Step 2: Don’t Think So Hard

IMG_8635 IMG_8647 Pants: Volcom  |  Top: Color block – Similar here  |  Wedges: Lulu’s  |  Purse – Similar here

Next up for Harriet and her quest for a happy and fulfilling life (outlined by several different psychologists whose articles she found online) is taking a break from trying so hard. I think that’s a struggle for a lot of us ambitious over-achievers, and can apply to fashion as much as life. Hard work is admirable, but if you just relax, you might find that things work out for the best. That definitely applies to Harriet’s outfit today. These silken, woven, floral harem pants are feminine and hang beautifully but their best advantage is how comfortable they feel. Looking good doesn’t always have to be constraining or difficult. After that, with her talent for coordination, the rest of her outfit just naturally fell into place. An equally silky tank in matching pale pink, with lace around the collar and straps. Low heeled, two toned, strappy sandals that compliment the light brown strap that decorates the front of her top. And a small, compact, beige and black purse that brings it all together. I’d say this experiment was a definite success.

Step 2: Look for New Inspiration

Ep_66 IMG_8621 Dress: ModCloth  |  Necklace: ModCloth  |  Heels: ModCloth  |  Bag: Lulu’s

The road to recovery continues! I’ve finally ditched the sweats and turned back to my wardrobe for inspiration on my new path. And I think this outfit is a great symbol of who I want to be. The A line, drop waist dress is structured and conservative, just right for someone who’s serious and responsible. The simple black, white, and grey pattern is subtle and elegant, accentuated by this complimentary white structured satchel. Less flash and more substance, perfect for business and the business of fixing your mistakes. The frond pattern looks like floating white feathers, suggesting sensitivity and delicacy of feeling, but the colorful accessories give it a spark that can never be boring. Bright yellow heels with gold lock closures and a thick, layered, multi-colored statement necklace. I’m hoping that this outfit will help me be my best and make my life better. I’m also looking for inspiration from others by holding a contest in partnership with ModCloth. I want to be inspired by you and your lives (which are probably in better shape than mine) and the outfits that help you live it. Click here for the Make My Life Better Contest to see more.

All Apologies – Ep: 66

Episode 66 with Harriet Smith and Maddy Bates.

See my looks from this video, here.

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Fashion can give your life a lot of meaning, The perfect outfit can be a powerful tool, a mood changer, or an expression of who you are. I’ve always used fashion to create an image of myself, for myself. Choosing outfits that say, “This is who I am”. Great for facing the world head-on, and making it easier to look in the mirror.

Very recently, I started making some major life changes. But rather than give myself a makeover to reflect the new me, I looked to my wardrobe as inspiration for the new me. Classic values with a modern edge. Colorful, lively, daring, bold and fun. Warm, friendly, and approachable. Someone who makes people smile the way my wardrobe makes me smile. Most of all I want to inspire people, to dress for the life they want. But now I’m looking to YOU for inspiration.

We’ve partnered with ModCloth to host our first contest on Emma Approved, the “Make Your Life Better” style contest!  We want to know the look that makes your life better, the outfit that makes you feel the most you.

The contest runs from now until August 14th. One winner will receive a $150 ModCloth gift card and be featured on the Emma Approved blog. Click here for full details.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

-Emma

Step One: Expressing Gratitude

IMG_8480 IMG_8490 Dress: Lulu’s | Shoes: My Delicious | Bag: ModCloth

Since I’ve started working on the steps to recovering from emotional upheaval, Harriet has been my rock. And I think she’s on her own journey, working on the steps towards creating a happy and fulfilling life. The first step is gratitude, but like everything else Harriet puts her mind to, she’s done way too much! Being there for me and the company the way she has says “thank you” for anything we’ve ever done for her and then some. Even her outfit is an expression of appreciation and inspiration. This adorable, red-orange, polka dot sundress with a cutout back is a celebration of the beautiful weather we’ve been having and just the sight of her brings cheerfulness wherever she goes. Paired with artistically designed, cut out, tan sandals and a structured, mauve handbag Harriet makes the most of every accessory, every opportunity to wear something beautiful. But nothing can ever express how grateful I am for her. Thank you Harriet, for being the greatest friend and coworker a girl could have.

Step One: Letting Go

Ep_65 IMG_8520 Pullover: Mint Clothing  |  Pants: Mint Clothing 

I’ve said before that when life has you down it’s okay to wear something that makes you comfortable above all else. And just so you know I practice what I preach, at least when it comes to fashion.  Recently I had some personal setbacks that brought me pretty low, but at the same time I found a company that makes the most comfortable, soft, and flattering sweats that I’ve ever seen or felt.  So if tears, ice cream, and listening to sad music are in your immediate future you might as well do it right.  These tiger print, blue and white, harem pants are made from cotton so soft it’s like velvet.  Paired with a matching, equally soft, blue and white pullover. It has a draping cowl neck, and varsity style, contrasting sleeves that gives the impression of layered separates in one easy package.  I may be ready to start putting my life back together but I really hate to leave this outfit behind.  I could seriously wear this forever.  Just don’t forget that a good, reliable friend is the best accessory!

 

 

Big Girls Don’t Cry – Ep: 65

Episode 65 with Harriet Smith.

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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