MUST-HAVE ROMANTIC DRESSES

I’ve officially entered a new stage of quarantine fashion–the ‘all dresses everything’ (and overgrown eyebrows) phase. I’ve been living in romantic maxi dresses over the past few weeks because they’re SO much comfier than pants in this 100 degree heat!  I also love that they instantly make me feel more put together while Zooming away all day every day from my home office. Rounding up a few of my favorite romantic dresses of the moment–all at different price points. 

WHAT CREATIVITY MEANS TO ME

As I recently shared here, I’ve finally started to get back into painting for the first time since having Naiya and it feels so liberating. I don’t think I realized how important it is to have this creative outlet that allows me to completely decompress until I became a mom.  New mom life is so rewarding but it can also be beyond draining! Painting has become my secret sauce for true relaxation and I’ve  greatly enjoyed infusing it back into my life at least once a week. Sharing what creativity means to me today along with some recent creative mother-daughter moments with Naiya and I below.

HOW TO BALANCE BEING MULTI-PASSIONATE

RELish By Arielle wears a floral Zara button-down dress and shares original watercolor illustrations

Last week, I finally had the chance to paint for the first time since Naiya was born. It was only for about an hour but I walked away feeling like I found a little piece of my pre-baby self again.  It made me realize just how much my life has chanced since becoming a mom and how much harder it’s been to give my creative passions as much attention as I’d like.  Between mom-ing hard, commuting to work and #girlbossing, I barely have enough time to breathe, let alone create. This has been driving me crazy!

NYFW KATE SPADE

Kate Spade NYFW Fall 2016

I can’t get enough of all of the amazing looks coming down the runways at New York Fashion Week right now.  When I saw Kate Spade’s fall 2016 collection earlier week, I couldn’t wait to sketch it out.  The colors are so vibrant and I loved seeing the bright fuchsias and reds blended together with beautiful bold patterns.  These classic looks with a modern twist are a fashion illustrator’s dream.  I’m excited to share my take on these looks from my sketchbook with you today.

VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS

Valentine's Day Watercolor

This is the first year Phil and I get to celebrate Valentine’s Day together as husband and wife instead of as fiances so it’s an especially special one.  He’s also been traveling a lot on business recently so we’re excited to finally have some time to celebrate and to relax. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I’m excited to share some new hand-painted Valentine’s Day cards now available for a limited time on my online shop.