Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Better Off Dread

For years and years now I've just loved, loved, loved the look of dreadlocks. I know, I know, they're not everyone's cup of tea. It's gotta be the hippie girl in me that's just drawn to a head full of wild and crazy dreadies. Here's just a few that make me feel pretty knotty (sorry, couldn't help myself).

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Monday, February 17, 2014

My shop is officially open for business!

Hey guys! I'm super stoked to announce the official opening of my etsy shop- Aarikatures. It's still just a baby, so I'm sure it could use some tweaking. Any advice from you fellow shop owners  is more than welcome! Here's just a couple of commisions I've done in the past.

I also do couples, individuals, and I'm more than happy to include pets! Every Aarikature is 100% customizable. If you're interested in what I do, please visit my shop or send me an email! (

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Very Groovy Valentine's Day

It's now officially a Valentine's Day tradition to do fun photo shoots with my girls. I pick a theme, gather things from around the apartment, and set up a little photo shoot area. We get all dressed up and then have a fun time taking tons of pictures. Layla and Tesla love having their picture taken, they're such little models! Tesla even insists on getting up after every single picture and coming over to the camera to see the picture on the screen. 

Last  year, we did a vintage pink and red photo shoot, with teacups, teddy bears, roses, and ruffly dresses. This year, I wanted to do something a little different, something a little unexpected. We ended up doing a 1960's bohemian theme. We put on flowy hippie dresses, hung some vintage sheets, set up some groovy decor, turned on some Grateful Dead and had so much fun! I couldn't be happier with how adorable these turned out- I have no idea how I'm going to top it next year!


I hope your Valentine's Day is filled with lots of love!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

wishlist // frigid 'round these parts

Brr! Someday I might have to dedicate an entire closet in my house to sweaters. I can't get enough. It's pretty cold here in my neck of the woods currently. I can't get enough of warm layers, toasty socks, and hot cups of tea! Here's a few things my chilly little heart is currently longing for.

patchwork knitwear coat - Katwise // vintage Ecuadorian poncho - AllyHoot Vintage // Ainsley slouch hat - NoliePolieOlies // infinity circle scarf - JustDawnelle // vintage double breasted coat - Sally Jane Vintage // vintage Doc Martens - The Vintage Bulldog // recycled sweater coat - Christie's Hippy Closet // fingerless gloves - MarryG Knit Crochet 

Stay warm folks!


Sunday, February 9, 2014

threads // the best boho dress

dress, sweater, & boots // thrifted
jewelery // gifts & handmade

I'm dying for spring. It's pretty frigid around these parts so I've been wearing a lot of skirts and dresses with layers and layers of leggings, sweaters, socks, jackets, and so on. I picked this dress up at Goodwill last week and I really couldn't wait to wear it. It's going to be so perfect for the hot summer days! As much as I detest being sweaty, I'm actually really stoked for summer weather just to be able to wear this dress without the umpteen layers with it!

I wish I'd gotten a close-up of my boots- they're my favorite. A couple years ago, everyone was wearing these grungey vintage boots from Urban Outfitters and I wanted a pair so, so bad. However, I really couldn't bring myself to pay what UO was asking for them. I must have done something to please the thrift gods because I found these babies at Goodwill- and they're legit vintage. They were even just one size too big for me, so they're perfect for wearing with thick socks. 

Hope you're all having an excellent day! 

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Chances are, if you're here, you most likely already know me. Either from the real world, from my old blog, Darth Pickles, or somewhere else on the great big world wide web. If not- greetings! I'm Aarika, the gal behind Aarikatures. You can learn more about me and what I do here

Aarikatures is a lifestyle blog about my illustrations, my everyday life, my family, my hobbies, my personal style, and what inspires me. Aarikatures is very much a work in progress- bear with me! On my list of goals is opening my own shop, posting some fun tutorials (and maybe a giveaway or two!), and most importantly, reconnecting with and meeting fellow bloggers. 

I hope you'll stick around! I hope you'll say hi, or let me know what you'd be most interested in seeing on Aarikatures. Leave me a comment, or send me an email ( Have a great weekend folks!