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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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Illustration of Elie Saab Couture.

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Something Old, Something New

When I was a little girl, my mom and aunt gifted me their grandfather’s painting easel. At the time, I had no idea how amazing it was to have such an incredible heirloom in my possession (I also had no clue what my future held, or what my great grandfather had created). So, like any other kid would, I added a little pizazz to the easel with some crayons and paints. Many years have gone by, and my mom has kept the easel for me all these years… until now. It’s not the best working easel, but the idea that our professional tools have remained so similar throughout the decades fascinates me! I love that both my mom and aunt have used it for their own creative endeavors as well. My aunt, as a painter, and my mom, as a musician. It is now one of the treasures of my studio.

I recently traveled to Italy with my good friend, Valentina Kova, and felt like it was finally time to purchase a travel easel (I’ve been researching them for months). I decided to wait until I arrived and purchase one at a local Florence art shop (I love finding art shops in new cities!). Lucky for me, there was an art shop right next to our first hotel.

I spent a morning there, sifting through all the art supplies I had seen a million times before, but as if they were all brand new since everything was in Italian. I hadn’t been to Florence since my study abroad days in college, and it felt so wonderful to be back. In fact, it was the place I truly discovered my love for fashion and fashion illustration.


I purchased an Italian Mabef sketch box easel and am so happy with it. It traveled through Tuscany with me, where Valentina captured our quiet moments together in dreamy fields of sunflowers, lace flowers, all with a storm brewing in the distance.


White Francis Trench by Valentina Kova.

 One of those moments you will remember for a lifetime, a moment when time stands still. The smell of the earth with fresh rain in the distance, cool summer breezes whispering through the trees, and the stroke of a paintbrush just before a Tuscan sunset.

More on Tuscany soon!

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Coming Home


Last night, I arrived home from what seems like a year long trip! It’s funny coming home after a long trip… you see familiar things with a new point of view. Letting all the new memories you made settle within your home. From a ranch in California to the west coast of Mexico, then over to Africa, and ending the trip in my old southern stomping grounds of Georgia.

These places inspired new ideas, new energy, and I’m ready to paint!

One of the greatest things about traveling is coming home.

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Blue Bird

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Heading into summer wearing only the essentials, EOS.

Vanilla Mint, Strawberry Sorbet, Sweet Mint, Pomegranate Raspberry, and Honeysuckle Honeydew!


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When Ciner New York jewels become Shadow Dancers…

I especially love how this one’s shadow creates the silhouette of a face…

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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!


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


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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The Light of Now / Elie Saab


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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Star Catchers


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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’s Louboutin Slippers

Cinderella’s custom Louboutin Slippers.

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Fairy Tales

Lily James in Elie Saab at the Cinderella Premiere… accompanied by a few friends.

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Jlo wearing an Elie Saab gown at the Oscars 2015.

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