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OUTFIT: Charity Ball a.k.a. Funnest Night Ever!

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Gown:  Adrianna Papell Necklace:  Anthropologie Photos:  Chaz Cruz

Simply put:  every girl wants to go to a ball.  Ladies, am I right?  In college I was on a sports team, and so I couldn’t join a sorority (which I was really bummed about).  I mean honestly, I would make a really good sorority sister! (Chi-O til you Die-O! Insert secret handshake NOW.)

Going to a fraternity winter formal in college is sort of a rite of passage or something isn’t it?  Well, I never got the chance, BUT all of my formal dreams came true on Monday night when I got gussied up for the annual Charity Water:  Charity Ball at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  

Charity Ball was significant to me on multiple levels:  yes going to a ball was uh-mazing, but here’s a little peek into my past so you can understand why it was powerful for me. 

Way before blogging, and way before I was a photographer I was in the non-profit world.  I worked for a wonderful organization called Invisible Children, lived in a house with 50 other dreamers and activists, and then lived out of a van for 4 months raising awareness about a war going on in East Africa.  This season of my life shaped me in so many ways.  In fact it was through mentors like Margie Dillenburg and Jason Russell that inspired and challenged me to chase my dreams of becoming a photographer.

Through my time at IC I was able to travel all over the US, and to Uganda, and in the process make life long deep, soul friends.  The type of friends that no matter how much time has passed when you see each other you instantly feel connected and can dive into the deep ends of life.

No matter what I do, for the rest of my life, I want to be apart of a story that is bigger than myself, fighting for truth and beauty in broken places.

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For me attending Charity Ball was this beautiful night of catching up with old friends, meeting new friends, sitting on couches having heart to hearts, laughing, dancing, and being apart of something bigger than myself.  Charity Water raised over $4 million dollars on Monday night!  That is powerful.

After all, all of our souls long for depth, meaning, and purpose; it’s just finding for yourself what that thing is in your life.  For me it is through photography + fashion and wanting to be a voice to young women that our value is in who we are not merely what we are

What is your story?  What truth and beauty do you want to fight for?  How can you get there?   

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 I’m not one for too bold or too crazy, so this black number paired with this chunky statement necklace made me feel elegant and pretty.  

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Now my dress.  Adrianna Papell is amazing, and I felt like a princess in this  pleated mesh peplum gown.

Did I mention that this peplum gown is uber affordable + on sale?!!??! Ya, you should probably go and get it.  Now.

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PS.  Do you remember this Fur Coat; it was my $3 thrift store find that I got before February Fashion Week this year that has been one of my favorite purchases (and it’s really warm so win-win!)

Photos by Brooklyn (rad) Photographer:  Chaz Cruz

Alright, I’ve officially talked…errr written your ear off!  

Happy Wednesday!

XO,

Kat

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

Refined at Fashion Week : Day 1

This week in honor of New York Fashion Week Kat + I are excited to share with you the highlights of everything we have been up to, what we are wearing (see also : The Woes of Being a Southern California Girl in A Snowstorm) and what we have been seeing on + off the runway.

We feel so grateful to be here experiencing all of this and so looking forward to sharing our highlights with you.

Really, you get the best of the deal, dear friends, because you get all the fashion minus the freezing winds, snow + slush. 

Refined at Fashion Week : Day 1

I swear I looked at the forecast before I packed, but I think there’s only so much one California girl can do to really prepare herself for the reality of a snowstorm.

Coat : Thrifted (Similar) / Dress : Urban Outfitters / Tights : Uniqlo Heat tech / Riding Boots : J Crew  / Cobalt Tote : Coach /Headband : H&M (old, similar) / Sunglasses : Ray Ban

(You can pin some of my accessories from The Refined Woman on Pinterest!)

Marissa Web's new collection is so wearable! I love the tailored structure to her suits, skirts + coats.

The black + white accessories + inverted french manicure is the perfect compliment.

Some of my favorites from the Marissa Webb presentation:

The Monique Lhuillier runway show knocked my socks off. The way she innovates a gown season after season is such an inspiration to me. Every piece is fitted perfectly to be flattering for a woman’s shape. The texture and detailing was incredible.

Afterwards we made our way backstage + accompanied Krista Soriano as she was able to ask Monique a few words about the collection. See Krista’s piece on Elle.com for more!

xo,

Em

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