It’s almost summer!

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It’s me again. I’ve been MIA lately…I’ve been ruminating a lot 🙂

But back to the subject at hand…in the PNW, we’re getting pretty excited to see sunshine in our weather forecast, especially since we’ve had the second rainiest season since 1999! You could say we want to break out our sunbathing gear and add some color to our pasty-white legs!

This lovely lady modeling the swimsuit is inspired by me *blushes*.

I’m being serious. I ordered the top from LimeRicki (and I got it on discount! Score!) and it arrived today! Now I am waiting patiently for the bottoms to come.

For a while, I’ve been debating on whether I should invest in a new swimsuit, and lo and behold, I finally broke down and bought one. I’m going to California in two weeks and you have to have a cute swimsuit if you’re going to be in the sun 24/7! California…haven’t been there before, but I’m looking forward to it! Beaches, sunshine, palm trees, etc. Senior trip goals, if you ask me!

Anyway, back to swimsuits.

I’m just an average girl, with an average body (let’s face it…I could stand to lose a few). But I’m trying to tell myself that it doesn’t matter what type of body I have; what matters is what is inside. That is one hard piece of advice to take.

Especially when swimsuit season rolls around.

I can get so caught up in wanting the perfect body, but what for, I ask? So I can look sexy in a swimsuit? So I can be more physically attractive? If the answer is yes, then I don’t think that is such a good thing.

Yes, I do want to appear decent (okay vanity, a little bit more than “decent”) but when it comes to being attractive, it is good personality and character that makes one attractive. And I want people to like me because of my nature. I don’t want my relationships to be based off of superficial and material things.

Capiche? 🙂

That’s a lot of rambling; I apologize if you got a little foggy-brained!

My Favorite Cookie

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Macarons (no, not macaroons) are my favorite sweet. They are so delicate and light and perfect. A small dessert like this is so satisfying to enjoy after dinner…or maybe for breakfast?!

I noticed something just now. I create better art at night. I came home from work and nothing I drew seemed to come out right. It’s like my creative side just quit for the moment. But right when I’m supposed to be going to bed, I suddenly get some inspiration and have to sit down at my desk and paint.

That is what happened here 🙂


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A Saturday like this is time well spent in my book. Beach trips, eating at good restaurants, and chatting with friends are also good ways to spend a Saturday.

Inspiration from here:



marchesa2.jpgI swear I post the most random stuff. Seriously, though. My last post was about vintage dishes and now I’ve gone to the couture gowns at NYFW.

I think that is why I call my blog Illustration Avenue. I am so inspired by so many different things, and I couldn’t be specific; I didn’t know what it was I wanted to share, other than art I created. I remember thinking way back then (it’s been a year, folks, since I’ve been up and running! Happy belated anniversary to me!) of a blog/website name. It was so hard to do. I feel like the least clever person when it came to that sort of thing. There are SO many quirky, memorable, funny blog names and I really wanted that. But. My talents lie in other areas that DON’T include blog naming 😉

Overall, though, Illustration Avenue seems to be a good choice to my many random illustrations.

If you guys have any ideas or paintings you’d like to see more of, please let me know!