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HARPERS BAZAAR

Harper’s Bazaar en Español commissioned me to create an illustration of their beloved and legendary Diana Vreeland

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The final selected illustration for Harper’s Bazaar en Español August issue.

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Ellie Goulding | HP

Bringing Ellie Goulding to new worlds with HP.

So excited to share this project. I recently teamed up with HP (and a few other artists!), to create watercolor worlds for a new interactive video with Ellie Goulding!

 Watch the full video here. #BendTheRules

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SPRING BEAUTY

Back in the depths of the icy cold winter we had, I began creating illustrations for Holt Renfrew’s Spring Beauty lookbook.  Now that bright green buds have begun pushing through the seemingly lifeless tree branches, we can finally reveal our collaboration!

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 Check out my interview on the project with Holts Muse here.

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Meet me and customize your own Holt Renfrew x Paper Fashion Beauty Bag on Saturday April 18th at the Bloor Street location in Toronto, Canada. Find out more.

Hope to see you there!

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LOUBOUTIN MAGIC

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Magic inside bottles of Louboutin… #ShadowDancers.

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CINDERELLA, REIMAGINED

In honor of the new live-action Cinderella film release, starring Lily James, I was asked by Disney and Tumblr to reimagine a modern day Cinderella. A dream project, to say the least!

In true Cinderella spirit, I couldn’t have done this without the help of a few friends. Although instead of Jaq and Gus (and their cheery bluebird counterparts!) I tapped my incredibly talented friend, Valentina Kova, to help design the dress and bring it to life. Valentina is full of kind and infectious energy! Her designs have been worn by celebrities such as Lorde, Julianne Moore, Lady Gaga, and Julia Roberts.

As we were designing the gown, we decided that we must find our true life Cinderella. Without a second thought, we knew it had to be our friend Isabella Boylston. Isabella is a principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater, and possibly the kindest woman we know. She radiates with magic! So much so, that she is due to perform the role of the Fairy Godmother in the American Ballet Theater’s performance of Cinderella this coming June & July in New York City.

What a dream to bring a sketch to life

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Our final dress design.

Once we designed the dress, Valentina worked her magic in bringing the gown to life. A blue silk satin dress with sheer blue organza from the chest up, complete with hundreds of hand-sewed Swarovski crystals, covered buttons, and a blue satin bow. Oh, and who could forget the crystal slippers!

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At last, the dress is ready for the ball!

We then asked our whimsically talented friend and filmmaker Meagan Cignoli to take things to the next level. Meagan worked her motion magic to bring the gown, Isabella, and the Cinderella spirit to life! Isabella spinning into a beautiful blue dream with a little help from her Fairy Godmother’s… Meagan and Valentina.

See her come to life with music here!

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 Photos of Isabella Boylston by Meagan Cignoli.

“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heartaches. Whatever you wish for, you keep. Have faith in your dreams, and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”

-Cinderella

A huge thank you to our friends Chelsea Robin Lee (choreography and film), David Tibolla (hair and makeup), Amy Whittemore (everything!).

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The Light of Now / Elie Saab

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She steps into a magical place, forgetting the reality that lies behind her…

Artwork created for The Light of Now / Elie Saab. Watch the Elie Saab live stream March 7th, 3pm CET.

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Continuing down the runway with TRESemmé for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week…

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Fashion week always seems to come and go in a flash. Two fast paced weeks per year, full of fashion, beauty, style, and HAIR!

This year I teamed up with TRESemmé, the official haircare sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, to document the latest hair trends on the runway through the strokes of my paintbrush. Styles created exclusively with the TRESemmé Runway Collection for the runway!

We began with Marissa Webb at Milk Studios; scoping backstage to see the full creation of the hair from start to finish by masters of their craft. LOTS of fringe. Bands were added to complete the textured down-do. The hairstyles echoed the shapes and diverse contrast in Marissa’s seemingly effortless collection. Needless to say, the week was surrounded by a never ending supply of bobby pins.

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Cinderella

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Illustration inspired by Cinderella.

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Katie Ermilio & Blair Eadie

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Check out Blair’s post to see more illustrations that play off of Katie Ermilio’s Spring 2015 collection.

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CHARMING VALENTINE

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Wondering who this heart is from

For the day of love is soon to come

Composed of pearls, gems, and charms

It’s the perfect gift to bestow on my arm

A Valentine’s wish, true at last

It must be Price Charming

For no other has such craft!

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Artwork created with charms and necklace.

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Post in Collaboration with PANDORA.

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CHEERS, DEARS!

As we celebrate the holidays, many of my close friends and I end up parting ways for the Christmas holiday to travel home to our families in other parts of the world – being that we are not native New Yorkers. However, more often than not, we make it a point to return to New York to celebrate the New Year together and enjoy the last bit of this wonderful time of year.

It’s champagne season (which in fact is all year long) and I plan to spend my New Year’s Eve with close friends cheers’ing 2014 to the stars! Celebrating the wonderful moments in our lives and not yet allowing ourselves to dream into 2015. Cherishing the present.

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This year, I plan to not only spread cheer through the clinking of champagne, but also wearing a sparkling cheers on my wrist… a gift to myself from PANDORA. A reminder of not only the memories and cheers that were made in 2014, but those that have been made over a lifetime. Because in fact, those moments are what make life so wonderful.

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Cheers!

Illustrations created from PANDORA necklace chains and charms. #PANDORAstyle

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Cartier Winter Tale

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Inside the Cartier red box, skaters glide through a magical Winter Tale…

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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

It’s hard to imagine life without the art of cinema. Ever since I was a child, I have loved watching films and becoming completely immersed in the magic of the stories they tell. I imagine many people go to the movies to be told a story, but I feel so much more than a one sided story when I watch a new film. A movie can teach me so much about myself, how my life relates to each character, how my art can be inspired, and how I feel about certain perspectives in the world. Watching a movie is a conversation in my mind. Something that can create such magic and curiosity. I go to the movies to dream… and to inspire new dreams.

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Stephen Hawking once said, “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”

Curiosity is what leads my art. Never stopping, always wondering. I believe that curiosity is what will inspire my work for the rest of my life. Throughout the years, curiosity and experimentation are the constants that help me continuously improve my work.

I recently went to see a film that I’ve been been dying to see since I first heard it was in the works; The Theory of Everything. A film about the life of the incredible Stephen Hawking and his relationship with his first wife, Jane Wilde Hawking. A story that is incredibly touching in so many ways, told beautifully and magically… much like Hawking’s work.

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Stepping out of the theater and back onto the busy streets of New York City, I felt a quiet optimism. What I found most inspiring in the movie, was a specific scene involving a pen dropping to the floor (you must see to know what I’m referring to!). That scene evoked a million emotions all at once… but was inspiring to me in countless ways. In each and everyone of us there is some sort of weakness, but it’s what we choose to do with our strengths that will keep us dreaming and creating…

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This painting is inspired by an especially romantic scene between Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen, and Felicity Jones, who plays Jane. They are falling in love at a party under hundreds of glowing string lights… which appear in my mind as the stars of the universe encapsulating their young romance.

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If there’s one thing you do during the holidays, make sure you go see this film.

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B.Balenciaga

B.Balenciaga is the latest creation from Balenciaga’s creative director, Alexander Wang… and lately it’s my scent of choice. There’s something feminine and strong about the fragrance, and the women it represents. She’s ready to take on the world while feeling as beautiful and radiant as she possibly can!

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Having studied product design in college, I’m fascinated by how much something such as a perfume bottle can say on it’s own. The B.Balenciaga bottle is strong and concise on it’s exterior, but soft and alluring within… which shines through the transparent and icy exterior. It’s details like this that inspire my own creativity…

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