EXPIREMENTING/ 2

It’s the best feeling when I see something and it instantly sparks new ideas. It’s seeing the right thing at the right time. I was watching the Dior runway show, and saw this dress walk out, I thought WOW, that would make a gorgeous illustration with a tulle overlay… so I bought some and started playing around…

I love the contrast between the fabric and the sketch…

I made a tulle skirt with a bow to attach to a quick line sketch… it adds so much interest!

I also lined the bottom edge of the skirt with glitter… of course!

I can’t wait to experiment further. Sometimes you just need that new spark to your work, and I think I’ve found it for the moment!

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EXPERIMENTING/ 1

Lately I’ve been experimenting with new mediums… and this time I chose Swarvoski Crystals. Frankly, I think they are the elevated form of glitter…don’t you think? I love how different lighting catches different colors…

After watching the live stream of Dior’s latest show, I fell in love with this look. A classic silhouette… black fitted top, and a full iridescent printed skirt. The look is simple, and the crystals add that extra something to the piece.

I also used an iridescent acrylic over the skirt, to recreate the actual look of the fabric, which is easier to see in the photos below (like here).

Stay tuned… tomorrow I’ll share part two of my experimental phase!

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CURL CONFESSION/ 2

Each year my style changes slightly… and the older I get, the more I fall towards that classic feminine look.

You know, this sort of look. That soft wavy hair…It’s the most romantic look in the book!

The colder the weather gets, the more I crave those soft waves in my hair. It’s been pinned up most of the summer to keep cool… and now I’m ready to let it down! Like I said last time, I never quite figured out how to do the natural wavy look that I was born with… but Paul Mitchell has been helping me learn. Ultimate Wave is my latest favorite. It creates the BEST waves… almost in a beachy way (which I love!). I introduced you to these products before, and now they are finally out in stores!

What’s your #curlconfession?

Post in partnership with Paul Mitchell.

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TINY DANCERS

Sometimes smaller is better, don’t you think? Painted these tiny ladies in the likeness of Kate Spade’s latest collection. If you follow along on Instagram you saw these too!

It seems like I have a dance theme lately…

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JUMP

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to jump into the weekend!

iPhone case available here.

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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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