Predictable and Fun Coffee Date

30.10.14

Fringe-Kimono-Corduroy-Boho-Chic

Fringe-Kimono-Corduroy-Boho-Chic

Fringe-Kimono-Corduroy-Boho-Chic

Fringe-Kimono-Corduroy-Boho-Chic
Tassle Kimono - SheInside  //  Top - thrifted  //  Corduroys -  Gap  //  Boots & Earrings - ThreadSence  //  Headband & Coat - UO  //  Backpack - Stela 9

Another nice fall day meant that I could get out with my girl to a coffee date.  She of course had her croissant, and I had my coffee.  Then came the requisite visit to the playground.  It's a predictable pattern, but I missed it.  This was one of the things I wanted to get back to.

We have fun. She loves talking to the lovely people who work at SuperCoffee, even though she gets all shy.  My girl and I have great conversations over coffee and croissant, and then she has a blast sliding down the big kid slide at the park.  Perfect.

Force Feed Me Pumpkin

29.10.14

Fall-Fashion-Dress

Fall-Fashion-Dress

Fall-Fashion-Dress

Fall-Fashion-Dress

Sweater Dress - Ruche   //  Cardigan - c/o Wallis  //  Boots - I forget  //  Tights - gift from Poland  //  Waterfall Necklace & Bracelet - c/o Atterley Road  //  Skull Necklace - Monserat de Lucca

Okay, okay, I'll admit it, Fall is pretty.  The colors and the textures are wonderful.  But you're still not gonna get me to like it.  I don't like the dropping temperatures, or the fact that I know Winter is a blink away.

You can tie me down, and force feed me all the pumpkin chai teas, pumpkin pies, muffins, and ciders you can manage *and seriously I encourage you to do so* but that's still not gonna change my mind.  I'm a summer girl.  Give me hot winds, blazing suns, and fluttering kimonos any time.

But I'm trying to find the positive in things these days, so....hand over that pumpkin chai already.

Gratitude Greta

28.10.14

Tiered-Dress-Wool_Fedora-Boho-Chic

Tiered-Dress-Wool_Fedora-Boho-Chic

Tiered-Dress-Wool_Fedora-Boho-Chic

Tiered-Dress-Wool_Fedora-Boho-Chic

Tiered-Dress-Wool_Fedora-Boho-Chic

Tiered Dress - Ruche  //  Thermal Top & Thigh High Socks - FreePeople  //  Boots - Aldo  //  Fedora - I forget  //  Jacket - F21  //  Bag - Urban Outfitters  //  Sweater - ThreadSence  // Chevron Necklace - I Forget

 Following up on yesterday's post.  The mental and emotional journey was staggering over the last month.  I spent a lot of time crying, and feeling sad.  I was terrified that it would be a chronic or long term condition which had me really blue because all I saw were the things that I wouldn't get to do.  

Then came a point where I suddenly saw my old life (what came before this illness) and what I had, and was incredibly grateful for that.  I had so much life, so much freedom, and so much to be grateful for.  All I wanted was to get back to that.  So once I started to feel better, I was excited that I would get that old life back.

And now, for all intents and purposes, I do.  So that makes me happy.  I have so much freedom to do what I love and have amazing experiences.  But I do feel moments where the old downer thoughts - that I'm not booking enough as an actor or photographer - and the doubts - that I'm not good enough as a person, actor, photographer - try to creep back in.  It's hard.  We all have a "Negative Nancy" as my naturopath calls her.  And I know we all have our ways of managing her.  I'm just trying to figure out a way to hang on to those feelings of gratitude and appreciation, rather than allowing Negative Nancy a megaphone.

How do you stay grateful?  And what things do you use to keep Negative Nancy at bay?

Yes, That's Right!

27.10.14

Boho-Lounge-Pants

Boho-Lounge-Pants

Boho-Lounge-Pants

Boho-Lounge-Pants


Sweater - HUH Boutique  //  Top - thrifted  //  Pants - ThreadSence  // Chevron Necklace - I forget  //  Brass Necklace - Vanessa Mooney

I'm back!  Thanks for all your words, tweets, email, and facebook messages of support.  It meant the world that you hung in there with me and were so encouraging.

I'm happy to say that I'm back.  I'm feeling better, and I'm healing.  It was not a fun time.  Without going into too much detail, because I don't want to,  I spent a lot of time shuffling between doctors, and specialists, and no one could figure out why I was having the debilitating symptoms I was having.  Everything showed up normal, and functioning.

Drugs to help allieviate my symptoms just gave me side effects without actually getting rid of symptoms. It wasn't until I went back to what has worked for me in the past with any ailments I've had - naturopathy -  that I started feeling better.  My naturopathic doctor was the only one who had a very grounded and common sense theory as to what was happening and why my natural treatment was helping.  So we boosted the natural treatment I was already doing with herbs and supplements.

Now, I'm feeling much better.  I'm working on supporting my immune system to help my body heal.

And I'm looking forward to getting back to the life I put on the back burner for a month.  Speaking of, I'll have some thoughts on that tomorrow.

Yay!

I'll Be Away

7.10.14

Wallis-Cardigan-Boho-Chic

Wallis-Cardigan-Boho-Chic

Wallis-Cardigan-Boho-Chic

Wallis-Cardigan-Boho-Chic

Wallis-Cardigan-Boho-Chic
Cardigan - c/o  Wallis   //  Top - Ruche  //  Jeans & Bag - Dittos via Urban Outfitters  //  Necklace & Earrings - I forget  //  Shoes - ThreadSence

Hey guys, I'm going to be away for a while, hopefully just a week or two.  I'm going through some medical issues right now, and just want to step away from everything I possibly can.  It kind of sucks right now to be homebound and feeling like crap, but I have to say the timing of this cardigan was perfect.

It got here just a couple of days before I started feeling really bad, and I got a chance to grab these shots, and since then I've been living in it and my fleece pants.  Just comforting it up as much as I can.

I really appreciate you understanding why I'm away.  See you all as soon as I can!

xoxo
Joanna

Easiest Fall Outfit Ever...

2.10.14

Maxi-Dress-Chunky-Cardigan-Fedora

Maxi-Dress-Chunky-Cardigan-Fedora

Maxi-Dress-Chunky-Cardigan-Fedora

Maxi-Dress-Chunky-Cardigan-Fedora
Cardigan - Sheinside  //  Maxi  -   Lush   //  Boots - Aldo  //  Fedora - I forget  //  Scarf - thrifted.  

...put on a dress, a chunky cardigan, boots, scarf, and hat.  Done.  It's really as simple as that.  And mix and match as necessary to create 'new' outfits.

For the winter, add tights, and maybe another top layer somewhere in there.

Briefly and Quickly Before It's Gone

1.10.14

Spell-kimono-Boho-chic

Spell-kimono-Boho-chic

Spell-kimono-Boho-chic

Spell-kimono-Boho-chic
Embroidered Kimono - Spell  //  Top -  Ezra //  Jeans - Gap  //  Boots - Aldo  //  Necklaces & Sunnies - F21  // Backpack - Stela 9

Well, despite ranting and raving the weather has started to turn.  The leaves are redder and the sun more orange.  It's here: Fall.  It's here and that means soon it will be chilled.  Soon there will be more layers.

But while there's this tiny moment of warmth amid the red I'm going to indulge myself with kimonos in all their glory before they're hidden under layers of knit.
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