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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.

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!!

Fashion Sketchbook – J.Crew Fall Catalog

I pulled a couple more pages from my fashion sketchbook… this time inspired by the J.Crew fall catalog. (You might have seen a sneak peek on my Instagram last night.) Today’s post is a little more about my process and where I want to take Sketchbook Closet in the future. I hope you enjoy!

J.Crew fall fashion sketch - trend: camo

Today’s Fashion Illustration: Tombo dual brush pen and Adobe Photoshop CS6

J.Crew fall fashion sketch - trend: sporty

I’m a huge huge fan of J.Crew. So, pulling pages from their catalogs for practice is easy and fun. (I just have to be careful not to be tempted to purchase everything from the pages.)

Drawing with marker can be a little bit daunting, but I really like the focus it forces. (Plus, it’s just the sketchbook – and I think there’s a lot of merit to not keeping your sketchbook “precious.”)

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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!

A Whimsical Wedding


Anthropologie halter dress and Steve Madden shoes for the perfect woodland wedding ensemble


Today’s Illustration: $$ Anthropologie Corduroy Halter Dress, $$ Steve Madden Suede Chunky Heels (or $ Nine West and  $$ Ann Taylor), J.Crew dream cardigan (or $ Target and $$ J.Crew), Zara gold accent coat (or $$ here and $$$$ MyWardrobe), studded cross body bag (or $ DSW and $$ asos), $$$ be mine heart studs (or $ Kate Spade), W.Village street vendor stamped initial necklace (or $$ Max & Chloe)

V.Ng and I just came back from an amazing getaway in Charleston, SC.  We went for my friend’s wedding which was more beautiful than the “Holy City” itself.

I knew from the home-spun invitations and the lakeside venue that this would be laid back.  Most of the weddings V.Ng and I attend are nearly black tie so I had to search for a dress with a little southern charm.

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Surviving Sandy: Ten Fall Essentials

My ten favorite pieces for Fall


Today’s illustration:
navy beanie Rugby by Ralph Lauren (or $ asos and $$$ Barney’s), sateen trench Seoul night market (or $ asos and $$$ shopbop), crew neck sweater Uniqlo (or $ 6pm and $$$ Barneys), silk blouse Theory (or $ Vince Camuto and $$$ Net-a-Porter), linen dot tee Zara or ($ Dillards and $$$ Splendid), chambray button-down TopShop (or $ Kohl’s and $$$ Urban Outfitters), high-waisted leggings Zara (or $$$ Bloomingdales), pocket scarf abercrombie (or $ asos and $$$ farfetch), suede booties asos or ($$ Dolce Vita and $$$ asos), medium Candace carryall Coach (or $ Steve Madden)

Hello!  I hope you safely survived the impact and aftermath of Sandy.  My thoughts are with those who were hit hard.  (I’m taking refuge at a good friend’s who luckily avoided power loss.)

Returning to our apartment and packing an overnight bag made it obvious that I have certain seasonal wardrobe staples.  These are my top ten picks that I can’t live without.

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Stormy Weather


Fun fall fashion sketches for staying in all day.


Today’s illustration:
flannel shirt Hollister (or $ urban outfitters and $$$ Shopbop), hooded puffer coat Burberry Brit (or $ Jessica Simpson and $$$ Bergdorf Goodman), white ribbed tank Abercrombie and Fitch (or $ alternative), grey heather leggings abercrombie (or $ the Outnet and $$$ Net-a-Porter), socks (or asos $$$ LN-CC), infinity scarf (or $ Modcloth and $$$ Guess), navy beanie Rugby by Ralph Lauren (or $ asos and $$$ Barney’s), white rain boots Marc by Marc Jacobs (or $ Amazon)

To all my NY/NJ viewers: I hope you stay safe and taking precautions during Sandy!  Since everything from the MTA to the NYSE are closed, V.Ng and I are spending the day at home.  We’re making the best of the “hurrication” with lots of Halloween candy and TV (while we still have power.)

I love hanging out in pj’s but I wanted to be productive and getting dressed helps a lot!  Plus, I’m prepared in case we have to make quick getaway!

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Easy Going Errands


An outfit made for getting things done


Today’s illustration:
knit jersey jacket (also here), black denim asos or ($$$ Amazon),  chunky cowl knick sweater Express (or $$ bebe or $$$ Bluefly), pebbled leather bag Kate Spade (also here), suede ankle boots (also here),

I hate feeling frumpy when I run errands (especially on a dreary day like today.)  Thankfully, my cozy sweater, black denim, and comfortable ankle boots come to the rescue!  Nothing says comfort like jeans.

Okay – here’s the story with my black denim.

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One Outfit Two Ways



Today’s illustration:
Both: chambray button-down TopShop (or $ Kohl’s and $$$ Urban Outfitters), striped knee-length skirt Forever21,  studded skinny belt Hollister (or $ J.Crew or $$ Neiman Marcus)
Left: navy school blazer Seoul night market (or $ Old Navy and $$$ Revolve), pebbled leather bag Kate Spade (also here), black leather pumps Old (or Amazon)
Right: sateen trench Seoul night market (or $ asos and $$$ shopbop)leather studded satchel Burberry (or $$ Amazon or $$$$ Neiman Marcus), suede lace up ankle booties Steve Madden at 6pm (or $ Modcloth)

Hi!  I am so excited about today’s post and there is so much I want to say.

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