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As an illustrator I always consider it an honor when brands I admire come to me for work. I have worked with Refinery 29 a number of times and each time consider it a privilege and great fun. This time they hit me up to illustrate looks (sneak peek above) from 6 Labels That Are Redefining “Luxury“. Check out the story and of course feel free to pin any of the illos you like. I pinned them to two boards today, fashion and style as well as maquette portfolio.

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I had fun illustrating this story for New York Observer (July 28th issue) about 50,000 First Dates: Online Dating Makes Finding a Partner in NYC Harder Than Ever. I agree, dating is hard. I’m so beyond lucky and thrilled to have found my husband/soulmate in this sea of people. Turns out we met at camp when we were 5 years old and only discovered this when we came across a group photo from that summer. Small world after all. Despite how hard dating can be in NYC, I do believe if you really really want to meet someone and are looking for a true relationship, you will find it even if it does take 50K dates.
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Vacation magic

July 21, 2014

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We just got back from a week long vacation in the Hamptons. What incredible beaches on the south fork. On the north fork you get farms and beautiful country side and rocky beaches. We loved our time. The beginning portion of the trip was rainy but we found fun activities to keep Henry busy and he had a ball. The last couple of days were incredibly beautiful. We spent hours at the beach, combing for shells and beautiful pebbles, building sand castles and lounging around. Our last day we went to the north fork for berry picking. Is there anything better than a freshly picked berry? I think not.

Now we’re back and I’m inundated with work. I have 4 projects on my plate that are all extremely tight deadlines. It’s stressful I must say! I’m enjoying the work but there are not enough hours in the day. I’m hoping to finish them all in the next 3 weeks so that I can wind down a bit before the baby comes. I’d love to have a couple of easy going weeks. We’ll see. I tend to accept all jobs because it’s hard to say no and because some of them seem so great that I think I’d regret not taking them!

Anyway, I truly feel that vacations (time with family just focusing on each other and nothing else) are so life affirming. I’m so happy we took that time out from regular life. It was magical.

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Galison/Mudpuppy are generously giving away a big collection of goodies with illustrations by moi. Leave a comment on their facebook post to win notebooks, journals, photo props and more (say anything)! Have a beautiful weekend!

Love,
Sam

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I recently stumbled across this great round-up featuring intimate shots of a bygone era, Hollywood’s heyday. They’re strikingly different from the papparazzi shots we see today of our pop celebs. I love the photography in and of itself and all of the stars look like they’re in on a secret. Check out the whole slideshow on TheCut.

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