I hope you’ll enjoy dwejikalbi and continue to check in on Sketchbook Closet.

And, please continue to share your thoughts and comments! I really enjoy reading them.

Stand By


You’ve probably noticed my massive lack of posting. Wedding-mode has fully consumed me and no doubt I’ll soon transform into a full-fledged bridezilla. Woo hoo!!!

I promise, posting will return in a few months. I have a lot of exciting plans (and yes, including sketching each and every piece in my closet.)

Until then, you can follow my adventures via Instagram.

Wardrobe Essential: the Leather Jacket pt. 2

Here’s the final result of my fashion sketch! It was completed with watercolor and cleaned up in Photoshop.

All Saints Spitalfields Cargo Leather biker jacket watercolor fashion illustration sketch

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
 $$$ Cargo Biker Jacket 
or Free People $$ Vegan Leather Moto

These days, it seems the leather moto is an on-trend must-have. The price tag can average well over $300; so I see it as something of an “investment.” For what you could end up spending, this jacket should last forever.

I’m not sure about tailoring leather, so I wanted something that looked great off the hanger. (A tall order for a short girl.)

My hunt for the perfectly proportioned piece lasted two years. (My friend, also spent a year choosing her leather love.) But, it was well worth it!

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Wardrobe Essential: the Leather Jacket pt. 1

And now, back to some classic Sketchbook Closet fashion illustration. (Don’t worry, Wedding Wednesday will be back soon!)

allsaints leather jacket fashion sketch sketchbook

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
 $$$ Cargo Biker Jacket 
or Free People $$ Vegan Leather Moto

A while ago, my friend recommended posting work in progress. After much deliberation, I’m finally getting around to it. It’s fun for me to see the process of the pieces; I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

allsaints leather jacket fashion sketch sketchbook cargo biker

The subject I really wanted to focus on is my (not so) shiny new leather jacket. It’s a recent purchase and I just can’t wait to get it on my back again. I plan to finish this sketch with watercolor.

The pad I’m using is an Arches hot press watercolor block. I prefer hot press because it has a smooth surface (which is better for scanning.) Watercolor blocks are also easy since they dry flat without ripples or curls.

The leather of this “cargo biker” jacket is really soft and supple. It has a lot of texture, highs and lows, and definition. I tried to express that with shaky line work and a rough pencil quality.


Since this is a black jacket, a lot of the lines will get covered up by the dark paint. But, I’ll be able to pull them out with white ink (or Photoshop.) I really can’t wait to add color and see the finished product.

I hope you like this new part of Sketchbook Closet; thanks for viewing.

Wedding Wednesday: DIY Ask Your Bridesmaids Bag

Lately, blogging is second to wedding planning and work. I’ve felt guilty and empty without it. After brainstorming ways to bump activity, I’ve come to today’s post. It introduces *gasp* photos to Sketchbook Closet. (Yes, I’ve contemplated this for a long time. I want to share in more than just drawing and sometimes a photo’s best.) I’m also widening the subject matter I’ll feature. I’ll still focus on clothes, but I have a lot of creative clutter in my brain and this blog was meant to be an outlet. I don’t want to limit myself. I hope you’ll enjoy what else I have to share. So without further ado: My DIY ask your Bridesmaids bag.

DIY ask your bridesmaids gift bag

I’m on Pinterest, so I’d seen lots of creative ways to “pop the question” to your closest friends. When VNg asked me to marry him, this was one of the things I was most excited about.

DIY ask your bridesmaids gift bag

I’ll take you through my process, step by step – With pictures!

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V-Day Gift Guide: Skin Lovers

Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydration Cream and Bliss FabulipsFor Him: Aesop Facial Hydrating Cream & For Her: Fabulips Set by Bliss

VNg loves when I do illustrated gift guides… I figured five days ’til V-day, why not?

Let’s start the countdown with some faves of VNg’s and mine.

I’m a huge fan of the Aesop line and I think I got this moisturizer for the first time last year as a Christmas gift. He loves it, it smells great, is light on the skin, not too oily, and keeps his face moisturized all day. It’s especially perfect in these harsh dry winters.

As for me, I absolutely love Bliss spa and products. (Also why I love W Hotels so much!)

This year for Christmas, VNg got me a gift card for Bliss and I tried out Fabulips for the first time. The treatment was a little silly. I don’t think I’d ever spend thirty real dollars for a glorified version of someone putting lip gloss on me. But, I did fall in love with the lip scrub and peppermint plumper.

This would be the perfect little gift set for any girl you want to pamper!

I’m going to try to continue the countdown throughout the week with more gift guides. Stay tuned.

And, as always, thanks for viewing. (I know it’s been ridiculously infrequent. Blame it on wedding planning!)

Thankful! My Fashion Illustration Evolution

Progress is awesome!! Thanks for all the support!!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Thanksgiving! This year has given me so many things to be thankful for: my gorgeous new nephew, VNg asked me to marry him, a fabulous new job, and of course the usual: my great family and friends.

One thing I’m extremely thankful for is the incredible support and encouragement I’ve received while doing Sketchbook Closet. I wanted to share how far I feel I’ve come in just a year. This blog was supposed to be a fun outlet for me – but also help me hone my skills. While things haven’t turned out exactly the way I expected (what does?) I’ve definitely seen “improvement” in my sketching ability (especially speed)! It’s exciting to be able to see the difference over the past year.

Thanks so much everyone, I wouldn’t have been able to keep on posting without everyone’s super kind words!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Kate Spade: Waverly Street Drew Handbag

Fashion illustration of my  favorite Kate Spade handbag, the Waverly Street Drew bag.Kate Spade $$ Waverly Street Drew Bag (On sale for $199!)

If you follow my instagram you may have seen a page in my sketchbook with all of my handbags. I was toying around with the idea of doing a “bag gallery” of all the bags I own. Most of you thought it was a fun idea (I do too!) I’m still trying to figure out how I want to format it. But, for now – here’s an entry into the archives for that plan.

This fashion illustration is of one of my favorite handbags – My Kate Spade Waverly Street Drew satchel.

I actually got this baby on Gilt during a flash sale. Sites like Gilt get me every time (which is why I don’t shop them often.) You know how they only let you hold an item in your shopping cart for a limited amount of time? That stresses me out! Plus – competing with all the other shoppers for items as soon as the sale goes live?! No wonder this was an impulse buy!!

Fortunately, it turned out to be a great find. I love it. It’s the perfect size, has lots of cute details, and is perfect for lady-like functions such as baby showers and tea time!

Oddly enough, this is VNg’s favorite handbag. He really loves it for some reason… It’s funny to me when boys have very strong preferences to fashion.

Military Parka over Oxblood

watercolor fashion illustration

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
Military Parka $$ Urban Outfitters or $$$ Current/Elliott, white boy button-down $$ Madewell, oxblood sweatshirt $ Topshopskinny black denim $ asos or $$$ JBrand, Clarks Rosepoint Booties $$ Nordstrom

Congratulations to the two winners of the giveaway. They are Claire – and – Victoria (of Oh-So Pretty)!!

Thanks to everyone for participating and offering suggestions for the future of the blog. It seems like most of you just want the hits to keep on coming. I will definitely try to continue to deliver great outfits with a mix of price points. And, I promise to focus on what to wear during these super cold days!

Some of my favorite suggestions were: more gift guides, Instagram videos and tutorials, tech accessory and soft goods round-ups, and collaborations.

I’ve been wanting to do some sort of tutorial for a while, but just haven’t been sure how to spin it. I’ll be sure to add it to the line-up. I really think having some videos on Instagram could be really cool… although I’m not sure how I would videotape and draw at the same time. (I guess VNg would have to help…)

And, I would really love to do some more collaborations. Anyone out there who is interested and has any ideas — shoot me an email – I’d love to hear about it!!

Thanks again…. and thanks for viewing! Happy Humpday!!

Grey Denim and Double Zippers

Pretty J.Crew colorblock double zipper sweater with Free People light grey ultra skinny jeans

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
double zipper color-block sweater $$ J.Crew or $ Gapgrey skinny jeans $ Free People or $$$ Acne, oxfords $ Modclothpose inspired by Yewon Kim (previously) of GirlSack

I am IN LOVE with this sweater I got from J.Crew. It is so cute and I love the double zipper detailing!!! It’s slightly itchy so next time I might layer a button-down (the way they have it styled on the site.) J.Crew is giving a promo of 25% off off your purchase of $100 or more… so dooo it (with code: GOSHOP. By the way, a friend and I made a late night Zara trip the other day and… did I mention I am a complete shopping enabler…?)

In other news, I just got these grey skinny jeans from Free People. I have been looking for grey jeans for a while and I was obsessed with ones I saw on Oh-So Pretty… but, I thought this FP pair was more realistic for my (wedding planning) real-life budget. The FP pair are pretty spandex-y so they are SUPER tight. But, if you squeeze in – they look great!! I had to shorten them (of course) but I didn’t have to slim them down at the ankle, which was fantastico.

I feel like these grey jeans and this color-block sweater are going to be some of my winter staples… What are you in love with this season?

Oh yeah, don’t forget to enter the giveaway if you haven’t already. I’ll be choosing the winner this Sunday and announcing early next week – so… enter!

Thanks for viewing today’s fashion illustration, hope you liked it!