Fan Girl

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If there is the best time to be in fashion for a blogger duo like The Crystal Press, I would have to say it is Spring/Summer fashion week in September when the weather is just right in NYC. Rebecca and I are still learning the ropes of this enchanting time of year but, boy, what we have learned so far has fulfilled dreams we’ve had ever since we were little girls. Before I go any further, let me just say we wouldn’t have been able to go on this trip without your support so thanks for following along with our adventures from the very beginning. Yes, that was a shout out to all of the TCP + Cathclaire OG’s.

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Roan If You Want To

Roan (noun): A realm of color, pattern, and texture that is never the same, never dulls, and has unlimited possibility.

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Richmond peeps, have you been to Roan in Carytown? If you haven’t, you need to get there. From one of a kind dresses for a special occasion to the perfect outfit for a drink at Can Can with friends, this boutique has got you covered. The eye for impeccable style and design that Hank, the owner/buyer, has is out of this world. As if the shopping experience that Hank and his team have created at Roan isn’t enough, do you see this Roksanda dress I am wearing? Hank picked it out for me! I am an all-black-everything kinda girl and this dress fulfills my all-black needs with just the right amount of white peaking from the back of it.

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Black Satin

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The moon must be doing something weird because lately I feel like I can barely keep up with my to-do list. You know those times when you write your to-dos down, but on different lists and then you less than ideally misplace them? That’s me rn.

Between fashion week prep, general life stuff, and a quick stint in Vegas today (all things I am very excited about), life has been quite the whirl wind over the past (barely there) week. However, in my overwhelming to-do list fog, I have managed to find another pair of Alexander Wang booties (!!).

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Queen of all Colors

“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colours was black.” 

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Raise your hand if “does this come in black?” is your most asked question when shopping. While everyone’s hand but Anna Wintour’s is probably raised, this color is the queen of all colors. “It looks better in black” is my fashion mantra and this bodysuit from Nasty Gal is no exception. #Nastygalsdoitbetter

Sidenote: Does any one else feel uncomfortable when using Nasty Gal’s hashtag? Asking for a friend. 

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Rise Up in Ruffles

“The day will be what you make it, so rise like the sun, and burn.” – William C. Hannan
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I know I need a mental reset when I find myself in the habit of getting out of bed 5 minutes before I need to be out the door in the morning. On these kinds of mornings, I haphazardly hop out of bed anything but gracefully and (somehow) wash my face, brush my teeth, throw on an outfit, and carry my makeup bag out the door in a matter of minutes. In these instances, saying that I start my day flustered would be the understatement of the century.

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Embellished Stars

“We are stars wrapped in skin. The light you are looking for has always been within”

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I can’t wear this ASOS top without thinking of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I don’t know anyone personally with their name on that walk of fame but I shamelessly do know that everyone is a star in their own right, shining in different ways. When the inevitable discomfort of change or growth comes around during the “figuring out what makes you shine” process, just remember that stars shine the brightest in the darkness – the perfect metaphor for life’s struggles. What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

Create more time in your day to do more of that.

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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)

A Chambray Revival

hm ootd 3While I wanted to continue to break out my spring dresses and cut-offs over the past week, mother nature decided that she had a whole-lotta-dreary weather on the agenda instead. When the April showers so rudely carry into May, Catherine’s fashion blogging plans must improvise – like a pop star who forgets their next dance move on stage and the show must go on. Do you think Selena Gomez or Beyonce would get discouraged because of a little choreography confusion or better yet, a little rain?

Side note: This is the sort of rhetorical question that I say out loud to Rebecca on a daily basis and she humors me without making me feel like a crazy person. As I type the question here, I can’t say I don’t feel like a crazy person…

Anyways, I digress, back to what Selena would do ……Selena would call T Swift for some inspiration + keep pushing through whatever discouragement comes her way. I shall do the same except sub T-Swift for Reb and discouragement for outfit affecting weather conditions. While I may not be risking a forgotten dance move amidst a Revival concert tour that involves being in front of thousands of people nightly, I am risking outfits that are unfit for weather conditions (just like every other non-Selena Gomez, normal person lol).  I will be the first to say that this fringe chambray button down is the something good purchase that came from me pushing through a little thing I like to call “fashionista’s block.” A little cold-supposed-to-be-spring weather aint got nothin’ on a good fringe button down. After all, Selena Gomez is rocking a C2H4 fringe jean jacket on her #Revival tour which means we are outfit soul sisters and we were definitely, positively in the same squad in another life.

Posted while listening to “Revival” by Selena Gomez.

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The Dev Dress

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What goes through your head when you think of the month of May? I think of peonies blooming, The Temptations, The Met Gala, and (selfishly) my birthday. As I watch the looks roll in from the Red Carpet at The Met Gala, I distract myself from not being in attendance (LOL) with the fact that it is my birthday week. A pretty logical pick-me-up if you ask me, especially when your birthday week is kicked off with photos from Reb and I’s favorite photographers, J+D Photography (also shot with them here + here.) It is a true luxury to have such a talent located in the heart of Richmond and Rebecca and I are so grateful that J+D Photography could fit us into their busy schedule. These two and their team are in high demand and we have no doubt in our minds as to why. Shooting with David and Jada is nothing but enjoyable, if you can’t tell from the pictures of Rebecca and I!

While it is going to be hard to live up to this birthday week’s kick-off (thanks to Jada and David), Rebecca and I are going to end my bday week by officially celebrating my birthday on Saturday. You can follow along with our tour-de-Richmond on Bloglovin’s snapchat (add them: BloglovinHQ.) As long time users and lovers of Bloglovin’, Rebecca and I are a little too excited for The Crystal Press to takeover their snapchat on Saturday while we bee bop around the river city and clink glasses of Veuve Clicquot (it would be a birthday sin not to!) We can’t promise anything revolutionary, but we can promise entertainment so don’t forget to follow BloglovinHQ on snapchat so you don’t miss out!

PS: I found this Rebecca Minkoff chambray Dev Dress at Monkees of Richmond and it is such a staple for Spring. Be sure to head there if you are in need of the latest Spring trends and stay tuned for Reb’s look from Monkees later this week!

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Dev Dress: Rebecca Minkoff / Bucket Bag: Baggu / Boots: Alexander Wang (similar here, here) / Mirrored Sunnies: Forever 21 / Lip stain: Tarte “Envy”

Invest in Yourself

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In contrast to my normal sequence of events, I thought of the title for today’s blogpost before I wrote it so looks like today’s post is an (obvious) play on words. You know, because I love this faux leather vest (as a shirt, over a shirt, etc) and I think inVESTing in yourself is the best thing since sliced bread.

When was the last time you invested in yourself? Whether it’s taking that creative writing class you’ve been eyeing or getting out of your comfy bed and going on that morning run your body has been craving, the concept of investing in yourself may seem trite (and sound a lot like the hook in the Biebster’s single “Love Yourself”) – but I think it’s something to be considered more often. One thing I did to invest in myself (and this blog) over the past few months was take a photography class at the Visual Arts Center here in Richmond. To tell the truth, my attention span loathes the idea of sitting in a class for 3 hours, but my heart is always happy that I went. I’ve met some awesome people and learned so many tricks of the trade that have helped Rebecca and I out with our photography for our duo fashion blog, The Crystal Press. Novices just the same but we are trying, folks!

That brings me to my next point (fueh, I need to take a breather this is a LONG one): the art scene in Richmond. Richmond has some of the best murals in the world and we are so excited to celebrate that and art in general at the Richmond Street Art Festival this weekend. To make it even better, we are launching #rvaPin 2 at the festival as well! We posted the first picture of it on Instagram last night here (drumroll for Reb’s photography skills please..) Anywho – come see us, get some pins, and support youth art education. It’s going to be a helluva time!

PS – If you can’t be there, don’t forget to follow along with our artsy fartsy adventures on Snapchat! (@cathclaire, @reb_tweetz)

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Faux Leather Waistcoat: Zara (similar here) / Sheer Embroidered Top: Forever 21/ Denim: Topshop “Jamie Jeans” / Platform Pumps: Balmain (similar here) / Sunglasses: Illesteva “Meyer” (sold out, similar here)