Spiritualista’s Guide to Fashion

Spotlight on Etsy shop The Bohemian Dream

Image courtesy of Etsy.com shop The Bohemian Dream, designer Lucia Flores. Bohemian blouse, $52.

Upcycled, eco-friendly, one of a kind bohemian pieces to fit even the modest of budgets is all found in Etsy’s shop, The Bohemian Dream. I love the store owner and fashion designer Lucia Flores’s take on upcycled fashion – taking what it is already beautiful and in our hands today and recreating it into something new, cute and unique. Add to your bohemian closet with Lucia’s unique and stylish designs. She ships worldwide from Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Check out The Bohemian Dream’s shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBohemianDream?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav.

Image courtesy of Estsy.com shop The Bohemian Dream, designer Lucia Flores. Bohemian, floral trimmed tank, $34.

Image courtesy of Esty.com shop The Bohemian Dream, designer Lucia Flores. Bohemian poncho, $29.

Image courtesy of Etsy.com shop The Bohemian Dream, designer Lucia Flores. Bohemian tube top, $34.

Image courtesy of Etsy.com shop The Bohemian Dream, designer Lucia Flores. Top layering, off shoulder Oriental Tribal Print Boho Hippie Poncho, $45.

Your Curator of All Things Bohemian and Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Free People on Boho Love and Gypsy Soul

Image courtesy of Free People Clothing Boutique. Comes in 8 colors and looks sexy and comfy.

My Pinterest board, Boho Love and Gypsy Soul (https://www.pinterest.com/syryn22/boho-love-and-gypsy-soul/) has over 3200 pins of countless images of bohemian style pieces for the gypsy spirits. One clothier who is a constant on pin status logs is Free People. Free People’s bohemian inspired clothes have a vintage feel, yet also has a very modern, 2015 edge to them, making their clothes sought after by the rich and not so rich. Free People’s models and design inspirations take me to Coachella Music Festival, back to the colorful and vibrant streets of San Francisco and Berkeley.

I am always scoping their website to see what they will come up with next in bohemian and wanderlust fashion. Here are some of my favorite Free People pins (it was hard to choose which ones to showcase!):

Image courtesy of blog.freepeople.com.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

Image courtesy of freepeople.com of Free People Clothing Boutique.

~Your Curator of All Things Modern Bohemian, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Pantone’s 2015 Fashion Color Trends of the Year

Color trend predictions to fashionistas remind me of sports fans pastime of predicting football’s best teams for the year – part speculative, part intuitive, part historical reference. We love to see if our own predictions and all-time favorites made the list. We find ways to incorporate the current year’s colors into our wardrobe.

Pantone’s 2015 color predictions promise many hues of blue, juxtaposed against powerful tangerine, sensual marsala, and subdued by toasted almond and custard. According to Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2015, the colors will be like a vivid, eclectic daydream, a throwback of sorts to a time when colors were vivid, yet whimsical – a la 1970s (I’m swooning!).

Your closet probably already has some or all of these colors represented. See if your wardrobe already has the 2015 spring colors. Save money by moving your color forward garbs to the front of your closet – ready at your fingertips (Tip: Change out your wardrobe 2-4 times a year to ensure you’re wearing your clothes and donating/selling what no longer is working. This allows you to fall in love with your clothes all over again, season to season. I swap out my clothes twice a year – fall/winter, spring/summer).

Color is an instant boost to an otherwise stale wardrobe. If you don’t have the colors in your current wardrobe and don’t want to spend a fortune on trendy items, opt for colorful accessories like scarves. Scarves can update an outfit in a cheap and chic way. The same with earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, which has a small storage and economical footprint and can spruce up any outfit.

What colors are you drawn to in 2015? How do you freshen up your wardrobe year to year?

Here are some of my favorite, wearable 2015 colors of the year examples:

Tangerine:

Image courtesy of modcloth.com. Vintage skirt.

Aquamarine:

Image courtesy of Venus.com. Summer Slip On Dress, $39.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toasted Almond:

Image courtesy of Macys.com. American Rag Marled-Knit Duster Cardigan, $60.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marsala:

Image courtesy of SilverFeatherSalon, seller on etsy.com. Marsala color floral pattern scarf, Infinity fashion ladies scarf, $18.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish and Colorful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Winter Rising

Etsy.com. Seller: RedpoppyVintageShop. Vintage Wool Poncho, Blanket Cape, Ethnic Scarf Coat, $82.

The poetic and chilly time between November and December marks the delineation between fall and winter. Those of us who swoon over cool weather clothing are very happy with 2014’s options for an easy, indulgent, and all-comfy ensemble. This season celebrates the nester in all of us, with easy layering pieces that dance the fine line between loungewear and high fashion.

Check out the below curated pieces for your 2014 fall/winter inspirational pieces…

Etsy.com Seller The Bohemian Dream. Bohemian Poncho Cape, Chevron, Floral Trim. Upcycled Clothing Recycled Clothes Eco Friendly OOAK by TheBohemianDream, $49.80.

Etsy.com. Seller: The Bohemian Dream. Bohemian Cardigan Nordic High Low Knit Doily Vintage. Upcycled Clothing Recycled Eco Friendly OOAK by TheBohemianDream, $49.80.

Etsy.com. Seller: The Bohemian Dream, $49.80.

Free people. Snowflake marled loop, $168.

Free People. Hendrix Sweater Legging. Color: Winter White, $68.

Free People. Marshmallow cardigan, $128.

Free People. Teddy Wrap Around Pullover, $148.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

2014 Fall and Winter Denim Trends

2014’s fall and winter denim trends haven’t changed much from my spring and summer denim round up (https://abundantlifeinitiative.com/2014/01/02/spring-and-summer-2014-top-denim-trends/). Below, find the styles that will have you set through the beginning of 2015. Curating denim trends is my favorite of all fashion pieces to look for and share with my readers. What do you think about the latest denim trends? Any trends you are wearing now that’s not on the list, but should be?

Boyfriend:

1969 patch & repair sexy boyfriend jeans, $30. Gap.com. Great buy – on sale, regular price $75.

Retro: (or high rise) wear them fitted (straight legged, or flared for a retro look) – with crop tops or thin shirts tucked in:

ModCloth Vintage Inspired High Waist, Flare Weekend Folk Festival Jeans, $70. Modcloth.com. High waist, slight flare is what gives these jeans a retro feel. What’s great is retro looks great in both light and dark washes.

Patchwork:

8Boy Patchwork Boyfriend Jeans, $120. Parasuco.com. Somehow these jeans are super sexy with patchwork and some gladiator heels. One can achieve this same look with finding unique patches and adding them to a pair of old jeans.

 

Upcycled Patchwork Hippie Jeans, $42. Etsy.com

Overalls: (Yay!)

Distressed & Patched Overalls, $35. Forever21.com. This look combines four 2014 Fall trends – overalls, distressed, patchwork, boyfriend style.

Mom Jeans: (I will likely never embrace this trend, but I am here to report what’s hot in denim, so here it is)

Urban Outfitters does Mom Jeans justice – making them a more redeeming and longer lasting denim trend. The key to this look is the fitted gray top and the denim color. $59.

Distressed:

Distressed low-rise skinny jeans, $950, Saint Laurent. Net-a-porter.com. I know, I know – these are way out of most people’s budgets for a pair of shredded jeans, but I am highlighting them to show the level of distress, coupled with a perfect amount of fading on a skinny jean. I think you could achieve this look on an old pair of great fitting jeans, but here’s a denim dreamer’s inspiration.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish and Denim, Kimberly Jo Cooley

2014 Fall Must Have: Shearling

It’s no surprise Glamour Magazine singled out this soft and warm textile as a must-have for Fall 2014. I am an endless summer kind of girl, but there’s a time when the Sacramento ninety degree weather breaks, the days get shorter, colder and I do a little happy dance when it’s time to pull out my cool weather garbs.

Shearling is like plaid in the cold months – timeless. But, (the look of) shearling is in vogue this season, so for those lucky folks who already own a shearling lined jacket – rejoice! And, for the rest of us who covet one, take a look at the styles I curated below – bound to conjure daydreams of all the outfits a shearling jacket would complete :-).

Here’s a round-up of the flyest shearling jackets for all budgets:

Cascade Shearling Coat, on sale $119. Alloy.

Burberry Brit Sheppington Shearling Jacket, $2995. Bloomingdales.

Faux Suede and Faux Shearling Jacket, $43. Forever 21.

Overland Sheepskin Co Holly Shearling Sheepskin Jacket, $759. Amazon.com.

Faux Shearling Jacket, $50. Forever 21.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish (and Bohemian!), Kimberly Jo Cooley

The African Shop Delivers in Dramatic Fashion

Danna Dress by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

I love how now more than ever, we have access to worldwide clothiers and Etsy provides a platform for the exchange between buyers and sellers. On my Facebook newsfeed, an African clothing seller caught my eye. I clicked on it and lo’ and behold, stumbled on a gorgeous, affordable collection of beautiful, modern, African dresses, skirts and pantsuits that are sure to flatter most figures and budgets.

The African Shop opened it’s virtual Etsy store in March of 2013, by Christelle and Michelle Nganhou. The store’s owners are based in Great Britain, but lucky for world shoppers, they ship to most places. The African Shop’s fashion forward African clothing lives up to its motto: “Empowering African designers/tailors while providing the best of African Fashion.”

There are 76 pieces for sale in The African Shop’s Etsy store, and it was difficult to choose which curated pieces to highlight for this blog post. Be sure to check out their complete collection at https://www.etsy.com/shop/THEAFRICANSHOP?ref=pr_shop_more.

Akwa Wrap Style Blazer by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Meida Skirt by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Chela Blouse by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Fleur Skirt with bow tie by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Kaky Skirt by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Leray Dress by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Freeda Mid Length Skirt by the African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Skyy Maxi Skirt by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Dashiki Boom Dress 2 by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Birdy Blouse by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Nabine Dress by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Kalima Pencil Trouser by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

Africa Maxi Dress by The African Shop, Etsy and Facebook

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

One Green Blouse and Two Pairs of Jeans

Dark denim washed jeans with one of my favorite green blouses. Gold hoops, colorful and gold bangles, and tribal patterned sandals finish off the look.

Same green blouse, but bleached washed jeans.

I’m often asked what’s the “in” denim color to wear this season. I am happy to report anything goes for denim color.

The above pictures illustrate how the same green blouse can be worn with either dark or light denim.

You can update your wardrobe by mixing up your denim colors with your favorite tops and accessories. Dark denim has a different feel than light, so play with the different looks and have fun with it.

What’s your favorite denim color and go-to denim look?

~Your Curator of All Things Denim and Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Inspiration Succulent

Succulents are my favorite plants. This succulent collection started eight years ago. I remember when the cactus was tiny and there was a one inch succulent plant. Now, the succulents are taking over!

Succulents’ geometric shapes and varied colors lends itself to inspiration for art, style and home décor. Below is a curated selection of fashion accessories for you and home, all from etsy.com:

Red Sempivervums necklace by SucculentsNJewels, $10. From Etsy.com.

Handmade and custom Succulent Unique minimalist green and red necklace, $38. On Etsy.com

Turquoise botanical succulent cotton and burlap pillow cover, $35. Etsy.com

Succulent women’s t-shirt, $26. Etsy.com

Succulent tote bag, various sizes, starting at $28. Etsy.com

Heather gray cinch waist, succulent tunic, $45. Etsy.com

Forest Green Long Jersey Succulent Extra Long Scarf, $22. Etsy.com.

Screenprinted pink clutch with succulent garden pattern, $32. Etsy.com.

~Your Curator of All Things Succulent, Kimberly Jo Cooley 😉

Modern Bohemian Threads by Nuichan on Etsy.com

I love to virtually window shop Nuichan on Etsy.com. Niuchan is a Thai designer who creates the prettiest handmade dresses, pants, and shirts for the Bohemian Earth Mother in all of us. Nuichan’s clothes have a modern air to their bohemian patterns and shapes and are one size fits most, and even offers plus size. Here’s a curated list of the beautiful Nuichan creations found on Etsy.com:

Orange burst maxi dress with collar – a woven, brown leather belt would go great with this already lovely dress, $65.

Funky maxi dress, perfect for the summer, $59.

Turquoise Maxi dress, sleeveless and drawstring, $59.

Bohemian long sleeved maxi dress, $59.

Deep purple, plus sized, drawstring maxi dress, $75.

Off white, sleeveless, maxi dress. Something so pure, light and natural about an all white dress, $59.

Retro print, kaftan dress, with funky silver accessories, $65.

Linen, maxi jumpsuit. Punch up this jumpsuit with ethnic, colorful accessories, $65.

Orchid wide legged linen pants, $58.

Boho Patchwork Wide legged pants, $59.

Tunic Blouse Kaftan, $59. I’d wear this as a top over some jeans or leggings, but perfectly fine worn as a dress.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish and Bohemian, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Crop Top Sets!

My mother purchased this outfit in 1990, and never wore it. It reigns from the clothing company, Miss Selfridge, London England.

I inherited a cool outfit circa 1990 from my mother, with the tags still attached! I googled the clothier, Miss Selfridge and as it turns out, they have a wonderful website that sells – you guessed it – crop top sets! It’s no surprise the 1990s has influenced our style for the last couple of seasons (not to date myself, but my teen years were set in the 90s, so you can imagine I am having nostalgic moment after moment).

The crop top has a sweetheart neckline.

Ladies can rock this look with a pair of cute sandals and a light denim jacket. Check out Miss Selfridges’ cute separates for inspiration or to add to your wardrobe. Under the Apparel section, click on “Co-ords,” which will take you to their “Two Become One” section (a fitting title for coordinating outfits).

Miss Selfridge Crop Top, $53. Love the pop of yellow and the white, graphic flowers.

Miss Selfridge coordinating pencil skirt, $61.

Miss Selfridge crop top, $49.

Miss Selfridge, coordinating pants, $61.

Miss Selfridge Hawaiian Print T-Shirt, $61.

Miss Selfridge Hawaiian Printed Mini Skirt, $61.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Summer 2014 Handbag Round Up

Summer’s fast approaching and it is time to switch out your winter carryall to a summertime one. The handbags below are budget-friendly and stylish. All the curated bags have lasting style power, and can be worn for many summers to come. For inspiration or to check out different color options, click on the images.

Grommets add a funky, modern touch to a shoulder bag. Big Buddha, Jkesha Satchel Top Handle Bag, $95. Amazon.

This mustard hue surprisingly goes well with many different outfits and the gold studs are a nice detail. Vieta Oversized Studded Leatherette Hobo Tote Satchel Handbag Purse Shoulderbag, $90. Amazon.

An Aztec, tribal look in bold, graphic colors and print creates instant drama to your outfit. 50% at Nordstrom, $21,

I’m in love with this bag. I’ve owned this Melie Bianco for over a year, and it’s still holding up well, despite the white color. Can be easily cleaned with a Clorox wipe. The gold zipper detail makes this bag ultra versatile. And, it’s a steal at $38. Amazon.

Boho Patchwork Tote, a wonderful compliment to jeans and a white fitted tee or tank, $38. Nordstrom.

More grommets! Nordstrom offers this cool hobo bag for $38.

Fringe is in! Boho Spiritualistas know that fringe never really goes out of style, but Summer 2014, it is definitely en trend for the rest, $32. Nordstrom.

A slouch bag can hold the world! So, try and remember to pack light in this stylish tote, $40. ‘Mixed Signals’ Print Slouchy Tote.

This lime is nineties, the style 2014, $55. Extra-Large Melie Bianco ”Fergie” Crossbody Satchel. Amazon.

~Your Curator of all Things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Jump Into Jumpsuits!

Jumpsuits are the cat’s meow! They are comfortable, flattering, stylish, sexy and timeless. Here’s a curated list of some of the hottest jumpsuits on Forever21.com – and believe it or not, this list just scratches the surface of all the jumpsuits Forever 21 has to offer!

Strapless, wide legged boho jumpsuit, $30. Forever 21.

Sexy and form flattering, definitely a jumpsuit most ladies can test out. A jumpsuit that covers the arms, belted at the waist and wide leg adds a nice, lean look to most body shapes, $28. Forever 21.

Spaghetti strapped, wide legged jumpsuit. Great for a summer music festival – cool, sexy and practical, $25. Forever 21.

Strapless, drawstring waist, great with strappy sandals, as pictured, $18. Forever 21.

V-neck, wide legged jumpsuit is easy to wear – can wear your everyday bra ladies! Surrealist Wide-Leg Jumpsuit, $23. Forever 21.

I love Forever 21 for not forgetting our shapely figured sisters. Here’s a sexy way to wear a strapless jumpsuit – caged sandals and a clutch takes this look from day to night, $23. Forever 21.

Love 21, an off shoot of the Forever 21 brand, caters to the thirty something crowd and their sizes are more forgiving. Great paisley print, $25. Forever 21.

Brunch with friends, about town jumpsuit. Voyager Wide-Leg Jumpsuit, $23. Forever 21.

This jumpsuit epitomizes the 2014 spiritualista – electric blue, eclectic pattern, modern fit. Eclectic Wonder Jumpsuit, $23.

~Your Curator of all Things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

A Vintage Coral & Turquoise Journey

The coral blouse is a recent thrift store find and the sandals are from Target. My gold and turquoise earrings are from Forever 21, circa 2011.

Saturated coral and turquoise pops against all skin tones.

I included a gifted cross friendship bracelet to my collection of bracelets. Thanks to my friend Mardella for the cross friendship bracelet.

Rejoice!

Happy trails!

~Your Curator of all Things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Oaklandish & Their Trendsetting Tees

Visiting my old high school and standing in the area where I frequently ate lunch.

My mother-in-law bought me the pictured yellow tee shirt and for those who are from Oakland, California, they may recognize the giraffe. Oaklandish.com is a brand of tee shirts of Oakland symbols and phrases. Tee shirts with images, graphics, phrases and labels are big this year (although I never wait for trends to wear comfort clothes). Representing the city I was born and raised in, here’s some cute tee shirts from Oaklandish.com to round out your tee shirt collection.

Oaklandish’s proceeds go to back into the community and a listing of all the organizations and community events they’ve supported is extensive. It’s a feel good situation all the way around! From buying socially responsible clothes to wearing them with your favorite jeans, you’re bound to feel and look good from the inside out. Support your local clothing makers and businesses.

~Your Curator of All Things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Tribal Inspiration

Tribal shirt at Denios Fleamarket for $15! Super comfortable, too.

I am in love with my colorful flea market purchased tribal top. It can be dressed up with some white or black pants, or casual in blue denim jeans. For $15, I’ve got a versatile top to wear with gold, wood, or leather accessories.

Already a favorite top of mine.

~Your Curator of all things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Seasonal Closet Cleaning

I live in an abundant universe, which is why I have to constantly share what no longer serves me to make room for what does serve me. Making room for our ever evolving desires is how new things come more easily to us.

When our closet (and lives) are filled to the brim with too many things, we cannot make room for what we presently want. We are too busy holding onto what we used to want. When there’s too much stuff, we are constantly in a state of being overwhelmed, and less in a state of appreciation and gratitude for the items we have and the new things on their way. We can’t even see all that’s in our closet (and in our lives) because there’s too much to see – sensory overload.

Donating allows me the chance to share clothes and shoes with others, maximizing the life of an article of clothing. Selling clothes can be a test in futility, especially if they are not designer, because many shops, such as Crossroads Trading Company have a very specific look they are looking for. Also, donating feels a lot better than gaining a few dollars.

I am donating the shoes pictured below to a women’s shelter. It’s a win-win – I am giving/sharing my shoes to someone who will wear them and I am making room for my new sandals.

I will donate these shoes to a women’s shelter.

As I remove and store my winter clothes, I pull out the clothes I did not wear at all during that season and set aside for donations. I also try on clothes for fit and check for tears/stains to see if these items should remain in my closet. I do this for each season, which helps me track what I own so I do not make repeat purchases.

For the items I’m donating, I snap a picture for record keeping, just in case the IRS comes knocking and as a reminder that I do give.

Clothes I am storing in clothing storage bags that store easily under my stairs.

It is fun assessing what trends I already have and find when it comes time to shopping, I rarely have to buy whole new wardrobes because of this practice of seasonal closet cleaning. This leaves more budget and closet space for accessories and other quality staples (like shoes) to add to an already sustainable and stylish wardrobe.

One tip I am going to start doing is taking photos of the upcoming season’s clothes that I will be wearing, which will prevent me only wearing a small section of my summer (or whatever upcoming season). I’ll refer back to my outfit pics so I can remember that I have lots of choices. I bet there’s an app for that :-). Happy spring cleaning!

~Your Curator of all things Abundant, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Light denim in Focus

Family bike trip to the park. Daniel getting a hug from his mom.

H&M tee shirt, Love Culture denim jeans, Target sandals.

 

As a curator, I take current trends and distill them into every day, timeless looks for the everyday person and the everyday budget.

I am super casual in the above pictures, but wanted to share my ways of wearing light denim this season.

I used to only be into dark wash denim, but am now a light denim convert. I see this trend lasting for at least a few years. Just as skinny jeans started as a trend and turned into a pants mainstay, so will the light denim wash. What’s great about light denim is you can never wash them too many times, because the more they’re washed, the more comfy and unique they become.

My very random musing on fashion – Synchronicity in fashion trends: everyone collectively liking the same things at the same time before trends manifest for the upcoming season. Kind of like the chicken and the egg (which came before) situation – is it the fashion designers that create the fashion trend or is it the every day people who are tapped into what they are gravitating to next, sending out inspirational vibes to fashion designers?

~Your Curator of all things Light Denim, Kimberly Jo Cooley

 

Urban Outfitters Does Overalls

A favorite store of mine in the 1990s was Urban Outfitters. As a teenager and young adult I often shopped at the Berkeley, California Urban Outfitters store for boho chic looks. A recent Google search for duvet covers led me to Urban Outfitters’ website, where I unearthed a great collection of overalls! I almost forgot how cool this store was.

I curated some of their best pairs of overalls (what can I say, I’m hooked to overalls!):

Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters Ecote Denim Fit & Flare Overalls, on sale for $19.99, original price $89!http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/

Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters. BDG Button-Down Slim Fit Denim Overall from http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/

Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters 15 Fifteen Skinny Boyfriend Overalls, from http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/

Image courtesy of BDG Denim Overalls, from http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/

Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters BDG Drapey Chambray Overall, from http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/

~Your Curator of all things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Flea Market Bound

Saturday was an awesome adventure at Denios Farmers Market and Swap Meet, filled with great weather, family and yes, overalls.

1st day out with my overalls.

Having good times shopping at the flea market. Old Navy shoulder bag.

En route to Denios Flea Market…wearing my American Rag overalls, Toms, Old Navy turquois top, my mother of pearl earrings and a Ross Infinity scarf.

No jacket required.

Blankets for sale…love the Mary blanket the most…the tiger one, a close second.

My sister scored a cool, vintage tray from a vendor.

A beer and a search for a mattress set for my son’s bed is great times.

Lhes found these cute sunglasses and pretty earrings.

Close up of the earrings…

Love patchwork bags…

Lhes also got this cool, carved container she’s going to use to hold her kitchen utensils.

Another cute bag…

I spotted this colorful shirt and had to have it – $15 and a comfortable addition to my wardrobe.

Another look at Jenni’s tray – she’s going to put it on her coffee table/ottoman.

Long day at the flea market – I’m pooped!

~Your Curator of All things Abundant, Kimberly Jo Cooley

My Early March Denim Looks

Spring is approaching and in Northern California, one day its seventy degrees outside, and the next, cold stormy weather. My colorful jeans have a late eighties, early nineties vibe, but the skinny shape makes them 2014.

A wool turquoise jacket, a denim chambray shirt layered over a burgundy tee shirt, with abstract patterned jeans and leather booties. Gold hoops round out my look.

Without the picture color tinting and the jacket.

My jeans are from Forever21.com and I got them on sale for $8. I also purchased my chambray shirt from Forever21.com.

I love this American Rag shirt from Macys.com. I got it just last week for $8. On rainy days, a beret works great for hiding bad hair days. I love my Born boots – been wearing them for four years now, and they’re still looking good (with the help of my shoe cobbler, of course).

My take on the Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid.

My mother of pearl earrings go with a lot of outfits.

~Your Curator of all things Inspirational, Kimberly Jo Cooley

2014 Overalls Overhaul

I have always been a huge fan of the versatility of overalls. I wore them back in the 1990s, sporting the baggy, carpenter variety (a la Osh Kosh).

2014’s overalls has a place in your wardrobe to allow you to express them in a sophisticated, casual or edgy way.

What Shoes to Wear with Your New Overalls:

Transitioning from winter to spring, booties look best. Spring to summer, wear canvas shoes, such as Vans or Toms. Summer time is great for options. Wedges, flip-flops, Birkenstocks, gladiator sandals or high heels are all for the taking when wearing your overalls.

How to wear your Overalls:

The look is off duty model look than baggy farmer look. Watch the fit and pay attention to how the overalls fit in the rear. It should fit like a comfortable pair of jeans. There are some overalls being made today that are tight – which some ladies can pull this look off well. I will stick to a slightly looser fit so they can be my go-to uniform on weekends. Also, the more distressed, the better. A notable difference from 2014’s overalls versus 1994’s is the cuffed, cropped looked of today’s frocks. Once upon a time, body suits and fitted shirts was the look, then there was the music group TLC’s baggie shirt and overalls look. Remember to bring in edge with your choice of accessories and keep the shirt from being to voluminous as it will make you look like you have extra pounds.

The Dream Team (These finds are great for inspiration and for the ones who wish to splurge):

Image courtesy of http://www.freepeople.com/. $398. Style: 28523728

Image courtesy of http://www.freepeople.com/. $148. Style: 30131585

Image courtesy of http://www.freepeople.com/. $98. Style: 26820217. Multiple denim color choices.

For the Budget Minded Spiritualista:

Image courtesy of American Rag from http://www1.macys.com/shop/. $62. Get 20% off now. I own these lovelies.

Image courtesy of American Rage from http://www1.macys.com/shop/. $64. Web ID: 1322783. 20% off on macys.com.

Image courtesy of Guess from http://www1.macys.com/shop/. $158. Get 20% off now. Web ID: 1290909

Image courtesy of Life in Progress from http://www.forever21.com/. $29. I purchased these overalls as well. Product Code : 2000110704

Image courtesy of http://loveculture.com/. $47. Style: 1000021767

I curated many options for you to pull from, but the best finds are at vintage stores, for a unique, one of a kind look that is budget friendly.

I will be showcasing my overalls style in upcoming blogs, for your styling pleasure and inspiration. I bought a couple of pairs of overalls (shown above) for my own denim collection and will demonstrate different looks as the seasons change.

~Your Curator of all things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

2014 Faded Denim Trends into Focus

Every Spiritualista needs a little bonding time with her son – why not take some selfies on a Sunday afternoon? We both are wearing some of 2014’s denim trends. Check out our photos of our look as well as source images to cop your own faded denim look.

My son and I on a Sunday taking Selfies – ah, the joys of parent/child bonding.

Mom and son, February 2014. Dante’s wearing a Hurley sweatshirt from Pac Sun, some medium washed jeans and a denim chambray shirt with the collars peeking through. I’m wearing a Leith (Nordstrom) jean jacket, a white t-shirt that says “Haute Paris,” floral patterned jeans I scored from JC Penney’s for $13! And, Julianne Hough Sole Society Kita booties. I love gold hooped earrings and my collection of spiked, studded wrap bracelets on my left wrist.

Dante’s serious look. I am digging his Hawaiian sweatshirt.

In a posing kind of mood.

63 degree weather – feels like springtime in Northern California in February. I’m enjoying denim jacket days in the winter.

Jacket off, just my lovely t-shirt from Ross for $6! The best part of my outfit? The great deals on clothing!

Leith denim jackets sold out, but check out Leith’s denim vest for $78.00 – very cute at http://shop.nordstrom.com/

I was lucky and scored some floral brocade jeans from JCP during a clearance sale for $13. I found some close replicas for $25, Life In Progress Skinny Jeans from http://www.forever21.com/

Start your own wrap bracelet collection. This bracelet is $7 and can be found at http://www.forever21.com/

You’ve seen this bootie featured on my blog before. I now own these booties and they’re comfortable with edge. They’re the Kita bootie at http://www.solesociety.com/kita-black.html

~Your Curator of all things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Bohemian Accessories for You, Me and Our Abodes

I am bohemian in my clothing, lifestyle, home, and spirit…I love to scope out standout, eclectic pieces. Check out the home and style accessories all curated from www.etsy.com.

For You and Me:

Namaste Tree of Life Wrap Silk Bracelet Bohemian Yoga Bracelet Hamsa Hand Of Fatima Om Spiritual Bracelet Yoga Zen Jewelry. Image courtesy of http://www.etsy.com/listing/127223850/.
Turquoise antiqued tribal chandelier earrings is the only accessory you’ll need for a bohemian ensemble. Long Bohemian earrings mint patina filigree dangle earrings boho earrings Bohemian jewelry. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/111366504/.
Tangerine Orange Mosaic Earrings -Vintage Tangerine Orange and White Mosaic Bohemian Antique Brass Earring Drop Dangles. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/93847293/.
A beautifully simple necklace is a statement piece with a colorful boho dress. Gold Boho Necklace, Moonstone Bohemian Necklace, Moonstone Necklace, Moonstone Pendant. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/129730958/.
Practical boho bag with an eclectic twist. Hobo Bag, Burlap, Batik, Sling Bag, Green, Geometric, Boho, Hippie Purse, Crossbody Bag. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/177466530/.
A dream catcher on your hand? Divine! Peace Catcher Bohemian Dreamcatcher Slave Bracelet Hippie Tribal Copper Native American Inspired. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/102526846/.
A tribal infinity scarf takes a simple white tee and jeans to the next boho level. Tribal Infinity Scarf Black and Tan Bohemian Circle Loop Scarf 9″ x 60″ L – Ethnic Tribal-Black. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/177962953/.
I’d take this bag over a designer bag any day of the week…sorry, I’m over the mass produced Coach and Michael Kors purses…NAVAJO. Fringe leather bag / bohemian bag / boho leather bag / leather boho bag / tote bag / gypsy. Available in different leather colors. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/98895315/.
Lovely sandals to wear with a paisley print maxi dress or some distressed jeans and a white tee. Reserved for Margarita. SALE. Sz US 11.5. APHRODITE. Leather wedges / leather high heels / sandals / thong sandals. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/177850977/.

For our homes:

Moroccan pillows are a nice, inexpensive bohemian accent. Moroccan Style Classic Relaxed Coastal Bohemian Toss Scatter Cushion Blue. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/177975727/.
My grandmother would have loved this and I love it for the both of us – gorgeous chandelier. She had seventies jewel beads hanging between her kitchen and formal living room. Jeweled Bohemian Princess Petite Crystal Chandelier. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/161704735/.
I am in love with The Tree of Life tapestries – they are an instant bohemian touch, especially for the apartment dwellers. Tree Of Life Wall Art, Indian Tapestry, Bohemian Tapestry, Hippie Wall Hanging, Picnic Blanket, Indian Bed Cover Or Bedspread. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/157376970/.
Whimsical and bohemian artwork is summertime all year round. Birds Flowers Bohemian Art PRINT Decorative 13 X19 by Karen Fields. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/.
Not only is the end table cute, the owl on top is adorable and whimsical. Bohemian Chalk Painted End Table. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/174676629/.
A collection of pillows is the staple for a bohemian look. Set of 4 Nordic Bohemian Indie Pillow Covers Scandanavian Throw Pillows Cushion Covers Linen Cotton Covers Tribal Home Decor Morrocan Décor. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/172616147/.
I’m addicted to poufs. I use it at as foot stool, extra seating, or coupled with a wooden tray as an end table. Classic boho chic. Bohemian Patchwork Pouf Ottoman in purple, Vintage Indian Pouf, pouffe pouffes, Foot Stool, Round Pouf Ottoman, Bean Bag, Floor Pillow Poof. Image courtesy of https://www.etsy.com/listing/173525644/.

~Your Curator of all things Beautiful, Kimberly Jo Cooley

My Spring 2014 Accessories

New boots, paisley print jeans

Today’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I don’t know too much about football or even who’s playing! But, I know what accessories to wear for this coming spring. Check out what I’m wearing this Winter/Spring 2014:

My favorite accessories…stacks of studded wrap bracelets and my wedding bands.

Boots off, breaking in period over for today…

Another look at my booties…

Me and my gold hooped earrings…

~Your Curator of all things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Get Your Bootie On! Luxe Booties For Less

Image Courtesy of http://www.solesociety.com/kita-black.html, and, it is one of the pairs I scored today for $45.00!

Okay, now that I have the perfect light blue denim jeans, naturally I need some new kicks to wear with them! I have been in the market for the perfect booties for YEARS, all because I am too picky to settle on just the right one. Some are too tall, too dressy, not dressy enough, too expensive, too cheap looking (I can’t stand a faux stacked heel!) – you get the picture, I’m persnickety when it comes to my footwear. I was determined to find the perfect bootie and lo’ and behold, I hit the mother lode for short boots! Now is the perfect time to get booties, as most are on clearance as retailers transition from winter to spring wear. I patiently waited until now to score some fantastic deals on some timeless booties.

  • Nordstrom has some great boots under $100.00 on their website.
  • DSW.com has a great selection of booties, many under $100.00.
  • Amazon.com is another place I checked out, but my picky ways couldn’t nail down the right pair for under $100.00.
  • Sole Society (http://www.solesociety.com/invite/link/index/id/11705993/type/2/) – Divas, I saved the absolute best for last. I scored THREE pairs of cute, timeless booties for under $125.00! Just last night, they put all their boots and booties on clearance (I’ve been stalking them for weeks now!) and this website will not disappoint. A big plus is their free shipping. If you click on the invite link above within the next three days, you’ll get 20% off your purchase of $60.00 or more.

Image Courtesy of http://www.solesociety.com/jillianne-black.html. I bought this pair in both black and tan.

~Your Curator of all things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

Light Blue Denim Go To Color for Spring 2014

LoveCulture’s light colored jeans lying on my bed.

I’ve been hunting the perfect light blue jeans since last year. Every other week, I trolled the internet for vintage stone or acid washed jeans. I almost went with Forever 21.com’s light blue denim jeans (see next image), but I didn’t want to spend extra money to reach the $50 free shipping minimum requirement.

Image courtesy of Forever21.com. On clearance for $24.80, product code 2021839395

Before committing to Forever21.com’s jeans, I took a peek at Loveculture.com. I called Love Culture’s Roseville, California Galleria store and placed a pair of the Iceberg jeans on hold. A trip to the mall with the jeans I wanted already picked out saved me time and money.

What’s great about Love Culture is although it carries junior sizes, the store carries up to size 15 jeans.

Ahhh, some jeans with a little stretch – 2% spandex. Online, this “Iceberg Wash Skinny” jeans, was exactly what I was looking for and they were just as cute in person. Near checkout was another cute pair that had a warmer light blue tone and brown stitching (versus Iceberg’s cool blue look and dark blue stitching) that I could not pass up. For $35, I got two pairs that will have me en trend and super comfortable this season.

Loveculture.com Iceberg Wash Skinny Jeans $19.95, style number 1000020450.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish (and Comfortable), Kimberly Jo Cooley

Spring and Summer 2014 Top Denim Trends

Image courtesy of Worakit Sirijinda, published on 18 June 2011, from http://www.freedigitalphotos.netImage courtesy of Worakit Sirijinda, published on 18 June 2011, from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

  Image courtesy of forever21.com, overalls available for $32.80

As a California native, there isn’t a day denim isn’t donned on my derriere. There are a few denim trends fading, while others are showing staying power. Can you guess which looks are here to stay this coming spring, and which ones we are saying au revoir to? We are moving away from the 1980s inspiration to the 1990s era.

Colors and Hues:

  • Fair well to brightly colored jeans. I will pack away my bright, fire engine red skinnies for another season.
  • Say hello to light washed denim (not to be confused with acid wash) to medium hued jeans.
  • Say yes to indigo colored denim…will balance brightly colored florals that are en trend this spring.
  • Denim on denim. The denim suit is a light colored denim chambray shirt with dark denim, vice versa or tailored with unfinished. Be sure that the denim on top contrasts with your outfit’s denim bottoms, for a modern take on this classic trend.
  • Hey there to prints. Prints on jeans have been around for a few seasons now, and we’re not quick to let it go. The prints will be more southwestern or Aztec inspired.

Styles:

  • Overalls and rompers. 2014′s overalls are more tapered and feminine, and preferably with a weathered look. Because today’s overalls are tapered, the question then becomes what shoes to wear. The model in the Forever21 picture is wearing high heels, but chunky heeled booties are okay, too.
  • All things denim – shorts, hats, jackets, blazers, shirts, skirts, and dresses.
  • Boyfriend jeans, another relic of last summer.

Finishes and Embellishments:

  • A hole here, a rip there, it’s all good this season. Torn jeans seem to look better with lighter colored hues, so leave the dark jeans tailored and pulled together.
  • Flower prints will carry over from last summer to this spring, as flower prints were a rage at the end of the 80s, and a big part of the early 90s.

-Curator of all things stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

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Forever 21 has got all sized the ladies covered with their Love 21 and Plus size lines. This clothing store boasts a huge selection both online and at their brick and mortar stores and are known for cheap prices and on trend styles. They made a wise decision by catering to the thirtyish crowd and to the plus size ladies. Clearly, Southwestern, bohemian and houndstooth prints are in this season. Here’s a list of winter wardrobe additions that will have all of us spritualistas looking stylish this winter:

Courtesy of Forever21.com (on sale)
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Courtesy of Forever21.com, from their Love 21 collection
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~Your Everyday Spiritual Warrior, Kim Cooley

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Inspired Attire?

I’m a winter wardrobe warrior, braving this cold, northern California weather. I’m wearing a shawl purchased from Ross; an H&M turtleneck; a Forever 21 black, sheer high light shirt; Forever 21 leopard leggings; cream colored leg warmers from sockdreams.com; Circa Joan & David Boots; and my festive Dooney & Bourke red plaid handbag (thanks Mom!); and 5 wrap studded bracelets collected this year from Forever 21. I own ten wrap bracelets that I mix and match with my daily outfits. My favorite accessories for this fall and winter goes to studded wrap bracelets and ballerina leg warmers for style and warmth. I’ve owned my handbag for years, pulling it out each year to commemorate the holiday season. The bag is sentimental to me and I’ve owned it for several years now, pulling it out each December.

What’s your favorite holiday inspired attire?

Me, Christmas time 2013.

~Your Curator of All Things Stylish, Kimberly Jo Cooley

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