October 26, 2018
With the beginning of fall behind us and Halloween around the corner, I’ve been thinking about costumes. Isn’t there something gloriously liberating about a good costume? A new identity you slip on, if only for an evening, to try out a new attitude, a new approach that has possibly been lurking within you all along, waiting for the right vehicle of expression?
Cleopatra is one of my all time favorite costumes. Powerful woman, she carries the connotations of fierce beauty, independence, seduction, secrets... I don’t want to be Cleopatra (I will especially skip the snake bite, thankyouverymuch), but I would like to borrow from her – and what she evokes – from time to time: slip on a costume, find your inner Cleopatra, smolder with confidence, walk a little taller and shine a little more brightly.
And what about the rest of the year?
I love to let a great piece of jewelry or a daring shade of lipstick be a subtle kind of secret costume that lets me take a little step outside the ordinary, tune into something buried deep within and embody a heightened sense of confident prowess.
Which reminds me...have you tried power posing?
“Power posing like Wonder Woman is when you stand up like a badass – legs in a wide stance, chin up, hands on your hips. Like you own the place. Like you have on magical silver bracelets and you know how to use them. Like your superhero cape is flapping in the wind behind you.[...] Power posing like Wonder Woman for five minutes not only improves self-esteem but even hours later improves how others perceive you. Let me say that again. Standing around like Wonder Woman in the morning can make people think you are more amazing at lunchtime. Crazy. But true.” –Shonda Rhimes, A Year of Yes
What can a costume bring out in you? Perhaps it’s not Cleopatra’s beguiling gaze you most need to borrow this season but something else: don an animal hat and get in touch with a mischievous, bubbling curiosity – your inner kid – and play!
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