I recently read an article that quoted one of Coco Chanel’s most famous fashion tips…”When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.” Now I would never suggest that my fashion expertise is anywhere near the likes of fashion icons like Coco, but I believe that exhausted cliche statements, such as these, may be open for interpretation.
Now I am assuming that most who read this little fashion tip would think “less is more”, but I always say More is More! Layer, layer, layer! Especially when it comes to accessorizing, layers give depth, they give meaning, and they create mystery. On this beautifully windy afternoon, I braved the winding trails of the Goleta Butterfly Preserve, in my comfy forest green sweater tights, layered with an ultra long olive tank top, and light draping green blouse on top. Because my outfit was relatively simple, plain neutral earth tones, I relied on my accessories to make the look stand out.
The Circle Scarf has to be one of my all time favorite inventions, modern, chic… and might I add extremely fun to play with on a windy afternoon atop the Goleta Bluffs, overlooking and endless forest of fluttering Monarchs. It gave me that extra little bit of warmth, without taking away from my summer day boho ensemble. Now, that scarf was “the last thing I put on”,but I didn’t take it off, and I didn’t stop there. I added a high-waisted belt, several Boho Bangles, and a beige and beautifully beaded Wrap Band. And I wore them all.
My Accessories always give me that little something extra, even the smallest accessories can dress up the most casual of outfits. That little some thing extra, those little extra pieces you add onto your outfit as you walk out the door, become the defining qualities of your mood and your style. So don’t take off that extra scarf you added, put on another necklace, maybe a ring….Why not?
The sun was setting, just as we finished our walk through the Butterfly forest. We got distracted by this amazingly bright green patch of clovers, and stopped to soak in the beauty of another classic SB sunset, dressed and accessorized for the perfect occasion.
My favorite pair of boots are my incredibly worn yet classically beautiful light brown, zip up thigh high boots. They zip all the way up the back from the bottom of the heel to the back of my knee and have the potential to make virtually any outfit into a boho chic fashion sensation. I wore these fabulous boots along with one of my favorite repurposed vintage dresses made by Nullify Anew, for a beautiful Wednesday afternoon at the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Santa Barbara. This dress is fabulous with it’s bright print and button up style, making you feel girly, sexy, and stylish all at the same time. Bright accessories like glasses, necklaces, and bracelets help complete the look. To carry all my necessary items, I brought along my vintage leather and coral tweed cross body doctor bag all the way from a small boutique in France.
While I would never complain about the bone chilling 60-75 degree weather in Santa Barbara, it does tend to get windy and a bit chilly towards sunset, so I brought along my fabulous cream crocheted sweater vest. I love the versatility of vests, giving you that extra layer without all that bulk. To tie together my Bohemian look I wore the cutest cream lace tights. They gave me just the right amount of warmth while still letting me feel feminine in a dress. The Botanic Gardens are hard to describe in words, a short ten minute drive from the hustle of State street, and you are transported to a different world. The Rainforest exhibit is like something out of Pans Labyrinth, with it’s enormous moss covered trees, trickling creeks, and mysteriously cascading paths. I was nostalgically transported to my childhood past, playing in the trees and jumping across ponds. I didn’t even care that my most fabulous boots had become muddy boots. If you have thirty minutes to spare, you have plenty of time to explore the wonderful serenity that this natural preserve has to offer.
Wearing a bolo tie, billowy blouse over a short dress, with tights and short boots (I just can’t with the term “shooties”) for a walk in the woods may seem silly to some, but The Unconventional is at the root of a bohemian lifestyle. I feel that accessorizing with my favorite vintage bolo tie adds a touch of Southwestern ruggedness to my otherwise delicate ensemble. This worn-in style is mirrored at the bottom of my outfit by noticeably muddy, yet classic, black ankle boots. These boots, by the way, have made it through my relentless careless and spontaneous exploits. They have been forced to endure torture simply because they not only coordinate with most of my outfits but are also incredibly comfortable for walking, stomping, and general hooligan behavior. In fact, they are currently so muddy because I wore them to a mountain party over this past weekend. Yes, that is exactly how it sounds – a group of young revelers setting up a generator-powered DJ set in the middle of the woods on a bitterly cold and foggy January night to dance until they can’t take anymore. The fog was a certain kind of mystical presence that united everyone in awe and fear that it would soon turn into rain. Now, I look down at my muddy boots and am reminded of the night that I danced amongst the clouds.