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Wedding Bliss: The Top 5 Splurges Worth Investing In for Your Big Day

Some of us dream about our wedding years before it actually happens. When the day comes that a date is set and you begin to plan, that is when you realize how expensive it can get. Not all of us have bottomless bank accounts. Here is a list of 5 wedding services/items that are absolutely worth the splurge. A Photographer When you work so hard on all the fine details you want to remember them

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Fashion Illustration 101: Choosing the Perfect Shot

Most of the fashion illustrations for my clients are based off of photos they send to me, Sometimes it is a series of pictures and other times just one single photo to replicate as it is. Choosing the perfect shot is so important and I am always happy to assist! Here are some super simple tips. Choose a Straight-Ahead Photo Photos where the photographer is at the same level as the client is best for an

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Business Owner: Trying to Work but You’ve Caught a Cold

I scribbled down my to-do list in my Day Designer. “Tomorrow is going to be a productive day.” I think to myself. I have a good sleep, aside from the nightmare in the morning hours of losing my dog in a far away city. I wake up to find that all is well and he is sleeping soundly beside me. Then it hits me, I feel so achy. My throat is a little sore and

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Baby Shower Gifts that Will Impress

My life is quickly becoming a newborn utopia full of pregnant friends and baby showers galore. Often with the grandmothers contributing the gifts with the largest dollar value, it’s hard to give something that won’t get lost in the pile of adorably cute baby shower items. Here are a few suggestions that are sure to be a hit.   Get an Item Personalized I love to go to Etsy for gifts. The great part is

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Living the Sweet Life with Sugarfina and Cake

I am not going to pretend that I regularly like sweets and sugar. When my sister and I have girls’ nights we often order wings or cook something. We laugh about the fact that our mom gives us our favourite types of cheese for Christmas instead of chocolate. I do not meet many other girls like this so it is funny that we happen to be in the same family. Our mom is nothing like

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Leather Looks for Fall 2016

    Leather and leatherette are perfect staples for the fall season. My personal favourites are my leather jacket or leatherette pants. I was in Toronto last weekend for an Indian Head Massage (which was awesome) and headed out to dinner later that night. I wanted to wear something that looked effortless and truly did not take too much work. Pair your leathers with clean staples such as a white button-down and Chelsea boots. Add in

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Fresh and Airy Interiors: Wall Groupings 101

This past weekend while in Toronto I came across this fabulous display by Helmut Lang. I love the irregular wall grouping of fashion sketches. There are so many creative ways to display your original art, photos, prints and tapestries on your walls. I personally like when it looks a little out of order yet still maintains an overall even balance. This is my living room. When we first moved in, the walls were a medium

Second- Hand Treasures

    This dress was purchased last year for a mere $14 at a local thrift shop and I wore it to a friend’s wedding. I love how it flows…and it closely reminds me of a Chloe dress I remember seeing. I cannot get enough of the layers of chiffon and its soft pink, feminine shape. I am not usually a fan of ruffles but they really seemed to work for this. My hair had

My Fashion Illustration Business: Welcome to the Next Chapter

Having launched the website for my Fashion Illustration business over three years ago I am no stranger to putting my work on the internet in a way that is easy and accessible for my followers and clients to browse through. I wanted to keep the same chic, minimalist appearance that I love, but incorporate the ever growing and changing face of Joanna Pop –both the business and yours truly. Sometimes it is so easy to