Boho Girl on a Budget: The Top Ten Ways to Girls Night-the Boho Way!

_P9A9241There are a lot of things that every Boho girl needs to know. When she’s not out experiencing her favorite yoga class, catching some waves at the beach, or taking in a summer stroll, she’s with her friends, enjoying the best parts of life with the ones she cares about most. Though these are always the sweetest of times for any Boho beauty, they can be a big drain on the wallet, if you’re not careful.

The greatest knowledge that any Boho girl can possess for a night of fun is how to have an incredible time without blowing your budget. Finances can be tricky, but hey; truth, beauty, freedom, and love don’t have to come at a pretty price. It’s possible to spend a night with your closest girls and keep it simple. Simplicity is the greatest gift in life, and when we stay mindful of this practice, we can achieve anything (especially a sweet party).

In honor of the bohemian tradition of fun and fancy-free, here are ten ways to have a girl’s night, the boho way:

1.  In the beginning, make a plan. Get together with the gals and decide on the type of outing you’d like to have. Create a foundations of a perfect night and start building!

2.  Agree on a budget and chip in together. If you want to do something that requires a little extra cash, come up with an idea of how much it will cost per person and put your finances together. Sharing the cost will definitely lighten the load.

3.  Public transit it up! If you’re going on a getaway, meet up at the subway station, streetcar, or bus stop and travel together. Better yet, if it’s within walking distance, get your exercise on! This will not only cut down on costs, but it’s environmentally friendly and safe, should you choose to enjoy a glass of your favorite alcoholic beverage together.

d5efea743a53fdaccbc20991ebe97fd64.  Pack a picnic. What better way to cut down on costs than to bring some delicious snacks and enjoy them together at a park? After all, everyone loves a potluck!

5.   Share your musical talents. Concerts can be super expensive these days, so grab your guitar playing, drum beating friends, and create your own concert! You’d be pretty surprised at how talented people can be when there are no judgments around them.

6.   Have a game night. Who doesn’t love delving into childhood territory and enjoying some of the boardgames you used to play when you were kids? Get everyone to bring their favorite boardgame to a pre-disclosed location and watch the hilarity ensue! (Hint: ‘Twister’ is a solid bet at any age).

7.  Three words; outdoor yoga class. Check out a class online and get ready to vinyasa in the open, evening air. If you have a friend who’s an instructor, that’s even better.

8.  Remember to be open to new ideas. Creativity is the seed of any great discovery. Be open to ideas, and be open to changes. A simple journey can result in the most incredible adventure, if you allow it to.

9.   A movie night is never a bad thing. Bring all the girls together and choose some of your favorite flicks, enjoying a night of snacks and laughs without bursting your bank accounts.

e197e679df907d616aef4d37a8cc815510.  When all else fails, a walk on the beach and a dip in the ocean is the perfect girl’s evening in the summertime. Add a bonfire and you are more than golden!

In a society that values money so much, we tend to forget that the best times in life are free. The Boho way, fortunately, will never let us down. Focus on the time spent with those you love, and you will be always be rich, regardless of your wallet’s girth. The rest will come in time. Namaste!

 

 

Lauren is a guest writer for the Huffington Post and Social Media Coordinator in Toronto.

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How to Date a Boho Babe: The Top 6 Tips on Dating the Goddess of Your Dreams from Danielle Dowling.

60c6K1KLh6ZkKvK6qw3b3x4j-OqUqdtTzS8kLE0bLJMYou’ve been nursing a crush for quite some time. She’s sweet and funny, in touch with the earth, passionate about all sorts of things (like the environment and really good iced chai lattes), and totally comfortable in her own skin.

Maybe you spied her across a crowded reiki class or you stood next to her at the farmers’ market. Whatever the case may be, you want to date a boho babe.

There are a few things you need to know before you dive headlong into the world of couple’s yoga and shared juicers. Here are six tips to help you date the boho babe of your dreams.

1. Show her that you’re on the same page health-wise

Don’t push the snooze button when it’s time for sun salutations or turn up your nose at her carrot-apple-ginger juice (which, btw, is delicious). Check out early morning yoga at the beach with her and then take her out for some green tea and an acai bowl.

Impress her with your skills in the kitchen by whipping up something healthy and yummy or suggest a new hiking trail that’s got a great view of the city.

2. Let her know when she’s on your mind
We all love honesty and transparency, right? If you’re thinking of her – tell her. See an amazing sunset and wish she was there with you? Take a photo and send it to her. Sitting in traffic? Call her and ask about her day. Going to Hawaii for a week of surfing? Send her one of those coconut postcards and bring back a grass skirt.

3. Surprise her
Tell her to set aside a weekend and arrange a camping trip. Buy her tickets to that concert she has been wanting to see or buy a few sessions with a tarot card reader. Of course, she’d also probably enjoy some Lorna Jane, Lululemon or Beyond Yoga yoga wear or mala beads in her favorite color!

4. Be open to talking about spirituality

If you’re not particularly in touch with your own spirituality it can feel a bit weird when someone starts referencing their chakras or ‘giving it over to the universe.’ Your boho babe is bound to be a spiritual warrior who lives an inspired life. While that doesn’t mean you need to convert to Buddhism tomorrow, it does mean you should be able to talk to her about what keeps her spiritually grounded.

What books does she like to read? Who are her spiritual muses and mentors? Does she meditate? What kind of meditations does she enjoy most?

5. Do what you say you’re going to do

Just because your boho babe is good natured and laidback doesn’t mean you can drop the ball.

Call when you say you’re going to call. Text when you say you’re going to text. If you said you’d take her hang gliding on Wednesday, take her hang gliding on Wednesday.

6. Find out what lights her up – artistically or creatively

What is she doing in her off-hours that thrills and recharges her? Maybe it’s baking lush vegan desserts, finger painting, writing children’s stories, singing at the top of her lungs or hip hop dancing. Go on a search for whatever excites her and then reserve a spot in that dance or cooking class – and go with her!

Now that you know what to do – get out there, lover! Cross the farmers’ market, compliment her choice of heirloom tomatoes, and dive in to what just might be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Do you have a magical suggestion on how to date a boho babe? Comment below and tell us all about it!

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

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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.

 

 

 

Magical Mornings: My Top Ten Tricks to Create a High Energy Morning and Make it Last!

Yoga luluEvery yogi fashionista and chai drinking gal should know how to create a magical morning that can last all day long! Here are our top ten tricks to create a perfect morning that last all day long, from Deidre Siranni, Yoga Instructor and Wellness Enthusiast.

1.The Night Before
Have a hot bath to relax and allow yourself to forget about the “to do list”
Once a week, make it a detox bath which includes (baking soda, apple cider vinegar, Epson salts, Himalayan salts)

2.Wake up to an alarm clock that plays music (your favorite genre of course) rather than that dreaded beeping sound.

3.Get out of bed and in to your running shoes.  Go for a 15-20 minute walk or run to get the blood flowing and breathe the fresh air.

4.Cool down with a 5-10 minute stretch and create an intention for the day.

5.From your shoes and in to the shower.  Turn on your favorite upbeat playlist, start up the hot water, and add a few drops of eucalyptus.  Sing along to your favorite tunes while you enjoy an uplifting and clarifying eucalyptus steam shower.

6.Oil pulling with coconut oil.  Put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swoosh it around for a minute before spitting it out.  What I say about coconut oil….”I put that s*** on everything!”

7.Make breakfast your favorite meal of the day.  Choose 5 easy breakfasts that work for you and make which ever one suits your mood for that day.

8.Throughout the day, look for opportunities to try something new.  After all, everything awesome happens outside of your comfort zone.

9.Make a point to say hi to people who you cross paths with whether they are coworkers or total strangers.

10.Do a random act of kindness; you could make the day magical for someone else as well.
Deidre is a Lululemon Ambassador, Yoga Instructor, and Corporate Wellness Enthusiast based out of British Columbia.

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Confessions from A Boho Fashionista: Go to your Guru! 3 Soulful Steps to Get Closer to Your Inner Guru

_P9A9737They’ve got all the answers. Some wear beautiful scarves and gemstones from far off islands. They sing magical songs that speak to the sweetest part of your soul. She’s your yoga teacher, who can endlessly chatarunga with a little grin; She’s your green queen coach who whips up a kale smoothie in a snap.  She sits silently, channeling peace and love through her third eye into her heart chakra. She’s your guru.  We each have a guru that we adore with all of our bohemian hearts, but here’s the catch—the guru is you! You have access to an inner guru that’s inside of your yogi soul, and it just takes a few special steps to unlock her.

Here are my 3 Soul Steps to Get Closer to Your Inner Guru

 1.Slow Down

It just takes a couple of moments each day to slow down and take a look at all of the extraordinary things in your life that you have to be grateful for. This is a practice, so when you’re firing up your ‘slowing down’ process, it can be tough. Don’t give up! Take a little but of time in the morning or before bed for your gypsy goddess-self to slow down and tap into all of the goodness in you. You’ll start to notice what a wonderful world your living in, and all of the guru qualities that you possess.

2. Listen Up

A modern day gypsy lifestyle has got bohemian babes moving pretty fast, and sometimes we don’t have the chance to listen up. What does this mean? It’s a little extension of your ‘slowing down’ practice, but this time you’re really getting to know your inner guru. Listening to all of the whispers and signs that appear on your auspicious path is an offshoot of slowing down. Suddenly you’ll notice inner encouragement when you slow down, listen up and trust yourself. Have you ever felt a whisper in you that told you everything was happening just as it was meant to? Did you ever just know that things were going to be ok? That’s your inner guru speaking to you, and that whisper (or shout!) happens when you listen up.

3.Move Your Boho-Self!

When we getting moving in ways that we feel passionate about, like dance, yoga, running, or hula-hooping, we’re getting into the flow. You may have noticed the last time you were breathing and moving, that you felt connected and things that didn’t make sense before suddenly fell right into place. This is because moving actually slows down your busy, boho-brain, and gives you the chance to get to know your inner self. Next time you find yourself questioning a decision, get moving, and notice the answers flowing.

We all have a guru (or two) that we love, but the real guru is you, boho babe. Take these 3 simple steps with you to connect back to your inner guru and get into the flow!

 

libpicPeace, Love and Magic,

From your Resident Boho Fashionista, Libby. xx.

Confessions from a Boho Fashionista: My Top 3 Spring Must-Haves

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Hey Boho Beauties,

After ballet last week, a girlfriend of mine commented on the super soft, hot pink tights I’d worn to our power plié class.

“Those tights are unreal. You’ve got everything I want—I just can’t keep up,” she told me.  “How do you do it?”

We’d been stretching and twirling at this studio together for months now, and I’d never noticed she felt that way.

What she said sat with me for a while after I left, and it wasn’t until I hit the dark and leafies in the Whole Food’s produce section that it came to me. I DO have everything I want, but the pink tights had nothing to do with it.

I grabbed my kale and baby bok-choy, bee lined it to the cash and tried to hurry out of there to call my gal pal.

The line was thick at the till to pay, so my eyes scanned over the cash out’s trashy magazines. Their covers flashed the latest scandals, slim down tricks and ‘Spring Must-Haves’.

“Spring Must-Haves,” I thought to myself.  I paused and thought of my hot pink tights, having it all and my own personal Spring Must-Haves.

As soon as the cashier handed me my bags, I dialed up my girlfriend and spilled my personal Spring Must-Haves to her.

Here’s a hint: Must-Haves aren’t about having everything!

My Top 3 Spring Must-Haves

1.Child-Like Curiosity

Do you remember being little and dancing under the trees? Letting your head fall dangerously far back on the merry-go-round and eating so many pop rocks that your tongue went blue? It was a time when your dreams had no limits, and anything was possible.  Guess what? That time is still here! My Top Spring Must-Have is the memory of that child-like time, and ‘acting as if’. No matter what you’re wearing, or who you are with, that feeling is your greatest accessory.

2. A Warm Cup of Lemon Tea

This Must-Have is best used in the morning, before you’ve consumed anything else.  A warm cup of lemon tea or water soothes your internal organs and your soul. The best way to serve others is to first serve yourself. So start your day off right by cleaning your pipes and preparing your body for a sparkly day! You can drink detoxifying lemon tea at any time of the day to make your skin glow, help you sleep soundly and maintain inner and outer peace.

3. My Favorite Mala

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As the seasons change, so too do our intentions. This is why keeping your favorite mala close to your heart is important for remembering meaningful dreams and intentions. I’m wearing my Awakening Mala as we move into spring to expand my dreams, dance like no one is watching and awaken all of the potential that lives within me.

Go grab your favorite mala, Boho bellas, and take some time to consider your own special Spring Must-Haves.

Peace, Love and Magic from Bohemia xx