We are excited to announce our pop up store opening May 16th - May 29th. Please stop by and shop our summer "must haves" for women, men and children. We will have exclusive pieces that you can only find here! Happy shopping!
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!
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
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.
1. Saint Laurent Croc-Print Small Sac de Jour Tote, $2,990. BERGDORF GOODMAN
2. Bottega Veneta Snakeskin Clutch, $2,400. BARNEY'S
4. Stuart Weitzman Nudist in Leopard Haircalf, $480. STUART WEITZMAN
6. Christian Louboutin Pigalle Patent Leather Pump, $675. NEIMAN MARCUS
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?
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.
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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
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.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to meet jewelry designer, Paige Novick, at her PHYNE by Paige Novick trunkshow at Saks in Greenwich. Her fine jewelry collection was stunning and she was so lovely to chat with. Check out the Q&A I had with Paige on Ilovefc.com.
Michelle Tashjian, owner and co-founder of Refined, shares some of her fashion and beauty essentials.
designer: Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren
style icons: Loulou de la Falaise, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Birkin
handbag: Hermes Trim
shoes: Anything bejeweled or metallic
heels: Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy Flats: Chanel, Tod's driving loafers
denim: Frame, Jbrand, Acme
city day look: Sweater, jeans and flats
country day look: Jeans, riding boots, Barbour jacket
evening look: Short cocktail dress or short skirt and blouse , heels and small clutch
beauty essentials: Ivo Pitanguy products
fragrance: Creed Spring Flowers
3 items you can't live without: Passport, Camera, Party dress
shops: Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Harvey Nichols, Le Bon Marche
destination: Patmos, Greece
hotel: The Carlyle
restaurant: French Laundry