DIY Astro Guide: What Your Horoscope Means This Week, 5/18/2015
After scoping out last night’s red carpet looks from the Billboard Music Awards and all the behind-the-scenes action, this Monday is already off to an auspicious start. With Memorial Day right around the corner, we only have to make it until Fri-yay for a weekend of celebration. All it takes is a bit of buckling down and sidestepping any potential technical snafus and you’ll have an incredible work week ahead of you. Scroll on for the best parts of your AstroStyle horoscope.
This week marks the beginning of smarter spending habits and a long-term budgeting plan. While that might sound like a snoozefest, if you start saving now, you might have extra funds to treat yo’ self to an early vacay. Now that’s something to celebrate!
DIY This: Being frugal can be fun when you use your imagination and put your DIY skills to use. If you love shopping at Anthro — minus the outrageous price tag, that is — then look no further than these 20 Anthropologie Hacks You’ll Love Even More Than the Real Thing.
Gemini: May 21 – June 20
We know you’re feeling antsy as you get closer to your birthday, so take this week to shake off those feelings, meet new people and satisfy your desire for adventure. In the midst of all this self-exploration, make an effort to pencil in plenty of “me” time too, so you don’t stray too far from your roots.
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Cancer: June 21 – July 22
When the going gets tough, keep GOING. Though this week may prove to be a stressful one, don’t let it get the best of you. Channel your inner artist with some morning sketching, write inspirational thoughts in your journal or go for that long-overdue bike ride that you’ve been putting off.
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Leo: July 23 – August 22
We foresee your entrepreneurial side kicking in this week as you reunite with blasts from your past to collaborate on a joint venture. Hold off on going public with your proposals too soon though, as Mercury in retrograde could give you a rocky start.
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Virgo: August 23 – September 22
Don’t forget to s-l-o-w down and schedule some free time for yourself, especially with Memorial Day weekend coming up. In an effort to relax and decompress, a girls’ night out might be just what the doctor ordered.
Download This: Be more in the moment with these Six Handy Journaling Apps to Get You Writing Every Day. Apps like Day One will help you record your thoughts into your very own personal timeline of events for the day.
Libra: September 23 – October 22
From your personal life to future travel plans, this week is all about making sure those tiny details are in check. Confirm reservations, start planning an itinerary and finalize any big work projects before jet setting to your dream destination.
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Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
We know it’s tempting to avoid conflict, but this week will go by extra smoothly if you exercise that self-control and avoid brushing problems under the table. There’s no shame in scheduling quality one-on-one time or even chatting your problems out with someone you trust, like a friend or therapist.
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Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
Our advice to you this week is to keep your eye on the prize. Take a break from playing hostess with the mostess, and instead focus on yourself. After the extra-long holiday weekend, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to conquer everything that comes your way.
DIY This: What better way to kick off the weekend than with these 15 Creative Ways to Use Brownie Batter. Forget the calories, sometimes brownie batter Oreos are a necessity. You can thank us later. (Photo via Your Cup of Cake)
Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
We’re sensing good vibes and positive energy coming your way. Reach your inner zen by taking up morning yoga sessions and unplugging from your various devices for at least 24 hours this weekend — it might just result in that creative breakthrough you’ve been hoping for.
Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
It’s time for a change, but don’t reach for the scissors just yet. Stick to curating Pinterest boards and, come mid-June, you’ll be more than ready to swap out your wardrobe of neutrals for colorful prints, and maybe even a drastic new haircut to match.
DIY This: A new season means a new ‘do and new styles. Take a peek at our fave 15 Summer Hair Tutorials to Upgrade Your ‘Do and get ready to embrace the warm weather.
Pisces: February 19 – March 20
This Memorial Day weekend will be all about focusing on your inner circle of gal pals and reconnecting with distant relatives. Opt for intimate gatherings rather than all-out ragers to skip out on any petty drama.
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Aries: March 21 – April 19
All this week, be extra careful with what you tweet or post on social. When your reputation is on the line, an accidental wrong move or joke that falls flat could unintentionally send the wrong message.
Read This: Whether you’re networking for a new gig or just looking for a way to add a few new followers, we’ve got Four Ways to Boost Your Personal Brand on Social Media.
What are you planning to do this week? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to check out your full AstroStyle horoscope!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)