JUST HANGING THERE…

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MYSTERY DANCE

Sometimes when I start painting with no particular idea in mind… things like this happen. She’s a little spooky, but I kind of like her!

Happy Friday!

P.S. thanks to the instagram-er who suggested I add glasses to her! perfect touch.

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FALL CLOSET

The ever-changing seasons are one of my favorite parts about living in New England. Every season feels so new up here! But fall has to be my favorite. It means fireplace scents, layering, orchards, hot coffee… and who could forget Hocus Pocus?! It’s the most magical season. (I probably feel this way about the beginning of every season!)

I’ve slowly started bringing out my fall jackets and coats, and realized I’m a much more adventurous dresser in the fall. I love layering patterns and neutral colors with a statement jacket. And Scarves! Scarves are my thing. I love how you can wear a blah outfit, and throw on a huge patterned scarf to spice it up. What’s your favorite look for fall?

Oh, and I can’t wait to wear this coat I found (for $35!) over the weekend!

Illustration of my own closet (except that dress on the left, that’s a dream). iPhone case available here. Print available here.

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CONVERSATIONS ON STYLE

I recently spent the day (a very humid 95 degree day!) walking around NYC with Kmart Fashion to make a video about what inspires me and chat about style with some cool girls (Jenni, Bonnie, and Katrina). Check out the video here!

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OSCAR FLASH

Runway looks from Oscar de la Renta… can you tell I’m obsessed with this collection?

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OSCAR

Seriously love the SS13 Oscar de la Renta collection! As soon as I’m back in Boston, I can promise you I’ll be doing some more detailed illustrations of the looks. Check the entire collection out here.

More sketches here.

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KAREN WALKER SS13

I adore the new collection from Karen Walker! The hats top off the looks so perfectly.

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CURL CONFESSION/ 1

You know those girls, the ones that just have a huge natural bouncy head of curls? I envy them!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been blowing my hair straight… it’s just habit. I have naturally wavy hair, but never took the time to figure out how to style it that way (am I the only one that feels like curls seem like a lot of work?). Anyway, the older I get, the more I appreciate waves and curls… and the more I want them. These are just perfect. I’ve teamed up with Paul Mitchell to launch their new Curls line, and I’m making it a point to give my waves a chance. I’ve recently started using the product, and it’s turning out to be way easier than I thought!

Fall’s finally here, and there’s nothing more romantic than a head of whimsical curls…

Post in partnership with Paul Mitchell.

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SEPTEMBER, FASHION, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

September is my absolute favorite month. It means so many things… fresh starts, beginning of fall, New York Fashion Week, sweater weather… I could go on and on! It’s here, and as sad as I am to see summer go, I’m even happier to break out the boots. I’m on my way to NYC for fashion week, and can’t wait to be inspired. There’s that special something in the air this month.

But before we get too far into the fashion world… Are you coming to the IFB Conference?!

I’m not gonna lie, when it comes to public speaking, I get major butterflies. Sweaty palms, mind goes blank, you know the deal… but then once I actually do it, it’s no big deal at all!  I guess there’s always a fear that what’s in my head is going to come out in one giant messy knot of a sentence.

Anyway, I hope you’ll make it to this year’s IFB Conference in NYC. I’ll be speaking on The New Entrepreneur panel tomorrow morning, September 5th. Go get yourself a ticket here. Just look at the talented line up!

Illustration inspired by Alexander McQueen backstage. 

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BACKSTAGE

A scene backstage from Valentino’s Fall 2011 Couture show. What a dreamy collection! I love how whimsical the backstage shots of this collection look…

I couldn’t decide if I liked my painting before the neon… or after. Which do you prefer?

Illustration inspired by this shot.

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BOOK REC

Cover illustration: David Downtown

Many of you have asked for fashion illustration book recommendations, and this is one I absolutely love. There are pages and pages of inspiration- from Bernard Blossac and Tom Keogh (favorites of mine), to David Downtown himself. It would be a dream to be included in a book like this someday…

Illustration: Tom Keogh for French Vogue, 1948

Illustration: Bernard Blossac

Available for purchase here.

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SHOW ME YOUR MUMU

These two talented ladies are the creators of Show Me Your Mumu, a fashion label that sells… you guessed it, MUMUs!

Cammy and I went to school together back in the day, and when she commissioned this painting of her and her business partner… I was all over it! The Día de los Muertos inspired photo shoot they did was absolutely stunning, so it made my job of translating it to an illustration a breeze. I’m also dying over the skirts they’re wearing… which will be part of their SS13 collection. Check out their online shop here!

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DRESS INSPECTION

As New York Fashion Week approaches, I’m anxious to see the creations that will come gliding down the runways. I still remember attending my first show in Milan like it was yesterday…

Although, I’m actually more intrigued by the happenings backstage and the prep work days before a show. There’s something beautiful about such chaos.

Illustration of Dior inspecting a gown in 1957. Print available here // iPhone case available here.

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Kingdom of Dior

Raf Simon’s first season designing for Dior blew me away. I’ve always been struck by Dior’s whimsical aura, feminine shapes, and modern class…a killer combo. This collection was all of that, and more. Really, one of my absolute favorites.

It’s also got me excited for the magic of new york fashion week…

Illustration inspired by Vanity Fair’s Kingdom of Dior editorial. Print available here | iPhone case here.

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GETTING READY

She’s getting ready to go somewhere dreamy…

I wish this dress existed… and that it were mine!

P.S. I used this glitter for the gown.

Print available here. iPhone case here.

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