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Round Two of 100 Days Project

Top Knot
Day 23/ 100
Watercolor Painting

First of all, the website was experiencing some technical problems, but they have all been resolved and I am back! I apologize if you were trying to check it out in between.

If you don’t follow me on Instagram (@q_annie) then you are probably missing out on my round two of 100 Days Project, and this time around I am pursuing illustrations! I began my journey in art a bit late – more at the end of middle school and beginning high school, and it quickly consumed me. I took every single art class I could, became National Art Honor Society president and even won a few awards in between. In fashion school, I continued my art journey and grew to love fashion illustrations, but after repeatedly hearing about “starving artists” and “fashion illustration is a dead career” I slowly let go of it and concentrated on my main goal of fashion design. Don’t get me wrong, fashion designing was my first love, but I had a second one that I treasured equally, which I slowly let go of. I would get a few commissions here and there, and my parents would always tell me I needed to pick it back up. But who wants to go on a dead-end route?

A year ago, while scrolling Instagram, I realized that it was NOT a dead end. The wonderful community of creatives is fighting to keep art alive and thriving, and I decided that I would pursue it again.

I started my 100 Days Project 24 days ago and have loved every. single. second. I didn’t realize how much I had missed it, and how beautifully it affects me. I really do hope I can continue because the peace and contentment I have garnered in the daily practice is like no other. I feel more confident, more happy and more at peace. It’s like I finally decided to follow what my heart was leading me to. Might sound a bit “woo-woo” to some, but trust me if you do what you love it always ends in something like this. And I hope you will! Follow your heart, do what you love and live everyday with gratitude.

I do want to thank everyone for all the lovely messages, calls, texts, DM on Instagram and in-person conversations. You guys are making this journey absolutely dreamy and I love that so many people are enjoying what I am putting out there.

Thank You!

0 In Art

Laura Berger

Oh what a year to be a woman! Laura Berger captures the power of women of all colors and shapes together as symbols of strength and love, and as individual “islands,” in her lovely gouache paintings. I am absolutely loving them!




Our Waves

Our Waves





Private Islands

Private Islands


Warmer Together

Warmer Together

More power to us!

Via Laura Berger

0 In Art/ Lifestyle

Success and Failures Check-In

Oh my goodness, where has the time gone?! I cannot believe that it is already November (even though it’s still crazy hot outside). But more importantly, it has been 5 years since I started this blog! I have been a bit slow keeping up, but this is where I remind myself gently how much I have been busy with.

I am attempting to be more kind to myself since I constantly feel guilty about what I am spending my time on. As some of you might know, I decided to go back to school in January, and really focus on growing Marvi Beauty. I am excited to be heading closer to my goals, but unfortunately, that has meant that Gillannie has fallen through the cracks. I thought it would be great to step back and check-in with a few successes and failures I mean “bumps in the road” that I have had since I set out on my journey of living with intention. And hopefully picking up the pieces with Gillannie while I am at it!

Marvi Beauty has felt a lot more refreshing this entire year. We have seen growth in wholesale accounts and just the consumers we am attracting. We also got Best of Atlanta from Creative Loafing, along with some of our favorite Atlanta makers, which was a delight and a humbling honor. We are doing more craft and art shows, which has been such a huge learning experience. The shows have given us such an amazing opportunity to speak with our consumers directly and get their reactions and opinions on the products instantly. What I have struggled with is marketing and really getting all the operations and logistics streamlined in the business. Currently, I am the only one working full-time on Marvi, and finding time to do everything has been a challenge. But hopefully, this upcoming year I can slow down and make necessary changes that’ll help us meet more goals. It is definitely a growing process, but I am loving every single second of it!

Personally, the 100 Days Project was a very gratifying experience. As adults we don’t really make time to do art projects ourselves. Especially as someone who has a creative job, it is difficult to do something imaginative for yourself, on your own time. So forcing myself to get into a habit of taking time out daily to do calligraphy was absolutely rejuvenating! During the project, I connected with a lot of strangers (some even became friends) and reconnected with a lot of familiar faces that sent suggestions or encouraging praises. It also became such an amazing ice-breaker for many that were acquaintances. People would bring up seeing my project on social media, and it was very inspiring to know that others were connecting with something that was personal to me. I had a lot of people reach out when I didn’t get a chance to post something, and a lot that said they were making it a habit to look for my daily post. I realized quickly that it wasn’t just my project anymore and others were investing their time in it as well! I hope to continue doing these sort of projects every year, and just seeing where the journey leads me. I really truly hope I can inspire at least one other person to do the same. Maybe even someone who hasn’t connected to the arts as I have because as I always say, everyone is an artist, they just don’t know it yet! 

After the 100 Days Project ended, I decided to take up reading again, which I hadn’t done as regularly as I would love to, because I didn’t think I had the time. But as soon as I began, I was starting to make time. And it has been sooo invigorating taking time out to just escape into the pages instead of becoming a digital zombie in front of the T.V.! I really hope to keep reading into the new year, and am always open to suggestions if you have any!

I didn’t mean to come back and write an entire essay or make excuses for not keeping up, but just wanted to share how I was doing and where I was heading. I hope everyone has had some wonderful days that are full of creative energy! And I hope you’ll check back in every so often to find inspiration to try something new, or just enjoy the remarkable creative adventures other artists and designers are on!

0 In Photography/ Travel

Wally Found

Waldo of Where’s Waldo exists and this instagram account is where he’s hanging out! The real-life character travels the world, exploring new places and taking in the incredible sights. The best thing is that you can follow along with him.






Follow Waldo here!

0 In Art/ Design

Michelle Kingdom – Embroideries

I can go on and on about the incredible work of LA based artist, Michelle Kingdom. She embroiders scenes of people in mythological or ritualistic scenarios, engaged in unknown actions or in vaguely defined relationships.


My work explores psychological landscapes, illuminating thoughts left unspoken. I create tiny worlds in thread to capture elusive yet persistent inner voices. Literary snippets, memories, personal mythologies, and art historical references inform the imagery; fused together, these influences explore relationships, domesticity and self-perception. Symbolism and allegory lay bare dynamics of aspiration and limitation, expectation and loss, belonging and alienation, truth and illusion. – Michelle Kingdom






Check out more of her work here!

0 In Art/ Design

A Vault of Color: Harvard’s Collection of 2,500 Pigments

Harvard has an extensive collection of pigments housed inside the the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard Art Museums, and it’s surprisingly open to the public unlike many other departments of its kind. The team over at Great Big Story take us inside for a closer look. Take a peek and be amused by all the places they find these remarkable pigments!

0 In Art/ Fashion

Fairy Tale Fashion | Exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Kirsty Mitchell, The Storyteller, from the Wonderland series. Photograph © Kirsty Mitchell,

Kirsty Mitchell, The Storyteller, from the Wonderland series. Photograph © Kirsty Mitchell,

Art has always been a huge part of my life, and it was definitely one of my biggest reasons for living in New York. I loved attending gallery openings, and visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art for exhibitions. And of course attending the Fashion Institute of Technology was a dream come true. The museum at F.I.T was a bit of a hidden gem, and an escape amidst all the chaos of being a fashion design major.

Apart from art, another obsession of mine is fairy tales. Therefore, an exhibition at F.I.T regarding fairy tales is the most amazing combination that my dreams are made of, and I am truly heart-broken that I am not in NYC getting to see the show in person. IF you are lucky enough to be in my favorite city, be sure to go see it before it ends on April 16, 2016!

Fairy Tale Exhibition

Snow White in “Fairy Tale Fashion.” Credit Eugenio Recuenco

Fairy Tale Fashion exhibition attempts to bridge the gap between the significance of dress within fairy tales and the use of the term “fairy tale” in fashion journalism and photography. Not all of the designs featured were inspired directly by the stories they represent, but they can be easily linked to the stories’ texts. This imaginative approach is influenced by the countless creative ways that fairy tales have been illustrated over time, as artists often must rely on limited descriptions to depict their characters.

Check out the online exhibition if you can’t go!

Via The Museum at FIT


0 In Art

Embroidered Creatures by Emillie Ferris

Confession: I have an obsession with embroidery.

If you have followed this blog for a while then I am sure you have noticed the numerous posts on embroidered art. I suppose it’s because it combines my love of art and fashion. It’s like painting with thread! I am in awe of artists that use it as a medium, and am definitely considering getting back into it myself.

Recently, I discovered the work of 21-year-old Emillie Ferris and fell in love! And the best thing is that she sells on Etsy, and is therefore very accessible!





Some of her recent work includes pet portraits, and the details are breathtaking!

Pet Portrait 2


Check out more of her work on Etsy.

Via So Super Awesome

0 In Art/ Illustration

Storybook Animations by Sparrows

I have completely fallen in love with these lovely gif animations by illustrator Sparrows, which pop up on Tumblr every so often. These mini stories aren’t meant to be a part of a larger narrative, but standalone pieces. I also love her conversational style on the FAQ page.

Check out more over at Sparrows.

Source: sparrows

0 In Architecture/ Photography

Andy Yeung’s ‘Urban Jungle’

When you think of Hong Kong you undeniably think of all the skyscrapers looming over the city. The city’s tightly-packed towers are some of the tallest in the world, and have been documented by a range of local and international photographers for their visual and architectural qualities.

Hong Kong Photographer, Andy Yeung, has captured the metropolis from a new perspective using a drone camera, appropriately labelling the series “Urban Jungle.”

Urban Jungle 01

Urban Jungle 02

Urban Jungle 03

Urban Jungle 04

Urban Jungle 05

All images via Andy Yeung

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