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OUTFIT: Denim Vest Never Felt So Good…

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Ladies + Gentleman:  allow me to introduce you to one of the most fabulous experience I have yet to have:  my whirlwind weekend trip to NYC for the Justin Timberlake + Jay-Z Legends of the Summer Concert.  

This has been the summer of concerts for me:  Mumford and Sons, Beyonce, and finally JT + Jay-Z.  I feel like the luckiest girl, and am just so thankful for all the fun memories this summer!  (Also due to the amount of life altering concerts I have been to this summer my voice has been in a constant state of hoarseness!  It’s ok…I’ll somehow manage to survive).

Because the concert was in NYC, and I knew it was going to be 95 degrees I had to dress wisely.  No heels for me this time a:  it was too hot and b: we took subways and walked, and my feet had NO time for that!

Justin Timberlake was a dream, and Jay-Z is just a straight up baller.  I mean it was such a dichotomy to see them play together, and weave their songs in and out of one other.  

As much as I adore Jay-Z, I must say JT really owned this show!  He has such huge stage presence.  What a performer!

I.  Love.  Him.  

Now…onto the wardrobe.

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This weekend I debuted my brand new Giving Keys Necklace.  This brand is rad!  Go check them out friends! #fashionforacause

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This dress is one of my favorite and most versatile purchases from this spring.  Remember the post I did where I wore it 4 different ways?

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Here’s an iPhone pic of my friend Joy and I as we were on our way to meet up some friends for drinks before the show:)

It can’t be a concert post if I don’t post a video from the show.  JT melted my heart with Pusher Love Girl.  NOTE:  the camera is super shakey because I’m dancing throughout the entire video.  #sorryimnotsorry

Dress:  Madwell

Vest:  Old (similar)

Lipstick:  NARS

Necklace:  The Giving Keys

Purse:  Longchamp

High Tops:  Nordstroms

Watch:  Michael Kors

Refined at Fashion Week: Day V

Our travails at Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week have come to an end for now, and I can honestly say this has been my most favorite Fashion Week experience.  Maybe it was because I was with my partner in Crime (Em), maybe it was that we got to attend shows of some of our favorite designers (Billy Reid, Trina Turk + JCrew), but I think a big part of it was all the new + old friends we got to meet and play with in the city!

We worked our little tails off, but we also played our little tails off as well.  I really do think NYC is the city that doesn’t sleep, or maybe it’s the city that I never sleep in…

Either way, enjoy our last Refined at Fashion Week post with some of our favorite Behind the Scenes and Street Style that we photographed!

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A little dance party after the Billy Reid Show last Friday night…

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Sweet Heather who let us stay with her in Union Square, and was our official photog after Billy Reid when we had our lil dance par-tay.

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Late night in Union Square after drinks at The Ace Hotel.  Nemo couldn’t keep us out!

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Bristish Blogger Ella Catliff looked poised + polished as usual!

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Did I run after the GQ Men so I could snap their pictures?  I don’t…maybe!?  I mean come on how handsome are they?  And I adore Justin Doss’ white denim in February (and his smile too).  

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Miss Alicia of Cheetah is the New Black

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Shea of Cheyenne Meets Chanel with Mateo her beau.

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Dallas Gal Courtney Kerr.  This is her Grandmother’s Fur Coat; it kinda took my breath away.  See more about her outfit on her blog HERE.

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Sweet friend Shannon Yoachum of Lolo Mag + Style by Lolly.  She’s another Texas lady that I just adore.  Check our more shots I grabbed of her on her blog HERE.

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In the midst of Nemo, Anna of In Honor of Design and I grabbed some photos in Union Square and a yummy coffee at Joe’s.  She might be one of the cutest southern gals I’ve met!

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Finally Miss Lauren Scruggs (a dear friend from Dallas) with Shannon Yoachum.  The Texas ladies were representing at NYFW this season!

Well friends, that’s all for New York Fashion Week this season; it was unbelievable, we loved every second of it, and feel so blessed to have gotten to meet such lovely people, go to fabulous shows, and prance around the city as The Refined Woman!

XOXO,

Kat + Em

Elements: The NYC Travel Edition

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Tomorrow morning bright and early Em and I are heading to NYC for New York Fashion Week.  We are so excited to run around the city, meet some new blogger friends, photograph some runway shows, and let’s be real…we cannot wait to eat our way through NYC!

Before we leave, we wanted to leave you with our top 11 NYC travel essentials.  Don’t leave home without these ladies…

1. The Dooney & Burke “Happy Bag” is small, lightweight, timeless, and our perfect travel companion.

2 + 3.  Nars LipStick in “Dragon Girl” w Too Faced Lip Primer.  Whether going to NYC or to the drugstore or to a 12-hour shoot these puppies come with me everywhere I go.  Literally one application lasts me an entire day through meals, drinks, everything.  Definite ESSENTIALS ladies.

4.  Lush “No Drought” Dry Shampoo.  There are so many out there.  I was a Baby Powder girl my self, until enough of my girlfriends sang Lush’s praises; it’s the best in my opinion.

5.  Travel Perfume.  My go to is Aqua di Go for Women:  $20 from Sephora:  It’s super affordable, mine has lasted for over a year; it’s light and fresh, and trust me you’ll want this after walking the city all day before breezing into drinks with friends.

…which leads us into…

6 + 7.  The MetroCard + Hand Sanitizer:  Some people are cab people some people are Subway people.  I try at all costs (pun intended) to take the subway.  People it’s like 3,000x cheaper and part of the NYC experience.  Obvi you need Hand Sani whether you cab or Sub it.  Let’s be real, we love NYC, but it is dur-tay.

8.  RayBan Aviators.  A Staple.  Need I say more?

9. A Sewing Kit.  I keep these in all my different bags.  I cannot tell you how many random times at shoots or out with friends that someone has needed a needle and thread.  By no means do I sew, but I can do a quick-fix.

10.  Mini MoleSkin Journals.  My dad told me that the most successful people in the world keep idea journals with them all the time.  Their goal is to write down several new ideas each day.  You may not have that game-changing idea in the first year, but 5 years down the road it may come.  I always keep my idea/dream journal with me + easily accessible.  You never know when inspiration will hit!

11.  Business Cards. (Thanks Mink Cards for our lovely new cards!).  You’re meeting people ALL the time when you’re out.  Always have a business card on you!  There’s nothing worse than someone saying ‘Oh I’ll just get in touch with you’.  Oh no no no…you be ready to build relationships.  Have those biz cards on hands, and YOU send the follow-up email!

Stay tuned for more on our trip to NYC…

XOXO,

Kat + Em