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Enter Our Make Your Life Better Style Contest

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This is a sponsored post made possible by ModCloth. Thoughts are my own.

Fashion can give your life a lot of meaning, The perfect outfit can be a powerful tool, a mood changer, or an expression of who you are. I’ve always used fashion to create an image of myself, for myself. Choosing outfits that say, “This is who I am”. Great for facing the world head-on, and making it easier to look in the mirror.

Very recently, I started making some major life changes. But rather than give myself a makeover to reflect the new me, I looked to my wardrobe as inspiration for the new me. Classic values with a modern edge. Colorful, lively, daring, bold and fun. Warm, friendly, and approachable. Someone who makes people smile the way my wardrobe makes me smile. Most of all I want to inspire people, to dress for the life they want. But now I’m looking to YOU for inspiration.

We’ve partnered with ModCloth to host our first contest on Emma Approved, the “Make Your Life Better” style contest!  We want to know the look that makes your life better, the outfit that makes you feel the most you.

The contest runs from now until August 14th. One winner will receive a $150 ModCloth gift card and be featured on the Emma Approved blog. Click here for full details.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

-Emma

Step One: Letting Go

Ep_65IMG_8520Pullover: Mint Clothing  |  Pants: Mint Clothing 

I’ve said before that when life has you down it’s okay to wear something that makes you comfortable above all else. And just so you know I practice what I preach, at least when it comes to fashion.  Recently I had some personal setbacks that brought me pretty low, but at the same time I found a company that makes the most comfortable, soft, and flattering sweats that I’ve ever seen or felt.  So if tears, ice cream, and listening to sad music are in your immediate future you might as well do it right.  These tiger print, blue and white, harem pants are made from cotton so soft it’s like velvet.  Paired with a matching, equally soft, blue and white pullover. It has a draping cowl neck, and varsity style, contrasting sleeves that gives the impression of layered separates in one easy package.  I may be ready to start putting my life back together but I really hate to leave this outfit behind.  I could seriously wear this forever.  Just don’t forget that a good, reliable friend is the best accessory!

 

 

Stay Positive

IMG_7752IMG_7756Top: Lush  |  Skirt: Lulu’s  |  Bag – Similar here

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.

Career Advice: How to Keep Work and Personal Separate

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“It’s not personal, it’s business” is a memorable quote from the classic Meg Ryan film “You’ve Got Mail”. A film that captures the very real problem of when, and how, to separate your personal feelings from your business decisions. How do you stay true to your relationships but still be practical and ambitious in your career? If you want to succeed in your chosen field, you can’t always allow emotions to get in your way. It’s a business, with goals, and everything else falls into two categories. Things that help you achieve those goals and things that don’t. Separating your career and your personal life can be extremely sticky, and unfortunately there will be times when you have to preference one of the other. Which you choose in each instance is entirely up to you, but  you can’t, and shouldn’t, feel guilty in those times. Here’s a list containing some of the most common situations where personal life and career intersect, and how to handle them.

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Calm Before The Storm

UE7A6267 UE7A6280Dress: Darling  |  Clutch: Lulu’s – Similar here  |  Shoes: Lulu’s  |  Ring: Forever 21

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.

Life and Career Advice: How to Negotiate and Compromise

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Regardless of how much we plan and organize, sometimes life throws things our way that we have no control over. And when those things are in direct opposition to the goals we are trying to accomplish, the ability to negotiate a compromise is a valuable skill. Here are a few thoughts on finding common ground that can be applied to both your professional and personal life.

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