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    New Year Reflections

    January 4, 2018

    In the spirit of New Year’s traditions, we wanted to do our own spin on resolutions. Here at Style Approximately, we believe resolutions are difficult to follow through with as they are often too big to hold yourself accountable to for 365 days. We do however believe that this is a good time for reflection and self-examination. We like think of these “resolutions” as more like adjustments for ourselves: these are things that we have been doing that we want to do more of. Do you have any new years adjustments? Let us know in the comments!

    Mary Ann:
    It helps that my birthday is so close to the New Year; it provides a way for me to deeply reflect on the past year and also how I’m getting older. Honestly, 2017 was full of garbage and it exhausted me. I’m in need of a good cleansing both spiritually and physically. The overall theme I have for myself is self-care. I’ve been so focused on other people, other projects, and just other things, that I tend to lose myself in the mess. The beautiful thing about self-care is that it takes on a variety of forms and can be practiced every day and in a new way. I believe it can be a breathing activity to get your mind right for the day or something big like going on the trip you’ve been saving up for and really enjoying yourself. I talk about hygge a lot, and that’s what I’m really striving for in 2018: being present, slowing down, eating for the soul, taking care of myself, and making room for the things that really make me happy.


    • To not let the past hold me down. I went through some trials this year and I’ve been able to learn a lot from them. But I also don’t want it to define me either. They were lessons I learned to become the person I am today, and I’m proud of how I’ve rallied from them.
    • Take care of myself. I want to make more time for myself. I have this tendency to put stuff on the back burner because I have work and other obligations. But if you’re not taking care of yourself how can you take care of others? But also take the time for what’s important and show the people who are important to you by your actions.
    • Cook more! This year I’ve really enjoyed cooking and trying new things, making healthier version of old favorites, and replicating things I’ve had at restaurants. I like knowing what is going into my food.
    • Not limiting myself to new possibilities and opportunities. Oftentimes we tell ourselves “no” as a means of self-preservation. And while yes it can do that, it also prevents you from taking risks in life. If you don’t take the risks, you’ll never know if it’ll work out.

    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.

    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!

    She’s Back!

    September 8, 2015

    Hello again!

    It’s been a long road to get back here. After semi-retiring from the blogging world in 2005, I’ve decided to come back in full force and do this thing like a grown up with my very own space on the interwebs.

    So what does Style Approximately mean? What am I trying to put out there in this crazy world?

    I believe style is what you make of it. This is a space to observe and engage in the beautiful, the silly, the thought-provoking, and the WTFs of… life. Much like my personality, it will be kinda all over the place. But hey! What’s life without a little madness?

    Let’s celebrate!

    Paul RuddPinterest

    Get your hair and make up done.

    azizansariTime Magazine

    Outfit looking right.


    Grab a drink.


    Bring your friends.



    Abbi Jacobsson & Ilana GlazerKarmaLoop

    Because she’s back and she’s ready to get down with the get down. YEE!