Bohemian Prep?

Hello, World.

As I mentioned in a previous post, my friends and I went shopping this weekend to get some new spring clothes, and just look around. While shopping, I told one of my friends that I have this internal struggle with either having really preppy style or totally bohemian, hippie style. She shared my struggle, and it got me thinking… is there such thing as bohemian prep? Does a style like this exist? Is it possible to love the tailored, clean lines of Audrey Hepburn’s era, but also adore Kate Moss? I love fashion, but sometimes I feel like style can be treated like genres, and you must fit within a certain box, or you confuse your peers. Now that I’m thinking about it, my music taste shares this struggle where I like a ton of different genres…maybe I’m just a constant confusion? I don’t know, but what I do know is that if you look at my Pinterest Board, Fashionista, you’ll realize why I feel confused by my clothing habits. My closet is filled with tailored shirts, clean line dresses, but also has a ton of oversized sweaters and tribal print. Below are some outfits I absolutely adore:
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I’m a sucker for the preppy look. I love collared shirts and bean boots, and monogrammed necklaces, and perfect layers. Image

I love my Hunter rain boots, and I love skinny jeans of a medium wash, and I love plaid scarves. I love it all. I also have yet to figure out how to properly do a sock bun, but I want to learn because I like the look. Image
Also, nautical fever? I have it. Red, white, and blue anything. Actually, my sister always teases me that I’m too patriotic because my closet is 80% navy, red, or white hues. But seriously, Blair Waldorf is amazing in this sailor-inspired dress. Image
I love oversized sweaters and chunky scarves, and ankle boots, and scrunchy socks. My hippie side is rather tame, but I feel like I still have the tendency to buy a lot of “hippie” or “Free People-esqe” clothing. I also love colored pants in deep, warm tones. I feel like preppy clothing tends to be very bright and in your face, which I love, but I also admire the warm, earthy tones in my closet.
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I love layering, but I also love the “comfy” look that is in the two outfits above. They feel effortless, yet still fashionable. Also, ultra preppy outfits are hard to accomplish if you can’t layer much, you don’t feel like wearing much jewelry, or you can’t wear a blazer or vest because the weather does not permit. As an English major, I feel super cliche when I dress on the more “hipster” side, but I feel like there is a level of creativity and calmness that is ingrained in this style.
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Can we just take a moment to admire the lace top, cuffed jeans, and ankle boot look? I love it, and even though its getting warmer lately, I would love to create an outfit similar to this next fall. When it gets colder, this kind of outfit holds so much comfort.
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If I had to choose the perfect style combination I would choose to cross Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl, and Aria Montogomery and Spencer Hastings from Pretty Little Liars. In most of the episodes of these shows, I always identify with both character’s outfits, and try to model my looks after a hybrid of the two. We all struggle to find our personal style, but I think we have the tendency to find someone (a TV show character, an actress, a writer, a celebrity), and try to be similar to him or her. If I could have my pinterest closet, my style would be much more effortless. I guess what I’m saying is, don’t be afraid to mix styles. In fact, try to combine all the different styles you love together. Be happy with your style, and be happy with who you are. I believe fashion and style is an extension of the self, and says a lot about who you are. I saw a quote the other day that said, “who cares about the rules. If you like it, wear it.” That’s something I need to start reminding myself! So, join me on my journey as I create my very own “bohemian prep” style!

Truly,
Callie leigh

5 Inspirational Women

Hello, World.

Lately, I haven’t felt super inspired. I keep thinking that I need to do more, and that I need to start getting my life together (or at least solidified), but I keep thinking about how I feel like I’m lacking the inspiration to do all the things I want to do. Sometimes if I have a bunch of things on my to-do list, I have trouble finding a starting point, so then I end up just going around attempting to accomplish something, yet accomplishing nothing. So, I wanted to do a post dedicated to the five most inspirational women in my life. Throughout my life, I found characteristics, traits, and beliefs in five different women that I really admire, and whom I think are inspiring.

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First, Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls is the girl who got me through high school. When I first discovered Gilmore Girls in 2007, I immediately loved Rory as a character because I could relate to her best-friend relationship with her mom, her love of reading, and her disinterest in going out and getting crazy on Friday nights. Rory is inspirational because she is rather unaffected by social pressures. She also sported a t-shirt that read, “Reading is sexy,” so there’s that. Rory is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time, and she is woman who knows what she wants, and will do what it takes to get it. There have been complaints that she is simply too perfect, but I think we see her mistakes when she goes against who she is to drop out of Yale, when she dates Jess, and when she decides not to marry Logan (okay, that’s a personal opinion, but ya know…) Rory is a great friend, she is funny, she is quirky, and she is happy being herself. She doesn’t care about the petty everyday dramas of high school, and she respects family more than anything, which I think is really important. I love Rory, and if you haven’t seen Gilmore Girls you should.

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Second, Audrey Hepburn because Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a phenomenal film, and Audrey Hepburn is a beautiful being. My room at home is inspired by Blair Waldorf (who I will be covering soon), and I have a giant poster of Audrey Hepburn on the wall. She is classy, and she chased her dreams, and she tried to make a difference. I think there is a lot to be said about women who have elegance, and she definitely has elegance. A lot of it. Beautiful women aren’t very beautiful if they are bad people, and I think Audrey Hepburn highlights the importance of being a beautiful woman on the inside and outside.

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Third, Hermione Granger was my inspirational woman through most of my childhood. I think any girl who is bookish, or intelligent, can identify with Hermione. Hermione is active, she investigates things she does not understand, she is loyal, and she is caring. I think each of these traits represents strong characteristics in women, and they are characteristics that are sometimes uncommon. Women seem to be preoccupied with making other women approve of them, and feeling accepted, but I think Hermione reminds us that it’s okay to be ourselves, even if that means that not everyone is going to love us. She also proves that women can be the smartest person in the room, and that we can get things done when no one else can!

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My fourth woman created Hermione, dreamt her up, made her real, and made girls around the world feel like they could be tough, and brave, and loyal, and themselves. Any guesses? If you guessed J.K. Rowling you guessed correctly. Here we have a woman who was struggling immensely, who made something of herself, who remained true to herself, and who created one of the most popular book series in the world. I would say that’s pretty inspiring. As a person who love writing, and who’s written since I was little, I find J.K. Rowling so inspirational. When I used to start stories, I would always wonder how she got to be so popular, and how to she was blessed with such a beautiful imagination. I think the accomplishment of writing the Harry Potter series makes J.K. such an accomplished human, and she I know that a lot of different women find her to be a truly inspiring individual.

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My fifth option is inspiring to me for reasons that are a little different than my reasons for finding the other four women inspiring. When Gossip Girl originally started, I was a Serena fan 100%, but as I watched more episodes, I quickly converted to a Blair fan. Blair is ruthless, she is driven, and she is a horribly good friend when she actually cares about you. Take her friendship with Serena, for example. Despite the fact that Serena slept with her boyfriend, Blair still manages to forgive her and be her best friend whenever Serena needs her. I find her ability to forgive inspiring. Forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do in this world, and Blair somehow manages to forgive so many people. She is also always dressed flawlessly, she is always fierce, and demands respect from her peers. For these reasons, I find her inspiring.

My five women may not be your five women on your list of “most inspiring,” but I’d love to hear who you find inspiring! We all find inspiration in different places, and I think our lists reflect the things about ourselves we wish were just slightly more prominent.

Truly,
Callie leigh