Spell Designs – Little Gypsies 

Devised by a free-spirited duo of sisters living in Byron Bay, Spell & The Gypsy Collective started small in local markets and has since expanded to become one of the ultimate signature boho fashion labels. Their whimsical prints and flowing skirts will reveal your inner-gypsy and make you want to dance barefeet in the sand.

I’ve had my eye on them for a while now and frequently stop by their online store to stay up to date on new designs and any ongoing sales. It never really occurred to me, until my pregnancy, that they have a line of clothes made specifically for infants and toddlers called “little gypsies”! Swoon. As I envisioned my future flower-child frolicking in their adorable onesies and leggings, I fell in love with their brand even more. I knew I had to get my hands on their Gypsy Queen Onsie in 3-6 months, so that my little babe can sport this darling singlet as it starts to warm up this coming spring/summer. It’s one of my favorite pieces that I’ve bought for babygirl so far and I’m beyond excited to see her in it. Now all they need are matching mommy & me sets! *hint hint*


Safe Travels, xx

Vlog Intro!

Well everyone, I’ve been blogging on The Bohemian Lifestyle for about 4 years now! I’ve enjoyed sharing my experiences, travels, and daily life with all of my readers out there and hearing your feedback. This year, I’ve made it a personal blogging-goal of mine to expand my creative horizons by sharing vlogs with you all! I have already made a couple travel diaries that you can watch on my YouTube. But I’ve always shied away from actually speaking on camera because whenever I try it, I just end up feeling like an idiot. (I am and always will be my own worst critic). This year is different. This year I, myself, am different. Pregnancy has been one of the most humbling experiences I could ever imagine. It’s made me care a lot less about what other people think of me which, in turn, has reduced a lot of my social anxieties. My mom thinks it’s because I have bigger things to worry about now than other people’s negative opinions and she’s probably right.

So far, I have quite a bit of content for videos prepared. One about our recent trip to Washington DC and a few on my pregnancy as I countdown to the baby’s arrival in 6 weeks! So, stay tuned for some new videos in the following months. I’ve embedded a little teaser video in this post which will serve as an introduction to all my travel vlogs.

I’d love to hear feedback and advice from videographers or other bloggers who have turned to vlogging!

 

Safe Travels, xx

Women’s Wellness With Camille Beckman



I received a lovely gift over the holidays full of goodies from Camille Beckman, an Idaho grown mother-daughter line of beauty products that are prefect for pampering yourself. They’re created with all natural ingredients, vegan/gluten free, and are made right here in the USA. Personally I’m not a vegan or gluten intolerant, but I always prefer products that use all-natural ingredients over ones that don’t because it gives me some peace of mind when I can actually read the ingredient list and know what I’m putting into body. Am I right?
This is why I just LOVE companies that go the natural route like Camille Beckman has. I tried out the whole crunchy lifestyle a few years back, you know…making my own shampoo, toothpaste, face-wash, and even makeup. It didn’t last very long. I just couldn’t motivate myself to put in all the time and effort that goes into making your own all-natural products. That’s where companies, like Camille Beckman, come in. They make it easy and affordable to acquire healthy, wholesome, & luxurious beauty products. My favorite so far has been the milk bath soak! The Epsom salt soothes my achy, third-trimester worn body, while the coconut milk leaves my skin super soft. And my favorite part about their line of products? They’re made in my beautiful home state of Idaho!


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Safe Travels, xx

2016: Year in Review

2016 was a year of incredible highs and lows. We had some losses as a family, like the death of my grandfather. But we also had some surprise blessings, like finding out I’m pregnant with my first. We ran wild in Thailand for 3 unforgettable months, roamed the Idaho mountains all summer, and spent a week in Washington D.C. to top off the year. Today I’ve put together a little recap of 2016 to reminisce about all these experiences.


JANUARY
My entire extended family (consisting of probably around 30 people) rang in the new year on a four day cruise to Ensenada, Mexico. It was my first cruise, first time to mexico, and a crazy New Years that I’ll never forget.

FEBRUARY
I mostly spent the month of February hibernating from the cold and working on my art. I was honored to be announced as a finalist in Photographer’s Forum Best of College and High School Photography 2016. I was also busy finishing up a collage series to be published in Impossible Project Magazine. Other than traveling and my family, nothing fills me with more meaning and happiness than when I’m working on my art & photography. It’s something that has always came to me so intuitively and when my work gets acknowledgments like this it only reassures me that I’m doing what the universe created me to do.

MARCH
In March we left for another 3 month long endeavor to Bangkok, Thailand. This time, my brother brought three of his friends with him. Together we ran wild…probably a little too wild. My family has had a connection to Bangkok for a while now. My dad has been located there for about 4 years due his work, so we make it a point to visit as often as we can. Bangkok has truly become like a second home to us. It was the first country I had ever visited, back when I was 18 years old. It’s the entire reason I started blogging on The Bohemian Lifestyle in the first place. I was so blown away by my experiences that I needed to share them with anyone who was willing to listen and hopefully in doing so, I could inspire people to get out there and see the world too.

APRIL

Still roaming Bangkok, my cousin and his friend came out to visit us with one of his friends for about 3 weeks. We celebrated one of my favorite holidays – Songkran – the Thai New Year. Basically one giant water festival for three days straight, sometimes longer depending on which part of Thailand you’re in. People run rampant in the streets celebrating with giant water fights, rubbing clay on each other, enjoying good food, giving thanks to Buddha and their ancestors, and partying the night away.

MAY
Our time in Thailand was coming to a close. We had experienced enough to last a lifetime in those short three months. From the grimy nightlife of Bangkok, to the luxurious beaches of Phuket, to the humble island life on Koh Sichang. We created memories with each other that we will never forget and formed an unbreakable bond with the city that will always leave us with a nostalgic ache in our hearts for more.

JUNE
June was a tough month for our family. We lost our papa to complications after surgery and laid him to rest. His surgery was a rollercoaster and his death was rather sudden and unexpected – everyone really thought he would pull through. It was especially hard on my mom and her siblings losing their dad. As if emotions weren’t high enough, I found out I was pregnant literally a week after his funeral. I tried to keep it a secret to give my mom some time to mourn, but I had such severe morning sickness that I couldn’t keep it a secret any longer than a few days. Talk about a complete emotional upheaval in only a matter of a few weeks!

JULY
Seeking healing, comfort, and strength that only nature can provide, I spent a lot of July in the mountains. Hiking, whitewater rafting, enjoying lakeside picnics, skinny dipping in glacial waters, and taking photos.

AUGUST
Before starting another semester of school, my mom, brother, and I set out for Montana. My mom was cast a role in a tv show that an old theater friend of her’s was filming there. It’s quirky and low budget, but some of the best films and tv shows have been created the same way and I cannot wait to see the pilot episode that’s coming out soon! It’s a story I’ll probably end up sharing with you guys on The Bohemian Lifestyle once the pilot is released.

SEPTEMBER
Majority of my September was spent working on school. I also developed and scanned a lot of the film I had shot in Thailand, so I was re-living those memories as well. All the while, I was starting my second trimester and starting to prepare myself mentally for motherhood and labor. I hadn’t officially announced my pregnancy at this point because I wanted to wait until around the time we found out the gender.

OCTOBER
The big announcement and gender reveal happened in October! We decided to announce our pregnancy in a humorous way rather than posting more serious, cutesy photos that you often see people share because we felt it just fit our personalities and the whole situation so much better. About a week later we found out that we were having a little girl! We topped off the announcements with a crazy gender reveal party. With pink and blue beer pong teams, a baby bottle beer chugging contest, and condoms with mini shots (aka baby making potion) as party favors. By the end of the night, my dad and I were the only sober ones in attendance, which was totally fine with me! 

NOVEMBER
It was an unusually warm fall this year in Boise. We took advantage of the weather by going on hikes in the foothills during the weekends. By now I was definitely showing and starting to get my mama-glow. I was understandably nervous, yet growing excited to experience life through the eyes of my daughter and show her the world.

DECEMBER
To top off the year, we spent 10 days in Washington D.C. visiting my dad while he was working there. Most of the time we ran around museums. We also ate at some amazing local restaurants and went to a Capitals hockey game! It was my first (and probably last time) flying while pregnant…at least while in my third trimester because of how uncomfortable and exhausting it was. I also did a photoshoot and giveaway with PinkBlush Maternity while we were there! We then returned home and did some last minute christmas shopping before spending the holidays with family. It was one of the most emotional and eventful years I’ve had in a long time…one I’ll always remember. I’m anxious to see what 2017 has in store and to meet my daughter for the first time!

Thanks to everyone who has been following my journey since the very beginning of The Bohemian Lifestyle and welcome to all the new readers that I’ve gained this year. I hope you all had an amazing holiday and that 2017 brings you happiness, many blessings, and amazing experiences!

Safe Travels & Happy New Year, xx

Travel Diary: Week in Washington D.C.

Here’s a short, 5 minute travel dairy that I threw together about our time in Washington D.C. It basically consists of us exploring the city and tons of museum hopping!
Enjoy!

Safe Travels, xx

Week in Washington D.C.


I’m writing this from inside our hotel room in A.K.A White House, which is literally 2 blocks away from the actual white house. This is my third time visiting our nation’s capitol – you can read about my month long stay in the city here – but it’s Dustin’s first time visiting anywhere on the East coast, so it has been really exciting showing him all the monuments, museums, and all around different vibes Washington D.C. has compared to the Northwest.
We came out to visit my dad while he is working here. But during the week, he’s mostly busy at the office so Dustin and I have mostly spent been museum hopping. From the National Gallery of Art, to the Natural History Museum, the U.S. Botanic Garden, to the American History Museum, National Geographic Headquarters, to the Native American Museum, and the Holocaust Museum. There is so much to see and learn about, you could probably spend and entire day browsing through one museum at a time. All three of us did manage to get tickets to an NHL game which absolutely made Dustin’s whole week. Capitals vs. Canucks, Capitals won 3-0!
We’ve also been enjoying the incredible food here! One of my favorite restaurants in the entire world is in D.C. – Founding Farmers. We made it a goal to eat somewhere new everyday but we’ve definitely found our favorites in the neighborhood and I’ll be posting a vlog about our top five favorite places to eat in D.C. when we get back home!

Safe Travels, xx

PINKBLUSH Giveaway!




Today marks week 29 of my pregnancy! We’ll be meeting our baby girl for the first time soon and it’s such a surreal feeling. I can’t even begin to envision what that moment will be like, but everyone keeps telling me that it will be completely life changing. Sometimes I feel infinitely beautiful knowing that my body is creating and carrying a new life. But a lot of my pregnancy has been far from glamorous and many days I feel like never leaving my room and just sleeping all day.
If you are like me, you basically live in leggings and whichever old clothes will accommodate your growing belly. But recently I discovered PINKBLUSH, which has the cutest maternity clothes ever! I was specifically interested in their maternity robes. With my delivery coming  sooner than I can wrap my head around, I need to start planning for the hospital trip. I must confess that I absolutely hate the hospital gowns that I see in most delivery photos…so when I saw that PINKBLUSH offers beautiful alternatives to delivery robes, I immediately knew that I had to have one! When we’re sweaty and exhausted from labor, we don’t need to feel even more hideous than we already do thanks to the frumpy hospital gowns they give us. PINKBLUSH robes are flowy, lightweight, and ultra comfortable. They come in vibrant solid colors, dreamy floral prints, and some even have pretty lace trim. I personally chose the Mauve Floral Delivery/Nursing Robe because I love black and floral together.

I have exciting news for all you soon-to-be mamas out there. I’ve teamed up with PINKBLUSH to bring you a GIVEAWAY! We are offering the winner a 75$ gift card so you can buy your own stylish delivery robe or stock up on cute maternity clothes for you and your growing bump. To enter you must do two things:
1. Follow ME and PINKBLUSH on Instagram – @chanel.abrianna & @shoppinkblush
2. Comment your name and tag 2 other friends on my latest post of me wearing their beautiful Mauve Floral Robe.
I will choose and contact the winner on Instagram next Tuesday, December 20th.

*Thanks to PinkBlush for sponsoring this post!

GOOD LUCK MAMAS! xx