We Love: Pre-Fall Wardrobe Updates

As summer is starting to wind down and fall fashion is everywhere we turn, we are so excited to start working some of the key pieces into our wardrobe! Everything this fall looks so new and fresh and we are especially loving the luxe bohemian looks that have evolved from spring. From silky printed blouses, drapey ponchos and capes, suede everything (skirts, heels, leggings...), chic knits, fringe, and fun updates in fur and shearling. We are also seeing a rich fall color palette - camel, burgandy, and gorgeous prints including paislies and dramatic florals. For accessories, look for wear-with-anything block heel booties, over the knee boots, the nonchalant cross-body bag or ladylike top-handle bag. We seriously can't wait. We will highlight some of the season's key trends in the upcoming months, but for now, here are some great pieces that feel so right, you can start working them into your wardrobe now and continue wearing them through fall. xo, Courtney

Pre Fall Fashion

Pre Fall Fashion

Style Profile: Kate Cutshall

We are so thrilled to be partnering with Go Figure Studio during the month of May. This month, new clients that are referred by Go Figure will receive 10% off all Refined Fashion style consulting services! Go Figure is the premier barre studio in Fairfield County, CT with other locations across Westchester County, Nantucket, Palm Beach and Scottsdale. The Figure Method, developed by owner Cindy Sites, combines the best of ballet, yoga and pilates.

Kate Cutshall is the Darien, CT studio director and one of our favorite instructors. She has such high energy, plays the best playlists, and you feel the burn days after class. Did we mention she sometimes rocks Ryan Gosling leggings in class?  Kate was a classically trained ballerina for over 20 years so with Go Figure she has come full circle at the barre. She recently developed the new GLOW class, which is a cardio dance inspired work out designed for the client that is looking to incorporate a little more cardio into their weekly burn. It's a fun, upbeat, high energy class...it's INTENSE. If you live in the area, you must pop into one of Kate's classes! 

Kate Cutshall

style icons: Lately, I have been really loving Olivia Palermo. She doesn't have a mis-step! I love her laid back city vibe as much as when she's dolled up - she makes it look effortless! I also adore Lauren Santo Domingo -  she's got the brains and beauty! I admire Ivanka Trump - an entrepreneur and a mother!

favorite designers: By Malene Birger,  Tibi, Allude Cashmere & Harvey Faircloth has become a staple in my closet from tops to sweaters to day and cocktail dresses - classic American style that always makes you feel and look good.

favorite stores: I grew up down south in North Carolina - fashion was a big part of our every day (we were a lot more formal then!). Needless to say, several friends of mine have their own boutiques and they are kind enough to outfit me - it's great because they have introduced me to some amazing new designers. If you're ever in Raleigh, stop by Fleur Boutique and say hello! I also love 5th floor BG's, Saks, Intermix and Calypso.

handbag: My every day running around with the kids is the Hermes Evelyne bag - it allows me to be hands-free! Otherwise, I am loving my new Celine bag - I feel so chic!

shoes: Last summer I invested in the Valentino Rock Stud Pumps - I'm so glad I did...they go with everything and I wear them all the time! Otherwise, I run around in Chloe flats...they are so comfortable. Pumps: Louboutin, Valentino.  Flats: Chloe, Jimmy Choo.

denim Frame denim are my new favorite - especially the distressed kind. But I still love and wear J Brand and AG - especially the kind with stretch!

city day look: Black and white Iro jacket, white cami from Tibi, Frame denim jeans or black 3.1 Phillip Lim jodhpur pants and Chanel flats

country day look: I'm a busy Mom of 2 pre-schoolers so my style has changed since my days as a working gal in NYC. Right now, I love Frame Denim, breezy tops from Vince accessorized with a Mignonne Gavigan scarf necklace and Valentino flats.

evening look: In the winter, I love black leather leggings with a cashmere sweater with heels or booties. Summertime, I'm all about the white jeans and heels or a jumpsuit!

currently eyeing for your closet: Chloe Drew Bag

items you splurge on: Shoes and bags!

items you save on: Tops, t-shirts, anything that I know can get ruined by a toddler.

beauty essentials: Loving BB cream lately and can't leave the house without bronzer and Chanel cream blush - it lasts all day!

signature scent Diptyque Eau Moheli

salon: Lea Arpell at Dream Spa is an artiste!

destination: Paris

hotel: Viceroy, Anguilla

restaurant: Raoul's, NYC

3 essentials you can't live without: A great pair of sunglasses (right now Ray Ban Flash or Celine), my Van Cleef clover earrings (a birthday gift from my husband), Chanel lip gloss!

A few other healthy lifestyle-specific questions for Kate!

favorite brands for workout clothes? Hands down, Splits59 are my favorite workout clothes. The fit of the leggings are perfect - they pull you in and make your legs look great. I also have a fun pair of Ryan Gosling pants with pictures of his face all over my legs - they are hip and add a little humor to my classes. People always stop me and ask where I got them - Clashist carries them.

most effective exercises for targeting specific areas? My favorite part of class is thigh. One, it allows me to be the most creative with my choreography, but two it's the part of class where you burn the most calories, which will ultimately change the body. Of course it's the part of class where I always hear the most moans and groans, but I just take that as a compliment. 

go-to diet to keep you energized and healthy? I like to start my day off with granola, yogurt and berries...I try to add in protein like peanut butter toast if I know I have to teach classes - it fills you up and gives you energy.

Kate Cutshall Style Profile

We Love: Blush

This spring, we have been loving the ultra-feminine shades of blush. A perfect go-to neutral, it looks chic with everything from denim to black and is especially pretty paired with white and ivory. Did we mention its ability to accentuate a summer tan?

Blush

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What to Pack: Palm Beach

The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach

The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach

After what seems like the longest winter, I am thrilled to be heading south to Florida with my husband and son for a couple weeks. Hopefully when we return, these frigid temps in Connecticut will have passed! I must admit, I haven't done much spring shopping yet (the idea of trying on spring clothes without a hint of a tan is not very appealing to me) but here is a selection of must-pack items based on styles I already have (or want!). Perfect for days spent lounging by the pool, shopping along Worth Avenue and dinners al fresco. After a week in Palm Beach we will be going further south to Islamorada. The Keys are decidedly more casual and I am completely content to stay in my swimsuit all day and only get dressed for dinner.  On a side note, I haven't been to Palm Beach in ages... does anybody have any recommendations for shopping, restaurants, etc.?

Palm Beach Packing Essentials

Palm Beach Packing Essentials

1. Turquoise jewelry looks so good with a tan, and these Kenneth Jay Lane drop earrings are no exception. $125.

2. We love this oversize straw hat by Sensi Studio to shade the face from sun while lounging by the pool. $230.

3. The scalloped detail on this Marysia bikini is so unique and the pretty blush is timeless. $260.

4. We adore everything about this top by J.W. Anderson - the modern assymetric shape, the pleating and the classic shirting stripes. $855.

5. Such a great classic wardrobe staple, this Moschino shirtdress can be dressed up or down for so many occasions. $950.

6This colorful pareo by Etro is done in the most beautiful print and who can resist the tassel detail? $500.

7. Classic white skinny jeans go with everything and seamlessly go from day to night. An absolute essential. $175.

8. If you want to pack light, go with a pair of classic black or tortoise shell sunglasses as they can be worn with nearly everything. We love this pair by Oliver Peoples. $335.

9. This blush/bronzer duo by Guerlain perfectly enhances a tan and can be customized based on your skin color.date. $76.

10. Valentino's rockstud jelly sandals go seamlessly from pool to lunch. $295.

11. For those of us who don't yet have a tan... St. Tropez self-tanning lotion is great for layering and gives a natural, golden bronze glow. $42.

New Year's Style Resolutions: Wear More Color!

2.  Wear more color!  Lately, we've been in full-on neutral territory where it seems like all we have been buying (and wearing) is black, camel and grey. While these classic neutrals are the foundation for every wardrobe, the resort collections in vibrant orange, magenta and cerulean are beckoning! A bold splash of color - or an amazing print - is the perfect way to inject an early dose of spring into your winter wardrobe.

Colorful Clothing & Accessories for the New Year

Colorful Clothing & Accessories for the New Year

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1. We adore this bi-color mini Prada crossbody in the whimisical shades of bubble gum pink and magenta. The perfect size for day to night. $960. BERGDORF GOODMAN

2. These Fendi sunnies are the perfect combination of classic and contemporary. They combine chic tortoiseshell frames with shocking hot pink sides. $340. SAKS

3. The quintessential Manolo Blahnik BB Pump has been re-imagined in a bright floral. Divine.  $695. NORDSTROM

4. Peter Pilotto does the best prints, period. This gorgeous peplum cloqué top will look chic with everything from a sleek pencil skirt to white skinny jeans. $370. MODA OPERANDI

5. We love the color combination of cobalt blue, topaz, black and ice blue.  The perfect accent for a festive occasion. $32. BAUBLE BAR

6. Everything about this Halston Heritage dress is perfect.  The vibrant shade of poppy red, the feminine shape in structured silk faille and the modern deep-V neckline. $445. NET-A-PORTER

7. We love anything involving turquoise and gold and these Kenneth Jay Lane earrings are no exception. $101.50. SAKS

8. The Mansur Gavriel bucket bag has been in high demand (sold out!) for the past few seasons. We love this sleek design in the new bright blue! $695. MANSUR GAVRIEL

 

What to Pack : Miami

If you're like one of us and jetting off to the sun this Christmas, here are a few packing essentials and some guidelines to follow. Packing needn't be difficult. Put together outfits before packing and edit, edit, edit so as not to overpack. Pack key pieces that can go from day to night and a few great accessories that can dress up an outfit in the evening. Our warm weather musts : a bathing suit and cover up, flip flops, sunglasses, a great bag that can be used day and night, white jeans, a few tops and a dress that can easily transport itself from beach to dinner. 

What to pack for Miami

What to pack for Miami

1. You can fit everything and more in this canvas T. Anthony duffle bag. $395. Barney's

2. This beautifully embroidered dress is all you need. It will take you from day to night. $375. Calypso

3. We love Figue's gorgeously embellished bag. $595. Bergdorf Goodman

4. Herve Van Der Straeten designs the perfect statement pieces and this cuff is no exception. $627 Neiman Marcus

5. These cat eye sunglasses by Elizabeth and James are affordable and chic! $155 Shopbop

6. One can always count on J.Brand for the perfect fitting skinny white jean. $175 Net-a-Porter

7. The Saint James Breton stripe shirt is a classic we love. It will take you to every port of call in style. $130 Saint James

8. Every year J.Crew does a great basic leather flip flop. We go for the metallic ones to match our accessories. $50 J.Crew

9. One does not always need a matching bathing suit cover up, but this Eres pareo is too good to pass up. We love the brushstroke pattern and to get your money's worth, it can double as a scarf! $285 Net-a-Porter 

10. Eres is our go to for bathing suits. One can't match their fit and style combined. $390 Net-a-Porter

11. The Australians know how to work with the sun and Zimmermann has perfected it. This hat embodies everything one needs in a sun hat; style, shape, color, trim and fit! How can one resist? $490  Zimmermann

Gift Guide: Stylish Gifts for Her

Gifts for Her

Gifts for Her

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Whether you are gifting your mother, sister, daughter, friend or wife, these little luxuries are sure to be hits with the most stylish women on your list!

1. An ode to dear Diana Vreeland, not only is the sophisticated tuberose scent intoxicating, the bottle with silk tassel is divine! $185. NEIMAN MARCUS

2. We love these butter-soft leather gloves by Portolano with square gold studs for a tough-luxe look. $210. NEIMAN MARCUS

3. These Lizzie Fortunado earrings are the perfect accoutrement to any festive holiday ensemble. $250. NEIMAN MARCUS

4. We love the juxtaposition of this Lele Sadoughi bracelet - the pearls are super feminine while the architectural gold hardware gives it an edge. $300. NET-A-PORTER

5. For the manicure fiend - how perfect is this set of Deborah Lippman nail lacquers? $34. NORDSTROM

6. A gorgeous book to add to your collection, to celebrate the life of one of the most talented and beloved designers, Oscar de la Renta. $125. NEIMAN MARCUS

7. The most luxurious candles in the chicest packaging. $60. SAKS

Style Profiles: Courtney Gonzalez

Photo by James Christianson

Photo by James Christianson

Courtney Gonzalez, owner and co-founder of Refined, shares some of her style essentials.

describe your style: classic and chic with a flair for ultra-feminine details

style icons: Nan Kempner, Diana Vreeland, Lauren Santo Domingo, Olivia Palermo, Caroline Seiber

designer: Oscar de la Renta

handbag: Goyard tote and Chanel 2.55

shoes: Stubbs and Woottons or Chanel ballet flats for day, Christian Louboutin or Valentino heels for evening

denim: Jbrand

city day look: silk blouse, dark skinny denim, ballet flats

country day look: chunky sweater, jodhpurs, camel coat or cape, riding boots

evening look: cocktail dress, statement earrings, Chanel bag and heels

beauty essentials: YSL Touche Eclat, Guerlain bronzer, Avene spring water spray, Klorane dry shampoo

fragrance: Jo Malone Orange Blossom and Red Roses

3 items you can't live without: family, friends & faith

shops: I love to mix high and low... Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Intermix, Ralph Lauren, Zara, J.Crew.

destination: Paris, Vail

restaurant: le Bilboquet in NYC, where my husband and I went on our first date!