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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…

KEEP IT SIMPLE | TheWeekend Getaway

         “…life is too short not to wear seersucker in the summer.” 

-Kat Harris

Check out my full Weekend Getaway Article on Verily Magazine today!

Summer is just steps away, and for some of us we’re already in the midst of it!  Summer to me means spontaneity, adventure, eating watermelon that drips down my fingers and usually onto my clothes, impromptu trips, and long dinners outside with friends and loved ones.

My biggest goal when traveling whether for a fun 4-day weekend getaway or a month journey is to: KEEP IT SIMPLE, and here is how I do it!

 LIMIT YOUR OPTIONS!

How many of you ladies like to give yourselves at least 7 options a day for outfits? (Wait…I’m the only one?)  If you are going on a 3 day trip, pack 3 outfits, and allow yourself one extra option.  To keep your clothes from getting wrinkled, pack cotton and jersey knit fabrics that do not wrinkle easily.  Bring items that you can wear multiple ways.  What do I pack for a weekend getaway?  Well…I’m glad you asked! 

  1. Maxi Dress
  2. Seersucker Shorts
  3. White Oxford
  4. Jean Jacket
  5. Gladiator shoes + Wedges
  6. 1-piece bathing suit (modest is hottest!)
  7. Fedora Hat
  8. A chunky bold necklace
  9. Summer Tote to carry it all in!

With less than 10 items you can have a diverse wardrobe for at least 4 days if not more!  Here’s how:

  • The Maxi Dress:  This piece is great with your jean jacket, gladiator sandals, necklace and tote and viola you’re ready to board your plane.  (If you’re brining the Fedora wear that too so it doesn’t get ruined enroute).  Once you arrive to your destination your maxi dress now becomes the perfect beach cover-up!  Grab your suit, some magazines, and sunscreen and hit the beach.  Now it’s time for dinner, and you can glam up your maxi with a chunky necklace, wedges and some red lipstick!  From travel wear, to beach cover-up, to a night out the maxi dress is not only comfortable and feminine, but extremely versatile
  • Seersucker Shorts:  Because it’s summer, and why not?  Again throw on you gladiator sandals and blouse and you’re ready for bike rides on the beach.  Swap out the sandals for wedges, throw on some lipstick and fun jewelry and you’re ready for happy hour (don’t forget your jean jacket…it can get chilly at night!).
  • The White Oxford:  It’s no secret I love a good Oxford, not only for their functionality, but they’re so darn cute.  The Oxford over your one piece with the fedora, gladiator sandals, tote, and you’re ready for the beach.  Throw the oxford over the maxi dress in the afternoon with wedges, fedora, and tote in hand, and you’re ready for an afternoon of exploring the city!  Of course you can wear the oxford with your seersucker shorts, and chunky necklace.  (You can’t get much more preppy than that!).

Overall ladies, be organized, check the weather, and just have lots of fun!…and remember life is too short not to wear seersucker in the summer!

[Seersucker photo by:  Trent Bailey Photography + Panama Hat by:  Preston & Olivia]

XO,

Kat

Verily Magazine | THE OXFORD

           

Photos by:  Bekah of Kallima Photography

The Blue Oxford | See the Full Post at:  Verily Magazine

Fun, flirty, classy, elegant, easy, and versatile.

After experiencing my first real East Coast Winter, being a recent city transplant from LA, more than ever I am so grateful for the new life that comes with spring.  From the cherry blossoms to floral skirts to wedges to cocktails on NYC rooftops everything about it is simply magical!  

Sigh…I am falling in love with this city all over again!  With Spring and summer come my favorite seasons to dress!  Full of colors, flow-y skirts, patterns, and the freedom to have lots of fun with your wardrobe!

In preparation for a lovely season, ladies it is time for another wardrobe investment:  the oxford.

Now, I almost can audibly hear a collective yawn from those reading this article right now, but before you dismiss this piece as something only your grandmother would wear please hear me out!

The classic button down oxford is an investment piece well worth its price tag.  Not only will it be worn to office meetings, but will be a constant companion to garden parties during the summer, concerts, coffee dates, and days or nights out with friends.

Whether you’re 16, 29 (and holding), or in your 60s the oxford is a wardrobe essential that will last throughout the seasons and decades of your life.  Fabric quality and fit are essential when choosing an oxford.  Remember ladies quality over quantity, and the best part about investing into staple wardrobe items are their versatility.

Recently I came across the Japanese brand Kamakura that is known for their out of this world quality on men’s shirts.  They developed a women’s line, and their blue oxford has been a new best friend of mine!

Go, go, go, get yourself a quality oxford ladies.  Or dust off the one you have had in your closet, but had no idea how to wear it!  Go on ladies…have some fun, take some chances, and stay classy!

XO,

Kat

OUTFIT | Tourist in DC

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Photo by:  Bekah Hood

Living in New York City is sort of like living in London.  You live in the epicenter of this amazing, magnetic, and inspiring city, and within in a few hours can be in a totally different country (or in the US…state).  

(Ryanair is to London as Megabus is to New York City…except the bus takes way longer to get places).

Last weekend my dear friend Bekah flew to DC from Palm Beach for a shoot, and so I hopped on the bus for a quick 36 hour stint in DC.  

And y’all DC.  I mean honestly.  I fell in love.

Bekah and her husband Ben photographed a wedding that I was a bridesmaid in a few years back, and seriously we’re kindred spirits.  When I got to DC, we met at the hotel, and started talking and I think we spoke for 36 hours straight.  It was so life giving, and we just had such a blast.

The last time I was in DC was when I was 6 years old, so basically I remember nothing.  One of the beautiful things about being there was that I would have these little moments when we were walking around where I would have flashbacks of a memory playing with my brother, or remembering how hot and sticky it was and running up to my mom to have a huge slurp of her Diet Coke.

That evening we walked to the Capital at sunset, which I may or may not have thought was the White House (I will not confirm or deny), and I was blown away the the beauty the city had to offer.

We had a lovely dinner at Founding Farmer’s.  The Constitution, which is a fresh gin cocktail, was to die for!  (Also the bacon wrapped dates + mac and cheese were life changing!).

The next morning we woke for a sunrise engagement session where Bekah totally rocked it, and then I’m pretty sure we walked about 15 miles all over DC (including to Dupont Circle to have some amazing pour over coffee at Filter Coffeehouse).

We were the ultimate tourists, the only thing missing were matching pleated khaki shorts and fanny packs.

In the evening we walked to Georgetown (yes…you read that right…I’m a New Yorker now I walk places that are long distances) for an amazing carnivorous dinner at The Pig (I’m still dreaming about the bacon wrapped peaches baked with bleu cheese and maple glaze!).  

Good food, excellent drink, and even better company.  We talked life, dreams, photography, kids, marriage, singleness, family, hopes, fears, and anything and everything in between.

Early the next morning I headed back to the city, with achy legs, a full stomach, and heart for of life.  DC sorta stole my heart.  I could have stayed for weeks just exploring that magnificent city!

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

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