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.
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.
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!
I think I must be a little bit psychic. I know everyone says that, but how else was I going to foresee a day full of crazy, mixed up emotions. Running the full gauntlet from overflowing confidence through disappointment, then panic, confusion and ending with heart stopping good news! All I knew was that I simply couldn’t decide what to wear and created an outfit that was a little bit of everything, which ended up perfectly suiting my day. First, I couldn’t choose a color or a pattern. So I chose them all, starting with this light, color blocked top in yellow and white with dark blue sleeves, tucked into a black and white, tribal print skirt. The loose blouse brought in by a cinched waist, which then flairs out into a belled shirt creates an hourglass figure that if flattering and fun to twirl around in. Then, if that didn’t prove how complex I am, I paired it with tall, tan, sandals made up of thick, crisscrossing straps. Last, I wondered to myself, what kind of bag should I carry? A tote, a briefcase, or a clutch? But when you don’t know what the day will bring we revert to the first lessons we’re taught. And a backpack, especially a sleek and sporty, bright white mini backpack, can handle everything that might come your way.
Starting a music club and writing new songs has really lifted Harriet’s spirits! She’s started humming around the office, and her outfit today was so bright and cheerful it was like staring into the sun. Happiness definitely looks good on her, and her mood was perfectly captured with this full skirted sun dress decorated in an abundance of abstract blooms and colors that seriously pop. I also have the sneaking suspicion she’s picked up my habit of color coordinating with these navy-blue wedges with eye-catching teardrop cutouts. They match not only in shade but also in theme and are perfectly paired with a matching dark blue, boxy bag. Add to that her sun-kissed blonde hair and just looking at her can instantly lift your spirits. Then just wait until you hear her sing!
Harriet is on her way to becoming a bold, confident young woman who knows who she is and what she wants. But there will always be a side of her that is sweet, sincere, and polite. It’s what makes her so easy to love! And her new, personal style reflects this gentle touch. Starting with a modest, long-sleeve, button up crepe blouse in coral. It’s loose fit drapes beautifully and only hints at the woman beneath. Leave it untucked for a more casual look and balance with a pair of fitted jeans. Pale pink, lady like accessories compliment this unassuming style like a two toned, structured, mini satchel and these soft suede loafers. They may be practical and pretty, but the gold cap toe on these shoes add some shine and toughness. Meanwhile, a strong statement necklace with gold bars and black rhinestones peeks out from beneath the collar. Innocent on the surface and a shark underneath. At work or in life, by the time we’re through, Harriet will be unstoppable!
Harriet is one of the brightest, most enthusiastic, people I’ve ever met. For her, every day is a new adventure with new possibilities ahead. So it’s no wonder her outfit reminds me of the sunrise. Starting with this adorable coral top with belled sleeves and ruffle detail, paired with bright blue skinny jeans. The southwestern accents like this Hematite bejeweled statement necklace, and gold beaded canvas satchel bring to mind desert flowers in need of rain and uncharted territory. Which is so Harriet, but not for much longer.
I’m always telling people confidence is key, and that starts with your wardrobe. What you wear just sets the tone for the whole day, so if you want to take control of a situation, you have to be bold. Start with this crisp, color blocked, tan and and black tailored jacket. The soft woven fabric mixed with strong lines and faux leather accents make it clear you can be tough and feminine at the same time. The cropped waist is flattering and the peplum hem gives it flair. Add some color with this cascading, V-neck burgundy top. It’s loud but not as flashy as red, and it flows in contrast to the structured jacket. Pair with skinny jeans or tight slacks to counteract the loose blouse and add heels. Finally, grab a small no-nonsense wallet clutch that says you can run the world carrying nothing more than a credit card and a lipstick. Because that’s just the kind of girl you are.
Sometimes you have to go with your instincts, make your own rules, and stand up to anyone who doesn’t agree. A lone cowgirl who is ready for battle and for hard work. That doesn’t have to mean saddle pants, fringe, or cowboy boots. It’s not Halloween. You can still capture the feel of the wild west and keep it professional and feminine. Start with this adorable Southwest inspired boho blazer in ivory, with just a hint of black tribal embroidery down the sleeves. Dress it up by avoiding jeans, and embrace your female power with these light and airy pleated blush slacks. Balance out the light with the dark by adding a bold, deep blue, button up crepe blouse which brings out the embroidered sleeves and really makes them pop. Light colored heels and a pale pink wallet clutch will subtly blend in, while the bag’s gold studs emphasizes the general theme. Lastly, wear with an arrow around your neck to remind yourself to aim true when going after what you want.