I’m not an expert on Feng Shui. Looking around my closet-sized, New York City bedroom before yesterday, I doubt I could even imagine applying the principles of this ancient Chinese philosophy in a way that would not leave me tripping on a shoe or (currently) a blender on my way to my door. However, last night opened my eyes to the possibilty of harmonizing my room. And, my importantly, myself, through this Eastern philosophy.
After another great day at work, I headed to Barney’s for a trunk show for Carole Shashona’s Black Diamond Collection. Even though I wasn’t feeling well, I was extremely curious to meet Carole and learn more about her collection for Barney’s. Her interview with The Window revealed she wasn’t your normal jewelry designer – in fact, in addition to creating beautiful jewelry that is designed to energize and refresh the wearer, Carole holds the title of being the only female Grand Master in Feng Shui after over twenty years of study and practice.
You could pick Carole out of her show immediately. While juggling the honest and warm-hearted traits of a favorite aunt, she was quite possibly the most energetic person there. Can I please be like that when I’m older? Or even now?
At the show, Carole carefully went through her pieces and explained to me how she had created a system that made feng shui part of the way you dressed and accessorized. Her pieces, while showing the craftsmanship of East meets West, were designed for the wearer to discreetly meditate on the go for a quick burst of energy with their carefully picked materials and symbols. While I may not be great at meditating – keeping my mind quiet is a task I’ve been working on, but my patience hasn’t always been on my side – I find the idea of being able to just focus and meditate while stuffed into a crowded subway or in a cab to a meeting extremely inviting idea.
Carole then went on to explain that everyone has their own element of spirit and style – there are five in total (see above) – that determines what works best to harmonize you (in this specific case, jewelry) with our surroundings. After eyeing me up and down, she handed me a chart and pointed out that I was ‘Wood’ and showed me which jewelry pieces were best for my body (small earrings, short, chucky necklaces, etc.). My horoscope was asked for next (cancer) to which Carole responded by immediately and accurately listing my characteristics (nurturing, ambitious, a tendency to be a writer – check, check and check!) before giving me my “chi” (pronouced CHEE) color, or color that gives me energy.
Luckily for me, this was a tie between red/pink – two of my favorite colors that I certainly don’t wear enough of in my closet of black and blue. Within seconds she was reaching for her jewelry and using me as her model for an exquisite necklace and earring set. She was right – the length of the necklace, earrings and even colors just seemed to fit.
Carole even suggested I buy myself some pink heels… maybe for an interview or when I need a boost of confidence. I mean, the Grand Master says, right?
All in all, I had a wonderful time meeting everyone at the event, playing dress up with stunning jewelry and learning more about Feng Shui. I even left the revolving door of Barney’s feeling better than ever!
NYC Girl in Pearls
P.s. At the end of the night, I was given Carole’s book aptly titled ‘Feng Shui Chic.’ I may or may not already be halfway done with it and have loved getting to learn about this Eastern way of thinking applied to the American lifestyle. Make sure you check it out here.