Ladies

oh hey Friday!

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No real story to go along with this lovely lady – I just liked her pose and her dress and her cute little hat!  And so she made it onto paper.  Happy weekend!


Year 2

Year-2

Good Morning!  I was excited to get out of bed today.  I had the mission upon rising to get into the study to paint a brand new girl. The motivation behind that?  It’s been two years to the day since I painted my very first illustration.  If you ever feel like you are stuck in […]


Here’s to the New Year

January

Hello internet world!  Sorry for abandoning ship for nearly a month.  It was needed and welcomed.  In my quest not to let Christmas get stressful this year, I just stopped one day.  Stopped blogging, stopped painting, I didn’t even finish a Christmas card.  I walked out of my study and to be honest, waited until […]


Gala Gonzalez

Gala-Gonzalez

This was an image I saved…forever ago from Instagram. I don’t know how I end up following half the people that I do, and periodically I’ll go in there and purge.  But this photo I liked.  I think what I like about fashion illustration when done right is the element of play that it has. […]


Proper Kid Problems

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  I am so excited to share this post – I’ve been keeping it hush hush for a while now. Earlier this summer, after painting Carly of the College Prepster, I had no idea I had caught the eye of the man behind Proper Kid Problems – true American class at it’s finest.  I have […]


December Already!

December

Oh my goodness, it’s the last calendar month of the year!  Where did the time go?  Have you purchased your 2014 Calendar yet?  She feels so fitting too after all the Black Friday business you could not get away from if you tried at the end of last week. I hope the weekend went well […]


Kitties and Couture

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Yet another fashion blogger I fell across on Pinterest.  I thought it was comical the way she was posed with her coffee cup – don’t we all feel that way sometimes – like we’re hanging onto our caffeinated beverage for dear life to survive the next eight hours?  Just me?  Sorry, sidetracked.  Meet Maria of […]


In sickness and in SO sickness…

Winter-Tights

Let me just start this post off by coming out and saying… I am disgustingly sick right now.  Like, my loving husband, after giving me flu medicine and Vicks vapo-rub before bed last night, had to sweetly ask me to turn my face the other way to breathe because I’m so congested, achy and moaning […]


‘dat ass

    Yes I had to.  How many girls can insert that much attitude into a picture of them from behind? Hope the weekend was kind to everyone!  Here we go again Monday…


She’s HERE

2014 Calendar cover

Drumroll please… The 2014 Calendar is FINALLY ready!  Prepare yourself for a full year of my carefully crafted illustrations to brighten up your home, office, bedroom, daughter’s room, you name it and she is yours!  A labour of love does not begin to describe my feelings for this one.  I’m learning a little more each […]


Try the Salad

Chiara

  Please let me just preface this post by saying…this is not the post I wanted to have for today.  I wanted to triumphantly declare from the rooftops and any other surfaces I could perch myself atop of “The Calendar is READY!”.  But.  It’s.  Not. So close though.  So instead of the 2014 Design by […]


November

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  I can’t believe it’s November already!  I just want to say thank you for the increase in comments on the blog lately – it is so nice to have some feedback and to hear from my viewers and readers! Painting ladies will be on hold this weekend as I tackle a different painting project…the […]


the end of October

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Halloween tomorrow!  From the girl who hates Halloween!  I remember going through all of this last year – as a kid growing up in Calgary it’s just ruined for you every year.  Mom slaves over an adorable costume featuring glitter and usually fairy wings in my case, only to have to bundle up in my […]


An Anniversary Gift

Hill-copy

Finally I can start showing off some commissions!  Thanks to Carly of the College Prepster for sharing my illustration of her earlier this year, I’ve had a steady stream of illustration opportunities ever since.  I was commissioned for an anniversary sketch of Charlotte and Ryan by Charlotte’s sister for early October.  It was an enjoyable […]


Capoeira Sketches

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It’s nice to get to mix both my passions every now and again.  My husband Frank and I train in separate capoeira groups.  Recently his instructor, Professor Frankenstein tore his Achilles tendon in a demo and had to go for emergency surgery.  My Frank asked me to create a card for him for all the […]


October

October

Good day to you world! She’s a day late and all the pinker for it.  I tried to post this from my iPhone yesterday before leaving New York to head home, but alas, with the new update something was not working for me.  Happy October!  I’m just getting settled back in, be sure to check […]


Keep Calm and OHMYGOSH NYC

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  Isn’t she cute?  That is loosely based off an image of Kristen Bell looking adorable, stylish and also barefoot.  My kinda girl. First off, I really have to apologize for the tone of my last post.  I have had a crazy couple of weeks.  Months even.  The summer was non stop going as hard […]


All of the Fashion Weeks…all of them

NYFW

Hello.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but my Instagram was blowing up all of last week with runway shots of the various shows for New York Fashion week.  I learned a bit about myself – it’s that I am more drawn to the street style of the individuals going to watch the […]


September Madness

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Hey! NYFW (New York Fashion Week for those not in the know) started hitting my Instagram account Thursday. I watched in envy as all the personal style bloggers I have come to follow faithfully donned their best and headed out to converge on the Big Apple. I’ve been taking screenshot after screenshot on my phone […]


Post Batizado Week

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these guys are my instructors in capoeira – responsible for making me so damn hardcore… I made it out of Vancouver in more or less one piece! Saturday morning while fighting my absolute hardest…okay during a regular drill in class…I fell and dislocated my elbow. What a nightmare. Luckily, it was my right arm and […]


September

september

Yay!  September 1st!  I should not be so excited for the end of summer and yet we’re heading into my favourite time of the year.  The leaves are going to start changing, you can wear sweaters because they’re stylish and not because you need them, and best of all, I can justify coffee in the […]


Hints of Fall

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Feeling so close to the crispness of Autumn, finally.  I felt a taste of it today, waiting at the bus stop after work with my trench coat bundled over the handle of my purse.  Under the warmth of the sun I could feel that edge to the air that whispers things will be changing.  I […]


crop top

crop-top

  Last week was a bit chilly and a venture out into the shops had visions of fall coming to mind.  I started dreaming of mustard colored cardigans, and deep burgundy sweaters.  The weather forecast for Saturday was supposed to be rainy and I don’t even think we were slated to hit 20 degrees.  Then […]


The Brooklyn Blonde

Brooklyn-Blonde

Meet Helena of Brooklyn Blonde.  This is turning into a regular event for me, I initially discovered and sketched her on Pinterest over Christmas, which you can check out here – then I found her on Instagram, and now think of painting her quite often as I see her photos on my feed.  I think […]