Wednesday, 26 November 2014

HOPEFUL WANDERERS // A TRAVEL BLOG ABOUT OUR JOURNEY IN CHINA

Logo design by Rose Tinted Illustration & Design
Photograph of us two by Stephan & Nakita

If you are interested in seeing images and updates of our travels in China then feel free to head over to a new blog my husband and I have set up. Hopeful Wanderers is a journal of our time abroad and shows glimpses of our life in China.

The logo and banner image of this blog is of my own design and features a quote from one of our favourite songs by Mighty Oaks.

"It's a big old world we live in now
And mighty it can be
All this time I pictured you standing next to me
So we could go find things we'd never seen"
- JUST ONE DAY // MIGHTY OAKS

Thursday, 13 November 2014

ROSEHIP FACIAL CLEANSER // BY ESSANO SKIN CARE


So I've never really posted about beauty products here before, but I'm really liking this Rosehip facial cleanser by Essano. It uses natural ingredients and is made by a boutique company in New Zealand. I love the scent, and it's really gentle on my skin.

Especially with living in China where there's a lot of air pollution, it's so important to keep my skin clean. Plus it's also really wonderful to be supporting a local business from back home.

Also as a designer/illustrator, I was really drawn to the packaging! Was the reason I picked it up in the first place. As you may know, I absolutely love anything to do with roses so it really won me over.

I styled it in this shot with a beautiful Chinese fan my husband picked up for me and some gorgeous silk peonies. I wish they were real, but I'm not in the southern hemisphere. I'm insanely jealous that I'm not experiencing Spring at the moment. It's my favourite time of year and it's a little depressing having two winters in one year. Although it means I'll get two Summer's when I return.

PS. If you follow Essano Skin on Instagram, you can go in the draw to win one of their many give-aways.


Saturday, 1 November 2014

BUTTERFLIES // ROSE TINTED ILLUSTRATION


I love drawing butterflies. They are so pretty. I love their symmetry and the patterns on their wings.

Once I went to the museum with a couple of good friends. We were in the section that has all the taxidermy insects and bugs. I remember when we opened the drawer with all the butterflies, we all just sighed in adoration for these winged creatures. Didn't quite have the same reaction with the tarantula drawer...

Sunday, 19 October 2014

PURPLE PEONIES IN MOODY TONES // ROSE TINTED FLOWER CROWN


So I've been having just a little trouble finding some nice silk flowers in China to make my Rose Tinted flower crowns, but I have finally managed to track some down. Just in time for a couple of new orders that have just rolled in. I was so happy I just had to make a flower crown straight away. Loving this slightly darker palette.





Friday, 17 October 2014

Saturday, 27 September 2014

VELVET HEART // THE LANE : WITH ALLI MITTON PHOTOGRAPHY & KELLY SMITH ILLUSTRATION

Art Direction / Styling / Production:  Karissa Fanning  / The LANE
Photography:  Ali Mitton
Hair & Makeup:  Abbey Love
Location:  Fingal Headland, NSW Australia
Model:  Ksenia - Chic Management
Dresses:   Amanda Garrett // Jane Hill // Collette Dinnigan //  Jennifer Gifford 
Flowers and Floral Accessories:  B Sweet Flowers (headpiece, LEI & Bouquet)
A Combination of my Favourite Ever shoot by Ali Mitton and my Favourite Ever illustrations by Kelly Smith for the best Ever Wedding blog / website The Lane . Lately I've Managing Director Really a big Fan of this Colour palette using Vibrant berry & plum Tones in Contrast with bridal white and delicate Lace. To Immerse your eyes in More of THESE beautiful images, see the full shoot over on The Lane .

Friday, 26 September 2014

VIEW FROM THE TWENTY THIRD FLOOR // THIS IS CHINA

Rose Tinted Photography

I have been in Wuhan, China with my husband for just over five weeks and so far it's been really great. We have always wanted to know what it is like to live in an apartment building in the central city, not forever, but for a time in our lives. We have a one room studio apartment (with separate bathroom that has a western toilet). The space is perfect for a couple who do not need a lot of space. Check out the view from our balcony!

Living in China has so far been an amazing experience and we love the buzz of being in the city. Sure it can be noisy with the endless horns beeping and the constant construction sounds. But how great is it to leave your building and immediately be amongst it. We are close to many great places to eat out and it's so cheap that we often do. We are picking up on our Chinese enough to be able to order for ourselves. 

I must admit, I have not taken as many photo's as I should, but I promise I will post some before too long. Part of the reason is because it's a pain lugging a DSLR camera around when your main mode of transportation is your feet. I also feel there's a difference though between visiting a place and living in a place. When you're visiting, you only have the one opportunity to capture the sites that you see, but when you have made roots for the next couple of years, it seems unnecessary to record it all. In saying that, I do realize the importance of capturing memories in the form of a photograph, but only if it's not getting in the way of you seeing/experiencing it first hand.