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All Fire Baby!

It’s safe to say that Samantha Jones is one of most fiery Fires ever created in pop culture – especially when it comes to her philosophies on men, and that sailor mouth of hers. We’d all love to have even a fraction of the guts she has, which is why she’s an icon and an inspiration to us all. When it comes to Samantha’s style, no outfit is too loud or skimpy. Her look is fearless and ageless. I mean, what other woman in her 50’s would show up to a red carpet event wearing the exact same outfit as Miley Cyrus?

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Samantha’s Rules to Style

1. Always dress for men, not for women (if you get cat calls from the construction workers on Canal St., that means you got it right).

2. Your best staple pieces are the ones that are most easily removed.

3. Never bring a fake Fendi to the Playboy mansion.

4. Wear it, and never apologize for it.

5. The bigger the jewels, the better… if you know what I mean.

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At The Movies

Samantha’s a “go big or go home” kinda gal. So even if she’s just going to the movies, that’s certainly not stopping her from sporting her most obnoxious duds – sparkles, chunky jewelry, and blatant brands in tow. Samantha is the last person to care about whatever whispers she may be attracting from the row behind about her tranny-like corset. In fact, the more whispers she attracts, the better.

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Kara by Kara Ross Gold and Lizard Skin Cuff, $361


 

The 82nd Academy Awards were predicted to be unpredictable, and certainly turned out some upsets with winners on and off the red carpet. Key trends in Oscar fashion this year were voluminous gowns, bright pink lips, and messy updos (or maybe those were accidental, given the rain). Here are my favorite looks from an elemental perspective…

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa

There’s no doubt that this was Sandra’s night. As Carson Kressley said on Oprah’s After Oscar Special yesterday, “her stylist knew she was going to win,” and chose her dress accordingly. This dress is a complete embodiment of Metal energy with an extra spark of Fire, making it the perfect choice for her to win the gold in!

Demi Moore in Atelier Versace

Demi sure knows how to wear nude. How Metal of her! Even though this dress feels like a bit of deja vous from previous years (I’m thinking Penelope Cruz), I gotta hand it to Rachel Zoe for nailing Demi’s look. It’s sleek, sophisticated, and most of all, sexy – which is just so Demi.

Zoe Saldana in Givenchy

I think this is one of those dresses you either love or hate, and I absolutely love it. If there is anyone who can carry it off, it’s Zoe. I love that she went for something so fantastical for the year of Avatar. While there’s a lot of Fire going on in all the drama of sparkles and ruffles, my favorite part is the ombre effect – the Water to cool down the Fire, if you will.

Miley Cyrus in Jenny Packham

I know Miley has been getting some negative press around her “bad posture” and whatever else on Oscar night, but I think she looked stunning. This gown had everything a young star would want for the Oscars – girly sass in the bustier top, but an element of youthfulness in the tulle skirt. I can’t think of a better person to wear this gorgeous Metal/Fire dress. Just like last year, Miley got it right.

Nicole Richie in Reem Acra

Nicole Richie definitely deserves some points for honoring her essence on the red carpet this year. This elegant Metal Reem Acra dress with a Watery/hippy twist was made for her. I cannot see anyone else rocking it like she did, and that’s when you know someone played it right. I also loved the sleek hair (perfect to combat the rain) and smoky cat eye – it all just screamed “Nicole Richie”, and that’s what I love to see!

Meryl Streep in Chris March

As much as we all love Meryl, sometimes she doesn’t quite nail it with her fashion choices. But this dress, to me, was such a perfect choice for her. I loved the pure white Metal look, with touches of comforting Earth in the boxy shoulder and ample arm coverage. It was classic, yet trendy in all the right places. Best of all, it was far from over-the-top. You can tell she is genuinely comfortable, which is something I love to see on an Earth like herself!

 

Heading into last night’s Grammys, I prepared myself for an evening of shock, skin, and sparkle. If there is one thing the music industry does not like to be, it is boring or predictable. So when taking an elemental look at last night’s red carpet, you know to expect a heavy dose of Fire (look at me!), with a good amount of Water (don’t question it). What I did not expect was some of the elegant 100% Metal looks that graced the red carpet. Take a look…

Fire

Lady Gaga

Rihanna

Jennifer Nettles

Pink

Beyonce

Lady Gaga

Water

The Black Eyed Peas

Miley Cyrus

Lea Michelle

Pink

Taylor Swift

Kristen Bell

Metal

Beyonce

Keri Hilson

Carrie Underwood

Usher

Wood

A bit of a stretch but…

Sheryl Crow

Katy Perry

Earth

I don’t know what to tell ya. I guess even the true Earth musicians go out on a limb on Grammy night!

 

Before I go any further, I know that some of you are probably wondering what the heck this crazy Fashion Feng Shui® thing is that I keep talking about. I’ll definitely be using the terminology a lot in this blog (eg. calling someone a Fire or a Wood), so I guess I’ll start by filling you in. If you didn’t stop me, I could go on and on about it – but I’ll try (emphasis on “try”) to spare you the lengthy textbook post and just start with the basics for now…

In a nutsell (well, the shell of a larger sized nut): With Fashion Feng Shui, we recognize that each of us are wired differently, have different lives, different dreams, and therefore different inspirations for creating our personal style. When we get dressed, we should be doing it with the purpose of honoring 4 things:
– Essence – who we are at the core
– Intention – who we want to be (that day, or that year)
– Appearance – we want to keep in mind our coloring and body shape
– Environment – what our life demands of us (job, travels, activities, etc)

We all have things in our closet with the tags still on, or that we’re not quite sure why we bought in the first place. Fashion Feng Shui helps us fix those faux paus, and avoid making shopping mistakes ever again. The reality is that each of us have pieces that will always be the perfect staples for us, and other design elements that will just never work no matter how hard we try (for me, that’s the color orange). The goal is to always make the right decisions for YOU, and wear the things that will make you feel the most like yourself, while also giving off the perfect visual harmony to others – the “she nailed it” factor.

The tools we use to categorize the different energies and help us determine our essence are the five elements: Water, Wood, Earth, Fire, and Metal. Each element is represented by an archetype, which is what I’m going to show you using celebrities as examples. Technically, choosing celebrities to represent the elemental archetypes is a bit of an oxy moron, because we’re talking about essence – the lens through which you see the world – and I have never met these people. So how am I supposed to know who they are at the core? I am merely using them as universal examples for how we know them to be, and how they are represented to us, so we can get a better idea of how the elements break out. If I really wanted to be accurate, I’d have to spend a few hours with each of them before I could determine their essence (unfortunately, I don’t think my dinner at Katsuya a few tables away from Tom Hanks really counts). Nonetheless, here we go:

Water – The Philosopher

Philosophers are the wise, intelligent, mysterious rebels of the bunch. They value creativity, spirituality, serenity, calmness, and freedom of expression above all else. They gain energy from alone time, and like to march to the beat of their own drum.
Celeb examples: Tilda Swinton, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman

Wood – The Pioneer

Our wood friends are the Energizer bunnies of the world. They are always on the go, love to be outdoors, and can’t ever seem to sit still. Pioneers are the happiest when they are accomplishing goals, tackling their to do lists, and moving around at warped speed – whether that’s to the grocery store or halfway around the world.
Celeb examples: Jessica Biel, Sheryl Crow, Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey

Earth – The Peacemaker

Peacemakers are the nurturers who fill our lives with warmth, chocolate chip cookies, and hugs. They have an “old school” quality about them that makes everyone around them feel comfortable. Earths tend to be homebodies, and don’t always take well to big changes. They’re happiest when keeping to their own life long traditions.
Celeb Examples: Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Amy Adams, Zooey Deschanel

Fire – The Pleasure Seeker

Pleasure seekers make an entrance into every room and grace the “audience” with their captivating presence! These are people who love fun, drama, and attention. They value their relationships with people above all else, and desperately seek the approval of others. They carry a certain glow with them wherever they go, and tend to always be laughing.
Celeb Examples: Cameron Diaz, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Jim Carrey

Metal – The Perfectionist

For Metals, beauty truly is in the details. Perfectionists value elegance, order, luxury, and refinery. They are very meticulous and don’t like things to be out of place. They’re not the type to ever shop the sales, because they only want the best the world has to offer. The ooze grace and class wherever they go.
Celeb Examples: Gwyneth Paltrow, George Clooney, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett

Which one are you? If more than one jumped out at you, try taking this quiz to see if you can get a better idea. It’s easier for some than others to narrow it down. It took me 3 days of debating before I finally decided which one I couldn’t live without.

You’re probably wondering – “OK fine, but what do I do with my wardrobe now?” I’ll get into that soon. In the meantime, you could check out this clip of my Fashion Feng Shui fashion show on Twin Cities Live this past January. Coming up next, I’ll post the wedding themed article I wrote for the Fashion Feng Shui Wardrobe WisdomMail about the 5 Elemental Brides. That will start to give an idea of how it all comes together, how you can honor your essence with your clothes, and work towards your own styled life!