My mind was blown by the YoGoGirls when I saw this image of a super strong woman doing a handstand while balancing a bicycle on her legs.  I felt inspired.  I needed to see more and I had a lot of questions.


For example, did someone place the bike on her legs, or did she lift that thing up there by herself?

Did she get bike grease all over her legs?

And did someone help her “dismount”?

How long did she hold this pose for the camera?

Were there any unfortunate moments where the bicycle went crashing to the floor?

I’d love to see the outtakes of these images.

The YoGoGirls describe themselves as, “Designers, photographers, cyclists, triathletes, yogis & fun-havers!”  They are my kindred spirits.  I am inspired by their strength, eye for design, and cleverly ripped/re-purposed clothing.  Below I will post some of my favorites from their Instagram account (they also have a blog here) and weave in my own “core strength” videos for a powerhouse stream of inspiration.

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core katiemaevescott001 from Katie Maeve Scott on Vimeo.

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core katiemaevescott002 from Katie Maeve Scott on Vimeo.


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core katiemaevescott004 from Katie Maeve Scott on Vimeo.

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core katiemaevescott005 from Katie Maeve Scott on Vimeo.

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core katiemaevescott006 from Katie Maeve Scott on Vimeo.

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core katiemaevescott009 from Katie Maeve Scott on Vimeo.

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core katiemaevescott013 from Katie Maeve Scott on Vimeo.

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core katiemaevescott014 from Katie Maeve Scott on Vimeo.


If M.I.A. Made a Music Video in the Colorado Wilderness

Trail cameras are great because you never know what type of photos you’ll end up with (if any).  We strapped ours to a tree for a few weeks in hopes of seeing a mountain lion but the results were mostly pine trees swaying and deer grazing.  Still, the surprise element is exciting and it feels like developing film.

Donald showed me how to use masks in Photoshop to create some entertaining results.  Below are a few of our collaborations and some pleasant surprises captured by the Bushnell trail and game camera.  I call this series, “If M.I.A. Made a Music Video in the Colorado Wilderness.”


Please disregard the inaccurate date and time stamp on these photos.  They were shot this Spring in Colorado (2015).







The photo below shows why I never wear headphones when out in public and especially not while I’m deep in the woods.  I love to work out to music (especially listening to M.I.A.), but I prefer to know what’s going on around me when I’m outside. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!


And below is an outtake (taken with an iPhone, not with the Bushnell camera) showing some of the props that I brought with me for this project.  I jogged ~ 3.5 miles up a mountain with 1,800+ elevation gain and a day-pack full of non-essentials (including lipstick + gold hoop earrings).


More to come because this was a really fun project and the fawns should be showing up in the mountains any day now…

*Note* No animals were injured during this photo shoot, however, I fell a few times while jumping around trying to activate the camera sensor.

Earth Day 2015 / Estes Park, CO

While wandering through Estes Park, Colorado on Earth Day I was reminded that there are creatures on this planet that are still wild and free.  They are masters of camouflage that have no regard for human guard rails or the “flow of traffic.”  Every day is Earth Day in the wilderness.


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play with your food

I say—>  it’s okay to play with your food as long as you eat it after the fun is over.


strawberry lips


turmeric root lungs


pineapple lips


Elephantiasis of a fingerling potato (+ sweet potato)


banana face-mask


scalloped parsnip




tomato tit


raw garlic man

sneaker pop!

If I were the little sister to one of the world’s most famous pop stars what would I do to stand out?

I would do what Solange Knowles is doing- her own thing!  The shadow of big sis Beyonce does not fall upon this singer, DJ, dancer and street style star.  In late 2013 Solange was named Art Director and Creative Consultant for Puma. In her role, Solange not only co-designed two lines of colorful sneakers for the brand, but also art directed their campaigns. I absolutely love the art direction for Puma’s “Girls of Blaze” and “Wild Wonders” campaigns.  The set design is clean and simple allowing for the color and product to tell the story.  The models look like they were just interrupted from practicing their handstands and planks and stopped briefly to let the photographer snap a photo.  The images are fresh, energetic and make me feel like putting on my MAC Lady Danger lipstick, Essie Tart Deco nail polish and Pumas right this second for a 12 minute AMRAP workout!

Here are a few of my favorite images/videos from Puma’s “Girls of Blaze” and “Wild Wonders” campaigns:

solange_puma_katiemaevescott001Solange created an early buzz about the new Puma sneaker line by releasing this sexy photo below on her instagram account.










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solange_puma_katiemaevescott015I love navigating the world in sneakers!

Illustrator for all

I came across an issue of National Geographic from September 1954 and I was impressed by the magazine ads and articles that incorporated hand drawn illustrations.  They’re so detailed and the artists must have spent many late nights trying to work with unrealistic deadlines.  There are ways to create shortcuts when drawing, but overall it’s a labor of love and will always take longer than planned.


Check out artist Walter A. Weber’s snake illustrations below.  Amazing!  How wonderful that he could spend a lifetime drawing animals- his passion since he was a kid in the early 1900’s.

illustrator_kms_002Seeing these illustrations got me thinking about how “easy” it is to illustrate now.  You just need to know how to use a computer and have a very basic understanding of composition and design.  Raw talent helps, too, but it’s not essential with all the editing software out there now.  When I first encountered the Adobe Creative Suite I really disliked it.  It felt like cheating and made the little art club that I was in feel like it suddenly had way too many members.  But I learned to embrace the technology and see how it could provide new areas to explore.  I still prefer to draw with my hands but I’ve taken a particular liking to Adobe Illustrator because I figured out that I can do in seconds what would have taken hours to do the old-fashioned way.  Illustrator is the one program that still makes me feel like I’m involved in an artistic project.  I get so involved that I forget that I’m clicking away at a computer.

One of my favorite features in Illustrator is “Image Trace.”  You can pull a photo into the program and after playing around with the Image Trace settings you’ll have an image that resembles a paint-by-number, watercolor, or graphic logo in seconds.  Then you can ungroup all of the traced sections and play with the image as if it were a puzzle of color.  The National Geographic illustrators from way back would lose their minds if they saw how easy it is now.

I pulled a bunch of vintage inspired images below and created various effects using Image Trace.  I included some detail shots to show the amazing color separations close up.   I enjoy zooming in and out to see the effects and deconstructing the original image.  The series of images below will either make you want to learn how to use Illustrator or perhaps go for a bike ride instead.

illustrator_katiemaevescott001I do.  I love tube socks.


illustrator_katiemaevescott003The amazing Brigette Bardot.  In the below (left) image I “tore” apart the leafy background and it begins to look more like camouflage fabric.




illustrator_katiemaevescott007The image below (right) shows how all the color separations look when they’re “selected” with blue outlines.  You can move them around like puzzle pieces and alter the colors/shapes.





illustrator_katiemaevescott013Me.  I love pom poms.



illustrator_katiemaevescott017Deleting sections of the photo also creates an interesting look as seen below.



illustrator_katiemaevescott021The lovely Farrah Fawcett.


illustrator_katiemaevescott023This is a more minimal graphic/logo look that can be achieved with Image Trace.









illustrator_katiemaevescott035I pulled out the dog from the background of this photo of a boy doing a wheelie and created the minimal dog pattern on the right.




illustrator_katiemaevescott041I lust after this white vintage Peugeot bicycle with rainbow stripes.  A friend of mine had one years ago and I fell in love with her bike instantly.  I was so envious.  I have to find one someday.  Playing with the image of this bicycle in Illustrator makes it feel like it’s sorta mine for a few minutes.

illustrator_katiemaevescott042I’d even settle for the powder blue version.  The painterly gradations below are to die for!




illustrator_katiemaevescott047I pulled out one of the llamas (?) from her poncho and placed it at the shore.

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I do.  I love white nail polish.  It makes me look tan.

Be Mine, or just Be…

I randomly came across this Human Heart illustration while doing an image search online and it is perfectly fitting for Valentine’s Day.  I’m not sure who the original artist is, but I think most people could relate to the humor and honesty portrayed here.  Most people could also relate to the highs and lows of love, particularly around Valentine’s Day, and this artist nailed it in one simple illustration.


I put together a series of Valentine’s Day inspired images from my photo library.  It is peppered with a few images of great gift ideas.

vday_kms002Alter Eco Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate.  Fairly traded, organically grown, and 85% cocoa!  Simple and pure delight.  Have a piece first thing in the morning on Valentine’s Day.




vday_kms007In Fiore based in San Francisco “is total floral seduction for your skin and for your soul” (as their website states).  They use certified organic or wild-crafted essential oils, herbal infusions, and floral waters to create balms, oils and more for your skin.  A friend of mine worked at In Fiore and she got me hooked on the Vetiver balm.  It smells divine.




vday_kms010I saw this bedroom (above left) in an article in Dwell Magazine years ago and the image stuck with me.  I love the lavender ceiling (they claimed that it’s the best color to see when waking), the upside-down lingerie artwork and the simplicity of this room.  I painted the ceiling of my bedroom lavender in my last apartment and I can vouch for its calming effect.  Also, having lavender on the ceiling creates a unique lighting effect during the day- a subtle, rose-colored-ombre hugs the walls which makes the perfect nap environment.  Read the full Dwell article here about this West Village home whose design focuses on the creative reuse of industrial materials, including a façade embedded with truck beds.  There is still enough time to paint the ceiling lavender before Valentine’s Day (but it might still smell like paint fumes on the 14th)!


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vday_kms013I have always been impressed with Urban Outfitters’ lingerie designs.  They have a tendency to create soft silhouettes in contrast to the puffy, padded, underwire-laden designs that flood the market.  The labels Silence + Noise, Kimchi Blue and Out From Under have designs this season that are lovely, comfy and vintage-inspired.  I suggest getting the Silence + Noise Alexis Strappy Soft Bras in every color (above).  Or as seen below, treat your lady friend to the Silence + Noise Front O-Ring Strappy Bralette, the Out From Under Sheer Lace-Back Bralette, or the Kimchi Blue Allover Scalloped Lace Bralette (more colors available on the UO website).







vday_kms020Create a sprinkle topper for your smoothie that tastes just like Red Hots candy by mixing the following spices in equal parts:  turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon.  Then dust the mixture through a small heart stencil on top of the smoothie.  The spicy-icy combination is mood altering.


vday_kms022I recently found an original sketch for some t-shirts that I designed for a few friends that said “COOL BOOBS” in bubble letters.  The design was hand screen-printed on tight, white cotton tees so that the letters would stretch across their chest and be barely legible.  One friend mentioned that she still has the t-shirt which is now almost 10 years old and threadbare.  It’s probably in peak condition at this point.  Make a tight t-shirt for your sweetie!

vday_kms023Above is a pencil drawing that my mom did in February 1997.  She was forced to do this by my high school art teacher at a parent-teacher meeting.  I saved it because it is beautiful.  If you don’t normally draw or make art, but you decide to make some art for someone special you might melt their heart.

vday_kms024My vegan-gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe can be found here.  They’re protein-packed so your health nut friends will like them, too.  Make + share these and you will win hearts — forever.



vday_kms027I think most of us can relate to Ricky’s statement above from time to time.  In love.  In life.  It’s okay.  Do your best.


vday_kms029You can’t go wrong with gifting a pair of American Apparel Stripe Thigh-High Socks.  Think about it, you could buy someone a long, fuzzy robe, or you could buy them these thigh-high tube socks.  Both will keep them warm around the house, but one will keep them warmer.  Find more great options from American Apparel in their Hosiery & Socks section.

vday_kms030And lastly,

vday_kms031The “SHIP” is you.  Be nice to yourself on Valentine’s Day and every day!