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October 06, 2016

Wedding Invitations: DeCario

When requests come in for custom wedding invitations, the answer is almost always no. This request felt different, though. She wasn't wanting all the extra envelopes and enclosure cards (reply cards, directions and maps, etc.). We were on the same page in terms of keeping it simple and playful. This sassy bride and groom went
for a light-hearted approach that I love. Wishing these two nothing but the best as their big day approaches!! I can't wait to see pictures! 

October 05, 2016

Bridal Shower Invitations: O'Toole

Because you need more than one bridal shower, right? 
This was a fun project to work on for a DC-based bride that lives a stones-throw away from the Capitol and works on the Hill. She's wearing her something blue for her bridal shower and carrying her favorite handbag while posing in front of her centrally located townhouse. 
Best wishes to this bride who's wedding day is quickly approaching! 

October 04, 2016

Bridal Shower Invitations: Ginny Brown

Sometimes, I have the privilege of illustrating people I know. When that happens, it takes longer, but it's fun bringing their personalities to life through an illustration. This was for a family friend who was recently married in Nashville. Every detail was planned and executed perfectly. I loved working with her family on this one as a special surprise for her! 

October 03, 2016

Save the Date: Arelis

Nothing thrills me more than working with a newly engaged couple on custom Save the Dates. You can feel the excitement coming through their emails and their eagerness to send them out as soon as possible. Save the Dates have become just as important (and time-sensitive) as the wedding invitations themselves. With our never ending busy schedules, it's important to get both out in a timely manner. 
This project was a joy to work on. The Miami-based bride wanted to include snippets of the Miami skyline, but we also wanted to throw in a nod to the ceremony location. Best wishes for this future Mr. & Mrs!! 

August 29, 2016

Drybar, take 3

More from the most sought-after bar right now, Drybar.I worked with them on a new product launch a while back, and here are three of the influencers that received not only some serious Drybar swag, but also a custom illustration by yours truly! They are all sporting various Drybar staples like the Buttercup 
hair dryer, the High Top velcro rollers, the 3 Day Bender (for those perfect beach waves), a Full Pint medium round brush to smooth your freshly dried locks, but also my favorite product right now, Triple Sec. It's a texturizing spray that gives your hair serious volume. Literally. Use. It. Everyday. Trust me, those celebs with the messy but chic hair are using a texturizing spray to get the look
(or their glam squads are). They also have a new Baby Buttercup hair dryer that's perfect for traveling (hint, think Christmas gifts, perfect for the girl on the go) and a silk pillowcase. I sleep on one every night and it helps keep your hair fresh! I love it. 

August 26, 2016

Kelly

The sweetest bride and groom...

August 25, 2016

Deterling

When a groom reaches out wanting to surprise his bride with a custom illustration, clear the schedule! I mean, literally, I think it's the sweetest thing when a guy is 
requesting an illustration for his significant other, so the answer is always yes!

August 24, 2016

Campbell

When the bride and groom include their beloved pup in their big day, they have to be a key player in the illustration, naturally. 

August 16, 2016

Steph

A custom illustration for the tennis-playing, latte-loving fashionista...

August 15, 2016

Cosmo for Cat

Another custom illustration from the Drybar project. This one is
highlighting "The Cosmo", something I could use both as a hair-do and drink to ring in the weekend! 
Shop some of my favorite Drybar products below:

August 10, 2016

Charlotte

A custom illustration of the most fashionable lady with her two beloved pups.

August 06, 2016

Campbell

When the bride and groom include their beloved pup in their big day, they have to be a key player in the illustration, naturally. 

July 26, 2016

G by Giuliana Fall 2016

I'm always so excited to share the latest collaboration with Giuliana Rancic. You've seen the past collections with the NYC, Chicago and LA tees as well as the Alice Through the Looking Glass collection in partnership with Disney. 
This new collection is full of rich berry tones and deep olive greens, colors that I'm wearing through the summer that will translate easily into fall (I actually placed an order yesterday for the long cardigan). I love the easy vibe of the plaids and relaxed silhouettes. And of course, take a look at the new tees. We highlighted several new cities across the pond (London, Paris and Rome) and created an updated NYC. It's tough to pick a favorite, though I love the light olive tee in contrast with the Paris design. 
With this collection, the designs are on colored shirts instead of the standard white. The tees are so super soft and stretchy, you'll want to sleep in them. They're also a great fit with a slight hi-lo hem.
See the entire collection on HSN.com
You can see a video of Giuliana going through the collection piece-by-piece on Facebook. She also gives a tour of her to-die-for closet in the video. You don't want to miss it! 
The collection is available on hsn.com and will be live on tv tomorrow at 10am CST. 

July 21, 2016

Ainsley

Straight out of the archives, this is an oldie but a goodie.  A custom bridesmaids luncheon invitation to celebrate before the big day! 

July 19, 2016

DeCario

A cute custom baby shower invitation for the animal-loving mom-to-be. 

July 14, 2016

Charis

Quite possibly the chicest OB I've ever seen...

July 13, 2016

Conley

Last year, I had the privilege of visiting No. 14 Boutique, located in 
Pittsburgh, PA, in person. We were doing a fun trunk show in tandem with their 1st birthday. The biggest surprise of the night came when the owner was proposed to in the middle of the celebration. We wanted to capture this  epic moment with an illustration, though it was truly special in person. And, yes, the store is that cute in person. 

July 12, 2016

Waiting on Woo

I've been eagerly awaiting the day I could share this special project with you guys, but how do I even begin? I'm going to be an aunt in about 5 days!  It's a long story, so I'll let my crazy talented sis-in-law tell the story in her beautifully written words (a gift I did NOT get, hence the typically short-on-words blog posts). She recently started a blog, The Story of Willa James, to document their journey from the beginning. She tells the tales of how her name came about to the ins and outs of the nursery.
I promise you don't want to miss a beat. It's an incredible story, but I'm obviously a bit partial. I canNOT wait to get my hands on little Willa at the end of July when they return home.  We've known God had a perfect plan for them all along, and to see it unfold over the past few years has truly been something special. This exact time last year (almost to the date), I hopped on a plane to China for a mission trip with my church because the possibility of Willa was getting more real.
We knew she was coming eventually, but we hadn't seen a picture. We didn't know when she would be here, but we knew she was out there, so we waited. Hence, the # was started #waitingonwoo (again, props to my SIL for the creative lingo). Given the opportunity, I knew I wanted to see Willa's world. I wanted to experience just a taste of what life in China was like. It really is unbelievable the way God works as they will be in China the same dates I was there, exactly a year apart. What will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up is that Willa's province is a stone's throwaway from where I was. So close, yet we had no idea. 
Disclaimer, this is not my child. I'm simply an adoring aunt, but it's the beginning of such an exciting chapter in our lives. We're pretty excited if you can't tell. While I was exploring China last year, I couldn't help myself and started buying all the things.  Literally every touristy thing you can thing of, I bought for little Willa. I mean, if she's coming from China she obviously needs a mini tea set, right? And a stereotypical Chinese dress. And little booties with dragons on them. I mean, she needs this stuff, right? Not really, but they have made cute additions to her nursery (again, more details on the
nursery here). 
 
If you've made it this far, here's where we tie it all together with a pretty little bow...
I guess I left out the part where back in April, they got the call. THE call. THE pictures. Willa was coming this summer. We. Were. Ecstatic. And all cried. A lot. 
When the discussions started for her "toddler shower", my wheels started turning for the invites. How in the world was I going to capture something so special in an illustration? I felt highly unqualified, but the nursery was coming along, so I turned
there for inspiration. 
So, here it is! One of my favorite projects to date (for obvious reasons)...
But then, what about a shower gift? Oh my. 
I decided to start Willa in my line of work at an early age, so I created a custom coloring book just for her. Because, let's face it, we'll do anything for Woo. Here's to hoping she's a child prodigy in the arts. 
 
Since, I'm not as tech-savvy as I should be, you'll have to switch to instagram to see a video of the entire coloring book filled with snippets of her life that was and is to come. 
The "Toddler Shower" was this past weekend and I can't even begin to tell you how perfect it was. With a handful of hosts, it was a team effort with no detail overlooked including a custom gift list (not my idea, but I was happy to create it). You'll also notice the table runners hand-made by my cousin with words in Willa's native tongue. 
I also have to give major props to my mom for designing and my dad for making Willa a picnic table that's just her size! How great is the mini umbrella? 
It's from World Market
Join me in praying for my brother and sister-in-law as they board a plane tomorrow to get sweet little Willa. We can't wait to meet her! 
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June 23, 2016

Jessica + Robin

Designing bridal invitations for two of your high school friends in the same month definitely makes me feel old (and nostalgic), but I was thrilled to be a part of the process! Congrats to these two! 

June 17, 2016

DryBar x Glossier

I teamed up with Drybar last year to create custom illustrations in tandem with a new product launch. I never got around to posting all of them here, but this week is the perfect time to share another as they just launched the new Baby Buttercup hair dryer. It folds up into nothing, so it's perfect for the girl on the go, the jet-setter, the one that (unlike me) can pack light. 
This illustration was created for the founder of Glossier, Emily Weiss. Glossier is making waves with their simply perfect cosmetic and skin care line. The collection isn't huge, but what they do, they do well. I can't wait to get my hands on the stretch concealer. 

June 10, 2016

Victoria Rose

When the bride wants to have two of her favorite moments from her
big day captured in an illustration...

May 30, 2016

Graduation 2016

Memorial Day officially marks the day I graduated from high school 11 years ago (eek!). Whether you're graduating from high school or college, let me say CONGRATS! 

May 19, 2016

Kari

Another cute bride & groom...

May 18, 2016

Alba

An engagement at Disney's Magic Kingdom deserves a custom illustration, especially if the fireworks go off right on cue. 

May 17, 2016

Gennaro

First, we started with just the bride....
and then the groom wanted in on the fun...
Congrats to these two!