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Weekly Round-up | London + Milan Fashion Week

Happy Friday Y’all!  Somehow between last Friday + now Fall has arrived, and I am one happy camper.  Friends let me tell you this:  Fall is really all it’s cracked up to be here in New York City!

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In other news last week capped of NYFW for Kat.  Check out the Juan Carlos Obando show from her perspective HERE.
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Em’s friend Melanie was this wrote this week’s Beauty Is Confidence post + we just adore her heart + her precious baby!
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Kat showed off her latest wardrobe investment piece:  her Billy Reid Trench Dress (the perfect fall transition piece)!
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Did you see the amazing shot Em sneaked on instagram of the recent shoot she styled?  Homegirl is talented!
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And of course we can’t neglect to chat about London + Milan Fashion Week.  We weren’t there, but if we were…here’s what we would’ve worn!
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N | Y | F | W | Juan Carlos Obando SS//15

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Thursday afternoon’s Juan Carlos Obando show was my last NYFW show of the season.  Juan Carlos is a LA designer + his collection reflected a West Coast elegance by using flowy silk + chiffon fabrics.  It made me miss LA quite a bit.

Not only was the show beautiful, I had the pleasure of photographing backstage, pre-show + the runway, which if you don’t remember that’s how I first got in to the Fashion World 5 years ago.  These days I mostly attend the shows, but the best seat in the house is always front and center in that pit; it will always have a special place in my heart!

Enjoy the show!

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I sorta had a crush on this hairstylist.  I mean that Deep-V with that hat with those tats with that beard?  What a babe.

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Yes…this is what the pit looks like pre-show on the last day of Fashion Week….people are getting a little tired!

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The Public School NYC men have swag.  Major swag.  I just can’t.

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Does anyone know who these two cute ladies are?  There were so darling!

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This blue dress stopped me in my tracks.  Swoon.

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The End.  Bravo Juan Carlos Obando! I would like one of everything.  K thanks bye.

XO,

Kat

Photos by me:  Kat Harris

Fun at Lincoln Center | NYFW

[Outift Details below…Head to Toe JCrew--with my Ona Camera Bag]

You know how when Katniss goes to the Capital in the first Hunger Games, and everyone is dressed so weird + is trying so hard to look cool and be unique and blah blah blah?  

Ok…well that’s sort of how Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week is.  It can be a lot of what I like to refer to as “pea-cocking”.  People walking around “pretending” to be on their cell phones answering an extremely important “email”, but really they’re secretly hoping that someone would please, please, puh-lllllease take their picture and feature it on Women’s Wear Daily.

My personal goal when I’m walking up to Lincoln Center to go to a show: DEAR JESUS, PLEASE DON’T FALL ON YOUR FACE IN YOUR 5-INCH HEELS THAT YOU CAN’T WALK IN”.

At the JCrew presentation a few days ago, a few of my friends and I just decided to have some fun with the whole Lincoln Center experience.  Life’s too short to take yourself seriously…even at New York Fashion Week…especially at NYFW.

XO,

Kat

Frederick a.k.a. such a HAM.

Then I found a super cute girl so I had to snap a “real” street style shot:)

Then this tall woman passed me, and I was like “Hey that looks like Karlie Kloss”.

My friends response:  No…that’s not Karlie Kloss.

Me:  YES IT IS….and the win for me…(because it was).  

Honestly though how darling is she?  Can’t you just see us being friends? (totally right?)  Her + Filmmaker Casey Neistat were making some sort of iPhone video…can’t wait to check that out.

Lot’s of selfie takin’ at Lincoln Center.  Amy Stone you’re probably the cutest.

More pictures… he’s jumpin’ for joy.

And one of the hardest working women at NYFW:  Sara Kerens ladies + gentlemen.  The cutest Southern Fashion Photographer taking NYC + the world by storm.  Get. To.  Know.  Her.

Unfortunately my JCrew Collection Skirt is sold out, but they have some other amazing options now.  This is my fave.  See more below!

The JCrew Presentation | A.K.A. My Fave Day at NYFW

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Do you remember Em + I’s first Fashion Week together a few years ago + how we met Jenna Lyons and it was sorta the best day of our lives?  (#kiddingnotkidding)

If you know anything about Em + me you know we love us some Jenna Lyons.  She is one of our style icons.  In the last decade she has completely turned JCrew into one of the most across the board wearable All American classic brands.  Jenna Lyons is JCrew.

As a photographer we also look up to Bill Cunningham.  He is the Father of Street Style.  You know you’re a photographer at Fashion Week when everyone is gawking over the celebrities + you’re gawking over the person taking the photo.  That was me at JCrew yesterday.  Everyone wants to be shot by Bill, and he’s this old little man just doing his thing, pushing people out of the way, doing his job.

So you can imagine the level of my excitement when Jenna pushes past the crowds and says “Bill let’s take a selfie”!  She pulls out her phone + they start taking some iPhone pics. 

Basically two of my biggest fashion + photography icons are in front of me taking pictures.  I grabbed the above picture, and it’s now one of my favorite pictures from any show I’ve attended/shot.

Anyways, the show was incredible; it made me so excited for Spring Summer 2015.  I want one of everything!

XO,

Kat

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These two boys were just darling.  They kept leaning over and telling secrets + when I asked them what they were talking about they just smiled at me.  (I can only assume they were talking about how much loved me right?)

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This lovely gem stole the show in my opinion.  She embodies the All-American girl + also my favorite type of clothing a.k.a. clothes comfy enough to be sweats, yet also extremely fashionable! 

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This was one of my favorite looks + something that I can see myself wearing Fall + Spring to be honest.

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But this gal’s outfit was my favorite.  I love a good army green + loved the mixture of different textures:  the pleated skirt with the army jacket.  I am so down for that.

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I’m just going to go ahead + put this out in the universe:  I think this guy has  a crush on me.  I mean look at those eyes (don’t try + tell me it’s his job to eye-flirt with me…I like to think he only gave those eyes to moí).

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Another favorite outfit.  I love how JCrew takes classic silhouettes and makes them so modern; it makes it easy to purchase a few pieces each season + build upon them.  (Like this classic pleated skirt)

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This lovely lady wins the award for Best EyeBrows #ammiright?

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And there is Miss Lyons just being her fierce, powerful self.

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At first I thought Bill was taking my photo, but he was really taking the photo of the lovely European model next to me:)

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You know I love a good white-on-white look.

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I found it interesting that for the most part the women’s looks were much more put together than the men’s looks.  I mean I love the above, but it seems like women are dressing more up + men are dressing more down these days…thoughts?

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Style influencer Nick Wooster above.

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For the men it was all about the bandana look around the neck; it reminded me of the 90s when my mom put scarves around our necks in elementary school.  I sorta loved it.

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And again…Miss Jenna Lyons for the win folks.  Bravo Jenna for another fabulous collection.

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All Photos by:  Kat Harris

Check out some of my favorite current JCrew Looks for the Fall below…

Beauty Is…LIMITLESS | A Very Refined Brunch

Photos Courtesy of Sara of Tutti delMonte

New York Fashion Week is in full swing!  Thus begins the whirlwind of endless fashion shows, cocktail parties, running around the city in too high of heels, and lots of inspiration!  

From the outside it can look completely glamorous, and  don’t get me wrong it is glamourous.  But there are other moments too, moments of loneliness walking into a show where you know no one and everyone is on their phones so busy with social media that real life connection is disregarded.  My insecurities can totallyflare up, comparison begins, and it can be a downward spiral from there.

Personally, after shooting and attending 14 seasons of Runway I have found that while it can be an amazing experience filled with fancy runway shows, parties, and fashion I can leave the week feeling exhausted and to be honest lonely.  

The interesting thing though, is that the more I share my personal experience, the more and more other women shared that they left Fashion Week feeling the same way.  It’s like we’re all walking around Fashion Week wishing we had a friend, and it is just going to take a few of us speaking up and saying “Hey…I’m lonely here…let’s be friends!”

There are so many powerhouse, feminine, authentic, dynamic women in this industry and in the world.  The reality is that none of us are competitors, we are teammates and with arms linked we have the power to really impact not only the fashion industry but culture as a whole.

It is my vision to create a space for a group of women in the Fashion Industry that have influence and hearts for investing into the whole woman.  My intent is to create a space and dialogue for authenticity, community, creativity, and dream up ways that we can encourage and inspire one another.

It is my belief that creativity begets creativity and free people free people, and this starts from the top.  If we as women and leaders in the fashion industry show others that depth and community and beauty can truly be lived out, then I believe we can blaze a trail for our culture + young women all over the world to do the same.

With this heart came A Very Refined Brunch.  A brunch hosted by The Refined Woman at the beginning of Fashion Week to do all of the above.  It was scary putting myself out there, and hosting my very first event at Fashion Week. 

What if no one comes?  What if I look silly?  What if others judge me?

Whenever we put ourselves out there to create something beautiful we will receive resistance, even if it comes from no one else but ourselves.  Putting aside my fears and insecurities (was NOT easy friends, but)  I moved forward with hosting this brunch, and it ended up being everything I could have hoped for and more. 

Women came who knew each other, and who didn’t know each other, and we all connected.  We talked about beauty, what we’re passionate about, how we want to change the fashion industry, culture, and the world.  There was laughter and tears.

And with honesty I can say that we all left that space feeling connected, and realizing none of us are alone.  

As women we are powerful.  Our voices matter, and there is endless possibilities when we join together and create.  A Very Refined Brunch is just the beginning.  

Beauty truly is limitless.

XO,

Kat

Thanks to some rad people we had some wonderful swag bags.  Thank you Jenna Kutcher, Esther Jean Designs, Conscious Magazine, Darling Magazine, + Ira Lippke Studios.

One of my photography mentors + inspirations, Ira Lippke, opened up his lovely studio to host our event.  How beautiful is his space?

What’s a brunch without a Mimosas Bar…with gold rimmed glasses?

Hilary of Dean Street Society sharing her heart on beauty!  I adore that gal!

Molly of Glitter + Rye did all the decor + florals!  She is like Pinterest in Real Life!

Ashley, the lovely lady above of Esther Jean Designs, made lovely hair pieces for each of the ladies!

Naturally Delicious catered our amazing brunch.  From Parfaits to Lavender Shortbread to mini coffee cakes; it was JUST PERFECT!

Molly of Glitter + Rye also created the Bouquet Bar so each lady could create her own floral arrangement to take with her!

And of course we had some fun over on Instagram!

Again thank you to the Amazing Sponsors:

Ira Lippke Studios | Jenna Kutcher | Conscious Magazine | Esther Jean

And to an amazing Community of Women that believed in me, supported me, ran errands for me + prayed for this event:  Dianna, Karlin, Francesca, Jenny, Cari, Lindsey Shea, Erica, Elizabeth, Jenn, My Mamma!

Monochromatic Monday | BURGUNDY

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Stadium Wool Coat | V-Neck Pleated Top | Lace Skirt | Patent Leather Heels | Sassy Flats | Clutch | Lipstick | Floral Sleeveless Top

New York Fashion Week is in full swing!  It’s such a tease as all the designers are showing whites + pastels for 2015!  However, I’m getting pretty excited for Fall in NYC; it’s pretty magical.  And I just love a good jewel tone…don’t you?

XO,

Kat

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Fashion Week Round-up Y’all

In honor of New York Fashion Week, we’ve gathered some lovely fall pieces from the designers we are dying to see this coming week!
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OUTFIT | Taking Chances

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It is amazing how vulnerable two inches of exposed skin can feel.  

During Fashion Week in February I did something that I have not done in about 10 years:  I wore a crop top, and my belly button was exposed for the world to see.  To some of you this may not seem like a big deal, and to others this may seem over the top and immodest.  

To me; it felt vulnerable and powerful all at the same time, but you have to know the back story though to see where I’m coming from…

Growing up an athlete I was used to being in sports bras and biking shorts on the tennis court for the majority of my childhood and through college.  It felt normal to be in a barely there tennis skirt and a razorback dri-fit top.  Never in my life was I concerned about calories or my weight.  Then something happened my freshman year of college, and I got sucked into this downward spiral of counting calories and eating disorders for the remainder of my college experience.  It was exhausting, and at times overwhelming and I wasn’t sure if I would ever truly view myself as beautiful again.

Even though I was a Division I athlete, and worked out for 4+ hours a day I was extremely insecure my body.  I was becoming a woman, was a professional athlete, had gained a lot muscle and was struggling with weight for the first time in my life.  Continually I felt like if I just lost 15 pounds I would:  get a boyfriend, be happier, feel more comfortable in my skin, be enough…

Is anyone with me on this?

Over the years I have experienced such freedom, and have learned to not only embrace my body, but view myself as beautiful!  It was not overnight, but an uphill journey walked through with community and lots of prayer.  (For anything that really matters in our lives there is no quick fix).

Even moreso I found that getting to that magic number on the scale won’t make you happy.  You’ll always want something more, whether it’s getting to an even lower number on the scale, getting that promotion,  getting married, having a kid, buying a house.  We will never fully ARRIVE, and guess what?  That is more than ok.

And you know what else:  I will never be a size 2 again in my life, and that’s OK.  

For me, walking into the Alice + Olivia presentation in February with my mid drift showing was way more about what was happening on the inside of my heart than my outer appearance.  The “Kat” 10 years ago never would have done this at the size I’m at todaybut I like my size today and I want to be a voice to you, to young women, to the fashion world that says beauty is not a number.

I, Kat am beautiful because of who I am, not what I am, and because of that I am free to walk into a roomful of editors, bloggers, and models that are much smaller than me and stay grounded in my identity and beauty.

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Photos by:  Chaz Cruz

New York Fashion Week from My Lens

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Fashion Week is over.  Le’sigh.  

Balance + Creativity.  Those are my two words from Fashion Week, and if I had a third it would be freeeeeeeezing!

Creatively, what consistently inspires me with each Fashion Week I have attended is how committed designers are season after season to continue creating.  These sometimes less than 10 minute runway shows represent a culmination of upwards of a year of dreaming, planning, and executing. There is always a deadline. With the final bow from the designer after her September show, she knows that she has precisely 6 months until her next bow. There cannot be a moment wasted between bows.

And then there’s the aspect of balance.  As opposed to last February with Em when we ran ourselves completely ragged, my goal this February was to remain balanced in the chaos.

This meant me making choices and practicing saying no to some really fun things (Any FOMO’ers out there will sympathize with me on this).  

It meant choosing a night in as opposed to going out for a fancy dinner, church instead of a runway show, the ballet with friends and not a networking event, flats instead heels (some of the days), one on one coffee dates and not a late night swanky party.  It was good for me to tangibly walk out balance, and to be present with the idea that working hard is important, but we are so much more than what we do.  

I will say I dearly missed Miss Em this Fashion Week; it’s much more fun to go to things with a partner in crime.  Thankfully though God provided some wonderful buddies for me to run around with.

I walk away from the past week exhausted, yet inspired.  Inspired to keep creating + to keep striving for balance in my life.

Now onto my photo journal…I just have so much to show y’all

First off:  Alice + Olivia.  Hands down the most creative experience all week.  The Alice + Olivia presentation was comprised of 7 unique fairy tale experiences in the McKittrick Hotel where the infamous play Sleep No More is housed.  Not only were the clothes beautiful, you truly felt you were on this fairy tale journey through the mind + heart of Stacey Bendet.

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Like I said Fashion Week wasn’t all work, I got to run around the city with my sweet friend Lauren.  From coffees to Hillsong to late night Bingo at The Standard we had a blast together.  I’m so thankful for this girl.

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Then I got to meet + photograph this fellow Southern gal Anna, who is not only super sweet, but an uber talented stylist!

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I just can’t really talk about the Nautica Menswear Collection.  Oh em gee, those men were so incredibly handsome.  Oof.  That’s all I’m going to say about that.

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Mid-day coffee breaks at Saturday Surf were a must.

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My heels came straight off after the shows, and fit nicely in one of the slots in my fabulous camera bag.

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Night at the Ballet; it was inspiring + melted my soul.

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Y’all might not know this, but I was first introduced to fashion week, over 3 years ago.  I photographed in the pit for 12 seasons, and as crazy as it is I found myself missing it terribly this season.  Maybe next September I can find myself back in the grind!

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Mara Hoffman’s Collection was ethereal + bold.  Her mixtures of geometric + tribal-esque patterns were surprising and refreshing!

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Wall-o-instagram in Lincoln Center.  You could use their hashtag #mbfw + if you were so lucky + (if you had a gazillion followers) your picture would appear on the wall!

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Dear Monique Lhuillier,

You slay me.  Season after season after season.  You make style look so effortless and chic.  Your work embodies femininity and strength.  You inspire me.

Love,

Kat.

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This gold + creme dress was my favorite!

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Then sometimes you go to shows, and you feel like you’re herded cattle and have to wait outside in the 15 degree weather for 45 minutes.  #notglamorous #imsurprisedmyfeetstillfunctionbecausetheyweresocold….

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…only to be let inside + realize that your seat has been taken + this is your view of the show…

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BUT THEN…my whole day was worth it because I saw the legendary Bill Cunningham.

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And this leads me to my final show:  Nanette Lepore, which was an exquisite way to end my week.  (Not to mention I sat across from effortlessly chic and elegant Kelly Rutherford AKA Lilly VanDerWoodson)

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It pains me to say I cut out so many images…guys I shot so so much, but in not wanting to be redundant/bore you to death I tried to keep it down.

That being said, if you have made it to the end of this epicly long post, bless you.

Until September, I bid fashion week adieu!

XO,

Kat

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