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HAPPINESS TO BRAD & ANGELINA!

It’s difficult to make any comment on the engagement of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie without sounding cliche. The only thing appropriate is this: Congratulations! It’s being reported in the media and confirmed by their publicity team that the couple have officially decided to “put a ring on it” after seven years of being together unmarried. I have always felt a special affinity for them because I fell in love with my guy the same year they fell in love, live together unmarried, and travel a lot together with kids in tow –although our kids are 2 dogs.  (Other similarities: my guy is a sexy original individualist Aquarian like Brad and I am an intelligent talented goddess like Angelina–what can I say? It helps.) The Hollywood power couple have gone on record as saying that they would not get married unless and until all  people have that right. They’ve also admitted that their 6 precocious and adorable children have been putting pressure on them to get married. While a date for a wedding has not been announced by the Pitt-Jolie family, getting engaged and telling the world of your intentions is a powerful action to deepening your love and commitment to each other. It’s also a wonderfully romantic thing to do in this age of cynicism and multiple divorce. Feng Shui By Fishgirl wishes this very public couple the best of luck and continuing success with raising their children, juggling amazing careers, and all of their philanthropy.

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REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES: PART II

At Feng Shui By Fishgirl we believe that real women have curves. It’s time to give ourselves and our daughters a positive body image role model and stop beating up on ourselves for having the curves that nature intended. Embrace your bellies, butts, and beauty. Support clothing manufacturers who “get it”. Avoid those that don’t. Get the skinny on the story at Plus Model Magazine and see a lot more photos of gorgeous model Kasia with thought provoking sayings. The ones of Kasia embracing an anorexic model that looks like a bag o’ bones is devastating.

And for related stories about how women are held to unrealistic standards–especially celebrity women, but it trickles down to all of us–see this intelligent article by Ashley Judd.

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TWIN PEEKS: Feng Shui By Fishgirl Takes a Look at Chang & Eng

What a beautiful day for a road trip~! We set out in a caravan of two cars, three dogs, good friends and set out for nearby Winston-Salem. First stop? Skippy’s for arguably the best hot dog in America. Lucky for us we live only half an hour away. We scarfed down some cool dogs and then drove up to Mt. Airy, NC and the nearby White Plains Baptist Church graveyard where Chang & Eng Bunker are buried.

The world’s most famous conjoined twins were the original “Siamese Twins” born in Thailand (then Siam). Because of their fame as an attraction with circus showman P. T. Barnum’s American Museum as well as world wide touring, the term “Siamese Twins” was used to denote any conjoined twins during that less-than-politically correct era. When you get to their gravesite, the White Plains Baptist Church has provided a takeaway brochure nearby with some information about Chang & Eng .

These two men were well respected by their neighbors and married two sisters. To find out how that unusual marital arrangement worked out for them, be sure to read the wiki entry on Chang & Eng. Or wait for the upcoming Gary Oldman film to come out which is sure to be fantastic in every sense of the word! Apparently the married twins began with one residence and a bed built for four. The sisters didn’t like that too much (wonder why?) and so eventually they bought separate households and the twins would alternately spend 3 nights with one wife and 3 nights with the other. The feng shui of 3 is  much better than the feng shui of 4, by the way.

After the twins fulfilled their original “contract” with an American businessman who purchased them from their parents in Thailand, they began managing their own careers. Personal appearances and promotional merchandise like the paper dolls shown above contributed to their significant wealth. The brothers were born pre-Civil War era when medical procedures were far less sophisticated than they are today. They were joined at the chest by a section of cartilege and their livers were also attached. Had they been born in this century, the Bunkers might have been easily separated. As it was, when Chang died first Eng refused to let a doctor perform an emergency separation that may have saved his life. Eng died within the same day as his brother.

The book “Chang & Eng” written by Darin Strauss is next on my reading agenda–a friend has highly recommended it. This book is also the source material for Gary Oldman’s upcoming movie. This author has also written another book–Half a Life— winner of the National Book Critic Circle Award about a true and horrific event from his life that shaped  his path forever. I’ll review them both and get back to you in awhile.

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RETRO CRYING GIRL MAKEUP HAS A FUTURE AT THE CAPITOL…

“Crying Girl” (1964) by Roy Lichtenstein. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Artist Roy Lichtenstein was at the forefront of the pop art movement in the 60’s. His iconic “Crying Girl” was recreated with makeup on a live model by  M.A.C artist Karin Stone, in Chicago, IL. How cool is this?! While it’s an entirely different sort of body paint camouflage than the type Peeta uses on himself to blend in the forest, putting on this mask like makeup would hide your true face.

"Crying Girl" makeup application comes to life.

"Crying Girl" in 3D living color 🙂

I am betting that the hyper fashionista future people in the Capitol would die for this makeup look. Literally. See The Hunger Games and tell me if you agree! Happy Friday 🙂

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DID VERUSHKA INSPIRE PEETA IN THE HUNGER GAMES?

In the new blockbuster film “The Hunger Games” the character named Peeta grew up in a bakery and decorated cakes. That’s the explanation given for his skill with the body paint. But Feng Shui By Fishgirl suspects that author Suzanne Collins and the art director on the movie were actually inspired by photographs of Verushka.

Some of you will be too young to know the name Verushka. Her real name is Countess Vera Gräfin von Lehndorff-Steinort and she was one of the world’s first super-models in the 1960’s & 70’s. Unlike her peer Twiggy, Verushka was voluptuous and still is.

Even though I was very familiar with her work in fashion I didn’t know about these artistic camouflage photos that Verushka created. However, lucky for me–and my readers!– my bf was aware of them and suggested I look it up on Google after seeing “The Hunger Games“.

Absolutely breathtaking, no? These performance pieces are Verushka’s vision and concept caught on film by photographer Andreas Hubertus Ilse .  The last portraits in the series were completed in 1992-1996 when the model/artist would have been 52-57 years of age. All the more inspiring to women artists of a certain age. Ahem.

See more photos of Verushka in the book Transfigurations that came out in 1986 and can still be purchased through Amazon.com where it has a 5 star rating. What rating do you give it and do you think the film got some inspiration from it?

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FURNITURE CAPITOL MEETS “THE CAPITOL”–Fab Hunger Games Chairs

I live in High Point, NC–the furniture capitol of the world where designers and buyers visit our showrooms twice annually from around the globe. I attend the High Point Furniture Market Weeks to see industry friends and trends. Imagine my surprise to recognize the seatbelt chair from The Phillips Collection in the popular hit movie “The Hunger Games“. Adorning the dining room of Panem’s Capitol where Katniss and Peeta got their first taste of luxury before the games began, the bright green modern chairs are a knockout. Made from seatbelt strapping, these chairs come in several styles and colors, too.

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MARCH 21st ONLY: Casablanca 70th Anniversary Event

As a teenager, I fell in love on a first date watching Casablanca in an art theatre in NYC the first time. Now they’re dragging it out again for its 70th Anniversary on large screens across America. Check the link below to see where it’s playing near you. It’s great fun if not feng shui.

Turner Classic Movies Presents Casablanca 70th Anniversary Event.

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DOWNTON ABBEY FENG SHUI SOLUTION:BREAK A VASE TO MAKE ROOM FOR LOVE

For good feng shui you do want to surround yourself with things (and people) that you love. I was reminded of this tonight while watching the season finale of Downtown Abbey. There is a scene where an expensive antique vase gets shattered in an ungentlemanly scuffle. Grand dowager Violet says no worries, she’s hated the dreadful vase since it was given to her fifty years ago by an aunt for a wedding gift.

That’s a long time to put up with something you’re not fond of. And the feng shui will be blocked until you remove these obstacles from your way. Hmmm…maybe the Downton writers know this because the broken vase does pave the way to Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley to finally be together!  

And remember, you have Feng Shui by Fishgirl’s permission to rid yourself of items that no longer reflect who you are….even if a favorite aunt gave them to you.

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WASTED FENG SHUI: Disposable High End House in Malibu

House designed by Bart Prince

 Waste not, want not. My mom used to say that a lot while I was growing up. I bet many others heard that from their WWII era parents, too. Seems to me we live in a disposable world now. Even houses as beautiful as the one shown here by architect Bart Prince– barely 7 years old– are subject to the whims of fickle 1 percenters. Read the full article in the LA Times regarding the controversy over this “tear down” in an exclusive Malibu ‘hood. That’s right: the new owners are planning to tear this marvelous and unusual oceanside home down to replace it with a generic McMansion. Maybe that’s because the previous owners got a divorce soon after commissioning the house but I doubt it…Feng Shui By Fishgirl could remove that negative divorce ch’i energy and restore the home to its positive vibration. Just give me a call and give your neighbors a break—-don’t tear this home down!

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

All you need is Love. Love is all you need. I can listen to John Lennon sing that all day long. But what does it actually mean? Does it mean you don’t have to worry about your mortgage or rent…does it mean you don’t need to eat…? I’m pretty sure what it means is that everything we do and say can come from a Love-based place. Coming from a fear-based place is where all the negative things happen. Hate, prejudice, lashing out at people for fear that you might look stupid–things like this are based on fear. If you have Love in your intentions then you automatically have compassion and can walk in another person’s shoes. That makes the world a kinder place to live in. And it’s good for your feng shui!

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