Last Minute July 4th Outfit Ideas

We are one week out from the Fourth of July, and we could not be more thrilled! Who doesn’t get excited for our favorite words: Freedom, Family, Friends, Food, Fireworks, and FASHION! Today we are going to talk about the latter and help some of you that have yet to pick out your patriotic ensemble. The combination of red, white and blue is ideal for dressing up or down depending on your plans for the day.

Whether you are attending a BBQ, shooting off fireworks, or watching the big show, we have you covered. Here's a quick list to get you thinking about your perfect outfit:

  • Lightweight Patriotic Dresses- These dresses are a huge hit in the store. They keep you cool and give you that dressy yet comfortable feel. The fitting at the top works to where you don’t even need a bandeau or bralette! Pair these with your favorite flats or wedges and you're good to go!
  • Graphic Tanks- We LOVE our wide variety of tanks and cannot say enough about them! Pair these with a bold bralette and some distressed jean shorts! Try tying a knot in the front or doing a half-tuck to spice it up a bit. P.S.- they also work as great swimsuit covers!
  • Kimonos- These are a gold mine if you are looking for a cover that is airy yet protects you from all those mosquitos. We recommend either red or blue or better yet, why not both? Let your kimono do all the talking by pairing it with that plain white tank you have hanging in your closet!

Check out our models in our favorite Fourth of July apparel!

Photography: Lauren Tyler - http://www.lbtphotos.com 

 Come see us at 2303 Red Wolf Boulevard Suite A in Jonesboro, AR 72401 or call our store at 870.336.7300 to order ($6 shipping) #shoptherefinery


The "How To" Guide for Blanket Scarves

November is upon us, which means the weather is about to get even chillier. A very popular winter accessory (and one of our personal favorites) is the blanket scarf. Like the name suggests, it is an oversized scarf that feels like a blanket around your neck keeping you warm in the winter. This versatile scarf can be worn with a dress, a nice top and jeans, or even an oversized t-shirt and leggings. To add to its greatness, it can also be wrapped in several different ways. Here are five different ways to wrap your blanket scarf and how to do it:

  1. Everyday Casual – This is the most common way to wear the scarf. First, you put it around your neck with one end longer than the other. Take the longer end and wrap it all the way around your neck, then adjust for the most comfortable feel!
  2. Infinity – Another common scarf is the infinity scarf. The difference between these two is that the infinity scarf is all connected to make a big ring. You can turn your blanket scarf into this just by wrapping it like the Everyday Casual (listed above) and tucking the ends into the part that goes around your neck. Since the scarf is so big, there is plenty of room to hide it!
  3. Poncho – Instead of scrunching the scarf up to put around your neck, like most people typically would, this is the opposite! Start by unfolding the scarf and laying it were it is longest from left to right. If your scarf is a square, simply fold it in half. Next, pick the scarf up by the two corners on top and pull it around your back where it drapes over your shoulders and opens in the front. Voila!
  4. Long & Sleek – This is the easiest way to wear your scarf. You can either fold it long ways or scrunch it up and just put it around your neck. Instead of wrapping it tight around your neck, it is just left long and open.
  5. Show Off – To me, this way is the hardest to get right, but it is so worth the extra effort! First, fold the scarf in half diagonally so two corners meet. Then scrunch the scarf and put a corner on your collarbone area, wrap it around the front, and bring it back around. Next, spread out the scarf so one of the corners is down, then pull the other corner up and tuck it into the part of the scarf that is wrapped around the front of your neck. This style shows off more details of the scarf while keeping you warm!

Come see us at 2303 Red Wolf Boulevard Suite A in Jonesboro, AR 72401 or call our store at 870.336.7300 to order one of these scarves! {$25 + $6 shipping} #shoptherefinery

Revolving Fashion

One of the greatest things about fashion is the fact that it is always changing. Or is it? Almost every decade from the 1900’s is known for a particular style. Here is a brief rundown of the most iconic fashion decades:

  • 20’s –fringe, feathers, jewels, pearls, short hair, neutral colors
  • 40’s – polka dots, buttons, pumps, hats, flared dresses and skirts, curled hair, red lipstick
  • 70’s – crazy patterns, fringe, tie dye, anything hippie related, long hair
  • 80’s – leather, leg warmers, big hair, makeup, puffy sleeves, neon
  • 90’s – high-waist denim, acid wash denim, lots of denim, bold geometric patterns, scrunchies, crimped hair, chokers, crop tops

The fashion was constantly changing until the new millennium began. Slowly, but surely, some of the most stylish pieces from these past decades are making a comeback. For example, high-waist denim was huge last year, scrunchies came back this past year, and chokers and crop tops made a grand reappearance this summer. As summer ends and we transition into fall, the style that’s “in” right now is totally funky, far out, and did I mention groovy? THE 70’s ARE BACK and we are loving it! We’ve brought the fashion back so now we need to bring back lava lamps and disco balls, right? Here are eleven ways the 70’s has made its way back and what you can do to bring out your inner disco diva:

1. Bell Bottoms – Believe it or not, these are back in tons of different colors, prints, and textures. There is denim, corduroy, suede, or the ever-so-comfortable rayon (pictured below). The good thing about these is the fact that they can be worn for any occasion. You can add some peep toed wedges, a nice shirt and some jewelry for a night downtown or you can just throw on a plain shirt for a casual, but cute date night look!

2. Color Schemes – The 70’s were all about earth tone colors such as tan, cream, brown, mustard, and orange. These basic colors have “fall” written all over them and they complement almost everyone’s skin tone, even as we lose our summer tans. You can wear these colors all together or mix it up to get that fab look going.

3. Vintage Floral – Floral is a reoccurring pattern that has been transformed over time. Big, bold and vintage floral is one of our all-time favorite patterns. It was popular in the late 60's/70's and it's back again! This print could be on any article of clothing and adding a fringe vest or a headband adds to the hippie vibe!
4. Go With The Flow – The 80's, 90's and early 2000's were big on tight fitting clothing to show off your figure. Loose and flowy clothes have started to take over. This is popular once again (woohoo!) and can be worn for anything. These days many people like to cover up more than they did in the later 1900's. Loose clothing can be worn comfortably or dressed up to be sophisticated. It is effortless fashion, so who wouldn't want this to be back in style?
5. Fringe – Fringe is one of the biggest trends from the 70's that is back. The fringe can be on a kimono, cardigan, shirt, shoe, or vest. The fringe is a simple detail that can spice up any article of clothing. Add a fringe vest to a simple shirt to turn your outfit out of this world. It can be added to a dress as well to dress it up or make it more casual!
6. Headbands – Headband come in numerous ways. There is a headband out there that can be worn with anything. Our personal favorite are the Pink Pewter jeweled headbands (pictured below in the middle). The jewels and sparkles make outfits dressier. If you want to wear a headband with a more casual outfit, we recommend Violet Love headbands (pictured below on the left) or Natural Life boho bandeaus (pictured below on the right). The Natural Life bandeaus can also be worn over 10 different ways!
7. Prints and Patterns – Mixing prints, patterns and colors is very unique. That is one thing that stood out in the past, helping make the 70's such an iconic decade. The patterns used were mainly floral, paisley, or a mixture of different lines and shapes. The colors involved in these patterns could be categorized into two main different color schemes: bright/rainbow or neutral with hints of mustard, orange, or burgundy as previously mentioned above! Mix and match these colors with patterns for a perfect "Jackie" look.
8. Suede – Along with fringe, suede is one of the biggest trends at the moment. The fringe and suede is often intertwined for the perfect 70's look. This texture is very soft and it comes in many colors. The more popular colors are camel, brown, black and tan. These colors go with anything so it is easy to add a little suede for a more subtle 70's feel.
9. Tie Dye – The beauty of tie dye is that it comes in literally any and every color. Wear bright and colorful tie dye for a hippie look or more calm colors that could be worn anytime. You can emphasize the tie dye by wearing it as a dress or as a top with simple bottoms. To tone it down a little, add a cardigan, vest or kimono!
10. Vests – So many vests, but not enough closet space. Vests come anywhere from fur or crochet, to suede, cargo, and many more. Suede fringe vests are huge right now, but another one of our favorites is the faux leather with faux sheep lining or suede with the faux sheep lining as pictured below.
11. Mock Neck – Turtle necks have always been a trend that has come and gone through the years. The perfect spin on the turtle neck is the mock neck. It isn't as high or thick around the neck, making it more popular than the turtle neck. This past summer, mock neck tank tops came back. Now that the weather is cooler, the mock neck is added to dresses. Dresses can be fixed up to wear in warm or cool weather just by adding a few accessories such as boots, tights, cardigans, etc. These infamous mock neck dresses are also made in long sleeve or 3/4 length sleeves, so they couldn't be any more perfect to wear while this style is "in" this season!

Mix and match these eleven details to get the perfect 70s look which is currently "in." As fashion keeps revolving, so do we! All of these looks are available while supplies last here at The Refinery! Keep up with us by following us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest @shoptherefinery and don’t forget to "like" us on Facebook!

Falling For Fashion

The time has finally come – IT’S FALL! The cool air and colorful leaves are irresistible after a brutally hot summer. In a perfect world, the temperature would automatically cool down the first day of fall. Unfortunately, the weather can be very unpredictable, so that is not the case (especially here in the south). As bad as you may want to pull out the chunky sweaters, scarves and boots and head out with your pumpkin spice latte, hold off just a little bit longer. Transitioning into fall is the hardest part of the season change. It can be cool in the morning, but throughout the day the temperature can rise up to the same as it was in the summer. The anticipation of the cooler weather doesn’t help either. Here’s a list of our favorite fall transition pieces and tips on how to wear them during this season change:

  • Plaid Flannels – The best thing about flannels is the numerous ways they can be worn. They can be worn buttoned or unbuttoned, the sleeves can be long or rolled up, they can be worn with leggings or jeans (depending on the length), and it can be tied around your waist when it gets warmer in the afternoon. 
  • Booties – Since it’s not quite time to pull out the riding boots, these are a good replacement. These can be worn with shorts, dresses, jeans or leggings. So pretty much anything, which makes things a lot easier when rummaging through the closet picking outfits to wear.
  • Dresses – The fact that dresses come in all different shapes and styles makes styling a whole lot easier. There are tank dresses, fitted, t-shirt, long-sleeved, maxi, and many more. Dresses can be easily dressed up with heels and a nice blazer, or dressed down with booties or flats and a light cardigan or a flannel tied around the waist. If it gets chilly, you can always untie the flannel and wear like a jacket.
  • Distressed Denim – As summer comes to an end, tans start to fade, and it can be hard to accept the fact that summer is over. When it is still too warm to pull out the tight skinny jeans, this style is the answer. Not only are they fashionable, but the holes in the jeans give you a breeze for a happy medium. Another go-to style is the boyfriend jean. These are made to fit loose so you aren’t sweating in them. You can also find the boyfriend jeans with a distressed look as well!
  • Boot Socks – Boot socks are adorable once the weather gets cooler, but if you just can’t wait to pull them out, they can be worn with a dress or even shorts for a more comfortable, fall look. You can also add tights when it gets cold. For some, it is hard to put the summer clothes away for the year, so for the best transitioning, just combine your fall clothes with summer pieces!
  • Faux Leather Leggings Leggings are back! What girl doesn’t love legging season? Leggings are there for you to help keep warm and comfortable when the seasons change. A more sophisticated spin to the typical leggings is the faux leather legging. They are still comfortable but the sleek look makes them a little dressier. So now you have an excuse to wear leggings wherever your heart desires!

Check out our girls Stephanie, Laney, Haley, Maria, Heather, Burgin, Kaitlyn, and Courtney in some of our favorite pieces available in store!

Photography: Lauren Tyler - http://www.lbtphotos.com 

    Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can't Lose.

    As summer starts to come to an end, the weather gets cooler and the days get busier. A lot of people have a love/hate relationship with going back to school, which is completely understandable. With school starting back, leaves change colors, tank tops change to sweatshirts, sandals change to boots, and weekends turn to football. College game days are a big deal here in the South (and a good reason to play dress-up). Instead of spending a relaxing weekend at home or snuggled up in your dorm room, hundreds of people will get up early, put on their most spirited clothes and head to their favorite stadium. The Refinery is our small boutique in Jonesboro, Arkansas which is home of the Arkansas State Red Wolves! Arkansas State University has about 12,000 students, and one thing we don’t joke about is our football team. The spirit and love for the university is at its peak on game days. A favorite game day activity is tailgating! The tailgates consist of food, drinks, games, music, and friends. So the question remains – what do you wear?  The answer can be narrowed down into two categories – cute and dressy or cute and casual. If you decide to be a little dressier, you could go with a cute dress, jewelry, romper, or some rayon or polyester shorts with a nice blouse. A more casual look could be blue jean shorts with a school tank, t-shirt dress, or nice shorts and a blouse. This is really a personal preference on how much effort you want to put in on your appearance.

    Most importantly, here are our top five game day rules:

    1. Avoid heels – Most tailgates are on a grassy surface so walking around in heels is hard when you keep getting stuck in the ground. Also, you will be on your feet for a while so unless you want to walk around barefoot for half of the day, wear comfy shoes. A good substitute is wedges! Wedges offer a little more support, and you don’t have to worry about your heel sticking in the mud.
    2. The fewer layers, the better – football season starts off while it is still pretty warm outside. Not only will you be spending a lot of time outdoors, but there is a good chance that you will be spending a lot of time in direct sunlight. The more layers you wear, the more you sweat, and who really wants to keep going to the bathroom every hour to cool off?
    3. Double check the length of your dress – there is a very high chance that you will have to go up and down stairs or bleachers at some point during a football game. Please make sure your dress is long enough to make that happen without embarrassing yourself in front of your peers. You want to be comfortable and not concerned with flashing everyone.
    4. Don’t forget your sunnies – the sun has to set eventually, and when it does the sun will beat down right on your face making it nearly impossible to see or concentrate on the game. Sunglasses not only help you see, but they cover up your eye makeup when the heat makes it smudge.
    5. Crossbody purses are your best friends – nobody wants to carry around a huge purse all day, and there is always a chance you will sit it down somewhere and forget about it. With a crossbody, both of your hands are free and you don’t have to worry about losing it!

    Check out Callie, Courtney, Burgin and Kaitlyn in our game day looks below! Photography:  Lauren Tyler – http://www.lbtphotos.com

    Hey, You!

    Clothes – Every girl’s weakness and worst nightmare all in one. The stress of figuring out what to wear is an everyday occurrence, whether it’s for an event or just to go grocery shopping. Say you’re having a girls’ night out with all of your gal pals. The first question – What are you going to wear? If you’re anything like me, you pick an outfit, try it on, look in the mirror and say, “ehh” and change. That cycle then repeats itself several times (usually causing me to be late) before finally picking the winning outfit.  Your clothes say so much about you; they are a representation of your own personality and unique style. Maybe you can classify your style as boho chic, gothic, glam rocker, classy, preppy, sporty, girly, hipster, 80s, punk, edgy, western, or just casual. Maybe your style is none of those, or maybe it’s a mixture of all or several. If your style is more punk rock, you probably won’t wear cowboy boots with a flannel and blue jeans for the simple fact of that’s just not who you are. Just because you see someone wearing something you wouldn’t wear doesn’t mean it’s wrong.  It takes a lot of confidence to wear something you know won’t necessarily “fit in.” My advice is to just be you.

    Many times when ladies go shopping they go into the fitting room with arms full of clothes, put on an outfit that they like and think to themselves, okay wow I actually look good in this…but I better not buy it because I would probably get a bunch of funny looks. Girl, BUY THE OUTFIT! Buy it and wear it proud! You should NEVER be ashamed of who you are. No matter where you go and no matter what you do there is always going to be someone who doesn’t agree with you even if it’s just your style they don’t agree with.

    So maybe you want to impress someone or maybe you just want to look good because you can. It isn’t vain to be happy with the way you look. Confidence is key, and the clothes you wear are a big reflection of that confidence. Buy and wear whatever YOU want and whatever YOU feel comfortable in. I love the quote, “dress like you’re already famous.” Dressing the part is a good start, but the way you carry yourself in those clothes is what matters. So remember, hold your head high and don’t be afraid to be yourself. Being yourself is the best person you can be.