Fashion Sketch Friday: Pink Party Dress

I was thinking recently about how I love fashion illustration, but I hardly remember to do it very often since I'm not required to do it for class assignments anymore. It has sadly fallen by the wayside.

A new weekly feature I'm going to try out here will be "Fashion Sketch Friday" where I will post an illustration I sketched and rendered (colored in) over the week. This way it will get me back in the groove of sketching and giving me much needed practice!

To start it off, I'm posting an oldie-but-goodie from sophomore year of college. I designed a line of six dresses inspired by Betsey Johnson's fun party dresses. This is my favorite of the collection, and it has even appeared on my business cards in the past! To see the rest of the dress collection, check out the "collections" tab of my online portfolio. [Don't mind the weird color from the scanner.]


Betsey Johnson Inspired PInk Party Dress illustration by Kayla Hedwall
Medium: colored pencil, pen, marker

Have a great weekend!

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Radiant Orchid Inspiration: SHOES

"Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple - one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuschia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health." -- PANTONE

As many of you may already know, PANTONE recently announced the 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. It's very much a designer/fashion/art world thing, and honestly I don't think I'd ever heard of a "Color of the Year" until I started my apparel design degree in 2009. In any case, it's a color prediction (or rather a specific announcement everyone follows) that sets the tone for the year and which many designers incorporate into their collections.

I think it's so fun to get inspiration and plan outfits with a color theme like this, even if it's not a very concrete thing - but which trends are, really? And why not have a little fun? I decided to start a series of blog posts with ideas of how to incorporate this color into your wardrobe and surroundings in more ways than just by buying a "purple-ish" shirt. Today's post is on SHOES! My favorite! Let's get started.

Radiant Orchid Color Inspiration: SHOES


Shoes are such a great accessory to add a pop of color to your outfit. Notice how all these shoes are slightly different colors, but all seem to go together? That's because they are all shades and tints of the original color (up on the top of the photo behind the title) and so they complement each other. By definition, "shade" is a color that has had black added to it, and "tint" is a color that has had white added to it. So all of these items are the same color Radiant Orchid, just different shades and tints of that color. [A mini lesson on color terminology! Yay design theory!]

  • Shoes #1 and #4 are great, classic pumps that will for sure add some glam to your outfit in this feminine color. I love the idea of dark skinny jeans with the darker shaded #1, and white skinny crops or a full ballerina skirt or even maxi dress with the lighter #4.
  • When at the gym, on the road, or at my favorite, a Zumba class, the lighter #2 Nikes will be a sweet pop of color to an otherwise mostly black ensemble. Who says you can't look put together at the gym?
  • I especially love the #3 flats because they are so versatile. I can see them easily being paired with basic jeans or leggings on the weekend or even with trousers for work! As a tall girl, I love a good pair of flats.
  • Living in the rainy Pacific Northwest, rainboots are a must. So far I only have a black pair, but these #5 darker hued stylish Hunter boots are on my list!
  • I think this last pair of shoes, #6, is such a great stylish and alternative option to your everyday flat. The cutout shoe trend has been making its way around, and these are so cool with their half color/half black look. These would quickly become a staple in my wardrobe.
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I hope you enjoyed this first post on Radiant Orchid - stay tuned for next week's installment! What do you think of the color? How long have you been aware of PANTONE's Color of the Year? Let me know in the comments!

Five Things I'm Loving Right Now

1. The Happiness Project One Sentence Journal by Gretchen Rubin. A present I got for Christmas. It's a 5-year record book where you can write a sentence or two about your day. Start at any day of the year and just fill in the year. With this mini-journal you can look back later and remember all the lovely days you had that tend to slip your mind over time. "The days are long, but the years are short."

2. Sephora gift cards. I got a couple for Christmas from different people so they have added up and I'm super excited to go shopping this weekend! Thinking about getting the NAKED 2 Palette because I think it will suit my blue eye color and complexion the best out of the three editions. What else should I look for when I'm there? I need some good mascara.

3. Lorde's new album, Pure Heroine. It's been out for a few months now, but seriously, go buy it. The extended version with 16 songs is worth the extra couple bucks. Her songs all meld well together but aren't carbon copies of Royals, either. I think "Ribs," "Glory and Gore," and "Million Dollar Bills" are my favorite songs right now.

4. 2013 in 10 Minutes Mashup. This awesome 10-minute mix song by Dzeko & Torres is a great compilation of the popular songs in 2013, ranging from some Top 40 hits to more of the EDM and house music genre. I still can't get enough of the 2012 mashup either! Go give them a listen, you can download the songs for free on their Facebook page.

5. My cat, Pebbles. Watching tv the other night, we started taking some selfies. She was not amused. But I was. Haha! Follow my blog's Instagram for more behind-the-blog scenes and cat selfies of course!


Happy weekend, everyone!

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Feeling 23!

On Tuesday, January 7th, I celebrated my 23rd birthday! I was going to blog the day of but got too busy enjoying birthday activities. My birthday always falls on the first week back to school after winter break or somewhere right around there, so a lot of people tend to be bummed out. Even so, I always make the best of it because well, it's MY birthday, and it only comes once a year!

Firstly, on the way to my internship (and the long commute), I had to take a birthday selfie. I mean, I had to! I never take many selfies, let alone mirror selfies, so I figured it was a fun occasion to do it. Plus I recently got my hair done and I love the slightly dark red tint to it. You always gotta have a fun birthday pic, right?!

P.S. I am not ashamed to admit that Taylor Swift's song "22" is one of my jams. It was totally my jam last year on my 22nd and all through the year... I may or may not have listened to it on my birthday this year and replaced the 22 with 23. 'Cause it's STILL MY JAM. Haha!

Feeling 23! | A state of [stylish] grace
#BirthdaySelfie // WHY NOT // bday outfit // new hair!

Rock Botton Brewery Portland Oregon Beer Sampler
Birthday dinner! // Beer sampler at Rock Bottom Brewery with one of my besties!

Crazy skies in Oregon
Crazy skies // day after my birthday // internship commute // Oregon is insane

This week has also been a little crazy with my birthday, everyone going back to school and work, and applying to jobs. I've applied to a ton of different things this week and have already gotten one cool apparel-related project in Portland that I just started - I am so excited for this opportunity and to see what comes of it. Thrilling times ahead! Also, I will be getting into the groove of more regular posting this month and doing more specific types of fashion/DIY/style and sewing posts very soon, so stay tuned! And thanks for reading :)

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One last thing! I have a friend, Christina, from my apparel design program at Oregon State that is an AMAZING artist and designer. She is doing a giveaway for some pretty legit art supplies on her Facebook page for reaching 300 likes! Go like her page, check her out on DeviantART, and enter the giveaway here! Good luck!

The New Year // Twenty Fourteen

I love music. All genres. And I love when a song can bring you back to a certain moment in time, a place, or simply just make you feel something. With the beginning of the new year a few days ago, I remembered a song I've liked for quite some time now that has a "new year" theme to it. And I always love a theme. Who doesn't? Take a listen.

The New Year - Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism

Also related to the new year, I came across a link-up here that I wanted to participate in. It seemed like a good way to get some of my thoughts down surrounding the new year without necessarily making specific resolutions.

1. What is something you want to change, or a goal you want to set for the New Year, and what is your plan for making it happen?

Something I really want to change for the new year is my sleeping pattern. I've always been a night owl and have been known to sleep past noon if I get the chance. I love sleep, but I don't necessarily like sleeping in late. I miss out on a lot of things by starting my day five hours later than everyone else and my activities become more limited when I go to bed five hours later than everyone else. The best way I can change this is by keeping a consistent sleep and wake time, and getting enough hours of sleep. I think that my consistent lack of sleep and dramatically different sleep/wake times is what has thrown my schedule off so much. Especially since I don't have a job or other activity that requires me to get up at 7am everyday, I end up overusing that advantage. Coffee in the morning, Sleepy-Time tea at night, all electronics off two hours before bedtime, and I think I'll be off to a better night's sleep.

2. Many people choose a word to reflect on, live by, or aspire to for the New Year.  Let us know your word, how you decided upon it, and how you hope to incorporate it into 2014.

Power. Not in a weird way or power over of others, but power in the sense that I have the power over my life. I control my own destiny. Yes, there are many outside events that are outside of my power, but the majority of my life is based on decisions I make that I can control. I have the power to alter my sleep schedule. I have the power to work out multiple times a week to get stronger. I have the power to choose which foods I put into my body, however nutritious or not they may be. I have the power to be active in a job search, and growing this blog, and finding new opportunities for myself as I'm in this transitional period of my life. In the words of Snap and in the essence of that one scene in Bruce Almighty... "I've got the power!"

3. I will make 2014 count by…

Making the most of my time. Although I'm living at home now and it can be tiring at times, I know I'll miss it when I move away to the other side of the country (which is bound to happen in the next few years). I want to live more in the moment and really appreciate all the time I have with my sisters while they're still growing up and with my parents right here with me. I will also make the most of my time by setting goals for career-related things: applying to lots of design jobs in a reasonable time frame, applying even when I don't think I have a chance, and going for opportunities that I might not have otherwise because it could push me out of my comfort zone. 

Let me know if you have come up with anything like this for the new year! Especially number two - do you have a specific word as your theme for 2014?

Friday Inspiration

Friday Inspiration | astateofstylishgrace.com


For the last couple months I've been in a weird transition period. Moved back home in September after college and have since been juggling an internship, part-time job, everything that encompasses the "real" job search (including re-doing my portfolio website) among many other things, and starting this blog! It's been an exciting time, but also a difficult time - not only for the things just mentioned but also because I had to move away from all my best friends and trying to get in a healthy dose of social interaction away from my family can be hard. 

With the new year, I realized I needed a boost of inspiration and motivation. I came across this quote by Gary Lew on Pinterest, and created this with the picture of a beautiful winter sunset that I took outside my front porch last night. I have no idea what 2014 will mean for me but I'm anxious, excited and nervous all at the same time to find out. Hopefully this quote and the beginning of the new year brings you some renewed inspiration as well.