Bohemian ’70s Style – A Brief History and Photo Essay

June 8th, 2016
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What I love most about ’70s style is how feminine and free it can be.

Like most decades, there were a variety of trends born in a decade where Vietnam war ended and disco dancing, feminism and outsourcing of clothing and goods began.

There was the overflow of mod styles from the rebellious ’60s, there was the peace-love-brown rice passions of war protestors, the leisure suits of the too-cool-for-school dudes, the tight jumpsuits of the dancing divas, and more. It truly was a potpourri of an era, where similarly to the ’80s, the motto “anything goes” was accurate and accepted.

The ’70s was an era where individuality was beginning to be emphasized — where you could be one of many styles and still technically be “following ’70s trends.”

So do you think you have bohemian style? Chances are you do – be it fashion, lifestyle or both.

Being a free spirit isn’t always easy, though. Comment away on how you live a bohemian lifestyle, and what aspects of this anti-society way of being appeals to you or is difficult for you. Free spirits, unite!

xo, Sammy 

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1980s Vintage Polka Dot Romper (Plus Brief Polka Dot History)

June 6th, 2016
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Shocker alert!! The polka dot wasn’t always called the “polka dot,” and the style was actually favored by more racy women than conservative. The polka dot became popular in modern day thanks to figures like Marilyn Monroe wearing a polka bikini, Christian Dior designing his “New Look” of the ’50s with the simple dot, and housewives of the ’60s following with polka dotted outfits worn as the most stylish-of-stylish stay-at-home moms. Today it remains a fashion favorite – and this vintage romper proves why!

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A 1970s Style Woman and Her Goldendoodle

June 5th, 2016
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Vintage style from the 1970s is tricky. One can either look like a hippie straight out of the Vietnam War riots, or a flower princess with nothing better to do than twirl her hair and stare. However – there is a middle ground in ’70s fashion that combines both the rebellious and the flower power elements of the decade to transcend “fashion trends” and become an iconic representation of what it means to own your vintage worth. Read more to learn more I took a 1970s crochet dress and transformed it into a memorable and photo-shootable outfit.

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Vintage for the Modern Girl: ’60s Striped Skirt

February 28th, 2016
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Every so often I’ll have a sixth sense about a vintage piece. On the hanger it looks like nothing – perhaps just a piece of fabric draped or clamped to some wood and metal. I may show the piece to someone else for their opinion and they just smile and stare … not wanting to […]

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Women’s Swimwear Through History

December 11th, 2015
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From conservative high-waist swimsuits to itty-bitty bikinis, swimwear has dramatically evolved throughout history. Year after year, we look to the latest bathing suit trends to make sure we dress in our poolside best. When summer rolls around, every woman strives to be on top of her swimwear game. To take a look back at dominant trends […]

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17 Easy Ways to Thrift Your Halloween Costume This Year

October 23rd, 2014
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Thrifted Costumes Made Easy! Everyone knows that the thrift store has become a picked-over destination for fun and fresh Halloween costumes. Which is why when you truly wait for the last minute to grab your costume, you’re left with a plastic Halloween costume (that admittedly even smells plastic) or the ninja baby outfit from the […]

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34 Tips to Thrift Store Shop Like a Pro! (Pass On to Newbies!)

September 25th, 2014
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I honestly believe that anyone interested in learning how to thrift can pick up the tricks fast and be a thrift pro in no time. So to help lessen anyone’s learning curve and expedite their status from thrift shopping novice to pro thrifter, I’ve condensed my secrets into one video and 34 unique tips that you can read by clicking here! So whether you’re a casual thrifter or a wannabe expert, here’s your one-stop for everything you ever wanted to know about how to thrift store shop.

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The 7 Simple Secrets to Dating Clothing as Vintage

September 11th, 2014
7 simple secrets to dating clothing a vintage

Knowing how to date vintage clothing can be like finding a needle a haystack. So to have a grasp of a garment’s age – and whether or not it’s vintage in the first place because trust me, these modern clothes can fool ya! – is a valuable skill I want to pass on to you in an easy-to-read list so you can share it with your friends, family and followers.

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