Week 30 of my 52 Live Fashion Stories took place, spur of the moment, on Thanksgiving day actually. My bf and I spent the day in Huntington Beach with his mom, Joann, and I painted her portrait outside, in the beautiful early afternoon, after our yummy Thanksgiving feast (while a certain someone was snoozing, post pumpkin pie ;-)
Not only did I get to paint live on Thanksgiving, but I was happy to spend a beautiful and (unseasonably) warm day for this time of year hanging out with no less than three puppies!! Shorts and puppies on Thanksgiving? Yes, please :-))
Luna and Body are two six-month old brother and sister puppies - and by 'puppies' I mean almost fully grown dogs behaving like three-month old puppies, while knocking you off your feet with their boundless energy and puppy-ness ;-)
And Chase (technically not a puppy, but as cute as one) is the most adorable Frenchie who loves to play with any and all squeaky toys. The squeakiest, the better! <3
Keith and Chase stand off: man vs beast ;-))
Giving thanks for a day of 'too much fun' and wishing all of us as many of them as possible!
Last week, for Week 29 of my 52 Live Fashion Stories I had a back-to-back double feature of painting live portraits: at my house, with my friends Madison and Bryan, and at my new friend Colette's party!
These two are always fun to be around! My friends Madison and Bryan are also architects, and old coworkers no less, and it's always nice to reminisce about what brought us together in the first place: architecture! We had a blast catching up, and I loved (finally!) getting to paint their portraits!
Thanks for being such great models, guys! ;-) And thanks for taking pics and videos and for the organic strawberries ... yummmm!! You sure know the way to my heart lol
Colette's party the day before was such a blast! Here she is, a beautiful muse and gracious hostess, photo-bombed by her bf Aarun ;-)
I met some awesome people with interesting stories, all from such different backgrounds than my own. Always nice to step outside the norm for a change.
Thanks so much for having me, Colette! I had lots of fun, and it was great to meet everyone!
Inspired by an explosion of brushstrokes for Week 28 of 52 Live Fashion Stories and painting live model Eve's portrait last week.
Halloween week was such a blast, with tons of painting and creative inspiration and being out and about, exploring and having fun!
Halloween painting inspo came courtesy of the fab Cara Delevingne @caradelevingne with her awesomely creepy pic with a tarantula on her face ... yup! She's fearless! (meanwhile I was shuddering while painting this lol)
My pre-Halloween inspo came from @instylemagazine who featured Cate Blanchett with a sleek, 80's inspired hair do! Almost made me wish I had thought of an 80's costume ... but I stuck with our original plan for a couple's costume for me and Mr. K - see below ;-)
Yup, it was Elvis and Priscilla this year :-)) We had so much fun at Clifton's Republic on Saturday night, they put on quite a show. And as per usual, we went out to dinner at a 'normal' restaurant before the party in full costume! It was awesome to see everyone stare at The King, haha!
I've been asked where I bought my Priscilla costume, ha! It's all DYI, all the white on my costume is nothing more than duct tape! The mod touches on my basic black tshirt, on my skirt, the Peter Pan collar, belt buckle and earrings, all white duct tape. Including my boots, which I was completely taped in for the night, lol!
On the homefront, it was my usual custom-made decorations - never not DYI-ing! :-)
Even my front door peephole was decorated! The bathroom mood was 'eek' ... very appropriate ;-)
My bedroom was all treat!
But by Sunday I was pretty much ready to deflate Halloween, haha!
Next painting inspiration came from @dior makeup featured on @voguebeauty. You can never go wrong with gold!
The next day Reese Witherspoon was honored with an award at the 7th annual Innovator Awards hosted by @wsjmag. So inspired by her win, and her likeness to her daughter Ava Phillipe - they're like twins!
Friday was all about having fun being tourists in our own city! Mr. K and I love exploring LA, and sometimes yes, that means making like a tourist and going to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for selfies, fashion and illustration inspiration - cuz that's the kind of supportive bf he is :-)
Stopped by Century City for a cappuccino at Petros for Mr. K and had the best lunch at the cutest yummy spot called Clementine in Westwood Village.
While at the Century City mall, I managed to 'support' Madewell yet again: got another black and white tote! Surprise, surprise! The monochromatic obsession continues ;-)
After a healthy dose of black and white, I was inspired by @mistyydowns featured on @imgmodels for a burst of pink and purple !!
Painted her portrait while listening to the new @rachelplatten album 'Waves'
Saturday was all about Polo sunnies on @imgmodels! @thylaneblondeau is the lucky girl who got to wear these beauties!
Oh, and they sparkle, too!
May the sparkle, the stars, inspiration and the fun in your life keep coming!
I'm Cristina Tudor, a Beverly Hills fashion illustrator. I paint live illustrations at fashion, retail, entertainment, bridal and lifestyle events for clients such as Chanel, Ferragamo, David Yurman x Galia Lahav, Badgley Mischka, Bloomingdale's, Warner Bros. Studios, Diptyque Paris, Ted Baker London, Eric Buterbaugh x Beverly Hills EB Florals, and Survey Monkey, among others.
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