A little bit About Me and why I started Bohemian Inspire

Posted by Mandy Smith on

Why did I start selling Boho inspired clothing in such an already saturated market? 

I must be mad right?

Well let me tell you a little bit about myself first and then why I started Bohemian Inspire.

Lets go back to the start when I was a little girl, my life was not always a happy one I don't have many fond memories of growing up. My sister passed away when I was 5 and a 1/2, she was only 3 and a 1/2 from a rare disease and that is when my life changed, my father became abusive towards my mum and me.

Then my step Father was abusive towards me and stopped me from being a kid, I had to grow up at the age of 13 and stay home and mind my stepbrother whilst my parents both stayed in their van overnight to attend markets to try and make a buck, (markets were very different back in the day and you had to line up early just to get a spot). I was relied on to do the housework and shopping each week and not do anything a kid would normally do as "it could've encouraged my brother to try and copy me and then he might hurt himself." 

My Stepbrother committed suicide at the age of 22 from Schizophrenia.

Most days I only wore long baggy black clothing, you would never see me in colors, even when I worked in an office I pretty much just wore black or other dark colors and they always hung loose and were always a couple of sizes too big. It was very rare for me to wear any other color or style of clothing. I now put that down to how I felt which was miserable, I believe this was how I hid from the world. I would never have even imagined that I would ever show a bit of cleavage like a lot of these Boho dresses do. I was thin but always saw myself as fat when I looked into the mirror and never loved myself, with all the verbal abuse I just saw the ugliest fat girl staring back at me all the time.

This image was not long after I left my ex and went to a place I always wanted to visit...NZ 

I was in an emotionally abusive relationship for 19 years when suddenly one day  I feel like I just WOKE up and left. (now some of you might say why did you stay? that is just stupid, why didn't you just leave...well unless you have been in a situation like this it is hard to try to explain, but the threats are terrifying to say the least, not every day is the same and you live in hope thinking maybe one day things will change but they never do).

My love for animals and spiritualism is what kept me going, my horses always kept me busy and going out for a ride on them was always very relaxing.

 

I have studied Reiki and believe this is what helped me get through the abusive relationship and finally gave me the courage to leave.

I met the man of my dreams and he has really changed my life. He has taught me how to love someone again and learn to love myself, he is constantly reminding me of how I am a beautiful person inside and out and I even put on weight which I think living a good life can do to you sometimes. 😁 

It took me more than 40 years to actually come to terms with how I look and not let what others think worry me, It has been a very long road.

I don't have any children, some things in life are just not meant to be.

OK so how I started Bohemian Inspire.

I purchased my first Boho maxi dress a couple of years ago because I fell in love with the pattern, it was a navy blue dress with a floral pattern on it (trust me floral was a huge step for me) When the dress arrived I put it on and took one look in the mirror and instantly fell in love, the dress made me feel Beautiful in every way, I loved how the dress flowed and made me feel like a real woman, now that may sound crazy but believe me a dress CAN do this. 

From that day on I threw out my black wardrobe and restocked it with beautiful colored flowing maxi dresses, now my wardrobe is so colorful and I love wearing my dresses and feeling Beautiful every day, I have always loved nature and anything spiritual which is why I think the whole Boho Gypsy look is what I love the most, I would rather be barefoot in summer than wear shoes. 

Those images you see all over the internet of happy girls in their flowing dresses dancing in a field of flowers or long grass looking gorgeous has always resonated with me and that is now how I feel when I wear my Boho Maxi Dresses.

The only issue I came across when buying online was the standard sizing charts which were not correct and most of the time I onsold the dresses I bought because they were either too big or too small. 

I became so passionate about that style and wanted to be able to make every girl and woman feel as Beautiful as they made me feel but also by knowing that the size they were choosing was correct, which is why I measure every dress that I get and write up my own sizing charts.

I also create my own Bohemian Denim Jackets as this keeps my creativity going and I enjoy doing them. Each one is unique and no 2 are the same.

So now you know a little about me and why I started Bohemian Inspire.

This was very hard for me to share and I am still not comfortable with photos of myself but I am getting there very slowly.

I hope you love shopping here and remember I am only an email away if you have any questions and I am more than willing to help anyone where I can. 

Thank you for reading my blog and searching my page, I try to stock more Australian brands than any other and am always on the lookout for new and exciting lines for my shop. I am learning as I go but if anyone would also like to offer any feedback I am always willing to take this on board to help make everyone's shopping experience a much better and pleasant one. xxx

 


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