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Galentine’s Day with The Crystal Press

Since the dawn of The Crystal Press, the two of us have celebrated Galentine’s Day. Whether we are traveling for fashion month or at home in Richmond together, we make a point to celebrate in one way or another! It is hard to believe that just 10 plus years ago this now well known celebration was coming to life through the TV show Parks and Rec and today it is a worldwide celebration between females. WE LOVE IT!


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!


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.


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)


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.


Where to Shop in Richmond with The Crystal Press

We are so excited to finally share this video project The Crystal Press worked on with a crew from Google in Richmond, Va. The video is called “Shop Like a Local” and is featuring Need Supply Co, Little Nomad, and Ledbury.


We can’t believe that the day has finally come where we get to share with our readers one of our favorite projects that The Crystal Press has worked on to date and something that we are new at: VIDEO. The two of us almost didn’t believe our eyes when we received the email about this project with google – that’s how pumped we were at the prospect of working with them AND taking them around one of the best cities (and our hometown): Richmond, VA.

Is anyone else as afraid of public speaking as we are? Talk about two nervous ladies! (I mean, they are google…) But, luckily we had an amazing video crew who made us feel at ease and on top of that, we got to spend the day hanging with some of our favorite Richmond people throughout the day who were naturals on camera. (I’m looking at you Paul, Christina, and Anthony!). This was truly a memorable experience and we are so thankful to Google for including us, to Need Supply Co, Ledbury, and Little Nomad (see Cath rocking the RVA All Day shirt from the video here,) for putting Richmond on the map, and of course- to the city of Richmond. We think 2018 is our year, 804.


Cathclaire + Reb

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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…)

Where to Stay in Charlottesville: Graduate Hotel

We are so very excited to see what this year holds for us with TCP and we are so glad to have you on this journey with us.

Just before Christmas, John and I traveled up to Charlotttesville for one of our favorite events of the year – the Sons of Bill + Friends Christmas Party at the Jefferson Theater.  It is always the perfect way to kick off the holiday weekend and truly get us into the spirit.  This was John + my 3rd Christmas show together, and as many of you know we hold SOB close to our hearts. Front man, James, was the officiant at our wedding, so it is always great to be able to catch him when he’s not writing, recording or teaching in Nashville. ‘Twas a great show as always, and great to sing a long to all of our favorites!

This year, the trip was made even better by our stay at the Graduate Charlottesville! We stayed at the Graduate in Oxford, MS this past spring, and one just opened up in Richmond as well, so we were excited to check it out.  (more…)

Rebecca’s 30th Birthday on The Crystal Press

I cannot believe today is Reb’s 30th birthday and that we get to share it with you guys on The Crystal Press! Birthdays and holidays always have a way of making one feel nostalgic…. In fact, it feels like just the other day we were dreaming up The Crystal Press over a bottle of wine, while being our reckless twenty-something selves. Fast forward years later, and here we are at Reb’s milestone birthday and sharing it with YOU! Reb got married a couple of years ago at The Homestead and today she is headed there to get some serious R + R before her big party for her 3-0 (see the wedding photos here) I have no doubt she and her husband John will have the best time ringing in her birthday in the best way – Homestead style!

Shop some of the closet additions I have my eye on to give Reb for her BDAY:


Striped Sweater Weather + The Golden Rule

Who doesn’t love a bold striped sweater just in time for the 1st day of winter? (aka sweater weather?)

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Well friends, I’m just 5 days from my 30th birthday and walking into it with an AWESOME attitude.  And by awesome, my new motto is “if I want to wear the same striped sweater 4 days in a row, then I will.”  And that is exactly what I did after I got this striped sweater/gem from ASOS in the mail. It went a little like this : Step 1: open package. Step 2: Try on striped Sweater Step 3: Wear it the rest of the day. Step 4: Wear it to Girl’s Christmas at The Jefferson with the ruffled Zara Pants Step 5: Wear it Saturday while bopping around to breweries and taking these photos with Cath. Step 6: Wear it on a lazy Sunday to do Crosswords, eat at Joe’s Inn and go see Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  (more…)

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xx, Reb + Cath