Category Archives: FASHION

EMPIRE STATE OF MIND

As the talented Alicia Keys famously sang….

“I can make it anywhere! Yea, they love me everywhere!” I confidently thought, coming home from my first Friday night out in New York City in a few years.

First, was a large catch up dinner with friends at The Smith, followed by a very late night at The Gray Lady….happy on one, or two, or five glasses of wine, I can’t really recall….I caught a cab home at 4 in the morning… I was already intoxicated by the Big Apple.

Then, just as I thought, this city isn’t so tough, “We’re at your stop, Lady! Get out of my cab!” 

“This isn’t my stop!” I said proudly. I actually knew where I was!

“This is your stop. Greenwich Ave.”

“I said Greenwich St.”

“No…walk. Get out of my cab.” I proceeded to pay the cab driver for dropping me 6 blocks away from where I was staying. As I’m about to slam the door shut….“Where’s my tip?” 

NEW YORK…Possibly the only city that you can still love, after it repeatedly “kicks your ass” (as my friend, Alessandra describes)

My two weeks here is coming to an end and I ate, drank, walked, made it to fashion week, and witnessed a blizzard. New York truly kicked my ass…but I still love it and will be coming back for more.

There were a few highlights…one of which was seeing the Monika Chiang show for New York Fashion Week. Of course, a blizzard was coming our way and I still chose to go!

I was hardly fashionable. Timberland boots, a long coat and a faux fur russian hat my friend lent me (It saved my head from flash freezing). Needless to say, I was warm enough, and I did not fall on my face walking on the icy sidewalks! SUCCESS!

Here is a little drawing of me in the hat that saved my life!

Russian Hat

The show…was…full of people. Here are a couple of looks that I adored.

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As we left the show, something skinny and tall walked passed me followed by about 100 photographers. It was Olivia Palermo, looking pretty glamorous, albeit struggling not to slip on the ice on her sky high heels. Ps.. She was wearing a GIANT russian hat…Maybe  I was a bit more fashionable than I thought? 🙂

As a matter of fact…I found this picture on the internet of her outfit yesterday…..We were so close to her that my aunt managed to accidentaly become a photobomber! There she is on the top right with…yes…another fur hat! I was to her right, likely saying something like, “oh it’s so slippery, that photographer bumped into me!”

I honestly believe that Ms. Palermo blocked me from getting into this picture, completely ruining my chance at super stardom. LOL

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After the show, blizzard Nemo did not disappoint. The icy rain fell and fell and fell. After getting into the wrong subway (an attempt to save money) I gave up and my mission now was to find a cab and get to my cousins apartment in Tribeca before dinner.

Of course! All cabs were off duty!

“Okay Pia…brave the blizzard, stick your arm out to anything passing” ……15 mins…20 mins….YES! Got one! “I’m going to Tribeca, (insert address of cousin)”

Inside the cab, I proceed to brush off snow, check my phone and compose myself after 30 minutes trying to hail a cab. The cab driver then starts speaking to me saying why he can’t drop me off here, he’ll drop me off there instead blah, blah, etc. etc.

I was exasperated. “Yea yea sure.” I said, not really listening to a word he said.

…….He dropped me off 20 minutes away from where I wanted to go. I hate New York.

I decided to just walk to my brother’s apartment and brave the snow. After 15 minutes, I was warm at home, on the verge of a bad cold… I hesitantly cancelled dinner with my girlfriends, I was too much of a wuss to go back out there…NYC kicked my ass yet again.

After showering, changing into pajamas and a warming glass of red wine, my brother and I ordered in some Westville. Nothing is better than comfort food on a cold, cold day.

….I’m writing this blog post the day after, about to leave for brunch with my friends in the now sunny, white coated city….

I love New York again.

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FASHION: A few new illustrations for Bybaya.com

Here are my latest illustrations for French fashion Blog, www.Bybaya.com

Click on the titles to view the full article (in French)…English version coming soon! 🙂

Le Polo de Ralph Lauren

POLO RALPH LAUREN

La botte Aigle

AIGLE BOOTS

Le Muse d’Yves Saint-Laurent

MUSE

Les Spicy de Louis Vuitton

SPICY SANDAL

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La Belle Histoire du Bon Marché

Hi All!

I know I haven’t been posting often, but it has been busy busy busy on my corner especially with the holidays! Right now, I am in Vancouver, BC spending time with my mothers side of the family! I have not been back in about three years so I am really enjoying myself! 🙂

Anyway, another thing that kept me busy was my collaboration with amazing French blog, ByBaya. I have really loved working with Berenice to create amazing posts about fashion and fashion history.

The other week, we got the incredible opportunity to contribute an illustrated article for the 160th Anniversary of Le Bon Marche Rive Gauche! Berenice wrote a beautiful article (in French) about the history of the famous store and I had the pleasure of illustrating a few images portraying special edition items at Le Bon Marche as well as recognizable symbols of the famous Paris store.

It was a week straight of hard work, but now it is up on Le Bon Marche’s Facebook page! and featured on ByBaya as well!

Since they have put it up, I am going to show you guys some photos on L.S. Illustrated as well! Hope you like them!

SHOWCASE Text (dawning of a new day1) SHOWCASE TEXT (dawning of a new day 2)

LE BON MARCHE GAME

LE BON MARCHE TOWEL OF BABEL 2 LE BON MARCHE FACADE LE BON MARCHE DOLL HOUSE

GOOD NEWS FOR US ENGLISH SPEAKERS!

Blog ByBaya is launching its English version before the new year! No more google translate! Stay tuned for the announcement on L.S. Illustrated’s blog and Facebook page!

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FASHION: ROCIO OLBES

Here is a portrait of a good friend and bag designer, Rocio Olbes!

Thought i’d try my hand in a pen and ink style! 🙂

ROCIO COLOURROCIO B&W

 

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FASHION: DVF Carolina Lip Clutch and a Few Reasons Why She is Pretty Darned Legendary

I have recently become the biggest fan of Diane Von Furstenberg. Yes, I am a bit late on this one!

Not that I wasn´t a fan before, it´s just that lately, for some reason, I have become so aware of how much of a legend she is.

Here are a few reasons why…

 She was formerly known as Diane, PRINCESS of Fürstenberg — I´m still not sure if she had a pony…most likely. 

She has an Andy Warhol painting…of herself

She introduced an icon in women´s apparel….the wrap dress.

She is pretty much the most appropriate candidate to be any young career woman´s idol.

Also,

She has the best hair and wicked eyebrows.

In a nutshell, I want to be Diane Von Furstenberg when I grow up.

A big reason why I love her designs so much is that while being playful with so many patterns and colours, she still manages to make the wearer look elegant.

Which brings me to the Carolina Lip Clutch in her latest collection:  Playful yet Elegant…I really want this in my closet. Please Santa! I have been really good this year!

Footnote: What inspired her famous lip logo? Check out the article HERE

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NEWS: Find My Work On A New French Fashion Blog

Hi everyone! I have been dying to share this news with you all and I finally get to spread the news! There is a new French fashion blog in town and I am the official illustrator!

Let me introduce you to, www.ByBaya.com! Based in Paris, ByBaya is the brain child of writer and fashionista, Berenice Foussard – Nakache. It talks about all aspects of fashion, from history, icons and trendsetters to items you just need to have! I am so DELIGHTED to be contributing!

It is written entirely in French, but hopefully, to those of you who don’t speak the language (like myself) will let the photos and illustrations speak for themselves! Plus, pretty much everything sounds better in French am I right? 🙂

So check out the blog HERE , and for updates on posts, please like ByBaya’s Facebook page HERE!

Here are a few of the many illustrations I have contributed to By Baya!

La robe portefeuille de Diane Von Furstenberg

La saharienne d’Yves Saint-Laurent

Les Stilettos de Sergio Rossi

Les ballerines BB de Repetto

L’oreille absolue

 

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LOOKBOOK: It’s A Guy-Girl Thing

I admit that every woman wearing her man’s shirt will look sexy, no fail.

But what about when she wears her man’s…everything? Well, a few things 🙂

Having said that, today’s long overdue lookbook entry features an outfit that I absolutely love for the Fall! It also celebrates the fact that that women can indeed, do anything, including wear clothes that were originally made for men….and make them look sexier! Yey girls! 🙂

THE MOTORCYCLE JACKET:

These first appeared in 1928 and sold for $5 at the Harley Davidson Store in New York. Since then, it was worn by icons such as Marlon Brando and James Dean. In 1970, the one and only Ms. Debbie Harry cut off the sleeves and the rest is style history.

WORKER BOOTS:

Nothing mysterious about the origin of these boots! They were originally worn by working men on a construction site! Steel-toed Timberlands anyone? 🙂 When the first prototype for women came out, I do not exactly know, but they are surprisingly feminine for an originally masculine shoe. I love this pair of Panama Jacks.

JEANS:

“Blue jeans” made from denim or dungaree, invented by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss, was originally made for cowboys. Not until the 1950’s did it become popular among teenagers.

With this look, If the boot is slim around the ankles, go for extra long skinny jeans then roll them up a little for a slight cuff to go over the boot.

If the boot has a large tongue, tuck the jeans in.

BURNT ORANGE TURTLENECK:

Hehe okay, not originally for men, but you must add a touch of your femininity to your “all guy” outfit. In my case, it is a classic turtleneck.

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