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OUTFIT: Little White Dress

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The Little White Dress :

There just isn’t anything better for a HOT summer day. A white cotton sundress is the perfect blank canvas. 

I recently wore mine all week in Sea Island, Georgia - dressed down for the beach and dressed up with a blazer and heels for a nice meal out. 

Kat also just posted her LWD and what’s perfect is that we didn’t even plan to both put together an outfit for The Little White Dress this month- it just happened.

We are actually not the best planners so it always surprises me when things like this work out in our favor. 

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This tassel necklace is my newest favorite accessory. It works with EVERYTHING, and I love the length.

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hair + makeup : melissa hoffmann / photos : simply jessie

dress : jcrew (old) similar here

blazer : jcrew

necklace : jcrew

loafers : madewell (old) similar here

satchel : dooney + bourke

scarf : vintage 

watch : michael kors

xo,

Em

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!

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

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!

ELEMENTS: 31 Bits Giveaway

It’s our launch week of The Refined Woman, and we could not be more excited about this new journey with y’all!  

What better way to get through your Wednesday by getting in on our WEDNESDAY 31 BITS GIVEAWAY.

First off, if you are unfamiliar with 31 Bits.  Please check them out HERE.  31 Bits is an organization that hires women in Uganda to make these beautifully crafted paper beaded necklaces.   31 Bits has a wholistic approach to their business.  Not only do they employ women to rise above poverty but provide:  english lessons, finance training, community groups, and AIDs and Health clinics for the women.  

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                               Photo by:  The Refined Woman

We love 31 Bits, and want to get some in your hand ASAP!  Here’s how you win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XOXO,

Kat + 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

OUTFIT: Warby Parker + Popped Collars + Suits

For this shoot I was going to be lugging a photo booth setup in addition to my normal gear and I just knew a skirt or dress wasn’t going to work for that. After I got the blazer as a gift from my (amazing!) husband I went on a search for pants to go with it and I love these navy high waist trousers from J. Crew. The color and the cut feel more exciting than regular black dress pants. Since it was still unseasonably warm a few weeks ago, I went with a short sleeve button up to keep from overheating.

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Pants – Hutton trouser:  J. Crew (they come in long inseam too!), Schoolboy blazer:  J. Crew, Button up shirt:  American Apparel, Watch: Michael Kors, Wedges:  Salvatore Ferragamo, Camera Strap:  Apolis; Glasses:  Warby Parker