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I am happy to admit that I don’t always “get it.”

[A little back story] Since Surtex is holy crap NEXT WEEK I have been going back through and refining presentations and collections. Back in February, I allotted time to work on a garden flag presentation and let’s just say… it was a nightmare struggle. I just cannot seem to wrap my brain around those things… I haven’t bought them for myself, so not really knowing what’s out there was an issue to start off with. But then, they seem so Mom-ish… and I am not a Mom… nor do I have a house to be Mom-ish in. So it seemed as though I was just not on the same level with the buyers of said garden flags, which resulted in a major disconnect when trying to design them for a presentation.

Now, because it’s the last week before Surtex, I am pulling up presentations that I didn’t really finish or that I strangle-I mean struggled with to see if they need help, or to finalize them for the show. Garden flags is the first on the list, so I went to my folder and pulled up one of the two DESIGNS I barely managed to create…Um… “did I seriously make this?” was my first thought. Holy ugly piece of cr*p!!! What was I thinking?????? It. was. hideous. And when you see it below [yes, I’m revealing the horrid thing] you’ll see what I mean by a “disconnect.”

Luckily, I was smart and made time for these kinds of major disasters fixes. I truly believe that sometimes you just need to put something down for a while and come back to it. In this case, I needed to put it down for 3 months… And once I came back to it, I cried realized these designs were not in a good place. So I’m working on “fixing” them, aka completely redesigning them.

I thought you’d get a kick out of seeing the difference… I hope you don’t think less of me after seeing the first attempt. I know I do.

Garden Flags

Alright, it’s been a long few weeks, there have been crazy schedules and rush projects popping up out of nowhere! So I’m just now getting to telling you all about New York. And this is gonna be a looooooong post, so grab a drink and follow along with me :) I can guarantee this post is going to be as jumped around as our trip! So try to keep up.

Amy (my best friend and CMO) and I went to NY from Sunday, May 15th to Monday, May 16th.

OK let’s start with the fact that we had to get up at 4:45 AM on Sunday morning, and get to the airport for our 7:40 AM flight. Ouch.

Commence under eye baggage. We get to the airport, and as we were walking up to the gate for the flight we see 3 monks!! They were getting on our flight too! Hah, Amy leans over and says, “we have nothing to worry about since they’re on our flight.” And yes, they were in they’re orange robey thingy, and they had NICE Louis Vuitton luggage?! What tha? Where’d they get all that money! On the plane, when they were putting up their luggage we could see that they have pockets sewn into the robes for their phones, wallets, keys, etc.

Blah, it was early...

Amy is way more excited this early.

Now we’re jet setting to New York and we finally take off! It looks so terrible outside, until we get up past the clouds. I snapped this picture and it was completely incidental that the wing separate the line of clouds from blue sky. How convenient… I’ll throw that one to the monks. Anywho, on to something fun, we ordered BLOODY MARY’s!!! Hey, it was 7:45am and we’d already been up for 3 hours. Lucky us, the credit card machine was broken so we got them courtesy of Delta! Yesssssss… too bad we didn’t order a bunch more. We were so excited about the free one, we didn’t think about getting 2 or 3 more.

Here’s a pic of our free Bloody Mary’s. Thank you Delta!

Down the bloodies and get this show on the road! Still keeping up?

So, obviously, next, we arrive in NY!!! It’s not glamourous. The airport smells funny, it looks dingy, and there’s a line to wait for a cab. Not feeling it. Oh, and as we’re standing in line Amy asks what time check-in is at the hotel, being that it’s currently 10:30am. I call, and check-in is 3pm. Great. They can give us an early check-in, at 1pm, but that’s the best they can do, although they will let us stow our baggage. I guess that’ll work. Finally, we make it up to a cab, and I’m thankful I did all that Google Map research because I’m immediately put on the spot to spit out our destination. Do they want the hotel name? Do they know where it is? Does he speak english? [No. This answer applies to all cab drivers in NY.] Do they want cross streets? Do I remember the cross streets?  5th and 31st and step on it.

We get there, and it’s humid, and we feel gross, but it’s time to put on a happy face and get straight over to the show! So we change in the hotel bathroom, which is hot hot hot inside. What is there no AC? Still feel a bit gross but lookin’ pretty good.

As it starts to rain, we decide to walk the measly 7 blocks to the Javits Center. That was the beginning of the end… for my feet. 7 blocks felt like 20, and my feet were paying for it. I think we made it 5 blocks and I had to stop and get bandaids! Once we arrive at Javits, and get our badges, we sit and apply about 100 bandaids to our feet, grab a quick lunch and get a move on.

Phew! We made it, and now, we’re on a mission to find Julie, my agent and the Jewel Branding booth! Ta Daaaaa!

Oh, very nice job Julie! Love the red, it definitely stands out. And oh… wha… what is that I see?

Yeah!!!! That’s me!! There in that box, that’s my work. Oh it looks so nice and I’m excited to see it. And then oh! There’s more?! Why yes, right over to the left a little bit…

Oh that’s my Luvali bags!! Yay! They look great, of course. So now I’m pumped. We say our “Hello’s” and I introduce Amy to everyone, and we walk the rest of the show. Little did I know, Sunday was the  S    L      O       W  day, BUT it gave me a chance to meet Monica Lee, who I’ve been following for a long time, and of course she’s completely adorable. I was over the moon about meeting her. I also met Erin and Ilene, the ladies of Simon+Kabuki, which also use Julie as an agent, and they are BRILLIANT. I love love love them. Plus, they’re hilarious and we got along right off the bat. So, since it was a very slow day, we’d finished perusing the show, and it was clearing up outside, we decided to go down towards Central Park and Times Square.

As if we didn’t get it into our heads the first time, we walked AGAIN all the way down to Times Square. It was like 20 blocks actually, but more like 500 blocks on my feet. Blisters. Get. Worse. We felt too much like tourists and did not whip out the camera to take pictures. I mean, it looks exactly like what the other hundred million people have photographed. What was interesting was that I was super unimpressed by the restaurants there! They have Olive Garden, Red Lobster, TGIFridays, and other typical chains! What tha?!? I was expecting like amazing one-of-a-kind eateries that I wouldn’t find elsewhere. Boo… Was not happy about that, or being heckled at to come to a comedy show. Either way, we found an out-of-the-way little restaurant and “cheers-ed” (?) with a drink and appetizer. Artichoke guacamole with warm pita bread. YUM.

Afterwards we continued on to Central Park. Blister. mania. at this point.

Oh man it was pretty. And then… a weirdo found us. DUN DUN DUN We were taking pictures of each other on the bridge, and some foreign tourist guy offers to take our picture. Me=freaked out because he’s holding my expensive camera, but we grin for a minute and take the picture.

Ok, picture time over. BUT NO. He says, “why don’t you come over here,” scooting us towards the right side, which is basically off the bridge. And I keep saying, “no it’s ok, I think it’s good, I think you got it.” But he insists and I’m convinced he’s two seconds from stealing my camera. He quickly snaps 3 pictures and then I basically grab the camera out of his hand. The pictures are terrible, you can see my progression towards him… but they aren’t blog worthy.

Now we need to head back to get ready for the Surtex party that night, and we decide there ain’t no WAY that we’re walking. Let’s get a cab, like now. 

One thing you should know about NY. Apparently around the hours of 4-6:30pm you CANNOT get a cab because they are changing shifts. And no one wants to pick you up because they’re about to be done, or they aren’t “on” yet. AHHHHHHH! So guess what. We walk ALL 20 blocks BACK to the hotel, with our hands in the air the entire time trying to flag down a cab. By now it’s 6:30pm, we’re exhausted, and the Surtex 25th Anniversary party is starting right now, and we’re not even ready. We’re sweaty, tired and in a lot of pain.

We get ready and are sure that we’re taking a CAB to the party. Lucky us, the cab driver who barely speaks english has NO CLUE where “Battery Gardens” is, other than the fact that he knows where “Battery Park” is. Great, so he takes us THE. LONG. WAY. to Battery Park to “ask people on the streets where it is.” Yeah that’s right, he called someone to ask, they didn’t know, he asked another cab driver, he didn’t know. Finally he asked some guy on the street and he says, “oh it’s right over here, just turn right and you’ll see a place to drop them off.” Thank you kind sir for directing my cabbie to the place, after 30 MINUTES in the cab, and a $20something tab. AHHHHHH, now I’m just frustrated. We get to the party, and guess what. They’ve cleaned up ALL THE FOOD!!!!! There’s cold pasta left, and picked over cookies and fruit. Even. more. frustrated. We decide to at least get a drink outta the deal and head to the bar. 20 minutes later, I’m finally next in line and I asked for a Jack and Ginger. She pours 3/4ths Jack, and a splash of Ginger Ale. ARE YOU KIDDING!? It’s awful and I get half-way through it before I think my throat is going to burn off.

We try to walk around a bit, I’ve schmoozed with my agent a bit and some other ladies like Robin Pickens and Phyllis Dobbs, and said hi again to Erin, Ilene and Monica Lee. As we’re walking around we see the Statue of Liberty! While we’re admiring, we hear a rustle in the bushes and see a bit of feather, oh it’s a bird. Cool. Stupid southerners. A rat runs out of the bushes and the bird flies away. They were fighting. Gross. We decide it’s time to go back to the room and grab chinese food , veg out in our room and go to bed.

We hail another cab to get back to the hotel, and whatdya know, he’s effin crazy.

He must’ve thought we were in the Amazing Race, because he literally THREW us around in that cab. I will never forget that ride, simply because Amy turned to me and said, “I think. We might ACTually die.” I erupted in laughter and literally cried because I could not stop laughing.

I think we made it back to the hotel in like 7 minutes flat, and had an $8 tab. Yeah, remember we paid over $20 for the ride TO the party… Ugh. We changed our clothes and walked 4 blocks… ouch…ouch…ouch…ouch… to chinese takeout, ordered some food and took a cab back. I don’t think I’ve ever slept harder.

And that was just Sunday.

It’s been a BUSY last couple of days, there was no rest from work except Tuesday when I did absolutely nothing very little. Anyhow, I know you’re just dying to find out how New York went and I’ve got a few pictures to post and stories to tell, but for right now I only have this one little picture I got while in Central Park! Yay! This picture doesn’t accurately convey how much my feet were killing me, let alone the sheer amount of blisters that were covered… but it does tell me that I need a tan… BAD!

So until I can sit down this weekend and give you a proper blog post, here’s a quick pick of me :)

Have a good weekend everybody!

So the new website, www.lezleelliott.com, finally went up on Friday, but I didn’t have a chance to formally announce it since I was in NY! So before I post about New York and it’s happenings, here’s a formal announcement to HURRY and visit the website. Why hurry you say? For a limited time only, since it’s freshly launched, all of my licensing collections are on display! After this month I will be removing some to only show the most popular and a couple of the new collections.  So check them out while you can!!

If you visited the old website, rest assured this one is COMPLETELY different so you definitely need to check it out. It’s not the same stuff from before. Be sure to LIKE me on Facebook, which will be easy since you’ll find links to this blog, my Facebook page, and my Twitter page on every page in the website. Some new features include a page for products by lezleelliott that are available right now! The product images are linked so you can go straight to the website needed for purchasing. Also, I now have a PRESS section so that you can see what magazines and websites are featuring lezleelliott, as well as some celebrity spottings with lezleelliott products! AND I have also posted the pictures from the Oscars, so check those out for sure! So exciting! (P.S. If you just happen to come across a picture/website featuring lezleelliott, let me know so I can post it!)

And don’t forget, I’m also a freelance designer, so if you’ve got branding, logo, or heck any type of project, I’d love to hear about them and see what kind of creative ideas I can come up with for you. I promise you’ll never find anything else like it!

Enjoy your week and I’m working on getting some pictures posted from New York and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

hot off the presses :)

Talk about down to the wire! Still finishing up some collections to show at Surtex and I gotta HURRY! I am loving this simple new collection I’m doing based on gorgeous mehndi designs, I can’t wait to see it all together and finished.

Almost there!

I’ve got TONS to do in the next week, but was excited to share my first bit of exposure in a BIG licensing magazine. Total Art Licensing Magazine goes to over 80,000 readers, via a digital and printed issue. These thousands of readers are primarily (68%) made up of retailers and manufacturers, which are all trying to find the awesome new art, aka ME, to put on their products and in their stores. And since it’s about to be time for Surtex, I got a bit of exposure thanks to my agent. :)

Yay!!!!

I love the smell of freshly printed paper. Especially when it’s my new updated brand books!!! :) They look amazing and I’m so happy with them. I can’t wait to start handing them out in New York at the Surtex show.

Oh, did I mention I am GOING to New York?!? I am thrilled to say that I will be attending the debut showing of lezleelliott at an actual HUGE licensing show! I’m so pumped and speaking of pumps I don’t know what to wear!!? Luckily Amy is going with me [huge grin] and we are going to plan what to pack. Thank goodness.

So now I’m busy preparing everything for the show and trying to make sure a bazillion things are done…it’s getting out of hand. Well, I’ve gotta get back to finishing things up, but was so excited about the new books I just had to share! :) Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!