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The Artyologist Turns Two

It is my blog’s second anniversary, woohoo! Although does that mean I am entering the “terrible twos” now? I hope not! (Actually, the anniversary is tomorrow, Jan. 27, but as I wanted to post this on Friday instead. . .  here I am a day early!)

I can’t believe that it’s been two years since I started this blog, or for that matter that it’s been an entire year since the first anniversary. I feel like all I ever say lately, is “I can’t believe how fast the time is going by”, but really what else is there to say? It does go by quickly 🙂 When I started this blog, two years ago, I really had no idea what I was doing. Actually I still don’t. Pressing that “publish” button was the scariest thing! I had no idea if anyone would ever read my blog, and I wondered if I had made a big mistake in thinking that I should be a blogger. But, it turned out that starting this blog was one of the best things I’ve ever done- not only has it proven to be fun, and a great creative outlet, but I’ve also met so many lovely people through it. (Either because they are readers, or because I discovered their blogs, since I was no longer intimidated by “putting myself out there” so to speak). Two years in, I have no intention of stopping any time soon!

Last year, I marked the 1 year anniversary by doing a blog makeover. As I still quite like the blog format, I am not planning any sort of changes on that front.* I thought that, since I didn’t do any sort of 2017 year end recap or the like, I would today re-share some of my favourite posts from the past year, as well as posts which have proven to be the most popular with readers. I kind of like to look back at old blog posts from time to time. 

I feel like sometimes in this digital age, we always have to have “more”. New posts, all the time. Fast and disposable like the rest of our culture is. We look at something for a minute, and then immediately move onto the next. We quickly scroll through our readers and feeds, trying to get through the list, without taking the time to enjoy. Social media in it’s very essence is always about the “new”. But, even though it is web based, it is ironic that amidst all that, there are still our blogs. A digital scrapbook of sorts, which capture the memories of a year gone by. I don’t know if I would notice the passage of time so much, if I didn’t have this blog. The very act of taking photos, and creating posts is a way to capture a memory, and then it gives you something to look back on (which makes you realize it was so long ago! And also how many phases my hair has gone through). I’m just rambling now, but all that to say, it’s nice to, instead of always looking forward, take a moment to look back as well.

Thanks so much to all my lovely readers who follow this blog. You are the ones who make this so worthwhile and fun. I mean, I could still blog if I had no readers, but that would be super boring. So, thank-you!

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The 5 Most Popular Posts

Well, the number one most popular post I ever wrote was my history of harem pants- it was still the top post for 2017, and I wrote it in the summer of 2016! But, since it is from two years ago, I will share the top posts of 2017 instead.

bringing back coupon busters, one pair of shoeclips at a time, the artyologist

Bringing back “Coupon Busters” One Pair of Shoeclips at a Time

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A Sentimental History of Lockets

shopping ethically for vintage repro

Shopping Ethically for Vintage Repro

vintage-blogger-meetup-2016_edmonton the artyologist, Blogger Meetup with Jessica of Chronically Vintage

My First Blogger Meet Up with Jessica of Chronically Vintage

Operation Save the Petticoat (Or a Simple Petticoat Alteration), the artyologist

Operation: Save the Petticoat! (Or, a Simple Petticoat Alteration)

Apparently my tutorials are popular. I shall endeavour to do more things this year, so I can turn them into posts 😉

My Personal Favourite Outfit Posts

Lilacs and Love letters, the artyologist, portrait feature

Lilacs and Love Letters. This is the post that almost didn’t happen! And it is one of my favourites.

Modern Girl Goes Vintage, the artyologist, navy blue and tan skirt

Modern Girl Goes Vintage.

Wearing Vintage (Or Other Alternative Styles) vs. Wearing a Costume, the artyologist outfit

Wearing Vintage (Or Alternative Style) vs. Wearing a Costume. Discussing the differences between dressing up in a different style and dressing up in a costume.

A Feather in My Cap. The first “public” photoshoot!

Fashion Revolution Love Story: An Ode to a Humble T-Shirt. This was a fun post to write.

Five Other Memories

Tea and Tulips on a February Day, the artyologist, teacup and vase

Tea and Tulips on a February Day. I just really liked this photoshoot and wanted to re-share it.

The Artyologist Art Shop. I opened my art shop in July!

Tanith of Tanith Rowan Designs and I hosted our first My Vintage Cover challenge in August, and it was so much fun!

I was Interviewed for Alive Magazine, talking about ethical fashion!

Falltime at the Farm, the artyologist, hanging-apples-with-fence

Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm. Some experimenting with my camera and lens at the farm. I was also happy with these pictures and just wanted to reshare.

*I said above that I had no plans to change my blog format, but, that being said, are there any things you wish were different about the format? Any ways I could change it to make it easier to read etc? Thanks!

Life Lately: Photos, Thoughts and Links

Life Lately: Photos, Thoughts and Links, the artyologist

Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe we are already more than halfway through the first month of 2018. Just thought I’d share a bit of a peek into what I’ve been doing lately, and some links to interesting things I’ve seen around the internet.

  • After too many days of freezing cold weather, hence why my last blog post was photographed indoors, it has finally warmed up! The past few days have been just above and below zero degrees, which was such a nice change. It was so nice to go outside! Also, my phone is now not dying every time I go out (it would get too cold, just from being in my purse, and then die)
  • I’ve been working on some artwork pieces, and preparing for another art show coming up in February. Some of it will be a repeat of what I had in my November show at the library, but it’s in a different town, so that’s OK.

Life Lately: Photos, Thoughts and Links, the artyologist, tea and outfit details

  • After much too long (I bought the book in 2015, started reading it in 2016 and then put it aside after a few chapters) I have picked up Little Dorrit again, by Charles Dickens. I’m about halfway through- and I’m actually really enjoying it this time around! Dickens is my nemesis, as his stories are so good, but I find them difficult to get into. Do you enjoy reading Dickens? Have you read Little Dorrit, or watched the miniseries? The reason I started reading it in the first place is because I saw the trailer for the movie. . .  but I can’t watch the movie until I’ve read the book. (That’s a self imposed rule. I don’t know why I can’t- I just can’t).
  • Fashion Revolution released their second zine Loved Clothes Last, and it is a really good one. They have a digital copy you can page through here, with lots of tips on making your clothes last, statistics about the fashion industry waste cycle (and secondhand industry) and how to make positive fashion choices. In my opinion, this zine is way better than their first one, as it just has a lot more practical information and is more in depth. Definitely worth the time to read it!

Life Lately: Photos, Thoughts and Links, the artyologist, thread and ootd

  • I went to the thrift store this week for the first time this month/year. It was so good to just dig around and find some treasures, one of which was a bag of vintage thread spools. I’ve added them to my collection, and now have them displayed in an apothecary jar on top of my bookshelf. Do you like vintage wooden spools? They are so much prettier than the plastic ones we have nowadays!
  • I’ve been doing better with my style resolution of “dressing up” even on stay-at-home days. There is something about putting on an outfit (not just clothes, but an outfit) and doing your hair and makeup, that makes your day so much more productive!
  • Speaking of my style resolutions (one of which was creating a more mix-and-matchable wardrobe), Suzanne Carillo recently posted about creating “style equations” with items in your closet. This is what I am talking about! Her post features some gorgeous mix-and-match outfits, so definitely go over and take a look.

Life Lately: Photos, Thoughts and Links, the artyologist, the peacock and bookshelf

  • I’ve added a new piece to my shop, “The Peacock” (you might have seen it in my post last week). This is a watercolour and ink illustration which is available as either a print, or as greeting cards.
  • I’ve been watching the show Jeeves and Wooster again (I watched it a few years ago). Not only is it hilarious (seriously one of my favourite shows) but the costumes are also superb! If you can, watch this show!
  • Emileigh of Flashback Summer just posted one of her latest sewing projects, a pair of overalls with an ingenious hidden detail. You’ll have to hop over to her post to see it, if you haven’t already.

So, that’s a bit of what I have been up to lately, and I think that’s all I have to share for now. I hope you have/ had a lovely and relaxing Friday (depending on which time zone you’re in!) and I hope you have a great weekend too!

Life Lately: Photos, Thoughts and Links, the artyologist, snow pictures

2018 Style Resolutions

2018 style resolutions, the artyologist

Happy 2018 everyone! (I’m still not quite used to writing that. . .)

When thinking of what to write as the first post for this New Year, my first thought was of the much anticipated (or dreaded) “New Years Resolutions”. I personally like to make goals and resolutions. I’m not saying that I necessarily follow through on them as I am a procrastinating sort of person, but making goals is a practical thing for me to do- because if I didn’t, I don’t think I would ever actually get anything done- haha!

While thinking of New Years Resolutions, my thoughts turned to what “Style Resolutions” I could make this year, as I’ve been doing some thinking about my wardrobe lately. My lifestyle has changed in the past couple of years, but my wardrobe hasn’t quite evolved along with it, so I often find myself frustrated by the lack of garments in my closet that are appropriate for the occasions I need them for. There are definitely a few things that I could do to improve my wardrobe, and make it more wearable, so here are a few goals for this year. I’m also spending some time this week planning out sewing projects for the year, so I haven’t included those here, as they’ll overlap a bit and I am planning a second post for them.

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  • Wear hats more often. A few years ago I wore hats constantly, but in the last year, I have worn hats less and less. I still do wear them for particular occasions, but for everyday wear, I often forgo one. As someone who really does love the panache that only a hat can give, I want to remedy that this year. One problem I am facing is that my hairstyle has changed so much in the past year (from a growing out pixie, to a bob) that hats I used to wear, no longer work with my current hairstyle. I also have a bunch of hats that just don’t go with any of my clothes, or are not really my style anymore.  I’d like to make or buy a few more “everyday” sort of hats to wear; hats that work well with my hairstyle (aka- don’t require copious amounts of hairstyling) and coordinate with more than one outfit or colour scheme too.

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  • Work at creating a more mix and matchable wardrobe; the “Curated Closet” so to speak. I got this book by Anuschka Rees from the library last Fall and sort-of-kind-of went through it. I am going to make it a point to do a complete wardrobe overhaul this month, and set a clear list of things that I “need” in my wardrobe. My wardrobe is currently rather disparate- with things that don’t really go together. I need to weed those things out, and from now on add pieces that are versatile and wearable. I also need to really hone down which direction I’d like my wardrobe to go. As much as I like the posh Lady About Town ensembles from the 50’s, I am more likely to be found wearing garments fit for a Lady Adventurer instead (aka- practical). So, a bit of planning and evaluating is in order.
  • Consciously choose “slow fashion”. Even though I thrift or sew many of my clothes in order to continue building my wardrobe in an ethical and sustainable method, sometimes I am not practicing true “slow fashion” as I don’t always think through my secondhand purchases, or fabric choices. I want to sew garments that will stand the test of time, choose fabrics that are good investments and buy secondhand items because I like them, not just because they are “vintage” or cheap. (Those half price thrift store sales are bad!) Basically, I want to ask before I buy, “Do I really need this? And, is this a wise purchase?”

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  • Create a signature colour palette. Some of my favourite colours to wear are mustard yellow, olive green, brown, camel, rust, teal and black. I want to add in more of these colours.

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  • Put more effort into my everyday outfits. Since I work from home, it can be tempting to just throw on any old thing, since I’m not going out into public. For someone who loves Fashion, this is a tragedy! It’s not like I’m wearing pyjamas or anything, but I find myself falling back into the same old skirt and shirt combination, and it gets quite boring. I’d like to start planning my everyday outfits better and wearing those things I never seem to actually ever pull out of the closet. I’d like to cultivate a more suitable everyday sort of style, which definitely nods to the vintage style, but also doesn’t need to necessarily look like a period piece.

Well, we’ll see how this goes this year. Maybe, because I’ve shared the resolutions here I’ll be better at keeping them! 😉 Do you have any “style resolutions” for 2018? Do you like setting goals at the beginning of the year?

Interviewed for Alive Magazine

interview for alive magazine, the artyologist

In July, I opened my email and found an email from the Canadian magazine “alive”, asking whether they could interview me for an article about vintage fashion, and “turning old into new”. Of course I was interested! Get me talking about vintage and responsible fashion, and I can talk your ear off 😉 The interview, titled “Vintage Revives Fashion”, finally came out in this month’s issue. It was such a long wait and the funny thing is that enough time has passed, I only vaguely remember saying all of the things I was quoted on- well at least that way the article was all new to me too!

It’s a very good write up, and I hope that the article will get some more people thinking about ways to be sustainable in their fashion choices. Who knows, maybe some more people will catch the vintage bug too! You can find it here in case you are interested in reading it!