Black Satin

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The moon must be doing something weird because lately I feel like I can barely keep up with my to-do list. You know those times when you write your to-dos down, but on different lists and then you less than ideally misplace them? That’s me rn.

Between fashion week prep, general life stuff, and a quick stint in Vegas today (all things I am very excited about), life has been quite the whirl wind over the past (barely there) week. However, in my overwhelming to-do list fog, I have managed to find another pair of Alexander Wang booties (!!).

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Celine Dreams with Trendlee

celine 7I will be the first to tell you that new (Celine) bags are what dreams are made of… I mean, how can you not stare at the colors on this bag? I rarely experiment with this much color in one outfit (yet alone an accessory) and I have to say, Celine makes coloring outside of my usual all-black-everything lines a ball of fun!  One of the best things about fashion is that you can mix up your outfits whenever your heart desires with a tweak or a purchase and this bag did just thought for moi (see how Rebecca styled another Celine here).

Are you looking for a new handbag to change your style up a bit for the summer? Look no further than Trendlee for a beautiful selection of gently used bags! We even have a code “THECRYSTALPRESS” for 5% off of your purchase, folks!

Trendlee favorites: Celine / Louis Vuitton / Saint Laurent / Chanel

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Black ‘Lilou’ Choker: Are You Am I / Ruched Sleeve Top: Storets / Frayed Denim Culottes: Zara (similar herehere) / Heels: Merona (similar herehere) / Bag: Celine c/o Trendlee / Sunnies: Illesteva Leonard (sold out, similar here)

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)

fall picks 2014

As a self proclaimed summer enthusiast, I refuse to prematurely acknowledge Fall. I can’t stand the existence of cold weather for any other reason than to provide seasonal contrast for the beloved summer nights. In my world – it’s a sin to wish away the gorgeous, long days of summer.

However, I do have one area of my life that is excluded from my fall denial and that is my closet. One must be prepared in all things dress. For your viewing pleasure, here is a list of pieces on my shopping list to hopefully enable a smooth transition into the fateful fall.

Rag & Bone Leather Pants

1. Rag & Bone Leather Skinnies

» If I am being completely honest, I have had my eyes on these/variations of these goddess’s in leather pant form for quite some time. Can we just take a moment of silence to appreciate how perfect these leather pants are? Rag & Bone, bless you.

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2. Best V-Neck a la Zara

» I am a chronic white v-neck consumer. James Perse, Theory, Michael Stars, Alexander Wang, Free People – you name it, I’ve bought it. All and all, I’ve learned the anatomy of a white tee & more importantly, what works for me. I like a deep v-neck that implies I am a woman, but not one that lets my girls hang out & I like a loose hem. This Zara shirt gets me, guys.

Steve Madden Booties

3. Maroon Booties

» Reasons why I picked these booties beyond the fact that Peace, Love, Shea’sline for Steve Madden is fabulous: I have short legs, so a heel is 100% necessary in all things booties. As you can see by my black and white ensemble, I am in a phase where I don’t wear a lot of color at once. I like to have single colorful statement pieces, ergo Maroon booties . Most importantly, I am a Virginia Tech Hokie (we bleed maroon & orange), so add that into the mix and these booties move into the can’t-live-without category.

Lacey Ryan Necklace

4. Lacey Ryan Necklacke

» I stumbled across this jewelry designer on Shopbop and after taking a further look into her vision, I really dig her.

Love Haus Bralette

5. Love Hause Bralette :

» How cool is this bralette? It caught my eye on one my favorite blogs calledPursenboots by Ashley Glorioso, Nasty Gal’s Sr. Stylist. Talk about an amazing mix of ensembles and DREAM JOB.

That’s all the rambling I have for you guys today. xx