I always try to leave my clients with a piece of advice or wisdom they will (hopefully) find useful even after our official working relationship has ended. I don’t think I’ve done my job properly if I haven’t found a way to help them help themselves. Self reliance is always Emma Approved!
For the last several weeks, I have been my own client, attempting to make amends for the wrongs I have done to some of the wonderful people in my life. Admitting and facing my own emotions. Trying to put the needs of those I care about before my own, even when I thought it would cause me pain. And finally, opening myself up to the vulnerability that loving someone requires. It’s taken a lot of soul searching and difficult conversations, as well as several pints of Chunky Monkey, but I now think I’m ready to move on to the next phase of my life. While I’m not sure exactly what that is, I do know I will be doing so surrounded by a small band of true friends and loved ones who teach me every day through their own actions about the kind of person I want to be.
I have loved sharing my thoughts with you on the EmmaApproved.com blog, but in the interest of having more work/life balance, I’m going to take a break from posting for awhile and focus more on the “life” part of the equation. Recently, I’ve added a few more factors, and it’s all adding up to sum-thing very special (wow, I’m making math jokes. What have you done to me, Alex Knightley?!?!?). And I owe it to both myself and those I love to take the time to focus inward and fully explore all the possibilities without the distraction of airing all my inner thoughts to the public before taking into account the needs of those I’m closest to.
Thank you for taking this journey with me – it has meant so much to hear your stories and share in your triumphs. I hope to be back with more wisdom to pass along. And remember, as long as you never stop learning and never stop growing, you will always be Emma Approved!
Dress: 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.
Episode 72 with Harriet Smith, Bobby Martin, and Alex Knightley.
See my looks from this video, here.
Today’s post is another classic “She said/ She said”…but with a twist! We’ve had plenty of blogs where two people debate a particular topic, allowing readers to see things from different points of view. But conflict is not the only way to learn from another person; caring can be just as powerful a motivator.
Given that idea, I’ve been thinking a lot about how important friendships can be. How a positive influence can inspire and enrich who we are and how we see the world. To illustrate this, Harriet and I decided to list three things that we’ve learned from one another, and that we feel have made us better people. Because without Harriet by my side this last year, I don’t don’t know who I’d be today. And I’m not so sure I would like the Harriet-less version of myself!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Make Your Life Better Contest. All of your creative outfit photos and inspiring stories blew us away! We’re excited to announce our winner, Amy Hayes (pictured above). Congratulations and thank you for sharing your fabulous look and inspirational story with us!
“You know, self-love is an important thing to learn Emma, and fashion is the perfect way to give yourself a little TLC. Two years ago I graduated college and got diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. It was a major change and I felt as if the world had toppled around me—I had to change my habits, my hobbies, my career path. I felt so isolated and trapped, like my body was something I didn’t recognize. I kept changing weight with my illness, and soon none of my clothes fit. Then a couple months ago I went shopping to replace some of my wardrobe. I tried this dress on and with its high neck, floral pattern, and beautiful coral color I felt like Grace Kelly. In this dress I began to love being in my body again. It was a turning point for me, and now I feel like I can take on the world! Paired with a sensible cardigan, statement necklace, a pair of vintage leather boots, and a playful mint-green hat, I’m ready for an anything life throws my way.” - Amy Hayes
Top: 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.
Episode 71 with Alex Knightley, Frank Churchill, and Harriet Smith
See my looks from this video, here.
We’ve given a lot of advice here at Emma Approved about healthy relationships and the personal work that goes into building them. Questions to explore before leaping into love, how to add some magic to your romantic life, ways to create balance in your relationships, and tips on maintaining your own identity when you finally find the right partner, just to name a few. If you’re new to Emma Approved, search our archive – you’ll find a treasure trove of helpful posts about love and romance.
But in the end, no matter how he asks you out or what you have in common (or don’t), a lot of it just comes down to chemistry. That glorious feeling that occurs when the two of you are together. There’s a reason they call it fireworks!! And nothing does fireworks quite like the movies! In celebration of the wonder of true love, here are some of my favorite kissing scenes. Please feel free to add some of your favorites in the comments.
May all of you have kisses in your life that are passionate, romantic, adventurous and sweet!
Dress: 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.