Category Archives: Emma Woodhouse

Step 1: Express Gratitude

IMG_8207 Ep_72Dress: See U Soon | Heels: Lulu’s | Bag: Similar here

It was a long road getting here but it’s finally over! I’ve completed all the steps of recovery and now, inspired by Harriet’s journey, I’m going to try for a happy and fulfilling life. The first step is gratitude. I have so much to be thankful for, have so many wonderful people in my life, that it makes me feel free, simple, and easy. This outfit captures all that and more. A refreshing, light, crisp white dress with a halter top and a drawstring waist. Plus, what could be easier than jewelry already attached? This dress includes a colorful, beaded, statement necklace sewn into the collar. Isn’t it great when someone does the work for you? Paired with sturdy, tan, multi-strap sandals with gold buckles and a compact, dark blue, envelope clutch, it took me no time at all to get ready this morning. Which meant more time spent enjoying my day and all the wonderful things and people in it.

Step 7 – Helping Others Like You

IMG_8368Ep_71Top: ModCloth  |  Jeans: Similar here  |  Heels: ModCloth  |  Clutch: Similar here

Today turned out to be a series of heart-to-heart conversations. Some were planned and some were surprises. One even allowed me to give support and sympathy to someone who also makes mistakes. It’s definitely been a long day. So as far as fashion is concerned, all I can say is I’m glad I dressed comfortably. A pair of rich blue skinny jeans and a simple, bright, and refreshing tank top in pink and blue paisley. Sturdy, black and white platform sandals and a small pink clutch. All together pretty and practical, especially when there are more important things to deal with.

Step 6: Admit When Wrong

IMG_8773Ep_70Dress: Lulu’s  |  Heels: Betsey Johnson, ModCloth

I’ve been wrong, a lot. And that includes how I’ve been approaching this fashion blog. I’ve been using the theory that you should dress based on what you want to make happen. Which, if you have a big date or a job interview, still holds true. But trying to control everything doesn’t make allowances for being surprised or lucky. They say that you never know in advance when the big moments are going to happen, so I’m adding a new approach. Love what you wear every day, no matter how ordinary, as though it is going to be the biggest day of your life. Because it just might be. For example I had no particular plan in mind when I choose this sweet, pink halter dress with it’s romantically draping skirt. I just wanted to give myself a boost, and pink has always been my favorite color. I complemented it with these charming, designer, white satin heels with a floral T-strap design. Altogether a lovely, feminine look that instantly makes you feel special no matter how ordinary you day turns out to be. And if it’s not ordinary? You’ll be happy you made the effort.

Step 5: New Code and New Rules

IMG_8181 Ep_69                               Dress: Lulu’s – Similar here  |  Bag: Lulu’s  |  Heels: BCBGeneration                                                                                          Ring: Forever 21 – Similar here

Today’s lesson, stop rehashing the past and move forward with your new perspective and improved set of rules. And my new code of conduct includes being open, straightforward, and taking things as they are. That put me in the mood for this elegant and uncomplicated ivory dress with a full, swinging skirt and a simple black and lavender pattern. If you take a step back the print looks blue, and reminds me of a traditional porcelain pattern that gives the overall look a sense of refinement and dignity. Basic accessories includes matching black pumps and a white purse because I tend to over think things and that’s just one more habit to be broken. Eventually.

Step 4: Make Amends

IMG_8547 Ep_68Top: Color Block  |  Skirt: Darling  |  Heels: ModCloth  |  Bag: Irene’s Story – Similar here

It’s not enough to apology for your past mistakes, you must learn from them and prove to the people you’ve wronged that it will be different from now on. This requires you to handle delicate situations with care, balance, and courage. So with that in mind, I chose this artsy, sleeveless blouse with a gorgeous, multi-color abstract pattern somewhere between a stain glass window and calligraphy. It suggests care, precision, and high-minded ideals. Paired with a sophisticated and bold red-orange pencil skirt for bravery, and black and tan, peep toe platform pumps for simplicity so that there are no more misunderstandings. Finally, a pure white structured backpack to carry all your good intentions.

Step 3: Learn From Mistakes, Find a Mentor

Ep_67 IMG_8748 Dress: ModCloth |  Clutch: Similar here  |  Necklace: ModCloth  |  Heels: BCBGeneration

Onwards and upwards.  Next up on the recovery to-do list is to learn from past mistakes and seek advice from those that know better.  I’ve already taken a step in the right direction by beginning my round of apologies and trying to learn as much as I can from the wonderful Maddy Bates, the newest addition to our team.  But there’s still a few more stops on this part of the ride, and as always I’ve tried to dress for the occasion.  This proper and innocent, yet still fashionable, red plaid dress harkens back to the schoolgirl look.  I hope it can bestow on me the fresh slate of being young and the studious dignity of someone trying to learn.  Added to that black platform heels for confidence, a small black clutch, and this simple pendant necklace with two arrow shaped charms.  Like cupid sending love out into the world the small arrow for the person I have been, and the large one for the person I’m trying to be.

Step 2: Look for New Inspiration

Ep_66IMG_8621Dress: ModCloth  |  Necklace: ModCloth  |  Heels: ModCloth  |  Bag: Lulu’s

The road to recovery continues! I’ve finally ditched the sweats and turned back to my wardrobe for inspiration on my new path. And I think this outfit is a great symbol of who I want to be. The A line, drop waist dress is structured and conservative, just right for someone who’s serious and responsible. The simple black, white, and grey pattern is subtle and elegant, accentuated by this complimentary white structured satchel. Less flash and more substance, perfect for business and the business of fixing your mistakes. The frond pattern looks like floating white feathers, suggesting sensitivity and delicacy of feeling, but the colorful accessories give it a spark that can never be boring. Bright yellow heels with gold lock closures and a thick, layered, multi-colored statement necklace. I’m hoping that this outfit will help me be my best and make my life better. I’m also looking for inspiration from others by holding a contest in partnership with ModCloth. I want to be inspired by you and your lives (which are probably in better shape than mine) and the outfits that help you live it. Click here for the Make My Life Better Contest to see more.

Step One: Letting Go

Ep_65IMG_8520Pullover: Mint Clothing  |  Pants: Mint Clothing 

I’ve said before that when life has you down it’s okay to wear something that makes you comfortable above all else. And just so you know I practice what I preach, at least when it comes to fashion.  Recently I had some personal setbacks that brought me pretty low, but at the same time I found a company that makes the most comfortable, soft, and flattering sweats that I’ve ever seen or felt.  So if tears, ice cream, and listening to sad music are in your immediate future you might as well do it right.  These tiger print, blue and white, harem pants are made from cotton so soft it’s like velvet.  Paired with a matching, equally soft, blue and white pullover. It has a draping cowl neck, and varsity style, contrasting sleeves that gives the impression of layered separates in one easy package.  I may be ready to start putting my life back together but I really hate to leave this outfit behind.  I could seriously wear this forever.  Just don’t forget that a good, reliable friend is the best accessory!

 

 

Stay Positive

IMG_7752IMG_7756Top: Lush  |  Skirt: Lulu’s  |  Bag – Similar here

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.

Calm Before The Storm

UE7A6267 UE7A6280Dress: Darling  |  Clutch: Lulu’s – Similar here  |  Shoes: Lulu’s  |  Ring: Forever 21

The biggest event we’ve ever handled is only days away and all my time is spent triple checking last minute details. So in my current state of mind I choose this fitted, knee length, patterned blue dress with tulip capped sleeves. The inverted pleats above and below the waist, and the tie in the back, create an intricate origami that flatters any figure in a perfectly planned way. And it’s intricate busy-ness looks the way my hectic schedule feels. I’ve also been thinking hard about presentation and representation. Logos, color palettes, and any product you associate with become part of your public image. So I found myself drawn to this beautiful blue, almost stately, print that reminds me of the patterns on traditional club ties. Then I bring out the dashes of orange, and the complicated pattern, with a structured, coral, snakeskin handbag and intricate white, retro heels. I keep reminding myself that If I just focus, and prioritize, then everything will get done in time.