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Second Full Moon Fire Jam was a Special One!

Tuesday night I went to my 2nd Full Moon Fire Jam and it was a special one! Not only was it special because it was a rare Blue Moon, but it was also special because a got to share it with a couple of my friends! Once my friends found out how much fun I had at my first full moon jam they wanted to join me for the next one. So with my beach blanket & hula hoops in hand, we headed up to Foster Beach at sunset for a beautiful night of fresh air, fire spinning, and having fun with friends.

I receive moon updates on a monthly basis and found the most recent message to be quite compelling; so I figured I’d share a short excerpt from the astrological notes with you, written by Patricia Liles…

“Once in a ‘Blue Moon’ we have four full moons in a season instead of three, and that’s what we have this month with our second Full Moon in Aquarius. The Leo-Aquarius axis allows us to align to our own true heart and from there dream the future. Recognizing our personal vision that lies within our sacred heart space and then carrying it into our community, our tribe, fueling our expression with all the heat and passion that the Leo Sun is able to provide is the opportunity with this Full Moon. Loving our selves so radically that we know beyond a doubt that we are magnificent creations of the Divine (Leo) is what will allow us to create that Divine presence here in this reality. Only through that faith and trust will we shift our planet from fear, dominance, and scarcity into a culture of connection, support and abundance.”

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Full Moon Fire Jam (5)

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I had so much fun sharing my Full Moon Fire Jam experience with my friends; goofing off in the grass and hoop-dancing to the beat of the drum while watching the fire burn beneath the glowing full moon. I have a feeling our group will grow again next month; a couple of our coworkers were jealous they couldn’t join us and insisted an invite to the next jam. The way I see it – the more of us under the moon light…the merrier!

Mark your calendars – the next Full Moon: September 19, 2013, the next Blue Moon: not til 2015.

 “Throw open your heart and will to the force of creativity under the mystery of this Full Moon”

Still Talking Fashion After Two Years – All Thanks to You!

Two years ago I began writing this fashion blog which focuses on styling ideas, outfitting inspirations, my fashion finds, ways to get the most wear out of what I own and merchandising around my home (with a couple random topics thrown in the mix as well). I started it as something fun for me to do on the side as a creative outlet to express my personal style & passion for outfitting. It continuously stimulates my styling mind and challenges me to think outside-the-box when it comes to what I wear. It also ensures I stay up-to-date on the current fashion trends & industry happenings and keeps me involved in fun fashion events.

Over time I’ve developed loyal followers, received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, and have surpassed a milestone of 20,000 views! And for that – I wanted to take time to say thank you to all of you!

Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to read what I write. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about what I write; I always look forward to your feedback and enjoy reading your comments! Thank you for recommending my site to others you know, allowing me to share my styling advice with them. Your return readership constantly encourages me to be committed to continue publishing posts. After two years my blog has evolved into something more than I thought it ever would and is a building block in the design of my life. From Turkey to Thailand, the Netherlands to New Zealand, Slovakia, Bosnia, Latvia, and Serbia – people from all around the world have read what I’ve wrote. I never thought my words would reach that far!

Even when daily life gets to be overwhelming and it seems like there’s not enough time in the day to do everything (let alone put outfits together, take pictures of them, edit the photos, then write about them) it’s rewarding to know I have readers like you that look forward to my fashion insight.

I admit – I haven’t been very good about blogging on a regular basis lately (as you’ve probably noticed). I’ve been up to so much fun stuff this summer that I just haven’t had time for styling! I miss playing dress-up with my mannequin just as much as you miss reading about it, so I promise (again) to take more time and get back on track on talking about fashion.

Again, thank you all for being faithful followers of my blog! I hope I have provided you with useful information on an array of fashion-related topics encouraging you to embrace your personal style & express your own true self through the way you dress. If you haven’t yet, I invite you to ‘like’ my Facebook page and take my short survey (links are along the side bar) so I can get to know a little bit about you & your personal style and what you would like to see more of from me.

And don’t forget – keep those comments coming!

Designers’ Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013

All throughout the month of February fashion designers have been showing off their Fall/Winter 2013 collections on runways around the world. Buyers, editors, socialites & fashionistas gathered in the major fashion capitals of New York, London, Paris and Milan, to see what the designers have in store for us come next fall. While the models revealed bright primary colors, classic prints, super-sized silhouettes and tons of texture on the runway, do you ever wonder where the designers draw their inspiration from to create the things they do?

Women’s Wear Daily published some of the images & ideas that motivated designers to conceptualize their cold-weather collections for next year; and in hopes to inspire some of you, here’s a look at what inspired them…

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

Designers' Inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 Collection, WWD

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I challenge you to choose one of the designer inspirations you see here, then review that designer’s runway show (click here to see photos of the shows via www.style.com) and see if you can detect the underlying inspiration in the collection they introduced.

Do the designs they styled coincide with what stimulated them, or did you miss the connection?

Send me a comment to let me know which designers you looked at and if you saw the link!

Source: Women’s Wear Daily Publication, February 4 & 5, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

New Year...New Dreams

May your hope and dreams come true during this next year. Let your mind be free, find your inspiration, and fill your days with the people/things you love. As we are blessed with each new day – find the beauty in it.

Happy New Year everyone!

I am a Peace Warrior – Armed with my Sword & Shield

First it was a stunning purple spirit crystal wrapped in buttery soft, ivory elk leather that caught my eye. Then, I spotted a fabulous elk leather hip belt. But what ultimately got me, was this statement-making black elk leather wrap-around cuff with a large turquoise cabochon hand-woven into the center of it.

Black Leather Cuff with Center Stone

Theresa Wangia is a very talented indie designer I discovered when I went to the Randolph Street Modern Vintage Market back in October. Her line, Beltshazzar Jewels, is an assortment of hand-made jewelry & leather goods for the Native Spirit made from natural elements such as feathers, leather, bone, horn, and seeds from the Amazon.

Her inspiration comes from her world travels, nature, color, texture, music and her multi-cultural heritage. Her Great Grandfather was a German cobbler working in the United States who made leather moccasins for the Indians & boots for Buffalo Bill; and her Grandmother was part Blackfoot Indian. Her free-spirit designs often have tribal undertones, as she often takes into account the Native American lifestyle and their philosophy of living off the sacred land.

The modern urban creations incorporate a mixture of color & texture and her traditional methods of working with materials are those used by tribal people from the Amazon, Kenya, and Papua New Guinea.

Seeing the intricate, quality craftsmanship first-hand, it’s obvious why Theresa was recognized as one of the top three RAW Artists accessory designers in the city of St. Louis. RAW: natural born artists, is an independent arts organization made up of artistic talent within film, fashion, music, visual art, hair & make-up, and performance art. The community welcomes all genres of art and strives to provide independent artists with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire & cultivate creativity and encourage success within the first 10 years of their career.

I’ve accumulated a lot of stone accessories lately and for a long time I’ve been wanting to look deeper into the meaning behind the different gemstones & crystals I own. So, I recently bought the book, The Book of Stones, Who They Are & What They Teach, to source my research.

My research into the 2” cool blue-green turquoise stone that’s woven into the center of my cuff has taught me that turquoise emanates tranquility and the desire to find wholeness & truth, several properties of the stone. It is also a stone of protection, strong & opaque, yet soothing to the touch and healing to the eye. The Navajos used turquoise to bring needed rain by throwing a stone into a river while praying to the rain god. Apaches thought Turquoise could enhance the accuracy of their weapons, and the Zuni believed it could protect them from demons.

When I wear my cuff with my Free People dagger necklace, I can’t help but feel like I’m a peace warrior – armed with my sword & shield…

This is just a tidbit of information I learned about the turquoise; I have many more turquoise pieces in my collection so I’ll elaborate more on the stone in another post. The study of stones is very complex and requires you to suspend your preconceived judgements and looks beyond the physical composition into metaphysical properties. I’m excited to learn about the beautiful crater creations  and look forward to sharing my findings with all of you!

Do you believe in the power of stones?

Sources: www.rawartists.org, The Book of Stones, www.crystalvaults.com