Lookbook: George V Paris

A very belated post on Paris... I am still catching up and going through photos; wishing I could be back there now! On that note, Michelle is jetting off to Europe for the next three weeks so be sure to follow us on instagram to see what she is up to! 

Paris has some of the best restaurants in the world and my favorite from our recent trip was Le Cinq at the Four Seasons George V hotel. We celebrated our three year anniversary dinner and it was such a perfect evening. From the most exquisite floral arrangements (12,000 blooms driven in from Amsterdam weekly!), impeccable service, and exceptional food (my husband is still talking about the langoustines). There is a reason they have received three Michelin stars for twelve consecutive years. For anyone visiting Paris, I would highly recommend!

St. James Paris
Le Cinq George V
George V Paris Flowers
Le Cinq Restaurant Paris

Lookbook: Black & White

Our last night in Paris, we did not have formal dinner reservations and wanted to do something a bit more low-key. We took a recommendation from a local Parisian for the best rooftop views at the Hotel Raphael Terrace (a hidden gem, he said). Rooftop garden with a champagne bar and stunning views of all of Paris, including the nearby Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower - seriously perfect. After drinks, we went for dinner at the classic brasserie/piano bar Closerie des Lilas, and then ended the night listening to the DJ at the scene-y Hotel Costes.

For a more casual evening out, I wore one of my go-to outfits: a solid silk camisole, skinny jeans, heels and Chanel bag. I had been wanting this jacket for awhile and it was sold out at Bergdorf's in black; luckily, I spotted it at the Isabel Marant boutique on Avenue Victor Hugo! 

Saint James Hotel Paris Lobby
Hotel Raphael Paris Rooftop
Eiffel Tower View
La Closerie des Lilas
Black & White Isabel Marant

TIBI SILK CAMISOLE  //  ETOILE ISABEL MARANT JACKET (black sold out), SIMILARSIMILAR, SIMILAR  //  J.BRAND JEANS  //  PRADA SUNGLASSES  //  CHANEL BAG (not sold online), SIMILAR, SIMILAR  //  CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN HEELSSIMILAR

Lookbook: Paris by Day

Apologies for our recent absence! Michelle has been busy hosting a fabulous pop up shop in New York City for the past two weeks and I just returned last week from Paris. At my birthday dinner, my husband surprised me with an envelope of tickets to the Paris Opéra Bastille and the Roland-Garros French Open! I had two days to pack and he had arranged for my mother to fly in to watch our son. It was the sweetest surprise and perfect little getaway to celebrate our three year anniversary and relax a little before baby boy #2 arrives in early October. 

Paris is my absolute favorite city in the world. I could walk around and stare at the beautiful architecture all day. The best hotels, restaurants, shopping, museums...

For a day of café-hopping, shopping, perusing the Musee d'Orsay and a walk along the Seine, I wore a sleeveless silk blouse, white skinny jeans, and accessorized with a colorful Hermes scarf and classic Chanel ballet flats. 

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     We stayed at the   Saint James Hotel  , a boutique Relais & Ch â teaux property, which I would highly recommend. The only ch â teau-hotel in Paris, it was redesigned in 2009 by New York designer Bambi Sloan; I loved its grand, yet whimsical decor. There is a gorgeous library bar and outdoor garden, and the Guerlain spa was heaven.

We stayed at the Saint James Hotel, a boutique Relais & Châteaux property, which I would highly recommend. The only château-hotel in Paris, it was redesigned in 2009 by New York designer Bambi Sloan; I loved its grand, yet whimsical decor. There is a gorgeous library bar and outdoor garden, and the Guerlain spa was heaven.

What to wear to Paris
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     Breakfast at Café de Flore, one of the oldest and most charming cafes in Paris. Situated on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, it is perfect for people watching.

Breakfast at Café de Flore, one of the oldest and most charming cafes in Paris. Situated on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, it is perfect for people watching.

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     The hot chocolate is a must!

The hot chocolate is a must!

River Seine, Paris
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     The   Musee d'Orsay  , located on the left bank of the Seine, was originally a train station. The architecture is simply stunning, and the museum houses the largest impressionist and post-impressionist art, including Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh and a sculpture collection including Degas and Rodin.

The Musee d'Orsay, located on the left bank of the Seine, was originally a train station. The architecture is simply stunning, and the museum houses the largest impressionist and post-impressionist art, including Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh and a sculpture collection including Degas and Rodin.

Napoleon sculpture at Musee d'Orsay
Musee d'Orsay, Paris

JOIE BLOUSE  //  J.BRAND JEANS  //  HERMES SCARF  //  OLIVER PEOPLES SUNGLASSES  //  LOUIS VUITTON BAG  //  CHANEL FLATS (not sold online) SIMILAR, SIMILAR, SIMILAR

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

Style Profile : Kate Pickett

Pickett’s Press was founded in 2008, by Kate Pickett. Pickett's Press provides beautiful custom letterpress stationary for all occasions. Kate has loved drawing, illustrations, letterpress printing and beautiful paper practically since birth. After a stint as an investment banker, Kate attended Harvard Business School, where she created her business plan for Pickett’s Press. She followed this formal education with on the job retail training at Kate’s Paperie, as the buyer for stationery for all US stores. Letterpress printing is a craft - lovingly practiced by artisans and enthusiasts. At Pickett’s Press, each piece of paper is hand-fed through antique presses, which allows for the unique look and character. It is a meticulous, finicky, and at times, pain-staking process, but the result is a thing of beauty. And this is why even though letterpress is the oldest form of printing available, Pickett's Press is thrilled to practice it today.

style icons: Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn.  I’m old school.  For contemporary, I went to school with Shoshanna (of the eponymous line) since kindergarten and she really does always look fabulous… if only

favorite designers: Alaia; Lanvin; Vince and Theory for everyday; Oscar de la Renta for dressy

favorite stores: Bergdorf Goodman.  Hands down.

handbag: I’m a Birkin girl- I’ve had the same one for fall and the same one for summer since 2003 and wow do those bags wear well!

shoes: Tabitha Simmons; Lanvin flats; Chanel boots; the Jimmy Choo fur lined winter boots

denim: I’m a Jbrand loyalist

city day look:  Winter- black pants, black or gray sweater, Chanel motorcycle boots, great J Mendel fur jacket or Moncler coat on super cold days; fox pompom hat from children’s room at Bergdorf Goodman (shhh… best find in the store!) summer- Black skirt, jimmy choo flats, black t-shirt, blazer sometimes. Always- simple diamond studs

country day look: Skinny cords or leggings; Vince or Ralph Lauren sweater, great boots, Barbour jacket

evening look:  For dressy black tie, an Oscar de la Renta gown, for cocktails I like to vary it up- Alaia, Andrew GN, Carolina Herrera, sometimes even Herve Leger works well.

currently eyeing for your closet: Tabitha Simmons is a fellow mom in my son’s 3rd grad class and I’ve been obsessed with her shoes since preschool… I can’t wait for the denim espadrille sandals.  I also adore Veronica Beard and can’t wait to get my hands on the collarless jacket.

items you splurge on: Coats, handbags and shoes.  With a pair of cheap J.Crew minnie pants, a black t-shirt, a fabulous bag, expensive shoes and a great jacket on can go anywhere.

items you save on: T-shirts and underwear- I buy t-shirts from Joe Fresh and Uniqlo- i love them- and underwear that is JUST like hanky panky from Target

beauty essentials: CeraVe am and pm cream, Anthelios sunscreen, Maybelline great lash mascara

signature scent: It’s been Fracas since I was 18- will never switch! I’m loyal.

salon: Frederic Fekkai- same colorist since I was 18 (gosh I seem boring!)

hotel: Isles de France, St Barths- I’ve been going on my birthday since I turned 30 and have never looked back… my very favorite ever!

restaurant: Sette Mezzo in NYC has seen me through marriages, divorces, children’s births, birthdays, and much more.

3 essentials you can't live without: CeraVe am and pm cream, Anthelios sunscreen and Maybelline great lash mascara

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Lookbook: Texture

No need to let a long winter give you the blues. Have fun with outerwear and color this winter. We love this Alberta Ferreti coat because it plays with different textures and gives a pop of color. You can mix and match with real and faux fur. You can pair a long fur/faux vest over a coat. It gives you that change in texture. Play with different colors. Make it fun. Change it up. Have fun with it this winter, we don't know how long it will last! 

Alberta Ferretti Fur Coat

Alberta Ferretti Fur Coat