Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happily Ever After

ep23-main2ep23-subDress: Ladakh, Lulu’s  |  Heels: Nine West   |  Clutch:  Lancaster Paris

If there’s anyone who deserves a happy ending this year it’s Annie, the kindest, most grateful, steadiest person I know.  So after a year full of surprises, hard work, and emotional confusion that’s exactly what she got.  A picture perfect, glowing future bursting with color and possibilities. What better way to celebrate then at the Emma Approved holiday party with her new husband on her arm and wearing this opulent brocade dress with a full, flirty skirt full of fun.  Jewel tones and golden accents take this dress from day to night, with a fitted bodice and bold black outlines that speak of a woman who is sure of her choices in life.  Shiny gold pumps add just enough shimmer, and the pink leather clutch is an eye catcher but doesn’t compete as a focal point since Annie knows what matters most and to not let anything get in the way.  A perfect end to a perfect year, and I’ve never seen her look happier.

 

Belle of The Ball

ep23-mainep23-subDress: Lulu’s  | Clutch: Lulu’s – Similar here  | Heels: My Delicious  |  Watch: Samsung Galaxy Gear                          

When deciding how to dress for a party I think about what mood I want to be in, what tone I want to set, what impression I want to give and what will help me accomplish all this is just one evening.  For our office holiday party, I wanted my outfit to express the stunning success we’ve had this past year so I knew I wanted to wear gold, the color of achievement and triumph.  I also choose black, the color of the hidden and unknown since there are still more surprises yet to come.  Put together in this beautiful cocktail dress, I found all I wanted and more.  The fabric is a subtle snake print which adds some bite, and it’s stretchy so you definitely dance in it.  Plus, it’s guaranteed to be flattering between the peplum accent fanning out from a fitted waist and the extra flexible scuba knit back.  Accentuate with a pair of sparkly gold dress sandals, a small evening clutch and a complementing accessory that will capture all the picture perfect moments.

Party planning: Picking a holiday theme

retro-themed-holiday-partyImage from She Knows

Planning a holiday party, whether it’s for the office, family, or friends, is all about the theme.  And while “the holidays” is already a theme in itself, there are a variety of ways to approach it.  Will it be casual or sophisticated?  Old fashioned or modern?  Once you make this decision, the food, decorations, and activities will fall into place.  I decided to turn to my friends for inspiration, asking each of them to suggest a theme. Here’s what we came up with.

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Holiday Gifts: The Personal Touch

Image from Skreened.com

Image from Skreened.com

Holiday dinner invitations have been confirmed, outfits have been chosen. The closet is stocked with beautiful wrapping paper, and all your cards have been addressed and sent. Yet you’re still having a tough time coming up with a present for the special someone in your life. When in doubt, turn inwards! There’s nothing like a personal gift that comes from the heart to let someone know how much you care. Luckily, you’ve still got a few days to whip something up.

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Perfectly Perfect

ep22-main2ep22-subDress: Tart collections - Similar here  |  Bag: Lulu’s  |  Heels: Charles DavidSimilar here

There’s nothing like a bride coming back from her honeymoon.  The relaxed look, the beaming smile, and that glow that’s more than just a tan.  Annie never looks anything but perfectly put together, and her outfit, while appropriate for a California winter, still captures the feeling of a honeymoon in Greece.  A form fitting yet conservative dress with a high neckline, white color blocked shoulders, and a geometric pattern in varying shades of blue.  The texture looks like marble and the endless shades make me think of the ocean and sky.  To tone down the summer feel she added a very fall, very metropolitan, structured tote in black faux leather with a herringbone pattern and classic black pumps.  Annie is always an inspiration, her desserts are to die for,  her clothing always well chosen, but happiness is clearly the best accessory!

Looking Forward

ep22-mainep22-sub2Sweater: Lulu’s –  Similar: Topshop  |  Jeans: Blank NYC  |  Clutch: Me Char  |  Heels: Lulu’s

As the new year approaches, it’s a time for looking back and marveling at how far we’ve come and how much we’ve changed.  So much has happened for Harriet. She’s got an amazing apprenticeship, she’s carrying herself with confidence, and eligible smart men are knocking on her doorstep. She’s a confident young women with limitless potential and you can see it all in how she dresses and presents herself! Continue reading

Rockin’ Holiday Style

ep22-mainep22-subRomper: Lush, Lulu’s  |  Clutch: katherine kwei  |  Heels: Aldo   |  Necklace: Stella & Dot

With the stress of the holidays and the holiday party season in full swing, the last thing you want to focus your energy on is a complicated outfit.  Say goodbye to multiple separates and hello to one-piece rompers!  It’s one of the most versatile pieces a woman can own – just throw that baby on and go.  Rock a romper in a bold color, like this vibrant teal.  Pleats come together at the waist for a unique, geometric appeal and shorts are attached below for added comfort.  For fringe lovers, add some punch to your look with a boho-luxe clutch in playful florals. All that’s left is a great pair of heels and your favorite accessories. For colder climates, layer with a chic blazer or leather jacket, tights, and low-rise boots for a cute and comfortable winter look.  Plan your holiday party, bring your loved ones together, style, smile, impress, and be ready to romp and roll this holiday season.