Bohemian

The very first Proust “Fashion” Questionnaire…

The very first Proust “Fashion” Questionnaire…

Bohemian – Day 24 I love Vanity Fair magazine.  It’s so fun to read about the crumbling lives of the rich and famous.  I’ll read it on the couch next to our dog scratching his butt and my arm wrist deep in a box of cereal thinking, I am so glad I’m not on a yacht right now. One of my favorite sections of Vanity Fair is their “Proust Questionnaire” on the back page of the magazine each month.  Originated…

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The perfect bohemian outfit for the park…

The perfect bohemian outfit for the park…

Bohemian – Day 23 As a mom of three kids, I have been to the park thousands of times – and although the parks have been different, from dinky to grand, from Maine to California, there are some park truths that always remain the same… There is always something gross at the park – It could be as benign as an old piece of gum on a bench or as disgusting as a dead bird in the sandbox – but…

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Jane Goodall and Earth Day…

Jane Goodall and Earth Day…

Bohemian – Day 22 I have a confession to make — For years I’ve just gone through the motions on Earth Day – my family and I have done beach clean ups and planted trees and of course, gotten our free Earth Day kids activity packs at Whole Foods, but deep down, I was really just pretending.  I had given up hope that anything I could possibly do could save the planet.  I had resigned myself to the fact that…

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Hope for the future lies within a giant, fake watermelon…

Hope for the future lies within a giant, fake watermelon…

Bohemian – Day 21 Yesterday, we had our town’s annual “Apple Blossom” parade and it is one of my favorite days of the year.  Large parades, like the Macys Day Parade, are all about corporations — small town parades are all about community.  It gives a community a chance to get together for no particular reason and there’s something wonderful about that.  What do you say once a year, we all dress up insanely, then mount tractors and freaked out…

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How to wear a really ugly outfit all day without realizing it…

How to wear a really ugly outfit all day without realizing it…

Bohemian – Day 20 So far, Bohemian has been the easiest style month for me.  I blend in well with my hippie surroundings and the clothes are really comfortable – they’re flattering, but not revealing, feminine, but not fussy.  Honestly, I was feeling like I just might make it through the whole month without parading around in something completely hideous. Unfortunately, that is not going to be the case.  Yesterday, I wore this outfit and once again, I wore it…

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The best compliment a mom could ever hear…

The best compliment a mom could ever hear…

Bohemian – Day 19 A very unexplained and bizarre encounter happened to me at Starbucks yesterday that I’d like to share.  After my 3 year old son, August, and I, placed our order, the friendly, twenty-something barista had this conversation with me: Barista guy:  (indicating August)  “So, you got stuck with babysitting duty today, huh?” Me: (confused) “Excuse me?” Barista guy:  “That kid is your little brother, right?” A long moment of stunned silence from me. Me:  “No, he’s my…

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As a mom, do you ever have a what-about-me day?

As a mom, do you ever have a what-about-me day?

Bohemian – Day 18 As a mom, some days I feel completely fulfilled and I’m totally comfortable being an extra in the movie that my children are starring in.  I don’t mind eating the leftovers on someone’s plate for my lunch.  I’m okay with being chauffer, cook and house cleaner without the constant stream of weeping, groveling gratitude I feel should be showered upon me for doing such thankless chores.  I don’t even mind that in the last ten years…

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Crafting advice for craft-impaired moms…

Crafting advice for craft-impaired moms…

Bohemian – Day 17 Bohemian moms love to make things.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched in awe as some bohemian mom expertly constructs a bowl (clay, straw or wool), makes their kids a doll that is so nice their kids actually play with it or whips together a batch of homemade granola bars with chocolate chips grown right from their garden. I, on the other hand, can’t draw a straight line with a ruler.  But I’ve…

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Fashion critics can be pigs…

Fashion critics can be pigs…

Bohemian – Day 16 I wore this outfit yesterday and it got high marks all around.  I got two thumbs up from my kids (and one of my kids gave a smiling, yet condescending shrug) two strangers complimented it and one person asked me if I made the skirt myself– which sounds like an insult but is actually very high praise from around these parts.  I have learned from my years in Northern California that hippies make everything — clothes,…

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Addressing your shopping addiction on tax day…

Addressing your shopping addiction on tax day…

Bohemian – Day 15 Today is tax day in America and sadly, it’s the one day of the year Bohemians have to set aside their carefree and laidback attitudes and deal with “the man”.  Most Bohemians spend April 15th scrambling around looking for crumpled receipts smashed on the floor of their Volkswagon vans and writing deductions on the back of old pumpkin seed boxes.  And some Bohemians, confused by which arm of government the IRS actually is, just spend the…

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