August Recap

Hello Monday, and Goodbye August.

August is saintly compared to July. It's been a bit rough, but things haven't been near as extreme. I've been able to see a good friend twice, I've been more productive than ever, and Fall is right around the corner. The end of August has been hopeful. I'm feeling hopeful. 

And on to September we go...

A Peak At My Sketchbook

A few months ago, or earlier this year I should say, I figured out that it was much easier to use individual pages of paper for my illustrations. They're easier to work on, and easier to scan, which is important for the blog, and any future work I'd like to do with them. However, it's not as personal as a sketchbook. A sketchbook is almost like a diary, and I missed having one around. 

This one is very cheap, and the quality isn't great. The paper waves instantly, and I have to stick something between pages I'm working on to prevent water or ink transfer, but it's perfect for what I want it for. It's great for brainstorming and taking notes. I like to do extra illustrations from runway shows in it, and I've started working on something else that I've been wanting to do for awhile, but I'm not confident enough to share yet. You can have this instead. 

Camera Supply/Accessory Wishlist

This is kind of a follow up to my recent Camera post.

Anyone who's really into cameras is probably just as into camera accessories, and I am no exception. It's always fun to have little tools to alter your photos or help you in some way. I personally still just use my kit lens, as I've mentioned before, and though I stand by it, I'm really interested in trying other lenses. These two (top row) have caught my eye, though they're crazy expensive. I also mentioned before that I need film, and I've found multi-packs on Amazon, and I'm all about that. The ring light seems to be my favorite after spending some time researching. The light seems the most natural, and it's still pretty simple. I like to use natural light most of the time, but I've only got a small window of good light every day. The last pick is the waterproof DSLR case, because how cool is that?

Is there anything you've been looking for?

*I do not own the images in this post.

Doodle Every Day

I'm a little let down by this set of illustrations! I tried to stick with a color scheme, but the first two pieces didn't scan well. There's not much to do about it now but promise the colors are bolder in person.

I've been on a big beige and mauve kick, and though these colors didn't scan exact, I think you get the point. I've been pretty busy all week, in the best way. It's been great, especially after a pretty rough weekend. Fall is also just around the corner, and it's been brought up more and more this week. I'm so excited, how predictable. As I type this, I have no extra fans going, and it's so nice. Things are pretty alright right now.

How's your week been?

Some Stockholm Spring '16 Runway Favorites

Though my mind is completely on Autumn now (I just painted my nails a nice, dark coppery color), Spring runway is upon us. Although I should mention I've already done two Spring '16 runway posts (Berlin and Copenhagen). Stockholm is worth mentioning as well, and the big fashion month is only about fifteen days away. Let's get excited.

All but one of the shows I've picked are very much focused on minimalism. They're full of black and white shades, culottes, and shapeless, oversized tops and dresses. It's a dream really. Spring is perfect for clean simplicity. It's nice to keep it easy and float through the day. The remaining show (Ida Sjöstedt) is much brighter. Neutrals compliment bright red, and floral prints are everywhere. Can we please discuss the floral tights? I want some ASAP. 

*I do not own the images in this post. All credit goes to

Coveting: Madewell

I've been thinking a lot about upgrading my basics ASAP. Madewell seems to be the best place to find what I'm looking for. For the most part, I've been thinking about decent denim, flare jeans, and bringing plaid back into my life. I've finally fallen for backless loafers as well (thanks Olsens). I love red plaid scarves for Fall, which is so soon you guys. So soon. Anyway, I think these are solid, long lasting pieces (speaking strictly about the classic styles, not the materials, I've yet to form an opinion on those). As always, I've listed them below in case any of you see something you like. What do you think?

*I do not own the images in this post. All credit goes to Madewell. This is not sponsored.

Eight Months In

The last clip in this video accurately represents my relationship with July and August: thorny. This video is definitely lacking the life of the previous videos from 2015. Summer honestly kills me, and I haven't been in the filming mood. I've spent most of my time indoors (bad habit, I know), pretending it isn't hot enough to fry an egg on the patio outside. I promise I've been just as productive with every other artistic outlet in my life though. I've been taking photos and illustrating and painting a ton. I've even been using Instagram more. I could film myself painting all day, but I don't think about it in the moment. That might be something to consider.

Basically, this is a short video because I don't like Summer, and there was nothing I wanted to keep. There was no spark. I considered skipping the upload this month, and instead throwing three months together, but it didn't happen. My favorite time of year is just on the horizon though, so that's looking hopeful. I hope you enjoy this nonetheless. 


When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the Olsen twins. I read the books, rented the VHS tapes from my local video store, I even had a Mary-Kate doll. As a teenager, I rekindled that fascination. I wanted to dress like them, and wear my makeup like them. I loved their clothing lines, and I discovered Influence. I was really insistent about owning this book, and I ended up buying it second hand. It's been one of my favorite possessions ever since.

It's honestly been awhile since I've gone through it. Since I've been trying to be an adult (emphasis on "trying"), it's been sitting aside because I don't have proper book storage. I recently decided to flip through it quickly, and I thought I'd photograph some of my favorite pages. Obviously there's a lot more to love than this. There's also a few bits that I'm uncomfortable with now. I guess even the best things are not without flaws. Though my love for Mary-Kate and Ashley obviously hasn't really waned.

If you want a flashback of the Olsen twins of yesteryear, get this. It's at least great to go through and find little bits of inspiration.

Set Illustrations

These two are alright, but they're not the best of the bunch so far. I think this means I need to slow down (on the set illustration front). I've really been digging a good double denim look lately (Canadian tuxedo anyone?). I need a denim jacket and some quality denim jeans ASAP. I've also been really into soothing neutral shades (ie beiges, pinks, browns). Anything to keep me sane. And I don't care what anyone says, I'll wear sandals with a coat any day. Find me on Polyvore to see what else I can come up with.


I've been thinking about this a lot lately.

Doodle Every Day

Most of this week's illustrations are me freaking out about the upcoming season change, because this is Texas, and I fall for it every time. We've been having a little Fall teaser, and it's been cloudy a few days. Yesterday evening was the biggest tease, and if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I was losing my mind. I spent some time in my backyard drawing, and I could hear shuffling from other yards where neighbors were enjoying themselves as well. Of course, you can't win them all. It stormed only a tiny bit, but it was enough to have the power flickering on and off for awhile. That got old. 

It's cloudy right now, and it's not too hot, but this might be the last day of that for awhile. I'm going to take advantage of it, and keep the windows open while I work. Good plan.

My Cameras

I've been really lucky in the past few years to come into some nice film cameras and a DSLR. All of the film cameras are hand-me-downs, and I'm in love with them. I'm kind of just waiting for the day when I have space to store them better. For now, they're put away in cases and bags. I thought I'd talk about them though, because I am really grateful to have them.

Before I get started, I want to note that this particular set of photos were taken by my phone. It's a Galaxy S6, I've not even had it for two months, and I'm still pretty surprised by the camera quality. This is the only post here I've done with this phone, and I'm pretty impressed. This isn't sponsored, but since I'm talking about cameras...

Agfa Isola
This is my newest, yet oldest camera. It once belonged to my grandfather, then my mother, and I came into possession of it earlier this year. I haven't tested it yet, as it takes 120 film, and I've yet to order any (for reasons). I'm really excited to try it out, and maybe one day I'll turn it into a blog feature. I kind of just like to look at it and day dream of traveling with it. It's a beauty and a wonder.

Benz Gant Helioflex 3000T
This is the only film camera currently in use. I've yet to take photos with it this year, though I'll hopefully be taking it out and about during the holiday season, when the lighting is my favorite. It's a fun camera to use, though I'm still unaware of how the photos will turn out. I've got photos from when I lived in Las Vegas, and a roll of mystery film that was used before I owned the camera. I've yet to find a place to develop the photos though. I can't seem to find a grocery store or drug store that develops from film anymore, so if anyone has any recommendations, that's be great. I'm debating on whether I should turn my bathroom into a dark room or not. I don't know. The taped down mystery plastic was a feature before I owned the camera.

Minolta Maxxum 5xi
This camera is probably the most mysterious to me. I've yet to use it because it requires a battery that I don't have, and the film I had has been used in the Benz Gant instead. This camera is not any less loved though. It's newer than the previous two cameras, but that's about all I know. I feel so bad about this, and I'm regretting writing about it now. I'll need to get a battery and see how it works.

Canon Rebel T3
This is my baby. I film my grainy, shaky videos with this, and I take most of my photos on it. It's used for this blog and for personal occasions. I still use the kit lens, mainly because I'm poor and lenses are really expensive, but also because I do like a bit of grain. I've had it for nearly three years, and I've definitely used the hell out of it. Until I manage to get a newer DSLR, this is my go to. I make sure to carry a purse big enough to comfortably fit this camera, and I like to use it to document as much as possible. It's traveled to different states and climates and events, and it's one of my most prized possessions.

Do you have any old cameras you're curious about?

Remember To Care For You

Self care is really important. I think a lot of us get too caught up in everything that may be going on, and taking time for yourself gets thrown aside. You should be your first priority. It's something that I personally forget all the time. Here are a few simple recommendations I've got about taking care of yourself:

- It's okay to spend time alone. Don't feel pressured to spend all your time with people. Being alone is really important. Really get to know yourself. However, try to be social when you feel like you can. Human interaction is more important than you think.

- Take time to read a book, drink some tea, take a nap, watch a film. Enjoy yourself. Try to do this every week, if you can't every day.

- Drink plenty of water. I mention this all the time, but it's always important. You'll feel better when you've gotten into the routine of drinking more.

- Exercise. Really. Do yoga or go for a run. Be active somehow. Push yourself. Don't have the mindset that getting exercise means trying to lose weight. Do it to feel good.

Ultimately, you know yourself better than I do, or anyone else for that matter. Listen to your body, and take care of yourself mentally and physically. 

Wild Poppy Goods

I don't know if I'm late to this or not, but I've fallen head over heels for Wild Poppy Goods. I wish I had a space to fill with all of the precious items offered. They're based in Portland, OR, and they've got everything from vintage clothing pieces to home goods to a bridal selection (Though who says you can't buy a pretty lace dress just because you want to?). I've got major heart eyes over this shop. I've picked out a few pieces that I'm really wanting above and below:

*This is not a sponsored post. I do not own the images in this post. All credit goes to Wild Poppy Goods.


Hello Monday. Two months later...

Reading: I haven't been reading any books from my own collection lately. I've been too caught up in life you guys, but I'm pretty sure I've followed about fifty new blogs in the last couple months, so I've been reading a lot of blogs. It's just been giving me another reason to love doing this. 

Watching: I covered this a bit yesterday. I've seen a few too many old movies this month. I went a bit overboard, but I don't regret it. I've been watching Fixer Upper, which is just a show about flipping houses, and it's based not too far from home. I'm finding a lot to be inspired by from it, which is not something I was expecting. I've got a hankering to watch Criminal Minds while I illustrate today...

Doing: A lot of art. A lot of thinking about what I want from my art, and where I want to go from here. A lot of day dreaming about Fall. It was cloudy on and off over the weekend, and it's been fooling me. I'm more than ready for crisp morning air. Who's tired of my talking about Fall already?

Loving: I'm appreciating my surroundings. I'm finding inspiration in the trees and hills and sunsets. I'm loving the clouds and good music.

What have you been up to?


I realized Friday night that I hadn't spent very much time at all on photos. I'm a little behind on blog specific photos as well. That's all due to spending the week whipping up these illustrations and spending some time with my sketchbook. I'm my opinion, that's still a pretty productive week. I can't be mad about that. 

I've recently been really inspired by film. Specifically, Marie Antoinette, Stoker, and whatever classic film is on TV when I get around to it. The first two mentioned are two of my favorite movies in general, and I highly recommend them. I guess Turner Classic Movies is my Netflix. I also binge watched a marathon of Fixer Upper, because I'm obsessed, and now I've got home envy. Basically, I've started watching things in the background while I work, and it might be getting a little out of hand. Oh, and I can't forget all of the Nina Leen photographs I've been swooning over!

I hope everyone's enjoying their weekend!

Home Workspace Essentials

After spending a full year in a productive working space, I've been able to figure out what makes it work for me and what doesn't. Here are my opinions on what is important:

I'm talking about lighting and smells. I personally prefer natural light during the day, and lamp light by night. Natural light is a lot softer and sparks creativity during the day. Lamp light also sparks creativity, but it's also very cozy and comfortable. It makes me think of Winter and happiness.

Smells are also pretty important. Consider candles or a candle wax melter. I prefer clean, nature and/or laundry like smells during Spring and Summer, and seasonal scents like pumpkin and/or cinnamon during Fall and Winter. The right scent genuinely will affect your state of mind.

This is pretty easy. If you're a music person, listen while you work. Preferably something that inspires you. While taking a break because you're distracted by your favorite song is completely fine every once in awhile, I'd recommend sticking to a playlist you can stay on track with. 

Make sure you're sitting on something that can give you the support your body needs. A sore back is no one's friend. My desk chair is pretty beaten up, and though it's initial purpose was for studying at a desk (long before it came into my possession), it's horrible on my body. I've taken to keeping a pillow on the seat and against the back. It's not the cutest thing, but it keeps my motivation going a lot longer.

I also like to keep Midol nearby, in case any cramps or headaches pop up. Water is very important too. You're going to be horribly uncomfortable if you're dehydrated. 

It's a good idea to surround yourself with things that inspire you, no matter what specific task you're working on. I like to keep magazines and coffee-table books on my desk. Obviously the internet is a resource as well, but having something physical with you is a nice touch.

Obviously the most important thing. Make sure you're well stocked on what you need before you get too lost in your work. I always forget to bring the fresh paint water back from the sink. I'll learn some day.

What are your workspace essentials?

Doodle Every Day

I feel like I just did this post. The last week has flown by in a haze of art making and good music. So that's not a bad thing, but I don't know how to digest everything when a week passes in the blink of an eye. I'm going through my monthly artistic identity crisis, and I'm experimenting with a few things. I'm also testing old techniques to try and spark some new ideas. It's been productive, but as a result, there's no flow in this week's daily illustrations. That's fitting. They're all over the place, and so am I. In a good way though. It's good.

Some Copenhagen Runway Favorites

Though it definitely brought an edge, my favorite thing about the Copenhagen shows last week was the ease of the shows (listed below). The clothes and the models all looked effortless and carefree. It was both enjoyable and inspiring to see (through a screen). Quite a few shows were full of lightweight materials, moving with the models, and calm, neutral colors. Spring in Copenhagen is looking pretty lovely and enjoyable. I hope there's a similar vibe coming next month...

*I do not own the images in this post. Credit goes to

Set Illustrations

I can not stop swooning over wide leg trousers. I saw a photo of Mary-Kate Olsen wearing a pair, and my jaw was on the floor. I'd been so convinced that short girls would have a hard time with the fit, but I've clearly been proven otherwise. I've also fallen in love with the idea of wearing denim under a midi-dress. I might try that out when Fall comes around. Culottes are still a bit iffy, but I found a denim pair that are actually pretty nice looking (though I've also seen them worn as jeans, so that's probably why), and I think they'd be a great transition piece for the upcoming season change. Basically, I think I've just been into over-sized silhouettes lately.

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