One year ago today….

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Photo by Suzanne Delawar at the Fontainebleau Miami, Our wedding, May 30th 2015, Custom Wedding gown by me!

I can’t believe it was one year ago that I was getting married!

I also can’t believe it’s been ages since my last blog post.

In honor of that, I wanted to share with you our so-far unreleased wedding video here!

SO much has happened in this last year, and so much has happened in these last 5 months since my last post.

For starters I wrote a book, all approx. 20K words of it, over 500 sketches, edited with my book publisher and launching in September! It is available now for preorder on amazon here.

I literally poured my heart and soul into this book and spent months creating something so special to inspire you if you, especially if you love fashion illustration and want to learn how to draw! It’s all about mastering my Sketch & Go techniques from my years in the industry and live sketching practices at events and fashion shows!

I have wanted to write so many blogs in the meantime but I have not even had a second, which leads me to how fast Chic Sketch is growing!

We have launched a new website this past February chicsketch.com, launched a second version of our app Chic Sketch 2.0 where you can tag your sketches (just download the app for free, submit a photo for $9.99 and wait for your Chic Sketch to be created by me or one of our talented fashion illustrators), view weekly fashion trends curated by me, see feeds of our live VIP co-branded events from award shows to private events with Kate Spade or Hermes, watch a video of your sketch being created, chat, share to social media and more!

It has literally been non-stop! I am creating my dream life with my husband in our relationship and our company Chic Sketch.  It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears but is worth every second! We work so hard to create amazing things for you to enjoy with more on the way!

I hope to update my blog more but for now I will have sporadic updates.

If you want to stay in touch with me you can follow me on social media @EmilyBrickel and @ChicSketch on Instagram, facebook and my newest favorite, Snapchat! (My snap name is Emily.Brickel and ChicSketch) or email me at Emily@EmilyBrickel.com or info@chicsketch.com

My husband and I just returned from Spain this morning from our cousin’s wedding and our anniversary trip, I am beyond tired but this is something I have really wanted to update you on and share my wedding video! It was a really special night and I have so many amazing memories from our wedding.

I want to say that I feel so blessed and honored to be able to create my dream life and I really believe that you can too by keeping a positive outlook, dreaming big and working hard.  I miss writing for you guys and I am working on a way to update and incorporate everything I have been working on in one place so stay tuned for an updated website coming soon!

Lots of love!

xx

Emily

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Mantra

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Illustration from my 2016 Calendar!

This year, be way more YOU. Feel more, give more, do more, play more, dream more, BE more. Compete with YOURSELF, no one else.  Color outside the lines and take the path less traveled. If there is something you see in the world that you want to change, change it.

Don’t be afraid to speak up for what you believe in, ESPECIALLY if no one else is. Create your own path, write your own story. Forget those who just watch and judge you because they are just standing on the sidelines. If you want advice, ask someone who IS where you want to be, and has been where you want to go – not someone who tells you you can’t.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” -N. Mandela.

GO and catch YOUR star, better yet BE a shooting star and last but not least, Never dim your light just because it’s shining in someone else’s eyes – they will find some sunglasses and that is what we call shade.

For 2016, and if you are so inclined, for every month – choose a new mantra and repeat it to yourself anytime you need a little pick me up.

Mine for this month/year is : I AM A POWERFUL CREATOR

Happy New Year! Shine Bright darlings! xo

Hope that inspires you,
Xoxo
Emily

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2016 Dreaming!

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Cover of my 2016 Fashion Illustration Calendar!!!

We are less than a week away from 2016 and around this time I always do some major soul searching!

Right before a new chapter is the best time to tune in and dream about your ideal new year and new experiences!

Earlier today I was kind of trekking on, deep in this long term and special project I’m working on but so involved in what is due NOW that I really hadn’t started thinking about 2016 in a deep, connected way. Sure I have plans for the new year and coming months and have been working on them for months but I’m talking about really meditating on, feeling and manifesting my desires for the new year.

Today, when I took a nice steamy shower, I sat on the shower floor, closed my eyes and literally imagined my way through what I wanted each month to be like. I imagined how amazing it would be and all the things I would feel and experience and then I expressed gratitude for all of those things coming true, feeling as if they are written in the stars and meant to be. Trusting that it will happen similar to or if not better than my dreams and meditations.

I sat there, enamored in the feelings of this new year, allowing myself to create my dream year when moments before I was just steamrolling through what I had to get done, feeling frazzled and not connected to my true goals.

All it took was 15 minutes to myself, in my own head space to reconnect with the feelings, happenings and accomplishments I wanted to have for the coming year.

I highly recommend you try this too.

“She designed the life she loved….and lived it!”

“And in the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were too afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” – anon.

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan and guess what they have planned for you? Not much!” – Jim Rohn

If you want to live the life of your dreams, don’t wait for anyone else to plan it for you. Design your own life and live by design.

I’m all about planning and that’s why I created my Fashion Illustration calendar for a 4th in a row! The 2016 Fashion Illustration calendar I think, and I have heard, is my best one yet!

I am so happy to share it with you! It is limited edition so I only have a few more left! If you want one, order here! Below are some photos from the calendar!

Order it HERE! Ready to ship next day! 

Here are some more photos of the pages!

Click here for more images of each month!

I use my wall calendar at a glance and tape it on the inside of my kitchen cabinets.  I use it every day to log work outs, brushing my dog’s teeth (yes I have to do that, at least I try to do it!), birthdays, trips and events. I also log “date night” and keep track of any habits I am trying to form. I love looking back on my calendar and seeing what I did each month and the memories I made at the end of each year.

For my business calendar and planner I use the Day Designer Flagship edition. Mine is the black and white spotted one but I purchased it in august (they have a mid year one) because my previous method was not working for me. I needed a more robust way to plan and manage my multiple businesses and personal events while planning my wedding.  Seriously this helped me so much and it doesn’t hurt that it is so gorgeous with daily inspirational quotes and gold tabs and binding.

I love to have a spot for tasks, planning and work to-do’s in a portable planner as well as my separate fashion illustration wall calendar to keep at home (or in the office) and have my social events and personal goals on it. I love writing it all in with different color sharpie fine point pens. So fun and cute to look at.

Whatever you decide, take the time to plan your life (you don’t even need a calendar, just do it in your head and write it down in a spiral notebook or journal!)

Hope that inspires you to live a 2016 year beyond your wildest dreams!

xoxo
Emily

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