Friday, June 26, 2015

a very boho wedding dress // part one

No, I'm not getting married any time soon. But I found a pretty awesome outfit to wear if I ever do decide to tie the knot! And guess what? This ENTIRE bridal ensemble cost me less than $30. I don't know about you, but I'm definitely not planning on spending a grand amount on my wedding dress. No way! I thrifted this cropped top a while back and just recently found this GORGEOUS bohemian maxi dress. (I have really been into cream colors lately...this coming from a die hard all black wearer.) I was playing dress up and decided to pair these together and I am obsessed with the result. I have always thought of my wedding dress having long lace sleeves, so of course, I adore that part, and the silhouette is long and the skirt drags across the ground, which I just absolutely love as well. The veil is actually a super duper long sheer curtain I thrifted a few months ago. Hey, it works. And it was five bucks. I definitely like the idea of going the wildflower route - these Oxeye Daisies I picked right here. So...that's also a free bouquet. (Use all that saved money on your honeymoon, y'all! Like...a sweet road trip. In a sweet van. You know. Or something.)

As for my accessories, I decided to keep my jewelry simple - a few pretty vintage rings, a silver cuff, and one of my favorite choker style necklaces I made with leather and a very special shell. Then I topped off the look with an extravagant floral crown. I made this one for only a few dollars with supplies from the craft store. I love what a bohemian edge the crown adds to the whole look.

I decided to eschew my go-to dark polishes for the "occasion" in favor of Essie's pale pale pink, "Ballet Slipper," which is so lovely, and not at all overpowering. I used my favorite copper eye shadow (from the L'Oreal HIP line), which looks especially phenomenal on people with hazel eyes, like me, and I added a dark purple-y lip (Revlon's Va Va Violet). I let my hair do its own thing (per usual). I don't ever use any products in it - I prefer to keep my hair chemical free and happy. Plus, look at it, I don't think I could tame it if I tried.
dress - thrifted // long sleeved crop top - thrifted // veil - thrifted //
 flower crown - DIY'd // rings & cuff - thrifted // necklace - DIY'd
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

yoga // the beginning

My yoga journey started about five years ago. There were three of us in a friend's living room. This wasn't gym class yoga - this was something completely different - this was something beautiful. I believe my love for yoga came first and foremost from that first teacher - a dear friend. Though I was strong, I was mighty inflexible (I couldn't even touch my fingers to the floor from a straight-legged standing position), and I knew little of the poses or the practice of controlled breath. She was patient. She was kind. She didn't push. She taught me that one doesn't have to be perfect in breath or pose to be a yogi. Are you practicing yoga? Then you're a yogi!

Then there was about a four year interval where I didn't practice yoga at all. I lost what flexibility I had gained. I moved away, changed lifestyles, changed jobs, had my heart broken, traveled across the states, and finally was able to take a step back and realize that I needed yoga in my life again. I started taking yoga classes regularly last fall, and I don't think I'll ever stop. I started out taking Gentle Yoga and Flexibility once a week and eased slowly into Beginning Yoga, which I'm currently taking twice a week.

It has been so rewarding to experience my body becoming stronger and more flexible as I continue to practice yoga. (Now I can almost put my hands flat on the ground!) I am so proud of what my body can do. Not only is my practice beneficial to my body, it has also given me great peace of mind and a great degree of mental clarity at a time in my life when I am lacking stability and feeling stressed out over all the little things.

Thanks for letting me share my thoughts and photos with you. I know the poses in the pictures are not perfect, but they were fun to take, at any rate. I've only been practicing consistently for about a year, so I still consider myself  a beginner! If you haven't ever experienced yoga, I one hundred percent recommend taking a class or two to see how you like it. I truly believe that yoga can benefit everybody (and every body!). 

Do you take yoga classes? What is your favorite part about them? 
If you haven't, do you think you'll try it someday?
P.S. I made a "yoga" board on Pinterest! Check it out here, and let me know if you have a similar one - leave a link!
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

serpent in the grass

black velvet skirt - thrifted // black top - thrifted // vintage belt - thrifted //
wide brimmed hat - H&M // antler whistle necklace - Hide Side, Fish Creek, WI
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

wearing // Warren Zevon tour shirt and jean cutoffs

Warren Zevon is, by far, my favorite musical artist, so when I saw this shirt on eBay, I immediately lusted over it, but it was WAY out of my price range. The seller kept relisting it, and I started making offers, but all my offers were countered with a price I wasn't quite ready to dole out on a tee shirt, so I continued to dream, and continually check eBay frantically, worried that someone else might have snagged it. So, long story (kind of) short, I bought it. It was less than the original price, but still super expensive (for this thrift queen, anyways). I don't regret it, though, especially after it arrived in the mail and I got to feel how wonderfully worn in it is, and see how perfectly it fits. Plus, there are cool shirts, but are any of them Warren Zevon tour, skull wearing sunglasses smoking a cigarette wearing a Native American headdress in front of an Amercan flag cool? Yeah, no. Worth it. Hello, new favorite shirt.

I bought a pair of jeans at the thrift store (where else?), and this past winter, as I sat inside and dreamt about days where it wasn't below freezing outside, I cut them into shorts and distressed them. Distressing denim is fun! My favorite distressing implement is a cheese grater, but can openers, bottle caps, and lighters (careful!) are all similarly entertaining and effective. 
vintage Warren Zevon "Sic 'Em Dogs on Me" tour shirt - eBay // denim cutoffs - thrifted and DIY'd //
vinage aviators - thrifted // vintage lace up combat boots - thrifted // rings & bracelet - thrifted
 felt fedora - Minnetonka // vintage belt - thrifted // necklace - Victory Jewelry
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