26 October 2014

Tips and tricks for an inspirational life



Hi Bohomantics! I prepared you a special post about inspiration and how to find it, because this is what life makes interesting. Creativity is so important, whether you are an artist or a nine-to-five accountant. It's not only useful for your career, but also for your personal life. But in order to be creative you must find some inspiration first. As a fashion blogger and future journalist I need tons of inspiration for articles and new topics, so I think I'm the perfect person to guide you ;) Most of my tips are very simple and easy to do yourself. They demand only a small adjustment in your life, but oh what a difference they make! 

  • It may sound a bit weird, but keep your eyes wide open. From now on you are going to observe everything. And I mean absolutely everything! Instead of checking your phone for the tenth time while waiting for the bus, look around. Observe the environment during your walk to school or work. Glance at the people who pass by. Everything is a potential source of inspiration, you just have to be willing to see it. 
  • Always carry a notebook with you. In these modern times you can also use your smartphone to collect all your ideas of course, but this bohomantic still likes it the old skool way (in fact I'm just an old soul in a young body, haha!).
  • Step out your confort zone and get rid of fixed patterns. Routine can be very efficient and comforting, but at the same time be killing for your creativity. Don't worry, you don't have to turn your life upside down and let go of all your routines, but try to do at least one new thing a day. Listen to some classical music instead of your favourite indie band. Order something you've never eaten before at the restaurant. Try out a new route to school. Read a book you'd normally never read. Go sit by that 'shy' boy during lunch, he could turn out to be actually pretty funny. If you are a trouser girl, try out that stunning dress you think is too fancy for you (it won't bite, I promise!)... The possibilities are endless. Just try fresh stuff and discover new places, you will be surprised by the impact of it. If Columbus hadn't decided to search for a new route to India, we Europeans wouldn't be able to make delicious french fries now. Think about that!
  • Forget everything you ever learned about limits, conventions, possibilities... and think out of the box. The limit is not in the sky, it's in the head.
  • And last but not least; put a smile on your face. You're not only more approachable, but also a positive attitude attracts positive things. It's not a cliché, it's a fact, believe me.
I hope you enjoyed this post and thought my tips were helpful. If you have some awesome tips yourself, I'd like to hear all about it. Sweet dreams!

20 October 2014

Currently #1: October




Hi Bohomantics! I'd like to introduce you to a new section on the blog. Once a month I'm planning on listing some things that are currently in my daily life. I think it's a cool way to get to know me a bit. What do you guys think? Would you like more of these kind of posts in the future? Let me know! And now a big drum roll for the first "currently post" please.

CURRENTLY...

  • reading: Cassandra from the American novelist Dorothy Baker. I got this book from my friends for my nineteenth birthday and I have to say they know me pretty well. I love reading, so you can't go wrong with a good book. And so far, so good I must say. I really like the story. It's about a twin sister who can't accept that her other half is getting married. Don't expect lots of action and thrilling storylines, but if you are into strong dialogues and novels with a  good psychological insight then this is defenitely a go!
  • wearing: my new sunnies. I bought them in some cheap drugstore, but they actually look pretty fancy, haha! The color and the shape are to die for. You will defenitely see them in one of my next outfitposts.
  • eating: Country Store cereals from Kellog's. I never thought I'd like muesli, but guess what, it has become my favourite breakfast. Me and Mr. Breakfast have a little history, or should I say, the lack of a history. Until two years ago I never ate breakfast. Ever. Very unhealthy, I know, but I just couldn't get a bite through my throat. Eventually I've learnt myself to eat in the morning and I have experimented a bit with what works and what not. I recently discovered Country Store from Kellog's which contains oat flakes, whole wheat, raisins, hazelnuts and dried apple. It's tasty, easy and I'm not hungry until noon. It's also fairly healthy, but many people forget that muesli can contain dried fruits (high sugar!) and added sugars. Just sayin' ;) Not everybody likes muesli, but this is what works for me.
  • addicted to: Apocalips from Rimmel. You've probably read about the newest addition to my lipstick collection in the previous post. I bought the lipstick on monday and since then I've been wearing it almost non-stop. The color (Eclipse 304) is just so flattering and it perfectly matches my hair. I'm not such a big fan of make-up- the thought of removing all that crap before going to bed already makes me tired- but I can defenitely appreciate a beautifully colored lip. A bright lipstick can transform even the most boring look or tired face. 
  • looking forward to: the Milky Chance concert on 11 February in the "Ancienne Belgique" in Brussels. I can't express how extatic I am about the concert. I am a massive fan of the German band and I was so disappointed when I discovered that their tour for 2014 was over and I couldn't get a ticket anymore (my friends can confirm that I was so desperate that I actually was willing to fly to Berlin for their very last concert in Europe. Please note that I'm afraid of flying). But fate is on my side, because they will visit Belgium for their next tour in 2015. In the meanwhile their cd sadnecessary is on constant repeat. Mmmm, you're my baby and your sweet, sweet sun makes me crazy...

16 October 2014

Flowers are forever



It has been a while since my last post and I really missed the blog. I had to work on some important projects for school, but now I'm all yours again ;). I've planned so much fun posts for the upcoming two weeks, so defenitely stay tuned! 

Enough chit chat, over to today's outfit... I was in a very girly mood today, so I wore a short flower dress. Flowers (and polka dots) are my all time favourite prints. An outfit is all about balance so I paired the dress with a basic cardigan and my new boots. They walk like heaven! You may have noticed that I'm a big fan of accessories. I never walk out the door without at least three pieces. They just add that little extra spice to your silhouette. I opted for some delicate gold jewellery and my favourite watch. It was my father's and is about twenty years old. How cool is that?! As a finishing touch I put on some lipstick. It's my latest purchase and I'm totally in love with the color. The lipstick has a sort of burgundy, purplish shade which is perfect for autumn. 

As you can see, I never mention where I bought my outfits. I admit that for a fashion blogger this is not an obvious choice. But like I said in the first post, I started this blog as a reaction to fashion blogs who have become too commercial. Moreover, I want to stimulate you guys to walk your own path and search your own style. But if you really fell in love with one of my pieces, I'd be more than happy to tell you where I got it from. Just leave me a comment :) And that doesn't mean I can't write posts about my favourite shops and brands once and a while. But more about that later. Like I said, I have plenty of new stuff for you. 

Sleep tight and see you soon on the blog, Bohomantics!

All photos were taken by Mauri Sylvie Van Coillie.






4 October 2014

Tricks






It seems like I have to adjust the title of the previous outfitpost. I don't know how the october weather is where you guys come from, but in Belgium having 21 degrees in october is a bit odd- ahum, understatement of the year! The weather is playing tricks on me and it's pretty confusing. One day it's too cold to leave the house without a coat and the other day it's hot enough for bare legs. And yesterday was such a day. But hey, you don't hear me complain ;) As you can see, I went for an overall black outfit with some accents. The slouchy fit of the trousers and the cardigan gave me a laid-back look. To make it a bit more feminine and polished, I added one of my favourite pair of heels. They have like these little golden studs on it: feminine and sturdy at the same time. Some bohemian jewellery, a touch of eyeliner and my signature hairstyle, the messy bun, made it complete. 

Are you having a hard time too, picking outfits during the transition of two seasons? Then I have only one message: layer up! Start with a top or a shirt, add a light cardigan, wear a blazer and finish with a coat. The warmer it gets, the more layers you take off. It's as simple as that! What do you guys wear in such strange weather conditions? I'd like to hear all about it!

Enjoy your weekend, Bohomantics!

All photos were taken by the lovely Mauri Sylvie Van Coillie.