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The Refined Woman | Hunter Boots

Happy 2013 to all the wonderful Refined Woman Readers!  The past few months into this journey of connecting with other working women has been such a blast, and I must say there have been quite a few times I have pulled ideas from other looks some of the ladies have submitted.

For example, who can forget Dara of Trent Bailey Photography and her fabulous Pencil Skirt, button up and wedges?

Or Emily's of EmtheGem Photo's High Wasted navy blue trousers with matching tailored blazer?

Karlin of Karlin Perez Photography had one of my favorite classic looks with chinos, button down, and her lovely fuscia pashmina.

This year we have some big goals for The Refined just hold on for a bit and we'll be letting you know some fun news!

Now onto my latest outfit.  This outfit was clutch for the last wedding I photographed in San Francisco with Emily Scott.  Literally from the moment we drove up to the Bride's house until we left the reception it was RAINING.  Not misting but pretty much pouring buckets, and need I remind you that it is winter?  My hunter boots were one of those purchases that I was not so sure about because of the price, but over and over again they have come through to shining victory for me!

Photographed by:  Emily Scott

  • Why did you choose this outfit? First of all, it was freezing.  I tried to figure out how I could wear the most amount of clothes with out looking like I was in my snuggie and Uggs.  So Blazer, scarf, and tights it was.  I saw the forecast was rain so I quickly snagged my Hunter Rain Boots, and am so glad I did.
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  I would say this outfit was a success and a failure.  Success because my Hunter boots totally came in handy, and they still manage to look classy and professional; it doesn't look like I am wearing gardening shoes.  Failure because although I love my denim pencil skirt, I realized after the fact that I wished it was a few inches longer.  In no way was I hindered while I was shooting, I think the skirt would look more flattering if it was a little bit longer.  Also, the sides of it puffed out a bit at the top which was not the most flattering either.
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look?  Blazer:  Zara; Top:  Similar (Zara); Skirt:  Anthropologie; Tights:  H&M; Infinity Scarf:  Handmade by a friend find one Similar; Boots:  Nordstrom's

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 new found love. They last weeks! Now I can actually show up to shoot with a great manicure without ruining it.