Happy Half-Birthday to Me

As I sit here listening to “Wild Things” by Alessia Cara drinking my espresso con panna, I am thinking on the past six months of 27 in an attempt to make this half-birthday celebration less silly. Despite the quizzical looks that follow my mention of half-birthdays to just about anyone, I still think half-birthdays are an awesome reminder to re-evaluate your goals, re-calibrate your life towards them, and to drink a little more champagne in celebration of you.

The older I get, the more sentimental I become about growing up and the more I find myself blasting Jay-Z’s “Forever Young.” If I’m feeling especially celebratory of perpetual youth, I watch this. Regardless of my Peter Pan never-grow-up mentality as of late, I think it is important to appreciate your past (even if it is just 6 months) and where it has brought you as often as you can as a reminder to savor as much as you can in the moment. At the heart of all good things is gratitude and what better time to remind yourself to be grateful but on your half-birthday!

Here is my photo journal of a couple of things I am grateful for over the past 6 months:

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The Crystal Press has been a huge part of my life the past 6 monthsIMG_5444FullSizeRender

I have an unhealthy obsession with Drake & got to see him live for the first time at the 2015 ACL Music Festival thanks to my wonderful boyfriend!
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The best facial of my life at the Four Seasons Austin!IMG_5434

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Being touristy in San Francisco at the Golden Gate Bridge gift shop.

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M obsession with Irish coffees began at The Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco.

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The launch of the Chanel Boyfriend watch at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015.
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My first time visiting one of my very best friends in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.IMG_5124

Chatting it up with Tony Oller which is even cooler now because he’s been on stage with the revered Taylor Swift.
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NYFW S/S 2015.IMG_5307 IMG_5350

The world races in Richmond, Va for the UCI bike race. Such an amazing time for my city!

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The Crystal Press & Free People event at the Richmond store!
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My favorite tropical vacation of all time, St. John.

Thats a wrap, folks. Let me know what you do to celebrate birthdays or half-birthdays. I’d love to hear your traditions!

xx,

Cathclaire

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summer-sweater

I’ve always been confused by the concept of a summer sweater until this Bailey 44 white cage number came into my life. I can think of a million things I want to wear this sweater with and I am so thankful for Bahama Shop in Virginia Beach for allowing The Crystal Press to style looks with their amazing pieces! It was so fun getting to spend the day with them and play with all of their beautiful things!

If you make it to VB this summer, I highly suggest you pop into Bahama Shop which is just a couple of blocks from the ocean front to take a peek. What can be better than a trip to visit the ocean and a perfectly curated boutique moments away? Stay tuned for the next few looks on TCP to see what Bahama Shop is made of!

Beware: you can spend hours pining over all of the denim, flowy tops, & killer shoes at the shop. Plan your beach day accordingly.

Posted while listening to “Chasing the Sun” by Sara Bareilles.
cath vb 1cath vb 2cath vb 3cath vb 4cath vb 6cath vb 7Nairobi Sweater: Bailey 44Bandit Cut Off Denim ShortsOne TeaspoonHenilee Lace Up HeelsDolce Vita ; Sunnies: Ralph Lauren (similar here)

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.

the nudist sandal nudist stuart weitzman nudist 7 fashion blogger the nudist stuart weitzman nudist 9nudist 8 copy Asymmetric TopH&M ; Distressed Boyfriend Jeans: Current Elliot (similarhere); The Nudist Sandain Platinum NoirStuart WeitzmanAviator Sunnies:Ray Ban;  Dany Tiered Drop Collar Necklace in goldFree People

#ootd

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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wishlilst intermix

Here is a list of a couple of pieces Rebecca & I  are lusting over right now at The Crystal Press. Clearly we are loving the 70s comeback.

1. Camel Ankle Zip FlapFrye

2. Stud Earring SetHouse of Harlow

3. Nourishing Rose OilLaura Mercier

4. Black & White Fold Over ClutchAntonello

5. Off The Shoulder Crop TopApiece Apart 

6. Beckett Bell Rivington Flare JeanRag & Bone