We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Yes. Finally. The holiday scramble of entertaining, dressing up, buying gifts (and more gifts), and dealing with family drama is over. What to do with that high-strung energy that’s still lingering? Put it to good use and revamp your now tired-looking home base. Give your living room new life with some colorful drapes and a set of artful panel paintings or fall in love with your master bedroom all over again with a new geometric-design rug and too-cute-to-be-true throw pillows.

Here’s a shocker: Those days where you had a fallback plan (okay, also known as mom and dad) are long gone. But the next best thing is as simple as making a budget that’s realistic to stick to. For example, make sure to allot enough cash to cover the everyday bills, then put the rest toward a worthwhile investment. Like, say, a matching vintage Chanel tweed skirt suit. Smart spending never looked so good.

Post-holiday time can be seriously depressing – as proved by your newly discovered need to eat every last gingerbread man within arm’s reach. But don’t worry, there’s a cure. Drop the cookie and write down all the things you want to accomplish with a fresh year ahead of you (think big and small), then close your eyes and pick one. If your hand gravitates toward the “revamp look with a whole new wardrobe,” so be it.

Now is not the time to be stubborn. So instead of sticking to your guns this month, open your mind up to the possibilities of the New Year. Collaborate with new groups at work. Step out of the skirt-and-blazer routine and don an animal print blouse (bonus points for bright colors). Not doing it for you? Stick to topics like celebrity gossip to avoid conflicts.

There’s something about this time of year that makes people uptight (blame it on the sugar-cookie overload). But not you. You’re as cool and polished as ever – and you’ve got the always-pressed silky blouse, sleek patent pumps, and gleaming baubles to prove it. Use this situation to your advantage and make an impression on those people that normally intimidate you, like that intriguing stranger across the bar or your boss’s boss.

You know those days when you feel just a bit more brilliant than usual? You’re about to have a whole month of it. And that means you’ll need a power wardrobe as bold as you are. Keep your skinnies for the weekends and rock a flattering flare leg (but don’t go too flared) with a tucked floral blouse, perfectly tailored blazer, and a tamed mane for just the right balance of timeless style and don’t-mess-with-me authority.

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January 2, 2013

We may not be experts on astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

“Yes” can be a beautiful thing – especially when it results in a cashmere sweater in every color – but it may mean you’re overextending yourself. Our advice? Learn to say no. No to leggings as pants, ill-tailored suits, and juice-only diets. With all that money (and closet space) you save, you’ll have enough to double-up on the good stuff.

There’s been a change recently, and we’re not just talking about the seasons. You’ve had trouble showing empathy (go on, admit it), but fear not, there’s a quick fix for this conundrum. Try on a new trend – a pair of to-die-for, over-the-knee boots might be just the thing. After all, finding common ground is all about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.

Spoiler alert: you take yourself too seriously. So you have strict orders this month: Don your most fun-loving ensemble (a lived-in, oversized sweater and prairie boots will do nicely) and go to the circus, pick apples, or jump on a hayride. No matter what you do, just make sure you’re smiling (and not thinking about work).

There’s one sure way to guarantee you’re feeling supported and successful (and it has nothing to do with undergarments). ‘Tis the season for cinnamon and everything pumpkin-spice-latte, so infuse your home with that same cozy sentiment by adding a rich chocolate throw, harvest-scented candles, and a centerpiece featuring the season’s favorite gourd.

Indecision is totally normal this time of year (burgundy or nude lip?). But there’s an exercise to help enhance your decision-making skills. Step 1: weigh pros and cons – burgundy lips are huge this season. Step 2: assess the facts – nude lips require far less re-application. Step 3: identify winner – who needs statement accessories when you have bold, burgundy, look-at-me lips?

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October 3, 2012