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Mary Ann

    Wabi Sabi

    August 8, 2017

    I’ve been struggling with the direction that I want to take this site. I have a strong desire to add creativity to my life, and this is the best outlet for that. However, I’m often crippled by this need to be perfect. It can be so consuming that I often abandon my post midway through writing or completely scrap an entire month’s worth of ideas and images. I’ve fallen victim to the social media constructs of what it means to be a blogger; in order to be a successful blogger, one must showcase an enviable and unattainable curated life. It pains me to say that as my ultimate goal was to show a life lived…approximately.


    During this most recent spell of “blog development,” I came across a Japanese concept called Wabi Sabi. Essentially, it is the idea of finding beauty in the imperfections. The quirks and eccentricities during construction of objects and processes are what makes it unique. Flaws are beautiful as that is what makes it special.

    And I firmly believe that is what Style Approximately is all about. Adrienne and I have discussed several directions on where we feel this website will go. And you know what, we still don’t know! But that’s a beautiful thing. I think we’re okay with that: style and life (as a whole) is never a linear perfect path. We’re living approximately, and we hope you can feel just as okay and connected to your flaws as we are.

    Spring Favorites: Madewell

    May 1, 2017

    We’ve had an obsession with Madewell for quite some time. Their effortlessly cool vibes lines up exactly with both of our personalities. We love how their relaxed look and that you can mix and match a variety of pieces to get you a look that can move from day to night and the in between. Madewell is a staple in our closets, and has always been a go to when we’re unsure of what to wear.

    With the weather getting warmer, we’re excited to share a few of our favorites from their latest collection. Check them out below!

    1. Side-Button Skirt We’ve been about this mustard color

    2. Apron Cross-Back Tank Top A little spin on the staple tank with wider straps and a cross-back

    3. Abroad Trench Coat Trench coats are a staple in anyone’s closet. Perfect transition item from winter to spring

    4. Short-Sleeve Tie-front in pink stripe We’ve been seeing vertical stripes everywhere. We love this classic look with the light pink stripes. Reminds us of candy stripers.

    5. The Kaia Ankle-Wrap Scandal Fun pair of sandals with a little fluff that can add that statement piece that brings an outfit together

    6. Central Shirt in Stripe More vertical stripes! We’re all about it. 

    7. 9″ High-Rise Skinny Jeans A hint of edge with the cuts, but not overwhelming

    8. The Cary Sandal An easy slingback to slip on for work and after

    9. Smocked Crop Jumpsuit in lilies of the valley Mary Ann loves clothes that you can just throw on and go.

    10. The Marfa Circle Crossbody bag Circle bags are coming up! We’re predicting that this style will be big for the summer

    Say Hello to Adrienne

    April 30, 2017
    Lookin’ like we about to drop the hottest K-Pop album of 2017


    If you haven’t noticed, there is a fresh voice and face on Style Approximately.
    I want to introduce all of you to Adrienne, my dearest friend of 25+ years, bad ass woman, and Style Approximately’s newest blogger and editor.
    For a long time, Style Approximately was a fever dream of mine. I had thoughts and ideas for the direction of this blog, but it would rarely come into fruition. Even if it did, I always felt something was missing.
    I realized that I needed a collaborator. I needed someone who is able to compartmentalize the ideas and concepts I have for this blog and execute it accordingly. I needed someone to help push me forward when I felt analysis paralysis. I also wanted someone who can hold me accountable in maintaining the dream when I felt exhausted by it.
    On second thought, this should be the cover of our album.


    Adrienne has always been so supportive of this dream. She provides extensive and honest feedback, an incredible knowledge of beauty and fashion, and the ability to spot the next big trend well before it hits the mainstream market.
    She is inspiring, and has played a huge role in developing this blog. Her style, attitude, and voice are exactly what was missing from Style Approximately. It only made sense to have her fully onboard in this journey.


    So, in her own words, get to know Adrienne a bit more below!
    At the opening of the Museum of Ice Cream in LA 


    Tell me about your journey, what led you to this endeavor?

    I’ve always loved putting together outfits for friends and family and when it worked, it was such a thrill! Especially when I picked out things they may not have normally picked for themselves. I’m also a big beauty junkie, my favorite things to hoard are lip products and skin serums and masks.

    Who or what inspires you?

    Celebrities, other bloggers, IG, my friends and people on the street.

    Do you follow any bloggers? Any that you highly recommend?

    I love thegreylayers! She’s so consistent with the message she puts out there, and she’s so cool, very much of a “this is me, take it or leave it” attitude.

    What does Style Approximately mean to you?

    For me, I think Style Approximately means that style doesn’t have to be perfect or look a “certain way.” It should be what you want to wear and feel good in. For example, something on the runway that looks crazy, but translating it in a way that fits in with your lifestyle

    What’s your favorite piece of style advice?

    I think this was from Angelina Jolie’s stylist. When your piecing outfits together: make one piece the statement piece- the focus-whether it be jeans, top, whatever and keep everything else simple so that it stands out.

    Tell me one thing about yourself that you want to share with our readers.

    I’m getting married! The planning process is crazier than I ever thought. I had no idea what a Chiavari chair was before the planning started!

    Nguyen Cong Tri: Em Hoa Collection

    April 17, 2017

    Can we take a moment (or several) to admire the work of Nguyen Cong Tri? Inspired by flower sellers on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Cong Tri strikes a deep emotional chord by juxtaposing delicate colorful design with stark architectural concrete-like garments. He is further inspired by the women who typically wear oversized shirts to protect themselves from the sun. The blooming colors spilling onto their monochrome clothing is incredibly beautiful. This collection is a means to remind us of how wonderful it can be when we slow down for just a moment and take it the small beauties in a seemingly mundane world.

    Photos found here: Facebook

    Wishlist: Dear Frances

    April 12, 2017

    We have to admit that we didn’t think we would be about that mule life. We thought that the mule was a more practical shoe without much focus on aesthetics. That is until Dear Frances came into our lives about a year ago. And we realized how wrong we were.

    We love the clean and unfussy elegance of Dear Frances. The signature slice of lucite cutting through the wooden heel is giving us so many feelings. With warmer weather in the horizon, the mule is the perfect shoe to slip on for work, daytime perusing, or a night out for dance parties.

    We also appreciate how the shoe holds the foot in a way that doesn’t feel cramped or binding.

    Shoes in the post can be found here:

    1 Poser Mules in Black

    2. Cross Mules in Sea Blue 

    3. Poser Mules in Musk

    4. Poser Mules in Forest Green

    5. Poser Mules in Scarlet