BOO! Enjoy the day!
I wouldn’t mind being this cute couple today – out for a stroll through some quaint neighborhood with an adorable pup making my way through the brisk October air. I’ve never had a dog myself, and probably never will have a dog, because of my mildly ridiculous phobia of sudden and unexpected loud noises (read: barking, fireworks, balloons popping.) I’m the lame-o that is always covering their ears during fireworks displays and cringing nervously when I see toddlers fumbling around with about-to-burst balloons. So the idea of having the unexpected-noise-making machine that is a dog in my house 24/7 is less than inviting to me. Thankfully these pen-and-ink puppies don’t make a sound!
I first saw this incredible Oscar de la Renta gown on Oscar PR girl’s instagram a while back (instagram.com/oscarprgirl) and fell in love. It’s also featured in a stunning Vogue shoot with SJP/Matthew Broderick. It’s one of my favorite sketches. I recently sold off the original but you can still buy a print of it here.
I decided I might make this a sort of ODLR-week on the blog. As a largely fashion-driven illustrator, fashions from great designers have played a huge part in my creative journey and driven me as an entrepreneur and artist, and no modern designer inspired me more regularly and fantastically than Oscar de la Renta. I’m no fashion editorialist, but to me, he had the magical ability to hearken back to that lost golden age of couture without losing the sense of being in the moment and modern. Somehow his designs were both timeless and timely.
Have you ever noticed this formula for naming famous paintings?”Marie Antoinette with a Rose,” “Mary Magdalene with a Night-Light.” I’ve coopted it today. I give you, “Kelly in the City with Luggage.” I think it works.
It’s Monday, and if there was ever a Monday-pick-me-up in the form of a wardrobe, it can be found on the bright and cheerful blog of Kelly in the City – all turquoise and hot pink and stripes and monograms. So if my illustration was not enough cheerfulness for your Monday, click over and enjoy a cascade of sunshine-in-the-form-of-clothing.
It’s Friday, and this is a long-overdue commission post! Stephanie is the owner of Polished Plans, an online fashion classroom! Great idea, right? If my fifteen year old self, who was fairly certain she would take the fashion-design-world by storm someday (and perhaps be breezing her way through the ranks of Michael Kors or Marc Jacobs, or be the star student of Tim Gunn by the time of her early twenties) could have seen this website, I think she would have been pretty excited. Stephanie tapped me to create a “fashion classroom” for her landing page, fulfilling my fifteen-year-old dreams to some abstract degree. Stephanie, my fifteen-year-old self thanks you!
I’ve decided this second illustration in my vintage print collection is part sixties retro, part Audrey-Hepburn-as-Eliza-Doolittle (which if I’m not mistaken was filmed in the 60s…I’m going to say I did that on purpose.) Just imagine that Eliza Doolittle was a sixties chick with blonde BFF, and this is them faking their way through the upper echelons of derby-watching society, peering demurely through their mascara-ed lashes.
Or, you could just decide it’s a just a couple of retro gals in black and white. Somewhat closer to what was on my mind at the time, but a lot less interesting, right? In any case, you can retro-up (or Doolittle-up) your own space by snagging this print, here. You know you want to, so what are you waiting for? C’mon! Move your bloomin…
Every year there is one color that I obsess over for fall – this year, it is…burgundy! So far I have bought a burgundy sweater and a burgundy pair of flats – before September even hit! This illustration is carrying my favorite flower (my mother’s as well) – the burgundy dahlia. Purchase her as a print here!
Happy Monday! This week I’m introducing a new line of prints and stationery to the shop! Inspired by my one of my favorite style eras, the 50s-60s, the Vintage Collection is going to be all about glamorous, retro style from the golden age of fashion. First up is this sweet and glamorous Betty Draper-esque blonde in her swinging chiffon and bold red pattern. Stay tuned for more additions to the Vintage Collection line, and check out the shop to see the latest available!