Saturday, August 29, 2015

Travel is transformative. Seeing the world, and discovering new cultures and ways of life, has been the greatest privilege I have ever known. It is when my spirit feels most alive and when I feel most inspired to create my art. I have learned so much about myself by traveling outside my comfort zone. And though I have observed many differences in the way we live around the world, from South America to North Africa, Southeast Asia to the Middle East, I can confidently attest that human kindness and compassion is deeply universal. More often it is the people, not the places, that have made my journeys across the globe.

That is why when American Express Travel approached me this Summer to partner with them on their Journeymakers campaign, I leapt at the opportunity to contribute. I want nothing more than to honor the people who made my journeys so life changing and who irrevocably touched my heart. In the words of Maya Angelou "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." The exact words and actions, the chronology and order of events, might get a little muddled in memory, but the way these following individuals made me feel still stays with me today:

Sherif Aboelwafa - Egypt & The Nile (April 2012)

I booked my trip to Egypt during a period of great uncertainty in my life. I had just finished my degree in fashion illustration at FIT and was fighting to secure full-time employment in New York. With a rapidly expiring student visa in the United States, the sponsorship situation was dire. I was also very much struggling from a broken heart. It was an emotional time to say the least. I didn't know where I belonged anymore and was eager to immerse myself in the unfamiliar, to feel as far away from my reality.

When I arrived in Cairo it didn't take long to feel like my former self again. I was hungry to learn, laugh, discover, and was instantly drawn to my tour guide Sherif who was born and raised in the city. He was warm and engaging. It was clear from the minute I met him that this was a man who cared deeply about our experience in his country. He wanted us to see the heart and soul of his home. While waiting for our overnight train to Aswan, he indulged my every query about the recent turmoil in Egypt, recounting exactly where he was the moment the revolution erupted on the streets of Cairo.

Postcard from Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Helloooooooo World!!!!

How have you all been?! I can't believe we are already at the end of August!! Where is the time going?! I haven't posted in such a while, though I'm constantly checking for new comments on the blog. Life has been quite chaotic lately. I was back home in Toronto last week participating in a talk series called FASHION 2.0 hosted by Textstyles & The Drake Hotel. BUT this post is devoted to my ridiculously fabulous trip to Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve a few weeks ago.

In case there was ever any doubt whether you should visit this hotel, I can assure you, this is an absolute slice of PARADISE!! It is easily one of my favorite trips I've ever done. We were so well looked after. The staff treated us with such care and consideration. Everywhere you walked they knew you by name. I had the most incredible spa experience and mouth watering meals. I went snorkelling with the ambassadors of the environment crew and drew all my inspirations. Just see for yourself below...

Heading to Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve!!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Happy Sunday Lovelies, 

Just a quick post to let you all know that tomorrow I'm heading to Puerto Rico's Caribbean coast to experience an intimate influencer retreat at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. And guess what, I'm taking you all with me!! I will be there with 3 other influencers: Lindsey Calla, Adam Goldberg, and Natalie Joos, instagramming and snap chatting the whole way through. From the looks of the itinerary, I think they have some super fun stuff planned for us and I can't wait!!

Be sure to follow along on Instagram @travelwritedraw and Snap Chat username: meagan_morrison!!

Stay tuned for more!!

Much love,
Meag xx

Not the End. Just the Beginning.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

People often ask me what it feels like now to be living the dream, in other words, what it feels like to be working as a full-time fashion illustrator. And to be honest, I really don't know how to answer. I'm not sure if it's because I don't want to disappoint them, or if I'm more scared to disappoint myself. Because guess what, living the dream is not actually a dream, it is hard f**king work. I never thought I would have to worry so much, about so many different things, all at the same time.

It's been 11 months since I quit my corporate job in New York and since then I have had the craziest year of my life. When I got to be a Suggested User on Instagram in September 2014, I was literally catapulted from an up-and-coming illustrator with 8,000 followers, to a whopping 145,000 followers in 3 weeks. Then came the great Instagram purge of 2014, that shaved off 24,000 followers, and I've been steadily growing my following back ever since.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hiya Lovelies!!

I wanted to quickly announce a new category I'm starting on my Instagram called #TWDTipsInTravel!! Lately I've been doing a lot of traveling, and interviews regarding my travel habits, so naturally I wanted to share the very best of what I've learned about life in the air with all of you. Stay tuned for more...I think this will be a very fun way to share my love of travel-fashion illustration and give great tips along the way too.

Much love,
Meag xx

Postcard from Paris Men's Fashion Week

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Hi Darlings,

I hope you are having the most fantastic weekend!! Currently I'm sitting on my Mom & Dad's patio, north of Toronto, overlooking the lush green golf course and evergreens. A bit of a stark contrast from life in NYC, and my time spent in Paris, but boy does the air smell goooood!! So where to start with Paris Fashion Week?! In my comings and goings through Paris in previous years, I have definitely stumbled upon outdoor fashion shows etc, but nothing compares to receiving a handwritten invite to said show and becoming (if only briefly) apart of this fantastical world.

I was invited to three shows to be exact: Berluti, Kenzo, and Hood By Air. I couldn't get over HOW different the process of show requests and invites were relative to NYFW. In New York your invite is emailed and you are checked in with an iPad. In Paris, your invite is delivered by messenger with your name inscribed. My flight arrived on June 26th at 2 PM during the taxi strike and I somehow successfully made it to my apt by 3 PM. My first show was at 8 PM at the Picasso Museum tucked just around the corner from my spot in Le Marais.

Here I am skipping to the Berluti show at the Picasso Museum. I ran into Rick Owens on my walk over and felt like it was a damn good omen.

These are my hand delivered invites from Berluti and Kenzo. I will cherish these forever.

When the doors to the Picasso Museum opened, and revealed a hundred sun chairs with these beautiful male models reading their morning Berluti newspaper, I was totally enchanted!! I never dreamed in a million years that I would be illustrating live at an LVMH show at the Picasso Museum with Antoine Arnault to my right and the stunning Natalia Vodianova to my left. Pinch me!!!!

Podcast Interview with Smart Creative Women

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hi Dolls!!!!

I'm finally back from Paris Fashion Week and in the office playing catch up. But I wanted to quickly share this awesome interview I took part in with the incredible Monica Lee of Smart Creative Women. I talked all about the journey of my career, being a traveling fashion illustrator, the industry, and everything in between. Click on the image above to have a listen!! Hope you enjoy and I'll get my Postcard from Paris Men's Fashion Week up shortly.

Much love,
Meag xx

Heading to Paris for Men's Fashion Week!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Good Evening My Loves!! 

I'm thrilled to share my next adventure with you all!! Tomorrow (as in Thursday June 25th) I will be flying to Paris to illustrate live at the men's shows for PFW!! This will be my first time attending fashion week in Paris and already I can't get over how different the process is from here in New York. All the invites are hand delivered and of course every show has a spectacular hidden destination. Be sure to follow along for the whole adventure on Instagram @TravelWriteDraw #TravelWriteDrawinParis...I can't wait to bring you all there with me.

See you all in Europe!!

Much love,
Meag xx
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