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the LIST collective

If you follow me on instagram then you already know how much I love a good list. List making is in my DNA, I inherited the list gene from my mother. Not only is it the best organizational tactic around, but I happen to think lists make for pretty good reading. I think of them as informative poetry.

If you share this sentiment, you are in luck! Thanks to founder Elaine Brooks, you can read so many amazing lists on the list collective created by various design and creative types from around the country, including one by me!

I featured some of my favorite internet finds in my list including Society Social, Design Darling, and Loren Hope and also listed some of my favorite spots in my neighborhood, the good old East Village. You can also dig deeper and learn a little bit more about me on the Behind The List Q&A.

Thank you, Elaine, for the opportunity to create a little informative poetry and for such a fun way to share it!

Ella Rue’s new site

Congratulations to Ella Rue on their new website! I’ve told you about Ella Rue before, it is a wonderful consignment boutique. Krista, the store’s owner and curator, just launched a lovely new website full of cute illustrations by yours truly so be sure to go check it out! This illustration above is their landing page and is a sketch of their cute georgetown shop.

paris, anyone?

Happy March calendar day! Between last month’s girl and this month’s girl I’m beginning to think I subliminally wish I lived in Paris. Then again, who doesn’t wish that?

Beach Experiment

So I was playing around with watercolors yesterday… actually using them as watercolors and not just a vehicle for adding life to ink drawings. It was refreshing to break the mold of my “technique” and turned out sort of cool (I think). I was trying to capture an aerial view of a beach dotted with yellow umbrellas.

It was scary at first, not to try to make it perfect. I even stood up while I was painting it, which I never do. Officially out of the comfort zone.

After a little while I was at it I got so comfortable out of my comfort zone that I even drew on top of it in big thick marker. Don’t laugh guys, this is my idea of totally radical thinking. After years of creating art on demand for customers, this kind of freedom felt positively reckless.

What is this waif doing lounging here above/against/in front of my aerial beach? Why is her arm so emaciated yet her rear so voluptuous? What is she holding in her claw? Why does she have a claw?

These are the questions art historians will someday ask and debate when I am discovered long after my own lifetime.

ps. buy a print!

Mink + Chitchat

If you thought those ankles in my last post were exciting, then this bare legged girl is a total exhibitionist. At least she has her mink to keep her warm.

Speaking of, do you all get offended by fur? I love animals but I love being warm most of all. Mink is really, really warm. And practical question – is it still a conflict garment if the mink died a really long time ago? There are some amazing vintage fur shops around the East Village. I think an antique mink might be a good “grown up” purchase one of these days.

Moving on… it’s Friday, let’s play a game.

The Pursuit of Style posted this fun questionairre today and I got so excited I wanted to share it here too. Thank you to Lindsay for both having an amazing blog and for helping me procrastinate so creatively…

Talent I wish I had: The ability to enjoy seafood

Best Gift I Ever Received: In the 1st grade I had the market cornered on pretty ballet flats with bows on them from Jacadi and all I wanted was a pair of white cowboy boots from Kmart. My mother’s classic taste and good judgement told her she could never buy me these boots and live with herself. I begged for weeks, but she knew it would set a dangerous precedent, one that could ultimately lead to me having a lower back tattoo. Not wanting to completely crush my dreams, she did help me bake brownies and allow me to sell them at my dad’s office to earn the money for the boots myself. I learned years later that my dad bought all the brownies. So thank you to my parents for the gift of the entrepreneurial spirit. They taught me that this will allow you to make your own choices, carve your own path and have the freedom to make your own sartorial decisions with the financial independence to act on them. (are you hearing Destiny’s Child?)

most memorable stamp on your passport: Zermatt, Switzerland.

Something I am excited about: The arrival of my new bedding from Serena & Lily. And, just for the record, I am always, always excited about croissants

Favorite Restaurant: You really can’t play this game in NYC. It’s too overwhelming. So I’m going to a throw back, Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg, Virginia. My first favorite restaurant love.

Camo Pants: do or dont: Never in a million years

Now it’s your turn! Post here or visit Lindsay’s blog and play the game there. Why not?

Talent you wish you had:
Best gift you’ve ever received:
Most memorable stamp in your passport:
Something you’re excited about:

Favorite restaurant (share the city too so we can visit!):
Camo Pants: Do or Don’t?:

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