Friday, February 1, 2013



Hi everyone ...
I don't know about you,
but I'm certainly ready for a weekend!
I've been working on a huge illustration project
with a rush deadline and right now I feel as if
an in-house masseuse
might be something to consider adding to my studio! Ha!

When I've been spending a lot of time in the studio,
it doesn't take long before I need to head out
to gather inspiration and renewed energy.
One of the best ways to do this for me is
to take a day by myself and head out
for a day of shopping, relaxing and thinking
or leafing through a magazine over a cappuccino and
enjoying lunch while watching and listening
 to the people around me.
Window displays, store vignettes,
the smell from a bakery I pass,
the architecture of beautiful stores,
shoppers carrying bags and boxes,
bits of laughter and conversations I hear in passing,
even the music in the background
fill me with inspiration and at the end of a day like this
I return home with ideas bubbling to the surface.
Days like this aren't about shopping to buy so much,
but about the stimulation I crave to create.

When you're feeling you need a day of
 relaxation and inspiration, where do you head to?
Do you find a day spending some time by yourself
and window shopping inspiring?


Look closely, this photo is not upside down: ;)

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
I'm enjoying three days a week now ...
hope you are too!
If you missed the "Party Girl" post on Monday,
check out the Bar Cart Soiree notes available on the post!

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"Breakfast at Tiffany's" window is by
The photos above can all be found on my
Pretty Things, Black and White and Shopping
Pinterest boards.


Margarita Bloom said...

Always love your posts. This inspires me. ❤

Ivana said...

Having a date with myself is always a fantastic idea, Sandy! I love nothing more than window shopping (preferably in Paris :), wandering between the aisles full of gorgeous clothes and accessories, trying new perfumes and lipstick at beauty counters, having a cappuccino and a pastry (or a macaron or three) and flipping through new magazines. It's always so inspiring and invigorating!

I wish you the loveliest of weekends, Sandy!

xx Ivana

Macarons and Pearls

Moda said...

Bellissime !!!

miss b said...

I love to wander and admire special window displays. It amazes me how creative window dressers can be. The aqua soles and bag in your gorgeous illustration caught my eye - I would love them in my spring wardobe! Enjoy your weekend and thank you for your comment on my Tiffany Diamond post.

Tatiana Biggi said...

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classiq said...

Spending a day by myself always helps. It must include a movie at the cinema and a tea at a cafe with a magazine and notebook in hand. :)