornament on the scandals. There were a lot of dresses in…

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JAG Models the first real modeling agency

These women are so beautiful!! So glad to see this happening in the industry!! They look so much healthier than most models, so glad to see it being promoted!

With Special reference to: the CITIZENS of FASHION


A modeling agency where can mingle models sizes 34, 36, 38,40 , 42 or 48, sounds utopic? Not anymore! For the first time , in an industry that categorize women as “straight size” (0-2) or “plus size” (12-16) a modeling agency that gather under its management models of all sizes it sounds revolutionary . Who are they ?Jag Models

“Launched on July 1, 2013 JAG Models is an agency catering to women of all sizes. Co-founders Jaclyn Sarka and Gary Dakin have been in the industry for a combined 25 years and represent some of the industry’s top talent. Never ones to take no for an answer, or stick to conventional representation, they have placed girls in editorials and covers of such esteemed publications as Vogue, Elle, V, French and Bazaar” -JagModels.com 

After working for Ford models  that opened a plus size division back in 1998 ,Gary Dakin and Jaclyn Sarka decide…

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M.I.A Versace Collaboration!!

Don’t know if I’m a little late to the game on this one but just heard M.I.A. is acting as guest designer for Versace!!!! WHAAAATTT!!! Dreams come true!! *Insert Hallelujah chorus here* and its due to be released in two weeks!!!! Now all I need is a hell of a raise!!

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I’m expecting a lot of gold, a lot of bold patterns, a lot of vintage 80’s Versace!! Basically a lot of everything I love!!!!! I know I wont be disappointed!!

With special reference’s to:


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Topshop brown plaid shirt
$48 – topshop.com

River Island black denim jacket
$56 – riverisland.com

Givenchy skirt

River Island boots
$81 – riverisland.com

Juicy couture bag

Cross necklace
$21 – newlook.com

Ray-Ban sunglasses
$290 – nelly.com

Autumn Wardrobe Inspiration A/W 2013

When walking to and from Uni I have started to notice a chill in the air and I feel its time to retire the Summer wardrobe for another year, I was feeling sad about this until I started sifting through Style.com A/W 2013 catwalk shows and I realized why the hell would I be sad about leaving my summer wardrobe behind when I can snuggle up in all my layers!  Throw on a chunky knit, a bold print shirt, contrasting print maxi skirt, a skinny belt and a gold statement necklace and I’m sorted to rock that outfit into class or down the runways of Fashion week according to Givenchy, and hey I’m not gonna argue with that!





Saint Laurent



A/W 2013


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As you can see I have a bit of an obsession with anything Burgundy at the minute, and long may this obsession continue! Because I currently have dyed my hair this colour and bought everything I could possibly find in this colour soooo I’m gonna be stuck with it for a while. And I’m sure you can also tell by my blog name (That is, if you know what Gilded means) that I love anything gold! So This Autumn/ Winter I will be rocking any gold brocade, embellishments, metallic’s, jewellery, and buckles I  can get my hands on, man I love being a girl!!

Special references to Style.com for the Pictures