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OUTFIT | Make it Happen

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Oh hey friends!  Happy Thursday!  

What are you going to make happen today ladies?  

Do you ever wake and up and feel like it’s going to be a productive day, like you’re going to freakin’ rock it?  That’s how my day is going to go!  I’m going to own it.

Does anyone else ever just want to crawl back in bed and sleep until noon when they finish their daily to-do list?  Ya…me too.  But we get to choose movement, and we get to choose chipping away at our to-do’s because life happens in the movement.

Dreams happen with the continual, consistent, commitment to show up to our days.  Ideas, tasks, to-dos, visions, dreams, you name it are all fantasies until we fight for them to become reality.

Today I’m fighting for my dreams to be realities.  I’m stepping into today ready to own it.  Also I’m stepping into today with my favorite JCrew Cobalt trousers (umm…they’re glorified sweatpants…and I’m in love #iwokeupthisway).  Who is with me?

Tell me about your day, tell me what you’re going to chase and make happen.  I’m proud and honored to run this race + journey with you!

XO,

Kat

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Photos by:  Chaz Cruz

OUTFIT: Any Given Monday

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Any given Monday, if I bump into you on the street, if I’m out for coffee with a friend, or if I’m at my desk editing all day, I have somewhat of a uniform.

Getting all dolled up is one of my favorite things to do as a woman.  In fact, it has gotten to where I feel a little naked when I’m not wearing red lipstick.  However, on a day to day basis I’m a simple girl.

If there was one outfit that could be described as my uniform it would be this:  oversized button down (preferably mens), skinny jeans, riding boots, and my Coach purse.  

It’s simple, easy, and I feel me in it.

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Also, did I mention that fall in New York City is magical?  Em and her husband have been in town all weekend (insert happy dance here), and we have been all over town.  Yesterday we walked through Central Park chasing food trucks and a beautiful sunset, and snapped some photos along the way.

When Em and I get to hang in person (which is never often enough); it’s always such a blessing because we just seem to pick back up right where we left.  I always walk away from time spent with Em so thankful that we’re doing this project together.  She truly is a gem!

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Last Saturday I purchased the same above Ralph Lauren button down in blue from Crossroads Trading Co. in Williamsburg, BUT then Em + hubby and I went this Saturday and I found another one in pink.  How could I pass it up!?!?

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Photos by:  Emily, The Refined Woman

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

OUTFIT: Is Color Blocking Still a Thing?

I mean honestly, we have seen color blocking everywhere?  Are you tired of it?  From the looks of what’s in store for us this fall (jewel tones galore), color blocking is here to stay.  As with any trend I believe you can make it your own!

One of my number one fashion rules is:  stay true to yourself.  BE you.  Fashion can be such a beautiful journey of self discovery; it’s an artistic expression of y-o-u.  Get to know yourself with what you wear.  Don’t wear a trend because you feel you have to, try out a trend because you want to, because it excites you!

Now this is just what I did last week when I met up with fellow NYC blogger Brynn Watkins of Being Elliott.  She is just darling.  We decided we both were going to color block when we met up that day (kinda like in second grade when you used to call you friend and say wear our matching umbros tomorrow with pig tails.  Then you’d show up at school and act all surprised…no? I’m the only one??)

The best part was to see how differently and uniquely we both interpreted color blocking as well as how we both were able to stay true to who we were!

Enjoy:)

Key Pieces to my outfit:

Pencil Skirt:  JCrew

Men’s Button-up:  Old old old (similar at JCrew)

Purse:  Coach

Michael Kors watch:  Nordstrom

Here’s a sneak of what Miss Brynn wore…be sure and check out her post on our day as well!

Also…it was a gorgeous day in Soho!

XOXO,

Kat

OUTFIT: Seersucker + Panama Hats

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Happy Almost Labor Day Weekend friends!

It’s my first holiday in the city, and I am so excited.  This week has been epic:

  • Monday night I went to the US Open (I’ve been a tennis player my whole life, and this was a dream come true)
  • Tonight I’m going to Mumford&Sons, and my magical summer of concerts continue!
  • Tomorrow I get to have dinner with my sweet friend Beth, who’s in town from SoCal. 

Phew…that was a mouthful, not to mention actually working on top of the fun things!

Needless to say I am thrilled to spend my first Labor Day in the city.  This weekend will involve:  brunch with new friends (brunch is a major thing here, and it’s like an all afternoon thing.  I sort of love it!), playing in my backyard (aka Prospect Park), and some sort of trip to the beach!

I’m trying to soak up all the yumminess of summer in New York before the cold weather hits.  So what better way to do that than pulling out my seersucker shorts (on sale at JCrew btw), and my favorite new Panama Hat by Preston&Olivia?

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Photos by:  Dara of Trent Bailey Photography

Key Outfit Pieces:

Panama Hat:  Preston&Olivia

Seersucker Shorts:  JCrew (on sale…go get em!)

Lace top:  JCrew old (similar)

Penny Loafers:  GH Bass

Purse:  Coach (I’m sort of in love with this purse if you haven’t been able to tell by now!)

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

A Refined Woman | Brynn Watkins

1. Who is Brynn Watkins, and, aside from Being Elliott, what are some other projects you’re involved with?

I am a woman who is always looking for the next thing. I am always looking forward to the next step, the next collaboration or the next styling job. I love making connections and meeting new people with interesting life stories so I can learn and gain knowledge from their experiences. I am driven to a fault. 

Projects are always coming at me from any which direction. Right now I am working on a summer styling shoot set in Montauk—think ”Mara Hoffman” esque.  

2. What is Being Elliott all about?

Being Elliott is all about helping women discover the whimsical fascinations of life through inspiring ideas, style tips and personal touches which create their special looks. I really want to make women smile at the end of the day.  If Being/Elliott can help do that, than I am ecstatic. 

3. Why did you start Being Elliott?

I needed a platform to share all my crazy creative energy! I love fashion and finding inspiration from other blogs and content out there and I thought..why not contribute to that inspiration myself? It is now my passion and escape.

4. Describe who you think your typical reader is (her style and attitude towards life)?

She is independent, bold , knows what she believes in and is willing to fight for it. She also knows you don’t have to spend “an arm and leg” to look like a total fox.  

I pray my reader always remembers to laugh at herself and to think of others before her own needs. I want to be her friend :) 

6. Share your Favorite designer and why.

Oh gosh…. what a tough question!

Right now, I am loving 3.1 Phillip Lim. His style of minimalism and elegant line is really hard not to fall in love with. I have yet to find a piece he has designed I can’t see eye to eye with. 3.1 Phillip Lim was meant to be in my closet.   His price tag is another issue :)

7. Share three products you are currently obsessing over and why.

-My Elize Cuff from Stendahl Jewelry is the perfect piece. I just slip it on my wrist and it takes my outfit to the next level. Love.

-My new scent from Goest Perfumes called "Dauphine". The subtle hints of rosebud and almond musk is an instant confidence booster. 

-My favorite new book and current read from my editor at LOLO Magazine, Lauren Scruggs’  Still Lolo.  This is an inspirational story about faith overcoming all obstacles. I can’t put it down! 

8. Advice for bloggers just starting out?

Be bold and develop your own unique voice.  Also, don’t be scared to reach out to brands and companies you love. Who knows what can happen. Try! Try! Try!

OUTFIT : Popped Collars + Penny Loafers

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If you know me you know I love me some popped collars and prep, BUT you also know that I’m a bit of a hippie at heart (yes I actually do crave Kale Juice…I know it’s weird).

You can see my love for prep and bohemia all mixed together in this outfit: pearls, penny loafers, and popped collars.  My bohemia shines through with my glasses, denim on denim and yummy fur vest.

It was one of our last days in NYC, and I had a day full of shooting in Brooklyn.  This outfit is a bit more casual than I typically do for shoots, but hey it was Brooklyn…they can’t care. (#putabirdonit)

Glasses:  Warby Parker / Vest:  Thrift (similar) / Denim Shirt:  H&M / Belt + Jeans:  Madewell / Anchor Earrings:  Forever 21 (how could I resist really?)/ Shoes:  GH Bass (they’re killing it right now).

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

p.s. be sure to check out The Refined Woman on facebook  + instagram for more photos + behind the scenes!