22 August 2014

SUMMER COCKTAILS V.2

As summer comes to an end (can i shout a yay to that?) i decided to share with you another couple of favourite cocktails. Like i previously said, i don't drink alcohol, but not going to deny, that i like the taste of light cocktails with just a hint of it. 

Although these illustrations already look a little like autumn - i know i got my winter nostalgia mood on - i found them in a summer cocktail section over at Martha Stewart. Wouldn't say no to any of them, in matter of fact i'll be giving them a shot! 




In a small saucepan combine 2 cups of water with with the sugar and thyme. Bring to boil over high heat, until the sugar has been dissolved. Remove from heat, and let it cool to room temperature. 

Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a large glass measuring cup, and discard the thyme. You should have 2 cups of syrup. Cover with plastic and chill. 

In a large serving pitcher, stir together lemon juice, vodka and chilled syrup and garnish with thyme. 

Roughly chop mint leaves.

Puree blackberries, mint and sugar in a blender. Press through a fine sieve into a bowl and discard the seeds. 

Rinse blender, then return puree to blender and bourbon and small ice cubes. Blend until mixture is smooth. Divide mixture among 4 glasses. Garnish each with a mint spring.


recipes by martha stewart
illustrations by cocorrina


21 August 2014

NEW IN PORTFOLIO: GREY + COPPER INVITES

Could there be a more perfect combination? I love it when i get clients who have the same style with mine, and this is something that happens quite a lot lately. Working on these ones, made me crave creating grey and copper business cards, but i'm still holding on to my previous design. 

Black and gold is definitely a trend, but grey and copper is just as strong.



At the moment, there's not a lot i can share from this project. But the very basic is here, and i couldn't love this project more than i already do. Well that happens with each and every one of them but still, i can't help but saying it. And of course, even more calligraphy. I get so obsessed with it lately, i keep having lots and lots of ideas of what i could do with it. For now, i'll just rest and let winter come with a bunch of new projects and shops to work on. 




20 August 2014

GOOD AFTER NINE X COCORRINA



I may have become too much of a minimalist lately, but there's always the graphic designer in me kicking. Isn't that what we always say? Stay true to who you are and don't put labels on. White, black and neutrals may be ruling my wardrobe, my jewellery and accessories are making a big wow though. 



And who wouldn't love those incredible rings by Good after nine? Minimalist or not, the detail is out of this world. Quality, perfect touch of gold, they are definitely statement piece of jewellery. Plus, i get to make a stamens that i have a husky :)

On top of everything, Nine is super awesome and super talented. We first "met" when i had my jewellery shop, and her package went missing. Well, from her patience and kindness i could tell right away what a sweet person she is. You can read all about her here 

And let's talk about this stunning skull ring!! I mean the detail people! Nine has a whole series of skulls (between you and me, i could take them all!). And rabbits...  and dogs... and cats, big cats AND birds!



good after nine


19 August 2014

HANDLETTERING LATELY



First of all, thank you so much for the amazing response on yesterday's post! Like you said, it's always great to hear how others do this blogging thing, and we can always learn a thing or two from each other right?

It's amazing how something that started earlier this year, basically only experimenting, has opened me so many new opportunities, and mostly, a huge love and respect for hand lettering and calligraphy. The odd thing is that if you see my handwriting, it's pretty much awful! But when i sit in front of my computer, my hand transforms. 

Not only i'm loving the art of it but i found myself yesterday while trying to make a difficult decision, handwriting to relax and focus. I'm telling you, it's my own kind of therapy! Plus i just see the change i have from month to month, like it's a completely different person writing. 

If you're just starting here are a couple of tips i wish i had in my mind a few months ago. 

* don't force your hand to be perfect. Let it go, and write with attitude. Like you don't care. 

* experiment with different styles. It's always nice to change. Maybe that's why this suits me so much. Since i was really young, i would change my handwriting every day - i still do. My letters are never the same. Even in the same word. 

* take a break. When i'm forcing it too much, i get frustrated and it only gets worse. Take a break, drink a coffee, and then come back to it. Let  your hand relax a bit. 

* find a brush that suits your writing. I go with one from Photoshop for calligraphy (with a round tip). But there are a lot of places where you can look in deviantart there's tons to choose from! 

and a few of my favourite unseen hand lettered logos. It's been so long since i shared some work of mine here. I mean like client work, not personal projects. Will definitely keep this place more updated from now on! 





18 August 2014

LET'S TALK: HOW YOU BLOG

Even though you haven't noticed, there are so many different ways that people blog. I've been working on my mind on something really interesting that refers to and hopefully will help all of us bloggers. The idea is still in the process, but i'm really looking forward to making it happen within the winter. 

Basically, i would like us to discuss the tools we're using when we blog, the process, were we get the inspiration for our posts etc. I used to schedule my week's posts, but now i have less and less time to do that, so i just create the posts every day. 

During the day, while thinking random things, i envision of layouts, concepts and maybe interesting posts. I got a special small calendar for that job, and write all my ideas in there. So slowly, i'm working on that list, bringing to life - or better into a graphic, anything that pops out of my mind. 

How about you? Do you schedule your posts? Write down your ideas? Where do you get your inspiration from? Can't wait to be sharing this exciting project with you soon! 

peonies 1 & 2 


15 August 2014

FERAL WATCHES X COCORRINA

Couldn't wait more enough to share this post with you! As you may know, i had my sister for about 3 years spending summer with us on the island and on top of having fun and all, we got to work on a photoshoot together! 

She has always been curious how her sister takes pictures for the blog and setting up all these locations etc. Well she got a good experience of it for sure!

I was really lucky to work with Feral Watches. Had no idea that Kylie was the creative director of the brand - what a girl! She's super super talented. 

There was no question that i would fall in love with them. I mean come on, they are so unique, the way they wrap around the wrist, and the clean, bohemian style they have. My eye fell on The Jane thought right away. Black, big, white and gold, hell yeah!

My sister is wearing The Minimalist in Mint, which of course was SO her as she loudly said. And on top of everything, we are featured in the Feral website. Huge smiles over here people!






12 August 2014

LET'S TALK FUTURE

One thing i love about blogging, is reading your opinions, thoughts and personal experience. There's nothing more amazing than getting in touch with people all around the world that share same or different state of mind. That's why i've been thinking of starting a "let's talk" topic here, i just love reading what you have to say! We have so much to learn about each other. 

Not a while ago, i've been thinking about future, and i concluded (with myself) that if i had the opportunity to get into a capsule and wake up after 100 years, i would do it without thinking twice. Past and history has been always fascinating me, but not as much as future. Absolutely everything about it. The technology, the way of living, architecture, how people will act, talk, art. I'm already feeling privileged to be experiencing iPhones, airplanes and all that stuff. Who know what future holds for us? 

After yesterday's post - so weird - my own words, and reading your comments, got me inspired to really make this book of mine happen. For a while i've been focused on research and studying, maybe because i was afraid that i wasn't good enough to write. Well, i think the time is here, and i've got some new cool ideas, that definitely involve all the things i'm passionate about. Future, passion, being brave, adrenaline, spirit world and so much more. 

What about you? Would you want to live to see 100 from now? Or would you prefer a time travel in the past? Present is always cool, but we're already experiencing it every day :)