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The Refined Woman | Southern Weddings

Today I am so excited to feature Miss Marissa and Miss Kristin of Southern Weddings Magazine on The Refined Woman. These two ladies are the dolls I got to traipse through NYC with last week for Bridal 2013 Market.

One thing that stood out to me is that they stayed true to the Southern Weddings brand.  I think that is extremely important even as we photograph weddings, editorial, or meet with clients.  Our name and our whole person represent our brand, and yes that means the clothes we wear, and even the colors we choose within our wardrobe.

Now onto some yummy (that's my new word from Kristin) wardrobe selections from the Southern Weddings Ladies as they took over NYC last week.

Above is Miss Kristin in her to-die-for Lilly Pullitzer dress.  Can you get more southern than Lilly?  Here's what she had to say about the look:

  • Why did you choose this particular look for NY Bridal Market?  Shift dresses are one of my go-to favorites because they look professional and simultaneously functional.  I knew we would have a crazy first full day, so I wanted something withstand all the shuffling and still look respectable.
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  I thought it was a huge success because I felt comfortable and trendy, while definitely not ‘New York Chick’, it was true to my classic Southern style.
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look? Dress:  Lilly Pulitzer (similar); Shoes:  Nine West ; Jewelry:  Pearls (gift from my parents)

This is what happened when I told them to be serious.

Sunday morning after the Ines di Santo show we hustled over to the High Line to grab some shots of Marissa.

Marissa your polka dots and sequins could not have been done in a more classy way.  (Side note folks notice her nail polish; it ties everything together quite nicely).

  • Why did you choose this particular look?  I chose the polka dot shirt because it made me feel like I came out of a Kate Spade look book! : ) I love Kate Spade, but the prices are a little steep, so the sequined collar + polka dots felt very KS without the price tag. I also chose paints that day because it was quite cold and I was refusing to wear a coat!
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  Both outfits were a success in my book:)
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look?  Polka dot shirt:  Nordstrom Rack;  Black pants:  Loft ; Shoes:  Tory Burch; Belt: Nordstrom; Watch:  Michael Kors;  Necklace:  Moon and Lola; Bracelets:  David Yurman

All images photographed by:  Kat Harris

The LoLo Ladies

Sometimes you meet a person and within the first few moments of talking you just know that you're kindred spirits. This is how it was the first time I spoke with Lauren.  She is kind, genuine, loves people, (loves The Bachelorette...which is super important in my book), and is a woman who is really walking out her faith and dreams in such an honest and contagious way.

We didn't know what our friendship had in store, but we both felt confident that there was some major purpose in our paths crossing.  Over the past almost year she has been such a sweet and encouraging friend, and has challenged me to chase my dreams unashamedly.

A few months ago I reached out to Lauren asking if I could shoot their street style at New York Fashion Week.  To my excitement she said Y-E-S!!

Lauren and her childhood best friend Shannon run Dallas Based Lolo Magazine.  Fashion, Fitness, and food:  these girls cover their bases well:)

It wasn't until  we were running into the Rebecca Minkoff show that I met Shannon for the first time.  To sum it up:  she's blonde, gorgeous, has amazing style, and is really sweet.

In the midst of running from show to show, to a million appointments, and blogging--these ladies stayed classy the whole week.  Also, may I say how impressed I was that they rocked heels every day??

Ladies, I could be more thankful that y'all let me run around town shooting your outfits and runway shows.  My time in NYC would not have been the same with out you ladies in it!  Can't wait for more memories with y'all:)

Enjoy my final installment of my trip to NYC.  Thanks so much for being on the journey with me the past two weeks!  What were some of your favorite outfits or shows from the past few weeks?

Meet Miss Lauren Scruggs (on the left) and Miss Shannon Yoachum (on the right)...

Friends don't let friends have fly-aways.

I love how uniquely feminine and different Lauren and Shannon dress.

Ladies...it's all about the details.

Shannon blogged her outfits with all the details HERE.

Reem Acra | Spring Summer 2013 Collection

Reem Acra Spring Summer 2013 Collection. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. You know you watch too much TV when you're at the Reem Acra show, you see leather, and all you can think about is Parks and Rec, Tom and Donna:  Treat yo'self 2011:  Fine leather gooooods....TREAT YO'SELF

After having my treat yo'self moment I thoroughly enjoyed Reem Acra's show, and you might notice as the week started going on I began to weasel my way into better spots in the photographers pit.  Go me!

The next four gowns are for me the highlight of the show.

New York Street Style | Part III

The boldness to be you.  Not someone else, but truly owning the person that no one else can ever be:  YOU. That is what sticks out to me about my day three at Fashion Week.

This young lady may be the most radiant person I photographed all week.  She embodies beauty and confidence, and it was freeing to be around her.

No two are the same.  If I step back I begin to see that there is somewhat of a unity that happens within our differences.

Monique Lhuillier | Spring Summer 2013 Collection

Monique Lhuillier Spring Summer 2013 Collection.  Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. When I think of Monique Lhuillier I think of feminine, lacey, off-white wedding gowns (which I absolutely die over).  I didn't really know what to expect for her ready-to-wear collection.  Let me say, I was completely blown away.

Blue is e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e, everyone is doing it, yet she took a fresh approach to it by inviting a metallic navy blue with prints, and this amazing teal throughout the collection.

Many of the runway shows I shot were beautiful, but I did not see a lot of risks taken.  This collection, however, really did offer something new.  And I have to stop talking about it, so that you can see the collection.  Because I am in love...

The show started off with these lovely deep navy prints, leather accents, and collarless blazers...

The below pant suit is what I'm aiming for this spring.  I love the peplum top, and the ankle length tailored pant.

I'm sorry amazing navy blue sequins dress, but can I please have you, like now?

What I love about the below gown is it's unexpected from Monique.  The clean structure and hint of peplum is something I have not seen in her collections before.  Way to be bold Monique!

Words don't express how much I adore the sleeves and romantic lace on the below gowns.

This gold gown really was the perfect finish to what I believe to be a perfect collection by Monique.  This collection made me sososo excited to see her new bridal collection next month in NYC for Bridal market!

New York Street Style | Part II

Day two in New York. To be honest this was not a good day.  I woke up exhausted with feet swollen (I made the mistake of wearing heels to FNO and walking over 5 miles, and was still paying for it).

However, I was ready and excited to start my day off at the Lacoste show.  On my way to the subway however, I walked almost a mile in the wrong direction.  Did I mention that it was hot and the humidity was at like 99%?  On top of that it then got super windy, and my wrap dress was becoming a total peep show to the world.

By the time I got to the subway I was dripping sweat, and had no intentions of being found by the Fashion Police due to my wrap dress that would not behave.  Sooo...I literally RAN back to my place in Brooklyn (in my 4-inch Tory Burch's), changed quickly and was headed out the door when it started pouring rain.

There was no way I was going to make the show.  Hot, sweaty, and defeated I decided the only productive thing I could do was take a nap since my next show wasn't until the evening.

After pulling myself together I spent a few hours at my new favorite coffee shop in SoHo:   Saturdays Surf NYC.  The coffee was delicious, and the patio in the back charming, and a great place to sip, journal and have some space.  Which is just what I did.

Not only is Saturdays Surf a great place to chill, but the people were rad.  Below is Saturday Surfs NYC manager Mitsu Lowe.

After a slow afternoon in SoHo I made my way to Lincoln Center for the Monique Lhullier show.  On my way in I grabbed a few shots of street style.

I knew my day was turning around when I ran into Karlie Kloss.  Umm...not only is she gorgeous, she was really really sweet.

Stay tuned for shots from Monique Lhullier's dreamy Spring Summer 2013 Collection.

Noon by Noor | Spring Summer 2013 Collection

Noon by Noor. Spring Summer 2013 Collection.  Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. You want to talk about a fish out of water?

Well...that was me last Friday as I...gulp...snuck into my first Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Show in New York.  Without a press pass I was wondering how in the world I would make it to any shows this fall, but it seemed like God had some different plans for me...as well as my friend Cliff (from The Swell Co.).  Somehow we sauntered into Lincoln Center and found ourselves at the back of the Noon by Noor show that was minutes away from starting.

I kept fidgeting with my camera gear, and looking jealously at the photographers pit wanting so badly to be in it and capturing the show.  The lights went down, music starting, and all of a sudden I ran down the stairs and forced my way into the photographers pit.  I mean you only live once right?  What is it all the kids say these days...#yolo! And.It.was.amazing.

Every piece from this collection is so wearable.  I love the playful feeling of the flowy chiffon skirts, blouses, suits, and the fresh take on a neutral color palettes. I felt like I could wear every look from this show!

Noon by Noor.

The orange jumpsuit below is one of my favorite pieces from the show.

Who said sequins were out?  I love the army green with the brown shorts.

Ok...now these two outfits really are my favorite from the sow.  I love the deep cut of the blazer and the tapered pants; it's perfect.  The sleeves and feminine not-too-high slit on the gown make me s-w-o-o-n.

This was the end of my first runway show at New York Fashion, but just the beginning of all of my adventures.  Stay tuned this week as I show you all about my time in my favorite city.

Dreaming of New York City

For quite some time now, one of my dreams has been to photograph New York Fashion Week. This is a dream that was fun to think about, but the reality of it seemed so far from my grasp.  At the beginning of 2012 I decided that this was the year I was going to shoot New York Fashion Week. (If I'm being honest though, I more or less didn't really think it was ever going to happen).

However...a week and a half ago, I found myself on a plane to New York City with my suitcase, camera, and high hopes in tow to attend Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City.  Me.  Kat Harris, Texas Girl...on my way to shoot runway shows??  What is my life?

So many emotions were going through me as I made my way to the city.  I was giddy because we all know how much I luhveee NYC, excited for adventures, scared that things wouldn't go as I hoped, nervous to meet new people and to weasel my way into very competitive photographers pits, but really I felt vulnerable.

Vulnerable to chase this dream.  When something is just a dream it's nice and pretty and untainted.  When you actually try for it, there is risk.  Risk of failure, disappointment, rejection.  What if I mess up?  What if I have no idea what I'm doing?  What if I look dumb??

But then I remembered that a life without risk is really no life at all, and how some of the most beautiful stories come from taking a step into the unknown.  Leaving the safety net of what I know to a space where I don't know if I will be caught.  I believe a life fully lived is one that continually involves risk.

My goal for New York was to shoot as many shows as I could, meet new people, get my feet a little more wet in the fashion industry, but most of all really be present to the journey God had for me.  I realized I had so many expectations going into this trip, but felt like no matter how things turned out I wanted to open to the story God was writing for me in it all.

Over the past few years I've had the privilege to work in New York quite a bit, and this trip was probably one of my most difficult (but growing) trips.  The next two weeks I'll be blogging everyday about my journey to The Big Apple.  My ups and downs, lefts and rights, adventures, and mishaps.

To kick it off, here is my trip via Instagram...stay tuned as I unfold the rest of my journey over the next two weeks!