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Oh, how I love those Hollywood movie-screen kisses…

Jon Whitcomb (1906–1988) is an acclaimed American illustrator (see bio here). At the time his illustrations were featured in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping etc etc. He was amongst the first illustrators to switch to gouache paint from oil for posters.

Currently, I am trying to hunt down his book on glamour All About Girls, hopefully I will find it soon somewhere.

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This one below is often associated with a phrase:

“I am so happy I could die”

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This one when she is asking for a kiss

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Who can resist HER?! Stunning!!



Sources of pictures in Pinterest

Yesterday I went to the exhibition opening of one of my all time favourite painters (and fashion illustrators) – Vincent Bakkum. I have been a fan for YEARS, and had a chance once to visit Vincent’s studio … long time ago. (See my old post here).

But finally, Vincent is holding a new exhibition in Helsinki and here are some pictures from yesterday. Enjoy:

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Uw hormonen (left) , The technology of orgasm (right)

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Bij dieren

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Some ardea

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If you are in Helsinki – I strongly recommend to go and see all this beauty for yourself:

Interior Design Helena KarihtalaOy, Abrahaminkatu 8, Helsinki

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“Screw this. I am going to Wonderland”…and here are my kind of New Year’s resolutions.


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Start a diet.

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Get a pet.



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And when the opportunity presents itself, follow the white rabbit.


The rabbit will provide the directions to the Wonderland:


Get a driving license to any transport you prefer.


Follow the magic dust, too.

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But first, clean up. Get rid of the useless stuff.

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People too. Let go.

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Instead make new friends. You know, with like-minded people.

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Document your adventures. Blog more – whenever, wherever.

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Re-define “treats”.


Start new beauty routines.



Attend awesome tea-parties more often.

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Sleep more. And dream of fairy-tales.

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Stay fit. Find the best work-out style for you.

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To exercise ALL muscles :)



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Stay inside your bubble.


But do occasionally go outside your comfort zone…

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Run away from troubles, worries and fears. Even if sometimes it’s a bit of a slow process.


Wear more accessories.

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Wear new shoes.  New ones tend to take you to new places. Think of Dorothy or Cinderella.

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Go to the movies more often. Alone.


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Find him. The moon keeper.

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He has stories to tell. And places to show.


Listen. (The newly acquired pet is listening, too. It’s more fun together).


Read more

fairy tales

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be happy

Start using the mirror’s magic powers.  If you don’t know what they are consult Alice. Or Neo. Or Ravenna. No, don’t consult Ravenna. She is dead.


Find the key. You know, the one you have been looking for a loooong time. A key to happiness? Success? Home? Castle?


Whatever project you start – have no fear, start small…


Just start your journey…

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And see it grow…


And rejoice at where it will take you…


Feel enlightened

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But if it’s not working out at first, have a break




But it is important you start ASAP

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Don’t give up

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Even if it feels impossible

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no sad

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new routines

Find new perspective.

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Attitude is the key. Like for instance, it’s not sand in your shoe, it’s entire beach and the ocean!                           sand in my shoe

love life


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And if you feel like crying along the process, go ahead:

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                glitter in a jar

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glitter lips

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But aways stay true to yourself and remember to be persistent…

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do it

And while you are busy working on your dreams…

life is full of suprizes

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The sources of images can be found in Pinterest in my account:

Fairy-tales and Dreams

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p.s. In case you are wondering, yes, this post took ages to make.

A former colleague of mine has two beautiful daughters. He commissioned illustrations of them as Christmas presents.  Some flowers, glitter and shades of pink:

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Based on the photos:

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Hurry up! Send your letter (love letter, season’s greetings, note to say hi  – anything) to this amazing international collaborative art  project!

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  1. Go to
  2. Write your greeting
  3. Include the address it goes to

AND Voila! An artist somewhere in the world will beautifully hand-write it for you. I am one on the volunteer artists in this year’s project. And I have to say, this is the coolest volunteer project I have ever been involved with.

Hurry up! It’s for one week only (Nov. 11-17, 2013)!!!

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My love for black & white and everything Chanel…chanel 1 chanel 2

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Something really cool happened! My exhibition was mentioned on Elle Finland website.

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The texts says:

Fashion Illustrations in Punavuori

Fashion Illustrator’s Olesja’s works can been admired in the “Beautiful Things” -exhibition in gallery Jade in Helsinki. The subjects of illustrations are perfume bottles, haute couture clothes and women’s portraits. The style varies from sharp black and white to soft strokes of brushes in pastel colors.

The works can be seen until the end of the month.


Here are some pictures from the exhibition. More to come.

Thank you everybody who came. I had a wonderful day!

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Photos by me & Pini.

Some pictures from the event “Sä, mä ja design“. The multi-designer fashion show included Jukka Rintala’s creations. Here is some elegance and glamour I managed to capture into my mobile.

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And I really loved this jacket with the bow. Aaah….

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Legends of Shalimar by Guerlain. It’s love.

I had a business trip recently to Stockholm, the meeting was very short actually, so it was a wonderful opportunity to book some extra hours for the city. And I have to say, Stockholm has a lot to offer. Not only it is a very beautiful city with lots of things to do – but at the moment there are FOUR fashion exhibitions running! How perfect for me is that?! Indeed, it was a very perfect day. Here is my visual report. Enjoy!


1. Helmut Netwon in Fotografiska (B)

Helmut Newton’s legacy is a significant one. He had a vivid and perverse imagination, but he was not an illustrator of fantasies; his skill was in building his pictures from all that he had so sharply observed in the world in which he lived, that of the sophisticated bourgeoisie. In this regard, he was first and foremost a notable social anthropologist and satirist. And it is his shrewd distillation of all that he had witnessed that gives his images the ring of truth and their lasting hold.

May 31 – September 29, 2013  Address Fotografiska , Stadsgårdshamnen 22 , 116 45 Stockholm

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“I love vulgarity. I am very attracted by bad taste…”newton 2

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I love this one. So S…newton 4 newton 5 newton 6

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This one too. So sensual. And strange. Like invasion of privacy. Who are they to each other? Why are people staring? Why is she so calm, knowing there are others in the room?newton 9

I think this is Verushka..not sure though, looks like her.newton 10 newton 17

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Other illustrations in Fotografiska:

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It was absolutely awesome. But it gets better. Next:

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaulthier in Design and Architecture Center (E)


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This was pretty cool. The mannequins had faces projected on them, so they were lively – smiling, looking, talking…

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I like the contrast how these 2 pictures are situated next to another – white soft angelic vs. black rough almost sticky




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Finnish model Ninja Sarasalo on the Fragile Perfume ad:


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  This is actually not fur, but bead embroidery. I bet this outfit is very heavy, because there were so many beads. Handmade naturally and very intricate.

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The skeleton outfit worn by Dita von Teese

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Illustration by Gaultier himself of Madonna tour outfits:

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This one particularly caught my eye. I love the high waist and Spahish toreador style:

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A MINK suitcase. How cool is that? This will be so bashed by PETA ;)

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Oh lala! The Paris Eiffel stockings. LOVE.

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Gaulthier himself. The projected version, talking…

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Next on the map -

Fashion Illustrator Mats Gustafson in Millesgården (C)


Mats Gustafson captures the movements of the models and the styles of the garments. His images span a wide range of characteristics, from the graphic silhouette to colourful and painterly expressions. Clothes, bodies and faces are the common theme of the exhibition and many of the works have been published in magazines such as French and Italian Vogue.

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This is a Tiffany ad. Not hard to guess, right ? ;)

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The lines of her legs and shoes ARE impeccable:

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Illustration of THAT Dior 2013 dress:

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I love how the red shiny material is captured here: Mats 17 Mats 18 Mats 19

And this is so amazingly geometric. Love the sharp shoes: Mats 20

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Millesgården turned out to be an amazingly beautiful place. Idyllic. The nature. The views. A piece of heaven on earth. And the weather was so beautiful.

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Beautiful house across the street:

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And then I also went to Stockholm New in Thielska Galleriet (D), but I dont have pics from there. :(

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Monumental iconic fashion photography from legendary magazine Stockholm New juxtaposed with Thielska Galleriets world-famous collection of Nordic and international masterpieces from the previous turn of the century — Edvard Munch, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Anders Zorn, Eugène Jansson, Bruno Liljefors, Carl Larsson, August Strindberg, Carl Fredrik Hill, Ernst Josephson, Prins Eugen, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Tolouse-Lautrec, and many more…

The city is so beautiful!

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And what’s a trip without a bit of shopping? I found the perfect Cinderella shoes:

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Nom nom nom… strawberry white-chocolate frappino…shoes 3

As I promised to draw something, here is today’s harvest! Illustration of gorgeous model Helen….and some serious diamonds and sapphires by Cartier. (See Helen’s portfolio here).

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I took some pictures in the dark so the shine of the gems is visible reflected from the flash:

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I changed the color a bit. Sapphires are more in this season ;) Nevertheless, the necklace is absolutely amazing.


Here are the originals from which are illustrations are made. The original images are ©NadiPhotography2013 visit here.

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The two images are drawn on the same paper sheet:

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I really need perhaps to find a different layout for the blog to be able to post WIDER images.


Helen is a dancer too, you can really see that in postures:

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See Helen’s blog here.

Pic credit of gems in Pinterest.


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