THE TOP 5 ILLUSTRATORS ON INSTAGRAM

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It’s no secret that I’m addicted to Instagram. I LOVE IT. FREAKING. LOVE IT. Everything about it, except battling the alogortihm of course. It’s amazing that you can connect with people around the world in real time and with as little words as possible, I’m a visual person (duh) so if I had to choose only Facebook or Instagram it would be a no brainer. { Don’t ask me about Twitter because I HATE IT. It’s the worst. }

When Instagram introduced stories I was skeptical, who needs to post a picture that would disappear in 24 hours and why? And as they worked out the kinks and have made it something more useful to people posting and people watching by finally allowing you to post older pictures, add words right in the app or with a 3rd party application,I fell in love. But mostly it helped me fall in love with some of my favorite fashion illustrators on Instagram. Watching them create or just their behind the scenes was enough to have me hooked. So check out my top 5 favorites below and check them out on IG!

 
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NIKI GROOM | @miss_magpie_spy

Nikki Groom is a UK fashion illustrator with a fun, loose style filled with bright colors. Her rendering of patterns captured my attention a few years ago and I have been addicted to her work ever since. She posts amazing stories of her travels and you can watch her paint live or on her story regularly which is beyond amazing. She shares her favorite tools and explains her process in such an approachable way for artists and non-artists alike.My 2 favorite things about Nikki is that she is super honest, even when things aren’t so glamorous and that she is super charitable. She is a concerned global citizen and encourages and informs her audience to give back to various causes near and dear to her and that is so refreshing.

 
 
 
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KATIE RODGERS | @paperfashion

Katie Rodgers is a true inspiration. Her work is so magical and you can often watch her create her work right on her story and if it doesn’t inspire you to make something I don’t know how to be friends with you anymore. Glittery gold, rich pastels and delicious brushstrokes are always on tap and the music she paints to is always mesmerizing (often soundtracks from movies)…it’s like she transports you to another place with her photos of NYC, bright bold flowers, tiny creatures that visit her rooftop garden and gorgeous illustrations. She is a can’t miss on Instagram, you’ll thank me.

 
 
 
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DAVID DOWNTON | @DAVIDDOWNTOWN

David Downton has been an idol of mine since I learned what fashion illustration was. He is a classic staple in the fashion illustration world and always will be. He recently posted a lot about my most beloved Antonio Lopez, a fashion illustrator who died years ago but his work still influences fashion illustration today. Downton’s style is loose but classic with modern edge. His Instagram feed is filled with his work and his inspiration but honestly one of my favorite kinds of posts from him is when shares vintage images of fashion mavens from times gone by.

 
 
 

TRACY HETZEL | @TRACYHETZEL

Tracy Hetzel is at the top of my list for her beautiful detailed illustrations that always have an air of rebellion. She is a graphic designer by day and illustrator by night. Her feed is full of her finished masterpieces and seriously brimming with personality. You can shop her work or commission a custom piece on Etsy in her store called Long Blue Straw.

 
 
 
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BROOKE HAGEL | @BROOKLIT

I had the immense pleasure of meeting NYC based Fashion Illustrator when she was a guest a Stitched Fashion Camp a few years ago in the Hamptons and she is as sweet as her drawings. Super girly and super fun, all of her work is to die for and her Instagram feed is so beautifully put together you can’t help but fall in love with all the blush pink, images in and around NYC and of course her super gorgeous girls. Her story is equally amazing…updated everyday with her adventures, live drawing gigs and videos of her at work on her desk or iPad, you’ll never be bored!

I hope you have a chance to check out all of my favorites and you might find they become one of yours too…and it would be really awesome to give them some love by following or even buying a piece of their art!

Happy scrolling!

 

5 ULTIMATE STEPS FOR STYLING YOUR FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT

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So it’s Fall, the temperature doesn’t agree with me but the leaves on the ground are a sure sign and that means you’ve got to get your ducks in a row for your holiday card photo shoot.

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I love getting creating a concept and getting all the looks together for the whole family... after all it is the one day of the year everyone has to listen to me and wear exactly what I say! Over the past few years I’ve been asked to by a lot of local client's to help style their family and choose the perfect location BUT unless you want to hand over everyone’s sizes and your AMEX that’s pretty difficult. So this year I’m going to walk you through my top 5 tips to styling your family photo shoot. This will help you easily create a seamless coordinated look. I follow a simple formula that anyone can replicate so get ready here we go!

TIP 1: GET INSPIRED

So this is easy, start with one piece of inspiration and build from there! You can choose an article of clothing or a piece of jewelry or any accessory that you love and that can literally dictate the entire direction of the styling. I grabbed Avy's dress for last year's shoot after I saw it on an end of summer sale rack and thought she would love the colors in it, and bonus the dark background and bright colors are great compliment to her fair skin. So every decision I made about what to wear or where to take the photos was made because of this dress from the bright colors in The Dude's outfit, to the dark blues and denim my husband and I are wearing....even the sunny summery natural location.

The formality of this piece can determine what's appropriate for the location too! So picture this...you like a plaid shirt your husband has, that's a great pattern to work from and you can take your photos in a barn or field. If you like a black and white dress your daughter has maybe the boys in black and white suits in a formal location like your living room or even studio shots. Maybe your little guy has a gorgeous Irish sweater so you can take your photos surrounded by snow or in the fall leaves. Let the inspiration piece do as much work for you as possible!

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TIP 2: ACCENT IT

Note as we continue through the tips that each tip leads you to a different family member. I began with Avy's dress and now this tip determines a key piece for The Dude. If you chose one item for each step for a different family member it will help fill in the blanks more effectively.

So most people would choose the easy way out after looking at the dress and pick some blue pants for The Dude. But we don't want matchy matchy....matching is a bad word in this case. Instead choose one of the accent colors or less dominant colors in the inspiration piece. I searched for a pair of bright red or even bright yellow pants to pull from the floral pattern and was ecstatic when I found these intense red pants! Boom! Done.

TIP 3: MIX IT UP

Next it's The Big Guy's turn.

Mixing patterns and textures is the key to looking put together but effortless. Change up the pattern and the use of colors in another article of clothing. So my husband has thousands of button down shirts, I knew I could find something to compliment The Dude's red pants and Avy's dress in less than 60 seconds and this shirt fit the bill. It's a gingham so it's not as organic as the pattern on the dress and the pattern itself is much smaller than the floral. That's a technique interior designers and stylists and fashion designers use all the time. Go simple and mix a stripe with polka dots or go crazy and mix leopard with stripes, or even camouflage with polka dots. As long someone else is wearing a common color from the pattern and you alter the size of the prints you will all looking amazingly stylish! And it looks more carefree...matching sweaters and pants isn't how you would normally dress so why would you for a photo shoot?

As long someone else is wearing a common color from the pattern and you alter the size of the prints you will all looking amazingly stylish!


Want a monochromatic shoot? Easy enough...mix your textures instead of patterns to create interest. If everyone is wearing white feel free to mix a white lace dress on you with a white satin dress on your daughter and a white tulle skirt on your other daughter. Mixing textures is easy and doesn't have to be reserved for monochromatic shoots either!


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TIP 4: GO NEUTRAL

Now for me...use your neutrals and staples in your wardrobe...you don't need to buy everything and it doesn't all have to be colors or textures you find in the inspiration piece! I decided on my favorite dark blue jeans and my standard chambray shirt, both neutrals. Yes, blues are neutral when they are denim or chambray! Neutral doesn't translate to just beige, black and white. Army green or even leopard print can be a neutral because you can literally wear them with any color...that's what defines a neutral.

So now that everyone has something, fill in the blanks...The Big Guy got to wear his jeans and a white t-shirt and a gray sweater on The Dude round out my neutrals.

TIP 5: BE EXTRA

The devil is in the details….in design and in your wardrobe so don't forget to accessorize! All well dressed women know how to do this, it's the icing on the cake and it's the difference between wow and everything else. I love giving Avy a huge statement necklace from my collection but you can add scarves, gloves (and not for the warmth but for the stye) sun glasses, fabulous shoes and any piece of jewelry you want. So the boys wore some brown leather high top sneakers from their closets, Avy got a pair of booties in a matching brown and I pulled out my favorite Shop Bop boots.

And now here me on this...hair and makeup should be extra too. Seriously. It's the last thing that will take your look and make it sing. I went with a red lip to tie some color into my look and Avy got a relaxed wavy look with some loose braids to frame her face...looks natural and not over done but is definitely done. Don't go with your everyday hair but rather elevate it to make it special.

*Disclaimer, my girl Meredith from Meredith Mascola Photography is a wizard with the camera and makes my vision come to life every year….she never bats an eyelash when I tell her my crazy concept and she’s right on board. So all photos in this post are her amazing work and she deserves all the credit to making us look our best every year!

Comment below if you have questions or let me know how your styling went this season!

5 THINGS MAKING MY SUMMER A LITTLE SWEETER

Summer is the best time of year...all of you fall pumpkin spice army soldiers are missing something. What's better than the beach, vacations, late nights, fireworks, eating outside, flowers, green grass...I could go on for ever. These are 5 of the things currently making my summer even sweeter. If you happen to make the foccacia. let me know what you think, it's DELICIOUS. And if you are really feeling like living your best life make the Sinsear cocktail to enjoy with it, cheers!

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1. Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum | Citrus, floral and amber undertones are almost all Summer but with a touch of Fall.

2. Nine West Ankle Strap Flats | I have them in buff and black...perfect for when you want a flat but still have the cool factor of a sandal. These are from a past season but they have a similar pair out now.

3. The Sinsear | A cocktail from Domino magazine's Fall 2017 issue. Apple cider and ginger will remind of the fall but it's still refreshing in the heat.

THE SINSEAR
{makes 2 cocktails}

1/2 cup bourbon
1/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp grated ginger
2 tbsp simple syrup
2 sprigs fresh rosemary for garnish

Combine all ingredients except the rosemary in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice and garnish with rosemary sprigs.

4. Plum Focaccia from Martha Stewart Living October 2017 issue. Um yum, that's all I have to say.

5. And a Diptyque Mimosa candle...because this one screams summer and it's literally the chance you are going to have to burn this one until it the end of next spring.