The Boho Girl's Guide To Apartment Shopping

The Boho Girl's Guide To Apartment Shopping

Your go-to guide for all things boho
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Move-in day is approaching, and I have been searching non-stop for the perfect Bohemian bedroom decor. I love the cozy feel of a boho bedroom with it's crazy patterns, twinkly lights and carefree vibes. My shopping journey has taken me from Pintrest to Tumblr to every Bohemian-style website and Intsagram account I could find. Here is a guide to all things boho-bedroom that will save you boho ladies (or dudes) from countless hours of searching for ideas:

1. Tapestry

A tapestry is a must-have in a boho space. Not only are they beautiful, but they take up a whole entire wall, making it easier for you when it comes to decorating. I suggest that you start off your boho shopping spree with purchasing a tapestry. Use whatever tapestry you choose to base the rest of your space off of! There are a huge array of patterns and color schemes to choose from, and it does not have to break the bank! Amazon.com has a ton of tapestries for great prices! The picture above was the tapestry I had in my dorm room freshman year. I used it as a makeshift curtain to block the sun!

2. Plants

Plants are a necessity because they literally bring life to your room and are especially suitable for a boho-themed room. Little potted plants like succulents are perfect for dressing up your windowsill, desk or dresser. If you want to get more creative, hanging plants were all over the internet when I was binge searching. All you need for hanging plants is a hanging planter (which you can find at Wal-Mart, Lowe's, The Dollar Store, and most other stores), a place to hang it, and a plant to put in it! Remember to put your plants somewhere sunny and don't forget to water them, I've killed too many plants by neglecting them (R.I.P.).

3. Lace Curtains

Anything with a flowing texture can help transform any space into a boho one. I love the classic look of white, lace curtains, they brighten up a room and give it "Free People" vibes.

4. String Lights

Even if you are not aiming for a boho vibe, string lights turn any space into a starry, mystical wonderland. There are so many different things you can do with string lights. You can outline your tapestry with them, hang them around the perimeter of your room or even across the celling. No matter what you choose to do with your string lights, the magical effect is guaranteed.

5. Pattern Overload

Patterns, patterns, patterns! Go crazy with patterns and don't be afraid to mismatch them!

6. Wall Art

Putting other peoples' art, your own art, or posters of your favorite bands onto your walls gives you a chance to add more personal touches to your room. Some fun boho wall decoration ideas I came up with are hanging up pieces of driftwood on your wall, dream catchers, knit wall hangings, or a cool picture of a city scape and big world maps. Recently I have been going to thrift stores like Goodwill to search for cool antique posters or cheap paintings that match my theme.

7. Princess Canopies

Each time I type "boho bedroom" into my browser, tons of pictures pop up with princess canopy beds. I used to think canopies were just for little girls, but boy was I wrong. There are ways to make them age-appropriate; you can buy one to hang above your bed, or, if you have low ceilings, all you need is white translucent fabric or curtains! They look really cute with twinkly lights in them.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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To The Girl Who Always Puts Her Love Life Before Everything Else, Don't Do That

Don't let yourself miss out on life just because you want a boyfriend.

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As a twenty-something, everywhere you look on social media you see all of your friends either getting married, having kids or exploiting their so-called #goals relationships.

For those of us who are single and are just living our best life, it can be annoying and a little discouraging.

Speaking as a single lady, my Instagram feed is filled with my friends who are in relationships, getting engaged/married, or having kids. Everyone has their own pace in life, but I can't help but feel like they're missing out.

Most of them did these big life events within two years of graduation. We graduated high school less than five years ago.

I'm not saying these people shouldn't pursue these relationships. I am a firm believer in doing what makes you happy, however, I am concerned that they aren't seeing the world. Most of the people still live in my ridiculously small hometown and never got a chance to leave.

Even if you decide to go back afterward, you should still leave your hometown for a little bit to see what else is out there.

How will you ever know if you like something if you never try?

Maybe you and your high school sweetheart's relationship will work out, they sometimes do. But I wish that more women my age would go out and live their lives a little before settling down so soon.

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