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If there is the best time to be in fashion for a blogger duo like The Crystal Press, I would have to say it is Spring/Summer fashion week in September when the weather is just right in NYC. Rebecca and I are still learning the ropes of this enchanting time of year but, boy, what we have learned so far has fulfilled dreams we’ve had ever since we were little girls. Before I go any further, let me just say we wouldn’t have been able to go on this trip without your support so thanks for following along with our adventures from the very beginning. Yes, that was a shout out to all of the TCP + Cathclaire OG’s.

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Travel: Formshow NYC

As I said in Part I of our NYC travel post, Rebecca and I  got invited by Jenny Chase to attend her curated tradeshow with some amazing international designers – Formshow NYC. Not only were we wow-ed by the clothes and the atmosphere, but more importantly we learned how each designer is dedicated to their craft and to giving back.

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There were 22 talented designers to attend the show, but we decided to highlight a few of our favorites!

Valigi  – Valigi is an Italian line that had no problem catching our eye. In our opinion, Valigi is a combination of The Row & Theory, with a bit of a Tibi flare. Each piece had a modern but yet classic component that we were really drawn to aka we can’t wait to get our hands on our very own pieces. Valeria, the designer, was unbelievably sweet and we could truly see how proud she was of her designs!

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Wylie Wilson – First and foremost, this lingerie is awesome & looks uber comfortable. For those of you that loathe wearing bras, these are the solution for you. Some of the Wylie Wilson bras can even function as swimwear as well! Wyle Wilson is owned and designed by Australian actress, Peta Wilson. Wylie is working with Pegasus, a program to liberate those in bondage in India & Nepal. We think what she is doing is amazing.

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I-OWE YOU – I Owe You consists of authentic, unique, and fashionable pieces. You can track the journey of each handmade piece, bringing awareness to the artisans who create each garment. In purchasing a piece, “you are completing the story.” Kavita, the designer, told us. From the devoted IOU weavers to the designers,  this is a truly a unique & inspiring experience.

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 Calleen Cordero – We are absolutely in love with these gorgeous American handmade shoes, belts & bags. They capture the cali-style perfectly and are made of the most amazing leather & stud detail. Totally lusting after the sandals in the Spring Collection. Nanette Lepore used Calleen Cordero shows in her latest runway show, see it here.

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We had the best time walking around, holding pretty things, and talking to the utmost talented international designers. We really enjoyed how each designer had various ways of giving back to the community. Check out Harriet Selling and Parker Blue Collection if you are interested in other cool designers.

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PS Catherine is wearing Joes Distressed Jeans, a Free People tee, & a Free People slouchy beanie. Rebecca is wearing the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots, Burberry Brit Rushworth & Tom Ford Sunnies.

xx,

Reb & Cath

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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?

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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.

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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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