Isn't this a gorgeous picture of Cher?! Early Cher embodies what, to me, "elegant bohemian" is all about. There's a sleekness, dignity and ELEGANCE to her style. But it's her unexpected details that bring out the BOHEMIAN in her look. The ethnic jewelry. The hair. The WOW factor of her jewelry.
One of the things that I relate to about Cher is that there is nothing subtle about her looks. She doesn't have "fine" features. Everything on her face demands attention. I get that. I'm well past wishing I had delicate features and an ethereal beauty. I have rebellious eye brows that MUST be tamed. Large eyes. A nose that's been broke and is far from delicate. Teeth that just refuse remain within the confines of my mouth! And I have a sneaking suspicion that my hair line and brows have a thing for one another because my forehead just can't seem to keep the two apart!! Truly! My brows want to grow right into my forehead! And if I didn't tame the hair above my lip............well, enough of that. I think you get the picture! I'm not being self deprecating here, just embracing what I see in the mirror.
Cher has never been ethereal in her beauty either. She has "in your face" features and she has NEVER tried to tone them down by her personal style. No shying away from bold accessories or clothes. No reeling anything in. She's full on, unapologetic, CHER!
And I'd like to think that that is REALLY what Elegant Bohemian is all about. Again that word, ownership. Seems to be a recurring theme for me lately, even in my personal conversations with my husband. Owning who we are and what we are. "No complaining. No explaining." Drawing a line in the sand between inspiration and imitation and staying well clear of the imitation side. Embracing what makes us unique while allowing (and even celebrating ) others their own uniqueness.
Elegant Bohemian is the equivalent of what I say when I'm complimented on my name, Serene and asked, "Well, are you serene?" My standard reply rarely wavers, "While not yet a done deal, it IS a work in progress and a definitive goal!"