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

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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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 haydenlasher.com. 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 coat...you 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 day...you 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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