Afternoon At Home

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The truth is that even though my job often requires me to do a lot of running around, a great deal of my days are spent doing work at home. I really love these days. I move around from room to room for different work setups and inspiration, with my computer and pups in tow, treating myself to a square or two of dark chocolate and a cup of green tea around 4pm (I love the Yogi brand Blueberry Slim Life). When I don't have a meeting or appointment, I don't have to give a moment's thought to what I wear. Often times it's special if I throw anything but sweatpants and a drapey tee, which can be every bit as chic as a fully styled outfit in my book. But what I reach for in my closet when I'm on autopilot is usually some variation of this outfit - rolled up boyfriend jeans and a casual shirt of some sort. I love a rumpled crisp white men's shirt like this one from Banana Republic. It's comfy for lazing around at home, but if I have to run out the door I'll throw on a watch and my favorite Moschino belt and I'm set for casual errands without feeling frumpy.

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20130331-IMG_5755-EditBanana Republic shirt (c/o), Joe's jeans, Moschino belt, Nixon watch (c/o Watch Co), Jonathan Adler mug, YSL lipstick, Warby Parker Beckett specs (c/o)
In case you missed it back in June, you can see lots more of my home in Glitter Guide's Style at Home feature. Photography by Ian Sheppard

Tomato on Tomato

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This blazer was my go-to all summer with boyfriend jeans and white tees (like I wore it here), but I love that it has carried so well into Fall. Vermillion has been standing out as a color of the moment, and it has found its way into my closet via a few different pieces. When I snatched up this blouse on sale at J.Crew, I knew it was destined to be matchy-matched up with its new mentor.

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Zara blazer, J.Crew blouse, Gap pants, Banana Republic shoes, Aldo clutch, ban.do headband, J.Crew and Jewelmint bracelets, Forever21 necklaces, Nails: MAC Dry Martini

Fashion Feng Shui: Styling Element Breakdown

I figured it might be time for our next lesson in Fashion Feng Shui 101. I know I keep talking about honoring your essence with your clothes, but I haven't exactly told you how to do that. I talked about the 5 elements and their archetypes. Now, I'll tell you how the elements manifest themselves through fabrics, colors, and style concepts. There are countless ways we can dress our essence and bring the other elements in to honor our intentions (what we want to bring into our lives), our environment (what our lives demand of us), and our appearance (our features that we want to flatter). I'll get more into those details in later posts, but in the meantime, I'm going to show you the basics of the elements through clothing and accessories.

WATER - The Philosopher

Mantra Words: Unique. Creative. Offbeat. Intelligent. Fabrics: Flowy or sheer fabrics like chiffon, sheer silk, and organza. Colors: Deep cool tones like black, deep blue, or dark purple. Styles: Asymetrical shapes like a one shoulder design, ethnic prints, gathering or rouching, reflective touches, and anything that goes "against the grain." Designers/Brands: Urban Outfitters, Marc Jacobs, Prada

WOOD - The Pioneer

Mantra Words: Move. Grow. Activity. Fabrics: Anything movable, non-fussy, and plant based, like cotton, jersey, linen, gauze, and denim. Colors: Fresh bright colors like marine blue and kelly green. Styles: Sporty, preppy, hippy, floral prints, or vertical stripes. Designers/Brands: J. Crew, Patagonia, Missoni, Polo Ralph Lauren, Martin + Osa

EARTH - The Peacemaker

Mantra Words: Nurture. Grounded. Comfort. Classic. Fabrics: Cozy and comfy, textured fabrics, tweed, raw silk, piqué. Colors: Earthy tones like brown, khaki, sage, and warm colors like yellow and orange. Styles: Boxy shapes, traditional or classic styles, plaid prints, "school girl." Designers/Brands: Gap, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch

FIRE - The Pleasure Seeker

Mantra Words: Fun. Captivating. Dramatic. Attention Getting. Fabrics: Anything that comes from an animal (or the faux versions) including wool, silk, and leather, attention getting fabrics like lamé, spandex, or sequin. Colors: Reds, purples, pinks, and anything really bright like neon, or jewel tones. Styles: Triangular shapes, dramatic trends, animal print, v-necks, anything that reveals your assets. Designers/Brands: Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Alexander McQueen, Zara, Topshop

METAL - The Perfectionist

Mantra Words: Luxury. Elegant. Class. Perfection. Details. Fabrics: Anything high quality and luxurious like cashmere, polished fabrics with a slight sheen, metallics. Colors: Ivory, white, silver, gold, creamy pastels. Styles: Anything classy, elegant, polished, and luxurious. True metals tend to stay away from prints, but round shapes like polka dots have a lot of metal energy. Nothing flashy or cheap. Designers/Brands: Chanel, Gucci, YSL, J. Crew, Banana Republic

Now, let me make a very important disclaimer: if you think you've decided which essence you are, but wouldn't wear all the clothes I've shown for that element, do not feel like you have to second guess your essence. The reality is most pieces do have more than one element present, and each one of us has different motivations for our personal style because of our intentions, environment, or appearance. For example, maybe your essence is Earth but you don't like to wear the Earthy yellows and oranges. Maybe it's because your body coloring is more cool, so your appearance come into play and steers you away from warmer colors. That's totally OK. In that case, you would use one of the other ways to make sure your Earth is present, like a classic style or boxy jacket and wear it in shades that flatter you better. You don't have to have ALL of the aspects of an element present in order to honor your essence. It might just be in the fabric, color, style, or print.

You know those outfits you put on and just feel like a dud in, or something's not right - chances are it's bescause your essence is missing. When you remember to honor who you are on the inside with what you wear on the outside, that's how you will be most comfortable, happy, and in your element!