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Live Illustration – Elizabeth Arden Holiday Showcase

Last night I had the pleasure of live-illustrating at the Elizabeth Arden Holiday Showcase to help them celebrate the launch of their newest fragrance, UNTOLD.

Guests at the event sampled and compared the new fragrance with the original Red Door. The new scent has a modern, youthful feel, reminiscent of downtown New York City living while the Red Door classic scent makes you think of uptown NYC.

Each guest got to choose their style inspired by these fragrances – uptown or downtown – and then I illustrated each into a scene that captured a little bit of their style and their favorite part of NYC.

As you can see, I was pretty proud of how they turned out. The Elizabeth Arden team caught me instagramming my work!

much like my would-be time in a marathon, this post is a little late

I realize the NYC marathon is old news now. It’s practically too late to post about Thanksgiving. I should be preparing my top 10 favorite spring trends.

But, better late than never! This perky little lady was commissioned by the fabulous and famous-getting-famouser designer, Katie Schloss of Three Jane NYC. Katie’s map necklaces are popping up all over the place on celebrity necks. I’m so honored to be her official illustrator! She asked me to create a “map girl” to represent how this necklace would be a great gift for a marathon runner. What a perfect way to keep that special city you ran in forever close to your heart.

Did you like my post title? Really though, sometimes I wonder to myself what my time would be in a marathon. And once I finish crying uncontrollably, I decide I will never run a marathon. The hospital bill after the race would not be worth it. To all you runners out there, I salute you. You are amazing. Buy a map necklace!


Time to flip the calendar to November. I can’t believe how fast 2013 flew by!

I love this November girl. I think she looks wistful. Or challenging. Maybe both. Isn’t that what November is all about? The tension between darkness and light. The clocks set back but the christmas bulbs fire up in anticipation of December. This month is always a little melancholy as the year winds down, but with an undercurrent of frenzy as we approach the craziest month of the year.

mansur gavriel – a story of the purse hunter

GUYS. I have some exciting news. I have systematically researched, hunted, and victoriously purchased a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag.

I don’t use the word hunted lightly here.

I have never understood the hunter’s instinct – that desire to lie in wait and then attack something – until I somehow stumbled upon the mansur gavriel instagram account. I started following them and their gorgeous buttery leather bucket bags started popping up more and more in my feed. I started screenshotting (is this a word?) all their instagrams and it wasn’t until I looked back through the pictures stored in my iphone and saw that the majority of them were random bucket bag instagrams that I realized I subconsciously NEEDED to figure out what this bag was all about.

The need to get to the bottom of this was all consuming. I started calling all their listed retailers on their website until I found one that claimed to get shipments of one bag at a time, and as soon as it hits the shelf, it always immediately sell out. They thought that the mansur gavriel stork might be bringing one in the next week, but they couldn’t make promises.

I mean, how intriguing is that? They just get ONE at a time. And just like that, bam, it sells! This must be the bag of the season, the bag of the year, the bag of the century.

I demanded to be added to the wait list for the next bucket that would arrive and began to wonder how soon was too soon to call the store back to make sure they had “inslee” spelled correctly and that my phone number was accurate on the list.

I don’t think I have felt this strongly about a purchase since I HAD to have a tamagotchi in 6th grade and my mother and I followed the UPS truck on its route through our neihgborhood in an attempt to get our tamagotchi delivery before it even made it to our house.

Anyway, last night, I was suffering from a rare injury known as lifting the poland spring jug onto the water dispensing machine and I was wondering if I needed a prescription painkiller when the phone began to ring. Like a siren song I was drawn to answer it, unlike my standard practice of never answering my phone under any circumstances, and lo and behold, it was Pas de Deux calling to say that the bucket had landed.


I hobbled 15 blocks through the biting October cold, clutching at my poland spring jug back injury thinking of nothing but the bucket. I’m telling you guys, I was possessed.

Upon arrival in Pas de Deux, the chicest, most expensive store in the East Village I learned that the bucket had launched to its meteoric rise to fame thanks to Garance Dore. As soon as I heard that, I blacked out. The spasming back pain, the joy of knowing my illustration-fairy-godmother also loved this bag, and the proximity to so many canada goose floor length ski parkas and isabel marant booties was all too much.

The next thing I knew, I was being handed my credit card back and my brand new bucket all tucked away in a stylish pas de deux shopping bag printed with their elegant double peacock crest logo.

All in all, it was a magical night. One full of both extreme pain and extreme joy. Such is the life of the purse hunter.

ps. buy a print!

Hyla Dewitt Illustrated

Say hello to Hyla! I’m sure many of you already know Hyla Dewitt Jewelry, but if you don’t look her up! I am a big fan of her unique, oversized pieces. Her Cate Necklace is one of my favorite statement pieces.

I wore the Cate to a wedding recently only to discover that I wasn’t the only adoring HD jewelry fan at the party…

What can I say, I guess great minds think alike!

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