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mother’s day

Here’s a sweet mother-daughter sketch for my monthly Layla Grayce blog post in honor of mother’s day.

Although, she looks more like the babysitter, if we’re going to be realistic/honest…

I’m starting the weekend a little early, heading out to San Francisco for a quick family visit and some wine tasting while we’re at it. I’m so excited for a chance to see my flowergirl-nieces while I’m there! So, signing off and Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there who read this blog and support me each and every day. Especially to @thenancybennett, my beautiful mother who never ceases to amaze me and who is also celebrating her wedding anniversary today!

gatsby fever

Gatsby fever is at an all time high with the movie set to come out this week. Not that you need me to tell you that. It’s everywhere – from runways to the today show segments to every blog ever created.  What is it about the Gatsby theme that is so appealing? The fashion is so distinctive, with its restrained and modern glamour. But beyond the drop waists and headbands, I never really understood the glorification of the story. Maybe I need to reread it without a term paper waiting at the end of it like the last time I read it in high school!

May Day

Happy May 1st! I celebrated this morning by waking up at the crack of dawn to take part in a NYC ritual bonding experience lovingly known as SOUL.

Yes, I went to soul cycle. I paid almost $200 for a five class membership, spent 2 days on a waitlist to get on a bike for this morning’s class and laid out my soul outfit last night like a school kid….

And now I understand what everyone has this fiendish glint in their eye about – it really is addictive. It is SO clean, SO happy, SO LOUD. When you’re in that little cave of insane pedaling you no longer know that it’s seven am and that you have to pay your rent today, you are on an endorphin super highway of cultish exuberance.

At one point Beyonce was sing-screaming at me that I was a sweet dream/a beautiful nightmare and the instructor was simultaneously yelling at us “YOU ARE HEALTHY YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!”

I mean… they had me at hello.

So here’s to a wildly enthusiastic May, get excited for Spring! I think the May girl is particularly appropriate as she looks kind of bridal. May is going to be the wedding month next year so I think it worked out rather well.

love tree

Behold the love tree – an ancient oak that is as symbolically strong and ancient as true love… sigh

I sketched it for the invite design for some of the events of the wedding I attended over the weekend. The tree design idea is based on the setting of the wedding – Kiawah Island – which is full of the most beautiful trees and moss. Celebrating my friends’ marriages is always one of my favorite things to look forward to, and getting to help in my own little way by contributing artwork makes it even more special.

rent the runway

Getting ready to pack my bags and fly off to the beach for the wedding of one of two of my most favorite people this coming weekend. Isn’t that the best feeling?

You know what else is the best feeling? Playing dress up with gorgeous dresses that I could otherwise never buy on my illustrator budget thanks to Rent The Runway.

I rented for the first time for a wedding in Texas last month and loved it. I got to wear a style I’d never buy myself, a skin-tight lace “mermaid” gown. It was great feeling like someone else for a night and then shipping it back the next day feeling all the lighter without it in my returning luggage and with the knowledge that I could, in fact, enjoy wearing a form-fitting floor length dress. And the best part was knowing that it wasn’t going to spend the next six years forlornly hanging in my closet before I would finally consign it.

Today I’m waiting expectantly for this “MSGM watermelon dress” for this weekend… I’m excited to try the high-low hemline, another trend I’m not sure I’m ready to own but can’t wait to rent

Have you all tried RTR? I’m not going to lie, it is a little stressful. What if I don’t actually fill up the dress the way the gorgeous model does?! But now that I’ve done it successfully, I kind of enjoy this outfit russian roulette. It really adds a new element of fear/intrigue to going to friends’ weddings. What can I say, you gotta play to win!

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