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.
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.
Shopping for throwaway fashion can be a lot of fun. But, sometimes you need quality. And, when spending a lot; you want it to last. Just like getting your oil changed or your hair trimmed, clothes maintenance is something you can do regularly to keep old faves looking new.
Today’s Illustration: Everything under $10~!
pill shaver, travel size lint roller, sweater comb, acid-free tissue paper, dust bag, packing paper
While most of these things are self-explanatory – I find the most valuable item is my sweater shaver (getting rid of pesky pills).
When using the electric shaver, be sure to use a sturdy flat surface and make sure the sweater is flat. (Wrinkles and kinks can lead to holes.) Don’t use the shaver on tissue knits, it will definitely rip them. Press gently and be patient. And, don’t over-shave. It can be fun and addictive… but you don’t want a bald spot!
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.
cognac multi wedge $$ Steve Madden, red wedge by Prabal Gurung for Target or $$ 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.
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!)
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!!
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.
perforated leather penny shoulder purse Coach
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…