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words to dress by

hello! here is a quote painted in sumi ink for you to ponder this weekend.

i’ve been thinking about phrases that are good enough to paint lately and couldn’t find one i loved. and then a friend of mine found this one while reading an in-flight magazine. isn’t that an unexpected place to find a good quote?

happy friday!

iced coffee season

It’s that time of year again. Iced coffee time! Is there anything more addicting? I don’t think so.

I was waiting in line at La Colombe this morning and I flashed back to a memory from a few years ago when I was still living in DC and visiting friends in New York for the weekend. I arrived early on Friday afternoon. The girls were still at work so I went in “the cute little coffee shop on the corner” to wait for them to get home and let me in to their apartment. I remember being so enchanted by this amazing little spot, thinking to myself, “see even the coffee shops are cuter in New York, I have to move here! There are just so many amazing little one of a kind spots here!”

I was such a naive tourist. As soon as I moved here I discovered a La Colombe every five blocks and realized that I had not found some hidden gem after all. But it still is amazing coffee. And they are nice there! Even if you just order iced coffee they treat you like a good person.

Has anyone else noticed how pointedly unpleasant most hipster barristas are around here? It seems to be a trend – the more organic and fair trade the coffee and the more artistically poured the milk design in the foam, the ruder the person is who is making it for you.

And if you DON’T ask for a latte because you are in too big of a hurry to watch them chant a sacred prayer to the gods of cafine before grinding the beans to make your espresso, they actually refuse to speak to you at all as they slap your watered down iced coffee in front of you. You say “thank you, do you have any milk for the coffee?” and they just look away, passive-aggressively sizing up the next unsuspecting victim behind you who nervously asks for just a coffee too – robbing the barrista of one more opportunity to show the world his misunderstood, broodingly beautiful, milk foam art.

Lulu & Georgia

Hello! Here’s a new project I did for home designer Lulu & Georgia (coming soon). These carpet-toting ladies are inspired by the brand-founders’ stylish grandmothers who, as you might have guessed, were named Lulu and Georgia.

The official website is launching this fall but my illustration is currently their placeholder for the site. I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s up and running. I don’t know about you, but I can never get enough of new design websites – particularly anything that has to do with cool area rugs.

So cheers to Lulu & Georgia! Can’t wait to see what you have in store this fall!


This is Melissa, a recent bridal commission. Isn’t she lovely? And that train!?

And here is how it looks framed (with fabulous flowers)…

Oh I just love bridal projects. I think one reason why is because it gets me out of drawing feet! I hate drawing feet. Well… and of course I enjoy all the eternal love and fancy dresses too, but a “no footer” is definitely a plus.

and with that….

Happy weekend!

palm beach pink

Trying out mixing sumi with watercolor… does anyone know if I’m doing this right?! I’m a little frustrated that I don’t know anything about this new ink but its also exciting to see what I can figure out on my own.

Today is my Grandmother’s birthday, so I decided to try a shocking pink in honor of her. She always loved pink, and “palm beach pink” in particular – the brightest of the bright. She wasn’t your typical grandmother. Glamorous and aloof, the closest she came to baking me cookies was letting me dress up in her collection of Pucci scarves and reminding me that “you can never be too rich or too thin”… as I said, not your typical grandmother.

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