So I mentioned last week that I hoped my trip to Miami last weekend would provide colorful inspiration for the blog…
Well, it was certainly very colorful, but it has taken me a full five days to recover enough to even begin to compose my thoughts about the parallel universe that is visiting Miami on the weekend of the Ultra Music Festival if you are over 21 years old and enjoy 8 hours of sleep and the prudish behavior of wearing a shirt AND pants at the same time.
I could barely see straight all week due to the devastating exhaustion that came as a result of sleeping in a hotel which offered a 20-out-of-24 hour a day long techno concert/rave light show both days I was a guest there.
By the wee hours between Saturday night and Sunday morning as I lay awake in my bed listening to thumping, pulsating non-lyrical sounds seeping through the walls from the courtyard below and watching the fractured light spasms jumping off the walls from the light show beaming in through the window I realized I knew what it was like to endure sleep-deprivation torture at Guantanamo. I was literally living the opening sequence of Zero Dark Thirty.
Lack of sleep aside, I had a wonderful time with my beloved college friends and luxuriated in a heated pool under a waterfall for most of Saturday afternoon. Life doesn’t get much better than that.
And I also saw some of the most fantastical outfits, or lack thereof, that I’ve ever encountered which was wildly entertaining. (Think hot pink fur uggs and a sparkling bikini in the CVS pharmacy checkout line at 11 am) and I also started noticing – and now can’t stop noticing – that everyone, everywhere has ombre hair all of the sudden. What’s this about and is it weird that I love it?
A few more days in the Miami sun and I might have started to think I could pull it off, but now that I’m safely back in the quaint little town of NYC I realize that I just don’t have what it takes to rock the ombre and, you know what, I think I’m kind of glad that I don’t.
So, in closing, don’t get me wrong. Miami is amazing. But it’s time to take off my neon nail polish, enjoy some frank sinatra and save the pink fur uggs and multi-colored hair for illustration inspiration only.
Happy First Day of Spring! I am celebrating by wearing a ski coat and earmuffs. Still feels like winter in New York.
But enough of reality, let’s focus on blogland where it’s time to wear a white lace dress and walk around with a champagne flute while planning your June wedding like this illustration here. I created her for Urban Chic Boutique’s Third Annual “Urban Chic Says I Do” event. The event will take place March 29th and 30th at their Georgetown shop. The Boutique is turning itself into a mini wonderland of bridal delights for the weekend featuring their favorite local jewelry designers, hair and makeup experts, photographers, party planners and caterers annnnnnnddd their favorite bridal portrait illustrator – me!
So if you are lucky enough to be spending Easter weekend in Washington and are in the process of planning a wedding, come by and see me on Friday at the store! I’ll be there taking appointments with brides to discuss and schedule commissions. You can browse examples of my work and we can pick a project that suits you and your wedding perfecty!
If you shop at the event I will offer you a 15% discount on your bridal portrait and/or bridesmaid sketches! I’ll also be selling some new bridal note cards and painting monograms at the event so you can test out your new last name in watercolor. Cute, right? Right!
Here’s the official invite. Consider yourself officially invited!
If you are super excited about getting one-on-one time with me or any of the other vendors email me at email@example.com or email my urban chic go-to girl, Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will schedule you!
Here’s a bridesmaid luncheon invite I recently designed. The hosts told me they planned to serve sangria so I went with that theme. Look closely, we even gave the disembodied hand here a canary diamond, just like the bride has. Get in touch with me to commission your own shower invites!
I thought this would be appropriate to share today as I have bridal celebrations on the brain. I’m packing my suitcase and painting my nails neon pink, I’m off to a bachelorette party in Miami this weekend.
I hope to tap into some great ideas for bachelorette weekend invites while I’m soaking up the South Beach lifestyle or at the very least some colorful blog material for next week. Stay tuned!
Hello! Here’s a bejeweled, feather-skirt-wearing lady for you on this merry Wednesday morning. She’s wearing Melanie Auld’s new spring Jewelry collection. And if you click through Melanie’s site you just might see a few more of my girls sporting her designs…
White and soft minty blues and greens for spring time at Leontine Linens. This would be the perfect sanctuary to curl up in with a good book on a day like today. NYC is experiencing a very strange snowstorm, it’s the weather equivalent of a treadmill. It’s been snowing and snowing like crazy all day and yet the ground is still black in most places.
Oh, and on the off chance you’re in the Bahamas on Monday (why wouldn’t you be? Let’s all go!) you should go check out the Leontine Linens trunk show. Doesn’t that sound like the best monday ever? Here’s the invite I illustrated for the event.