Last Summer I got a fabulous vintage lace maxi dress with open back and bell sleeves from  Spell Designs, it was quite expensive but I really wore it a lot over bikini and also with a nude slip for the evening walks around Dubrovnik.

This season I am looking for a several boho chic pieces to purchase, my first two will be Miyuu Barcelona straw hat adorned with flowers, sheer white kimono, leopard print espadrilles and tons of artesian jewelry which I usually get on Pop Up shops and on Barcelona's independent designer markets. I do most of my shopping online and I plan all of my shopping seasonally.

In this blog post I am sharing my favorite boho chic online shopping locations:

On the photo I am wearing Spell Design Fleetwood Maxi Dress
now available only in   mini version

With the rise of popularity of music festivals in recent years and 70s style comeback, vintage lace, crochet, floral pattern, leopard print (yay!) and floaty romantic dresses combined with fringe or cowboy boots, flower hair wreaths or straw/thin wool hats have became a signature style of many famous fashionistas. Bell bottom pants, rompers, jumpsuits and kimonos make the boho chic look complete.

Jen's Pirate Booty

Jen’s Pirate Booty is a collection of women’s clothing, designed and curated by Jen Rossi in her hometown of Malibu, California. She produces it in 5 countries, all carefully chosen based on the beautiful textiles, specialty materials and local artisan techniques that they have to offer. 

Her collection embodies all that she is: a sun-kissed, free spirited, beachy bohemian gypsetter, with a strong love for family, friends, fashion, good food and good times. Her head turning, goddess-like pieces, have a way of making every woman feel happy, beautiful, strong and confident. You are sure to be noticed and complimented when wearing one of Jen’s designs.

This brand ships from US as well so if you order from outside US you need to be customs and duties but their prices are more affordable then on other sites listed in this post.


Spell Designs

Became boho chic fashionista favorite online shopping destination. So far I only ordered one dress for them (the on the photo from the beach above) and I was pleased with their customer service. At the time the dress was in demand so it was shipped a bit late but I got it on time to enjoy it the whole Summer long.

Spell Designs ships from Australia so just like for items ordered from Jen's Pirate Booty you will have customs charges if you order from outside of Australia and New Zealand however worldwide flat shipping is only $15.

Although pricy designs are definitely a head turned and of a great quality.


Free People

The brand was launched in 70's as a physical store while the online shop was launched in 2004. and has since became world's best known boho chic shopping location. Free People features boho chic brands from all over the world but it also has it's own product strengthening their signature style.

I collaborated with Free People through my blog and I'm their long term shopper so this is the brand I have most experience with, although some items are a bit pricy they have wide range of price points and really great sales. Recently they launched a mesmerizing wedding collection which got a really fabulous reviews from bloggers and fashion experts. Each month they issue beautiful lookbook editorials with inspirational lifestyle imagery and new, on trend products.

So far I never returned anything bought from Free People and I got a plenty of wears (and I'm still wearing) all things I ordered. If you are based in Europe you can order from Free People UK to avoid customs charges with free international shipping over $150.


The Reformation

One of my favorite brands to shop, most chic, most cool and most environmentally conscious and transparent is definitely Reformation! The closest to my heart but painful for my wallet! :)
The Reformation, fashion and sustainability coexist. Created in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, the brand designs and manufactures limited-edition collections in our own factory. Located in downtown Los Angeles, they manufacture most of their products in own sustainable sewing factory. By cutting out the middleman and selling online and in their own boutiques, they eliminate traditional retail markups. 
The Reformation sources sustainable fabrics and vintage garments, and incorporate sustainable practices throughout their supply chain to make beautiful styles at a fraction of the environmental impact generated by most fashion brands. From their heat-reflecting roof and use of renewable energy, to the recycled hangers in our stores and 100% recycled packaging for every order shipped, sustainability is core to our business at every level. It is our goal to raise awareness around the impact fashion has on the environment and at the same time offer sustainable solutions and choices. It's their mission to lead and inspire a sustainable way to be fashionable.
The Reformation is shipping from US so if you are shopping from Europe you will have to also pay custom charges, duties and fees. 


To accessorize look for statement metal or leather jewelry pieces with semi-precious gemstones. I love   Bita Pourtavoosi new jewelry collection as well as   Patricia Nicolas eye-necklaces. 

My favorite accessory however are gorgeous straw and thin wool hats, romantic kimonos and body jewelry along with flash tattoos which you could notice from my Instagram posts. 

XoXo


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Yesterday my boyfriend took me to see beautiful Monasterio de Pedralbes here in Barcelona, it reminded me very much on Dubrovnik, can't wait to finally get there for our vacation this Summer. Although they are renovating it the monastery still looks mesmerizing and being in it's surroundings makes you feel so peaceful.

I use this opportunity to take photos of gorgeous   Windmill with Swarovski Crystals Necklace and Orange Swarovski Crystals Dangling Pearls Earrings by  Miss Julie from Hong Kong. 

Since the jewelry is very impactful on it's own I combined it with plain, basic color outfit. Since I personally love to combine high street brands with independent designer items and casual with boardroom/office pieces for this look I choose crystals embellished Zara navy skirt, SOEL by Sonja Lamut open back body in grey (which I also own in red) and a plain white snake skin pattern jacket from H&M Conscious collection. 

Miss Julie jewelry is ideal choice for working ladies who want to add a luxury touch of statement jewelry to their work suit, pencil dress or a simple black and white assemble. Miss Julie jewelry is made out of high quality materials and it lasts very long while it still comes on accessible price. 

I was impressed when I got it in mail with each piece being beautifully packaged in branded luxurious box with a side bow.



Miss Julie Swarovski crystals and resins embellished necklace with velvet texture chain. 
T clasp closure. $155 on   Trendcy

Born from a world of inspired ideas and concepts, Miss Julie jewelry is for bold souls and bright minds. The pieces are a balance of natural gems, shell pearls and semi-precious stones with handmade resin and Swarovski crystals – celebrating the contrasts of life and a world rich with color and rhythm.

From vivacious urban jet-setters to sun-worshipping stylists and mysterious night owls – Miss Julie jewelry aims to capture that Je Ne Sais Quoi element which brings personal style to life. There’s no formula for life – but you truly live well, when you live with a sense of self. Expressing who we are in how we present ourselves is a continuous source of inspiration for Miss Julie jewelry.


Dangling shell pearls earrings with cushion Swarovski crystals. For pierced ears. 
Also available in Green, Pink and Yellow. $105 on   Trendcy

Rhinestone embellished clutch from Zara

SOEL by Sonja Lamut open back one piece.



Miss Julie jewelry is currently on sale on Trendcy 40% OFF selected pieces so check it out before the sale ends.

Shop the look:
Skirt & Clutch Zara | Jacket H&M
Body with open back & a bow SOEL by Sonja Lamut
 Necklace  &   earrings Miss Julie from Trendcy.com



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Photo: blogger Yuyu from Hong Kong

I bet you read the title wrong! :P

In order not to keep my mother in suspense. NO - I am not getting married, I just really like this handbag. 

On top of a bit of a large collection of hats I am also a passionate handbag collector. By this I don't mean stitch to stitch branded LV LV LV.... bags. I really like collecting great quality unique handbags in gorgeous colors, the kind of bags I can leave to my daughter one day as my fashion inheritance (no mum, I'm not pregnant) on top of my hat collection, shoe collection and my Vogue collection, ohh let's face it, if I continue building my fashion collections like this the only real-estate I'm going to leave my child in inheritance will be a shoe-box! ;)

A diamond ring shaped limited edition leather handbag by Homanz caught by attention with it's fabulous shape and fun and unexpected clip & zip opening. This limited edition handbag launched on past Mother's Day with an emotional video which you can view bellow:


I love the story about how every women deserves a big rock (ring) aka handbag shaped as a giant diamond ring as I really believe women sometimes forget to reward themselves, they stop putting themselves first and forget their value and to live to the fullest and have fun with their lives when they have babies and the focus of their life changes.





If I really had to choose I would say that a metallic pink Homanz Diamond Ring Handbag is my favorite. I would wear it with high waisted pencil denim skirt and a cropped sweater.


Homanz Diamond Ring Leather Handbag comes in beautiful velvet gift box and the shipping is free via Trendcy. It's available in very limited quantity. 


How do you like unusually shaped handbags?
Would you dare to wear this huge rock?
XoXo
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Let's defile Mule first so there is no confusion ;)

Mule, a French word, is a style of shoe that is backless and often closed-toed. Mules can be any heel height - from flat to high. The style is predominantly (but not exclusively) worn by women.

When I first saw the mule comeback on a runway I was a little unsure how I feel about them, especially those with super pointy toe. For me, the style looked a little cheap and reminded me of slippers one would wear around the house. As time passed and more brands showed their mule styles I settled with loving the 'mule but not mule' style with open toe and a sling back.


Schulz

Philip Lim

The most important thing obviously when wearing mule's is to make sure your pedicure is done beautifully and your heels and soft and well kept. The way I like to wear my mules is with culottes pants, wrap dresses, jeans and pencil dresses. Mule's with 5cm or up heel make your legs look firmer and longer which is especially important when wearing culottes.

I love this artsy pair of mules as well:



I found some gorgeous street style inspirations which can give you an idea on how to try to combine your new pair of season favorite shoes! 




Shop most popular mule styles here:




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 The era of skinny jeans and low cut bottoms with occasional but crack sighting is over ladies! It's time to pull the waist line up above the belly bottom and to rock those bell bottom jeans.The good news is that this style of pants extends your legs and emphasizes your waist, overall, flattering for most girls out there.

The 70's style is definitely complimenting and building on already very popular festival looks. Personally, I think that for daily wear it can be toned down and personalized. Meaning, you don't need to wear multiple 70's inspired clothing items at the time unless you are going to a costume party.
You can just go with colors popular during this era such as: sunshine yellow, bring green, turquoise, orange, blues and brown and then maybe combine them with fabrication like: crochet, rich voluminous lace,cotton etc. 



If 70's were a female person she would most definitely wear a floppy hat and suede boots with fringe suede shoulder  bag and a floral maxi.



Some of the popular looks in 70s included:

- Vintage bandana around your neck
- denim or suede button down middle mini skirt
- High waisted bell bottom jeans or pants
- Brown suede accessory with fringe 
- Straw or thin wool wide band hat
- Crochet maxi dresses or jumpsuits
- Flowers in the hair
- Leather backpack
- Body jewelry (hand chain,  body chain, shoulder chain, head band)
- Gold & color flash tattoos
- Macrame bralettes
- Round sunglasses
- Wild braided hair
- Lace up front shorts, dresses and tops

My personal favorite 70's trends, which I plan to incorporate into my wardrobe this Spring and Summer are: crop tops, lace up mini dresses, long sleeve black and white crochet and lace dresses, floral maxi dresses with thigh high slit, brown suede bucket bag and a small leather backpack for the beach.


If you follow me for some time you most definitely know that I am rocking gold flash tattoos from Trendcy for some time now and will definitely get more for Summer. Two days ago I picked up a beautiful green thin wool hat from MiyuuBarcelona and I'm waiting for Chris (Miyuu designer) to finish my flower decorated Panama hat.

Bellow is my selection of 70's inspired items from Free People:

                              Sedona Leather Skirt                                Dreamweaver Maxi Lace Poncho 


                        MidSummer Dream Dress                                     Brando Lace Up Cut Offs


                                      Santorini Dress                                 Free People Luna Lace Dress

            Commemorative Bell Sleeve Dress                                   Write About Love Dress


On top, I am looking into getting some body jewelry from Patricia Nicolas and a couple of gorgeous dresses from The Reformation. Another brand with amazing 70's inspired selection is most definitely Free People

Did you already get any 70's inspired piece this year?

Shop some bellow:

XoXo


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To celebrate the Mother's Day I selected some fun and fabulous Mother-Daughter fun photos and outfit combos. Ever since I moved out of my childhood home which was really early, right after high school and moved to United States and since continued to travel, work and live around the world I see my parents once to twice a year at the most. With not being so close our relationship changed as well but I really believe that the base your parents raise and leave you with in young age is what you are left to live with.  In good and bad, you continue to carry the lessons you learned from your parents and build your own personality and character. 

LEARN TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY.
Some of the most important things I learned from my mother is definitely to work on myself and build myself up before I become a part of the couple. I do feel that many young women today (at least in the country I am from) don't allow themselves to live on their own, work, earn their own living, take responsibility over their own actions and their lives and have a good time before they get married and have kids so many go straight from living with parents and studying to getting married and having kids.

I'M YOUR MOM, NOT YOUR SCHOOL FRIEND.
When I was younger I wanted my mother to be more cool, to dress more cool like some other moms did. Then she told me that she doesn't want to be my friend as I can find many friends on my own, while I can have only one mother. I was never given anything I haven't worked for one way or the other through my life and I knew I can get a hand to get up when I fall from my parents but I also knew they will not hold my hand through life. I just needed to figured it out on my own. So I did.




"I see myself as a mom first. I'm so lucky to have that role in life. The world can like me, hate me, or fall apart around me and at least I wake up with my kids and I'm happy."

Angelina Jolie



"I can only hope to be 10 percent of the mom mine was to me. She encouraged me to be confident and enjoy life." 

Charlize Theron



WHAT KIND OF MOTHER DO YOU HOPE TO BE?
When I think about what kind of mother I would like to be one day (soon but not very soon) I think that the independence, tolerance, loyalty, honesty, self-esteem and ability to manage their own life and their own money are the main things I hope to teach my kids to know how to do. Some of these skills I see lacking with young people today, while on the parents side I see that many seem to busy to raise their kids and sometimes they are taking easy way out using technology and other diversions. 

On the other hand, I am aware that when you still don't have kids it's easy to talk about how would you raise them and what kind of people you would hope them to become.


"The most important thing [my mom] ever taught me is that fear is not an option." 

Diane von Furstenberg





"Love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark...to have been loved so deeply...will give us some protection forever." 

J.K. Rowling






What are some of the key love & life lessons you learned from your mom that you want to pass on to your kids?

XoXo

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