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Fashion Trends Through the Zodiac 

Infuse your fall style with trends from local designers

MICHELLE SIMMONS AT THE SUITCASE STUDIO
  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio


In Central Oregon, cooler weather opens the floodgates on a sea of puffy jackets, almost as abundant as our stately Ponderosa pines. But you don’t have to drown in that flood of down, Benditos, because we’re giving you some one-ups to
dress up that warm jacket.

Welcome to the Fall Style issue, offering trends through a Zodiac lens. (Hint:
check out your horoscope while you also peruse the fall style suggestions for your astrological sign.)

Many of Bend’s vibrant designers are on display at Cosa Cura, a shop featuring over 130 local designers and craftspeople who design and make everything from shoes to handbags to sunglasses, right here in Central Oregon. You’ll find many of those designs here. You’ll continue to fit right in when you wear that Boneyard trucker hat, that Aspect hoodie or that Oregrown tee—and with those additions, you’ll be facing the fall with even more local style.

It Takes a Village

Many thanks to, Guest Art Director and Layout Designer, Kristi Simmons from Persimmon Creative for the vision and execution. Michelle Simmons at The Suitcase Studio for photography, Gray and Mae Studios for studio space, Astacia Christenson and Erica Congemi for hair style, Kate Podwils and Nutasha Duran for makeup and Angela Diretrich of Cosa Cura for style and clothing samples.

Fall Style

MICHELLE SIMMONS AT THE SUITCASE STUDIO
  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio
Ashley, owner and designer at Mitch Jewelry, is wearing Havstad Hat Co., prices vary. Earrings from Redzjewelry, $68. Waylon Rhoades Candy Sapphire Fusion Scroll Ring, $1,235 ). Free People Shoes at Cosa Cura, $128. and ankle bling by 88 & Atlas Co. $100.

T

AURUS

April 20-May 20
"The Simpsons" is an animated sitcom that will soon begin its 29th consecutive year on TV. During its run, it has told over 600 stories. The creators of another animated sitcom, "South Park," once did an episode entitled "Simpsons Already Did It," which referenced their feelings that it was hard to come up with new tales because their rival had already used so many good ones. I bring this up, Taurus, because I suspect your life story will soon be spinning out novel plots that have never before been seen, not even on "The Simpsons" or "South Park." You could and should be the Best Storyteller of the Month.

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  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio

Anjali rides a 1973 Honda CL100 with The Litas in Bend, an all women's motorcycle club. Anjali is wearing a Waylon Rhoades Gold Fusion Circle Pendant with Diamonds $675, and Waylon Rhoads Original Pink Tourmaline Fusion Scroll Ring $725 (www.rhoadsjewelry.com). Phil Waggoner silver cuff ring $32, available at Cosa Cura.

A

QUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18
In his novel "The Jungle," muckraker Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) exposed the abominable hygiene and working conditions of the meat-packing industry. The uproar that followed led to corrective legislation by the U.S. Congress. Sinclair remained devoted to serving the public good throughout his career. He liked to say that the term "social justice" was inscribed on his heart. Drawing from his inspiration, Aquarius, I suggest you decide what your soul's main motto is — and imagine that it is written on your heart. Now is a perfect time to clarify your life's purpose, and intensify your commitment to it; to devote even more practical, tender zeal to fulfilling the reason you were born.

MICHELLE SIMMONS AT THE SUITCASE STUDIO
  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio

Kate is a freelance makeup artist and works for the Nashelle retail store in the Old Mill. She is wearing the Lucky Extra Large Blessed Necklace $72, the Drewsey cocktail ring $125, Oasis Pure Ring $95, by Nashelle (www.nashelle.com). Her crown is designed by Salty Feather Crowns $60, at Cosa Cura.

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20
You know that "patch of bothersome weeds" growing right in the middle of your life? Is it really a patch of bothersome weeds? Or is it perhaps a plot of cultivated blooms that once pleased you but has now turned into a puzzling irrelevancy? Or how about this possibility: Is it a chunk of languishing beauty that might flourish and please you again if it were cared for better? Those are excellent questions for you to pose in the coming days, Pisces. According to my interpretation of the astrological omens, it's time for you to decide on the future of this quizzical presence.

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  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio

Liam runs a monthly group for LGBTQ+ youth in central Oregon. Liam is wearing a Diplomat Necklace is by The Homeslice, $32 at Cosa Cura.

L

IBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22
"Dear Dr. Astrology: I'm feeling lost, but am also feeling very close to finding my new direction. It hurts! It would be so helpful if I could just catch a glimpse of that new direction. I'd be able to better endure the pain and confusion if I could get a tangible sense of the future happiness that my pain and confusion are preparing me for. Can you offer me any free advice?"

— Lost Libra

Dear Libra: The pain and confusion come from the dying of the old ways. They need to die a bit more before the new direction will reveal itself clearly. I predict that will happen soon — no later than Oct. 1.

MICHELLE SIMMONS AT THE SUITCASE STUDIO
  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio

Dani is in her 9th year playing rugby for Bend's Lady Rough Riders. She is wearing hair accessories by K Rose, $10 each and available at Cosa Cura. Lashes by Penny Lash.

C

ancer

June 21-July 22
The current state of your fate reminds me of the sweet confusion alluded to in Octavio Paz's poem, "Between Going and Staying": "All is visible and elusive, all is near and can't be touched." For another clue to the raw truth of your life right now, I'll quote the poet, William Wordsworth. He spoke of "fleeting moods of shadowy exultation." Is the aura described by Paz and Wordsworth a problem that you should try to fix? Is it detrimental to your heroic quest? I don't think do. Just the opposite, really: I hope you can hang out for a while in this pregnant mystery — between the yes and the no, between the dark and the light, between the dream and the reality. It will help you learn what you've been too restless to tune in to in the past.

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  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio

Marley, a fourth generation Oregonian, is wearing a leather choker by K Rose, $45. Arrow head, crystal necklace Charity Chains $10. Earrings by Mint Jewelry & Co., $48 available at Cosa Cura

S

agittarius

Nov. 22-Dec. 21
Almost two-thirds of us confess that if we are alone, we might sip milk directly from the carton rather than first pouring it into a glass. Fourteen percent of us have used milk as part of our sexual activities. One out of every five of us admit that we have "borrowed" someone else's milk from the fridge at work. Most shockingly, four percent of us brag that we have blown milk out our noses on purpose. I expect that in the next two weeks, you Sagittarians will exceed all these norms. Not just because you'll be in the mood to engage in mischievous experiments and playful adventures with milk, but because you're likely to have a loosey-goosey relationship with almost everything.

MICHELLE SIMMONS AT THE SUITCASE STUDIO
  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio
Violet, a 7th grader at Pilot Butte, is wearing crystal dangle earrings by Dreaming Weaver, $50. Crystal necklace by Charity Chains, $10. Flower crowns by Mason & Harlow, $25-$45 (www.masonandharlow.com).

V

irgo

Aug. 23-Sept. 22
In the coming weeks, you might want to read the last few pages of a book before you decide to actually dive in and devour the whole thing. I also suggest you take what I just said as a useful metaphor to apply in other areas. In general, it might be wise to surmise the probable outcomes of games, adventures, and experiments before you get totally involved. Try this fun exercise: Imagine you are a psychic prophet as you evaluate the long-range prospects of any influences that are vying to play a role in your future.

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  • Michelle Simmons


Rhyan, a senior at Summit High School, is wearing leather choker by K Rose, $45. Earrings by Dreaming Weaver, $50. Red leather cuff by Leather Girl Kelley $40 at Cosa Cura.

S

corpio

Oct. 23-Nov. 21:
Welcome to "Compose Your Own Oracle," a special edition of Free Will Astrology. Departing from tradition, I'm temporarily stepping aside so you can have the freedom to write the exact horoscope you want. Normally, you might be in danger of falling victim to presumptuous arrogance if you imagined you could wield complete control over how your destiny unfolds. But in the days ahead, that rule won't be as unyielding, because cosmic forces will be giving you more slack than usual. Fate and karma, which frequently impel you to act according to patterns that were set in place long ago, are giving you at least a partial respite. To get the maximum benefit out of "Compose Your Own Oracle," identify three plot developments you'd like to weave into a self-fulfilling prophecy for your immediate future. Then start weaving.

I am one with the ram, one with the ram, one with the.... - MICHELLE SIMMONS AT THE SUITCASE STUDIO
  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio
  • I am one with the ram, one with the ram, one with the....

Victor, is wearing a fur cuff by OmField $29, available at Cosa Cura.

C

apricorn

Dec. 22-Jan. 19
The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to raise funds in support of political prisoners, or to volunteer at a soup kitchen, or to donate blood at a blood bank. In fact, any charitable service you perform for people you don't know will be excellent for your physical and mental health. You can also generate vivid blessings for yourself by being extra thoughtful, kind, and generous toward people you care for. You're in a phase of your astrological cycle when unselfish acts will yield maximum selfish benefits.

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  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio


Savannah is a hair stylist @rainbowrage and does microblading @inkedbyrainbowrage. Savannah is wearing a found object necklace designed by The Homeslice. Copper bangle by Phil Wagoner, $32. Lashes by Penny Lash.

L

EO

July 23-Aug. 22
The imminent future will be a favorable time for refurbished models and revived originals. They are likely to be more fun and interesting the second time around. I suspect that this will also be an auspicious phase for substitutes and alternatives. They may even turn out to be better than the so-called real things they replace. So be artful in formulating Plan B and Plan C, Leo. Switching over to backups may ultimately bring out more of the best in you and whisk you toward your ultimate goal in unexpected ways.

MICHELLE SIMMONS AT THE SUITCASE STUDIO
  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio

Lucca and Elliot are three and enjoy maximizing "Fun Days" by swimming, running, jumping, and being silly. Toy cars and yelling at any/all construction equipment is their jam. They also love using their twin language to get away with anything they can with each other.

G

EMINI

May 21-June 20
Love won't exactly be free in the coming weeks, but there should be some good deals. And I'm not referring to risky black-market stuff obtained in back alleys, either. I mean straightforward liaisons and intriguing intimacy at a reasonable cost. So if you're comfortably mated, I suggest you invest in a campaign to bring more comedy and adventure into your collaborative efforts. If you're single, wipe that love-starved look off your face and do some exuberant window-shopping. If you're neither comfortably mated nor single, money may temporarily be able to buy you a bit more happiness.

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  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio

Brittney owns a custom furniture making business called Scavengar Woodworks, and restores vintage camp trailers in her freetime. Brittney is wearing Waylon Rhoades Limited Edition Fusion Fashion Rings $300 each. Leather cuffs by Leather Girl Kelley $38-$40, at Cosa Cura.

A

RIES

March 21-April 19
Two animals are pictured prominently on Australia's coat of arms: the kangaroo and the large flightless bird known as the emu. One of the reasons they were chosen is that both creatures rarely walk backward. They move forward or not at all. Australia's founders wanted this to symbolize the nation's pledge to never look back, to remain focused on advancing toward the future. The coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to make a similar commitment, Aries. Is there a new symbol you might adopt to inspire your intention?

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  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio

Local Designer Spotlight

Elf

Elf designs high quality leather bags, purses, flats, wedges, and accessories that are handmade in Bali. All products are sustainable and fair trade, and 100 percent unique. Elf was founded by Bend's Melissa Kuchta. Products are available at Cosa Cura and www.balielf.com.

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  • Michelle Simmons at the suitcase studio


Public Sunglasses

Public Sunglasses are made with ethically and sustainable sourced wood and polarized lenses. Public is owned and operated by a husband and wife team in Bend and can be purchased at Cosa Cura and publicsunglasses.com.







Want more? Check out the local designers featured here:

88 & Atlas Co

etsy.com/shop/88atlasco

Charity Chains

charitychains.bigcartel.com

Havstad Hat Co.

havstadhatco.com

Dreaming Weaver

rescuebend.com/designers

ELF

balielf.com

K Rose

@kassy.rose

Leather Girl Kelley

leathergirlkelley.com

Redzjewelry

etsy.com/shop/redzjewelry

Mint Jewelry Co.

mintjewelry.co

Nashelle

nashelle.com

Phil Wagoner

rescuebend.com/designers

OMfield Creations

omfield.org

Public Sunglasses

publicsunglasses.com

The Homeslice

planethomeslice.com

Waylon Rhoades

rhoadsjewelry.com

Cosa Cura

www.rescuebend.com


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