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Celebrating 50 Years of Country Music

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Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market

In honor of "The 50th Annual CMA Awards", James and I decided to share a fun way to celebrate the event with a pre-listening date night.  If your planning on watching Country Music’s Biggest Night™ this is a little something you can plan ahead of time to make it an extra special evening.  You may get together with the fam or friends for this too, but for us two homebodies, a date night on our porch is just perfect for us. 

Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market

I grew up in the Cowboy Capital of The World, Bandera, Texas.  Country music is something that is in your blood when you are raised in places like this.  For most of my youth I declared that I hated country music, but when I was 15 that all changed when I went to my first Willie Nelson concert.  I knew my mom and Nanna loved his music, but it wasn't until I stood there hearing the music in my whole body that I was forever changed. 

Fun little story... The night of the concert I was hanging out with my boyfriend at the time and his best friend.  We had met my family at the venue and I was trying to convince my mom to buy tickets for them as well.  As she was trying to explain to me that she could not afford to buy two more tickets, Willie's harmonica player was standing by listening.  He came over to us and invited us all to come in and enjoy the music.  It was like fate's hand had touched us... That night I fell in love with Willie Nelson, and I also fell in love with my boyfriend's best friend.  True story.  We ended up dancing for hours (first time I had ever really danced too), and the rest was history.  Even though that relationship only lasted about 8 months, I was starry eyed and head over heels in love, and Willie may have just been the reason!

Since then I have seen Willie in concert several more times, and have even received a kiss from him in one of his crowd lines after a show.  (I'm sure he kisses them all, but it felt pretty special to me... my Nanna told me to never wash my face after that, ha ha).  I was also invited one year to enjoy the concert he puts on annually at his ranch in Luck, Texas.  That is something I will never forget.  Willie Nelson is a generational legend in our family, and I am so happy to pass that love down to my little Ava Pearl. 

I will never forget the many times my mom told me why she loved Willie Nelson so much.  He united the cowboys and the hippies in one place through his music.  I would say that is a pretty awesome thing to be able to do.

Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market

James and I broke out some of my Willie vinyls (and a few other country favorites), popped open some of our favorite drinks (Bundaberg's ginger beer is the BEST), some yummy snacks, and enjoyed each others company. We will be planning on doing this again the night of "The 50th Annual CMA Awards". 50 years is a big milestone for the awards, so I'm sure they will be going in big time with the entertainment. They recently created a music video with 30 country artists singing a medley of Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton & John Denver in celebration. I've attached it below for you to see! I am personally in favor of the old country classics like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash... but I sure don't mind watching Keith Urban any chance I get. ;) However, pretty much any country song that comes on the radio that was recorded pre 2000, I will know the words to. Growing up in a small country town like this, it just surrounds you and becomes part of you. I kind of love that.

Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market
Celebrating The 50th Annual CMA Awards with a date night listening party sponsored by Cost Plus World Market

Cost Plus World Market has been one of my favorite stores for as long as I can remember. I will go in there just for the eye candy sometimes. The textures, patterns, colors and styles of home decor they carry just speak to my soul. We recently bought this wood slice table for my porch makeover. It is a statement piece that will last a lifetime. I found some pretty rad entertaining essentials there that we used on this date. I love simple earthy vibes in my home. The mix of wood + metal elements are some of my favorites. And of course, I had to grab a cool hat, which has quickly become my favorite! I'm such a hat girl...

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In Autumn We Gather

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"In autumn we gather" was a saying I came up with to hang over our small gathering place tucked into our redwood laden garden the evening of the Autumn Equinox. Like the leaves that fall to the earth, we put another season to rest, and autumn has arrived. This is the time we need to step back and reflect upon the energy that is stirring in us, old and new. This is the time we should be laying to rest our worries that have been collecting dust in our hearts, sweep away the piles of burden we have hidden in the shadowy corners of our souls, and carry on to a new season of life.

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Collect and reflect on all the accomplishments you have made this year so far.  We should allow ourselves to become bare like the trees, to open up the most vulnerable doors inside of us so that subtle autumn light can fill in all the crevices and inspire us to connect deeper with the universe, with ourselves and all that exists around us, and allow the chilling winds stir new life in our souls, as it does the tree leaves in the forest.

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This is the perfect time to gather with people dear to you, to cook home made meals, dine under candle light and tell stories under the stars. Respect local harvest and shop locally for food that was labored over with love.

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A few of our closest people make the trek out to our forest home, and we are forever grateful. The candle's light shimmered like twinkling stars, laughter filled the forest and memories were made.

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I knew I wanted to host a gathering far before autumn came, but I wanted to do it on a budget. All my dishware was thrifted, down to my beautiful sterling silver trays, serving dishes and goblets. There are always hidden gems at the second hand. I DIY the sign from a huge piece of cloth I bought for 5 dollars at the fabric store and Free hand painted the words on. The napkins were made from that fabric as well, tied off with leather chord. I collected huge candles, ghostly little pumpkins and picked moss off forest trees and it made for the perfect atmosphere. Everyone contributed to a dish and it came out beautifully. This is a new tradition that we are looking forward to continuing on for years to come.

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May this inspire you to gather, reflect and renew.

Autumn blessings.


Marcie Dawn Moonridge

I have always been drawn to the raw, the grit and the wild bits of life and I try to harness all that lies deep within me to portray just that, and I encourage others to seek after those traits within themselves as well. Close friends liken me unto the ocean because I'm always shifting, and moving and I am ruled by the moon. My tribe name is Low Cloud, because I am always dancing on mountain tops. I'm a little bit too daring at times, but my scars always remind me that I'm alive.  I dwell within the redwood forest lining the ocean cliffs just south of San Francisco in a tiny cabin with my forever love I've know since age 5, and my cat Metheuselah. I am a creator, a visual story teller, and a wanderer.

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FULL MOON BATH RITUAL

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Our friends over at Live By Being have declared June to be 'Bath Month'.  I couldn't get more on board with this if I tried!  Being a Cancer June baby who loves the water and my sacred bath time, I'm a big fan of this idea.  I take a bath almost every night already, but having a whole month devoted to this idea is just fabulous!  Most new + full moons I try to make a point to make my bath extra special by creating a sort of ritual around it, so I thought I would share that here for bath month. 

My personal rituals are usually very simple.  I create serenity and mood by lighting candles, burning incense, sage or palo santo, and sometimes putting on a soothing station on my pandora, other times just being with the silence of the water.  I always like to include something special and nourishing for my skin.  Since this bath month was declared by Live By Being I used some of my favorite bath salts from them.  I also always bring something nourishing to drink, usually water or herbal tea.  As I quiet myself and go within for a bit, I then pull some cards for whatever is on my mind at the time, or for the full or new moon energies in general.  Then I spend some time soaking in the warm salt water while I soak up the knowledge from my spread.  Just a very simple way to go within and connect with myself in a healing, nourishing way with intention. 

In honor of Bath Month, Live By Being is giving away one of their bath salts + milk bath to my followers!  Go enter to win a bottle of the STILL bath salt on our instagram at @bohemiancollective

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tarot deck by the wild unknown // soy candle by luna's locket // cactus dish by axis moon

GUEST POST: A PIECE OF A LOVE STORY

  Photo Credit: Danielle Cohen

Photo Credit: Danielle Cohen

The Most Revolutionary Thing I’ve Done Was Stay.

I am one of those people who is utterly in love with love.  You know what I mean? The feeling, the connection, the bliss.  Love is such a GOOD THING.  But for all of us experiencing love in a relationship setting, we know this much- It can be so profoundly, ecstatically, mind-blowingly good… and yet so insanely hard. At times so hard it feels like ending things must be the answer. I hear people say all the time, it shouldn’t be like that, love shouldn’t be hard. 

And maybe there are some relationships out there where it comes so easy and karmically… it’s just snagless. I suppose some people have done all their work around it and so it’s a totally different experience then my own.

But for me personally, and for some people I have connected with conversation around relationships, I find that those in longer-term relationships, be it marriages or committed partnerships, staying together and feeling the homeostasis of a healthy union can be hard ass work and some points the idea of leaving feels easier than the long haul of staying. 

The hard work of relationships is like being up to your elbows in mud, naked, with your heart raw and exposed.  Your feet are blistered like you’ve walked a hundred thousand miles barefoot and your arms are sore from holding the basket of medicine you try and gather at all times. Your body is limp and vulnerable from asking to be carried, or utterly exhausted from refusing to ask for support at all.  All your wounds have been revealed from the inside out.  And your eyes ache from all the seeing you have to do. Nowhere in this world has anybody else seen you both in your most beautiful… and as your ugliest.

This is insanely vulnerable. And a lot of the times the walk is totally uphill.

I have a lot of stories about me and my husband .  Truly, I could write a book.  I always say that we have had 10,000 or 10 million marriages just in our single one. We have been through so much and incarnated deeper every time we’ve left and come back together.  We always knew our marriage couldn’t stay the same, even from day to day, we needed constant movement and change… and that still is true.  So we allowed it to always change.

We also allow things to die.  We allow ourselves to fight, to burn up, to break up, to speak what we feel, to unleash, to hold space for the other.  We allow the other to walk away.  To say stupid shit. To need each other. To reject the other.  We allow for all the emotions and waves to hit our relationship and we practice never showing up as anything but our whole selves.  Sometimes we don’t like everything we see.  Sometimes this honest works immediately and things are better in moments.

Sometimes it takes months. 

We believe in the Mystery of Love and the workings of what it means when we say yes, I’ll stick it out. And I think we were curious who the other person was turning into. Always.  Who would he be tomorrow? Who would I be? How will we learn to love next?

Life isn’t like a textbook. It makes no sense. There is no map or manual or rules. Over the years, I have learned to speak up more and he has learned to listen.  He learned to call me on my shit and I learned to {still learning this!] really look deeply at my own shortcomings and own them and be honest with myself.

Even though my marriage hasn’t been perfect, and at times the love between me and my husband has been down right painful, the most direct route to my own personal revolution has been to stay in it. I know that every time I step toward him in love and understanding, I feel like I am loving myself, and healing myself, and growing into the human I was always meant to be. 

I have always believed in us.  And I believed in the hard parts.  Because the hard parts are always something to press against, to bang against when needed.  The hard was something to crack open and chisel into something new.  The hard was something to stand on, tall and firm, or to lay against in exhaustion and know you will be held.  The hard was a place to sit patiently and wait.  Because really, hard shouldn’t mean unhappy.  Hard should mean you are doing something like birth, it hurts and it’s exhausting, but it’s transformational.  Hard should feel like you’ve had an adventurous day and your body needs a good rest.

Like I said.  There is no guarantee.  There is no payoff.  I live my life like he may not be there and I am always free to walk where I must.  Even in the hard times, I don’t expect it to always “work”.  There is nothing to “work”. There is only doing the work.  And it’s this work, the work of love—without any real prize at the end—that fuels me, feeds me, and keeps me here on the ground.


Marybeth Bonfiglio is a mother, wife, writer, and creator who lives in Portland, Oregon. She is an earth-trained herbalist and ancestry schooled tarot reader and the co-host of a podcast about Love. Learn more about her on her website

WINTERING

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As winter quickly approaches my corner of the world, I am tenderly going through my own wintering, and have been through most of the fall season already.  Usually Autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year, but this year it quickly passed me by while I was in my own first trimester pregnancy slumber, sleeping many hours of the day, wrestling with keeping my body nourished and functioning for weeks.  Luckily I haven't missed it all with our abnormally warm season.  The trees are still beautiful hues of red, orange and brown tones, and we have only had one extremely light freeze, nothing to write home about, so the leaves are so tenderly staying put for the time being.  I'm so grateful that as I'm waking from my own slumber of being immersed in a foreign world for the past two months, that I still get to enjoy the simple pleasure of watching the season shift.

Although after being in such a slumber, and feeling my energy begin to return, I feel myself saddened that the next season actually is winter, and not spring.  As I feel myself returning like a spring bud in its early stages, I am yearning for that sunshine on my back, to dip my toes into the river water, to slough off these layers of bulky sweaters and sweatpants I have been adorning myself in for weeks on end.  I'm wishing the season would match my own personal season.  But as we know, that is not how it goes.  So, I am finding little ways I can redirect my attention to honor the current shift in nature, and bring that back within myself.  To continue to honor my own budding season in other ways, and also enjoy the cold that is coming my way.

I haven't put up my seasonal tree just yet, and as I'm writing this, I'm realizing maybe Ive been stalling on a subconscious level.  I think today I will make it my goal to decorate my tree with all my family heirloom trinkets and twinkle lights to invite the season into my home space.  After all, it will be done and over before I know it in just a few weeks.  I will break out the hot cocoa, continue enjoying snuggled up cuddles on the couch, and find the balance between the sweet slow growing of my baby and belly, and the new found energy that is returning to me.

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These beautiful items photographed here lovingly reminded me of the beauty of this season, so I gathered them up together and created a little space for them, to simply enjoy their presence...

Flowerpot candle - Luna's Locket // Painted Bear Stone - Lotus & Nightshade // Palo Santo Bundle - Catori Life // Succulent - The Succulent Source


Laura Mazurek

Laura Mazurek is the visionary of this site.  It has been a life long dream of hers to find a way to bring together all of her favorite artists, and The Bohemian Collective is the birthing of that seed dream. 

She creates the lookbooks you see within the pages of this site, each with the inspiration of the individual artists work being featured.  She is one of the artists herself and creates earthy bohemian spirit jewelry and home accessories through her line Roots and Feathers.  She also is a full time lifestyle blogger at her website rootsandfeathers.com.  On the side, she creates the drawings for her husbands clothing line Skyline Fever

Her passion lies not only with her own creations, but also with helping other artists get their work out into the world.  She believes in the community spirit of the art world, and loves to share artists who she believes creates with authenticity, spirit & insane radness.

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