Monthly Archives: November 2013

Shopping Advice: Surviving Cyber Monday

                            cyber monday shopping Image from Glamour/Getty Images 

Black Friday is practically a national holiday in the States, but waiting in line all day and pushing through crowds is so not Emma approved!  That’s what the Internet is for.  Anyone can take advantage of sales from the comfort of their own home, even our international friends.  Though we’ve given these consumer “holidays” very specific kitschy titles like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, it seems nobody likes to have their potential limited, not even businesses.  Black Friday brick and mortar stores now have online deals, and businesses that advertise on Etsy and specialize in small handmade items or vintage treasures have begun having Black Friday sales.  Overall, the lines between these three distinct types of shopping have blurred, melding into one long weekend event.  Here are a few quick tips to help you survive the rest of the weekend.

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Giving thanks…for a great wardrobe

ep16-mainep16-sub2Dress: Gentle Fawn  |  Bag: Steve Madden, Lulu’s  |  Necklace: Stella & Dot  |  Shoes: Aldo 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  As I prepare for a relaxing, holiday weekend at home I find myself already dressing for the occasion.  This light, airy, and loose chiffon shirtdress is as comfortable as pajamas but formal enough for the dinner table.  The geometric scarf print gives it structure while the tank dress underneath gives you form.  Pair with your favorite heels, a subtle necklace, and a stylish tote.  Choose a tote that’s large enough to use as an overnight bag if your holiday includes a quick jaunt out of town and can carry all day without raising eyebrows. This bag is structured with a sharp mix of faux leather and snakeskin and has handles as well as a shoulder strap  Perfect for both a holiday weekend and the workday that comes right before. Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Tis the seasoning

Hello my lovelies!  The holiday season is upon us and for those of you in the U.S., Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  It’s a time for loved ones to gather, usually for an extravagant meal, and whoever prepares it becomes an artist in the kitchen with the audience of the year. I’m sure that this close to the day, you already have your plans mapped out and the shopping completed, but if you’re still wondering how to make the event just a little more special, I’ve asked my dear friend Annie for a few suggestions to share with you.  Annie is a marvelous cook, and has given me a few super simple recipes for rustic, artisan side dishes that can be used to spice up your Thanksgiving spread or as vegetarian alternatives.  They all use seasonal produce, so whenever possible look for organic options or buy items fresh from your local farmer’s market.  The perfect hostess is always sensitive to the dietary needs of her guests, so in any of the dishes below, you can substitute in soy, almond, or rice milk; your favorite alternative sweetener; soy yogurt or vegan butter.  Bon appetit!

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Dating Advice: How He Asks and What It Means

cargo collective Image from Cargo Collective

When someone asks you out it’s always flattering, but that doesn’t mean you should feel obligated to say yes!  And whether you were hoping for it, expecting it, or were completely surprised by it, you usually don’t have very much time to make a decision.  Along with all the usual factors, another thing to consider is how he asked you.  How a man chooses to ask you out says a lot about him and his feelings for you.  Here are a few tips on interpreting his actions and what they might mean.

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Polite in Pink

ep14-mainep14-subTop: Gentle Fawn  |  Jeans: Blank NYC, Lulu’s  |   Necklace: Lulu’s  |  Ring: Kate Spade           Bag: Irene’s Story  |  Flats: Dolce Vita  – Alternative Faux Flats: Lulu’s

Harriet is on her way to becoming a bold, confident young woman who knows who she is and what she wants.  But there will always be a side of her that is sweet, sincere, and polite.  It’s what makes her so easy to love!   And her new, personal style reflects this gentle touch.  Starting with a modest, long-sleeve, button up crepe blouse in coral.  It’s loose fit drapes beautifully and only hints at the woman beneath. Leave it untucked for a more casual look and balance with a pair of fitted jeans. Pale pink, lady like accessories compliment this unassuming style like a two toned, structured, mini satchel and these soft suede loafers.  They may be practical and pretty, but the gold cap toe on these shoes add some shine and toughness. Meanwhile, a strong statement necklace with gold bars and black rhinestones peeks out from beneath the collar.  Innocent on the surface and a shark underneath.  At work or in life, by the time we’re through, Harriet will be unstoppable!

 

Just Right

ep14-mainep14-sub3Top: Modcloth  |  Jeans: Articles of Society  |  Heels: Lulu’s  |  iPhone case: incase

Some days are simply perfect.  The weather is cool but not cold, you’re feeling calm but still glowing, and you head off to work knowing you can take everything in stride.  It’s a feeling you want to hold on to all day long and your wardrobe can definitely help.   Start with this fanciful, long sleeved, white lace top.  The gathered collar, peplum hem, and lace flowers are sweet and sentimental.  Perfect for appreciating what you already have.  And though it may seem innocent, the sheer sleeves and cinched waist make it clear you’re a woman, not a little girl.  Pair with rich burgundy jeans to add some baroque grandeur and these magical two toned heels.  Black vegan suede in the front, beige vegan leather in the back, and a gold plated ankle strap make these as kinky as they are kind.   If you still feel the need for additional sparkle, try a metallic iphone case as an accessory.  But nothing will beat the sparkle in your eyes.

 

Lifestyle Advice: Upgrade Your Life

upgrade your life                         Image from greyscalejason on Betype

No matter how good you think your life is, it can always be better.  You can always have more, be more and do more.  We constantly upgrade our televisions, phones and computers, but sometimes we forget to upgrade our lives.  If you don’t take control and push yourself, things will stay exactly the same.  It’s up to you to get your life moving and forward momentum is everything.  Start now, live your life as the person you want to be, the best possible version of yourself.  Live the life of your dreams.

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