Alexander Wang Emile

Alexander Wang

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
Alexander Wang Emile Satchel

I love a good satchel and the Emile is an oldie but goodie. I love the cute shape and the tiny handles. The leather has a nice texture and seems pretty sturdy. I also love the version with gold hardware.

Sadly, I don’t own this bag. But, if you do – I would love to hear more about your likes and dislikes. My favorite mini satchel is the Pashli which I wrote about last week.

Sorry this post is a little bare, but I promise I’ll be back next week with more inspiring content. (Someone suggested sketching out the essentials of my make-up routine!)

Until next Wednesday, thanks for viewing!


10 Steps of Korean Skin Care

Happy New Year, everyone!

I’m so excited about today’s post because I recently replenished my skin care stock and I’ve been sticking to my regimen pretty religiously (so far.)

It’s no secret that Koreans make some pretty good beauty and skin products. (Refinery29 / Allure) And, while there is one Japanese item on my list – I mainly stick to my motherland’s offerings for “the 10 steps.” (For more details on the routine, I like this write-up from Into the Gloss.)

Here are my ten, illustrated of course.

10 Steps of Korean Skincare

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Physique 57: Barre Style

Physique 57 Workout Outfit

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
mesh inset leggings $$ adidas by Stella McCartney or $ VS, strappy detail tank $$ Athleta or $$$ Alexander Wangcolorful sports bra $$ Gap or $ H&Mgrip socks $ Free Peoplebarre shoes $$$ Blake Brody or $ Reebok

Those of you who know me in real life had to know a Physique post was coming up! I am obsessed and I have to tell the world.

There are a lot of reasons I wanted to “get in shape:” to be stronger, have more energy, look great in my wedding dress, etc.

After failing to find programs that made a difference – a colleague’s recommendation influenced me to give (pricey) Physique57 a try. A little less than thirty days before my wedding, I booked my first class.

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Success: Vince Camuto ‘Caprita’ Pumps

Vince Camuto Caprita Pointy PumpsToday’s Fashion Illustration:
Vince Camuto ‘Caprita’ Leather Pointy Toe Pumps

As you may know, my feet are ridiculously small. I read a lot of petite blogs, but so far none of them rival the child-size-ness of my feet. I own these shoes in size 4.5!

Sometimes, when purchasing sneakers at the less expensive kids’ price, this is awesome. Other times, when I can’t find a grown-up-lady shoe to save my life, it is so frustrating and depressing I want to crawl into a shoe-less-land and give up. (So sad!)

Seriously, here is a typical example of me shoe shopping:

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AEO Jeggings – Black Slashed Denim Trend

American Eagle Outfitters Stretch Jegging Black Slashed DenimToday’s Fashion Illustration:
black slashed jegging $ AEO

Ok, I love these jeans. Imagine my surprise when Refinery29 posted about a black slashed denim trend. Guys! I am on trend!! Haha.

Let me tell you about these jeans. I recently went into Blue & Cream on 1st Street to try on shoes. The (too cool for school) store associate comes over and goes, “I love your jeans. We have those here, the Rag & Bone.” Aaaaand I had to say, “Oh, thanks! Actually, these are from American Eagle.” I believe she replied by saying she didn’t like AE jeans and walked away.

I’m not going to knock Rag & Bone jeans; I’m sure they’re amazing. For $395, they should be. But, I can’t knock my AE jeans either. I mean – they fit great, feel good, cost me less than $39.95 and I guess look like they’re worth more!

Are you on top of this black slashed denim trend? If so, did you go for luxury or affordability?

Warm Up

Zara Camel Coat Fashion Illustration AEO Jeans Pom Pom Sweater

Today’s Fashion Illustration:
girly tank $ aeriecream cable knit sweater $ Nordstrom or $$$ Carvendestroyed denim $ AEO or $$$ Current/Elliott, $$ Vince Camuto ‘Caprita’ low heel pump, wool camel coat $$ Zara or $$$$ Stella McCartney

Hi friends. If you’ve stuck around – you’re my hero! Thank you for continuing your support. Posts will now appear regularly on Wednesday’s!

Now, in the words of Physique57 instructors, “Let’s get right into this!”

Temperatures are dropping quickly and I’m reaching for more and more layers each day. I’ve also been working out each morning and have to strategize pieces that can handle being stuffed in my gym tote.

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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!

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