Free People Slip Obsessed


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?

Posted while listening to: “All In It” – Justin Bieber unspecified-9unspecified-8unspecified-11unspecified-12unspecified-7Slip: Free People (similar herehere); Sheer Black Shirt: Forever 21 (similar herehere); Black Booties: Alexander Wang (similar here); Bag: Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour; Sunnies: Forever 21

A Classic Case of the Mondays

louis vuitton neverfullWhat do you do when you wake up with a classic case of the Mondays? Whenever I wake up moving slower than I’d like and with a lack of motivation on a Monday, I try to remedy this less than ideal situation asap. (Disclaimer: some days it works more effectively than others.) My first move (besides waking up) is to get a nice, strong cup of joe. I know everyone has a different preference when it comes to strong coffee, but when I’m looking to put a big ole pep in my step, I grab a large iced coffee to combat the tiredness. After that mission is accomplished, I get all scholarly and consult my book of quotes for the mental part of my case of mondays. I have a few go-to’s* that help me shift my perspective from “another-work-week-FML-i-want-to -stay-in-bed-I-hate-my-alarm-I-hate-everything” to “a-new-week-equals-a-new-beginning-and-you-only-live-once-maybe-i-should-turn-on-drake.” All cathclaire gibberish aside, I try to shift my perspective from negative to positive. Maybe my simple two part remedy elicits a mere placebo effect but hey, I’ll take it.

  • “Leave some room in your heart for the unimaginable” – Mary Oliver
  • Just look at life with more playful eyes. Don’t be serious. Seriousness becomes like a blindness. Don’t pretend to be a thinker, a philosopher. Just simply be a human being. The whole world is showering its joy on you in so many ways, but if you are too serious, you cannot open your heart.” – Osho 
  • “Set your life on fire — seek those who fan your flames.”  – Rumi
  • “Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” – Earl Nightengale

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free people richmond Unless this is the first post on The Crystal Press that you have seen, you know that we LOVE Free People. On any given outfit post you are guaranteed to find any range of accessories, intimates and clothes from our favorite boho-boutique. When the Richmond store approached us to be a part of this #FPSummerDays anniversary event, saying that we were excited is an understatement. We had such fun trying out different outfits and most importantly getting our hair done by the lovely stylists from 1213 Hair Studio.

Oh and how could we forget: champagne & cupcakes. It was basically our dream event and these photographs definitely show us in our element – laughing, drinking and showing off some sweet threads. Thanks to all of the free people stylists and especially the store manager, Jamie, for putting together such a fabulous event!






















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You know that feeling when you walk out of a dressing room in a new style & the sales associate is 99.9% unimpressed? This was my first experience with boyfriend jeans years ago. I emerged from the store’s dressing room proudly sporting the then new jean style & was greeted by the store employee with the combination of a quizzical look & a lecture about how unflattering the jeans were to my short legs.

It is instances like these that my borderline delusional love for fashion comes in handy. If I want to wear something, I take it VERY seriously. I am going to wear that something like there is no tomorrow and probably for an uncomfortable amount of days in a row. According to the book of Cath, the art of dressing is about what makes you feel your best, not about what people around you observe or say. Yes, I have short legs & yes, there are styles that are considered more elongating or flattering as that sales person was helpfully implying but who cares? Boyfriend jeans was what I had my heart set on and despite my unsuccessful go-go-gadget-long-legs command, boyfriend jeans is what I walked out of that store with that day.

PS Who needs a fairy godmother when you have the most comfortable boyfriend jeans & these Stuart Weitzman 21st century glass slippers?

Blogged while listening to “She Ain’t Right” by Lee Brice.

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rva ootd postAside from my tom boy phase in middle school, I have never considered myself much of a nature person. The more I dabble in photography & The Crystal Press – the more I have grown to appreciate a beautifully kept garden or a tree in bloom. The majority of the world would call this a simple case of maturity but I like to think of my process of appreciation as unique to myself in a semi-narcissitic way. That being said, while I loathe matching in #ootd form – I can one hundred percent enjoy how my Freeps tunic matches the blossoms in these photos from Byrd Park in Richmond. Stay tuned for this top to make an appearance as a bathing suit cover-up in St. John in a few weeks! Cheers to multi-purpose clothing, right?

Posted while listening to “From Time” : Drake feat Jhene Aiko.

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I was compelled to name this post Chloe when I saw it was the name of this Free People top that I purchased at Nordstroms at The Grove in LA because anyone who has known me at any point since this scent came out will recognize the smell of Chloe (this one) as my signature scent. I wore way too much of it when it launched at Saks with no fear of smoking my college friends out with my perfume. Hitting people with my wall of perfume was my goal apparently because I get texts to this day of people recognizing the scent and thinking of me. Ah, #college. Gotta give it to the memory of those olfactory glands!

Posted while listening to “Chateau Lobby #4” by Father John Misty.

P.S How sweet are these Red Nectar Sunglasses?

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Chloe Printed Tee: Free People; Giddy Up Harness Bra: Free People; The Skinny: 7 for All Mankind; Platform Black Heels: Similar here; Red Steez Sunnies: Nectar


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I had the opportunity to visit The City of Angels for a couple of days this month. The Cali weather was impeccable and the shopping was addicting to say the least. One of my best friends, Tiona,  recently moved out there and showed me the best time in LA. From blowouts to thrift shopping, stay tuned for a  full travel post with details of my Cali trip!

Posted while listening to Wild Child by Kenny Chesney ft Grace Potter.

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Eyelashes slip: Free People in black; Camoflauge Utility Jacket: Forever 21; Peak Black Multi boots (with a gold sparkle): Steve MaddenDany Tiered Drop Collar NecklaceFree People in gold; Metal Accented Round Sunnies: Forever 21

Photos: tionabfree

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How to Style Overalls: A Fashion Photoshoot with J & D Photography

My partner and I from The Crystal Press had the opportunity to shoot with the amazing team at J & D Photography. This was my first professional photo shoot and to say I was nervous would be the understatement of the century.

I’m talking drink-copious-amounts-of-champagne-before-I-get-in-front-of-the-camera-nervous.

I quickly realized once I got on site that I didn’t even need to pop open my bottle of Veuve Clicquot because of how easy it is to work with and to be around Jada & David Parrish from J & D Photography. One of my favorite parts about my experience with them was the insightful direction they offered throughout the entire shoot. David and Jada know their stuff and to be honest, I felt like a movie star.

What more can you ask out of a photographer for a special occasion than to feel like a movie star and recieve mind-blowing photographs as a result of it?

I can’t stress enough that David & Jada are a blast to work with, extremely talented (as you can see in the pictures below), and truly know how to elicit your best for an array of incredible photographs. If you like what you see, mosey on over to to see all of the amazing things these two have done! Jada and David do a wide range of photography from destination weddings to boudoir shoots. If you have an itch to do a photo shoot or are getting hitched anytime soon, what are you waiting for? I highly recommend you contact Jada and David for an unforgettable experience.

PS How awesome are these overalls? No, the aren’t OshKosh B’gosh. Outfit details are below and stay tuned for my next outfit post with pictures from J & D Photography!

Posted while listening to Retrograde by James Blake.

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jd 10 Sheer Navy Top with Bell Sleeves: old (similar here); Crop Top (underneath): Free People; Overalls: Free People; Layered Coin Necklace: Forever 21; Rings: Cartier Love Ring & David Yurman Cable Ring (similar here); Sunnies: Forever 21;  Bucket BagLouis Vuitton “Petit Noe” in monogram canvas;  Fuchsia Suede Stilletos: Manolo Blahnik (similar here)

Travel: NYC

The Crystal Press, a lifestyle blog I started with my friend Rebsharez,  was so excited to be invited up to The Big Apple to attend an international tradeshow called Formshow NYC. How can we say no to New York City when it involves fabulous fashion designers, one of a kind shopping, and a quick ride on Amtrak? If you are wondering why we are drinking Coronas in the dead of winter in the picture below, let’s just say we like to be reminded that warm weather still exists.amtrak to nyc

Speaking of weather, it was no surprise that it was snowing the moment we got out of Penn Station. We have had our fill of snow this winter in Richmond, and the weather man did not warn about this impending doom in NYC. That being said, the day we arrived was our designated shopping day, and we refused to let the snow wreak havoc on our big plans.

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As soon as we got to the city, we checked into The Wyndham Garden Hotel in Chelsea. When we travel, we use Kayak for the best deals on quality hotels and that is exactly how we got lucky with The Wyndham. Kayak made sure we got all the accommodations we requested, including an early check in. Did we mention the Hotel was also 100% Green & Eco-Friendly?


Then it was time to hit the snowy streets! Our first stop was Free People.

Just recently, Richmond was blessed (cue Big Sean’s new song feat Drake) with a Free People store of our own. Talk about a Hallelujah. The Crystal Press loves the brand and the girls that work at our home store, and we were stoked when we saw that the FP 5th Avenue store was only blocks from our hotel. We walked out of that store ecstatic over new purchases, but not so much over our bank accounts. (see ootd posts for details)

PS Don’t you dare think our shopaholic selves stopped there, we also scored some beautiful purchases at Zara, Nordstrom’s Rack (found these white boots!), and Steve Madden.

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After our snowy shopping expedition and money very well spent, we felt obvious cause for celebration. Cheers to NYC, the new additions to our closets, and our room with a view (lol).veuve clicquot

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After getting ready and pretending our fancy would last through the weather, Barrio Chinolured us back out into the snow. Let us be clear: not just any restaurant would get these two warm-weather-loving-ladies out into a snowy mess. Barrio Chino is a must see restaurant in NYC with a variety of awesome margaritas and the best guacamole in the Lower East Side. Yes, we ordered two helpings. If you get the opportunity to go to this hot spot, you must try the Habanero Grapefruit or Watermelon Margarita.

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Remember how we mentioned that The Crystal Press loves warm weather and Coronas? Well, Sunday morning we hit Fonda in the East Village for some more guacamole and a bottomless brunch to meet  friends. No, this is not a coincidence and yes, both mexi-meals were premeditated. Between the bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, and frozen hibiscus rosalitas (a must try), we had yet another delicious Mexican meal at Fonda. If you are a fan of traditional huevos rancheros, try the Huevos Divorciados for a twist on your favorite brunch experience.

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Being Oscar weekend, we had made steadfast plans to be in front of a TV for the red carpet hour. After prancing around, thrifting, and exploring the city, we realized that it was getting dangerously close to that time. We didn’t want to miss a minute, but as we passed through Washington Square Park, Eataly was calling our name.Thankfully it was across the street from The Wyndham and we had time for a charcuterie plate and the most extraordinary glass of rose in La Piazza. (It was the 2013 Scalabrone Tenuta Guado al Tasso. Go there. Get a glass.)

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One glass clearly wasn’t enough, so we opted for a bottle of 2013 Rosato di Refosco, Bastianich from the Eataly Wine Store in honor of the Oscars. Because, the Oscars. And it certainly did not disappoint.

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Why are we in bed and not attending a fancy schmancy Oscar party? Why not take advantage of the glorious king bed. But really, the truth is we had to get our beauty sleep in anticipation of Formshow NYC the next day. Stay tuned for our next post about our time at the show & all of the fabulously inspiring designers we got to meet.


See Rebecca & I’s full blog here.

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Sheer Slub Long Sleeve Crew Neck: James Perse (in Burro Pigment) ; Distressed Slub Knit T: Forever 21;  Black Skinny Jeans: 7 For All Mankind (DIY distressed) ; Bucket Bag: Louis Vuitton “Petit Noe” in monogram canvas ; Dany Tiered Drop Collar Necklace: Free People in gold ; Slouchy Beanie: Free People in forest green ;  White Leather Booties: Report Signature “Trever”; Sunnies: Forever 21, also worn here.

Photog: Rebsharez 

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