December, at last

December 03, 2012 1 Comment

December, at last. Can you believe another year is winding down? Time to change the calendar one last time for 2012 and maybe take this opportunity to also order your 2013 calendar! They're flying off the shelf, hurry and get yours too!

Posted in 2012, December, Inslee By Design, Inslee Calendar, Inslee Haynes, The Sketch Book

Swing Slippers

November 06, 2012 4 Comments

Can you believe it's here? Election day at last! We've survived another contentious campaign season!

I'm eager to put this all behind me. Every time politics come up in conversation I become ready to give up on humanity and in need of a stiff drink.

As a perfectionist, I like things neatly resolved. So the political puzzle of opinions and facts and statistics (and binders full of women) that no one can seem to sort through successfully has left me filled with angst. Politics is a messy business!

There was once a time when I didn't feel this way at all...

It was a simpler time in which I proudly hoped to someday be the first woman president (to run on a platform strictly made up of her parents' opinions). I was about eight and fiercely conservative in my views on both dating and running the country.

I remember it well. I was eating dinner at a restaurant with my family. I believe I was eating a small bowl of mashed potatoes. How do I remember this detail? Because when I was eight, this was the only dish I felt restaurants were capable of cooking to my rigid standards of culinary simplicity. (It's a miracle all my bones and muscles formed fully on this diet of only potatoes)

Anyway, it was prom night and a group of prom goers was seated near us. My mother asked me if I was excited to someday be invited by a boy and wear a beautiful gown from Jessica McClintock to my own prom. I was genuinely offended that she had such simple aspirations for me, her genius, politically savvy, child prodigy.

So, in between carefully-insepcted bites of potato which proved to be free of spices or contaminated by other type of food, I replied, "No, I'll be too busy campaigning"

My parents immediately recognized the error of their thinking. Of course I wouldn't be interested in boys or dances! How could I be? The country needed me! They quickly realigned their vision for the trajectory of my life upon hearing this comment and have enjoyed recounting this story for the past eighteen years much to my embarrassment.

This story enjoyed an especially bright moment in the sun on the eve of my first prom. Which of course I did attend, having thrown aside my political dreams after realizing that all elections are fraught with voter fraud - a conclusion I drew after learning that I could not be elected POTUS of my high school unless I personally voted multiple times as my fellow candidates were doing.

So, in the end my naiveté and general fear of competition barred me from ever being a real player in the political system (or the soccer team) and now my career goal as mini-Hilary is but a distant memory.

Speaking of all these political woes, how perfect are these Stubbs & Wootton "undecided slippers" ? You could literally have one foot in each camp wearing these.

But of course, bipartisan slippers aside, pick a team and get out there and vote today!

ps. look at this picture from The Cut doesn't it remind you of my sketch! There's even a dog!




Posted in 2012, election, Inslee By Design, Inslee Haynes, stubbs & wootton, The Cut, The Sketch Book, voting

spring in her step

March 08, 2012 5 Comments

Today is the officially the most beautiful day of 2012 so far. Spring is definitely springing up all around us. If I wasn't sitting at my computer writing emails I'd want to be walking the breezy streets of the city wearing something like this!

Posted in 2012, Inslee By Design, spring, The Sketch Book

Happy February

February 01, 2012 3 Comments

Time to change the calendar! This month's illustration is inspired by a beautiful cashmere look by Michael Koors and of course by my love of artfully arranged bookshelves. Or, rather I should say, by my hatred of formula-induced bookshelves. You know, when you walk into someones home and the book shelves are scattered with African artifacts that bring out the browns in the carpet (even though they've never been to Africa) and entire volumes of books that you sense are there simply for color (not because the owner has read them). That is the worst. It takes years to create a real, living bookshelf filed with beloved artifacts - kind of like a good pinterest board. These sort of records of one's life don't happen over night. Ok, Happy February!

Posted in 2012, Calender, February, Inslee By Design, Michael Koors, The Sketch Book


January 06, 2012 7 Comments

so i've been dragging my feet about posting all week (all year). forgive my absence. i was thinking "the first post of 2012" had to be something monumental. and nothing monumental has happened recently EXCEPT my new love affair... with earmuffs. the furrier the better. these fluffy little head bookends have changed my entire perspective on the outdoors. you may laugh but i mean it wholeheartedly. as someone who will not wear hats, i've spent 25 winters in stubborn frozen misery. but now all that has changed thanks to my new head gear. see you out and about the city this weekend, wearing earmuffs of course!

Posted in 2012, ear muffs, fashion illustration, Inslee By Design, The Sketch Book

Happy January

January 03, 2012 9 Comments

2012 is here! Time to crack open the calendar! I wanted to start the new year with a toast to the designer that taught me so much about the magic of a New York fashion house. So the first illustration of the 2012 calendar is inspired by an early posting on OscarPRGirl's beautiful tumblr.

Posted in 2012, Calendar, fashion illustration, Inslee By Design, News and Events, Oscar, Oscar de la Renta, OscarPRGirl