DIY Astro Guide: What Your Horoscope Means This Week, 7/19/2015
With scorching hot temps this weekend, we were all rewarded with National Ice Cream Day (AKA the best day ever) as a means of cooling off. You’d better enjoy these next few days in the week ahead, as things are going to be heating up very soon. With Venus retrograde commencing on July 25, it’s time to hold tight on any life-altering decisions. As for that tat you’ve been wanting? It may be safest to wait until September 6 when retrograde is over. Stay cool (and sane) this week + scroll on for the best parts of your AstroStyle horoscope.
After a joyous, month-long celebration of your birthday, it’s time to enter the “real world” again. The good news is that your entrepreneurship is at an all-time high. From starting a new business venture to dipping your toes into a passion project that inspires you, the sky’s the limit as far as your success is concerned.
Read This: Quitting your day job to start your own business can be exciting, scary and empowering all at the same time. (But change can be good thing!) If you’re still feeling unsure (hello, anxiety), then here are 11 books to read before you switch careers. Naturally, #Girlboss made the cut.
Leo: July 23 – August 22
Oh yeah, it’s almost your b-day month! Cue the Veuve Clicquot ’cause you’ll be poppin’ bottles come this Wednesday. Speaking of which, this week marks the opportune time for risk-taking and polishing up your personal brand. Though it may be scary, putting yourself out there could prove to be a major game-changer for your professional career.
Read This: ICYMI: This new study shows that your birth month can predict your career. Sounds kind of crazy, but is it really? You’re going to want to check out what’s in store for July babies. (Photo via Hulton Archive/Getty)
Virgo: August 23 – September 22
Take things one step at a time this week as you learn to relax and release any tension. Put the work assignments on pause this weekend by signing up for a meditation class or going on a hike with your besties. To fully cleanse your body for a rejuvenated state of mind, join the juicing trend. Don’t worry, you’ll be hooked.
Read This: Summer camp FTW! There’s nothing like roasting marshmallows by the fire and outdoor adventures to clear your mind. Pack up for one of these 11 adult summer camps and channel your inner kid for old times’ sake.
Libra: September 23 – October 22
Your shyness is going to have to take a backseat this week as you become Miss Popularity at work and beyond. Watch out for connections forming wherever you go. A seemingly routine trip to the grocery store could end in a run-in with a blast from your past. Avoid online relationships in favor of those right in front of you by saying “yes” to offers for getting coffee IRL.
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Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
You’re an ambitious one, Scorpio. From checking off all of your summatime to-do lists to volunteering your time in the community and attending networking seminars, you want to do it ALL. While there’s nothing wrong with a little productivity, be sure to keep your sanity levels in check with a fist-pumping Spotify playlist or yoga sesh.
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Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
All this week, relationships are going to become your jam. When the going gets tough, keep on going. Figure out what’s at the root of any problems with a heart-to-heart with bae and perhaps even couple’s therapy. At work, make it a point to network and bond with colleagues so that you’ll be included in any top-secret work initiatives.
Read This: Stop it. Why do have Ashton and Mila have to be so stinkin’ cute? One thing’s for sure: They’re providing major inspo for the chill honeymoon (or spontaneous getaway) of our dreams. (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty)
Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
Love life on fleek! Just like T-Swift, you’re anxiously waiting for your very own “love story” to unfold. Good news: This is the week that you and your SO make things “officially official.” Whether this means an actual engagement, co-parenting a new puppy or moving in together and leaving the city for the suburbs, we’re sensing major developments in the romance department.
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Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
It’s always smooth sailing until retrograde hits (this time Venus). Replace toxic relationships with precious “me time” and avoid broadcasting your frustrations across social media. One poorly worded tweet or scandalous Snapchat story and you could find yourself in hot water at work and with all those around you. Tread carefully, Aquarius.
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Pisces: February 19 – March 20
When you’re workin’ on your fitness, not even Venus in retrograde can get you down. Swap out lazy days for game-changing sessions at SoulCycle followed by a scrumptious (but SO healthy) açai bowl. To get things rolling in the mental health department, make it an effort to develop a morning routine that goes beyond rushing out the door. Set aside a few moments for stretching, writing in your journal or enjoying some much-needed quiet time on the terrace.
Read This: If your mentality while on vacay is #CantStopWontStop, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re rounded up 10 fitness vacations that won’t break the bank. A yoga retreat sure sounds good right about now. (Photo via @sivanandabahamas)
Aries: March 21 – April 19
Why blend in when you were born to stand out? Your star appeal will be at an all-time high this week as everyone won’t be able to stop talking about you. Whatever you’ve been doing, keep it up. This might just be the week that you hit 10k followers on Insta or receive recognition for your fashion blog.
Read This: It’s time to turn all of your passions into a reality. If you don’t think that it can be done, then think again. Check out how this woman turned her love of nail polish into a company and then start mapping out your road to success.
Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Over these next few weeks, you’ll be channeling your inner Martha Stewart as you excel in all areas of domestic life. From fulfilling your role as hostess with the mostess to undergoing the chicest homemaker everrr, there’s nothing that you can’t do. As retrograde hits, be extra thorough in your party planning and hold off on making any executive decisions that you may regret later.
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Gemini: May 21 – June 20
Your entrepreneurial spirit will be on fire this week as you find yourself making connections left and right. But the question is, do you have the kick-butt, personal brand to match? Contact a stylist, branding specialist and web designer STAT, so that your online snapshot will reiterate just how awesome you are.
Read This: Sometimes you just have to fake it until you make it. Case in point: This is how you get your Instagram photos to look like you’re a fashion blogger. Let the compliments roll in.
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)