I am returning…

I have been busy, I have been suffering. I have been drowning in too many dehumanising experiences and I need art to bring me back to life.

Part of me had a fear. Fear that if I wrote about what I love and loathe then I’ll never know if someone truly like me for me. Maybe they’ve just Googled me and sussed out my aesthetic and film preferences. Just when I think I’ve met some dreamy guy or new best friend who likes poetry and has read the same books as me and has the same literary tastes as me it’ll turn out to be nothing but an illusion: a mirage of a mutuality. The insta-struggle is real.

I’m back to satisfy my own curiosity and just share and praise all the wonderful art out there created by so many creative minds who exhibit their talents though screenplays, recordings, paintings; an array of mediums. I want to be in love with life again. I need art like I need God. The two are interchangeable. They are both sources of oxygen.

I can’t believe I’ve been away from this blog for soooo long.

I am back. Sporadically. Inconsistently.

But I am back and ready to share and connect with you all and maybe even make friends.

Not having people around me to talk about the films and books I like, reminds me I just need to share it to the world like I did before; because hiding away as I have done only limits my chance for the connection I crave.

 

Bohemian Love has arrived…

I am delighted to finally announce that my newest book of poems Bohemian Love is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. It is a dreamy collection of love poems with tales from Paris and an inside look into the lives of beautiful people with a lot of memories of the passions of young love.

Bohemian Love Poetry Book cover

When you meet the love of your life everything changes. You never see life the same way ever again…

Bohemian love is more than peonies on doorsteps and champagne breakfasts. It is an irresistible force that changes you forever.

There are tales from Paris where charming artists meet beautiful muses. Bohemians fall in love at first sight, though that love can lead to obsession.

This collection of poems evokes the scent of desire, shadow of loneliness and pain of thwarted love.

Bohemian Love will pierce your heart. It will fill your life with unimaginable passion and is a destiny for the chosen few.

Available on Amazon
By Catherine Vaughan
Paperback   USA   UK
Kindle           USA   UK

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

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.

preppy hipster

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)

 

Catherine Vaughan art cute fashion design GIF

 

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.

Catherine Vaughan art design retro watercolor GIF

 

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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