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Hello! My fashion illustration giveaway has been closed and now it's time for me to announce the winner. It's a fellow blogger Julia from The Velvet Runaway blog. I'm happy that a fellow blogger won! You can see the giveaway here (the giveaway was powered by rafflecopter and the winner was randomly selected). There were actually only two participants in the giveaway, a fact that I will have to take in consideration when planning future giveaways. I probably won't do an art giveaway any time soon, taken that the interest in this one was so extremely low. Today's post won't be terribly long. It's almost the end of the term and since I work in the educational sector that means that things are a bit busy. I'll probably be looking for another job during the summer, so if I go MIA, that's the most likely reason. How do you feel about the approaching summer? I'm absolutely thrilled!

My outfit proposal of the day is a very simple one. It's the perfect example of shopping one's closet, something I greatly enjoy doing. I had all of these clothing items for a while, but I never wore them together. Anyhow, for this spring styling I paired a striped dress with a striped cardi and layered with leggings. I finished the outfit with a straw hat and black stilettos. I rolled up the leggings to make this outfit more spring appropriate but also more flattering. Cropped leggings paired with heels, now that's a combo that can make you look taller and leaner. Taken that this dress has horizontal stripes (that make one look wider), I figured that cropped leggings were the way to go. A fun tip: I never actually buy cropped or capri leggings, I just role up the ordinary ones. What do you think about this striped styling? Do let me know in the comments. The weather has finally improved here, so you may expect to see more spring and summer appropriate outfits soon. If I don't go MIA that is. 

As an adult, it is not easy to make time for hobbies that are complex or time consuming, but I'm so glad I not only tried my hand at fashion illustration but also stuck with it over the years. Fashion illustration was always something I enjoyed, but I only took it more seriously a few years ago. With a lot of work, I got to the place where I'm happy with my illustrations. I especially like the artistic ones. Today I own many fashion illustrations. I love experimenting with different styles and mediums. If you want to see more of my art and read a bit more about my art journey, here are links to my old posts: 

In one of my old fashion illustration posts I talked about how that fashion illustrating was something I always enjoyed doing. Since I was doing it for myself, I figured that it doesn’t really matter if my illustration don’t look professional, stylized or specialized. There was also this thing -I actually didn’t want them to look like other (industrialized) fashion sketches and illustration. I wasn't going for the professional fashion sketch look,  rather I wanted them to feel like my own.  I wanted my fashion sketches to be unique, and I didn’t want to imitate prevalent styles of illustrating. That is where I was mistaken. I suppose that what I originally wanted (but was doing it the wrong way) was to develop my own style of fashion illustration. I was obviously making a mistake, though. You cannot get better at something, without working on it. You have to learn the rules to be able to break them. I realized that I had to work on it, and this time working on it meant not simply drawing more but getting back to basics, learning more about fashion illustration and trying to find a way to do them that I would feel comfortable with. I suppose this applies to other art forms as well, not just to fashion illustration. Moreover, I think people often assume they're not talented enough when in fact all they need is more work. We live in 'instant' times when we (most often) only get to see the finished result. People are losing patience, and that is problematic because without work and patience you can't really get anywhere. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that sometimes there is no shortcut to getting what you need or work. You just have to work for it. That's why I often wrote about this whole 'fashion illustration and art as a hobby thing'.  You get better with time, nobody is really born with painting and art skills. Some of us are perhaps born with a tendency to love art and desire to do it, but every skill takes time and effort to develop.  That is why I include links to old posts and fashion illustrations, to show it is a process. Speaking of that, here are some other links that include fun DIY projects (just to prove you can have fun with fashion illustrations)., photo collages and links to redbubble products I created:

Thank you so much for reading & visiting. Have a lovely day!


  1. Cute outfit Ivana, and congratulations to the giveaway winner! Have a great weekend!

  2. Congratulations to Julia! I hope you find a summer job you enjoy. This outfit is super cute and looks so comfortable. A win - win! Great idea rolling up the leggings instead of buying another length. That is so true that many of us think we can't do something but it is simply that we do not practice and give up too quickly.

    1. thank you dear! Yes, sometimes we just need more practice.

  3. Those illustrations are super pretty, girl!



  4. Mi ricorda molto venezia questo look, stai benissimo! Io mi ero registrata al giveaway ma non s poi se avevo fatto tutto bene, comunque complimenti alla vincitrice
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  5. Hello beautiful, I've seen your illustrations since you decided to start with this hobbie and today you see the evolution, it is true you are not born knowing and with much practice one is improving the technique. I loved your look today super navy and summery. Kisses.

  6. I love that you rolled up these pants this way Ivana. You are always being so creative with your outfits!!

  7. Congrats to the winner! :) I like your print mixing outfit with the different directional stripes, so fun! :)

    Enjoy your warmer weather, and your summer. Good luck with the job search!

    Hope that you are having a great weekend! We have our son's birthday party today so he's very excited!

    Away From Blue

  8. I love the stripes on stripes very cool. I have a love/hate relationship with summer. Love the sun and nice days but hate the humidity and all the noisy neighbors and loud parties.

    Very cool you stuck with illustration and your blog too!

    Allie of

    1. I know what you mean! There are definitely pros and cons to every season.

  9. Very cool and nice Ivana ♥

    Many greetings Sabine

  10. Woow Nice article I am like your post. "Perfect "
    Good job TanksFor sharing
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  11. Thanks a lot :D

    superb my friend

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  12. Congretulations Julia! Hope to see you on my Fancy Friday linkup party!

  13. I ja se veselim ljetu! To mi je najdraže godišnje doba :D

    Odličan ti je post, jedva čekam sljedeći ;)

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  14. Congratulations to Julia on winning your giveaway. On a side note, I did try to enter but I'm not sure if it worked ... Your illustrations are wonderful, and I love how you talk about them with such passion. I'm also loving your stripey outfit, and rolling up your leggings is a great idea. Wishing you lots of success with job hunting and hope you find a job you can be passionate about. Have the greatest of weekends! xxx

    1. Thanks dear. I'll try to find something and if it doesn't work out, I'll just work freelance this summer.

  15. Ivana I love this post. You are an artist. I love your illustrations!

  16. This outfit of yours is amazing. I love the stripe on stripes, and that you rolled up your leggings to make it more appropriate for the weather.

    Congrats to Julia on winning your giveaway. I hope you find a job that you love to do.

    xo, Maria

  17. What a chic outfit, you're all ready for summer. Well done to the lucky winner.
    Hope you find a job you'll love. xxx


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