Ready for transformation? All that you need is right there before you. Remember on SNL the skit where the “suave playboy” character would say something like “It is better to look good than to feel good”? Well as silly as it may sound, you can transform your inner essence by purposefully creating and aligning with your outer essence. What you wear affects how you show up in the world. For example, when you want to disappear, dress to blend into the background which in turn pulls your energy inward, hence; you become invisible. What if you want to change that decision? What if we you tired of being invisible but are not comfortable stepping into the center of the spotlight, is there a happy medium?

Transforming Your Inner Essence with Style

You can turn to Mother Nature, my mentor – in all her divine wisdom she is always giving us guidance, all you need to do is look around. The 5 elements in Nature are speaking to you all the time, these elements in your physical environment are also in you as a person, an especially important part of who you are, your inner voice of expression, the core of your inner essence. Let us look how you can tap into these elements to put some cha cha into your chi! It is time to go green, add some spring in your step and get yourself going. Spring has sprung, you find yourself inspired by lush green grass, blooming flowers, and vibrant trees. You are optimistic, feeling renewed because spending time outside in nature revives you. You find yourself feeling “sporty,” “adventurous,” ready to go go go.

This is the element of “Tree.” Tree is the element that has a life of its own. Colors of bright greens and florals reflect this springtime energy. Vertical patterns, ribs, columnar shapes, and of course natural fibers. Always practical, this element will choose the right athletic gear when going out on a hike, a run or to the gym. No skimping on style or performance, it must be right to ensure the best results! Can’t seem to get moving? Take a break and go outside, breathe in a fresh new day, and embrace this vibrant energy the Trees are offering!

Feeling a bit bored? Rigid? Serious? Add a little “Fire” to your life! Fire is Summer Fun! Fire is transformational, fueled by the tree creating ash to nourish the earth. Fun, eclectic, and dramatic style will soften up any serious mood. Douse yourself in the brilliance of reds, yellows, orange, and fuchsias. Angular shapes, whimsical details, such as feathers, sequins, animal prints, whether separate or combined create fun with an unexpected eclectic statement. Follow your curiosity, get inspired and tap into the passionate element of Fire. Preparing for a presentation? Ready to be noticed? Wear red – even red undergarments will connect you to the energy of Fire: Be Seen! Not too comfortable in full-fledged drama? A red accent (socks, tie, scarf) a fun spiky shoe or a dash of bright red lipstick will do.

Need some comfort and grounding, connect to the energy of “Earth.” Nurturing is the number 1 quality of earth, supporting you through life, creating your safe, solid foundation. Feeling the season of pause in August before transitioning to Autumn. Earth is sturdy and strong yet comfy and cozy. Whether your favorite sweater or yummy throw, everything feels better when wrapped in earthy comfort. Feel safe and grounded with the colors of terracotta, chocolate, ochre, khaki, and warm sand. Comfy, easy dressing in boxy shapes, traditional style and accents of plaids and checks, horizontal patterns and nubby textures support this earthy element.

Feeling scattered, out of control? Metal is your element of choice. Metal brings clarity, precision, and focus. The season of Autumn is crisp and clear. Styling is clean and refined, less is more. Elegance is key, from the sound of your voice to the simplicity of your style. Silk, shimmer, polished and lux are the fabrics of choice as the “feel” is almost more important than the style. These clean refined lines breathe an essence of confidence and control. Feel your confidence and self-esteem soar. The colors are monochromatic, whitened tints of color and of course the accents of diamond, pearl, platinum, gold, silver, and refined metals. Shapes are clean, linear, and curved.

Are you ready to express your free spirit, embrace your flowing essence? Do your best ideas come from your daydreams? You are the spirit of Water. Dreamtime, The Winter Season of Being. Connect to your inner water with flowing style, handkerchief hems, asymmetrical and bias cut. Fluid and abstract, printed sheers flow over a solid base. Ready to get more flow into your life, choose your favorite water expression. Colors of rich turquoise, aqua, blues and blackened jewel tones. Movement is key here; restrictions do not apply! Feel the flow of the patterns, the colors and style, allowing your creativity to flow with the ease of a stream meandering along a wavy path. This reflective water energy accents with shiny style, mirror palliates, beading and of course fringe to capture the movement and flow. Feel your freedom and spirituality rise.

You can enhance or direct your energy to what is best for you on any given day. On a dark cloudy day you may choose to align with the watery element connecting to your inner energy of thinking, planning, writing, “inner doing” or light your fires with bright fun vibrant colors, “shake it up to wake it up”! Find the expression of your inner essence which you resonate and wear it proudly for all the world to see as you shine from the inside out.

Curious about your inherent personal elemental archetype style? Join Lois for fun and informative class with Conscious Design Institute: Transform Your Essence with Feng Shui Style – click for details

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