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OUTFIT: Overalls…They’re back

…get over it.  Nineties nostalgia is making me swoon.

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It has been months upon months now that I have been searching high and low for overalls.  I have been to quite a few thrift stores, and tried on numerous pairs, but none of them were quite right.

People, I have L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-ONG legs, and so you know it’s hard for a tall girl to find overalls without looking like a) she’s wearing her baby sisters clothes or b) a farmer.  We don’t want either of those things.

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A few weeks ago I was perusing the sale section at the local Anthropologie, and a light fell down from heaven onto these overalls.

And I cried danced picked them up like a normal person, and ran to the cash register.  I couldn’t buy them fast enough.

The next day I had two photoshoots in LA and then a meeting with some fellow bloggers and photographers, and I wore my overalls the entire day. They were awesome to shoot in, and I felt cute enough to go to drinks afterwards with the ladies.

Bam.  Versatility. Functionality.  Fashion.  I’m so happy.

The End.

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Photos by:  Lindsey Shea

Key Pieces:

Overalls: Anthropologie

Camera Bag/Messenger Bag:  Kelly Moore Bag

Necklace:  31 Bits

OUTFIT: Rompin’ Around

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So if you want to know how I really feel, here goes it…

I LOVE rompers.  Why?  I don’t really know, maybe because we always want something we can’t have.

What I mean by that is there really are not many rompers out there for tall women?  T A L L ladies out there Can I Getta Witness please?  I cannot tell you how many times I thought I’ve found a killer romper, only to discover I really look like Sally O’Malley from SNL (ain’t nobody got time for that)

You should know my utter delight then, when I recently walked into Anthropologie and found this floral cobalt blue number.  I died when I tried it on, and it actually fit me really well! (Not too short, not too long, everything fitting in its appropriate places).

You know Blue + White are two of my go-to colors that work for me, so of course I paired my favorite Club Monaco Blazer with this look!

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All Photos by:  Michelle Kim

Outfit Deets:

Blazer:  Club Monaco

Romper:  Anthropologie

Necklace:  JCrew (similar)

Shoes:  Nordstroms

OUTFIT: Blazers + Ballcaps

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Pssst…here’s a secret…I am a bit of a tomboy.

Wearing hats makes me one happy camper, because I can look cute and get away with not having to mess with my hair (which most days I don’t spend more than 5 minutes on).

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You have seen me wearing 31 Bits  A L O T, but really their jewelry just goes with my style so well.  They’re necklaces are a go to for me!

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Club Monaco…you had me at hello.

This blazer has been a wardrobe staple for over a year now, and any excuse I can find I’ll throw it on…even if it’s with a baseball cap!

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Photos by:  Kate Colosi

Blazer:  Club Monaco

Necklace:  31 Bits

Hat: Target

Chambray Shirt:  TJ Maxx (similar)

Braided Belt:  Thrift (similar)

Jeans:  Madewell

OUTFIT: Wednesday B L U E S

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Happy Wednesday Friends!  If you haven’t noticed…I wear lots of B L U E, here, and here again…OOPs #sorryimnotsorry.  

Blue works for me, so I wear lots of it.  Look in your closet:  what are the top three colors in your wardrobe?  Chances are those are actually the colors that look best on you, your skintones, your eyes.

What’s your it C O L O R?  Find it, and don’t be ashamed for wearing lots of it!

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This A-Line Blue JCrew skirt has been in my closet for several years, yet I hardly wear it, because I never know what to wear with it.  Today, I stumbled upon it with new eyes and thought why in the heck haven’t I been utilizing this skirt; it’s pretty great!

Since it’s flowy on bottom I prefer a more fitted top.  

Two other ways you could wear this:

  • A scoop back fitted long sleeve shirt like this one from American Apparel would look great with it as well!
  • Simple White T V-Neck tucked in with wedges. (We’re all about versatility folks!)

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This is my new Kelly Moore Songbird camera bag.  It’s amazing.  There is so much unexpected storage, I can fit my Nikon D3s with 3 other lenses comfortably in the bag.  The great thing too is that it’s super cute and doesn’t SCREAM “I’m carrying a bunch of expensive camera equipment with me!!!!”

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Photos by:  Michelle Kim.  Darlin, you are such a blessing!

Top:  H&M (several years old - similar)

Skirt: JCrew (similar

Belt + Bangles:  Forever 21 (old - similar + similar)

Bag:  Kelly Moore Bag

OUTFIT: That’s a Wrap

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A few weeks ago we talked about wardrobe staples.  The Little Black Dress was our topic of conversation.  Have you found yours yet?

Today I bring to your another wardrobe staple: The Wrap Dress.  I am a dress girl through and through, and here’s why:  they are so easy!  You slip a dress over your head, and you are instantly more put together.  People always ask me how I can photograph in a dress. My response:  it is so easy, I can move around in it, squat, bend.  Dresses are moveable and with ease knock up your dressiness a few notches.

In fact, last Saturday I was shooting a wedding in Dallas, TX., and I wore this dress the entire day shooting; it was fabulous!

A few things to note on wrap dresses:

  • Length:  notice mine is just about knee level.  That’s a good rule of thumb.  Any shorter, and it turns into a night out with the girls and not work appropriate.
  • The Wrap:  Make sure when you try on your wrap that you do a few twirls in it.  Make sure that wrap is going to stay closed.  To be safe with mine I safety pin the wrap midway down just in case a gust of wind comes through.
  • Quality vs. Quantity:  This wrap dress was definitely an investment piece, but our wardrobe staples should be.  I found it at the Kate Spade outlet on sale thankfully!  

Dress:  Kate Spade Here + Similar

Wedges:  Tory Burch + Similar 

Burberry Purse:  Vintage (Gift from my mother) Similar

INSPIRATION: The Effortless Chic

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A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of hanging with and photographing (Southern lady in LA) Jen of The Effortless Chic.  She is so cute and uber sweet!

We found this perfect wall to shoot her fabulous lace ensemble from Madewell!  Check out her outfit post, and where you can pick up the lovely lace ensemble HERE.

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All photos by:  Kat Harris

And a few behind the scenes shots never hurt anyone!

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Thanks Lindsey Shea for assisting me and grabbing these behind the scenes shots!

Key Pieces:

Jacket:  Club Monaco (Similar)

Bag:  Kelly Moore Bag

Shoes:  GH Bass Weejuns

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Have a fabulous Friday!

XO,

Kat

OUTFIT : Blue Swag

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One dress four ways.  

Upon first glance when I saw this Amazing Cobalt Blue Dress at Madewell I wasn’t completely sold.  BUT then folks I tried it on, and DIED; the length, the a-line cut, the stretchy ponte fabric; it all made me melt.

I knew I wanted the dress, but wasn’t convinced I needed it.  Then, walking around the store I thought of at least 4 different ways I could wear the dress, and remember our last lesson:  don’t buy a piece unless you can think of at least 3 distinct looks with it.

After realizing the options with the dress were endless, I really had no other choice other than to buy it! 

Here’s my take on how to spruce up your classy dress that’s just sitting in your closet dying to come play with you!

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Photos Courtesy of:  Sarah Shreves

Dress:  Madewell / White Collared Shirt:  Zara old (Similar) / White Blazer:  Club Monaco  / Belt:  JCrew (Similar via Club Monaco) / Penny Loafers:  GH Bass Weejuns /Lace Top:  BP Nordstroms / Booties:  Urban Outfitters (Similar)

Refined at Fashion Week: Day II

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We have been neck deep in all things fashion this last week, and let me tell you it has been every girls dream!  (Aside from no sleep, little eating, and walking through ice while wearing heels…but hey #fashionweekproblems)

Fur Coat:  Buffalo Exchange…and get over it I paid $2 for it (similar).

Maxi Dress:  Anthropologie; it’s on sale, go get it NOW.

Tights: Target

Shoes:  JCrew (similar)

Bracelet:  31 Bits; Necklace:  East West Jewelry

Now onto two of my FAVORITE shows of the week.  Literally I was gasping the entire Billy Reid show.  Louisiana native Billy Reid NAILED IT. I felt as though I could wear every piece right off the runway into my everyday life.  Here are a few of my favorites…

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Swooning yet?  Wait until you see the yumminess of Trina Turks Fall Collection, bold jewel tones, mixed patterns, and hats on hats on hats!

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So much more to share…we’re off to the JCrew Presentation….eeee so giddy about this friend!

XOXO,

Kat

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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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