Friday, August 9, 2013

Sweet August

What is it about August?
The fact that it's the last "unofficial"
month of summer makes it a little bittersweet ...
autumn decorations begin to shoulder themselves into the stores,
ads begin to appear for "back to school" supplies ...
and it makes summer lovers like me want to slip our sunnies on,
cover our ears and shout
"na na na na na na na" ...

... not that I don't LOVE autumn, I do ...
so very much, in fact, that it's my second favorite season ...
I adore autumn leaves, apple cider, crisp air, warm clothes ...
but I just like to keep all things in their time
so that we can truly enjoy and soak in the season that's still here ...

And I've been doing just that!
You all know that I've taken a little time off
from the blog for the summer, just popping in now and again to say hello ...
hope you've all been having a sparkling one, too!

In addition to purely enjoying the summer sunshine and beaches,
taking little trips here and there,
enjoying fresh vegetables from farm stands,
savoring summer barbecues and dining al fresco
and ending sultry days with cooler evening walks ...
I spend a good portion of most days, of course, in the studio.
Many of the things I have been working on I'm not able to share yet,
as they haven't yet been released and introduced by my clients,
but I've been very busy, as usual.

I shared the following custom fashion illustration
on facebook and instagram recently
(so please forgive for the repeat to those that have already seen it)

The illustration was commissioned by Aliana of Aliana Events
as a gift for a bride-to-be that loves Dior
to be presented at a stunning Dior-themed bridal shower.
The following photo of the bride-to-be with the illustration
alongside the beautiful Dior cake of the shower
is courtesy of Aliana Events.

I also mentioned on social media recently that the first
SANDY M Illustrated Calendar
will be available for 2014 and will be introduced later this fall!
The following "teaser," of a portion of the calendar cover illustration
{but covering up the townhouse door area to keep it a surprise}
is all that has been shown so far ...
notice the address of this chic city townhouse as the introduction ...
Stay tuned for more ...

Along with all of the details for the calendar,
one of the illustrations I'm currently working on for a client
takes me away to a chateau in France ... I just love how I'm able to
"travel" while I'm working! ;)

Have a sweet remainder of August, everyone!
I'll be leaving the end of next week for a week-long
road trip with my dad ... yep, a father and daughter trip ...
 going back and visiting his roots ;) ...
it'll be fun!

Till later ...

is the blog of illustrator

For custom illustration inquiries
drop Sandy a line here.

Image Credits:
First three images sourced from Pinterest as follows:
Image 1 girl in sunglasses via
Image 2 girl on carousel via
Image 3 sea at night via
Custom Dior Fashion Illustration by SANDY M
Photo of Bride with SANDY M Fashion Illustration via Aliana Events
"Sneak Peek" partial view 2014 calendar illustration by SANDY M


Taj Acosta said...

Omgee put me down for a calendar girl!! exciting!
I'm with you, I'm not ready for summer to drift away from me yet! I always feel so sad about it being over, what's wrong with me! I love fall but summer is just too good. Hope you enjoy your weekend! xx

Celia M. High Heeled Life said...

As much as I love summer ... autumn is my favourite season!!! and I'm so ready for it. Oh Sandy , can't wait for your calender to be available ... 12 months of Oh La La ... fabulous!!!! Hugs and blessings ... enjoy the remainder of August, C. (HHL)

Vannessa@Luxuria said...

OMG! Your Dior illustration is gorgeous (as all your artwork is). Can't wait to see your calendar. Have a lovely trip with your Daddy xx

Violetta Cordes-Medvedeva said...

Dear Sandy,

I like your illustration so incredibly much.....!!!

Yes of cause,I like Autumn too,but want to keep more warm days in August...
It's just beautiful time-August:)))*

Wish you lovely Sunday,filled with joy,peace and fun!


Kim Alston said...

Sandy, you know I love calendars. Can't wait to see it doll. I know it will be fabulous! I can't believe Summer is almost over! It seems like it just began. HAHAHA Continue enjoying yours.

Fashion-isha said...

I love fall fashion! That's what I look forward to. Loved the post and your work is amazing!

miss b said...

I agree! I like to enjoy the summer season and August especially without being constantly reminded about autumn even though I love the autumn colours and wearing new season styles. The bridal gift is a wonderful idea and she must have been thrilled with your beautiful illustration. I'm sure the calendar is going to be fabulous too. Have a great trip!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Sandy, your summer sounds like it's the perfect balance between enjoying life and work! Your beautiful Dior illustration must've made that bride-to-be so happy! Congratulations on the calendar! Knowing your work, it will be all kinds fabulous!

Have a wonderful road trip!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Fashionista622 said...

Sandy you have had a great summer from what I can see on Instagram. I am so excited to read you are developing an Illustrated calendar. I begin looking for calendars around Sept, October for the following year. So, sign me up for yours. :)

Have a great trip with your dad. Those father/daughter moments are priceless.



Margarita Bloom said...

Happy Summer Sandy! I can't believe it's going to be September!! I love summer. I wish I could have my summer all year round AND pumpkin pie too! lol...

Debra said...

Sandy, I am so excited! Every year I try to get a girlie fashion calendar. Well I just told my hubby the other day I will be sad to say goodbye to my current calendar. And where will I find one I like just as much?! Divine providence! Save me a calendar. I am so excited & happy tor you sweetie. Xoxo

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ALESSANDRA - HowToBeInStyle - fashion and style blog said...

Hi darling! Yes, you exactly describe my late summer feelings! There're positive things about autumn like my birthday, cozy evenings at home, golden trees. But I love summer and would like to be summer time for longer.

I loveee your work, like also your Dior illustration and I look forward to see the calendar, which will be awesome!

So happy to know such a great & lovely artist like you!

A wonderful trip!

Alessandra (HowToBeInStyle)

Deborah Kelly said...

Hi Sweet Lady,

I've missed your deliciously divine blog & your whimsical comments, but GirlWhimsy is coming back to blogging & my first stop in getting back in the swing of things was to stop by to say, "hi" & to again feast my eyes on the loveliness that is Ooh La Frou Frou. I almost forgot how girlishly breathtaking your illustrations are - - they make me giddy with delight and I will be back for more! Doll, please stop by GirlWhimsy to say "hi"....looking forward to reconnecting with you & your blog again & sharing lovely images with one another.