Celine Dreams with Trendlee

celine 7I will be the first to tell you that new (Celine) bags are what dreams are made of… I mean, how can you not stare at the colors on this bag? I rarely experiment with this much color in one outfit (yet alone an accessory) and I have to say, Celine makes coloring outside of my usual all-black-everything lines a ball of fun!  One of the best things about fashion is that you can mix up your outfits whenever your heart desires with a tweak or a purchase and this bag did just thought for moi (see how Rebecca styled another Celine here).

Are you looking for a new handbag to change your style up a bit for the summer? Look no further than Trendlee for a beautiful selection of gently used bags! We even have a code “THECRYSTALPRESS” for 5% off of your purchase, folks!

Trendlee favorites: Celine / Louis Vuitton / Saint Laurent / Chanel

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Black ‘Lilou’ Choker: Are You Am I / Ruched Sleeve Top: Storets / Frayed Denim Culottes: Zara (similar herehere) / Heels: Merona (similar herehere) / Bag: Celine c/o Trendlee / Sunnies: Illesteva Leonard (sold out, similar here)

Chubby Knit

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If you like to mix and match things you already own like me, how about wearing your dresses in the winter with some jeans underneath and a chubby knit jacket overtop? Just because it’s cold out (ok..freeezing out) doesn’t mean we have to let our short sleeve dresses hibernate in our closets. I highly recommend pairing a pair of pants with your favorite weather inappropriate dress for some wardrobe versatility and a little fun. I love how a feminine dress can be balanced out by the masculinity of the jeans underneath. Feel free to show Reb and I what you come up with!

Posted while listening to “Same Old Love” Grey Remix by Selena Gomez. Follow me on Spotify herecarrie 9carrie 5carrie 15carrie 7carrie 11Chubby Knit Jacket: Cliche ; Floral Crochet Midi Dress: Forever 21 ; Frayed Hem Jeans: Rag and Bone ; Black Pumps: Steve Madden ; Sunnies: Celine ; Bag: Saint Laurent

Faux Expectations

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When I ordered this faux fur coat from ASOS online, I had high expectations. Online shopping and I have a love hate relationship because I am more of an in store shopping kinda girl. Online shopping seemed to get one over on me yet again when my initial try-on of this coat didn’t live up to said expectations….because more of a Chewbaca vibe ensued. C’mon I have seven brothers, I know who Chewbaca is. In fact, I can’t tell you how much time I spent in front of the mirror trying to create twin Princess Leia buns with my never long enough hair as a little girl. The good news is after trying to make this coat happen for the third or fourth time, it has finally grown on me – chewbaca vibes and all. (This below freezing weather doesn’t hurt either..)

Posted while listening to “Dangerous” by Big Data, Joywave.

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Faux Fur Coat: ASOS ; Black Asymmetric Tee: Nasty Gal ; Denim: Rag & Bone ; Shoes: Alexander Wang (similar here); Square Sunnies: Celine; Bag: Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour 

Come On Eileen

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I borrowed this lovely coat from one of my best friends that visited RVA recently. This piece jived with my all black wardrobe seamlessly and the designer reminded me of what my name almost was: Eileen. My mom loves the name Eileen. I can’t see myself as anything other than a Catherine after 27 years of identifying with this name, but every time I hear “C’mon Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners I can’t help but wonder. A name is just a name, but I love it when life accidentally reminds you of all the decisions, small and large, that shape who you are today.

P.S I hope you all had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year. Thank you for following along with The Crystal Press + Cathclaire in 2015 and we can’t wait to share with you what 2016 has in store!

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eileen fisher 3eileen fisher 2eileen fisher 7eileen fisher 8Cropped Frayed Hem Jeans: Rag & Bone; Black Coat: Eileen Fisher (similar here); Black Camisole: Finders Keepers (similar here); Black Lace Up Heels: Steve Madden (similar here); Sunnies: Celine (similar shape here); Bucket Bag: Urban Outfitters