BOHO IN | THE ‘BURBS

August 14, 2016

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I always thought of myself as a city girl. I love the bustle of the streets, the cluster of high rises, the corner shops and cafes, and the modern, urban ambiance of it all. But getting married and having kids almost forces you to move to the suburbs for the tree lined streets, wide sidewalks, cookie cutter homes, and neighborhood watch. I can’t complain since I am surrounded by parks, Costcos, and no traffic, but every now and then I curse the chain restaurants, mega malls, and home association rules. There is always that line, isn’t there? The line between what you like and what suits you better.

When it comes to the bohemian style, I can’t really say that I fit the mold. I completely admire and appreciate it on others and always wish I could pull it off, but when I try, let’s be honest, I feel silly, like I’m not being me.

So can you combine what you appreciate and what works for you? Absolutely! This dress from ModLook 29 definitely gives off boho vibes, but it is also a dress I could pull off and make more my style. What I love about this dress is that it’s easy. It’s comfy, breezy, off the shoulder, so basically the perfect summer dress. You can dress it up or down and it also makes a great cover up for the pool or beach. To make this dress more edgy and less bohemian, I added a grommet choker, wrap cuff, and mirrored sunglasses for a more street style look. Instead of frolicking in the fields with this dress, I took it more urban and trampled around in these gladiator sandals amongst woodchips and bushes near an office park.

Living in suburbia but loving the city life, I realize that it doesn’t necessarily matter where I live to express my style. I can be a city girl in a suburban town in what I choose to wear. And while location scouting has been challenging for my street style aesthetic, it has forced me to open my eyes and see the possibilities of certain walls, dumpsters, or garages to shoot my looks.

Is there a certain style that you like but don’t think would work for you? I challenge you to try and find a piece and make it work in your own way!

// Key Pieces (scroll down for full outfit details) //
Bohemian Pieces | Flowy Dress and Gladiator Sandals
Urban Pieces | Mirrored Sunglasses, Edgy Choker, and Cuff
Style Tip | To take bohemian more street chic, avoid prints and color, add edgy accessories, and whatever you do, don’t wear a floral crown.

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Dress | Modlook 29 similar styles here, here, here, here, and here
Choker | Dirrty Glam similar styles here, here, here, and here
Cuff | Mejuri other edgy styles here, here, and here
Sunglasses | Quay Australia similar styles here, here, and here
Shoes | M. Gemi (use code kong820 for $40 off your first purchase) similar styles here, here, and here

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40 comments

Jessica Dones August 14, 2016 at 6:52 pm

Stunning doll! Lovely post

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dailykongfidence August 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

Thanks Jessica! Happy Monday babe!

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Jessica Dones August 14, 2016 at 6:54 pm

Stunning doll love the outfit! Lovely post!

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dailykongfidence August 15, 2016 at 11:05 am

Thanks Jessica! xoxo!

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carolina August 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm

you look amazing !! great outfit

http://www.carolinapinglo.com/

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dailykongfidence August 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

Thank you Carolina! Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Raysa Garcia August 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm

Absolutely stunning! Love your sandals.
Happy new week ahead beauty.
Xx, Raysa

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dailykongfidence August 15, 2016 at 11:05 am

Awww thanks Raysa! You too, have a fabulous week!

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Miki August 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm

Stunning, babe. This dress and those shoes are just incredible on you! I’m a city girl through and through. I am dying in the ‘burbs. lol
I love when you can dress something up and down easily. I used to go edgy a lot. I wore a lot of leather, studs on my shoes, bags, accessories. I had some sharp accessories. Ha! I now lean on the softer and more romantic side, but I’d say my personality is more of a balance of both. That’s the best part of accessorizing, right? 🙂 Making it all your own.

Xo,
Miki
http://mikialamode.com

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dailykongfidence August 15, 2016 at 11:08 am

You are totally correct Miki. I am still in the edgy stage and love my black, leathers, furs, studs, and rips, but once in a while something catches my eye and I want to switch it up a bit. But I love mixing styles and textures too.

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Sister Tales August 15, 2016 at 7:01 am

Okay, seriously, this photo shoot and dress equal to ROCKSTAR status! Very nice my friend!
xoxo, Simona and Indre

http://www.sistertalessite.com

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dailykongfidence August 15, 2016 at 1:23 pm

Thank you so much Simona and Indre, you just made my day! =) Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Anaivilo August 15, 2016 at 7:15 am

Gorgeous outfit! I love the relaxed dress and the sandals are amaaaazing! 😀

http://thewonderfashion.blogspot.com

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dailykongfidence August 15, 2016 at 1:29 pm

Thank you Anaivilo, you always have the sweetest comments. This is the perfect summer dress for sure!

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emily August 15, 2016 at 7:35 am

I love how you have taken this boho style dress and totally made it your own! Such a fab outfit!
x Emily
http://shedoes.com.au

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dailykongfidence August 15, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Thank you Emily! I like to mix trends especially to make them more my style so I appreciate your comment!

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Keri August 15, 2016 at 7:58 am

Such a hot look! Love those shoes <3

Enclothed Cognition

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dailykongfidence August 15, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Thank you Keri! I am a fan of these lace up gladiators because they go with dresses, shorts, cut-offs, everything! I also love them because the laces don’t slide down at all.

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Sharon Wu of Style Lullaby August 15, 2016 at 10:18 am

I love Modlook 29! Great choice! I am seriously loving how you transformed this seemingly simple dress into something so much more. Those shoes really add to the outfit. Beautiful, Christine! <3 xo, sharon

http://www.stylelullaby.com/tips/tips-making-denim-last/

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dailykongfidence August 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Thanks Sharon! I am all about using a statement piece to up the outfit a bit and these shoes definitely do it. Modlook 29 has so many great dresses and rompers and such affordable prices!

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LINDSEY of THE NOMIS NICHE August 15, 2016 at 11:47 am

I’m loving this dress – and those gladiator sandals go so well with it! You look beautiful!

Love, Lindsey
http://www.thenomisniche.com/

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Gabrielle August 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Another utterly brilliant blog post! These strapped sandals are really gorgeous, you wear them well 🙂 I love your choice of location by the way – the style of photography for this outfit works perfectly.

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x

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Tamara August 15, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Beautiful boho look! Those lace up sandals are so fab!

XoXo,

Tamara – LoveofMode.com

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dailykongfidence August 16, 2016 at 10:04 am

Thank you Tamara! Hope you’re having a great week so far!

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Lauren Nakagawa August 15, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Great post Christine, you give boho an edgy gritty feel and I love it. I try to toughen up feminine pieces when I can as well, it’s definitely more “me” 🙂

xx
Lauren
http://www.shoesandsashimi.com

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dailykongfidence August 16, 2016 at 10:05 am

You are so sweet Lauren. You totally get me, and yes mixing styles is always a good balance!

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4evajessie August 15, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Love the shoes! You are rocking it babe!

xx
Jessie
http://www.4evajessie.com

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dailykongfidence August 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

Thanks Jessie! You definitely have an eye for my shoes! Haha.

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Aurela August 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm

I am a city girl and always have been. Being a single I never had to move into the suburbs, the apartment in downtown was good enough for me and my son. After my son left home to attend university back east I met my fiancé and I asked him move to downtown. Thankfully he doesn’t have kids on his own so it made it easier for us to live downtown. But I do understand when you have a family the downtown condos are never big enough and you end up hating the city life.
My style preference has always been chic, minimalist, sophisticated and a bit of edgy at times. I don’t think I can pull the sexy look, I feel awkward and not myself. I’d take boho chic than sexy.
I love how you have combined edgy and boho together, you look fabulous as always.
Hope you are having a lovely evening with your family.
Aurela xoxo

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dailykongfidence August 16, 2016 at 10:08 am

Hi Aurela! I love your style and contrary to what you say, you do pull off the sexy look in your own way. Even an off the shoulder and culotte outfit is sexy to me. Sexy is also in the attitude, not so much in the outfit itself. You have a beautiful style and I always am inspired by your posts! xoxo!

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Margot August 16, 2016 at 9:18 am

Beautiful summer dress !
It’s so stunning and trendy with the off shoulder and knotted sleeves !
xx,
Margot
https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

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dailykongfidence August 16, 2016 at 10:18 am

Thanks Margot. I love the knotted sleeves since they are separate from the body of the dress so that my arms are allowed the freedom to move up and down without worrying that it won’t stay off the shoulder.

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sharon August 16, 2016 at 11:17 pm

How fab is your outfit:DDD I love your boots so much but I haven’t been able to find gladiator boots that look good on me. But the search continues. Hope you have a great day!
<3, Sharon
http://www.sharinaone.com/

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dailykongfidence August 17, 2016 at 11:46 am

Thanks babe! I’ve heard that some gladiator sandals always slip down, but these have never nor do the laces ever come undone so definitely find ones that have support all the way up the back to avoid the hassle of it coming down. =)

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Kate August 17, 2016 at 4:29 am

I LOVE the knotted sleeves! So cute! You seriously have the best style. And I love how you layered a choker + longer chain necklace…very unique and really adds that finishing touch to the outfit!
-Kate // http://www.classyandkate.com

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dailykongfidence August 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

You are so sweet Kate! The knotted sleeves add that extra special feature and also is perfect because it is separate from the rest of the dress and I can move my arms up and down without worrying that the sleeves will crawl up. =)

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Angel August 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm

I love this outfit and the gladiator sandals really make it look extra stylish <3

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dailykongfidence August 17, 2016 at 10:03 pm

Thank you Angel. I am all about adding a piece or two to make an outfit even better, so I definitely think the gladiator sandals elevate this outfit. =)

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Julia (The Velvet Runway) August 19, 2016 at 4:56 am

Simply stunning! I love this dress and who you styled it with the gladiator sandals!
Beautiful photos and beautiful look!
Julia x
http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

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dailykongfidence August 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

Thank you Julia! I love these gladiator sandals and will be sad when I can’t wear them soon in the fall.

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