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Tips for soaking up the end of summer + NEW casetify!

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Happy Monday! I still can't believe it's August already, can you? Summer is just flying by!

It has been a little slow around the studio lately and I can only attribute that to everyone out and about enjoying their summer. So instead of allowing this to make me anxious, I have decided to use this time as my own time to soak in the remainder of summer. What follows are the ways I plan on doing so. Try the flollowing out if you too find yourself with some down time...

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1. ART JOURNAL

I always love sketching and journaling but feel since art school I have really slowed down on doing this things for fun. So now that I have some down time this month I plan on spending time each day to explore in my art journal. You can do this too! You do not have to be an artist. Grab any journal or sketchbook, something to add some color like paint or markers, and something to collage with i.e. magazines or postcards and have fun! I will be sharing more behind the scenes of art journaling on my instagram.

2. READ A NEW BOOK

I don't know about you, but I always end up re-reading books I have in my own personal library but I think it is time to pick up something new!

Since I am on an artist budget I have decided to go the library to pick up some new books to read and I am actually really looking forward to it. There is something SO nostalgic about the library. it can also be a nice motivation to get some work or reading done in a quiet place. Plus, it's also a great reminder to continue to learn. I will be sharing what I pick up at the library later this week in my new monthly book club post, so stay tuned!

The library is also a great place to retreat from the heat at the end of summer with the kiddos! You can even pick up an audio book or dvdv plus there a re a tone of online resources available nowadays. If you live in Orange County I highly suggest the Newport Beach Public Library.

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3. TAKE A BREAK FROM YOUR PHONE

A common thing among us all, too much time on our phones.

I have been really trying to be aware of this lately by replacing screen time with other things, see above i.e. reading, getting outside, journaling. Maybe try setting a end-of-summer goal for yourself. Like turning off your phone one day a week? or turning it off at night when you go to bed?

One way to help you reach your goal is to set a reward for yourself once you achieved this new habit. Maybe something like a new phone case would be appropriate? ; ) I actually love the leather iPhone case below that folds over the screen for the purpose of not always looking at my screen for notifications. Which iPhone case in my new end-of-summer Casetify collection would you pick?

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4. GET OUTSIDE IN THE MORNING

The main point of this is just to get outside to soak up the rest of summer but....with the weather so hot here in the O.C. I added "in the morning." Not only is this a great way to start your day, if you have pets this will keep them cool too. Mr.Bailey and me have been doing walks by the beach atleast a few times a week in the morning. Some other ideas include having your coffee or breakfast outside, going for a walk around your neighborhood with a good podcast in your ears or on the weekend have a brunch picnic with friends or family before noon.

Hope all you ladyfolk enjoy the rest of this season! Tell me in the comments... What is something you are looking forward to enjoying before the end of summer?


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Rocky Barnes X Cleobella with Ladyfolk Studio Event Recap

events, Watercolor WorkshopsKimberly HeimbachComment
 Photography // Tien Nguyen  @tienphotographer  

Photography // Tien Nguyen @tienphotographer 

It was one bad-ass group of women that brought together the details of the Rocky Barnes x Cleobella summer collection launch at the beautiful Biz Babes space in downtown LA.

Also, can we just take a moment to talk about that gorgeous tropical spread above?!

Ladyfolk Studio provided the entertainment for the day, which consisted of me teaching some basic tricks with watercolor while attendees painted in watercolor coloring pages with palm tree artwork I created inspired by the collection.

Scroll down to see all the pretty details, light, love and creativity that was shared this day!

 Photography // Tien Nguyen  @tienphotographer  

Photography // Tien Nguyen @tienphotographer 

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It was so fun sharing my love for art, especially tropical watercolor, with these lovely ladies. Seen above Rocky Barnes sits and paints with Dani Nagel of Dazey LA. Dani is also the co-owner of Biz Babez LA, which is this awesome space in downtown  LA that has co-working space and hosts events. I had never heard of the Dazey brand before my visit here and meeting Dani, but I have to tell you I was missing out! She has such a fun personality and brand, she is my favorite person to follow on insta. Also, check out the AirBnB she decked out and owns, the Dazey Desert House.

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Biz Babez decor speaks to my heart, see the pink wall and pink couch! If you live in DTLA area I think this would be such a great space to meet other like minded business ladies. You can apply to be a member on their website here.

 Photography // Tien Nguyen  @tienphotographer  

Photography // Tien Nguyen @tienphotographer 

rocky barnes x cleobella event

There was also gorgeous florals from Tess Made Studios, check out the back drop of flowers at the end of this post, LOVE IT! Also, I will definitely be recreating the signature cocktail before the end of summer. It was the perfect refreshing cocktail with all the things I love; coconut, champagne, pineapple and ginger.

 Photography // Tien Nguyen  @tienphotographer  

Photography // Tien Nguyen @tienphotographer 

rocky barnes x cleobella event

One of the beautiful things about my watercolor workshops is that I always encourage individuality. Just look how gorgeous all the different versions there are of the coloring pages, colors and approaches. There is no right or wrong in art. 

Rocky Barnes X Cleobella Event Recap
Rocky Barnes X Cleobella Event Recap
Rocky Barnes X Cleobella Event Recap
rocky barnes x cleobella event

...and that's a wrap! Thank you to everyone who painted with me. If you are interested in hiring Ladyfolk Studio for your event or party I provide a variety of creative entertainment with watercolor. Please reach out with any questions kimberly@ladyfolkstudio.com.


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August Free Desktop Background!

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Happy August 1st ladyfolk!

Let's keep the happy vibes of summer going with this colorful watercolor desktop art I created for you to enjoy. I was inspired to create this desktop art after being enthralled in the brightly saturated colors of the summer foilage around Laguna Beach.

Simply click the image below to enlarge and save to your desktop, then right click to set as your desktop background. I would love it if you shared in an instagram post or story your desktop once you update. Show me the space you are working from! See my photo above for inspiration.

*artwork copyright © Kimberly Heimbach 2018, please do not duplicate or recreate anything with this artwork, thank you!

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I clothespinned the original painting I did on my macrame wall hanging, do you like that idea?

Let me know in the comments!

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Getting in the Zone for Your Next Event, Tips from a Live Fashion Illustrator

events, fashion illustrationKimberly HeimbachComment
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When you see an upcoming event on your calendar, do you ever freak the F out? Ya me too, well i used to anyways. Now, I am much prepared when I see evnts on my calednar. I know what's up and i have a plan for before, during and after.

As a live artist, I attend and I am a big part of alot of events. This has helped me to hone in on what has really worked for me and what may work for you too! Continuing reading for some of my tips...

Take for example my recent event in partnership Goop at Ralph Lauren on Rodeo drive in Beverly Hills. Let's talk about getting in the zone before your event first.

BEFORE THE EVENT

  1. Have your bags packed the day before. Have supplies/luggage all ready to go. The less the stress the day of the better.
  2. Schedule beauty appointments. The day before I might get a facial, a fresh manicure, threaded eyebrows. The day of I always schedule a blowout. My reasoning behind the blowout is it saves me time number one and I know my hair is going to look perfect then. Getting a blowout also gives me to regroup before I leave for an event. It's called multi-tasking, while my hair is getting blown out I can check emails and directions/traffic for where I am heading. The manicure is also highly important for me because my hands are going to be looked at and photographed for most of the night. I might even get my wedding rings cleaned just so they are extra sparkly:) It's all about the details. Think about what is going to be the focal point of your event.? Is it your smile? Maybe whiten your teeth the day before with crest strips. 
  3. Give yourself time. I always plan to arrive to events ONE HOUR BEFORE. This may be only a a California worry thing but TRAFFIC..ugh it can ruin everything but not my events! Nope, that's because like I said I PLAN for extra time. If I do happen to get an event early it's only an advantage. Sometimes i juts grab a coffee and a snack, since i will be busy for hours, or I try to take some photos of the event venue before I get too busy.
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DURING THE EVENT

  1. Introduce yourself. I always make sure to say hi to everyone when I arrive at event. That way I know who is in charge and who is there to help me or who is going to be pre-occupied with other parts of the event.
  2. Be in the moment and enjoy yourself.
  3. Make connections. You cannot remember everyone at events but usually there are a few stand out people that either #1 make it known they want to connect with me or #2 I am super interested in what they do and make it known. I always have a stack of my business cards ready to hand out and I usually here from atleast a few people after the event. Sometimes it is regarding the same thing or it might be a totally different creative request, but either way I love that the conversation is opened and at this point they have already met me in person.
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AFTER THE EVENT

  1. Clean up your area. Leave your area as you found it. I usually find a trash can but honestly if I can't I will just take it with me to dispose else where. I wipe down everything that was in my paint area, even though I cover my area when painting I am always extra cautious if it is not my studio. If you are doing alot of events in the area the last thing you want to be known as is the messy girl.
  2. Say goodbye. After I make sure my area is clean and i have collected all my belongings I say goodbye. I try to find everyone I met if it isn't going to take too much time but most importantly I say goodbye to whoever hired me for the event. Side note: Always ask about parking validation if needed.
  3. Send a thank you note. This could be mailing a card or an email, either way, just do it. You want to tie up any loose ends, thank them for having you as part of their event and I always ask if there was any photos taken of the event that I could use.
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I hope these tips help you at your next event. An overall thing that helps me in business is to write things down. So go ahead, make a little checklist for yourself or enter your email below and I will email you my own cute checklist! I designed it with all the tips in mind and you can fill in with your own event details.

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