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happiness/peonies/chevrons

So I took a little time this week to see what is happening on the internet. Because, after all, if I expect people to come find out what is happening on my blog, it only seems fair that I find out what is happening on other blogs too. Cosmic give and take of the bloggosphere. So zen.

Two of my new finds are Running on Happiness and Pink Peonies. And I loved that they happened to both wear the same chevron skirt designed by Corilynn. They styled the skirt in very different ways. Happiness is wearable and practical and Peonies is on an “experts only” level of neon mixing.

Any other must-see blogs out there I’m missing?

August at Layla Grayce

I’m guest posting today on the Layla Grayce blog: The Backroom!

Layla Grayce is an online boutique destination for design, clothing and gifts. I illustrated some of my favorite items from their collection for this month’s sketch. You can read all about my inspiration on their blog too. Check back each month of the year for new LG items in the form of a sketch!

some news

July resolution accomplished. It’s time to pack up my brushes and paints and move out of my work-at-home slump. (And much faster than I ever dreamed possible) I’ll be moving Inslee By Design central out of my living room this month and into to a bright and airy little spot on Chrystie Street in Soho.

I’ll have pictures to share with you all very soon.

Happy weekend!

the roxy

Last night I had a much needed meeting of the minds with fellow independent creatives Roxy Owens of Society Social, Loren Barham of Loren Hope and Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling.

Each one of these women is doing something something uniquely beautiful – and lucky for me – they understand the ups and downs of building your own job from scratch. We got to talking about the little things that drive us crazy, our hopes for expanding our brands, our dreams of sun-filled studios and how finding time for blogging regularly is harder than it sounds.

For example, I had the bright idea while chatting with these inspiring women that I’d sketch them for the blog today. But, just like what we were commiserating about, there isn’t time to do it today. Commissions are piling up as I type!

I had to scale back my blogging ambitions and instead illustrate something a little smaller. So here is one of Loren’s designs, the Roxy. Isn’t it cool? And yes it’s named after Roxy herself and she was wearing it too.

shoe resolution

Month of August resolution: find a pair of shoes that I don’t hate. Running shoes that is. And then run around in them. A lot. I’m convinced that finding the right shoes in the right color is the only thing standing between me and Olympic greatness. Perhaps by the end of this month I will break through my own personal exercise glass ceiling and run four whole miles consecutively. Like I said, I am this close to being an Olympian.

I thought about illustrating some sneaks and started poking around pinterest for some to sketch and/or buy, but then saw these Manolos and well… obviously this took priority.

What shoes do you all wear to work out? I know you guys are also equally close to qualifying for the 2016 games and I want to know your secrets.

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