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”


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!






















DSC_1214Cath is wearing the Free People Raven Slip & ‘Bella’ Seamless Crop. Reb is wearing Free People Shapeless Chamray One-Piece & Geo Lace Bralette in coral.

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)

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Faux Fur Coat: Asos (similar here); Long Sleeve Shirt: H&M (not available online); Distressed Denim: Joe’s Jeans (similar here); BootiesSam Edelman; Layered Coin Necklace: Forever 21;Bucket BagLouis Vuitton “Petit Noe” in monogram canvasSunniesRaen “Remmy”

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Photog: Rebsharez

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 

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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

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