four girls

August 09, 2011 9 Comments

Four sketches I did for a boutique in Old Town Alexndria called Zoe. If you haven't ever been to Old Town, you must go! Its DC's best kept and most charming little secret. Susan, the store's creator, asked me to come up with illustrations that reflected the colors and feel of the clothes in her shop. I pulled from some of my favorite looks right now - stripes, maxi dresses, trouser jeans, and a classic shot of Jane from Sea of Shoes for the final one. These four pieces are now framed throughout the store, I can't wait to visit and see them up on the walls next time I'm in Va!

Posted in DC, illustration, Inslee By Design, Old Town Alexandria, sea of shoes, The Sketch Book, Zoe Boutique

heart on my sleeve

August 08, 2011 13 Comments

hello. so, when it comes to illustrating you i will make you as skinny or as stylish or as sassy  in your pose as you might imagine yourself to be. i will make it you, only better. but when it comes to illustrating me, i can't quite get there. i just did this illustration of myself for a little interview feature and it turned out so honest, not nearly as inventive as my usual work. i must feel like i can't bend the truth when it comes to what i really look like...

Posted in fashion illustration, Inslee, Inslee By Design, portrait, The Sketch Book

Joss & Main + Inslee By Design

August 05, 2011 4 Comments

Hello! Happy Friday! Today is an especially exciting Friday because today my cards, prints and 2012 calendar will be featured for sale on Joss & Main! If you aren't already a member, go sign up. Its a great flash sale daily site for interior decorating junkies and other people who appreciate chic things like say, my art work for example. They will be featuring a limited selection of some of my best selling products today through Monday. The sale starts at 11 am, hurry hurry! Not a moment to lose!

Posted in 2012 Calendar, Inslee By Design, Interior Decorating, Joss & Main, News and Events, stationery


August 03, 2011 15 Comments

I'm so excited, I'm so excited, guess what today is! Its announcing the new calendar day!

as in the new CALENDAR IS HERE!

Behold a little glimpse of what 2012 has in store for you...

Can you believe how organized I am this year? It is ready and waiting for you so many months before 2012 is even on the horizon. I might just get started on 2013. But then again, we should probably wait to see how things pan out with the end of the Mayan calendar before I go to too much trouble...

Anyway, I would like to send an overarching thank you into the internet for all the beautiful images that inspired the new calendar. This was the first year I that read digital magazines like RUE and Matchbook Mag and of course so many wonderful blogs and used Pinterest to organize my inspiration sources for how I wanted each month to look. I used to actually tear things out of real magazines. I know, such a cave woman. This new method of gathering idea sources has done wonders for my inspiration. So, this ones for you, internet, I couldn't have done it without you.

Ok enough sentimental rambling about how much I love Pinterest. The Calendar is here, it is set up much like in previous years - 12 individual 8x10" pages packaged, illustration above, month dates below inside a clear plastic sleeve. I can talk about it forever, but it wont compare to actually holding it in your hand, so -  order away!

Posted in 2012 Calendar, Inslee By Design, Inslee Calendar, Matchbook Mag, News and Events, pinterest, Rue

Happy August

August 01, 2011 4 Comments

Happy calendar changing day everyone! This month illustration was inspired by a look Michelle Williams wore, any one remember it?

Posted in august, Inslee By Design, Inslee Calendar, News and Events


July 29, 2011 11 Comments

Good morning! So this weekend I am taking a trip BACK to DC. I know, I know, I just got here. Do you know what I'm most excited about (this is sort of lame).... going to visit my favorite patisserie. I mean it will be wonderful to see friends and family, but I have really missed my dear little coffee shop so very much. New York is by no means lacking in the patisserie department, but your first love never really leaves you. Any one who knows me knows how much I love this place and will try to drag you there with me all the time. I think I'll have to get both a plain croissant this weekend annnnd a chocolate one!

Posted in DC, Inslee By Design, New York, Patisserie, The Sketch Book

jacques levine/pour votre domaine

July 27, 2011 6 Comments

This illustration is part of a collection of pieces i have been working on for Jacques Levine - a slipper company with an impressive history. I'm not talking about big fluffy obnoxious slippers, I'm talking delicate, elegant ballet slippers that make lounging around one's home seem like a luxurious indulgence. The company was founded by Jacques Levine's father in 1936. As I worked with Jacque's grandson who is rebranding the slipper business with a new line of slippers debuting this fall I learned a lot of the cherished heritage that gives the JL brand its classic elegance. For example, fun fact: Jacques Levine was the first shoe designer to introduce women's espadrilles to America! I worked with the JL team to create illustrations that captured the vibe of their by-line, "pour votre domaine". We carefully brainstormed illustrated scenes of women in their peaceful and beautiful interior environments, wearing the new line of slippers. It was a cool creative process to start imagining the personal, thoughtful details of the homes of women who have mastered the refined practice of wearing slippers. This illustration depicts one of their most iconic heeled slippers. Stay tuned for more of my Jacques Levine illustrations and for the launch of their new line this fall. And in the meantime, follow Jacques Levine on Twitter and Tumblr !!

Posted in Espadrilles, Inslee By Design, Jacques Levine, News and Events, Slippers

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