Published & Awarded!

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth in

Hello, hello! Hellooooo!
This has been the summer of drinking Piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. Also spiders....
 I feel it has been quite a long stint since my last blithering and rambling blog updating all of you on my latest projects and happenings.  So here 'tis!   

Here's me, gulping down my sugarless latte (yes! Irrelevant fun fact first!! I've stopped taking sugar in my coffee. For those who knew that I took about a 1/2 cup of sugar usually, this has come as a big surprise.  And no, this isn't a 1770s plug against the British tax on sugar, it's pure enjoyment of flavor) and enjoying the first of my exciting news to share.


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Danielle, the editor of Stampington & Company's Artful Blogging magazine reached out to me early May for an article for her magazine. I know editors are always looking for fresh content- but this is a huge huge compliment to me. And I'm so flattered to have been selected, approved, and printed!!!

Danielle designed a beautiful eight page spread for my artwork and article, and it is available NOW!!! :)
Throughout the article I detail how blogging has helped me to hone my brand and craft better. 
Guys, this makes three print magazines I've been included in this year; Philly Current, The Knot New Jersey, and now Artful Blogging (which you can purchase through the link!)
  WHAATTT?!?!?! Is this real life?!?! 
YES! It is! Look, look! There I am! Name, artwork, paint brushes, sunglasses and all. And the first spread features two of my favorite pieces.  ( Both pieces sold independly last year.) The left painting was a study of wood paneling with a whimsical "master copy" of a Franz Klein black and white period piece above the mantle, and the second which was an illustration of Ralph Lauren's Fall Winter 2016 collection.  This piece featured the reconstruction of Ralph's New York Polo Bar and all Ralph's gorgeous models (INCLUDING IRISH SETTER MODEL!) posed so elegantly and effortlessly around. 

Lydia Marie Elizabeth featured in Stampington & Company's Artful Blogging Magazine- featuring Franz Klien whimsical master coper and Ralph Lauren Fashion Week Illustra.jpg

Well, I received this copy the minute I walked in after painting the most glamorous wedding of my life at the Barnes Foundation (more on this to come!) and exhausted doesn't really cover it. I was shot. As usual I showed up about three hours early to start capturing the scene.  Once guests are seated and the ceremony starts I'm painting as fast as I can- vigorously splashing color to and fro to capture as much of the most important aspects of the scene in real time.  Half way through the outdoor ceremony the sky just let it all go- the whole thing. I wasn't sure there was going to be anything left. IT POURED. (which, I must pause and say- was kind of awesome. Because everyone was under cover and the rain was all in the background- and the draperies were swaying in the breeze- it was pretty epic. If it was going to rain on your wedding day- you'd want it to rain like this.) Anyway- the string quartet had a moment of panic retreating to the back corner of the site, but I had been aptly placed, and was safe and dry and successfully captured all the spontaneity of the day. 
As I limped back up the street to my apartment, perhaps just a tad damp,  I blissfully opened the cover and fell asleep on our sofa still in wedding live-painter garb at 7 pm. with Lulu somewhere in the mix purring in pride! 


 (fear not, online sales will be available 9.16.17 right here on my website shop!) 
A day and a half later I was traveling up the long, twisty, busy New England coast with my cousin and her one and a half year old to Maine.  The second week we were in Maine, I was in an art show that entirely depleted my allotted pre-sale 2018 Around the World Calendars and several original paintings.  

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You really can't tell her, but about three hours after this photo- my entire family was busily huddled under my tent as the SKY LET IT ALLLLLLL GO AGAIN and we were in a TORRENTIAL down pour. This time, however, stakes were a little higher as coverage was slighter. SOMEHOW we got all the artwork unharmed to the car. But I was soaked to the bone. 
Where do the spiders come in, you ask? Well, I wish I could ask the same thing. 
Maine. Has a problem this year. With large, disgusting, creepy, spawn-of-Satan spiders. 
So. After the Maine art show, Soaked!!! to the bone, (and humiliatingly entirely see-through!) I climb into the car and there it is. The first offender. A spider weighing about my own weight, just hitchhiking on my skirt. I scream bloody murder and sort of black out or something. A moments later, I came to and the spider was on the other side of the car in multiple pieces. Phew. 
But we had pina coladas that week which made getting caught in the rain a bit better.


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Lydia Marie Elizabeth and beloved Clients the Romanos at the Mystic utdoor Art Festival, 2017.jpg
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Husband dressed "on brand!"

Col. David C. Smith (R) with wife, Diana and daughter Lydia Marie Elizabeth, Beonne Beronda award winner at Camp Niantic, Niantic CT..jpg

Fun fact: My dad trained at Camp Niantic early in his Military career, and later funded all the newest buildings from DC when we moved to Virginia. We stayed on base and it was so fun and beautiful.

The very next week, we caravaned down the coast, listening to political talk radio and stopping at all the linen outlet stores along the way, (as one does....) to Mystic, Connecticut. This show is the first two-day show I have been a part of, and it's also one of the oldest juried art show on the East Coast.  To all of my mind, it's a huge deal I got into this show at all. There are several other artists at this show I was in awe of. 

The second morning of the show was the awards breakfast, which I wanted to attend and see all the artists from the event in one place. Being such a big deal show to me, the people who won the awards were of interest to me. My mom came with me out of people watching interest, but my dad and husband stayed with my tent to set up. 
There were first, second, and third place awards for every medium. Watercolor came and went to no surprise to me.  And it was very exciting to see everyone be recognized.

There were a few awards that were given in addition to these, that I was not expecting. And to my SHOCK! MY NAME WAS CALLED!!!!!
No, really. So shocked. I tripped over my chair and nearly cried when they handed me this gorgeous emerald green ribbon. 
The Beonne Boronda Award, the award's namesake photographed here, is for the best new-to-the-show artist.
See all the artist's awards here! 
Thrilled!! doesn't entirely capture it all. But it comes close enough.
Thanks for supporting the artwork that bubbles out of me. Xoxoxoxo

P.S. Spiders Part II. I came home to find that my studio had been taken over my jumping spiders. Omg I know, I know, but calm down. Thanks to Amazon, I got a wonderful spray that's been keeping them in their rightful place: dead. 

GIVE AWAY! Main Line Fashion Show Illustration Class

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth in


Ladies and Gents!!! 

If you are local to Philadelphia I'd like to personally invite you to The Main Line's Fashion Week to take part in the Fashion Illustration class I'm teaching this April 5th at Grace Winery.
All details and tickets here!!
Come along with a gal pal and hear from Lauren Hartman of Trousseau Style about the latest trends in fashion while you sip on some wine.  Once our model is all styled we will get to work covering the basics of fashion sketching the figure. We will break down the basic shapes of the body in pencil, before sketching our final illustration in pen and filling in the details in watercolor.

The most exciting! News of tonight is we are offering a chance to win TWO free tickets to this event
In order to enter, Like this photo on my instagram page, tag your bestie, and follow @trousseaustyle, @mlfashionweek and @lydiamarieelizabeth

Winner will be announced this Friday! (Winner must be 18 years or older and to available to attend the event on April 5th. Tickets are non transferrable.)

I will also be selling prints, originals, and stationery at the Pop Up shop after the show on April 4th!! 
I so hope to see you there!!! 

All About The #PHLPopUpShop

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(Tuesdays are typically a blog series day for me (Design Crush Tuesday.) But today is special and I want to share with you all the fun behind our Pop Up over the weekend-The #PHLPopUpShop!)
Remember the concept images and brands that I shared with you in my blog post a few weeks ago? I planned and curated some of my favorite fellow small business designers to come to Philadelphia and Pop Up with me! and look how beautiful it all turned out?? I was so excited that these really beautiful brands were all interested in showcasing their work alongside mine and others. It turned out to be a really wonderful event and I'm still missing all the fun and how beautifully this space was all weekend!

It was particularly special to me to have each one of these brands here because they were ones that I personally connected with and that I felt communicated a similar aesthetic and lifestyle that our customers would resonate with.  Our opening night was a smashing hit- we were only without customers for a few moments here and there- which happens to be when we took all of our photos. 

If you love anything you see, we are all shopable online!
(see all the links to the brands and all the wonderful people who made this event happen at the bottom of this post!)

We popped up for both First Friday in Old City Philadelphia and Saturday all day! We had mocktails and little lemon glazed madelines for our guests to munch on as they shopped. We loved getting to connect with old friends and new clients who came into our space. We had a lot of traffic in and out of the space both days; Possibly our favorite was a group of ladies brunching Saturday morning who got dropped off right in front of our shop! We loved chatting with everyone and so appreciated everyone who came out.
I sold entirely out of my calendar stock at this event and had to re-order when I got home Saturday night! So if you're waiting on a calendar- they are coming to you!!! I promise!

Kaitlin Chow- (who took all these beautiful photographs for us) made sure our display looked really sharp by lighting it beneath the glass table. She and I both went to Interior Design school together and are now perusing other art forms. I loved displaying with her because I have always admired how precise and articulate she is as an artist and while we sometimes approach similar subject matter- we're totally different.
All of our hearty congratulations to Rebekah J Murray of Virginia Dare Dress Co for achieving her Kicktstarter goal and then some! We're really proud of her and love that these dresses will be available for immediate sales in January-- (but you can give a gift card to give right now!!)


Skeem Design's candle's infused the space with the most amazinngggg scents. Everyone who waltzed in the door kept gasping at how amazing it was. Their beautiful display knocked my socks off.  Part of their concept is to eliminate unnecessary packaging and all of their products you could use again once the candle or matches are gone. I love love their fireplace matches and the cork bottles. If you're looking for a retail location for them- I spotted them at Anthropologie a few weeks ago, or you can purchase from their site.

Madda and Co's bags really drew in the crowd. Manufactured in Italy and designed in PA, Madda's bags are everything for the modern women. She also has a line of handbags that she features from other designers in her line that are really gorgeous as well. We used Madda's Ambiance bag and clutch in our window display.


And Andrea's display was more beautiful than I could have imagined? Like the best jewelry box you could ever have. Every single one of her designs is simple and beautiful and speaks to women of many different personalities and ages- which I think is why her line is always such a hit. I got some aqua tassel earrings that I've been swooning for months.  Our mutual friend Rhiana from Wear Bows and Smile blog has them in multiple colors and they look so, so beautiful on her! She featured them in black in her latest post here!
You can see MY PILLOW LINE!!!!! With the beautiful and adorable Miss.Lilo
(More on my pillow line NEXT! Tuesday!)

Thank you if you came out to this event! Thank you if you followed along! Thank you if your purchased from us and are supporting us! We love you!

 #PHLPopUpShop Details:
Organizer/Curator: Lydia Marie Elizabeth //  Photography: KChowStudios //  Space Rental: Old City Collective // Florist: Petit Jardin en Ville // PR: Piqued PR. Graphics: Lydia Marie Elizabeth (watercolors) and Kchow Studios (banner)
Brands on Display: Jewelry: Andrea Del Bello, Handbags: Madda & Co, Art: KchowStudios and Lydia Marie Elizabeth, Dresses and Apparel: Virginia Dare Dress Co, Candles and Matches: Skeem Design, Home Decor (Pillows): Lydia Marie Elizabeth.

Can you believe we forgot to take a group shot?? Here are a few of us at the end of Saturday night!!