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Open’er Festival 2015

Music festival season has officially arrived over a month ago with well-known to all of us Coachella Festival. Every April since more than a decade californian desert turns into world’s capital of not only music and arts, but the festival street style looks.

When you wonder about festival fashion, Coachella is the first thing that pops up to your head. But Poland has it’s own leader in summer festival style, and this leader most definitely is Opener Festival. Starting 1st of July, Gdynia will remain the coolest place to be, filled with bass thumbing musical performances and plenty of standout festival looks. Take Opener by storm with us, enjoy the sweet sound of our dear friends from Domowe Melodie and dance until the sun goes down with one of our favorites girls – Elliphant. And of course, in the meantime between taking the great delight in being at Opener, visit our BOHO stand in the fashion zone. Don’t forget to take your rubber boots and swim suit, summertime at the polish seaside might be full of unexpected surprises.

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Boho trench coats

The summer is coming soon, the spring is blooming around, but it just feels too soon for a afternoon spin around a city with no overcoat “just in case”.

Our boho oversized coat seems like a perfect solution for latest spring transition. When the days are getting sunnier and warmer, and the evenings are still feeling a bit cold and windy, nothing will be more foolproof than a light coat. Simple and masculine cut still has more feminine touch than any other thing you can put on your back. Rolled up sleeves and a loose fit reminds us of all woody allen’s women characters from his early movies, like Diana Keaton in Annie Hall and Manhattan. A masculine look with the most gentle and feminine statement. match it with an casual outfit and feel like a real “70 manhattan boho girl

All trenches are available in our online store

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Marta Greber

Martę poznałam przez… Instagram. Urzekły mnie urywki codzienności jakie pokazuje na swoim blogu. Proste, piękne i przyjemne chwilę, na które tak często nie znajdujemy czasu w biegu między pracą o domem. Przypadek pchnął nas ku sobie i spotkałyśmy się w Lizbonie. Marta z maleńką Mią i mężem spędzała wiosnę właśnie tam, a my postanowiłyśmy wyjść słońcu na przeciw w miejscu, gdzie pojawia się najwcześniej. Marta z wykształcenia jest prawnikiem, ale serce zdecydowało, że w życiu zajmie się czymś innym. Kilka lat temu wyjechała z Polski, żeby zamieszkać Sydney, a po kilku latach trafiła do Berlina, który teraz jest jej domem. Prowadzi blog http://whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday.com i koniecznie zerknijcie tam zaraz, żeby zobaczyć jakimi chwilami i smakami dzieli się ze światem. Zaraża uśmiechem jak mało kto, jest ciekawa świata i ludzi, ciągle zadaję pytania i naprawdę czeka na odpowiedź. Moi mili..poznajcie Martę Greber

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Czemu śniadania?

Bo lubię poranki. A tak na prawdę, bo to ta część dnia, na którą mam (lub miałam w czasach przed Mią) wpływ i którą mogę zaplanować. Zazwyczaj to właśnie poranki możemy z Tomaszem wspólnie spędzić, a później już nic nie wiadomo. On może pracować lub ja, może się okazać, że gdzieś trzeba biec.

Jak wygląda Twój dzień?

Obecnie życie pomiędzy karmieniami. Uczę się nadal Mii, chociaż wiem mniej więcej kiedy nadchodzi pora jej drzemki i wtedy mogę zrobić coś konkretnego. Ale śniadania nadal są. Dziewczyna chyba wie, że z tym nie może walczyć, grzecznie siedzi w swoim siedzeniu i z tolerancją obserwuje moje poczynani. Gorzej jest, gdy przychodzi pora na robienie zdjęć, bo cierpliwość Mii się wtedy zazwyczaj wyczerpuje. Potem kilka godzin poza domem, chodzenie po mieście, tu się dużo nie zmieniło. A wieczorem padam na łóżko i liczę, że Mia będzie spała i spała i spała.

-Zanim powstał blog kulinarny, dzieliłaś się z czytelnikami wrażeniami z podróży… Jakie są dalsze losy http://goldentimesnewwoman.com?

To ciężkie pytanie, kilka lat pisałam tego bloga i zwyczajnie go lubię. Z tym, że nie do końca mam na niego czas. Od ostatniego wpisu dużo się wydarzyło – Japonia, Berlin, narodziny Mii, Portugalia… czekają cierpliwie na odpowiedni moment. Mam nadzieję, że się doczekają, bo kiedyś posadzę Mię przed komputerem i powiem “czytaj”. Często wracam do tego bloga, to ciekawy kawałek mojego życia i mam nadzieje, że będzie tam jeszcze wiele wpisów.

Mieszkasz na stałe w Berlinie, ale ciągle podróżujesz. Od kilku miesięcy towarzyszy Ci maleńka Mia. Jak to teraz wygląda?

Zdecydowanie jestem bardziej zorganizowana. Poza tym muszę pamiętać o niezbędnikach, czyli komplecie do przewijania, moich piersiach i secie ubrań na zmianę dla Mijki i mogę spędzać całe dni na mieście. Kiedyś nie potrzebowałam nic planować, wystarczyło, że błądziłam, w ten sposób znajdowałam najciekawsze rzeczy. Teraz o określonej porze (karmienia) powinnam się znaleźć gdzieś, gdzie Mia może przystąpić do akcji. W Portugalii było to wyjątkowo łatwe, siadałam na schodach i już. W Berlinie przy niskich temperaturach jest czasem bardziej skomplikowanie. Także siedzenie w kawiarniach skróciło się czasowo, bo jak Mia nie ma na to ochoty, to i ja nie posiedzę. Zmieniło się podejście do sposobu podróżowania. Kiedyś korzystałam z Couch surfingu i było mi wszystko jedno gdzie śpię, bo i tak nie spędzałam w tym miejscu dużo czasu, wybierałam najtańsze środki transportu, odwiedzałam ekstremalne miejsca. Teraz istotne są warunki, bo Mia. Lizbona to było tak na prawdę pierwsze doświadczenie, ale spisuję je na plus.

Co myślisz o Lizbonie?

Zjawiskowe miasto, każdy zakamarek kryje coś ciekawego, niezwykłego. Jedyne co może nie do końca mi podeszło to kultura kawy, bo osobiście nie piję espresso. Ach i czemu kawiarnie otwierają od 10-11, kiedy kawa dobrze smakuje i o 6 rano.

Jak czułaś się w roli Boho Girl?

Wspaniale! Ubrania były piękne, Małgosia pozwoliła mi odetchnąć i przejęła Mię, zaś z Pajką tak mi się miło rozmawiało, że nie wiedziałam kiedy robi zdjęcia. Myślę, że każda dziewczyna miała takie marzenie, by stać się modelką na jeden dzień. Moje się spełniło. Dodatkowo doświadczenie tego w Lizbonie dodało wszystkiemu smaczku, a ponieważ jesteśmy w tym mieście totalnie anonimowe, całemu zdarzeniu towarzyszył całkowity relaks.

Jaki opisałabyś swój styl? Czego nigdy byś nie założyła?

Nie mam pojęcia czego bym nie założyła, nic nie przychodzi na myśl. Nacodzień mieszkam w Berlinie, a tu wszystko jest dozwolone, włącznie ze spacerem w piżamie do supermarketu. Mój styl bardzo się zmienił na przełomie lat. Kiedyś szpilki i kostiumy, teraz wygodne buty i głównie spodnie. Często chodzę w ubraniach Tomasza (chłopak na dobry gust) i lubię minimalizm. Chociaż dodam od czasu do czasu i szalony element.

Czy masz jakieś urodowe rytuały?

Dbam bardzo o zęby, codziennie nitkuję, to ponoć inwestycja w przyszłość. I używam co wieczór Midnight Recovery Oil Kiehlsa – cudowny płyn. To by było na tyle.

Kamila Szczypior

Z Kamilą nie znamy się zbyt długo, choć niewątpilwie łączy nas sentyment do Krakowa. Gdy planowałyśmy nasze zdjęcia, na wstępie zaznaczyła: “ale ja jestem tylko zwykłą dziewczyną”. Odpowiedziałam, że tylko takie mnie interesują. Skromna ale niezywkle kreatywna, poszukująca w ludziach i otaczających ją przedmiotach inspiracji. Scenografka i założycielka marki Kaiko. Naturalnie piekna, o cudownej osobowości -Kamila Szczypior.

Jak wygląda Twój dzień?

Każdy dzień różni się od poprzedniego. Lubię rano pospać, więc mój dzień zaczyna się około 8, 9. Jeśli mam tego dnia dzień pracy wstaję wcześniej, ale bez przesady. Wypijam filiżankę kawy, a gdy jestem w domu na śniadanie przygotowuję owsiankę. Do tego siemię lniane, rodzynki, migdały i banan. Uwielbiam też jeść śniadanie z bliskimi. Omlet na słodko albo serwowane przeze mnie jajka w koszulkach. Nie lubię jadać sama, kiedyś nie zwracałam na to uwagi, dziś to dla mnie bardzo ważne. Kocham spotykać się z ludźmi. Jeśli zdarza się, że nie mam czasu spotkać się z przyjaciółką, siostrą, koleżanką to dzień uważam za stracony. Już przed śniadaniem zaczynam wysyłać wiadomości. Nawet po ciężkim dniu wychodzę spotkać się z kimś lub pobyć w zaprzyjaźnionej knajpce, gdzie zawsze z kimś można porozmawiać. Dziś kiedy mam dzień wolny, ranek przywitałam kawą. Spotkałam się z przyjaciółką później z Klientką. Wracając przeszłam przez Stary Kleparz gdzie zaopatruję się w warzywa. Odwiedziłam znajomą i… ciuchland. Popołudnie spędziłam w ukochanej kuchni, doglądając zupy i nadrabiając zaległości mailowe. Spotkałam się z siostrą a wracając nadrabiałam zaległości rodzinne długą rozmową przez telefon. Uwielbiam spotkania ze znajomymi, ale uwielbiam również mój dom. Świadomie dobieram elementy tworzące własny skrawek świata na ziemi i sama w nim wiele robię…od mycia podłogi po zrobienie mebli w kuchni, wyczyszczenie blatu ze starych desek czy nałożenie zaprawy na ścianę. Są wiec takie dni, że nie wychodzę z domu i biorę piłę do drewna. Czasem muszę coś zbudować, zrobić, poprawić. Z czasem na robienie albumów różnie bywa. Lubię pracować w ciszy i spokoju, więc często zabieram się po 21 i pracuję do 2-3 w nocy, innym razem pracuję cały dzień. Systematyczność to nie jest moja mocna strona.

Gdzie wypoczywasz, a gdzie pracujesz?

Wypoczywam w domu. W domu rodzinnym w Czarnym Lesie i w moim domu, w Krakowie. Najlepiej gdy mogę rano poleniuchować. Wakacje lubię spędzać w Krakowie, znajdując chwilę na poleżenie nad wodą, jazdę na rowerze i wieczorne spotkania przy winie. Jeśli mam szansę wyjechać gdzieś za granice to z niej korzystam. Z pracą jest trochę inaczej. Albumy dla KAIKO wykonuję w domu, ale nie jest to jedyne moje zajęcie. Staram się być otwarta na propozycje, wykonując rzeczy od sprzedaży w sklepie po prace scenograficzne. Kiedyś pracowałam od – do i już wiem, że tego nie chcę.

Jak wygląda i ile zajmuje proces stworzenia albumu?

Bardzo ważna jest dla mnie harmonia. Jeśli nie mam porządku wokół siebie, źle mi się pracuje. Każdy album schowany jest w wykonanym przeze mnie w futerale, składa się zatem z dwóch odrębnych elementów. Futerał wykonuję z bardzo dobrej jakości płótna lnianego introligatorskiego, tak aby mógł ochronić album ze zwykłego materiału. Materiały, z których jest robiony album pochodzą z recyklingu. Lubię nadawać inne znaczenie rzeczom, które już straciły swój urok. Mamy futerał z okienkiem, w którym jest dedykacja np. “Album ślubny Kasi i Staszka”, w środku album skręcany na śruby, wewnątrz kartki przełożone półpergaminem. Każdy album to cierpliwość. Nie używam maszyn introligatorskich, więc prasę introligatorską zastępuje mi płyta marmurowa, gilotyna introligatorska to nożyk w mojej dłoni i linijka. Wymaga to cierpliwości i czasu, tak więc zrobienie albumu to minimum 2 dni, z poprawką na porządne leżakowanie albumu. Nie da się wszystkiego zrobić od razu – za jednym zamachem – gdyż warstwy muszą być przyklejane w odpowiedniej kolejności a potem ugniatane. Dziele zrobienie album na 3 etapy: pierwszy – futerał, drugi – oprawa, trzeci – karty na zdjęcia. Każdy etap zajmuje tyle samo czasu.Wszystko musi mieć czas na porządne ugniatanie i schnięcie. Nagrodą jest radość na twarzy i niedowierzanie, że “to takie piękne” powtórzone kilka razy przez Klientów. Mam nadzieję, że dzięki KAIKO zdjęcia zaczną wychodzić z dysków komputerów i będą selekcjonowane na najcudowniejsze, a te zapełnią karty albumu. Moja siostra powiedziała: ” Kaiko – analogowe foldery do przechowywania wspomnień”

Jak opisałabyś swój styl? Co najbardziej lubisz w swojej szafie, czego nigdy byś nie założył

Czasem wydaję mi się że nie mam stylu. Podążam za nastrojem. Staram się z każdej rzeczy wyciągnąć coś swojego, coś innego, coś nowego. Z czasów kiedy to ubrania przejmowało się po starszym rodzeństwie pamiętam spodnie dżinsowe – crosy – czekałam 3 lata, by je mieć, i pamiętam dzień, w którym to nastało…co to była za radość. To ważny element mojego stylu. Potem było liceum i cudowny, jedyny w Częstochowie ciuchland do którego uciekałam na długiej przerwie. W tym czasie odkryłam różnorodność i pokochałam tworzyć własne ja, wyrażając się przez ciuchy. Pytanie drugie – najbardziej w swojej szafie uwielbiam dżinsy oversize BOHO…szczerze, z ręką na sercu…nie potrafiłabym funkcjonować bez tego cuda w mojej szafie. No przepraszam was wszystkich, ale to najszczersza prawda…kocham spodnie BOHO. Zakładam wszystko co mam w szafie, zawsze się znajdzie odpowiednia okazja. KIedyś myślałam, że nie założę nigdy spodni z wysokim stanem z lat 90….teraz za nimi tęsknię, bo pożyczyłam przyjaciółce.

W swojej szafie masz kila ubrań Boho, które z nich jest Twoim ulubionym?

Tak jak wspomniałam nie potrafiłabym żyć bez dżinsów oversize BOHO. Mam 3 bluzy, cudowną pomarańczową sukienkę na lato, spodnie oversize z wzorzystych tkanin, eleganckie spodnie na gumce, cudowne szerokie spodnie w kwiaty przenoszą mnie do letnich upalnych roztańczonych wieczorów. Jest jeszcze mnóstwo rzeczy, których sobie podarować nie mogę, jak np. bluzki z długim rękawem i guziczkami na plecach.

Jak dbasz o urodę? Masz ulubione kosmetyki i rytuały?

Staram się używać wszystkiego mało. Lubię siebie pomalowaną, ale nie za bardzo. Im mniej tym lepiej, ale mam na tyle odwagi by pomalować usta na ognistą czerwień. Olejek arganowy stoi zawsze koło mojego łóżka. Mydło wybieram to w kostce – często szare, Jeśli nie zapomnę to używam balsamu. Szampon wzmacniający ze skrzypu polnego, mgiełka na włosy. Kiedyś miałam dużo kosmetyków, do wszystkiego z osobna, teraz to minimalizuje. Dorastam do zapachów, myślę, że niedługo znajdę coś swojego.

Gdybyś nie robiła albumów co wypełniałoby Twój dzień?

Pierwszy album KAIKO powstał w 2010 r. W międzyczasie byłam kierownikiem produkcji, grafikiem komputerowym, budowałam kanapy z trawy, wykonywałam rekwizyty, koordynowałam montaż mebli, nalewałam płyn do robienia baniek mydlanych,scenografie pokazów. Mam za sobą przeprowadzkę z Krakowa do Poznania i z powrotem. Chyba 4 przeprowadzki w samym Krakowie…zawsze się coś dzieje, zawsze jest coś do zrobienia. Wierzę, że znalazłabym coś co byłoby moje. Teraz przychodzi mi na myśl, że robiłabym meble z drewna, może bym wykonywała remonty starych mieszkań. Nie wiem, ale coś bym robiła, z nadzieją, że to ulepszy skrawek świata i poprawi chodź jednej osobie humor. Lubię odnawiać to co inni uważają za nieprzydatne. Lubię wykrzesać z niepotrzebnych rzeczy piękno, które widzę.

Zapraszamy na stronę Kamili z albumami KAIKO https://www.facebook.com/kaikoalbumy

Malgosia Bochenek

I cannot imagine ‘Boho people’ cycle without a person whose example and life are the essence of this phrase… As usual, Małgosia and I meet under pleasant circumstances; this time not in Kraków, but in Bory, Jaworzno, where the time probably stopped passing, and what is more, we were sitting either at the grandma’s table or on the blanket in the garden and had an opportunity to catch up with our talks and eternize wonderful moments from that day on the photographs.

How does a day from the life of a Boho Lady but also a Boho Mom of two children look like?

Days look similar to one another as I had to work out a pattern for myself. I get up around 7 a.m. and try to feed the household while preparing myself and the kids to leave. I take my older son to kindergarten while the younger one stays home with a babysitter. I have about 4 hours to myself. I try to accumulate all tasks for this period so that I don’t have to work after coming home. I don’t own a car so I have even less time. I always have my iPhone with me so I start my work day after leaving the kindergarten, in a taxi or on a tram. I reply to emails, make appointments, handle unfinished business. It is hard for me to work at home so everyday I organize a temporary “office” in my favourite cafĂ© located in the city centre. I turn on my computer and get back to work over white coffee and a piece of cake. I do everything remotely and depute operational activities to helpful souls. My job is based around contacts with people. Emails, meetings, phonecalls. Production takes a lot of time too. My work isn’t seasonal so I choose fabrics, oversee the production and organize the advertising (photoshoots etc.) all the time. There’s not a lot of time for so many tasks, but the kids help organize my day. Fortunately, I work with people who really understand my aesthetic and working style. I’m not a perfectionist, I act spontaneously and trust my intuition. Taking care of the household does, however, take up most of my time after coming home. That’s when I slow down and become a mom. Though it’s not easy, I try not to work after 4 p.m.

Many of Your Clients would probably like to know where did the idea for Boho came from and how was the brand created, how it grew?

The brand was created somewhat by chance and somewhat as the only option for me. I could, for example, have a small bakery or run a boarding house but I’d certainly run my own business and offer the same aesthetic. I learned everything from my own mistakes and successes. The brand grew organically, I didn’t plan much as I trusted my intuition. Boho was created at the perfect moment when the Internet was doing an excellent job at helping promote yourself.

Where do you draw your inspiration from, what stimulates you?

I draw my inspiration from everything. I think every person I meet, every sound I hear, shape and colour I see have an effect on the end result of my work. Nature certainly has the biggest influence on me. I spend every free moment outdoors which calms me down and lets me clear my mind.

In the era of the great migration of many local artists to the capital You still live in Krakow, that’s where the headquarters of Boho is located – what binds You with this city?

I came here eight years ago to study, I was supposed to become an engineer. I didn’t graduate but I fell in love and couldn’t live anywhere else. I tried living in various places but I always missed Krakow. I lived in Warsaw for half a year before Boho was created but every weekend I was going back south. I’m from Jaworzno, it’s 60 km from here. Although I’m energetic and hard-working I love Krakow’s pace. I know I can stop any time I want and let the calmness of this city sink in. The time really flows slower here. I like the laid-back nature of its residents, it helps me keep a distance from my work. I’m not sure Krakow is my final destination but I like it very much

Your brand promotes a feminine but casual style – what do you personally like to wear, what would you never wear?

I have three favourite styles. The summer one is flowery dresses with heavy boots. The spring one is based around loose male cut jeans while the winter one is based around tight pants and thick jumpers. There are things I can’t get enough of. Undershirts made of striped fabric, classic dungarees, 90s flowery dresses, oversize pants, jumpers made of thick wool. Before I became a mom I often wore platform shoes but now I am completely practical and always on the run so my shoes have to comfortable. The orthopaedic birkenstocks trend has saved my fashion face. I don’t like artificial fabrics and dowdiness. I prefer buying clothes in second hands rather than shopping malls. I wear a lot of my own projects, I create every design for myself.

How do you take care of your beauty? Do you have favourite cosmetics, fragrances, places where you buy them?

I shop on the run and don’t buy a lot, just shampoo and conditioner actually. Although I dye my hair a lot it is still healthy and full. I buy argan oil in a nearby small shop. I use the oil or baby olive on my body I only use hand cream during winter but I noticed that the less I use it the less my body needs it. I’ve always loved perfume and I stick to every fragrant for a long time. Molecules from Galilu has been my fragrant of choice for a few years now. Sometimes I mix them with essential oils or other perfume. My make up tends to be very delicate but I like strong colours on my lips and nails.

How would you describe the coming season in fashion, what will you take away from it?

It’s a dream come true. Flyers jackets, military jackets, big men’s coats and thick jumpers. It will be lovely!

Un-Ordinary Life of Agata Napiórska

100% woman – a tomboy inside, she is a great storyteller – she writes even better, she is passionate about locality – she is an explorer of inaccessible lands. I met Agata shortly after she came back from her trip to Georgia – it was the first Autumn evening, her tan was fresh, she was wearing a skimpy summer outfit and drinking her favorite cider; with flushes on her face, she was talking about her adventures there. If it had not been for the fact that we had scheduled photos for the following day, there would not have been end to the stories, because where Agata goes, the chain of events creates unique stories. Get to know the Un-Ordinary Life of Agata Napiórska.

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What does your day look like? How do you work and relax?

On weekdays, I have quite a regular daily routine. I get up at 6.30. I always eat the same thing for breakfast, because I have no time for thinking. So I eat cereal. I drink the first coffee at work. I have a long way to travel to my publishing house. I am a lucky one because if I do not feel like cycling, if it is raining or in winter, my colleague gives me a lift from home to work in his car. For 40 minutes, I am being educated musically in the area of metal, hc and punk. That is how I start my day. Then I work and work. Until 4 pm. Then usually I continue working, only the surroundings change, and working for Zwykłe Życie (Eng. “Average Life”) is life in itself. The office of Zwykłe Życie is on my way from work, but anyway we usually do most of the fork online. We see each other with the girls from the editorial board several times a week. A very important thing for me is doing sport. Although I have already lost my chances in that area, I am not giving up. I swim twice a week and twice a week I train muay thai. Apart from that, things come out spontaneously: cinema, theatre, concerts, socialising and dating, wine, dancing and singing. In the evening I read and listen to music. During the weekends I sleep until 9, I cook and I catch up with things. I often travel. The best form of relaxing for me is the swimming pool. During the first 40 lengths of the swimming poll I swim, I solve the problems and I consult certain ideas with myself, and then the brain switches off and the only thing that exists is the swimming pool. I also like to lay in the bath and read. I generally like lying. I relax while performing mechanical activities like ironing, gardening, chopping vegetables or cleaning up the drawers. And I relax by walking in the forest.

Tell us about your flat and its surroundings.

I live at Plac Hallera. My flat is small, bright and there are a lot of plants and books in it.I like my kitchen and the fact that my friend from secondary school lives in the neighbourhood and she often invites me for dinners cooked by her husband. The swimming pool at ul. Namysłowska reminds mi of the swimming pool where I was going at the primary school for School Sports Club’s classes. I know all the cloakroom attendants here, the lifeguards give me valuable advice and the end of the swimming time is signalled with a bell ring. I visit the market that is located in the area of former open-air swimming pools. One can find there almost everything one needs to live: German household chemicals, remote controls, puppies with falsified pedigree certificates, fruits and vegetables. I also like to walk through Śląsko-Dąbrowski Bridge. I like Nowa Praga and its monumental sandstone buildings and the fact that this area is full of green areas.

Your favourite places in Warsaw?

I respect the city entirely. And what I like the most are parks, bridges, monuments and the planetarium. I also like to visit old sports facilities, I like Hala Mirowska, walking along the Vistula River, the Warsaw Underground and the Palace of Culture and Science.

Your favourite places in the world and your ideal holidays?

I work a lot, so I have to rest a lot to find some balance. On holidays, also for the sake of finding balance I need to „get wasted“. My style of travelling is „let’s see what happens“. Organised trips are not for me (although I participated in a sports camp this year and it was cool). I do not book accommodation, and the route plans itself spontaneously. I like to discover new places by accident, use the recommendations of local people, listen to their stories. I do not care about tourist attractions where you have to queue for hours on end. I prefer small towns, villages and the wilderness, a tent, forest, lakes and rivers. I love Grudziądz – it is my hometown. I like Liverpool, since I have great memories linked with this city. Recently I was in Georgian wilderness with my brother, it was a perfect trip. He is a great companion, and great company is the most important thing on a trip.

How did you come up with the idea of Zwykłe Życie and how does the work in the magazine look like?

Zwykłe Życie is an initiative of both me and Marta Mach – my childhood friend. As early as in the primary school we got excited when we saw paper and we wanted to have our own publishing house, so when we finally met in Warsaw after several years of separation, we immediately started to plan and act. We started with a blog, the „zero“ edition of the magazine was published only on-line and we have been printing for two years now. An important moment for us was starting to co-operate with Olek Modzelewski, because we know nothing about design. Our work looks as follows: we order texts, editorials, illustrations, photos for the articles. We draw the flat-plan, we divide the work and we set the deadlines. We divided our work so that Marta controls the photos and the production of the session, I control all texts and illustrations. Gosia Bartkowiak deals with advertisements. When we receive material from the authors, after editorial work, correction and DTP edition, all is sent to Olek. Next we discuss the entire edition after bringing the thing together. The permanent team also includes Kasia Wójcik (PR and patronage), and Gosia Kuśnierz (editorial and correction). Zwykłe Życie is published 3 times a year, but it is not only a magazine. We run our webpage on a daily basis, we often organise breakfasts, meetings with craftsmen, and other events.

What do you do apart from working for Zwykłe Życie and what were you doing before?

For six years I have been working in Wydawnicwo Nasza Księgarnia. I write for the Kikimora Magazine on a constant basis. I sometimes translate. Now I am translating a nice book– Daily rituals. How artists work. And before… I was working in many places. I was a housemaid, a caretaker, I was working in a bookshop, in a café, in a sweet shop, in a house for the mentally disabled, in a theatre, in a car wash. The first illegal business, which was not successful, was founded by me and Marta when we were 13. We were cleaning the staircases. I appreciate all those experiences. I hate doing nothing.

How would you describe your dressing style, what do you most like wearing?

I get extremely tired while shopping, so I avoid it as much as I can. I buy clothes while doing other things. I like simple forms and colours. I choose good quality, comfort and functionality. My clothes are quite monotonous. I have a few clothes, but a lot of shoes. I feel best in shirts, dresses, sneakers. I am crazy about silk. I like original things with their own history: such as military parka from a military shop, gloves from a glove-maker, a belt from a belt-maker. My favourite tailor – Mrs Żaneta lives in Grudziądz. There are also best second-hand shops in Grudziądz. I hate artificial fabrics, imitations and high heels. The jewellery I am used to includes a golden ring and a watch I once received from my grandma, and the beltmaker at ul. Hoża 25 made a new belt for it.

How do you care for yourself – do you have any rituals, favourite cosmetics, perfumes?

I abide by the principle my mother once taught me: the less, the better. I do not dye my hair, I only use a shampoo from Siberian herbs. I like bar soaps from different parts of the world. I always bring them from my holidays and I get them from my relatives and friends. A good micellar cream, argan oil, and brushes. Three years ago, a brush-maker from ul. Poznańska explained the sense of dry-brushing to me. It is a great massage and it wakes you up. I wear make up only occasionally, but I am addicted to a brick-red lipstick by MAC. I have been using Amber perfumes by Loccitane for years. They have just stopped producing it or I will steal the recipe and I will make it myself, or I will smell only of swimming pool chlorine.

Something to read for the end of the summer?

Perhaps „The Baron in the Trees” by Italo Calvino? Or some reportage, I am now reading „Caucassus Planet“ by Góreckiego, and earlier I have read „Bucarest” by Rejmer. And Palahniuk, he is good for every season of the year.

Marysia Przybyszewska

Thanks to Paulina Pajka from this day on, from time to time we are going to present to you the portraits of Boho Girls, who live a beautiful life. We are fascinated by their rituals, pictures, style and preferences. We would like to inspire you and show you exactly what we have in mind when we say “Boho Girl”. Let’s start with Maria Przybyszewska.

Marysia Przybyszewska is a photographer by education. She has worked with Lidia Popiel (among others). Yet, life is unpredictable. Maria has always loved cooking and when her friends called for her help with the opening of a diner, she decided to try to do it.

Things were happening really quickly and soon she is going to be an intern in the Noma restaurant in Copenhagen. Today, she collaborates with Usta magazine and Pewnego Razu Cafe. Every two weeks, she organizes unique vegan breakfasts for her friends.

Paulina Pajka has come with a camera to visit her on such a breakfast and in her house in Saska Kępa in Warsaw.

What does your day look like?


Why don’t I tell you about what my day off looks like. I love to sleep, so it takes me a long time to get out of bed; luckily I have a dog Szajka, and she motivates me to get up in the morning. A long walk, shopping for groceries for breakfast on a market nearby – just like a Polish saying goes „A shoemaker walks barefoot”, I often have an empty fridge. I catch up on things, that is I read articles from my favorite add-ons in Wyborcza magazine, I reply to e-mails, such ordinary things. Lunch in the city is a must. Krowarzywa, Au Lac, Loving Hut, To Tu are my usual choices, because I am totally addicted to those places. I love the cinema, so if there is anything good out there this is how I finish my day.

You prepare meals for friends at weekends. How do you prepare for such meetings and why do you even do that?


Those are breakfasts for everyone, but that’s true, many of my friends come and I feel grateful for that. I love eating together, a huge laid table, the atmosphere around it. Many people don’t know each other, but sitting at one table they have to communicate, even if just asking each other to pass something from the other end. I like to watch people, how they get to know each other, how they talk. For me it’s also a great opportunity to meet people I don’t see too often and chat with each of them.

Do you live and work mainly in Warsaw? What do you like in here and how would you describe contemporary Warsaw?


I was born and raised in Warsaw, in Saska Kępa. I am very connected to this city, and even more to my neighborhood, which is beautiful. I particularly like the moment of driving from the noisy centre to Kępa and it suddenly gets quiet, well not entirely because it’s still the city, but the difference is huge. And all the green areas, alleys of trees, Skaryszewski Park, plots in Międzynarodowa street. Warsaw is a city with a beautiful and sad story and I love it for that. What’s it like right now? Modern, full of interesting people, new places. Something new appears before you get used to the last changes.

A place at home where you relax and load your batteries?


Of course my balcony, a tiny space where I’ve managed to create a garden and a place to lie down. Two wooden boxes and a piece of mattress. Full happiness. In the boxes I grow various herbs that I use in the kitchen. Apart from that I really like my room, wooden furniture, thick carpet, obligatory fresh flowers and a few gadgets, but not too many, I’ve grown out of collecting everything. And I love my philodendron that I’ve nicknamed Monster. My Mother gave it to me after she saved it from freezing. It was quite small and now I keep changing pots for bigger ones.

Of course my balcony, a tiny space where I’ve managed to create a garden and a place to lie down. Two wooden boxes and a piece of mattress. Full happiness.

A place in the world where you relax?


I relax everywhere, where I can find good people, delicious food, music, warm temperature, a lot of greenery. I love Masuria. The smell of forest calms me down.

Will you share with us a recipe for your favorite summer treat?


Summer holidays are broad beans with garlic and dill, raspberry, blueberry and currant cocktail, and new potatoes with egg and sour milk.

How would you describe your own style? What would you never wear?


It’s hard to describe my style, even hipster doesn’t fit. I pay attention to fashion and what’s going on in it, I am faithful to black and very skinny pants. I recently like high waist with a short top that shows my stomach. I wear shirts with my favorite bands bought at concerts, sneaker with thick soles. I follow fashion more in the summer, in winter I wear a North Face parka and warm shoes. I would love to be able to walk barefoot. I wouldn’t wear a basque or wedge-heeled sports shoes (even Vans once made such a model, the horror!), or imitations.

Have you got any beauty rituals and cosmetics you couldn’t do without?


I care a lot about my hair. I use Indian Khadi herb oil, protein shampoo and Himalaya conditioner, canary seed. I always sleep with a braid. I don’t use many cosmetics. A light base, good mascara, under-eye concealer, blush, sometimes darkened eyebrows – and an eyelash curler, I would take it even to a desert island.

Boho inspired by Alexandra Tolstoy

Countess Alexandra Tolstoy is not the type of person you meet every day. A passionate adventurer with thousands of miles of travel on horse and camel back under her belt – from Russia to Mongolia to Siberia, and most memorably her epic expedition along the Silk Road – she has also written a book about her travels and presented the series ‘Horse People with Alexandra Tolstoy’ for BBC2 and last, but not least, is a mother of three small children.

The concept for the Boho collection came naturally, since Alexandra has been our regular customer. Alexandra’s stylist Magdalena Kmieciak-Patrinou, being a Boho enthusiast herself, suggested doing a small collaboration. Fast forward several months, and here it is – a collection which is the result of close cooperation between designer Gosia Bochenek and stylist Magda Kmieciak-Patrinou. Working remotely between London and Krakow, they discussed every detail of what was to become a series of clothes that Alexandra could wear on a daily basis.

Alexandra has a great love for fashion, and her wardrobe houses creations by the world’s greatest designers. So our collection needed to have that little high-fashion twist. We also wanted it to reflect the distinctive urban rhythm of London, where Alexandra lives.

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The collection makes a balance somewhere between classic elegance and natural loose lines. A stylish woman’s suit made of cotton canvas was paired with a lace bodysuit. A bomber jacket known from previous collections returns with a brand new look featuring stunning Italian jacquard with floral ornament. We could not forget about the flower motifs that have become a trademark of Boho, but this time round they come with different cuts, fabrics and fits. As is the case with each Boho collection, the one inspired by Alexandra Tolstoy also features our flagship product, namely the Boho hoodie.

The session with Alexandra was shot at her London home by Piotr Kierat, Boho’s permanent photographer.

New items will be available from 8th June in our online store at www.boho.lu

Women’s daily chats

Picture a hen night: all girls dressed in identical, pale dresses, sitting on the grass, flowers in their hair, talking. No bunny ears, no pink drinks, no hunky male strippers. How is it even possible? Magic.

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, women were the most valued part of the community, carefully guarded from the strangers. They held the secrets to the group’s identity. Celebrations, magic, rituals: they kept a watchful eye on girls becoming women, bearing children and brining them up, together with other women.

Nowadays it seems bizarre and exotic somehow: ceremonial undoing of the maidenly braids, passing on the keys to the household chests, hemp rituals, floating the garlands on the water… and other women “butting in into the way I bring my child up”? Unthinkable!

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, women were the most valued part of the community, carefully guarded from the strangers. They held the secrets to the group’s identity.

We’ve forgotten what it feels like to be rooted in a multi-generational household, full of cousins, aunties, grannies and uncles, with a place for everybody, with everybody given a voice. Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, women were the most valued part of the community, carefully guarded from the strangers. They held the secrets to the group’s identity. A traditional Polish “hen night” was attended by the Matron of Honour and all the bridesmaids; all the local girls would come too. They would bake cakes, make garlands and prepare the “wedding rod”. The rod was a branch from a pine, spruce or juniper tree, decorated with fruit, nuts and ribbons. This was passed on to the Best Man on the day of the wedding, as a symbol of his role. Women of all ages attended a hen night: from teenagers to 100 year olds, the full cross section of the females from the community. A perfect occasion to hear from the more experienced ones: relationship stories, husband management tips, spicy bedroom details and recipes for sweet treats. How quaint! And how interesting. These days we don’t want to cross the generation gap, we don’t want to live as a tribe, we don’t want to listen.

Agata dreamt of a different hen night – outdoors and sun, flowers, chatting, good food – a special version of an everyday. When I asked one of the invited girls about the concept of the whole thing, she said ‘we just wanted it to be nice’. Shockingly simple and not so obvious. Are women ‘nice’ to each other? ‘Isn’t this baby to hot in this coat?’ ‘So big and still in the pushchair!’ ‘You’ve put weight on!’ ‘You’ve lost weight!’ ‘Not looking too good today…’ – we all recognise these comments from casual meetings in the street. Unless it’s an elderly lady, really ancient. They are different. She would approach you at the market or in the fruit and veg aisle and say ‘How long do you need to cook these artichokes for, love?’ ‘Would you help me with these bags, hun?’ ‘Lovely smile on you, lass!’ These are the real witches. They remember the times when the strength of the women came from the group, and they are not scared to ask other women for advice or help. Nowadays we’d rather volunteer advice unsolicited then dare to ask.

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Ideas for unique hen nights are mushrooming: bungee jumping, a group visit to a tattoo parlour, a day at the spa with beauty treatments. Happily, more and more often it’s simply about it “being nice”. Not just on special days, but every day. Girls stick together. For now, in separate age groups, but there is more to come, more jinxes to undo. Trust me: the artichokes, the little favours, the smiles – it’s nothing to be scared of!

Aleksandra Świerk

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Boho hoodie

The Boho hoodie found its place in many female closets during the last four years. Simple, shirt-like cut, enriched with pockets and a hood, is a modern day urban hippie uniform. It can be worn all day long, depending on the styling, it fits almost any occasion. The Boho girls have shown multiple times that the imagination in styling is not limited only to the fits most frequently suggested by us, with loose pants or overalls.

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The effect was always similar. We won’t stay unnoticed even with the hood on and hands in our pockets. The flowery print is recognizable from afar, and our clients exchange knowing glances. After all, there’s plenty of Boho girls like you around. She can be a pharmacist at a drugstore, a waitress at a befriended cafe, a manager of a beloved band and its lead singer.

Thus far we’ve created more that a thousand unique hoodies. Each of them has had a different, one of a kind pattern. They went to a thousand different women. Among them there are corporate girls, city farmers, suburban poets, artists, actresses, managers, accountants, writers and songwriters… the list goes on. We have plenty of common denominators and one of them is the awareness of what’s beautiful and simple. This is why why meet every season.

Thus far we’ve created more that a thousand unique hoodies. Each of them has had a different, one of a kind pattern.

There’s a lot of changes at Boho this spring. We’ve been joined by new people who will not only make our work easier but will also allow us to increase production. Up until now it was difficult to track down sweatshirts with unique design. Starting today, every design will be available in limited amount, several to a dozen or so items. We’re waiting for your opinions and would like to invite you for shopping at our new store.