|Vintage Skirt, worn often.....Sweater & Belt: Thrifted|
|Shoes: Franco Sarto from TJ Maxx|
|Vintage belt worn as a necklace|
|Husband's Seiko watch and Mom's bracelet|
What can I say? Vacation is FABULOUS!!! An entire week with no responsibility! AMAZING! It was just what I needed. To be honest, I've completely been in a funk creatively lately. My computer's been on the blink and so I took those two combined conditions as a sign that maybe I needed to step back and reevaluate. Vacation was a great time to do that.
As I was scouring foreign (isn't Florida foreign?) thrift stores, so many ideas and theories came to mind. Since I began blogging, it's been a very experimental time for me. Most of my life I've been complimented on how I dress. Not that I've got the fanciest clothes; but I know how to make due - to turn something not so great into something useable and hopefully with an elegance about it. But as I started on this blog and putting my personal style out there; it's caused me to really define what my style is. While I don't like to be pigeon holed, I do like to have a direction. Hence the name, "Elegant Bohemian".
I came up with the term "Elegant Bohemian" in describing my style because in some way, I feel like I'm drawn to opposites. Maybe it's a balance thing. I love the bohemian look. The colors. The fun style. The ethnic influences. But as much as I'm drawn to the gypsy leanings, I equally love the elegance of Old Hollywood. The clean lines of the film stars of the 30s. The drama of Hollywood glamour shots. The ease with which the clothes just hung on the body. Two very different looks and the refusal to abandon either in favor of the other. So the solution for me was to combine the two......a bohemian look with an elegant twist.
I've read Jentine's blog where she describes her thrifting beginnings and journey. She said that to begin with she seemed to buy EVERYTHING because she saw potential in everything. I SOOOOOOOOO get that!!! I literally laughed aloud when I realized that that's been my dilemma. It's as if I want to rescue EVERYTHING! So what happens is that I then come home with a bunch of stuff that really leaves me scratching my head as to how to wear it or has me wanting to rip it off my body at the first opportunity. I'm now settling into my comfort zone when it comes to my style. When it comes to style, your comfort zone is exactly where you want to be. That doesn't mean your comfort zone can't be expanded; but why should any of us wear the latest trend when frankly we're just not that into it. That's why we're not calling back! (wink wink)
My trip and the time alone really helped me sort all of that out. I really believe I'm not alone. There are a handful of blogs that I just absolutely am captivated by the blogger's style. Tons of blogs I love and I love those bloggers; but you know what I mean. There are just some that you think, "I can so see me in that" to photo after photo or "Man! THAT'S the look Im trying to achieve!" One common thread I've noticed in all of them is that when I have gone back to the beginning of their blogs it's evident that their style has been refined throughout the life of their blogs. I realize, much to my surprise, HEY! THAT'S NORMAL! At least it's normal for them, and I think for me also. I'm curious as I continue blogging and putting my style up for public scrutiny, how my personal style and esthetic will continue to evolve. I'm looking forward to seeing my blog sister's styles evolve and grow as well! We're in it together, eh?
Quick Outfit Note
Everything except the shoes are thrifted. My husband has owned this watch more than twice as long as he's known me! He put another one on lay-away last year and just recently got it out. I mentioned to him that I would love to wear his "old" one. So at the jewelry store when he was picking up his new one, he got a few links taken out of this one. I've worn it everyday for 2 weeks now and love it! I love the contrast between the girly bracelet and the masculine watch.... a marriage of jewelry! How romantic!