Hi loves. I hope this blog post finds you well. I am so excited to announce that I have decided to start a new blog series called, Boho Chickie, which will focus on my weekly (and sometimes daily) life as a bohemian mama, wife, lover of nature, caretaker for animals, and a farm, and ways to live a freeing and healthy life as a boho babe (skincare, fashion, recipes, home styling, adventures, and more). I now have three ongoing blog series for those who are new to my blog, Boho Chickie, The Greyson Diaries, and Coming Home.
Boho Chickie is named after my bohemian aesthetic and my love for my chickens, which are my favorite animals on our farm. They’re the reason I became a vegetarian and the reason I fell head over heels in love with the farm lifestyle. Welcome to the first Boho Chickie post…
Bohemianism is defined as living an unconventional lifestyle, a lifestyle filled with musical influence, artistic and literary pursuits, and spiritual existence. Embracing a bohemian aesthetic and living a boho way of life doesn’t mean you live in a pretty, baby blue van, wander without a true home, and wear a flowered headband every day, although that sounds magical. Being bohemian, in my opinion, is more a state of mind and a spiritual way of living your life. Caring for the earth and giving back to the earth through composting, planting flowers and trees, growing your herbs and vegetables, owning and caring for animals, living a vegetarian lifestyle, having a true love for flowers and the beauty around us, believing in positive energy and vibes, and living more for the experiences in life opposed to possessions, is what makes you bohemian. As a boho babe, I believe that every positive vibe that I send out into the world will flow its way back to me, creating a positive and healthy life for me and my family.
I’ve always had a deep connection to animals, nature, and the earth. I believe that mother nature is the highest power and we need to give more than we take and leave nothing but footprints behind. I love to garden, fill my home with flowers and herbs, composting is incredibly important to me, and my farm has become my heart and soul. I’m a vegetarian and I believe that plants are the key to a healthy, long life. I was raised Catholic and Jewish and I still celebrate all Catholic and Jewish holidays, because tradition is very important to me, especially now that I’m a mother, but I identify as spiritual. I don’t call myself a Catholic, or a Buddhist. I am simply, spiritual. There are aspects of a few religions that I believe in, but at the end of the day, nature is my church. At the weakest points in my life, I have found security and answers while hiking up a mountain, sitting on a beach, or caring for my animals at the farm. I have rebelled against societal norms, many times. I got into every college of my choice, including SCAD (The Savannah College of Art and Design), but decided to ditch college and the idea that you needed an institution to be successful. I immersed myself in fashion and marketing at age sixteen and I am now taking Fashion Business courses at Parsons. I will obtain my Fashion Business certification this summer (May). I also own and operate a successful business alongside my husband and I am the marketing and creative force behind the company.
Of course, I am going to touch on bohemian fashion, as a fashion enthusiast and someone with a fashion and marketing background. My closet is filled with handpicked items, most of which are boho-chic (local boutiques, Free People, Anthropologie). I have always been drawn to boho fashion (also known as boho-chic) because it’s connected to the earth and inspired by the hippie fashion of the 1960s and the 1970s. I often wish I could’ve been born during that time period, which is one of my favorite fashion time periods. Boho fashion is centered around neutrals, earth tones, warm shades, and a need for statement accessories. Bohemian fashion is not just a fashion trend and style of clothing, but it’s also a way of life and culture. Free People, for example, is one of the most popular boho-chic clothing companies and those who shop at Free People feel as though they are immersing themselves in that culture and becoming part of something special. Fashion has often brought people together and inspired artists, young people, and those who dare to stand out, but boho fashion is unlike any other style.
Boho fashion is relaxed and comfortable, with a lot of loose-fitting clothing, and immensely artistic accessories. The original bohemians emerged from the 18th Century, during the French Revolution. During that time, artists and creative individuals were unfortunately forced to live impoverished. They wore old and worn-out clothing, in very creative ways, a look that has stuck with the boho-chic trend. Many of these artistic individuals dressed much like gypsies, which is where the nomadic, wanderer aspect to bohemianism emerged. It then became a culture, and not just a fashion trend. As time went on, boho fashion became a way to rebel against societal norms and stand out, which inspired the hippies in the ‘60s and ’70s. Bohemian fashion developed and evolved over time and by the 20th Century, designers such as the amazing Paul Poiret elevated bohemian fashion and brought it into a new, shining light. The hippie movement truly solidified boho fashion and gave it a new, exciting look and lifestyle. Flared pants, fringe, ethnic patterns, flowered headpieces, and statement jewelry came into play and have remained with us as some of our favorite boho fashion pieces. One of my favorite, bohemian fashion icons is Rachel Zoe, the very talented and successful celebrity stylist, who always wears gorgeous, loose-fitting, embellished gowns, and statement sunnies.
I love boho fashion and at the end of the day, it’s who I am. I even wore a boho-chic wedding gown and a diamond, floral headpiece (opposed to a veil or a tiara).
Each week I will dive into my bohemian lifestyle with fun, personal posts. I am so happy to be sharing yet another new blog series with you. This one is a little piece of me that I am sharing with you, which makes it extra special. Be sure to take a moment and subscribe to my blog via email, which will alert you every time a new post goes live. Have a beautiful, healthy rest of your week loves.