Yes, the bell bottoms are back. Are you really all that surprised? That’s what I thought. :)
Even though this isn’t a lifestyle or beauty blog, I thought I should share with you my slow journey to becoming a hippie. Mostly because it’s funny, and also because, well, I love bell bottoms and those things seem to go hand in hand right? I remember watching a few seasons of Mad Men (worth it just for the clothes and the set design!!) and seeing that the year was 1963 or somewhere around that time. I was watching, wondering…”where is the hippie fashion??” I mean, it’s the 60s right? Isn’t that the era of fringe and paisley and bell bottoms? And all I was seeing on the screen were house dresses and fur coats and kitten heels…all styles that I very much associate with the 1950s. And then all of a sudden it became so clear in one single episode of the show. Don Draper travelled to San Francisco (the show was set in NY, but I’m assuming you probably know that) and the minute he stepped off the plane, THERE THEY WERE. There were the bohemian caftan queens I had been looking for. THEY WERE IN CALIFORNIA.
I am a beach community dwelling Californian…so it stands to reason that the odds are pretty dang high that I would become a hippie eventually right? I mean, there’s juiceries, acai bowl places, vegan restaurants, and kombucha on tap basically all over this place. (My computer’s spell check hates like all of those words, so clearly it’s not a hippie. We will have to have words later.) I’m used to people protesting the buying of turkeys outside of Whole Foods around the holidays. Green Peace people calling me “super mom” (much to my great irritation because I KNOW it’s a ploy to get my attention) and blocking the entrance to Gap downtown so you HAVE to hear about the whales. This is an area that has that kind of lifestyle. I was raised with carob and homemade bone broth and yoga and all that jazz. Although my dad readily fed me Oreos and cheese balls because he said my mom was “trying to poison him”. I was well prepared in my hippie lifestyle to come despite my brief addiction to MSG laden foods.
It’s kind of happened in phases. Like I’d read an article about something and then I’d implement something new into our diet or our habits. I started making homemade bone broth weekly and drinking it daily and also cooking the kid’s food in it. I got rid of our plastic food storage containers. I started using coconut oil for everything (and I mean EVERYTHING…I’m basically that guy from My Big Fat Greek Wedding who puts Windex on everything, but with coconut oil) and started buying organic. And then…the hippie transformation became more serious…like I threw away a giant overflowing grocery bag full of all my favorite brands of cosmetics. Ouch. That one hurt. I still almost cry when I walk by Sephora I miss all my favorites so much. But I’m slowly replacing it with other brand and it’s good to know that the ingredients are safe for myself and my children when they get lots of mama kisses! I started making my own toothpaste and getting more into essential oils. And then one day, I realized that the girl who used to be annoyed by her mom grinding her own peanut butter has now become even too hippie for Whole Foods. I mean, you know you’re in trouble when you ask someone who works at WHOLE FOODS for a product and they look at you like you asked them for a magical unicorn that fits in your pocket. True story.
Ahhhh yes, I am now a California hippie. I still shave, pluck, wax, and use deoderant (hippie deodorant), and I refuse to camp. I sure as heck am not sleeping outside in what I can only assume the bears would think is a burrito wrapper. But in most other ways, I am a kombucha drinking acai loving hippie. I know a lot of this stuff is becoming mainstream…so I’m not alone in my journey and that’s awesome. I’m not gonna say much more than this about it all because there are SO MANY amazing blogs about this kind of stuff. Like Wellness Mama. That woman is so amazing it’s kind of scary. I mean, when you check out her blog, think of it as a resource, otherwise you will end up in the fetal position when you realize she’s pregnant with her sixth child, makes her own homemade plastic wrap, crawls through the attic to put in ethernet cables, all while running a huge blog and homeschooling her children. My kids are currently watching Netflix while I wonder how many meals in a row they have eaten frozen pizza. So…you catch my drift here.
I love bohemian hippie fashion. These velvet bells are the newest to my collection and they were custom made by MXCI UK who was kind enough to search high and low for this color for me! She’s amazing! The top was just SO classic hippie that I couldn’t resist putting it with the bells for a true 1960s flair. The squash blossom is from Classic Rock Couture, one of my favorite Etsy shops.
Wildfox tank and Free People bra with a hit of turquoise. I love the more casual look with these pants because I feel like it’s a great way I can wear them while running errands.
I love this mustard lace shift dress I got at a step from Forever 21 because it totally looks vintage! The gold arrowhead looking necklace is from Free To Wander and the other is thrifted.
There’s certain things I just can’t do. Like let go of my Keurig for example even though it’s not the most organic or natural coffee. But I’m only human right? I’m probably never gonna be as natural as Wellness Mama or those other super bloggers, but I’m going to keep doing what I can and TRY not to stress about what I can’t do. Ha. Easier said than done for me!!!
Hope you beautiful women are having a wonderful start to your week!