Cheap Bohemian Clothes

Hey Bohemians!

This post is kind of a continuation of my previous post “What, Really, IS the Bohemian Style?”

I spoke of how the manufacturers are putting out clothing designed after the current bohemian craze. Certain boutiques carry apparel reminiscent of the hippie days of the late ’60s into the ’70s, which is all coming back—and “vintage” is now the buzzword.

That’s great! I’m reliving my teen years vicariously. Lol. My teenaged me is looking ahead to me now, when…

I know myself better and have a much better handle on who I am,

and, finally, have my own fashion sense. 

My wardrobe in high school suffered greatly due to the fact that my life did not include having a job by which I would be able to buy my own clothes. I counted it a blessing just to be allowed to raise my hemlines! Lol. Other than that, my outfits were boring, with a few exceptions: I really loved a couple of dresses I had.

Of course, back then, I really had no idea of what my own personal style was. I was even unaware of what colors were best to wear with my skin, eyes and hair color!

So, “getting some road under one’s feet”as one travels life’s journey does have it’s benefits!

As you travel through life, you learn more and more about yourself.

In my teens, if I could’ve had hip togs, I would’ve just immitated Cher. I LOVED the way Sonny and Cher looked! She was blessed to find her style while she was still young!

Yet, I wasn’t so old when I started coming into my own style. I was in my mid 30s.

Lol. I remember I wanted to wear “different,” but was still a little shy about being nervy enough to do it.

I finally got to the point that I said to myself, “If you’re gonna do it, you’d better go on and do it—before you get too old to do it!”

 

Evidently, I, now, consider that I never got too old to have my own different personal style!!

Lol. Lol. ‘Cuz I’m more independent now in my style than ever!! 🙂

I do want to make a point, here, that, 

the only way one gets to know oneself is by living

and,

living brings age,

But, then, 

age brings freedom,

and freedom allows one to dress in whatever way she wants!! 😀

One's age has nothing to do with one's own personal style. 

It may manifest in a little different way as one ages, but, in my opinion, no “woman of age” should ever be denied the pleasure of dressing in whatever way she desires—even if it is unusual for those in her age bracket.

Unusual = unconventional, right?

My style is not a mimic of anybody else—

not even of Cher.

Yes, she influenced me, but my style is very much my own style.

Yes, I take from hippie, gypsy, the current bohemian trend, and ideas I see anywhere—or, by flat using my own imagination!

But, the end result is a style all my own.

Last winter, I wore this outfit, below, and the waitress who served us in a restaurant said to me…

I’ve never seen anyone in person or online, etc. with my style. This is what I want to get across:

True bohemianism is not driven by the current trend…

it’s being unconventional in your very own way.

Now, regarding the clothes you buy...

Yes, you can find many items in the mall that blend into the bohemian look…but, at mall-store prices.

If you choose to be—or need to be—frugal, buying cool togs in some place like Forever 21—though fun to look in—might not be an option.

Who has discovered the prudence of shopping thrift stores?

I wave my hand and say, “I have, I have!”

Not only are the prices lower—and sometimes, ridiculously cheap!, but, one can find such curious, intriguing and even exotic garb there.

Besides Goodwill, Salvation Army and other thrift stores, flea markets and rummage sales are terrific places to find unusual items of clothing—including those cool, sought-after vintage rags and handmade items, too, and accessories, such as, costume jewelry and vintage hats.

Some thrift store pricing, though, has gotten outrageous, so you really have to shop for the bargains sometimes at the unique thrift stores— those individually owned.

Now, Comes the Real Fun!!

After finding those cheap, cute clothes, arranging them into boho outfits is the real fun!

sometimes

can make for really attractive and unconventional looks…thereby, creating your own style! 🙂

Change Boring Clothes into Unique Pieces!

You can, also, design your own clothes by re-purposing, refashioning and upcycling. 

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Take a look at the many tutorials I’ve created just for you, showing you how to combine pieces of clothing to make one article, making boho bags from pants or pillows, or capes from throws, and kimonos from saris and scarfs.

 

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What, Really, IS the Bohemian Style?

What, really, IS the Bohemian Style?

Hey y’all,

One thing I’ve noticed in discussions about things “bohemian”:

When building the “bohemian look,” quite often, the clothing is already “branded” as “bohemian” or “boho,” such as, now, manufacturers are producing individual garments created with the bohemian rules in mind: Garb that is flowing, is highly embellished; clothing that has the prescribed characteristics of the bohemian trend.

We are told that, in order to dress in the bohemian way, we must wear loose-fitting, flowy dresses and tops, boots, and carry funky bags.

I’ve seen sites online, saying, essentially, “the way you build a bohemian outfit is…” and, then, going on to dictate that one must wear this type of dress and a certain category of shoe, and carry a particular kind of bag. To me, anything that is imposed unconditionally doesn’t leave room for one’s own “flavor.”

I love all these things—don’t get me wrong! But, when we are told what to wear—is that not going against the true meaning of the word bohemian?

A bohemian is one who is free of rules; one who doesn’t follow just because others are following—but, instead, blazes her own trail; one that, in this case, wears what she pleases regardless of what others might think—or, what others wear, or how others might stare at her with disdain or ridicule.

I personally think many stare just because they see someone different—a free spirit, one who is distinctive, who stands out in the crowd. Even though you may think they stare with scorn, they may actually be even envious of you, that you have enough self confidence to dare to dress in your own personal style!

I’ve been told I’m brave to dress distinctively.

As I have said in my other posts, I always consider that the best definition for bohemian is “unconventional.” True bohemian style is not wearing specific items that are “boho must-haves,” as in the photo above. No! That, in my opinion, is the bohemian fashion,  which factors in fads, crazes, and trends.

No, in its truest sense, bohemian style is being free to express oneself in one’s choice of raiment, not being bound to what others tell you you must wear! These are rules. Bohemians buck the rules! 

This type of thinking opens the bohemian style to a whole new level! “Unconventional” is more than the current bohemian trend; it’s a freedom in the way one thinks—one’s attitude toward life, which reflects in one’s attire.

I was truly freed when I decided—many years ago, that I would dress the way I wanted to dress, without regard to what was in vogue at the time.

People couldn’t understand my look: I remember a woman who approached me in the grocery store. With a big smile on her face, she exclaimed, “I love your outfit!” Then, followed that with,”Where do you work?” My reply changed her expression to one of puzzlement and confusion when I said, “This is not a uniform. These are my clothes.” She said, “Oh,” and walked away.

So, because I now accept and willingly embrace much of the so-called bohemian style, this doesn’t mean that I am following the crowd. It just so happens that the bohemian trend—in fashion, now, flows with what I like. So, I like what’s in fashion now because fashion has come around to what I like. 

So, How Can You Be a True Bohemian?

If you are naturally of the unconventional persuasion, you’re already a bohemian. You don’t need tutorials on “How to Dress Bohemian.”

Just be yourself!

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Create a Patchwork Facade

Hey y’all,

Okay, you Bohemians who are afraid of sewing machines: This would definitely be ranked in the list of easy sewing projects! It was hand stitched. I thought hand sewing would be more appropriate for this homespun item. Of course, if you want to be a speedy stitcher, you can use your Singer or Brother or whatever sewing machine you have to machine stitch for a faster result. 

I found this idea on Pinterest. It’s from Magnolia Pearl. I LOVE Magnolia Pearl! But, have you seen their prices?! T-shirts are $95 and $125. A cotton denim pullover with fading, distressing and mending is $275. A cotton Jersey T with a pocket is $140. I figure I can do a lot of this kind of stuff myself! Lol.

from Magnolia Pearl

Mine’s bigger than theirs, but I like both. I like this idea so much that I’m sure I will make more of different sizes and colors. I’m really fond of this option to a statement necklace. It would go with a whole different feel of boho chic outfit.

Categories:

  • Hand Sewing
  • Sewing for Beginners
  • Easy Sewing Projects
  • Sewing for Kids

How I Created My Patchwork "Facade"

‘Betchur wonderin’ about the photo above…Lol.

When I was tryin’ to figure out what to call my creation, I thought of the old-timey false fronts of stores of a century ago. The fronts were built bigger and covered the whole front of the building. The false front was called a facade, pronounced fəˈsäd.

And, so it is with my patchwork piece: It covers the whole front of a top or blouse. 🙂

This is such a great way to add a bohemian look to any blouse, changing it from just a blouse to your own version of bohemian fashion.

Let's Get Started!

Step 1:

First, I gathered two doilies and several scraps of fabric that were like and kindred to each other.

I’ve been into tea staining lately, so I brewed up a salty tea concoction…just enough for what I wanted to stain.

How to Get Tea Stain

I added salt to the hot water before I put in the (2) large tea bags. It seems to cause the dye, or, in this case, the tea, to penetrate the fabric better. I put in a couple of tablespoons of salt.

I steeped the tea for about 15 minutes and took out the bags. Then, I stirred in my cloth pieces, leaving them in the simmering potion—in the pot on the burner on low, for 15-20 minutes.

Fix the Stain

Before rinsing, I laid them out in the kitchen sink and sprayed them with Rit Color Stay dye fixative, and let it soak in for a few minutes. Then, rinsed them.

Step 2:

After they all got dry, I started to assemble my piece, starting by sewing straps to the main top doily. You can see that I sewed them onto the sides of the doily rather than the top, ’cause I wanted a drapy effect.

The straps are from a lace curtain panel I used in another project: This is the hem I cut off. Or, you can use other types of lace.

Step 3:

I attached a few of the little ones together…all by hand sewing.

Step 4:

Then, I simply laid them in the way I wanted, placed pins in various places to hold them together, and started sewing them together.

I also added a couple of irregular squares of upholstery fabric.

 

I left the lace bunches hanging freely, after sewing down the top of them.

The bottom strips also hang freely.

Step 5:

I anchored down the straps by attaching them on the sides of the finished project, a little ways under where my arms would go to make arm loops, because it’s a larger piece, to hold it better in place.

…and that’s it!!

...by itself...
...with a top.

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Where to Get Ideas

Hey y’all bohemians,
Nearly everywhere I go, I seem to very often get comments and compliments on the way I dress. People seem to be amazed at how I do it. Lol. It’s not hard! 

Admittedly, I have a clothes fetish! Lol. I seem to be obsessed with clothing! Lol. Over the years, I have stayed about the same size, so I rarely give away my garb—my faves, anyway. Now that “anything goes,” I’m in hog heaven. I love mixing all kinds of stuff together to make unusual ensembles.

As I’ve said before, I was a bohemian (style-wise) before I ever even heard the word: Many years ago, I had started to act on my fantasies of creating unconventional outfits, throwing off any intimidation that clouded my creativity. I thought: If people think I’m odd-looking…so be it!

And, yes, I got some looks. People looked at me in a way that said, “What is that?!” (But, some, also, seemed to approve.) 🙂 

How come this whole process couldn’t have started when I was a teenager?! But, I agree with style icon Iris Apfel, who says, it takes years to find out who you are! It did with me. Lol.

I think back to when I was in my late 30s, and I thought to myself, If I’m gonna do this, I’d better do it before I get too old for it. Lol. Lol!

Now, I believe you’re NEVER too old to dress the way you wanna dress. You’re never too old to do what you wanna do! As long as you’re breathing, go for it!!

I believe dressing to suit your personality keeps you young!

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So, Where Do I Get My Ideas?

One of my favorite sources is Pinterest.

This is the coolest site! Can you imagine that the whole world can look at the same fashion ideas?!! The Internet is an amazing thing to me. Who could’ve ever guessed, a few decades ago, that the entire globe of 

fashionistas would be loving the same off-beat style! Lol.

I like to go through my Pinterest images to trigger things in my  head. I don’t necessarily copy an outfit, but it gets me to thinking about what articles of clothing I have and how to put together an outfit.

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My outfit came outa my head. But, for  example’s sake, I found a similar outfit on Pinterest.

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What I wore last Sunday

Or, I’ll see a certain top or skirt, which gives me ideas of how to create something along the same lines.

This top is on Bohemian Angel for $120!

I love it! But, it looks to me that I could make something similar to it by using a white tank top and, either several crocheted doilies sewn together, or by using a portion of a lace tablecloth—or, curtain panel. 🙂

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This may be one of my next projects.

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Oooo…this looks like a project, too! 🙂 I just talked myself into it!!

This skirt from Pinterest has so much potential!!

Hmmm…I’m thinkin’ I might havta try this one, too. Lol.

Use a short skirt on the top, sew some scrap fabric onto the bottom of it, using even curtain ruffles—and bed sheets, or tear up an X-large blouse, with a maxi skirt under it.

Other Souces

Sometimes I simply cruise the net, or, just happen on something—like I did when I found Bohemian Angel.

This dress, below, from Free People is $168! 

Mine is different, yes, but mucho more frugal!!

(I created this dress just from my own imagination…no fashion pix required.)

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Me in my dress I made from two tops.

Of course, I still like to flip through fashion magazines, too.

An occasional trek through the mall 

may net an idea or two. But,honestly? —I see a lot of just plain, boring—expensive—clothes in the stores.

Keep your imagination active.

Don’t be afraid to get inspired by others’ ideas. We all do it. Lol.

Combine their ideas with yours.

Create your own version of theirs.

The thing is, just don’t be a total copy cat. You wanna still be your own person.

Stay tuned for these tutorials coming soon 😀

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Simple T-Shirt Remake!

Hey y’all,

Several years ago, I was privileged to assist—for a short while—a woman who is experienced in large animal care. She is, in fact, a big cat trainer—with the scars to prove it. She created The C.A.R.E. Foundation, a non-profit exotic animal rescue and wildlife education facility, located in Apopka, FL.

Her menagerie includes large cats, such as lions, tigers, and Florida panthers, bears, and smaller mammals, including monkeys, also birds and reptiles. This place provides non-domestic, non-releasable animals with a safe and permanent home.

She would take a well-behaved female Florida panther and other native Florida fauna to events where she would educate children—and adults, in the proper respect for Florida’s wildlife.

It was a very interesting time for me, as I love nearly all animals. I loved the panther she took around, but she would never allow me to touch the cat. But, I understand. So, my admiration of that beautiful feline had to be from afar.

As her assistant, she gave me this t-shirt, but it was huge on me. I’ve held onto it over the years, but rarely wore it because it swallowed me. Lol. So, finally, I remade it. Here’s the tutorial:

This is the original XL t-shirt.

The shirt, shown here, is in its original XL size.

Not only did I want it slimmer, but I wanted the neck more comfortably wider, and I wanted to “fringe it.”

This is easy. You can do it, too, to your chosen t-shirt.

  1. First step:
  • Get out a t-shirt with a fit you like, and lay it over the larger shirt.
  • Center it.
  • Make a line of straight pins along the edge of the smaller shirt on the larger one. When it comes to the upper part, place the smaller one appropriately around the armpits.

Once I got to the new armpit area, I made my line of pins curve up to the original shoulder seam.

2. Now, it’s time to cut:

  • Allow for about a 1/2-

inch seam on the outside of the pin line.

  • Begin cutting from the bottom up, 1/2 inch outside the pin line, continuing up the curved lines toward the top of the shoulder seam.
  • Place a pin perpendicularly across the pin line, making a cross, where you want  the bottom of your armhole to be at the armpit. This is a marker.
  • Remove the pins above that marker.

3. Curve your pin line to meet the pin where the armpit is. Sew the sides, removing the pins as you go.

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4. Trim away the hem on the bottom and around the neck. I cut about 3/4 inch below the front of the neck, additionally.

No need to be concerned about hemming: T-shirt knit doesn’t unravel. 🙂

5. Make the Fringe:

  • Start from the bottom and cut fringe equidistantly, i.e. every 1/2 inch or so, all the way around the bottom of the shirt—as long as you want. I made mine about 8 inches long because the shirt was very long.
  • Also, cut fringe on the cap sleeves.

Here’s the finished product! 😀

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Easy Tie-Dye Project

Hey Bohemians!

Tie dye is a much-loved staple amongst bohemians and hippie types. 🙂

It’s a fun way to dress up a plain tank or tee.

I got a plain pastel pink tank at a TS (thrift store)—or?, I can’t remember where…it’s been a while. I never did really wear it much even though it’s 100% cotton. Darker shades are just better on me than pastels. So, I decided to tie dye it purple. 🙂

This is the original tank top in pastel pink.

First, let me spread the news about a FANTASTIC sweat stain remover that does a beautiful job and doesn’t fade or harm the fabric at all. It doesn’t EVEN require scrubbing with a brush: relieving the cloth of undue stress! 🙂

This tank had yellowish perspiration stains under the armpits.

GREAT TIP:

FEAR NOT!

Go ahead and get that top you love, even if it has sweat stains. Hopefully, it’s cheap.

Here’s the reason: I got this amazing formula off the net:

  • one part hydrogen peroxide, with
  • one part baking soda

Mix the two together to make a paste. Spoon it onto the stains, allowing a larger area to be covered than just the stain, to make sure you get it all.

Work it into the fabric with your fingers. Remember, this is totally harmless stuff; you’re not working with chemicals or anything toxic—that’s one reason I love this–

 

PLUS: It works!!

Let it sit for a while. I let mine soak in for about an hour, but it may not need that long.

Wash your top normally in your machine, or hand wash it. I washed mine out in the sink with mild soap—shampoo, actually. Lol.

I could see the water turning a light yellow, revealing that the stain was washing out!

Results? Wet or dry, I could see NO STAIN REMAINING!! I love this magical wonder potion!!

It also gets out yellow stains from collars!! …no Wisk, no bleach—just easily-available and harmless ingredients!

YIPPEE!!

On to the Tie Dye

Now that your top is absolutely clean and ready for the fun part, get out your dyeing pot. I got a big, deep stock pot for cheap at the TS. I use it ONLY for dyeing.

I do my dyeing on the stove top to keep it nice ‘n’ hot. This dye loves hot.

Things you'll Need

  • a large, deep pot
  • gloves
  • funnel
  • a spoon, or tongs
  • one cup salt
  • a bottle of Rit liquid dye
  • a bottle of Rit Color Stay dye fixative, with its sprayer
  • an old shirt you don’t like
  • and, of course, the item you’ll be dyeing.

Prepare your Top

I chose the simple circular-ring design.

To do this:

  • Start your design by grabbing a “tuft” of fabric and wrap it tightly with a rubber band. I chose the area in front center, just below the little buttons. Leave spaces between some of the rubber band windings to make tiny lines on the shirt rather than all bunched together, making wider lines. It just looks neater that way. Bind the rubber bands tightly around the “shirt rope.”
  • Continue adding more rubber bands at intervals all along the length of the “shirt rope.”

Make your Dye Bath

Put on your shirt you don’t like, in case you inadvertently “decorate” it with spatters of dye bath. 🙂 

 

Run a few inches’ worth of tap water into your pot. 

The Rit dye bottle recommends three gallons of water to 4 oz. of liquid dye for each pound of fabric to be dyed.  Howev, lol, I wanted good, dark color, so I used the whole 8 oz. bottle in “just enough” water.

Place the pot on the burner and bring the temp to just under boiling—to the point of steaming. Then,  reduce the heat to low/ simmer.

At that point, add one cup of salt (because it’s cotton) and stir till it dissolves.

Then carefully, pour in your bottle of liquid dye. Stir.

Place your “rope” into the bath and poke it down with a spoon, till it’s fully saturated.

I “cooked” mine for an hour, stirring occasionally, while I worked on my computer.

Set your timer, so you won’t get wrapped up in your other activity and forget your dyeing!

Removing your Piece

Realize your dyeing project is extremely hot.

Use your spoon or tongs, to lift it out of the near-boiling dye bath. Rest your spoon or tongs on the top edge of the pot, allowing your project to cool some. 

When it’s cool enough to handle with the 

gloves, squeeze out the excess dye—even, lightly wring it. You don’t want to drip on the way to the sink.

Don’t rinse it yet, just lay it in the sink.

Save the remaining dye bath by pouring it—using a funnel—into a thoroughly rinsed-out milk or water gallon jug.

Using the Fixative

Attach the sprayer to the bottle of Color Stay dye fixative. 

Spray all sides of your “rope” before you undo the rubber bands. Let it sit for 20 minutes.

Undo all the rubber bands and lay it out in the sink. Spray all across the front, and then, turn it over to spray across the back, 

thoroughly. Let it sit another 20 minutes to fix.

Finally, rinse your dyeing project in cold water, till it runs clear—for me, it was two to three rinses.

I dried mine on the line outside. I don’t know how the dye would react to a dryer. It would probably be okay—might even fix it more.

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Celebrate Your Uniqueness!

Hey y’all,

As a result of emailing my latest post out to my email followers, I got a couple of comments from one of my newest subscribers.

I LOVE getting comments from y’all!!! ..HINT! HINT!!

I want to hear from you!!

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Mari Hill wrote:

“Girl, you and Iris Apfel are my idols..love those clothes! Don’t have the nerve to wear them that wild. Have them, but don’t mix them like you guys do.”

Don’t be shy!!
Mix it up!

Have some FUN with your clothes!

Check These Links

Just click any image to go to the corresponding page for more inspiration on how to mix prints, stripes, tie dye, etc., and how to layer—successfully!

My Reply to Mari:

Aw, Mari!! Thanks for grouping me with Iris Apfel!! Wow! That’s quite a compliment!! I love her audacity!!!

Wow!!!

I’m somebody’s idol!!!!

Wow! Wow!

WOW!!

Mari, once I decided that I didn’t care about what others thought about the way I dressed, then it became very easy to just wear what I wanted to wear, to let my imagination go wild!!

It’s amazing that when I finally made that decision, I was pleasantly surprised at the positive comments I’ve gotten—not only online, but in person.

Yet, I suppose some people probably still look at me wondering what in the world I’m doing wearing that stuff! Lol!

I don’t look around to see if people are looking: I think that’s an arrogant thing to do. But, Jerry—my hubby, says that people always look at me.

I agree with Ms. Iris: I don’t dress for the attention—NOPE!, I dress for me—just cuz it’s more fun than dressing like everybody else!!! They all look SO BORING!!!!! Lol.

Blessings,
Cindy

As Mari said, she has the clothes but doesn’t mix them like I do.

Yes, it’s not so much the articles of clothing that make for unconventional outfits, though that certainly plays a role in dressing “bohemian.”

It’s your creativity in the way you put things together!

Thrift shops have tons of clothes! My thing is: Find unusual items at cheap prices, and be creative with them!

So, you’re being imaginative AND frugal!

On top of that, refashion some things to make them your own individual style!

See my Tuts-n-Tips for re-fashioning/ up-cycling ideas!

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You Are Unique!

Do y’all have any idea how special each of you are?

Do you ever stop and think that not one other person that is living today—of the billions of people anywhere around the globe—or, anywhere in the universe, if, indeed, other peoples exist—

no one

is made like you?

Not one other person who has ever lived in the history of humankind was another you. No…not one! You are “fearfully and wonderfully made!”

You are one of a kind!

So, why in the world, would you want to look like everybody else??!

Celebrate You!

Any of you who has a hunger to reinvent your look—because you haven’t been true to you, simply HAS to act on that desire!

Don't Suppress Your Creativity!

The desires placed in your heart were embedded in your  spirit when you were created.

When you—your spirit—found an

earthly home in a baby’s little body, and your personality began to develop as your body grew, your innate inclinations and aspirations took root and begged to be allowed to bloom!

That’s why, I believe, we go through seasons of frustration and seeking: The real you wants to express yourself!

I believe that’s why we are not content until we are doing what we were intended to be and do!

Don't Settle!

Find Your Place

And, I say that for more than just the fashion style point of view.

Some of you, like me, are late bloomers. But, that doesn’t mean we won’t bloom at all!

When I was a little girl, my definite aspiration was to be an artist!

Along the way, I tried various arts: I started out, as a child, mainly, drawing, but I was only fair. I did well in high school art class, though.

But, when I see the work of true artists—like my Facebook friend Annie, I have to take my hat off to her

talent—that is, my bohemian hat! Lol.
 
Annie is a high school art teacher at McAuley Catholic High School in Joplin, Missouri.
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This is one of Annie’s wonderful works.

Painting on a tin ceiling tile!! by RA "Annie" Atchley.

Another of my talented friends lives in South Africa:

Santie Amery is another fantastic artist!

Santie’s site is droomwoorde… where you can see more of her amazing art.

 

Santie Amery

This is her regal lion: a pen-and-ink watercolor.

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By Santie Amery

In my search to fulfill my creative yearnings, I learned photography and dark room. This was in the days of film and photographic paper and chemicals that developed them!

I still love photography but haven’t been too active in it lately.

More recently, I’ve done photo restoration.

Working at newspapers as a stringer photog, I “fell into” writing, which led me into publications: freelancing for local newspapers

and statewide and national magazines. Unfortunately, that dwindled—which, brings me to blogging.

I blog about my newest creative love: unconventional wear, an “art” which  I’ve been coming into over the years.

Creativity in style is what seems to be my best “art,” as it has gotten the most notice.

I’ve even been called “a Wardrobe Artist!” by my friend Kim Verrochi.

…and, now, I’m one of Mari Hill’s “idols!!”

Be Who You Are!

What I’d really LOVE to see is…

for you to forget other peoples’ reactions, and just do your thang!!

Don’t be intimidated by what others think or say!!

Just be yourself!

You don’t HAVE to dress in a conventional way! Get out there and “wild yourself up” a little!

We don’t have to be like everybody else!!

You are an individual created to be only you!

So…

BE YOU!!

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How to Build a Better Outfit

Hey Boho lovers!

Sundays are my day to really dress up.

It’s becoming easier to create an outfit than it used to be. I used to have to try on a bunch of stuff and have a “bedfull” of clothes and accessories to put away again, when I finally figured out my outfit. Lol.

My Sunday Morning Routine

On a personal note:

First and foremost—which I do every day: As I’m waking up, I say a sleepy “good morning” to God: talking with Him, thanking Him, telling Him how good

He is to us, taking specific concerns to Him, and asking Him to order our day.

I reach over and give my hubby a love pat and tell him I love him. He responds, likewise.

Building My Outfit

1..The Planning:

Before I get up, I consider what I will wear. I visually visit my closet and envision what I have.

In my head, I’m pretty close on

shades and hues of colors, as I mentally put an outfit together.

When I put it on, it usually works, but sometimes, it’s an “uh-uh!!” and I have to go to Plan B. Lol.

2..The first piece:

I’ll start with a particular top or skirt that I want to wear.

This Sunday, I thought I wanted to wear something white, since it’s almost Labor Day.

But, here, in Florida, we really don’t hold to the rule of “nothing white after Labor Day.” Our “summer” continues into the fall—sometimes, through early October.

So, I had a white skirt in mind.

3..The Complementary piece:

Next, I wanted to wear my rose print tunic that I got for a buck last weekend at a church rummage.

4..Tie it all together, with layering—and texture:

“Now,” I asked myself, “how should I tie the two together so it looks like an outfit, rather than just a skirt and top thrown together?”

I thought of that frilly little gossamer, fringy, white thing I got a couple of years ago, that I love using so much! (pictured here)

I bought it at a Rainbow store for $3—marked way

down from its original price, as they were trending into fall.

Sometimes, I wear it under a top, as in these outfits, allowing the lacey, fringy bottom part to show from under a shorter top.

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This time, I wore it over my rose tunic.

5..More layering, adding more texture:

To add to the rose theme, I threw on my newest scarf—bought at the church rummage for a dollar. I love it!!

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6..Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!!

Accessories are what add your own personality and style, the most, to an outfit.

When I’m all dressed, then come the accessories. I call them “my hardware.” Lol.

They are:

  • Many rings.

A few months ago, at the flea market, I got seven sterling silver rings with genuine stones, for $22!! That’s an average of about $3 each—for sterling silver!

  • Many bracelets.

I like to wear bangle bracelets on my arms like “arm rings.” My arms are thin, so I

just slip them on and push them up my arms. I wear two to three bracelets on each arm.

  • Earrings.

Sometime, I want to have more than one set of piercings in my ears. For now, I wear one set of earrings, but they’re usually dangles.

  • Many necklaces.

I like to wear different lengths so that one nestles in another, and that one nestles in another.

  • The crowning touch: a hat.

I nearly always wear a hat, now. An outfit just isn’t complete without one!!

  • Lastly, I put on my shoes: flat sandals or boots.

When I walked into church, two of my favorite ladies were standing together, talking.

One spotted me and said something to the other. They both turned to me with big smiles on their faces. One called out, “Cute..cute…cute!”

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9 Scarf Ideas

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Hey Boho Fashionistas!

Want a little inspiration for your bohemian style?

That’s my intention with this blog: to encourage you to use your imagination to stretch your wardrobe to its fullest potential!

I checked Pinterest for “scarf outfits.” I found many examples of the same thing…not much variation, at all.

Well, I’m here to tell you, you can use a scarf in a lot of different ways!

1  Does your outfit need a little something, but you don’t have an appropriate hat that does the trick?

Tie a swath of bright color around your head—in a hue that brings out a color in your ensemble.

2  Here, I wanted something to balance the jacket, as it made the outfit look top heavy. Tying a large scarf of a similar color around my hips accomplished the needed counterweight.

It also brought the “center of gravity” lower, elongating the look to give the illusion of greater height.

See more outfit ideas!

3  A brightly colored scarf tied around your waist, or just below it, can add a little panache.

You could also pull a scarf through the belt loops of your jeans!

Read how to make this fringed hippie bag, and how to give pizazz to a tank top

Also, see my tut on making this skirt!

4   Open up a large scarf to a folded triangle and tie it around your long gypsy skirt. I’ve done this many times.

Read a bit on the history of gypsies!

5  I’m a fan of wearing a scarf around my shoulders, when I’m in spaghetti straps. It adds a

splash of color when balance is needed, or, simply completes the look; plus, adding a little gypsy flare.

Another reason is to give a touch of warmth to my shoulders for the lower temps of air conditioning.

6  If you have a couple of very large scarves, complementary in color and pattern, you can make an easy bohemian skirt!

7  Make a Kimono top out of a very large scarf! It’s easy!!

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8 Scarves are so versatile! They add color, texture and a little glamor to your outfits!

Simply draping one across your shoulders adds a bit of bohemia and color.

Read about mixing prints successfully.

9  Tying a scarf around your neck is a more traditional approach, but can also be a quite attractive addition to a more unconventional ensemble.

See more ideas of layering.

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What was the Influencing Factor in Your Style?

Hey, all you Bohemians out there!

Think back to the time in your life when fashion started to resonate with you.

I’m supposing that nearly all of us, as little girls—if not all, went through a period of childhood when we loved to play dress up in our mothers’ things. Surely, a lot of us, as I did, made clothes for our dolls and loved to dress them up, too!

But, do you remember a defining time or incident or, maybe a famous personality, that really made an impact on you in the way she dressed?

Those of us with a lean toward the offbeat, must’ve had something trigger that bohemian spirit that began to rise within us, with a yearning to be expressed.

Let’s reminisce a little, shall we?

What was it that Attracted You to "Different?"

Girls often want to emulate “bigger than life” personalities—actresses, music icons, fashion models.

We are created with a built-in desire to worship, and that carries over into our pop culture.

Who besides me, had pictures of your favorite music bands and “teen idols”

papering your bedroom walls?

We bought teen mags full of photos of, and articles about, all those whom we so admired, so we could get a glimpse into their—what we considered, fabulous—lives.

We stared at their photos, looked into their eyes, took note of their dress.

Who or What, When, and Where?"

The Countdown...

Iris Apfel

The position of #3 is held by my most recent find: Iris Apfel.

Born in 1921 Queens, New York, Apfel is an American business woman worth $25 million, an interior designer, and fashion icon.

The one and only Iris Apfel

She studied art and art history, ran a textile firm with her husband of 67 years, and was involved in design restorations at the White House for nine presidents.

Her unique approach to fashion

is being celebrated at an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This little fiesty lady has been listed as one of 50 “Best Dressed Over 50.”

What I love about her is, that she appears to have spunk and individuality. She seems to have a mind of her own, and finds pleasure in bucking conventionality.

Iris Apfel

The #2 Spot Belongs to Fictional Characters

Honey West

Back when I was school aged, a favorite TV personality for me was Honey West.

Anne Francis as Honey West, and Bruce, her pet ocelot in the series

This series lasted only one season, but the character made an impression on me: She was a self-reliant woman investigator, with a pet ocelot named Bruce.

Honey was one any

young girl would want to emulate, with her self assurance, her glamor, her ability to handle anything, her outsmarting smarts. Besides all that, she was beautiful, as she was played by Anne Francis.

She was a role model in an unconventional sense.

Muriel Pritchett

Another fictional character that, in this case, simply reinforces my love for unconventional style, is Muriel Pritchett.

Geena Davis portrayed the "odd" Muriel Pritchett in this movie.

Muriel is definitely a whimsical dresser—with a quirky personality to match!

Every time I watch this movie, I giggle at Geena Davis’ 

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Geena Davis as Muriel Pritchett

interpretation of her character.

William Hurt, Geena Davis, and "Edward" in The Accidental Tourist

The costume designer put Muriel in some really offbeat garb—which I loved!

In one scene, she is excited about the armload of cool rags she bought for cheap at a Parisienne flea market.

Just down my alley!

Number 1, the Most Prominent on the List...

Cher

My most unforgettable style icon is the incomparable Cher!

The mid-’60s music scene saw the rise of an eccentric-looking couple whose style, I believe, helped bring in the hippie movement of the late-’60s/ early ’70s.

I think most people associate them with their early hit,” I Got You, Babe.”

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When Cherilyn Sarkisian was just 16 years old, she first met Salvatore Bono, 27, at an LA coffee shop in 1962 . They  became best friends, then lovers.

Sonny was working at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood for record producer Phil Spector. The rest is history.

They appeared on many TV shows including my favorite music programs: American Bandstand, Where the Action Is, Shindig!, and Hullabaloo.

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I thought it charming that they were a married couple, though they were believed to have been married long before they actually were.

I liked their music, even though, I remember, at first, wondering which voice belonged to which singer, but then, I realized Sonny had a country nasal twang to his voice. Lol.

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Equally, if not more so, I really dug their persona. They wore outlandish outfits—Sonny in his bobcat vest and Cher in her

hip-hugger bell bottoms.

I learned later that Cher and her girlfriends were the ones who created the bell-bottomed pants.

I particularly recall Cher wearing “bell bottoms” that were actually little full skirts on each leg, from just below the knees, on tight-fitting pants.

Early Bohemianism

In an interview, Cher said she and Sonny were once banned from TV because of “the way we looked…Sonny and I were wearing Eskimo boots and elephant bells.”

When asked whose idea it was to dress so outrageously, Cher responded, “It was mine.” She said she and her two girlfriends would get together and just sew

all the time. “And, no matter what I put Sonny in, he’d just do it. He just loved it. Just thought it was the most fun thing in the world. He would wear anything.”

As we would see, as time passed, so would Cher wear anything…or, maybe, it was closer to wearing nothing!

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Cher's Influence on Me

Her Style

Certainly, Cher was much more daring—and baring—than I would ever be, in her freedom to wear anything she wanted to wear.

Yet, her rebellion against the norm was still very appealing to me.

Even today, her defiance against the traditional, accepted way of dress, throughout her life, still speaks to me.

I prize individuality in a person. To me, fearless expression of creativity is a character strength. Too many people are afraid to show their specialness and go through life suppressing their God-given ingenuity.

Her Hair

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I’m sure that Cher undoubtedly influenced me with her long hair, although, when I was in high school, with the hippie movement in full swing, it was the “in” thing to have long hair, and that was something I was good at: growing hair.

Now, I’ve had my lengthy locks for so long that I wouldn’t know what to do with short hair!

So, my hair and my found-at-last artsy persona remain.

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