Time for some self-care

I can’t ignore how weird things are at the moment, I have readers from all over the globe and that right now we’re all going through an uneasy time. Now I’m not here to preach about what you should do, we’re all adults and can make your own minds up, and follow the advice of your retrospective governments about self isolating and social distancing. Instead I want to keep things ticking over like normal on this blog of mine and give you a slice or normality.

Whether your self-isolating or just spending a little more time indoors and away from crowds. I wanted to share some ideas of how you can spend your time in-doors.I know it helps me to stay busy and staying creative. Especially when the media is creating such uncertainty and sheer panic. Just going to the shops for groceries was anxiety educing, let alone watching the news!

Here are my top picks of what to do with your self isolation time:

Skin-care:
I’m taking this time to have make-up free days, letting my skin breathe and doing one of those many face-masks I’ve been stock pilling in the bathroom cupboard for just this situation.
Taking long baths, with a scented candle lit, face-mask on and either a cup of tea or glass of wine in hand, depending on the time of day. Taking the time to paint my nails, I love having my nails painted but don’t often have time to do but this is the perfect opportunity.

Time for you:
Read that book you’ve been wanting too but haven’t had time, nows the time to make a dent in that book pile you’ve been collecting. Time to get creative, this could be drawing or finishing that sewing project you’ve had on the go for months. Get baking, I know I’m planning to make my banana bread, here’s my recipe if you fancy making it too! Listen to your favourite alum, music does wonders for enhancing my mood. Binge watch a Netflix series, re-watch your favourite film and enjoy being lazy in-front of the tv.

Good sort out:
Sometimes you can’t beat a good clean, I know I always feel better after deep cleaning the bathroom. Now might be a good time to have a good clean and beat those germs into submission. After you’ve had your cleaning session you could also re arrange your living room, try mixing up your wall art or creating an instagramable corner, as we can’t get out an about to get that perfect gram shot, make one in your own home. Now could be a good time to sort through your wardrobe, try things and have a play about with styling things up to work out what still works, what doesn’t. Create piles for Depot/Ebay and a pile to donate.

If it’s right for you take time off social media and unfollow those that are giving you anxiety. I know there are a few accounts I usually love but are currently being very judgemental about choice others are making and I’m just not here for it, so for now I will be unfollowing them as thats what’s best for me.
Lastly I’m here if you want to talk, I know how this uncertainty can wreak chaos on us and our mental health. I just want to let you know I’m here if you need a chat, my DM’s are always open for a chat over on Instagram! All thats left to say is, stay safe folks and wash your hands 😉

This week on over on my illustration Instagram account you’ll be able these drawings in a variation of skin tones & hair colours. I feel it’s important for all to be represented and I try my best to do so.

Illustrations by Amy Purfield-Clark

Things I’m Thankful For

I have a lot to be thankful for recently and today I wanted to share a little bit of positivity, especially with all the scary news about coronavirus. Firstly I hope your all well and sending positive vibes to anyone who’s affected. This is also a good chance to catch y’all up on life lately. Here’s what’s new with me at the moment…

  • My EAD work permit & social security number arrived! That means I’m now legal to work in the USA. My resume and portfolio is ready to go and I’ve started applying for jobs. Fingers crossed I land my dream job very soon!
  • Getting creative – back at the beginning of the year I set myself some goals to work towards and pushing my creativity was one of them. Including creating lots of new content for this blog I also wanted to push my drawing and sewing. I’ve recently made a couple new dresses and I am really enjoying the challenge. I’ve been using my old sewing machine from the UK – which is rather slow and laborious as it does not pull enough power through US plugs, we’re looking at getting me a US model later this month and I can not wait!
    I’ve made two dresses, one of which you can see here and I’ll be sharing the other next week. I even cut the pattern for my 3rd dress and I’m excited to get sewing it! I might rope Dave into taking some snaps and maybe even a video of the process to show you, if that would be something you’d be interested in seeing?
  • Home update – the living room is very near completion. We picked up this very amazing chair from Ross dress for less and this throw from Benevolence LA and we love it! If you’re not familiar with this brand I suggest checking them out. Not only do they have great style but they do good too, with lots of giving back to charity. This weekend we are picking up some sweet looking shelves we’ve ordered and I can not wait to style them up with our vintage cameras and trinkets. I will of course update y’all with pictures once we have them.
  • Dave was away with work for two weeks – thankfully he’s back now – in that time I watched some good girly feel good TV. I was mooching around looking for something easy to watch and found Katy Keene. It’s mainly about a girl and her best friends living in New York City and struggling to make it in their chosen career fields. After a quick google search it turns out to be a spin-off of Riverdale. Which I’ve not seen so might give that a whirl too. It’s a little cheesy and very practicable but easy watching and it reminds me of the days I was a personal shopper for Topshop and Visual merchandiser creating window displays. I’m five episodes in and its a fun watch. Also on Hulu I watched Dollface, in fact I managed to blast through the series in three days (perks of being unemployed I guess) and pleased to hear they have renewed it for a second season. Dollface is much more my type of program. It’s very funny, its a bit kooky and lots of girl power. If your after a feel good watch I’d recommend it!
*Some affiliate links included

Chair – Ross dress for Less
Coffee & Side Table – Ross dress for Less
Blanket – Benevolence LA
Plant – La Belle Plants
Neon – AOOS
Sofa – Wayfair
Rug – NuLoom via Wayfair
 Pillows – H&M Home

I got the idea for this post after seeing Kate’s post about five good things and thought it was a really good idea and use it as a little time to catch you up on things that have happened lately. Whats new with you, what are you thankful for?

Photos by Dave Cox

Girl Power!

Celebrate you bae! It’s international woman’s day!

Happy international woman’s day to you all! I wanted to share some new art work I’ve created to celebrate women.

I really believe we should empower the ladies in our lives, support each other and work towards equality. A couple years back I write more in-depth about this and you can check that out here.

I have loved seeing my instagram and Pinterest feed full of inspirational images and quotes and pleased for my images to join them!
I’m really pleased with how this years designs came out and the colour pallet I’ve used. I’m obsessed with drawing leopard print so knew theses babes would be wearing leopard! Last year I did these and really like them but my skill level has, well, levelled up since then and its great to see how far I’ve come.

Illustrations – Amy Purfield-Clark

Creating Illustrations

Last week I was spending the day at home working on illustration content which you can see here. I wanted to document some behind the scenes of the drawing process and what equipment I use to create my drawings. It turned into a mini home shoot with my tripod and iPhone as a remote. I am planning to do take outfit photos of this skirt, its the same silhouette as my green one and I just love it! H&M has so many good bits in at the moment.

Dave is away with work for the next two weeks and as I don’t know that many people in LA I’m spending a lot of time at home alone. To avoid going stir-crazy I’ve been filling my time with creating new art, plenty in-coming just a few bits to finish off and I’m also planning some more sewing projects.

To create my drawings I use a Wacom tablet, Apple MacBook with USB-C Hub as my MacBook only has one port. I love having the Wacom as I draw directly on the tablet to the screen using photoshop. Its just like drawing on paper but I no longer have the hassle of scanning the paper copy onto my computer to then photoshop it. Just makes the lines and over all illustration cleaner. I do miss having my a sketch book full of line drawings though. This is just cleaner and streamlined my process so much! I’m thinking up so ideas for new drawings, if you have any ideas of what you’d like to see, let me know in the comments!

*Affiliate link included

Skirt – H&M
Cardigan – H&M
T-shirt – Topshop
Hairband – New Look
Laptop Case – Skinny Dip
Charger Case – Amazon