girls of summer

June 24, 2011 9 Comments

Ok, i know i know, by this point in the fashion year summer is so passe. Everyone is all hyped up about fall. Think you want to go buy a bikini for the 4th of July? Too bad. Here's a nice wool poncho and some over-the-knee boots.

But today is a beautiful June Friday and I refuse to start thinking about fur hats. So instead here are two surfer-chic, beach-hair-sporting, exhibitionists from a shoot in Elle France which I discovered courtesy of the fashion magpie. And yep, you guessed it. The shoot was in the March 2011 issue. Now on to those fur hats...

Posted in Elle France, Inslee By Design, March 2011, summer, the fashion magpie, The Sketch Book


April 21, 2011 2 Comments

Happy Birthday to Christina! (a day late... the stationery show is ruining my blogging schedule!) X, as her fondest admirers call her, is a whole lot of fierce packed into a cute little package. She is one of the most inspiring people in my life and one of the funniest too. She even sent me a magnetized photo save-the-date reminder for my refrigerator so that I would remember her birthday. And yet I still was a day late posting this, I'm a mess! X is wearing a Top Shop dress in my current favorite hue. Her look is styled by my go-to girl for birthday looks, The Fashion Magpie. I love the combination of the bright red pleats with neutral shoes. Actually I just love about anything with neutral shoes don't I?

Posted in Birthday Girl, Inslee By Design, the fashion magpie, The Sketch Book, Top Shop

Sketch Book's first birthday

January 19, 2011 10 Comments

Guess what today is... its the one year anniversary of this blog! Can you believe it? I can't... it seems like just yesterday that this clueless blog virgin started out. I was so green, I didn't even know who Tavi was and I had no idea how to retweet. I couldn't have dreamed that the world of fashion blogging could be this connected and inspirational and full of wonderful people.  And here I am now, all Man Repelling and all. Not too shabby if i do say so. So... not to be like those women who say things like "starting a blog was the best thing I ever did for myself" but starting a blog was the best thing i ever did for myself!!! I love it. Here's to another great year of sketching! These two foxy ladies are inspired by the expert stylings of the fashion magpie. I have wanted to do an illustration from her blog for a while and finally got the chance to do this Carven dress and this Camilla & Marc structured mini dress which were two of my favorites of her picks. If your wondering why they're wearing weird hats - they could be the next big thing in man repelling head wear, Move over turband - they're supposed to be birthday party hats. a little corny, I know but its my blog birfday you can't say anything. And this gorgeous sac-de-frump by Missoni was also highlighted by the magpie. I love this piece because its the kind of dress you should definitely take advantage of wearing on your birthday because its the one day out of the year you are pretty much guaranteed that your boyfriend will tell you you look beautiful even if he thinks you look like your wearing a shroud. Anyway, happy birthday to me and to you dear readers! Thanks for sticking with me!

Posted in blogging, camilla & marc, carven, Man Repeller, missoni, tavi, the fashion magpie, The Sketch Book