Rue Horoscopes: January


We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.

Yes. Finally. The holiday scramble of entertaining, dressing up, buying gifts (and more gifts), and dealing with family drama is over. What to do with that high-strung energy that’s still lingering? Put it to good use and revamp your now tired-looking home base. Give your living room new life with some colorful drapes and a set of artful panel paintings or fall in love with your master bedroom all over again with a new geometric-design rug and too-cute-to-be-true throw pillows.

Here’s a shocker: Those days where you had a fallback plan (okay, also known as mom and dad) are long gone. But the next best thing is as simple as making a budget that’s realistic to stick to. For example, make sure to allot enough cash to cover the everyday bills, then put the rest toward a worthwhile investment. Like, say, a matching vintage Chanel tweed skirt suit. Smart spending never looked so good.

Post-holiday time can be seriously depressing – as proved by your newly discovered need to eat every last gingerbread man within arm’s reach. But don’t worry, there’s a cure. Drop the cookie and write down all the things you want to accomplish with a fresh year ahead of you (think big and small), then close your eyes and pick one. If your hand gravitates toward the “revamp look with a whole new wardrobe,” so be it.

Now is not the time to be stubborn. So instead of sticking to your guns this month, open your mind up to the possibilities of the New Year. Collaborate with new groups at work. Step out of the skirt-and-blazer routine and don an animal print blouse (bonus points for bright colors). Not doing it for you? Stick to topics like celebrity gossip to avoid conflicts.

There’s something about this time of year that makes people uptight (blame it on the sugar-cookie overload). But not you. You’re as cool and polished as ever – and you’ve got the always-pressed silky blouse, sleek patent pumps, and gleaming baubles to prove it. Use this situation to your advantage and make an impression on those people that normally intimidate you, like that intriguing stranger across the bar or your boss’s boss.

You know those days when you feel just a bit more brilliant than usual? You’re about to have a whole month of it. And that means you’ll need a power wardrobe as bold as you are. Keep your skinnies for the weekends and rock a flattering flare leg (but don’t go too flared) with a tucked floral blouse, perfectly tailored blazer, and a tamed mane for just the right balance of timeless style and don’t-mess-with-me authority.

Everyone seems to know that you’re quick to get defensive, but maybe it’s time to step back and welcome 2013 with an open mind. When your BFF tells you red isn’t your color, instead of getting mad, look at the bright side: She’s saving you from a Fashion Police appearance… and you get to go shopping to replace all those rose-colored pieces.

Truth be told, you may think you’re the world’s best multitasker, but everything seems to turn out better when you donate your time to one project at a time. And guess what – the same goes for trends. Rather than loading up on one of everything (leopard print shoes, fur vests, and emerald-colored everything), choose one and make it the focus of your outfit. Fashion wins will follow.

A clean, polished look is at the top of your priorities (let’s face it, Calvin Klein was pretty much made for you), but don’t be afraid to rough up your straight-edge style a little. This means your jewelry and shoe collections are about to get an overhaul. Trade delicate gold chains for layers of multitone metal necklaces and pendants, stack on an oversized watch, and step into a pair of suede and leather booties. You can thank us later.

Although keeping your cool is what you’re known for, there are certain emotions that get the best of you. Want to learn a new trick? When that person who rubs you the wrong way starts with their antics, politely excuse yourself from the situation and find your nearest computer. Cyber retail therapy is 50% more effective than regular retail therapy (yes, that’s a made-up statistic but you get the point).

One thing that remains true throughout your life? Trust your instincts. If that last-minute trip to the Bahamas sounds like a bad idea, it probably is (well, for your bank account). Instead of feeling like you missed out, treat yourself to a mani/pedi, a margarita, and cuddle up on the couch with Tom Cruise and Cocktail. It’s almost the same thing.

You pride yourself on your logical approach to, well, everything. But get ready for a shock: The logical choice isn’t always the best choice. Instead of fixating on the shortest way from A to B, we dare you to find a more creative route. Maybe that means looking at a work project differently. Maybe it means giving last season’s favorites to a consignment shop for a little extra spending cash. Where there’s a will (or a leather hobo), there’s a way.

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