Isn’t that what lies at the heart of the word bohémien? I mean, it’s all about being a gypsy. And certainly not merely in terms of style. There’s a great deal more to the concept than fringes and tassels and Coachella. Being bohemian is a state of mind. Unconventional. Moving away from the expected be it in life and/or in thought.
When applied to fashion, the spirit of bohemian manifests itself in an air of decided nonchalance. And by that, I revel in the sweet irony of how today, in the 21st century, the fashion elite dons crochet and ruffles galore in the hopes of looking nomadic, and non-bourgeois, when in reality, the real bohemian lasses themselves are sexy and delightful precisely because they simply don’t give a shit.
U N A P O L O G E T I C
Suffice to say, the word “unapologetic” springs to mind at this juncture, yes?
Although we haven’t yet navigated ourselves around the boho sphere, I do recall broaching the topic of a close relative in the past, namely fringe. And I suppose that’s why I wasn’t as petrified this month as I’ve been in the past.
Which then helped me enormously in the planning of my outfit. In dissecting this month’s theme which, I’m fairly certain, you’d have deduced by now to be (rightly so) bohemian. Because, you see, bohemian isn’t really all that far out from my comfort zone.
No, ma’am, it most certainly isn’t.
Not if being bohemian means being strong-willed and independent of personality, and of thought. Unapologetically unconventional. Being completely unawares of lines let alone colouring outside of them. Not if being bohemian means being authentically me because that’s the only Sheela I can be.
As is the case with my Fab 40s clique.
Here’s Ann in something so utterly simple yet sassy and fun. I know I say this of her all the time but seriously, this woman could walk around in a recycled bag and still attract (positive) attention. And isn’t she the queen of DIY craft? I think she made (just about) everything here.
Dawn, the one who truly personifies the slogan, “Fashion should be fun,” is looking pretty and put together in the best possible festival way here. Incidentally, this is Dawn’s last month with us as she enters her Fab 50s but fret not, watch out for July’s edition of Project Sister Act.
Meet the irrepressible Diane. I love this woman for her fearless attitude towards life, towards fashion. Her zest for life is, simply put, infectious, and her sense of style? Bubbly. That’s all I can say. Bubbly, and fun, and completely effortless. Just look at her interpretation of bohemian.
I have yet to see something from Jennie that doesn’t put a smile on my face 😊 granted we’re both wearing fringed kimono cardigans but hers is stunningly paired with a dress. Perfect for Sunday brunch. Equally perfect for, well, just about everything. And have you seen that darling tassel necklace?
Dresses are truly signature Mary. Hers is definitely a closet I’d love to raid. Enough said (careful, Mary 😋).
I have this nickname for Sam, it’s Little Miss Rainbow, and for those who follow her style choices avidly, you’ll know why. And here’s a perfect example of her mastery with colours. Even her hair is the perfect shade to complement this gorgeous outfit.
And now, drum rolls, please meet our guest blogger, Daenel of Living Outside The Stacks. I’ve only just begun to know her and I can tell you, she’s one of the most genuine women I’ve been blessed to meet on social media platforms. And that’s saying quite a bit.
And here’s me. Full disclosure. The fringe bag? And that adorable kimono cardigan? Both borrowed from Eve. I love raiding her closet. Shhhh.
BE BOHEMIAN, BE YOU
Are you bohémien too?
p/s photos by Sofia Touassa
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