We all love drooling over celeb weddings, the wedding dress, and our best friend’s wedding photos. The love between two people and the style choices that a couple decides on for their wedding day are the most intriguing to me when it clearly reflects their personal style. From the wedding dress to the groom’s attire, I love it all! You know, those Pinterest wedding photos that you can’t stop oohing and ahhing over or save fast enough to your “Wedding Inspiration” board – we all do it.
I say all of this to reveal that I am obsessed with seeing people’s style choices for just about any occasion or event, especially weddings. When I see a wedding album, I always wonder to myself if the bride values being fashion forward over timeless, vintage over trendy? While a wedding is an intimate event (coming from that bride that snap-chatted arguably too many times during her wedding day), it is always a beautifully romantic spectacle. I am so excited to share with you guys my wedding photos from my big day to the love of my life, Kevin James. To be honest, I have been drooling over Kaytee Lauren’s work on this special day (and this sequin wedding dress!) and I am determined to believe it’s not just because it is my own wedding day.
I ordered this Jenny Packham sequin gown online and it is the only wedding dress I tried on during my search. This designer is extra special to me because Jenny Packham was the first fashion show that Rebecca and I sat front row at during NYFW a couple of seasons ago. (more…)
We have found it is easiest when packing for NYFW to have a good strategy. Otherwise it is midnight the day before you leave and you are staring in your closet like ‘where the heck do I even start?’ Each season we try to stick with a theme and expand on it. Sure, we all want to stand out to street style photogs, but that doesn’t mean you have to do anything too over the top! This year, Cath is leaning towards metallics and I am leaning towards graphic tees and straight up, basic black. We look forward to sharing our looks with you during our trip so make sure you stay tuned on insta stories – not only on @thecrystalpress but also on @cathclaire + @rebeccapiersol!
Alas, friends, fall is right around the corner! If you’re like us, you are looking in your closet thinking, do I really have to get out my cold weather clothes now? Luckily its notttttt quite time for that! However, it is the perfect time for shift dresses + tunics and some fun, funky tops. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites for you because let’s be serious, we are all going to do some shopping for the new season. We’ve got an array of styles and prices for you from two of our favorite retailers: Need Supply Co and ASOS!
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 >>
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.
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.
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.
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:
I, cathclaire, am very proud to present you with my favorite pair of jean shorts for summer and what my husband likes to calls “droopy drawers.” (I should probably be embarrassed to write this on The Crystal Press….?) Needless to say, he isn’t the biggest fan of these One Teaspoon Drop Crotch Frankie shorts, but despite the borderline weird name – I cannot help wearing them all the time. It’s like they are my soul mate in jean shorts from that make me feel like a BA.* I love the cut on the sides of each leg, the exaggerated frayed hem, and – if I am being perfectly honest – the drop crotch makes them the most comfortable jean shorts I own.
While I would like to think that I am the only person in the universe who loves these shorts, sadly, they are sold out. (and they went QUICK!) That being said, I have spent some time rounding up some shorts (that are some of my favorites) for you guys that are similar if you want to try out the distressed Bermuda short look this summer!
PS – I found a One Teaspoon white version on Nordstroms rack for uber cheap. Check em out here.
I added several styles of stilettos that I think balance out the long shorts perfectly for you guys into the roundup above! Think embellishments + girly details to juxtapose the droopy drawers thing.(more…)
Whether you are craving a last minute getaway or a family vacation, grab your favorite bathing suit and head to Four Seasons Baltimore! With an infinity pool, waterfront views, and an award-winning spa – you will quickly sink into relaxation mode. I know once the poolside bartender handed me my pina colada, I sure did!