Lulu & Georgia + Mindy Mae's Market

I've spent the majority of my spare time the past two months illustrating the 20+ guests invited to the Lulu & Georgia + Mindy Mae's Market #SaludtoSLC luncheon in Salt Lake City. Despite numb fingers from so much drawing, I had a blast and was so happy each invitee loved her illustration! Below are a few shots from the event (including me working on some additional live illustrations).

Huge thanks to Lulu & Georgia and Mindy Mae's Market for having me!

*Photos by Jessa Kae Photo

A few of my illustrations lining the wall and waiting to go home with each guest!

A few of my illustrations lining the wall and waiting to go home with each guest!

Who says drinking and drawing don't mix? I'd never turn down a mimosa!

Who says drinking and drawing don't mix? I'd never turn down a mimosa!

Such gorgeous wallpaper at Finca in Salt Lake City.

Such gorgeous wallpaper at Finca in Salt Lake City.

Gorgeous PAPER floral centerpieces by The Lovely Ave.

Gorgeous PAPER floral centerpieces by The Lovely Ave.

 

 

Collaboration with lola

My friend Anna is a stylist, blogger at Tulip Louise, and owns lola, which is one of my all-time favorite clothing boutiques. Anna is amazingly kind, smart, talented ... and one of those people who looks completely polished and put together even at the grocery store.

Anna recently asked me to sketch an illustration announcing lola's third location (opening in Bentonville, Arkansas, this holiday season). The result of our collaboration is below! If you're in need of fashion inspiration or a closet update, I highly recommend checking out Anna's blog and/or lola!


Beatrice Borromeo

I've had my eye on Beatrice Borromeo, who recently married Grace Kelly's grandson, Pierre Casiraghi, for quite a while. She is an artist's dream ... a walking fashion illustration. She's also been named to Vanity Fair's international best dressed list.

Aside from her style savvy, Beatrice also has a law degree and a master's in journalism, both of which I worked really hard to earn myself. I'll hold on to that one similarity between us... She comes from an aristocratic Italian family that includes: a count, countess, a canonized saint, cardinals and Archbishops of Milan, and (oddly enough, the least impressive of all) a former president and director of the Valentino fashion house. Oh, and her family owns the Borromean islands.

I recently illustrated one of my favorite Beatrice moments, when she wore a dusty pink Armani Privé gown to the 2014 Rose Ball in Monaco. Gahhh. So beautiful. 

More of my favorites below. Enjoy!

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Ciao, Betty.

Betty was not the most likeable of Mad Men characters. However, she was certainly the most stylish.

My two personal favorite fashion moments were her equestrian look and this black dress and pearls combo she wore to dinner with Don in Rome. I loved this scene, and getting to see Betty and Don interact outside of the usual suburb setting. They made quite a pair - while it lasted.

Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina

One of Mom's favorite fashion moments of all history is Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina in this Givenchy gown, so I drew it for her.

I was not surprised to learn that Audrey actually hand-selected this gown (as well as the two suits she wore in the film) from a recent collection by her friend Hubert de Givenchy. It was their first collaboration. For more details about the film's costume design, check out this fascinating blog post.

Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina

Carrie Bradshaw

I love to give artwork as gifts. To make it even more personal, I also like to ask friends and family to choose what they want me to draw for them.

My little sister, Diana, chose this picture of SJP from SATC, which makes perfect sense. I can't tell you how many times I've given Diana clothes I think are a lost cause, only to find her rocking them the next day. Like Carrie, Diana could wear a paper sack and still look cute. 

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Ulyana Sergeenko

If you love fashion but have not heard of Ulyana Sergeenko: stop, drop and Google her immediately!

Or, just click here. I find it adorable that the WSJ describes Ulyana's style as "part Babushka," since that's what we call my Polish grandmother, who happens to be five feet tall and wears headscarfs tied under her chin.

Anyway, after I came across a photo of Ulyana in a full mink skirt from the fall 2012 couture collection she designed, I developed a mild obsession with her, which, after painstaking effort completing said skirt, ultimately resulted in this illustration!

If you stick around long enough, you can expect many more Ulyana-inspired drawings from me. In the meantime, feast your eyes on some of Ulyana's street styles below.

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My First Post.

I don't know where to begin, except to say I'm so glad to finally be drawing again!

Not too long ago, I sat down for the first time in a very long while and sketched. Somewhere along the way, I had thrown my love of drawing aside to focus on other things (law school, grad school, etc.). Well, if I've learned anything in my 30+ years, it's that we should make time for things that light us up. Things we don't mind staying up all night doing. Things that make us get up at 5 a.m. because we can't wait to get back to them. That's what drawing is for me.

Anyway, it seemed appropriate to feature this Zac Posen-inspired lady in my first post, as she is the product of that first sketching session I mentioned above. She helped remind me of my love of drawing, and will always remain one of my favorites.

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