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Bohemian dreamy like Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Richie, and Stevie Nicks

“I really love this company called Spell & The Gypsy Collective”

Ansley (left) and Gaby (right) accessorize their bohemian brunch style with sangria
Ansley (left) and Gaby (right) accessorize their bohemian brunch style with sangria

My friend recently invited me to Sunday brunch at Quartyard, which was hosting a vinyl pop up shop. Her husband was DJing the event to promote their record store, Normal Records. I’m not one to pass up a good brunch, so I didn’t hesitate to RSVP yes.

While digging into my chicken and waffles, I started taking in the scene. My eyes wandered to the DJ stand, where a couple of girls browsing records were adorned in free flowing dresses. They were the absolute accessory to flowing mimosas, I thought, so I struck up a conversation about their dressy yet casual brunch-wear.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ansley, an email marketing coordinator from Encinitas, wore a crisp white cotton maxi dress from Abercrombie & Fitch (around $45). She expressed her own surprise at the shopping find, “They kind of upped their game, and they always have sales.”

To go with her day in downtown, she added a vintage long strap purse (a hand-me-down from a friend’s grandmother) and brown wide strap leather sandals she bought years ago from Kork-Ease (around $100). “They’re still holding up — they’ve been through water and dirt, and all kinds of things.”

Ansley’s fellow vinyl enthusiast and good friend, Gaby (also 27) was visiting from Orange County where she works as a social media consultant. Her multi-patterned bell sleeve tunic dress was a purchase from Billabong (around $30), while her sandals were thrifted from Buffalo Exchange (around $20-30).

Gaby styled her outfit with gold dangling sea shell earrings and pink oversized cat eye sunglasses from MVMT. “I got them since I’m a brand ambassador.”

I asked the ladies to share their style gurus with me. Gaby answered with ease, “Mary-Kate Olsen and Nicole Richie — kind of like that vibe. Boho chic, when I want to be chic.”

Ansley took a few moments, “I don’t really have a style icon I don’t think...” She pondered. Gaby interjected on her behalf, and offered “Stevie Nicks.” To which Ansley nodded in agreement, “I do love Stevie Nicks.”

As if reminded of a Fleetwood Mac song, Ansley recalled another favorite fashion muse. “I really love this company called Spell & The Gypsy Collective,” she gushed, “They’re in Australia but they’re so bohemian dreamy!”

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Ansley (left) and Gaby (right) accessorize their bohemian brunch style with sangria
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My friend recently invited me to Sunday brunch at Quartyard, which was hosting a vinyl pop up shop. Her husband was DJing the event to promote their record store, Normal Records. I’m not one to pass up a good brunch, so I didn’t hesitate to RSVP yes.

While digging into my chicken and waffles, I started taking in the scene. My eyes wandered to the DJ stand, where a couple of girls browsing records were adorned in free flowing dresses. They were the absolute accessory to flowing mimosas, I thought, so I struck up a conversation about their dressy yet casual brunch-wear.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ansley, an email marketing coordinator from Encinitas, wore a crisp white cotton maxi dress from Abercrombie & Fitch (around $45). She expressed her own surprise at the shopping find, “They kind of upped their game, and they always have sales.”

To go with her day in downtown, she added a vintage long strap purse (a hand-me-down from a friend’s grandmother) and brown wide strap leather sandals she bought years ago from Kork-Ease (around $100). “They’re still holding up — they’ve been through water and dirt, and all kinds of things.”

Ansley’s fellow vinyl enthusiast and good friend, Gaby (also 27) was visiting from Orange County where she works as a social media consultant. Her multi-patterned bell sleeve tunic dress was a purchase from Billabong (around $30), while her sandals were thrifted from Buffalo Exchange (around $20-30).

Gaby styled her outfit with gold dangling sea shell earrings and pink oversized cat eye sunglasses from MVMT. “I got them since I’m a brand ambassador.”

I asked the ladies to share their style gurus with me. Gaby answered with ease, “Mary-Kate Olsen and Nicole Richie — kind of like that vibe. Boho chic, when I want to be chic.”

Ansley took a few moments, “I don’t really have a style icon I don’t think...” She pondered. Gaby interjected on her behalf, and offered “Stevie Nicks.” To which Ansley nodded in agreement, “I do love Stevie Nicks.”

As if reminded of a Fleetwood Mac song, Ansley recalled another favorite fashion muse. “I really love this company called Spell & The Gypsy Collective,” she gushed, “They’re in Australia but they’re so bohemian dreamy!”

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