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If you’ve always worn classic, somewhat proper clothing that befits an office environment, you may have the urge to go a little wild on the weekend, shed those conservative clothes, and slip into something a bit more comfortable. Bohemian style dress gives you a chance to do just that while staying right in fashion.

The bohemian style in fashion is a throwback to the 1970’s hippie scene when people wore long flowing fabrics, pheasant blouses, faded jeans, and chunky, natural jewelry. To dress like a bohemian, you don’t have to buy brand new hippie themed wardrobe. Why not add a few interesting pieces with boho flair to the wardrobe you already have? Here are some suggestions on how to wear bohemian style dress without spending a fortune:

Resurrect those faded jeans

Now’s the time to bring out that faded pair of jeans resting in the back of your closet and pair them with a long flowing blouse and sandals for a comfortable spring and summer look that’s all boho. Add a few bangle bracelets and an oversized hobo bag and you’re ready to tackle a casual day of shopping bohemian style

Buy a pair of 1970’s inspired boots

If you’re serious about the bohemian look, you’ll want to purchase a pair of 1970’s inspired leather boots to wear with knee length skirts and boho style dresses. They’ll coordinate perfectly with ruffled, gypsy creations and your casual denim attire and will mark you as a true boho fashionista.

Layer on the chunky jewelry

Layer on necklaces with natural and stone beads in materials ranging from wood to turquoise. To add even more bohemian flair, visit your local bead store and learn how to make your own hippie style necklace creations. These necklaces will add style and flair to almost any casual, boho style outfit and will give you lots of versatility. Remember, the word bohemian stands for “free thinking” which means you want your jewelry and accessories to be as individual as you are.

Shop vintage clothing and thrift stores

Find some great deals on hippie style clothing by visiting local vintage clothing stores and thrift boutiques. You can pick up some truly authentic boho fashion items for a pittance. Look for faded, worn jeans, long flowing tops, gypsy style skirts, Indian inspired prints, seventies style boots and sandals, as well as unusual vintage jewelry. By doing a little footwork, you can put together a bohemian style wardrobe for almost nothing.

Bohemian style dress gives you a chance to express yourself and still be fashion forward and comfortable. Find out how best to express your boho side!

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Choose Only the Best for Your Lashes

by Kathryn M. D’Imperio

Sometimes simplicity makes all the difference. Getting all dolled up doesn’t have to become a hassle every time you have somewhere to go. A nice dress or outfit can be complemented with a few jewelry items, a fashionable hairstyle (or hair brushed out straight) and a light smattering of makeup.

Whether you are going for all-out glam or girl-next-door gorgeous, a coat or two of mascara will work wonders for bringing out your beautiful eyes and long lashes. If you don’t regularly wear makeup, you may want to consider these questions before selecting mascara from among countless brands and styles.

What type of eyelashes do I have? Are they long, curly, thick, thin, short, just right?

Once you answer this question, you can learn what positives your lashes have going for them and what element could be easily enhanced with the right kind of mascara. Shorter lashes could lash out with a length enhancing type of mascara. Thinner lashes will become fuller with a thickening formula and longer lashes will really benefit from curling mascara.

What will look best with my complexion? What will complement my outfit and wardrobe in general?

Mascaras are available in a wide range of colors and styles, from blackest black and dark brown to lighter shades of both, or even fun colors like blues and greens. Most times black and brown hues are most appropriate and work well with any skin tone, eye color and choice of wardrobe.

Do I plan to go swimming? Is there a chance I might cry, or laugh so hard that I cry? Am I going to take a quick shower at some point and hope to avoid re-doing my makeup entirely?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, waterproof mascara is the way to go! Great for preventing soppy scenes at sad movies or emotional times – weddings, graduations and the like, waterproof mascara can save the day, or at least your face. Available most often in shades of black and brown, this type of mascara can be difficult to remove unless you have a makeup remover that is capable of gently washing away water resistant makeup.

Do you cringe at the thought of that archaic metal eyelash curler getting within a foot of your face?

If so, you will want to keep an eye out for mascara that has a curling element to it. Sometimes these products come with multiple characteristics, like thickening or lengthening aspects as well. First determine your needs and then seek out mascara that will satisfy them.

Do you feel that your eyelashes are very blonde or not so noticeable? Do you often feel like you have to glob a lot makeup onto them just to make them stand out?

If this problem seems to haunt you, try a lash thickening mascara, or possibly one that lengthens and thickens. A thicker formula will be better for your lashes than a product that cakes on layer after layer. Even if your lashes are still a bit subtle, you can always further accent your eyes with eyeliner and darker eye shadows. If you still seem to have trouble making your eyes more defined, consider checking into fake eyelashes for special occasions.

No matter which mascara suits you best, remember to pair it with a pretty shadow and eyeliner if you so desire. To prevent smudges on your pillows and bits of makeup irritating your eyes overnight, remember to remove mascara and other makeup with a gentle cleanser before bed.

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