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January recap (my art & DIY & outfits)

I've had a lot of posting ideas this January. I think it has to do with the fact that I was away from blogging for so long.  Perhaps I was just eager to make up for the lost time. I didn't keep to a certain theme this January. I wrote a lot. I shared many paintings and illustrations. In addition, I also shared my outfits and even DIY projects. So, there was a bit of everything this month. However, that also means that I get to do a really fun January recap, so here we go.

                                                 ART & ILLUSTRATIONS 

I shared tons of my illustrations, drawings and painting this January and if all goes well you can expect the same in February. I already have some art on hold to share. I'm also planning to write more about my experience with art courses. Perhaps it is best to write one detailed post about it.

The black swan (fashion illustration of the day- watercolour painting)

Fashion illustration of the day (olive flared jeans: green trend report)

 #modnailustracija #sretnanova #drawing #pencildrawing

#pencildrawing #atwork #artinprogress #fashionillustration #drawing #art
#modaodaradosti #modnailustracija #latice #pedals



I only included one reading recommendation this month, but it is only because I have another blog reserved for book reviews. I did read a lot of books this month ( I have to make a final countdown tonight). I can't resist picking up a few to recommend. So, here are my 11 reading recommendations of the month:

1. Judita by Miro Gavran
2. A Painted House by John Grisham
3. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
4. The Nose by Nikolai Gogol
5. Darkside Earther by Bradley Horner
6. Frida by Slavenka Drakulich
7. Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
8. Lagoon by Joseph Conrad
9. Typhoon by Jospeh Conrad
10. Kako smo lomili noge by Miro Gavran
11. Letter to His Father by Franz Kafka


This month I also shared one very personal post where I wrote about living and dealing with a chronic illness. It was a very difficult post to write, but I'm happy I wrote it.

I also shared two posts with tips on how to get more reading done. So, now you know what is my secret and how I manage to read so much. We all know that reading is good for us. Interestingly, I noticed that reading seems to inspire me to do more art.

#fashionillustration #modnailustracija ##girlsread #friendswhoreadtogetherstaytogether

#modaodaradosti #reading #art #myart #books #howtoreadmore #blogger


This January I shared two DIY posts. Both are quite easy and  are all about recycling. The first one is about making a white vase, the second one about turning a mason jar into a plaint container. I'd like to share more posts like this, where I teach you how to use acrylic paints for home projects. Acrylic paints are easy to use and they can be a lot of fun. 

#modaodaradosti #whitedecor #scandinavian #DIY #diyvase #acrylicpaints


I shared a few outfit posts this month. It was fun getting back to those. For a while, I gave up on outfit posts because my blog became more art related, but I might get back to them. I'm not sure, we'll see what next month brings.  I think that I prefer my blog posts to be varied, it might be the best blogging scenario for me.

#modaodaradosti  #fashionblog #turtleneck #tights #colourful


How to wear a faux fur coat?  (a selection of illustrated and photographed outfits) #oftd #fashioblog #fashionillustration


  1. What a great collection of pictures! kisses

  2. I've always enjoyed your blog variety- the outfits, the places you visit, the beautiful paintings so do keep up the variety. I will go and read more about the chronic illness one because I would like to know more about that.
    I thought your ballet dancer painter was lovely and that picture which I presume your husband took of you painting is delightful!x

  3. Such a lovely post Ivana, love the outfits and the illustrations with the rose petals <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  4. Great January blog posts recap Ivana. I'm always a fan of your illustrations. Very lovely and nice! You killed it in the outfit department too. Great ensemble!
    Happy blessed February!

  5. Molto bello questo recap di Gennaio Ivana!
    Tra le illustrazioni le mie preferite sono quello con lo sfondo paesaggistico dietro, trovo che abbiano una marcia in più!
    Quanto ai libri (certo che riesci davvero a leggere un sacco!), tra quelli che hai elencato i miei preferiti sono Absalom Absalom e Città Invisibili (italo Calvino è uno dei miei autori preferiti in assoluto), alcuni non li conoscevo ma me li sono segnati così li cercherò!
    Infine, per gli outfit il mio peferito è il primo, sia per i colori che per le foto, sei davvero deliziosa (anche se continuo a pensare che forse quello che ti dona di più sia quello con la minigonna a righe)

    1. grazie Silvia:) un paseggiatrico da una cosa di piu'...sembra cosi'....con le illustrazioni e con le fotografie un bello posto sembre da un marcia in piu....

      <3 Anch'io amo Calvino, e' uno dei miei preferiti autori italiani.

  6. Bellissimo recap, stai benissimo con ogni look. Beata te che hai il tempo di leggere, io sono anni che non trovo il tempo purtroppo

  7. This is a lovely way to wrap up your month of posts - you have had some great posts over the month! :) It will be really interesting to see more of these kinds of posts going forward, and that art courses post would be great to read too!

    Hope that you have been having a good week and have a nice weekend ahead. It's been a bit crazy here! The weekend will be a good change of pace. :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  8. Love them all, Ivana! You’ve captured the ballerina with your illustration so well, & you look good in those shots. xoxo

  9. Thanks a lot :D

    you are amaaazing :D

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  10. Love all these illustrations and the pictures of you too, what a gorgeous surrounding :)) I hope you have a great weekend x

  11. Great post and really lovely blog.
    Would you like to follow each other? If you do, let me know in the comments on my blog.

  12. I really like your outfit posts, dearest Ivana, but I also like your art posts and your recycling projects. Long live the variety! :-) I am very glad that you are blogging again so eagerly :-)
    Hugs from here,

  13. Such a good recap Ivana, and as you know I am happy to read blogs like yours, where honesty are behind everything! Love all the kind of things you share, from your unstoppable creativity to your cool outfits :D

    Glad to see that you had a great comeback to the blog scene and I really appreciate your kind comments on my site tho :)


  14. Sjajna januarska retrospektiva mila! Posebno izdvajam ilustracije i tvoj veliki talenat za iste.


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