Meet A Lucky Mag Illustrator & Tour Her Chic Personal Space
Sketching is one of those dreamy skills we wish were part of our repertoire. We have fantasies of reclining on a picnic blanket (ideally in Paris, with wine), casually capturing the super-chic outfits of passersby with pencil and paper. Cue the record scratch: The reality, of course, is that we’re no better at drawing now than we were in third grade, when we made some pretty abstract stick figures. (Hey, we were ahead of our time.)
Not so for D.C. illustrator (and fashion fanatic) Lauren Friedman of My Closet in Sketches, who began sketching on a whim — and just happened to be amazing at it. (Yes, she’s one of those talented and stylish gals who discovered she had a knack for creating amazing stuff by accident. Sigh.) Envy aside, we can’t help but adore Lauren, whose offbeat style is matched by her quirky and self-effacing sense of humor. Because we had to see more of her creatively-cool life than what we get online, we peeped her inspired workspace and colorful closet. Trust us — this is one scenario where life definitely imitates art.
How would you describe your personal style?
"Controlled chaos. I like things loud and brash, but in a deliberate way that makes my outfit feel interesting, rather than 'what is she wearing?' I like to create characters to dress to, so my ultimate style character would be a former ballerina with a mysterious past who marries a rapper and they inherit an estate and move to the countryside."
How do you decide what to wear?
"I start with a piece, whether it’s a skirt or a shoe or whatever. I’m a huge fan of variety, so it’s a fun way to push myself when I reach for things in the back of the closet and ask, 'How could I wear this now, on a Tuesday, at 9 a.m.?' But obviously I do that by wearing it with things that I wear pretty much daily."