Mexicali Killer Tie Dyes: A Party for the Eyes

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Meet Mike, the amazingly skilled creator of our killer tie dyes! These unique dyes are more intricately patterned and boldly colorful than any others we’ve ever seen (and we’ve been digging tie dye for a good long while!), so we were stoked when he recently came to replenish our stock of these terrific tees!

One happy customer said, “I’ve had Mikes shirts for 28 years haven’t faded. Best dye art on earth!” That’s a compliment on his craft that can’t be beat!  

Get yours here: http://ow.ly/U2bU303CVfm

Mexicali Magic: Awesomely Affordable Boho Dorm Decor

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Heading back to school is a fresh start, and an empty dorm room is a blank canvas awaiting your creativity. At this moment, all things are possible!  So start your school year off right by setting up your new dwelling as a chill bohemian haven you’ll love coming home to, filled with cool colors and inspiring imagery, exotic textures and the groovy glow of paper lanterns.

A mandala tapestry or tree of life wall hanging looks awesome hung up or as a unique bedspread.

Classic Mexican falsa blankets are perfect for a bit of extra warmth on the bed, or take it outside for an impromptu picnic!

Celebrate the music that moves you with retro rock concert posters featuring bands like Phish, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead.

Save your sleepy feet from cold linoleum in the morning with a recycled rag rug by your bed.  Each handmade 3′ x 6′ rug is completely unique, and will bring eclectic color and world-traveler vibes to your space.

Mexicali has everything you need to accent your room in the grooviest ways, from Traditional Tibetan prayer flags to boho chic curtains crafted from recycled silk. There are a myriad magical Mexicali ways to express your inimitable personal style in your dorm decor, creating an invigorating environment that supports study, fun, and exploring who you are and who you want to be.

Once you’ve got your room rocking an exhilarating new look, you’re sure to want to grab your reversible block print tote–the ultimate book bag–before you head out the door to whatever the day holds!  It’s going to be an amazing adventure of a new schoolyear!

We’re Wild for Maine Blueberries at Mexicali Blues!


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So small, wild and sweet, Maine blueberries are one of the signature tastes of summer. Raking a new crop from the low bushes growing across the barrens is a way of life Downeast, and the annual three-day Machias Wild Blueberry Festival is a can’t-miss celebration featuring live music, artists and artisans, delicious food and carnival fun.

The festival kicks off on Friday, August 19 and runs all weekend. In honor of the Wild Blueberry Festival, we’ve gathered some fun, fresh picks in our favorite hues of blueberry blue:

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The Althea Mudmee Tie Dye Short Sleeve Dress in Turquoise swirls all the colors of ripe blueberries, green leaves and juice-stained fingers into one fun, flirty, summery Mudmee dress.

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The Blues Burst Killer Tie Dye Tee transforms every shade of blue into a tie dye so bold it will blow you away.

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Going berrypicking on a bright summer day? Our hemp Here Comes the Sun Hat in Turqouise is stylish, earth-friendly way to shade the sun.

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Pick them up and give them a squeeze—our Batik Baby Jumpsuit in Blue looks sweeter than sweet on the little ones.

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Our Blueberry Blossoms Tapestry is the perfect picnic blanket or table topper. Enjoy your freshly baked blueberry pies and muffins on a handprinted field of bright blues and greens.

And these are just a few of the beautiful blues you’ll find at Mexicali Blues! Our Bangor location is just two hours from the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, so stop in on your way north to pick your own.

Gemstone Meaning & Magic: Blue Lace Agate

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Blue lace agate is a stone of communication, particularly helpful to those who have difficulty being heard by others, or who need articulation and confidence to share their truths. It helps to dissolve doubt and old patterns caused by past fears, judgements, and rejections, and permits new modes of self-expression and growth. At the same time it has a complimentary energy of enhancing feelings of encouragement and support, both for the bearer and those around her or him. It is a particularly good gemstone for those who have a hard time connecting with or accepting their more tender feelings and sensitivities. It is calming and relaxing, promoting inner stability, composure, and centeredness. Like all agates, this stone has a stabilizing and strengthening influence, naturally assisting the balancing of energies, whether emotional, physical, or intellectual.

Which of the properties of this quietly powerful crystal resonates most with you? While these particular pendants were photographed in Bangor, you can come check out pretty pieces of magical gemstone jewelry like these (and lots more) at any Mexicali Blues store!

Burning Man Prep: Mexicali Festival Essentials

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It’s nearly that inimitably electric time of year, when the Black Rock Desert of Nevada is transformed into the psychedelic space camp of wonder and transformation that that is Burning Man!  Burning Man is rocking from August 28 – September 5, 2016, and we can’t wait to see what wild co-creation magic will be wrought at this year’s crazy amazing temporary metropolis of art and community!

While you’ll need a lot of gear to participate fully and not be a complete sparkle pony, Mexicali Blues has got a bounty of boho brilliance to bring something special to your festival style–from metallic flash tattoos to homemade hula hoops, tie dye leggings to affordable utility belts, sparkling bindis to rad hippie tapestries for decking out your camp, and a whole lot more!

Stop by a Mexicali Blues store in Maine or visit us at www.MexicaliBlues.com to stock up on awesomeness!

Check out some articles & tips for Burners that we adore:

Must-Know Burning Man Tips for Newbies from Over Yonderlust

Surviving Burning Man from Alex in Wanderland

Staying Sober at Burning Man from Healthy Crush

How To: Prepare for Burning Man from Matador Network

Your Guide to Dining on the Playa from BakeSpace

There’s a Camp For That: 12 Truly Useful Burning Man Camps from Fest300

 

 

Summer Festival Essentials: Boho Chic Concert Style Guide

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Get ready to rock summer concert season in a rainbow of boho good vibes–with clothing, accessories, and other essential festival gear from Mexicali Blues!

SHOP THE LOOKS HERE:

Melody Maxi Skirt

Hendrix Crop Top

Color Vision Aviators

Tribal Flash Tattoo Set

DIY Henna Cone $5

Mala Bead Bracelets

Java Sun Hat

Dylan Cap Sleeve Dress

Zelda Leaf Leather Cuff 

Java Patch Moon Bag 

Recycled Mexican Falsa Blanket

Puri Pixie Tunic

Faustina Tie Dye Dress

Calypso Convertible Skirt Top

Flores Passport Bag 

Auric Blends Perfume Oils

Nepali Bone Pendant Necklace 

Assorted Bindis

Festival Pocket Belt

Sterling Toe Ring

Maine Intellihemp Lip Balm

 

Boho Tote Perfection: The Reversible Block Print Bag

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Reversible block print bags just might be the ultimate everyday tote for the boho chica on-the-go!  These vibrant bags are block printed by hand on sturdy cotton, featuring two pretty patterns and a handy pocket on each side.  The ultra-long and wide strap allows easy and comfortable use as a cross-body bag, or you can knot the strap to shorten it to make a sweet hippie handbag.

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The possible uses of these best-selling bags are vast and varied.  It makes a terrific satchel for toting books and other supplies to work or school, and with two pattern options available on every single bag, it’s easy to coordinate with your outfit or your mood!

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Each bag is a generous 14″ deep by 20″ wide, meaning: it can hold a LOT!  These block print bags are one of our #1 indispensable travel companions, as they are small enough to fit under the seat as a carry-on “personal item” during air travel, but they hold a ton of gear! As useful at home as adventuring, they’re also perfect as a weekender bag when you have a few outfits to carry but don’t want to lug around a suitcase or huge tote.

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Whether you’re wandering close to home or far out in the world, Mexicali reversible block print bags also make unique and elegant reusable shopping bags.  With the ultra-long strap, you can easily carry several at once cross-body-style for bigger shopping trips, all the while knowing that you are promoting and participating in the eco-friendly practice of using waste-free bagging.

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We at Mexicali Blues are off traveling the globe every year, seeking the best and brightest in bohemian clothing, housewares, and accessories to responsibly import and share with our friends and fans.  While every journey is driven by seeking out the coolest new gear for creative free spirits, there are a few special items that we are consistently drawn to, as they do what they do better than anything else we’ve ever seen!

However you rock it, the handprinted reversible block print bag is an essential item in the clever bohemian’s wardrobe, the perfect melding of funky-fabulous style and straightforward utility.  Get yours at Mexicali Blues stores in Maine or http://www.MexicaliBlues.com, and see why they are one of our very best-selling items year-after-year!

Gemstone Meaning & Magic: Ocean Jasper

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Although called ocean “jasper”, this uniquely speckled stone is actually a mixture of different forms of quartz: clear and colored varieties of chalcedony, banded agate, and pockets of tiny quartz (druzy) crystals.

Ocean jasper is a soothing and uplifting gemstone, stimulating the throat, solar plexus, and heart chakras, conveying the urge and ability to think, speak, and act more positively. Wearing or carrying ocean jasper is said to make the bearer more easily able to connect with a spirit of love and gratitude, releasing resentment and the tendency to take things for granted. It aids in enhancing appreciation of your own strengths, and makes you more aware of the positive things in your life. It’s also a wonderful stone for healers of all kinds, as it enhances the energy flow from one person to another and directs it where most needed for the recipient’s highest good.

Visit our website for a plethora of pretty gemstone jewelry,  or visit any of our stores in Maine to see the potent and powerful beauty of this stunning gem, available at Mexicali in unique (often one-of-a-kind) shapes and settings!

Gemstone Meaning & Magic: Rhodochrosite

 

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Rhodochrosite is revered as a stone of love, creativity, and balance.  It is sometimes called the Stone of the Compassionate Heart, and it can help one to heal their own emotional wounds and then use their subsequent emotional empowerment to help others. This stone can help heal and redirect energy away from unhealthy patterns, particularly those dealing with irrational fears or anxiety.  It encourages acceptance of the whole self, including negative thoughts and painful emotions, enhancing the ability to see–often in a new way–that the shadow side of the human experience is just as valuable, and is often what we will draw from in order to be a positive force in the world.  Its powerful vibration of love, forgiveness, and compassion for the true self makes this stone a wonderful helper in alleviating feelings of low self-worth and helping the bearer come to true self-acceptance, and to also connect with that same spirit of compassion when dealing with others.

Visit our website for a plethora of pretty gemstone jewelry,  or visit any of our stores in Maine to see the potent and powerful beauty of this stunning gem, available at Mexicali in unique (often one-of-a-kind) shapes and settings!

Hippie Holidays: Mindful Gifts for the Stylish Yogini

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She inhales peace and exhales good vibes, on and off the mat.  The stylish yogini exudes curiosity and compassion, always seeking to learn and grow, expanding her mind and honoring her body, gorgeous at every size.  You want to get her something amazing to celebrate the holidays, and Mexicali Blues has a million mindful gifts to choose from!

*Fleece-lined wool socks or hand-knit mukluks for a comfy-cozy Savasana

*Nag champa & sage smudge sticks to set the mood for a spiritual space

*Recycled falsa blankets, perfect used as a bolster or meditation cushion

*Prayer flags and tapestries for positive vibes

*Uniquely chic yoga pants and tops

*Vibrant yoga mat totes ready for wherever the journey leads

. . .and more!

Visit a Mexicali Blues store or http://www.MexicaliBlues.com to find the perfect presents for your most fascinating friends!