Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Illustration Reveal New Custom Job

I recently worked with the super sweet Sophia on a birthday gift for her sister. I loved working on this one and especially loved the play of color and light on the girls and fountain. 

A special thank you to Sophia for selecting me to create this illustration for you.

If you love this and would like your own, check out my custom illustration listing here. I'd love to work with you!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Fashion Illustration Friday

This lady is wearing two of my favorite trends this Spring; white textured lace and delicate jewelry. Here are a few of each trend that I'm loving/are on my wishlist.

credit Rebecca Taylor Lace Top, Atlantic-Pacific Wearing Self-Portrait, Anthropologie Pina Lace Dress, Zara Embroidered Dress

Delicate Geometric Necklaces, Knuckle Rings, Delicate Layered Necklaces, Hakumele Bracelet, Gold Layered Necklaces,
and Geo Charm Drop Necklace
What styles are you loving right now?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Illustration Reveal: Custom Graduation Invitations

If you love this invitation and would like to work with me on your own custom stationery check out my etsy listing here.
Recently I got to work on this playful and colorful custom graduation invitation! This was such a fun project for a family that is close to my heart and who I've had the privilege of working with a few times in the past, including here, here, and here. But this one was very special to me, such a big milestone in their lives and I'm so happy to have been able to create something for them to celebrate it.  

I'd like to add a quick congratulations to the Samantha and Alyssa and best wishes for your summer and freshmen year of college! Enjoy girls!!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Diary of a Freelancer: Office move to make room for Baby!

Bye Bye old office!

Detail, one of my favorite areas, in my old office.
To say the last year has been a whirlwind would be an understatement. It's been an amazing, exciting, and very busy year and the last few months have continued to change in all kinds of ways. One big change, with the coming of Baby, has been some reconfiguring of our house which included moving my office to the basement.

Basement in progress compared to the "before" Can't wait to show you the final in a few weeks!

Basement layout and how we decided to breakup the space to work best for us.
At first I was very upset about this decision. Over the last few years I've loved my office space and built it up to be perfect for me and my business. The navy walls (I think this literally might have been the hardest thing to part with) complimented by the white furniture and the storage solutions... everything that promoted creativity and helped business run smoothly... I just didn't want to say good-bye.

But my husband and I went back and fourth over whether to turn my office space into a nursery or convert the guest room. Ultimately though we knew keeping the guest room the same and converting my office was the right decision for us.

So back to my beloved navy walls, this color while so pretty in a well lit upstairs room just wouldn't work in the basement. Also, the basement was my most hated room in the house. The ugly carpet that's been there since we moved in, the ceiling that in parts didn't even look straight let alone nice, and the strange L shaped layout, it needed a lot of work. So the goodbye (to my upstairs office and the navy walls) happened and changing up the basement began. We basically (and by we I really mean my husband) got rid of everything and started from scratch. We had a new ceiling put in. We pulled up the carpeting and added a "hard wood" floor. And then we picked a soothing blue/grey color for the walls with a white wainscoting below to add some elegance to the room.

So flash forward and few months and it literally looks like a new space, and most importantly a space that I'm not upset to be working in on a daily basis. It still has a way to go before it's finished, and don't worry I will share the finished pics, but I love the progress so far and it is currently functioning as my office space.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Diary of a Freelancer: Confessions of a terrible "packer"

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I got to spend a few days (last week) in Florida with some beautiful weather, family time, and a short trip to Disney. It really doesn't get much better then that.

But I have a confession to make while I loved every minute of the trip, no matter what trip I go on, the packing part is always a challenge for me. I always pack way more then I really need... you know "just in case"... and somehow I'll still manage to get to wherever I'm going and realize that I have a ton of clothes and accessories and none of them go together. For the last few trips I've gone on though, in order to attempt to fix this problem, I follow the packing list above and just cross out and add numbers based on each trip's itinerary. In addition, I try to plan out my outfits before I leave. I know that this might seem a bit excessive but it really helps me.

For this trip I packed: Comfortable shoes for Disney, Cute sandals for everyday wear, cap toe espadrilles, a light scarf for the airplane and cool nights, a delicate "goes with everything" necklace, a swimsuit (in my case maternity), two layering tanks, a pretty shirt in peach, and one (I know it's the same as the peach but maternity shopping is a challenge and when you find something that works it can't hurt to have more then one) in white, an airy sheer printed crop top, A striped Breton Tee, A patterned tank (on sale!!!), A great sundress (on sale!!!), an easy maxi dress, Boyfriend jeanswhite jeansboyfriend shortsa cardigan, and a beach sweaterBasically I tried to pick clothing items that can all be mixed and matched, will keep me comfortable, and still make me feel like I have variety and am put together. It also allowed me to bring a few extra pieces... "just in case"... without over doing it..

I'd love to know how you pack? Are you and over-packer like me? Or do you pack just what you need? Any tips or tricks you'd like to share? I'd love to hear about it.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Illustration Reveal

Today I wanted to show you a custom illustration I got to create for the Stylist Sydnie Cadenas. I had so much fun working on this and love that it will be used on her business cards.

Hope you enjoy!