Monthly Archives: June 2014

Fortune Favors

IMG_7620IMG_7616IMG_7637 Dress: Lulu’s  |  Heels: Jeffrey Campbell  |  Ring: ModCloth

She may not have been on the auction block or booked a date for this weekend but Harriet is really pulling out all the stops with today’s ensemble! Not only is this ultra feminine and delicate, pale pink, confection of a dress utterly beguiling with its sweetheart neckline and ruffled straps but wait until she turns around! I have no idea where Harriet suddenly got so much courage but the back of this dress consists of a single ribbon across and nothing else. That’s pretty daring for anyone! Perhaps her bravado was inspired by her tiger shaped, gold ring which curls around her finger and stares at you with fierce, bejeweled eyes. Last, a pair of sweet, low heeled, white loafers with tasseled fronts. And the best part is, Harriet didn’t get all dressed up for anyone but herself. That’s really something to admire.

Up-to-date

IMG_7578IMG_7595                 Dress: See u Soon  |  Necklace: ModCloth  |  Heels: Lulu’s - Similar here                 Purse: Lulu’s – Similar here

Having a wonderful date can make a girl feel extra lovely. Spending time with someone who really appreciates you, cares about you, and takes the time to make thoughtful gestures like bringing you flowers can give you an extra glow the day after. Yesterday I spent just such an afternoon with the most important man in the my life, and today I woke up feeling like all was right with the world. So I chose this elegant shift dress in a soothing mint green with an overlay of floral designed, lady like, white lace. Then I accentuated it even more with this sunburst styled bib necklace made of matching mint green stones and miniature beads. A pair of nude heels with thick ankle cuffs will keep you secure if you’re floating on air. Finally, add a bright, sunny, yellow and white envelope clutch and your day could just not get any brighter. A successful event, happy clients and friends, and time spent with someone you love as you can only love your father. I feel ready to take on the world!

Life Advice: Making Time for Friendship

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We live in a culture that values not just success, but how quickly we can attain it. Often, this pursuit of achievement means putting friends aside to focus on work or school. I am all for targeting what you want and doing what you need to get ahead, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of sacrificing your personal relationships. Even at the busiest of times there are ways to stay in touch and let those you love know you care about them. Here are a few thoughts on making it manageable.

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Trade Secret

Annie_ep56_main1Dress: Cotton Candy | Bag: Lulu’s

Annie is so good at choosing the right fashion and accessories to suit her personality, look, and body type. She always has been. So it’s no wonder I never noticed that she had a secret! All month she’s been wearing loose and flowing shift dresses that show of her mile long legs but hides her waistline. Not that she’s showing yet, but it’s all in the mind. Once again she picked a winner with this elegant, flowing, dark blue sundress covered in contrasting white and pink flowers. Paired with a simple, white, vegan leather tote that she borrowed from me last week and she looks so stunning that it can distract even the keenest eye from anything she might be hiding.

Wild Ride

Emma_ep56_main1Emma_ep56_detail5                   Top: See U Soon  |  Skirt: See U Soon  |  Heels: Lulu’s  |Backpack: Irene’s Story – Similar here

I think I must be a little bit psychic.  I know everyone says that, but how else was I going to foresee a day full of crazy, mixed up emotions.  Running the full gauntlet from overflowing confidence through disappointment, then panic, confusion and ending with heart stopping good news!  All I knew was that I simply couldn’t decide what to wear and created an outfit that was a little bit of everything, which ended up perfectly suiting my day.  First, I couldn’t choose a color or a pattern. So I chose them all, starting with this light, color blocked top in yellow and white with dark blue sleeves, tucked into a black and white, tribal print skirt.  The loose blouse brought in by a cinched waist, which then flairs out into a belled shirt creates an hourglass figure that if flattering and fun to twirl around in. Then, if that didn’t prove how complex I am, I paired it with tall, tan, sandals made up of thick, crisscrossing straps. Last, I wondered to myself, what kind of bag should I carry? A tote, a briefcase, or a clutch? But when you don’t know what the day will bring we revert to the first lessons we’re taught. And a backpack, especially a sleek and sporty, bright white mini backpack, can handle everything that might come your way.

Open Communication

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With all the excitement and intrigue swirling around the office lately, I thought open communication in the workplace would be the perfect subject for this week’s blog post. I was all ready to get started, but then my dear friend Mr. Knightley insisted on taking over. Way to show initiative, Alex!

- Emma

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Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction Profiles

The big day is just around the corner! The Emma Approved Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction for Human Rights is taking place this weekend, and we have a very impressive lineup to choose from. Click through for a small sample of the lovely, talented and socially-conscious people who are donating their time in support of human rights.

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Don’t forget: if you are unable to attend the auction, the Emma Approved team is also participating in an online fundraiser to support human rights organization 27 Million. It looks like Mr. Knightley is going to win our friendly competition by a landslide, but we still have from now through this weekend to aim for second place.

UPDATE: We regret to announce that Frank Churchill had to withdraw from the event due to unforeseen circumstances. He passes on his apologies and encourages people to support the rest of the team in the auction, or donate in his name in the online fundraiser.

A Class By Herself

Jane_Ep55_main2Jane_Ep55_second4Shirt: ModCloth  |  Jeans: Similar here  |  Shoes: ModCloth

Jane, the latest addition to our team, is an ideal worker. She’s fair, intelligent, dedicated, and proper. And by proper I mean polite, circumspect, and professional under all circumstances. No matter what. A personal style that is well represented in this outfit just as our new company is well represented by Jane herself. This classy and elegant taupe top is almost regal with its feminine and fluttery short sleeves and peplum hemline but held together with a core of strength by these black button accents and side tab details. Perfectly complimented by skinny black jeans and sophisticated, faux suede, black d’orsay flats. An outfit this together is both surprisingly simple and thoughtfully well balanced. But I think of it as Jane just being Jane.