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The classic cowboy essential has been upgraded to a boho accessory "must have." A signature look worn by all of the cowboy greats, bandanas are now found in collections by Free People, Spell, Madewell, Anthro, and many others.
"When designing this season’s hand-drawn Gypsiana print we looked to the ultimate boho-cowgirl accessory "the bandana" for printspo. It pops in ‘bandana red’, warm pepper hues and seagreen turquoise." - Spell & the Gypsy Collective.
We've fallen in love with the cookbook "The Forest Feast, Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods" by Erin Gleeson. Published by Abrams, the watercolors and photography are worth the price of the book. We found our copy at Anthropologie. Sure, we could have bought it for less somewhere else, but we purchased ours at Anthro (Dallas). We feel that it's worth the extra cost to soak in the lovely inspiration that Anthro always has to offer.
What we discovered: These recipes are easy and economical. It doesn't take a huge spice cabinet and expensive ingredients to create an impressive dinner party. Your feast begins when you open the book; the watercolors and gorgeous spreads in this literary treasure are so beautiful!
Using Erin's recipes, we put together our Summer Dinner Party menu:
Our menu was a huge success!
The Takeaway: Erin Gleeson is a vegetarian force to be followed. Her blog is amazing and her Instagram is a feast for the eyes and the heart:
Vintage tribal necklaces are not only bohemian must-haves, they're great investment pieces because they never go out of style. Look for quality gypsy pieces from Tibet, Afghanistan, and Morocco. Flea markets, Etsy, world travel, and online boutiques are great destinations to find your next statement piece.
After finding this treasure at East Side Succulents in Austin, we have become pretty obsessed with cacti.
The fine folks at East Side dealt with the spines and potted our fine prickly friend into a beautiful turquoise ceramic pot from Tillery Street Plant Co.
Although cacti are succulents, they require different care. We were told to drench it with water every two weeks and place it in full sunlight to get enough energy to bloom. Within a couple of weeks, new buds appeared.
There are 1,500 to 1,800 species of cacti. The smallest grows to less than an inch, the largest grows to 66 feet.
The spines are actually leaves that evolved as protection from herbivores.
Cacti are only native to the Americas, ranging from Patagonia in South America through the U.S. to areas of western Canada. One species, Rhipsalis baccifera, is the exception, it is also found in tropical Africa, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka. It is thought that droppings from migratory birds dispersed the Rhipsalis seed to these other lands.
Lush with gorgeous photographs, our new favorite book, The New Bohemians, is considered a 300 page Bohemian Bible. Showcasing over twenty creative homes throughout the country, Justina's story is a discovery of how one can define the "New Bohemian." Have you noticed all the new terms that suggest the same eclectic mix of society? Boho hipster, gypster, hippie gypsy, boho hippie, prairie folk, gypsy nomad, and modern bohemian are terms that come to mind.
They seem to all refer to the same sort of person: THE NEW BOHEMIAN
Justina breaks down the New Bohemian into six categories: Modern, Earthy, Folksy, Nomadic, Romantic, and Maximal. Within each of these sections, she devotes pages to lovely home and lifestyle photographs, DIY projects, interviews with home owners, and healthy recipes. Here are a few photo teasers from the book that I found on Pinterest:
THE MODERN BOHEMIAN
"Whether they live in a turn-of-the-century craftsman-style house, a cabin in the hills, an urban loft, or a dome in the desert, modern bohemians mix the clean lines and functionality of classic modern design with the decorative exhuberance of a bohemian." - Justina Blakeney.
The dining room of Josie Maran & Ali Alborzi speaks to the sleek style of the Modern Bohemian. Their 1920's cabin getaway in the hills of Beachwood Canyon, in Los Angeles, is full of items found during their world travels.
THE EARTHY BOHEMIAN
"Nature rules. The earthy bohemian home is full of foresty fancies: rattan and wool, plants and pets, earth tones and weathered woods. Relaxed and airy, informal with rustic details..." - JB
The above living room is the Portland, Oregon bungalow of Emily Baker & Kerby Ferris. "The bright white backdrop is offset by layered patterns and natural collections of foraged finds." The homeowners describe it as a sanctuary for yoga, meditation, rest, and creativity.
An Airstream nestled in an overgrown garden oasis in Los Angeles, and a recipe to create your own home fragrance, were our favorites in the Earthy Bohemian section.
THE FOLKSY BOHEMIAN
"Packed with tales of adventures, treasure-hunting, and hand-me-downs, the folksy bohemian is a collector, a maker, an upcycler, and a storyteller." - JB.
This is the folksy bohemian casita of Mattie Kannard & Dennis Smith, Las Cruces, New Mexico. "A clutter of cats, wily little dogs, happy hens, and rogue roosters are all part of the Kannard-Smith household," - JB.
THE NOMADIC BOHEMIAN
"...A nomadic bohemian, whose vibrant home is packed with textiles, ephemera, and anything else picked up during travels in both the actual and virtual worlds. Their homes are about movement: Objects, furniture, and even entire room are constantly being relocated." - JB
Prop stylists, interior designers, fashion designers, and casting directors are creative free spirits who would gravitate toward change and several are featured in this section.
Amhalise Morgan lives with her two kids, Harmony Cree and Rebel Spirit, in a Brooklyn brownstone. She spent a decade creating her dream home out of internet-found worldly treasures.
THE ROMANTIC BOHEMIAN
"The romantic bohemian home is a theatrical space, full of dramatic moments, music, and circuslike quirks...These homes are glamorous and faded, considered and whimsical, worldly and otherworldly." - JB
Arielle Pytka lives in a loftlike space in Venice, California. She describes her home as "a perfect mess." Justine describes it as "a playground for creative pursuits."
THE MAXIMAL BOHEMIAN
"Whereas the minimalist strips things down to the bare bones, maximal bohemians surround themselves with eye candy. Every surface of the home is abundant with art." - JB
This is Justina's home in Los Angeles nicknamed the "Jungalow." You may find more photos of Justina's home at her amazing Blog.
After reading The New Bohemians, you may get an idea as to which bohemian style you may fall into. We found ourselves in lots of the categories, and you may to! That just seems to sum it up: Bohemians are eclectic free spirits who are amazingly hard to categorize.
One of the most impressive pieces of Southwestern Native American jewelry has made its way into the spotlight again as a staple in any bohemian wardrobe. This accessory has made an appearance in numerous photoshoots and editorial layouts, as well as a key statement in Leah Hoff's Nashville Wedding (pictured above, link below)-- wouldn't you love investing in a signature item like the squash blossom, instead of a bridesmaid dress?! We think yes!
“Turquoise is closely associated with Navajo jewelry, but it was not until 1880 that the first turquoise was known to be set in silver. Turquoise became much more readily available in ensuing decades. Coral and other semi-precious stones came into common use around 1900. One of the most important forms of Navajo and Southwestern Native American jewelry, is the Squash Blossom Necklace."
Boho Circus Style on Instagram - Our Gypsy Soul tank courtesy of @_beretta, our Gypsy Soul Tambourine at LaceyFierce, our Bohemian Tshirt captured by Annika Keating, and our GS tambourine in tarot vignette by BelongWithWildflowers