Lookbook: Gingham Girl

Friends: it has been months since our last post; but alas, I am back, and with my second son in tow (nearly eight months!) and as a new resident of Palm Beach, Florida! I really can't complain.  Michelle, on the other hand, has been (and is still) galavanting around Europe with no date to return to NYC anytime soon. Can you blame her? 

Let's get down to business. One of our favorite trends this spring/summer is GINGHAM. In our opinion, nothing says summer like gingham, whether it is in black, red, blue or pink.  With busy prints such as this, it is best to start with one statement piece and take it from there. For a little weekend bike ride around our new neighborhood, I wore a flirty gingham ruffled top with skinny white denim and another little splash of gingham done in a knotted slide. For a pop of color, I accessorized with my classic red Hayden Lasher Belgian Bag and my husband's spiffy new Brooklyn Bicicyle. :)

Black and white gingham top
Gingham street style
Gingham ruffled top

INTERMIX GINGHAM TOP (now on sale!) //  AG JEANS  //  J CREW SANDALS (also on sale!)  //  PRADA SUNGLASSES  //  HAYDEN LASHER BELGIAN BAG

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.

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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

Lookbook: Little White Dress

This season, white is everywhere, in all forms and in all textures. One of our spring essentials is the little white dress - such a versatile piece which can be dressed down for day and up for evening, and worn for an endless string of occasions. Here, I'm wearing an asymmetric white eyelet dress. To add a little edge to this otherwise girly dress, I accessorized with long beaded tassel earrings and nude platform sandals. I apologize that these sandals have shown up in all of my posts lately - a true testament to packing light on my recent trip to Florida!

White Dress
White Dress

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer, similarsimilar. //  Earrings: Oscar de la Renta  //  SandalsPradasimilarsimilar. //  Handbag: Louis Vuitton.

Lookbook: Hot Pink Dress

It's no secret that I love hot pink, so when I spotted this dress at Calypso, it was a must. The delicate gold embroidery and sequin detail gives the dress a very worldly feel, as if it could have been picked up on a trip to Marrakech. With the vibrant color and embellishment, the dress is the pièce de résistance, so I kept my jewelry minimal and accessories neutral. Perfect for a dinner party at our friend's home in Palm Beach!

Hot Pink Dress
Hot Pink Dress.jpg

Dress: Calypso St. Barth. //  SandalsPradasimilarsimilar. //  Handbag: Louis Vuitton.

Lookbook: Spring Neutrals

Considering yesterday's snowstorm in the northeast, it is still a bit early to be dressing for spring! Nonetheless, I thought I'd provide a little spring inspiration from our recent trip to Palm Beach.  This was a great day-to-evening look that I wore for afternoon shopping along Worth Avenue (more to come on that later) and then dinner at Bice. One of my favorite, and most versatile, wardrobe essentials is a little tailored jacket that can be worn over the most basic pieces to add a bit of polish and pull the look together. Here, I paired a classic ivory tweed jacket from my days at Oscar with white jeans and a white tank top. To complement the white and ivory, I kept my accessories neutral - nude platform sandals and a ladylike top-handle bag in blush. As winter is (hopefully) about to start winding down, this is the perfect time to start working these light neutrals into your wardrobe!  

Spring Neutrals

Jacket: Oscar de la Renta, similarsimilar.  //  Jeans: J.Brand.  //  SandalsPrada, similar, similar. //  Handbag: Louis Vuitton.

Lookbook: Uptown Girls

Last weekend was Refined co-founder, Michelle's, birthday!  For those who don't know Michelle, she is the quintessential uptown girl, so, naturally, her birthday celebrations took place at some of our favorite spots on the Upper East Side. The night started with dinner at le Bilboquet (their cajun chicken is to die for) and ended with drinks at Beautique.  Michelle wore the most incredible Alberta Ferretti broadtail coat with grey fox and crystal embroidery and a stunning Moschino sequined dress. Happy birthday, M!! x

Dinner at le Bilboquet

Dinner at le Bilboquet

Birthday sparklers at le Bilboquet

Birthday sparklers at le Bilboquet

Post-dinner, off to Beautique

Post-dinner, off to Beautique

Details of Michelle's exquisite Alberta Ferretti coat and her mother's vintage lizard clutch

Details of Michelle's exquisite Alberta Ferretti coat and her mother's vintage lizard clutch

Shopping Guide: Vail

I just returned from a lovely weekend in Vail with friends. Although most of our days were filled with skiing, après ski drinks and amazing dinners, we were able to squeeze in a bit of shopping time. Having grown up spending Christmases in Vail, I have become well-acquainted with the local shopping scene over the years. Gorsuch, The Golden Bear and Axel's are not only personal favorites, but are very much a part of Vail's identity. If you plan on visiting soon, be sure to keep these three on your radar!

Gorsuch

Gorsuch

Brunello Cucinelli ready-to-wear at Gorsuch

Brunello Cucinelli ready-to-wear at Gorsuch

Moncler ski coats at Gorsuch

Moncler ski coats at Gorsuch

1. Gorsuch - Truly a Vail landmark, Gorsuch was founded by Renie and David Gorsuch, former skiers on the 1960 U.S. Olympic Ski Team. They opened their Alpine-inspired lifestyle flagship in Vail Village in 1966 and now have eight locations, including stores in Aspen, Beaver Creek and Park City.

Brimming with luxurious European ready-to-wear suitable for the Alps or the Rockies, look for outstanding selections of Brunello Cucinelli and Etro for both men and women.  They are also known for stocking traditional Austrian jackets and beautiful ruffled blouses that are nearly impossible to find elsewhere. Complete your look with a handbag from Bottega Veneta or Nancy Gonzalez and be sure to check out the unrivaled array of fur boots.

Their ski gear selection will have you hitting the slopes in style with the likes of Moncler, Bogner, Frauenschuh, Emilio Pucci and Canada Goose. From sleek neutrals with fur trim to shiny metallics and vibrant colors and prints, there is something to suit every skier's style.

We must not forget their fabulous home selection - take a walk downstairs and you'll be dreaming for a mountain home adorned in sumptuous furs, cashmere throws and rustic antlers.

The Golden Bear

The Golden Bear

The iconic Golden Bear necklaces

The iconic Golden Bear necklaces

The Golden Bear - The symbol of Vail Valley and a long-standing tradition, The Golden Bear opened in 1975 in Vail Village. The pièces de résistance are the Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear necklaces (pictured above). In addition to the beloved golden bears, they are known for beautiful pave diamond, hand-hammered gold and sterling silver jewelry.

The store has since expanded to include an abundant selection of home accessories and giftware including signature bear-embossed wine glasses, pewter trays and leather frames.

Axel's

Axel's

Cowboy boot wall at Axel's

Cowboy boot wall at Axel's

Women's clothing at Axel's

Women's clothing at Axel's

Axel's - Another family-owned gem, Axel's has been the standard of classic European elegance in the Vail Valley since 1990. Axel Wilhelmsen, who grew up in Norway, and his wife and children still travel to Italy to hand-select the finest merchandise for their shop.  

Axel's is known for its exquisite selection of cashmere, sheepskin coats, hand-made European riding boots and cowboy boots and hand-engraved silver jewelry and belt buckles. Look for Italian designers such as Kiton and Boglioli and English John Lobb shoes, but note that the majority of clothing and accessories are actually designed in-house to better represent the unique Axel aesthetic. The fine craftsmanship, attention to detail and art of layering portrayed in this shop is truly unmatched.

Lookbook: Cashmere & Fur

This look is from last week in Vail, Colorado. Can you believe it snowed over 30 inches the week we were there? Talk about a winter wonderland! I love everything about winter fashion, the endless options with layering and the incredible outerwear. In this look, I threw a Loro Piana cashmere cape trimmed in fox fur over black sateen J. Brand jeans and a silk blouse. I couldn't wait to carry my new red Hayden Lasher Belgian Bag (thank you, husband) and it was the perfect pop of color against an otherwise all-black ensemble. Trekking through the snow required a practical choice in footwear - thankfully, these Hunter boots are waterproof and super-cozy (lined in shearling!) and the quilted patent leather dresses them up a bit.

Cashmere and Fur. Vail, Colorado.

Cashmere and Fur. Vail, Colorado.

 Cashmere and Fur. Hayden Lasher Belgian Bag. Vail, Colorado.

 Cashmere and Fur. Hayden Lasher Belgian Bag. Vail, Colorado.

Vail, Colorado

Fur Wrap: Loro Piano, similar. Handbag: Hayden Lasher. Jeans: JBrand. Boots: Hunter Boots.

New Year's Style Resolutions: Invest in Timeless Pieces

1.  Invest in quality, timeless shoes and handbags. It is amazing how a beautiful pair of well-made shoes or a luxurious handbag can elevate a look. If you are considering splurging on any one item, make it something that you will get excited about every time you put it on and know you will wear for years to come. Remember, just because these are considered investment pieces does not mean they need to be basic! A fabulous crocodile-embossed tote and nude pointy-toe studded pumps will instantly update both a white blouse and pair of jeans or a simple black sheath dress and will provide true wardrobe staying power.  

Classic Shoes and Handbags

Classic Shoes and Handbags

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1.  Saint Laurent Croc-Print Small Sac de Jour Tote, $2,990. BERGDORF GOODMAN

2.  Bottega Veneta Snakeskin Clutch, $2,400. BARNEY'S

3. Valentino Rockstud Patent Leather Sandal, $995. NEIMAN MARCUS

4. Stuart Weitzman Nudist in Leopard Haircalf, $480. STUART WEITZMAN

5. Givenchy Obsedia Leather Top Handle Bag, $2,790. BERGDORF GOODMAN

6. Christian Louboutin Pigalle Patent Leather Pump, $675. NEIMAN MARCUS

Our New Year's Style Resolutions

As 2014 is coming to a close, we ponder our big-picture life resolutions for the upcoming new year, but we also thought it would be fun to share some of our style resolutions for 2015. Stay tuned this week for a more in-depth highlight on resolutions 1, 2 and 3!

1.  Invest in quality, timeless pieces. It is amazing how a great pair of well-made shoes or luxurious handbag can elevate an everyday look. If you're looking to splurge on any one item, make it something that you will get excited about every time you put it on and will wear for years to come.

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 a great foundation for any wardrobe, the resort collections in vibrant orange, magenta and cerulean are beckoning!

3.  Dress more polished for daytime.  If you work from home or stay home with your kids, it is so easy to get into the suburban rut of post-workout Lululemon turns into an all-day uniform. Yes, we have those days, too! However, there is something about getting dressed for the day that triggers your brain to be more productive. Vince, Theory and J. Crew are some of our go-to brands for casual, yet chic separates perfect for everyday.

4. Do a seasonal wardrobe sweep.  This may take awhile, but try to go through every item in your closet and evaluate whether to toss, donate, consign (we send our gently-used designer items to  therealreal) or tailor/repair items accordingly.

5. Incorporate a strict one-in, one-out policy!  (My husband inspired this one.) Once the wardrobe sweep is complete, to prevent closet clutter from building up again, we vow to get rid of one item for every new item that we buy. 

What are some of your new year's style resolutions?

Inspiration: Après Ski Style

My family spends Christmas in Vail and I am heading out in a couple of days. For those of you who are off to a ski destination, we have compiled an inspiration board on Pinterest for your winter getaway. This winter, we are especially loving neutrals (winter white, camel, grey) that look luxe in layers.  Head to toe black looks chic as well. Throw on a luxurious fur, trapper hat, and snow boots and you will be ready to arrive at your ski destination in style.

Apres Ski Style

Apres Ski Style

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

What to Wear: Family Photos

This was the first year our family had professional portraits taken because last year, as a new mother, I was not organized enough to schedule a date before our Christmas cards went out!  This year, with plenty of notice, I planned our outfits in advance so when the photoshoot day arrived, we were all ready to go! Here are a few pieces of advice I have for family portrait styling:

1. Once you have decided on a venue, plan your outfits accordingly. The goal is to look natural and fit in with your surroundings. Connecticut has the most beautiful fall foliage, so we wanted to take advantage of that. Our photographer, Erin Bell, who we absolutely adore, suggested we have them taken at Ambler Farm in Wilton, CT. I tend to overdress for most occasions, so it was a bit difficult for me to find an outfit that would not only look appropriate on the farm, but feel a little more special than a basic sweater and jeans. 

2. Decide on a look or color scheme for your family. We went with a soft neutral palette of ivory, grey and navy. If somebody in your family has a signature look, go with it. My husband is rarely seen without a navy blazer and my son happens to have a matching one, so we thought that would be a key piece to work with. They both wore dark denim, crisp white shirts and different styles of grey sweaters and brown leather loafers so they weren't completely matching from head-to-toe. I wanted to complement them, but needed a feminine look to balance the masculinity of the navy blazers. I ended up going with a full-length ivory wrap dress and threw a fox fur vest over it to add a little interest and texture.

3. Try to keep the look timeless and steer clear of overt trends. It is important to keep in mind that you will most likely have these pictures gracing your walls for years to come. Can you imagine your family in these outfits in five, ten years?

4. Consider adding layering pieces. If you aren't doing full-on outfit changes, I think it's a good idea to add a layering component. It keeps the shots interesting and varied and also gives you options when ordering prints. My son wore his jacket for half the pictures and then did the rest with just his sweater. I liked that because he and my husband aren't so matchy in every picture. I was afraid my vest might look bulky, so I took it off halfway through.

5. Choose colors and silhouettes that are flattering on you. This is not the time to experiment with new colors or styles - you want to look like yourself and feel comfortable. If you stick to tried-and-true styles that you know look good on you, you will look and feel natural and confident.

What to Wear for Family Photos

What to Wear for Family Photos

What to Wear for Family Photos

What to Wear for Family Photos

What to Wear for Family Photos

What to Wear for Family Photos

What to Wear for Family Photos

Me: Dress: Ralph Lauren, similarFur vest: old, similar & similar.  //  Husband: Jacket: Ralph Lauren. Sweater: Ralph Lauren. Shirt: Ralph Lauren. Jeans: Baldwin.  //  Son: Jacket: Ralph Lauren. Sweater: Ralph Lauren. Shirt: Ralph Lauren. Jeans: Baby Gap. Shoes: Janie & Jack.