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Unconventional Wedding Attire

Most of the weddings I have attended in recent years happened to be ones where I was a bridesmaid. This meant that my get-up was chosen for me, or in collaboration with the bride, and I did not have to worry about that decision in the least!  When my cousin Caitlin’s wedding rolled around last week, however, I was excited to try something new.  I found these amazing pants at Zara while Catherine and I were in New York and knew instantly that I had to do something really cool with them.

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Sup Spring?

Nothing like saying ‘what’s up spring?’ with a trusty all black outfit. I mean, really, what else did you expect? As much as I keep trying to branch out with new pieces (and I really am trying), I always find myself coming back to black basics. It’s just so easy to mix and match my favorite black pieces to create new looks, no matter the season. Yes, I feel very redundant at this point, but alas, that’s about all I’ve got for you guys on this last Friday in March.

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Work in Progress

I’m sitting here, staring at my screen, waiting for inspiration to strike me, and I’m thinking ‘well, I’ll just write about how to get inspired to write a blog post.’ Very meta huh? Is that what meta is? I’ve never really understood the whole meta thing.  Butttt I digress. In all honesty, I don’t think that I could tell you anything helpful about how to get inspired to write a blog post.  I am always telling Catherine that she is so good at writing mindful, inspired posts and I’m always over here like HEY HOW COOL IS THIS DRESS?  (more…)

Back to Basics

img_2509Packing for Fashion Week is always SUCH a struggle. (Yes, I know this is a seriously cliche fashion blogger statement, but just bear with me).

This season, I knew I had to have some sort of strategy so as to not go totally insane during the process.  To make matters worse, I just moved into our new house this summer and my clothes are EVERYWHERE; downstairs closets, upstairs closets, the attic, my car and yes, even at Catherine’s house.  It’s always tempting to pack all of your ‘HEY LOOK AT ME’ pieces when heading to New York so as to capture the eyes (lenses) of the Street Style photogs and in our instance, yes, Cath and I would like to think of ourselves as the next Caroline Vreeland and Shea Marie. (more…)

Girl Talk

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There are quite a few things (aka one million) that need to be done in preparation before Fashion Week. So far, I’ve talked about one of my favorite fall trends that will make the trip with us, but there are SO many more factors that go into these bi-annual trips.  We are currently in the midst of planning for shows, parties, brand events, etc but to be honest, one of my most favorite things about the trip is the hotel sleepovers with Cath. In the morning and every night before bed we get to talk about the day, about our goals, about various other TCP goings on and also just have plain old girl talk. (more…)

striped set

*As seen on The Crystal Presszara set I have been trolling all of my go-to sites for months looking for an affordable matching set and was having the hardest time! I was seeing them on everyone from bloggers to musicians and was so frustrated wondering WHY CAN’T I FIND ONE! I finally snagged this Zara duo on slash and burn at the their end of the season sale and it is truly the most comfortable outfit ever. I asked Cath if it just looked like I was wearing my pajamas (cause it definitely feels like it) but she of course helped me find a way to make it presentable for public wear.

Unfortunately, it is sold out now, but I encourage you to find your favorite leisure pieces and throw on a nice dainty heel and a statement necklace for an outfit that you can wear on and off the couch!  Think of it as your updated version of your favorite Juicy Couture jumpsuit from 2004.

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matchingset7matching set 6I did find this ASOS jumpsuit that has the same vibes as this wonderful Zara set. I also have my eyes on a few Free People sets to add to my spring wardrobe that are not-so-pajama-y. Love the Gemini Set  (on sale!) & Lakeview Set.  ASOS also has a great selection of what they call Co-Ords and I love this Organza number.

jelly aqua dream

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In Cath’s last post on The Crystal Press she introduced you to Lola Pepper Boutique in Richmond and accurately described how perfect this shop was for us. And by perfect I don’t just mean the clothes, the leather cuffs and the handmade necklaces but just the whole *vibe* of the shop that Jillian has created. Like Cath said, because of how perfectly she has curated the goods, you won’t walk out empty-handed. As a matter of fact, I scooped a piece to wear on my wedding day.

When Jillian first showed me this Skemo piece, I knew it was love at first sight. It is totally designed to be a dress but as we’ve seen in my past outfits, I like to try to pull off the dress-over-jeans style and this edgy-boho number was right up my alley.

blogged while groovin’ to My Type – Saint Motel
lola pepper richmond valola pepper richmond valola pepper boutiquelp r 6Jelly Aqua Dream Dress, Skemo. Ripped Denim, Zara. (similar here). Heels, Zara. Leather Cuff, Dove Cote Brocante (available at Lola Pepper!) Stevie Bib Necklace, on LolaPepper

not so little black dress

One of the must see places in RVA is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and it’s pink marble hall. Yes, there is a hall in the VMFA that is completely covered in beautiful pink marble. Check out this Nasty Gal Metamorphose dress I rocked in this infamous hall that is on sale right now for a runway look without the runway price. It is our go-to at The Crystal Press for all things wedding aka we’ve both worn it to multiple weddings & events.

Throw on a jewel toned headband to take this (or any) look to an oh so goddess level!

Posted while listening to “Happy” by Marina & the Diamonds.
vmfa nasty gal dressvmfa nasty gal dressvmfa nasty gal dressvmfa nasty gal dressvmfa nasty gal dressMetamorphose Dress: Nasty Gal,  Open Toe Black Stiletto Heels: Zara (similar here), Marc Jacobs Quilted Stam Handbag (discontinued, similar here), Headband: Nasty Gal, (similar here), ‘Runway’ Watch: Michael Kors ,

 

 

cream on white on snowy nyc

These are definitely some of our favorite photos to date! After brunching in the Lower East Side (see part 1 of The Crystal Press travel post for deets), Catherine and I wandered around and found these amazing iron church gates and had to seize the moment! I found this great top the day before, shopping on 5th ave at Zara and decided to go for the cream-on-white-on-snow look for our Sunday Funday in the city.

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reb nyc 3reb nyc 5reb nyc 6Top Stitched T-Shirt in Ecru; Zara. Avedon Skinny Jeans in White, Citizens of Humanity. Cool Ter Leather Wedge Sneakers, Ash.  Bindi Bangle Set, Free People. Ippolita Turquoise Rock Candy ring, similar here. “Remmy” Sunnies, Raen.  Louis Vuitton “Sully MM.”

photos: cathclaire, also on The Crystal Press