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Bright Violet with a Touch of Golden Rod

Illustrations by Danielle Malmgren

When the weather is as unpredictable as it has been lately in NYC...it is time to bust out some major layer action. I love wearing a bright sweater like this anthropologie golden rod number (got it on sale) with a cute feminine dress. Tights are A MUST for me since it's just another great opportunity to add a fun print or color... my tight collection gets larger every season!! Oh and how about those shoes. I honestly can't wear them for too long, but they really add something special to this outfit!


NY Fashion's Night Out

Hey all...If you're doing NY Fashion's Night Out tomorrow pop into the Elizabeth Arden Red Door flagship store for some for fancy cocktails done up right by Dutch Kills.  Don't forget to take a limited addition drink menu printed by Giant Squid Press and illustrated by yours truly!! 

Elizabeth ArdenElizabeth Arden 691 Fifth Avenue at 54th street New York NY 10021


Strawberry ice

While summer is drawing to a close and the first day of september is upon us (with fall not too far behind), we probably should all immediately stop what we are doing this very moment and go out to lunch in the beautiful sunshine.  While you're at it an ice cream like this is a REALLY good idea too.


Blog Babe-Keiko Lynn


I am currently obsessed with Keiko Lynn's fashion blog right now. This brooklyn blog babe is nailing it with her modern vintage style.  I had to draw this drop dead gorgeous picture of her.  Isn't that hat the cutest thing you have ever seen in your entire life?!!! Adorable.  Her blog not only features shots of her in beautiful vintage, but also current fashion that is not over the top expensive.  After looking at her blog for about a million hours. I was so inspired to go on a vintage treasure hunt! 

Illustration by Danielle Malmgren


Mini Sailing

 I love drawing fast tiny little drawings, especially of cute little sailboats.  Seems like a perfect day for sailing. 



Should you Maraschino?

I have vivid childhood memories of going out with my family to our favorite Mexican restaurant in California.  As my parents ordered their favorite, frozen, fruity concoctions….my sister and I would beg and plead for our  favorite sugary treat, the sweet Shirley Temple.  The simple, ruby red, sparkling drink (7up and grenadine syrup)  was delicious, but the crown jewel of the beverage was really the majestic maraschino cherry and I couldn't get enough of them.

In the beginning  the maraschino cherry started it's humble life as a Marasca,  a small, black cherry from Croatia. For years the fruit was brined and then macerated in maraschino liqueur,  although this came to an end when Prohibition made the alcohol-soaked fruit illegal.

In 1925 a nonalcoholic version was introduced.  Today a variety of light cherries are soaked in salt to remove there natural color and flavor, next they are pitted and soaked for 30day in natural sweetener. Finally they are dipped in artificial coloring (here is where that dreaded red dye no. 2 comes in).

Today I still catch myself craving the neon, candy sweet , mystery fruit.  I admit that I occasionally sneak one or two at bars when no one is looking or add it to fancy fizzes and boozy cocktails in the secrecy of my own home.  I ask you, would a Manhattan or whisky sour be as pretty without the ruby jewel at the bottom? Of course not!!!
Luckily I don't have to go without and neither do you, because there are so many options of maraschinos that aren't nearly as bad as the shirley temple days of our youth

All-Natural Maraschino Cherries by Tillen Farms-these were actually the first natural maraschino I ever had.  They are quite tasty and are great in drinks!  These are perfect if you can't give up the syrupy sweet ruby red gems of your childhood

Princess Maraschino Cherries-Have not tried but seem to be a good option

Luxardo Maraska Cherries-
This Italian import is the real deal and everything that a maraschino was intended to be and taste like. Not cheap at 17.00 a jar… but worth it.  Use the syrup in the jar for drinks as well.

Or make your own!  Here is a recipe that will give you amazing results. The process is surprisingly easy. When sour cherries are in season stock up and pack the pitted fruit in a mason jar filled with Luxardo (cherry liqueur). Let sit for 2 weeks.  You will find that the cherries will have a deep brandied flavor and cherry almond aftertaste.  This authentic taste will be a more grown up version of the candied fruit from our youth.

Illustrations by Danielle Malmgren



The Vino Verano @Elsa (East Village, NY)


 After years of sketching fashion, lately I have been drawn to  illustrating something new and  different.  When I found this amazing concoction, The Vino Verano, while skimming The Time Out NY Summer Cocktail issue, I knew I had to sketch it!  The amazing colors, huge tuft of mint and bright  sliver of lemon speaks to what summer cocktails are about.  The Vino Verano is served at Elsa in the East Village.  It's base is a tart lemonade topped off with a medium bodied, sweet black cherry Spanish red-wine. Simple, refreshing and so beautiful to look at, you can't go wrong.

Elsa  217 E 3rd St., New York, NY 10009
at Ave. B

Illustration by Danielle Malmgren