Little Delights

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Macs in gray and black - perfect go-to bags for whatever neutral accent the outfit calls for.
Adorable Fifi Lapin phone cases c/o Iconemesis (cupcake, teacup)
Favorite new makeup goodies: NARS American Dream eyeshadow palette, Giorgio Armani blush in #10 (I'm completely in love!) and Eyes to Kill mascara, NARS eyeshadow pencil in Goddess and lipgloss in Turkish Delight, Chanel lipgloss in Sweet Beige #297 - the most perfect nude gloss from the fall collection (it's serious - I need to buy a backup)
The cutest mint green camera watercolor print from my mom - for Ian's new desk setup.

Enjoy all the little delights of your weekend!


Wear Your Fire Resolution: Get Noticed


A Fire New Year

Some of us need a little fun in our lives. Maybe you worked too hard last year or went through a tough time, and have forgotten to live it up from time to time. Or perhaps you're just looking to make a connection with those around you, whether they be old friends or a potential to-be-determined soul mate. Either way, you need to get noticed. Allow me to show you how you can use Fire to help you seek some pleasure this year.

Your Look's Key Words: Dramatic. Fun. Captivating. Flirty. Alive. Style Elements: Sharp shapes. Sparkle. Bright colors. Body con. Animal.

Get Noticed With Fire Get Noticed With Fire by thelifestyled featuring Lee Angel jewelry

Tips to Fire Up Your Life

1. Throw a party. You don't need a reason. Just a bunch of your friends, some great munchies, and libations for all. Whether you're in the mood for a game night, girls night, or Jersey Shore night, hosting a party will put you in your Fire element. No matter what, laughs and hugs are guaranteed.

Valentine Dinner Party Invitations, $35

2. Join Twitter. If you haven't already, this is a must. At first glance, it may feel a bit like a way dumbed down version of Facebook, but it's actually a super fun way to stay connected with friends (and celebs), and stay abreast of their daily musings.If nothing else, it's another way to procrastinate from that boring work you're supposed to be doing.

3. Do something daring. Go skydiving. Take a strip tease class. Get a Brazilian bikini wax. Drive a Vespa. Doing something you'd normally be too scared to do will get the adrenaline flowing, and make you feel like you're on top of the world.

Vespa GTV 250, $6,900

It's hard to imagine a year without Fire energy. It's the element that allows us to connect in a meaningful way with our favorite people, and makes it OK to be all about you every now and then. It's what keeps us sane, and gives us things to look forward to, like those fabulous studded heels you're going to wear to Friday happy hour. Speaking of, gotta go...

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!