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Christie Carmelle Lopez
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Christie Carmelle is a former U.S. Diplomat with a Master's degree in International Affairs. She currently runs her own interior design business, Carmelle Interiors, and is a lecturer for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to her blog, Christie is currently working on a novel about her life as a young, single diplomat in the Foreign Service.

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Entries by Christie Carmelle Lopez

YogaQuirks: The 4 Rules of Yogi Etiquette

(3) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 6:16 PM

I love yoga and I've been doing it for about 10 years, but it's the practitioners, not the practice itself, I find most challenging. With that in mind, I'd like to offer a few tips to facilitate the ahimsa (or non-harming) of others during your yoga practice. My advice is...

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Black (and White) Is Back!

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 6:10 PM

Black and white are everywhere this season, from couture runways to sidewalk window displays. You'll see this dynamic duo iterated in a number of ways, from color blocks chockfull of contrast, to perky polka dots, serious stripes and bold graphic elements. And since interiors always follow fashion, I predict we'll...

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One-Minute Meditation: Transcendence

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 3:55 PM

No matter how many times I see the play or watch the movie, the story of redemption in Victor Hugo's Les Miserables never fails to both move me to tears and challenge me on a deeply spiritual level. This weekend, I finally had a chance to see the much-anticipated, recent...

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4 Ways to Shape Up Your Image in the New Year!

(2) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 5:19 PM

Today, crafting your image in cyberspace is just as important as establishing your credibility within your local community once was. As a representative of the Fashion Institute (FIDM) and a designer, I'm often asked advice on both personal and professional image management. So whether you are looking to snag a...

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Power Ties and Presidential Elections

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 3:48 PM

As a former U.S. Diplomat and current designer and lecturer, I can't help but comment on the well-crafted image of the two presidential candidates in the recent debates. In fact, I often tell students when it comes to style, nothing is an accident. Every detail is designed and intentional, so...

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Keep the Change: 30 Days to a Better You

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 11:55 AM

Have you ever had the feeling there's a better version of you hiding somewhere deep inside, like a bird in a cage, just waiting to be set free? Maybe your personal metaphor is the same as mine. I've always thought of myself as a diamond in the rough. Though there...

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Crucible for the Soul: A Little Fire Can Go a Long Way

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2012 | 9:36 AM

Though the acronym GPS has become widely synonymous with finding a destination, "GPS for the Soul" is more about finding one's self, or inner direction, despite outward chaos. For me, finding my center means living a life of balance. Nurturing both the yin and yang in my life -- on...

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Why Settle for Good Enough?

(14) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 2:22 PM

If you saw the Oscar-winning film Midnight in Paris (and if you didn't, I recommend you rent it immediately!), you're probably familiar with Golden Age Syndrome, the primary affliction of protagonist Gil Spender. In the movie, Gil's love affair is not with his fiancée but, rather with Parisian nostalgia. I...

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