white lace + distressed denim

Yesterday was all about relaxing and chatting with great friends, but before any of that I made sure to do my morning routine of drinking tea and sketching. This book called One Sketch a Day is really great because it keeps me on track.

One Sketch a Day

All photo creds: Beckett 🙂

I hadn’t planned on drawing every day while in Sweden, but right before I left, my (now) mother-in-law gave me my first One Sketch a Day so every day that I lived in Sweden, I did a quick (or sometimes long) sketch. And you know what? I could see myself improve so much and it has become a great record of how I have evolved as an artist over the past few years.
victorian style
Anyway, enough about that!
I can’t remember for sure where I got this blouse, but I know it was second hand. Someone gave it to me. And I liked it so I kept it, but I never quite figured out how to style it until this week.   
I really want to hear, would you wear this look?
lace top with layered necklaces
Just the top with these two layered necklaces looks so… Old. BUT as soon as I paired it with distressed denim shorts, and bronze belt… it became something a little special.
You could also pair this with the same nude flats and purse from my last post. You could even go with a more brownish sandal or shoe and purse too.
The key to not looking frumpy in Victorian is to pair something this feminine and regal with things that are a bit more modern and dressed down.
Stay creative and classy, 

the 'torian trend

As you can see from yesterday’s post, I’m all about the Victorian trend right now. So I threw together a look that is Queen Victoria approved… or maybe Kate Middleton…? (I wish).

Top: Soprano (similar) || Skirt: Gina Tricott (old, from Sweden) || Shoes: Rock Studs (Valentino or GoJane) || Purse: Old (thrifted) similar here || Jewelry: brooch is an antique, earrings from Nordstrom

Top: Soprano (similar) || Skirt: Gina Tricott  (old, from Sweden)– similar black skirt || Shoes: Rock Studs (Valentino, Wet Seal, or GoJane) || Purse: leather, but old & thrifted (similar here & leather one here)|| Jewelry: brooch is an antique, (similar) earrings from Nordstrom

I linked a few options above for this outfit for those of you who like the pieces shown. You can also see some other options in my last post, “victorian victory or repulsive repeat?” 
Would you wear a  brooch as a hair accessory? How about on the collar of a blouse? Let me know your style in a comment below!
[I will do a tutorial soon on how to make a brooch double as a hair accessory.]
This closeup really doesn’t do this pretty hair accessory/brooch justice. ^^
victorian trend
Top: Soprano (similar) || Skirt: Gina Tricott  (old from Sweden)– similar black skirt || Shoes: Rock Studs (Valentino, Wet Seal, or GoJane) || Purse: leather, but old & thrifted (similar here & leather one here)|| Jewelry: brooch is an antique, (similar) earrings from Nordstrom
Stay classy and creative,

victorian victory or repulsive repeat?

 Because I am always inspired by fashion, I like my artwork to reflect the latest trends. But I also like my work to be timeless and classic. Toward the bottom of this post, you will find two examples of how my artwork can be inspired by fashion trends.  
  This pic was taken right before Beckett and I left for an orchestra concert this winter. Victorian, right? I thought so, hence the tea.

“In the Garden” by Edouard Manet, 1870, France

Watercolor painting called Monsieur-- available.

“Monsieur”– Watercolor– available

The painting called “Monsieur” was based on a J.Crew suit that I saw a few years ago while I lived in Sweden.  And can you guess the inspiration for the abstract painting called “Faux Pas?”
Fendi inspired artwork

“Faux Pas”– Oil on canvas — SOLD

Click here & here to find out! BTW, Monsieur is available, but Faux Pas is not. 

Anyway, that’s not the point of this post… the point is that I am currently in love with the Victorian trend that is happening right now. Yeah, another trend from history that is having a moment. I told my husband about the Victorian trend, and do you know what he said? He said, “wow these fashion people are not very creative.” lol 
InStyle Mag says

But I still like the look.

So here’s what I’m thinking, you pair a lacy skirt or at least  in a simple color with a embroidered, lace or high-neck blouse, add in some simple, but interesting jewelry— maybe a brooch (that can double as a hair clip… cough cough),– and you have yourself a great outfit!  
broochMichael KorsLace SkirtIsabel Marant mini skirtJ.Crew Factory skirtruffled lace blouse
Let me know in the comments below, are you loving the victorian thing, or will you leave it in the 19th century?

a match made in spade

Kate sure knows what she’s doing.


This Kate Spade outfit literally took my breath away in the store. That was why my husband insisted that I bought it… and when I refused, he went back for it without telling me. And boy, am I glad he did (you know: the feeling of darn I should have gotten that, it was 70% off)!!! Or am I the only person who has NON-buyers remorse?


There are very limited numbers of these left so if you like this look, act now!  Top & Skirt. Here is another super similar, classy look from Kate Spade too! Top || Skirt


Purse: Michael Kors || Shoes: Sam Edelman (similar)

The best part about a matching set is that it is so simple to style and it can be styled in so many different ways. Want to find a similar (and less expensive option) like this outfit? For a more casual look, follow this link  & this too. For a more sophisticated, dressy look, go here & here! Also, these shoes are old, but my oh my are they comfortable! No kidding, they are literally the most comfortable heels I own.. and also the tallest. They are made so well. I’ve linked some similar ones here & and some others too


Brown purse: Michael Kors || Black purse: Kate Spade


The pink  scarf on the bag is old & from my grandma Deloris.


Shoes: Kate Spade (similar)