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!
This week Harriet is on the move, juggling new responsibilities and tracking down everything we need in a high pressure, short on time, race to the finish! So she can’t wear anything that isn’t flexible and adaptable to all situations. A pair of fitted, dark skinny jeans and a peach and white zigzag peplum top creates a casual combination with a touch of class. Because she doesn’t know what kind of events she might attend before the day is through, she dresses it all up with comfortable nude pumps and a mint and tan bag. Made from cotton and faux leather, this handbag is a great mix of soft and sophisticated. Lastly, a versatile plaid flannel headband holds back her long tresses and adds a touch of charm. Who knows what today might bring, but whatever it is Harriet is ready, willing, and able.
Sometimes people are feeling fragile. Modesty, humility, and embarrassment is what helps balance out our pride and determination and makes us kinder and more empathetic. Harriet is nothing but kindness and good intentions, and feeling sad for other people even if it can’t be helped, is what makes Harriet so worthy of admiration. That sensitivity and delicacy of feeling is plain to see in this pale blue, full skirted, skater dress in a soft yet flexible knit with sturdy padded shoulders and a plunging V neck worn over a simple white Tee. She decorates it with a delicate charm pendent with her initial for the personal touch, and a small, vegan leather bag in a peachy pink that matches the blush on her cheeks. Last, a touch of bold with these royal blue wedges. Because even if most of your feelings are up in the air, you have to stay steady, with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Stay strong Harriet! I believe in you.
A new day and a new client means it’s “all hands on deck” around the offices and time to “batten down the hatches”. Hey, you try not to make sailing references when your assistant comes in wearing this adorable navy, printed dress covered in miniature anchors. With an elastic cinched waist and pocketed skirt it’ll definitely keep you comfortable, but I love how Harriet dresses it up with a slim green belt and sweet but upscale accessories. These dark blue wedges with crisscrossing straps are a fresh take on the classic Mary Jane, and this folk-inspired caramel bag with floral cutouts has a vintage feel. Put it all together and what do you get? Timeless, wholesome and plenty of kitschy fun. In other words, you get Harriet.
The most important moments of our lives, like the big interview, opening night, or the big date, are just naturally dramatic. They require a sense of flair and a bold attitude, just like the outfit you pick out for the occasion. So for Harriet’s big debut she went all out with this casual yet elegant assemble that is lovely as she is and flatters her in every way. Starting with an adorable peplum top that has the sweet spirit of a dress, a high modest neckline, and a loud flamboyant pattern. Paired with slim fitting, bright red jeans that insist people pay attention. Add to that a thin heeled, closed toe, sophisticated pump and a personal piece of sentimental jewelry to bolster your courage. This outfit will make sure all eyes will be on you, and that everyone will like what they see. It’s showtime!
With every hair in place, flawless makeup, and a solid sense of style I do believe Harriet is ready to take the next steps towards her future self. All without sacrificing her youthful exuberance or sense of wonder, which is perfectly represented by this adorable and flattering denim sheath. The fabric might be everyday and worn since childhood, but the princess cut cap sleeves and A-line skirt creates a mature, chic office dress. Pair with high heels of any color, because denim goes with everything, and a smart handbag with clean lines and a strong pattern. Last but not least, a necklace that represents who you are and where you’re going. H is for Harriet – look out world, here she comes!
Growing up happens in stages. Your first apartment, your first car, or your first time abroad. The same is true for your wardrobe with your first major piece of sophisticated fashion. This, I’m proud to say, is Harriet’s. A simple woven wrap dress in bright and optimistic blue. It has a full skirt, cinched waist, and cuffed sleeves that always flatter. Best of all it’s reminiscent of one of the most famous dresses of our generation, Kate Middleton’s engagement dress. What could be better to help bring a larger than life romance your way? Pair with a metallic clutch, both large and bright enough to go from day to night, and an artsy yet innocent pair of heels. These pumps, for instance, may be a soft and basic nude but the backs are wrapped in a delicate, art deco, gold cage. A few pieces of quiet jewelry and you’re ready for anything, from a day at the office to dinner at the white house.
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.
Dressing for the office can be more complicated than dressing for an evening out. There are layers and everything needs to be thought out and coordinated. So sometimes you just want to keep things simple. Start with a flattering and comfortable top, like this army green tunic. The collar and button-up style is appropriate for the office, while the sleeveless loose fit feels very free. Plus I love this color, perfect for gearing up for battle, such as having to perform unpleasant tasks as part of your job. Pair with dark skinny jeans that are slimming and fit like a second skin and a professional, flat purse to hold all your important documents. It’s also convertible, both a cross body and a clutch, depending on your mood. Finally, add some personality with a few key statement pieces. Shoes with attitude, like these peep toe booties with cutouts and a bold beaded fringe collar necklace. Remember, simple doesn’t have to mean boring and comfortable, it can still be flattering. It’s all in the planning, just like life.
Time to celebrate! There’s a time for subtlety, and a time to pull out all the stops. This fiery red blazer really packs a punch. Whether it’s an interview or an important meeting, no one will doubt that you’re a powerful force to be reckoned with. Black is a go-to for a reason, and this soft black sweater is sleek and slimming. Top it all off with a black clutch and matching shoes. Platforms, 5 inch stilettos as curvy as a woman should be and in a bright, fire engine red that pulls the whole look together.