Happy Thanksgiving, my U.S. friends!
I am thankful for all of you - for your kind comments, emails, support, and simply being here. Thank you.
I'm fascinated with reading other people's food diaries; both because I'm nosy and because I always find new things to incorporate into my routine. And with the weather turning cool, I feel like getting in the kitchen again.
So I love Grub Street's food diaries - especially this recent one from Dita Von Teese. I found a few new favorite restaurants and Kimberly Snyder's Glowing Green Smoothie which basically makes me feel like I get all my fruit & vegetable req's in one go in the morning. And it's not the most vile thing in the world. Basically anything Dita does to look like that at 40, I want to be doing.
You can find the Glowing Green Smoothie recipe here.
I'm so excited to share all the illustrations I did for Huffington Post Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide issue! Huffington is a tablet-only magazine started this year by the Huffington Post; it's really beautifully designed and leading the way in reinventing weekly news mags that are now sadly folding in print (RIP Newsweek). You can download it free in the App store.
I was contacted by AD Andrea Nasca to illustrate a map of the US and the skylines of eight cities they were featuring local gifts from on the Holiday Road Trip. Here are a few of them:
New York City
Many thanks to Andrea for the fun job!
As you may already know, I illustrate a monthly food column for the sweet blog Freutcake. Leah has the greatest recipes (besides the ones for the column), nail art tutorials, food rec's around LA, and is a super sweet gal to boot!
Four ways is a monthly food column that uses a seasonal produce in, well, four ways! This month, it's fresh cranberries! I may just have to make these white chocolate cranberry tart for Thanksgiving.
To follow-up all the excitement of the holiday cards, I'm also releasing a new set of Thank You postcards. Inspired by old circus design and colors, I originally designed these to go in my Etsy packages (which is another way to get one) and I thought they might be nice for other people to have in their stationery arsenal. We never really run out of reasons to need Thank You cards on hand, and what's better than having a quick postcard to drop in the mail?
They're here! Two holiday cards I worked on for this season are now up and available for sale in my Etsy shop.
There's the Holiday Cookie Chart card, which highlights the popular winter tradition of cookie baking & eating. Each set of 8 includes coordinating light turquoise envelopes with nice long Euro flaps for fanciness. Trust me, your loved ones will notice that you've gotten extra fancy this year.
For animal & cat lovers, there's the Kitten Wreath card featuring a sweet tabby playing in a vintage ornament wreath by Winkeland Wreaths (who also happens to be my booth partner at Renegade Craft Fair in a few short weeks)! This A2 (4.25 x 5.5") card also comes in a set of 8 with coordinating light turquoise envelopes.
Did I mention they're also packaged up in gold boxes with clear lids, wrapped in peppermint twine so they'd be good for gifts as well? Check em out and I can't wait to hear what you think.
Hi friends. Things have been crazy busy the last couple weeks, as they are apt to do during the holiday season, so I'm haven't been able to update as much as I'd want.
Last week we had family in town, which was lovely to share a few days breaking bread with them, and then we were in Vegas for my favorite birthday jaunt, and when I got back I had a huge freelance job to work on (so excited to share that soon).
In the midst of all this, my wisdom teeth came in with an unpleasant bang so I had to get them out asap on Friday. It worked out way easier than I had anticipated - I want to take valium and laughing gas before every surgery now, please.
Every birthday for me is a huge time of reflection. I like to make a big dream goals list (i.e. 28 things to do while 28), and really think about how I'm spending my time and the company I keep. The one thing I love best about getting older is, to be quite frank, that I honestly give a fuck less.
I was talking about this with a friend, and she also mentioned that with getting older you realize time is more precious and you certainly can't buy it. So you are more selfish with the way you spend it. And I only want to spend it making things I'm proud of, and developing friendships that are compassionate, fulfilling, and nurturing.
Here's to a new year, a new leaf. Oh, and to relate it back to Sunday Style Section - I'm spending most of this weekend at home shooting/developing new products for the shop & holiday fair, and online shopping for a new wardrobe. I love this glitter + denim look from A-Thread. Perfect for fall/winter work-to-holiday-party transitions.
Happy November! November is my favorite month because it starts with my birthday, has a lovely three day weekend in the middle, and ends with my favorite holiday - the one involving eating and gratitude.
If you're from or in the LA area, mark your calendars for December 8th + 9th for the super awesome event where you can do all your holiday shopping in one fell swoop. Christina will have gorgeous vintage ornament wreaths she handmakes herself, and I will be dropping a whole new line of paper goods, new prints, and your favorites from my shop.
Stay tuned because I'll be slowly adding new products to the shop throughout the month of November for those of you who won't be in the area. I'm so excited for all the things to come, and I hope you are too.