Mrs. Emily Fashion Advocate

The confidence that comes from dressing is the wind in my sails as I travel the seas of my-daily-grind.

The confidence that comes from dressing is the wind in my sails as I travel the seas of my-daily-grind.

Each plant I buy looks really lovely when I bring him home. He then goes through a phase of wilting or drying out, as I figure out how often he likes watered and how much water he needs and where he likes to hang out so that he's getting the right amount of sun. And then, once we establish a rhythm, we're all good. He perks up, and I smile every time I walk by him.

My biz is the same. I've been tinkering for a year. And watching, and waiting to see...


Spring Planning Sesh Is Underway

Spring Planning Sesh Is Underway

Spring Planning Sesh is underway. The goal is not a complete overhaul of your wardrobe, but a strategic refresh: A rebranding and reworking of last year's pieces and the planned addition of new pieces to form a cohesive, interchangeable mix of clothing.

My studio is telling of my Spring fever.

My method is as follows: find inspiration and translate that inspiration to a bulleted shopping list.

1. Find Inspiration. Be inspired by the drip of Spring fashion you can see already in stores and online. Or...


The two things I bought last week that are getting me through till Spring

The two things I bought last week that are getting me through till Spring

Around this time of year, all the winter things you've been wearing for months lose their sparkle but it's not time for Spring shopping. Resist the urge to go buy a ton of new stuff. Respect your budget, reserve your funds for Spring, and in the meantime, add one or two new, inexpensive pieces-of-flair to your collection.

Last week I went to TJ Maxx and found a new pair of bright red high tops and a gigantic shell necklace. I've been wearing my same black skinny jeans and winter layers, but the addition of these 2...


Wardrobe Budget

Wardrobes don't just happen. They don't grow and evolve with your style and needs magically or overnight. They need tended and they need time. I think it's helpful to realize that, especially when you feel like nothing fits or looks cute and that your neighbor always seems to look super together and on trend.

You can have an amazing closet with some thought, planning and a lil experimentation. And if that sounds totally intimidating, well, that's what this blog is all about: decoding fashion. Let's start at the beginning.

The Budget. A monthly budget encourages you to add to your wardrobe consistently....


The Trendy Injection

The Trendy Injection

Trends are the short lived basically disposable but super exciting moments that happen in fashion. I wear well-fitting, classic clothing so that I can rotate trendier pieces in and out. A few years ago, I bought these dalmation-print booties. Sooooo good. Because the rest of my wardrobe is neutral and classic, they went with everything. (I bought them for my mom and grandmother too - so here's three generations of fabulous feet.)

This November, I bought a bag. It was a huge, brown leather fringed beast, and I made friends with...