Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chilly

It feels like we're finally heading into Winter now, but it's not too terrible. Yeah, it's been snowy and cold and windy but at the same time there have been some beautiful sunny days with nice clear air this week, so I can't complain. I actually want to take up running in the mornings because this time of year, the air feels the best in my lungs. Plus, it's an excuse to wear all of my best sweaters.

One such occasion that afforded me that luxury was last week when I had dinner (truffle fries and lemon tarts, so good) at The Drake with Anne, my antiquing soul sister. Anne gave me a (very lovely) belated birthday gift of a vintage teacup and saucer, Birthday Cake and Chocolate Chili Chai teas from David's Tea and the Ma Bar Bubble Bar from LUSH. I have excellent friends. We also were privy to a conversation at the table next to us that had us trying desperately not to laugh. Have you ever heard a male model loudly rant about how his social media is "on point" and he wants to generate more "buzz"? If you ever catch me talking like that, please punch me in the gut. After eating/stifling our laughter, Anne and I snapped some photo booth pictures together. 

Friendship!
I was pretty happy with my outfit I wore that night, which I dubbed "1950s College Girl Majoring In Art History".

My hair was a combination of pin-curls and flat-iron curls, brushed out and misted with a bit of hairspray. My lipstick was Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Neoclassical Coral (it looks more red here due to the lighting but is much more orange-y in person). The necklace and my brooch (an ancient Egyptian queen in profile) are both vintage market finds.

My sweater is Cynthia Rowley merino wool from last year, and the skirt is Joe Fresh from last year as well. H&M kitten heels and vintage bracelets.
Following on my sweater-train-of-thought from above, I've been slowly digging all of my Winter clothes out of storage. I'm really happy with the vintage Irish Aran (or more popularly known as "fisherman-style") sweaters I've amassed. I've now got two cream ones, a big red one and a yellow one. They're so warm! But a bit itchy, so if you have sensitive skin like me I'd recommend wearing a t-shirt underneath.

So cozy.
As well, I thought I'd share some photos from Halloween. I celebrated on the 26th of October at Magic Pony with other ROOKIE staffers for the launch of Yearbook Two. I dressed as Edie Sedgwick in a vintage striped tunic and arctic fox cur coat, and my good friend Brandon went as Andy Warhol. I think we made a pretty grand pair!

That hairspray was a pain and a half to wash out but the night was super fun.
xoHannah

Friday, November 8, 2013

All About Sara Lynn Paige

As you may or may not know, this Summer I graduated from college with a degree in acting. Afterwards I was in need of some headshots and shopped around for a photographer whose work I admired. Trust me, there are some really bad headshot photographers out there -- yikes! Thankfully, I found local (to the GTA) photographer Sara Lynn Paige.

Sara and I have actually been online friends through the blogosphere for a few years now, but our photoshoot was our first time meeting. Off the bat, Sara was friendly and professional, and I couldn't have found someone more easygoing to work with. We joked around a lot but she was also able to capture my "serious" side (I assure you, it exists!) in a really natural way.

See, I can be serious! Photo credits to Sara Lynn Paige.

The resulting photos turned out wonderful and I definitely hope to work with Sara again. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, and are looking for someone to shoot headshots, portraits, wedding photos -- Sara is your girl. She will make you feel comfortable and at ease and photograph you in your best light. Check out her blog here and see for yourself.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Turning Of The Leaves


My latest story for FLARE is all about the wet hair look. Check it out in the November issue and watch the how-to video online.

The weather here is crazily beautiful right now. Sunny, warm without being stifling, the perfect breeze all the time. I don't want to jinx myself out of fear that the skies will turn gray and rain down on me but truly, I am grateful for this gorgeous beginning to Autumn. The only way you can really tell it's the time of year that it is, is the changing colours of the leaves. Always so beautiful, particularly in the fields and forest behind my parents' home, where I am currently visiting for Thanksgiving weekend (here in Canada).

Obviously it's put me in the mood for swapping out my sundresses for heavier knits and darker shades and I've gone and dug my caramel 1950s fur jacket out of the closet (though it's still not cool enough to wear). I've been updating my accessories (shoe clips!) and am slowly building a new season's collection of black tights (a necessity, and since they always pill and snag no matter how careful you are).

I'm slowly piecing together a Fall wardrobe but still have a few things in mind I'd like to add. A black leather motorcycle vest, a sharply tailored tuxedo jacket, more silk blouses, tapestry- and paisley-print vintage dresses, more hats, anything that hints at a 1940s femme fatale vibe ... it's a bit all over the place, I guess, but makes sense in my head. Of course I'm very visual and always collecting images, so below are a few of the things inspiring me for the next few weeks (hoping it stays at this temperature). 










All images (and more) + captions can be found here.

What are you wanting to wear this Fall? Do you give a damn about pumpkin spice lattes? I'm kind of indifferent to them, really. I don't think I've had one yet. Pumpkin pie though, I'm all about that. And mashed potatoes and stuffing? Yes, absolutely, give me a wheelbarrow full of that, please.

Anywho, you've seen my fashion inspiration. Keep an eye on xoVain in the very near future for info about my Fall beauty looks and ideas. 

Oh, and pick up ROOKIE Yearbook Two if you haven't yet! It's absolutely gorgeous and amazing. We had the launch events in New York last weekend and it was such a blast. I ate my weight in pizza (many photos on my instagram of said slices) and was surrounded by copious amounts of love from my co-contributors and all of the wonderful readers. If you made it out to our fun party, I hope you had a good time and thanks for supporting the magical coven that is ROOKIE.

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians, and to everyone else, have a sunny/spooky weekend.

xoHannah

Friday, September 20, 2013

Hello Old Friend

Yes, it's true. I'm updating this here blog! I have so much to write about and so many things to share, but it is LATE right now and I need to get to sleep, so instead you're getting a very quick hello. Just for now though! I am really going to try and share things from recent weeks, like my trips to Nova Scotia and New York in August, and loads of other goings-on. 

For now, here is a quick outfit post of what I've worn the last few days, and a little reminder to check me out over at xoVain and read what I've been up to there!
Left: Joe Fresh dress and suede heels, Baublebar necklace. Right: Joe Fresh silk blouse and gold ankle boots, vintage pleated skirt.

Some shots from a few of my recent stories over at xoVain.
And, if you're dying to know what I'm up to you can always check out my instagram right over there! ->

Thanks for reading & more to come, I promise!
xoHannah

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Spring Is In The Air




I don't know how it is where you are, but the weather here definitely cannot make up its mind. However, there is distinctly a sense that Spring is on its way. It's definitely been raining enough for me to expect "May flowers" to arrive soon, and the sun is shining brighter and longer than it has in recent months.

With the change in the seasons I've been thinking about how the weather affects how I dress, what I'm inspired by. If you look back to my posts from the Winter you'll see images of flappers and witchy, pale women, but now that I can feel Spring and Summer on their way, I have Palm Beach, 1960s vibes and an itch to get a tan.

For starters, I had some incredible nails made up by the super-talented folks at Pinky's Nails. My inspiration was this vintage ad.


And the results. Aren't they incredible? They make me feel very glamorous all though they are making this post a bit difficult to type!
Anywho, here are some inspiration images to show you what's going on in my mind. In terms of what's going on in my life, I just finished college, I've been busy with writing for FLARE, xoVain, and Rookie, and I'm doing a play in July. Whew! Let me know what you've been up to. I know that now that I'm done school I'm going to have a lot more free time to not only devote to my professional writing, but this blog as well.



For all of these images and more, click here.

As always, thanks for reading. If you'd like to keep up with me even more, check out the sidebar to your right for links to my Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr. Cheers!

xoHannah

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Trip To The Market

A postcard I picked up at the antique market today. I'll always have a soft spot for anything pertaining to Ancient Rome and Greece (history nerd).
Before I bother doing an update on Christmas and all the wonderful goods I received, or even a little update about my most recent trip to New York City (and all the incredible food I ate), I thought I'd do a little post on the vintage shopping I did with my friend Anne today.

We started off the day with a trip to Red Lobster because -- duh -- we're fabulous ladies who lunch, and that was the right thing to do. Clearly I was very excited about the biscuits.

After that we headed out on a thrifting adventure. First we stopped at Value Village where Anne bought a chocolate brown fur coat and I decided to save my money because I had a feeling I'd find something else at our next stop and I was totally right.
First, Anne and I both found fantastic vintage hats for ourselves.
Don't we look happy?
You can wear white after labour day, guys!

And just before leaving, I found the best find of all, an early 1930's dress for such a steal. I've been so obsessed with the 20s and 30s lately, mostly in part due to Boardwalk Empire and last year's Mildred Pierce. The fashion and accessories are so exquisite, and it's really difficult to find authentic pieces from that era at an affordable price so I was over the moon to find this. Not sure where I'm going to wear it yet but I think it's a sign I have to attend the Jazz Age Lawn Party next Summer!



The buttons!
Needles to say, I'm very happy right now. My whole aesthetic for 2013 is some weird amalgamated look I like to call "disco flapper tarot reader" which basically means a lot of sparkle, a lot of jewelry, a lot of rings and velvet and vintage furs ... just mystical luxury, I guess. Still very much in line with what I wrote about here.

I'm really set on creating lots of headpieces for the new year. 
Some inspiration: Margaret on the Season 3 premiere of Boardwalk Empire, flapper from Pinterest, artist Shae Acopian Detar, Downton Abbey.
Basically, my style is going to be all out and a little all over the place but that's completely fine by me. I can't wait. I'm going to be listening to this nonstop. Anyway ... I have to do some Breaking Bad marathoning writing so I guess it's time I wrap this up ...

Until next time!
-Hannah

Monday, November 19, 2012

Knick Knacks And What Not ...

I've been going cuckoo all over the Internet and in stores in my neighbourhood picking up goodies for my new place. Don't worry, every time I do some spending I make sure to do some work too so that my budget balances out. Anyway, I thought I'd share some of the things I've ordered and am excited about. The main living space has a colour theme of primary colours, so you might notice a recurring theme ...
Loads of washi tape.
Valley of the Dolls poster.
Gold skull. I've been dying for one of these for awhile and finally found a shop with affordable prices. Can't wait for this to arrive.

Packing isn't much fun but it is nice being reminded of the loads of books I have, many of which I still haven't read. 
That's all for now. I don't want to give away too many of my secrets.
xoHannah