Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gift Guide #4: Boho Gypsy

I'm back! And still alive. For the most part. It's 27 degrees in Boston right now. So. Not in a happy place. But the show must go on, so here's my next gift guide. This is for your hippie dippie friend. Not a smothered in patchouli reads Tarot cards hippie dippie, but Nicole Richie-inspired, beachy chic, travel obsessed, Lauren Hutton loving a hippie who layers fantastic jewelry, sports a bronzey glow, and loves bright colors and breezy fabrics.

House of Harlow Gold Plated Hoop Earring with Black Enamel, $40 at, Lucky Necklace in Gold, $99 at, Erica Weiner Milagro Heart Necklace, $45 at Crazy coincidence: Nicole Richie designed these earrings. I may have planned that lead-in. I love gold jewelry for this look because as much as I love (and generally only wear) silver, gold is a much warmer metal that fits the boho personality perfectly. These earrings have a bit of a quirky, I found these at a foreign flea market vibe, and giant gold hoops always reminds me of Esmeralda (yes, the Disney character), which is the ultimate gypsy reference. This necklace says lucky in Sanskrit, although you can get necklaces that say a wide variety of things from this site--including fierce, my personal favorite. You could pick a word that's really personal for whoever's getting it. So cute! The fact that it's in Sanskrit gives it a worldly cache, and the organic swirls of the letters feel so earthy. Since it's really small it's not too much of a statement, and could be easily layered with other necklaces, like this Milagro necklace. Milagros are South American tokens offered to a saint for a particular need (in this case, mending a broken heart), and even if you aren't religious they have a sweet, nostalgic vibe. I really like the simplicity and crudeness of the charms in contrast with their luxe gold plating, and they're so delicate that you could wear them everyday!

Lizzie Fortunato Jewels Small Fortune Navajo Braid Bracelet, $110 at, Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Frisco Whipstitch Flat Sandals, $250 at, Rebecca Minkoff Suede Lovenote Clutch in Grey, $298 at The mix of textures in this bracelet feels so classically flea market, but in a very chic way, obviously. The tassel has a bit of a Mediterranean feeling, the braided metal gives it a bit of a modern edge, and the jade beads remind me of those bracelets we all used to collect in middle school (with all the jade/colored stone beads? Anyone else?). Plus, you guys know I'm a huge fan of any drapey bracelet. There's something so casually sexy about them. These shoes make me so happy. First off, the braided, woven texture is so classically boho, the lapis blue is both cheerful and versatile, and a flat sandals is like the staple hippie shoe. This is just an extremely polished incarnation. As much as I like those shoes, I like this clutch even more. It's not all that hippie-tastic, but I think the long, tassel-esque zipper pulls have a bit of a boho feel, and the grey suede fabric and angled zipper placements add a really nice, urban edge. You could take this clutch so many places, with so many outfits (hello, low cost per wear).

Virginia Johnson Shark-print Merino Wool Scarf, $194 at, Jen's Pirate Booty Senorita Dress in Aquamarine, $115 at, Anthropologie Ikat Bowl, $14 at This scarf is so, so cute. One, it's bright pink, and two, it has sharks all over it, which is so hippietastic it makes want to...wear patchouli? Well, almost. Now, I'm not a personal fan of sharks, but even I have to think they're pretty adorable when miniaturized and put on a woolly scarf. The color and the print make it a bit of a novelty item, but I think you could actually get a lot of wear out of this. It's a statement piece that you could use to dress up any basic outfit. I mean, throw on a pair of jeans and a Hanes tee to go to Starbucks and look cute, toss this on top and look totally pulled-together. This dress might be stretching it a little bit, but it's too sweet to pass up. The aquamarine hue is so refreshing and beachy--speaking of beachy, this would be a great swimsuit cover-up. The off-the-shoulder cut is really sexy in a very '70s inspired way, and the ribbon pulled through at the hem has a really quaint, hand-made vibe. And when the brand name is Jen's Pirate Booty, how can you resist? Really. This bowl may seem random, but I've had a love affair with it for such a long time. The ikat print is so Babe Paley (the quintessential bohemian goddess), and it's such a fun thing to put on a bowl. How fun would it be to eat your morning cereal in this? It's pieces like this that add a fantastic, worldy and yet pulled together vibe to a house. Plus, since it's affordable you could get your BFF a set! In multiple colors!

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Kalahari, $32 at, NARS The Multiple Coffret, $40 at, Fresh Fig Apricot EDP, $75 for 3.4 oz. at I know the boho look doesn't exactly scream "makeup junkie," but soft bronzey shadows are a must. They add a glow to the face and can be used to softly contour the eye or smoked out for a little extra drama. I like this duo because it's NARS, so the shadows are highly pigmented and easy to blend, and although the colors don't really go together, I love both of them separately. The left shade is more on the golden/bronzey side for glam days, and the right shade is more of a metallic, milk chocolate for you're feeling low key. The other makeup essential for the bohemian chic look is radiant skin, and this NARS Multiple set is a such a handy way to achieve that. The Multiples are cream formulas that are supposed to work on the eyes, cheeks, and lips, and are highly blendable and easy to layer. This set has Orgasm (shimmery peachy pink), South Beach (shimmery apricot tan), and Copacabana (pearly white). I'd use Orgasm on the cheek as a blush, South Beach swept under the cheekbones and on the temples as a contour, and Copacabana on top of the cheekbones and on the browbone as a highlight. $40 is actually a really, really good deal for this many multiples (the full size versions are usually $45). Last but not least, there's this lovely Fresh perfume. The notes are Turkish apricot, peach skin (interesting), lychee, fig leaf, petitgrain, dandelion, green tea, musk, and marine notes. It's a mix of lush fruits, warm musks, and sweet, clean florals--warm, inviting, and a little exotic. Much more chic than a head shop mix of patchouli and sandalwood, and who can resist that Sake-esque bottle?

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House of Harlow earrings:, Rosena Sammi necklace:, Erica Weiner necklace:, Lizzie Fortunato Jewels bracelet:, Cynthia Vincent sandals:, Rebecca Minkoff clutch:, Virginia Johnson scarf:, Jen's Pirate Booty dress:, Anthropologie bowl:, NARS shadow duo:, NARS multiples:, Fresh perfume:

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