Confessions from a Boho Fashionista. 365 days of Summer: How to keep your California Soul All Year Round.

summerheartHey Boho Beauties,

Long hot days, road trips with our gal pals, and sun chasing on Cali’s best beaches are the best part of summertime. I’m dusting off my cut-offs and gypsy gear, and dreaming off all the special things that are going to happen under the heat of the boho sun. But I got to thinking: summertime isn’t just for summer! It helps a goddess out when the sun shines endlessly on her back, a lakefront cottage is never far, and weekend festivals are plentiful; But every gal who lives with intention knows that summer is a feeling and California is a mindset.

Here are my top 7 tips on how to keep your California soul all year round.

  1. Headstands – What do headstands and summertime have to do with one another? In the summertime we’re filled with endorphins and child-like wonder. Beach babes can literally feel the magic in the air. Headstands are a natural way to bring out the same type of chemical in the body, energize your soul, and will have you feeling like a child again.
  2. Spontaneity – There’s something about the heat of the summer that screams, “Go girl, do that thing you’ve been dreaming of!” Here’s the catch: there’s nothing stopping you from doing that thing all year round. Start practicing your special skills of spontaneity and see how totally fun it is!
  3. summer heart1Fashion – There’s so much to try out in the summer! From maxis to minis, and beach bags to tassles, a girl has got a lot of choice. But fashion is just as much fun in the winter and spring, so bring that same kind of whimsical wonder into your wardrobe, year round! I suggest Malas and moccassins as a trademark wardrobe piece for every summertime sister 😉
  4. Self Care – If you live in a cold climate, or your schedule doesn’t allow you time for the outdoors, it’s so important to bring the heart of the outdoors to your self-care regime! Take a bath with coconut candles, do a salt scrub, put on tiki music and meditate about the beauty of the beach. You’ll feel the spirit of the shore in no time!
  5. Hot Yoga – This type of yoga is every girls dream when the weather has you down, if you’re looking to tone up or get a better sleep, and of course, to feel the humidity of summertime! Check out a hot yoga studio near you to really reap all of the amazing benefits (trust me, you won’t regret it!)
  6. Travel – A boho gal has got to travel! From Bali to Australia, California to the Hawaiian Coast, there are so many places under the sun to see. But your travels don’t have to be far. It’s the idea of travel that will keep your California soul alive. Plan a trip with your besties to a local winery or spa. Find a fun yoga or meditation retreat and see what adventures might be waiting for you there!
  7. Vision Boarding – This is a very powerful practice for gypsy goddess and beach babes. In the summer, endorphins are wild and alive, which means our vision can be more clear. In colder or darker months it can be more of a challenge to keep the clarity of our dreams. This doesn’t mean your dreams aren’t still alive! You just need a little direction. Sit down with some colorful markers, inspiring pictures, and pretty paper, and envision all that you desire. It’s an instant way to feel good, remember your dreams and keep your California soul!

These are my favorite ways to keep my California soul alive, but tell me boho babes, what are yours? I know you’ve got some special ways to keep the summer sunshine with you all year round! Tell me all about it in the pink comment section above 😉

libpicPeace, Love and Magic from

Your Resident Boho Fashionista Libby xx.

 

 

 

Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: I Heart Crystals

_P9A9190My Top Five Sacred Stones and Their Special Meanings.

We’d been to that old lodge on the trip up to Lion Creek many times before, but I’d never noticed the mysterious tray that sat beside the other jewels and rings that were being sold there. It caught my eye because a thousand beams of light and colors danced from the tray to the windows of the shop, calling me to see what was inside.

“They’re crystals,” said the old woman who owned the lodge,

“They will inspire your intentions.”

“Intentions?” I asked.

“Yes, there’s a special crystal for every season, reason and chapter. Look,” She pulled out a pink stone, “This one is for love and grounding! Keep it with you always.”

I smiled at her, bought five of the pink stones and left the lodge.  Since that day at the lodge I’ve learned some seriously special things about crystals and their meanings.

Here Are My Top Five Sacred Stones and Their Special Meanings:

Rose Quartz:

Many bohemian bellas worship this stone because it is known to bring unconditional love. It’s said that in ancient times, goddesses would use the stone to pray for everlasting romantic love.  The magical thing about rose quartz is that although the crystal is meant to bring everlasting love, its intention is based around reawakening one’s heart, personal fulfillment and innate contentment. You know, like-to love another, you must first love yourself!

tiny-devotions-mala-beads-white-jade-malas-rhodonite-black-onyx-grey-pearl-rudraksha_largeWhite Jade:

This is the ultimate stone for dreamers. White jade is a seriously mystical stone, as it brings potential, focus and force to the auspicious dreams and goals that we seek.  Back in the day, magical individuals would encourage people to wear this stone, as it dispelled negativity and helped them to see themselves for who they really were. White Jade has been known through the ages to bless whatever it touches and help individuals realize their dreams. Dream on, dreamers!

Carnelian:

Leadership, endurance, motivation. This deep rusty stone embodies all of these strong female energies. I’ve always carried carnelian with me in times when I’ve felt timid or untrusting of a particular situation. This stone helps individuals step into their power, feel confident and trust the sweet strength within.

Sand_and_Ocean_mediumTurquoise:

This is the stone of highest protection. Goddesses and gurus will find it visually very striking, but it’s meaning is also intense. Turquoise carries the wisdom of basic truth, and protects whoever carries it from any harm.  Keeping turquoise around the house or in your boho bag will shield you from negativity, and keep you safe.

Onyx:

Black Onyx has been known to defend against negative energies. Bad boss, crazy co-worker, sibling rivalry? Keep black onyx with you or, wear your black onyx mala, and negative energies will remain at bay. This stone has been known to sharpen the senses, create self-confidence and create a healthy sense of egotism.

These are my favourite stones at the moment, but they are always changing! There are so many special stones and uses, from amethyst to amazonite. So go, boho goddesses and check out which stones speak to your reason, season or chapter 😉

libpicPeace, Love and Magic,

From Your Resident Boho Fashionista,

Libby xx