Every Day I’m Hustling

Hi 👋 to the few of you who are still reading this. Life has been incredibly busy (shocker.)

I’m still trying to figure out my routine and gain insight into what my real focus needs to be. I was having a conversation yesterday with a good friend who seems to be going through the same struggle: striking balance! As we get older, it’s increasingly challenging to juggle work, passion, friends, family, personal time, and the romantic relationship.

Sneakers or Sandals

I’ve been traveling on and off for what feels like the last two months. VNg is steadfast, focusing on his work, and I’m in this exploratory state/trying to take advantage of pre-baby times. (No, I’m not pregnant.) 😜

I’ve been lucky enough visit friends and family in Texas, the Bay Area, Upstate New York, and Rhode Island. I’m finally back, hopefully for a while, in Jersey City. And, I’ve got a pile of work, a ton of house chores, plus I’m leaving my amazing shared space, 313 Gallery and Studios. So, I have to move out and set up my workspace at home.

It feels a little overwhelming, especially coming off a long period of rest and relaxation. But, I know I’ll get it all done; and hopefully have some fun (catch some Pokemon) in the process!

Sidenote: Yes. I cannot stop playing Pokemon Go. This is probably the biggest hurdle getting in the way of in completing my tasks. Gotta catch ’em all! Are you guys playing? It’s so fun! Just don’t walk into oncoming traffic. 😉

Falling for Off the Shoulder

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Lately, I’m obsessed with the off-the-shoulder look.

I’m not sure if my infatuation is genuine or purely because I’m can’t escape it. These days, pretty much everyone is either selling it or wearing it (and looking super fabulous, by the way.) Some think the trend may already be on its way out. I mean it is available at Barney’s, Banana Republic, and pretty much everywhere in between. (I’m looking at you, TJ Maxx.) I kind of hope so, because this trend looks horrible on me. A-W-F-U-L! No matter how hard I try (or how many times I make a hopeful purchase in vain), I end up with buyer’s remorse and a mini-meltdown in front of the mirror. “Why doesn’t this look right?! Why can’t I show off my collarbones and shoulders like everyone else!?”

I can’t quite pinpoint why this “looks great on everyone” trend looks so wrong on me, but – trust me, it does.

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My only consolation is that it may soon be over. Until then, I have to live with the pain of seeing girl after girl slaying in her off-the-shoulder top, dress, romper, whatever. And, I have a feeling this will haunt me ALL summer. (Seriously, it is like seeing “the one that got away” deliriously happy with basically every other woman on the street!! GEEZ. I will be SO glad when this is over!!)

For now, I’ll just have to live my dreams through my doodles. Which version do you prefer?

Beautiful Bow Shoes

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Well, it’s 3:50 in the morning and I can’t sleep – why not work on a blog post for your viewing enjoyment?

These days I’m trying to work more on illustration and less on design work. So, I’m trying to create the habit of banging out a couple of quick sketches in the morning. For me, the most time-consuming part of the process is figuring out subject matter.  Thank you, Instagram!

My feed is an endless flow of gorgeously framed brunches, creatively styled bloggers, and beautiful accessories. Today’s sketch came straight from a lookbook @bespoke_pr was working on.

Speaking of MBFW, there always seems to be something going on , but seldom the inspiration well does run dry.  So, if you have some amazing source of inspiration, please share!

Thanks!

She Wore Marchesa

Katy Perry in Marchesa at the 2016 amfAR Cannes Cinema Gala

I always wonder what it takes (aside from being a fabulous celebrity) to get invited to these incredible events. Don’t they feel like they’re missing a sassy and petite Jersey City-based illustrator?

At least I have Snapchat and Instagram. (I loved all the snaps from the event and got to feel like I was there… just a little bit. God, I’m such a nerd.)

Sometimes I’m not sure if Ig is a good thing or bad thing. Shouldn’t I be doing more productive things with my morning, like mindful meditation (or some crap like that), rather than kill a solid 45 minutes swooning over pink brunch in a perfectly laid out hotel suite? Then again, when the first thing I deal with in the AM is Sicily’s pee all over my curtains… those beautiful and magical photos let me fantasize about a life filled with ruffles and silk sans cat pee. (Or at least be so fabulous that there is someone else to clean up the cat pee.)

Whatevs, at least it’s Friday and today I get to hang out with one of my favorite people and listen to some sick music tonight! Yayyyyy.

Bee tee dubs, painting lace is mad hard.