Category Archives: Accessorize

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.

Giveaway: Convertible Clutch & Artwork

My first giveaway; a faux leather convertible clutch from

Today’s Fashion Illustration: Faux Leather Convertible Shoulder Bag from YesWalker

Hooray, hooray! Today is the official re-launch of Sketchbook Closet.  (You may notice the spiffy new layout. I love the mini previews of my Instagram feed!! What do you think?)

And, to kickoff the “new” site – I’m having my first giveaway!

Two randomly chosen readers will win the above clutch.  Plus, I’ll send a surprise print of my artwork mounted in an 8 x 10″ matte.

To enter:

  • Post a comment below telling me what you hope to see in future posts, or what you already love about the blog.

Get a second entry by additionally Liking me on Facebook. Get another by following  my Instagram.

I’ll post the two winners next week.  Good luck everyone!  I can’t wait to read your comments.

Illustration: A Clear Picture

The dictionary defines “illustration” as a depiction, something intended for explanation, the act of illuminating, or the act of clarifying or explaining. It’s ironic that it’s my job to figure out the best way to share an idea with people… sometimes I struggle just explaining things to myself.

glasses illustration

This weekend I had an amazing time catching up with close friends I rarely see. (Bi-coastal relationships don’t seem bad thanks to gchat, skype, and imessage.) But, spending real time together puts the importance of (actual) face time into perspective.

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I Love My: Low-Wedge Sandals

Sticking to my shopping freeze has been difficult, especially with the temperatures ramping up and new Spring merch dropping everywhere. Luckily, I’m blessed with a sweet and understanding mom who just couldn’t let a size 5 shoe (on sale) go to waste.

Steve Madden Nanncy cognac multi and Prabal Gurung for Target low wedge sandals fashion illustrationToday’s Illustration:
cognac multi wedge $$ Steve Maddenred wedge by Prabal Gurung for Target or $$ Nordstrom and $$ Zappos

I was with my parents on a Target run (dangerous, I know!) My mom and I inevitably end up in the shoe section. My dad’s in the background saying, “Don’t you have enough shoes?”  Nonsense, Dad.  Nonsense.

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Tom’s Accessories: Shop Review

A few months ago I got a message from my friend asking about collaborating with his shop, Tom’s Accessories.  Since then I’ve worn several pieces and perused the site too many times. It’s about time I organized my thoughts (with a new fashion illustration, of course.)

A fashion illustration inspired by Tom's Accessories, costume jewelry and accessories

Today’s Illustration:
Cindy Bracelet & Hazel Stud Earrings Tom’s Accessories

If you regularly check Sketchbook Closet (I hope you do!) you probably notice that I’m not the biggest accessory aficionado.  Putting together a good outfit is hard work for me — throwing jewelry into the mix is just daunting.  (As I mentioned on a previous post) that’s why I was so excited to work with Tom’s.

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Gloomy Tuesday: Rain Boots & Dot Umbrella

I’m SO over this snow & rain crap.  I’m ready ready ready for Spring (or SUMMER!)  Today’s (long overdue) fashion illustration – my beloved short rain boots & the Muji umbrella I ended up carrying back from HK (it was just 1″ too big for my suitcase!)

fashion illustration rain boots and Muji polka dot umbrella

Today’s illustration:
short rain boots $ Amazon & dot umbrella Muji (or $ Target)

As you can tell from the recent shortage of fashion illustrations – I’m having some trouble finding my motivation (and getting back into the stride of things after a three week vacation.)

On top of it – I recently went to the IFB conference where I met a ton of amazing bloggers and listened to a lot of great advice.  I left feeling inspired but also with a lot to puzzle.

What kind of blogger should I be?  Am I even stylish at all — are my outfits worthy of being documented everyday (especially amidst a sea of well photographed super chic style blogs)?

All these things have me pondering my identity, too.  And, what I’m discovering is that (at heart) I’m  an illustrator than anything else.  I’m slowly working out what that means for my style… and for Sketchbook Closet.

In the meantime – thanks for your patience… & viewing!!

Pretty Shiny Things: Tom’s Accessories

I’m on my phone in the HK airport – so please forgive me if this isn’t the best writing.

jewelry illustration of tom's accessories earrings; artemis and marcela styles

Today’s Illustration:
Artemis Etched Earrings & Marcela Earrings Tom’s Accessories

When it comes to jewelry, I’m pretty timid. I feel self conscious about choosing pieces that are overbearing or inappropriate.

So, when Tom’s Accessories asked about a collaboration – I was hesitant. I’ve never been the type to shop specifically for jewelry. But, I loved the site and felt it would be a great way to push me out of my comfort zone.

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I Love My: Coach Legacy Perforated Penny

I left my apartment no less than five minutes before receiving the first of many compliments on my new Coach Legacy Perforated Penny bag.  So, I just had to turn my new purchase into a pretty handbag illustration.

Handbag illustration of Coach Legacy Perforated Leather Penny bag

Today’s Illustration
perforated leather penny shoulder purse 

Honestly – I never thought much of Coach.  To me, the brand evoked images of over monogrammed jacquards or mean girls in high school.

This was challenged a year ago when my coworker boasted the condition of her five-year-old satchel.  She said “old” Coach bags had heritage, quality, and classic design.  The conversation stayed in the back of my mind…

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Bundle Up: Winter Accessories

Kate spade and rebecca minkoff add some shine to your desk for my fashion illustration blog.

Today’s Illustration:
marled scarf ($$ Ann Taylor or $ Target), ear muffs asos, convertible gloves asosover-the-knee socks $ asos, glasses $$$ Warby Parker, sunglasses case $$ Rebecca Minkoffticker-tape mug $$ Kate Spadegold stripe iPhone case $ Kate SpadeiPad Case $$ Rebecca Minkoff

My fashion illustration of lush layers and a colorful tote add some bright to your winter days

cable pom pom beanie $ asosfaux-fur circle scarf $$ Madewellsnakeskin print gloves $$ asosswiss dot tights $ Madewellhand-painted tote $$$ Madewelllaptop sleeve $$ BagguTop-Hat Notebook $ Madewell, wood mechanical pencil $ Delfonics

We’ve had a couple of warmer days this week, but I’m no fool…  In the blink of an eye it will be the arctic circle again.  Today’s fashion illustrations are all about fun winter accessories (to wear & carry.)  For some reason I gravitate toward dark colors when it’s cold.  To remedy: I add colors and levels with deep textures. I love marled winter-wear.  I also think “the faux-fur collar” is a great piece (when at the right price.  Lucky for you, Madewell has theirs on sale!)

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