It’s finally officially spring! Cheers to warmer weather coming our way =) To celebrate, I’m releasing five brand new spring inspired prints to both my website and Etsy shops. And because my birthday is coming up this Saturday, I thought why not host a special birthday sale?! I’ve never done this kind of sale before but I think you’re gonna like it…
It’s officially February and time to switch your Favorite Things Calendar! This month is always a good one, fashion week is nearly here, all the sweet treats are in the stores for Valentine’s Day, and there’s never a better time to buy yourself some gorgeous roses to cure the winter blues…
I’m absolutely thrilled to finally reveal my latest project! I’ve been wanting to illustrate a wedding collection for so long and am happy to announce that all my new products are now published!! Everything is available in my online shop and Etsy so be sure to have a look and let me know what you think! Continue reading for more photos from my amazing collaboration shoot with Chicky Treats plus a surprise announcement!
Happy April!! This past week has been super exciting for more reasons than one and I’m so happy to be able to share it all with you. If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that a week ago today, I turned twenty-nine. That’s right, it’s the last official year of my twenties and I can’t believe I’m that much closer to thirty!! Yikes. According to my eight year old self, I should be married by now, have a house in the country and a horse in the backyard. Thankfully I can check at least one of those things off that list =) I had a moment last week where the realization of “thirty” caught me off guard. I gave it about five seconds of thought and then moved on… there’s too much to do to be worried about that one!
I had a great birthday and was lucky enough to soak up the morning sunshine while strolling through the floral district, get a glittered mani-pedi, meet with a client downtown, try my first ever doughnut from Dough (heaven), do a little window shopping, have birthday drinks at The Winslow and devour yummy birthday cake from Milk Bar. Life’s biggest moments are so much better when shared with friends!
Copic markers are my go-to for all my illustrations and last night, Copic featured my floral eiffel tower illustration on their Instagram! My collection of Copics is one of my most prized possessions so I was excited to get mentioned on their feed. It’s about time I go to the art store and stock up on my favorites!
This morning I woke up to an Instagram mention from Bergdorf Goodman… the holy grail of fashion… who featured my Christian Louboutin shoe sketch on their Instagram account. So exciting!! I visited BG on Saturday and pretty much drooled over these amazing beauties… I knew they just had to be sketched =)
All the wonderful comments and support I’ve gotten on social media over the past couple of weeks have been amazing. Sometimes it’s hard to put work out there and wonder what happens to it…does anyone see it? Does it just sort of float off into the Instagram stratosphere? You are all so kind and those encouraging comments help get me through the inevitable times of doubt. Thank you so much, dear readers, and if you’d like to catch glimpses of my works in process, be sure to follow me on Instagram! xoxo
We returned from our honeymoon and are settling back into life post-Italy. Our trip was life changing. We packed so much into one week, living each day from sunrise to way past sunset and seeing everything from the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum to Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and the Grand Canal in Venice. The food was incredible, the people amazing, the sights breathtaking, and the weather absolutely perfect. And there was so… much… gelato! The best honeymoon we could have ever dreamed of and so worth saving up all those months. We can’t wait to return!
All this adventure, though, has made it difficult to come back to reality. And reality includes keeping up with my blog. Ever since the wedding (more about that at a later date – promise!) I’ve been super lax on keeping up with my illustrations and posting frequently. And there’s so much guilt that comes along with it… how will I ever grow and get better if I don’t keep practicing, how will my work get out there if I don’t keep posting, etc. And it’s built up so much that I couldn’t even sit down at my desk and get started.
Which is so sad because I know that it is something I love to do, and that’s why I started my blog in the first place. It’s hard to come home after a long – very long – day at my design job and squeeze an ounce of creativity out for my drawing.
But this blog and all the people I’ve met through it are why I need to keep going. It’s the potential connections and friends I have made, the new illustration collaborations and projects, the fact that it pushes me to get better and reach out, all of these things help me grow as an illustrator and a person.
So I’ve decided to start again slowly, a couple little Italy illustrations along with the most amazing parts from our trip. I hope you’ll enjoy looking through them and thanks so much for your support and hanging in there with me!
Now for some Italy tips from our trip:
1. Florence – we stayed here the whole week, it was a great home base for all our day trips. We found an apartment super close to Ponte Vecchio through Airbnb. Affordable and the perfect little place to come home to after a long day of exploring!
2. We went on two day-long bus tours while we were there and they were absolutely amazing. Since we didn’t rent a car, it was the best way to explore the countryside outside of Florence. Both tours were with Walkabout Florence, we highly recommend the Cinque Terre and Tuscany day tours!
3. Visit Mercato Centrale in Florence and experience the amazing food and wine, but don’t forget to pick up fresh veggies and handmade pasta for a home cooked meal the next evening!
4. Don’t try to do Rome in a day, or if you do… make sure you plan to go back. We spent so much time at the Vatican, there was little left to see the ruins. We will definitely have to go back and give it the time it deserves!
5. We went the first week in May and the weather was absolutely amazing, 72 degrees and sunny every single day. Not a drop of rain. Can’t guarantee this of course, but early May was a great time to visit Italy!
P.S. – More honeymoon pics on my Instagram!