Month: May 2014

Notion Fifty-One

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Today’s post is all about my Kimono. I found it while shopping across the border in the United States in my favourite colour! I was so thrilled. I love how flowing and eccentric it is.

Surprisingly it was a Forever21 purchase, so I always welcome the thought of looking fabulous while not breaking the bank.

I paired it with a royal blue crop top and royal blue loafers. I purchased these shoes from Beyond the Rack for a mere $14.99.

My necklace I ordered online here.

Last but not least I splurged a little on the Cedar Street Maise handbag. I purchased it from the Kate Spade website and being a Canadian I ended up spending over $100 on top of the listed price on their website once you factor in taxes, shipping and the dollar difference. I do love it! It is made of saffiano leather and holds its shape well.

I suppose I needed a white bag anyhow, this one I will be keeping for a very long time.

x

Joanna

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Notion Fifty

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I have always adored the thought of dressing like a 1950’s housewife. Thanks to the internet and many boutiques that sell vintage and vintage-inspired items, looking like one is just a click away. Many of the style icons I look up to are from the 50’s and 60’s, needless to say Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn are at the top of that list.

This particular dress I purchased online here.

My purse is a simple light grey should bag that I got for next to nothing at a local thrift store. I wish I could help out a bit with the origin of my shoes but truth be told I bought them at a store a few years ago that has since gone out of business and I do not recall the name of it (private run). They are a real patent leather and they only cost me $20 at a clear-out summer sale.

Another great brand, which was actually started by a mother and daughter who sew from original vintage patterns is this one. Although I have never personally ordered online with them, I have purchased one of their fabulous dresses which I wore to my engagement party some years ago (see below for a picture).

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Happy shopping!

x

Joanna

Notion Forty-Nine

IMG_6930 Today I decided I needed to showcase my turban and all of its beauty. My hair, which weighs about 2lbs did decide to wrestle with it but I do like how everything turned out. I bought this amazing vintage-inspired headpiece on Etsy. You can purchase it here. It shipped to me all the way from Israel and the quality is very good. You also cannot beat the price! I bought one in a nude colour as well. They are perfect for bad hair days…you really have no need to even brush your tresses, just hide them. All the while, you end up looking really posh.

My heels are by Kate & Mel, purchased a couple of winters ago at Town Shoes. The jacket I am wearing I bought at H & M and it is so classic and elegant, it is something I can always keep in my closet if I want to amp up the sophistication of an outfit. I also LOVE my pants, purchased also at H&M this winter for a mere $30.

My little clutch was a vintage find, all beads, absolutely amazing. It originally came with a chain, but that kept falling off and I eventually misplaced it. Either way, I am loving the detailing, it always adds the right amount of understated glam (oxymoron?) to an outfit.

So friends, what do you think?

x

Joanna

Notion Forty-Eight: On Staying Motivated, Productive and Healthy

Being a young entrepreneur has its perks. It is ever so exciting to be creating and calling the shots on every decision regarding my own brand. I have definitely experienced many blessings along the way, but it does take a lot of hard work! Here are a few things that I have discovered that have helped me immensely in balancing my life (a day job + family + friends) with my business.

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1) Always see the silver lining.

When you dream big and take risks, there are always things that do not work out exactly as planned. Instead of focusing on them and your disappointment, choose to look further and see the bigger picture. For one, it was a learning experience. It also may just be a door closing in order for you to walk into a much bigger, better opportunity. Always remember to pick yourself up regardless, and keep moving forward.

2) Make time for sleep.

It might sound silly, but if you find yourself with a huge to-do list, you need to schedule in a nap time. Let your body and mind rest and choose to not think of anything but the “now” which is getting cozy and drifting off into a dreamless slumber. You can’t function properly or do your best work if you are running low on energy. A good sleep will do a world of good. Do not see it as a waste of time!

3) Surround yourself with positive people.

I learned that in life there are friendships that a) Were never meant to happen b) Were good for a time c) Are energizing!

Simply put, do not spend excessive amounts of time with individuals who drag you down, hold you back or pass their negativity on to you! You may be actually doing them a favor by leaving them no other choice but to figure things out on their own!

4) Buy a planner.

Now I know that smartphones can do everything and more that a paper agenda cannot. What I discovered (and this works for me) is that having a concrete item that my daily to-do lists are organically written in makes me feel more accountable. I do not want to “let my planner down.”

With a phone or tablet you can simply delete an unfulfilled item like it never happened. With paper, even if you erase it, there is often a permanent little dent or scar in it reminding you of what you didn’t finish for the day. It is also ever so satisfying to manually stroke off each item on your list as it is completed!

An agenda I really have my eye on and quite love is found here.

5) Reward yourself.

All work and no play equals no fun. Every so often I will splurge on a big-ticket item just as another reminder on how hard work really pays off. Life is precious and completely worth living to the fullest. Do no waste it always thinking of the “someday” when you can easily look at even small ways to enjoy today. Make time for those you love, take a walk, enjoy the rain and sunshine and never forget what truly matters.

x

-Joanna

 

 

 

Notion Forty-Seven

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I have never been one to post daily outfit posts, but the other day I was chatting with my lovely blog-savvy cousin-in-law and she suggested I start recording even one or two per week. I suppose today being one of  the first good weather days all year, it was time to start.

In this outfit (wore it to church this morning) I am wearing a classic black circle skirt (French Connection) which I found at a thrift shop for a whopping $7.99. I do love when I accidentally stumble upon a deal! I was going to purchase one just like it from Etsy, but all along my local second hand store had just the thing. I do have a confession to make, I took a little bit of an afternoon nap in this classic outfit before shooting, but I quite like the (slightly) rumpled look.

My purse is a classic Hamilton, from Michael Kors in the luggage color. I tend to wear it a lot as it seems to go with everything and it just gets better with age. I generally love when things look worn as opposed to brand spanking new.

My flats are nude/blush colored t-straps, ordered online from Beyond the Rack. I paired it all with a massive (messy) sock bun and a tucked in button-up shirt.

There you have it. I now need to pay my photographer (husband) with hamburgers, so this will be short and sweet.

x

Joanna