Happy April!

April certainly came in hot and fast. Actually she came in pretty chilly, the last weekend of March & first few days of the new month were down in the 40’s and highs in the 60’s, but I CANNOT COMPLAIN!

I feel like the boho look was made for the transitioning seasons – lightweight pieces like kimonos over jeans or denim cutoffs, suede, lace, embroidered details, chambray and layered florals with booties and wide-brim hats. Spring Break here in March almost always means we can take a dip in the pool or get some sun, but sometimes, winter ignores Punxsutawney Phil and stays around for a bit longer, so knowing what to wear while the weather makes up it’s mind between seasons can be a struggle, unless you can learn to embrace and enjoy both the western & boho inspiration.

I LOVED that Western Chic had a moment this past Fall of 2018. It felt like everyone was scrambling to create & find super chic western inspired boots and pieces to add to their wardrobe. Meanwhile, here in Texas, it’s as simple as going to Yelp & finding out there’s a boot store within 3.6 miles from your house. Although, you probably wont find Fendi western boots at a Cavender’s…

Compiling pieces for a western inspired look is incredibly easy when you live in a place where most people who aren’t from here ask if you ride a horse to school/work everyday (I’ve seriously been asked this question on multiple occasions), and as second-nature as “y’all” in conversation!

Key elements of a “Western” look :

  • Jeans/denim/Chambray
  • Western or western inspired boots (think pointed toe, buckles, studs!)
  • Embroidery
  • Florals
  • Flowy cardigans & kimonos
  • Lace detailing
  • Off the Shoulder anything
  • Suede
  • Wide brim hats/Cowboy hat
  • Handcrafted Jewelry (Hello Turquiose!)

Similarly enough, lots of these same elements can be used to describe a “boho” look, too! So if you have a bunch of items from the Houston Rodeo Season, or would like to try the western inspired look without looking too much like Annie Oakley, here are a couple of looks that are fresh, springy, incorporates pieces you probably already have in your closet, and can even be used for Festival Season!

White Jeans | Chambray Top | Western Boots

Seriously a thousand ways to wear this combo. First of all, white jeans just screams warmer weather & pairing it with chambray gives it that western/boho feel when paired with some western boots, a suede/felt wide brim hat. Pair with a belt of your choice – you can use a scarf instead of a leather belt, plus a tribal inspired necklace to truly give it a boho look. Or do as I did here and add a gold chain for subtle chicness.

Keep the hat, pair with a lacy off the shoulder blouse, leave the boots or replace with suede booties to take this up a Coachella notch.

Floral Top | Denim Skirt | Suede Western Booties

This top is flowy, and has an open back – two of my favorite things. I paired with a circle skirt instead of the traditional denim mini skirt, because I get A LOT more use out of this skirt than with the conventional mini skirt. Pair with suede western inspired booties and a pair of horse-shoe looking earrings.

Turn up the desert vibes with a pair of high waisted denim cut offs and western boots.

Floral Skirt | Chambray Top

A chambray shirt is an absolute staple in my closet. Sometimes I like to tie at the base of my blouse, so if I’m exposing a touch of skin, I like to button the blouse all the way to the top & add a statement necklace to bring a focal point towards my uber-ly covered chest.

Leave the skirt, pair with an off the shoulder crop top and lace up sandals to listen to your favorite music act.

Flowy Jumpsuit |Denim Jacket

Jean Jackets – they’re a staple, they can be found in abundance and they’ve been pretty much timeless for the last 3-4 decades, so they’re likely not going ANYWHERE, any time soon. 
If you’re ever in need of western inspo or boho inspired outfit – throw a jean jacket over a flowy piece, add some boho accessories like a long dangly necklace with a bunch of other short, dainty necklaces, a panama hat, add some booties and you’re ready for a Bob Dylan concert.

Nix the jacket, add the hat and leave the booties or pair with some sandals for that boho feel.

Flowy, Maxi Dress

I think I found the inspiration for this post in this dress alone.
I felt like Stevie Nicks once I completed this outfit.
Honestly, this was one of my rodeo outfits this year. But as soon as I pulled on my pair of boots with this maxi, I felt like I was heading to Woodstock or even a modern day music festival like Coachella. HELLO BOHO.
The pattern of this maxi is absolutely perfect for a boho inspired outfit, but any flowy maxi with boots or booties really gives that ethereal exoticism we often see with boho chic.

The best part of living in Houston, is that you can pair almost anything with western boots and no one raises an eyebrow. And the best part of Festival Season is that you can wear the style and you come off as trendy! It doesn’t look like boho will go anywhere for a while, so buy the boots!

xoxo

La Glam Greek

I’ve been thinking a lot about time lately, as my birthday usually brings this about  – how we use it, where it goes, how fast it goes as you get older, where I was at this time last year vs where I’m at now and all the time that’s passed in between.. then there was daylight savings this past weekend and even my priest’s Sunday sermon was about time this week!

Time is such an arbitrary concept.. what does it mean? What is it? This inter-dimensional property that even physicists can barely explain? It seems to go by SO slow as children – we go to school and wait for summer vacation and the summer seems to last forever. I used to hate when annual things would come and go as a kid because it left me feeling so sad and like, how could I possibly wait another year to see all my family or friends again? Now as an adult, I feel like I’m constantly marveling at how fast a year passes by.

Even as decades pass and time changes, we, as a society, most times as a generation, like to look back on better times.

This fall, one of my Halloween costumes was 70s disco, and I got the inspiration for my costume from my parents and my tias, which all said it was like looking through a time machine!! And thinking about where I am in life, it was really nice to play homage to my mom with this year’s costume, because she was about my age in the late 70’s/early 80’s.

70s fashion is also perfect for fall because the rusty orange, cognac leather, and the ever trendy mauve-pink color palette of the decade works well with the season!

T U R B A N : local beauty supply store or you can find some on Amazon or Etsy
T O P : Bodysuit by Emerson Rose
C O A T : Target
P A N T S : Flare Bottoms by Mez Boutique
S H O E S : Steve Madden

This makeup was fun and actually very easy! I started by blending a soft brown through my crease – Soft Brown by MAC – just a shade lighter than my skin tone. Next I went to the lid using Steamy by MAC, followed by a bluish/teal tinted glitter from a small makeup boutique no longer in service, but Transparent Teal by MAC is a good dupe. A white pencil in my water line, and a pair of fluffy/wispy false lashes. I then used Bottle Green by MAC on the bottom lash-line blended out with Steamy to create a soft, iridescent smokey eye. I finished off the eyes with Lumi pigment by Sugar Pill Cosmetics as a highlight on the brow bone and inner corner. For brows, I used the tinted brow gel by Anastasia Beverly Hills through the brows to create messy definition. I then used bronzer and blush with most of the product placed at the part of the cheekbone that meets the ear for that long 70’s face shape. For the lips I wanted a bright frosty pink, which I don’t actually own in all of the thousands of lipsticks that I own. So I created this color by using Magenta lip pencil by MAC all over the lips, with Saint Germain and Snob lipsticks, also by MAC, with a touch of Vanilla MAC pigment on top to create that frosty look. But I also wanted a glossy look to this lip, so I applied Oyster Girl on top (again, by MAC).

I am a huge fan of keeping time-specific inspired pieces in my wardrobe, because time keeps going, but fashions recycle! I love throwing a recycled trend (i.e. bell bottom jeans, embroidered skirts, over the knee boots, etc) in with modern pieces. It’s a good way to keep your style edgy and honestly, up to date. Even if you like to keep your style minimal, your makeup can always tell your story because even makeup trends recycle! The metallic eye, gilded lids, graphic liner?? These aren’t new things, honey! The styles we see on magazine covers and blogs like the one you’ve visited today were on magazine covers and in fashionista’s closets once upon a time before.

Pro-tip : keeping your closet/wardrobe inspired with pieces that were relevant once upon a time makes it easier to create a costume come time for a themed party or Halloween, because who really wants to spend $60 on a cheaply made costume you’ll never wear again??

I had so much creating this look, I can see why styles from the past always come back full circle! They just can’t make it like that anymore. It would be so fun to do a costume like this again, I see a Studio 54 Party in my future! 🙂

 

xoxo

The Glam Greek