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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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Loving: Floral Stripe Mix

I’m desperate for the weather to heat up because I recently got an adorable tunic featuring one of my favorite trends: floral on stripes! (Sadly, my dress is currently out of stock; here’s something similar from Juicy Couture.) I’ve rounded up some other adorable stripe/floral styles for today’s fashion sketches. Hope you love it!

Spring trend floral stripe fashion sketch via J.Crew, Urban Outfitters, Asos and Dillards

Today’s Illustration:
sweatshirt $ asos, classic printed button down $ urban outfitters, rash guard $$ J.Crew, bodycon dress $ Dillard’s

I really love the mix of bold graphic stripes and soft easy florals (and, I’m not a floral kind of girl.) They’re fun, kind of retro, yet sort of modern too! I love UO’s soft and vintage take, or asos offers a subtle casual version.  However my all time favorite style is bold and colorful on neutral… a la J.Crew.

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My Army Green Parka

Packing away winter clothes and rediscovering summer pieces is one of my favorite things. I love re-evaluating my wardrobe and deciding what to keep or donate. But, being on a budget makes it hard to put together the perfect Spring closet. Alterations are an affordable and easy way to get something new.

army green parka fashion illustration via

Today’s Fashion Illustration: (altered) or $$ asos and $$$ Shopbop

More than I should, I buy things that don’t fit with the intention of altering them. But, it’s hard to find the time or motivation to actually sit at my sewing machine.

This Spring, I piled up skirts that are too long, jackets with sleeves that are too long, and pants that need hemming with the intention of getting them into circulation.

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What I Wore: Bold Black Stripes & Crocodile Clutch

Happy Monday, everybody! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend. (If you’re into that stuff.) Anyhow, I’m back from South Jersey with a new fashion illustration and a bit about the Borgata in Atlantic City; thanks for viewing!

bold jailhouse stripe chiffon blouse with black mini skirt and crocodile clutch stripe fashion illustration

Today’s Illustration:
bold striped blouseForever21, ponte mini $ Bloomingdale’ssuede lace up bootie $$ Lord & Taylor, crocodile clutch $$$ Alexander Wang or $ Target

Last weekend VNg and I went to AC with two sets of couple friends. (Yay, triple date weekend!)  Our friends had a deal at Borgata so that’s where we stayed and played.  Generally, I’m not a huge fan because I ALWAYS lose… and I can’t stand smelling like smoke after.  But, dinner at Bobby Flay’s restaurant was well worth it!

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Shopping in Seoul

Hello, again!! Today’s fashion illustrations are of my favorite purchases from Seoul!  (I didn’t really buy much in Hong Kong, believe it or not.)

Shopping in Seoul fashion illustration

dot scarf J.Crewdrape cardigan sweater Bebesweatshirt skirt Alexander Wang

Shopping in Seoul fashion illustration

vertical stripes Club Monaco, color-block Club Monaco, faux leather sleeve tee Pacific Sunwearsnake effect ballet flats the Outnet

Shopping in Seoul fashion illustration

French sailor’s shirt LL Beanneon pop boatneck tee J.Crew Factorypatterned flats Shopbopembellished sweatshirt Net-A-Porter

Sorry for the delay on updates.  I could hardly lift a finger after I got back from Asia; I was hit with a cold, the time difference, and good-old fashioned exhaustion!  Now things are back to normal and I will be updating regularly again.  Hopefully you stayed with me. (;

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2013 Spring Essentials: Illustrated Shopping List

Hello, hello (from Seoul!)  You all know I’ve had spring on the brain and fortunately my trip to Seoul presented the perfect shopping opportunity.  Today’s illustration: my top five “must have” items for Spring 2013–what I’m on the prowl for while shopping in Korea.

My spring time shopping want list - illustrated

leather jacket $$$ Saks Fifth Avenue or $$ asosprinted shorts $$$ Net-a-Porter or $ Pacific Sunwearcandy colored bag $$$$ Proenza Schouler or $$ asosbold striped blouse Forever21color block low wedge sandal Sam Edelman

I return will be returning to Hong Kong in two days; it feels like my time in Seoul has flown!!  During college I was lucky enough to study in Seoul for six months.  In 2011, I returned for about a month.  This is my third trip and I still love visiting Korea!!

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Fall ’13 NYFW Illustrated – J.Crew

So… you had to know I was going to illustrate from J.Crew’s Fall 2013 show. (Sadly) a large portion of my paycheck goes right to the J.Crew bottom line. (You’re welcome, stockholders. Wait – I don’t think J.Crew is traded otherwise I would be all over that.)

J.Crew women's Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week Looks - Fashion Illustrations

Today’s illustration:

J.Crew peeps are just doing everything right!! It’s so effortless and stylish. I love the bold colors, the awesome pattern mixing, and the great textures. Plus, all the accessories and soft goods are SPOT on!! The J.Crew girl is just so cool and chic; well… I just want to be her!

I know I need to be posting about my trip; Hong Kong is an awesome place. There’s gorgeous views and delicious food everywhere. I’ve been updating on Instagram and have some good ideas for some posts; so check back soon!

Hope you liked these fashion illustrations. (I’m messing around with new brushes and textures on Photoshop… you know – just having fun!)

Thanks for viewing! <3

Fall ’13 NYFW Illustrated – Kate Spade

I have a major crush on Kate Spade right now. (I’m obsessed with the accessories – bows, hearts, & more bows!) And, I can’t get enough of the Fall ’13 line. I love the retro vibe and the clean  punchy graphics. Plus, they make for great fashion illustrations!

Kate Spade Fall 2013 NYFW fashion illustrations

Today’s illustration:
Kate Spade

Freaking donut sweater!? What’s not to love??  Basically, I want all of it.

Stay tuned for more from New York Fashion Week.  <3 Thanks for viewing!