Category Archives: LIFESTYLE

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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Illustration Inspirations: From Your Bedroom to The Catwalk

As artists, fashionistas or admirers of the artistic world, we know that inspiration is the driving force behind our raison d’être, but in this modern, ad-infested, digitally-charged era it can be difficult to be inspired on demand.

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Coco Chanel once said, “since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.”

This is particularly applicable to those in the artistic fields, as creative minds require out-of-the-box thinking and a steady supply of stimulation. Whether your dream aspirations in life revolve around achieving Louvre-esque status, or you aim to be a fashion consultant, or a world-class shopper, shifting your environment toward inspiration will help you facilitate ease and productivity in many arenas.

Transform the Space You Have

Your home should be a bastion of inspiration, a mecca for your mind, and surrounding yourself with visually appealing accents and creature comforts is a must for maximum creativity. According to Forbes, the color blue can help facilitate creativity, and the color red can incite good performance and enhance short-term memory. Loose, flowing drapes can add prestige and elegance to even the most drab of spaces, and even small touches like white roses in decoupage vases can breathe new life into your surroundings. Gracing the wall with your favorite quotes and prints can help remind you of your dreams in the first place. The sky is the limit when it comes to donning your space with the best accessories and ambiance for your taste.

Here are a few little drawings of what I would have as accents to my home

Flowers

White flowers (especially orchids) add a bit of elegance

Inscense

Your favourite scent: It is always nice to enter a nice smelling place!! – This type above looks great too

Model Man

I always have to add my artist background into the mix 😉

Take a Journey Through Different Eras

Most great artistic minds find at least one piece of their inspiration pie from the past. Renaissance greats like Michaelangelo, Da Vinci and Caravaggio all sought profound inspiration from Classical Greek and Roman artists as well as Biblical stories and themes. Most singers and songwriters were inspired by music of the past at a very young age, and fashion designers almost always credit bygone eras for their most innovative trends. Apply this to your life by seeking out the triumphs and beautiful results of those that came before you. Spending some time browsing French fashions as interpreted by artists is a fantastic place to start. Or, perhaps you’re more inspired by the ornate trends of the Ottomon Empire throughout the ages. Looking at the past is a wonderful way to ensure a creative future.

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This is one of the first illustrations I did inspired by Warhol, music, and fashion

Be One With Nature, Realistically

From the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to Walden Pond, nature is another unending source of ethereal beauty and inspiration. Nature is the ultimate color palette, whether it’s a weed growing through a crack on a sidewalk or the Redwood National Forest, drawing inspiration from nature is the ultimate artist’s weapon. Nature can also be brought into your home through the simple purchase of house plants, or a jaunt through your local park for some wildflowers. The act of seeking out nature alone is an age-old way to bolster those creative juices. No matter which creative lens you seek to tap into your artistic mind through, there are certainly no shortages in daily life, it’s time to let your illustration inspirations loose.

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NEWS: FIND MY ILLUSTRATIONS ON HOMEGROWN.PH!

Hi Guys!

I am happy to announce that I am now a contributing illustrator for www.homegrown.ph! Homegrown is a great new online magazine for aspiring entrepreneurs in the Philippines. It gives to tips and tricks of the trade from how to register your brand to how to battle the stresses of everyday work! I am really happy to be contributing to such a great new company!

Click on the titles to view the full articles on Homegrown!

BEAT STRESS WITH A GOOD BOOK

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HOW TO BEAT THE HOLIDAY STRESS

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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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JUST A PUPPY ILLUSTRATION

Here is a puppy illustration…just for fun! And who doesn’t like puppies? 😀

Happy Friday! 

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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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LIFESTYLE: The Art of the Long Morning

I cannot deny that given the chance, I could sleep straight into the afternoon without even trying! My boyfriend actually envies the fact that I can “catch up on sleep” 5 days in a row.

However, for a person that has the ability to sleep like a hibernating bear, I truly relish the days I wake up at a decent hour and have a truly “long morning” …

So what exactly do I mean when I say “long morning?”

Everyone has their own way of doing it. I, for example, take two hours to finish my coffee…and I don’t mind it getting cold. I still drink it.

One of my friends makes breakfast, does the laundry and watches a TV show, the other takes a nice shower. The long morning is quality time with yourself, and once you have mastered it, you will cherish it just as much as I do.

Tips to a successful long morning:

First: Make sure you don’t have any really pressing obligations, like an exam or meeting! Eep!

Wake up no later than 10am and do not do any work before 2pm

Don’t sleep in TOO late…the whole point of the long morning is…well…the morning!

Nix the drinks the night before

Need I say more? Hangovers kinda suck.

 

Wear a comfy sweater or PJ’s

Forget the contact lenses if you have glasses

And best of all…

Make the best cup of coffee (or tea) evarr!

So how do you guys relax in the mornings?

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NEWS: “LET THEM EAT CAKE”

“A balanced diet is a slice of cake in each hand.” 

Indeed it is! I would like to present to you all the new website of my dear friend and fabulous cake maker, Maria Dolonius! I was so delighted when she asked me to do the illustrations for this new venture of hers and had no doubt it would be super chic, simple and classy!

You can order a “Couture” Cake inspired by your favourite designer! She has already done an Alexander McQueen!

AND you can pick from flavours like Spiced Carrot and Lemon Poppyseed! I get fat thinking about it all! 🙂

So if any of you in the Philippines are having a party and need a great cake centerpiece, visit

Ingrid Maria Cakes!

Congratulations Maria! I hope the world gets to taste all your delicious goodies!

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FASHION: YOUR “I DO” SHOE

I have been a little MIA over this past month. What can you do? summer makes many people MIA…especially in Spain! It’s such a different life in Europe. Vacations are sacred! It’s fantastic (when you’re on vacation!)

Anyway, in the past few weeks, I received TWO wedding announcements!! One of my best friends, and my cousin are getting married next year! And next year isn’t so far away! Weddings are really hard work, you have to think of minute details…from table settings, colour schemes, all the way down to your shoes…

I always ask myself what kind of wedding shoes would I wear! I guess it really depends where you are!

Guest Poster Andrew Wenzel gives us the when and where / do’s and don’ts of your “I do” shoe!

Depending on the type of bride you will be, the location of your wedding might help decide your style. With the dress—anything goes (just avoid heavy lace or velvet covering your body in an outdoor summer wedding). With the shoes—consider the terrain.

Meadow or Lawn Wedding

If you are walking down the aisle across a damp grassy knoll, save your stilettos for the after party or you may find yourself sunk, stuck or shoeless. There would be nothing worse than taking a fall in front of everyone. Consider flats for this type of ceremony. Whether you’re a romantic, shabby chic or wild bride, there are a wide variety of specialty slippers to consider for the special walk down the aisle.

If your heart is set on the new 3-inch high Christian Louboutin Cinderella slippers, try heel stoppers. This small invention makes a big difference by allowing you to keep standing tall in your stilettos. Heel stoppers are little attachments that widen the base of your heel allowing you to walk on grass and helping you avoid tripping on cracks. They can be adorned with stones and color to parallel your style.

Beach Bride

Avoid getting sand in your shoes by wearing either special flip flops or ballet slippers when sharing your vows near the sea. You can also simply go barefoot. Although an open-toe shoe is typically a “don’t” for the bride at her wedding ceremony, it’s perfectly acceptable to adorn your perfectly manicured feet with foot jewelry. Jewels are strung on an elastic strap that loops around your ankle and toe. Light and comfortable, foot jewelry, or “barefoot sandals,” is the perfect answer for the beach bride. Let the sand cushion your stroll to the alter.

Cobblestone Street

When marrying on cobblestone streets or stone walkways, consider wearing slings or classic pumps. With super-thin heels, you run the risk of looking clumsy on these ancient, uneven streets. There is still a lot you can do, even with shoe restrictions. The “shoe world” is your oyster, as far as style goes. You might consider your shoes be the good luck token of the “something blue” wedding tradition and choose a pale blue Prada sling or a Badgley Mischka cobalt peep toe.

Rain or Shine

This wedding is going to happen come rain or shine. If there is the slightest chance of rain, avoid velvet, suede or any other material that might be ruined if it gets wet. Think about what fabrics and textures work in different types of environment. If you’re getting married in a small space or on a rocky terrain, avoid patent leather because it can get easily scraped.  

No matter the terrain you choose for your special day, be sure your shoes fit, are comfortable and appropriate. Go wild with color, studs and glitter. Unlike your wedding dress, you can wear these shoes again and again. The place to express yourself is under the dress. And, really, anything goes.

Thanks Andrew for your great post!

Have a great article you want illustrated??  Email me at lsillustrated@gmail.com

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