Casually Chic | OOTD 01

So back in the day I use to do outfit of the day illustrations. And lately I've been exploring Pinterest. I love taking an ootd (outfit of the day) layout and making it my own.

Outfit of the Day "Jae" | tawanasimone.com

Outfit of the Day "Ch'elle" | tawanasimone.com

The gig is that I illustrate my own interpretation of these outfit of the day layouts. I will not always stick with the color scheme. These are fun to do an get the creative juices going. I also use to get my Facebook fans involved. Might bring that back.

Adorkable Affiliation Etsy | tawanasimone.com

I'd like to start a series of OOTD of natural haired girls and such. It's the same character in (3) different outfits found on Pinterest. I'm in love with the middle one💕 

I created some new curly hair brushes in Illustrator to create her hair. In the first two illustrations her hair is a little more kinky and I love it. Need to draw more tighter curls.

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Which Mood Are You?

I'm intrigued by the new Facebook update. Now we have REACTION emojis in lieu of just giving posts a "like" 👍 As a Facebook business page owner, I am intrigued and slightly frighten by this update. I'm excited to see how folks rate my work but at the same time no one wants negativity. But then again that comes with the territory. I've been wanting to make my own emojis or sticker emojis. So I'll start with the new reaction emojis. I may do some more and post them on my Patreon page. 

Emotions:

Like👍••• Love❤

Haha😂 ••• WOW😮

Sad😢   ••• Angry😠

I think with the added reactions, page owners are definitely going to up their game in the content they offer. I know I plan to...or at least try to. Wonder if Instagram will over something similar to this update. Which mood are you?

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Is Your ‘Fro SEXY AF?

So I wanted to start re-creating some of my old artwork. I did a "'Fros Are Sexy" back in 2014. I thought it was the bomb dot com back then plus it got alot of shares. Looking at it now I'm like OMG I've come a long way with Illustrator. If you haven't noticed I love vector art and do 99% of my illustrations in Adobe Illustrator CS5. 

'Fros Are Sexy 2014-TawanaSimone

When re-creating this illustration I wanted my character to look sexy and almost uninterested. The curls need not be defined and I'm really into mid rings right now. Guess because its the trend right now even though I do not wear them myself. Anyway...I did want to keep some elements from the original illustration such as the gold jewelry and black dress. At first I had given her a red lip but was like maybe it looks to harsh or intimidating. But really it's not; however these are the thoughts that go through my head in the finalizing stages as I look at the illustration from my computer and phone. Always walk away for a bit before deciding. Then I just decided why not post both. She looks good with a natural lip and a red one. Which do you prefer?

Not all of us have defined curls without product. I love seeing my fellow naturalistas rocking their fluffy twistouts or picked out 'fro. Our hair is beautiful whether defined or not. I have tight corkscrew curls or some may say I'm apart of the 4C hair club. I do love fluffing my hair to its fullest potential. Do you wear your hair in its natural state of an afro? Is your 'fro sexy AF? 

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3 Wise Naturalistas

So this illustration is based off of the three wise monkeys. 👀 No Evil, 👂 No Evil, 👄 No Evil. It's a simple design with varying hairstyles and skin tones. Check out my Red Bubble to purchase this design on notebooks, cases, pouches and more! 

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I’m Finally Giving Up Coke

I love coke! I'm an avid coke drinker. Whether that's coca cola or root beer. Rootbeer has really become my favorite over the past couple years. Lent starts tomorrow and I'm going to give up soda and fast food for the duration. I'm on  a weight loss journey so this will be helpful. Its going to be hard but I'm replacing the soda with water seltzer. I need the bubbles in my life. I most work from desk all day so the fast food will hard to since I'm too lazy to cook my own food and usually only eat one meal a day. I'm hope to rectify some habits with Lent this year. Wish me luck. Do you celebrate Lent? What are you giving up for Lent?

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Why Won’t My Flexirod Set Let Me Be Great!?

I am one lazy naturalista but it seems like every time I try something new with my hair it's a SUPER FAIL. Like why me!? Why can't I be great? I can watch a million and one Youtube tutorials and never figure it. <insert sad face> Whether it's a flexirod set or perm rod set. I mean I want and would love to achieve the perfect curly 'fro but I just don't think it's in the cards for me. I have no advice on this topic and just wanted to illustrate my frustration with my natural curly kinky hair. Will I continue to try and achieve this perfect curly 'fro...? Um, probably! I want to wear cute hair styles like the popular natural hair Youtubers too. So yes chile, I will be trying again on a rainy Sunday while I watch Netflix.

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Hair Poppin’ Selfie

I saw a picture of India from My Natural Sistas and was inspired to do this illustration. I just love curly hair and illustrating it. There should be more curly haired art. For this illustration I created a new curly hair brush. I may do a tutorial someday on how I make them in Illustrator. I've been following India and her sisters via social media for awhile. I'm always in awe of their hair. If I wasn't such a lazy naturalista I would try some of their styles. But I probably won't... ¯_(✿◠‿◠)_/¯

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