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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Variations - Skirt Edition

More interview outfits - I wonder if I can actually even get hired at this point...

I was always a bit hesitant to wear skirts without tights/stockings to interviews.  However, because of the perpetual heat of NY, I eventually gave in.  I think the key is to stick with neutral colors, a conservative fit, and have the skirt hem fall closer to your knees than your mid-thigh.  Also, I tend to tone down this kind of look a bit by wearing ballet flats instead of these heels.

H&M blouse, vintage skirt, Payless heels

T by Alexander Wang blouse, vintage skirt, Payless heels

Monday, August 27, 2012

Variations - Trouser Edition

It has certainly been the summer of interviews.  I have honestly lost count of how many I have been on, but am sure it is in the double digits.  While the job search is never an easy process, neither is the the process of getting dressed for interviews, especially in the heat and humidity.

Here are some variations of the few interview outfits with these great pair of Zara trousers I have been rotating throughout the summer.

BCBG Velvet Blouse, Zara Trousers, Payless Heels

Forever21 Jacket, H&M shirt, Zara Trousers, Payless heels
Without the jacket...The funny thing is that I found this blouse at the children's section at H&M, and it only cost $3!

Skirt version coming soon.  Thanks for reading!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Craving for Fall

Fall is my favorite season!  Still way too warm out for these layers though...

All these pieces are available for purchase in the store now :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dior Florals

Currently obsessed with the plethora of multicolored florals covering the walls at the Dior Couture Fall 2012 show.  So romantic and luxurious!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Can't Wait

So ready for summer to be over.  Dressed in my new cowl scarf and favorite cozy sweater, I am looking forward to the fall season.  I guess I have never been a fan of hot weather or the summer season and too much free time...

Scarf available for purchase now...
Don't forget, I'm having a 20% off sale in the store now!

Zig Zag Cowl Scarf $36.00

Sunday, August 19, 2012

End of Summer Sale

20% off all items in the store!  Use Coupon Code: SUMMEREND12 at LuxeRomantic, my Etsy store.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Recommended art supplies...since I know it's getting close to that back-to-school shopping time for all you art/design students!

Tracing Paper:  I usually begin my final drawings on tracing paper, as I have a heavy hand and it just makes everything so much cleaner.  It's also great for applying little details or changes and seeing how it looks layered over the work.  I tend to buy tracing paper by the roll, as it is cheaper, with more quantity. 

I don't really use markers that often in my work, but when I do, I tend to stick with good old Prismacolor.  They come in every color imaginable, with dual tips.  To be honest, I have not used other brands of markers, so I am not sure how Prismacolor compares.  If you have a marker brand recommendation, please share in the comments section!

Pencils: I generally just grab the generic ones at whichever art store I'm shopping at, but Staedtler and Faber Castell make some quality ones.  And this might sound a bit strange, but I rarely buy art pencils with an eraser attached to the end.  They're usually never that great in quality. 

I like to outline my fashion illustrations and to do quick bold sketches in the Cretacolor Monolith pencils.  It's basically a pencil made entirely out of the graphite material, rather than being covered by wood.  That way, any angle of the pencil can be used for varying thicknesses, pressures, and line qualities. Faber Castell also makes a highly recommended version.

Pens for inking drawings and flats.  I prefer Copic to Micron pens, as the felt tip seems a bit more durable.  My Copic pens tend to outlast my Micron ones.  The Identi Pens are great too, with dual tips. 

I made a great investment fours years back when buying my paintbrushes for gouache.  These Princeton brushes cost a pretty penny, but have held up very well in the past few years.  I've done literally hundreds of paintings, using only the same four Princeton brushes I've purchased. 

Various gouache paints:  I tend to stick with Windsor & Newton for gouache and oil paints.  They make the most pigmented paints, so their hefty price is well worth the quality.  However, for metallic shades, I highly recommend staying away from Windsor & Newton, and opting for Acryla Gouache instead. 

Seriously try to avoid buying metallic paints from Windsor & Newton!  They're ridiculously expensive, and this particular gold color comes out more like an orange or rust color.  You would have to end up mixing it with brown to tone it down, which dilutes the metallic quality.  Don't . Buy.  It.  Ever. 

Acryla Gouache is also a great option, especially for specialty colors.  It would be the brand I recommend the most for metallic shades.  In general, their paints are not as rich or pigmented as Windsor & Newton, but the quality and quantity  is nice for the price. 

Hope this was a worthwhile read...thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Store Update

New items in the shop!

Hand-Knit Duo Stitch Scarf $45.00

Hand-Knit Chunky Hat $20.00

Cannot believe how bedraggled my hair looks!  I guess that's what happens when I go three days without washing it in the horrid heat and humidity!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Please Tell Us About Yourself

Interview Time!

Yesstyle dress, Vintage bracelets, H&M necklace

Finally found the perfect knit dress for summer interviews in the sweltering heat and humidity!