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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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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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)

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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The Nudist Sandal

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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the girl in the black hat

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Hat: Asos ; Shirt: Free People Sunset Park Thermal in taupe; Blazer: Theory (similar here); Jeans: Sevens “The Skinny” in clean black; Bag: Louis Vuitton Petit Noe in monogram canvas; Necklace: Forever 21 Diamond Pendant Layered Necklace ; Shoes: ASOS “Hope Heeled Sandal”

Photog: Rebsharez 

Also on The Crystal Press 

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Top: BCBG (similar here) Denim: Joe’s Jeans (similar here) Scarf: old Hat: Nordstrom’s BP (similar here) Shoes: Sam Edelman (similar hereRing: David Yurman Necklace: Forever 21 Sunglasses: Raen “Remmy” in Champagne Crystal Nail Polish: OPI Black Onyx Lipstick: Tarte “Hope” Bag: Louis Vuitton Speedy 30

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A Glimpse into my A.D.D. Mind

This compilation of photography is entitled  A Glimpse Into my A.D.D. Mind 

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1. mary-kate and ashley magazine: yes, I bought and kept every single issue of this wonderful publication (unfortunately for my psycho-MKA-obsessive self, there weren’t many). Another psycho-MKA-obsessive-catherine tid bit: I started listening to and forcing myself to like Nelly Furtado circa 2000 soley because Mary Kate recommended her Whoa, Nelly album in this magazine. Anything Mary Kate does I must do, excluding a stint in rehab but DEFINITELY including a vintage Cartier engagement ring.

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2. Jessica Simpson’s Beverly Hills home: Guys, I am so excited that Jess is getting her shit back together. Since her Newlyweds days, I have been deeply in love with her. And it took me some time, but I have finally come to terms with her divorce from the dreamy Nick Lachey.

Jess, we should be friends so we can do daily meditations together by your wishing well.

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3. Julia Sarr Jamois in Louis Vuitton Monogram shoes: Sounds obscene, right?

I’m a die hard Louis Vuitton fan and even I NEVER thought I would venture outside of handbags in terms of the LV monogram canvas. But apparently never say never because I am 90% into these booties (under the condition that they are paired with a look sans ANY other monogram canvas piece.) I know It’s not very French of me to enjoy such gaudy boots but sometimes a girl has to listen to her heart.

PS I know I’m not French but I do talk to myself as if I am. You know, the whole pretending thing.

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4. Christine Centenera (Fashion director at Vogue): I’m really into eye catching hemlines that create an unpolished look like this one. “Unpolished” is my daily style mantra.

Today i feel compelled to stop at 4 pictures because 4 is my lucky number. I was born on the fourth, my basketball number was 4 (what? me? sport? yes, I sat the bench) , and it’s just all around a really aesthetically pleasing number.

Basically, longer letter later chicky poos.

xx,

cath

( pictures 3 & 4 are from collegevintage.com)

ootd: faux badass look

If you are tempted to purchase anything from this outfit post, I hope it is the Free People Strappy Bra. This brilliant undergarment has changed my closet’s life (and mine!) in more ways than one, but mostly because I feel like a badass whenever I wear it. Think Angelina Jolie kicking butts and taking names in Salt. This is a noteworthy feeling for me because it’s one that doesn’t necessarily come around that often for a Britney Spears-blasting-26-year-old like myself. So since I had on my magical badass bra with this outfit, I decided to really get unhinged and pair some distressed denim with it. How do you like me now?

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Here is my faux badass look:

1. J Brand Jeans

2. Free People Tank

3. Free People Cage Bra

4. Louis Vuitton Speedy 30

5. BCBG MAXAZRIA wedges

6. Tarte Lipstain in Envy 

& a hodgepodge of bracelets equivalent to the weight of a 5 lb dumbbell.

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Here is the first picture from operation balance what I think I know about feng shui with my usual decor in new bedroom. Not such an easy feat – but here is what I’ve gotten so far…

Well, first things first: I went to Whole Foods, purchased some lavender infused sage, and burned the crap out of it throughout my entire room screaming “begone bad energy” or something along those lines. Then, I made a point to have my bed face west & away from the direct line of the door. A quick google on my iPhone said this is supposed to help with contentment and I’m no expert, but it sounded good enough for me. I also included one of my favorite things, a Himalayan Salt lamp (which puts out the most soothing light ever & eats up those bad positive ions in the air), on top of one of my other favorite things, my jade elephant makeshift bed stand. I’m convinced my life is exponentially better when there is an elephant & a salt lamp in every room. So far this has proven to be true.

If any of you have tips or questions about operation balance what I think I know about feng shui with my usual decor in new bedroom, I would love to hear them. I hope you like my happy corner!

Until next time,

Cath xx