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Time to flip the calendar to November. I can’t believe how fast 2013 flew by!

I love this November girl. I think she looks wistful. Or challenging. Maybe both. Isn’t that what November is all about? The tension between darkness and light. The clocks set back but the christmas bulbs fire up in anticipation of December. This month is always a little melancholy as the year winds down, but with an undercurrent of frenzy as we approach the craziest month of the year.

mansur gavriel – a story of the purse hunter

GUYS. I have some exciting news. I have systematically researched, hunted, and victoriously purchased a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag.

I don’t use the word hunted lightly here.

I have never understood the hunter’s instinct – that desire to lie in wait and then attack something – until I somehow stumbled upon the mansur gavriel instagram account. I started following them and their gorgeous buttery leather bucket bags started popping up more and more in my feed. I started screenshotting (is this a word?) all their instagrams and it wasn’t until I looked back through the pictures stored in my iphone and saw that the majority of them were random bucket bag instagrams that I realized I subconsciously NEEDED to figure out what this bag was all about.

The need to get to the bottom of this was all consuming. I started calling all their listed retailers on their website until I found one that claimed to get shipments of one bag at a time, and as soon as it hits the shelf, it always immediately sell out. They thought that the mansur gavriel stork might be bringing one in the next week, but they couldn’t make promises.

I mean, how intriguing is that? They just get ONE at a time. And just like that, bam, it sells! This must be the bag of the season, the bag of the year, the bag of the century.

I demanded to be added to the wait list for the next bucket that would arrive and began to wonder how soon was too soon to call the store back to make sure they had “inslee” spelled correctly and that my phone number was accurate on the list.

I don’t think I have felt this strongly about a purchase since I HAD to have a tamagotchi in 6th grade and my mother and I followed the UPS truck on its route through our neihgborhood in an attempt to get our tamagotchi delivery before it even made it to our house.

Anyway, last night, I was suffering from a rare injury known as lifting the poland spring jug onto the water dispensing machine and I was wondering if I needed a prescription painkiller when the phone began to ring. Like a siren song I was drawn to answer it, unlike my standard practice of never answering my phone under any circumstances, and lo and behold, it was Pas de Deux calling to say that the bucket had landed.


I hobbled 15 blocks through the biting October cold, clutching at my poland spring jug back injury thinking of nothing but the bucket. I’m telling you guys, I was possessed.

Upon arrival in Pas de Deux, the chicest, most expensive store in the East Village I learned that the bucket had launched to its meteoric rise to fame thanks to Garance Dore. As soon as I heard that, I blacked out. The spasming back pain, the joy of knowing my illustration-fairy-godmother also loved this bag, and the proximity to so many canada goose floor length ski parkas and isabel marant booties was all too much.

The next thing I knew, I was being handed my credit card back and my brand new bucket all tucked away in a stylish pas de deux shopping bag printed with their elegant double peacock crest logo.

All in all, it was a magical night. One full of both extreme pain and extreme joy. Such is the life of the purse hunter.

ps. buy a print!

Hyla Dewitt Illustrated

Say hello to Hyla! I’m sure many of you already know Hyla Dewitt Jewelry, but if you don’t look her up! I am a big fan of her unique, oversized pieces. Her Cate Necklace is one of my favorite statement pieces.

I wore the Cate to a wedding recently only to discover that I wasn’t the only adoring HD jewelry fan at the party…

What can I say, I guess great minds think alike!

Angelberry Organics

Introducing the Angelberries, Christine and Kelsey! These two lovely ladies are the founders of Angelberry Organics, a line of natural, organic mineral cosmetics and now the proud owners of my newest About Page sketch. I am becoming something of an About Page guru.

Christine and Kelsey worked with me to style this sketch using each of their unique styles. Christine described herself as “more Marilyn than Jackie” and Kelsey said she is “definitely a prep”… what do you think, did I capture them? We also made sure to style their outfits using the Angelberry Organics signature colors – black and red.

Happy weekend!

Candice and Hank

Happy Wedding Day to Candice and Hank!

This handsome couple is celebrating their wedding today at the Oheka Castle, here in New York. Here’s the illustration I created for their Save The Date…

They couldn’t have a more beautiful day for a celebration. The sun is shining and fall is in the height of it’s glory. Congratulations you two!

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