an interview with illustrator kt smail

October 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Illustration KT Smail

I recently interviewed one of my favorite illustrators ever — the illustrator of everything from fashion editorial to (s)Mythology, an extraordinary painter of flora, and the master of bespoke stationery, KT Smail. KT is a Scottish illustrator, designer, and painter based in Brooklyn, NY, whose work has been featured on DesignLoveFest (which is where I first saw KT’s work – a super cute watermelon painting that I used as my iPhone background) and Refinery29. Her illustrations are just dreamy and her bespoke wedding stationery is probably the best I’ve ever seen (see her full line of work at whatKTdoes). In this interview, KT talks about her illustrations, making mistakes, finding success in the creative industry, and her dream project.

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wedding dresses for the fashion-loving bride

October 20, 2014 § 1 Comment

wedding dresses for the fashion loving bride

From the top left: Random inspo pic, Erdem SS15, Katie Shillingford’s Gareth Pugh wedding dress, Alexander McQueen SS15, Valentino SS15, Valentino SS13 Couture

I have been living and breathing in Pinterest ever since wedding planning began (I know, Pinterest is mostly made for DIY mommies, BUT with lots – LOTS – of digging there’s some really good wedding stuff on there!). Likewise, I’ve been disturbing Andrew’s sleep with the light of my iPad screen practically every night at 3 a.m. (sorry!).

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box cut

October 2, 2014 § 5 Comments


The Whitepepper dress, ASOS wedges, Fjällräven backpack

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to read and to watch

September 28, 2014 § Leave a comment


I was in LA so I haven’t been able to post these past few days (I was busy eating, spa-ing, discussing online dating profiles, spotting celebrities, learning that Nicole Richie is THE tiniest woman in the world, not sleeping, and eating some more). It was the birthday of my dear friend Chynna who was celebrating for an entire weekend with an infinite amount of food (this girl had a sushi buffet lunch and fancy Napa Rose dinner, plus she had two birthday cakes from Portos and a pre-birthday chocolate cake). Chynna’s an overindulgent wine and dine whore and it’s why I love her.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite reads and videos from the Interwebs last week. I found all of these articles and videos to be actually interesting (read: something worth giving your attention to for longer than a minute). If you’re anything like me, I think you might get something out of them, too.
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a haiku book review: it by alexa chung

September 18, 2014 § 3 Comments

alexa chung it

I was having a particularly bad day when I bought It by Alexa Chung: I mistimed my TB test so I had to pay another $20 to get a second needle in my arm, I busted my ass over a poorly paid gig on a pretty damn hot day in the Tenderloin (just being there makes any person feel extra grimey and sweaty), and USPS may have lost my package. The day was getting more annoying as it went on and it’d only been a couple hours. So I went to Anthropologie downtown unenthused to shop for the thing that USPS probably lost, and I found It instead.

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who I am & why I’m here

September 15, 2014 § 15 Comments

I’ve been blogging since foreverago when Geocities and Homestead were all the rage, and before IM-ing in AOL became ancient history. I discovered that not only do I like to write, but I enjoyed putting my thoughts up online (doing weird stuff in the code to make text fly and gifs dance around became more fun than playing with my lego set, a pretty big change for my 11-year-old self). Since my early blogging days, I’ve made a lot of blogs – a lot – all that I’ve closed down because of 1. embarrassment and 2. more embarrassment, but I still look back on fondly as a record of my past self.

So, who am I and why am I here?

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a speech for artists

September 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

How is it that a graduating class gets to hear this amazing commencement speech by author Neil Gaiman, and I can’t even remember who the hell spoke at my graduation? Gaiman’s speech is so inspirational, especially for artists where rules of success are never clear or set in stone. Thanks The Daily Post for sharing this.

lessons in denim

August 16, 2014 § 1 Comment

I’ve talked a lot about my unquenched love for denim on Chictopia. My latest denim obsession is the lazy day jeans. A little loose, high waisted, rugged and worn in. Unfortunately you can’t just drop by a Zara to get the perfect pair of everyday jeans. Not to mention that the back of a pair of high waisted jeans are the least forgiving thing on a woman.

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August 10, 2014 § 3 Comments

Cos dress, Ananias sandals

My iPod was in a box in my closet collecting dust for years since I became a grown up and got an iPhone, but after starting a whole jog exercise thing (never say never!), I unboxed it. So, I rediscovered podcasts and saw that Aisha Tyler had her own podcast called Girl on Guy. I LOVED her in interviews I had seen and found out she’s actually so much more thoughtful when you get to really listen to her for longer than the standard punch-out-ten-jokes interview time. She interviews comedians, producers and actors for an hour and a half and ends every show with the guest’s embarrassing self-inflicted wounds story. If you’re a lost twenty something, or thirty something, or sixty something, and you like comic book nerd stuff – listen to Girl on Guy. Aisha Tyler is a hilarious comedian and she’s also hot which is totally relevant to a podcast.

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what to eat, see and do in berlin (part 1)

August 4, 2014 § 2 Comments

berlin circus

Let me backtrack to why my fiancé and I suddenly went on a trip to Europe with just 1.5 months notice. The short version of the story goes like this: I quit my job and I desperately wanted to go abroad and detox and be somewhere where I’m a complete outsider and look at art and all that stuff that detoxing entails. Somewhere in that time I got engaged, which also led to me feel like: oh, shit, I’m engaged, soon to have a wedding, with no job, but I’m spending $3,000 on a trip to Europe. Smart. So, we went to Europe, it was awesome, and I did look at art and stuff.

Our first stop was Berlin, a beautiful city with plenty of scenic parks, great museums, good food, excellent public transportation, and the added perk of stylish people with great taste. We fell in love with Berlin the moment we walked the streets of Mitte – I mean, I did at that moment. Birkenstocks and makeup-less women are the norm there!

When planning our itinerary, I found that most blogs and online reviews led us to the wrong places (especially Yelp in Berlin – Yelp reviewers who are visiting Berlin review some very average restaurants very highly). We’re into nice parks, art, design, good food and style so if you’re going to Berlin and are into the same things, hopefully this list will help you out.

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