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Drawn: Into The Woods

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98% of the time when I start drawing, my go-to subject is a cute girl–duh–but lately I’ve been itching to create some spaces and environments and have been doodling places. I’ve been collecting some photos of inspirational places and just interpreting them pretty literally for practice.

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I came across this photo on tumblr (original source) ages ago. I’m always drawn to images with strong, contrasting warm/cool color palettes. I liked the idea of challenging myself to simplify a space with such complicated details.

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This is the sketch I started with on paper. I knew if I didn’t try to block out some of the shadowy shapes, I’d get a little lost when coloring, so I tried to map it out beforehand. I’m really happy with the final result. I often don’t finish pieces I start just to try and learn a technique or build confidence  rendering something specific, but I think my little forest turned out nicely. Definitely a fun exercise. :)


OOTD: Snow & Sparkle

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Headband: F21 | Cardigan: H&M | Necklace: Hello Cheeseburger | Bracelets: Kate Spade | Beaded Top, Belt: Vintage | Tulle Skirt: Kellie Falconer Design | Tights: Target | Heels: BCBG | Vintage Clutch: Parsimonia

If this winter managed to get away from me before I got a chance to take outfit photos in the snow, I was going to be very disappointed in myself! It’s not like it would’ve been hard. It seems like we’ve had snow on the ground more often than not this year. It’s very pretty and all, but I am so sick of this winter bullshit. Spring weather now, please and thank you!

This outfit you guys. Perhaps my favorite ever! This is what I wore to the belated Show Me Etsy holiday party and I felt like a pretty, frosted cupcake all night. The gorgeous tutu is one of my favorite things in my wardrobe and (appropriately) I bought it on Etsy! A few months ago, Kate posted an adorable OOTD wearing this fabulously fluffy skirt from Kellie Falconer Design and shared a discount code for the shop. That’s all I needed to hear. I bought one immediately and I really can’t rave about it enough. I’ve worn it multiple times and it’s always a show-stopper. It’s well-constructed, super full and maintains its shape, and I feel so proud to tell people that it’s handmade and not from the mall!

They’ve sneaked past in a few instagrams and in my HHH recap post, but this is the first OOTD featuring my new glasses! I’ve been wanting this pair for years, but I’m always very hesitant to buy glasses without trying them on first. I have a huge head and tend to not look so good in certain frame shapes–they need to be the perfect width for my face. Thankfully I finally took a chance and I LOVE THEM! They’re my perfect dream cat-eyes. :’) I got them using Coastal’s “first pair free” promotion! Haha, my prescription is so strong that they weren’t quite free, but the discount was definitely awesome!

I have a little bloggy business I wanted to talk about with you guys. This week, I signed up for ShopSense, an affiliate linking program. You can read all about it here. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been using Share-a-sale affiliate links for ModCloth for over a year and have enjoyed the experience. I haven’t made much money from it, but as my desire to quit my day job and work for myself full-time increases each day, I’ve been thinking of ways to diversity my income. I love blogging and always try to share where I get my clothes anyway, because as a blog reader, I enjoy checking out what a blogger is wearing and sometimes buying items for myself. I don’t have any moral obligations with bloggers getting a little reimbursement for promoting items they love, especially if they already own them. What’s annoying is when you can tell someone is only wearing or sharing something because she/he’s being paid to or when someone’s blog is nothing but affiliate links–sometimes multiple links for each item!

Anyway, long story short–Nothing is really changing, you’ll just notice more specific links on my OOTD posts and I’m putting a disclaimer at the bottom of each post that includes any affiliate linking. If you don’t feel comfortable with your clicking resulting in possible commissions, avoid the links in those posts! I understand that each reader has their own opinions on this sort of thing and I always want to be as transparent and honest in my blogging as I can. It’s not like I can afford to shill designer duds anyway! Most of what I wear is vintage, thrifted, or from sales racks. :)

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I own and love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.


Etsy Shop Update

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I finally made time yesterday to update my Etsy shop for the first time in ages. You can purchase one of my HHH posters, all sorts of hand-painted brooches (although both pizza ones are purchased already! Yikes! Thanks, guys!! <3), the usual candy heart rings, and the candy heart earrings are finally available! They’re super cute and tiny and kinda make me wish my ears weren’t gauged. Haha. xo


Handmade Happy Hour: Sweetheart Edition Recap

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Showing off the poster I illustrated for the event | DJ Trash Talk

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Envisage Vintage Jewelry

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Cristin Rae Knitwear + Accessories | Fable & Lore

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Last friday night was ALIVE Magazine‘s Handmade Happy Hour: Sweetheart Edition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis! You may remember me promoting it a few times–okay, maybe many times. ;) It was so much fun–I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ALIVE knows how to throw a great party!

So many of my favorite handmade/vintage vendors were there, plus my beloved crafty friends. We enjoyed cocktails and a fabulous group of stylish customers in a beautiful space. It doesn’t get much better than that! xo

Photos courtesy Flora Lorraine/ALIVE Magazine


Photo an Hour

I’ve never done a Photo an Hour post before, but I always enjoy looking at them on other blogs. That’s the whole fun of reading personal blogs–getting peeks into other people’s day-to-day lives.

I must admit, I get a little pang of resentment towards people who work from home and share like, “9am Made some french toast! 10am Pet my cat! 11am When to Yoga! 12pm Out to lunch! 1pm Walked my dog 2pm Took photos of my dog!” and then they end it with like, “9pm Going to sleep after a long, busy day!” Like… really? My perfect weekend looks like your “work” day. Haha, but I totally get the flip-side–it’s no fun taking 6 photos of your desk at your day job.

Anyway, here’s what my Thursday, January 30 looked like.

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8:30am – I always roll out of bed at the last minute to get ready for work. It’s an awful habit!

9:15am – Got some coffee and sat down at my desk to start going through email–pleasantly surprised to have my conversation heart rings featured in ALIVE Magazine’s St. Louis Weekend Guide email blast! Friday night is their Handmade Happy Hour event and I’m totally stoked!

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10:50am – A still life of my desk. Riveting!

11:30am – I work at a local culinary magazine and businesses are always popping in to share goodies with us–a definite perk of the job! I took a photo of these delicious pastries for our company instagram.

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12:20pm – Andrew’s been thinking about adopting a dog sometime in the next year or two–probably a poodle mix. We texted back and forth for a while with some of our favorite goofy dogs on PetFinder. My favorite to search for are old, fat chihuahuas. This is Bam Bam and his photo with Santa KILLS me.

1:30pm – Since I’m so rushed in the mornings, I always forget to pack lunch. Our office is close to a grocery store, so I usually just head over there, but it’s been so cold lately, I try to avoid leaving until the end of the day. My coworker was a genius and reminded me that Jimmy John’s delivery is a thing. Brilliant.

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2:45pm – Working. Checking out the newest issue of ALIVE.

4:30pm – I usually leave for the day around 4pm. I stopped by an art store on my way home for a few supplies.

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5:15pm – I picked up this old jewelry display at a thrift store recently and I’m really excited to give it a fancy make-over for my craft show table! :) I pulled it out from the basement to clean it and start spray painting since it actually wasn’t too painfully cold outside.

6:30pm – Working on a batch of earrings for Handmade Happy Hour.

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7:45pm – Leadership meeting for the Show Me Etsy Team at one of my favorite restaurants. They specialize in fancy drinks and dessert. I got a raspberry martini and the world’s best bread pudding for dinner. 8)

9:00pm – I brought in my jewelry display from drying on the back porch. I painted it white and added a little Creature Type sign on top. I think I’m going to put sheets on corkboard inside the panels… still not 100% sure.

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10:00pm – Organizing all my prints for Handmade Happy Hour.

11:15pm – Getting some work done at my computer and browsing tumblr while my favorite nerds play games and listen to music.

12am – Bedtime! I was already in bed with the lights off before I remembered to take a photo. Haha, it wasn’t glamorous. No loss. ;)

My life isn’t pretty or interesting enough to do this sort of thing on the regs, but it was fun! If you’re an STL local, you should totally come visit me at Handmade Happy Hour tonight! 5-9pm at the Contemporary Art Museum. :)


FF27: Florida Bound

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Hello friends! I hope you’ve had a lovely week. Mine has inched by super slowly because I finished it with a bang! I flew to Florida last last night to visit one of my best friends from college. She moved down here two years ago for an art teaching job and to escape small-town Missouri for a while. I haven’t seen her in ages so I’m really excited to enjoy the weekend getaway and catch up.

It’s only supposed to be in the 60s-70s this weekend–don’t get me wrong, that’s way better than Missouri’s 20-30 degrees!–but I couldn’t help but dream of summer clothes while putting together my faves this week. These are all goodies I want to rock either right now or as soon as the weather gets warm enough!

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1. Bright Delight Wrap Swimsuit by Nakimuli | Madison Plus Select
I don’t think I’ll be lucky enough to don a swimsuit on this trip, but I’ve had my eyes on this gorgeous suit for ages. It looks so luxe and unique and I’m OBSESSED with the convertible back!

2. Wearable Whimsy Socks in Octopi | ModCloth
Kelsea–the friend I’m visitng–loves octopi. Enough said. :)

3. Camden Chunky Work Lace Up Heeled Boots by New Look | ASOS
I’m filled with envy every time Erin wears these boots. They look sharp with everything!

4. Cream Floral Crop Top And Skirt Set by Style Icons Closet | Etsy
It doesn’t seem like the crop top trend is going anywhere this year and that’s cool by me. I feel like I’m seeing an emphasis on matching sets especially. This one is gorgeous with the perfect touch of vintage flair. Plus it’s handmade!

5. Thin Gold Stackable Rings by Modern Chromatic | Etsy
I need to up my jewelry game this year. I want to start wearing more rings! I love the look of a bunch of thin, gold rings decorating each finger.

6. Florida Keys to My Heart Dress | ModCloth
I’m so excited to walk around in just a light dress for a few days before I have to return to the land of many layers.

7. Natural Linen Carry-All Tote by Milkhaus Design | Moorea Seal
On my dream trip to Florida, Kelsea and I are carrying our swimsuits(The Nakimuli one for me, please) and sandals along in cute totes (like this beaut from Moore Seal’s shop) down to the sunny beach with fruity drinks in each hand. SIGH.

Have a fabulous weekend all! I certainly plan to!

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.


Illustration for PNW Fattitude

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Rachelle Abellar is a kick-ass individual. A few months ago, she organized, compiled, and produced the Self Care Zine I contributed to–currently available for purchase as a PDF download here. Besides being a talented graphic designer and illustrator, she’s a bad-ass blogger who is passionate about intersectional feminism and making a difference in her communities.

She recently founded PNW Fattitude, a fat-positive group/community in the Seattle area. When she contacted me about making some artwork for the poster for their inaugural event–A Plus Size Clothing Swap–I absolutely jumped at the chance!

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Rachelle didn’t have many guidelines or restrictions, other than conveying “a fun get-together with a bunch of fat girlfriends”. Um, I’m pretty sure drawing a bunch of diverse, stylish, fat babes is my dream job!

I tried to keep my sketches energetic and bright. I worked in black and white on the first one because I wanted to make sure I was working with a good value scale in mind. I do this because color is often a weakness of mine. I end up fiddling with the colors a lot after I make a drawing! The first sketch is pretty literal, with a big group of all kinds of ladies just hanging out and being happy.  For the second, I was thinking of a slightly retro, midcentury illustration feel with the final styling.

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We decided on the first sketch since it was so fun to see all the different kinds of people. Above is my final illustration. The poster design was done by Rachelle and I think it turned out super cute! :)

I had so much fun developing the characters and working on all the details. Here’s a few cropped shots of some of my favorite bits.

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If any of you guys are plus size and live around the Seattle area, you should definitely check out the event! It sounds like so much fun and I know Rachelle has been working really hard to host an A+ afternoon.

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Facebook | Tumblr | Plus Size Clothing Swap & Meet Up


2014 Reader Survey

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Hello dolls! I hope you’re all having a lovely week.

Last January, it was trendy in blogworld to make a little survey for your readers about their thoughts on your blog. This year I don’t even know if I’ve seen one! I love taking these sorts of questionnaires, though, so I wanted to make one for you guys! :)

Creature Type had only been around for about 6 months this time last year, so I didn’t want to jump on the bandwagon just to over-analyze my content. I was still experimenting and figuring out what I most enjoyed sharing and writing. I think the timing is great now to hear what you guys think! Also, sometimes it’s hard to really know what other people might find interesting about yourself that you wouldn’t guess.

You can take the survey here! It’s short and sweet and I’d really appreciate your honest thoughts. Thanks, everyone! xo


OOTD: Tried and True

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Shirt, Tights: Target | Skirt: American Apparel | Belt: Thrifted | Mocassins: Minnetonka | Purse: Kate Spade New York | Necklace: Fable & Lore

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love soda. Diet Coke is my poison of choice, but any and all forms and flavors make me a happy lady. My intake isn’t crazy or anything, but my day isn’t complete without one. Slurpees are one of my favorite treats. My go-to combo is blue raspberry mixed with Coke. 8)

Besides the frozen treat, this outfit is full of Michelle staples. Horizontal stripes, bright color, tights, flats, my favorite belt, Kate Spade, and a touch of handmade! My adorable pom-pom statement necklace is made by Fable & Lore, a beautiful, on-trend local jewelry line made by Chelsie, one of the cutest, most charming ladies you’ll ever meet!

The bag was a gift from my boyfriend for Christmas! Amazing, right?! I was so surprised and felt super spoiled when I unwrapped it. It’s the perfect, classy little cross-body bag and even has a bow. <3

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I own and love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.


Happy 2014!

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2013 has been a pretty awesome year, guys. Thanks for spending at least a tiny part of it with me. Party hard tonight and have a wonderful 2014! xo





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