Newport Beach | Jason + Corrie

A few weeks ago I had the privielege of spending a sunrise morning with Jason and Corrie on their three year wedding anniversary.  It was an early quiet morning, and if you know anything about Newport Beach in the summer it can be anything but quiet.  Jason and Corrie thank you for entrusting me to take your pictures on such a lovely, peaceful, morning!  You two are the real deal!

Black + Gold

Happy Thursday Friends!  It's a great day for many reasons; it's a new day, we have air in our lungs (thank you Kid President), and the lovely ladies at Ruffled Blog are featuring my Black + Gold + Bows Wedding Shoot I recently shot (with some of my most favorite SoCal Vendors). So go on...run on over to Ruffled and Check out the post HERE:)

Thank you to the amazing team that helped collaborate and create this Black + Gold + Bows wedding shoot!  Seriously y'all are the dream team!

Photographer:  Kat Harris; Location:  Serra Plaza; Tablescape + Food + Desserts + Whiskey Bar:  Mary of Jay's Catering Florals:  Sussanna Davidson of French Buckets

Paper Goods:  Typologie & Co

Linens:  Veronica Designer Specialty Linens Hair and Make-up:  Amy Clarke Couple:  Jessie + Johan Gown 1:  Julia Lovan Designs Dress 2:  Kate Spade Suit 1:  All Saints Suit 2:  JCrew

Holiday Par-tay Time | The Refined Woman

Next Week is Christmas. Honestly, where did this fall go?  For me, I'm neck deep in Christmas shopping, finishing up those last few client projects, and mainly just eating lots and lots and lots of holiday treats?  Who's with me?

Also, it's that time of year when we get to bust out our Party Dresses for those annual Holiday/Christmas parties that our friends, families, work, etc. host.

Holiday parties is the time when we women photographers actually can wear super high and uncomfortable heels, bright colors, and short-er hems because we know it'll only be a few hours and we know we're not having to blend into the background  at a shoot.   Emily and I were chatting, and we both just wish we had super fancy lives that we could wear fun one-of-a-kind party outfits everyday.  Either that or be on the show Gossip Girl.  I'll take either.

Enjoy our Christmas outfits.  Which one if your favorite?  Also...get ready for 2013 because we have some fun surprises for you here at The Refined Woman.

Miss Emily Scott a.k.a Em the Gem...

Photographed by:  Kat Harris

Noteable Pieces from Emily's Look:  Dress:  Thrift Store $5.  I cannot EVER get over this fact.  Necklace:  Kate Spade, Shoes:  Christian Louboutin

Mae of Bryan and Mae Photography

Photographed by:  Jillian Bowes

Noteable Pieces from Mae's Look:  Plaid, Sparkles, Navy Blue Blazer...JCrew's Jenny Lyons would be proud.  Mae...you nailed this look.

Miss Emilia of Emilia Jane Photography

Photographed by:  Kina Wicks

Noteable Pieces from Emilia's Look:  Cynthia Rowley Leather Dress.  Ugh.  I die.  Shoes:  Christian Louboutin

And now me:)

Photographed by:  EmtheGem

Noteable Pieces from My Look:  Gold Vintage Dress and Bow Bracelet:  JCrew; Belt:  Thrift Store; Tights + Earrings H&M; Shoes:  ColeHaan

The Refined Woman | Karlin

I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  Karlin has IMPECCABLE style.   If she did not live on the East Coast I would probably try and invade her closet every single day.  She is all about tailored looks, and  quality over quantity. No, you do not need 8 different pairs of skinny jeans you need that 1 or 2 that fit you like a glove.  And, while the blazer on sale may be tempting, save up for the blazer that fits really well and then take it to your tailor to get an even closer fit.  Building your wardrobe is a marathon not a sprint ladies!

Photo by:  Karlin Perez

  • Why did you choose this outfit? I chose this outfit because I needed some color in my life. I get tired of the same all black outfit and I wanted to break it up while still looking professional and being comfortable at the same time. And a little bit of color blocking never hurt anyone!
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  Complete success. This pair of pants have some lycra stretch in them so I'm able to move easily and they still maintain a tailored look. Unless it's a slower day I am constantly moving and tend to be hard on my "shooting clothes".  These pants were a fantastic find because they moved well, looked trim and well fitted, and were completely inexpensive!  I'm also warm enough to shoot into the late fall without having to break out the bulky sweaters that I ultimately sweat to death in.
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look?  Pants: These were one of those amazing Target finds. Shirt: Ralph Lauren Shoes: Neiman Marcus years ago Belt: JCrew Jewelry: Bauble Bar and my weddings rings (Cathy Waterman), which I chose because they are stackable and stay out of my way while I'm shooting. Perfect for me because I tend to wear very minimal jewelry while I'm working. Scarf: Pashmina Nails: Shellac manicure...my new found love. They last weeks! Now I can actually show up to shoot with a great manicure without ruining it.

The Refined Woman | Dress to Impress

It's been quite the week for The Refined Woman.

From San Francisco Client Meetings to LA all the way to Paris we've some some classic looks from some of my favorite ladies:  Emily Scott, Sarah Shreves, and Emilia Jane.

Happy Friday folks, and stay tuned for some uber fun Holiday posts for The Refined Woman.

Emily Scott Photographed by:  Simply Jessie

Find full details on her look HERE.

Sarah Photographed by:  Kat Harris

Find full details on her look HERE.

Me Photographed by:  Sarah Shreves

Find full details on my look HERE.

Emilia Photographed by:  Emilia Jane

Find full details on her look HERE.

The Refined Woman | Emily

Dear Emily Scott,

I cannot get over how flawless your style is.  Please dress me everyday.  Thanks,


San Francisco based wedding and lifestyle photographer, Emily Scott aka EmtheGem, has become a dear friend, confidant, and style mentor to me over the last few years.  She has a heart of gold, and an eye for putting together clean, fresh, and wonderfully tailored looks.  Aside from her awesome style, she has a beautiful soul and loves people so well.  Her images exude authenticity, light, and intimacy.  Basically I'm so thankful to be featuring her today on The Refined Woman.  Please check out her work HERE, and let us know what you think of her killer Fall All-American look.

Almost every piece of this look is made-in-America.  I'm in love.

Photo by:  EmtheGem Photography

  • Why did you choose this outfit? For this wedding I was going to be lugging a photo booth setup in addition to my normal gear and I just knew a skirt or dress wasn't going to work for that. After I got the blazer as a gift from my (amazing!) husband I went on a search for pants to go with it and I love these navy high waist trousers from J. Crew. The color and the cut feel more exciting than regular black dress pants. Since it was still unseasonably warm a few weeks ago, I went with a short sleeve button up to keep from overheating.
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  Success! I felt put together and polished, and it was a very comfortable outfit. The only drawback was that the pants need a heel and during the last hour I had to ditch them. I blame that on the end of wedding season.
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look?  Pants - Hutton trouser:  J. Crew (they come in long inseam too!), Schoolboy blazer:  J. Crew, Button up shirt:  American Apparel, Watch: Michael Kors, Wedges:  Salvatore Ferragamo, Camera Strap:  Apolis; Glasses:  Warby Parker

Desert Rendezvous | Matt & Jenn

In February I had the privelege of producing this shoot for one of Mike Colón's lectures in Las Vegas.  Jenn and Matt are pretty much the ideal couple that any one could ask for.  They have such awesome chemistry, and aren't too bad looking either!  Thanks so much to 31 Bits and Julia Lovan Designs for hooking us up with some rad jewelry and gowns for this shoot!

Here are some of my favorite images I shot throughout the afternoon.

Vendor Information:

Location:  The Desert.

Production/Wardrobe Styling: Kat Harris

Couple:  Matt and Jenn

Her Wardrobe:  Julia Lovan Designs, 31 Bits, Madewell, Anthropologie

His Wardrobe:  JCrew, H&M, Zara