Before Kate Middleton’s impossibly bouncy blowout was being splashed across the landing page of every style website, there came Michelle Obama. Her refreshingly colorful style was tempered with ladylike elegance necessary for a First Lady and a certain all-American warmth and accessibility – and combined with the rise of golden-age fashion in pop culture (shows like Mad Men, collections like Marc Jacobs’s Fall 2010 effort at Louis Vuitton) seemed to signal the resurgence of the lost art of the well-dressed lady. Enter Kate – embodying British elegance with a solid dose of down-to-earth good fashion sense. It’s fascinating to see cultures reflected through their well-dressed women, and these ladies both hit the mark with their style.
This blonde looks totally at home strolling down a chilly Amsterdam street in December (December…already??) Doesn’t she look like a local with her color palette perfectly with the architecture? I must admit that this wasn’t really by design - her skinnies started out as a startling red, but I love this toned down neutral (oh the glories of color-editing in Photoshop!)
Snag this European girl as a print – she’s up in the shop now and with free shipping through Tuesday!
After being contacted by the designing-duo at J + G Design, I fell in love with their beautiful interior style and their adorable personal style – can you blame me? My favorite part of this is the tiny touch of red on the soles of Jennifer’s shoes.They were sweet enough to feature this on their Curatorial blog (an excellent source for interior design inspiration which will be on my daily reading list as of now!)
This was a quick sketch done this morning – just a quick jot-down neither super neat or super fancy, but I thought you all might be inspired by the gorgeous style of Laura Fantacci, which I spotted on Instagram. (Laura says she wishes her legs were actually that long…don’t we all!)
I keep checking “Botany For the Artist” out from the library only to renew it again without finding the time to actually sketch anything. Here is the lone ginkgo leaf (misspelt in my sketch…) that I’ve managed so far. I’ve loved the shape of these leaves since discovering a DVF wrap dress years ago with their silhouette printed on it.
I really love this project I did recently for Marielle – not least because it means a little bit of my work made it to the Lucky FABB conference in NYC! Marielle requested this sketch for her business cards, in preparation for her visit to the conference. I was so happy to get the opportunity to sketch her as I had been admiring her unique and classic style on her blog. I wanted her to look classic, polished, creative, professional and fun. What do you think, did I accomplish my goal? Here’s one of my favorite posts of hers. (featuring books, fall vogue, plaid and glasses!)
Out for a walk with a furry friend and a fur jacket. Prints now up in the shop! Here.
I have the pleasure right now of working on a series of sketches for the fabulous Lisa of Mostly Lisa, to fill her portfolio and help illustrate the projects she’s completed. Trying to put a creative spin on her projects that makes them look inspiring and pretty has been a lot of fun. I love working with clients like Lisa who have a strong visual eye, especially when they have a great blog that I can peruse and discover their personal style sensibility. It inevitably, almost unconsciously informs and shapes the illustration to reflect them, and I love seeing that unique personality come through in each drawing. Here she’s putting together a mood-board for a clothing line (while resting various scraps and supplies on a Louis XIV ghost chair.
Speaking of clients with a great visual eye, here are some past clients whose blogs will definitely inspire you:
Brandi has some of the prettiest party ideas ever, and all with a unique twist. Will definitely inspire your inner crafty-girl.
Mallory is a beautiful and heartwarming soon-to-be-mama with a beautiful little blog.
Marielle’s blog is full of classic style with a sunshiny twist – think Kate Spade and J. Crew. Who doesn’t love that?
Fall is here! And it’s the second best season of the year (Christmas of course takes first, and my car stereo may already be harboring a Christmas cd that may or may not have been played recently…seasonal music purists will disapprove I know…)
Anyway back to fall and my fall girl – doesn’t she look cozy and cheerful and warm? I love the crayon-brights mixed with fall classics like plaid and leopard.
I don’t watch awards shows much, but I do watch (or youtube-search) the red carpet arrivals – it’s a rare opportunity to see beautiful gowns in action outside the runway. Michelle Dockery was one of my favorites – she really stunned in Prada, but I also loved this custom Givenchy on January Jones. Wearing the designer most favored by Audrey Hepburn can never be a bad idea in my mind.