“Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.” –Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
True freedom to me is the ability to “be” truly and completely oneself, and to walk boldly and bravely through life from that genuine and authentic place . That is to say, to value your own opinion of yourself above all others’ opinions of you, and be confident in that. This is easier said than done, especially in an era of social media mania and people evaluating you based on how many “followers” and “likes” you have. As a fashion blogger, I know about that all too well! At the core of what it is to be human, we all desire love and belonging. We want to be accepted for who we are. It is that desire that has us deny ourselves the freedom to be who we truly are in order to please others, or at the very least, in order to make them feel comfortable. We are scared to be misunderstood, not valued and validated and in the worst case, rejected. It took me years to realize that many people feel uncomfortable and threatened by those people who live a life that is unconventional. Some are even offended by it. I used to think that it was just me and that my bohemian tendencies were just too weird for people. Now I realize that the idea of someone choosing to live an unconventional lifestyle, outside of the popular mainstream makes people uncomfortable because it makes them question themselves and the choices they’ve made in their own life, and that is what makes them uncomfortable. When you are living an authentic and genuine life, you light up! You are full of passion and fire and dreams and that, dear friends, is scary as hell to people who are asleep in their lives and stopped getting excited about life long ago. It triggers a defensive response in them. A need to tear you down and discount you in order to validate their own choices and deal with the uncomfortable feeling that they may need to re-evaluate their life which is a messy and difficult process. Being true to yourself can be a bumpy road. You learn that surrounding yourself with people of like-mind, who are actively pursuing their dreams, will inspire you, lift you up and make you feel good about yourself. These are the people you should surround yourself with. These are “your people”. They will help you grow and evolve and fulfill your potential, and in doing so, you will make the world a more diverse, interesting and fulfilling place for everyone.
Photos By: Gregory Chomichuk (note: photos were taken on my iphone and have not been edited)
Modelling by: Patron of Dreams and Leotie (lay-o-tee), my beautiful Husky cross!
On-Trend/Current Style: blouse by Forever21 (worn backwards and un-buttoned…cause that’s how I roll), vest by Forever21, sunglasses and silver and carnelian cuff from Urban Waves Winnipeg, watch locket from Out of the Blue, Winnipeg, filigree mixed metal cuff by Metalsan Jewelry
Vintage: hat, fur coat, Rajasthani textile belt and necklace (which is actually a belt…cause like I said, that’s how I roll), rings, Afghani cuff, scarf
Thrift: leather boots and wool plaid pants from Le Chateau
Special Thanks: To my Husband Gregory for playing photographer and taking these shots for me. To my Brother Preston for lending me his rad looking pipe, and to my Dad and Pam for putting up with my weird-ass self and helping me practice my art by providing an amazing back-drop at the Lake and scavenging antique artifacts from all over the property! You Rock! Oh yeah, and thanks to the prairie chicken for your sacrifice. You can take the dogs out of the wild, but not the wild out of the dogs!