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Four Seasons NY Downtown

We have never met a Four Seasons Hotel that we didn’t like. I mean, really, who has? We had the luxury of staying at the new Four Seasons Hotel Downtown in NYC during our last visit and it was divine.  From the marble bathrooms to the room service breakfast (those waffles!) and everything in between, it was truly a dream from the moment we walked in the door. We are seriously convinced that Four Seasons employees are the best of the best and we always know that they are going to take the best care of us during our stays.  (more…)

A Homestead Christmas

If you’ve been following along with us for a while, you know that The Homestead is my most favorite place.  (If you are a new TCP follower, I got married there a year and a half ago and have been vacationing there for most of my life).  Last year when John and I went in December we recognized how absolutely magical it can be at Christmastime and lucky for us we were able to convince my parents to spend the holiday itself there this year.

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Jefferson Hotel

jefferson-21I guess you could say that we have this thing for hotels. If you follow us on any kind of social media (which we hope you are), you definitely know this about us.  One of our favorite parts of Fashion Week is the time that we spend in hotels, getting ready, having pillow talk and especially enjoying our morning coffee.

However, luckily for us, we don’t have to wait to go to New York or Los Angeles to experience hotel luxury.  Richmond is home to the Historic Jefferson Hotel, which is your one-stop-shop for the perfect, incredibly hospitable experience when visiting our hometown. The hotel recently underwent some renovations and we could NOT wait to check them out. Enter: a little TCP Staycation, with plenty of relaxing in the room, girl talk and down time. Enjoy our photo diary + a few little tidbits about the hotel itself. (more…)

30A Getaway

FL14Ever since I was a little girl, we have been vacationing in the panhandle on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida. My grandad lived there for as long as I can remember and all of my best memories are from riding bikes in the summer, beach-ing for hours with my sister and best friend, Anna, every summer.  It has been a few years since I had spent the week down there, and boy, it was just as great as I remember it. It was really awesome for our family to be able to cut out a few days of our busy schedules to have a mini-reunion of sorts.  It also was a time for celebration, as my sister, Caroline, recently got engaged and we are in the throws of all of the planning! Another special part of the trip was being able to share this special place and loads of memories with my husband, John. (more…)

Guatemala 2.0

IMG_6188 A few weeks ago I went back to Guatemala with my husband, 15 high school seniors and another one of our teacher friends. Our trip last year was one of my most memorable trips ever and this year boasts the same! From the amazing parades through the streets of Antigua during Semana Santa, to the unforgettable views at Lomas de Tzununa, Guatemala is such a breath taking country.  Time for me to share a little iPhone photo journal journey with y’all. Apologies for ze quality, as the Nikon didn’t get to make the trip with me. (more…)

A Love Letter to Richmond, Virginia

12922288_10206154135803715_1118693227_o Have you ever had a dreamy idea that lasted for about a millisecond before your mind came up with a trillion roadblocks preventing you from ever starting? This is the story of what is now “The Crystal Press.” Although we (Rebecca + Catherine) have been enamored with fashion since we could read and have been messing around with blogs for over a decade, our pesky minds kept us following through with anything consistently. It wasn’t until our post-college move back to RVA that the two of us were inspired to follow one of our so-called dreamy ideas and we give this beautiful city all of the credit. We know we are not alone in the inspiration and sense of community that we are constantly receiving for our little idea, because, well, that is just how Richmond does. It cultivates our creativity and even surprises us at times, when we turn a corner and find a beautiful new space to explore.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York

If our Snapchat during NYFW wasn’t evidence enough, let me remind you that one of our favorite parts about New York Fashion Week (yes we are still talking about it) was our stay at the Four Season Hotel. You know when you just get a “feeling” about a place? Well our feeling about the Four Seasons happened before we stepped foot out of our arriving cab. Before we knew we were there, the most elegant man opened our taxi door and said “Welcome to the Four Seasons New York, ladies” and the feeling hit us like that of the best kind of love affair.

Beware when it comes to asking Rebecca or I about our love affair with the Four Seasons because we will just go on and on and on. For example, we are convinced the staff at the Four Seasons in New York possess super powers. These fine people have the art of anticipation down to a t. They knew what we wanted before we even knew what we wanted. You can imagine how this talent made room service a dream. On the same note, we left flowers out of water in our room absentmindedly and returned to our room with the flowers in a vase! And the walk in closets? Amazing. Our clothes have never been happier and that is a fact.

Among the craziness and exhaustion of NYFW, we found ourselves looking forward to getting back to this blissful hotel for mental and physical relaxation (and we are looking forward to getting back to this hotel soon!) Enoy our photo journal below and if you have the opportunity to visit this hotel,The Crystal Press highly recommends it. You will fall in love immediately, just like we did.

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Wishlist Wednesday: Spring Travel

Spring is here! Whether you are jetting off for Spring break, or simply taking a few days to get out of town, we know you want to update that Travel wardrobe! We are headed for warmer temperatures in the next month and are dying for a new pair of shorts. We also can’t pass up a good pair of PJs to cozy up in after a long day in the sun. Where are you headed? What areas of your wardrobe need to be revamped for your upcoming trip? images

The Crystal Press does NYFW: FW 2016

We could give you a play by play of our NYFW adventures, but we have way too many photos for that. Instead, we want to provide you guys with some NYFW hacks that we wish someone would have told us before The Crystal Press attended their first fashion show. Our advice is by no means profound but after many attempts at Google on this topic, we figured we should share what we learned at NYFW FW 2016. Click read more to see photos from our NYFW adventures and to read The Crystal Press’ NYFW hacks for the newbies out there just like us! IMG_0144

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