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October 04, 2019

Red Mocha

Before our faithful Starbucks switches to red cups, they bust out the pumpkin spiced lattes. Are you a fan or is it a hard no for you? Truth be told, I've never had one, so I can't cast a vote. I like my coffee black and my lattes with a splash of either vanilla or hazelnut. The only way I like pumpkin is in a yummy loaf of bread.
This illustration was inspired by a combo of both, so her name became Red Mocha and you can grab a print of her here
Brittany Fuson, fashion illustration, red mocha

September 30, 2019

Early Fall

There's finally hope of cooler weather to come. It's been an unseasonably warm fall so far leaving me craving cozy sweaters even more! I'm ready for neutral tones, snake skin booties, hats, chunky sweaters, etc. 
Brittany Fuson, fall trends
entire look from Vici

September 17, 2019

2020 Planner

Brittany Fuson, fashion illustration, 2020 planner, new arrivals
It's the product you wait for each year, the launch we spend months planning and the official kickoff for fall... the 2020 planner is finally here! We listened to your qualms about the hard-sided version we produced last year and have brought back our classic, lightweight version with a laminated cover that includes both a month-at-a-glance and a week-at-a-glance format. It's slim enough to fit in your purse and durable enough to stand the test of time. If you're somewhat old school like me and prefer writing everything down over digital calendars, this planner is for you! Plus, it's basically a catalogue of outfit ideas for the year. 
Brittany Fuson, fashion illustration, 2020 planner, new arrivals
While you're busy transferring important dates to your 2020 planner, keep your coffee warm in our new Orca tumbler (fall outfit goals). If that wasn't enough, we're also bringing this same illustration to notecards (available here). 
Brittany Fuson, fashion illustration, Orca tumblers
Brittany Fuson, fashion illustration, fall trends, new arrivals
But wait there's more... we added a new luggage tag to the mix because your Away bag needs to stand out in the sea of black bags in baggage claim. 
Brittany Fuson, fashion illustration, luggage tags, travel
Brittany Fuson, fashion illustration, 2020 planner
Brittany Fuson, fashion illustration, 2020 planner, new arrivals
Brittany Fuson, fashion illustration, new arrivals, 2020 planner

October 24, 2018

Giddy Up

At this point, I think it's pretty clear that western wear is a huge trend for fall. Get the look with an updated cowboy boot like one of these:
or try adding a western belt or something with fringe like this bag
Brittany Fuson, fashion illustration, western wear, fall trends, cowboy boots

October 17, 2018

Reese

Nothing screams fall more than a buffalo plaid cape and a hot cup of coffee. Bonus points if you add an over-the-knee boot and fringe details.
plaid, cape, buffalo plaid, fall, fall style, fashion illustration, Brittany Fuson

October 11, 2018

Lasso

When considering what to buy for fall, we have to look at the emerging trends. While I try to stay away from investing in pieces that are too trendy, it's always fun to mix it up each season with a splash of something new. With inspiration from the 80s, the wild west, and Saville Row this season is definitely bringing the fun... 
Why not mix sequins and western-inspired pieces? Or menswear plaids with a heavy teddy coat. The options are endless. Two trends to watch are the cowboy boot and heavy shimmer by way of metallics and all things sequins. Shop the look below.
sequins, emerald green, leopard boots, western wear, fashion illustration, Brittany Fuson

October 03, 2018

Rosy

 

Nothing screams fall more than a touch of leopard. It adds interest to any outfit and can spice up even the most basic all black outfit. It also pairs really well with a killer red jacket. Happy Fall! 

 

red jacket, leopard, fashion illustration, fall style, Brittany Fuson

 

prints available here


September 05, 2018

Doster

Dear Fall, we're ready for you! Take your time, but we would all love some cooler temperatures as soon as you're ready! 

August 17, 2018

Fall Shoes

When looking at the emerging trends, one thing is certain: leopard is making a huge splash this fall. Add a fun leopard shoe to any look and you're instantly transformed into a street style star!

August 15, 2018

Conceptualizing

When it's time to start coming up with designs for a new collection  or season, I like to call the creative process conceptualizing. For the past month or so, I have been knee-deep in "conceptual mode" brainstorming and sketching new ideas and products. When planning for the future, it's always fun  to look back to older designs that were widely popular, this one being one that fits into the best seller category. I've been analyzing it for a few days trying
to figure out what makes this particular illustration so special. Is it the monochromatic color scheme, the recognizable storefront, or something you can't quite put your finger on? I'd love to hear your feedback about this design and what you would love to see more of in the future! 

July 20, 2018

RZ Leopard

Throwing it back to 2011 with this illustration. It showcases a dress from one of Rachel Zoe's first collections. A little leopard never hurt anybody, did it? It's a classic pattern that, when done the right way, can be incredibly chic. I'm sure you've heard that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale opens to the public today. Keeping that in mind, there is a pair of leopard flats in the sale that would be great year-round, but also the perfect pop of patter for fall. Shop them before they sell out! I think they would be RZ approved.


February 16, 2018

Q & A Five

Q: What are the latest trends from fashion week?
 
A: I'm honored that people even ask me this question. While I wasn't
in attendance at NYFW this season, I was tuning in closely to see
what trends would emerge (my go to for runway shots is vogue.com).
I was checking daily, reading the reviews, pouring over the coverage,
trolling instagram, etc. The climate of the fashion industry is definitely
changing in the current digital age. Some designers opted out of shows
all together, while some that previously did shows scaled down to 
intimate presentations. Long story short, change is in the air. I'm curious
to see where it leads us.
 
In terms of trends, there's good news. In the midst of all the change,
these things remain: white boots, pops of red and pink, chunky/
oversized sweaters, slip dresses, and an overall nod to the 80s and
90s. These things have been on the scene since last fall, so there won't
be a huge turnover for spring and fall of this year. The good news in
that is that if you've invested in said pieces already, you can still wear
them throughout the year. A sigh of relief. 
While pink and red weren't taking over the runways, there were hints
of one or the other in almost every new collection. That chunky red 
sweater you had to have last fall? Keep it. Wear it with a relaxed
silky skirt this year. Throw on a pair of white boots and you've
got the fall look nailed. 
 
Those white boots that every blogger is still wearing? You might
consider snagging a pair. They were shown in the form of a mule
for spring and a full fledged bootie for fall. While I'm hesitant to 
jump on board with this one, maybe a lower price point option
will do the trick. Trendy but they didn't break the bank. I'm considering
the following options:
In terms of patterns, there were nods to polka dots (both small
and oversized), gingham and the androgynous plaids seen in menswear
and suiting. The return of gingham is something we're already seeing
for spring, so pick up pieces you can wear now that will take you through
the next season. The menswear inspired plaids are also already showing up
on bloggers as we speak and will remain throughout the year. Think
oversized, relaxed blazers in a black and white check, long coats with
menswear detailing, the 90s power suit... you get the idea. Basically,
everything we shied away from in the early 2000s is making a comeback.
The androgynous patterns are great for now, like these pieces:


ONE  |  TWO  |  THREE


Gone are the days of skinny jeans and pencil pants. It's all about wide-leg 
trousers, relaxed boyfriend jeans, and high-waisted pants. 
 
Overall, I'd say we have something to look forward to. The feel of fashion
week was a return to elegance, but in a relaxed way. A refined form
of casual. Noticeably absent? Logos.

October 16, 2017

Pom Pom

Leave it to Tibi to create the most perfect, jaw-dropping sweater. I mean.... can I have all the pom poms this season? I'm also ordering these slides because, well, why not? Pairing this sweater with an updated pair of jeans and a mustard bag + shoes makes it the most swoon-worthy outfit for fall. 

October 13, 2017

The Mustard Color, pt. 2

More on mustard...
It makes the perfect accent against this all white outfit. I love a graphic tee under a more tailored jacket like this one by Victoria Beckham. Mix it up even more by adding sneakers instead of a heel. The yellow bag completed this look. Happy Friday! 

October 12, 2017

The Mustard Color, pt. 1

This golden hue has been making as much of a splash as red this season. I've been seeing it in rich textures like velvet and suede making it reminiscent of a 70s couch. Can't you see it up against that horrible green carpet? Oh my. Regardless of how we got here or why this color is reemerging, it can be classic and understated when done properly. It pairs well with camel, black, white, denim, maybe a punch of red (like a red
lip), and cobalt. I fell in love with this velvet tank from J.Crew. I can see it worn so many different ways. This look carries into those cooler nights by throwing a black leather moto jacket over your shoulders. And, obviously, the white boots are a must! This pair won't break the bank, so they're a good buy for a trendy piece. If velvet isn't your thing, see below for some other solid sweater choices for a touch of mustard this season:

October 05, 2017

The Color Red, pt. 3

Today, let's talk about the red bag. It's absolutely the easiest way to add a pop of red to your wardrobe. It pairs well with pretty much any outfit. It's a classic believe it or not. You can spend a little bit and keep it for years on end. And, it's a sure way to brighten your day (and your outfit)! I picked up a small red bag from Henri Bendel a few years ago and still love it to death. I don't carry it every day, but it always makes me smile when I do.  This season, I've been tying to make more calculated choices when it comes to my wardrobe. I have been weighing the options, checking my closet to make sure I don't have something similar, and investing in more timeless choices. I love a good Target or Zara find as much as anyone, but those are always the first pieces to go in a seasonal closet clean-out. This bag is something I studied, looked at, and weighed the color choices for months. It's by a designer I hadn't heard of and doesn't have a logo (a major win in my book). So the question was red or camel? I ended up with the camel because of the previously mentioned red bag that was already in my closet, but the red is still a top choice. I love the bag itself and love the comments from the
peanut gallery when I carry it ("do you have a pair of binoculars in there" // "your bag looks like a binocular case" etc etc). I get it. It looks like a binocular case, but I think it's fantastic. It has become an unexpected conversation piece. Shop my other red bag pics that don't necessarily carry the same conversation piece status but are still great choices:

October 04, 2017

The Color Red, pt. 2

Yesterday we started our coverage on the color red. It is in fact the color of the season. If it's not "your color", you can still add pops of it by way of accessories, mostly shoes. The 60s boot is everywhere right now in all shapes and patterns (white, floral embroidery, bright reds, deep maroons, etc.). I love the look of a bright red bootie with a cropped jean.... consider it a must! Also, consider a pointed toe version of the bootie for a dressier look. Shop my favorite red booties below:
There's also always the option of the Gucci fur-lined slides in an updated red instead of black. See more styling tips on all the Fall trends on our 
So, the question is are you the one on the right or the left? I always lean more towards a distressed jean with a heeled bootie, though I'm making attempts to include diversity this fall. 
left block heel: Gucci (similar version here)  |  right red booties: Nordstrom

October 03, 2017

The Color Red

With this warm hue showing up on every major blogger during NYFW, designers and stores are taking note. Red is everywhere for fall. It is the color of the season. We will cover additional ways to wear red throughout the week, but let's start with a yummy oversized sweater. Wear it with a pair of updated jeans and a white ankle boot (more on this later... yes, they are a thing). I'm currently searching the web for more red pieces to add to my closet. For now, this sweater is a great place to start. 
sweater: H&M (also loving this sweater)  |  bag: Alice & Olivia  |  boots: Nordstrom

September 08, 2017

Eiffel

When I was working on the fall collection, I kept being drawn to an image of a trendy girl in front of the Eiffel Tower because, let's be serious, Paris is the ultimate source of inspiration. I was also pulling inspiration from the current fall trends and what the influencers are wearing (Gucci t-shirts, booties with cropped jeans, small structured bags, etc). This is the result and I have to say, I'm obsessed. I want to be her. 
You can find her on notecards right now with more products to be revealed
soon! 

September 05, 2017

Harvey

With the recent world events, attacks, natural disasters and the like, 
it's left me completely stuck. It feels completely insensitive to continue 
pushing and selling product even though I know we have to keep moving 
forward. I don't even know where to begin. I don't even know how to make an 
impact. I want to help. But how?
 
As outsiders, we're all watching the news coverage and having the same 
feelings of helplessness. We're eager to jump in and looking for opportunities to 
help the people of Texas but aren't sure where to begin. The damage has been 
done, but the cleanup has just begun. This will be an ongoing effort to rebuild 
that will last months if not years. While we can't all be on the ground aiding in the 
recovery efforts, we can help by donating tangible items, time and financial 
resources. 
 
In an effort to do as much as I can from Nashville, I've decided to donate 100% 
of the proceeds from online sales on September 5th to various organizations 
benefitting Harvey relief efforts. I need your help! Let's see how much money we 
can raise for those who lost everything.
 

I encourage you to shop your generous little hearts out! Knock out your 
Christmas shopping early. Grab happies for your besties. Think ahead to 
upcoming birthdays where you might need a small gift to give (don't forget about 
the hostess gifts you'll need for upcoming holiday gatherings and teacher's 
Christmas gifts). Spread the word. Tell everyone you know. And rest assured, 
with every purchase you're making a difference! 


 
I'm thrilled to introduce you to the newest greeting card that highlights one of this 
year's biggest trends in interiors (the hanging chair). Meet, Rattan. Pick one up for a 
friend that's going through a tough time or simply as a way to say I miss you! To the 
people of Texas, we're thinking about you! 

 

 

August 30, 2017

What to Wear... this fall

The weather completely tricked me into thinking fall was coming soon. 
We had a few days of more brisk temperatures followed by today which
has been hot and humid, the story of summer in the south. However, fall is near. It really is. Even if the temperatures stay warm, we can start transitioning our wardrobes by introducing booties paired with lighter tops, sleeveless sweaters with shorts, sandals with a light sweater. September is basically the month where anything goes. It's still entirely too warm to bundle up in sweaters and boots, so go for more lightweight options while scanning the September issues to see what trends are heading our way. One trend that is going to be making huge waves this fall is velvet. Whether you wear a velvet tee, purchase a small handbag of the same material, or try to find the perfect velvet heel (like this one or this one), it's going to be big. Pick your piece, but remember to stick to one velvet item per outfit. Make your look even more on-trend by making your velvet a deep, fall-inspired floral. Shop my favorites below:
ONE  |  TWO  |  THREE  |  FOUR

 
shoes: Nordstrom
 

July 19, 2017

What to Wear... This Fall

While I feel like we just got into the heat of summer, fall is just around the corner (yay!). I find it much easier to get dressed in the fall when you can throw on a sweater, jeans, and your favorite boots and call it a day. While we're still a few months out, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the perfect opportunity to start your fall shopping now! So what are we looking for in terms of fall trends? Bell sleeves are still going to be here. Long duster cardigans are becoming a major go-to for me (layered over a basic white tee, done and done). Cool details like lace-up sleeves and tasteful cut-outs are the perfect way to add some interest to an otherwise basic sweater. Off the shoulder is still going to be around, though I have to admit, I'm growing weary of the trend. Oh, but the sweater/sweatshirt she's wearing below is $25. You might need this one. It's a great weekend wear option (linked below). I've narrowed it down to a handful of sweaters you have to see (for non-Nordstrom card holders, start loading up your cart now so you can hit "checkout"  when the sale opens to the public Saturday). Grab these items quick before they sell out!

November 10, 2016

Bee Olive

It's finally feeling like fall... finally time to layer up for the brisk temperatures! 

September 30, 2016

5 More for Fall: Lush Materials

This one should really be called everything else. It's based on the textiles that have reemerged for fall: lush velvets, ladylike touches of lace, silks, satins, and bold metallics (which we discussed earlier in this post). Are you seeing what I'm seeing? It's like our 90s nightmares have returned. Those camis with the small border of lace that I rolled my eyes at 7 years ago are now a must-
have. Silk slip dresses are now for everyday. Crush velvet, what? 
Take a deep breath. These things take time. You'll get the hang of the 90s vibe again soon. Let's hope the butterfly clips remain a thing of the past.
Follow my September Issue '16 board for ways to bring the 90s back without looking like you're starring in 10 Things I Hate About You
slipdress: Nordstrom  |  boots: Steve Madden 
 
 
Shop my picks for taking baby steps back into the 90s in
the chicest way possible:

September 29, 2016

5 More for Fall: the 60s Boot

Whether you call it the 60s boot, the Chelsea boot, an ankle boot, or anything else, it's also known as the shoe for fall. Bonus points if you go with a velvet option. 
Like a fine wine, here are some pairing options: 
with an A-line mini and sleeveless turtleneck (major 60s vibes), 
However you wear them, wear them proudly. The great news is they're sure to add an ounce of comfort since the heel is a lower block heel (definitely something I can get on board with). Follow my September Issue '16 board for more ways to wear them! 
choker: Forever 21  |  bodysuit: ASOS  |  jeans: Rag & Bone  |  boots: ASOS
Get the 60s look with these bold boots: