wedding

Notion Sixty-Five: Boho Bride

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Here is a sneak peek at a commission I completed a couple of months ago for a beauty blog! I was inspired by the whimsical, boho-chic wedding looks that I had been seeing this year. Who doesn’t love a flower crown?

 

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Joanna

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Notion Fifty-Three

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A little over a week ago I attended (as a bridesmaid) my good friend Jessy’s bridal shower. I am pictured with another dear friend of mine whose blog you can read here.

The photos turned out amazing. I wore a Modcloth¬†find that could pass as vintage if I didn’t mention it was brand new. The dress is covered in painted little birds and is a beautiful aqua colour. I love how it hits just below the knee as far too many dresses (even 50’s inspired ones) are too short for my liking. The material is a cotton and feels hand-made. Definitely a keeper!

My shoes are Breckelle’s and I purchased them off of Beyond the Rack. I am crazy for T-straps at the moment.

The courier in my area knows me by name now as I clearly am a serial online shopper. I am cutting back most recently though due to my husband and I purchasing a new house. We really want to channel our money to things such as furniture and necessities for the next little while. I ultimately LOVE decorating so I am really looking forward to making the new place our own.

I am posting a little later than normal but I was away all weekend at a cottage for a Bachelorette weekend! Keep an eye out as I may be posting some photos soon! We had an awesome time.

 

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Joanna

Notion Forty-Six: Shop the Shoot

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of being photographed by the talented Ana of Propholio. I needed someone who could convey my vision for something whimsical, lighthearted, fashionable and fun. I think she captured it PERFECTLY!

If you would like to replicate some of the looks from my shoot, here is the breakdown. Enjoy!

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Dress: Forever21

Headband: Free People

Shoes: Borrowed from friend – ROMANIA, aren’t they spectacular?

Makeup: Cindy using Nars & Marc Jacobs products (Try the Marc Jacobs bronzer, it’s amazing!)

 

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Dress: Joe Fresh

Watch: Blair Glitz, Michael Kors

Belt: RW & Co.

Shoes: Borrowed, Unknown

Makeup: Cindy using Nars & Marc Jacobs products

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Skirt: Borrowed from friend, TALIZE! Originally from Korea. A similar one can be purchased at Anthropologie.

Shirt: H & M

Necklace: Shamelessly Sparkly, they carry the most gorgeous statement necklaces at reasonable prices! I shopped online at http://www.shamelesslysparkly.com

Shoes: Borrowed, Unknown

Makeup: Cindy using Nars & Marc Jacobs products

Notion Forty-Two

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Here are a couple of recent sketches that I have completed. The first was just for fun, I sketched a model I saw on the runway and added my own flair to the dress.

The second sketch is one I completed a couple of days ago for a customer who designs jewelry. It was a commission for me to draw a fashion illustration of her wearing some of her pieces. She will be putting it on her business cards which is a simply brilliant idea!

Notion Thirty-Eight

fashionI recently started making prints of my artwork! Something yours truly is very excited about. I am selling them in my shop on etsy.

I am looking forward to what this year holds! There are already a few very different commissions I am working on/will be working on that I am quite enthused about.

Never have I been one for New Year’s resolutions but have always been one to take risks and encourage change for the good in myself and in my life!

If you are someone with a dream, find out what needs to be done, or what can be done to help make it happen and go for it!  There is no sense wasting time simply wishing for something when really, a little hard work and some prayer could be what it takes to turn simple meanderings into a very amazing reality.

Notion Thirty-Four: On Finding Mr. Right

014I had never had a boyfriend. At most I went on a handful of casual coffee dates that never really grew into anything past that. My younger sister was the funny one, the one that always seemed to draw in all the boys with her cuteness and charm. At 15, it had already begun to be a regular thing for her to receive flowers at her door, or be bringing home little gifts from school. Her current boyfriend wanted to marry her.

Then there was me. I was 20 years old, had cut off many (if not all) of my high school friends, working a horrible part-time job at a shoe store with a pig-headed boss. I would go home every night to my parents, now and then wondering…however will I meet someone if I don’t know anyone? Is he just going to run into me on the sidewalk?

I often just pushed it out of my mind, resigning myself to the fact that I simply would just take care of myself. I began to save my money for a down payment on a house and had my entire single life planned–right down to having a career in fashion, owning a condo and a Yorkshire Terrier. I wasn’t unhappy with the idea, or so I thought.

It seemed that in the past I was always the one that friends would run to for relationship advice, ironic considering I was about the only one with absolutely no experience in the matter, yet I assume whatever wisdom I was giving out must have been credible. The truth was, I knew what I wanted, and refused to compromise. I knew some of my old high school haunts were not places I would meet my soul mate, and frankly I wanted a miracle as well. I wanted to be able to say that he walked into my life, that I did not go “hunting” for him. Sure a companion would be nice. I just wasn’t desperate. Every girl knows that one of the best feelings in the world is to be found and pursued, not to be contriving it oneself.

Flash forward about 6 months I began hanging out with a new crowd. These were people I could rely on, who shared some of the same beliefs and goals. I traveled around to various pubs and establishments with my friend and her band, selling merchandise at the shows. I was very happy, still storing away my money bit by bit, and working on getting a better, higher paying job. Yes, my single life was going to be comfortable.

As a Christian girl, I do believe in the profound. So, it happened one night shortly after my 21st birthday, during a temporary burst of visiting a tanning salon every week (it only lasted a short time thank goodness) that I was walking home, skin smelling of coconuts and this overwhelming feeling of loneliness crept in. I had been pushing it aside for so long. As much as I was quite enjoying myself being solitary; I now had a new job that paid more than double my previous, I had accomplished my fitness goals and was religiously attending recreational kickboxing classes, as well I had friends who were kindred spirits, my heart was incomplete and ignoring it was not going to fix it.

I prayed to God as I walked, telling Him that “I just give up.” Whatever that even meant. God knew I was far, far too stubborn to just “settle” for any guy and I sure as heck was not going to become a floozy.

At once I had this overwhelming feeling of peace. I felt comfort, “Do not give up now, you’re closer than you think.” In my heart I thought…yes, I can wait a few more years.

That night I met my husband. I was invited to go out with a friend, and she had invited her friend, who brought his friend. Mircea (my husband) was his friend. I had no idea the guys were coming and Mircea whom I did not even know existed, was not meant to come at all. He was a last minute “I don’t want to be the only guy there.” act from his comrade.

Of course I did not know that night that one day we would be sharing vows and a life together. Our friendship started and blossomed and here I am five years later. God sure works in mysterious ways. Somehow, I have a business in fashion, the condo, the dog and most importantly, Mr. Right.

Notion Thirty-Two: Perfect Portrait

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Here is an original piece of art done of my husband and I as a wedding gift from my father, Canadian Illustrator and Portrait Artist, David James Bathurst. His website is currently under construction but shall be up within the next few months!

I love having as much authentic art on my walls as possible…I have this “no prints if I can help it” policy, although www.etsy.com may be slowly changing my ideals as there are the cutest wall decorations, some you can buy as jpeg images they send to you and you print it off yourself at a photo lab. Saves on the waiting times for shipping. Very awesome.