I am so happy to partake in a monumental campaign called “Bridging the Gap”, a movement centered around blurring boundaries and ending age stereotypes. For me in this blogging journey, it’s imperative that I speak out for causes that I believe in. This in particular, is one of them. One of the foundations of my blog is encouraging others to pursue their passion, in all forms, whatever it may be. Too often I get asked, “How do I start a blog” and hear complaints about how hard it may be to become “successful”, whatever that is defined as. Well, let me tell you the secret: JUST BEGIN. We all started somewhere, it’s a journey that is not defined by “success” or how many followers you have (at least for me). It’s a process to encourage others, build community, get a little creative, and ultimately live life more fully.
If y’all are like me, I am constantly searching for healthy beverages to supplement my daily water consumption. And if you’ve been following me for a while, you know my love of coffee, tea, and KOMBUCHA (all caps bc it’s just that good). This summer, I think I found one to add to the list! It’s a sparkling water made with real fruit… Move over LaCroix! Spindrift® is America’s first and only sparkling water made with real, squeezed fruit. Their water is triple-filtered and our fruit is picked from family farms, then squeezed and canned. I took Spindrift and tried it for the first time at the beach last weekend and it was just the refreshment my friends and I needed during a long day at the beach (Hermosa Beach, to be exact).
As many of you know, almost all my family lives in Colorado. I am the odd ball and took the jump and moved to California 3 years ago. This makes it extremely difficult during holidays, such as Mother’s Day, when you wish you could see your family but you can’t! Because of this, I try to take the time to put together special gifts and experiences for my mom that I know she will enjoy. My mom and I have always had a very close relationship- I tell her everything! Is anyone else best friends with their mom?! It’s the best. Every Mother’s Day, I usually send my mom a card at the very least. This Mother’s Day, I wanted to take things to a new level to really show her how much she means to me!
I created a special gift package experience in partnership with Uber this Mother’s Day to make sure my mom knows what she deserves. I like giving experiences as gifts, almost more than physical gifts- the memories and time together (when you can be together) are often more valuable than any tangible thing. And what better way to get to a specific experience than with Uber? Uber has become such a necessity for affordable, safe driving in the modern age, and my mom has never actually used the service! I’m excited for her to actually be able to enjoy this experience rather than have to think about how she will get there.
When I started my blog, I named it “Bohemian” by the Bay for the definition of the word: a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer. I still abide by it’s meaning and I want my blog to be a source of inspiration where people feel like they can be inspired by my looks, yes, but I also want people to be inspired to create their own looks that are just as unconventional, just as unique, and just as YOU. I want people to feel welcome here, and I want to encourage everyone to be their most authentic self. I want people to feel like they too can be anyone they wish or create anything they want to be. YOU ARE AUTHENTICALLY YOU.
Since my bohemian style is drawn to natural pieces, I am beginning to collect more and more jewelry with stones and minerals. One of my all time favorite jewelry brands, Chan Luu, put together a useful and beautiful infographic on how to care for them, which I thought I’d pass along.
One of my biggest flaws when wearing jewelry is that I don’t take it off when I wash my hands, and sometimes I even forget to take it off before the gym (oops)! It is definitely necessary to take off jewelry in all cases, especially the shower. Most tap water does have harsh chemicals, such as chlorine, which can cause damage to jewelry. I also learned from this infographic that to clean the gem, a soapy water with a soft cloth will most likely do the trick as long as you avoid any harsh chemicals that can interfere with the natural state of the gem. Good to know!
I’m so grateful I live near the beach now! I can go running along the shore, play a pickup volleyball game, or have a relaxing picnic near the water, all within walking distance of my house. I’m often on the go, so I’ve been looking for snacks to sustain all these activities. One of the snacks I’ve found extremely satisfying to refuel after these activities is noosa yoghurt, a rich, whole milk yoghurt blend packed with protein and loads of flavor. Noosa actually originated in Australia but is produced in Colorado, so I’ve always been an advocate for this brand. I first tried the yoghurt in college in Boulder and have been hooked ever since.
I’ve always been a thrifter. My mom taught me at a young age how to thrift, and I have found great success doing it. Thrifting is great for many reasons: you can find high-quality items for less than half the price and it’s actually a fun activity because you can find “treasures” in the racks and racks of clothing. You can even find one-of-a-kind vintage items that are unique to give your look more of an edge. By mixing some of these more affordable items with more expensive items, you can find achieve a very chic look, ALA Thrifts and Threads. Some of my most favorite fashion bloggers are avid thrifters, including Noelle Downing, Song of Style, and Pretty Little Fawn.
Some of my favorite thrifting stores in California and beyond include: Crossroads Trading, Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange, and various underground vintage shops that are so underground I can’t tell you about them here… No but really my main fav’s are Crossroads and Buffalo Exchange. The best part about these places is that you can sell your clothes for cash money or trade them in for credit at the store. I always go in for the cash, but end up finding something great like this ruffled dress I got for less than $20 (originally from Anthropologie) and these western mules which go for $140 on Nordstrom.com. If you are worried about wear and tear, don’t be… Most of these items are new or like new, and if not, you don’t have to buy them!
Speaking of my mom teaching me how to thrift, she put together this awesome list of thrifting tips that hit the nail on the head. Thanks Mom, I love you! Keep reading to see the full list of tips.