A 360 Holistic Approach to Skincare

Meanwhile the beauty industry keeps expanding with new products that promise you instant result, treatments singling instant gratification, it’s always important to understand what you’re actually working with. One of the most common misunderstandings about skincare is that one product can fix it all.

We’re not saying that the products wont help, maybe it will. Each person has their own unique DNA, and by starting to understand how your body operates you will gain so much more understanding for how your skin operates according to your life choices.

Treatments can be a great solution too, but if you don’t have a hotlist approach to your wellbeing you might be back at where you started after a few months. And lets be honest, some of these treatments can be painful, so you need to make sure it’s worth the time and the energy that you’re investing in them-so you wont feel that it was a complete waste.

Before you invest in a skincare treatment, invest your time to understand:

 

Food

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You’ve probably heard this a thousand times, and you will hear it a million times more: You are what you eat. When dealing with an acne prone skin, one of the first things to reduce from your diet is dairy and gluten.

 

Everybody’s skin is different, what works for one person might not fit another. The best way to go about it is to test what works for you.

 

Tip: Invest a 30-day period where you monitor your skins health as you reduce the amount of dairy. Begin with first taking inventory of your skins natural state. Do you get a lot of acne when menstruating? Does your acne blossom when feeling stressed? What patterns does your skin have?

 

Stress

 Our skin is our largest organs, and when the body isn’t balanced the skin tends to mirror it back. Stress can be caused in many ways. Emotional, physical as well as mental.

 

The question you need to ask yourself here is: in what areas in my life do I need to be kinder to myself? How do I adapt a kinder and compassionate relationship to my life choices?

 

Let’s be real, life is and can be stressful in many ways. Many of us has accepted it as a “that’s just how life is”, which you see others living a more harmonious approach to life. Why cant you? Is it possible that you’ve somewhere subconsciously have accepted that life is stressful, that you need to grind and so on? If you take a closer look, the people who’s on the grind burn out and hit a wall. No job is ever worth your health; no relationship is worth compromising your health. You need to makes sure that you are living the life you dream about having, by taking small steps towards those dreams.

 

When we reduce stress and become more harmonious people, not only can the changes be spotted on the skin but also throughout the changes you make. If you’re looking for a solution that will last, and not cost you a fortune­–pay more attention to how you are loving yourself.

 

Skincare 

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There is a jungle of skincare products, and the jungle gets bigger by the day. It can feel overwhelming because where do you begin? And then there is also the question of the price, because let’s face it, you can spend a fortune on skincare and still not having tangible result.

 

As all areas of life, consistency IS the key. Before investing in a new product, think a little about how your daily routines look. Do you have a skincare routine? If not, why? It is the matter of the time?

If you have acne prone skin, having a consistent skin care routine will benefit you because you need to cater to your skin frequently. A little goes a long way, just making sure that you clean your face in the morning and evening and adding the right nutrients for your skin to get through the day does result in change. But it doesn’t happen over night.

 

If you the bare minimal kind of person, start by at least washing your face and adding a product that nature and protects it. This can differ from person to person, as well as where you live. For instance, cold Scandinavian climate can have a tow on your skin and leave it dry and damaged no matter how oily skin you have. You don’t need to have an excessive skincare routine, map out what you need and what your patterns are and work from there.

 

Tip: before spending a fortune on skincare, ask for samples. There is nothing wrong with testing the waters before a splurge, your skin will thank you for it as well as your bank account.

 

 

Meditate your way to a radiant skin

Meditation is one of the few stressless practice in the world that support you mentally, emotionally and physically. That translates also to a more radiant skin because it neutralizes stress and balances hormonal levels, it transforms all your cells and tissues, and increase brain capacity and so much more.

 

Tip: a meditation routine will support you in endless ways. Start by meditating a few minutes each morning, or journal your thoughts when you wake up. When we start our day with intention to create the space we need to love and support us forward, beautiful shifts will take place internally and externally. Ever heard of that post meditation glow? Its real!

 

Join Atelier The Ché’s next 7 day meditation kick-off program where you will learn a grounded and compassionate approach to meditation, while unblocking the most common beliefs about meditation, and a community that will support your journey along the way by signing up to our newsletter below–that way you will be notified the next time we kickstart plus other news and announcements.




 

Let’s Discuss: 'Spirit Junkie' vs. a Spiritual Life Lived

The past years’ research has continued to show that not only are more people are feeling disconnected from their lives, but also feeling anxious and depressed. While the topic of spirituality is becoming popular, more people are jumping on the bandwagon pursuing a spiritual life.

Although the concept of spirituality is a vast topic of its own, one needs to understand the foundation of living a spiritual life vs. what we’ve being taught in the modern world. One of the key elements can be localized not only in spiritual teachings, but also the worlds largest religions. Same principle can also be located in medical teachings, diet teachings as well as when discussing constructs of design.

Balance.

In Buddhism is it’s explained as a situation in which different things exist in equal and mutually beneficial amounts. It’s also referred as The Middle Way. One can’t maintain a Zen state of being if not being balanced within themselves. In yogic teaching we learn about balancing our chakras in order for our body to flow energy in an optimal state. If not, side effects can be detected both on an emotional, mental as well as physical levels. In the ancient teachings of Sufism balance and equilibrium is discussed as a means to ensure stability, and are the outcome of the existence of a constant center. For example, think about the universe, it’s easy to see how perfectly balanced the planets are moving around the sun. Each in their orbit, even how balance prevails in the galaxies.

However, if we take a look at todays modern world its easy to see how unbalanced we’ve become. Mass-consumption, mass-production, it has gone so far that our planet is suffering. We’ve become so accustomed to keep on consuming and pursuing a life without stopping for a second and reflect whether that aligns with our own core values. It has become so engraved in our phycology to follow the masses, because if we would choose a different path we might face being cast as outsiders. We’ve become so numb to these messages, that people actually bully others from being different when in fact, we’re all humans at the end of the day.  

These paradigms are so deeply constructed that even spiritual teaching are now being attached to connotations that aren’t aligned with foundational spiritual teachings. One of these examples is the phrase ‘spirit junkie’. The phrase was first born as a title of a book by Gabrielle Bernstein. In this book, Gabrielle shares her story from living a life of cocaine addition to flipping the switch and stumbling upon Marianne Williamsons book ‘A Return To Love’ based upon the teaching of A Course in Miracles. Not only did these teaching change Gabrielle’s life, she’s now a world known spiritual teacher, author, and Kundalini yoga teacher.

 

Spirit Junkie

When googling the meaning of a ‘spirit junkie’, you will find the following: “A spirit junkie is someone who is hooked on feeling connected with a higher sense of meaning; someone who chooses a positive point of view; someone who opens his or her heart and mind to new perspectives even in the somewhat dark corners of life; someone who practices forgiveness and has an attitude of gratitude.” Although this message is beautiful in its own way, it doesn’t prescribe to the consensus of a spiritual life lived. To starters, you shouldn’t be “hooked” to anything. Not even joy, because when one is being hooked, you’ve lost your sense of control. When you’re being hooked on joy, you can’t sit in sorrow or despair.

A spiritual life lived is about being in control of oneself while riding the with universe ebbs and flows, regardless of how the situation you’re currently are living in is measured on the scale or sadness vs. joy, successful vs. unsuccessful and vice verse.

The second problematic part of this meaning is that it refers that a spiritual life is about “feeling connected with a higher sense of meaning”, when in fact its more about embodying and integrating. The feeling may be what makes you purse your spiritual path, but the path is about embodying what you understand on an intellectual level to a fully embodied state of being. In fact, when you’ve integrated the connection, it’s a natural part of you.

For example, a person who feels disconnected from life, may feel alone, abandoned, separated, no sense of connection to God, Universe or whatever terminology that fits your palate. While a person who is integrated feels the connection, doesn’t have to second guess it, even though at the toughest and hardest moments, that beings understand the energetic of the dualities, as well as that there is no difference between humans and in fact that we’re all one.  

Thirdly, according to popular misunderstanding of spiritual teachings people have come to think that being spiritual is all love, light and unicorns. When in fact the passage takes you through your darkest caves, this is what is mentioned to shadow work. The work itself revolves around looking at every aspect of yourself that you have put in your shadow. It may be aspects of yourself that you’ve received guilt or/and shame for as a child. This is where the heavy work beings, to unravel, to understand, to locate and not be mislead by our ego in the process of doing so. Therefore, it’s highly beneficial to work with a spiritual teacher or meditation coach in the process so you can navigate your way forward with a knowledgeable person who is able to mirror back the different nuances of your ego self vs. your authentic self. This process can take years and years, depending on your dedication and devotion. Nevertheless, it’s a process.  

 

When discussing the word ‘junkie’ by itself, it signals a person who lack control, discipline and a sense of divinity of being whole as they are. Although Gabrielle’s intention may be of the highest good, we need to understand what we are prescribing to. On a psychological level words can program our neuropaths ways in how we operate, and since spirituality is about coming back to the wholeness that you are, the wholeness that you forget while growing up a child, one needs to comprehend not only intellectually to the foundation but also that know the difference between the teachings and buzzwords that aren’t aligned with the foundation of the vast majority of spiritual teachings.

Lastly, regardless what belief you’re assigned to, we’re all having a human experience. Right here, right now. Regardless how spiritual you consider yourself to be, even if you’re still sleep walking, you’re a soul in a human costume. Spiritual teaching can assist you in living more fully, more mindful and heartfelt rather than run a rat race fully asleep. It can be a means to actually meet yourself, a passage into falling more in love with yourself and life itself. Especially if you’re a soul who thinks about the constructs of the world, or ponders over the unjust dualities that is all a part of this place we occupy together.

One of the purposes of Atelier The Ché is to illustrate how a spiritual life lived can be, without having to compromise of the popular misconception that a interest in aesthetics or beauty does not minimize ones spirituality. Your style can be as lush as you want, however if you do assign to spiritual teachings, you’re most likely aware of doing it in a way that does not harm others. For example, by choosing more suitable options, going eco-friendly and support brands that striving towards more inclusive climate. So when you choose to consume, you know what you’re actually giving your money to, what you’re fueling and investing your energy into.

Disclaimer: Please note that ATC does not that one should go from 0 to 100 in any means. It’s a process, it takes time. Little by little, step by step. Going from 0 to 100 will leave anyone overwhelmed–ATC encourages a self-compassionate approach to everything. Especially all things spiritual, because one can understand intellectually, yet it takes time to be able to truly feel. And this path can only be walked through the heart, through feeling it, which is why it will move you from within.

 

 

 

6 SIMPLE WAYS TO DETOX YOUR HOME

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One of the easiest ways to start clean energetic living is at home. Although we spend a lot of time indoors, so it’s essential that our space nourishes our energetic being. And let’s not forget that we drag others energy around with us, therefor it’s important to not only clear away dust particles but also energy that doesn’t serve your space. These X simple changes will get you started.

 

1.Clean your bedding

We spend a third of our lives sleeping so start your home detox with your mattress and bedding. Give your mattress a deep clean and protect it with a mattress cover. Invest in 100% organic cotton sheets and protect pillows with covers. To keep bedding dust mite-free, wash sheets weekly in hot water. Don’t forget to wash blankets, duvet covers and pillows monthly in hot water.


2.Declutter

Have you heard of Marie Condo? If not, she’s definatly one to take your hand through the art of de-cluttering. In order for new things to manifest, you want to keep a space that is all about you love–so if you’re not loving furniture, décor, clothes or stack half-used products with the hopes to revisit them sometime soon(but we all know that’s never really going to happen).


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3. Open window and circulate the air

Won’t that just bring in more pollution? No, in fact, the EPA estimates that indoor pollution level are 2 to 5 times – and occasionally more than 100 times – higher than outdoors. We’re a ceiling fan lover, and getting the air moving, especially if your windows are open, is a great way to remove indoor toxins.

 

4. Grow houseplants

The natural air purifiers that get the NASA stamp of approval. Try a pothos plant, a palm or an aloe plant for the bedroom

 

5. Sage

Everyone’s home can benefit from regular saging, and spring cleaning season is a great time to give it a try. “After smudging, your space will feel light and balanced,” she says. After your space has been cleansed you can experience emotions of peacefulness, joy, energized, creative and able to deeply rest and focus too. Sagin is a great practice to do weekly, finish off after vacuuming with burning a little sage and set an intention while you move through your space.

6. Green your laundry routine

When we use chemicals to clean our clothes, it often leaves behind harmful residues in the fabric and toxins in the air which then wreak havoc on our bodies (not to mention the environment)

 

Yasuragi Spa Hotel

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The Japanese word Yasuragi translates to exhale, which embodies the whole experience of this Japanese spa hotel located outside of Stockholm in the archipelago.

This prominent spa puts an emphasis Eastern traditions, noticeable in anything from entering the gates of the facility, to its hot springs in the shade of pine trees to the rituals and authentic yukata robes.

It’s like stepping into a completely different world when entering the gates of Yasuragi. A world characterized by Japanese philosophy. After eight months of renovation and rebuilding, Yasuragi now presents a brand new Japanese bathhouse with sustainability at heart.

In Japan washing your body and bathing are two separate rituals. In the ablution room there is a wooden stool for you to sit on and wash yourself. This is where you start to unwind to find harmony and inner peace.

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 After the washing ritual, you enter a space inspired by Japanese courtyards. The inner courtyards is surrounded by a warm bath, with five different buildings with a cold bath, carbon dioxide bath, a steam sauna and a additional sauna with a view of the pine forest. There’s also a Japanese-style foot bath as well as a sleeping aroma sauna room with hot stone hills where you can rest in privacy. Further relaxation can be found in the mountain room where you lay in shallow springs and look up to the softly lighted mountain wall, or

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They offer special Japanese baths and activities like Japanese yoga, as well as Do In and Qi Gong. They have meditation with Tibetan singing bowls. Upon arriving, you are given the traditional Yukata robe to make the experience as authentic as possible, and to make the experience a journey within rather than getting distracted by other guests, and potentially what they’re wearing. The Japanese symbols on the robe mean “ good-luck and happiness” and “true joy”, which is the intention of Yasuragi for their guests.

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The interior breaths minimal, blending cement and wood mixed with beautiful Japanese kimonos by the Swedish designer Alice Fine, who creates organic and botanically hand dyed silk kimonos.

Yasuragi is right by the sea in Saltsjö Boo which can be easily reached from central Stockholm by bus.

 

Labels

As we are born and try to make sense of the world, our brains map out our experiences. The maps are given names; some are added with values such as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

 

As children, especially our teenage years are spent figuring out who we are. We receive labels by others; we give ourselves labels to understand where we are in correlation to everything else. These labels have become a navigation system, one that doesn’t really do us many favors.

 

When I was 14 years old, my family and I moved back to Iran. Up until then, I had been told I was Iranian and since was marginalized due to my foreign exterior – values where added to the label. These labels were telling me that I was not like them and if you remember anything about the teenage years you might recall that many of us just wanted to fit in.

 

Personally, I felt like a misfit so when my family decided to move back a sense of hope grew. Maybe, this meant I would finally belong. Maybe, this meant that I would be among people who understood me. The joke was on me, although I looked liked them people commented that I was European. I didn’t have the same accent, I didn’t think like them, nor was my preference for many things equal to others and I found myself where I had started.

 

It was a few years after moved back to Sweden where I could make peace with this. By coming to understand that my ethic heritage, or places where I grew up could never define me. I wasn’t it, I knew there was so much more to me than being fit into a label.

 

One mark that needs to be emphasized here is that these labels come with an added value. Some are aware, but the majority isn’t even open to the connection that how a word is pronounced can hold a added value. Same goes for when people started calling me skinny, luckily I was advanced along my personal growth but the values that came the skinny calling was intriguing.  People who though I “looked so amazing all of a sudden” poured their skinny equals beauty believes on my while others who were uncomfortable with my healthier shape commented that I should eat more. Had this been me a few years ago, I would not have been able to see their word for what it was. Their words, their believes, their own added values. Not mine.

 

Battling the outside world is one aspect, but the one that needs more attention are the label we give ourselves.  Whether you’re name calling yourself, telling you’re stupid subconsciously when doing a error or telling yourself that you’re inadequate because you didn’t get that task done, again, does not make you inadequate in any way.

 

However what happens is that we tap into the emotion of inadequateness, we’re strengthening an emotion that we come to relate with. To relate to a feeling is one thing, to accept it as a label, or even a way of saying something can add more than you’re aware of. We need to be aware of our inner monologues to not tap into a feeling that has nothing to do with our true value. Because our true value, as humans will never be based upon any colors of our physical appearance, nor has value anything to do with your performance. Yet many of us get stuck there, feeling inadequate for some reason that if we don’t do things a certain way – we’re less than others and that comes with emotions such ad sadness, anxiety, anger or shame.

 

So imagine what changes we could do for ourselves if we would only be more aware of the label we tell ourselves. One aspect that is a fact, you will eventually understand how you judge, which will also help you understand that your thoughts about others have nothing to with them and everything to do with you and your perception of your universe.

 

One thing that is a certain, it’s a process. Allow it to be a process because we’re wired in ways that we sometimes don’t event see ourselves. Many times we think we’re free thinking humans, however, much of how the world is perceived is because someone told us at a certain point or showed us with their emotional response. Change is always a option, you just need to want it.

 

 

Yoga Benefits: Body, Mind, & Spirit

How I Got Introduced

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My mother introduced yoga to me at the age of 15. Back then, we were living in Tehran and stayed there for one year and three months before moving back to Sweden. My mother learned yoga from her brother, my uncle, a highly insightful man whom had learned the benefits and passed them on to her.

Fast forward 18 years, to about two months ago. Meditation was a part of my morning routine but I had read somewhere that yoga is also a great preparation for meditation. Since I love everything called self-care and healing, whether its food, meditation or training I felt something within me being compelled to give it a try. However, I hadn’t worked out for over six month. That’s a long time for being me, but I had fallen off the bandwagon and wasent particularly intresstted in the gym.

Since staring small had worked to get the meditation going, I adopted the same teqnique so I could follow through. Meaning, listen to the body. Do minimal if you can’t do “more” but the most important part was to make it a daily routine. I started with six sun salutations the first week. Prior to this, I had never had arm strength to even to a push up. Every time I was going going from the “plank” looking position down to the mat, I couldn’t hold my body up with my arms and just fell down.

The three first mornings wasn’t the most enjoyable ones, but I was determinate to push through although I wasn’t executing the positions as I wanted. Setting high standards are part of my way of thinking, but with yoga I couldn’t do more than I was doing and I had to accept that was enough. For now. After day three, standing on the mat felt good. A week later I was noticing more flexibility in the body and I could for the first time now crash down on the mat. The progress was motivating.  Two weeks later, yoga had become just as a natural part of my morning, just as brushing teeth.

However, the benefits of yoga has helped me tremendously. Not only from a physical standpoint but also on a emotional and mental standpoint. Sure, yoga will assist you in increased strength and flexibility but there is much more. Here’s a few things I’ve noticed the past weeks from adding 10-15 minutes of yoga every morning.

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1. helps you build your sense of self.

Through yoga, you get to know yourself and cultivate a more non-judgmental relationship with yourself. You are building self-trust. You exercise more and eat healthier, because your unconscious mind tells you, “I’m worthy of this me time, this effort.” At the end of the day, everything comes down to your relationship with yourself. When you get more confident and become more rooted in your sense of self and your center, you develop a healthy, balanced ego, where you have nothing to prove and nothing to hide. You become courageous, with high willpower. You’re not afraid of difficult conversations — you know you’re still going to be OK at the end of the day.

2. Stress Relief.

Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boostin the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.

3. Helps you focus. 

An important component of yoga is focusing on the present. Studies have found that regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time, memory, and even IQ scores. People who practice meditation demonstrate the ability to solve problems and acquire and recall information better—probably because they’re less distracted by their thoughts, which can play over and over like an endless tape loop.


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Stimulation is good, but too much of it taxes the nervous system. Yoga can provide relief from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Restorative asana, yoga nidra (a form of guided relaxation), Savasana, pranayama, and meditation encourage pratyahara, a turning inward of the senses, which provides downtime for the nervous system. Another by-product of a regular yoga practice, studies suggest, is better sleep—which means you’ll be less tired and stressed and less likely to have accidents.

5. Increases your self-esteem 

Many of us suffer from chronic low self-esteem. If you handle this negatively—take drugs, overeat, work too hard, sleep around—you may pay the price in poorer health physically, mentally, and spiritually. If you take a positive approach and practice yoga, you’ll sense, initially in brief glimpses and later in more sustained views, that you’re worthwhile or, as yogic philosophy teaches, that you are a manifestation of the Divine. If you practice regularly with an intention of self-examination and betterment—not just as a substitute for an aerobics class—you can access a different side of yourself. You’ll experience feelings of gratitude, empathy, and forgiveness, as well as a sense that you’re part of something bigger. While better health is not the goal of spirituality, it’s often a by-product, as documented by repeated scientific studies.

6. Gives you inner strength

Yoga can assist you make changes in your life. In fact, that might be its greatest strength. Tapas, the Sanskrit word for “heat,” is the fire, the discipline that fuels yoga practice and that regular practice builds. The tapas you develop can be extended to the rest of your life to overcome inertia and change dysfunctional habits. You may find that without making a particular effort to change things, you start to eat better, exercise more, or finally quit smoking after years of failed attempts.

7. Builds awareness for transformation. 

Yoga and meditation build awareness. And the more aware you are, the easier it is to break free of destructive emotions like anger. Studies suggest that chronic anger and hostility are as strongly linked to heart attacks as are smoking, diabetes, and elevated cholesterol. Yoga appears to reduce anger by increasing feelings of compassion and interconnection and by calming the nervous system and the mind. It also increases your ability to step back from the drama of your own life, to remain steady in the face of bad news or unsettling events. You can still react quickly when you need to—and there’s evidence that yoga speeds reaction time—but you can take that split second to choose a more thoughtful approach, reducing suffering for yourself and others.

8. Encourages self care

In much of conventional medicine, most patients are passive recipients of care. In yoga, it’s what you do for yourself that matters. Yoga gives you the tools to help you change, and you might start to feel better the first time you try practicing. You may also notice that the more you commit to practice, the more you benefit.

This results in three things: You get involved in your own care, you discover that your involvement gives you the power to effect change, and seeing that you can effect change gives you hope. And hope itself can be healing.

9. Spiritual Benefits of Yoga. 

For many, practicing yoga can take on a spiritual meaning as well. Many people say practicing yoga reinforces feelings of gratitude, awareness, and connectedness, both with your yoga classmates as well as your surroundings, your body, and your overall space in the universe.

In fact, some practitioners advocate that the biggest benefits of practicing yoga come from the deeper understanding of its purpose: the union of body, mind, and spirit.

You may find, after practicing yoga regularly for a while, that awareness of spirit and energy become more of a focus of your practice, and your practice takes on more of a spiritual quality. Devoted yogis believe in the practice because of the higher levels of consciousness that it brings, as well as the understanding that there is an underlying driving force behind everything we think and do, and the unfolding of all events in the universe.

Five weeks into my yoga practice, I have truly enjoyed unfolding the progress that each day has held. From the insights I’ve gained to the physical benefits and everything in between. Regardless if you have a spiritual perspective on this thing we call life – everyone can benefit from adopting these techniques as it truly transforms one on many layers.  


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6 PRACTICAL TIPS FOR FINDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

 No matter what people say, ATC believes that what you wear is just an extension of yourself. It describes a bit of who you are without you having to open your mouth. But sometimes it’s challenging to pinpoint exactly what you want to say. Not to mention all of the factors involved.

But first and foremost, personal style needs to be about you and how you feel. These tips will help get you thinking and started on finding just that.

Finding your personal style doesn’t have to be a challenge. Actually, it’s supposed to be the opposite. Fashion is fun, so finding a style that best expresses your personality should also be fun!

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How to find your own style:

 

1.Find your body type

Dressing according to your body type is far more important than staying up-to-date with any trends. Your body is unique, so scratch looking at a person who doesn’t fall in the same category as you. The fun part about fashion is that it allows us to play with fabrics and dimensions, just like one can alter a look completely, clothes have a similar way of working. The essential part is to find what works for your body type, and play around with different garments to find what feels good for you.

 

2.Have fun

Fashion shouldn’t be serious, there’s enough of that in our day-today life. Remember when you were a kid and used to try on different looks, playing different roles? It’s all about having fun, you can

 

3.Express yourself

Do you like colors? Or are you a all-black-everything person? Find what floats your boat, what you’re drawn to and incorporate that into your style. Remember that you can always change your mind, you can always try something new or old for that matter and make it your one.

 

4. Don’t follow fashion rules

Rules are made to break them! Mix and match, play around with contrasts. Mix different patterns, play around with dimensions, try different textures and how adding various types can change a look. It’s a world of its own, so dive deep and find what makes you tick.

 

5.Declutter

How many skinny jeans is taking up space in your closet? Or do you have other garments that you have three similar options of?  When you’re clear about what you like and why, get rid of that who no longer serves you.

 

For example, ATC founder Sara has over the past years donated and sold her black pieces because she no longer resonates with wearing black. This way you can make more space for what you actually love instead of having a closet filled with stuff you don’t really love. From a energetic perspective, that sends out signals the universe as well, be mindful of what you consume and why. If you don’t love it, why are you holding on to is?


6. Fashion expander

Find people whom exude personal style and observe what they’re doing. Don’t copy them to a T, that’s not cute nor authentic, but instead see what they’re doing that is drawing your attention to them and embrace that part of yourself. Put your own touch to it. For instance, look at iris Apfel, the queen of maximalist, yet she balances her looks seamlessly. Take notes on what balances a look instead of playing the next edition of Iiris.

 

Finally, life is not only about fashion and trends. It’s about having fun and feel great along the journey. Style is an extension of you, your light, your personality and how you carry yourself in the world, so leave your make. Not for anyone sake other than yours, if it makes you feel good-wear it. It should really be that simple.

Let's discuss: Style & Spirituality

Maybe style isn’t the first word that comes to mind when talking about spirituality, but the secret is that these two are not mutually exclusive; actually together they are a harmonious and powerful duo.

Embracing our spiritual bliss doesn’t mean we have to give up everything we love about style and fashion. In essence, style is the vast expression of our creativity, our own unique way we present ourselves to the world. The fact we often forget is, style and spirituality have been interlaced since the beginning of time. They are a distinct mark of ceremonies, traditions, and cultural expression.

Spirituality and style is the outer expression of our inner self. Style gives people a viewpoint of who we are through our actions and looks, our reflection for the world to view, an expression of our creative flair. Style gives us the chance to be curious and explore what suits not just our body and situation but our life and all the options open to us.

Think about it for a moment. When we go into a meeting or out on a date, we take the time to think about how we want to present ourselves to the world. Because we only get one chance at a first impression and we want to ensure it’s a good one. Our outward demeanor is an indicator of our inward expression. It’s not the totality of who we are, but it does give others a clue as to who we are.

Could the label on the garment or the shoe be your name? No, unless you’re lucky enough to be Christian Luboutine or Diane Von Furstenberg. A label does not define us; it is not the be and end all of our lives.

We give the label life and legitimacy by how you wear it. When you find a designer, a style that highlights all your gorgeous qualities and makes you feel fabulous ...then you have style and spirituality working in harmony, it’s your label. Stop comparing yourself to others. Value and take pride in your own style and your own truth, and trust that others will see and accept you for you.

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Style has a language of its own that goes past geographical borders

Style has a language that goes beyond the constraints of the spoken word. Style recognizes and respects diversity and individuality.

Spirituality doesn’t have a dress code. It offers us a free pass to pay attention to the details in our life, to have fun with your own creativity and express yourself the way you want and feel for the occasion. Remember you can’t please all of the people all the time, so please yourself.

Finally, it’s the light in your eyes, smile on your face, a positive attitude and the energy in your stride that are the best groundwork for any outfit. Live life by your own definition.