I wore a pale yellow sleeveless floor-length gown with a beaded bodice. My braces sparkled, and my hair was in a French braid. My curled bangs were plastered with so much hairspray I was terrified someone would light a candle next to me and I’d instantly go up in flames.
This was my initiation into the world of being a bridesmaid. My mom was getting remarried and asked me to be her maid of honor. I don’t think I did any of the things a maid of honor is supposed to do. But I wore that yellow dress with conviction and stood proudly next to her on a rainy day in March in a tiny Dallas church with emerald green carpet.
A few weekends ago I was a bridesmaid for the 17th time. When I tell people how many weddings I’ve been in, the response I usually get is, “You’re like that girl in 27 Dresses.” Outwardly, I laugh, but inwardly pray I meet someone well before being a bridesmaid that many times.
This year for me, less was more when it came to Fashion Week. In previous years, we have run all over town to every show at New York Fashion Week, and it is exhausting, and truthfully, it leaves my mind spinning. Our approach this year was to take on much less and really try to connect with what we were experiencing.
Below are five inspiring ideas from this year’s New York Fashion Week. The idea is to find something easy that the average woman can do to up her style game this year.
The key to packing success is strategic shoe packing. But, if you're like me, you always want to bring your newest and cutest shoes and you want to bring way more than you can realistically wear on a trip.
I'm the girl who has been known
Summertime is the time for white! Although we believe that white can be worn all year round, there’s something nostalgic about taking out those light-colored clothes after being stored away all winter and decking yourself from head to toe!
These denim cutoffs paired with a simple
This is a post for those of us who don't consider ourselves floral patterned women. We love a well placed floral print in our wardrobe, but there are a few ways to do it well and not end up feeling so frilly.
Choose a floral print in a classic color combo. We always
Watching other people chase their dreams is contagious; it’s almost impossible to sit idly by while you are in the midst of a sea of people pursuing their passion with bold intention and commitment. Designing a successful and innovative clothing line does not happen by
There’s something about a rainy day that just makes you want to stay in your comfies and snuggle up on the couch with a good book, warm blanket, and hot cup of tea. The stillness and peace that comes with a day of rain is
When was the last time you made a list of wardrobe goals? Do you have some for 2014? As a woman it is important to invest in staple wardrobe pieces, those items that you'll have in your closet for 20+ years. To move beyond trendy
There really is something quite magical about the holidays. Amidst hectic schedules, deadlines and the ever running to-do list we carve out time to be with one another. From party to party we traipse around while sipping mulled wine, swapping white elephant gifts, and enjoying
Somehow it felt fitting that our first visit to New York Fashion Week for The Refined Woman would occur during a snowstorm. It was a flurry of runway shows, shaking hands and swapping cards, hailing cabs and photographing everything we laid our eyes on. It