1. What is a "magical
A magical fashionista is someone who
employs fashion and self-care practices to positively affect every area
of her life. Of course, many of us consider fashion and self-care to
positively affect our lives through our appearance and confidence
levels, and this is definitely a big part of it, because when you feel
good about yourself, everything in your life blossoms. But a magical
fashionista takes this a step further by being highly conscious and
intentional about what she wears and what vibe she wants to embody, as
well as by allowing her wardrobe to be both a calibration device and a
diagnostic tool that helps her to activate, enhance, and harmonize
every aspect of her life experience.
your new book, Magical Fashionista,
you say that one can employ fashion
for all sorts of what you call "magical" purposes. What's an example of
a magical purpose, and what's the simplest way to begin working
wardrobe witchery right away?
So, a magical purpose can be any quality,
mood, or condition that you desire to draw into your life. But for an
example, let's choose something simple and something that everyone
wants: happiness. Let's say that your magical intention is to be happy,
because perhaps (let's say) you've been depressed or bummed out for a
stretch. So a really effective way to begin working wardrobe witchery
right away would be to do a closet purge, and to get rid of every
little thing that doesn't make you feel happy. In order to get stuck
energy moving, it can be a great idea to pull everything out of your
closet and dresser. Everything. Perhaps you could set a happy mood by
lighting a red, sweet-smelling candle and putting on a happy playlist.
Then, don't put anything back in your closet or dresser unless it
supports your intention to be happy. We all have those "low self-worth
clothes" that can tend to accumulate (you know, the ones you never feel
fabulous in but wear anyway?), so definitely get rid of those. Donate
them to a thrift store or invite your friends over for a clothing swap.
Then, even if you only have a few things left in your closet, you will
have created the space for happiness to flow into your life, and simply
by setting the intention and acting on it, you will have set these
positive conditions in motion.
2. How did Magical Fashionista
come to be? What gave you the idea, and what sources did you draw upon?
As many of my readers know, I am a
survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Healing from something like that
can be a lifelong journey, with lots of layers and nuances, and I had
recently been going through a lot of healing with regards to my body
and sexuality. So, during this time, I began to take care of my body
with reverence and love. Even my daily shower and self-care practices
were like a therapy session with myself, and like a sacred ritual of
healing my relationship with my physicality. Also during this time, I
happened to watch the documentary Bill
Cunningham, New York (about veteran street fashion photographer
Bill Cunningham), which really got me thinking about how fashion can be
a tool of personal healing and transformation: I realized that adorning
my body lovingly and finding clothes that helped me feel good in my
skin and in the world could be a highly sacred and magical act. After
sitting with this idea, I quickly realized that this wasn't too
different from what I had already been writing about and expressing
through my work as a feng shui consultant. After all, feng shui starts
with the premise that everything is connected, and that our outer
environment affects our inner environment and vice versa. I thought to
myself: "How is feng shui different than fashion and self-care? It
isn't!" So, in the book, you'll find that I draw upon feng shui
principles as well as other metaphysical modalities.
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