Zo·di·ac /ˈzōdēˌak/ noun
- a belt of the heavens within about 8° either side of the ecliptic, including all apparent positions of the sun, moon, and most familiar planets. It is divided into twelve equal divisions or signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces).
There are two types of people in this world. One who obsesses over zodiac signs and one who dreads the question, "What's your sign?"
No matter your stance on astrology, the day you were brought into this universe may bring clarity to why you are who you are. And when you add fashion to the mix, there's an added curiosity that lingers as to why you may be obsessed with your favorite dress. The stars have aligned just for you to understand your unique style.
What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Signature Style
ARIES Mar 20 – Apr 20
Aries are the queens of cool. While you love your classics, you have no problem keeping it street chic. Dej Loaf is an illustration of that very equilibrium. Keep the basics in rotation to remain the fashion chameleon you are.
- Understated jewelry
- Sleek and chic staples with classic silhouettes
- Layering prints
TAURUS Apr 20 – May 21
This sign is all about comfort but they are also not afraid to stand out in the crowd. You can't live without your cozy jeans and sneakers. You are extremely fashion-forward and pride yourself on being confident and pragmatic. Much like Gabby Sidibe, you can make any look your own.
- Statement Pieces
GEMINI May 21 – Jun 21
Shionat is the epitome of a stylish Gemini. She will switch it up in a minute, creating a head turning reputation. Granted, Shionat is somewhat of a style icon and her stylish ways stem from her zodiac sign. With strengths like adaptability, Geminis can't stick to just one style.
- Streamlined staples
CANCER Jun 21 – Jul 23
Cancers are highly imaginative, so you best believe they are never old-fashioned. The perfect example is Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts. Her conviction in her faith can also be seen in her style choice. Cancers live for perennial items that provide a classic vibe.
- Romantic and beautiful patterns
- Loves the opportunity to dress up
- Elegant and elevated staples
LEO Jul 23 – Aug 23
If you know Leos, you know they are headstrong. Their exuberance fuels their desire for challenge. This is especially present when it comes to fashion. Jennifer Lopez is a risk-taker and that is a testament to her rising Leo sun.
- Vibrant hues
- Eccentric outfits
VIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 23
Virgos know their best side and they know how to work it. Maybe you've heard of the goddess Virgo, Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter – she is both ladylike and perfectly sexy. Virgos gravitate to beautiful pieces that exude confidence.
- Grown & sexy vibes
- Tailored outlines
- Vintage pieces
LIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 23
Libras are the mix masters. This sign can take any basic staple and make it edgy. Serena makes good on this declaration because she has created her own designs to wear for the tennis court. Libras can also go from sweats and sneakers to a form-fitting dress with ease.
- Metallic accents
- Feminine and edgy
- Fabrics like silk and suede
SCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 22
"She was a Scorpiooooo...whew!?" Even Tyrese knows that Scorpios are baddies. The motto for this sign is "Perfection 24/7." Scorpios tend to have a uniformed style because they are creatures of habits. Gabrielle Union always manages to be feminine and never boring.
- Structured suits
- One staple in every color
- Polished with an ounce of edge
SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 22
A Sag's sense of humor easily translates into their style. This zodiac sign has a way of playing with colors and combining a modern spin. Nicki Minaj remains relentless in her Sagittarius tendencies because she is the queen of bold.
- A dope pair of heels
- Bold colors
- Statement handbags
CAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 20
My forever First Lady, Michelle Obama is a vision of class. She is a textbook Capricorn because she is all about sophistication and simplicity. If it ain't easy, Capricorns don't have time for it.
AQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 18
Aquarius = innovative. This sign has no problems experimenting with trends and the goal is always to be happy with the outcome. Your creative and unique spirit leaves room for endless possibilities in your fashion choices. Kerry Washington is a prime example of the whimsy that is the Aquarius. She defines her own style in a wild way.
- Fun shapes
- Creative color combinations
- Rebellious and trendy
PISCES Feb 18 – Mar 20
If you're looking for style tips, ask a Pisces. Ya'll know this water sign is effortlessly chic. They are free spirits like Rihanna and they never shy away from a bold look. I am sure that you love every look Bad Gal RiRi dons because she wears it with ease and major sex appeal.
- Bohemian flair
- Soft, flowing pieces
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Originally published on November 22, 2018
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Joce Blake is a womanist who loves fashion, Beyonce and Hot Cheetos. The sophistiratchet enthusiast is based in Brooklyn, NY but has southern belle roots as she was born and raised in Memphis, TN. Keep up with her on Instagram @joce_blake and on Twitter @SaraJessicaBee.
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Our teeth are connected to so many things - our nutrition, our confidence, and our overall mood. We often take for granted how important healthy teeth are, until issues like tooth sensitivity or gum recession come to remind us. Like most things related to our bodies, prevention is the best medicine. Here are five things you can do immediately to improve your oral hygiene, prevent tooth sensitivity, and avoid dental issues down the road.
1) Go Easy On the Rough Brushing: Brushing your teeth is and always will be priority number one in the oral hygiene department. No surprises there! However, there is such a thing as applying too much pressure when brushing…and that can lead to problems over time. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush in smooth, circular motions. It may seem counterintuitive, but a gentle approach to brushing is the most effective way to clean those pearly whites without wearing away enamel and exposing sensitive areas of the teeth.
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Deanna Robinson, a health and wellness advocate and professional based in the Washington D.C. area has been helping Black and brown women reach their fitness goals for more than a decade. And with her brand of self-love and faith, she's redefining just what "fitness" means when it comes to women of all shapes and sizes.
There's definitely a need for women like Robinson, especially since recent research shows that between 47% and 55% of Black consumers' needs "are not being met" in the wellness space, and the U.S. fitness industry hit $32 billion last year and that it's important for Black women to see themselves prominently in the space.
As a health and wellness programming expert, licensed nutritionist, mom, wife, and former all-women's gym owner, Robinson has built up a body of experience that has culminated into doing something she loves via the FabBody Retreat, an experience for women ages 30-60 to be enriched via group activities, good food, and connection in the backdrop of tropical peace and tranquility.
This year's retreat was held in Grenada, with special guest and TV host icon Free Marie (BET's 106 & Park). Next year's event will be held in St. Maarten with plenty of opportunities to enjoy beach vibes, authentic and healthy dishes, and all the pleasures of being among other fabulous Black women seeking holistic wellness in paradise.
"My God-given purpose is to help serve, connect, and heal Black and Brown women," she said, taking her experiences serving corporate and individual clients via projects like the NFL's "Fuel Up To Play 60" initiative and the Nike Training Club live experience, to do just that.
xoNecole caught up with her to talk about why she chose the fitness industry, her success in launching and running the FabBody Factory, and how she's pivoted to use her skills to build impact on a larger scale in health and wellness.
xoNecole: What sparked your interest in a career in health and wellness?
Deanna Robinson: I have always been involved in sports, always been active in cheerleading, dance, [and] gymnastics. In my college career, I was a competitive cheerleader at the University of Maryland, College Park, and I've just always been passionate about physical activity, health, and fitness. I double-majored in kinesiology and public and community health, and it's always been a passion for me about others being well.
Out of college, I wanted to be a personal trainer, and I interviewed at a big-chain gym. I was really excited about getting this job, but when I had the interview, they informed me of what the split was—what the client paid, what I'd get as a personal trainer, and what the gym got. And I just thought it was a ridiculous split. I've always been into entrepreneurship as well, and doing things on my own terms, so I actually opened up my own gym in the community I grew up in called the FabBody Factory, an all-female gym in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
I was able to hire several trainers, offer group classes and personal training, and one of the things I was always a big proponent of is making sure that they got a better cut than they would get at larger chains.
xoN: Talk a bit more about that in terms of starting a gym, especially one that caters to women. What was the process and motivation?
DR: I have worked out in big-box gyms before and just never felt comfortable. It was always really uncomfortable working out in a huge gym where men would be gawking at you or try to get your number when you're trying to focus on yourself in that moment. So I always wanted the FabBody Factory would be a safe haven where we didn't have to worry about our titties flopping when we're doing jumping jacks, it was just for us by us, and we could just [be] comfortable making ourselves a priority.
I was almost talked out of doing something like that because people would say, "You're cutting off half of your potential clientele," but I never had an issue. Women flocked to the gym, and I'd sometimes have to split classes. I might have to do part one of a class at one time and a second another time. It was majorly successful. Ladies loved it. And on top of this being all-women, it was all Black and brown women.
Culturally, we get each other, so it was a big social thing for us, too. We were able to fellowship with each other and get fit at the same time.
xoN: Your brand includes the concept of a 'Fab Body.' What does that mean for you---and just wellness---in general, for Black and brown women?
DR: FabBody in itself is not a look at all. It's more of a mindset and a willingness to invest in your mental, spiritual, and physical self. In promoting the FabBody Retreat, I actually had someone DM me and ask me, "Do you have to have a 'Fab Body' to come on the retreat?" and my response to her was that you do have a 'Fab Body.' Everyone has a Fab Body. It's more of a state of being—a sound, healthy mind, body, and spirit. It's not about aesthetics at all but about overall improvement.
xoN: You decided to pivot from owning a gym, which you ran successfully for more than a decade, to your current role in health and wellness programming and launching the FabBody Retreat. How did this come about?
DR: My gym closed last year, and the reason was because of where I saw myself going and where I wanted to be in the next 10 years. A lot of my time at the gym was selling and getting people to register for classes, and it wasn't as lucrative and fulfilling for me as it had been in the beginning.
Now I'm doing more consulting work with larger companies. One of my passions is programming, and that is where I see my future going. I'm moving more toward passive income, coming from my being able to use the knowledge I have from years in this industry and putting together programming that can reach the masses versus individuals.
xoN: What can people expect from the FabBody Retreat next year, and how does this venture continue your love for advocating for health and wellness among Black and brown women?
DR: One of the things that really sets this event apart from so many other retreats is that I have married everything that is important to me: wellness, my faith, and my community. God is a huge part of all of the events we do, and all are interwoven with faith-filled, intentional activities, and I think that's what makes it different. On Sunday, we do a service on the beach, and we always have a guest speaker—someone you can relate to where you don't feel like you're being preached to. It's an awesome experience, unlike any retreat I've seen.
It's definitely rooted in faith, but at the same time, there's a balance. We'll get on a boat and have a cocktail with an umbrella in it, and then we'll go back to wellness. There's a healthy balance.
Find out more about Deanna Robinson via Instagram @deannarobinsonfit and more on the FabBody Retreat via the website.
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