Jetset Bohemian: A 4 Part Series  

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Part 1: Adornment

Pretty ring stying from IG:@gypsylovinlight

There’s a very good reason all things Bohemian never seem to go out of style (at least, not for very long!), and that is because they are timeless. From the original gypsies that migrated out of India westward to Romania and beyond a thousand years ago, Bohemians’ refusal to be tied down to anything, even a nation or home, has had a lasting romantic impression upon Western culture. Freedom to roam, wear or style your person/home/office with what pleases you, do what pleases you, and a rebellion of sorts against conservatism all come together to make boho so very attractive.

Pretty stacked rings and fluffy sweater = epic styling

Classic bohemian styling all around

Ring stacking: a popular trend

Gypsies’ Indian roots may explain the abundance of crafted silver, semi-precious stone, and intricate beadwork that typifies bohemian jewellery. Indeed, much of the jewellery for sale today originates there. Especially pretty against tanned skin and a trend that has been around for some years now, white fingernails (thank you Helen Bense of gypsylovinlight.com ~ you can read more about her here: Wild Child) these rings and anklets work well with beachy colours like black, sand, ocean blues, and whites. Crochet, temporary henna and ethnic-inspired tattoos, and long beachy hair work into the style well too:

Boho + tribal temp tattoos = perfection

Tanned skin, silver, and white ~ timeless!

The fascinatingly cool white polish and silver from IG:@gypsylovinlight

More from IG:@gypsylovinlight

Pretty toe rings perfect for the beach

Do you wear boho? If so, what is it you like most about it? Tell me in the comments below, or better yet post links to your insta or blog with your own inspo or images! Look forward to hearing from you! X

#boho #bohemian #style #jewellery #fashion #jewelry #gypsy #summer #love #designeyecandy 

(*all photos origin unknown/pinterest unless specified)

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10 End of Summer Must-Have Cocktails

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Even  though summer is drawing to an end, there is still nothing like a cocktail to hand at a brunch, beach, picnic, or BBQ. Many made with crushed and whole fruit and with herbs like mint and basil, you can almost convince yourself they’re good for you. So stir up an elegant vintage cut-glass decanter of one of these delicious cocktails today!

Fancy Fig Cocktail from Lindsey Brunk

Blackberry Margarita from izzieofficial/saloonbox

Boozy Basil Lemonade from whatshouldimakefor.com

Blueberry Mojito from Jenny Chang

Red Currant Caipirinha from Olivia’s Cuisine

Meyer Lemon Lavender Mojito from Lindsey Brunk

Blood Orange Mojito from Chef Savvy

Skinny Blood Orange Pomegranate Margarita from Lindsey Brunk

Blackberry Thyme Sparkling Cocktail from Lark and Linen

Blackberry and Meyer Lemon G+T from Spoon Fork Bacon

And as a final note, for simpler mixed drinks a fun end of summer trick is to freeze edible flowers in ice cubes and use them in your drinks. Enjoy!

Colour Therapy

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I’m not sure if it’s summer’s approach here in New Zealand, but my love of all things colour is on the upswing and I can’t stop looking at images on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter that are bold with punchy blues, pinks, reds, yellows, and more. Does this happen to you guys, too? This drive led me to wonder what it is about colour that influences our emotions so.

Goethe_Schiller_Die_TemperamentenroseThe psychology of colour has long been studied with Goethe and Schiller in the late 18th century creating the “Rose of Temperaments”, a diagram that matches twelve colours to human occupations or their character traits, grouped in the four temperaments:

  • choleric (red/orange/yellow): tyrants, heroes, adventurers;
  • sanguine (yellow/green/cyan) hedonists, lovers, poets;
  • phlegmatic (cyan/blue/violet): public speakers, historians, teachers;
  • melancholic (violet/magenta/red): philosophers, pedants, rulers.

In recent times, colour has been heavily used to market brands and consumer choices. Of course gender, age, and culture are a heavy influence on the colour choices an individual makes. As do the climactic zones cultures live in. It is noticeable that the tropics tend to favour bold and bright primary colours whereas the temperate regions are often teasingly accused of wearing and using too much white, grey, and black.

Colours can brighten a dull and dreary day and bring a smile to our face when we glance at bright towels, cushions, an article of clothing, buildings. The ancient and beautiful doors of Northern Africa, Middle East and India, draw so many people in. These colours evoke the spicy senses of sight, smell, sound of the souks, markets, and ancient cities of these countries:

 

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Mellow colours influence me greatly, too. These summery popsicles in washed out greens and peach, cocktails in soft pinky rose, fresh-cut fruits in grapefruit, orange, and lime make me thirst for a gin and tonic on a perfect deck surrounded by home and interior design magazines:

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Then there are the neutrals. These provide a stable yet still energizing shot of colour which may be a backdrop to punchier hues or can stand in their own glory:

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Can’t wait for summer to be here so I can get out on my deck in my teak daybed with colourful throws and cushions and plenty of coffee or summery drinks and foods!

(*images not mine – source: Pinterest and Wikipedia)

Time for pretty, flirty, summery temporary flash tattoos!

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It’s been a long, cold winter and here at designeyecandy we’re glad to be finally heading into summer down here in New Zealand.  Have been neglecting my blog but shall be tending to it more regularly going forward!

As the warm sunny days stretch in front of us I’m thinking of these beautiful, sexy metallic flash tattoos I bought a year ago to begin selling as a side business but got too busy to attend to. This year feels like the right year however so they are about to go on sale!

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Flirty, feminine, and very pretty, these easy to apply and very long lasting jewellery-inspired tattoos come off whenever you want them to with baby oil (or any kind of oil), and are water and sun proof.  Perfect for days at music festivals, tropical getaways, beaching it, or just for times you want a little flirty and sweet bling to accompany you on your day to day. They are *HUGE* overseas – search #flashtats or #flashtattoos on Instagram, etc. Seen on The Bachelor and in Vogue, even Beyoncé has been snapped wearing them.

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I am using my Trademe account to sell these beauties until I get my e-commerce site up and running (you will find it here on designeyecandy.com), or you can just comment or email me via this site.  Wholesalers welcome. There are a few other listings so just scroll until you find the “Flirty fun boho temporary metallic tattoos” listings. Or contact me here via email.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=578195

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4 sheets to choose from. Buy in multiple quantities and save!  Cut out individual tattoos and share with your friends ~ it’s party time!

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** All photographs mine and protected under copyright 2015 designeyecandy

Wild Child

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Although it’s only weeks until the first day of spring, our cold snap continues, driving people to bundle up in their homes, snuggling under duvets while watching movies, thick socks on and the fireplace crackling, or perhaps a fin heater nearby.

I’m currently under an old down duvet given to me by my mother when she could ill afford it, and hence it is very special to me. The dogs are under a furry throw – I decided to tough it out and not get the heater going. And the thing that really helps me while away these dark winter nights is thoughts of summer days soon arriving, and beautiful images from new blogs and instagram accounts I have found.

I’m really excited about a new trend, called ‘flash tattoos’ – generally jewellery inspired temporary tattoos that you can add to your arms, feet, between your shoulderblades. They are fun, flirty, sexy, and go well with current boho summer trends flashing their way through the northern hemisphere.

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Pretty bohemian jewellery abounds the blogosphere, too – silver rings with chunky semi-precious stones stacked upon multiple fingers, tiny beaded bracelets and chains. They go well with the ripped and faded denim skinny jeans, white cotton shirts, halters, and maxis, and my current fave trend right now, the open-weave chunky knit cardigan.

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The photos above are from my current favourite blog and instagram feed, gypsylovinlight. That is in fact her in the photos. Here is a woman who, according to her ‘about me’ description, has battled depression and other trials but now finds solace and great fulfilment in gathering and styling beautiful collections of jewellery, summer boho clothing, hair, and often, flash tattoos. She has tens of thousands of followers on instagram but still takes the time to answer and talk to people chatting with her on her posts. I love it when people get ‘big’ but don’t forget the little people!

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