Thank you to New Brahmin and my gal, Amanda Forrester for including me in the New Brahmin Holiday Madness wishlists, featuring fashiony folks around Boston (This has been the year of the gift guide for me!). The lovely Liana asked Amanda and I to dream up our ideal Boston gift list, and we were more than happy to oblige in a little fantasy shopping! Per usual, I get a little verbose in my answers, but what else is new? Art always makes a great gift, so I took the opportunity to highlight three of my favorite Boston artists, Julia Denos, Rachel Jackson and Dan Blakeslee. I would be thrilled to find any of their work under my tree!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
|one of my million star prints|
|property of TJX corporations|
The Clothing Menu, recently featured me in her interview section. Obviously, she is quite the talented gal, as not only does she write this great blog offering insights into the fashion world, she was also able to take my ramblings about freelancing, art making, & forging my own crazy path, and turn them into a coherent written piece! Thank you so much, Kristen.
|I think I have been reading the Globe magazine since I could read...and now Im in it!|
So, in conclusion, I am feeling like one very lucky gal right now. I am so, so thankful for my wonderfully supportive guy, family and friends(so many of whom have already made my birthday beautiful with their warm wishes). I am so thankful for being able to have my own place in this awesome little city. I am so thankful for the network of creative people I have found here in Somerville and out there in the blog world. And, I feel extra thankful that I get to wake up every morning, stroll into my little studio with some hot tea, and work with so many amazing and talented people (in so many different fields) that I truly respect and admire.
Hip, hip hooray! Happy holidays!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Beacon Hill 3rd Thursdays (my newest client! like the logo?), but if you are around Boston tonight, be sure to wander down Charles Street and check out the superb stores participating in this neighborhood shopping experience! More information here.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
When my friend, Holli Banks, publisher of my local bimonthly magazine, The Somerville Scout, approached me about helping with their first annual holiday gift guide, I was thrilled. At last, my penchant for shopping locally could be put to good use! Scouring my neighborhood squares for great goodies is a favorite weekend pastime that I never have a problem indulging in. I am lucky to live in a small city with a vibrant local scene of shops, restaurants, music and artist studios(NYC is the only US city with more artists per capita!) and try to take advantage of this awesome locale every chance I get! I quickly got to work, brainstorming and popping around to my favorite neighborhood haunts to see what they had in store for the holidays. After a few inspired emails on my favorite findings(you may have noticed, I can be rather verbose about my passions), Holli asked if I would author the guide. I've never had an official writing gig, but hey, why not?
Before I knew it, I had agreed to model a few gift guide items, and suddenly I was having my very own Mary Tyler Moore moment, twirling in the middle of my favorite Boston area square for the magazine's cover shot! Last week, my face was peaking out of every mailbox in town, and though it still makes me blush(quite a bit), Im trying to be a little more easy breezy about my moment in the spotlight. So, to those Somervillians who have asked, yes, that's me on the cover.
So, I couldnt help myself, I dove in.... all of the sudden I was sketching up layout ideas...
...and illustrating banners! graphics! finding funky fonts!
|A big, big THANK YOU to Holli and her awesome team for including me in their holiday issue!|
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Artifaktori ad... flirty flappers, deco prints, 60's glam graphics and Coles Phillip's fade away girls are dancing through my head (but what else is new?)
Friday, October 28, 2011
|photos from one of my dress up sessions with photographer Richard A. Chase|
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
|Property of TJX Corporations|
|Property of TJX Corporations|
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
|Jackie & John in front of "The Knot" building on Union College campus, where they both studied|
Sunday, September 18, 2011
|Property of TJX Corporations|
Friday, September 9, 2011
Swoon did a style interview with me back in June. More specifically she asked about the ten fashion things I cant live without. I have a habit of going on and on, especially when it comes to topics that I am passionate about, and she didnt edit me, so our interview ended up being quite the read! But, if you enjoy loquacious musings on vintage clothing, style and the like, check it out. And, if you enjoy a delightfully curated selection of fashion that makes you go oooh and ahh, stop by Swoon for some beautiful blogging.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
But now, September is here! So, I sweep up the last of the periwinkle petals, and pack for one last get away. Lazing by the ocean with good friends, good music, books, food & drink is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of my favorite time of year. Happy Labor Day weekend!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
dream closet with an arsenal of wares like the scribbles above. Inspired by vintage I've known/loved(some even owned), a palette of favorite felt tip markers, and this fantastic dress that Marion Cotillard wore in Midnight in Paris...
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Having fun messing around with a few leftover scraps from a recent portrait I made...my dad in our home studio while he was cutting and pasting up things like this...
Monday, August 15, 2011
|snapped with my Canon point and shoot... edited with good ol Photoshop|
I don't care what anyone says, I LOVE New England weather.
(just remind me I said that in the winter)
Sunday, August 14, 2011
|photo by Ryan Galvin|
This past week, I happened to find myself working in house at TJX during their yearly sample sale. With the help of my good pal (& kids bedding designer extraordinaire), Anni, I was able to grab both the first sample of a quilt I designed for Marshalls/TJMaxx home AND this fabulous brimmed hat (which reminds me of several that I've scribbled). I am feeling like a pretty lucky gal right now.
|all patterns property of TJX Co|
I am enjoying this perfect, rainy Sunday lounging on my new quilt and listening to blues records with my guy while he bakes cookies. Man, life is good.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
|left: the cover of Julia's new book, I had a Favorite Dress |
& right: a portrait I collaged/drew of the lovely illustrator lady herself
( I was liberal with my crayon, as Julia is the only artist I know who uses it more than I do, and gosh she does it well!)
I cant tell you how thrilled I am to have a signed Denos print in my studio/dressing room to inspire carefree creation in both my work and fashion choices. Thank you, Julia!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
daily planner (attempting to plan my days) I stumbled across this flurry of flora, congregating in the pages of an unused October... seemed more apropos to today's warm weather than the season it is drawn in!
Monday, August 1, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
|portrait of the happy couple (which thankfully they loved! there are already plans in the works for framing and hanging...phew!) created with pencil, highlighter, marker, glitter, ribbon, tissue paper, sparkly stars and a whole lotta love|
|one of my very favorite photos of the happy couple by the inimitable Ms Kara Kochalko|
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
yow! I have been drowning in work lately, but thats never so bad, right? This is the publicity piece I created for Artifaktori last week, inked up, scanned and finished off in good ol' photoshop. With most of my looming deadlines out of the way for now, I think I need to find my way to that cabana....
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
|concepts property of Home Goods|
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
|I picked up items from the 1940's-1960's...some of my very favorite decades!|
|happy clams :) Me and my friend, who is also named Amanda. Photo of me(on left) by our other friend, who is...get this...ALSO NAMED AMANDA. what are the chances? I have never known so many Amandas in my life! We are thinking we should start a band. Obviously.|