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have a simply luxurious weekend

Don’t you wish you were her? She’s a new sketch for Shannon of The Simply Luxurious Life to help celebrate her new section on her blog about french-inspired living. Shannon has the best taste, her commission requests are always so chic and this one was no different. You should all visit her blog, beautiful images and a beautiful approach to a simple, luxurious life.

Also – notice this new favorite pose for figures in this blog post and the one right before it. I call this pose the “I’m walking one direction but looking adorably slightly confused in another direction because a group of italian men just shouted Ciao Bella! at me”

back to school

I know, I know I know. How cute is she?! This was a recent commission for Megan, a Georgetown student.

Doesn’t it just make you want to crack open a new package of flash cards? Back in my day, we walked barefoot, up hill to school, both ways. We also hand-wrote our notes and made our art history flashcards by printing out images and glueing them on little paper cards. This has probably been replaced by some sort of iPad flashcard app. Don’t even tell me about it. The memory is too beautiful, I don’t want to taint it with modern advancements. Let me tell you, I LOVED flashcards. Loved them.

I’ve been pining away for the excitement and energy of a fall on campus a lot lately. My summer intern is preparing to head down to Sewanee in a few weeks to start the most magical journey of her young life – freshman year. Not only am I depressed she’s leaving me, but I’m green with envy every time we discuss what her new bedding will look like (obviously monogrammed, aqua scalloped edges) and whether she or her roommate will bring the mini fridge. I’ve literally begged her to take me with her! Youth really is wasted on the young. (Can you say things like this at 27?)

Sigh… at least I’ll get a little bit of college in at my five year W&L reunion this fall!

August

Happy August – a day late! Time to hop on that rusty old beach bike and head into town for some fresh cut sunflowers and soak up what’s left of summer this weekend.

August for me is always a time of scrambling to squeeze in as much lemonade and sunshine and white shorts as I possibly can before “school” starts. And by school, I mean, the universal mindset that life starts over again in September.

2014 Calendar is here!

Here she is! The 2014 Calendar! Just chillin on my Society Social Bar Cart

Can’t wait for you all to see each month! I had so much fun creating this edition of my calendar. I put a lot of thought into each illustration, trying to capture the feeling that each month holds, infused with the memories and experience… The saturated stillness of July heat, the frenzy of a new September, the romance of a February night, the perky energy of April… I could go on.

I will look forward to sharing my inspiration for each image with you as we move through the year. Don’t you want one now? Can you hardly wait to embark on this book-club-calendar journey with me here on the blog? It will be so enriching! Hurry and buy one!

Kendra Scott

It’s a beautiful day here in New York, the perfect kind of sunny but-not-hot day. I am just returning from a picnic lunch in Washington Square Park with my sketch book. Jazz musicians were casually playing the day away, children were running wild through the giant fountain and everyone seemed to be eating italian ice. Like I said, perfect kind of New York day.

And to make things even better, here’s an illustration I did for Kendra Scott. Yes, the Kendra Scott. Let’s all freak out!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the KS team for this lovely feature! Be sure to visit Kendra’s blog to see this illustration I created for their new fall campaign and read my interview.

Happy Weekend!

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