Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Crop Top And Skirt Sets

I got this adorable striped crop top and skirt from eShakti with the hope that I would be able to get lots of use from two pieces instead of just one. This is the first time I've worn the set, and I'm pretty pleased with how it looks. I made sure to get the customized sizing, and it was well worth it. When you're dealing with a non-stretch material, a too-small top can literally be crushing.


We went to a restaurant in Charleston called Butcher & Bee. I really like their logo.


There's a petticoat under there! You'd think a petticoat would be unbearable during the summer, but most times the innermost layer ends up between your legs for a chafe-free experience. I highly recommend it.


Talk about awkward, though. There was about five people (plus some employees) who saw this "photoshoot" go down, so I didn't want to stand around too long taking pictures. 

It's the aw-aw-aw-aw-aw-awkward dance.

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Top/Skirt: eShakti. Customizable neckline, sleeves, and skirt length!

Sandals: Asos. Similar styles at Macy's and DSW.

Bag: Charming Charlie. You can find the exact style in different colors at ModCloth. There's teal, mint, tan, stone, and chocolate to choose from!

Necklace: Target. Another cute style from Target here.

Watch: Asos.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

#TBT To That Time I Accidentally Dyed It Green


So, when I was about seventeen (way back in the year 2000), I tried to dye my unbleached hair with Manic Panic's Atomic Turquoise. It ended up uneven an kind of green, though. Or just a really dirty teal? It's hard to tell, really.

 But check out those eyebrows! Now that thick eyebrows are such a big deal, I kind of wish I'd never plucked them. It gives me eyebrow goals!

Hey, remember those chunky metal ball chokers? I loved this one. This was before I was allergic to nickel. What a glorious, underappreciated time in my life.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vantablack: None More Black

Have you heard of Vantablack? It's a material so black that it absorbs all but .035% of visible light. I know that seems hard to imagine, so here's a picture of it on crumpled aluminum foil:

Surrey Nanosystems

Wild. It's made from carbon nanotubes that are really, really small. "Take one of the hairs on your head,” Ben Jensen, the chief technical officer of Surrey NanoSystems, explains to The Guardian. “Split that hair 10,000 times and one of the strands that you take away is the size of the tubes that we grow." 

How cool would it be to have a dress made out of it? You would literally see nothing but your silhouette. Right now they're using it for imaging systems in defense and space, which is okay I guess, but c'mon, science. Make the most perfect Little Black Dress for me.


via cnet and mental floss

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Snapshots Around The CrystalJoy

While dealing with a loss in my family, I figured I'd show you a couple snapshots from the past few months.


At the beach last April, before going blue. I really love wearing this dress as a dress, but it really shines as a beach cover-up.

Sorry this is so grainy. I'm definitely going to get getting better shots of my gold leather pants! My friends and I had just finished karaoke, and it's just a random phone pic, but I wanted to let you in on this gold-leather-pants thing and how amazing they are.

Another stand-out piece I recently aquired from Ebay is this vintage pink satin gown. It's super comfortable, so I've been wearing it around the house mostly, but this night I took it for a spin at the karaoke mic. I don't ALWAYS dress crazy for karaoke, but it is more fun when you do!

I'll be sure to get some better shots of this dress, too.

Until next time, fashionistas!



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Home Sweet Home Again

One of the things that needs to be done after a long trip is to re-stock the fridge and any pet-related item. Sometimes we shop at Target when we have a wide variety of things we need and don't want to run a bunch of errands. This can be dangerous, however, because Target can carry some really cute shoes and clothes, and a quick run to the store for necessities can turn into an expensive ordeal in no time.

On this particular Target run, I saw some clearance racks with tanks and tees, and since I feel like I never have enough tank tops, I tried on this puppy and fell for it right away. It's soft, slouchy; the perfect muscle tee for me. The arm holes aren't enormous and the neckline isn't too tight or loose. Oh! And it was on clearance, so I got it for less than $10!



The other thing I saw was these Sam & Libby sandals. I've been on the fence about the "ugly shoe" trend and the reemergence of Birkenstocks, but I was wearing heels while shopping and my feet were aching. The padded sole and arch support felt so incredible, I didn't want to take them off. They're wide enough, but also feature velcro adjustable straps to give more room at the top. Bonus!


At just under $30, though, I didn't need to (I did, though). There's also a silver pair, but I decided on the black and gold. I think they're a little cooler than a lot of Birks I've seen, plus they're less than half the cost. I'm not entirely sure how long this trend is going to last, but my feet are happy, and that's worth at least $30 for one summer.


I washed my hair 3 times (maybe 4?) during the entire trip. I took showers and everything, but I took a shower cap and lived on dry shampoo to keep the color punchy. That's been the best way to take care of the color as far as I can tell. I rinsed it in cold water sometimes, too, if I wanted to reset the style.



I'm still really loving this diagonal undercut. 


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Shirt: Target. Similar versions here and here.

Pants: Urban Outfitters. Other white pairs here and here.

Shoes: Sam & Libby via Target.

Necklaces: Madewell and gift.

Purse: Gift from Italy. Similar styles here and here

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Day 14: The End of the Road and a #TBT

The last day I got to spend with my brother was at a park he called The Rockhouse. It was dusk when we got there, so we didn't get to stay too long, but it was really beautiful. Huge rocks, a lake, and what I imagine are fun hiking trails. I hadn't really packed shoes for climbing, though, so I just did my best to keep up on the slippery rocks.






Like I said, it got pretty dark, but I wanted to show how it's been cool enough at night to get some more wears out of my hand-knitted sweater. Can't hate that!


Here's a closer look at the scarf and shoes I got at my buddy Patrick's thrift store in Connecticut:


Hushpuppies really are comfortable, I gotta say, and much cuter than I would normally associate with the brand. 


I love the colors in the scarf, and they look great next to my cobalt hair.




This trip was beyond amazing. One day I was at home, working, and the next we're in a cool, green forest I haven't seen in 19 years. I wouldn't have been able to make this trip possible if it wasn't for my boyfriend, though. He deserves a lot of credit for driving, meeting new family members, and staying flexible and calm when things went wrong. 

I had to say goodbye to my brother's dad, my step-father, and it was one of the hardest things I've had to do. I don't know if or when I'll see him again, but I'm glad we had a little more time together these last two weeks. We've had a complicated past, but now I just see him as a good man doing the best he can for his son.

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This is my outfit for the first day of travel back to South Carolina. I really love this button-up of my boyfriend's, and I wanted to try the shirt-into-a-skirt thing, so... here's my take on it! I kinda like it, actually, and I have a couple more shirts I could do this with. 



Aaaaand... for Throwback Thursday, I found this sample of my second grade school picture when I went to school in Worcester, MA. I pretty much look exactly the same, huh?


And that concludes my Northeastern Expedition! Regular posts start back Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Day 12 & 13: MOOOOD!!

For the last leg of our trip, we planned to go to New York. We didn't have anything we REALLY wanted to do until we were walking about Saks Fifth Avenue and saw this Diane von Furstenberg caftan. It was so gorgeous, and I realized making my own caftan wouldn't be too difficult. The boyfriend suggested we go to Mood in NYC to get fabric to make a caftan--and I almost died. I've been a huge fan of Project Runway for years; since the second season. What a great idea! So now we had a plan.

After lots of crazy traffic, pedestrians, and parking issues, we finally made it to the garment district. An older gentleman shopkeeper, who has clearly seen my kind before, saw us hovering around the office building containing Mood and told us it was upstairs. Should have known!


Being inside Mood was so cool! I was in the same building as Tim Gunn! *Swoon!*


Picking out a fabric was so difficult. I have no idea how the designers can make TRIM decisions in half an hour, let alone a fabric for one or more looks. Seriously, though, their trim section is amazing and huge. 

SWATCH!

I can say I met a celebrity in NYC: Swatch! You can catch little peeps of him here and there on Project Runway when they go to Mood. He was just wandering around the store like he was navigating a party at his house. Then he took a nap at the foot of the stairs--like a boss. 

After a very nice man (the floor manager, I guessed) helped me cut my fabric and trim, I got a rewards card, too! Haha. Extra souvenir, I guess. 

 So here's the fabric I got! It's a jersey knit--a really cool, wide pattern. It's almost like peacock feathers, but not quite so literal. I haven't decided how I'm going to orient the pattern--something to consider.



I'll take better pictures soon--these are just to give you an idea. The colors are so rich in person!


And here's the trim I got--I went with some rocker-ish studs to give some balance to the bohemian vibe inherent in a caftan. I'm pretty excited about designing my first piece! I'll keep updating on the progress of that as it goes.



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Dress: Eshakti. Bodycon version at Topshop. Black gingham at ModCloth, who also has a halter version.

Shirt: StyleMint Classic Crew.


Accessories: Necklace at BaubleBar. Some other cool styles here and here.