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A Fashion Blogger’s Guide to Solar Eclipse Shopping

How excited are you guys about the solar eclipse?

Call us nerds, but we are very much looking forward to experiencing the solar eclipse in Richmond today! For all of our fellow Richmonders, be ready to catch the big eclipse around 2:40 today and make sure you read the precautions about looking directly at the sky during this time.

As fashion bloggers do, we couldn’t help but share our solar eclipse shopping guide that includes all of our favorite cosmo-inspired pieces out right now! Whenever we think of things happening in space, we get all of the metallic vibes and we have rounded up some great shopping for you today >>

Mirrored Sunglasses + Metallic Handbags

Silver “Moon” Shoes:

And last but not least, the trendy Polaroid camera to document all the fun you have today and in the future:

Speaking of the future, this solar eclipse is going to create quite the energy shift today and moving forward! If you are into the art of harnessing your personal energy whenever possible like us, check out Cath’s guide on making the most of this solar eclipse shift. On that same note, we are excited to announce that the two of us will be speaking about the connection between self-awareness and personal branding at the Shape Soiree happening in Richmond in October! We can’t contain how thrilled we are about this consciously curated event that inspires the wanderlust, the girl boss, the entrepreneur, and beyond to endeavor beyond their wildest dreams! We will be sharing more of our thoughts on this soon BUT in the meantime, hurry up and get your tickets here!!

Enjoy the solar eclipse and make the most of it, loves! xo, Reb + Cath

Photos: the lovely Kaytee Lauren, Owner of Badass Booth

Lately

Every so often, it is fun to take a step back and look through the ‘gram and our camera rolls to see whats actually been happening in our lives.  These might include mirror selfies, pictures of the new-new things we have purchased and often times our favorite beauty products from gracious brands!  So, on this *dreary* Friday, here is a look at what we have been up to as of late.

 

We CANNOT stop wearing stripes! Proof on our personal instagrams — @rebeccapiersol + @cathclaire.  I have been living in this perfect striped shirt dress and we have our eyes on some amazing pieces for fall >>

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How to Dress Your Slip Dress Down

I got this satin slip dress with a wedding in mind.

While I ended up going with another option – I had to make use of this slip! I don’t have any occasions for this dress on the books so I wanted to incorporate it into my casual attire by dressing it down. I love to wear this shade of yellow and I am a sucker for a wallet friendly dress at Forever 21, but I was having a hard time styling this dress for an everyday occasion around Richmond. Basically, it took me a beat to figure out how I wanted to dress this slip dress down for a casual summer day.

I usually wear this Girl Power shirt (seen partially in this outfit lol) to work out in or when I am going for the athleisure look, but I really like it with this dress. It is the perfect contrast to this satin slip dress and I also like how you can’t see the entire t-shirts slogan. It’s a little secret between me and the Universe. Oh, and you.

 

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Wedding Invitation Style with Minted

I told you guys this was just the beginning of wedding content and the good news is, I wasn’t lying. Kevin (my handsome groom) and I wanted to keep this wedding process as simple yet stylish as possible and were so excited when Minted fit the bill for invitations.  See the wedding photo at the end of this post to get an idea of how excited we were about our Minted invitations.

I am not a very organized person (just ask Rebecca or my fiance) but I refuse to admit that fact without adding in that while I may not have everything in order, I do always have a vision. *snaps for cathclaire*

Anyways, I can not tell you how EASY minted made this invitation process for me. They added beautiful recipient addressing to each invitation that matched the type face on the invite shown in the photos here and allowed me to customize my stamps from another collection, which I chose palm leaves. When I get my hands on one of my wedding invitation envelopes, I will show you how the front of my invitations looked on Insta-stories this week!

You know you picked the right vendor for invites when everyone’s response to the invitation was “they are so you + Kev!” – because that’s always a good thing in my book. Weddings are so mainstream, it’s important to stick to YOUR style, whatever that may be. In case you need some ideas, I have rounded up my favorite Minted invitation suites in this blog post!

 

 All Wedding Photography by Kaytee Lauren  

 

 

Black Dresses for Fall

 

I am pretty sure that multiple times a year, we do a post like this: rounding up our current favorite black dresses.  But the fact is, that we tend to live in our favorite black pieces so these posts are always relevant – well, to us at least. As we head into fall we can start to layer our favorite black shift dresses and/or get creative with some cooler weather friendly options. Whether you like to keep it simple with a basic t-shirt dress or would rather step outside of the box with something funky,  we’ve got plenty of options for you! For this round-up we’ve picked our favorites from ASOS and Need Supply, because we can always count on them as great places for go-to pieces at a range of prices. (more…)

Cathclaire: A Bride’s Take on How to Pick a Videographer


Here comes the influx of wedding content! I am so excited to share this video (and a taste of the photos from the oh-so-talented Kaytee Lauren!) with you guys and while this may be just the beginning, we are starting out with a bang with our wedding video from Altamira Production Co.

In terms of how to pick a videographer, the first thing I have to say is: just do it. I know the budget is a big thing when it comes to weddings because, well, weddings are hella-expensive and I’ve been there, but also – weddings, when you are the bride or groom, are a whirlwind. Everyone I’ve ever talked to (now my newlywed-self included) in regards to their wedding has described the day as flying by and a whirlwind. While they mean this in the best way, I can testify that fact is absolutely true. When Nick from Altamira sent me our wedding video, I can’t explain all the feels we felt reliving such a whirlwind yet beautiful, big day in our lives. The cinematic feel doesn’t hurt either.

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Aquarius Cocktail

We have told you guys time and time again about our love for simple, minimalist black and white pieces and today I’m bringing you the ultimate chic black top.  Aquarius Cocktail, created by Lissa Zwahlen Theony, brings you the perfect staple pieces, crafted with beautiful silhouettes, that you’ll want to live in. Lissa was the brains behind the creation of Roxy which launched the perfect surf style for women. Now she has decided to go in a different direction, creating the perfect feminine pieces in minimal form.

As stated in the about section of their website, her new venture’s  “concept has been created to layer into any existing wardrobe adding an easy sophistication to daily dressing.” AND NOW details about our GIVEAWAY!  (more…)

She Wears a White ASOS Dress

I love you summer, I really really do. However when it is peak summertime in RVA, the stifling temperatures can make getting dressed a little daunting/sweaty. There is nothing I like more than an effortless t-shirt dress when it is super hot out. I especially love this one from ASOS because of the tie detailing on the shoulders! What did you guys do (and wear) this weekend? I hope everyone stayed cool! Check out pieces from the outfit I’m wearing below:

 

T-shirt Dress: ASOS / Studded Black Heels: sold out (similar Steve Madden’s here) / Black GG Camera Shoulder Bag: Gucci / Sunglasses: Quay Cafe Racer (my new faves + such a good price point!) Photos: Kaytee Lauren, Photographer + Owner of Badass Booth

 

Poolside Favorites under $60 with Forever 21 & Quay Australia

Whether it’s an impromptu vacation or an invite to a poolside BBQ, styling your poolside outfit can get pricey if you aren’t careful. We got together and picked out our favorite swimsuits from forever 21 + sunnies from Quay that are under 60 dollars. The best part? They will make a big impact on the style effect of your outfit and you won’t break the bank! What’s your favorite piece this season for hanging out by the water?

 

Cold Shoulder Little Black “Dress”

On any given day, I am likely to experience the short-torso struggle at least once.  From barely being able to see over the steering wheel in my husbands car, to the serious struggle of finding a one-piece that fits, the struggle is real for Reb over here. When I picked out this
“top” in my first Le Tote, I had planned on pairing it with a nice pair of flare jeans, but to my surprise (well, kind of surprise) upon trying it on, it was clearly long enough on me to be a dress.  Sure, its a taaaaad short, but who doesn’t like rocking a baby doll dress every now and again?  (more…)

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