Month: September 2014

Notion Sixty-Three: Falling for Fall

The season has officially changed and I consciously noticed it today while driving along a tree lined road en route to my parents house. The tree tops were blushing the slightest shade of orange, some of them being a wee bit more bashful than  others.

I love fall and all that it brings. The only downside for me is knowing that it is far too short in Canada. Soon the polar vortex will coast its way in and make most of us have a sudden urge to flee or hibernate.

That being said we do have those few blissful weeks to wear sweaters and chic jackets, without feeling like maybe if we do not walk fast enough to the nearest place of refuge we may risk frostbite.

Here are a few of my personal favourites for fall this season.

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I know there has been a fair bit of it in previous years but lately I have taken a major fancy to all types of (faux) fur. Although a fur jacket is a bit much for early autumn I would opt for a fur vest. It is so versatile and makes you feel like some sort of tribeswoman from empires long past. (Okay that is just me). Either way, it spices up any outfit and makes you stand out from a crowd without trying too hard. I really have my eye on one from H&M, although I am on a strict budget at the moment and as reasonably priced as it is, I have to wait a little!

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I am CRAZY for desert boot inspired wedges! I fondly remember owning the classic (non wedge) style in bright purple when I was about 5 years old. The one pictured is made by TOMS but I saw an absolutely gorgeous pair yesterday for a fraction of the price at WINNERS. They would go quite well with a pair of skinny jeans or cuffed boyfriend pants. Let’s not forget to mention, I felt like I could walk miles in them, they are so comfortable!

 

 

 

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So I had to include that versatile autumn staple, the knit beanie. I purchased a couple from Urban Outfitters some years back and they have since gone missing with all of my moving around. I finally purchased another this year and I love it to bits. It is a way that I can express my inner artiste even when I am simply pairing it with a leather jacket.

 

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Now we can never forget one of the BEST parts of the fall wardrobe; chunky knit sweaters! Throw one on and it is instant cozy. Enough said.

 

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Last but not least the “Pumpkin Spice Latte” from Starbucks is something that I look forward to every September. The second the temperature drops a few degrees my body subconsciously yearns for it. Even if you are not a coffee drinker it is like pumpkin pie in a cup. I cannot say enough! This year I have been ordering decaf to get the taste, but not the caffeine buzz, especially when I order later at night.

 

These are just a few of the things I love about this time of year. I could go on and on, but if I did so…it just might be over when I’m done. It is time to hook my Homebody-Yorkshire-Terrier up to a leash and take a nice long walk with my camera.

 

*All photos are the property of their sources and not from my own collection. They have been posted merely for the purpose of being visual examples.

 

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Joanna

 

 

 

 

Notion Sixty-Two

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About a week and a half ago I received a letter in the mail¬†from the Poetry Institute of Canada stating that I am to be published in their upcoming anthology of poems “Island Magic.” I had submitted a poem some months ago and since decided that they look over thousands of entries, so not to get my hopes too high (although I knew it was well in the realm of possibility that I would be one chosen).

Prior to this I have been published in two literary publications but this was some years back.

I am ecstatic and honored to have been selected out of so many submissions. My poem is titled “1953.” I must admit that I cried as I wrote it, being something so very close to my heart and I hope to share it with you all sometime soon.

Writing has been a long-time passion of mine right alongside art. I do plan on penning a novel at some point but am slowly chalking up life experience until I fall upon the perfect inspiration. Stories written from the heart are always the best.

 

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Joanna