Bohemian Prep Style Essentials

Striped Polo Ralph Lauren Shirt

Because one can never quite shake off your Prep school days. Polo Ralph Lauren pretty much fills your wardrobe and we LOVE Brooks Brothers though maybe can only afford Red Fleece. On top of your countless navy dresses you have an array of these shirts but the colour scheme remains consistent: navy, white, black, navy & white striped, red & white striped and possibly a pastel colour: pale yellow or baby pink. Naturally we all own one in baby blue. Other great places for basics: Hawes & Curtis for everyday shirts, A.P.C and Boden.

 

 

 

 

High waist Sailor Trousers

Stylish and oh so fiddly but soooo chic!
Continuing of with the sailor theme we do love our Breton Striped T-shirts. Summer holidays are likely to be coastal retreats in Newquay Cornwall; LA; South of France or really anywhere with a lovely sea view.

 

 

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Top-Zip Tote (Luggage)

 

 

 

So affordable, so chic and practical.
Only purchased in the colour “luggage.”

 

 

May pair with either Gucci loafers or Converse High Top Sneakers or white leather tennis shoes.

Perfume: Galop d’Hermès
Jeweller: None whatsoever
Nail Polish:  Mademoiselle by Essie

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Bohemian Prep

You are most welcome to the Wonderful World of The Boh-Preps. A coddled Bohemia for bohemians with manners and literary leanings. Who have the bohemian spirit but lack the unruliness and obstreperous dispositions of bohemians of the past.

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This term is first seen in “The Preppy Handbook” by Lisa Birnbach. This term ironically merges the ‘traditional’ Bohemian as defined by Stover be it “errant spirits” with Birnbach’s concept of Bohemian Prep someone with a “freer spirit.”

Boh-Preps are likely to be named Catherine, Sophia (pronounced like sapphire) or Evelyn. Boys names ranging from Oliver, Sebastian and Jack. Sometimes after a flower like Violet or certain cities like Florence (because that is where Mummy was swept up by Daddy’s guitar-playing in a rustic barn-house restaurant in Tuscany where she was conceived.) Most decisions like spelling choices are dictated by literary heroes for instance it’s not boh-prep to name your son Alan it must be Allen after Ginsberg. Occasionally some odd-ball names like Franny and Zooey because of Salinger. (I really shouldn’t have to explain this to you.)

Likely to listen to Gainsbourg on Sunday afternoons. Not afraid to admit our shallow leanings and not everything we like has to be sophisticated we are dilettantes much like our cousins Nouveau Bohemians alas we do not necessarily have their funds. We may be as educated as Preppies though channel it into the arts and culture. Boh-Preps are unlikely to be doctors or engineers. Life’s too short to be conventional.

As cultured as we may be we are not materialistic because we adore Kerouac so much and are always a sucker for a Beat Bohemian. It’s not our fault those wayward bartenders-guitarist-starving artist types are so cute! Minimalism is likely to be a phase you have wandered into. Naturally, it didn’t last long as you have a fondness for antiques, flea markets and err… Rodeo Drive. We are a contradiction in terms.

We are likely to wear what can only be described as a Blue Shirt Lullaby. Pale blue shirt, skinny jeans navy or black with white tennis shoes and a Nehru Blazer (again navy or black.) Blazers are usually collarless because we like to be rebellious and it annoys our Preppy cousins! Both sexes will own and often wear a navy and white (breton) striped shirt.

We only wear cotton like our cousin The Preppies and like them share the ethos that style must be effortless and tailored.

If you’re a bit rebellious you’re likely to pop on your brown fedora. 

Handbags are always tan leather.

Breton stripes are a wardrobe staple paired with a navy cardigan if its chilly. Sometimes sporting a beanie. Oooo especially if it has a fur pom pom! Long sleeved crew neck tops in winter in either navy, grey, white or black. With a long skirt, don’t be surprised if it’s down to the ankles we like to be covered up. Modesty is a style virtue. Men will pair up a long sleeved top or shirt with cinos in navy or beige. In the summer months we might wear a polo shirt, ladies wear with a long skirt, never with trousers.

We like to vacation by the sea, the only festivals we attend are literature one as music ones are too vulgar these days i.e. celebrity-filled thus attracting philistines. Hobbies include writing poetry and essays on obscure topics, painting, flirting with artists (or Professors), searching for first editions, gallivanting around European museums and making baklava from scratch.

Often found in the countryside on weekends picking wildflowers and petting squirrels, may stay in the city and hog a coffee table for half the day on their own or with loquacious pals. Typically has a longstanding artsy or community-based project to complete like a novel, learning braille or setting up a workshop series to help troubled teens heal through art.

Like our conformist cousins The Preppies we feel a great amount of duty and responsibility so are likely to volunteer in some capacity. Finally, like our 2nd cousins the Hippie’s we feel a desire to change the world in some small way.

Leave a comment if you are a Boh-Prep – we need to unite and connect our tribe!

The Bohemian Illustrator: Izak Zenou

Our Paris born illustrator Izak Zenou makes art that connects “through whims, charms, elegance, humor, surprise and coolness,” as he says.

I love Izak’s work especially his illustrations for the book Bohemian Manifesto. His work was my first introduction to the art form of illustration. It is undeniably the epitome of whimsical chic.

His clients include Henri Bendel, Bloomingdale’s alongside Chanel, Céline and Sephora. Chic with chic Darling!

Zenou was previously a Fashion designer then switched to Illustration because Darlings we Bohemians cannot commit to one form of art… So much talent why constrain ourselves?

He also illustrated Billy Joel’s Ode to NYC children’s book: “New York State of Mind and did the cover art for  Francesca Castagnoli’s novel: “Princess: You know who you are.”

Zenou’s top tip (as posted in JeffyBruce.blogspot.co.uk) on entering the creative arena:

“The advice I would give is believe in yourself, work hard and be patient.  You also have to engage in life and always stay in motion; keep moving forward.  Do what you are inspired to do and eventually, it will all work out.”

 

 

My first exposure to his work all began in the charming book Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge. Written by the Queen of Bohemia Laren Stover. Look out for the forthcoming updated edition of this book with more of his work in. I have been telepathically informed that new chapters are being typed by faeries’ feet as Laren dictates the words. Though Zenou continues with conventional methods to draw new illustrations.

 

“If I succeed somehow to put emotion in the eyes- I seduce myself. I’m touched, I’m moved and I’m happy with that.” – Izak

For the Fan Girls Zenou’s designs can be yours on Laptop sleeves, iPad and selected phone covers at DecalGirl.com/Izak.

NEW d’izak collection of fashion accessories, including silk scarves, totes and small leather goods: 
C O M I N G   S O O N ! 

 

💌  J o i n   t h e  M a i l i n g  L i s t  💌
     www.ShopIzak.com
(to hear when this collection is released and more)

 

A Gallery of His Art…. (From NYC-Traffic.com)

 

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Where he works

His apartment/loft studio as featured in Michael Mundy’s An Afternoon With
(circa 2010)

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Source

 

C o n n e c t    w i t h    I z a k 

Instagram: @IzakZenou_Illustrationist     Facebook: /IzakIllustration     Twitter: @IzakZenou     Pinterest: @IzakZenou      www.IzakZenou.com
💌  J o i n   t h e  M a i l i n g  L i s t  💌
    www.ShopIzak.com
On his inspiration, on American Womenon Traffic-NYC.com, his portfolio his Brand Book

 


BONUS!

 

A Surprise for You… The original illustrations from the official companion site BohemianManifesto.com
(This website is no longer in existence.)
Images found on this site.

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There is a  N E W  U P D A T E D  edition of this book in the works with Dandy Goths and Steampunk making an appearance. Stover has also “dreamed up lush descriptions of Fairy Folk and a call to action for Zen Bohemians.”

 

Teasers of this pending edition and a Gallery of Bohemians found on instagram: @Bohemian_Manifesto_Book

For Bohemian Purist’s like myself (total oxymoron) I implore you to Gift Yourself and chums the original edition pronto. Shop here!

Bohemia must reign my Darlings…

T w e e t    t h e   W r i t e r  s
o f     t h i s    b o o k :

Laren Stover: @Reine_Des_Feine

Paul Himmelein: @Paul_Himmelein

 

The Bohemian Bookshelf (Part 1)

Related imageBohemianism is a way of life, a state of mind and an atmosphere. It is not a trend, it’s a timeless movement. Bohemian Manifesto is the first book to distill all the ingredients of Bohemian life. In witty and engaging style, Laren Stover lets the reader into the contents of a Bohemian closet, bathroom and bookshelf. She explains the allure of absinthe, why it isn’t wise to leave a Bohemian unattended in your house – you could return to find nude nymphs painted on your lampshade – and how to identify what type of Bohemian you may be.

Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge by Laren Stover
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Based on the BBC television series, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing is a unique look at the way we view art, published as part of the Penguin on Design series in Penguin Modern Classics.

“Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.”

“But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but word can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”

John Berger’s Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the Sunday Times critic commented: ‘This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures.’

Ways of Seeing by John Berger
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Image result for a moveable feastPublished posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved works. Since Hemingway’s personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined and debated the changes made to the text before publication. Now this new special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared it to be published.

Featuring a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest’s sole surviving son, and an introduction by the editor and grandson of the author, Seán Hemingway, this new edition also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son Jack and his first wife, Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of other luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Madox Ford, and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft.

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
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The autobiography of an American icon, Andy Warhol’s The Philosophy of Andy Warhol is published in Penguin Modern Classics.

‘I never think that people die. They just go to department stores’

Andy Warhol – American painter, filmmaker, publisher, actor and major figure in the Pop Art movement – was in many ways a reluctant celebrity. Here, in his autobiography, he spills his secrets and muses about love, sex, food, beauty, fame, work, money, success, New York and America and its place in the world. But it is his reflections on himself, his childhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the explosion of his career in the Sixties and his life among celebrities – from working with Elizabeth Taylor to partying with the Rolling Stones – that give a true insight into the mind of one of the most iconic figures in twentieth-century culture.

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol
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The Quintessential Bohemian: Laren Stover

 

Laren Stover is the author of The Bohemian Manifesto: a Field Guide to Living on the Edge.  It is a literary treasure with the most beautiful illustrations by Izak Zenou.

Laren has the beauty, elegance, style and curiosity that perfectly captures a true Bohemian.

This Manifesto is so exquisite to own I cannot tell you how many times it has uplifted me in moments of melancholy and I always get swept away by the romanticism of Bohemianism every time I gaze at the pages. 

 

 

Laren Stover

She is the Editor-at-Large of Faerie Magazine  Stover has also published a darkly comedic novel called Pluto, Animal Lover: A Novel

Begin 2017 with a Bohemian Bang akin to the sound of champagne Muselets catapulting on the walls of a Nouveau Bohemian’s Upper East Side apartment in the Winter… Well you’re not going to stay in the freezing abode of your Beat or Zen Bohemian friend’s place… Nouveau’s are your friends in Winter they can afford heating and food! Zens and Beats are for the Summer when you’re On The Road… Dandy’s are your all seasons friends because they’re always so charming and chic! But wait what kind of Bohemian are you? There is a delightful Quiz at the end of this Quirky Field Guide to tell you which one you are…

If you’re someone who relishes in curious details from counterculture style, to bohemian must-reads (yes there’s a reading list) then this book is for you. The most charming pages of all are the Case Studies which tell you where these curious creatures live, work and their background. So charming, so dreamy! This book will make you delve into Bohemian Consciousness and maybe make you feel less alone about the freedom and rebellion we crave.

Oona the Actress: Case Study

“Oona is tall Swedish and, unbeknownst to her Bohemian friends, a princess. All her actor friends live in squalid Lower East Side, Brooklyn or Harlem apartments. Flickering lights in hallways, mattresses on the floor, candles in wine bottles, crooked stairs. She was jealous!”

If glamour, creature comforts and beauty still can’t quite escape you then have a peak at The Bombshell Manual of Style. The allure of dazzling beauties became another one of her anthropological quests as she felt they were an “exotic species” as discussed on The Early Show in her interview for the book. The interview was conducted by Lisa Birnbach, author of The Preppy Handbook.)  Another video teaser of the book to watch.

Laren On Bombshells: 

“A bombshell believes in her fantasies, she may be wearing a rhinestone bracelet but in her mind it’s Cartier… She doesn’t need to be perfect she still believes she’s a Goddess.”


Purchase The Bohemian Manifesto here.
The Blurb:

Bohemianism is a way of life, a state of mind, an atmosphere. It is not a trend, its a timeless movement. It is about living beyond convention. THE BOHEMIAN MANIFESTO explores and joyfully celebrates the creativity, the originality, and the splendor of a lifestyle and spirit shared by free-thinking, free-living artists, poets, writers, sculptors, musicians, and intellectuals. This is the first book to distill and categorize all the ingredients of Bohemian life. In a witty and engaging style, Laren Stover examines the contents of a Bohemians closet, bathroom, and bookshelf. She explains the allure of absinthe, why it isn’t wise to leave a Bohemian unattended in your home-you could return to find nude nymphs painted on your lamp shades-and how to identify what type of Bohemian you might be.

For the Bombshell in your life or those seeking a New Year Makeover get this book!
The Blurb:

In this glittering beauty and lifestyle guide packed with pearls of wisdom, Laren Stover has compiled everything a woman needs to know to live the Bombshell life: from how to dress and make an entrance to what to eat and where to shop. It tells readers what makes a Bombshell tick; road-tested outfits for 25 occasions; must-have Bombshell sleepwear, handbags, and fragrances; what’s in the Bombshell library; and what she looks for in a man. With scads of little-known facts about real-life bombshells like Liz, Mae, and Lana this fun and ever-so-practical little book is certain to bring out the inner Bombshell in every woman.


Connect with Writer, Editor & Melancholy Connoiseur Laren Stover

LarenStover.com
Instagram: @Faerie_Style
Twitter: @Reine_Des_Fees

Read her article for The Paris Review: Pimped for a part

Laren for The New York Times:

Poet Spotlight: Omar Majeed

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Meet Omar

Omar Majeed is a local Hereford Poet.  Born in Crewe, Cheshire he grew up in Hereford having attended the Cathedral School and studied photography at Hereford Art College. Later on he went to Kingston upon  Thames, initially to study journalism, but his creative instincts lead him into a degree in Graphic Design.  Now back in Hereford he works as a copywriter and is studying fine art. He does the occasional poetry reading, makes short films for fun with friends and is reworking his passion project: SCree Magazine.

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Omar’s Writing

We r all one we always win is a collection of over a decade’s worth of his poetry. Majeed can occasionally be found reading poems from this collection at events such as Booth Fest and most recently Courtyard Hereford’s Poetry Slam.

You can purchase a copy of his latest poetry book on his Etsy Shop: GravityEnterprises.

Here’s a taste of his way with words…

All That Is Within Our Grasp

We hold on tight to the hands
of those we love
as they hold on tight to us,

as if we may float away
should they or we
loosen our grip,

and still
through knuckles white
we let them slip.

“… In your hands a pine cone spirals, draped in cobwebs. A tiny spider crawls across your knuckles. Books lie beside us, unread as we chat in chapters about this and that.”

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Omar’s Poetry book: we r all one we always win is available on Etsy

Notably at Apple Store Gallery in Hereford there are some copies available to buy. Apple Store Gallery is also where Majeed has done some readings at their poetry nights and he participated in a group art show last year for them. Omar has long been interested in poetry since his school days and won the Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2002. He’s had stuff published in Kingston’s Ripple mag and Short cuts competition pamphlet where his poem Duet was chosen as the winner.

One of Omar’s short stories about Aldous Huxley’s deathbed LSD experience was published in Askance’s Positional Vertigo collection available on paper copy and Kindle.

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On Drawing

“Up until a couple of years ago I hadn’t done much drawing.  I mostly worked with text and photography.  My friends used to gather together in Lucy Baxendale’s living room and draw, an informal gathering that turned into a Drawing Club which meets every third Thursday at De Koffie Pot in the evening.  I was hanging out with everyone drawing.  They would give me a page out of their notebook and a pen and I would scribble stuff.  Gradually I wanted a ‘thing’ and started just drawing people from my imagination that I called my imaginary friends. This developed into the wooden painted sculptures that I showed at the end of my portfolio course. I like drawing people from the recesses of my head and then naming them. I’m thinking of giving them stories.”

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Copies of Gravity zine

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His Magazine

“For about six years I was producing Gravity zine, which largely comprised of art submissions to a theme, and a bit of writing, mainly from Hereford creative and a few sympathizers.  The template involved putting out a call for work and then laying everything out and photocopying.  We had colour covers from Issue four letter-pressed by Fishbone press, and started hand sewing the binding. My friends would all get together regularly to help me put everything together. It was a collective endeavor to celebrate all the amazing work that was around and not a commercial venture.  I rarely made my print costs back. I gave everyone who contributed a copy and that was enough for a while.  SCree is an idea developed with Graphic Designer and Illustrator Johnny Burrage to make a more developed magazine, featuring articles about important contemporary topics and covering cultural events for which we can have an editorial team commissioning up to the minute articles and illustrations, and the layout is a bit more structured and professional. We want to be able to pay people for their work because artists have to work for free too often.  We are currently exploring funding models.  Keep an eye on the SCree Facebook page and Screezine.com for news.”

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Among Majeed’s other creative projects he makes short films such as this one titled Lorem Ipsum made alongside with Johnny Burrage last year starring local musician Elspeth Anne Macrae. They’re working on a new one, titled Un Chien Errant (a lost dog.) He also writes semi-regularly for Minky Cuadra at Hereford City Centric blog.

Omar wrote a novella which he describes as a “transgressive noirish experimental thriller” called Dark under a pen name. The paper copies have sold out but it is available as a Kobo ebook here.

Check out the synopsis:

Ex-professional footballer Thomas Peterson receives a phone call alerting him to a disappearance that throws his already spiraling life into intrigue and disorder.  A transgressive, post-modernist thriller. Adults only.

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More of Omar’s Poems found on SmallSongsOfHope.blogspot.co.uk
His other website: Is This An Art


Connect with Omar omar-gif

Twitter: @MyDadsJacket
Instagram: @MyDadsJacket

Lord of Bohemia: Melvyn Bragg

This month’s selection is a very dear figure who really touches my heart. Lord Bragg is a beloved British UK broadcaster,  Novelist and reigning Arts doyen.

He’s had a staggering career and many struggles which is why I’m so fond of him, if anybody takes a moment to uncover his past you can’t helped but be moved by him. From humble roots he began as a trainee for the BBC and went on has very candidly discussed his struggles with depression and was a former President of Mental Health Charity MIND.

If you ever get a chance I would highly recommend you watch the talk between Lord Bragg and Joanna Lumley. I bought this series on DVD as individual full episodes cannot be found online. Get yours here. I watched this a couple years ago when things were pretty horrific for me and it always gave me hope that someone who was struggling the way I was not only found relief in the arts but made a career out of it. Rarely would I say someone as a person is admirable but Lord Bragg truly is. When I decided to write about Melvyn on my site I started to cry like Kim Kardashian ugly tears crying that’s how big of an impact he has on me….

Bragg’s article on The Telegraph: British Culture may be our great new industry

“Snobbery still exists, but it is comical or pathetic and no longer has a cutting edge.”

“How would you really describe yourself? I suggest it might be through the type of music you like, the sport you follow, the radio station you listen to, the authors you read, the ballet or the opera or theatre you go to, the soaps or the galleries – or a mix of all. The old snakeskin of class falls away when we look at what we really do, or are given half the chance to be as we really want to be.”


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