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STYLED: Summer Lovin’

A while back I posted about our anniversary session with Tec Petaja … And even though it’s been a few months since we did these photos I appreciate them even more now that Aaron and I are getting ready to add another little one to our family. 

I’m also dreaming of summer. Warm weather. Wearing jean shorts again. And making our way back to Tomales Bay for oysters at The Marshall Store

Photos by Tec Petaja / Hair + Makeup by Skyla Arts 

Another post featuring my red jean shorts. Or chambray shirt

OUTFIT: Red Jean Shorts

My husband has already threatened an embargo on all hi-waisted shorts, but I can’t help myself. 

It’s the perfect mix of sassy and sweet - and the red of the jeans is sort of an unexpected pop that I always enjoy. 

Wearing my new Everlane reverse denim backpack! It does make me feel like a kid but in a good way. 

Hair + Makeup : Melissa Hoffmann / Photos : Simply Jessie

Glasses : Warby Parker

Hi tops : Converse

Shorts : Vintage (similar)

Oxford : Jcrew

Backpack : Everlane

xo,

Em

OUTFIT : Our White Oxfords

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Monday we launched the second edition of our How to Style Your Staples series featuring the classic White Oxford.  This might be on of my favorite posts that we’ve done thus far.  I just love seeing how creative each lady can be with such a simple piece!

And also…is anyone else in love with Em’s Refined on a Dime boyfriend jeans?  I just cannot handle her cuteness sometimes!!

Here’s some more of Em + her fabulous self!

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photos : simply jessie / hair & makeup : melissa hoffmann

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oxford : thomas mason for jcrew 

jeans : thrifted (see this!

pumps : sam edelman (similar)

wallet : michael kors

glasses : warby parker mallory

Now onto my White Oxford look…

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Photos by:  Aaron Young (who’s the bomb by the way)

White Oxford:  Apolis

Skirt:  Anthropologie

Belt:  Thrift (similar)

The Refined HOW TO STYLE YOUR STAPLES: The White Oxford

How to Style your Staples Edition #2:  The White Oxford

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Dear White Oxford,

I love you.  Very very very much.  I sort of want to wear you every day!  That’s all.

XO,

Kat

Ladies, the white oxford is a wardrobe essential.  Gone are the days when a white oxford is for a man heading off to his 9-5.  Whether you are cleaning the house, heading to the beach, out to drinks with the ladies on a Friday night, a client meeting, or shopping with friends, your white oxford is a piece you can wear anywhere!

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Em I truly think you and Jenna Lyons are soulmates.  The Coral lips + leopard heels adds some spunk to this classic look.  Don’t be afraid to accessorize ladies.  A simple outfit can instantly be taken up 10 notches with a few poppy pieces of jewelry + accents!

So my outfit I love because this flowy high-wasted skirt is just so fun!  When I saw it in the window at Anthropologie I knew I had to have it, and I knew instantly that I would pair it with my favorite White Oxford from Apolis. The look goes wonderfully with my Boho-Prep thing I got going:) (Thanks Aaron Young for the rad photos!)

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Jenn Pinkston of The Effortless Chic is just cute as a button.  She really is living up to her namesake right now as she makes this look seem so effortless!  We shot in LA last week, and I just adore Jen.  She is such a lovely person inside and out!

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Erin of Apartment 34 is a woman I have yet to meet in real life (she’s based out of San Francisco and her and Em have become fast friends).  What I do know about this lady is that she has immaculate taste, and you know I always love a girl who is not afraid to POP THAT COLLAR!  Jeans + Ankle Jeans + Chunky Heels = Perfection. 

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What I love about Casey is her sweet spirit.  Everything she does has soul, depth, and passion.  The woman you experience on her blog is the woman you experience in real life.  She is such a gift to us!  Casey stays classy with her white oxford tucked in, yet keeps her edge of bohemia with her slouchy trousers.  I love this!

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Sara from Glitter and Grace just makes me happy because she is never afraid of a little sparkle (hence the name of her blog!),  She’s one of those gals that is constantly smiling as she talks and is simply a joy to be around.  This sparkly skirt and tied white oxford is just SOOO her.  

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Hilary of Dean Street Society just oozes class.  Her bows just make me happy.  What I love about this look is how polished it is.  This is the perfect outfit for a day of client meetings and running around the town.  It’s so interesting how versatile this simple white oxford can be!

OUTFIT: Yep In My White T E E…

errr…my version of the white t:)

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Basically, all it is jeans and a white shirt?  Boring right? (Well…here’s a little secret, I’m not the biggest risk taker in my wardrobe.  Neutral colors are my best friend, and I’m kinda ok with that).

How do you keep such a simple outfit interesting?  Here are my thoughts :

  1. Fabric + Texture + Cut:  Yes; it’s a simple white shirt, BUT the eyelet lace and peter pan collar make this white blouse classy, feminine, with a hint of whimsy.
  2. Accessories:  Since my top and jeans are neutral, I was able to have some fun with my accessories:  leopard + burberry never hurt anyone, and my Kiel James Patrick Anchor bracelet is a spring staple!
  3. Shoes:  In my opinion, as soon as you add heels, any outfit takes a few notches up.  I always feel confident and a bit sassy when I prance around in my heels (maybe because they make me like 6’4)

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Would you believe it if I told you my super cute Mint + Pearl earrings were less than $5 from Forever 21?  Well…b e l i e v e  i t.

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My sweet friend and fellow fashionista + photographer Michelle Kim took all these photos!  She’s uber talented and has a heart of gold!

Top:  JCrew

Jeans:  Madewell

Belt:  JCrew (similar)

Shoes:  Tory Burch + similar (you’ve seen these a lot, and will see them more, I wear them ALL the time, and honestly don’t have tons of shoes!)

Bracelet:  Kiel James Patrick

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

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 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

OUTFIT: Hunter Boots to the Rescue

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This outfit was clutch for the last wedding I photographed in San Francisco with Emily Scott.  Literally from the moment we drove up to the Bride’s house until we left the reception it was RAINING.  Not misting but pretty much pouring buckets, and need I remind you that it is winter?  My hunter boots were one of those purchases that I was not so sure about because of the price, but over and over again they have come through to shining victory for me!

Blazer:  Zara

Top:  Similar (Zara)

Skirt:  Anthropologie

Tights:  H&M

Infinity Scarf:  Handmade by a friend find one Similar

Boots:  Nordstrom’s