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How Your Zodiac Sign Defines Your Personal Work From Home Space Style
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How Your Zodiac Sign Defines Your Personal Work From Home Space Style

Because it is important to make sure our space at home keeps us sane at all times.

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We are now arriving in the 10th month of the year and working from home is still alive and well for most of us. By now, we have been trying to find a way to balance being productive with our 20 Zoom meetings and finding peace of mind at the same time. While making sure we look good for ourselves when we do have a chance to leave the house, it is important to make sure our space at home keeps us sane at all times. But what does that look like? It can't be one-size-fits-all. Yes, we can all agree that we all like what we like, but have we considered that maybe our sun sign has something to do with it?

Keep reading to find some great inspirations on how to decorate your work from home space, just for you, based on your zodiac!

Your Dream Home Office Space, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Virgo

As a Virgo, you are smart, kind, and an amazing friend who gives great advice. When it comes to work, you are always striving to be your best. You value setting up your home as an extension of yourself. You like a uniform and organized type of style. A clean, organized space also helps with destressing. So, a nice bookshelf or space where everything is in its place is a nice addition to your home decor.

Libra

As an air sign, Libras are notorious for trying to find that balance. You are very harmonious where you care about working with others and contributing to the big picture in your head. Because you like balance, you enjoy a classic look with a twist. Think, a classic pattern with a pop of color in your work from home space can really set the vibe for you.

Scorpio

Filled with passion and driven by our emotions, is how we can describe a Scorpio. You are very independent and not afraid to express when you need your privacy at times. You value style where color makes a statement. Style a nice desk, just for you, to shut off the world while reminding you of the beauty in palettes and art to start a productive day.

Sagittarius

The free-spirited Sagittarius. You are truly a wanderer. You are really good at going after what you want and trying new things. It is best to feel that when you are home, that it is yours and no one else's. You can make that happen with handpicked art pieces that speak to you and creating a space that you do not need approval to create.

Capricorn

Capricorns are intelligent and detail-oriented. You are naturally born hard workers and are prone to tradition. You value order in your life and understand the importance of presentation. Create a nice cozy space at home that is appealing to the eye with intentionally-placed aesthetics, where you can find yourself most happy.

Aquarius

Aquarians are considered the rebels of the zodiac. You like to experiment and be unique in your own way. Although you like to be an individual, you enjoy being social and work towards how to contribute your gifts to help others. When it comes to setting a tone at home, you are not afraid to try bold colors and prints. As an Aquarius, you want to be able to send the message of exactly who you are.

Pisces

Pisces are great creatives who have active imaginations. You feel things deeply and have a great way of connecting with others emotionally. Pisces are daydreamers and you value time where you can be present in your creative process. Cater to the daydreamer in you by carving out a subtle space in your home where you can self-reflect and connect with your many ideas. It is something a Pisces like you would really appreciate.

Aries

Starting the entire zodiac off, we have the assertive and energetic Aries. You are known for your fiery confident nature and once you set your mind to something, it will be achieved. You are able to separate your professional goals from your personal goals. Which makes you value a good transition from work to play. When thinking of a nice work from home space for you, you admire understated pieces, an accessory that stands out from the rest but still flows with the rest of the room.

Taurus

My fellow Tauruses. You are loyal, trustworthy, and always the grounded ones among your friend group. You are the anchor of the zodiac. Being grounded means you are in touch with the elements of nature and can tap into your sensuality very easily. You value a space that is out of the norm that stimulates your senses in a positive way. Whether it is a touch of different fabrics, the smell of aromatherapy candles, or the sight of nature, you are able to stay at peace while getting your work done.

Gemini

Geminis, being ruled by Twins, has allowed them to be very emotionally intelligent. You are able to take risks and switch it up when need be. Because you are in tune with your emotions, you are very creative and value mental stimulation. You love spaces that can be a great distraction from your work to help with your productivity. Allow a nice piece of art to take you on a journey. Which is something great for both of your Gemini sides.

Cancer

With Cancers, you will find someone who is caring and looking out for others. You are not a huge fan of big crowds all the time and enjoy a cozy time at home alone or in an intimate small gathering. Because you are so caring, you like to be the nurturer––so much that a space where you can nurture yourself is where it's at. Setting up a space where you can wind down from a long day's work with a good book, a comfy blanket, and a glass of wine. Give yourself a space where you can nurture yourself after nurturing others. For you Cancers, this is where it's at.

Leo

Last but not least, the bold Leos. As natural leaders, you love social interactions and do not mind being center stage. This also explains why work and outward appearances matter to you. You enjoy a style change and making a statement wherever you go. So it should apply at home as well. Try out different patterns and having bold pieces in your space to help motivate you to continue being the best version of yourself.

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Honey & Spice Author Bolu Babalola’s Hopeful Romance

Some may see romantic comedies and dramas as a guilty pleasure. But author Bolu Babalola indulges in the genre with no apology. “I love romance,” Babalola tells xoNecole. “I’ve always consumed romance. I’ve always read romance. I’ve always written romance,” she says. “It wasn’t even a conscious decision, it’s just a part of me. It’s just what I enjoy reading.”

In her debut romance novel Honey & Spice, Babalola follows up her debut anthology Love in Colour by once again allowing her love for all things love to bloom into a world brimming with vibrant and lively characters. In Honey & Spice, we are introduced to the character of Kiki Banjo who Babalola describes as “the resident romantic adviser” at the university where Kiki also hosts a love advice radio show for Black women on campus called “Brown Sugar.” When a mysterious man arrives at the school and sows discord amongst the ladies, it threatens to undo the work that Kiki has put into trying to lead them all down the right path in their love lives. “A confrontation ensues, an entanglement ensues, and eventually they find themselves having to fake a relationship to save both of their reputations,” Babalola says.

Babalola says that creating Kiki allowed her to write about a Black female character that is flawed. “She is messy. And she is giving romantic advice to women at the university but she doesn’t have it figured out,” Babalola says. “And it was really freeing for me to write a young Black girl like that.”

Babalola is joining a recent wave of writers who are allowing audiences to embrace Black women to be their whole complicated and imperfect selves on screen and in books. Along with debut author Raven Lelani’s hit book Luster (that Babalola describes as one of the books that made her heart beat fast,) and Insecure’s Issa who Babalola describes as a “delight” and “messy.” “She’s so gorgeous, but she’s not exactly smooth,” Bablola says.

Of course, romance is one of the many genres that suffers from its share of anti-Blackness, both with who gets to write them and the kind of characters we constantly see being loved and desired. It’s the Julia Robertses and the Meg Ryans of the world who are seen as the kind of women that society deems to be worthy of affection. While those women as some of her fave on-screen leading ladies, she also cites Vivica A. Fox in Two Can Play That Game and multi-hyphenate entertainer and rom-com queen Queen Latifah who Babalola says is “beautiful, self-possessed, sexy, deep brown skinned, and fully aware of her beauty.”

During our conversation, I was reminded of when Toni Morrison famously said that she “wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.” That was one of my favorite Toni Morrison quotes,” Babalola says when I brought it up to her. “It’s a compulsion. Maybe it’s a little bit narcissistic, but I love writing those stories for my younger self,” she says. More than just herself though, Babalola feels a sense of pride every time young Black girls tell her how much her work impacts them. “When they come up to me and say they felt seen, they felt held, ‘You made reconfigure my idea of romance, and gave me hope about it,’ that makes me really happy.”

Despite the cynicism that many critics have of the romance genre, Babalola says that she doesn’t let that impact her love for the genre. “I really believe that people who think love is a weak or frivolous thing are –” Babalola pauses for a second. “–I’m trying to say they’re dumb but in a nice way,” Babalola jokes. “They really don’t have an awareness of the kind of complexity that’s within that genre, what it takes to forensically explore emotions and human vulnerability.”

While binge-watching television when she was in university, she got the idea to expand her writing skills and her love of romance to the screen. Last year, the pilot for her 30-minute hangout comedy Big Age, aired on Channel 4 in the UK. It follows the life of a Black woman who quits her lucrative law job to pursue writing all the while juggling the prospects of a budding new romance and an old flame.

“I’m a storyteller,” she says when I ask her if screenwriting was always in her cards. “Books and novels were just the first things that I gravitated to because I read books so I’m gonna write books.”

Be it on screen or in a book, Babalola’s love for stories about love and messy Black girls will always find a platform.

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