A Chambray Revival

hm ootd 3While I wanted to continue to break out my spring dresses and cut-offs over the past week, mother nature decided that she had a whole-lotta-dreary weather on the agenda instead. When the April showers so rudely carry into May, Catherine’s fashion blogging plans must improvise – like a pop star who forgets their next dance move on stage and the show must go on. Do you think Selena Gomez or Beyonce would get discouraged because of a little choreography confusion or better yet, a little rain?

Side note: This is the sort of rhetorical question that I say out loud to Rebecca on a daily basis and she humors me without making me feel like a crazy person. As I type the question here, I can’t say I don’t feel like a crazy person…

Anyways, I digress, back to what Selena would do ……Selena would call T Swift for some inspiration + keep pushing through whatever discouragement comes her way. I shall do the same except sub T-Swift for Reb and discouragement for outfit affecting weather conditions. While I may not be risking a forgotten dance move amidst a Revival concert tour that involves being in front of thousands of people nightly, I am risking outfits that are unfit for weather conditions (just like every other non-Selena Gomez, normal person lol).  I will be the first to say that this fringe chambray button down is the something good purchase that came from me pushing through a little thing I like to call “fashionista’s block.” A little cold-supposed-to-be-spring weather aint got nothin’ on a good fringe button down. After all, Selena Gomez is rocking a C2H4 fringe jean jacket on her #Revival tour which means we are outfit soul sisters and we were definitely, positively in the same squad in another life.

Posted while listening to “Revival” by Selena Gomez.

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Invest in Yourself

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In contrast to my normal sequence of events, I thought of the title for today’s blogpost before I wrote it so looks like today’s post is an (obvious) play on words. You know, because I love this faux leather vest (as a shirt, over a shirt, etc) and I think inVESTing in yourself is the best thing since sliced bread.

When was the last time you invested in yourself? Whether it’s taking that creative writing class you’ve been eyeing or getting out of your comfy bed and going on that morning run your body has been craving, the concept of investing in yourself may seem trite (and sound a lot like the hook in the Biebster’s single “Love Yourself”) – but I think it’s something to be considered more often. One thing I did to invest in myself (and this blog) over the past few months was take a photography class at the Visual Arts Center here in Richmond. To tell the truth, my attention span loathes the idea of sitting in a class for 3 hours, but my heart is always happy that I went. I’ve met some awesome people and learned so many tricks of the trade that have helped Rebecca and I out with our photography for our duo fashion blog, The Crystal Press. Novices just the same but we are trying, folks!

That brings me to my next point (fueh, I need to take a breather this is a LONG one): the art scene in Richmond. Richmond has some of the best murals in the world and we are so excited to celebrate that and art in general at the Richmond Street Art Festival this weekend. To make it even better, we are launching #rvaPin 2 at the festival as well! We posted the first picture of it on Instagram last night here (drumroll for Reb’s photography skills please..) Anywho – come see us, get some pins, and support youth art education. It’s going to be a helluva time!

PS – If you can’t be there, don’t forget to follow along with our artsy fartsy adventures on Snapchat! (@cathclaire, @reb_tweetz)

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Faux Leather Waistcoat: Zara (similar here) / Sheer Embroidered Top: Forever 21/ Denim: Topshop “Jamie Jeans” / Platform Pumps: Balmain (similar here) / Sunglasses: Illesteva “Meyer” (sold out, similar here)

Yellow Lace in Venice Beach

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Can we all agree on the fact that time change is a freaking doozy? I am just back in Richmond from a stint in Los Angeles and despite not being able to hold my eyelids open, so excited to share this outfit post with you guys. I did a preview of this look on Instagram the other day and got such good feedback/lots of questions about where I got this shirt. Isn’t the lace paneling on the bell sleeves amazing? I’ll give you guys one guess where I got it from – none other than my favorite shop Forever 21. Am I the only one that relies on this store for great pieces? If you have a favorite Forever 21 piece right now, send it my way!

Special thanks to Tim Fegas for this awesome photoshoot in Venice Beach and to Beyonce for inspiring me to wear these sunglasses (she has them as well!) Can’t wait to do it again sometime soon.topshop denim skirtforever 21 yellow lace venice beachforever 21 lace yellow shirttopshop denim skirt outfit postforever 21 yellow lace top outfit Yellow Lace Paneled Top: Forever 21 ; Button Front Denim Skirt: Topshop; Black Booties: Alexander Wang (similar here + more budget friendly option here); Sunnies: The Row; Handbag: Sac Du Jour by Saint Laurent (budget friendly here)

Dancing on My Own

nifty 3In the spirit of Halloween (my all time favorite day, stay tuned for my costume post), what do you do regularly that scares you or that causes you to step outside your comfort zone? “Do one thing a day that scares you” is one of those quote-things that appears in lots of self help articles, books, and well…the Lululemon manifesto. Basically, it’s everywhere. I have seen this quote so many times that I have come to reference it often, even in important situations like when debating dancing/singing to Shania Twain by myself in my non-tinted-windows-car. (Wait, did I just giveaway that I read too many self-help every things and dance by myself in my car?) Why yes, this is my little way of scaring myself once a day: by dancing and singing loudly while driving (hands on the wheel, obvi) when others can clearly see me. Do they care? No. Does it scare me still? Eh, kinda. I’m a pretty normal-ish human who cares about what strangers driving by me think. Ridiculous as it may seem, what I’m trying to say is I’m not one for sky diving or haunted hay rides or bungee jumping or roller coasters or anything the average joe would consider scary or at the very least, an adrenaline rush. I scare myself by dancing visibly in my car by myself to super-dee-duper fun pop music. We all have to start somewhere as the self-help writings also say and at this rate, maybe I’ll watch a scary movie by the time I’m 50.

Posted while listening to: “Dancing on My Own” by Robyn

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black on black


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I write this as I nurse a well-worth-it hangover from the Brandon Flowers concert at The National here in Richmond last night. I was over served, if you will. To give you an idea, I was the girl that went to the “after party” advertised on the venue’s bathroom door with Brandon Flowers’ face plastered on it. This had to mean he was going to be there, right? I was convinced throughout the whole concert that he was going to the after-party at Coda (right next door) until I left one song early (to secure my spot, duh) and was sadly informed that Brandon Flowers was in fact not attending the after party. It was a devastating moment. So, here I am, nursing a hangover and googling him until my eyes fall out. Give his new album “The Desired Effect” a listen.

Blogged while listening to “They’ll Never Get You Right” by Brandon Flowers (had to)

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