The Closet Guru + Asian Gazpacho

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Our relationships with our wardrobes can be rocky at times.

We’ve all stomped off in a huff, lamenting “I have nothing to wear!” — only to end up in our favorite go-to jeans (again) and Converse. Nothing wrong with that, necessarily, but what about all the rest of that stuff clogging up your closet?

Fortunately, there are people who speak “closet.”

Michelle Pozon is one of them.

Once a bonafide fashionista, launching labels and designing for Bendel and Bergdorf, Michelle now favors a more holistic approach to style, and it has almost nothing to do with shopping. A self-coined spiritual stylist, Michelle helps women connect to their own true beauty, inspiring them to be their most ravishing selves.  Her company, The Closet Guru, Paris, has improved the lives of countless women, including my own.

Chloe and I met Michelle a few years ago at Mastin Kipp’s The Daily Love + Kundalini event here in Paris.  I was instantly intrigued by the sound of a “closet guru” and soon thereafter Michelle and I began collaborating.

First, she helped me to communicate with my closet.

No easy feat, since I wear more hats than the Caps for Sale guy. However, Michelle helped me to organize, sort, and to really take care of my belongings, always reminding me: when you take care of your things, your things take care of you. After regulating my relationship with my clothes, I experienced this sort of ease when it came to dressing every morning… I gave myself more permission to be as out-of-the-box and fashionably quirky as I wanted, which resulted in a heightened sense of self and creativity.

Michelle and I then went on to work together on two fabulous photoshoots, as well as other projects. And truth be told… Michelle walks her holistic talk. She principally gets around Paris by bike, all the while preserving her Parisian je ne sais quoi wild waves and elegantly unfussy chic, and lives a life of coherence and sustainability.

In addition to being one of the founders of Paris for the Philippines, she’s also the Creative Director and Designer for I CAR A BAO YOU — a luxury line of products curated in Paris and produced in the Philippines, providing healthcare and education services for Filipino farmers to promote sustainable practices and leadership. And she is now working with other entrepreneurs, as a motivational speaker, and is currently writing her first book — due out in 2017! A busy lady!

We couldn’t think of a better person to inspire our readers to detox their closets, and hence their lives.  Whether you’re into minimalism, sustainability, or just spring cleaning, let Michelle be your guide to feng shui-ed fashion and an uncluttered lifestyle. (Plus, see below for her Asian Gazpacho recipe! Yum!)

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You’re Magnifique, Michelle Pozon!

What is your overall vision for The Closet Guru?

When we feel beautiful, we behave beautifully. We consume and create from a place of Love and Mindfulness. Currently, I believe that we are not as mindful as we could be about the true cost of fast fashion and beauty. We buy products from a mindset of lack and compromise. We horde and do not take into account the unnecessary and unsustainable rate at which our products are produced, and how often these are created in less-than-humane conditions. Our products are marketed to us, by playing on our fears and insecurities, instead of love, collaboration and inspiration. I help women see how beautiful they are, and how they can create a fantastic and efficient wardrobe with what they already have. I help them fulfill their clothing and beauty desires mindfully, by recognizing the many incredible options they already have. Consumption is the main driver of the economy. I believe we can effect positive change in the world by changing the way we see ourselves and therefore changing how and what we value and consume.

What is your health story?

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was a child, even though I was raised in a meat-eating household. My parents did not know what to do with me, as I wouldn’t eat meat, and was always looking for the spinach! Now, my family leans more toward vegetarian, although they still have animal based products a few days a week.

What are some tips and tricks for people looking to transition to a more plant-based lifestyle?

Listen to your body. Pay attention to your energy levels and how you feel when you eat what you do. Have an open mind and try something new.

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What is your favorite plant-based meal/recipe?

Any version of beans with brown rice or quinoa, and leafy greens, and a side of avocado. And I love coconut everything, nut butters, nut milks, and my Asian Gazpacho! (Below.)

So what’s next for you and the Closet Guru, and how can we get involved?

I am an inspirational/motivational speaker with Sacre Bleu events, and we will be having our first event on May 10th, 2016, at the W Opera. We will be talking about Entrepreneurship – the Why: Passion or Profit and Being a Leader. (Use the code: CLOSET GURU for a 20 euro discount!) And I have put together a tribe dedicated to deepening our connection to wellness in body, mind, spirit, and space, called Whole and Hot. Plus I am co-organizing a retreat in the Philippines this October, The Entrepreneur’s Journey, which will be a once-in-a-lifetime 10-day journey that will enrich your body, mind, and soul, while creating business in a whole new way.

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Michelle’s Tips for Detoxing Your Wardrobe:

Pull everything out of your wardrobe. Pick up each item and ask yourself if it is something you love. If there is a “should” in the answer, the item is not a keeper. When we ask questions, we receive answers. The quality of your answers will depend on the quality of your questions.

  • Ask yourself “How can I wear this item in a multitude of ways that serve the functions in my life?” Have fun and see what answers you come up with.
  • Roll your t-shirts and sweaters and line them up in a drawer, instead of folding them and stacking them up on top of each other.
  • Have slim, uniform hangers, all facing one direction.
  • Donate or gift all wearable items that no longer serve you to charity or to someone who would appreciate the item. Be mindful when gifting the items you no longer need to someone else.

And now…. in addition to being productive, intuitive, and fabulous, Michelle is also a wonderful cook, so we asked her to share one of her fave recipes.

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Asian Gaspacho

Michelle says: I eyeball everything and adjust as I go along, so the measurements below are ball park estimates.

Prep time

10 min.

Cook time

30 min.

Total time

40 min.

Ingredients
  • 6 tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander/cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon (or to taste) light soy sauce
  • 2 inch portion of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 4 scallions, white part only
  • 1/2 tsp (or to taste) of your preferred Chili sauce or fresh chilies
  • 2 limes (make sure they’re organic)
Instructions
  1. Place the tomatoes in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add the broth, sherry, cilantro, soy sauce, scallions and ginger and chili.
  3. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool.
  4. Puree in a food processor or blender and chill.
  5. Right before serving, grate the peel from 1 lime and add to the soup.  Squeeze the juice from both the limes into soup.  Serve in chilled bowls.
  6. Sprinkle with some sesame seeds.
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So even if it’s a cold war with your closet, you can still experience some deliciousness… because a cold soup is always a sure bet. (Thanks, Michelle!)

And don’t forget Michelle’s mantra…

Forget fashion, be yourself. You’re beautiful already.

 

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