Saturday, October 15, 2016
Hello My Loves,
I wanted to post a quick update to let you all know that I'm heading to Dubai tomorrow with Atlantis, The Palm!! This will be my first time returning to the city since my original visit 6 years. As some of you know, Dubai was the trip that inspired me to start TravelWriteDraw which is why I'm so excited to be returning for my career. I can't wait to share what I'll be working on from this trip. Be sure to follow my adventure over on Instagram @TravelWriteDraw. I'll be posting there daily.
Stay tuned for more darlings!!
Thursday, October 6, 2016
I hope you are all having a fantastic start to October!! Fortunately the weather is still forgiving in NYC and the sun is shining brightly through my favorite cafe window here in Williamsburg. I just wanted to share that I finally received my 2016 Bloglovin x H&M Award for Best Design Blog in the mail this past Monday and I couldn't be more elated. I haven't won an award since high school haha!! Holding it feels equally invigorating and surreal.
I realize that an award is really just, well, an award, and that we shouldn't get too caught-up in accolades. The real reward ultimately is doing work that is honest, fulfilling, that inspires yourself and others. But it feels amazing after 6 years of running Travel Write Draw to be acknowledged by the Bloglovin' community and all of you, my amazing readers!! So, without further ado, thank you x 1,000,000 from the bottom of my heart to everyone who voted, leaves comments, shares my content, and writes me to share their story. You have no idea how beautifully you have all colored my world. Here is to many more years to come of adventures with Travel Write Draw. I feel this is really just the beginning.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Hi Again Friends,
I'm over the moon to finally share with you that I'm partnering with Dior in celebration of their exclusive Winter 2016 Fashion Show Bag at Bergdorf Goodman!!
I have been working on this project in secrecy since May of 2016. Can you imagine trying to keep this in for that long?! I produced 3 custom illustrations to promote the event and I'll be doing live fashion portraits Sept 22-23 from 12-4 PM as a gift with purchase.
Below are the other 2 pieces I created specifically for the Dior event at BG:
And here is the invite that BG sent out to their Dior customers:
I always get so excited seeing my artwork married with the brand logos and type for an official invitation.
I also got to speak with the Social Media / Marketing team over at BG to discuss the partnership with Dior and they posted about it on their blog (see above). Here is the link as well:
If you live in NYC, do not hesitate to stop by. I would love to meet you!! More to come.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Happy September My Darlings!!
It seems utterly crazy that I'm writing this as we approach the end of the month already (holy smokes!!). Tomorrow I'm kickstarting a very exciting project (which I will discuss in the next post) and Friday is my BIRTHDAY, WAHOO!! But before all that, I had a crazy exciting NYFW that I neglected to update you on here. To summarize, I partnered with W Magazine to illustrate the gorgeous ladies attending their IT GIRL Luncheon. Below is model Ellie Stuart Hunter and Broadway actress Cynthia Erivo holding their portraits from the luncheon...
The first show I attended this season (actually the last three seasons for that matter) was Creatures of Comfort. I drew live from the runway and was so enchanted with their prints and colorblocking.
Then I partnered with Refinery 29 to promote Papyrus' room in the 29Rooms Fashion Art Funhouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
This was my first time attending 29Rooms so I went utterly bananas taking selfies in all the cool spaces.
I finished the week with a drawing marathon at Lulu's Blogger Style Studio NYFW event with my friend Brooke Hagel. I got to draw this cool chic below in her Tokyo-esque street-style look.
Somewhere in the midst of it all, I managed to do an interview with Jetsetter.com, giving a candid insider's perspective of what NYFW is really like for a fashion illustrator.
And THEN it was finally time for the 2016 Bloglovin H&M Awards, where I was nominated for Best Design Blog, and I WON!!!!!
As if the week couldn't get any better, I finished it off spending two days with the DVF team and my Mom, who flew in from Toronto for the special experience. We got to watch an exclusive fashion show of the Fall 2016 collection, get fitted for a custom wrap dress, and eat breakfast with Diane in her office. TOTALLY SURREAL. Just look at this photo of my Mom and I with Diane. We are her two blonde bookends.
It's such an exciting time for their brand with their new Creative Director Jonathan Saunders taking the lead. Below is my illustration of one of their new SS17 looks.
To finish off the season, I somehow got cited in a New York Times Article on the revival of fashion illustration. You can imagine how bloody ecstatic I was receiving a google alert, notifying me that I was mentioned in the NYTIMES!!
The article is a great read, by the way, for anyone interested in fashion illustration and where it's headed. So that about sums up my NYFW this season!! I'm so excited for my new partnership that begins tomorrow. I'll be sharing that in the next post so stay tuned.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Hello My Loves,
I'm back from the most blissful vacation in Croatia and I'm SO excited to share with you this illustrated guide I created exclusively for Conde Nast Traveler from my trip to Rome last month. As you know, I stayed with Rome Cavalieri and had the pleasure of interviewing their Digital Marketing & Communications Manager on all things Roman etiquette. This guide is the result of that interview. I hope you love it.
Check it out here: http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-08-08/5-common-mistakes-travelers-make-in-rome
Friday, August 5, 2016
I can't even believe it but today I am heading off to Croatia!! I booked this vacation thinking work would be calm during August, but as it turns out, I am completely WRONG. I have so much on my plate in preparation for September/Fashion Month and I'm completely overwhelmed. Looks like I'll be very much on email for the next 9 days lol.
As always, be sure to follow my adventures in Croatia on INSTAGRAM @TravelWriteDraw!!
Excited to share all the new partnerships I have coming up next month.
Monday, August 1, 2016
BABIES!! I'm SO over the moon, thrilled to share, that I've been nominated for a 2016 BLOGLOVIN' AWARD for Best Design Blog presented by H&M!!!! Oh my word, the announcement will be made on September 12th which is roughly the 6 year anniversary of Travel Write Draw. I can't even believe it. It feels like just yesterday I was starting this little blog with such big hopes and dreams and I'm beyond grateful for all your continued support.
If you can, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME at the link: http://www.bloglovin.com/awards
Scroll down to Best Design Blog and tap VOTE under Travel Write Draw!!!!
So much love and hugs my dears!!
Monday, July 25, 2016
I've finally returned from my whirlwind adventure in Italy and can't wait to share with you the highlights of my trip with the beautiful Rome Cavalieri. For those of you who aren't familiar with the property, it sits right above the eternal city, giving you the most unparalleled panorama views of Rome. And despite all the gold embellishment and 5 star sparkle, it feels like a true home away from home. In fact, it feels like you are visiting your very wealthy relatives who host the most lively pool parties, own the most extensive personal Italian art-collection, and boast the most warmhearted staff who make you feel so cared for.
My fellow travel mates and I, including Meagan Cignoli, Sam Horine, Katie Sturino, and Melanie Brandman, arrived in Rome bright and early on Saturday July 9th and kicked off our day with breakfast by the pool at L'Uliveto. The photo above was taken from my Imperial Room bedroom balcony. The view was just breathtaking spanning the entire city (you can see the dome of St. Peter's Bascilia to the far right).
For us, Day 1 was really about familiarizing ourselves with the property. We got to have a personal tour of the art collection, followed by an incredible walk through of the wine cellar with Sommelier Marco Reitano, before heading upstairs to the top floor for dinner at La Pergola. You can see from the photo above that the art collection hangs freely and openly amongst the hallways. The hotel is like an all access art gallery.
Honestly, I'm not quite sure I have the words to portray just HOW incredible the meal was at La Pergola. It is the only three Michelin star restaurant in Rome, and certainly one of the best in all of Italy. We got to meet the lovely and humble resident chef Heinz Beck and I had the privilege to chat with him one on one regarding his research/practice in molecular gastronomy. The dish pictured above was the first on our 7 course menu, amberjack tartare on strawberry ice crush, almond mouse and finger lime.
Day 2 began with an amazing yoga session in the hotel park, followed by a mind-blowing chakra stone massage at the Cavalieri Grand Spa Club, and the famous Sunday Brunch at L'Uliveto. I promised myself I would exercise self-control on this trip, but honestly once you see a fresh bowl of stracciatella sitting next to a mountain of fresh basil, I threw all rules out the window...
Fortunately we had the afternoon at leisure to run off some of our breakfast before our evening food tour...
I've never really mentioned this here but I am an enormous Anthony Bourdain fangirl, so you can imagine how absolutely elated I was when we kicked off the food tour at Bonci (the same pizza spot from Bourdain's layover episode in Rome). AND it was every bit as mouthwatering as I had hoped it would be.
From there things escalated to a dinner overlooking the Trevi Fountain, I repeat TREVI FOUNTAIN!! In all the times I've visited Rome, I have never seen this spectacular site from above. And as if things couldn't get any better, we finished the evening with gelato at Giolitti and all 5 New Yorkers boarded our personal vintage Bici & Baci vespas to tour Rome by night.
Rome Cavalieri, let me just say in the interest of full disclosure, that was probably the greatest night I have ever had in Italy!! I can't thank you enough. AND to think there was still another day of the trip to go...Day 3 started with a private tour of the Vatican Gardens and of course St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
The last time I visited Vatican City I was an art history student at McGill University. It felt absolutely surreal to be walking through 10 years later as a professional artist. It's amazing how life plays out sometimes.
And I honestly appreciate it even more today, than the first time I ever saw it.
A very special thank you to Meagan Cignoli for capturing this moment above. There was something so beautiful and divine about the lighting in the garden.
After our tour we headed back to the hotel for a beautiful picnic at Rome Cavalieri. The kitchen prepared the most amazing dishes complemented by Moet Chandon and our two celebrity dogs (my new best friends), Toast Meets World and Muppets Revenge.
Just look at Toast and I above laughing at all of our inside jokes. Rome Cavalieri actually has a VIP dog program which is pretty darn glamorous if you ask me.
After our picnic, it was time for a little cabana experience by the pool before getting ready for dinner in the Trastevere.
The next morning I left for Milan and eventually returned to Rome Cavalieri to finish off my last few evenings in Italy with them. I felt this huge sense of relief returning to the hotel, when the transfer arrived at Termini station to retrieve me. It had truly become a home away from home for me and I think that is a testimony to the staff and culture they foster there. I would like to extend a very BIG thank you to Frederick Hawkins and Britta Krug for making this trip so extraordinarily special. Your kindness, knowledge, and warmth made this trip so unforgettable. I'm still dreaming of my days there...
Until the next adventure!!