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    Artifact Uprising

    December 15, 2017

    I got married nearly 3 years ago and I was stalling on creating our photo album. It wasn’t because I didn’t like the photos. In fact, I loved how our photographers captured our special day so much that I was worried that I wouldn’t find a print company that could translate our photographers’ vision. And, honestly, I hoarded the photos on my computer for a very long time.

    I started using Artifact Uprising as a way to get back into keeping physical photos in my house; it was also a chance for me to step outside the proverbial comfort zone of instagram and back into reality. I started by printing out square photos from my instagram, followed by creating a few soft books. I then made the jump into creating the wedding album.

    Creating the album was very easy to make. All I needed to do was to make  an account, choose an album type (I chose the layflat album), pick the templates for each page, and upload it directly to the album for review.

    I was super excited when the album arrived. The quality far exceeded my expectations. The cover is a beautiful gray with gold foiled lettering with a lyric from our wedding song; February Seven by The Avett Brothers. The pages are thick and the print quality is top of the line! I love how the layflat album provides a panoramic view of the photos without a binding breaking it up.

    I’m going to continue using Artifact Uprising for all of my album and photo printing needs. I think it would make great gifts for loved ones this holiday season. I’ve received so many compliments on everything I’ve made with them. They even made it easier for you to get prints and make albums via their app. I highly recommend Artifact Uprising as they are an amazing company putting out high quality product at a fair price. As an added bonuse, they’re even throwing in a 10% discount for Style Approximately Readers! Use code: STYLE10 starting today through Friday 12/22. Enjoy!!

    This is a sponsored post in partnership with Artifact Uprising. All words and opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting brands and products that we truly believe in.

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    Inspiration: All Yellow

    August 28, 2017

    Maybe it’s because it’s nearing the end of summer. Maybe because I like how it looks on me. Maybe it’s because I’ve been in a good mood lately…

    Or maybe it’s because I’ve been listening to Coldplay’s Yellow nonstop for the past 3 hours.

    Yeah, that’s it. – Mary Ann

    P.S. You can also purchase that lit neon sign if you’re so inclined to. Head on over to Urban Outfitters to check it out.

    P.P.S – Of course, I’m going to get inspired by Rihanna. Who wouldn’t?

    Image Credits: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

    Wabi Sabi

    August 8, 2017

    Hygge.co

    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.

    Kinfolk

    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.

    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