24th Birthday!

It's so strange for me to think I was 14 a whole 10 YEARS AGO. Mostly because I'm still the exact same person I was then. Andrew and I spent the day at Six Flags riding roller coasters and eating funnel cake till we thought we'd puke. The night before we went to Aripo's (the only Venezuelan restaurant in Chicago). The food was delicious and made me think of my childhood and family so I totally had a few "awww" moments. It was also bizarre to order something I usually make at home... & just 'cause, here's a photo of my birthday outfit:

Tap shorts courtesy of my baby love :D

We strolled around Oak Park for a bit and randomly decided to stop in Borders. I never really read any magazines apart from Communication Arts, HOW, CMYK, etc... but since my finances have dwindled, I've pretty much stopped altogether. I picked up Bust and started flipping through it and an awesome watercolor illustration literally slapped me in the face, accompanying an article titled "The Fat Friend." I didn't bother with the article, I just immediately googled the artist's name on my phone and fell in love.

Kristy Milliken

So it appears, yet another Australian artist has captured my attention. I'm thinking this may mean I need to move to Australia, maybe... I figured out she's not actually using watercolors, but inks! I don't even understand it but I'm intrigued and really want to start drawing with my hands again, instead of with my mouse. All in all, it was a really great birthday and now I'm completely inspired!


  1. hey, just wanted to say thank you! for following my blog and twitter :)
    it's hard to believe it's INK, not watercolor!! so beautiful :)
    oh, oh! happy belated birthday! hope you had a fabulous day, and much more happiness and joy to come this year for you!!!

  2. such a beautiful picture. thanks for sharing!

  3. You outfit is so cute, love the shorts!

    The illustration is absolutely beautiful, I'm really surprised she used ink. I haven't seen ink drawings with this stunning effect before.

  4. @Haruna Thank you :)

    @Jill No problem! I have it saved as my wallpaper on my phone; I love it so much ;)

    @Weesha Thanks! They're one of my favorite items :) Kristy's work is amazing!

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