Free People Slip Obsessed

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I first discovered this Raven Slip style by Freeps during the Richmond store one year anniversary event last spring and added it to my long list of free people slips I love instantaneously. I wore it in lavender, but my roommate/good friend/makeup-artist/sometimes photog snagged it in this color and lent it to me for my Cali trip last week. I usually wear the FP slips solo or underneath other pieces, but in this instance – I decided to give the Raven slip a little more of a jumper role. I am so excited about all of the slips that Free People has right now and have linked some below. What is your favorite freeps slip of all time?

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Yellow Lace in Venice Beach

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Can we all agree on the fact that time change is a freaking doozy? I am just back in Richmond from a stint in Los Angeles and despite not being able to hold my eyelids open, so excited to share this outfit post with you guys. I did a preview of this look on Instagram the other day and got such good feedback/lots of questions about where I got this shirt. Isn’t the lace paneling on the bell sleeves amazing? I’ll give you guys one guess where I got it from – none other than my favorite shop Forever 21. Am I the only one that relies on this store for great pieces? If you have a favorite Forever 21 piece right now, send it my way!

Special thanks to Tim Fegas for this awesome photoshoot in Venice Beach and to Beyonce for inspiring me to wear these sunglasses (she has them as well!) Can’t wait to do it again sometime soon.topshop denim skirtforever 21 yellow lace venice beachforever 21 lace yellow shirttopshop denim skirt outfit postforever 21 yellow lace top outfit Yellow Lace Paneled Top: Forever 21 ; Button Front Denim Skirt: Topshop; Black Booties: Alexander Wang (similar here + more budget friendly option here); Sunnies: The Row; Handbag: Sac Du Jour by Saint Laurent (budget friendly here)

Spring Picks with Zappos x Shopstyle

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Is everyone counting down the days until Spring like the two of us? I will be celebrating the first day of Spring in California while Rebecca heads to Guatemala for a week. We will be apart from each other for a whole 10 days and the separation anxiety is going to be in full force. I am last minute heading to LA next week for fashion week and have partnered with our friends at Zappos & Shopstyle Collective to show you some of my favorite Spring picks (aka what will be my saving grace in my suitcase next week) from Zappos.com. Reb’s picks are shortly after mine!

When a last minute trip gets thrown into my lap, this is what happens: online shopping ensues and I start badgering Rebecca with hypothetical outfits like clockwork. Flying across the country right in time for Spring is the perfect opportunity to shop for easy, breezy pieces that are simple to pack and versatile. I was on the Zappos site for approximately five minutes before I stumbled across this LNA number and sent it to Reb immediately. I love the maxi dress version of their staple t-shirt. We both agreed that the cut out detailing is perfectly in line with the Spring trends and also mixes up the t-shirt maxi just enough to allow several re-wears throughout my Cali trip. I paired this maxi with 3 different pairs of shoes because that is exactly how I plan to wear it: with everything from sneaks, to Birkenstocks, to statement heels.

As if finding all these pieces in one place wasn’t enough, Zappos carries accessories as well! I snagged this pair of Ray-Bans that I have been wanting for sometime because I figured there was no better time to get them than in anticipation of Spring! The online shopping experience at Zappos is so ideal because they provide the best customer service and make returns easy peasy, as long as they are within 365 days!  Yes, you read that right: 1 year. So shop away on Zappos.com and try some new Spring trends without the pressure of a short return turnaround.

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Levi Jean Jacket / LNA Dessert Crew Black Maxi Dress (another option here) / Ray Ban Icon Sunglasses / Birkenstock Sandals / Nike Free 5.0 Shoes / Splendid Jaylen Heels / Bucket Bag: similar  here / Top Handle Black Handbag: similar here /

Dream, Dream

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This outfit is a flashback to the look I wore to the Monique Lhuillier show during NYFW. Rebecca tried to snap a pic of me wearing this ensemble in Moynihan Station (where the show was located) but the lighting would not allow the way that the snowy NYC streets do here. I couldn’t have been more excited to use this Louis Vuitton bag courtesy of Bag, Borrow or Steal around the city and to different fashion shows. If you have been following along with The Crystal Press, you know that we are lovers of Louis Vuitton and this bag is no exception. On that note, this white Iris + Ink top (from Shopstyle) is one of my all time favorite shirts I’ve ever worn. The sleeves have amazing zipper detailing at the wrist and styling on the back of the shirt speaks for itself in these pictures.

All I have left to ask is – can every week be fashion week? A girl can dream.
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Thred Up: NYFW Style

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One of my favorite parts about visiting New York City is the feeling of possibility that is so contagious while amongst the hustle and bustle of the big apple. Although this feeling of possibility is a beautiful thing, it can make planning for Fall/Winter fashion week a bit tricky. If only you could have witnessed the twiz Rebecca and I were in while trying to pack for this cold yet fabulous week of fashion. I felt like a broken record pre-NYFW because all I could say to Rebecca ( from The Crystal Press) was “I can’t wait to finish packing, get into our hotel room in the city, and blast ‘Welcome to New York’ by TSwift.” #thethingsthatcalmcatherine Let’s just say that sub zero temperatures and endless possibility make for very heavy suitcases. (I ended up with 60 lbs of clothing. This is not a joke.)

That being said, one of the most important things to pack when visiting the big apple is a great shoe that can get you to all of these potentially fabulous events in one piece, comfortably. I found the perfect boots for our NYFW adventures at ThreduP that are pictured below. These Prada boots made my toes feel like 10 friends at a tea party aka they are oh-so-comfy. ThreduP updated my wardrobe just in time with these Prada boots and let me tell you, these boots were made for walking. I can’t wait to throw them on with the perfect pair of cut-offs in the Spring.
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Denim Jacket: HM (similare here); Crop Top: Yumi Kim; Leggings: K by Kersh (Target); Shoes: Prada from ThredUp similar here; Bag: Sac Du Jour Saint Laurent Sunnies: Prada 54 mm

Nike Flyknit Frees

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I am on a serious athletic shoe kick. I’ve incorporated these Flyknit Nike Frees into all my outfits over the course of the past few days while also having too much fun referring to myself as sporty spice. Once I started wearing these sneaks, I couldn’t stop because these Nike shoes are SO comfy. With all of the prepping for New York Fashion Week coming down to the last wire, comfort is paramount for all of my last minute errands. Need to get things done in a jiffy without sacrificing style for comfort? Pick out a pair of athletic shoes that you love and rock them with your next outfit because the sporty spice look is back.

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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!

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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 

Wishlist Wednesday: Lottery Style

If this wish list is any indication, its all too easy to be completely impractical when it comes to making a wish list for the day that you win the lottery. If you haven’t ever made a wish list for the day you win the lottery, I suggest that you do for two reasons: is great fun and what better time to make a lottery wish list than when the jackpot has risen into the billions? Yes, you read that right: BILLIONS. Here are a couple of things I would invest in if we hit those winning numbers:

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Veuve Clicquot Rosè Flute Set / Hermes Birkin / Yeezy Boost Elizabeth and James Feather Dress / 100 Baies Diptyque Candles / Aquazarra Forever Marilyn Heels / Lovers and Friends Denim / Louis Vuitton Blanket / Purse Pom Pom (similar here)

Amber

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I’m a big fan of sunglasses that match the color of my hair. Prior to these Illestevas, the only pair in my wardrobe that fit this description were the champagne colored sunnies called “Remmy” by Raen Optics. While I love the Raen champagne colored sunglasses (and anything to do with champagne), you can never have too many amber-blondish sunglasses and these Illesteva’s proved just that. The combination of these amber frames with the silver mirrored lenses on these Leonard sunnies are the perfect pop of color in my typical Catherine all black ensemble. What is your go-to pair of sunglasses?

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