Edison Woods, ethereal, channeled, spirit, feminine, reverent, creamy, gold, velvet, lace
California casual, embodied, comfort, yoga, simplicity, movement, good quality fabrics, support engagement with animals/nature/body
Eclectic, pattern, mixing elements, unconventional, experimentation, playful – *Note – Play – Leaving energetic space is a way of living with the unknown. This can be a scary space, or a space where things bubble up to fill as soon as it’s empty. In other words, an unintentional space. Identity and Scarcity tend to rule this domain, both of which are fueled by consumer capitalism. Filling this space often brings feelings of overwhelm and “analysis paralysis” – too many choices! If this unknown space can be one of hope, play, experimentation, and curiosity, the fear aspect can be transformed. Play can be a crucial element in that alchemy. It is also essential in moving towards greater alignment with soul purpose.
Tend the imagination of being/working/eating/caring for your new home. Note concrete details of dress.
The way we describe certain items points to unconscious beliefs. For shorthand: the “just” category (I “just” wear this around the house, “just” to walk the dog, etc.). This category is comprised of items most taken for granted, often described as “comfortable”, “regular”, or relegated to activities where others don’t see us, but often where we spend the most time. Sit with statements around expectations or semi-conscious rules like, “not supposed to wear all black.”
Minimalism - A Japanese - Inspired aesthetic focused around simplicity, efficiency, and ease of movement (usually in looser fitting garments), often found in shape, fit, and fabric. This sensibility is also exemplified in solid, neutral colors or a monochromatic palette.
Structure/Mind – One of the things I find so compelling about your approach to your courses is the incredible intellectual power and lucidity you bring to your work and offerings. We talked about contrast in terms of light and dark balance, which in some ways I think of as an emotional or spiritual balance. Intellectual power, on the other hand, I find akin to consensus reality. It is what allows one to be effective at translating and communicating. It is a component to, in your words, “productive course development”, “making changes”, and “freedom from limited ideas”. Mind = structure in service of spirit.
These structured elements can be introduced by using jackets instead of sweaters, tailored pants instead of jeans, a cropped top instead of something that hits at the hip, or sometimes just by adding a belt.
A mix of flats, slip-ons, and clogs somewhere between a Japanese-inspired minimalism and the Human sensibility. These shoes allow easy movement from inside to outside for quick trips and dog walks. Casual style along with wool and wood materials create a functionality that connects to the outdoors, or those made from materials that do not wear well in dirt, brush, and moisture.
Each one of these options tries to capture some part of the Healer/Human/Artist, while pushing into a new terrain and physical landscape and embracing a structured and pared down sensibility.
These items are either pre-owned, vegan, or from ethical designers with a strong focus on sustainability, the environment, and fair labor practices like Everlane and Timberland.
Chanel . . . just because.
I see all of these options as possible alternatives for black jeans. That is to say, everyday options that can be used as neutrals, despite pattern and texture. These pick up on the Healer/Human/Artist themes but push a little further into the structured minimalism concept. The pants either introduce pattern or a sculptural shape, similar in some cases to a harem pant, but less free-form. All are sourced pre-owned, or from small and/or sustainable brands and designers.
Jackets and outerwear are an experimental space. As with shoes and bottoms, these options bring in the existing themes and broach the new territories including the outdoor climate and surroundings. Some of these are outerwear and some are alternatives (or additions) to sweaters.