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7 Days // 7 Ways : The Versatile Blazer

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One of our main goals at The Refined Woman is to show that it’s better to invest wisely - to choose fewer, more versatile pieces over lots of trendy stuff that you’re going to throw away next season.

 

Polished pieces that go the distance with multiple outfits in your wardrobe are worth finding and investing in.

 

We’ve done posts on the importance of a good white oxford, the perfect pencil skirt, and the right purse. And it’s no secret that we LOVE blazers - it’s possibly the one clothing item that has been featured on our blog more than any other.

 

The right blazer puts the finishing touch on any outfit. It dresses up a pair of jeans and balances out a little dress.

 

I love this black and white tweed blazer because black and white go with everything, but the pattern is classy and fun. While I love a pop of color (usually it’s a red lip) - I would say most of my wardrobe is black, white, or denim. It just makes getting dressed easy.

 

This is the perfect outfit for a client meeting - it’s always an elusive task - finding the right outfit that says to a potential client “I mean business” but also hints that “I’m fun too.”

 

I love the way that a graphic tee and drawstring pants (fun) and a red lip (super fun!) combined with the tweed blazer + pumps (business) screams girl boss, in the best way.

 

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All photos by Delbarr Moradi

xo,

Em

Compensation for this post was provided by Jones New York via AOL Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Jones New York or AOL.

weekly round up : BEST WEEK EVER

Hey friends!

Em here, it was the BEST WEEK EVER because Kat was visiting us! we had so much fun getting to catch up and dream big for what’s on the horizon for The Refined Woman.

I’m so grateful for Lauren putting together this week’s roundup because Kat and I were busy doing THIS : 

That’s right ya’ll, new photos for The Refined Woman team!

EEEEEEEEEP.

We were so lucky to get to work with Jessica Burke + Melissa Hoffmann to make our dreams come true. We can’t wait to see the magic Jess captured behind that lens of hers!!

Patience, friends. The rest of those photos will come soon enough. 

Now onto our weekly recap with Lauren : 

We’re at that time of year when I get a little giddy with the thought of fall (mostlybuying new sweaters), yet at the same time seeing summer fade away makes my heart sigh. So here are some links from this week that get me excited for fall, but also remind me to cherish these last days of summer!

Kat wrote a lovely article for Darling Magazine about experiencing her sister trip purely in the moment.

AND…it was Em’s birthday Tuesday!!

How chic is Helena’s grey blazer simply paired with a white tee and black skinnies?! (also perfect for transitioning to fall!)

This dewy cheeks look is literally perfect (and SO easy) for the hot + humid days ahead.

Loving Mango’s minimalism in their new fall lookbook. Simplicity = Stunning.

This mini cobbler looks absolutely divine. I think I’ll save both for myself!

Can’t wait to try this lip stain technique come fall ~ C’est très jolie!

Seriously crushing on Julia’s camel sweater coat. Seriously. Get in my closet.

Love this reminder to find the positives in life’s moments.

xo,

Lauren, (& Em + Kat)

OUTFIT | Kimono time

I sort of have a hard time calling this a kimono - probably because I lived in Japan for a while and this is not really a kimono at all.

But it’s not a robe is it? It’s kind of a robe.

I guess no matter what you call it it’s still pretty awesome. You know I’ve always been on board with sweatpants, and since I’ve had a baby my mantra for pretty much every new thing I buy is

1. It is comfortable?

2. Is it kind of like pajamas that I can wear in public?

If yes to both of those - buy in multiple colors. Repeat. 

Heck I even wore this to a wedding a few weeks ago. I think that maybe I could have managed to get myself into a dress - but I figure that since I was carrying around a 3 month old people would give me a free pass just this once. 

Don’t tell Kat though, I think she’d die if she saw me wearing this to a wedding. 

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This tunic from Zara is on sale too!

xo, Em

Happy Birthday Kat!

To the woman who never stops dreaming and striving to be a better version of herself, but who is full of amazing grace too. You make me want to dream bigger and this blog would not be what it is without you. 

You are the peanut butter to my jelly, and I’m so glad you were born. You make my world a better place by being in it. 

You are beautiful and cherished. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAT!

xo,

Em

OUTFIT | Make it Happen

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Oh hey friends!  Happy Thursday!  

What are you going to make happen today ladies?  

Do you ever wake and up and feel like it’s going to be a productive day, like you’re going to freakin’ rock it?  That’s how my day is going to go!  I’m going to own it.

Does anyone else ever just want to crawl back in bed and sleep until noon when they finish their daily to-do list?  Ya…me too.  But we get to choose movement, and we get to choose chipping away at our to-do’s because life happens in the movement.

Dreams happen with the continual, consistent, commitment to show up to our days.  Ideas, tasks, to-dos, visions, dreams, you name it are all fantasies until we fight for them to become reality.

Today I’m fighting for my dreams to be realities.  I’m stepping into today ready to own it.  Also I’m stepping into today with my favorite JCrew Cobalt trousers (umm…they’re glorified sweatpants…and I’m in love #iwokeupthisway).  Who is with me?

Tell me about your day, tell me what you’re going to chase and make happen.  I’m proud and honored to run this race + journey with you!

XO,

Kat

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Photos by:  Chaz Cruz

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 : Best of Kat

Kat is the one who is always pushing us forward. Without her, The Refined Woman just wouldn’t be around at all much less be where it is today. We have had an amazing year starting this journey on The Refined Woman. She is always moving forward, thinking bigger, and challenging me to BE more. I love her for that, and I think that’s why we are such a good team. I’m dreaming and scheming but Kat is the one who is always taking action. I love seeing how her photography has grown since I’ve known her and this year, I’ve loved seeing her evolve as a stylist as well. 

Here are some of my favorite outfits she’s put together for the blog in the past year and just a little bit about what I love about them. 

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red for fall - I’m crazy about this look because I just would never have paired a red wool pencil skirt with a brown turtleneck but it is just the best combo! I am dying over the tones together with a bit of chunky gold and leopard. Stunning styling. 

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first date material - This is another color combo I’m crazy about! bright canary yellow plus muted beige is so classy and sophisticated while still being super fun. I mean come on, how is this beautiful friend of mine still single? I don’t get it. AT. ALL.

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All I could think after Kat posted this fun mixed textured outfit was GET THEE TO CLUB MONACO. And also, get some hoop earrings! The military coat and patterned pencil are such a cool combo and the hoop earrings, I mean really. Too good. There are so many ways you could take this idea and run with it because a military jacket goes with everything (Kat and I were all about them this year…)

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I have always been a fan of a good romper but this post not only solidified my love for their versatility - it also made me go out and get some converse. Paired with the white blazer this outfit just killed me. I love how Kat wears patterns, which is one thing I’m working on for 2014, and I think one great takeaway from this outfit is to pick one pattern and pair it with all white or another color to really make the pattern pop. 

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It may be because the holidays are over and I’m already in post-Christmas depression, but I’m longing for spring already. Easy tied tops and skirts and color. And as much as dressing for pregnancy is a fun challenge for me, I’m already getting pumped about wearing clothes that don’t have to fit over the belly. I loved this color blocking post so much - and Kat’s combo here is perfect. Again, I’m all about the color. Predictable. 

Honorable mentions go to : 

blazers + ballcaps

camo pants!!

kat’s high-waisted trouser look for Rue

country boho - girl knows how to rock those cowboy boots

one blue dress 4 ways!

Cheers to an even better 2014! We love you for following along with us. 

Be sure to keep up with new stuff over on our Facebook page (the best place to ask us questions!) and our Pinterest!

xo,

Em

Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays

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Well Happy Christmas Y’all!  It has been quite the year for both Em + I.  So many adventures and new beginnings.  It has been so much fun to think about this year, and all it has entailed for us individually, and for The Refined Woman.

Time is a funny thing.  Undaunted by our circumstances or feelings; it just keeps on moving by.  Here are some of our highlights from this year:

  • We launched The Refined Woman.  Our dear friend Casey Wiegand helped promote our blog the day, and we were blown away at the response we got that first week.
  • Our dreams came true during February Fashion Week when we met our hero Jenna Lyons.  We felt like giddy school girls running around the city (during the blizzard) going to shows like Billy Reid, the JCrew Presentation, and Monique Lhuillier.
  • After New York Fashion Week I decided to move to the Big City, and gulpI actually did this August!
  • Em + Aaron celebrated their 5 year wedding anniversary in Paris for 3 weeks, and he scored some major points when he bought Em the Chanel purse of her dreams.
  • Em announced they’re adding a member to their family this fall, and I know I’m a bit bias, but she’s basically the cutest prego ever!
  • I experienced my first East Coast fall, and it was just as magical as I thought and hoped it would be.

It’s been a year of dream chasing, of goal orienting, stumbling, falling, tears, laughter, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

We are so very thankful to have had this adventure, and are excited to see the beautiful things that 2014 has in store for us!  Thank you for joining us on this journey!

XO,

Kat + Em

P.S.  Em and I sent out our first Christmas card this year.  Aaron shot our pictures on the roliflex at The Highline Hotel.  (We used Minted cards which we FELL IN LOVE WITH by the way)!  Here are some of our favorite shots!  Enjoy!

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em’s outfit!

dress : crossroads trading co. / shirt : jcrew (similar) / blazer : jcrew / necklace : jcrew (similar)

STYLED: Anniversary Shoot with Tec Petaja

One reason I love being a part of The Refined Woman is that in the past 5 years of being a photographer, I have become just as passionate about what my subjects wear as I am about taking the photos. 

There’s just something about the right outfit, in the right location, in the right light … when it all comes together, that is something that really fires me up. 

A few months ago, when Aaron and I celebrated on our 5 year anniversary, I wanted to get some photos done by a photographer I greatly admire in the city we have come to love so much. 

It was the best opportunity to get to STYLE a couple just how I would want to photograph them. And honestly Tec captured us better than I could have imagined. 

I love these photos but more than that I’m hoping and praying for more opportunities to come along to style more photo shoots. So if you’re looking for a stylist… 

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All photos by Tec Petaja

Hair + Makeup by Elizabeth Chang

Em’s OUTFIT - Jacket : H&M (old) / Dress : All Saints (old) / Pumps : Christian Louboutin

Aaron’s OUTFIT - 3 Piece Suit : Indochino / Tie : The Tie Bar / Shoes : Cole Haan

xo,

Em

OUTFIT : Denim Shorts

There’s just so much you can do with staple pieces in your wardrobe.  Take the Denim Shorts.  On Monday we showed you how to wear them 7 Different Ways!

Today we’re showing more of Em and I’s looks.  Notice how we both are wearing denim shorts, but our outfits could not be more different.

Em is totally getting rocker chic on us while keeping it casual with her strappy sandals.  On the other hand, my look is a little more dressy.  The blazer and silk blouse paired with my wedges makes me ready for a day of summer client meetings.  However, take my pony tail down and I’m ready for drinks with the girls!

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wayfarers: ray ban / shorts : thrifted / tank : madewell (old) / leather jacket : comptoir des cotonniers (similar) / sandals : frēda salvador 

photos : simply jessie / hair + makeup : melissa hoffmann

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Shorts:  Thrift (similar + on sale for $20!!)

Jacket:  Club Monaco + it’s on sale!!

Blouse:  Vince Camuto (similar)

Sunglasses:  RayBans

Happy Wednesday Ladies!

XOXO,

Kat + Em