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Mood Board Monday | a sketch + a palette . . .

sometimes I draw myself as I see myself and it looks nothing like what I look like in the present . . .

sometimes I draw myself as I see myself and it looks nothing like what I look like in the present . . .

Mood Board Monday Palette | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

a bright palette of colors for Spring w/ a little neutral thrown in for balance. . .

Hey guys, I sat down to create a mood board for you and ended up sketching what I wish I was wearing today . . .  Even though I don’t design clothes anymore, the desire to create came on strong and I just had to go with it, so this is what Mood Board Monday looks like today!
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With summer rapidly approaching, I’m noticing that my tastes are leaning toward more prints and patterns as of late. I wear so much black and gray that I guess I am feeling a little rebellious and wanting to break out of my self imposed colorless prison. So today I created a palette that has a lot of white so that the pattern is not overwhelming, even though it is actually infused with color. The beige helps to keep it grounded and lets the brighter colors have a soft tone to pop against.

What do you think? Is this a palette you would wear? 


please note:: all artwork on this site is made by me unless otherwise noted. No artwork from this site may be used without my express written permission. 

A Fashionable Hallway . . . LOVE!


Happy Friday guys! I know I have not been very vocal this week. This was the first full week of the kids being back in school. Also the first week of homework! Just trying to get back in the swing of things with the school schedule. Tomorrow is Nadiya’s birthday, so we are gearing up for a small family gathering. Life is good. I hope everything is well in your world. Get out there and make today a memorable one!!!


The Worn Identity: Church on Sunday

Church on Sunday . . .

One of the things I learned from polling you, my lovely readers, was that you wanted to see more personal style posts. Well, being the perfectionist that I am, I couldn’t bear to upload shady cell phone shots of me in the bathroom smiling (or not) into the mirror. Since I do not have the luxury of having a personal photographer follow me around 24/7, I decided to go about it another way. (at least until I beef up my photography skills a little more). I’ve decided to post my outfits as personal style drawings. I love to draw and I don’t do it nearly as much as I would like to, so now, thanks to you guys, I have reason to once again! I’ve decided to label my personal style posts: The Worn Identity.  I call it that because I believe that what we choose to put on our bodies represents an aspect of who we are in some way, or who we choose to portray ourselves as that day.  As you get to know me better, you will see that I channel many personalities via my clothes, as I am sure many of you do. It is a great form of expression. Hope you enjoy! xo

Fashion Illustrated: Kareem Iliya

Illustration by Kareem Iliya

I have had a love affair with fashion illustration since I could hold a pen. I toyed with majoring in illustration in school, but my love for design won out. I collect the images of any fashion illustration that catches my eye, however, Kareem Iliya is my all-time favorite illustrator of fashion. His watercolors are works of art, and have appeared in various editions of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and the New York Times to name a few. He has even done ad work for several luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Fendi, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. More recently he has illustrated the covers of several F. Scott Fitzgerald books, including The Great Gatsby. One day I hope to commission him to do an original piece for my living room. Then I could gaze at the beauty of his work daily. Check out the slideshow below for more of his treasures.


Who are some of your favorite artists?

all images courtesy of Kareem Iliya

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