Style Profile: Janet Gunn - The Grateful Gardenia

Today, we are thrilled to feature Janet Gunn of The Grateful Gardenia blog, where she shares her musings on stylish and healthy living, touching on everything from fashion to travel, cooking and fitness, and living with confidence and gratitude. Having lived a lifetime of experiences ranging from Dallas Cowboys cheerleader to actress to jewelry designer, Janet is truly a multi-faceted woman who has so much creativity and inspiration to share. We can't get enough of Janet's unique style, which exudes her sunny California vibe, while remaining classic, chic and thoroughly modern. Here, Janet shares her fashion and beauty essentials!

Janet Gunn of The Grateful Gardenia

Janet Gunn of The Grateful Gardenia

Signature style: Colorful & classic. Jeans, white shirt, Hermes scarf, Manolo heels and Hermes Kelly Bag.

Style icons: Linda Rodin, Diane Von Furstenberg, Julianne Moore

Favorite designers: Alessandro Michele (Gucci), Nicky and Simone Zimmermann (you feel so feminine and sophisticated), The Row

Favorite places to shop: Zimmermann, Jolie (Newport Beach, CA), Jill Roberts (Beverly Hills), Equipment and Andarosa (Newport Beach)

Shoes: Gucci, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Tods, Gianvito Rossi

Accessories: Hermes scarf, Hermes cuff, Apple watch, Van Cleef & Arpels bracelets and earrings, Miu Miu sunglasses and Borsalino hat. Iphone (I think it’s an accessory)

Day look: jeans, t-shirt, Hermes scarf, sneakers or my navy blue Chanel tuxedo loafers & my Alice & Olivia jackets. It’s pretty casual here in sunny L.A., so I like to add a scarf with a stylish jacket.

Evening look: White or dark jeans, Zimmermann top, Chanel clutch, Manolo heels... or Ulla Johnson dress and Loeffler Randall sandals

Beach look: I spent this summer in one pieces - Eres, L Space, and Vitamin A / Kaftans from Charo Ruiz, Borsalino hat, Jana Feifer monogrammed beach tote and my new favorite beach towels from The Beach People. Miu Miu sunglasses.

Currently eyeing for your closet: Ulla Johnson (Ruby dress) Gucci leather mid-heel ankle boot (crazy about the pearl heels) Chanel pink clutch.

Items you splurge on: Stylish reading glasses, Hermes scarves, Borsalino hats, face serums, Hermes coffee cups and Chanel flats.

Items you save on: Anything trendy. I’m a fan of Uniqlo for t-shirts and linen shirts and a few basic sweaters. Zara is also a go-to for fun pieces.

Beauty essentials: Bee Venom Rich Face Treatment Cream from Lacreme (incredible moisturizer) Le Mieux Serums, SkinCeuticals Resveratrol BE Night Treatment, Lacreme cucumber eye cream, Lacreme rose lip balm, Laura Mercier highlighter (devotion) Dr. Lancer Body Cream, Linda Rodin cleansing powder.

Signature scent: Frederic Malle - Lys Mediterranee

Health and beauty tips: I love to eat healthy foods and fitness is a must. I love pilates, yoga, dance class and I enjoy running. Before I get out of bed every morning I express gratitude, I start at the top of my head to my feet and bless my body parts. I speak positive words about myself, I get a facial once a month and I make time in the morning to read and listen to positive material, so I can start off with a good vibration! All you need is a few minutes...And don’t forget to get together with your friends for a few laughs. How we feel inside is always a reflection of who we are.

Janet Gunn's Style Essentials

Janet Gunn's Style Essentials

Lookbook: Blue and White Stripes

What I love about this top is that it combines two of the things I cannot get enough of right now - stripes and an off-the-shoulder silhouette. It is surprisingly versatile - can be worn with the buttons down the front or back, with hem tied in a knot or worn as a longer tunic, and the sleeves can be cuffed up or down. Here, I wore it knotted with white jeans and kept my accessories simple - flat leather sandals and a straw tote for a casual, beachy look.

Rag & Bone Kacy Tunic

Rag & Bone Kacy Tunic

Blue and White Off-the-Shoulder Top

Blue and White Off-the-Shoulder Top

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'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 : Claire Khodara

International recording artist Claire Khodara runs STARROCK PRODUCTIONS, an entertainment company based in London and New York City. Since 2011, STARROCK PRODUCTIONS has provided live music for celebrity weddings to corporate and private events. STARROCK PRODUCTIONS' acts outfit the most private member clubs including the Arts Club, Annabel’s, and the Shoreditch House in London, and the Soho House in New York City. STARROCK PRODUCTIONS' clients include Condé Nast, The Pierre Hotel, and the Soho House Group.  

She performs every Tuesday evening at the Pierre Hotel from 6:30pm - 9:30pm. 



style icons: Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, Gisele, my sister Grace Fuller, my mother-in-law Mara Khodara

favorite designers: Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Charles Youssef, ZAC by Zac Posen 

favorite stores: Kirna Zabete, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney's

handbag: Chanel Deauville Canvas Tote for the summer

shoes: Superga

denim: Frame

city day look: ETRO scarf, Zara leather jacket, Rag & Bone T Shirt, Chanel flats, FRAME Le Skinny de Jeanne Jeans

country day look: Anne Fontaine white blouse, mom's 35 year old brown cowboy boots, Paige denim flares

evening look: ZAC by Zac Posen dress, Charlotte Olympia heels 

currently eyeing for your closet: Katie Ermilio lace skirt

items you splurge on: handbags & shoes 

items you save on: t shirts, casual clothes, gym wear 

beauty essentialsDior Addict Lip Maximizer

signature scent: Penhaligon's Eau Sans Pareil

salon: John Barrett at Bergdorf's

destination: St. Tropez w french hubby 

hotel: Isle de France in St. Barth's & Badrutt's Palace Hotel in St. Moritz - but my favorite in the world is Casa Colonial in the Dominican Republic

restaurant: ABC Kitchen in NYC

3 essentials you can't live without: Tangle Teezer hair brushLa Prairie Creme Caviar Luxe, and Cartier reversible belt

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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.

Style Profile : Malini Murjani

Avant-garde designer and style icon Malini Murjani was born in Hong Kong and raised in London, Switzerland, and New York. A true child of the universal art and fashion worlds, Malini attributes her love affair with aesthetics to her musings with an array of cultures and stylings. Malini was first propelled into the international spotlight as a result of her roles as creative director and consultant to legendary fashion houses spanning from Tommy Hilfiger to Halston. While perfecting her craft, she was inspired to launch her own line of luxury accessories, thereby christening the birth of the acclaimed Malini Murjani brand. The line, founded upon an intermingling of exotic skins, edgy metals, bold tones, and classic shapes, embodies the designer's rich upbringing. 

Malini Murjani

style icons: Coco Chanel, Gwen Stefani (love what she wore to the Grammys!) Sienna Miller

favorite designers: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney 

favorite stores: Kirna Zabete, NYC. 10 Corso Como, Milan. Stacey Todd, LA

handbag: Malini Murjani Blondie wood clutch and anything python

shoes: Gianvito Rossi, Alaia

denim: R13

city day look: The Row….jeans, boots, silk blouse, long gold chains

country day look: Isabel Marant … leggings, Hunter boots, Rag and Bone cashmere sweaters

evening look: so depends on my mood - skinny jeans with Charlotte Olympia pumps, jacket OR a dress…

currently eyeing for your closet: A vintage cuff

items you splurge on: boots, sunglasses and art!

items you save on: Handbags- always carry my own

beauty essentials: Mario Badescu products, Bliss body butter, Tracie Martyn eye pads

signature scent: Tom Ford 

salon: Sally Hershberger 

destination: Udaipur, India

hotel: Taj Lake Palace

restaurant: Nobu, Malibu

3 essentials you can't live without: Iphone, Sunglasses and my 4 year old daughter

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Style Profile : Pili Restrepo

Pili Restrepo is a Colombian-born business major turned jewelry designer. A longtime admirer of the fine arts and artisan design practices, Pili created her jewelry line, PR Series to complement the woman who appreciates a good story, be it a fairy tale or a fleeting moment, the story is at the heart of Pili's work.  In 2012, Pili decided to branch out on her own with a personal mission to create for the woman who embraces life and to never compromise quality for quantity. New York inspired and New York made, each piece in the PR Series collection is born from a good story. Month to month, a unique, stand-alone piece is released and the theme changes accordingly. Evolution being at the heart of the PR Series philosophy, each piece easily transitions from day to night, season-to-season, story to story. 

Pili's newest collaboration is with Charles Harbison for HARBISON. They will present on February 17th, 2015 during New York Fashion Week.


Photo Credit : Larry Busacca

style icons: Diane Keaton in Manhattan, Iris Apfel, Coco Chanel, Lauren Baccall

favorite designers: There are too many!  To name a few: Comme des Garcons, Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga, Marni, Tibi, Proenza Schouler.  

favorite stores: Maryam Nassir Zadeh,  Creatures of Comfort, Kirna Zabete, A Piedi Nudi Nel Parco in Florence Italy

handbag: clutch!  

shoes: an Acne patent loafer, an Alaia sandal or a Prada pump. 

denim: vintage

city day look: backpack (with clutch inside), black jeans, big scarf, Harbison coat, loafers/broguers, lasgodivas cuff bracelet 

country day look: Suzanne Rae's flowy pieces and the comfiest and chunkiest sweater

evening look: open back, a clutch, red lip and a PR Series piece of jewelry 

currently eyeing for your closet: the perfect trench coat 

items you splurge on: sweaters, coats, shoes, beauty products 

items you save on: gym clothes, handbags, and the "everyday" essentials - tees, shirts, jeans.

beauty essentials: argan oil, darphin satin oil, Embryolisse, Oribe dry texturizer, Rahua shampoo, Mac liner in Teddy, RMS illuminator, Lancome mascara.

signature scent: Voyage d' Hermes

salon: I rarely get a blow dry and usually get my hair done in Colombia but lately I have been going to Aki at Cowlicks Japan here in NYC.  He is fantastic!

destination: Dominican Republic

hotel: The Crosby

restaurant: Fat Radish or Uncle Boons

3 essentials you can't live without: hand cream, my sketch book, and a nice tinted lip balm (currently loving EM pillow plush in berry)




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Style Profile: Hayden Lasher

Today, we are thrilled to feature our friend, Hayden Lasher, an up-and-coming designer who I was privileged to work with at Oscar de la Renta. In 2014, Hayden launched her namesake handbag collection which is sold exclusively at the iconic New York retailer, Belgian Shoes and Her sophisticated handbags are instant classics; hand-crafted of fine Italian leathers, their design and quality will stand the test of time. As great-grand niece to Henri Bendel, fashion is in her genes. In addition to her incredible talent and eye for design, she also has an impeccable sense of style. Here, Hayden shares some of her style essentials!

Hayden Lasher

Hayden Lasher

style icons: My mother, Lynn Lasher…she has real style and something even more important: taste. Others include: Queen Letizia of Spain, Katharine Hepburn and Coco Chanel. 

favorite designers: Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab, Roland Mouret, Alexander McQueen- I think they really know how to make women feel beautiful!

favorite stores: Five Story and Beretta.

handbag: A Hayden Lasher Belgian Bag…of course!  If you carry a great handbag, you can wear anything and go anywhere. 

shoes:  Pumps: Oscar de la Renta: I designed a pair of pumps for my wedding and I dyed them black so I can wear them all the time- they are always my go to for a night out on the town.  Flats: Belgian Shoes - any color! 

denim:  Mother jeans...don't be fooled by the name...they are not your mother's jeans.  They have the perfect skinny jean and the most comfortable lazy day jeans...what more do you need? 

city day look: For tearing around town...I am usually in a black cigarette pant, with a silk blouse, my leopard belgian shoes and a black belgian bag

country day look: Jeans, monogramed Lucchese boots, a Beretta blazer and a brown pebbled belgian bag.

evening look: Tibi - silk faille full skirt - its very flattering silhouette and always makes me feel flirty and you can dress it up or down with either a cotton top or this j.w. anderson crepe top 

currently eyeing for your closet: A Rendor and Steel white gold Electron Ring- its the perfect everyday piece and a Chelsea Scarf from the Katie Fong Collection...its the easiest thing to throw on to go from a day to night look.

lusting over: This embroidered Oscar de la Renta dress 

items you splurge on: I am a sucker for a great can always wear something conservative and wow with a statement coat and bag.  Hermes scarves are another weakness of mine- nothing is chicer than jeans, a white shirt and an hermes scarf.  For my home, I cant resist splurging on the White Flower candle from the Ritz in Paris.  

items you save on: Anything trendy...I buy most of my trendy items from Zara.  Its an easy way to get the play around with new styles without investing too much.  Even if the trend comes back in style again one will want something new.

beauty essentials: Laura Mercier “Oleander” cream blush – great for a matte lip too! Also, Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing oil - smells amazing and gives you a really great glow. Lastly, Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner is a must for harsh New York Winters...

signature scent: Miss Dior Cherie - I have worn it for years and I love that my friends can pass other people wearing it on the street and think of me.  

salon: Frederik Fekkai

destination: Positano, Italy.

hotel: Le Sireneuse Hotel in Positano, Italy

restaurant: Le Bilboquet or Ralph Lauren Polo Bar

3 essentials you can't live without: A sketchpad/pencil (that counts as one right?  I'm greedy), a great book - right now, I'm reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami and a Belgian Bag to tote the other two around. :)

Hayden's Style Essentials

Hayden's Style Essentials

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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


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

Style Profiles: Michelle Tashjian

Michelle Tashjian

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

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!