The Sketch Book

Tree Trimming

Meet Carissa and Stefan! They’re trimming their tree in style, as sketched by moi for their Christmas card design. Stefan planned the whole thing out and surprised Carissa with this illustration and their holiday cards. He thought of everything – right down to the little details in their outfit. How thoughtful is that? Seriously good husband move.

Speaking of tree trimming – last night I got our Christmas tree. Getting a tree in NYC is as easy and unromantic as getting a bagel at the bodega. It was a far cry from the idillic family outing of my childhood with my parents and the dachshunds and me all piled into the car to go to the local landscaping company to visit the tall, majestic pines standing tall on a giant lot, each a few feet a part like a real forrest, their dense dark magic punctuated by market lights strung above. I would walk through and among them until I found one that I would project all of my love of christmas onto until I had decided that this tree had spoken to me from the great beyond of the spirit of Christmas and that this was THE one.

We’d take it home and string it with thousands of soft white lights, nestled artfully within the bountiful branches, all the while marveling at how “this was the best tree we’ve ever gotten”

Well… My tree shopping last night could not have been more different. I ran down to Rite Aid on the corner to where about 100 trees are leaned against the wall, tightly bound by netting, looking like prisoners of war and gave the tree guy $40 and asked him to give me one “that would not be too heavy to carry up 4 flights of stairs by myself”

Seven minutes later I was home with my slightly traumatized little city tree, freeing it from its plastic netting to discover all the places where branches were missing. Sure it was scraggly and a little lopsided and you could see straight through to the other side through its branches, but it made me almost as happy as those elegant giants on the tree lot in my memory. I guess in the end, the act of getting the tree, any tree, is still a powerful tradition.

Santa Baby…

Don’t you just think Santa baby is playing on repeat in her head all the time? I can’t believe this little minx is the last girl of 2013. Time to change the calendar and ring in the holidays!

Fourth Annual Sale Starts Today

Hurray! It’s time for my yearly sale! I’m celebrating Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Let’s embrace them all! Why not? After all, I am nothing if not a small cyber business that loves to slip into a little black dress.

I see this weekend as my time to say thank you, or better yet, MERCI to all of you for another great year. Use the code merci at checkout today through Monday for 20% off orders of 2 items or more.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend of shopping!

Have a Simply Luxurious Thanksgiving Week

I know. You’re freaking out. I am too.

There’s copper pots AND a cavalier AND blue gingham AND wine AND she looks just like you!!!!

This was just one of those sketches that I knew – before the paint had dried – that I was going to love. It has only happened about ten times in my life. I usually find a reason to pick apart everything I paint, but I really like this one!

Shannon Ables of Simply Luxurious Life commissioned this lovely piece as well asĀ  this, and this and this. She has such good taste, right?

Hope you are preparing your favorite old recipes and stretchiest pants for a relaxing week of being grateful!

Beyond The Pencil Skirt

If you’re looking for a little light reading about… yes, you guessed it… me! Head on over to the Levo League site to read today’s Beyond the Pencil (Skirt) article about Inslee By Design

Happy Friday!

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