Inspiration Board: Bohemian (n.) /boh-hee-mee-uhn/

Inspiration Board: Bohemian (n.) /boh-hee-mee-uhn/

This is an inspiration board I created to channel my interest in the bohemian lifestyle. Lately, this idea of being Bohemian has been influencing my ideas, art, and designs. There is rich colors, fabric, textures and layers that add so … Continue reading

When the weather is nice, go hiking.

Hello Unfamous Readers! 

I just wanted to touch base and see how everyone was doing! Thankfully, the weather has been changing into a wonderful summer climate, which means being able to spend more time outside! I was chatting with my roommate this morning about summer activities and she being a great outdoorswoman, knew all the great outdoorsy things to do in the DMV area. I mentioned to her my love for hiking and how I wanted to try to do more hiking this summer (If I ever found time in the midst of my busy work schedule). She mentioned a really great website to use called http://hikingupward.com. The site is a great guide to the hiking trails in the area. It gives you reviews from other hikers, and also trail maps so you don’t get lost and know exactly where to go! I am determined to utilize this site and go hiking this summer!

My main memory from growing up hiking, the thing to always remember was to dress appropriately for the type of hiking you were going to do. My family used to hike all the time and our favorite hike was along this gully called Parish Glen, which featured several waterfalls along the way. Hiking in the water and beside it was always fun, but you had to make sure you wore shoes you didn’t mind getting wet. Usually an old pair of sneakers, sans socks, or a pair of sturdy water shoes, worked just fine! That way, you didn’t have to worry about cutting your feet on the rocks and you could walk in and out of the water as you pleased. Also, don’t forget to wear your bathing suit under your clothes, so you can also swim when reaching the swimming hole!

For a more mountainous hike, it was best to abandon the water shoes and go for more of a hiking boot with tall socks to protect your feet and ankles. It is always good to be weary of poisonous plants, but some times you do not realize what you are walking through and could potentially be stomping on poison ivy. The tall boots and socks can easily protect you from this sort of accident.

I realize this is all common “hiking” sense, but these are my two memories from hiking as a kid/teenager: dress appropriately for your hike. For water hikes I never wore a hat, because it usually got in the way or was in danger of getting wet. For a mountainous hike, hats are very appropriate. My really good friend, and hiking buddy, sports an Indian Jones style fedora when hiking. This instantly makes him feel more adventurous and badass.

Being fashion conscious, and knowing what to wear in an appropriate situation, is second nature for me, so other things to remember when hiking: Pack water, snacks (or a picnic, if you are making a day of it), small first aid kit, flash light, compass, and wear sunscreen always!

I would love to hear about your hiking adventures this summer! And if you have any hiking “hacks” or tips. Feel free to comment below!

Thanks for reading! Hopefully, I’ll have hiking adventures to write about soon!

-Sylvia

The Gypsy Life

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There are a few moments in your life when you know you are exactly where you are supposed to be. And in that moment, you know you are doing exactly what you want to be doing. Growing up, I had never thought I would have had a desire to travel and move around. I remember having a mentality that I was going to stay in NY forever and never leave. When my parents talked about moving from NY to head further south, I remember sitting there and listening to them feeling physically ill. It completely and utterly terrified me because the idea of traveling and moving seemed like the scariest thing to ever face! When I was 11, my family took a extensive trip to Isreal and on the way back we stopped in Zurich, Switzerland. The city completely swept me away and I was mesmerized by the culture, art and whole experience. I never knew the world could be so beautiful and so wonderful. I remember sitting at an outdoor cafe with my family having hot chocolate and different delectable treats. I closed my eyes and smiled happily and announced to my family, “I was born to do this!” It was the first time I had admitted that traveling and being in new places would be my destiny, my future. I had never thought that it would be that, but in that moment, I knew my life had to take on such a path.

A year later, my family moved from NY and we headed down south. From there, I have lived all over the US and have only been out of the country once more, but currently in my life, I have moved more times than I ever thought I would. I no longer have a fear of moving and being in a new place. In fact, I have to be some where new all the time! Any time an opportunity comes to be in a new city, experience a new culture and be with new people, I am the happiest. It is was on this passion that has fueled this project (the unfamous), and really makes up a lot of who I am. Honestly, I really have to owe my outlook on life to my up bringing and my parents. They allowed me to be adventurous and they gave me the mentality to love people and not be afraid to be in new place. Growing up, we always had someone living at our house, visiting for an extensive time, or just sharing a meal with us. My parents were known for hosting easily 50 people at their house on a weekend and feeding everyone and sharing everything they had. It was always strange when other people were not in the house. Just recently, I went home to Tennessee to help my parents move into their new house. As my dad and I were sitting around drinking coffee in the new house, all we could talk about was how perfect the space was to host a large group of people. Just think of the huge dinner party we could have, we both said aloud. The house is two-story, but the bottom floor is a completely open floor plan. I call it the “great room”, because the living room, dining room, and kitchen are all one huge room. We got excited thinking about the possibilities. I love that this is the way my family thinks and it has definitely carried over into my life. Being a designer, I am always ready for the new possibilities that will open up. I am always ready to move, experience something new, meet someone new. The gypsy life. I have been called a gypsy on one occasion or another and I have been known to live out of my car once or twice. It is the sacrafice for the art and for the lifestyle. It is nice having a home, but its up to you to choose what a home is to you! To me, its family, a welcoming city, a tight group of friends sharing a meal… the moments that create memories and make you feel safe. Other than that, I say enjoy the adventure and see where life takes you!

-Sylvia