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Diane’s Edit:
The Vacation Read

Whether you’re stuck in traffic on the Jitney or luxuriating on the Riviera, Diane’s recommended vacation reads should help you pass the time.

The Girls by Emma Cline
A brilliant and lauded debut by 27-year-old Cline set in 60’s California, zooming in on the girls of the Manson cult through the eyes of Evie, a lonely and inquisitive 14-year-old, whose thirst for belonging and becoming draws her into their circle. Cline manages to write a distinctive coming-of-age narrative in beautiful, poetic prose, with startling psychological insight.

Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley M. Blume
Blume flawlessly resurrects 1920’s Paris, Spain and everything in between as she recounts Hemingway’s raucous adventures just as his star began to rise. It is an exhaustively researched and deftly told tale of the Lost Generation and their anointed voice.

My Brilliant Friend: Neopolitan Novels, Book One by Elena Ferrante
The first in a four-part series from one of Italy’s most celebrated authors, My Brilliant Friend sets the stage for the life long friendship between Lila and Elena, two young girls growing up together on the outskirts of Naples. The stories are as complex and tightly woven as the bonds the two women share.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
An illuminating and informed capturing of the life and mind of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and mastermind behind such innovations as Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City. Vance explores just what makes Musk one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history and probes such pressing questions as, What’s next?

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DVF x The Empowerment Plan

We are thrilled to announce the DVF x The Empowerment Plan Match Campaign. DVF will match dollar-for-dollar the first $50,000 raised in support of the non-profit, founded by Veronika Scott, recipient of the People’s Voice Award at the 2014 DVF Awards. The Empowerment Plan, based in Detroit, aims at breaking the cycle of homelessness for single women and their families. The Empowerment Plan hires women living in local shelters and trains them to become full-time seamstresses, providing them and their families with access to a stable income and secure housing, as well as independence and freedom.

Both those behind the Empowerment Plan and DVF share a similar belief in the importance of giving women the opportunity to gain control over their lives. As Scott has said, “Diane emanates all that we stand for and continues to prove that despite the struggles one may face, we are all able to accomplish greatness. By matching the first $50,000 raised through this campaign, she is giving back to women looking to change the direction of their own lives by conquering their own fears. Her belief in our work will empower women facing homelessness to break that cycle and to become the person they have always wanted to be.”

Not only will donating help empower women in need, but with every $30 you donate you will be entered for a chance to win a free DVF wrap dress of your choosing!

To donate: DVF Match on Crowdrise.

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of August 7

Libras need patience and Virgos should go with the flow. Read on for what the stars have in store for you this week, courtesy of Diane’s astrologer, Shelley von Strunckel.

Aries

March 20 – April 18

While you’ll usually do all you can to avoid getting bogged down with tedious details, there’s no escaping the fact certain matters need attention. Some will require some time and a bit of thought. But others are more complex and, ultimately, more interesting than you realise. By midweek, in fact, you’ll be learning so much from these, you’ll put other tasks off until later.

Taurus

April 19 – May 19

Often close relationships are a dance, one in which life’s practicalities are balanced with its pleasures. This is currently the case in several situations and with several individuals. The trick is to anticipate a change in the place while you can still steer the course of events. While other signs couldn’t handle the complexity involved, you’ll do wonderfully and, equally, find you rather enjoy the challenge.

Gemini

May 20 – June 19

For ages you’ve known you’d have to deal with tricky matters involving family or the structure of your life. While you’ve done little, mostly because both circumstances and your priorities were unclear, suddenly things come together. However, a combination of exciting encounters and your own new ideas means what you’ve decided and are doing is very different, but far more exciting, than anything you’ve previously conceived of.

Cancer

June 20 – July 21

Nobody enjoys watching crucial practical or financial arrangements coming undone. Yet for weeks your instincts have been saying there’s something amiss or that unexpected developments could change everything. Judging by the planetary activity between now and the Full Moon, on the 18th, you’ll be dealing with a bit of each. Explore absolutely everything. What seems least promising now could prove most worthwhile in the long run.

Leo

July 22 – August 21

Although you’re undoubtedly still mulling over some of the insights ushered in by the recent Leo New Moon, you’ve probably already put others into action. While this is wise, you’ll need to rethink plans as you go. While ordinarily you’d battle sudden changes, once you accept they’re inevitable, you’ll be flexible, enough you’ll merrily explore each and every idea and opportunity that comes your way.

Virgo

August 22 – September 21

The key to dealing with this complex but ultimately worthwhile week is to recognise that it’s all about teamwork. While flexibility is easy when matters involve joint interests, others being involved in decisions you regard as strictly personal is tricky. Still, for now, go with the flow. The guidance and support that comes your way will be valuable now and in the future.

Libra

September 22 – October 21

Usually you sense when to remain silent versus times when you should speak up. The problem is you’re short of facts, but won’t always be aware what’s missing, which means trusting your instincts. The real challenge is others are unsure of their own priorities, so are in no position to discuss plans. Be patient with them. Meanwhile, busy yourself with certain personal matters you’ve been neglecting.

Scorpio

October 22 – November 20

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that, in giving up ground in certain matters, you’re losing the respect of others. On the contrary, the more you leave up to those who’re interested but also better equipped than you to deal with these, the more time you’ll have for those you’re passionate about. Also, talk this over. The resulting discussions could transform even tense relationships.

Sagittarius

November 21 – December 20

Feeling jet-fuelled? It’s no surprise, because Mars’ move into Sagittarius on 2 August kick-started a period of both review and action. While this boosts your energy, before making changes you’re urged to assess what, and who, you’ll be dealing with. This slows your pace now. But it also means you’ll have both the facts you need and vital clarity of mind when life-changing decisions arise, later this month.

Capricorn

December 21 – January 19

Watching existing arrangements or plans you’ve worked hard to organise come undone is no fun. Yet you rightly sense these are a trial run for something new you’ll be undertaking later in August, when dynamic Mars stages a rare encounter with your ruler Saturn. Prepare for this by joyously relinquishing those outdated ideas and exploring others that both embody your dreams and truly inspire you.

Aquarius

January 20 – February 18

Tensions about your own plans and, equally, issues regarding certain close alliances aren’t new. Yet until recently there’s been no urgency to deal with these. Now, however, you’re in the run up to the pivotal Aquarius Full Moon, on 18 August, and sense the nature of coming changes. Tempting as it is to try to second-guess these, you’d only confuse matters. Live life one day at a time.

Pisces

February 19 – March 19

Over the coming weeks, you’ll finally be able to deal with certain complex matters once and for all. The turning point is the Pisces Full Moon, on 16 September. That knowledge takes the pressure off you to make swift decisions. Even more, it means that you can explore certain ideas and even alliances, confident you’ve plenty of time to delve into them in depth.

 

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of July 10

A charm offensive for Cancer and a Full Moon in Capricorn—it’s that time again. Read on for astrologer Shelley von Strunckel’s take on what this week holds for you!

ARIES

March 20 – April 18

Just when you thought persistent problems couldn’t be overcome, sudden ideas or changes in circumstances clear the way for plans to proceed. While they’re not as you intended, things have moved on since then. That being the case, you’ll want to review existing arrangements and even unchanging priorities. This proves surprisingly informative and, better yet, discussions lead to exciting new ideas involving others, too.

TAURUS

April 19 – May 19

The past weeks’ events have been as exciting as they’ve been unsettling. Now that you’re discussing plans, present and future, you’ll also need to rethink certain longstanding arrangements. Unsettling as this seems, with your ruler Venus, Mercury and, on the 22nd, the Sun all moving to accent a new approach, the more options your explore now, the happier you’ll be with the outcome.

GEMINI

May 20 – June 19

After an exciting, but chaotic, couple of weeks the pace slows, enough you’re able to consider where things stand now and future plans. You soon discover these need to be rethought. However, with so much still in transition, your focus should be discussion, not firm arrangements for what’s next. Besides, once you begin, you’ll realize you must rethink your priorities, personally and in close alliances.

CANCER

June 20 – July 21

With the Sun, charming Venus and Mercury all in Cancer, you’re at your most persuasive. Yet you’re still unsure about certain changes and questioning future goals. Clear-cut decisions aren’t necessary. What’s most important is that you discuss both existing plans and where things should go next. While often others’ ideas will differ from yours, the resulting conversations will clarify your thinking and, ultimately, your plans.

LEO

July 22 – August 21

Recent discussions were complex and, on occasion, triggered confrontations. While these tensions won’t vanish, at least you can now talk things over without those conversations turning into dramas. Bear in mind, however, that nothing’s settled. Rather, with the actual circumstances in question changing, often suddenly, there’s little point in trying to organize plans. If you must, regard what you arrange as tentative.

VIRGO

August 22 – September 21

While you might have a right to blame recent dramas on others’ poor planning, nobody could have anticipated recent twists and turns in events. So although your feelings of wariness are justified, you’ll want to focus on teamwork. This means encouraging others to make suggestions and ensures you maintain crucial alliances, personal and professional. Better yet, everybody will benefit from the resulting analysis and exchange of ideas.

LIBRA

September 22 – October 21

Looking back on the past week, you faced complex situations. In some, even simple plans didn’t last long but, despite that, you had to deal with others’ differences. Happily, things are calmer, so you can relax a bit. Still, certain individuals are determined to have things their way. This isn’t your problem. Back off. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up playing the role of peacemaker.

SCORPIO

October 22 – November 20

Having struggled to achieve an accord in already tense arrangements, when they start coming undone you won’t be pleased. Yet with so much in transition, around you and in your own life, such changes are inevitable. Regard what’s arranged as one of a series of plans, and when you need to rethink things, you’ll regard it as yet another step towards achieving something lasting.

SAGITTARIUS

November 21 – December 20

When the remarkable events triggered by late June’s powerful link between your ruler Jupiter and Pluto took place, you set about turning them into lasting plans. However, things weren’t as simple as they seemed, and you’re still wrestling with unexpected developments and a few uncooperative individuals. Tempting as it is to deal with these swiftly, aim to do it once, and in depth, and those arrangements will endure.

CAPRICORN

December 21 – January 19

Certain of the situations you’re dealing with may be complex, but for you as a thorough Capricorn, they’re no problem. However, while other arrangements are far simpler, issues are strangely upsetting. These involve emotional matters and are being triggered by the Full Moon in your sign. Although this isn’t until the 19th, the time has come to face and, where possible, discuss these matters in depth.

AQUARIUS

January 20 – February 18

As obstructive as certain individuals and the obstacles you’re facing seem, each is slowing your pace and, in the process, preventing you from making arrangements you’d later regret. Deep down you sense the truth of this. It’s just you’re determined to see certain plans through. While that’s admirable, both circumstances and your life have changed. The vision you had for the future must change, too.

PISCES

February 19 – March 19

Eliminating your idealistic Piscean nature isn’t possible. Instead, for now, you’re urged to adopt an uncharacteristically cynical perspective. That way, during this complex period, you won’t be shocked when certain individuals are uncooperative or, worse, actually cause problems. You’ve long known they were like this. Accepting it enables you to take the upper hand when contending with their antics, as you soon will have to.

 

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of July 4

A New Moon for Cancer and broader horizons for Virgo, the week of Independence Day brings excitement on many fronts. Read on for astrologer Shelley von Strunckel’s take on what this week holds for you!

Aries March 20 – April 18

Unnecessary complications may be annoying. This week, however, it soon becomes clear these details are crucial. On one hand, they’re essential to exploring intriguing but vague ideas or offers. Some involve your domestic life, others activities out in the world. In every case, making the best of these requires serious investigation. Do so, and you’ll soon recognise why they’re a worthwhile investment of your time.

Taurus April 19 – May 19

There’s no avoiding complex practical issues and differences with others. But once you understand that each offers valuable insights of some variety, you’ll focus on what you can learn. Some are straightforward. However, as many are so complex they require patience, effort and, often, negotiation. The time you invest will prove informative, both about circumstances and, equally, about the otherwise puzzling attitude of certain individuals.

Gemini May 20 – June 19

Dealing with those who lack imagination is always challenging. What’s more, delve into current obstacles in depth and you’ll soon realise how few options there are. Consequently, when tackling business or finances, you’re better off simply doing whatever is required. Misunderstandings are another matter. Invest time in exploring ideas with others and what you learn, about them and your options, will revolutionise your thinking.

Cancer June 20 – July 21

Although there’s no sidestepping certain obstacles, they could prove unexpectedly informative. Link these with Monday’s Cancer New Moon, which constitutes a sort of personal new year for you, complete with a fresh perspective, on the present and the future, and you’ll soon be rethinking your priorities. This makes it easier to say farewell to unworkable arrangements and focus on those that are new, and more exciting.

Leo July 22 – August 21

After an exciting and fast paced couple of weeks, suddenly circumstances involve difficult individuals and precise detail. While initially shocking, you’ll soon realise how much you’re learning from these demanding situations. Knowing that, resist the temptation to do the minimum and investigate what, and who, is involved in depth. This won’t just be informative, it could lead to substantial changes in your thinking and priorities.

Virgo August 22 – September 21

As a Virgo, once you have the facts, you can deal with almost anything. However, between frequent and unexpected revelations and sudden changes in circumstances even the simplest of plans won’t last. Disastrous as that seems initially, it means you can explore intriguing ideas without committing. Take advantage of this opportunity to broaden your horizons. What you learn and who you encounter could be life-changing.

Libra September 22 – October 21

Exciting as recent ideas, offers and events have been, turning them into lasting plans is another matter. While, obviously, you’d prefer to talk these over, pressure from events or the demands of certain individuals leave little time for even brief discussions. Knowing that, ensure what you organise is flexible enough that, as circumstances change, so can arrangements. This buys you time to consider your options.

Scorpio October 22 – November 20

When you know who and what you’re dealing with, being decisive is easy. However, you’re at the end of a complex, if exciting, period. While you can’t go for much longer without making plans, things are too unsettled to commit. So don’t. Instead, do something out of character and make tentative arrangements. This gives everybody time to explore what’s exciting and consider what should go.

Sagittarius November 21 – December 20

Since late May circumstances have forced you to be patient. Then, suddenly, everything happened at once. Exciting as this has been, you’re left making decisions about plans, some sudden, and either in a rush or while short of details. You can’t avoid organising things, but you can ensure arrangements are flexible. While this will suit you, others will be thankful as well.

Capricorn December 21 – January 19

Between the recent rare alliance between fortunate Jupiter and Pluto, which is in Capricorn, and this week’s potent planetary activity, life’s exciting. While you’re eager to make plans, facts are in short supply. What’s more, things are moving so swiftly you’re hesitant about committing. The solution? Do something out of character and make halfway arrangements. This approach gives you welcome room to manoeuvre.

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

Few things annoy you more than those who simply refuse to consider changes or, equally, pointless rules and regulations. Yet that’s what you’re facing. Urgent as things seem, you need only make loose plans. The trick is to put off arrangements where possible and if you must organise things, ensure they’re flexible. That may seem a compromise but you’ll soon realise how wise it was.

Pisces February 19 – March 19

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that others are aware of either existing arrangements or your thoughts for the future. While you may have discussed them, times have changed and so have your priorities. Although the resulting debates will slow progress in the short term, what you learn as a result won’t just be informative, it will lead to a breath-takingly exciting vision for the future.

 

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of June 26

It’s that time again. Breakthroughs for Taurus. Magical outcomes for Virgo. See what the week has in store for you, courtesy of Diane’s astrologer Shelley von Strunckel.

ARIES
March 20 – April 18
True, the setbacks you’ve been experiencing since your ruler Mars went retrograde, in mid-April, have been irritating. This cycle ends on Wednesday, and as it does, you’ll benefit from having dealt with a range of issues, many from the past. Not only are you finally free of these, what you’ve learnt will shape plans you’re making for both the near and distant future.

TAURUS
April 19 – May 19
While this week of stunning planetary activity promises exciting ideas, offers and encounters, they won’t always fit in with existing plans or even what seems in your best interests. These are about breakthroughs, in both circumstances and, as much, in your thinking. Unwise as saying yes to it all seems, do exactly that. Obviously, you won’t pursue everything, but you will learn from it all.

GEMINI
May 20 – June 19
Usually, when others are complaining about unexpected developments, you’re excitedly exploring what’s arisen. It’s the same now. While you won’t necessarily plan on pursuing these, you’re confident you’ll learn something. Actually, what arises this week is so powerful you’ll be drawn into potentially life-changing developments. They may seem overwhelming at first, but you’ll soon realize they’re custom-designed to take your life to the next stage.

CANCER
June 20 – July 21
Sometimes opportunities are clear cut but, judging by both the swift pace and unexpected twists events take, you’ll have to rely on your instincts more than hard facts. Powerful as those feelings are, as a Cancerian you dislike taking chances, so could worry. There’s no need. Rather, by the New Moon in your sign, on July 4, you’ll be viewing life, and your future, with optimism.

LEO
July 22 – August 21
As an impatient fire sign, you long ago realized unexpected events or offers are best dealt with by simply plunging in. That will undoubtedly be your response to the current amazing developments. In fact, your biggest problem will be certain individuals you’re close to, personally or professionally, who’re less eager or are demanding solid facts. Don’t argue. Proceed, knowing soon events themselves will reassure them.

VIRGO
August 22 – September 21
In August of last year, the fortunate Jupiter moved into Virgo, triggering a year-long cycle of growth, discovery and opportunity. While you’ve benefited from some events, others have seemed disruptive, but nothing more. Suddenly these take a leap, although possibly in an unanticipated direction. Ordinarily you’d go into analytical overdrive. Instead, wait and watch. Things will come together in an unexpected yet magical manner.

LIBRA
September 22 – October 21
It’s no secret certain longstanding arrangements aren’t what they once were. Yet you hope they’ll bounce back. Not only is that unlikely, developments between now and July 10 make it clear you’ve far better options. Knowing that, at least explore what’s coming your way. While you may be able to incorporate the old with the new, you’ll soon seriously consider saying farewell to the past.

SCORPIO
October 22 – November 20
The rare capacity for spotting what’s new and exciting and, equally, what must go has given you a reputation for an almost psychic foreknowledge. Yet, bizarrely, you won’t necessarily see the promise in certain ideas or offers, some new, others dating back months. Knowing that, at least explore everything. Soon you’ll realize how thrilling these are. After that, the rest will be easy.

SAGITTARIUS
November 21 – December 20
The events triggered by the current link between your ruler Jupiter and Pluto, planet of transformation, will be as exciting as they are powerful. Still, you could have little control. If so, do something out of character and let go. Challenging as this is at the time, once you learn more, you’ll be hugely relieved you allowed things to unfold when, and as, they must.

CAPRICORN
December 21 – January 19
There’s no denying what’s coming your way is exciting. Still, you’re anxious, mostly because others are making the decisions. Letting go in this way isn’t easy for you, but what’s taking place now justifies relaxing your usual firm grip on the reins. Soon you’re worrying less, exploring more and saying yes to options that, only recently, you’d have rejected, and without any discussion.

AQUARIUS
January 20 – February 18
For months there’s been talk of changes in your everyday or professional world that would, in turn, mean rethinking elements of your life. Appealing as the idea of changes of exactly that nature are to you, these are too sudden or go too far. Still, since you haven’t much choice, get involved. This proves unexpectedly informative. And, as you’ll soon discover, knowledge is power.

PISCES
February 19 – March 19
When you see others wrestling with changes, you worry. Yet you’re also clear those events they’re struggling with are in their best interests, as they’d discover if they stopping battling the new and embraced it. Knowing that, you need only encourage the individuals in question. And next? Focus on the glorious ways you’re already benefitting from events. Your time has come. You need only say yes.

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The Asheton Culotte Two Ways

An essential fashion statement, the culotte is also a super versatile piece for summer: it provides the comfort of a short, but covers you enough for the office… it’s a chic alternative to a cocktail dress. Basically, with subtle tweaks you can wear this style anywhere summer takes you.
For a rooftop party or evening in Montauk, you’ll be immune to gusts of wind in the Asheton culotte with a silk tee, plus a colorful crossbody and perforated cage heel. Come Monday morning, re-wear them with a silk tie blouse, pumps and a petite navy tote. We’re so in love with this style it also comes in light chambray for high summer, and a soft navy leather for transitioning to fall.

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Zodiac Girls:
In Conversation with Nikita M’Bouroukounda and Pamela Katz

In celebration of the DVF Zodiac Collection, we went behind the scenes of the Brooklyn photo shoot and caught up with a couple of women who are designing their own destinies in the most fabulous ways: DJ Pamela Katz and Accessories Designer (of the DVF Zodiac Collection) Nikita M’Bouroukounda. As astrologer Shelley von Strunckel writes, “Dynamic Leos live with a zest that suggests they have their own power source.” So it should come as no surprise that both of these inspiring women were born under the sign of the lion.

DVF: What was the inspiration behind the DVF Zodiac Collection?

Nikita: The inspiration behind the DVF Zodiac Collection was a scarf designed by a friend of Diane’s that depicts paintings of each zodiac sign. The scarf sparked Diane’s idea to create this special collection.

Tell us about the process and stages in making this collection come to life. 

The style for this collection is in the same spirit as the monkey bag charm I created for the Chinese New Year. Also, because DVF is a love brand, I incorporated hearts into each of the designs. The designs really come to life with the colorful mixture of leathers selected for each motif in collaboration with the rest of the accessories design team.

Tell us about your own personal style and how it has evolved.

Over time my style has become more bold. I like to mix vintage and new pieces into my looks and have definitely embraced prints since joining the DVF team. Also, accessories are very important to my style. A cool shoe and a good bag can elevate any look!

DVF: You’re a DJ, model and fashion assistant. How do you balance these different projects? Can you describe the path that led you to be involved in each of these worlds?

Pamela: I started as a fashion assistant for the brand LoveShackFancy. There, I met some amazing people and they helped to get my hands into other baskets. I started styling on set with some of the former Cosmopolitan girls and that familiarized me a little bit more with on-set life. I absolutely thrived in that area and ended up being pursued often to model for look books, campaigns, editorials, etc. This was fun! But still considered a freelance life. About a year into this, I got approached by a talent management company known as PRE.VEYOR and we started working together in the DJ space! Fortunately for me, DJing is usually a night shift! So I can sometimes get a shoot and a DJ gig in one day. Those are the best!

What does an average day look like for you? Any new projects you’re working on?

An average day for me really varies. It could be casting calls, coffee meetings, showroom modeling, on-set styling, on-set as talent, practicing my DJing, DJing, walking my english bulldog Dexter, working a trunk show, coming up with new projects, networking, etc. I am endlessly creating myself!

Tell us about the shoot day. What was it like behind the scenes?

The shoot took place in Brooklyn. It was pretty fun working with the other girls. It made the shoot more natural and playful. The diversity of personalities made the shoot special – everyone got a chance to be themselves and embrace their different signs.

So what’s your sign?

I am most definitely a Leo!

And how is that reflected in your style?

My hair is like a mane. Sometimes it makes me look like a lion (or a mermaid)! It definitely makes me act like a lion; bold, confident, courageous, kind of like I can conquer the world. I feel the most in my element and confident when my hair is down and just natural out of the shower. As for my style evolution, I would say I am and always have been pretty true to the same style. Not so trendy, always classic! When asked to describe my personal style I say “cool, classic, and clean.” I have always beat to my own drum with it. I find the less I try, the cooler I look. Leos are leaders after all, aren’t they?

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Your Weekly Horoscope:
Week of June 19

The unexpected for Aries! Shakeups for Capricorn! It’s time for your weekly horoscope from Diane’s astrologer, Shelley von Strunckel. Read on for what’s in store this week.

ARIES
March 20 – April 18
Obviously, you’d rather deal with plans once, then move on. But this week’s events are far too complex for such a forthright approach. Each day brings something new, exciting and often completely unexpected. Although you resist making halfway arrangements, regarding them as a compromise, you swiftly realise the more flexible your plans and thinking are, the better advantage you can take of the week’s amazing developments.

TAURUS
April 19 – May 19
It’s not that you’ve been antisocial but, rather, you’ve been questioning elements of your life and needed time to yourself. Now events get you moving, and you’ll both enjoy and benefit from being out and about. Keep up the pace. You’ve lots of people to meet and ideas to hear about between now and the end of the month. Ideally, decisions will wait until after that.

GEMINI
May 20 – June 19
Changes in your way of living, working and financial life are in the air, but you’re unlikely to know enough to make decisions until after Jupiter’s spectacular alliance with Pluto on the 26th. For now, focus on exploring every option and getting to know those involved, especially their intentions. This will enable you to think and move swiftly when it’s time to begin making commitments.

CANCER
June 20 – July 21
Unsettling as the events reshaping your way of living and working may be, there’s no question they’re in your best interests. With circumstances, your position and others’ arrangements shifting nearly every day, the secret is to ensure plans are tentative enough that, as changes arise, you can rethink things. It will all come together, but probably not until early July’s pivotal Cancer New Moon.

LEO
July 22 – August 21
With Venus, your ruler the Sun and, as of 29 June, Mercury all positioned in the most strategic portion of your chart, you’re in a cycle that’s about waiting and watching. Respond to ideas and offers, of which there’ll be many, but for now, keep your ideas to yourself. This prevents you making premature commitments and, as important, allows you to shed certain potentially restrictive arrangements.

VIRGO
August 22 – September 21
While you can’t escape the need to make decisions, especially about pivotal domestic or career matters, always bear in mind this is a period of change, for you and others. That will encourage you to show interest where it’s merited but keep things flexible enough that you can respond to the many intriguing ideas that come your way this week. What’s good now will just get better.

LIBRA
September 22 – October 21
There’s a growing planetary emphasis on decisions regarding elements of your existing life and future plans. Yet with intriguing ideas still appearing, you want to keep your options open. And with many of these developments as unexpected as they are exciting, you should. The trick is to show interest and discuss plans but stop short of committing. What’s good now will just get better next week.

SCORPIO
October 22 – November 20
Promising as the ideas already coming your way are, they’re just the beginning of a period of exciting offers and developments that climaxes with the bountiful Jupiter’s stunning link with your ruler Pluto, on the 26th. Knowing what’s best is yet to come, make it clear what interests you but continue to explore. Equally, sidestep fixed commitments, at least just yet.

SAGITTARIUS
November 21 – December 20
You don’t mind new developments, even those that are sudden, so you’ll thrive on this week’s twists and turns. But others struggle with surprises and could try to slow the pace, if not halt certain changes entirely. Patiently but firmly explain that, as it’s your life, decisions are up to you. Then proceed, remembering that you’ll only regret what you didn’t do, not what you did.

CAPRICORN
December 21 – January 19
Disruptive as both the changes you’ve decided to make and shakeups in the world around you may be, these are timely. True, you’ve little control over events. But the direction things are going soon reassures you there’s no need for concern. On the contrary, by midweek you recognise that what’s least expected could bring exactly what, and who, is needed, although not in the form you’ve anticipated.

AQUARIUS
January 20 – February 18
For ages you’ve been clinging to certain familiar habits, activities or even goals, as if doing so will ward off unwelcome changes. By now, however, you’re beginning to realise those that once worried you are actually breakthroughs, if in disguise. Explore these. What you learn will reassure you that progress, personal and in the more worldly side of your life, comes from venturing into the unknown.

PISCES
February 19 – March 19
Talk of reorganising elements of your life has been going on for so long you’re now ignoring it. Don’t. The powerful planetary activity of June’s last ten days isn’t just about change but about doing things in a very new, and ultimately worthwhile, way. While this may not be what you’ve anticipated, once you begin making those changes, you’ll realise they’re exactly what’s needed.

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The Summer Friday Look

Summer Fridays are ideal for beating the traffic out of town (if that’s on the agenda, check out our beach weekend packing guide), and for doing all those things you love doing – and rave about to out of town visitors– but can never quite squeeze into the routine of work/family/friends/errands/gym. So today we’ll be packing up early and heading to the Met (with a gelato stop on the way!) in a look that can go from meetings to out-of-office in a snap: museum-friendly flats, sunglasses for the stroll, a petite crossbody and the Denny shirt dress. You’ll find us in the Decorative Arts section, looking for the Florentine tiles that inspired our prints!

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In the Bag:
Beach Getaway Essentials

Ocean, sea, river, lake… it’s beach getaway season and no matter where that may take you, you’re going to need a perfect bikini, perhaps some items to throw over it at lunch, and a few of those little paper drink umbrellas because yes, summer is finally here!

The Bikini: This one may be named for the Italian Riviera, but it looks just as chic at a swimming hole in the woods or on a boat in the Bahamas.

The Culotte: A lightweight denim pair is an easy way to cover up in the sun. Just add an easy button-down or a printed tank. Which brings us to…

The Mixed Prints: Skip the basic jeans-and-tee. On day two, pair that tank with silk shorts for a playful mixed print look that’s as light as it is chic.

The Ballet Flat: All the comfort of the classic, plus playful ties that shout “out of office!”

The Sunglasses: Compliment all this color with a blush pair of shades.

The Security Blanket: That’s what Diane calls our big, printed scarves, and we couldn’t agree more. Sarong, umbrella, airplane blanket… this colorful Grace scarf does it all!

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