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.
Sometimes you wake up in the morning with a bright and cheerful outlook because everything is running smoothly and going according to plan. The sun is brighter, the sky is bluer, and your hopes and dreams are finally coming into fruition. So what else could I wear but a colorful, optimistic, radiant floral dress blooming in shades of fuchsia, yellow and green. It’s slim cut, fitted skirt, and capped sleeves are elegant and flattering. Paired with coral, suede, slingback heels and a cream clutch covered in cutouts, nothing can distract me from my positive outlook. NOTHING.
So it finally happened! Last night was Caroline’s engagement party and it was spectacular. Most brides-to-be would be home in bed, sleeping off all the excitement, but not Caroline. She not only managed to visit the office today, but look bright and fresh while doing it, an almost impossible feat. It almost makes it hard to like her. But here she is, sunny and feminine, in a green and white, full skirted, Jacquard dress with a bold, mint green statement necklace and an adorable, matching, mint designer bag with a large decorative bow. Not many women can always dress to impress, but Caroline clearly has an image to maintain and she does a fabulous job!
Never panic, never give up, and never lose your calm in the face of desperation. I suggest, when the going gets tough, to be prepared with a look that is smooth, polished, and casually efficient. My version is this classic, fitted, sleeveless dress in midnight blue. It’s made of textured, thick fabric, has a high and wide neckline, and an A line skirt that smooths out the rough edges. Cinched with a skinny, bright pink belt to create the perfect fit, and adding tan high heels with an almost invisible ankle strap that holds them in place while you’re running around trying to get things done. Finally, the mood is lightened ever so slightly by this complementary mint green bag. But don’t let its pastel, candy coated color fool you. It’s structured like a briefcase and sturdy as they come because this outfit is centered and organized, to help you handle your workload without getting in your way.
Spring is right around the corner and for various reasons I’ve had summer, travel, and fabulous vacations on my mind. My recent holiday in Italy did me a world of good, and all around people are starting to plan their summer getaways. So I couldn’t help but play the part in a bright, white sundress with a full and flirty skirt. As delectable as spumoni and as light as rainbow sherbet, the coral and mint color-blocked panels add to the holiday feel and the little kid enthusiasm this outfit inspires in me. Add a matching pastel purse that resembles luggage, comfortable and complimentary pumps, and I’m more than ready for a weekend away.
Harriet is finally back to work full time after a much needed break, and that means ditching the comfort clothes and dressing for the office. When you experience an emotional upheaval that has you questioning what you want, sometimes its best to start by reminding yourself of who you are. I know Harriet well enough by now that I can tell what she’s thinking by what she chooses to wear, and this outfit with all it’s sweetness and charm, is Harriet’s way of expressing how very young and innocent she’s feeling. Starting with this sleeveless, pleated blouse in peach with a wide peter pan collar. The collar is decorated in black overlay with an almost childlike design of floral cutouts, both eye catching and adorable. Next, because she’s so organized (best assistant ever!), she coordinates the collar with a black A line skirt with a rich, timeless damask print subtly woven throughout. Lastly, she accessorizes simply and practically with a classic black tote big enough to carry around anything she might need throughout the day. This is just one step, and one day soon Harriet will take another, until she’s ready to dress like the sophisticated, powerful woman I know she can be.
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.