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happy november

It’s time to change the calendar! A new month has arrived bringing with it the promise of electricity in the next 48 hours for the refugees of lower manhattan and the start of a new holiday season (which we can confirm has actually begun officially by the release of holiday starbucks cups this morning)

I’ve never been so glad to change the calendar as I am today. October was a frenzy of too much work, too much play and not nearly enough electricity. Here’s hoping November will be a little more balanced.

Judging by the beautiful morning I woke up to, we’re off on the right foot!

Yes, that is my view this morning. When I evacuate, I evacuate in style. Perfect view to glance up at while I paint. My gracious friends may never get rid of me even if the power does come back on.

In case you weren’t up to speed on my current life situation (I’ve sent whiny emails to pretty much everyone already), my home and my studio have been without power since Monday and I have been trudging through the city on foot with my painting supplies on my back in search of still-functioning apartments to weasel my way into.

I’ve made out like a bandit so far on my upper-east-side-hand-out plan, managing to spend the last two nights in two of the most glorious apartments I know. Thank you, dear, supportive, UES friends for taking care of me. I couldn’t do it without your internet connectivity, homeland on demand and kiehls products.

Although, even given my park view and general luxuriousness of my refugee scenario, it is still upsetting. I am managing to feel displaced and stressed even though I really have no excuse to. So my anxious heart goes out to everyone who really actually is facing real loss right now.

I am mad, on your behalf, at everyone who is still instagramming their lattes and their intricately carved pumpkins displaying their monograms while you try to rebuild your destroyed homes. They really should have shut down instagram until this whole thing blew over.

Nothing makes you feel more desolate when you are walking through the rain and wind, 80 blocks north to find a place to plug in your phone, than opening your instagram app and seeing that The Blonde Salad is frolicking on a beach in Mykonos carrying four Celine bags on each arm.

Anyway, here’s to November first’s clean slate and clear skies!

Lauren & Sandy

Here is an illustration I just created for Lauren Snow Cosmetics. Isn’t she darling? Be sure to visit her lovely new site! Lauren offers a wide range of makeup services, I think her destination wedding services sound like the most fun! Imagine getting to fly off to a tropical destination just to make the bride and her bridesmaids look beautiful… sounds like a dream job.

Speaking of flying off to tropical destinations, that is something that no one New York will be doing today. Sandy has us on house arrest. She is bringing to light the basic fears of New Yorkers: not having access to designer exercise facilities and not having access to organic, sustainably farmed foods (that you did not have to prepare yourself)

So, not only is it windy and rainy and Soul Cycle has emailed 67 times to appologize for their abbreviated schedule but I think a lot of people are also discovering how to turn on their stoves for the first time today. Worst Monday ever!

New York is nothing without takeout/delivery food and easy access to creative new ways to exercise off all the offending calories. No one moved to NYC because of the amazing kitchen amenities offered in their apartments. We moved here to go to restaurants sometimes 4 or 5 times in one single day. We are hear to live the dream!

Well, living the dream becomes pretty low on the priority list when suggestions of how to flush your toilet with stored baggies of frozen water start circling via frantic group texts. I even heard one suggestion about kitty litter… I won’t go into detail. You can guess. Shudder.

Anyway, I trudged through the blustery streets to every lunch spot within a 10 block radius of my apt only to find them chained and dark. Defeated, I resorted to the suburban practice of cooking myself lunch. It actually turned out pretty well.

If you are in dire need of an activity to keep yourself busy today without your regularly scheduled yoga class or trip to pick up Westville for lunch here is a recipe you can make even if you previously only used your oven for shoe storage:

Carrot Soup a la my mother, Nancy Bennett:

put 4 cups of chicken stock, 4 cups of chopped carrots, 2 cups of chopped potato and 1 chopped onion in a pot.

add 1.5 tsp of cumin and a bay leaf and cook this for 20 minutes.

immersion … WAIT REMOVE THE BAY LEAF… blend the contents of the pot into soup and put it in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream, some chives and a hearty grinding of black pepper and some cayenne pepper.

And Voila! Lunch! Ina Garten has nothing on us. Stay dry friends! Pray the power stays on!

you’re invited

So, as you may have (definitely have) heard by now, I’m now working out of a new studio space in SoHo. I share the space with the lovely ladies of Goodworks PR and am absolutely in love with my new life as a person-who-doesn’t-work-from-home.

We decided it was high time to show the world our fabulous little office/tree house and try to sell you some things while we’re at it. So tonight we’re having a party, and you’re invited! We’ll be offering a sale on my new 2013 calendar and Goodworks’ client, Leighelena’s beautiful cuffs.

So if you’re a NYC-er come on by, drink wine, buy a calendar and a cuff and hang out with me!

blog headers, made to order

hello! so sometimes i get so busy i forgot i did things. like this blog header for every shade of green and this header…

for Sprinkles and Style.

Aren’t they cute, yet startling in their intense and specifically detailed depictions of the blogger’s favorite things? You see, you too could have a blog header crafted to suit your every whim if you commission me!

I will honor your request to feature your name on your starbucks cup and to be sure to emphasize your dog’s monogrammed collar. I understand. These things make you the quirky blogger you are. I’m here to listen.

Anyway, I just was hunting through my files and these two ladies popped up on my screen and made me smile. I love rediscovering sketches with predominant themes of cupcakes/peonies.

once upon a runway

This is an illustration I created for my favorite boutique/second home, Urban Chic to help them celebrate their 4th annual fashion show benefiting the American Visionary Arts Museum.

The show is named “Once Upon a Runway” so they asked me to combine Shoshanna’s fall line with a theme of mythical, fairytale beauty and this is what I came up with.

Good luck to the UC girls at the fashion show next week!

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