Maternity Clothing Giveaway!

posted on: 1.26.2016

Jacket: Vintage, Top: c/o PinkBlush Maternity, Bag: Etienne Aigner

Look, we all know that horizontal stripes are the pattern to avoid when wanting to give the illusion of a slimmer figure. However, at almost 30 weeks pregnant, there is no color or pattern in the world that could minimize my obvious mid section orb. There is only one true option, and that is to simply embrace the extra poundage and strut those stripes. 

Stripes and I are old friends, and thanks to the fabulous online maternity boutique that is PinkBlush Maternity, I was able to find a top that utilizes my beloved pattern while also making room for that mountain which was once a bump. PinkBlush caters to moms to be and the typical shopper with a regular wear shop too! Although I must say I am quite partial to their maternity clothes, I had to stop myself from going nuts in the maternity dresses section. Any who, my fellow pregnant peeps and bumpless babes- I highly recommend this brand if not only for their vast selection of cute maternity clothes, but at the very least for their insanely affordable prices! 

But guys, the good news doesn't stop there! The wonderful team at PinkBlush has decided to offer one lucky reader a $75 gift card! All I need you to do is the following:

Comment with your email address below!

That's it! I'll announce the winner on February 8th, good luck!

Hobo Chic

posted on: 1.20.2016

Jewelry: c/o Rocksbox (Use code IDRAWSKIESXOXO to get your first month free!)

I'll be the first to admit that since I became a full-time painter my "office" attire quickly turned into hobo chic. OK fine, chic has no place in that description. Hobo and hobo alone has become my daily style, but hear me out. First and foremost, the only individual available to pass judgment on my studio look is my pug and he should talk. Secondly, when I paint I move. I switch from standing up to sitting down constantly, sometimes I even lie on the floor and work. Flexibility and wearability in my outfits are essential. Thirdly, most importantly, is the fact that I have ruined one to many pieces of nicer clothing for the sake of fashion that no one sees. I am that girl that eats and has crumbs surrounding her plate or that girl that needs a tide pen with her at all times, so you can be sure that when I paint it's a mess. I've even found paint in my ear once...explain that one.

What I am getting to is for the sake of still feeling like a person with a job, and a feminine person at that, sometimes I need to do something that adds the chic to my hobo. Thus I have found that even a little bit of dainty jewelry and some make-up can go a long way. Just putting on earrings and the slightest bit of sparkle can suddenly make me feel presentable, even in my husband's old shirt and ripped pajama pants. What do you do to transform drab into fab? I'd love to hear your ideas!

The Battle of the Bump and Overcoat

posted on: 1.12.2016

Sweater: c/o Dresslink, Pants: Pea in the Pod, Boots: Minnetonka

I know I whine a lot about dressing the bump, but guys it's wayyyy harder than I thought it would be! Current dilemma: how to wear jackets and cardigans without them looking child size. I mean it, contrast is everything. Take any normal sized jacket and put it against my beach ball of a belly and suddenly said jacket becomes miniature. Solution: oversize it! Thanks to this cardigan from Dresslink, and styles like this and this the bump and the coat settle in balance. Thank goodness I live in Southern California where two layers suffice. I don't think I would leave the house if down jackets had to be factored into my daily attire.

PS: This week marks my entry into the third trimester! As my mother says, "It's the final countdown!"

Pug Problems

posted on: 1.05.2016

Turtleneck: c/o Zaful

Good morning all! Today I am thoroughly enjoying the beginnings of El NiƱo rain with a cup of coffee and Chopin.  If only my furry friend would also embrace the sweet sounds of pitter patter on the roof top and relax a bit, this morning would be ideal. Unfortunately, Admiral James is on one and so there goes my peace along with dust, leaves, and water down that storm drain.

To counteract my diminishing patience I am posting a few pictures from before the Holiday where my pug was closer to the version of himself I most enjoy- borderline comatose. Kidding...I love that dog of mine.

NYE with a Bump

posted on: 12.31.2015

Dress: c/o Zaful, Earrings: c/o Rocksbox <USE code "idrawskiesxoxo" to get a month free!>, Necklaces: Vintage

In anticipation of the big night, I asked myself sometime last week: "How does a pregnant lady dress for NYE?" If I wore sequins I was sure people would read my outfit as a costume of "The NYE Ball" itself. If I sported my usual all black I would look no different than a casual Thursday evening. And worst of all, if I attempted to rock anything short or even a tad bit scandalous I would look utterly ridiculous. "What to do?" The debate continued in my head. Finally I found the answer after hours of online window shopping. "Velvet!" Velvet was the solution. Soft, stretchy, jazzy but perfectly understated. Thanks to Zaful I scored this blue baby just in time for the big night. Ironically, I decided to forgo all dress worthy events and opt for an easy night in with friends. Sweats were always the ideal option anyway.

Holiday Make-up Ideas

posted on: 12.21.2015

As a painter I've aways enjoyed doing my own make-up. I especially love the holidays when a rocking little extra glitter or a bolder shadow is totally acceptable. So with Christmas this week, Holiday parties in full swing and NYE just around the corner I thought I'd send you off with a few ideas on how to jazz up those lids. Happy Holidays friends, xoxo.
In painting, to make a color pop you usually pair it with it's complimentary color, thus blue-eyes are best paired with oranges, browns and/or golds. However, I find that using a variety of blues, although your eyes may appear slightly grayer, can also draws attention to the color itself. What I am saying is- don't be afraid to match your shadow to your iris, the more blue the better! Not to mention, dark blues and purples are a great way to switch up your smokey eye game.
Since green is virtually non-existent in my shadow pallet, I chose to use light tan and blush shadows paired with green sparkled eyeliner instead. I wanted my face to say "I love Christmas!" without looking like an elf escapee from the North Pole. 
Finally, above you will see the holiday up version of my normal eye approach. As you read above, golds and browns make blues pop, so my usual shadow game involves some sort of range of these colors. But since it's the most wonderful time of the year, I chose to amp up the look with gold liquid eyeliner. If you love sparkles and shiny things as much as I do I strongly suggest you invest in a few glitter eyeliners. Trust me, you'll love having that extra pizazz for a special occasions. 

*All make-up c/o Born Pretty. Be sure to use the discount code UPG10 when shopping for your Holiday make-up needs at Born Pretty!

...then by all means, paint!

posted on: 12.16.2015

Necklace: c/o Rocksbox <USE code "idrawskiesxoxo" to get a month free!>

"If you hear a voice within you saying, "you are not a painter," then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." -Vincent Van Gogh

Once upon a time, I shared quotes weekly that I found to be inspiring and/or particularly moving. Those posts have long since dissipated, but perhaps they will slowly reappear on days when this lady could use a little extra creative or motivational pick-me-up. So behold a quote from VVG that I revisit quite often, and be sure to check out the new paintings I've added to my site! T-8 days until Christmas friends, whose pumped?!