Steps 9 & 10: Savor Joys, Commit to Your Goals

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This is it! The final steps on Harriet’s journey and the wonderful woman she’s become. As she finally decides what makes her happiest, and chooses some very specific goals to focus on, her outfit today has a definite, specific theme. And that theme is birds. Trust me, it makes more sense when you know the particulars. Let’s just say that today birds represent hope, freedom, love and happiness. So we begin with this rich, colorful blouse in marigold with navy, magenta, and pink birds in flight. Then she choose to bring out the red, the color of passion, with a long and full, red and white, plaid skirt and burgundy, peep toe, Mary Janes. The final touch? A delicate, sparkly, silver pendant featuring a pair of lovebirds. Sometimes actions speak louder than words, and Harriet’s outfit today definitely speaks from the heart.

Step 1: Express Gratitude

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It was a long road getting here but it’s finally over! I’ve completed all the steps of recovery and now, inspired by Harriet’s journey, I’m going to try for a happy and fulfilling life. The first step is gratitude. I have so much to be thankful for, have so many wonderful people in my life, that it makes me feel free, simple, and easy. This outfit captures all that and more. A refreshing, light, crisp white dress with a halter top and a drawstring waist. Plus what could be easier than jewelry already attached? This dress includes a colorful, beaded, statement necklace sewn into the collar. Isn’t it great when someone does the work for you? Paired with sturdy, tan, multi-strap sandals with gold buckles, and a compact, dark blue, envelope clutch it took me no time at all to get ready this morning. Which meant more time spent enjoying my day and all the wonderful things and people in it.

After All – Ep: 72

Episode 72 with Harriet Smith, Bobby Martin, and Alex Knightley.

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Emma said/ Harriet said: Things We’ve Learned From Each Other

Emma & Harriet

Today’s post is another classic “She said/ She said”…but with a twist! We’ve had plenty of blogs where two people debate a particular topic, allowing readers to see things from different points of view. But conflict is not the only way to learn from another person; caring can be just as powerful a motivator.

Given that idea, I’ve been thinking a lot about how important friendships can be. How a positive influence can inspire and enrich who we are and how we see the world. To illustrate this, Harriet and I decided to list three things that we’ve learned from one another, and that we feel have made us better people. Because without Harriet by my side this last year, I don’t don’t know who I’d be today. And I’m not so sure I would like the Harriet-less version of myself!

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Announcing the Winner of Our Make Your Life Better Contest

Amy Hayes

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Make Your Life Better Contest.  All of your creative outfit photos and inspiring stories blew us away! We’re excited to announce our winner, Amy Hayes (pictured above).  Congratulations and thank you for sharing your fabulous look and inspirational story with us!

“You know, self-love is an important thing to learn Emma, and fashion is the perfect way to give yourself a little TLC. Two years ago I graduated college and got diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. It was a major change and I felt as if the world had toppled around me—I had to change my habits, my hobbies, my career path. I felt so isolated and trapped, like my body was something I didn’t recognize. I kept changing weight with my illness, and soon none of my clothes fit. Then a couple months ago I went shopping to replace some of my wardrobe. I tried this dress on and with its high neck, floral pattern, and beautiful coral color I felt like Grace Kelly. In this dress I began to love being in my body again. It was a turning point for me, and now I feel like I can take on the world! Paired with a sensible cardigan, statement necklace, a pair of vintage leather boots, and a playful mint-green hat, I’m ready for an anything life throws my way.”  - Amy Hayes

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Steps 6 Thru 8: Forgiveness, Coping, Go with the flow

IMG_8397 IMG_8418                            Skirt: ModCloth  |  Top: Color Block – Similar here  |  Bag: Cambridge Satchel                                                                       Necklace: ModCloth  |  Booties: Lulu’s

Harriet had a lot to deal with today, and once again she blew me away with her kindness, maturity, and keen understanding of the human heart. She is honestly one of the loveliest people I know, inside and out. And her outfit today is another great example of her lovely taste and self expression through fashion. What first appears to be a plain white blouse has a pattern of leaves underneath the surface, and matches these beautiful, white lace covered boots that give it a Victorian elegance. Her long, below the knee, pale blue, full skirt is covered in colorful blooms but the palate is deeper and jewel toned which has a certain gravitas. It is complemented by her deep burgundy briefcase bag and all together her outfit has the sweetness of spring but the depth of autumn. Perfect for her, and perfect for this time of year.

Step 7 – Helping Others Like You

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Today turned out to be a series of heart-to-heart conversations. Some were planned and some were surprises. One even allowed me to give support and sympathy to someone who also makes mistakes. It’s definitely been a long day. So as far as fashion is concerned, all I can say is I’m glad I dressed comfortably. A pair of rich blue skinny jeans and a simple, bright, and refreshing tank top in pink and blue paisley. Sturdy, black and white platform sandals and a small pink clutch. All together pretty and practical, especially when there are more important things to deal with.

A Little Less Conversation – Ep: 71

Episode 71 with Alex Knightley, Frank Churchill, and Harriet Smith

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A Celebration of Love: Favorite Movie Kissing Scenes

We’ve given a lot of advice here at Emma Approved about healthy relationships and the personal work that goes into building them. Questions to explore before leaping into love, how to add some magic to your romantic life, ways to create balance in your relationships, and tips on maintaining your own identity when you finally find the right partner, just to name a few. If you’re new to Emma Approved, search our archive – you’ll find a treasure trove of helpful posts about love and romance.

But in the end, no matter how he asks you out or what you have in common (or don’t), a lot of it just comes down to chemistry. That glorious feeling that occurs when the two of you are together. There’s a reason they call it fireworks!! And nothing does fireworks quite like the movies! In celebration of the wonder of true love, here are some of my favorite kissing scenes. Please feel free to add some of your favorites in the comments.

May all of you have kisses in your life that are passionate, romantic, adventurous and sweet!

-Emma

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Harriet’s Music Club Compilation

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