Don’t Stop Beliebing

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When I purchased this Justin Bieber shirt from Forever 21, I thought writing a blog post about it was going to be a no-brainer. Not only because is it an awesome graphic tee but because I’m obsessed with Justin Bieber like……obsessed in the way that I know my beliberness annoys the shit out of people and there’s no LOL about it. What I’m trying to say is: this post is not as easy as I anticipated and I am having a hard time putting my love for him into words. As much as I wish this were not true, I’m no master communicator. That being said, I am just going to have to let this shirt speak for itself and say you should get one too. Support the Biebs, guys.

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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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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”

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)

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!

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

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?

This blog post was posted while listening to “Amber” by 311. saint laurent 7saint laurent 4saint laurent 3saint laurent 10saint laurent 8Sheer top: Nasty Gal; Pencil skirt: Forever 21; Boots: Alexander Wang (similar here); Sunnies: “Leonard” by Illesteva; Handbag: Sac Du Jour by Saint Laurent; Matte Lip Color: Tom Ford “Pussycat”

White Fabric Hack

crinkle blouse 6White fabrics like this HM blouse are beautiful, but I’m pretty sure everyone can agree that their stain vulnerability is not. I for one was quickly reminded of this fact when I spilled red wine on my brand new white duvet cover two nights ago. A white duvet with a red wine spill is severely disappointing, especially when you just rearranged your bedroom decor to favor said duvet cover (see my room pre-wine stain here). Simply put, a red wine stain on a brand new duvet cover equals a Catherine freak out.

After a few choice words and what I’m sure was a very flattering freak out session, I decided to listen when google told me to pour vodka onto my red wine debacle. Either my lucky stars were aligned or vodka really does dilute red wine stains because my Belle Epoque duvet came out of the wash machine without a trace of my spill. The moral of the story is wear your white shirts without fear because red wine stains are not as lethal as they used to be!  What hacks have you used to get red wine stains out?

Posted while listening to “White Dress” by Parachute.
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Crinkled BlouseHM ; CulottesForever 21Neck Tie: HM (similar here); Shoes: Asos (similar here + here); SunniesCeline ; Bucket BagUrban Outfitters

Fall Florals

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Today I am very excited to show off this Forever 21 floral cardigan AND to say that I can actually smell the roses and taste my coffee. For the past seven days, I haven’t been able to smell or taste in a normal manner because I have had quite the bout of sickness. After lots and lots of fresh juices, vitamins, essential oils, and absurd amounts of DayQuil, I think it is safe to say I am back to my normal Justin Bieber listening self! Speaking of Biebs, what do you guys think of his new album Purpose? Do you love it as much as I do?

Posted while listening to “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber

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Sheer Cardigan: Forever 21 / Shirt: Lush Clothing (similar here) / Shoes: Steve Madden Jilly Heel / Black Bucket Bag: Silence + Noise / Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar here)

xx,

cathclaire