Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tiny Devotions Mala Bead Giveaway Winner!


I am happy to announce that the winner of the Mala Bead Necklace Giveaway by Tiny Devotions is Michelle Vogiatzis!  Michelle is a Holistic Health Consultant, Yoga Instructor, runner, mother, and author of the great blog Glow Green Girl.  Congratulations Michelle! Look forward to an e-mail from me shortly with further instruction, in the meantime, head on over to the Tiny Devotions shop and start browsing for your favorite ($108) Mala Necklace!

A big thank you to Tiny Devotions for this opportunity, and thank you to all who participated in Inspire Bohemia's first giveaway.  In a perfect world you'd all win a necklace, I want to be like Oprah and say "You get a necklace, and youuuu get a necklace, you allll get a necklace!!" Hehehehe! I wish, maybe some day huh? ;) 

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday!  Earth Day is tomorrow, and even though every day should be treated as such, I hope everyone does something (however small) in honor of our precious Earth - she needs all the help she can get!

Catherine
xoxo

(The image in this post is property and courtesy of Tiny Devotions.)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Outdoor Dining and Parties III


Hello hello! I'm breaking the giveaway hiatus! In honor of Inspire Bohemia's very first giveaway, I wanted to leave the giveaway post up all week as the first post on the page. But alas, the giveaway is ending tonight (so hurry and enter for a chance to win if you haven't already!), so I am back in post mode!  By the way, I'll be closing the giveaway tonight at 8pm EST and I'll announce the winner shortly after here on Inspire Bohemia, in the giveaway post, and on Facebook and Twitter throughout the weekend.

I have final exams next week, so I'm trying to pack in as much blogging and social networking today as possible, it's pretty likely that I turn into a studying hermit after today (when I start to feel the heat/anxiety clawing at my every thought). So keep an eye out for a bunch of posts.  Woooooosa! I can't wait for this semester to be over. I actually feel like going to the beach this summer, though I must pre-tan in the backyard first so as not to blind beach-goers, not to mention lose a few pounds, yes, that would be nice. Not to sound like one of those girls, I'm just being real. I've got an extra 30 pounds hangin' around aggravating my life, and that's no lie! Now, more than ever, I feel bad habits catching up to me and I'm ready to smash them to pieces. I must. Gotta live healthy! That is a topic for a post, for another day - gotta get into good habits before I can blog about them, gotta avoid hypocrisy folks, hehehe.

With Spring here once again (apparently time insists on going by at the speed of light), the weather in Miami couldn't be better for enjoying the outdoors. After greedily feasting my eyes on all of these fantastic images I am beyond inspired to host an outdoor dinner party!  I can already picture the table, the eclectic settings, tablescape decor, flowers, food, lights, and more!  Ooooh, lots of ideas flowing over here!  

So, how is the weather in your parts? Sunny, I hope! Have you, or are you planning to host any outdoor get togethers? No? Then scroll down for a while and tell me again!  And then, let's talk about it... ;)

Catherine
xoxo

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Mala Bead Necklace Giveaway by Tiny Devotions!


**THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED, CHECK BACK SOON FOR THE WINNER**


I am happy to announce that the winner of the Mala Bead Necklace Giveaway by Tiny Devotions is Michelle Vogiatzis!  Michelle is a Holistic Health Consultant, Yoga Instructor, runner, mother, and author of the great blog Glow Green Girl.  Congratulations Michelle! Look forward to an e-mail from me shortly with further instruction.  In the meantime, head on over to the Tiny Devotions shop and start browsing for your favorite ($108) Mala Necklace!

A big than you to all who participated in Inspire Bohemia's first giveaway, as well as to Tiny Devotions for the opportunity!

Hi everyone!

I am proud to announce Inspire Bohemia's very first giveaway, courtesy of Tiny Devotions! Similar to Inspire Bohemia, Tiny Devotions was born out of a thirst for adventure, inspiration, wisdom, and beautiful things!  Just as my goal is to inspire others to live a passionate and creative life true to themselves, so is the goal of Tiny Devotions, through the creation of unique Mala Bead necklaces aimed at inspiring others to live their dreams and maintain  "...peaceful and intention based lives."





The word "mala" is Sanskrit and means garland, mala beads have been used and worn by Hindus and Buddhists for thousands of years while reciting mantras, and during yoga and meditation. Mala, or Japa mala, bead necklaces typically have 108 beads, 108 being a favorable number throughout the history of both Hinduism and Buddhism. Because mantras can be recited several hundred times, if not more, each of the 108 beads on the mala helps one keep count.  The 109th bead/stone of the mala is known as the "guru" stone, it is said that counting should always begin with a bead next to this stone and rotate back again, but never passing it.

In addition to their traditional use, mala beads may be worn as physical reminders of our goals in life, helping us stay focused and calm.  Mala beads are said to have positive healing qualities for those who wear them, especially when combined with semi-precious stones.  At Tiny Devotions, each mala bead necklace is handcrafted in Canada using sacred materials such as lotus seeds, rudraksha seeds, rosewood, sandalwood, and bodhi seeds.  All necklaces are finished off with a guru stone, there are several different types of semi-precious guru stones to choose from such as turquoise, onyx, carnelian, amethyst and so on, each one providing unique benefits.  Choose the one that speaks to you!

Tiny Devotions will be giving one lucky reader a Mala Bead Necklace of their choice, valued at $108.00!  To enter, you must live in Canada, the United States, or Australia (sorry to the rest of you, maybe next time!).  Scroll down, fill out the form, and click submit for a chance to win!  Good luck! ;)

Want to know more about Tiny Devotions?  
Check out their websiteshop, blog, manifestoFacebook page, and Twitter for more on their company and beautiful mala beads!  Once again, a big thank you to Tiny Devotions for this great opportunity and best of luck to all of you!  

Catherine
xoxo



**THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED, CHECK BACK SOON FOR THE WINNER**


Number of winners: one
Prize: One $108 mala bead necklace of your choice from the Tiny Devotions Shop
Giveaway Closes: Friday, April 20th at 8:00 pm EST
Eligibility: Only residents of the United States, Canada, and Australia

Only one entry per person is permitted, the winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Inspire Bohemia this Friday, as well as via Facebook and Twitter.



The Tiny Devotions manifesto...



(All images in this post are property of Tiny Devotions.)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

TJMaxx Homegoods: Lusting and Shopping


Hello again, I hope you're having a nice Saturday so far.  It rained like crazy here early this morning, and then the sun came out and dried up everything and the rest of the day has been beautiful and breezy!
I still haven't done the post I promised you, the one on my birthday gifts, but it's coming, I'm still waiting for those earrings (from this post) to come from Turkey, in fact I'm about to write to the store to tell them the estimated 7-14 business days for delivery has come and gone.   Since I've ordered from them before and received my item quickly, I gave them the benefit of the doubt.  We'll see... as soon as those arrive, my gift post will be complete. 

In the meantime, I'll share with you some of the things I've lusted after on my two trips to TJMaxx Homegoods (over the past month), and the things I ended up buying and hoarding in my car up until this point - like those gorgeous turquoise and red Ikat pillows above. You must understand something about me - when I go to TJMaxx Homegoods (especially alone), I become a dangerous woman, a woman with the world's sharpest eye for delicious decor. Most of the time, I go in looking for something in particular (such as a totable file case), but end up coming out with everything but the totable file case. Haha, am I the only one who does this? Please tell me I'm not. 

I know that buying decor is kinda bad, considering I'm currently living at home to finish school and no longer have an apartment. But, my justification usually falls somewhere between "But it's a steal!" to "I can stick it in my storage unit!" to "I'll never see this again if I don't get it now!" And usually, I'm right. But that doesn't make it right... Or does it? :)

Oh who am I kidding, I'm unapologetic! After all, I bought lots of little beautiful things, not big expensive crazy things (that I would LOVE to buy), so I find the happy medium - AND they were my birthday gifts to myself. All of these items will look amazing with my other collections... some day.  *Sigh*  I need to buy a house asap...

P.S.) Tune in on Monday to enter Inspire Bohemia's very first giveaway post!!

Catherine
xoxo


These are just a handful of things I saw and loved, but didn't buy because....


I don't have a patio table and chair set for any of these lovely cushions, and my mother just recently purchased new ones from Home Depot.... wop-wop...


Multicolored Ikat and sunny lattice patterned...


...and that pretty Moroccan shape/pattern we've been seeing everywhere these days...  I'll never grow tired of it by the way....


A soft plush grellow (green-yellow) and ivory colored outdoor pillow....


Funky British flag dyed burlap wrapped decorative storage boxes...


And last, because it's the best and most lusted after item, this Ikat area rug...


7.6 feet x 9.6 feet of WOOL....  Originally $1,000 marked down to $399!  A steal!



....A steal I can't afford (and realistically have no place to put without inconveniencing someone and getting lectured for being crazy and buying a huge rug when I have no apartment)! :(



Visit the Safavieh page with the whole Ikat line of wool rugs so you can sigh for heart out....

(I like the Ivory/Red, Charcoal/Blue, and Silver/Blue Ikat rugs too)



So, after all that looking, those heart-stopping moments of awesome discovery, followed by cold hard reality of what I could and could not afford to buy... This is what came home with me.... ;)


That sexy-as-can-be button-tufted turquoise ceramic stool cost me only $40! FORTY DOLLARS PEOPLE! These babies go for at least $100 elsewhere. THe women in my family (as in my mother and my aunt) know that when you see a sexy stool ya get it! We have accumulated a shameful amount of them, which we then artfully deposit throughout our homes and gardens. At this point, you can label me a compulsive ceramic stool buyer... Guilty as charged, this is like my, ummm 8th? Yeah, and I haven't even shown you the one that my mother bought for me a few months ago. It's similar to this one, but the colors are different (not so pastel Easter-eggish), they're more sultry, jewel-toned and bohemian. Gotta snap a pic and show ya!


These vibrant hand-woven African baskets were a delightful find... You see, a few months back I was shopping at this very same Homegoods and I gasped when I saw bunches of them piled on a display shelf.... Unfortunately, they were all pretty expensive. The largest basket in this image was originally $30. Now, that isn't sooo expensive compared to its original price of $70 dollars?, but when you want to buy a bunch of different sizes and designs to hag together on a wall (like the first image in this post), they can add up. SO, this time around they were on clearance, oh yeah baby! The large one was down to $15 from $29.99 and the small one down to $7 from $9.95. Sold. :)

As you can see, the ones I got on clearance are significantly more beautiful (in my opinion) than the ones I bought the first time at full price (in fear of never finding them at a relatively affordable price again)....  Still,  love them all, and they'll look great on a wall together, some day....



I walked away with one of the turquoise and white zig-zag diamond lattice-patterned drawer divider trays above. I plan to use it for my jewelry and other random things that I toss in my drawers.


I unearthed this exquisite work of art (above) in the throw rug department, it's a genuine hand-stitched Kashmir rug from India. It was folded with the linen side (the reverse) showing and just a corner of the beautiful hand-stitched design peeking out, it caught my eye and I could hardly believe it as I anxiously unfolded it and laid it out. Stuffed on a shelf right alongside cheap kitchen rugs and palm tree themed bathroom rug sets - unbelievable!  In my mind, something like this belongs chained/alarmed up with the expensive rugs on those big metal swing arms! 

I'll tell you right now, it wasn't cheap, but it was worth every penny. I couldn't stand the thought of leaving it there and then (without a doubt) dreaming about it for days, only to break down and go back to find that it's gone. I couldn't let that happen. Also, I don't plan to use it as a rug, heck no! It's going to go draped over the back of a sofa, or at the foot of a bed. It's way too fine to get mucked up on a floor. I love it way too much already, it's another Homegoods gem to add to my list of discovered treasure, muhahahahaa... :D


A couple Ikat and Suzani patterned throw rugs, ranging from $4.99 - $25.00...

I really hit the jackpot with Suzani and Ikat patterned things didn't I?  :)


Aren't the colors on this little throw rug gorgeous?  I love this shot I took of it draped over the turquoise ceramic stool...



These awesome 100% hand-worked and painted Mexican planters were $14.99 each.  I'm going to fillet hem with succulents and cacti and add them to my growing garden.





I love owls, so I couldn't resist this white ceramic piggybank....


I really like the quotes on these small journals/notebooks...



This yellow artichoke looking thing has caught my eye quite a few times at Homegoods, I finally broke down and bought it when I came across it in the Clearance section for $7. Maybe I can drill a hole in it and plant succulents in it, or maybe I'll use it indoors to hold paint brushes or big kitchen utensils/spatulas.


A pretty apple green, black, and white Ikat flower upholstered and zippered storage box with handles and a slot for a label.  I love it!



A pastel Ikat fabric upholstered box with handles, more organization for my future office....


Awesome turquoise and white lattice and Moroccan patterned faux books, for stashing secret things.... ;)



This adorable little gold, purple, and cream colored handmade paper storage box for $2.99...  I know, I know, I've clearly gone crazy with the storage boxes, but believe me I'll need them once I move out again.  I plan to have one insanely gorgeous and eclectic craft room/office, and it will be way beyond my temporary art/craft madness from my first apartment, or the bright and beautiful yet still cluttered full of unpacked boxes office/junk room in my second apartment downtown.  I can't wait.




I couldn't help myself, for $5.99 how could I not snatch up this mortar and pestle!?  It's the perfect turquoise, and a pretty perfect size too - not too big, not too small (that's what she said! hehehe ;D)...



A pretty blue, white, and grey Ikat patterned tray on clearance for $3.99!


...a faceted hourglass, on clearance for $6.49...




...and a $2.99 vibrant orange Ikat patterned ceramic mug by....


... a company called Portobello by Inspire! Ha! Cool. I only bought one because let's face it, I have no home of my own at this moment, so I must squirrel all of this deliciousness away. Apart from that reason, I only bought one mug because I don't like sets, instead I like to collect lots of different mugs, bowls, glasses, etc.  It always put a smile on my face when I would open up my cabinets and see lots of colors and pattern!


(All images in this post are my personal photographs, please do not use them without my written permission.  You can contact me at InspireBohemia(at)gmail.com.  Thank you!)
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