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YOUR WEEKLY HOROSCOPE:
WEEK OF NOVEMBER 14

Capricorns should expect the unexpected, unspoken issues come to a head for Cancer, and it’s time for Leos to let go.  Read on for more of what’s to come this week, courtesy of Diane’s personal astrologer Shelley von Strunckel.

Aries

Aries

March 20 – April 18

While you’re by no means a control freak, with your ruler Mars just having moved to accent teamwork, you realize either others are better informed than you are or decisions must be made jointly with them. Once you overcome any initial frustrations, you’ll enjoy what you’re discovering, and not just facts but what you’re learning from the generous attitude of the certain individuals, as well.

Taurus

Taurus

April 19 – May 19

Every Full Moon brings situations to a head and heightens feelings, but because tomorrow’s is in Taurus, you’ve already been wrestling with the resulting tides of emotions for several days. While unsettling, they’re also both informative and encouraging conversations about tricky issues you generally do all you can to pretend aren’t there. Discussing these, frankly and openly, will be both informative and a huge relief.

Gemini

Gemini

May 20 – June 19

Looking back on the past three weeks, which were dull but productive, you’re realizing how much you both dealt with and learnt. But now that your ruler Mercury has shifted its focus to close alliances, personal and work-related, you’ll be relieved you no longer need to think about these matters. While things remain unsettled, at least you’re able to relax with those whose company lifts your spirits.

Cancer

Cancer

June 20 – July 21

For ages you’ve been concerned about unspoken issues involving family, loved ones or close friends but haven’t known what to say. The events triggered by Monday’s Full Moon bring matters to a head. Still, it’s up to you to raise these. Others are aware and also concerned, so will be receptive. For now, simply mentioning the issues may be enough. Solutions can be sought later.

Leo

Leo

July 22 – August 21

It won’t be until you’re actually watching plans you organized coming undone that you’ll realize how much ego and, possibly, heart you put into them. Still, while these once made sense, times have changed and so have your own objectives. Yet your emotional links are powerful. If you can’t let go now, simply consider it. Next week’s exciting, and unexpected, developments, will make it much easier.

Virgo

Virgo

August 22 – September 21

The idea of rearranging elements of your domestic or working life is nothing new, but you’ve been unclear exactly what to do, or when. With your ruler Mercury, the Sun and, on the 29th, the New Moon all accenting these matters, those ideas will soon become action, but not right away. Knowing that, explore any suggestions or offers, conscious they’re but a first step, no more.

Libra

Libra

September 22 – October 21

You’ve been rehearsing tricky discussions in your mind for so long you know exactly what you’ll say. Yet when circumstances arise, your words and others’ responses will be entirely unexpected. Forget about sticking with your script and speak from your heart, even if the setting is business or friends. Talk about what matters to you. The response will be as warm as it is unexpected.

Scorpio

Scorpio

October 22 – November 20

While there’s no denying the pressure to make both personal and practical decisions, you’re uncertain of your own feelings and, equally, sense the actual circumstances in question will change before too long. Judging by the planetary activity during November’s final week, that’s true. So make plans but regard them as tentative and ensure others know that. You might even work with them on the final version.

Sagittarus

Sagittarius

November 21 – December 20

Frustrating as being unable to address certain matters frankly may be, in retrospect you’ll be relieved you were prevented from saying more. While you can’t entirely avoid decision-making, ideally those that are crucial will wait until you’re benefiting from the insights that accompany the Sagittarius New Moon on 29 November. Until then? Consider both new pursuits and activities that have lost their luster and could go.

Capricorn

Capricorn

December 21 – January 19

You may dislike making tentative plans, but it’s really the only way to approach the period between now and the powerful clash, on the 24th, between the fortunate Jupiter and Pluto, which is in Capricorn. This brings past ideas and offers, plus sudden changes, together in a series of promising, if disruptive, events. While there may have been hints of these, there’s much more yet to come.

Aquarius

Aquarius

January 20 – February 18

Watching both longstanding arrangements and newer ideas that seemed promising come undone is no fun. Yet your observations have told you the foundations on which these, and several other plans, are based are shaky. Knowing that, instead of shoring these up, explore other options. You’ve had some in mind but others that will appear now and over the coming weeks. They could just be perfect.

Pisces

Pisces

February 19 – March 19

In early November you carefully, and tactfully, got a group together with the objective of turning exciting ideas into lasting plans. While, at the time, things went well, this week’s events could seem worrying. Actually, they’re all about editing out elements that could cause problems now or in the future. The more diligently you deal with these, the more likely it is those plans will survive.

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Summer Restaurants:
Jessica’s Picks

Summer in New York is the great equalizer. Leave the house and you’re almost certain to experience an ugly confrontation between your sweat glands and the gigantic furnace that replaces the city between June 15 and September 15 every year. Pollen, extreme air-conditioning, the potpourri of rotting garbage and the incessant clamor over weekend plans will be sure to grate on your nerves and nasal passages, but there’s hope yet! The season of outdoor dining hath begun!

So wrap your feet in bandages, tear the sleeves off your wrap dress and get yourself under the closest awning, order a bottle of rosé (“summer water”) and enjoy the season of rhubarb, short nights and ‘al fresco’ everything. Here are a few of my favourite outdoor dining options, new and old.

il Principe: Brand new, and tucked away in far west Soho, this gorgeous, simple Italian — named, presumably, after Machievelli’s tome  — is the sort of place Gio Ponti might enjoy. A tiny, quiet garden in front is the perfect setting for a Campari and soda and power grab brainstorm.

Edi & The Wolf: This magical indoor/outdoor fairy tale forest seems to have no walls or ceilings. Or separate tables for that matter. With flora and fauna growing out of every possible orifice, this may not be a place for the sort of person who likes clearly defined boundaries, but if you ticked the box ‘whimsical’ in your online dating profile, you’ll feel right at home here. Well disguised is the fact that the cuisine is actually Germano-Austrian, and the Spaetzle are simply ausgezeichnet!

La Esquina: This casual Mexican place is one of my New York favorites. During its first summer on the block, the anarchic owners broadcast the World Cup from their outdoor take-out window for the neighborhood to enjoy. A little more grownup these days, they’ve added a baby sister Esquina across the bridge with a Chinese paneled dining room attached to a 1950’s diner and their own cerveza jardín for a mellow Williamsburg evening among the hipsterati.

Since we’re already in Brooklyn, wipe your taco hands, finish your margarita and go for second dinner at the original outdoor venue…

The River Café: Who hasn’t celebrated a special occasion here, under the twinkling lights of the Brooklyn Bridge? And this tiny fragile little paradise survived Hurricane Sandy with gusto to come back stronger than ever. Skip downriver a few steps to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for dessert. Let the delightfully old-fashioned ice cream flavors and toppings drip down your arm as you saunter down the pier and admire Manhattan from afar.

Le Charlot: This old French Upper East Side standby is a comforting reminder that some neighborhoods are impervious to flux. Steak frites, impatient French waiters, and the sort of regulars who think ‘downtown’ is another country continue to populate this little sliver of a restaurant like never before. The summer’s the best time to slip into their midst undetected.

Narcissa: The new tremendously good restaurant in the Standard East has a garden that feels like a secret even when every table’s occupied. The farm to table concept has overrun most restaurants from Hoboken, NJ to Huntington Beach, CA but Narcissa adds a delicate touch that will make you want to stay all day and night until you’ve ordered everything on the menu.

Notable Mention: The benches outside Cafe Select and Balthazar, the non-outdoor but seasonally impeccable menu at ABC Kitchen and, of course, the catwalk power couple of Bar Pitti and Da Silvano.

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September Survival:
Part III

New York to London to Milan to…Paris! Bloggers, editors, and other style mavens have finally flocked to France, which means Fashion Month is drawing to a close. So we finish off our September Survival series with tips from Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad as she jets off to the Paris shows. Bon voyage, Chiara!

From Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad:

Must-Have:
A leopard jacket I fell in love with. Perfect with basics. So chic and rock!

Pick-Me-Up:
I am a coffee fan. A good breakfast with a coffee and a fresh orange juice makes me start my new day with positive vibrations.

Pet Peeve:
It could be the fact that with so many events and shows unfortunately I can’t go and see everything.

Hot Spot:
I love parties and events but what I like the most, despite fashion week, is a good pizza slice with some of my best friends.

Memorable Moment:
Something really priceless was an after party with some of my friends from all over the world. I like fashion week because it helps me to connect and meet again friends I don’t see so often.

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September Survival:
Part II

Welcome back for another edition of September Survival! Last time we checked in with our intrepid bloggers they were beginning their marathon Fashion Month in New York. The fashion set has since jetted off to London and Milan, so we’re checking in with Aimee Song of Song of Style and Carolina Engman of Fashion Squad for tips that will translate across the Atlantic, and carry you through the season in style! And don’t forget to check back throughout the month for more September Survival.

From Aimee Song of Song of Style:

Must-Have:
The blue trench with leather sleeves. It’s the perfect color for fall and a statement piece that would look good paired with anything from jeans to dresses.

Pick-Me-Up:
It used to be coffee for me but these days I’m going the healthier route so I prefer green juice or a fruit juice.

Pet Peeve:
Unexpected rain and shows all over town!

Hot Spot:
My hotel. I get dressed, blog, eat, do meetings, and take care of anything else at my own hotel usually. Even better if there are any after parties going on at my hotel.

Memorable Moment:
I always look forward to seeing my blogger friends from all over the world, and my now editor, stylist, and photographer friends. It feels like a high school reunion and it’s always so nice to catch up.

From Carolina Engman of Fashion Squad:

Must-Have:
The 440 mini bag in leopard is the perfect fashion week eye-candy and I love that it works for both day and night!

Pick-Me-Up:
A quick stop at Swedish candy store Sockerbit in the West Village gives me that well needed extra boost between shows!

Pet Peeve:
The traffic! I always end up having to run a small marathon… not an easy task in sky high heels.

Hot Spot:
My go-to place for the New York shows is definitely Kava café in Meatpacking. They have a really nice “secret” garden where you can rest your feet between shows and eat the best gelato in NYC!

Memorable Moment:
I’m definitely most looking forward to seeing all of my friends from across the world again for one whole week!

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September Survival:
Part I

Our Spring show has come and gone and as New York Fashion Week comes to a close, it’s hard to believe that, for many, the chaos has only just begun! From New York to London to Paris to Milan, the entire month of September is a super chic marathon for editors, buyers and bloggers. So we caught up with some of our favorite bloggers about how they survive the month that’s all about fashion! In Part I, you’ll meet Vivaluxury’s colorful Annabelle Fleur and The Native Fox’s classic Jennifer Grace and hear all of their survival secrets—from indispensable accessories to the perfect rooftop cocktail. Be sure to check back throughout the month for more September Survival!

From Annabelle Fleur of Vivaluxury:

Must-Have:
I have my eye on the Liberty Leather leggings. Paired together with gladiator heels and a slouchy knit, I think they will be absolutely perfect for any of the daytime events or cocktail hour, worn with a structured blazer and a clutch.

Pick-Me-Up:
A shot of double espresso in the morning. Nothing helps me get through the day the same way.

Pet Peeve:
Most of the time I have multiple events scheduled on the same day and since Fashion Week is the biggest fashion event of the season, constant outfit changes are a must. Trying to fit all the 20 pairs of shoes I want to bring with me into 2-3 suitcases, giving up at some point and deciding which ones to leave behind, is definitely one of my biggest pet peeves!

Hot Spot:
After a long day, if the weather permits, I love to go to the rooftop at the Empire Hotel. In my opinion, it’s simply the best place to grab a cocktail while enjoying breathtaking views of New York City at night.

Memorable Moment:
I love the moment during the opening show, when the lights go down and the music starts, I always think to myself, “Here we go again!” Being able to glimpse into the future, to me, that’s magical!

From Jennifer Grace of The Native Fox:

Must-Have:
The 440 mini bag. It’s the perfect size for a night out in the city.


Pick-Me-Up:
Double soy vanilla lattes, several!


Pet Peeve:
So much going on, so little time.


Hot Spot:
I love Dirt Candy in East Village. Best vegetarian food, ever!


Memorable Moment:
I am hoping for lots of glam grunge and western inspiration!

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