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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 Fifty-Nine: The Golden Girl – Jess Keys

jess_instagram jess When I first discovered Jess on Instagram I instantly followed her account, ever so impressed by many of her posts on food, fashion and fun that seemed to effortlessly and stylishly roll with the seasons. She is the creator of the successful www.thegoldengirlblog.com. (Definitely worth bookmarking on your laptop!)

Jess is also Fashion Editor for www.theeverygirl.com another great blog which does home tours, offers business and fashion advice and much more.

Long story short, I ended up illustrating a photo of her in my signature “one eyebrow” style. It was such an honor and she was/is SO much fun to work with! For someone who has a very impressive resume under her belt she is extremely humble and down-to-earth.

I loved the finished product so much that I asked Jess if I could make prints of it (her outfit is simple yet fabulous!) You may purchase the print for sale here. As well, check out Jess’ very sweet blog post featuring my work here.   Happy Tuesday Everyone!

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Joanna

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Are you a Fierce Fashionista? Well if so, this print was inspired by Style Guru’s and risk takers like yourself! This print can be found and purchased here. Happy Friday my Lovelies!

 

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Joanna

Notion Fifty-Six: For the Love of Shoes!

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Lately I have really taken a fancy to drawing shoes. Even without wearing them they are simply stunning and I often find myself staring at my shoe shelf in my closet and admiring. Yes, I have yet to own the ones that I sketch but one of these days…

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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

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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-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.

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Joanna