Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Boho Gypsea Beach Vibes

Bohemian Gypsea Beach Vibes

When styling this outfit I was looking for pieces that would be inspired by our current moving situation. It is bittersweet to leave the area I have lived most my life. For years my wanderlust soul and heart has been craving change. My ultimate dream is to end up in the mountains one day but for now I want to be away from the city, traffic and hustle bustle. We are currently packing and preparing to list our home that I love, that we bought ten years ago and gutted to make it our dream home. Lake view, pool, all new interior, and finally have it designed and decorated how I have wanted it. As I mentioned above I have wanted to move for a long time now so I'm super excited and can't wait for a new start. I'm also sad to leave our home. 

When shopping for my summer wardrobe I have had beach style on my mind. I love bohemian styles, vintage vibes and rocker, edgy inspired pieces.  I wanted to kind of refresh my own personal style by adding some more beachy vibes since we will be living on the beach. Yes, we currently live in the heart of South Florida. We are 20 minutes from Miami Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale beach, which are some of the most popular beaches in Florida but I am moving to a more relaxed laid back beach town. I stuck with my bohemian style skirts I love, graphic tops, sandals, wedges, shell and gem stone jewelry, and lots of light weight easy to wear styles.  I have plans to color my signature purple hair blonde at the roots and leave the purple on the ends like I had it a few years back.  I will be 40 in August so I joked with my family that it is about time I tone down my hair but honestly it has nothing to do with my age, I get bored with hair color and I'm always changing it since it is one thing we can change easily then if you don't love it you can always dye it back or even cut it lol.

This outfit is a really soft cozy sloppy joe, as Spell calls them, which is Australian for sweatshirt.  I ordered a L to have a looser off the shoulder fit.  It slightly falls off one shoulder slightly and is so soft. I considered cutting the neckline but my Spell pieces are so treasured by me don't want to accidentally mess it up since I love the top so much.  I do however cut a lot of my own pieces like graphic tees and denim pieces.  Being a creative artsy person I have always loved cutting, sewing, and adding patches or fabric to pieces I own.  Before ripped and distressed jeans were the trend I was buying my jeans at the thrift store and using scissors, razors and graters to distress my own.  Key word in the phrase is I was buying items at the thrift store, I normally do all my cutting and other creative work to pieces I buy for under $10 not a brand new Spell sweatshirt.  It is a blush tone that is amazing for summer time and the graphic is beautiful, especially with this Mahiya Anita Skirt.

My skirt is a long time fave I had been wanting but was waiting to save up the money to purchase. Not working full time anymore and with so many expenses with my girls, school, house, health and moving etc (the list can go on and on lol)  I was waiting to sell some of my older pieces to use the extra cash for summer clothes for my girls and I. I made sure to save every dime and then made a list of items I have been inspired by, loved and wanted for some time. As soon as I saw the Spell & the Gypsy Collective, Sunset Riders Sloppy joe in Blush this Anita skirt by Mahiya Leather popped into my head. I was like omg that skirt I have wanted is perfect for this, they will match amazing and it was exactly the stroll on the beach in the evening look or vibes I was picturing in my mind. I tend to day dream about perfect outfits for our different trips, adventures and life in general, that is the stylist in me.  I took the plunge before Mother's Day and got it.  I had the skirt in my cart already because several times I had gone to purchase it along with a couple of other pieces from their amazing clothing collection, but I would always end up putting it off hoping it didn't sell out before I was able to buy it with no guilt.  Mother's day was the best time to get it since it would be one of my gifts, plus I had so many pieces I was imagining styling with this skirt.  I am so happy I finally purchased and only wish I had done it sooner.

I have to tell you all the Anita skirt from Mahiya is one of my favorite pieces I own. This skirt is the most amazing colors and the pattern is beautiful. It has a patch work style look with beautiful shades of blush, ivory, blue, coral and green. I love the elastic waist, tassel tie drawstring, and then the high low design with ruffled bottom. The fabric is amazing and I have to say the quality is wonderful. Since I had never purchased any items from them before I wasn't sure how the clothes would be, I have followed them for a long time and always loved their leather pieces but when they first started posting clothing I was amazed at how beautiful the collection was.  I am so glad I went with this skirt because the fabric is incredible quality, the design is beautiful and overall the skirt is made really good.  It didn't arrive with any snags, pulls in the fabric, strings all over, or issues.  As soon as I opened it and took it out of the tissue paper I could tell just touching it how well made it is. I can't wait to order some more pieces from Mahiya Leather and I'm super excited for their new collection coming out soon. They have a purple color way in their new styles I love and the other colors I have seen look amazing too.  If you have wanted to order something from their clothing and haven't yet I am here to tell you don't wait.  I know that this skirt is almost sold out and they have a dress, mini skirt and lots of other cute pieces available now that all look good together, you can basically style almost all their pieces together.  Thank you Mahiya for designing some amazing bohemian styles 
because I don't know about all of you but I am always looking for new brands that have amazing boho luxe or chic designs but are high quality. You will be seeing a lot of this skirt this summer on my social media and blog.  You can follow them @Mahiya_Leather on IG and Twitter for all the latest leather and fashion styles they have available as well as word on their highly anticipated new collection coming very soon.

My necklace is a beautiful beach inspired cowrie shell design, it has a turquoise stone in the center, beautiful beading between the cowrie shells to break up the shell design, then this amazing metal pendant that really makes it look like one of a kind design. I own one other vintage cowrie necklace with a tassel round pendant in silver I got off Etsy but this one has such an amazing high end look and feel. It is designed by Ouroboros Designs and currently they have a couple pieces available exclusively on Freepeople.com. Hoping to purchase the matching bracelet and want to get a couple other pieces off their own personal site. I will add all the links below. 

I hope you enjoy my outfit I styled for evening and late night strolls on the beach. Planning to wear this to watch the sunset and cuddle up with my man, and girls. Hope Tuesday was good to you all and sending lots of peace love and light to y'all. 

~Melissa xoxo 

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  1. Omg, I saw you on the Mahiya twitter and Instagram pages. Congrats, you look amazing. No makeup and all you are authentically beautiful and such an inspiring friend. Love these photos and this outfit is styled to perfection.

    1. Thank you so much, I'm normally not a huge makeup person only gotten into it more since my teen daughter became a natural at it and has such a gift for applying it. I'm so happy you enjoyed my post and can't wait to share my new styles for summer along with lots of fun changes. Peace love and light always xoxo Mel

  2. SofiasticatedStyleMay 24, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Hello, love your blog first off, and your hair is amazing. I own this print in the mini skirt and have a purple dress I got both for a cruise we took over spring break. Love the quality also, way nicer then some designer pieces I have purchased for close to $200-300 from boutiques. Thanks for sharing I have found so many new labels to try that I had never heard of till today. Keep dreaming and sharing you have a true eye for style.

    1. I love your name, is that your blog or social media user name? So creative.. thank you so much for taking the time to leave your kind comment. I am always so happy when people let me know what they think of my posts or if they own some of the same pieces I always love to hear what others think. I couldn't agree more the quality of this skirt is some of the best I have seen and I am loving it. Can't wait to buy more styles for summer. Thank you for your compliment on my blog and my hair. I always say life is too short for boring hair lol. I'm happy you saw some new brands and designers you like, please let me know if you order from any if have some promo codes and links you can use, also I would love to hear what you think when you receive them. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Peace love and light Mel xoxo

  3. When I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added-
    checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the exact same comment.
    Is there a means you are able to remove me from that service?

    1. Sadly I have no way of removing you from the notify me option, there isn’t a little thing on the bottom of the email to turn off or stop the email notifications? I wish I could help more but I don’t see why you would keep getting notified and multiple times. It’s my blog and I get a notice every time someone comments on any post or page of my blog, I maybe get one every now and then on older posts and a couple right after I post the new blog posts. It would seem you get more notices then me. Then I would think it would only notify you of comments on the post you commented on this post only has two comments and they are old. Maybe you can email me directly and let me know what comment you posted and on what post maybe I can delete it, then that would stop it? I will do my best to help however I can and sorry again for the inconvenience. Have a lovely holiday xoxo