Wearing the Bohemian Style at the Dwarf Car Museum in Maricopa, Arizona
Wearing the bohemian style can be a fun way to give a nod to your inner creative child. And it was the perfect style to explore the dwarf car museum in Maricopa, Arizona. What made it even better was the fact that a blog reader, Sarah, and her husband, Dave were able to join us.
Quote of the day: “Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.” Charles Schulz
I thought this quote was appropos because in no way, shape or form would I describe the three of us as bohemians. Yet I think we have gears that we can certainly bring out for a day of fun to change things up.
Because we aren’t really the boho queens, my idea was to mix this style with other styles for our individual blog posts. It’s that idea of dichotomy in an outfit. And I love it because it seems much more modern and contemporary that way.
Our Experiment with the Bohemian Style
The photo above is exactly what it’s like trying to take a photo with many women in the frame. There is laughing, moving around, talking and everything possible to make it hard on the photographer. And if you don’t believe me, just ask Rob, LOL!
First I want to say how honored I was that Sarah and Dave joined us for this adventure. Maybe you think it’s easy to dress up and have your photos on the internet. But it can be very intimidating. Except when you are taking photos with us…it’s all about real life and having fun. None of this serious stuff.
I included Sarah’s outfit with mine even though they are very different. We are in the same decade of life, so it gives a great variety of ways to mix the bohemian style with other styles.
My mom has been open to the new styles and found her skirt while thrifting. And then Lesley calls herself conservative, yet found a way to incorporate the bohemian style in her look.
Dwarf Car Museum
It’s not everyday that you can experience a dwarf car museum. I found out about this through the email I get from Only in Your State. Sure, you can just go to the site and look at your state, but you can also sign up for daily emails too.
It was about an hour and a half from where we live. This guy Ernie, who you can see if you google Dwarf Cars, has been building these replicas of cars and they are drive able. It’s funny because when you see the photos, you don’t realize how small they are.
That’s why I included photos of us standing by them and me in one. Ernie who drives his out to Nevada and Nebraska is 6 foot tall, so it’s not just for short people like me.
These cars have been lovingly built and even named. But that’s not the only draw of this place. It’s like a museum of all old chachkies. An old cigarette machine, tons of old license plates, and almost anything you remember from your past. Many of the things just end up on his doorstep he said.
This place is open every day, and Ernie is usually there to tell you anything you want to know. Like his very first car (which is the first photo) is made from old refrigerators. Shocking, right?
There used to be a barber shop in the barn/museum also. If you look at the photo showing the “famous” guys who came to visit, you might be surprised. I bet you can name at least one of them.
The Bohemian Style in the Past
Even though my mom, Nancy, Lesley or myself would not be considered bohemian women, I wanted to showcase some boho details from our past. I am certainly not the expert when it comes to this style, but I would consider fringe, embroidery and some styles as part of this trend.
In fact, my mom’s skirt was something I DIYed for her. Since then, she has hemmed up the lining so you can see the individual fringe more. Another reason to do that step is because the lining tends to ravel, and can look messy.
I’m a sucker for embroidery and never even realized that it was part of the bohemian style. Stacy wore an open shoulder top with lots of white embroidery in our dressing up jeans post. In fact, I think the open shoulder tops are another nod to this boho style?
My mom has an embroidered top straight from her travels that she wore with a maxi skirt. Again, aren’t the maxi skirts a little bohemian too?
Yet embroidery doesn’t have to be relegated to tops only. Lesley has a pair of jeans that has it along the hemline. And even though that could be considered boho, the rest of the outfit isn’t.
Style and Color
There are other styles that seem to be very artsy and bohoish. One of these is the kimonos that I just adore. Nancy has a couple now that I’ve twisted her arm. Heck, she’s wearing a choker too that is also reminiscent of those times.
I’m wearing quite a bit of the trend in the next photo with my kimono, fringe sandals and then those jeans. At least I added in a gingham top that is a little more classic.
And then Mary joined us one week and showcased this gorgeous tunic. The colors in the tunic give off that air of bohemian style.
Your Bohemian Style
So I’d love to know if this is something you like for your outfits? Maybe a little of it like the fringe aspect? Or maybe it’s just not up your alley at all?
Even if it’s not something I tend to style all that much, I love the idea that we have many gears on our bicycle of life we can try. It makes life much more interesting.
Photo credit: Rob Filogomo
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