Style

OUTFIT | My First Billy Reid

11.20.14

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There are many reasons why I love New York City from the uh-mazing fall that has just crept up on us all to the fact the I can order any type of food at all hours of the day and night to summer concerts in Central Park.  I love it all.

But…let’s be honest I totally love being in a city where designer sample sales are a normal occurrence.  A few months ago I was shooting an engagement session in Bowery, when mid-session I saw a sign for the Billy Reid sample sale that was ending later that afternoon.

I kept my calm, finished my shoot + sprinted to the sample sale.  Billy Reid has been one of my favorite designers for a few years now.  I love his southern roots, and eclectic take on timeless pieces.  Up until now though I have never owned anything from his collection.

This Safari dress was calling my name and I knew it could be a wardrobe staple, but when I tried it on I felt sorta dumpy.  However, growing up my mother always had a wonderful Safari dress so I bit the bullet and walked out of Billy Reid with this dress.  I went home and tried it on with an old belt I had + viola!  It’s feminine, classic, and will last me for years.

I’m so glad I bought it!  It’s great for summer with wedges, but also a good transitional fall and winter piece that I can wear with booties or these riding boots!

It’s all about versatility ladies!

XO,

Kat

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Photos by:  Em

I’ve search high + low for this Billy Reid Safari dress online + can’t find it, but Ann Taylor has a similar one that I adore!  Use the code POWER40 + you can get 40% off!

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Style

7 Days // 7 Ways: The Versatile Blazer

11.20.14

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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 oxfordthe 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.

News / Style

NYFW | Lincoln Center Fun

11.19.14

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[Outift Details below…Head to Toe JCrew--with my Ona Camera Bag]

You know how when Katniss goes to the Capital in the first Hunger Games, and everyone is dressed so weird + is trying so hard to look cool and be unique and blah blah blah?

Ok…well that’s sort of how Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week is.  It can be a lot of what I like to refer to as “pea-cocking”.  People walking around “pretending” to be on their cell phones answering an extremely important “email”, but really they’re secretly hoping that someone would please, please, puh-lllllease take their picture and feature it on Women’s Wear Daily.

My personal goal when I’m walking up to Lincoln Center to go to a show: DEAR JESUS, PLEASE DON’T FALL ON YOUR FACE IN YOUR 5-INCH HEELS THAT YOU CAN’T WALK IN”.

At the JCrew presentation a few days ago, a few of my friends and I just decided to have some fun with the whole Lincoln Center experience.  Life’s too short to take yourself seriously…even at New York Fashion Week…especially at NYFW.

XO,

Kat

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Frederick a.k.a. such a HAM.

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Then I found a super cute girl so I had to snap a “real” street style shot:)

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Then this tall woman passed me, and I was like “Hey that looks like Karlie Kloss“.

My friends response:  No…that’s not Karlie Kloss.

Me:  YES IT IS….and the win for me…(because it was).

Honestly though how darling is she?  Can’t you just see us being friends? (totally right?)  Her + Filmmaker Casey Neistat were making some sort of iPhone video…can’t wait to check that out.

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Lot’s of selfie takin’ at Lincoln Center.  Amy Stone you’re probably the cutest.

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More pictures… he’s jumpin’ for joy.

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And one of the hardest working women at NYFW:  Sara Kerens ladies + gentlemen.  The cutest Southern Fashion Photographer taking NYC + the world by storm.  Get. To.  Know.  Her.

Unfortunately my JCrew Collection Skirt is sold out, but they have some other amazing options now.  This is my fave.  See more below!