An Order to Go with a Side of Clothes

I’ve recently realized something about myself…the style of clothing I prefer has a name, other than “hippie” clothes. I like flowing, natural fabrics and layering on clothes. That style of fashion is known as bohemian, or boho. 

An Order to Go with a Side of Clothes
Boho clothing was popularized in the 1960s and 1970s (no wonder I refer to them as hippie clothes) with an emphasis on free flowing natural fabrics that are environmentally friendly. Boho styling also intends that the wearer feels in harmony with herself and with nature, leaving a great deal of room for creating a very individualized look. 

Elements of the boho style are:

Layer clothing – create a relaxed gypsy look with multiple layers, such as a wrap over a T shirt and a long skirt, or a flowing tunic over tight leggings with a long crocheted sweater over both. 

An Order to Go with a Side of Clothes
Oversized flowing clothes – create a free and flowing look with light weight fabrics and long tops or skirts….anything that makes you feel light and comfortable. 

Second hand clothes are an option that saves money and saves the environment – check local second hand shops for vintage looking tops, skirts, dresses or wide legged slacks with flow to them and details such as tassels, lace or crocheted accents. 

Yesterday I stopped by Cracker Barrel for a couple of veggie plates to go. As I waited for my order, I wandered around the restaurant’s country shop, impressed with their clothing selection. How many restaurants carry clothing? Cracker Barrel does! And do you know what I was seeing? Lots of boho style tops, dresses and skirts. And you know what else I saw? All clothing was 25-40% off! 

An Order to Go with a Side of Clothes
I was back at this homestyle restaurant this afternoon, shopping for clothes. Noon wasn’t the best time to go. Think after church crowd. But with an upcoming trip, plus recent weight loss, plus an incredible sale that ended today on my favorite style of clothes, I was there. The crush of people didn’t bother me. 

Cracker Barrel doesn’t have a dressing room. So with permission I carried an armful of cute tops and wraps to the restroom. I would try on a top and then step out of the stall to check the fit in the mirror. At one point I had the cutest group of older ladies cooing over my clothes and offering sweet words of encouragement. They were my own little cheering squad. 

An Order to Go with a Side of Clothes

I had fun, shopping for clothes in a unique setting, and finding several great pieces. As I finished shopping I placed an order for veggies to go. The clerk ringing up my purchases laughed when I told her I was getting a to go order with a side of clothes. She called me clever. 

I felt more than clever. I was thrilled to discover clothes that fit within my boho style and my budget. Bohemians are defined as free spirited people who live unconventional, nomadic, artistic lives. I am happy to dress the part!

An Order to Go with a Side of Clothes
An Order to Go with a Side of Clothes

Journey 64: Happy Birthday Linda

Lindas birthday

This evening, eight family members joined my sister, Linda, to celebrate her birthday, which actually is today. We are always a lively and talkative bunch where birthdays are concerned, and even more so when the object of our celebration is my sister. Seated around a long table at Cracker Barrel, in Joplin, we laughed and chatted and enjoyed home-style meals. The birthday girl finished our time together with a piece of double chocolate Coca-cola cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Linda passed the cake around so that others could share in the chocolaty goodness.

And that is very typical of my sister, to share what she has, without expectation of getting anything in return. This fun loving, good natured, big hearted woman is one of the most generous people I know. What she has, you can borrow or share it with her. She enjoys a good laugh, and loves to play board games, go on outings, watch movies, and learn about interesting things.

Linda and grandkids 2 Linda and grandkids

Her two great passions are her children and grandchildren, and animals, especially dogs. She has long been an advocate for pet health and wellbeing and was the director of an animal shelter in Oklahoma for years. She has not only cared for dogs and cats without homes, tending to them, fostering them, making sure they were adopted by loving, caring families, she has gone on many rescue missions to bring abused or neglected animals to a safe place. One of her dreams is to form a “no-kill” sanctuary in the Joplin area for homeless dogs and cats.

She is Gigi to her grandchildren, three granddaughters and one grandson, and one could not ask for a more fun and loving grandmother. She is playful with her grandkids and loves seeing the world through their bright eyes. My grandchildren and my younger sister’s grandsons call her Gigi as well. We are a big, active, nurturing family, and Linda loves being in the middle of that happy group of souls.

linda and weston

Being the eldest child in my family, I have journeyed with my sister since her birth. I’m told I really wanted a puppy when she was born, and supposedly slapped her when I met her. I’ve done my best to protect her since, both literally when we were kids growing up in a neighborhood full of children, and emotionally and spiritually as well, as adults. You don’t mess with my sister….or any of my family members.

I had the privilege of selling Linda a house in Joplin a couple of years ago, and I have so enjoyed having my sister nearby. This past year, as I moved beyond by experiencing something new each day, she was often my companion, happily trying new things with me. And so we watched a college basketball game together and sipped wine while we painted a picture downtown. We attended a weather spotting class and also watched a hypnotist at work. We did chalk outlines on the side of a downtown building as part of a living art project that honored a Joplin tornado victim, and tried chemical peels for the first time. If I needed someone to go with me on a first, she never hesitated to volunteer. I also had the joy of being at the finish line as Linda participated in a first of her own, a 5K run.

Linda 5K run

I look forward to our continued journey together. Life isn’t always smooth or perfect, but one thing is true, my sisters and I always have each others’ backs. Cali Rae Turner said, “The best thing about having a sister was that I always had a friend.” I am so glad to call Linda my sister….and my friend. Long may we journey together, even into the twilight years of our lives. A sister is the first friend we make, really, and perhaps the last friend that we have at the end of our journeys. Happy Birthday, Linda…I love you!

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