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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Bohemian

Field of Dreams

Jessica Wagner

Fall In Love With Relaxed & Happy Bohemian Style

Once in awhile you discover something that feels like home. Call it a vibe, call it a tribe. Call it bohemian meets shabby chic! I think I have found a new tribe. Or at least the vibe I wish I evoke.

Lately I have been majorly inspired by the brand - LoveShackFancy. It’s like Cher from Clueless meets Little House on the Prairie. When you discover a dreamy free-spirit world of inspiration, you cannot keep it to yourself! It makes me want to reinvent myself. (Or at least reinvent my wardrobe.) My love for the renaissance woman is strong and l am on a mission to emulate this relaxed and happy harmony when putting together outfits.

It's is an eclectic style for sure. Probably not a look you will rock on your average day of work/running errands. While I am a proprietor of eclecticism, I also get that it's not in the books for everyday. I am also a creature of comfort (believe it or not.) I like clothing that feels relaxed and “freeing.” So, while I get that a bit of practicality is handy, I also feel most comfortable in something that probably isn’t your average daywear. It lifts my mood. It makes me happy! Sometimes I need to believe I am beautiful, wild and free. Sometimes that means putting on an oversize hat, ruffles, and spinning in a field of gold.

I believe there is no reason you can't add a pretty ribbon around your wrist, glittery heels, pink to your hair, or a statement-maker to ANY outfit. It adds intrigue. You are intriguing! Jeans and a tee aren’t always intriguing, as much as I like to rock denim and cotton, I'm one of those people that also like to mix and match. Think antique mixed with modern pieces. I do the same with my house and closet. I love pale, rosey sunset colors. Lace and feminine florals. Old and new. Victorian corsets and satin ribbon paired with moto-boots and mini skirts.

Shabby chic, often referred to as country chic or vintage chic, is a look that reminds me of warm golden days. If you also love this soft and dreamy style, you're in luck, because shabby chic designs and vintage are easy and inexpensive to achieve! 

When shopping at vintage shops or modern retailers looks for elements of lace, ruffles, and floral. LOTS OF FORAL. It’s very feminine. While a style sometimes depends the cut, I think you can create a bohemian twist with your accessories and styling. In some ways it’s more about your own outlook and imagination when looking for the right pieces.

Fashion editor Rebecca Hessel Cohen, launched LoveShackFancy with the dream of designing the perfect, laid-back bridesmaid dress. Her original hand-dyed and printed silk dresses have since expanded into a collection of gowns, day-to-night dresses, and separates. As the brand continues to grow,  LoveShackFancy stays true to her original vision of "dancing barefoot in the garden under themoonlit summer night."

I'm pretty sure I want to always be prepared for dancing barefoot in a garden at a moment’s notice. I’m also aware that I live in Ohio and not the tropics! (So maybe we just need to be prepared to dance in the wheat field in a few 100 additional layers!)

I love second-hand and anything up-cycled. Some days I like to dress edgy and dramatic. Others like a California tomboy surf-babe. I like glam and sexy for nights out. Most days I am a cross between a nerdy librarian grandma and Maria from The Sound of Music. It’s hard for me to narrow it down to just one style, when I get so much joy out of trying new things!

I've said this before, but growing up my sisters and I favorite pastime was playing dress up. Maybe it was a form of escape. Maybe it still is... creative outlets are rejuvenating and oh so necessary. I dress for my mood a lot of the time. I'm attracted to ribbons and bows and florals, and romantic layers. This LoveShackFancy skirt actually has teeny tiny gold coins attached to the embroidered edges, so it jingles when you move, like little gypsy bells! Why I melt at this fact, is beyond me - but I cannot help but adore those little details. Like, to my core. This top is from local shop and favorite Ragazza, my hat is from Zara and my basket is from Free People.

I have been in a bit of a creative rut lately - feeling run down and uninspired. Maybe it’s the change of seasons? Trying to prioritize and make time for the creative side leave me with early mornings or late at night…. but it cannot be forced. I am hoping to get back to sharing more of my everyday style on this platform, and hopefully inspire you to change up your normal - even if it’s just with a fun new skirt or hitting up a vintage shop and walking out with something that feels exciting to wear! I want to encourage you to find what makes your heart sing.

Maybe it’s taking pictures with your soulmate on the side of the road at sunset. Maybe it’s slowly rebuilding your wardrobe to reflect quality over quantity. Looking for special details vs. impulse buys. Maybe it’s taking time to dream a little. Maybe it’s trying something new - rock climbing or cake decorating! Maybe it’s as simple as listening to that voice inside you - and building upon it… whatever it is for you follow your dreams. <3 <3 <3


Outfit Details

Hat: Zara Sunglasses: Chloe (old) Top: Ragazza Skirt: LoveShackFancy (on sale!) Necklace: C Sterling / Kendra Scott Basket: Free People

{Sun} Flower Power

Jessica Wagner

Free People

I have a scattering of favorite brands I like to shop, and one of them, without fail, every season, seems to encapsulate the girl I want to be and inspire my wardrobe choices.

Who is that girl?

“She’s a free sprit; a style risk-taker; on-the-go and of-the-moment; fearless and full of life; a wanderlusting lover; a bold force, a beautiful soul.” – Free People 

With so many choices on where to shop, discovering a favorite brand of clothing is a bit like biting into your favorite comfort food. Soul-satisfying. Clothing can provide a nostalgic or even sentimental pleasure. (Remember this post here?) Do you have any clothes that give you a calm, satisfied feeling? For me it's Free People (right after my dad's homemade spaghetti sauce, because, somehow I also always end up wearing it.) 

I first learned about Free People through my sister (meet her here.) Kelly works at Anthropologie, another treasured spot of mine to shop, and sister store to Free People. (Along with Urban Outfitters and BHLDN.) Probably four of my all time favorite places to score finds, for their vintage feels and creative lines. I am always looking to these brands to inspire, as they encapsulate an aura I want to have. Images of femininity, courage, and spirit come to mind. As they so eloquently put it…

“…a girl who is smart, creative, confident and comfortable in all aspects of her being, free and adventurous, sweet to tough to tomboy to romantic. She likes to keep busy and push life to its limits, with traveling and hanging out and everything in between.”

In other words, this is a brand for free thinking individuals. It’s a great quality and relatively affordable. Some department stores, such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, have created in-store concept shops, which in turn provide the quintessential “Free People” experience. (Sadly one is not located near where I live, so shopping escapades are done on-line – mostly with success and if not, easy returns.) 

Some of my current favorites from their fall look book: quirky hats, mixing prints and bold lip colors. Velvet, military, bold hued statement sweaters, and sport savvy silhouettes are all of-the-moment looks for autumn. Vibrant and cozy. This is a brand that inspires women to take risks with their personal style.

But let’s keep it real. While the free-spirit look is ever romantic in photos and fine print, it’s not always so easy to pull off cowgirl-desert-queen riding off into the sunset on the regular. (Most of the time I look the exact opposite –– tee-shirted-straggling-aimless-wino?) So I guess when emulating this look, staying true to yourself can look different. It depends on the day, your mood. Dreamy pieces aren’t always the most practical, but they are absurdly fun to wear. 

I styled this Free People ginger gauzy tunic for warm end of summer days, (it has been rather sweltering here in the mid-west.) The open back and delicate mesh are light and flouncy, perfect for an evening out. You could throw this dress on over a bikini, or layer it with long sleeves for a very fall-look (I’ve been seeing this idea everywhere, but have yet to give it a try, as it reminds me of being 5.) A jean jacket also makes me feel like a kid again, (maybe it’s the 80s baby in me?) but is a great option for a light layer, as we get closer to cool nights.

While I know most of us can’t wait for the cool air of fall to make it’s appearance, until then, soak up the sun, kiss the breeze, and wear you 100 degree dress - wild and free.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Free People 100 Degree Jacket: Forever 21 Premium Denim Shoes: Free People Oliviera Wrap (similar here) Sunglasses: Forever 21 Bracelet: Arm Candy Lips: MAC Sin Nails: Formula X Atlantic-Pacific Taken By Storm

For those of you following along, I would love feedback! What posts have you loved? What don’t you like? What would you like to see more of? What inspires you? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below! <3

Now + Later

Jessica Wagner

Look 1: Summer

Look 2: Fall

Summer to Fall Transition

*Sigh* I wish summer would last all year long. It’s my personal favorite season. I love the sunshine and simple ease of warm-weather dressing. So how do you stretch your favorite summer duds into the cooler months? It’s a challenge for sure, but there are ways to shift a super summery outfit into something "fall-ish' and wearable during the upcoming cooler months. (Without looking like a wandering vagabond.)

I purchased this ruffled off-the-shoulder top and dusty rose maxi skirt back in the spring, with vacation in mind. These pieces have gotten a lot of screen time this season as I’ve worn this exact outfit for multiple occasions. Specifically, a romantic ocean side dinner date with my husband while in Cancun, and for a ‘splashy’ photo shoot with my sisters this past July.  <3 (As seen below.)

This goldenrod pom-pom adorned top is as spicy as a salsa dancer. It’s a warm weather hero, but it’s also a great option for fall because of its color. The OTS (off-the-shoulder) top, which has been hugely popular this summer season, is possible to transition as temps drop. Take cover in laid-back layers, by tossing on a fringe poncho, cropped jean jacket or leather jacket.

A bright and boho-inspired poncho always pairs well with ankle booties (with cute socks to keep your toes warm) and a wide brim hat. If a poncho isn’t your thing, a long cardigan or blanket scarf work just as well.

As for the dusty rose maxi skirt, it’s in a shade that also works with the warm, rich hues of fall. Mixing the right shades is key in bringing summer colors into a fall pallet. What I love about maxi skirts is how they feel appropriate for almost any occasion. It’s an easy piece to dress up or down. In this post I featured a full and billowy maxi skirt, and as you can see here, the difference a more fitted profile creates. 

Again, play around with layers. Take your favorite summer skirt or dress and slide on a pair of thick ribbed tights under that maxi, or mini. Once it feels too cold, raw-hem jeans, vintage flares or leather bottoms are also great options for accosting crisp weather.

Maximizing your summer wardrobe just takes a little remixing. That sweet floral party dress just needs an edgy jacket. Military, once again seems to be everywhere this fall. Layers are key.

Don’t forget you can always use accessories to update a recurring look. Jewelry is a fantastic way completely transform an outfit. Layer on additional necklaces, switch up your earrings. Swap out your straw clutch for something sleek with texture. And as always, add a pair of big oversize shades -- no matter what the season!

Do you have any special tricks you use to take a look from summer to fall?

Outfit Details:
Top: Forever 21 (similar here) Skirt: Forever 21  Lips: Nars Schiap

Look 1: Summer
Bag: Gypsy Soul Shoes: Madewell (similar here) Sunglasses: Forever 21 Necklace: Stella & Dot Luna Pendant Earrings: Stella & Dot Triangle Ear Climber Bracelet: Stella & Dot Bridge Rings: Stella and Dot Aurora Stackable Set (now on sale)

Look 2: Autumn
Poncho: Francesca's Collections (old, similar here) Boots: Urban Outfitters Sam Edelman Petty Suede Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (similar here) Hat: Madewell Biltmore Bag: Stella & Dot City Slim Clutch Necklace 1: Stella & Dot Luna Pendant Necklace 2: Stella & Dot Double Horn Pendant  Earrings: Stella & Dot Seine Threader Bracelet: Stella & Dot Bridge Rings: Stella and Dot Aurora Stackable Set (on sale)

A special thank you to my lovely Stella & Dot Stylist Hannah Creager for partnering on this post! 

Be sure to check out her instagram account here, and her Facebook page here