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How To Wear Jean Shorts In The Winter

Jean Shorts + OTK boots, a classic winter combo?

Whenever Catherine and I are getting ready together – for an event, for a shoot or just for the day – her go-to when she is having outfit struggles, is her favorite jean shorts. (Well, there are a few pairs in rotation, but you get the point.) Honestly, I would never have thought of wearing them in the winter time, if it wasn’t one of her trusty looks.  I think one time this winter it was literally 10 degrees out, and Cath sends a snap of her heading out with short denim + over the knee boots. This is a true story. For me, I have been bundling up in an array of fabulous outerwear, just desperate to stay warm!



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Velvet Turtleneck on Repeat

This velvet turtleneck has been getting a lot of play lately. 

reb velvet turtleneckIf you follow me on my personal instagram, you’ve seen this velvet turtleneck twice already and if you watch my stories, you’ve seen it even more! When I was trying to decide what look to share on here next, I thought maybe this piece had been played out so I was a little skeptical. But then, I saw that it is now on sale for $30 and still available in most sizes, so that decision was made! I originally bought this to wear on New Years Eve / my 30th Birthday party but had a change of plans when I got the Laundry ombre sequins dress I had been pining over for months for Christmas.  The planning part of my brain was thrown for a little bit of a loop, but I recovered pretty quickly.

Anyways, I digress.




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A Sweater for All Seasons

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Black and white pieces are always a safe bet when it comes to getting the most out of your closet. I love the way this ASOS sweater makes a statement while being so wearable with a neutral color palette.  You guys are really into sweaters this year (just like us!) because every time Rebecca and I post one – you go crazy for the links. That being said, we figured that we would show off some more of our favorites for you during these warm weather months!

If you are in the market for a good sweater, check out ASOS. They have plenty to choose from and not to mention – this black and white checkered beauty!
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Valentine’s Picks with The Crystal Press

So what if Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday? Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate. 

Okay, so I know we are still 20 days out from Valentine’s Day, but we tend to get a little excited when it comes to dressing for occasions.  Sure, our goal is to be extra #extra this year, so yes, I have been wearing velvet on the reg, but there’s something more invigorating about planning an outfit for Valentine’s Day.  I may not be the girliest girl on the block, but even I have been perusing the ‘net to find just the right outfit for the evening!

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RVA Spotlight: Boulevard Burger & Brew

Who doesn’t love a good burger + brew joint? 
It’s not a secret that we love Richmond. I love Richmond for so so many reasons! From the river, to the shopping, to the incredible selection of restaurants we have here, Richmond is simply the best.  We have so many awesome places at our finger tips and we intend of taking FULL advantage of that and sharing our experiences with you guys. (Are you following along with us on insta-story? That’s where most of the good stuff happens)



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The Silver Boots Trend with The Crystal Press

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Silver boots, or as my husband likes to call them ‘moon boots’, are in style in a big way right now guys and The Crystal Press is INTO it. I am sure boots are as much of a staple in your closet all year round as they are in ours. It is hard NOT to wear boots with an outfit. I mean, boots are wearable with a pair of shorts or a dress in the warmer months or with just about any outfit in the colder months aka NOW! Neutral boots are always a safe bet – you know, your browns and blacks – but why not spice it up a bit in 2018 with an eye-catching pair of silver ones?

 

Whether you are on a budget and looking for a great price point on silver boots or looking to splurge on the silver boots by the goddess Isabel Marant, we have got your covered in this silver boot roundup today peeps! You can’t go wrong on either end of the spectrum. Not to mention, we love the effect that a sassy metallic boot can have on a simple outfit like jeans and a t-shirt. Yes, they may be a little bit extra, but we told you our goal is to be extra in 2018. Who is with us?

P.S If you want to take your extra to the next level – how about a pair of these sequin pants?

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Rebecca + Catherine / Chief Fashion Bloggers of The Crystal Press

 

How We Aim to Keep Things Interesting in 2018

Have you noticed that it’s been a while since we shot in front of the old favorite white wall?

On this bizarre-ly warm day (65 degrees) today, it is hard to imagine that last Saturday it was so cold that Catherine and I couldn’t grin and bear it outside long enough to snap a few pix.  And that’s saying something, because I remember last year we snapped one of my favorite looks on a 25 degree day that felt like 10.  SO, instead, we wandered into this amazing home decor shop, Eviction, in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood of Richmond. We’ve been eyeing this shop for a while now – on the corner on Marshall with Mikael Broth work on all sides – so this seemed like the perfect time. We walked in simply seeking shelter from the elements,  maybe do a little browsing and I walked out ready to redecorate my entire home with pieces from this shop! So many interesting things.

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The Trick to Dressing in the Cold Weather

Motivation to get dressed plummets when the temperature drops, especially for the ladies of The Crystal Press. How can we and our fellow fashionistas get out ahead of this winter wardrobe occurrence? Read this blogpost to see an easily executed solution for dressing in cold weather!

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Can we talk about these freezing temperatures for a second people? What a racket! As the weather has become colder than Antarctica in our lovely hometown of Richmond, Rebecca and I are constantly noticing/talking about how we can’t seem to get warm. Alas, outfit pictures inside.

To give you an idea: I am writing this blogpost in my winter pajamas topped with a huge terry cloth robe while wrapped up in my Missoni blanket inside my house drinking hot tea. Fueh, that is quite the sentence.

Anyways, you get the picture – it’s freaking cold out. That brings me to my next point, how to look remotely fashionable when its below freezing outside and the last thing you are motivated to do (or think about) is to look fashionable! Fear not fellow fashionistas, I have a solution for you.

In fact, this solution doesn’t just go for when it is below freezing out. It pretty much works 100% of the time. Throw together a warm outfit of one color (of course my color of choice was black,) with different textures if your feeling crazy, and finish it off with a statement winter coat (faux fur, robe style coat or a floor length puffer coat).

If you start collecting pieces of your favorite color to wear, you will notice yourself reaching for them more often because they are so easily mixed and matched. Prime example: I wore these leather culottes with Vans on The Crystal Press here.  Dressing becomes so much easier when you only keep things that are your favorite anything in your closet. It almost eliminates the lazy factor completely. Almost.

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Feelin Myself in Flare Jeans from FRAME Denim

Greetings from the only girl in the world rocking flare jeans these days……… well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration.  Or, is it?



Over the past few days everyone’s Facebook statuses, insta-stories, blog posts and more have been about freeeezing cold temperatures and snow sweeping up and down the east coast, and well, I might as well add to that collection. Sort of.  Over the past few days, Cath and I have spent our snow days strategizing and getting organized for the upcoming year. As a duo, I’ll be honest, sometimes it is hard to always be on the same page when it comes to posting schedules and our editorial calendar, but this year we are DETERMINED to find the perfect solution.

Between assigning tasks to each of us, and syncing our google calendars, we are aiming to create a flow that helps both my neurotic planning side, and her creative go-with-the-flow attitude.  We have high hopes for 2018 and I gotta say, we seem to be starting off on the right foot. (more…)

How to Make Sequin Pants Look Cool

Hesitant to invest in anything other than a sequin dress? Read on to find out how you can make sequin pants look cool and wearable with a tied up t-shirt and a blazer. 

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Sequins and everything extra seem to be showing up in every retail establishment and fashion blog / magazine as of late. What girl doesn’t enjoy a little bit of sparkle? Cathclaire for one, will never say no to a little bit of sparkle – hence the sequin wedding dress and  these Topshop sequin flare pants

When I ordered these Topshop sequin pants, I ordered two different sizes because I was that excited about wearing them. I couldn’t bear the chance of them not fitting and me having to wait for the right size to be shipped. Better to cover all of my bases, am I right?

I acknowledge that these Topshop pants are the definition of extra and that is exactly why I paired them with a t-shirt. Okay, not just any t-shirt but one of my favorites. My “RVA All Day” t- shirt is designed by DJ Ant Boogie, owner of Little Nomad (a shop for all the hip children’s clothes and things galore!) It is hard to see the design on the t-shirt in these photos because I tied the T-shirt up, but if you are a Richmonder and don’t have one – you need to get yourself one ASAP. It is one of the coolest Richmond slogans I have seen in a very long time and not to mention, I am always happy to support my man Anthony.

Do you see yourself rocking sequin pants in 2018? Grab yourself a pair and put your personal twist on them to make them look cool and less extra. xo Cath

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