Saturday, July 28, 2012

I'm A REBEL!



My latest and greatest investment to date:  Canon EOS Rebel T3i camera!

It is an amazing camera!  Of course, the minute I go in to buy the T3i, the T4i comes out with an attractive touchscreen and new autofocusing capabilities for improvement in shooting videos... But for a significant price difference...  Not worth it for my current purposes.

I am absolutely thrilled to have upgraded FINALLY.  Don't get me wrong, my little Canon Powershot is amazing and has gone above and beyond for me through the years.  My Powershot and I have many many fond memories together through my college years and beyond.  However, now that my photography has slowly dipped a toe outside of the "hobby" category, and I am officially offering some photographic services to various clients (photographing parties/events, headshots, sale items, fine art, etc. if anyone is interested!) I figured this was a worthwhile investment... And someday when I make my millions it will have paid itself off, tenfold.  Until then, it remains a somewhat pricey yet worthwhile investment which will have its great debut this weekend at Big Convention's annual PA gig!  :)

Pictures to follow in the next few days, so stay tuned!  (Perhaps even a video?!)



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Few Things

A few new things have been in progress and I am pleased to announce some of them today!

First, Ismay & Indigo is officially up and running! If you like fashion, illustration, and comics, you'll get a kick out of this blog. Originally I had intended to create a story blog for teens, but Ismay and Indigo have certainly proven to appeal to people of all ages! The 20-something year old girls with the cool sense of style live in an apartment together outside of NYC and the blog gives readers a peek into their everyday lives. If you are looking for a different type of blog experience, check out Ismay and Indigo at www.ismayandindigo.blogspot.com and make sure to follow them on Bloglovin'!

Secondly, I am very proud to announce the GRAND OPENING of NKBshop!!! This is the official shop where I will be selling original art prints, original design canvas tote bags, and more! The shop has two locations.

1. www.NKBshop.bigcartel.com
(also accessible through this blog and my website)

2. www.etsy.com/shop/NKBshop

Check out the shop if you want to add whimsical feminine touches to your everyday life!

And as always, thanks for visiting and for your support!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Girl's Night!

watercolor, ink, and pencil drawing inspired by the J. Crew July 2012 Style Guide

Happy Thursday!

Here are some recent Instagram shots that I wanted to share with you!  The picture above is of a new watercolor painting that I created.  Debating creating prints to sell in the new shop that I am working on.  What do you think?

The following picture is of the absolutely AMAZING homemade cannoli cream that my sister and I made the other night.  We needed a girls' night calorie-fest desperately!  Now I don't know about you, but we love cheese.  All kinds of cheese, every kind of cheese, so cheese was the theme for the night.  We watched cheesy chickflicks and made a three course meal all incorporating cheese in some capacity.  Here was the menu for the night:

  • Appetizer:  Oven toasted French bread slices drizzled with olive oil, seasoned with sea salt and cracked black pepper, and topped with slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and prosciutto
  • Dinner:  Baked macaroni and cheese
  • Dessert:  Homemade cannoli cream (made with ricotta cheese), served with Stacy's cinnamon and sugar pita chips



Here is the recipe we used, inspired by Alex Guarnaschelli's recipe which you can find here.



NIKKI & DI'S HOMEMADE CANNOLI CREAM


Ingrediants:


  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:   In a medium bowl, stir the ricotta until smooth. Sift in the powdered sugar, and cinnamon. Mix to blend. In a separate bowl (or in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), beat the heavy cream until fairly stiff (basically, whipped cream!).  Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the cream into the ricotta mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips.  Refrigerate for a half hour to an hour.  Enjoy!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ismay & Indigo


Indigo (left) and Ismay (right)



Hello people!

So recently I have been talking to my best friend in the whole world about blogs, blogs I love and follow religiously, blogs I write, blog ideas, etc.  I don't want to say too much about it yet, but we have something in the works that I think everyone would enjoy so stay tuned!  Okay, so all of the blogging talk got me thinking about a new blog that I have slowly been developing.  It isn't up and running just yet, but hopefully very soon!  I'd like to take this moment to introduce you to its characters.

Meet Ismay and Indigo.

I've been drawing these same characters for years.  I have always loved comics and fashion illustration, and these girls have worn all sorts of beautiful clothes, shoes, and accessories!  I've decided to bring Ismay and Indigo to the web!  (So excited!!!)  They will finally be featured in their own blog at http://www.ismayandindigo.blogspot.com/ where you will be able to see cute sketches of the girls and their creative fashions, adventures, and captured moments!

Today I completed the above sketch of the girls, and it describes exactly how I feel about babies.  My best friend has been taking care of an adorable baby lately and it got me thinking.  Sometimes I think they are so adorable... other times I think, "What the..."

Check back soon for when I announce the official opening of Ismay & Indigo!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy Independence Day!


Hello everyone!  Happy Fourth of July!  (I know that it is a day late, but I was having major internet problems yesterday!)  My Independence Day celebration was awesome.  It started with the Mets game in the afternoon.  They lost and they aren't the Yankees, but hey, still a good time.  Haha!  I then spent the evening on a pier across from NYC.  There was heart pumping music, lots of excitement, and crowds of people!  I ate a delicious cheesesteak sandwich and watched the Macy's fireworks over the Hudson River.  What a magnificent display; by far the best in the country in my opinion!  I brought Riley with me, but I don't think he appreciated the show as much as I did.  The loud "booms" sounded like canon ball shots and with every shot fired his tail went down and he tried to stand behind me.  Poor pup.  I ended up holding him for the entire thirty minute show.  How did you spend your holiday?

So I know that I promised everyone Dallas pictures...  I have a really good excuse as to why there are none up yet...  I didn't take many photos while I was there!  I ended up taking a few pics with my cell phone, but they didn't come out as good as I would have liked them to.  I had an amazing time in Dallas despite my lack of photographic proof!  The weather was extremely hot and dry, but I didn't let that get me down!  I went to a Texas Rangers baseball game against the Tigers at the ballpark in Arlington, learned how to play a new card game (and rocked it btw), went swimming on a rooftop, saw Jersey Boys (AMAZING!!!), went to a genuine honky tonk bar that even featured a round old man in a plaid shirt with a big belt buckle and a cowboy hat doing a little shuffle dance, drank some nice Lone Star beer, and more!  Jeff was the perfect host!  Thanks Jeff!  I can't wait to see you again soon!  Providence perhaps?!  (If you are interested in seeing the Broadway tour of Jersey Boys [Tour 2 features Brad Weinstock as Frankie Valli] then check out their schedule here.)

Hope summer is treating you well!  Stay cool everyone!