The Sketch Book

Loren Hope Fall/Winter 2012

The Loren Hope Fall/Winter Collection 2012 launched yesterday with a beautiful new lookbook. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to look through the whole thing, its perfectly styled and the new pieces are exquisite.

My favorite thing about the book is the section Loren added called “Taking it to the street” in which she asked a group of bloggers to style her new collection with their own wardrobes. For example, thats Blair Eadie above.  And drum rolll….

I am beyond thrilled and honored to be included in this group of women! Thats me on the right and Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling beside me.

I’m wearing the Clara earrings and Clara bracelet, Alex cuff and Layla layering bracelet. Did I mention I get to keep these baubles? It’s like my birthday in August!

Here are a few more highlights from my adventure in styling…

The Style Things are here

Good morning! Here is a new blog header I designed for Lauren of Where The Style Things Are

Isn’t she cute? So is her blog, go check it out! Lauren is one of my East Village neighbors and the very first person to reach out to me from the fashion blogging community when I moved to NYC. (Thanks for making me feel so welcome Lauren!) I can’t believe its been a year now since we first met for drinks, time has flown by.


Another lovely bride in honor of blog-bride-week! I think Lindsay has such a resemblance to her portrait I just had to share…

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


So I have decided the official theme for this week is bridal. I’m moving into my studio and don’t have time to sketch up new blog posts, so I figured, who doesn’t love brides? So… I will share another bride in the absence of a new blog sketch.

This is Katherine, isn’t she a dream? I loved the pictures I got to work with for her painting. This one in particular was so sweet – her mother’s locket as a zipper pull…

I wish I could have seen her at her wedding. Sketching Lily from memory at her wedding was so meaningful. I think I am going to start making my bridal commissions invite me to their weddings for research. I mean they invite the photographer, they should invite the illustrator. Right?

Anyway… Check back again this week for more of bridal week on the blog!


I’m feeling very end-of-summer camp this morning. Fall is creeping into the air in NYC and I just got back from a weekend of swimming in a lake and dancing out under the stars in a field with all my friends at a beautiful wedding. Above is a painting of the bride, Lily and her darling flower girl who everyone affectionately calls “ya ya”

The wedding took place at a gorgeous farm called Devotion. How perfect is that for a wedding venue name? The lake was my favorite part, and also the painting used for the Save The Date for the weekend:

Saying goodbye to the bride and groom and their friends and family at the end of the weekend was just like the end of camp – a glamorous, grown up camp. The feeling is definitely a little bit melancholy but tempered by that crisp anticipation that only fall can generate. Especially in NYC. Everything feels shiny and new again in September here. I suddenly really want a dramatic new hair cut and to switch back to hot coffees in the morning. These are the two things that signal the start of the new season to me most of all. What starts the fall for you?

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