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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - October 2013

Dress for the Life You Want with Magical Fashion
by Tess Whitehurst

Llewellyn.com - October 2013

In today's society, we are bombarded with mixed messages regarding appearance that many of us may feel that we are "damned if we do, and damned if we don't." But fashion and self-care don't need to be dismissed as silly or shallow—rather, as Magical Fashionista author Tess Whitehurst illustrates, fashion is a powerful and magical tool for personal power and transformation.


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Llewellyn.com - Author Interview - October 2013

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1. What is a "magical fashionista?"

Tess Whitehurst

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.

2. In 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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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - October 2013

The Stanley Hotel
by Sam Queen

The Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for the "Overlook Hotel" in Stephen King's 1977 novel The Shining, and the inhabitants of the Stanley prove themselves to be inspiration for any horror novel. Sam Queen, co-author of Haunted Asylums, Prisons, and Sanatoriums, discusses his haunting experiences during a visit.

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A Most Haunted Hour
by Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers, author of On Haunted Ground, has lived a haunted life, and her deep-rooted passion for old architecture has led her to many wonderful places and has allowed her to meet the most interesting people, both in and out of body. Here she details one such meeting, involving her husband, a cemetery, and a very spooky sixty minutes.

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Spirits of Christmas: Visions in White
by Linda Raedisch

The Samhain season is upon us, a time when the veil between the worlds is thin, and our thoughts turn to spirits, ghosts, and communication with loved ones passed. Yet, this Halloween season is a great reminder that not so very long ago, much like Halloween, Yuletide was as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill. Who are these spirits of the Yuletide season? Linda Raedisch, author of the new Old Magic of Christmas, presents one such spirit group: the White Ladies.

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The Sťance: Safe or Sinister?
by Barbara Parks

We've all heard the stories of sťances gone wrong, whereby gateways to the spirit world are opened with terrifying results. So what are we to believe? Are sťances a good thing or a bad thing? Or does the truth lie somewhere in between? Barbara Parks, author of In the Presence of Spirits and the new Embracing the Spirits, explains

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Llewellyn.com - Try This! - October 2013

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Llewellyn.com - New Releases - October 2013



Embracing the Spirits, by Barbara Parks
Embracing the Spirits
by Barbara Parks


Living a Life of Gratitude, by Sara Wiseman
Living a Life of Gratitude
by Sara Wiseman


Magical Fashionista, by Tess Whitehurst
Magical Fashionista
by Tess Whitehurst


The Old Magic of Christmas, by Linda Raedisch
The Old Magic of Christmas
by Linda Raedisch


Surrounded by Ghosts, by Janet Larkin
Surrounded by Ghosts
by Janet Larkin

Llewellyn.com - Reader's Top Picks - October 2013







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