The road to recovery continues! I’ve finally ditched the sweats and turned back to my wardrobe for inspiration on my new path. And I think this outfit is a great symbol of who I want to be. The A line, drop waist dress is structured and conservative, just right for someone who’s serious and responsible. The simple black, white, and grey pattern is subtle and elegant, accentuated by this complimentary white structured satchel. Less flash and more substance, perfect for business and the business of fixing your mistakes. The frond pattern looks like floating white feathers, suggesting sensitivity and delicacy of feeling, but the colorful accessories give it a spark that can never be boring. Bright yellow heels with gold lock closures and a thick, layered, multi-colored statement necklace. I’m hoping that this outfit will help me be my best and make my life better. I’m also looking for inspiration from others by holding a contest in partnership with ModCloth. I want to be inspired by you and your lives (which are probably in better shape than mine) and the outfits that help you live it. Click here for the Make My Life Better Contest to see more.
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.
Hi everyone, it’s Harriet again. This is my first attempt at writing a fashion blog. I’m not sure how much I know about this stuff, but Emma’s taught me a lot and I’ve read all her blog posts, so I’ll do my best.
One thing Emma is always talking about is how your clothes can make you feel better. When we took these photos the other morning, she was feeling a bit off because we’d had a big event the night before and everyone got stressed out. She said her outfit made her think of a fresh start, and a new day, and everything getting better. It kind of didn’t work out that way, at least not yet, but I can see why this look would cheer her up.
I think Emma picked this top because pink is her favorite color, and it’s comfortable because of the loose fit. I really love the back, kind of open with crisscrossing, drape-y straps, simple and elegant. And I think the skirt is really interesting. It’s a short white skirt that billows and floats like a dancer’s, and it has a cool multi-color geometric pattern. If I stand back and unfocus my eyes it kind of pops out in front of me like one of those 3D images. And then Emma has this small, studded, pink clutch that matches the top and is super light. I guess when you have a lot on your mind, the last thing you want is a heavy purse to carry around.
The biggest event we’ve ever handled is only days away and all my time is spent triple checking last minute details. So in my current state of mind I choose this fitted, knee length, patterned blue dress with tulip capped sleeves. The inverted pleats above and below the waist, and the tie in the back, create an intricate origami that flatters any figure in a perfectly planned way. And it’s intricate busy-ness looks the way my hectic schedule feels. I’ve also been thinking hard about presentation and representation. Logos, color palettes, and any product you associate with become part of your public image. So I found myself drawn to this beautiful blue, almost stately, print that reminds me of the patterns on traditional club ties. Then I bring out the dashes of orange, and the complicated pattern, with a structured, coral, snakeskin handbag and intricate white, retro heels. I keep reminding myself that If I just focus, and prioritize, then everything will get done in time.
The other day was my best friend Annie’s baby shower. And though I was really looking forward to it I admit I got a wee bit distracted with work. But I tried my best to make an effort, truly I did, even down to what I wore for the event. I thought back to my own childhood and all the things I use to love growing up. My first find was this neon peach, knee length, full skirt made up of cascading, pleated folds. Perfect for twirling as little girls do, and who didn’t love neon colors in elementary school? Next a white, short sleeved top with a wide cropped hemline and slightly open, tulip back. It’s patterned with clusters of sparkling sequins and silver beads, the effect almost magical, the way everything is magical when you’re young. Finally a grownup, summery, modern take on the classic Mary Jane’s with these white cutout heels. I adore the black piping and buckled straps across the front. Makes me want to try tap dancing, as I often did, across the kitchen floor. Overall, the perfect outfit for the perfect party. I only wish I had been able to enjoy the whole afternoon.
A recent conversation with my coworker Jane about the Peruvian mountains, and her ease in describing them, reminded me how well traveled she is. It also reminded me that the best part of her personal style is the way she picks individual pieces with lots of personality and a worldly flair then somehow makes them all work together. The perfect reflection of someone with a variety of different personal experiences that all come together when applied to her work. Like this peplum, pale blue blouse with white lace overlay in a distinctive pattern of circles and stripes. It’s feminine and reminds me of traditional spanish lace. She wears it with rolled up, fitted jeans to better show off her earth tone, cutout sandals that have an ancient Greek flair. Her satchel, like so many of her bags, is an adventurer’s dream made of distressed, brown, faux leather with a skeleton key clasp that reminds me of old European villas and mysteries ready to be unlocked. Finally this floral inspired, statement necklace is like a modern take on a Hawaiian Lei. One look at Jane reminds me of all the places I’ve been and makes me long for all the ones I’ve yet to go.
Regular readers may have noticed by now that I like when my clothes tell a story, capture my mood, or act as a metaphor for whatever is happening in my life. Fashion is at its best when it’s a form of self expression, after all. Today I was thinking about things that seem simple at first glance but are much more complicated once you look closer. We’ve been pretty busy around here lately, more than I expected, and so when getting ready I quickly choose this light blue dress with clean lines, a cinched waist, and a full knee length skirt. Simple, elegant, flattering, and comfortable. But looks can be deceiving and it actually has a lot of detail in the caged, cutout collar that continues all the way down the straps that reach across the back. Even the folds of the skirt are purposely layered, almost but not quite pleated, to create a similar striped effect. Once I noticed that I just had to choose heels to match, going with these delicate sandals with red backs and black and white striped straps. And to emphasis the shoes a red, patent leather clutch. Finally, just to drive the point home, this fantastic gold ring made up of small, intertwined gears. It reminds me that everything is connected, everything is in motion, and everything works together to get things done!
No woman is an island. No matter how hard you try to handle everything by yourself, you will inevitably be affected by other people. Other people who might threaten to ruin everything you’ve worked so hard for. In moments like this it helps to escape to a happy place in your mind. Perhaps a soothing, breathtaking, deserted beach where everything is wonderful and no one can come along to take it all away. My inspiration for today’s particular daydream was this gorgeous, abundant, full skirted dress. With a cascade of pleats and a pattern of orange, pink, and purple tropical flowers it’s like a vacation waiting to happen. And speaking of secrets, the sash-tie waist creates a customized fitted look, but blends in so the effect seems effortless. With a pair of chestnut cutout booties and a large, bright white structured bag. I’m more than ready to jump on a plane and escape this day. Not that I ever would. Of course not. Running away solves nothing. Still, it’s nice to dream!
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!
After seeing a spectacular view from the top of a hillside the other day, I spent my night dreaming of how gorgeous such a sight must be beneath the stars. So when I awoke the first thing I reached for in my closet was this dream worthy, dark blue dress. It’s the same shade of blue as the light just before the sun completely sets, decorated in an abstract pattern of yellow that reminds me of a star-filled sky. For accessories I chose a pair of equally abstract white heels with double buckled sides and an elegant, snakeskin blue clutch with a fanciful tassel closure. The night is for dreaming, but the day is for turning your dreams into reality, even if it’s only what you wear. Hey, it’s a start!