Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mixed Media

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, and invincible summer
{Albert Camus}

This week marked our first {real} snow for the year which in my books means that winter has actually arrived. Yes, it's been freezing for weeks now, but winter on the east coast isn't winter until there's snow. However, this impending blizzard of doom didn't turn out quite the way the weathermen forecasted...but hey I'm not sure many of us are complaining because it was a nice mid-week treat to get a rare snow day from work for some very welcomed r&r. In school snow days were simply exciting because hey, which kid isn't excited to get a day off school? But a snow day from work is like scoring a coveted limited edition lipstick from the latest MAC collection {thank goodness my days of hoarding make-up are over...}. I don't know what ya'll are fawning over in the west coast being the "best coast". Not a snow day in sight and you definitely aren't getting a sun day anytime soon like ever...except for of course actual Sundays!! None of you are laughing...but I know my east coast babes are chuckling along ;)

Hope everyone here has as much fun as me prancing around in snow while only slightly cringing at the thought of ruining my shoes...! Do it for the blog pics.

xx,
Refined Couture







 Rebecca Taylor Leather Jacket - similar here || Madewell Top {on sale!} || Madewell Bottoms {on sale!} || L.K. Bennett 'Joanne' Boots || Fringe Bag c/o FromDylan || Necklace c/o Sunset45 || NARS 'Cruella' Lipstick

Monday, January 26, 2015

Negative Space

"What do we call visible light? We call it color. But the electromagnetic spectrum runs to zero in one direction and infinity in the other, so really, mathematically, all of light is invisible."
{Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See}

My life has been seriously devoid of color for the last few months ever since I started working in New York City. I've never been the kind of girl who favored black jeans over blue jeans or preferred to stick to predominately monochromatic color options when it comes to clothes, but all of that has now changed. I often joke now that my favorite color is black...like my soul...kidding!! But still dark and twisty inside {please tell me if you get the reference!}

I'm super excited to be kicking off my collaboration with Foxiedox today, featuring their new Spring '15 collection. Though their overall brand style is more edgy than I think I'm cool enough to be, that doesn't mean a sista can't mix a piece to match her own style -- when there is a will there is a way! I actually really love this top with the sheer paneling on the neckline, and I decided it'd be an interesting pairing to play with the idea of negative space with both my top and my bottom. I like the synonymy of the curved mesh paneling in the neckline of the top and the bottom of the skirt. It creates a cohesion that makes me giddy {yup, I'm a total weirdo}. 

I hope all my East Coast friends stay warm and safe in the next couple of days when Big Bertha hits! I, for one, am biding adieu to these bare leg days. 

xx,
Refined Couture










Club Monaco Jacket - similar here || Foxiedox 'Leanna' Top c/o || Madewell Skirt {sold out} - similar here and here || Reed Krakoff Shoes - similar here || AĆ©ropostale Bag c/o || DIY Belt || NARS 'Cruella' Lipstick

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mix and Match

Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another.
{Jane Austen, Emma}

Quick hello this morning as I'm dashing out to work! I wanted to share one of my all-time favorite pieces from my wardrobe with you all since it's been quite awhile since I've worn it around the blogosphere. Every time I put this Marc Jacobs blazer coat on I instantly feel love -- I love the perfectly mis-matched buttons, I love the beautiful tapering, I love the high slits at the back of the coat, and I love the menswear inspired fabrication. I knew I wanted to pair it with blush to soften up the dark fabric and to add that feminine touch while still keeping it chic with my favorite pair of relaxed rip and repair jeans. What are some of your favorite wardrobe classics that have you falling in love each time? I'd love to know!!

xx,
Refined Couture











Marc Jacobs Blazer Coat - similar here || J.Crew Top - similar here || Joe's Jeans Bottoms - similar here || Loft Heels - similar here || Stella McCartney Bag || J.Crew Necklaces

Monday, January 19, 2015

Greige

Because there is so much hiding amongst the greys...

Life is most definitely not black and white...but that doesn't mean those can't be my favorite non-colors to don. I'm almost positive it's a New York City thing. Before I started working in the city I loved color. I went through a phase where I literally had a rainbow assortment of girly skirts and colored jeans; Kate Spade was my jam because what girly girl doesn't love big bows, flirty skirts, and lots of sparkle? Of course I still have an appreciation for those things, but I find myself gravitating less and less towards those sort of pieces for my personal wardrobe. Maybe it's because the city itself is already so colorfully bursting with life and energy, or maybe because the astute skyscrapers that are erected around us have an energy that pulsates through our blood, but there is something about the city life that instills in you a deep love for the color black and a wardrobe that might be secretly begging for a little bit more than camel and navy on a good day. 







Joie Cashmere Blazer {old} - similar here || Ann Taylor Top - love this || J.Crew Leather Pixie Pants {last year} - this year's here || Michael Kors Boots {old} || J.Crew Necklace || GiGi New York iPhone Wristlet c/o

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ThirdLove


When it comes to style, I've always been on the fighting side of style over comfort. Sometimes, looks can kill -- like actually. Those new shoes aren't going to break themselves in! However, when it comes to lingerie, my opinions begin to shift. For us girls, lingerie is first about the feel and next about the look. But if you can find that one brand that is all-encompassing of both, well you've hit the treasure trove. In comes Thirdlove...

I have a penchant for nude lingerie. Particularly, nude bras. I think they're the most versatile because you'll never have to worry about your obnoxious pink bra waving to the world on that unfortunately bright and sunny day when you decided to wear a basic white tee. I've had a lot of trouble in the past finding that perfect nude bra that I can wear without worry with all my white tees, because I'm totally a live-in-your-slouchy-white-tee girl when it comes to summer time. But search no further! This bra is literally perfection. Not overly designed so that it's unconventional for every day wear, it's both cute and so comfortable it feels like your second skin. Usually when we talk about third pieces, it's third piece layering. However, this is a true third love!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Sentiment

There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.
{Bram Stroker, Dracula}

I come from a very large extended family. My grandmother is the mother of eight children, the grandmother of eighteen grandchildren, and the great-grandmother of six great-grandchildren {and counting}. She is the light of our family -- a truly wonderful, intelligent, and beautiful soul. I admire her very much for her character. She is one of the most diligent and humble human beings I have ever had the pleasure to know, and I along with my seventeen other cousins are constantly amazed by the woman she is. If you put all eighteen of us together, we would still fail in our attempts to try and create the things my grandmother has seemingly perfected in her lifetime {with ease}. An example would be the sweater I am wearing today, which is actually a handmade piece by my grandmother. She picked up knitting in her 60s and made hundreds of knitted pieces for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I still have many pieces from when I was young that I've held onto out of sentiment -- I would never let them go and they're pieces I hope to pass on to my own children one day. This sweater is actually one she knitted for my mother, and amongst the others we have from her in our possession, I am absolutely speechless at her talent. They are perfectly knitted, seriously stylish, and each unique in design. She has cable knits {which she apparently taught herself} and floral patterns, tipped cardigans and crops. I was literally like a child in a candy store going through her sweaters. I also find it almost humorous that this turtleneck she knitted probably 10-20 years ago is nearly identical to this one from Madewell. Like what? Grandma, teach me your ways. If I could trade in all my sweaters for a wardrobe full of my grandmother's creations, you bet in a heart beat that I would!!

xx,
Refined Couture














Handknit Turtleneck by Grandma Couture - very similar here || AĆ©ropostale Shirt c/o || J.Crew Pixie Pants || Madewell Boots {on sale!} || Rebecca Minkoff Bag || Coco + Marie Necklace c/o