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LIFESTYLE: Beach Essentials

Raise your hand if any of you have gone to the beach and….

Wore the CUTEST bikini that you just bought for a jillion $$ and realized it cut the back of your neck.

Lost, bent, or scratched your best pair of shades because you forgot the case.

Got your face really, really burned.

I am not going to go on and on with a list of the worst beach mistakes ever made…By me! And trust me, I’ve made all these mistakes more than once including a scary burn on my nose that lasted for a week. I have learned my lesson..hopefully!

Having learned my lesson, I have made my own list the essential beach accessories I always have in hand for a worry free beach getaway. I don’t try to tell anybody what to wear and what not to wear, so the great thing about these items is that there is so much versatility to them that you can tweak each to suit you!


Nobody likes to constantly be fidgeting, untying and re-tying that painful strap around her neck the entire day! Take your time to find a bathing suit that rests comfortably on your body! Top heavy? Go for straps over your shoulders rather than a halter!

MY PICK: Calvin Klein bikinis. I love them so much that when I saw them on major sale, I bought one for myself and two more for my friends. They are comfortable and the straps are soft.


Literally, shades that you can toss or drop without saying aww f*@k when they land in the sand or the water…unfortunately I haven’t seen floating shades yet so bye, bye if they drop off a moving boat.

MY PICK: Wayfarers…SO durable…I’ve sat on, dropped and swam with them so many times I can’t count. They still look great


Wear a hat that lets you lay your head down properly. No one wants a stiff neck! AND as a friend of mine told me before I got burned…”wrinkles are real.” ….so wear a hat.

MY PICK: Panama hats…the good ones don’t lose their shape. Caps are great for a sporty look.


Yea okay we never want to know the time on a beach trip. But what if there is an emergency and you happen to need the time while you are in the middle of the ocean….wear a waterproof watch.

MY PICK: I love bright coloured watches this summer. I recently got a new Oxygen Sport – Lemon watch. Luhuuuve it! Have money to spend and want a watch for life? Rolex.


You need something to carry your sunblock and towel and chips!

MY PICK: Straw bag with long straps like THIS ONE


Get something waterproof, easy to walk in and can easily slip on and off your foot

MY PICK: Menorquinas (Also called Avarcas)…it gives a European twist and kicks the butt out of espadrilles! They literally shape to your foot the longer you wear them!

Hope you find this list useful! Everyone wants to look great at the beach, and part of looking great is being comfortable and not having to WORRY about whether you look great or not! You just do!

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FASHION: The Aviator

I have always loved Aviator shades! Not only are they a classic, but they always add a cool factor to whatever I am wearing! Many designs of sunglasses have emerged over the past century, but none have ruled the fashion world like the aviators. But do many people really know exactly how they became so popular? I did a little bit of digging and found that the Aviator shades are a little closer to my home than I thought! To my friends in the Philippines, you may find this kinda interesting!

Originally developed in 1936 by Bausch and Lomb, aviators were distributed under the trade name Ray-Ban. They were called aviator sunglasses because they were first specifically designed for pilots during the World War II period. The Army was looking for a sunglass to protect aviators from the damaging rays of the sun, but also a sunglass that would look elegant on the dashing airman of the day.

The U.S. Army Air Corps pilots instantly took to the sunglasses, earning Ray-Bans the moniker “Aviator Glasses” — a term which now describes all sunglasses with designs that are similar to the original Ray-Ban.

The Ray-Ban aviator achieved broader popularity during WWII, when pictures of General Douglas Macarthur wearing these classic sunglasses when he landed in Philippines were printed in newspapers across the world. The very next year Ray-Ban introduced these aviators into the general market.

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So thats a small bit of fashion history that I wanted to share with you all!  🙂 If you know and want to share any more interesting tidbits, shoot me an email at LSillustrated@gmail.com! I would love to hear from you!

Sources: EZine Mark and Urban Optiques

This print is available for purchase at L.S. Illustrated’s Etsy Boutique

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NEWS: Four Eyes — Puzzlepop From the L.S. Boutique!

One thing that I really wanted to make sure when I opened up my Etsy store, is that I wanted to give people work nice enough to put up on their walls.

Having said that, a piece of art, may it be a Warhol or a movie poster, adds the character to your space, and if you are paying for something and putting it up on your wall, you better be dang sure that you LOVE it, and  most of all want to keep it there for a long period of time! Afterall, you are seeing it everyday right? That is where I thought I could step in!

I thought…well, how can I make a piece of art versatile enough so the person who has it doesn’t get tired of it after a few months? and how do I create something that lets the owner feel that they were part of the process?

So I created Four Eyes The first of my Puzzlepop designs. Four Eyes is basically four separate prints made to be hung together. The prints are already made, but it is up to the owner where, and most importantly how to hang them. Together, separate, vertical, horizontal, whatever! Then, if you want something new, switch them around! 🙂

I really have an affinity for this piece because, although the prints are digital and can be re-produced, the one who hangs it decides the unique way it is displayed!

You better be sure that I am going to do a few more of these! 🙂

Here are a few combinations that I thought of! What are yours? 

You can purchase “Four Eyes” buy visiting my Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/lsillustrated or go directly to the print by clicking HERE

Have an puzzlepop idea or request? Email me at lsillustrated@gmail.com

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NEWS: L.S. Illustrated’s Online Boutique is OPEN

Happy weekend everyone!!

I would just like to announce that the L.S. Illustrated online boutique is now OPEN on Etsy.com!

I will be selling a few prints featured and liked the most on my blog as well as a few more pop art pieces!

Each print is printed on high quality matte paper and are 23.4 x 16.5in in size

Check out the boutique by clicking on this link:


Again, I would like to say thanks for all the support I have been getting from all of YOU readers! And if you have any suggestions as to what could or should be sold at the store, feel free to email me at lsillustrated@gmail.com

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LOOKBOOK: Loose knits and bright solids

Yahoo! The summer is here! Time to put away my coats and bring out the shorts! As I have said before, I am obsessed with Coral shades at the moment.

Aside from that, I have another look that I am so obsessed with. Loose knit tops! I recently purchased one from Zara (illustrated below) and I love it. It is so elegant and and it is a perfect cover up for the summer weather.

P.S. You can also see a picture of the knit on my twitter page HERE!

If you guys haven’t already yet! Follow me and L.S. Illustrated on TWITTER and PINTEREST! Don’t worry! I’ll give you cool stuff! 🙂

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This is dedicated to my cousin Marga. She probably has the best humour out of everyone I know.

“I could never own a Vespa because I would kill myself falling off!” She said to me a few times. That said, she is very clumsy! 😀 …But the great thing about illustration is that you can be anything you want! So what I did was make her character the coolest, least clumsy person on the planet!

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Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Planning on putting all your Easter eggs in one basket? Why not sport a lovely woven tote instead of a traditional basket to put them in??

Bag:  Yellow woven sea grass tote by Marc Jacobs

Glasses: Asos

Scarf: Illustrator’s design

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FASHION / LOOKBOOK: It’s a Karl kind of day

I’ve always found Karl Lagerfeld to be a very interesting character. Always, and I mean always dressed in black and white, with his signature black shades intrigues me. I remember a casual conversation of mine with some friends and hearing about his obsession with weight and how none of his parties ever have food! Does anyone know whether that is true??

Well, this morning, I was flipping through the April 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar and there I found a cool little 2 page view into Mr. Lagerfeld’s day! I loved it! He certainly is a character and he had pretty interesting….and as some may say eccentric things to say!

So here is my tribute to Karl Lagerfeld and a little Lookbook entry on how to sport his look day to day! There are also a few little add ons at the bottom from the Harper’s Bazaar article!

If anyone is interested in reading the entire article, you can find it in the April 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar (Mila Kunis) pg. 93 to 94 “My List: Karl Lagerfeld in 24 Hours” As told to by Kristina O’Neill

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LOOKBOOK: Maria says goodbye to fur…for now

Good friend and stylist Maria Velasco says goodbye to her fur vest to welcome in the Spring! Take a look at her unique style! My favourites: The shades and the necklace!

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Maria by Blondie

To see photos of these looks and find out where to get all Maria’s items on her blog! biTTersw33t

P.S. I love the word “edgy” today I’ve noticed!

I would love to feature all YOUR looks!

Send them to me at Lsillustrated@gmail.com and get L.S. Illustrated!

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LOOKBOOK: Spring Basics

My must haves for Spring strolls

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