In the past weeks, I was live drawing at the Pretty in Pink event for Bloomingdale’s at two locations (The Falls and Aventura), for Breast Cancer Awareness month. I designed the invitation for the event (you can see it here), and as you know it was one of my dreams to collaborate and work with this big retailer.
I had a great time and got the chance to see many fellow blogger friends. I feel humble that so many people came out to get one of my sketches, when someone told me that they had specially attended that night because they had been on other events that I was live drawing and had tried to get a sketch from me, but the line had been too long or the event had ended.
A few days ago I was at a fashion shoot for a major magazine, where many other fashion bloggers from Miami where the models. We had to style ourselves with Fall outfits, and one of the things I noticed is that at least 85% of the girls (I make up statistics!) were wearing hats. Floppy hats, large brimmed, small fedoras… in black, gray, blue, tan even red…etc.. In any shape or form hats seem to be a common denominator of what the street style for Fall holds. And of course I got inspired and drew a fashion illustration of a girl with a hat and I went online and searched for my favorite ones.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as a part of my collaboration with local Miami brand Mia Shoes, I have created a second illustration to support this cause. My newest illustration shows the MIA Amanda shoes showcased in a glass dome to show the special balance between strength and courage that the brave women (and men) that fight against this disease have.
The MIA Cares program during this entire month, will donate 10% of all the proceeds of the sales of the Amanda shoes will to cancer research for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine, to fund a clinical trial for new therapies in TNBC (Triple Negative Breast Cancer). The estimated donation for this charity will be a minimum of $5,000 dollars.
If you follow my Instagram (@GissiJ) you might have noticed that I have been wearing these flats plenty and have been using them to change from my heels at work and have even styled it with bow clips or matched the colors with the floor tiles of my office building.
Mia Shoes designed a special edition of the shoes in black with a thin pink ribbon on the back, which looks very classy (as featured in the illustrations). These shoes also come in a variety of neutral tones either with a suede finish or snakeskin finish, that are great to match with any outfit. (See below for colors).
In addition to the donated percentage of all the Amanda shoe sales, MIA Cares has also given 400 pairs of the specially designed black and pink Amanda ($20,000 retail value) to be sold on QVC’s October 16th FFAny Shoes on Sale and at QVC.com the entire month of October where (80%) eighty percent of the proceeds of the shoes sold during breast cancer awareness month will benefit the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation (FFCF).
As much as any Miamian would want for the temperatures to drop, so we can start layering and bringing out the knee high boots, we are in the 10th month of the year with 80+ degrees. I can still go to the beach and wear silky shorts and still look gorgeus (purposely misspelled in my graphic tee), because this is South Florida and its the sunshine state an the beaches are amazing.
A year ago I attended an event at Bloomingdale’s where I got to meet and was live drawn by Marisa Acocella, she’s a cartoonist and illustrators that has done a lot of work with Bloomie’s. I remember after meeting her, I said to myself that one day draw I would draw for this store. So today I got the chance to illustrate for Bloomingdale’s featuring their famous brown bags, as part of their promo to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the Pretty in Pink! event this Tuesday at The Falls store. Also I will be live drawing at the event, so come by and say hi!. Details of the event are below:
When: Tuesday, September 30 6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Bloomingdale’s Miami at The Falls on Level 1
We all go thru periods of change in our lives. For the last months I have been in a constant phase of changes, I started a new job, the illustrations have taken of, prepped my first exhibit and I moved into a new apartment and I’m starting a new dynamic of life. Getting used to this different outlook sometimes is hard, taking many unexpected (and some expected) challenges I take it day by day, thinking positively.
The same way I’m taking challenges in dressing and started wearing more “easy” outfits like slip dresses, this has little to do with the dreaded gain weight I got (Which are really not that many pounds) but more with simplifying my view of things and life.
October is quickly coming up and with it Breast Cancer Awareness month. I am collaborating with local Miami brand Mia Shoes to support the fight against breast cancer and to tell you about the MIA Cares program featuring the Amanda shoes.
During the months of September and October, 10% of all the proceeds of the sale of the Amanda shoes will be donated to cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine, to fund a clinical trial for new therapies in TNBC (Triple Negative Breast Cancer). The estimated donation for this charity will be a minimum of $5,000 dollars.
This minimalistic flat has a clean design and is very comfy, as it has a cushioned heel. It’s a perfect everyday shoe to wear when running around doing errands or to carry on your bag to switch from your heels. Mia Shoes has specially design an edition of the shoes in black with a thin pink ribbon on the back for this program. The shoes also comes in several neutral tones with a suede finish and snakeskin finish, which I’m liking a lot as you can match them with almost everything. (See below for colors).
When Mia Shoes approached me to kindly help them promote the MIA Cares program and sent me a pair of the special edition I couldn’t resist photographing them and drawing an illustration for them. My Mia Shoes girl is wrapped in a pink ribbon and is giving hope to the brave women (and men) that are affected by this disease.
In addition to a percentage of all the Amanda shoe sales, MIA Cares has also donated 400 pairs of the specially designed black and pink Amanda ($20,000 retail value) to be sold on QVC’s October 16th FFAny Shoes on Sale and at QVC.com the entire month of October. Eighty percent of the proceeds of the shoes sold during breast cancer awareness month will benefit the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation (FFCF).
So go ahead, pick your favorite pair (or all) and see how you can help this research by visiting http://www.miashoes.com/
This Friday September 19th, I will be exhibiting at The Viewing at Vizcayne in Downtown Miami in coordination with DWNTWN Art Days. This will be the first time I showcase my artwork as The Architect of Style, along with other local artists. Also there is a silent auction being conducted during the event, for which I have donated one of my original pieces and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the National Parkinson Foundation.
The event is open to the public and is free to attend. So come by and say hi, and enjoy some lite bites and wine!
As you know I’m an avid shopper when it comes to anything that Target does with a designer. I have stand in line from very early in the morning many times and even given some dirty looks to ladies that took the last purse of the rack for Jason Wu.
This time Target has partnered up with Altuzarra to bring us another collaboration that in the lookbook it looks fab. Let’s see if it holds up in real life and probably I’ll get to score a few pieces.
I have marked up my calendar and added an alarm to my phone, to wake up really early this Sunday September 14. I will be live Instagramming it starting at 7am @GissiJ.
In Miami they will have it available at:
Target Miami Central - 3401 N Miami Ave Ste 100 Miami, FL
I feel that sometimes I need a little space, times where I need to leave the city and explore around in nature. I Breathe the air, see the magnificent textures of the trees, the sound of the wind and how the shadow perfectly casts thru to a man made boardwalk. I usually never post pictures of this outings, because I end up wearing comfy gym clothes, this instance I dressed up a bit more and wore some DIY cutoff shorts with a peplum top and boots, while walking over a trail surrounded by big cypresses.