Ever since I can remember, I was an avid journal-er. Keyword: was.

Since my graduation from Virginia Tech, I have journaled consistently only when I am wading through a hard time. Other than those oh-so-wonderful-hard-times, I have allowed myself to digress into a sporadic journal-er post college graduation. I hadn’t even noticed I’d put my hobby on the back-burner until I came across the TIME article that we mentioned in our Weekly Roundup yesterday here.

Needles to say, this article has made a mark on my lazy brain because I have been carrying my journal around with me everywhere since it came into my life. There is something to be said about writing about…nothing. Maybe most of my sentences aren’t complete, I use too many abbreviations, and reference too many pop songs – but I feel saner & I know my future self will thank me for it. Plus, we all know reading old entries and getting insight or a belly laugh is the best part.

Blogged while listening to “Pyscho” by Rozzi Crane.

wd 1wd 4wd 2wd 3wd 5High Slit Dress: Forever 21 (similar here & here); Super Skinny JeansJ BrandBlack Stilettos: ASOS (similar here); Renaissance BanglesDavid Yurman;  Reflective AviatorsRay-BanBucket Bag: Louis Vuitton


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Despite my attempts to be/think like a more interesting woman, I continue to wake up loving T Swift & the latest trends in just about everything. Before your mind starts firing off thoughts of basic this, basic that – hold your horses because I have an exception up my sleeve. I originally titled this post “50 shades of blue” but felt inclined to delete the 50 because, that’s right, I have not touched a book in the Shades of Grey series or seen more than 1/4 of the preview for the movie. I may not be the most interesting women in the world, but I am pretty stoked to have some proof that I don’t do everyyyyything the masses do.

P.S I feel inclined to reveal that (to my not-so-pleasant surprise) these J Brand jeans are meant to be……….capris. Yes, they look like perfectly hemmed denim skinnies on this short-legged-lady but I’ll tell you what, Cath is not complaining. What better than being able to throw on a pair of jeans, without a care in the world aka sans alterations?  If you have short legs or are in need of a pair of capris, head to Bahama Shop or find the link below.

Posted while listening to “Home to Mama” – Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson

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new stripes 2new stripes 5Capri Novelty Button DownSplendid835 Capri DenimJ Brand‘Open Case’ Tassel FlatJeffrey CampbellGold Tier Drop Necklace: Chan Luu (similar here); Reflective Sunnies: Ralph Lauren (similar here); Bucket Bag: Louis Vuitton


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.

cath byrdbyrd park rvafree people ootdfree people ootdcath byrd 8style long free peopleWashed Button Down Tunic: Free People910 Lowrise Skinny JeansJ BrandBlack Lace Up Wedges: Report (similar here); Half-Moon SunglassesFree PeopleSilver Rock Candy Mini Lollipop NecklaceIppolita;  Bucket BagLouis Vuitton


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Faux Shearling Coat: Forever 21 (similar here) ,  Camouflage Jacket: Forever 21, White Pocket Tee: Madewell, Cut off Jean Shorts: J Brand (similar here), Distressed Tights: Urban Outfitters (on sale!), Shoes: Steve Madden (similar here)Necklace: Bee Charming, Sunnies: Ray Ban

(photos by Rebsharez)  Also on www.thecrystalpress.com