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Some of My Favourite Scents

Lili Cabena

I’m loving these lazy weekends where it’s too cold to venture outside… brrr.. better just have a productive day indoors in my toasty apartment with a hot cocoa and catch up on some illustration.

Perfume Bottles by Lili Cabena Perfume Bottles by Lili Cabena

I didn’t have to venture too much further than my dressing table for inspiration on this one. These are some of my favourite scents and each of the bottles are so pretty! I’ve to use all of these up before buying any more. One for almost every day of the week – love them all!

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Day 29: Somewhere I'd Like to Go by Lili Cabena

30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 29: Somewhere I’d Like to Go

Day 29: Somewhere I'd Like to Go by Lili Cabena
Day 29: Somewhere I’d Like to Go by Lili Cabena

I’ve still got a couple days left of the Drawing Challenge, which I started ages ago, so I’ve finally time to blog day 29.

‘Somewhere I’d Like to Go’. I’d wanted to live by the beach in Sydney for years and finally got to do so last year and couldn’t be happier! I did this quick illustration of sea urchins to capture what it is I like about the beach – the pretty pastel and subtle colours and blue shades of the ocean.

Day 27: Someone You Love

Day 27: Someone I Love

Day 27: Someone You Love. Pencil and Ink sketch by Lili Cabena
Day 27: Someone I Love. Pencil and Ink sketch by Lili Cabena

Here it is – quick sketch of my beau D. Don’t worry – he’s not always looking this grumpy! He’s actually delightful, just hates posing for photos!

Day 24: A Couple

 

A lovely friend of mine who is getting married this year asked me to design some wedding dress ideas for her. Here are some of my sketches!

Day 22 Couple_Wedding Dress4Sketch 1 – Ink sketch by Lili Cabena

Wedding Dress1 Pencil sketch by Lili Cabena
Wedding Dress 2
Ink sketch by Lili Cabena

Day 22 Couple_Wedding Dress2Wedding Dress 3
Ink sketch by Lili Cabena

Day 22 Couple_Wedding Dress3Wedding Dress 4
Ink Sketch by Lili Cabena

Day 22 Couple_Wedding Dress5Wedding Dress 5
Ink Sketch by Lili Cabena

Day 22 Couple_Wedding Dress6Wedding Dress 6
Ink Sketch by Lili Cabena

See you tomorrow for the next illustration in the 30 Day Challenge – Day 25: Scenery!

 

 

 

 

 

6 Really Easy Things to do Every Day to Feel Healthier

Or Day 23: Something I Need

I don’t know about you but these days I am needing less coffee, less processed foods, more sleep, more activity and less sitting down all day. But with studying, deadlines and working a desk job it’s hard to do all those things – especially for us design folk – coffee is our refuge when creativity is called for. So I’ve compiled a list of 6 things to do to feel healthier when I’m tired and just have no time to hit the gym!

Day 23: Something I Need - Vitamins

Something I Need: Vitamins!
Acrylic & Watercolour on Paper

1. Move Around!
If I can’t get to the gym at lunchtime I try to start the day with a 15 minute workout before I leave the house. It’s easy to fit in before a shower and wakes you up leaving you feeling so positive for the day ahead! These 15 minute workouts are easily downloadable on Pinterest (Save them to your phone) – 15 minutes is so short but better than nothing and hey, it all counts! And it might just put you in the frame of mind to go to the gym later that day so throw on your favourite tunes and do thoses jumping jacks!

2. Get Outside!
Get out in the sunshine! If you don’t feel like a morning workout, a 20 minute walk in the morning (45 mins if you can) before breakfast does wonders for your mood and concentration that day. Even if it’s rainy, stick on the headphones and jacket and brave the elements! You’ll feel better you did!

2. Fruit and Veg at Every Meal
Start the day with something unprocessed – a piece of fruit or wholemeal toast, spinach and a poached egg. Replacing processed foods with clean foods, even for this one meal, will leave you with so much more energy. For the remaining meals, eat colourfully, so fill up on lots of fruits and veg of every colour making this the largest part of the meal. Thereby decreasing the calorie intake without having to cut your portion size.

PomegranateEat colourful! Having a salad? Think of the opposite colour to salad greens (which is red) and add red accents to liven it up such as pomegranate, watermelon or red grapes!

3. Replace your Barista Coffee with a Green Smoothie
Yes I know a green smoothie is not as satisfying as a coffee and cookie when 3.30-itis sets in but you can’t beat that virtuous feeling when you’ve just had a green juice. It’s much the same price as a coffee – why not hand over your $5 for something that’s good for you for a change? Besides 3.30pm is too late to be grabbing a coffee hit. Coffee after 2pm is risking a sleepless night that evening.

4. Drink More water
Obvious but so important. While working at your desk, try to consume 8 tall glasses of water a day. Remember, if it’s not a meal time, you’re not hungry, you’re bored. Go drink a large glass of water and you’ll feel better. Flavour a chilled jug of water with mint leaves and lemon to make it more palateable.

5. A Little Less Sugar
I don’t mind in indulging in a little sugar but for me, lollies and chocolate are addictive. If I have some I will crave more that evening. So I try to challenge myself to go off them for a few days at a time and replace them with a snack like an apple or nectarine. It just takes 3 days for the addiction to leave me and before long even the smell of lollies and sugar is sickly*. Go on, challenge yourself and see how long you can go without your usual sugary vices!

6. Bed Before 10
I’m the worst culprit for late nights but it makes such a difference to how I feel next day if I get to bed before 10pm. You’ll also sleep better as you’ve had less coffees and had your last coffee before 2pm. Try it for one week and see how much easier it is to wake before your alarm in the mornings.

* Authors note: I can’t stay that I stay in this healthy state for more than a few days!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my tips to a healthier day – now I need to stick by these rules and keep up the good habits!

 

 

 

The Snow Queen

Day 14: Fairytale

day14_fairytale_lili cabenaGerda & the Reindeer. The Snow Queen lllustration by Lili Cabena
Mixed Media

I wanted to create a drawing that evoked that other worldliness depicted in the fairytale books I had growing up. At least that’s how I remember them – marvellous and magical – children can get so much more from the illustrations in a book than an adult can, and sometimes years later, just seeing that illustration again can take you back to how you felt when you first read that story.

My favourite fairytale was The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. This is one of Hans Christian Anderson’s longest tales, unusual in that almost all of it’s main characters are female. It’s a story that has been illustrated beautifully many times by Dulac, Rackham, Milo Winter, Eleanor Vere Boyle etc. Those are some of my favourites. But who were the illustrators of the humble fairytale books we read growing up… they probably weren’t well known at all and yet would have approached this subject in their own way despite the many great artists having covered it already in their own style. The Snow Queen is topical at the moment with the release of Disney’s Frozen, which I am excited to see.

Day 11: Turning Point

This is a piece of art that I decided to revisit lately. I started it at a time that was a turning point for me. The dark butterflies fluttering away represent letting go of thoughts that were keeping me where I was. On one hand it was a paradise and on another it was dark and oppressive. Once the butterflies fluttered away like dark clouds the space left behind was full of light and possibility.Day 11 Turning Point_ButterfliesEscape from Paradise
Acrylic on Canvas

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