Not in Kansas Anymore

IMG_7715 IMG_7726 Top: Fun 2 Fun  |  Skirt: Moon  |  Wedges: ModCloth – Similar here  |  Bag: ModCloth

So much has changed since the day we took these pictures, I kind of feel like Dorothy when she left Kansas. I guess it makes sense that I was wearing an outfit as bright and colorful as Oz. Plus the 1960′s flight attendant bag kind of fits, if you think about it – airlines, flying, “somewhere over the rainbow.” Sorry, that’s the best analogy I can come up with.

Mostly I picked this outfit because it’s classic and retro, and I liked how it made me feel. The top is so cute, all floaty and baby blue, with these tiny yellow flowers all over. And the skirt is amazing. It’s really long, and light, and full, and bright yellow like sunshine. Plus it ties at the waist, so it always fits right. I wore it with these cute, light brown, super soft wedges and this adorable Pan Am bag. I love it when purses are more than just purses – I’ve collected a whole bunch of them. I guess I just love the whole retro flight attendant look. It makes me think of flying away and having adventures.

Stay Positive

IMG_7752 IMG_7756 Top: Lush  |  Skirt: Lulu’s  |  Bag – Similar here

Hi everyone, it’s Harriet again. This is my first attempt at writing a fashion blog.  I’m not sure how much I know about this stuff, but Emma’s taught me a lot and I’ve read all her blog posts, so I’ll do my best.

One thing Emma is always talking about is how your clothes can make you feel better. When we took these photos the other morning, she was feeling a bit off because we’d had a big event the night before and everyone got stressed out. She said her outfit made her think of a fresh start, and a new day, and everything getting better. It kind of didn’t work out that way, at least not yet, but I can see why this look would cheer her up.

I think Emma picked this top because pink is her favorite color, and it’s comfortable because of the loose fit.  I really love the back, kind of open with crisscrossing, drape-y straps, simple and elegant.  And I think the skirt is really interesting.  It’s a short white skirt that billows and floats like a dancer’s, and it has a cool multi-color geometric pattern.  If I stand back and unfocus my eyes it kind of pops out in front of me like one of those 3D images. And then Emma has this small, studded, pink clutch that matches the top and is super light.  I guess when you have a lot on your mind, the last thing you want is a heavy purse to carry around.

Career Advice: How to Manage Personal Drama at Work

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Hi everyone! Emma is extremely busy after the grand opening of Boxx Restaurant, so I’ll be covering her blog posts for a little while.

Today I thought I’d write about how to stay focused in the office when the people around you are dealing with personal issues. As much as we try to stay professional, we’re all human, and sooner or later a situation like relationship troubles or family tragedy will get in the way of someone’s ability to work. Even though it’s not intentional, it can be hard on the people who have to cover for them. Here are a few tips I’ve learned on how to be a supportive coworker and still take care of yourself.

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Boxx Hill – Ep: 64

Episode 64 with Jane Fairfax, Alex Knightley, and Harriet Smith.

See photos from Boxx’s exclusive grand opening - http://pbly.co/boxxhill

Career Advice: How to Keep Work and Personal Separate

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“It’s not personal, it’s business” is a memorable quote from the classic Meg Ryan film “You’ve Got Mail”. A film that captures the very real problem of when, and how, to separate your personal feelings from your business decisions. How do you stay true to your relationships but still be practical and ambitious in your career? If you want to succeed in your chosen field, you can’t always allow emotions to get in your way. It’s a business, with goals, and everything else falls into two categories. Things that help you achieve those goals and things that don’t. Separating your career and your personal life can be extremely sticky, and unfortunately there will be times when you have to preference one of the other. Which you choose in each instance is entirely up to you, but  you can’t, and shouldn’t, feel guilty in those times. Here’s a list containing some of the most common situations where personal life and career intersect, and how to handle them.

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Calm Before The Storm

UE7A6267 UE7A6280 Dress: Darling  |  Clutch: Lulu’s – Similar here  |  Shoes: Lulu’s  |  Ring: Forever 21

The biggest event we’ve ever handled is only days away and all my time is spent triple checking last minute details. So in my current state of mind I choose this fitted, knee length, patterned blue dress with tulip capped sleeves. The inverted pleats above and below the waist, and the tie in the back, create an intricate origami that flatters any figure in a perfectly planned way. And it’s intricate busy-ness looks the way my hectic schedule feels. I’ve also been thinking hard about presentation and representation. Logos, color palettes, and any product you associate with become part of your public image. So I found myself drawn to this beautiful blue, almost stately, print that reminds me of the patterns on traditional club ties. Then I bring out the dashes of orange, and the complicated pattern, with a structured, coral, snakeskin handbag and intricate white, retro heels. I keep reminding myself that If I just focus, and prioritize, then everything will get done in time.

Mood Swings – Ep: 63

Episode 63 with Alex Knightley and Frank Churchill.

See my looks from this video, here.

Life and Career Advice: How to Negotiate and Compromise

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Regardless of how much we plan and organize, sometimes life throws things our way that we have no control over. And when those things are in direct opposition to the goals we are trying to accomplish, the ability to negotiate a compromise is a valuable skill. Here are a few thoughts on finding common ground that can be applied to both your professional and personal life.

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Mother (with a) Superior Sense of Style

IMG_7846              Dress: See U Soon – Similar here  |  Heels: Similar here  |  Necklace: Similar here                   Wallet Clutch: Suggestion here

Annie Weston is a saint. Even when pregnant she is the most understanding of friends and the most forgiving person I’ve ever known. No matter how much disappointment she is forced to put up with. And even when pregnant she has an elegance and effortless beauty that is unparalleled. Since the baby shower we threw for her was early enough she could still avoid the maternity clothes and opt for this loose and flowing, black and floral, silky shift dress. The short, leg showcasing skirt is so distracting you’d never notice she was pregnant. Plus the sharp contrast between colorful flowers and plain black in the center creates the impression of a waistline where there is none. A day-to-night look that is complimented by her neutral heels, simple black wallet clutch, and this decorative yet streamlined necklace with a tightly packed row of mint colored stones. No matter what Annie has a grace and poise that I truly envy and admire, and will spend my whole life trying to achieve. No matter how often I fail to live up to it.

Grace Under Pressure

IMG_7836 Dress: ModCloth  | Bag: Nica  |  Heels – Similar here

So if Jane wasn’t busy enough lately she spent most of the party dealing with an over abundance of socializing and questions about her personal life. But she still took the time to make an effort and dress for the occasion. Personally, I think she did a wonderful job. This lovely, sleeveless, 1950’s style white dress is conservative enough for a private person but still very figure flattering with it’s high neckline, cinched waist and full skirt. The sheer overlay gives it a sophistication that only comes from subtle, tailored details and the large, melon colored blooms have an air of innocence perfect for a baby shower. Paired with simple, thin strapped, taupe summer sandals and a matching, perforated, taupe shoulder bag, Jane fit right in. Even if it wasn’t really her usual kind of party.