Every individual has an Innate Energy. This energy comes through as an aura that represents who they are on the inside, while also informing their presentation – AKA: their style!
In our Innate Energy series, we interview badass women covering the full spectrum of Innate Energy colors. Susanna Merrick, founder of Aura Wear, opens each of these profiles with an intuitive narration on our subject, their style, and their beautifully unique energy.
I was so thrilled to have Jacqui as one of my first features this month. After all, she was one of the first people I shared my crazy little dream of creating Aura Wear with!
I knew that the work I started doing through Aura Wear was powerful when I began to share what innate energy was with my friends and got to observe first-hand how colors connected to my friends. Watching the wheels turning in their heads as I shared my color intuition with them was my light bulb moment.
I knew in those few beautiful moments where deep desires, tears, and connections were shared that the work held power. I remember one specific instance when, while reading my report on green energy aloud to a friend, I turned to her only to see tears rolling down her cheeks. Mind you, this was a friend who I had known for over 10 years and only ever saw her tear up once. That was all the proof I needed.
Reading through Jacqui's answers below, I see her Yellow energy absolutely glowing through her thoughts. Her energy is streaming through the written words like yellow watercolor.
Comfortable and expressive looks are so key for Yellows. Yellows have an innate understanding of the power of raising vibrations and do so intuitively through their closets. Jacqui's scarves and vintage coats, pieces that help tell her story, come from her travels and lend themselves to elevating a look when she has a busy day with the kids running around. She pours her heart and soul into her family but still takes time to put together a look that tends to her emotional needs.
Yellows are the most free-spirited and fun-loving of the aura spectrum. Being flexible and spontaneous is high on their priority list and their closet tends to reflect this. Needing flexibility, their looks tend to lean towards a more casual and practical feel as to accompany their schedule and plans. Jacqui, despite having kids, maintains an air of spontaneity and is a friend I can always count on for a last-minute invite. We have been on some of my most favorite adventures together. She even brought her 3 year old to my Vegas wedding! Yellows thirst for knowledge and adventure is contagious. They are really, truly like a human dose of Vitamin D.
Read below for our interview with Jacqui.
What words would you use to describe your style?
What are three wardrobe staples you can’t live without?
Pair of actually-comfortable jeans
A collection of coats/jackets/dusters to hide or enhance any outfit
Silk scarves, wool scarves, cotton scarves, linen scarves, all scarves.
How does color affect different aspects of your life?
For clothing, I love what would typically be described as earthy, autumnal colors - mustard is a neutral for me and has been for many years, burnt orange, mossy green, tan, etc. And I am also drawn to royal blue and navy. So it was interesting when Susanna told me I had yellow innate energy, because for many years I have subconsciously been reaching for yellow-ish hues to boost my mood and worn more blues in summer, which I guess is when there is more yellow around me!
For my home it's very different. Only in writing this did I realize I am drawn to accents of deep red, which I have collected in the form of textiles and "knick knacks" (for want of a better word) from around the world (and at the moment I am dreaming of a red velvet chair). And greenery is very important for my home. Of course I'd prefer to gaze out over an actual forest, but in the city, my house plants and plant prints play an important role in boosting my mood. I need to live in a bright space, but the deep colors and a variety of textures bring a layer of coziness that I need in order for it to feel like home.
Do you have any favorite designers? What do you like most about their style or brand?
I am from New Zealand and some of my favorite designers are, too. From a young age I looked up to Karen Walker. I love the quality, fit and bold fabrics of her clothing and eyewear (she's now branched out into all sorts of areas, including diffusion lines and collaborations). Her designs don't feel like the are just blindly following runway trends and are always distinctive. They are also very accessible.
Here in NY, I love In God We Trust for similar reasons. I also LOVE Chromat, for all it stands for. They are one of my favorite brands to follow on Instagram - so fun! And I love Colorant, for its natural, yet luxurious colors and textures.
What’s in your beauty bag? Any products you MUST have on-hand?
I am extremely boring in this regard because I very rarely wear makeup and when I do I spend far too long trying to make it look like it's not there. But, I would say brow brush and mascara are the two things I need to have on-hand. Next would be a very subtle moisturizing lipstick.
I try to stick to natural products on my body, and am guilty of turning the bathroom into a mini lab of baking soda, ACV and oils on numerous occasions. But now there are lots of environmentally-friendly and biologically-friendly products that actually work, so I can make less mess! I have recently discovered True Botanicals and would say the Nutrient Mist is going to become my "must-have" over the harsh winter!
How do you structure your morning routine?
I have two young children. So.
They wake me up. I let them roll all over me in bed while I come to terms with the fact that my sleep is over. I get up and boil the kettle before I do anything else. Then, even though they are hungry and a million things need to happen within 45 minutes, I sit down in my comfy chair. I try not to look at my phone but at this point I usually do to check what is happening that day. Then I think about the ONE thing that is important to me that day. It's not meditation per se. But having children, and trying to keep your cool with them is like one looooong meditation.
The kettle whistles and I make my beverage. I have recently been having either a coffee alternative or an herbal tea first as I find I just need to sip something hot, so why not get some energizing/balancing herbs in that way. But then I always have a cup of actual coffee as I am getting the kids fed, dressed, cleaning up breakfast, making lunches, filling in forms, signing checks, finding shoes etc etc.
I never ever get ready before bed because I am too tired in the evenings, so I have to do everything in those 45 minutes. Then I just go, go, go for the rest of the day, and, as I say to my son, at 7.45pm I turn into a pumpkin. OR I drink some wine and go out.
Do you have any books or blogs you’d like to recommend?
Emma Gannon - Sabotage! Well, I am waiting for my copy, but I ordered it through the pound project and I know it will be great, because she is. I love her podcast, Ctrl Alt Delete and listen to it at lunchtime. I find her career trajectory and deep wisdom at such a young age, really inspiring. Her guests are also really interesting. @emmagannonuk
I also love @eholmes for royal style. I discovered her through @manrepeller about 18 months ago. Elizabeth is a mom and a writer, so she feels very relatable to me, and I have become such a royalist since becoming one of her loyal followers! Can't wait for her book to come out!
I am currently and always reading about five books at the same time. Right now I am reading five recipe books that I picked up from my local library because I was in a cooking rut, and also I have Hashimoto's so diet plays such a huge part in how I feel each day. My favorite is called Indian Cuisine - Diabetes Cookbook. I don't actually have diabetes but picked it up because it is based on ayurvedic principles. Indian food is my all-time favorite food in the entire world ever, so I'm excited to try some new dishes.
What’s your personal philosophy? How do you integrate that philosophy into your life and business?
The first things that spring to mind aren't really a philosophy and rather are things I know to be very true about myself. And I believe they are also quintessentially "yellow".
I need to move. Stagnant body = stagnant brain. The way I move might be doing 20 minutes in the gym (more on this later), or physically moving myself to new surroundings, like taking a detour and walking down a street I think is pretty. Travel is the epitome of this for me, but travel takes a bit of a back seat at this point in life.
I am energized by people. So, since I work by and for myself that means I need to make sure I see people every day! I try to go to one thing every week that puts me in a room of really interesting people, which is easy to do in New York - you can just sit in a coffee shop! But I feel so energized by catching up with a friend, client or meeting someone new.
So, I try to make sure those two things happen every day. And I also laugh a lot, because life is funny. When I'm not laughing, I'm not humming.
But as far as a philosophy? Recently I was at an event where Dr Deepika Chopra, the optimism doctor, spoke, and she emphasized the importance of changing your internal monologue from, "I have to do this" to "I get to do this". I had been trying to live along a similar guiding principle for some time, but found that simply saying "I GET" changed everything for me. I feel so much more grateful for everything - getting up much earlier than I want to every day because I "get to" see my children at their most adorable - first thing in the morning. Cramming my work into part-time hours because that way I "get to" spend more time with them. And being excited about the work I "get to" do! It's also helped with the thing I have been really struggling with ever since having kids - exercise. I know I need to move, but most of the time I hate doing it! But now that I "get to" spend 20 minutes in the gym every second day, I feel so much more motivated. On that, 20 minutes in the gym every second day might sound like nothing, but it really is all I have time for right now, and another part of my recent philosophical transformation has been reminding myself that this is just a crazy, but amazing phase of my life, where I have two young kids, I work for myself, and anything above and beyond what's necessary just to survive is a major achievement! I am celebrating my tiny major achievements more these days, so I guess that's another philosophical guidepost for me.
– Aura Wear
Everyone has an innate energy. Let’s discover what yours is!