Category Archives: Lifestyle

Enter Our Make Your Life Better Style Contest

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This is a sponsored post made possible by ModCloth. Thoughts are my own.

Fashion can give your life a lot of meaning, The perfect outfit can be a powerful tool, a mood changer, or an expression of who you are. I’ve always used fashion to create an image of myself, for myself. Choosing outfits that say, “This is who I am”. Great for facing the world head-on, and making it easier to look in the mirror.

Very recently, I started making some major life changes. But rather than give myself a makeover to reflect the new me, I looked to my wardrobe as inspiration for the new me. Classic values with a modern edge. Colorful, lively, daring, bold and fun. Warm, friendly, and approachable. Someone who makes people smile the way my wardrobe makes me smile. Most of all I want to inspire people, to dress for the life they want. But now I’m looking to YOU for inspiration.

We’ve partnered with ModCloth to host our first contest on Emma Approved, the “Make Your Life Better” style contest!  We want to know the look that makes your life better, the outfit that makes you feel the most you.

The contest runs from now until August 14th. One winner will receive a $150 ModCloth gift card and be featured on the Emma Approved blog. Click here for full details.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

-Emma

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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Career Advice: How to Keep Work and Personal Separate

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“It’s not personal, it’s business” is a memorable quote from the classic Meg Ryan film “You’ve Got Mail”. A film that captures the very real problem of when, and how, to separate your personal feelings from your business decisions. How do you stay true to your relationships but still be practical and ambitious in your career? If you want to succeed in your chosen field, you can’t always allow emotions to get in your way. It’s a business, with goals, and everything else falls into two categories. Things that help you achieve those goals and things that don’t. Separating your career and your personal life can be extremely sticky, and unfortunately there will be times when you have to preference one of the other. Which you choose in each instance is entirely up to you, but  you can’t, and shouldn’t, feel guilty in those times. Here’s a list containing some of the most common situations where personal life and career intersect, and how to handle them.

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Life and Career Advice: How to Negotiate and Compromise

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Regardless of how much we plan and organize, sometimes life throws things our way that we have no control over. And when those things are in direct opposition to the goals we are trying to accomplish, the ability to negotiate a compromise is a valuable skill. Here are a few thoughts on finding common ground that can be applied to both your professional and personal life.

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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.

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He Said/ She Said: Can People Really Change?

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Alright everyone, it’s that time again! There’s been another debate going on here at the Emma Approved offices, and this time the subject is whether or not people can really change. I say that anyone can be inspired at anytime to be anything, and my partner Alex Knightley argues that even if people change their actions or goals, who they are at their core never alters. So we’re going to bring it to you guys and see what you think. Feel free to respond in the comments below!

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Career Advice: How to Delegate Effectively

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Perfectionists like me want to think that we can handle it all. Trusting others with our work can be difficult, as we pride ourselves on our ability to get it done the way it should be done. After all, multi-tasking is the mark of genius, right? But part of being effective is learning when and how to pass along work that others can do just as well as, if not even better, than we can do ourselves. This applies to both the workplace and school projects. If the word “delegate” causes a cold, hard knot in the pit of your stomach, here are a few thoughts on how you can warm up to the process.

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Life Advice: Car Maintenance 101

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Our schedule leading up to the long weekend got even more hectic after Harriet’s car broke down, forcing her to miss a day of work. Fortunately we’re almost back on top of things; and the ever-resourceful Jane Fairfax, who recently bought her own car, has plenty of suggestions on how to avoid car troubles in the future. Safe travels, everyone!

- Emma

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Party Planning: Cooking for a Fourth of July Barbecue

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Happy Independence Day! Barbecues are one of the most common ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, as they offer endless options for families, groups of friends, offices, and communities to gather together to celebrate the U.S.A’s birthday. Backyards, public parks, on balconies and rooftops, and in a pinch – even a griddle over the stove will do the trick!  Plus, a barbecue can be one of the easiest events to host. There aren’t many rules, decorations are optional, and the only real requirement is the food. 

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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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