Friday, December 25, 2015

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

With stars shining bright, trees that twinkle and hearts so light ... we wanted to take a moment to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  May your days be filled with joy, love and lots of laughter.

From California, With Love!

Photo Credit: Pasinga
xo,
Awra Boutique

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

New to the Boutique: Alibi NYC

We are excited to introduce Alibi NYC to the store!  Alibi jewelry was founded by Jo Liu, a graduate of New York University and Parsons School of Design.  Jo Liu's designs are minimalist and reflect on shapes found in industrial cities as well as in nature.  The geometric shapes and alternating structures of the designs complement almost any look.
Alibi NYC Jewelry

Nearly all of Jo Liu's pieces are designed to be complementary with each other and can be tailored to fit your individual style.  Whether you enjoy a bolder and more extravagant look or a more simplistic look, Alibi by Jo.Liu will suit even the most discerning of customers. 

Alibi NYC jewelry has garnered attention from fashion press including Vogue Taiwan, Elle Japan, Harper's Bazaar, Lucky, Paper, Foam, Nylon, Audrey and Bust Magazine.  Pieces have also been featured on celebrities such as Elisabeth Moss and Lena Headey. 

From concept to finished product, everything at Alibi is handmade in New York City. Explore our meticulously edited selection from Alibi jewelry.  We can't wait to see how you style your pieces from the line and as always, don't forget to share your pictures with us on Instagram or Facebook!

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Trendsetter: Renamed Apparel

Los Angeles-based Re:named clothing puts a creative spin on closet staples. Offering inventive styles at approachable prices, the ambiguously named label infuses classic, laid-back California style with forward, urban elements.  Inspired by '70s fashion this season, Re:named apparel ushered in a beautiful collection featuring ponchos, jumpsuits and fringe dresses with a contemporary and modern twist.  Enjoy!





Wednesday, December 9, 2015

New to the Boutique: Bisjoux

We are excited to introduce Bisjoux to the store!  Bisjoux jewelry was founded by Karin Wilzig, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Born in Belgium and raised in New York, Karin's interest in art started at an early age.  Through the years, she has applied her skills through all mediums from paint to photography.  It was only recently that she turned her passions to the art of jewelry design.


Karin wanted to create a line that represents the diversity in society. She did not want to follow trends.  Rather, she wanted to create pieces that would not only inspire her but also inspire her clients and customers.  By adding classic touches, tribal twists and modernistic forms, Karin hoped to create something that stands out from the rest, catches your interest, sparks your creative side and inspires your soul to glow.  With the debut of her eponymous collection for Bisjoux jewelry, Karin has certainly delivered on her promise!

Bisjoux

Bisjoux has garnered attention from notable fashion press including Creem, Nakid, Bifurc, Lucy's, The Angle, Vulkan, Flawless and Institute.  Pieces have also been featured on celebrities such as Lady Gaga.  From concept to finished product, all Bisjoux pieces are handcrafted to give them more soul.  Explore our curated selection of Bisjoux jewelry.  We can't wait to see how you style your pieces from this unique and modernistic line and as always, don't forget to share your pictures with us on Instagram or Facebook!

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Feature: Awra Boutique in the SheSpark Holiday Gift Guide

As a startup, one of the challenges we constantly face is getting media coverage.  We are, therefore, beyond thrilled whenever we are featured in a magazine, blog or any other fashion or entertainment related publication.  We are honored to be featured in the SheSpark Holiday Gift Guide this holiday season.  The Guide focuses on emerging brands that cater to the needs of the modern woman.  Enjoy and Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Getting Salty: Salt Swimwear

The brainchild of lifelong beach girl and world traveler Layla Pakzad, Salt Swimwear is a wildly inspired swim and beachwear line that has garnered high profile celebrity fans like Mena Suvari, Megan Fox, and Marisa Miller.  In the Into the Wild collection, Layla played around with mosaics, styles and cuts that were inspired by her travels.  Enjoy!

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.  Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.  Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.  

~ Henry Van Dyke

Photo Credit: McMullen
xo,
Awra Boutique

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New to the Boutique: Jessica Faulkner

We are excited to introduce Jessica Faulkner to the store!  The label was established in 2012 by Jessica Faulkner, a self-described tomboy-meets-debutante.  As a Southern California native and former snowboarding competitor, Jessica's style embodies a loose elegance mixed with a little bit of edge.

Jessica Faulkner

Like its namesake, the Los Angeles-based Jessica Faulkner label strikes the right balance between feminine elegance with the edge of a woman that takes life by the horns.  Now in its seventh season, the label evolves with each collection by creatively using eye-catching prints, pristine, quality fabrics and flattering shapes designed to make women feel their best every single day.  



Jessica Faulkner

We are confident you will fall in love with the classic yet modern silhouettes that have a distinct style and air of confidence - the essence of Jessica Faulkner clothing.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

New to the Boutique: Weekend Society

We are excited to introduce Weekend Society to the store!  The label was founded in August of 2012 by Andres Andrieu and Jason Joyce, two friends who began collaborating on creative projects when they met in college.  The duo discovered that their creative pursuits complimented one another and decided to move forward with their latest project - the clothing line.


Weekend Society’s clothing is designed and made in the United States.  The designs are crafted through a collaborative process and draw from multiple sources of inspiration.  The company makes a considerable effort to choose the best material for each piece as they believe that the brand will lose its worth without comfort and quality.  The company also believes in doing business justly and promotes its mission by being sweat-shop labor free, environmentally conscious and giving back to charitable causes.


The brand is devoted to the wanderers, the wild ones and those who believe there is still a bit of mystery in the world.  They aim to remind people that the weekend is a state of mind and appreciating the simple things doesn’t just have to start at the end of the week.  It is not solely about the clothing, but how you live your life in the clothing that captures what it means to be a member of the Weekend Society.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

New to the Boutique: LoveSurf

We are excited to introduce LoveSurf to the store!  Established in 2011, the brand draws inspiration from the active girl in love with the ocean and exploring new horizons.  As a result, the designs reflect an adventurous, free-spirited lifestyle.



LoveSurf provides modern beachwear made from recycled, sustainable fabrics meant to withstand the surf and sun.  The brand collaborates with emerging artists around the world to offer styles that complement a beach lifestyle.  Check out our curated selection of pieces from LoveSurf Beachwear on our site!


Thursday, September 3, 2015

New to the Boutique: Candle With A Cause

We are excited to introduce Candle With A Cause to the store!  Established in 2010, the brand is driven by three core values: being local, sustainable and meaningful.  The brand achieves the first value by custom designing each candle for a local not-for-profit organization. Every detail from the scent of the wax to the type of bottle used is designed to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit featured on the label. 


As to the second value of being sustainable, Candle With A Cause candles candles are made of post-consumer glass and filled with cosmetic grade soy wax, utilizing coreless cotton wicks primed with vegetable oil.  As to the third value, the brand strives to have a meaningful impact by donating 25% of its net proceeds from each candle directly to the nonprofit featured on the label.  

Don't you just love a company with a strong social mission!  You can check out our selection of soy candles from Candle With A Cause below.  Happy Shopping.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

New to the Boutique: Wren & Glory

We are excited to introduce Wren + Glory to the store!  The label was founded Brooklyn-born sisters Renee Haddad and Gloria Bijou in 2012.  The duo initially started designing bracelets from their Brooklyn homes and shared the designs with friends via Instagram. Before long, friends turned into followers, followers turned into sales and what began as a hobby soon developed into a thriving business.

Wren and Glory

Inspired by a chic and fashion-forward lifestyle, Wren + Glory jewelry is designed for the stylish and innovative woman.  The foundation of label is based on the dynamic personalities of the sisters - Wren, the boho and organic persona led by Renee, and Glory, the edgy and bold persona led by Gloria.  Check out some of our new arrivals from the label below!

Wren and Glory jewelry

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Monthly Horoscope: August 2015


We're psyched to help you discover an overview of your monthly astrological predictions courtesy of Elle UK.


ARIES

You're still fresh off the high of July’s fabulous Full Moon as the first weekend of August opens: friends, fun, and all around fierceness are your priorities now. Venus, planet of love and beauty, has just slipped back into your house of pleasure and romance. This triggers the next month-and-a-half of adventure and possible backtracking for your dating life. Don't expect the expected, Aries, because your life will be anything but typical. Tuesday the 4th should be immediately marked with red heart emojis and glitter – it is that glamorous and spectacular. Just be wary of the old lovers that are sure to reemerge, temping you with false promises or maybe just some extra fun in the boudoir. Go for it if you know you can handle it, but if you're expecting it to last, you might consider moving on. Venus retrograde is not the time to reignite old sparks in the hopes of long-term commitments. On the 11th Jupiter, planet of luck and expansion, moves into your house of work and health, bringing excellent tidings to this part of your horoscope for the next year of your life. Focus on wellness and success – plan to eat right, exercise more often, and value your body as well as your mind. The New Moon returns the emphasis to 24/7 pleasure on the 14th – indulge without guilt. A dreamy Full Moon closes out the month on the 29th, awakening your subconscious mind and unleashing your creativity.

AQUARIUS

The relationship lessons just don’t stop this month. You’re on the path to some serious mastery: you’re learning how to partner like a pro. Venus continues to take you down memory lane in love as she completes her final five weeks in your opposite sign. The New Moon on the 14th brings love, affection and devotion to a fever pitch. If you haven’t figured out what it is your heart really wants by the end of this summer, then it’s time to come out from the rock you’ve been under. You’re on a crash course to really getting it right when it comes to love. Jupiter makes a big shift at midmonth, and will move into your house of sexuality and transformation for the next year. You’re ready to embrace your depths and resourcefulness. Expect loads of change in all areas of your life over the next twelve months – prepare to shed some skin, and we’re not just talking about light exfoliation. Money is the big theme at the end of the month at the Full Moon on the 29th. You might be spending, earning a bit and then spending even more, Aquarius – try to stay grounded.

CANCER  

Your taste for the good life is a bit out of control as the month begins, Cancer. With Venus in retrograde in your money zone, you’re craving the finer things. No matter how much cash is in your account, you’re damned if you won’t make those pretty things your own. This is a bit out of control on the 4th, when “lavish” could be your middle name. The good news is that you’ll probably be well off enough to spend to heart’s desire. With Jupiter and Venus as close as they can get, your fortunes are rising and rising fast. Jupiter moves on to your communication zone on the 11th, where he’ll power up your verbal and writing skills for the next twelve months. If you’ve longed to launch a blog or write that novel, now’s the time to make it happen – you’ve got the planet of luck in your lap. The New Moon arrives in your money zone on the 14th, giving you the opportunity to set goals for your finances for the next six months. Try to be practical now, Cancer – connect to your need for security. A gorgeously romantic Full Moon lands in your house of long-distance travel on the 29th. Close out the month on an exotic beach if you can – somewhere far from home.

CAPRICORN

Change has become your only constant and your best friend. You’ve been through more alterations and lessons in letting go this summer than many experience in an entire lifetime. But you’re also clearing the slate for some amazing new gifts and opportunities. Lucky Jupiter will be lighting up your house of long-distance travel and higher consciousness for the next year, starting on the 11th. Your world will not only expand; you’ll also experience much bigger and brighter vistas. The New Moon on the 14th is the perfect time to finally banish any bad habits or other negative tendencies that block your potential. The month ends on a super busy but inspired note. The Full Moon (on the 29th) will illuminate your communication zone to help you feel connected, if not tethered to your smartphone. Make sure you take time to unplug. This is the grand finale of Saturn’s occupation of your house of long-term goals and wishes. You’ll be so ready for a retreat from the action next month – start planning it now.

GEMINI

Summer is half over but your social life is just revving up, Gemini. Venus (the planet of love, beauty and romance) is retrograde as the month begins, and returning to your communication zone. This can bring back old contacts you haven’t heard from in ages, so your phone might blow up with texts, especially during the first week of August. The 4th is a particularly spectacular day to join with your fave tribe – the people that know you the best and love you the most. Jupiter moves into your house of home and family on the 11th, bringing loads of warm and cozy vibes to your domestic scene for the next year of your life. This brings an absolutely wonderful opportunity to reconnect with family members you’ve grown apart from, or to repair relationships with those that you’ve cut ties with. Real estate transactions and renovations are also easy and expansive during this twelve-month phase – you might want to put your place on the market or shop for a new flat. There is a gorgeous, dramatic and super fun New Moon on the 14th – continuing the communication theme. Put yourself out there with a PR blitz, start a blog or podcast – your voice matters now and something huge can happen for you within six months. It’s time to launch, Gemini. The Full Moon lights up your career zone on the 29th, closing out the month on a high note – your professional life will soar through the early fall.

LEO

Happy birthday, Lioness! You won’t soon forget August 2015, Leo – it’s one of the most important months of the year for you, if not the decade. With Venus (planet of love, beauty, money and romance) retrograde in your own sign as the month begins, you’re looking backward in order to see your future properly. Think back to the summer of 2007 – that’s the last time the love planet went backwards in your sign. The themes, thoughts and even relationships of that particular season could be on their way back now. Exes are definitely thinking of you, if not ringing you up. Don’t be surprised if old flames show up on your Instagram, favouriting your photos from years ago. By the same token, you might find yourself madly obsessing about the one that got away, or rehashing old issues with your current partner. The first weekend of the month is stellar for romance – and the fun and glamour lasts through at least the 4th. On the 11th Jupiter finally leaves your sign after a year of helping you plant seeds. Now he’ll camp out in your money zone for the next twelve months, showing you how to grow those seeds into financial fullness – and then enjoy the fruits of your labours. The New Moon comes to your own sign on the 14th, helping you to blaze a pathway forward in whatever direction you aim to go. Ready, set – rule the world.

LIBRA

Your social life is stellar right now, but love and beauty could be the bane of your existence this month. Your ruling planet Venus is hiding out in the underworld and sweetness and connection could feel a million centuries away. Then again you might be able to totally work this strange astro-event to your advantage, Libra. It’s all about embracing the bad girl side of your nature, without getting into irrevocable trouble. Aim to casually flirt with the dark side but don’t fall completely in love with it. Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, will move into your house of dreams and bedroom pleasures for the next twelve months, starting on the 11th. You’ll be ready to live in a fantasy world of your own making going forward. The New Moon (on the 14th) is perfect for initiating long-term plans and special wishes. Collaborations are favored now. Adding to this dreamy vibe, there’s a Full Moon taking place in the sign of fantasy on the 29th. Immerse yourself in glamour and soulfulness now.

PISCES

So much is building up in all arenas of your magical world this summer, Pisces. Venus Retrograde is sure to put you through a few more intense lessons around love, money and self-worth before the end of the season. Hopefully you’ve created the daily routine of your dreams. The planet of luck and abundance is moving into your relationship zone on the 11th, bringing you huge blessings over the next twelve months. The New Moon (on the 14th) is an excellent opportunity to start over: focus on exercise and work projects now. Your health and wellbeing can and will improve between now and February, if you set some positive intentions now (and maybe rejoin the gym). Finally, there’s a luminous Full Moon taking place in your stars at the end of the month (on the 29th) to assure that August ends on a romantic and mystical plane. Stay in tune with your dreams and watch for all of the signs and synchronicity leading you exactly where you need and want to be in 2016.

SAGITTARIUS

You’re totally torn between world domination and just going on an endless vacation. Both are equally appealing but the demands of your professional world are too powerful to deny. You cannot turn your back on all of the success that is just around the corner. Your ruling planet Jupiter is about to hit the jackpot at the top of your chart – it starts on the 11th and lasts for a whole year. This is a once in every twelve-year opportunity for taking your status to the next level. Yes, it requires oodles of hard work, but the payoff is immense. The future is bright! The New Moon on the 14th is perfect for planning your next six months of overseas adventures. And finally to close off the month, a Full Moon lights up the base of your horoscope, bringing you back in touch with your deepest feelings, longings and dreams. Pay attention to your feelings around home and family; focus on where you really want to plant your roots in 2016. You’ve been to hell and back and are finally ready for the wonderful and wild next chapter.

SCORPIO

You’ve been working and reworking your career like a mad mogul in the past few weeks, Scorpio. Venus continues to weave her retrograde magic at the top of your chart asking you to revise and reflect on your long-term vision. You’re so ready for a late summer break, and yet the demands on your time and energy never cease. The planet of luck and wisdom will move into your house of friendships, long-term goals and popularity on the 11th. You can look forward to an entire year filled with a hugely supportive network that has your back. You’re definitely the it-girl all the way into 2016! The New Moon on the 14th is the perfect opportunity to get a grip on your top priorities and desires of the heart. The romantic interlude you’ve been waiting for arrives on the weekend of the 29th under the Full Moon in your love zone. August is sure to end on a super sweet and pleasure-driven note. You deserve only the best of the best this summer, and that’s exactly what you’re getting.

TAURUS

As the month begins your ruler Venus is steadily backtracking, asking you to retrace some of your recent relationship steps. What happened in mid-July, Taurus? During the first week of August you’ll revisit those themes and get the opportunity to reframe them. Home, family, and real estate matters are on your mind now – you might be a bit nostalgic for your early childhood. Tuesday the 4th is such an incredibly wonderful moment that you’ll hardly know what to do with yourself – you might have a love hangover the next day. Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, moves into your house of pleasure on 11 August, where he’ll camp out for an entire year. This is beyond fabulous for you – the alignment is beneficial for your sign, helping you to explore both creative ideas and romantic entanglements to your heart’s content. The New Moon brings some focused, directed energy to your domestic scene on the 14th – if you’d like to make changes in your home, this is the moment to begin planning. An ethereal Full Moon closes the month on the 29th – surround yourself with family and friends and bid adieu to summer in the most romantic possible way.

VIRGO

Everything is turning around this month, Virgo, and you’re about to fall madly in love with the new and improved direction of your life. With Venus retrograde in your house of dreams as the month opens, you’re probably feeling a bit nostalgic. Lean into it – it’s more than okay to reach out to old loves or friends you’ve lost touch with now. The 4th emerges as perhaps the sexiest, most fabulous day of the summer, and the weekend leading up to it isn’t bad either. But the best news of the season arrives on the 11th, when Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, moves into your own constellation. This phenomenal astro-event has not happened in twelve long years, and it lasts until next summer. You’ve essentially got the best planet of all in your camp, watching your back – what could be better? If you want to launch a business or explore a new project, take a risk, travel more, meet new and interesting people – Jupiter will pave the way. Whatever you touch will get bigger – so carefully set your intentions and manifest them. The New Moon opens up your subconscious zone on the 14th, bringing something that was once hidden to light – possibly something you’ve needed to face about your relationships. When the Sun moves into your sign on 23 August, your birthday month officially begins. Even if you’re a mid-September born Virgo, feel free to get your celebration on straightaway – the stars want you to play and play hard. When the Full Moon wakes up your relationship zone on the 29th, you’ll be utterly romance-obsessed.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Love It or Leave It: The Single Earring Trend

The single earring trend has been around for a bit - it started when Dior sent models down the Fall 2013 runway wearing just one earring. The fashion world took note then and it quickly became a hit among A-listers like Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence.  

However, rather than fading into yesteryear, this is one trend that is still going strong.  For example, Tibi's Fall 2015 collection featured a single brushed-gold earring by Paige Novick.  Whether this is a trend that has staying power remains to be seen.   However, one thing is undeniable - there is something incredibly chic, bold and quirky about wearing only one earring.

xo,
Photo Credits: Popcosmo and Jewelrydujour.

For an edgy-cool but polished look, try wearing just one double-ball earring like Emma Watson:



Monday, July 13, 2015

Inspiration: Stay Wild

Inside all of us is Hope.  Inside all of us is Fear.  Inside all of is Adventure.
Inside all of us is ... A Wild Thing.
~ Where the Wild Things Are.

xo,

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New to the Boutique: Few Moda

We are so excited to introduce Few Moda to our new lineup of designer and independent brands. It is a platform that discovers emerging designer pieces around the world and brings affordable fashion that is also classic and chic.  Check out some of our new arrivals from Few Moda below.


Few Moda

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Monthly Horoscope: July 2015


We're psyched to help you discover an overview of your monthly astrological predictions courtesy of Yahoo Horoscopes.


ARIES

Your professional world will come into focus at the Full Moon on July 1. There might be an award, honor or other special recognition in store for you if you've been working hard towards an achievement. You might be in a position where you can see the fruits of your labor now and there is likely to be a deep sense of contentment in career matters. Then on July 15, a New Moon in your home and family sector might bring a fresh start to a domestic situation. You may begin a home related project such as a renovation, or you might decide it's time to put your house on the market or start looking for a new apartment. This will also be an ideal time to interview prospective roommates or a live-in nanny if this suits your living situation. There will be plenty of steam behind this lunation since it'll occur while Mars and Mercury (also in your home sector) will oppose Pluto. This is ambition but also potential anger. Avoid arguments with family or trying to manipulate a situation to get your way -- it won't work. Venus turns retrograde on July 25 and on July 31 will retrograde into your 5th House of Romance, Children and Creative Self-Expression. Until September 6, you'll have an opportunity to carefully examine your self-worth connected to matters of the heart. A situation with one of your children might also be revisited during this time and ultimately, a peaceful resolution will prevail. You may also pick up a creative project that has been on the shelf for way too long. Good for you! Finally, on the same day a Full Moon in your 11th house will have you completely aware of what needs to change in order to have a more fulfilling social life.

AQUARIUS

If health matters are a concern this month, you'll need to pay extra attention to your overall wellbeing. The mind/body connection will be important to balance since it looks like you might experience some anxiety or worry about your health which will only make it more difficult for you to focus on healing. Do your best to consciously let go of any excessive anxiety you feel and focus on what you can control in this situation. The good news is that if you're looking to hire a new health care provider, you'll make progress after July 15. There might be initial frustration in doing this. You might decide it's time for a second opinion if you feel you have not been properly diagnosed, or, if you don't agree with your treatment options. Remember, you are your own best advocate! Venus turns retrograde on July 25. There might be a hiccup in an insurance or tax matter that you'll need to address. After July 31, Venus will retrograde in your 7th House of Partnership, helping you to work through any sticky situations in a relationship that you might have tried carefully to avoid in the past. A Full Moon in your sign on the same day will amplify how important it is to take care of your overall well-being. Being kind to yourself this month is the best medicine you can take.

CANCER  

On July 1, you might be extra sensitive in the area of relationships. A Full Moon will fall in your partnership sector on this day making you completely aware of any limitations between you and your partner. Fortunately, you'll also demonstrate incredible faith, believing that you and your mate do have the potential to get through any current hardship. Consider talking to a spiritual advisor for any guidance you might need. Alternatively, you and your partner (business or personal) might hear news early this month about a legal matter you're both involved in. Things appear more aligned in your favor. At the very least you'll feel a sense of peace about wrapping this chapter up. On July 15, a New Moon will fall in your sign and it'll be your annual opportunity to make a personal fresh start. There are no rules or limitations with what you can set into motion during this period. The only trouble connected to this lunation is that on the same day, Mercury and Mars will be at a testy angle to Pluto. What might happen is that you'll be determined to begin a new project or personal endeavor, but your partner may appear unsupportive. Avoid angry confrontation on this day if you can. Instead, take a cooling off period and choose not to allow any situation dampen your prospective plans. Finances come under review between July 31 and September 6 while Venus travels retrograde through your earned income sector. You might have an opportunity to develop a skill or monetize a talent that you didn't follow through with in the past. Go for it!

CAPRICORN

A Full Moon in your sign on July 1 might leave you feeling extra emotional. You might realize that it's time to shed your dead skin, much like a snake. There may be a part of your life that is no longer workable, whether it's a relationship, goal or something about your personal identity. Now is the time to clean out your personal closet so that you can make room for your best self to emerge. Relationships come into focus on July 15 and it's possible that you'll be ready to take on a new business partner. If you are considering this be aware that on this day you might have a slight power struggle relating to how this alliance will work. You'll be tempted to call it off before it even begins but hang in there -- the angry energy will pass. Then, you'll have two weeks to plant seeds around this relationship that are sure to develop in a positive way. If you're married it's also possible that you and your mate will experience a new beginning in your relationship -- even if you need to fight for it. Venus will retrograde on July 25 until September 6. For most of this cycle, beginning July 31, you'll need to carefully review financial matters connected to investments, taxes, and any debt you have. This will be a good time to get things in better order so that you feel empowered about your financial future.

GEMINI

Your finances are up for review this month. As long as you try to remain even tempered about any situation that comes up, you should be more than ok. First, a Full Moon on July 1 might actually be a financial blessing. You might send in the final payment for a student loan or credit card debt. Or, you might be in a position where you finally know exactly where you stand financially -- what you owe and how long it will take you to pay your debts. Awareness is everything because it forces you to face a situation. In this case, it'll be clear to you that the only way to financial health is to practically handle and assess your bills. In some cases, it's possible that you'll receive an incredible bonus or extra payout from your job. This might also be connected to your insurance or retirement benefits that come with your position. If this happens, you'll be more than pleased. A New Moon on July 15 does suggest an opportunity to market one of your talents in a way that allows you to earn extra money. Or, you might increase your earnings in another way such as through selling certain possessions. The trouble with this lunation is that angry aspects from other planets surround it. As a result, you might lack patience during conversations with others about money during this time. Be aware! Communicating with grace will be more of a lesson for you after Venus retrogrades into your message sector between July 31 and September 6. Remember that successful negotiation and collaboration are all rooted in the art of communication. Master it.

LEO

Your workplace and daily routine are highlighted as the month begins. It's possible that you'll find out there's a restructuring that's happening and members of your office team will change. Luckily, if this does occur, you'll likely feel that it's the best possible scenario. You might also complete a major assignment during this time that's creatively fulfilling. Alternatively, if you've been experiencing any health concern and require a medical procedure, you might get this done early in the month. Your doctors and other medical staff will offer impeccable care. Venus will continue traveling in your sign for most of the month which will help protect you and allow you to make progress in personal development. As soon as she enters Virgo on July 18, things will begin to shift. Venus will turn retrograde on July 25 and then on July 31, she'll back track through your sign until she turns direct on September 6. During this time you'll have a significant opportunity to reflect on matters connected to self-worth, and relationships. You might experience a new level of awareness about a relationship on July 31 since a Full Moon will occur in your partnership sector. In some cases, a break up may occur challenging you to mend a broken heart and re-evaluate everything you ever thought you knew about love. Whatever lesson Venus retrograde wants to teach you now must not be ignored. Pay attention.

LIBRA

If your house is on the market, it's possible that you'll receive an offer near July 1 and it'll be one you're pleased with. Another possibility, is that you'll finish up a home renovation or other domestic related project early this month. If you receive news from a family member during this time it's likely to be emotionally charged but positive. Keep your ears open. Career becomes the focus on July 15 when a New Moon falls in your professional 10th house. You might have an amazing opportunity to begin something new connected to your career, so be sure to use this lunation to plant seeds that you can continue to develop over the next couple of weeks. On the day of this New Moon however, there will be some angry aspects between Mercury and Mars to Pluto. You might feel pulled between a family obligation and professional goals so do your best not to lose your cool during this time. Venus, your ruler, turns retrograde on July 25 and remains retrograde until September 6. You are more sensitive to this cycle since Venus is your guardian planet. During this time take special care to re-evaluate how you spend your time socially as well as the company you keep. A few changes may be necessary.

PISCES

You might receive an invitation to take on a more important role in a group you're a member of. If this happens, you'll not only feel incredibly honored, but you'll be a true asset to this organization. In addition, you'll fully commit to whatever is asked of you, and will have an opportunity to inspire others as you do so. Alternatively, a friend might need your support near July 1 and come to you for help. You'll feel incredibly sympathetic to whatever plight your friend is going through and will want to do everything you can to help his or her situation. You are a true friend indeed! On July 15, a New Moon will fall in your 5th House of Romance, Children and Creativity. If you're single, it's possible that over the next couple of weeks you will meet someone who really sparks your interest. If you're trying to get a creative endeavor off the ground now, it'll have plenty of energy around it to succeed. In fact, you might be so pushy that no one dares refuse to help you! Another possibility is that you will consider starting a family or, if you already have kids, there will be a new development for one of them. It might be stressful initially, but positive overall. Venus retrogrades in your relationship sector from July 25 -- 31 asking you to fix whatever is not working in a partnership. Then, from July 31 until September 6, Venus will retrograde through your 6th house. You'll re-evaluate how you're using your talents to complete tasks, ultimately, helping to make your work even more polished.

SAGITTARIUS

Finances are up for review this month. On July 1, a Full Moon in your earned income sector might leave you feeling extra insecure about money. If you are worried about meeting expenses, this will be a good time to consider putting up something you won for sale. This can be anything from jewelry, to a family heirloom. You might even decide to have a yard sale and get rid of your extra "stuff" while making money. All of this would be a great idea and help ease your anxiety about cash flow. On July 15, there's potential for a loan to come through, or for you to hear news about a settlement, insurance money or other funds that are coming your way from a source besides your own income. Be patient with this development because it does appear that in the beginning, you'll encounter at least one person who is trying to make things difficult for you. Don't let it bring you down. Instead, keep your eye on the prize. Venus will turn retrograde on July 25 in your career sector and until July 31 you might seriously rethink your professional goals and how to best use your talents. Then, from July 31 until September 6, she'll retrograde through your 9th house. You might find this to be an important time to consider whether or not your spirituality or beliefs resonate with who you are or if there is a glitch in your spirit that requires work in order to improve your self-worth. It's time to be true to yourself.

SCORPIO

If you're a writer or in the communications or sales industry, you might finish up a major project near July 1. Whatever the details behind it are, you'll feel inspired and optimistic about the outcome. Another possibility is that you'll have a deep and meaningful conversation with your sweetheart about your love life. You might be afraid to reveal your emotions initially but soon realize you have nothing to fear at all. If you have any children and need advice, why not seek the help of one of your siblings? It appears that you'll receive heartfelt, sound advice from your brother or sister early this month. On July 15, you might consider going back to school to study for an advanced degree, license or certification. You might have plenty of ambition and energy to move forward with this decision but you'll need to be patient. The red tape and other paperwork needed to put this into motion might be quite frustrating. Still, it'll be worth it. On July 25, Venus turns retrograde and until July 31, an old friend might come back into your life. After July 31 and until September 6 you might struggle with feeling less than appreciated from higher ups. This might also be a time to consider whether or not you're using your talents to the best of your ability. Honest examination now about where you are professionally can lead to greater rewards after September 6.

TAURUS

A long, drawn out legal situation might finally come to an end for you near July 1 and if this happens, you'll be relieved. If you're not involved in any legal matter, it's possible that you will have an opportunity to make a media appearance or to see the results of a recent advertising campaign for something you're promoting. You're likely to be quite pleased with the outcome. On July 15, you might find yourself quite busy in all matters of communication. There might be an opportunity to begin a new writing project, or to make a major sale if you're in the sales industry. Your words might be more aggressive than usual near this time so take care that you don't come across as overly pushy. Also, if you're in communication with a sibling during this time you might have an argument about a difference of opinion regarding a family matter. Try not to let it escalate. Instead, remember what's most important -- that you work together to reach a resolution. Venus, your ruler, will enter your true love sector on July 18 but she'll be crawling and not at her strongest. She's preparing to turn retrograde on July 25, so for this brief time you may feel that there's promise in a romantic situation. Still, it appears you'll make one tiny step forward but two giant leaps backwards. Don't worry -- your time will come and sooner than you think! Instead of worrying about what you can't control, take the opportunity of Venus moving backwards in your family sector between July 31 and September 6 to recalibrate things at home and to strengthen your family relationships. You'll be glad you did.

VIRGO

July 1 will be a pivotal day for you in your love life, or your relationship with a child. A Full Moon will fall in your true love sector and it appears that you and someone special are ready to take your relationship to the next level. You might declare your love for this person for the very first time. Or, you and your sweetheart might make a commitment to one another that is more binding. Another possibility is that you'll make a decision to start a family and if that happens, you'll both feel complete bliss! Alternatively, if love and children are not highlighted for you during this time you may put the finishing touches on a creative endeavor and prepare to release it out into the world. You'll be so proud of your accomplishment! Your social life might open up near the New Moon on July 15 but take care not to rush into any commitments. You might be so zealous about a humanitarian endeavor that you want to participate in that you come across as overly pushy to others. That would be intimidating rather than helpful so be aware of how you come across. On July 18, Venus enters your sign but she won't be in a happy place. In fact on July 25, she'll turn retrograde in Virgo challenging you to rethink why you're feeling "unbeautiful." Fortunately, Venus will move out of your sign on July 31 spending the rest of her retrograde in Leo and your hidden 12th house. Until September 6, the lessons in self-worth and love continue but they'll be more internal and private. When it comes to love and relationships, it's definitely time to face your fears.