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OUTFIT: Flower Power

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What is it they say?  If you give ‘em an inch, they’ll take a mile?  Ya…that’s what it is.

New Yorkers were running wild last weekend.  The glorious sun graced us with her presence, and we experienced 45 degree weather for the first time (literally y’all) in months.

You would’ve thought Jesus was on his way back friends.  There was a bounce in everyone’s step, people were looking at each other and smiling while walking down the street (probably because we weren’t all afraid of face planting on the ice), and people were wearing shorts and t shirts.

That is worth repeating…in the 45 degree weather people were wearing SHORTS and T-SHIRTS.

Naturally being 45 degrees outside people were picnicking at Prospect Park + having brunch on the outdoor patios of restaurants; it was absolutely glorious!

I took this brief moment of reprieve from the winter to bust out some spring wear!  Just wearing florals, bright colors, + my favorite white blazer made me one happy gal.

Happy Spring NYC…ummm…hopefully!  (Like crossing my fingers, praying fiercely that the Polar Vortex is done + over forever + ever!)

XO,

Kat

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After a winter of puffer jackets + all black this amazing Adrianna Papell blouse paired with these rad floral pants make me so very happy!

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Want my look?  Find my key pieces below friends:

Necklace:  31 Bits

OUTFIT Post: Mixed Textures

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Fall just can’t quite seem to make up it’s mind here in Brooklyn.  Today it was almost 80 degrees outside.  I feel like I’m back in SoCal, but with just a tad more (ok…a LOT more) humidity!

I have been on this big hoop earring kick, I’m not quite sure why, but they make me feel womanly and sassy.  Also, I kinda think it’s hilarious that I can stick my entire hand through my hoop. 

Recently Club Monaco has been stealing my heart.  I cannot get away from their wonderful, extremely versatile, pieces.  I’m trying to slowly add more pattern to my life, so I thought this pencil skirt had just enough fun to take me through my fall-ish day today!

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Photos by:  Sarah Shreves

Outfit Deets:

White Blouse:  Club Monaco

Leopard Pencil Skirt:  Club Monaco (on sale ladies!!)

Army Jacket:  Thrift (similar)

NYFW: Photo Journal

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The past week has been a blur of fashion shows, high heels, brunches, meetings, hailing taxis, catching subways, new friends, old friends, Lincoln Center, parties, not so much sleep…well you know it’s been New York Fashion Week.

Em and I had such a wonderful time in February.  We both were exhausted by the end of it, but got to experience some beautiful moments, and met some of our biggest fashion inspirations (and we totally geeked out about it!)

It was such a different experience going without Em this time, but she had to hold down the fort in San Fran (someone’s gotta do it!), and it was also another thing entirely to be apart of NYFW as a NYC resident! 

My hope entering into the tornado that can be Fashion Week was to stay grounded, have meaningful conversations with new friends, and be inspired.  Finding stillness in the chaos is ever my quest!

I think my goal was accomplished.  Enjoy some of my favorite NYFW moments from the last week that I photographed!

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Below is blogger + Lolo mag editor Shannon.  My favorite part of being with her was grabbing drinks after Rebecca Minkoff, and talking about boys for well over an hour!

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Here’s what I wore to Rebecca Minkoff.  My staple Club Monaco White Blazer + Madewell Cobalt blue Dress.

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Saturday morning I got to hang out with amazing set designer Stacy Suvino in West Village (who styled the Darling Magazine Summer Cover).  This Oklahoma girl is extremely talented!

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Sunday was all about Trina:  the Trina Turk Spring 2014 collection.  This collection made me want to jump right over winter and just get back into spring.  The bright colors and light hearted feel to this collection was a breath of fresh air!

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They even did a live editorial shoot during the presentation!  So fun!

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After Trina Michelle, Jessie of Style + Pepper, Beth of BJones Style, and I went to the Reward Style Party on a rooftop.  Yep.  Rooftop party at Fashion Week:  Check.

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Monday Beth and I ran around town all day for different meetings!  First stop Jennifer at Pink Cloud Vintage.  Umm…I died when I saw this vintage Chanel purse.  I neeeeeeeeed.

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Beth tried on some rad dresses!

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Beth with Pink Cloud owner Jennifer who may be the cutest prego ever.

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Did I mention we went to the Coach offices, and got to go through the Coach Archives?  This was a preppy city girls’ dream (uummm…ya I’m talking about myself in third person).

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Monday ended with the Alice and Olivia Spring 2014 presentation.  This was by far my favorite collection this fall.  The attention to detail was so beautiful, and I just cannot get over the silhouettes, the mixed textures and patterns.  Ahhh…just so much yumminess!

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These three ladies together were my favorite grouping of looks.

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When I saw this bedazzled crop cardigan with boyfriend jeans all I could think of was how me this outfit was.  I mean honestly guys…I need it.

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The below mint leather pleated skirt + denim jacket look is my favorite outfit from this collection; it’s super wearable and totally ME!

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Oh ya… and then Dan Humphrey’s sister showed up (holla Gossip Girl fans…xoxo, Gossip Girl)

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Until February…goodbye Fashion Week.

XO,

Kat

The Refined HOW TO STYLE YOUR STAPLES Series: The Pencil Skirt

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The Pencil Skirt.  Every woman should have at least one if not multiple.  As a working woman on-the-go; it’s one of those wardrobe pieces that you cannot live without!

Our favorite place to get pencil skirts you ask?  JCrew’s No.2 Pencil Skirt does it right every time!

There is such freedom in wardrobe staples.  BUT if you’re anything like me, then you get stuck wearing your staple pieces the same way over and over.  I get so uninspired when I stare at my closet each day.  Sometimes you just need a fresh set of eyes to get you to rethink the way you put together outfits.

We thought what better way to get inspired on getting out of your comfort zone with those go-to pieces then getting together with some of our favorite bloggers once a month to see how they wear their staple pieces!

Em and I are simply tickled pink that such fabulous women are partnering up with us on this collaboration!  

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Em of The Refined Woman.

  • What we love about Em’s look is the mixture of textures and patterns.  The necklace is the perfect piece to tie in two such opposing patterns!

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Kat of The Refined Woman.

  • We love how Kat chose a POP-O-COLOR with her skirt, then kept it simple by staying neutral with the rest of her pieces.  Her tan and white belts softens the white and yellow nicely.

Casey Leigh of The Wiegands

  • Miss Casey from Texas is a SoCal girl at heart!  We love her flowy untucked top with her DIY scarf + fedora!

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Hilary of Dean Street Society.

  • Last week Hilary told me "keep it simple, keep it preppy", and her outfit reflects this statement wonderfully. We love her color blocking + who would have thought to pair a sweater with a pencil skirt!  LOVE IT!

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Sara of Glitter and Grace.

  • We adore Sara’s neutral color palette. Her graphic tee keeps this look casual, yet her sassy heels keeps her uber feminine!  We love how she took advantage of adding color with her accessories!

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Jen of The Effortless Chic.

  • Jen offers another take on the graphic tee + sassy heel look.  She keeps her color palette simple, the tee + lace skirt make this a very wearable outfit, yet her sparkly heels and jazzy jewelry takes this look to the Effortless Chic style that Jen holds to!

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Erin of Apartment 34. 

  • We’re smitten with Erin’s blue color blocking!  There is so much freedom in color!  Her billowy top makes her skirt feel more bohemian.  

Stay tuned for our Wednesday Post as Em and I give details on where our looks are from!

XOXO,

Kat + Em

P.S.  Mark your calendars for our next Refined How To Collaboration Post Monday June 10th!

Refined at Fashion Week: Day III

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There has never been a post this long in the history of The Refined Woman because there has never been a day so epic to recount.

Though I am a fan of the Hyperbole I promise I am not exaggerating when I say yesterday was the day that all the dreams our little hearts could hold were fulfilled. 

Lest you think I still exaggerate. Let me begin with some images. I keep looking at them to remind myself it was real. 

But first, what I wore. Because that’s important, right? Maybe not as much as all the aforementioned dreams being realized, but I am happy to say that after yesterday, all the money I spent (3x more than the pants themselves!) to have these thrifted leather pants tailored seems like it was worth it.

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Cardigan : JCrew / Blouse : Lush by Nordstrom / Leather Pants : Thrifted (similar) / Heels : Louboutin  / Camera Satchel : ONA

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From Kat : What is on my bucket list you may ask?  Among sky diving and being fluent in another language is attending a JCrew Presentation at New York Fashion Week.

When Em and I found out we had tickets to the Fall 2013 JCrew Presentation there may or may not have been squeals, tears, and a little dance party.  

(Spoiler alert : we screamed like girls.)

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Here’s a shot of THE JENNA HERSELF with Anna Wintour.  NBD. (REALLY BIG DEAL.)

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From Kat : What I love about JCrew is how each season they push the envelope with their mixture of patterns, textures, and colors with classic silhouettes; it’s why they’re able to appeal to the 18 year old hipster, the 30something business woman, and Anna Wintour.  You can’t beat class, and you cannot beat Jenna Lyons innovative mixture of all things new with all things timeless.

From me : That about sums it up. This collection rocked my world in every way possible. 

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(JCREW SHOW BONUS : The guys. ) Sorry to state the obvious here, but these gentleman I mean how good looking can you get?  Really?

From Em : I think Kat may have found a husband. I saw them making eyes.

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Now, while it would have been MORE THAN ENOUGH to just see Jenna Lyons in the flesh, we were able to say hello after the show and she was so gracious and lovely to us. We may have even handed her a business card and snapped her photograph before swooning. She kissed us and the cheek, complimented our outfits, and was super sweet.  

Truly, Jenna, you are THE Refined Woman. Thank you for inspiring women in fashion everywhere.image

WAIT.

That’s not all.

At the J Crew Presentation I was able to introduce myself to a woman who really inspired me to follow my passion for fashion blogging and photography… Garance Dore. I took a photo of her at the presentation (the lighting was just OK… but Kat took this one later on which I just adore. Go Kat!)

Garance, thank you for being so gracious in person. You do not know how much it meant to me.

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and THEN. (then!!)

I took a photo of the man, the legend, the Sartorialist himself. 

As I bent back to photograph him in my heels and ridiculous leather pants I almost ATE it on the concrete of Lincoln Center. I imagine that’s where this little smile came from…

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And then I died of embarrassment and I am pretty sure I ran away. I guess it’s a good to have some moments to keep us humble, am I right?

If you looked at and read this whole post, bless you. More good stuff to come tomorrow.

xo,

Em