How to Wear A Fringe Statement Necklace

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The perfect statement necklace can take your outfit from ordinary to completely OFF-THE-HOOK. Whether you’re wearing a white button down shirt and jeans or your little black dress, you can change your look in an instant!

An easy way to update your wardrobe this summer and look absolutely gorgeous, is by buying one (or more) statement necklaces. This year, it’s one of the greatest trends so you’ll absolutely love owning them!

A statement necklace can be a little intimidating at first but seriously, please don’t let that stop you. Get out of your comfort zone and start experimenting right away! Remember this… a statement necklace looks amazing on every woman!

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3 Tips for a Statement Necklace

There are some rules to wear a statement necklace:

  1. Avoid wearing a statement necklace with overly bold patterns. The necklace is meant to be the focus of the outfit, not take away from it.
  2. A statement necklace should be worn elegantly so it’s important not to wear it with big earrings or excessive rings or bracelets. If you want to wear some additional jewelry, opt for simple pieces.
  3. The statement necklace looks fabulous whether it falls over what you’re wearing or if you wear it with a plunging neckline on bare skin. Just don’t hide it.

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Both of the fringe statement necklaces shown in this blog (silver and gold color) are available for only $18.00 each at http://www.thegypsygirlboutique.com A very reasonable price for such a gorgeous piece!

 

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The Perfect Romantic Summer Dress

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I’ve got the perfect flirty romantic, yet oh-so-sexy dress for you! This dress is one of our most romantic seductive pieces in our store. It’s absolutely the perfect date dress. It’s playful and perfectly breezy for the hottest of summer days and nights. This dress can easily be worn from day to night but I truly see it as a dress for a fun night out on the town.

This black lightweight floral is honestly too gorgeous to pass up. First, the plunging v-neck echoes the romantic styles of current times. This neckline is spectacular in that it is a bit revealing but still has an air of modesty to it. What is most striking about this dress is the beautiful and dramatic floral ethnic print. I love how the florals pop on the black background. And that flowy bodice with the hi low hem is absolutely sensational! Speaking of the bodice, this has to be the most figure-flattering dress ever. It fits tighter under your bust and then flows over your torso. Gorgeous, right? This dress is so hot right now and it can be yours with one click! Our first shipment of this gorgeous dress flew out of the store and our second shipment is selling out fast so grab it NOW! You can immediately purchase this dress at http://www.thegypsygirlboutique.com

May I present to you…

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How to Wear Stacked Rings

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Rings should flatter your fingers, whether they are long, short, slender or wide. When stacking rings, you need to consider your nail length and shape. For example, are your nails short or long? Are they manicured more rounded or more squared? As longer nails usually lengthen the appearance of your fingers, narrow rings or styles that extend toward your knuckles will also give your fingers a longer and sleeker appearance.

Stacking rings is one of the hottest trends for spring and summer 2017. The only rule to ring stacking is balance; so make sure you pay attention to maintaining negative space (the space around or between a ring) when stacking.

When it comes to stacking rings, you can stack multiple rings on one finger or you can stack numerous rings across various fingers. Placing multiple rings on one finger is now considered a fashion art form. Just make sure that it feels personal and unique to you.

Mix it up. Mix metals, shapes, colors and sizes. Have fun with it. Start off slowly with something inexpensive such as the rings shown in this blog. This exact set is available for immediate purchase at http://www.thegypsygirlboutique.com

 

How to Obtain a More Youthful Look

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It has been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Yet unfortunately, our eyes are also one of the first areas to show aging. From those dreaded dark circles and puffiness, to bags and crow’s feet, once we unite the power of peptides and antioxidants, this Mad Hippie Eye Cream which was developed to address these issues really packs a punch!
Do you love natural skin care products? I do. I’m a huge fan of products that are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, essential oils and that are plant-based.

During the colder months, our skin tends to suffer. We may wind up with dry, irritated skin and the level of brightness in our complexion may have faded. Well ladies, winter is almost over. Let’s rejuvenate your skin starting now!

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My absolute favorite skin care line is Mad Hippie. Every single one of their products are absolutely INCREDIBLE and this eye cream is no exception!

Our face, especially our eyes, is the first thing other people notice when they look at us.
If you are looking to protect your eyes and breathe youthful life back into your skin, look no further. Mad Hippie Eye Cream is loaded with the powers of Chamomile, Vitamin C and so much more! Just look at some of the amazing things that you will be putting onto your skin:

Matrixyl Synthe ‘6 – Advanced peptide works to naturally smooth the skin & reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Regu-age – Peptide complex that reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.

Syn-Eye – Peptide designed to quickly reduce the appearance of both discoloration & wrinkles around the eyes.

Chamomile Extract – Provides thin protective shield, while naturally soothing and calming the skin.

Pomegranate – Potent antioxidant that is a high source of ellagic acid, believed to mediate the effects of ultraviolet rays & even skin tone.

Vitamin C –  Antioxidant powerhouse that aids in the synthesis of collagen, while it works to inhibit photoaging.  Helps reduce the appearance of discoloration while brightening the appearance of the skin.

Wheat Protein – Works to tighten the skin and aid in hydration.

Vitamin B3 – Energizes the skin, helps even skin tone & reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.

Argan Oil – Natural healing agent from Northern Africa.  High source of vitamin E, essential fatty acids & phytosterols.  Works to moisturize & soothe the skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

White Tea – Strong antioxidant with natural anti-carcinogenic qualities that works to neutralize free radicals and help prevent UV damage.

Ceramide – Supports the renewal of the skin’s natural protective layer by forming a thin lipid barrier that holds in moisture, while protecting & healing the skin.

Vitamin E – Contains powerful anti aging & anti carcinogenic properties.  Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles while works to neutralize aging free radicals.

I have been using Mad Hippie Eye Cream as part of my skin care routine for quite some time now. I am constantly being told I look MUCH younger than my age. In addition to eating healthy and exercising, as well as good genes, let’s face it, skin care plays a major role in a youthful appearance.
This eye cream is lightweight, so it doesn’t feel heavy when you use it. It absorbs rapidly and leaves your skin feeling soft immediately upon application without any residue.

If you’re looking for an eye cream with long-lasting effects, I highly recommend you give this one a try!

Available for immediate purchase (as well as many other Mad Hippie products) at http://www.thegypsygirlboutique.com
Would love to hear your thoughts after trying it out!

How to Wear Boho Jewelry

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Boho lifestyle is mainly about the free spirit, peaceful mind and individualism in terms of fashion. I’m going to take you on a little journey of some Bohemian must-have pieces for your Boho style vibe!

Fringe Necklace

A great fringe necklace is a major piece of the bohemian style. Fringes are usually used to complete the edges of clothing. They serve as a decorative part of your clothes or accessories and allow us to add some length to our style.  This is no exception when it comes to jewelry. Hanging silver or golden strips give a look  dimension and a very Boho vibe.

 

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Choker Necklace

Choker necklaces ooze sexiness as well as that perfect boho style. Suede chokers always give off that gypsy vibe. Here is a great silver dream catcher choker on black suede. And the turquoise accent just adds to and completes the look!

 

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Feathers

Whether you decided upon earrings or a necklace, feathers are always appropriate for boho style because they undoubtedly represent the free spirit

 

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Drop Hoop Earrings

Drop hoop earrings are essential for boho fashion.  They are so tasteful and so easy for adding style to any outfit whether it’s a pair of boyfriend jeans or a gypsy-style dress.

 

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Animal Pendants

Nature is true to the bohemian. When one wears something representing nature, it oozes bohemian flair! It represents symbolism and they are always very interesting pieces to wear.

 

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Delicate Layered Necklaces

These type of necklaces adds a very feminine and romantic look to any bohemian’s wardrobe. They look beautifully elegant with a white tee or with a dress.

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Bold Layered Necklaces

For a bolder look, you can grab a bold layered necklace like the one shown below. It oozes Bohemian!

 

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Rings

One of the best things about the boho gypsy look is that nothing has to match and you can get into that over accessorized ring look. You’ve seen this look and now you can own it!

Layering pieces is the art of the wandering lifestyle of the gypsy. Just like you can layer necklaces and bracelets, you can layer rings too. The set below is available in our store. Some are knuckle rings, giving it that layered look. Adjustable too!

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I hope this blog has helped you with putting together your look even more! All pieces shown in this blog are available for purchase at www.thegypsygirlboutique.com

 

The Day Suicide Became Too Personal

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I vividly remember the day my life came to a screeching halt. It runs through my head and rips apart my heart all too often. I remember every moment. The phone call from my Mom. The screaming. My racing heart. My body going numb and me pulling my hair to feel something other than fear and numbness. Speaking to the detective. Asking questions. Trying to listen to the answers. The what ifs. The whys. The searching. The realization that no matter what I do, I am unable to bring my brother back.

You are never prepared for the aftermath of losing a loved one. Especially when it’s a loss to suicide. No one warns you about the chaos that is about to occur in your life. No one warns you about how relationships with surviving family members change. No one can. Unless one lives it, NO ONE can warn you. They are unable to comprehend it or empathize with you.

I was having a GREAT day. It was a gorgeous spring day. The sun was shining. The windows were open. My music was blasting and I was blow drying my hair, getting ready to go shopping at a boutique I loved. It was the Tuesday after Mother’s Day. My husband and children had given me a gift certificate to the boutique and I was going to go use it. I was going to happily go on my way for a drive with my sunroof open and my music blasting on this seemingly beautiful day.

Then the phone rang. My Mom was screaming on the other end. Nothing made sense. When she uttered those horrific words, I actually responded with “no he didn’t.” I basically hung up and moments later called her back after I realized what I had just heard. I called my husband and a friend. What I said to them is a blurred memory. Everything was now blurry. My brain and my heart were trying to process this devastation. I couldn’t see from crying. My head and heart were pounding. I lost all strength. The remainder of the day was filled with phone calls you never want to make and plans you never want to deal with.

It was just shy of 7 years of the loss of my Dad. A loss that still pierced me to my core. This was something that left me completely shattered. I was desperate for answers. I needed to know why. I clung to every single thing my cousins had gotten out of his apartment and shipped to me days later. I searched. I investigated. I called everyone in his cell phone address book. I was looking for any answers. I was desperate to find pieces of him. I needed to piece him back together. I needed a rewind button. I replayed the last month of his life. It was that month that we started speaking after not speaking for eleven months. I was living an absolute nightmare.

Somehow I survived. As catastrophic as the loss is, I wake up each day with a positive attitude and live my best life. I survive the aftershocks, which still hit me. I realize that they come fast and hit hard but they do pass and I will smile again.

Many experience years they don’t remember. I am thankful that I have my children to keep me going on a daily basis. Without them to keep me focused, I’m not sure I’d have been able to be strong. They were young and they needed me. I needed to be strong for them. I still have my moments and I always will throughout my lifetime. I’ve learned to allow those moments to happen and then I reclaim my breath. I’ve accepted the fact that my heart has scars that will never heal but I’ve also realized my heart experiences a great deal of love and happiness with each new day. It is there that I shift my focus.

If you have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide, please know that you will find your way in your own time. Be gentle with yourself and live each day the best you can as you continue to heal. It is hard to accept that a piece of you will never come back. But remember that life keeps moving forward. Because life continues to move forward, it is natural that we as humans do as well.

We are stronger than we realize and as long as we are grateful for the good, we will survive.

And please always remember this:

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The Perfect Bohemian Hippie Dress

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I fell in love 😍 with this dress the moment I saw it; the colors and the embroidery make it the perfect summer dress. The fringe. Oh my! The fringe! And those tassels! If you want a dress that turns heads and brings out your inner hippie, throw this one on with a pair of strappy gladiator sandals or ankle boots and you’re golden!

You can find this dress (limited quantities) for preorder available in my store. Visit http://www.thegypsygirlboutique.com to order yours today!

 

How to Dress Boho Chic Style

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Bohemian fashion is as much of a state of mind as it is about the clothes and accessories you wear. Boho Chic is a timeless look that won’t go out of style. When you cultivate the Bohemian style, you are expressing yourself as a free spirit in a creative, artsy way. When you imagine Boho style, think of the 1970’s earthy style and think very feminine. Here are a few ways to capture the look:

  • Accessories

One of the simplest ways you can do to embrace your inner Boho Goddess is with great accessories.  You can add a simple statement piece or go crazy with layers and layers of jewelry.  When it comes to creating the Bohemian look, the more unique the jewelry is, the better. Find pieces with turquoise, feathers or fringe. A fringed statement necklace is a great piece that easily adds style to anything, whether it’s a dress or a pair of flared jeans. Look for beaded bracelets or ones made of suede, leather or strings. Thick cuffs and bicep cuffs are always fabulous! And grab a pair of hippie sunglasses to bring your look to an even higher level!

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  • Get Your Flare On

Every Boho Goddess needs a pair of flared jeans. Nothing says relaxed quite as well as a pair of flared or bell bottom jeans. You’ll radiate a free-flowing look that compliments any other hippie apparel or accessory you choose. They can be paired with anything from a flowy off shoulder top to a tee shirt. A pair of faded denim is a true necessity for anyone looking to achieve a vintage Bohemian look.

  • Maxi Skirts

A skirt is one of the most versatile pieces of any Boho outfit. You can pair them with loose sweaters, a tee shirt, a beautiful lacy off-shoulder blouse, a fitted tank, a denim jacket and more. The goal is comfort, with a cool, laid-back style. Maxi skirts made of soft, airy materials have that perfect willowy Bohemian appeal to create the right vibe.

  • Dresses

Dresses are also so versatile and easy to wear. Slip on an ethnic printed dress with the right accessories and you’re all set.

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  • Shoes

Earth tone gladiator sandals and ankle boots are both a Bohemian’s signature shoe. Pair them with jeans, dresses, skirts and cut-off shorts for that rock-star Boho Vibe!

  • Fringe

A Bohemian girl needs fringe in her life. Fringe bags, jackets, vests, tops and more. The more fringe, the better!

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  • Lace

Think whimsical. Lace tops, dresses and skirts are key for a Bohemian romantic look. Even lace pants are beautiful when done right!

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  • Crochet

Crochet pieces are amazing. From tops, dresses, skirts and vests they add amazing character and are a definite look for the Bohemian fashion world.

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For some AMAZING clothes and accessories, please visit www.thegypsygirlboutique.com. You will find each piece shown in this blog and much more available for purchase.

Start adding some amazing pieces to your wardrobe to begin your immediate style transformation!

How to Dress Boho Chic

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Bohemian fashion is as much of a state of mind as it is about the clothes and accessories you wear. Boho Chic is a timeless look that won’t go out of style. When you cultivate the Bohemian style, you are expressing yourself as a free spirit in a creative, artsy way. When you imagine Boho style, think of the 1970’s earthy style and think very feminine. Here are a few ways to capture the look:

  • Accessories

One of the simplest ways you can do to embrace your inner Boho Goddess is with great accessories.  You can add a simple statement piece or go crazy with layers and layers of jewelry.  When it comes to creating the Bohemian look, the more unique the jewelry is, the better. Find pieces with turquoise, feathers or fringe. A fringed statement necklace is a great piece that easily adds style to anything, whether it’s a dress or a pair of flared jeans. Look for beaded bracelets or ones made of suede, leather or strings. Thick cuffs and bicep cuffs are always fabulous! And grab a pair of hippie sunglasses to bring your look to an even higher level!

SilverFringedNecklace.jpg

  • Get Your Flare On

Every Boho Goddess needs a pair of flared jeans. Nothing says relaxed quite as well as a pair of flared or bell bottom jeans. You’ll radiate a free-flowing look that compliments any other hippie apparel or accessory you choose. They can be paired with anything from a flowy off shoulder top to a tee shirt. A pair of faded denim is a true necessity for anyone looking to achieve a vintage Bohemian look.

  • Maxi Skirts

A skirt is one of the most versatile pieces of any Boho outfit. You can pair them with loose sweaters, a tee shirt, a beautiful lacy off-shoulder blouse, a fitted tank, a denim jacket and more. The goal is comfort, with a cool, laid-back style. Maxi skirts made of soft, airy materials have that perfect willowy Bohemian appeal to create the right vibe.

  • Dresses

Dresses are also so versatile and easy to wear. Slip on an ethnic printed dress with the right accessories and you’re all set.

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  • Shoes

Earth tone gladiator sandals and ankle boots are both a Bohemian’s signature shoe. Pair them with jeans, dresses, skirts and cut-off shorts for that rock-star Boho Vibe!

  • Fringe

A Bohemian girl needs fringe in her life. Fringe bags, jackets, vests, tops and more. The more fringe, the better!

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  • Lace

Think whimsical. Lace tops, dresses and skirts are key for a Bohemian romantic look. Even lace pants are beautiful when done right!

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  • Crochet

Crochet pieces are amazing. From tops, dresses, skirts and vests they add amazing character and are a definite look for the Bohemian fashion world.

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For some AMAZING clothes and accessories, please visit www.thegypsygirlboutique.com You will find each piece shown in this blog and much more available for purchase.

Start adding some amazing pieces to your wardrobe to begin your immediate style transformation!

Five Annoying Words

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How many times have you heard these words:

Everything happens for a reason.

I believe in fate but seriously? That sentence can destroy us. It is also completely untrue. Some things, absolutely. But everything? Absolutely not!

If you have ever faced a tragedy and someone tells you that your tragedy was meant to happen or that it happened for a reason, even that it will make you a better person, you have every right to be upset and even go so far as to remove that person from your life.

Grief is brutally painful. There are so many facets to grief. Grief does not only occur when someone dies. It can occur when relationships fall apart, when opportunities are shattered, or when dreams die. It can even occur when you are struck with a serious illness.

Remember these words instead:

Some things in life cannot be fixed. Some things in life can only be carried. 

These words are poignant and they aim right at the pathetic platitudes our culture has come to embody on an increasingly hopeless level. Losing a loved one cannot be fixed. Being diagnosed with a debilitating illness cannot be fixed. Facing the betrayal of your closest confidante cannot be fixed. These things certainly did not happen for a reason.  They damn well cannot be fixed! These things can only be carried.

Sometimes devastation can lead to growth, but the truth is, it often doesn’t. The reality is that devastation more often destroys lives. And the true calamity is that this happens because we choose to replace grieving with advice.

After living through traumatic devastation, I choose to and now live an extraordinary life. I’ve been greatly blessed by those in my life, the opportunities I’ve had and the life I’ve built for myself and for my family. Loss has not made me a better person. Sadly, in some ways, it has hardened me.

I have always been a very loving and caring person. My losses have made me even more aware and empathetic of the pain of others. On the other hand, I also have a more cynical view of some and have developed impatience with those who are unfamiliar with what loss does to people. It’s true that you don’t get it until you live it but there are some that don’t even try to understand it. It can be quite frustrating.

I’ve had people tell me to “get over it,” or  that those who passed away “would want you to be happy.”

I am happy.  I have sad moments.  People don’t “get it.”

If anyone tells you that all is not lost, that your situation happened for a reason, or even that you’ll become better as a result of your pain, you may want to choose to let them go.

I’m not saying you should. That is entirely to decide. It isn’t an easy decision to make and should be made carefully. The fact is that you can.

The ones who helped were those who were there when I needed them. And said nothing.   They were just there. But in those moments, they did everything.

I am alive and I survived because of my deep love for my family. I survived and because of those who chose to love me and help me.  When you are loved in silence, when people suffer with you, when they watch you in your darkest moments and see you emotionally destroyed and they love you through it, you survive.

When a person is devastated by grief, the last thing they need is advice. Their world has been shattered. At this time, we can acknowledge their pain and let them know that we are there with them. It is important to be with your loved one, suffer with them, listen to them, but please do not give them advice.

Acknowledging someone is powerful. It requires no education, training or skills.  All you need to do is to simply be present as long as is necessary, comforting the wounded soul of your loved one.

Be there. Do not leave when you feel uncomfortable or when you feel like you’re not doing anything to help. Because it is then – in the shadows of horror –  where healing is truly found. When others are willing to enter that sacred space with us, it is very powerful and very healing.

Be one of these people.  Unfortunately, one day you will find yourself in need of one of these people. Find them. They will help you heal and not try to fix you with advice.  They will help you carry your pain. These people are keepers.

Fate. Be that person and when you need them, they will be that person for you. That can happen for a reason.