Monthly Archives: April 2014

Creating a Better World: Celebs, Brands and Charity

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Image from EIF Foundation

Any time I start a new project, I try to immerse myself in the world of my client. It’s my job to become an expert in their circumstances so that I can pair that knowledge with my instincts and figure out how to best guide them down the road to excellence. Now that our company is headed in a new direction, I’m applying the same philosophy to the work we do here. I think our team at Highbury is incredibly talented, and has the ability to do something really special that will make the world a better place. So what better way to move forward than to treat ourselves like our own client?

We live in an era when it has become fashionable for celebrities to use the media attention they receive to shine a spotlight on causes they are passionate about. One of my first research projects for this new era at Emma Approved is taking a look at these endeavors, including how fundraising events are structured, how the celebrities participate and the ways that brands partner with charities. If I were Alex Knightley, I’d call it doing a competitive analysis, but that just sounds way too boring!

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Life Advice: Seeing the Bigger Picture

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A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about “Getting Unstuck,” in which I talked about taking the time to get in touch with what truly matters to you and then making sure that your goals are aligned with these deeper values. I wouldn’t be a very good lifestyle professional if I couldn’t follow my own advice.

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It Happened Last Night

IMG_7239 IMG_7240Dress: Darling  |  Bag: Betsey Johnson  |  Necklace: Lulu’s

So it finally happened! Last night was Caroline’s engagement party and it was spectacular. Most brides-to-be would be home in bed, sleeping off all the excitement, but not Caroline. She not only managed to visit the office today, but look bright and fresh while doing it, an almost impossible feat. It almost makes it hard to like her. But here she is, sunny and feminine, in a green and white, full skirted, Jacquard dress with a bold, mint green statement necklace and an adorable, matching, mint designer bag with a large decorative bow. Not many women can always dress to impress, but Caroline clearly has an image to maintain and she does a fabulous job!

In the Middle of It All

IMG_7209IMG_7220             Blouse: Lush  |  Shorts: McGinn  |  Vest: Everly - Similar here  |  Bag: Ollie & Nic              Necklace: Lulu’s  |  Heels: Bamboo

Harriet has definitely found her place here at Emma Approved! Seeing all her hard work and talent come to life last night, I think she finally realizes exactly what she is capable of. And like a girl scout, her motto is “be prepared”, even when getting dressed for the office. She starts with a draping white blouse that’s professional on its own but can also go with anything. Next she chose a vivid pair of loose, pink shorts that hang like a skirt but lets her move around freely. Then she tops it all off with a long waisted, blue, sleeveless vest that slims the figure and really pulls an outfit together. For accessories a floral, structured bag halfway between a briefcase and a purse, and chestnut brown heels with thick straps made from a series of smaller straps -  the same way Harriet can handle a whole lot of details that come together to make up a single event. But the best part is the jewelry, a bit of glamour in an otherwise casual outfit, with this blue rhinestone necklace. Harriet’s wardrobe, like Harriet herself, can adapt to every situation and work together in perfect compromise.

The Morning After

IMG_7190IMG_7207Top: Angelysbalek - Similar here  |  Shorts: Zara  |  Shoes: ModCloth  |  Clutch: Lulu’s

The day after a big event all you want to do is clean up, rest, and relax. And if that event was black tie, and a little more stressful than usual, then the need to dress down is all the more necessary. This light and loose sleeveless blouse with a cheerfully abstract floral pattern makes me think of a bright sunny day in garden by a lake.  Hmmm, maybe I need a vacation. Another staple of spring is a comfortable pair of shorts. Try a dressy material like this faux leather, which transforms an otherwise casual item into a perfectly polished look. Then all you need is a stylish pair of mint green sandals with a reasonably short heel, and a simple lightweight purse with a bit of decoration like this matching mint clutch covered in tiny gold studs. Simple, colorful, comfortable, and sure to make you think of happier, better days to come.

Style Advice: Help on How to Do an Updo


Sometimes I miss the days of old Hollywood glamour where a night out was really something special.  But in today’s more casual world we have slacks on the red carpet and the same cocktail dresses worn at a gala that we see at a nightclub.  So in the end how do we make a big evening out different from our just-going-out attire?  One of the most common ways is with a hairstyle.  An elaborate, sweeping, and sparkling updo can turn any night into an event and any girl into a movie star.

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If the Shoe Fits

IMG_7378IMG_7410Dress: ModCloth  |  Barrette – Similar here  |  Updo: Tutorial here 

If there was ever any doubt in Harriet’s mind about deserving her new position as event coordinator, this party was all the proof she needed that it’s a perfect fit.  The night was enchanting and magical, and all because of her seamless planning.   And part of that planning was her look for the night.  A floor length gown in bright, optimistic blue with a sheer overlay as delicate as her feelings, but with a complicated series of knots around the neckline because nobody is that simple. The best part was her gorgeous, pincurl updo decorated with a sparkling, bejeweled barrette made of pearls.  The night was full of drama, adventure, and even a daring rescue but nothing was more impressive than watching Harriet stand at the center of it all and know that the entire event was of her creation.  She has truly become her own woman.


The Royal Treatment

E-Ep47-MainDress: ModCloth  |  Heels: BCBGeneration

This was definitely a night to remember but it also reminded me of something very important. No matter how people treat you, or what uncomfortable social position you are in, YOU are in charge of your own life. Queen of your castle and heroine of your own quest. So what better color for taking charge with regal grace then a deep purple evening gown, the color of royalty. No one can make you feel ignored with this spectacular yet subtle lace and sequin bodice. And you can never feel trapped, whether you are running around working or tearing up the dance floor, because beneath the gauzy, see thru, floor length skirt your slip actually stops at the knee. Paired with stately and elegant black pumps with a touch of metallic gold on the front, it’s the ideal gown for standing tall and taking charge.