21 posts tagged madewell
Once a year Vegas happens. There’s an annual photographers conference called WPPI that I’ve been attending for 5 years now (even writing that I cannot believe that it’s been 5 years since I started pursuing photography). WPPI is always a reminder of my journey into this crazy world + how grateful I am to be where I am.
It’s always a whirlwind of a week. Think adult summer camp. You’re seeing great friends from all over the US, playing major catch up, talking shop, going to the trade show, eating ridiculously yummy dinners, and doing lots + lots of dancing.
This is the second year in a row that I’ve worked the Kelly Moore Bag booth with some of my most favorite Southern Gals on the planet. I’ve been shooting with Kelly Moore bags for about 4 years now + love them. Literally each morning when the trade show started there would be a stampede of people running to our booth to buy a bag! Kelly is an incredible photographer, creative, and business woman. I consistently leave my time with her inspired.
On my last night in Vegas we went to a party at this darling boutique hotel called The Artisan. This was sort of the culmination party of the week which we were so excited about! However, by the time Tuesday night came I was exhausted + my feet were swollen from being on my feet all day for the past 3 days. The last thing I wanted to do was put on a pair of heels!
So guess what. I didn’t. #sorryimnotsorry
I love how versatile this blue Madewell Dress is. I’ve worn it a gazillion times + paired it with my converses for the Justin + Jay-Z concert. To not feel like a total scrub I added pearls + my collarless blazer + my friend Lindsey (who I’ve decided is my older sister I never had) did my hair + make-up. Viola!
Kelly took these pics of me on our way out for the night as we were leaving our hotel; it was dark as all get out, but she managed to find some surprising light in a random hall of our hotel.
We danced the night away + stayed out until the wee hours of the morning. Three hours of sleep + then I was off to the airport to catch my flight back to NYC.
Like I said Vegas is always a whirlwind. Until next time Vegas…
All photos by: Kelly Moore
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What I realized is that I have been fighting the weather. Each time I go outside I feel as though I’m going to battle, arms up and guarded, anticipating the worst.
Thankfully a dear friend challenged me last week with how I have been handling the weather. It dawned on me that whether or not I have a good attitude; it will still be cold outside. (crazy right?)
So I decided that I am going to embrace the cold. Lean into it. A few days ago as I was wearing this outfit to run errands out in the city I was so so cold. I had my head down, hands stuffed into my pockets, and was just thinking about how freezing my feet were, and why didn’t I just wear my snow boots?
And then I paused, took my hands out of my pockets, lifted my head, and started thanking God for the little things. Like even though it was really cold outside; the sun was beautiful. I was grateful that I had a really warm scarf on and a water proofed trench coat. I was grateful for the guy in Soho who sold me a beanie for $3.50. He literally made my day. I was grateful for the subway for taking me into Manhattan, and that I didn’t have to walk there (can you imagine)?
And as the moments past; it was like I walked out of a fog into the sunshine that was always there.
Yes; it’s ok to have hard days, and to not love 15 degree weather, but I want to be grateful for where I am at, and find joy even in the tiniest of moments throughout my days.
I want to embrace today and the gifts that it holds, instead of being frustrated for the way that things aren’t. (Is anyone with me on this?)
Now onto my outfit, which I just love (if I do say so myself), because it’s just so me. My Warby Parker Ripley glasses are just so fun, and I love that I can just pop into their storefront in Chelsea if I need anything. (Their customer service is stellar!)
Em wrote for Darling Magazine last week, and talked about the importance of investments. (You know we love investment pieces!). The trench coat was in her top 5 investment pieces, and I couldn’t agree more. I love how this trench has a feminine flare to the bottom!
Ladies we’ll say it every day: quality over quantity. Invest into a good tan trench. You’ll have it in your closet for the next 20 years. Look for a trench that has waxed canvas so that you’ll stay nice + dry on those rainiest of days!
Photos by: Chaz Cruz
Alright ladies. Thanks for reading my thoughts about life and the weather, and trying to embrace the present! Y’all are wonderful to let me process this!
Maybe it’s because it’s Football season, maybe it’s because the Holidays are around the corner which means I’m going home to Texas soon…or maybe it’s just that I’m a Texan, and sometimes I just like dressing like a Texan.
Let me be honest…sometimes when I am getting ready to get my picture snapped for an outfit post I feel pressure. Not from anyone in particular, but I think I just put pressure on myself to keep up. To want validation from other people that I can dress well (*note* that is the wrong reason to get dressed). When I put this pressure on myself the last thing I want to do is go and get my picture taken.
But then you know what I remembered?
I remembered that Em + I started this blog to fight against keeping up. We wanted this to be an honest place where the both of us shared our journey of style with you. After Em reminded me of this (because you know that even though she’s in San Fran and I’m in NYC we text each other what we’re wearing on the daily), I just wore what I wanted to, and I felt pretty:)
Yesterday was a perfect autumn day in Brooklyn. I walked to church, went to the book store, grocery shopped, read a book at Prospect Park, made a yummy dinner, and watched Friday Night Lights with my roommates. All in all it was a lovely day, and it made me so thankful to live in this wonderful town:)
Thank you Miss Lauren Kallen for photographing me! I can’t wait to spend more time with you!
I think Em and I have super powers. When one of us is feeling a certain thing, the other is too. We are both feeling camo for this fall. You know me and my fear of prints? Well slowly, in my own way, I am incorporating some louder pieces into my wardrobe.
Mixed patterns + prints is where I would love to be one day in my style, but for now I like to have one bold piece i.e. my camo pants, and keep everything else very classic + simple.
Sidenote…when I tried on this collarless blazer from Madewell, I melted. I already worn it a gazillion times, and it’s quickly become a wardrobe staple for me.
So how do you feel about camo for fall? Are you in?
Collarless Blazer: Madewell
White Blouse: Madewell
Camo Pants: Madewell
Red Belt: Target
Stewardess bag: Coach
Walking the streets of Brooklyn is a totally different thing than walking the streets of Newport Beach CA. For one thing, you have to dress comfortably! Already, I’m learning comfort trumps fashion in this city!
The past few weeks here have been crazy: getting used to the subway system, meeting new friends, shooting, trying to be present and process it all. I can honestly say it’s been so fabulous and so hard all at the same time! (but that’s for a different post!)
Nevertheless; it’s still my goal to remain Refined in the midst of it all!
So, maybe I’ve been having a thing with the early 90s? (Umm…my overall obsession) Remember when we used to tie our shirts around our waists, and it was cool? Well, how about we bring that back this fall?
Join me ladies!
Photos by: Jen Sosa
Blouse: Zara (similar)
Denim Button-up: Madewell
A few years ago a friend of mine bought me these Madewell flare jeans on sale. Recently I’ve been sporting them like they’re going out of style. They’ve been perfect for a casual day of editing in the office, as well as out to coffee with friends.
I tucked in my tank and paired my favorite woven belt with this look to add some shape to my figure!
Flare jeans may be old, but ladies get ready for flares all over the place this fall!
Embrace the style staples of the past ladies!
Once again Aaron Young you’re super rad for taking my pics! Thanks!
Flared Denim Jeans: Madewell
Lace Vest: Old (similar)
Anchor Clutch: Izola
cutoffs, my navy blazer and cheetah flats (cheetah is totally a neutral).
there’s actually NOTHING I have found that doesn’t benefit from the polish a little blue blazer adds.
I’m loving this striped tee. I’m wearing it with everything.
thanks to a little glamourizing from jane kim + for snapping a few of these pics for me during our date last week.
navy blazer : jcrew
jean cutoffs : urban outfitters
striped tee : jcrew (on sale!)
satchel : dooney + bourke
glasses : warby parker
flats : madewell
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.
This weekend I debuted my brand new Giving Keys Necklace. This brand is rad! Go check them out friends! #fashionforacause
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
Vest: Old (similar)
Necklace: The Giving Keys
High Tops: Nordstroms
Watch: Michael Kors
The Little White Dress :
There just isn’t anything better for a HOT summer day. A white cotton sundress is the perfect blank canvas.
I recently wore mine all week in Sea Island, Georgia - dressed down for the beach and dressed up with a blazer and heels for a nice meal out.
We are actually not the best planners so it always surprises me when things like this work out in our favor.
This tassel necklace is my newest favorite accessory. It works with EVERYTHING, and I love the length.
dress : jcrew (old) similar here
blazer : jcrew
necklace : jcrew
loafers : madewell (old) similar here
satchel : dooney + bourke
scarf : vintage
watch : michael kors
Happy July 4th Eve friends!
Ladies, over here at The Refined Woman we love wardrobe staples. (We even wrote about our Top 5 Wardrobe Staples recently!) We feel very strongly about investing into those pieces of your wardrobe that you will have for seasons to come.
We have talked about The Little Black dress, but now that it is summer and 100 degrees here in LA it’s time to talk about The Little White Dress.
What’s great about the white dress is it is a blank canvas that you can add almost anything too!
I chose to keep with an all white color palette except for my red Coach clutch, because I wanted to feel fresh and glowy. The thing about neutral colors that I love is that they don’t distract from you as a person. You can have a fabulous outfit, but if there is too much going on you can get lost in the shuffle.
Coco Chanel said it wonderfully, “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory”.
Since this dress has a lovely peter pan collar, I chose to keep my accessories simple by going with my classic pearl earrings and ivory cuff bracelet.
Ladies, stay cool out there, and have a fabulous 4th of July!
Bracelet: Bauble Bar