Author Archives: Harriet Smith

Harriet Guest Blog: How Do You Know When It’s Love or a Crush?

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Hi everybody!

Emma let me do today’s blog. She’s a bit busy and is currently spending a lot of time making financial spreadsheets. She didn’t even have time to edit this before I posted it! So I thought this was a good opportunity to discuss a topic that most of my friends have had to deal with  when it comes to relationships.

People seem to spend a lot of time wondering what kind of person they should be with. Sometimes you think you know, but then a friend points out something you’ve been missing in the relationship, or hadn’t thought you might want. Or your friends aren’t as supportive as you expected but you know in your heart that the person you like is worthy of your feelings. At least you think you know. It can get very confusing when your own heart and those you trust and rely on are telling you different things.

So I was wondering what exactly we all should be looking for in a relationship. Is it different for everybody or is there some kind of guideline? Specifically I was wondering how another person should make you feel. If they appreciate you and give you support and confidence, does anything else matter? Or is it all about how you feel when you think of them? Do you want to be with someone who makes you feel comfortable, or someone who makes you get butterflies in your stomach? What’s the difference between friendship and romance? What’s the difference between liking someone and a crush? So I thought I would look at it from both sides, do some research, and then you guys could tell me what you think.

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Not in Kansas Anymore

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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

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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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Party Planning: Guide to Baby Shower Games

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As I was researching baby shower traditions, I realized that games are often a big part of the event. The surprise of the new baby lends itself to all sorts of activities that capitalize on the fact that we don’t know what this adorable little creature is going to look like or be like…or even exactly when he or she will arrive! Some people know exactly what to do when a roll of toilet paper is pulled out at a baby shower, but for those of us who are new to friends having children and the events that celebrate them, here’s a tip sheet on some of the games you may encounter.

-Harriet
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Party Planning: How to Plan a Macrobiotic Meal

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Hi everyone!

I’m Harriet, and as part of my new position as Event Coordinator Emma suggested I write today’s party planning blog.  I’ve never written a blog before, but I’ve helped with Emma’s and I  wrote a lot of essays in college. Emma told me just to make sure it’s in a conversational style, like I’m talking to a friend, so I just wanted to say hi and let you all know how excited I am to have so many new friends to talk to.

Right now we’re planning an engagement party and the couple requested a Macrobiotic menu.  I honestly wasn’t sure exactly what that entails so I had to do a lot of research on the subject.   It’s based on a concept of balance, and both more and less complicated than I originally understood. Then I thought, if I wasn’t sure what it was, I bet a lot of other people weren’t either.  Which is a shame because it’s pretty fascinating once you get started.  So here’s the basics on how to arrange a macrobiotic meal.

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