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Guess Who’s Your New Personal Stylist?

Guess Who’s Your New Personal Stylist?

By Ruby Warrington

On May 2, 2017

In Beauty, Fashion, Style

Guess Who’s Your New Personal Stylist?

Taurus season—April 21st to May 21st—is the best time for a wardrobe overhaul. Not only is the Northern Hemisphere transitioning from spring into early summer, but Taurus, along with its ruling planet, Venus, governs fashion. Why? Taurus speaks to the abundance of the material world—beautiful things, delicious food, and how we adorn ourselves. Meanwhile, Venus is the planet that dictates our relationship to beauty.
 
So how can you use this time to revamp your look for spring and summer 2017 trends? Checking the position of Venus in your birth chart is a great way to discover—or perhaps remember—the kinds of clothes that bring out the best you. 
 
My friend the life coach and author Gabby Bernstein described my look as “Rock ‘n’ Roll Yogi.” I’m drawn to yoga pants, floaty shirts, and chunky leather accessories. And I’m reminded time and again that sticking to this formula is what works best for me. When I veer too far away from my signature style—trying buttoned-up looks or an edgy catwalk vibe—I never feel as confident as I would if I had stuck to it.

Here’s why: My look is anchored in my birth chart—and you can find yours too!  Each birth chart actually contains three clues to creating a look that reflects the most authentic you: your sun sign (self-expression), your rising sign (the image you present to the world), and your Venus sign (beauty, taste, and aesthetics). 
 
In my case, Rock ‘n’ Roll Yogi totally speaks to these placements in my chart: my Aries sun and Sag rising being the rock ‘n’ roll part, while my Venus in Pisces means I’m attracted to clothes that make it easy for me to drop to the floor and sit cross-legged at any given moment. For example, my absolute favorite item in my wardrobe currently is a pair of flowy black silk harem pants by a label called Sea New York—which I’ll wear with a fitted biker jacket and wedge-heeled sneakers. Yogi. Check. Rock ‘n’ roll. Check. Confidence? Check, check, check!
 
Here’s a fun exercise to assist you in creating a similarly cosmic catchphrase to tap you into your personal style.
 
1. Create A Mood Board. Referring to your own birth chart, note down some words associated with your sun sign, and find a phrase that speaks to the general “mood” these words inspire. For me, Aries means adjectives like “thrill-seeking,” “passionate,” and “adventurous”—which can all be grouped under the general heading of “rock ‘n’ roll.” Want more? Add in the adjectives of your rising sign as well.
 
2. Find Your Venus. Now, in your calculated birth chart, figure out which sign Venus lives in for you. Then, take a look at the chart below, which suggests a few fashion adjectives for each Venus placement (the sign where Venus is in your calculated birth chart). Combined with your sun sign mood, you have your signature look!
 
Venus in Aries: daring, athletic, trend-setting
 
Venus in Taurus: artistic, sensuous, luxurious
 
Venus in Gemini: original, versatile, colorful
 
Venus in Cancer: comfortable, nostalgic, conservative
 
Venus in Leo: playful, in-your-face, artistic
 
Venus in Virgo: meticulous, detail-oriented, clean
 
Venus in Libra: refined, graceful, harmonious
 
Venus in Scorpio: mysterious, intense, uncompromising
 
Venus in Sagittarius: ethical, global, adventurous
 
Venus in Capricorn: practical, structured, traditional
 
Venus in Aquarius: individual, experimental, unique
 
Venus in Pisces: dreamy, imaginative, flowing
 
3. Play Stylist. With your look in mind, open your closet door and pull out the items that best represent these adjectives. Have fun with it! There’s no way you can go wrong and chances are, with a little help from the stars, you’ll come up with some style combinations you never could have imagined!
 

Illustration of Audrey Hepburn (a Taurus!) by Mary Valkosky.

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This (G-rated) Massage Will Give You a Post-O Glow

This (G-rated) Massage Will Give You a Post-O Glow

By Ruby Warrington

On April 18, 2017

In Beauty, Makeup, Style

This (G-rated) Massage Will Give You a Post-O Glow

I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing about any facial is the massage part. And my least favorite is the slathering on of layer after layer of products, especially when the therapist often finishes up by recommending a total beauty cabinet overhaul. No thanks! As a rule, I feel about my skincare regime the way I do about food—the less complicated, the better.
 
Which brings me to FaceLove, a new facial concept that’s all about the massage part! A session at FaceLove is designed to do the smoothing, glow-ifying work of fillers and lasers with only the power of touch, “facial exercise,” acupressure, and a hint of aromatherapy oils. 
 
I stopped by at lunch on a Wednesday, in dire need (aren’t we all?) of a soothing time out. Settling back into sheepskin coziness, my subconscious selected the soothing lavender oil, which I was instructed to breathe deeply into my being. And then the massage began, with a vigorous scrubbing motion up and down my jawline (this felt like the “exercise” part!) gradually spreading to incorporate my ears, neck, and the tops of my shoulders.
 
I’d opted for the 30-minute “Pure Love” treatment, with an emphasis on lymphatic drainage and the release of emotional stress. And as my therapist honed in on specific acupressure points on my skull, I felt the tensions of the day begin to melt away. As I zoned out, the honking of a truck outside took on the timbre of a monastic chant; a conversation between another therapist and her next customer gently entered my consciousness as if it were beamed from another planet.
 
A brisk once over with a multi-faceted roller, designed to lift the skin and massage the facial fascia, brought me back into the room. The finishing touch? A few swipes from a soothing jade roller, used for centuries in Chinese medicine to cool, tone and tighten the complexion.
 
Overall, the treatment felt like an infinitely more considered take on the ten-minute shoulder workout you sometimes get while your polish is drying at a traditional nail studio. Checking my face in the mirror on my way out, my eyes appeared larger, and my cheekbones more defined. Not a “miracle” product in use! Best of all, I felt taken care of in a way that only the touch from another human can deliver. And that feeling was what held me for the rest of the day.
 
Of course, it’s not exactly practical to pop out for a facial massage every day of the week. But a DIY treatment has many of the same benefits, and practicing some self love reminds you that even on the busiest, most hectic deadline-driven days, you’re a human being who needs nourishing to live her best life.
 
Here, the geniuses at FaceLove share their top massage tips for smoother, happier looking skin. Try them when you’re experiencing stress, and trust me, you’ll be ready to face the world in a whole new way:
 
 

  1. Cup your whole face with the palms of your hands to liberally apply face cream.
  1. Massage in a spiral motion from the center of the face outwards towards the temples.
  1. To massage the upper eyelids, slide the fingers outwards from the bridge of the nose. For the lower eyelids, gently slide the fingers outwards in an arc as if ironing out the fine lines at the corners of the eyes. Finish by sliding down towards the sides of the cheeks.
  1. Cup your whole face in both hands and slide your hands outward towards the bottoms of your ears. End by gently squeezing your earlobes.

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Wedding Secrets of the Stars

Wedding Secrets of the Stars

By Horoscope.com

On June 7, 2016

In Luck, Style

Wedding Secrets of the Stars

Want to feel like royalty on your big day? Try these star-studded tips.

The Moon
First things first: the sign of Libra is associated with partnerships of all kinds especially when committing to a long-term arrangement, as in a marriage ceremony. If there is a New Moon in Libra on this day your life together will get off to a great start and will likely blossom into something beautiful. Generally it is better for the Moon to be between new and almost full. A waning Moon is not such a great omen.

Venus
If Venus is in Libra, this will help make things extra special. There will be fabulous interactions between family, guests, in-laws, and friends. Everything will be as harmonious, light, and bright as possible. There may also be some matchmaking going on as certain people inspired by your big day decide they want a long-term lover.

Venus is linked with the bride and Mars with the groom so if you can make sure that both planets are in positive aspect to each other this will be very beneficial.

Jupiter
If Jupiter aspects the Sun, Moon, Venus, or Mars – or more than one of these – this, too, will bring good luck on the big day and thereafter.

Timing
Try to choose the month to get married depending on the reason for the marriage. March, July, and November will bring emotional depth, whereas if you decide to marry when the Air Signs are more predominant in June, February, or October the marriage will be more of a deep friendship with an intellectual rapport.

Getting married during the fiery months of April, August, and December makes for a spirited relationship with plenty of action and adventure. The earthy months of May, September, and January bring security, which some people crave but others may find too boring and restrictive.

Motion
Make sure that both Venus and Mercury are in forward motion. If either is retrograde it can cause complications later on. It also helps to make sure that neither Venus nor Mars is in combative signs like Aries or Scorpio.

Something Else…
There are old rhymes which give hints as to the best day of the week to be married. This goes something like: “Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, and Wednesday is the best day of all.” Thursday through Sunday are all supposed to be less-than-ideal.

As far as wedding clothes go there are all sorts of traditions about what should be worn and what should be avoided. Wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue is advice that is often followed by brides who want to ensure their wedding and marriage are as good as they can be.

Something old is about the continuity of the family, so a piece of jewelry or lace handed down allows older family members or ancestors to be included in the day. Something new brings bright hope for the bride and groom and their future together. Something borrowed allows friends to play their part. If something is borrowed it should be from a happily married woman and should be given back straight away.

Something blue is a symbol of faithfulness, purity, and loyalty, and the blue item is often the garter. In this more modern age some brides get a blue tattoo.

Even Kate Middleton in her marriage to Prince William followed this age-old custom by wearing something in each category. Although her gown looked white it did have a tiny slip of blue ribbon sewn into it. Her borrowed item was from the Queen who lent her the 1936 Cartier halo style tiara. It has been in the Royal Family since it was purchased by King George VI for the Queen Mother.

If you are planning a wedding check out the omens, honor tradition and have a wonderful day!