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Ear Candy

 

blog_beauty_earmuffsHello from Asia, my fellow fashionistas! I am spending some time in South Korea and will be writing my dispatches from here in the near future.

Since many of us had the immense good fortune of growing up in sunny California, we didn’t get to experience those frigid winters that many of our fellow Americans bravely endure. You know, shoveling snow, frostbite, spit that freezes before it hits the ground? What’s to miss, right? Wrong. After spending a few weeks out of town in a subzero climate, I have found that us warm weather girls are—unbeknownst to us—experiencing a serious fashion deficit. Our sisters in colder climes get to experiment with heavy duty scarves, a kaleidoscopic array of gloves, coats so warm that they could have saved the Donner party and my personal new obsession—earmuffs.

I have seen the earmuff trend in all its glory in the surprisingly fashionable country of South Korea. Stalls purveying the cozy balls of fluff abound on every street corner, and for a few extra thousand (won, not dollars), one can upgrade from a simple black or white pair to one that seemingly stepped from the wardrobe of Cruella Deville. Or perhaps you fancy something in a nice rabbit fur? Faux of course, blog_beauty_earmuffs2dahling. Asians rock the street fashion, and earmuffs are donned by every woman under the age of 30. Keep your ears from freezing while looking après ski chic? Looks like you are about to have a new winter obsession too. (It is not even February after all and this summery weather can’t last forever you know.)


Where to find earmuffs stateside: Juicy Couture, Michael Kors and Ugg Australia all make cozy muffs that can be found on shopstyle.com.

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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