Knowing you don’t know everything may be wise, but doesn’t always help when you feel out of the loop. And when you feel left out, a cozy ensemble can help warm you against that cold shoulder someone’s giving you. A light summer sweater with an edgy, multicolor, tribal print down the front, over a gorgeous coral blouse with an intricate lace collar is professional but with personality. A comfortable pair of skinny jeans to be a bit more figure flattering, a subtly sweet pair of mint strappy sandals , and a shiny metallic handbag that reflects the world around you completes the look. Then maybe, just maybe, it will give the impression that you’re warm, friendly, and approachable. Hey, it can’t hurt.
Being the youngest has its benefits when you’re growing up, but once you’re an adult it’s a constant struggle to be taken seriously. And the person you have to convince the most is yourself! Yet every time my big sister is around, I find myself suddenly acting and dressing like I did when we were kids. I just can’t help it. Business-y blazers and sophisticated shifts get pushed aside in favor of relaxed, stretchy blue jeans and adorable tops with a sweet and wholesome mien. Like this scalloped lace peplum blouse with a sheer panel down the back that adds character and extra ease. Super comfy, super sweet. Add to that my go-to, goes-with-everything, totally neutral heels, a pair of funky 80’s inspired sunglasses, and the side ponytail I wore all through middle school. Top it off with a bright, shiny, show-stopping metallic bag because who doesn’t love the attention?
If the first step in getting over a difficult time in your life is to dress happier, the next step is to take chances. Change can be scary, and stepping out of your comfort zone difficult, so I like to start my day by choosing an eclectic mix of bold pieces that don’t seem to go together until you try them all on. This adventurous look gives me the push I need to take chances, even if that means facing facts and admitting that change is needed. Start with the loudest piece of the puzzle and build your outfit from there, like these tribal print cropped parachute pants. The loose fit is pulled together with an elastic waist and matching cuffs, resulting in a look that hides your flaws but drapes beautifully. The daring black and tan design is echoed by these striking cutout peep toe booties. There’s something so wrong, yet so right about a boot that functions like a sandal, allowing you to enjoy winter fashions in warmer climates. Next, add a splash of color with a silky teal blouse and structure with a slim cut, black blazer with vegan leather sleeves and padded shoulders. Finally, add a small metallic bag to bring some shine and brilliance into your everyday. Now you’re ready to go out there and face whatever comes next.
If there’s anyone who deserves a happy ending this year it’s Annie, the kindest, most grateful, steadiest person I know. So after a year full of surprises, hard work, and emotional confusion that’s exactly what she got. A picture perfect, glowing future bursting with color and possibilities. What better way to celebrate then at the Emma Approved holiday party with her new husband on her arm and wearing this opulent brocade dress with a full, flirty skirt full of fun. Jewel tones and golden accents take this dress from day to night, with a fitted bodice and bold black outlines that speak of a woman who is sure of her choices in life. Shiny gold pumps add just enough shimmer, and the pink leather clutch is an eye catcher but doesn’t compete as a focal point since Annie knows what matters most and to not let anything get in the way. A perfect end to a perfect year, and I’ve never seen her look happier.
Introducing the newly wed Mrs. Ryan Weston! My very good friend Annie is always beautiful, with class and an elegant style that is true to her very soul. To celebrate her natural loveliness and her brilliant new future I wanted to share some pieces from her current closet. I may be the expert in dressing for the office, but Annie is the expert when it comes to embracing the one thing that can never be taught. How to be a lady.
Fall has arrived! Finally! Even though summer is hanging on it’s finally cooled down enough to start wearing my go-to skinny jeans and look for ways to dress them up for the office. A simple white blouse makes a great neutral base to start playing with some color, and nothing says fall like this french terry blazer in wine. The jewel tone is flattering, the cut makes it dressy, and the fabric is so soft it’s almost a sweater. The polka dots give it spice, while this gorgeous, metallic shoulder bag adds glamour. Nude heels are a great way to transition from open-toed sandals of summer into cooler climates. Keeping it professional with minimal jewelry, a novelty ring I picked up on the fly and my favorite charm necklace. “E” is for Emma and I am Emma Woodhouse.