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Fashion Sketchbook #4

Fur Coat-Olives Vintage Brooklyn, Dress-Shareen Vintage, Bag and Bangle-Topshop,  Shoes-Irregular Choice

Illustration by Danielle Malmgren

Do you ever feel like sometimes you have come so far and made so many changes, that the only thing that seems new and right is the place you started from?  I have been feeling a little like that lately and I guess this post tapped into it for me.  This is how I used to dress, do my hair and draw. I used to wear cute outfits like this to mod clubs all the time and dance till dawn. I lived in neighborhoods for years in LA, that now remind me of my new home in Queens.  Does it really take so much change to appreciate the things that you used to be?  

Regardless, I guess you could say this post is about a cool (and kind of shady...because she uses pay phones) girl from Queens. She is just trying to catch her train home (after a long night of dancing) and of course she misses it.  In the end she adjusts her lipstick, makes a few calls and another one comes, because that is how things are here in New York...you make a few calls and things just happen. Don't question it...she knows people and looks good in gold hoop earrings.



Setting Sail on...

1.Stripe top, 2.Ship, 3.Glasses 4.Belt, 5.Bracelet, 6.Wedges, 7.Ring, 8.Rum, 9.Earrings, 10.Dress, 11.Bag, 12.Tea Towel

Tis the season for some serious nautical action in the stores! I would love to start out the transition from Winter to Spring with any of these fresh sea side finds. Navy and white also just happens to be one of my most favorite color combos of all time, it's about as preppy as I will go.  So throw on some stripes and grab a bottle of Kraken rum for some adventures on the high seas.


Drawn to eat-Joy the baker

Photo by Joy the Baker, Illustration by Danielle Malmgren

I have recently been really inspired by some of the amazing food sites out there, soooo I thought it would be fun to do a little column dedicated to being both inspired to DRAW and EAT by some of my favorite food blogs.  First up, Joy the Baker. I can't get enough of Joys amazing recipes and witty banter and her blog.  She has become infamous for her delicious treats, using unexpectedly healthy ingredients (like cocoa nibs and Greek yogurt), but instead of eyeing sweet treats I was drawn to this yummy and fresh salad. It took me two seconds to whip this baby up...which is good, because I have little to no patience for cooking at the moment. It also reminds me of California and hits the spot on some of my desires to visit the west coast lately, BUT most importantly it highlights my most favorite thing of all...AVOCADO.


Grilled Cheese Goodness

Photos by Danielle Malmgren

 Since I moved to Queens I can't stop eating!! There is so much amazing food here it's kinda unreal. I can't wait to share with you guys all my favorite spots, but first I want to talk about grilled cheese.  I am a little obsessed with the cheesey sandwich goodness of at The Queens Kickshaw. This week I had The Gruyere (pickled and carmelized onions on rye and wholegrain mustard) with Napa Cabbage-Caraway Slaw on the side. It kinda tastes like a Reuben and a grilled cheese combo. So yummy! Some other amazing options on their menu are The Manchego & Ricotta (minted eggplant and capers on multigrain) and The Gouda (black bean hummus, guava jam and pickled jalapenos on brioche).  What a delicious welcome into the neighborhood.


Flamingo pink and Rose red

Girl, Pins, Nail Polish, Grapefruit, Bag, Platform, Flamenco Print

Everything about this palette is HOT.  For Spring /Summer I am going to be all about the  BRIGHTS and what better way to wear it then with this  combo of true red and the hottest of pinks?? 


Wanting what you can't have

Illustration by Danielle Malmgren

So as Kenny and I were sitting in our new sweet apartment (trying to catch a moment of calm after a crazy few weeks) we caught a glimpse into our neighbors window and saw their little dog scampering about. WHAT!! Why are they allowed to have a dog and we aren't!?? It just doesn't seem fair. Shouldn't we be able to have a sweet furry friend to live with too!!! Now of course I want a dog more then ever, because I can't have one. Oh well, this gorgeous spread of Karen Elson and her pretty collie will keep me happy for the moment.

Oh and just so you know...we weren't spying on our neighbors. Their curtains were open and we look down directly into their apartment, so this peeking was completely justified.  Just saying.

Here is the rest of the gorgeous shoot.



Jet Setting-LONDON with Hennie Haworth

When I can across Hennie Haworth's whimsical drawings of food, people and quirky objects, I couldn't help but beg her to be apart of my "Jet Setting" series. So we are off to discover what Hennie's life is like as an artist in LONDON!

Where do you find inspiration? Patterns and details are the things that inspire me. They tend to be the thing I look for when I'm starting something, and the rest of the drawing sort of forms around them.

How did you get started illustrating? Do you always want to do this? I studied illustration at Brighton University, but I didn't think about it being a career, it was just what I enjoyed doing. I had no idea you could do it for a living, but while I was on the course I met lots of people who did. When I finished at Brighton I approached some non-profit magazines for commissions and gradually I got a portfolio together.

What is your work process like? I like to use a big mixture of materials. My personal favorites are chalk, and pencils with correction fluid and felt-tip pens. I often use coloured paper and stickers to build up blocks of color. People always commented on the inks and watercolours as something they liked in my work, but I'd never used them.  Now I've started to though and I'm really enjoying it.  I rarely use illustrator, but I do use Photoshop a lot to put the elements of a drawing together, as well as clean them up a bit, or fill in a few colors.

Any recommendations to all the artists/illustrators that are trying to quit their full time jobs and make a living at their passion?  Be prepared for it not to happen straight away and don't get put off by rejection. Unless you're really lucky, it can take ages before your work lands on the right person's desk at the right time. Doing unpaid commissions for free magazines is a great way to build up work for your portfolio, and gives you experience of dealing with the professional stuff. Always keep in contact with people and send out updates. Twitter's good for this, but also take the time to do the more personal emails and portfolio meetings too.

 Map by Danielle Malmgren 

 What are your favorite places to EAT in London? I really like the Tokyo Diner near Leicester Square. I spent several months in Japan and I miss the food. This place is the closest I've found to being back there. For a while I was living next door to the British Museum and there's a bookstore called the London Review which has a lovely cafe.

Do you have a favorite fancy restaurant and/or a low end dive spot? For a fancy meal I really like the Dean Street Townhouse. It's very atmospheric and romantic. They do traditional British food really well, and there's lots of art up around the walls. For something more affordable, on Kingsland Road in Dalston, there's a Chinese restaurant, Shanghai, in what used to be an old pie and mash shop selling jellied eels about one hundred years ago. They've kept a lot of the old features, like the lovely tiles and funny little brass eels.

Do you have a great place for cocktails?  I've just heard about a cocktail bar called, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town which I'm looking forward to going to. It's in Shoreditch, and you have to climb through an old fridge to get there!

Where do you SHOP in London? There are lots of vintage shops, mostly along Brick Lane. A big one where you can always find something to wear is called Beyond Retro. It's not really a flea market, but I love the Columbia Road flower market Sundays. Then nearby there are the markets on Brick Lane. At both there's lots of great food and finds.

What do you love best about London? I love the diversity of food and cultures and parks and history and all sorts! There's lovely beautiful architecture, alongside big, shiny new buildings, I love crossing over the Thames on the bridge at Embankment and seeing the skyline. I also love going to city farms, seeing a bit of the countryside tucked away in amongst everything else. The one in Hackney is probably my favorite. You can find pretty much everything you might want somewhere, but if you just want peace and quiet you can sit in your choice of park or cafe and draw.