No, it's not Valentine's Day (yet) but here's to ringing in the new year with luck and prosperity - paint the town RED.  A powerful, bold color, red is also associated with good fortune in Chinese tradition. It wards off bad spirits and it's associated with celebrations of great joy. So for the first post of the new year, the Magpie says, ring it in with red

I love the power of a true red. Not maroon, not oxblood -- bright, cheerful, candy-like RED. I also know it's not the easiest color to wear, and certainly not from head to toe, but that's another reason why I love using bold colors as accessories. Rock the red lipstick and fire engine-red nails. Wear a bright red scarf over that dark wool coat. Even a bit of red in a room can brighten things up. We're in the long haul of cold winter days for at least a few more months, let's keep our Mood happy and lucky. 

Objects of good fortune: {1} Layering vest with Primaloft in Sweet Persimmon from J. Crew, {2} Perspektive pyramid rubber strap watch by Karl Lagerfeld, {3} Original high gloss boot in Military Red by Hunter, {4} Be Dazzling scented candle by Kate Spade, {5} small enamel skull bangle by Alexander McQueen, {6} Come to Bed Red nail lacquer by butter LONDON, {7} Red Amour Creme Smooth Lip Colour by Laura Mercier, {8} Hamilton mini messenger bag in Mandarin by MICHAEL Michael Kors, {9} cashmere wrap in red by Nordstrom Collection

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