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November Highlights & Things To Be Grateful For

Time flies so fast, doesn't it? Well, welcome December, it's lovely to see you. Before I get into December spirit, I do feel a need to say goodbye to November. Hence I'll be sharing some November highlights with you.  It's been a while since I did a recap post of any kind. I'll try to keep it short and sweet, though. Just a reminder of some pretty sweet and happy moments.

MY NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS & THINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR:

- WORKING ON NEW ART

Finding enough time to make quality art is never easy, especially when it's not your main occupation, so sometimes I'm thrilled to even start a simple sketch. As I always say, you never know what a simple sketch might turn into. My favourite piece this month is definitely this watercolour painting, but I have so many new ideas I'm sure I'll manage to make some new watercolours some time soon. I'm also happy when I find the time to do some photography collages that combine my art with my photography (an example of that you can see in this November post).






I'm also (obviously) grateful to those two individuals who have supported my art by purchasing items from my Redbubble shop. I don't know who you are, but thank you for that. I have neither the time nor the budget to advertise and push my art out there, so when someone finds and buys my art despite of that, it is obviously a lovely confidence boost and something to be happy about. It's a nice surprise.

Atomic princess studio pouch


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- MEETING SOME ADORABLE CATS 

What is better than an autumn walk? An autumn walk during which you happen upon some adorable cats. I'm not sure to whom these cats belong to, presumably to the owners of house & garden visible in the background, but they sure are some very relaxed cats. The funny thing is that when I decided to take a photo of them, the fourth cat came running from the garden because she wanted to be be in the photograph as well. 





BLAZER: VINTAGE/ JEANS: VINTAGE / EARRINGS:ZAFUL /BAG: VINTAGE/ BOOTS: ŠIMECKI
This pair of jeans got a honorably mention in my November post (here) devoted entirely to styling jeans, so I won't talk much about them this time. I'll just say that I loved this outfit. It was super comfortable thing to wear. Plus, it's almost entirely vintage and you know how much I love vintage items. 
BLAZER: VINTAGE/ JEANS: VINTAGE / EARRINGS:ZAFUL /BAG: VINTAGE/ BOOTS: ŠIMECKI


- BRINGING AUTUMN INTO MY HOME 

I already wrote about why I love autumn and I don't really have much to add to that. Nevertheless, I probably haven't mentioned how much I enjoy bringing autumn in my home. While I don't buy or make specific autumn decor as such, I do always try to make some simple arrangements or displays to celebrate the arrival of new season. I always collect a bit of dry leaves and things like that. I also enjoy making fruit arrangements. Well, I do that any season but autumnal fruit is especially gorgeous.







- CHILLING WITH SOME HOT BEVERAGES 

I'm a keen coffee and tea drinker anytime of the year, but there is something to be said about enjoying a nice cup of warm coffee or tea indoors, especially when it gets a bit chilly outside. What feels more cozy than that?  Honestly, I feel like enjoying a cup of a warm beverage can be a form of meditation. You know that feeling when you just sit with your cuppa and let your mind wonder. It can be very relaxing to allow ourselves a few minutes of peace and silence. Recently I read a fantastic article about the good side of boredom (and having nothing to do) by a fellow blogger Pablo at Hey Fungi (read it here) and that made me realize how important is to take some time to do nothing. Sometimes we do need to give our brain a rest in order to be more productive.



 


-FALLING IN LOVE WITH SPLIT CITY ALL OVER AGAIN 

Because there is always something new to experience and enjoy there. Because it never gets old. Because I love the sea. Because it'll always be my hometown and I'll be happy to visit it again. If you are interested in visiting Split, you're welcome to check out my post about What To Do in Split city?

  

-DINNING AT PRESTIGE RESTAURANT IN MOSTAR IN CELEBRATION OF  MY FIRST SEWING ACCOMPLISHMENT

I took my husband for dinner at Prestige restaurant last night to celebrate my very first fashion sewing and tailoring course degree. I'm really happy I took that sewing and tailoring course. I might sign up for intermediate and advanced sewing classes in the future, but right now it's exciting to be a beginner. For my final work I selected a midi dress to tailor and sew. I'm quite proud with how it turned out and I can't wait to wear it (and show it to you guys). I choose a lovely grey material that makes the dress seem more formal. I think it'll be simply perfect for work wear and special occasions.  

Anyhow, we had a lovely time there. I do like the Christmas decor they have in this particular restaurant, it's so elegant and beautiful. I don't like to see Christmas decorations too early, but since yesterday was the last evening of November, I didn't really mind. In fact, I feel I'm all ready to experience the Christmas season. December is upon us, and it is high time to get into the festive spirit. I might make some Advent decorations soon enough. I didn't have time to dressed up because I went there directly from work so I was still in my boring black suit, but it was a lovely evening.


Prestige restaurant Mostar #modaodaradosti



FOR ALL OF YOU CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS, HAPPY START OF ADVENT. HAPPY HANUKA TO THOSE CELEBRATING IT. Thank you for reading. Have a safe and lovely weekend everyone!

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  1. Prelepi Novembarski momenti draga Ivanice <333

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  2. Love your review as always ))

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  3. I look forward to seeing your gray dress. So awesome that you took a sewing class Ivana. You should definitely follow up with the intermediate course. I do sow but need to polish my skills. I was taught by my mom at a young age. I love all the things featured here today. Your store has tons of cool stuff and I hope to be making a purchase in the near future. Your autumn piece is gorgeous with all the warm colors. I love it. Two days ago as I walked into the classroom, I had to stop and take pictures of the beautiful bed of brightly colored leaves right outside my door. Such great art. I can't believe December is here either. Time sure does fly! I love your flare jeans by the way, very cool!

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    1. I do plan to follow up with an intermediate course, but first I want to buy my own sewing machine. I still haven't got one. Knowing how to sew is such an useful skill.

      I need to take some photographs of autumn displays and decor in my school, the children make such amazing art.

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  4. Love the art on your pouch and big congrats on selling your illustrations.
    Have a happy December month!

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  5. Oh what a lovely restaurant - nice way to celebrate your achievements! looks like it was a busy but good month for you! :)

    I'm excited it's December now and there's Christmas music and decorations up - makes me very happy to see! :)

    Hope that you have a nice weekend ahead of you! The heatwave is really intense this weekend so we have been having some quiet time at home - we put our tree up yesterday :)

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    1. I'm also happy to see the Christmas decorations. Thank you dear, have a fantastic weekend yourself.

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  6. yes, time so fast...here we are in December.
    thank you for sharing a lot of beautiful photos.

    greeting- Evi Erlinda

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  7. Che bel recap IVana!!! Non mi stacherò mai dirti quanto sei creativa....sei davvero brava!!!
    Se ti vai fai un salto nel mio blog Eniwhere Fashion, c'è un nuovo post ad attenderti!!! Un bacio,
    Eni

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  8. This is such a cute read dear. Indeed, there's just so many things to be thankful for. Anyway, that Atomic princess studio pouch is lovely, so colorful.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  9. The pictures are amazing! You look stunning Ivana!

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  11. Dear Ivana, despite the challenges in your life I see you had wonderful moments in November! For me it would have been also a highlight to meet the super cute cats and congratulations that you finished your first sewing class. It was a fantastic idea that to invite your husband and I really understand why you fall in love to Split again and again. Love the looks you wore, you really know how to put the pieces perfectly together. Have a happy first week of Advent.
    xx Rena
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    1. thank you Rena. Have a happy first week of Advent too!

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  12. Your art is always so cool! And I love those cats!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. thank you. These cats are adorable, aren't they?

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  13. Your art is always cool and very special
    XX

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  14. Very glamorous-looking, Ivana! Looking fwd to visiting Split some day....... xoxo

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  15. Thanks a lot :D

    awesome post my friend!

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  16. It looks like November was a fantastic month, I hope December will be even better for you too!! Time has flown by fast this year, but I'm ready for all the new days ahead too!! Have a wonderful week x

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  17. Il blue jeans del primo look lo adoro!! È stupendo!

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  18. Qué bonito el lugar! Buen post guapisima :)
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  19. November seemed to go by so quickly and it looks like you had a really lovely and productive month. How wonderful that the restaurant where you went to celebrate your first fashion sewing and tailoring course degree was so beautifully decked out for the holidays. This is such a pretty and magical time of year.

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  20. You are such a cutie and so talented! I love your drawings!

    Happy Monday, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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  21. Lovely post dear! Have a great week! xx

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  22. It's wonderful to hear and see what's good in your life. Great progress on the art. Life is an uphill battle at times but it's important to see the positive, even in chaos. I used to be a men's bespoke tailor and designer so, of course, I think it's a great trade and skill to know how to sew. :) Have a great week ahead dear. x/M
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    1. knowing how to sew is very useful, I can't wait to learn more.

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  23. Amazing Illustrations! Also the white Room looks gorgeous <3

    kisses

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  24. Aaaaw, those cats are so beautiful. Congrats on finishing your class. i love your outfit as well. Kisses!

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  25. Odličan post draga Ivana i prelepe ilustracije kao i uvek. :)
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  26. Working on new art must be such an exciting feeling; a brand new start and clean slate! Happy to hear you've also enjoyed plenty of Autumnal walks last month too - I hope they continue for you throughout winter! :)

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  27. Love that ipone wallet and studio pouches, really beautiful and you are so talented!
    Also your outfit are gorgeous and such a cute cats!:)

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  28. I love your art and the pictures you incorporate in this blog! The cats are amazing as well :)

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  29. Ma che bel modo per salutare l'autunno, Ivana (anche se qui a Roma fa ancora talmente caldo che credo che l'inverno arriverà in ritardo quest'anno)!
    Adoro le soluzioni che hai trovato per portare l'autunno in casa, e come non amare quei bellissimi gattini?
    Un recap stagionale super interessante!
    Baci!
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  30. Cara Ivana i tuoi post sono sempre una delizia per gli occhi e per il cuore, questo poi mi ha toccato particolarmene perché hai raccontato anche cose che magari non sapevo. Un abbraccio

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  31. Davvero molto carini questi sketch!

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  32. Keep up your artwork! Enjoy December!

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  33. Beautiful artwork and photos Ivana! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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  34. OOh, lots to be grateful for here! Well done on your sewing course and I am glad you have made some sales of your art too! I do like the way you brought Autumn into your home in such joyous colours!

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  35. Such a nice work!:) thank you for sharing!!
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