Category Archives: Harriet Smith

Steps 9 & 10: Savor Joys, Commit to Your Goals

IMG_8266IMG_8236IMG_8298Top: ModCloth  |  Skirt: Lulu’s  |  Heels: Similar here  |  Necklace: ModCloth – Similar here

This is it! The final steps on Harriet’s journey and the wonderful woman she’s become. As she finally decides what makes her happiest, and chooses some very specific goals to focus on, her outfit today has a definite, specific theme. And that theme is birds. Trust me, it makes more sense when you know the particulars. Let’s just say that today birds represent hope, freedom, love and happiness. So we begin with this rich, colorful blouse in marigold with navy, magenta, and pink birds in flight. Then she choose to bring out the red, the color of passion, with a long and full, red and white, plaid skirt and burgundy, peep toe, Mary Janes. The final touch? A delicate, sparkly, silver pendant featuring a pair of lovebirds. Sometimes actions speak louder than words, and Harriet’s outfit today definitely speaks from the heart.

Steps 6 Thru 8: Forgiveness, Coping, Go with the flow

IMG_8397 IMG_8418                           Skirt: ModCloth  |  Top: Color Block – Similar here  |  Bag: Cambridge Satchel                                                                       Necklace: ModCloth  |  Booties: Lulu’s

Harriet had a lot to deal with today, and once again she blew me away with her kindness, maturity, and keen understanding of the human heart. She is honestly one of the loveliest people I know, inside and out. And her outfit today is another great example of her lovely taste and self expression through fashion. What first appears to be a plain white blouse has a pattern of leaves underneath the surface, and matches these beautiful, white lace covered boots that give it a Victorian elegance. Her long, below the knee, pale blue, full skirt is covered in colorful blooms but the palate is deeper and jewel toned which has a certain gravitas. It is complemented by her deep burgundy briefcase bag and all together her outfit has the sweetness of spring but the depth of autumn. Perfect for her, and perfect for this time of year.

Step 5: Make The Most

IMG_8162IMG_8177Dress: Lulu’s  |  Bag: Irene’s Story – Similar here  | Sandals: Similar here  |  Necklace: Lulu’s

Harriet’s lesson of the day is to work on nurturing her relationships. All of them. That includes co-workers, acquaintances, hope of future relationships, and old friendships that have been left behind. The thing about old friendships is that even when renewed, it’s never quite the same. That doesn’t mean different is bad, in fact, it might be better than before. That got me thinking about expectations and how there are a lot of things, including fashion, that are at their best when a little different from normal. Like Harriet’s outfit today. Blue and white stripes is a traditionally used pattern and a summer staple. First inspired by the navy, she chooses a fitted dress with a full skirt and sweetheart neckline. But instead of the traditional blue and white, this dress is an interesting combination of navy and beige. It gives the whole look a slightly more serious, somber tone and compliments her peaches and cream skin tone. Paired with woven wedge sandals with a zippered front and a matching dark blue handbag, Harriet’s outfit proves that different can be refreshing. And a color that might seem boring at first is ultimately flattering and complementary to you.

Step 4: Nobody Puts Baby in The Corner

IMG_8533 IMG_8543Dress: Lulu’s  |  Purse: Forever 21  |  Heels: ModCloth

Harriet’s latest lesson, which she has struggled with in the past and finally conquered, is avoiding social comparisons. She has informed me that she finally realizes her own worth and no longer feels that she is unequal to anyone. That the only person who decides where she belongs is her. Which Harriet says she learned from me, and I can’t be anything but proud of that. On the heels of this declaration Harriet decided to dress more womanly, sophisticated, and confident than I’ve ever seen her dress before. A real showstopper in this fitted, stretch knit, coral dress with a notched, scooped neckline and cap sleeves. It makes a statement and says she now knows her own power and isn’t afraid of it. She really showcases it with her hair swept up in a bun and adds to it with black and white, checkered pumps that indicates a woman more complicated than she might otherwise appear. Last a structured, white handbag big enough to be a briefcase because this outfit is still for work after all.

Step 3: Be Optimistic

IMG_8665 IMG_8670Dress: ModCloth  |  Shoes: Lulu’s  |  Bag: Ollie & Nic, ModCloth

Although she’s had her moments of sadness, just like any of us, I think this step is the easiest for Harriet because of her naturally positive attitude. And never let anyone say you can’t dress optimistically! This sweet, classic dress in turquoise is soothing to the eyes and flattering in fit with a structured top and full skirt. It has a complementary., burnt orange, abstract pattern that looks to me like birds in flight, suggesting uplifting spirits and the freedom to soar. Her accessories are cute and practical as though she’s preparing for a busy, productive day. Camel colored Oxford lace-up flats with cutout sides for the ultimate in comfort, and a large, structured, two toned mauve cross-body perfect for carrying important documents and anything else you might need. If Harriet were going to enter our Make Your Life Better contest this might be what she would pick. Harriet wakes up every day and dresses as though this is the day anything and everything might happen, and I think that’s a great way to get the most out of your life!

See more of Harriet’s looks on her Style Gallery.

Step 2: Don’t Think So Hard

IMG_8635 IMG_8647Pants: Volcom  |  Top: Color block – Similar here  |  Wedges: Lulu’s  |  Purse – Similar here

Next up for Harriet and her quest for a happy and fulfilling life (outlined by several different psychologists whose articles she found online) is taking a break from trying so hard. I think that’s a struggle for a lot of us ambitious over-achievers, and can apply to fashion as much as life. Hard work is admirable, but if you just relax, you might find that things work out for the best. That definitely applies to Harriet’s outfit today. These silken, woven, floral harem pants are feminine and hang beautifully but their best advantage is how comfortable they feel. Looking good doesn’t always have to be constraining or difficult. After that, with her talent for coordination, the rest of her outfit just naturally fell into place. An equally silky tank in matching pale pink, with lace around the collar and straps. Low heeled, two toned, strappy sandals that complement the light brown strap that decorates the front of her top. And a small, compact, beige and black purse that brings it all together. I’d say this experiment was a definite success.

Step One: Expressing Gratitude

IMG_8480 IMG_8490Dress: Lulu’s | Shoes: My Delicious | Bag: ModCloth

Since I’ve started working on the steps to recovering from emotional upheaval, Harriet has been my rock. And I think she’s on her own journey, working on the steps towards creating a happy and fulfilling life. The first step is gratitude, but like everything else Harriet puts her mind to, she’s done way too much! Being there for me and the company the way she has says “thank you” for anything we’ve ever done for her and then some. Even her outfit is an expression of appreciation and inspiration. This adorable, red-orange, polka dot sundress with a cutout back is a celebration of the beautiful weather we’ve been having and just the sight of her brings cheerfulness wherever she goes. Paired with artistically designed, cut out, tan sandals and a structured, mauve handbag Harriet makes the most of every accessory, every opportunity to wear something beautiful. But nothing can ever express how grateful I am for her. Thank you Harriet, for being the greatest friend and coworker a girl could have.

Not in Kansas Anymore

IMG_7715 IMG_7726Top: Fun 2 Fun  |  Skirt: Moon  |  Wedges: ModCloth – Similar here  |  Bag: ModCloth

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.

Juggling Act

IMG_7545 IMG_7539           Top: Doe & Rae - Similar here  | Necklace: ModCloth  |  Purse: Irene’s Story - Similar here                 Jeans: Flying Monkey  |  Wedges: ModCloth  - Similar here

I know I’ve put a lot on Harriet’s shoulders lately. Finishing up our last event, helping with our current event, and planning another one practically on her own. She’s doing an incredible job, while staying immaculately organized. Sometimes I have to marvel at how she handles everything we throw at her with such effortless grace! She even manages to pull together the perfect wardrobe for her day. Like this bright-coral blouse with its won’t-get-in-your-way mid length sleeves. It drapes in a flattering way but is loose and comfortable when you’re running around all day.  Fitted jeans and sandy brown, faux suede wedges are great for running around and a large, dark blue, gold bead studded, structured bag can carry everything you need without getting weighed down.  But the best part is the jewelry.  Her choice of a multi colored, beaded necklace made up of dozens of tiny loops and bursting with colors of aqua, ruby-red, olive, and burnt-orange goes with anything and it’s busy-ness emphasizes how much Harriet has on her plate!

 

 

 

Mixed Signals

IMG_7654 IMG_7672Dress: Lulu’s  | Boots: Mossimo – Similar here  |  Necklace: Love, Kate  |  Tote: Steve Madden

I had a conversation with Harriet, our events coordinator and my close friend, that women everywhere have been having since the dawn of time. It was about perception. Harriet was worried that she isn’t always taken seriously because of her youthful look and demeanor, which doesn’t always communicate her strength or mature insight. In situations like this my advice is to never stop being who you are, and just make extra effort to emphasize all of your traits. That includes your wardrobe. For example, I think this outfit does a wonderful job! The dress, with it’s gorgeous pattern of blooming ivory daisies shows both her sweetness and her busy mind, while the high neckline and empire waist suggests innocence. But by pairing it with black, multi-strap, ankle boots she displays an attitude and defiance of convention. Finally, this sleek black and light taupe tote brings it all together in a way that speaks of her organized and practical work ethic. I’ve been nothing but impressed with Harriet’s growth this past year, and does a very good job of letting you know exactly who she is the minute she walks through the door!