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NOVEMBER 2017 Woman of the Month – Fashion Designer Crystal Lee

Fashion WOMAN OF THE MONTH

Hello friends!

You may have noticed quite a gap with new blog posts. This is due to the fact that I’ve been working to get some interviews of some of the most influential women I’ve met. Whether it be in fashion or the community. These women are courageous, chasing after their dreams, and women that are inspiring the world for the better.

My first feature for this Woman of the Month is Crystal Lee, a Denver fashion designer, mother and fierce boss lady, accomplishing her dreams!

1. Give us a little background into your life. Are you a Colorado native?

I’m from San Marcos California and I played softball at junior college. A majority of my life was playing sports. I went to Oklahoma State on full ride softball scholarship and my roommate lived in Denver and so when she moved back to Denver that was when I moved too.

2. When did you realize that you wanted to become a fashion designer? What motivated you to want to design clothing?

The light bulb moment for me was that I am not your “sample size” and about 5-6 years ago I was not finding clothing for for myself so it was out of necessity that I started making my own clothes and friends would ask me “where did you get that?”

I went back to school (the Art Institute in Denver) around 2006-2007 for fashion and just did that!

3. What is your actual process?

Every designer has their own process. Obviously, you have to know how to sew and what not. I’m very picky about the fabrics that I use. I love fabric with lots of movement! I love the silk section!  When I get fabric, I’ll take it out of the roll and see how the fabric moves and let the fabric speak to me what it wants to be. Sometimes I can sketch, but it can be limiting to me because then I feel like I need to stick to it, so i drape it and cut and just move as I see fit. Sometimes a song can inspire me and I will think, “what kind of outfit would I like to wear if this song was playing?”

The first thing I ask myself is what I want to be when I show up? Whether it’s the cool girl, the laid back woman,  the classic girl, etc.  I also ask my clients the same thing.

4. What does C.R. stand for in C.R. Lee Designs?

Crystal Renee Lee Designs 

5. You recently did your first show at NYFW, CONGRATS! How was that?

From beginning to end; from planning to the actual show day, it was one of the hardest things besides having my son. I had some very labor some from fabrics that I need to pre-order and then to the day of the show. There is so much planning and detail involved. My plan is to grow into retail, so I wanted pieces to be ready-to-wear. I also try to show as much detail as possible whether it is for just for down the street, or NYFW, I want people to see a good show. It was everything I thought it would be.  It was very seamless and so surreal. 

6. What inspires your designs? Specifically your Date Night piece (which is clearly popular since it is sold out!), Halleigh, and Myia.

Date Night and Halleigh went right off the runway. The inspiration from this whole line came from straightjackets but with a softness. As women we live up to the “ideas and labels” that society gives us so I wanted to take a perception and twist it. So on the Halleigh the lines like in an insane asylum. The Halleigh also is denim and has all these different parts to it but is still a gorgeous piece. My message towards women is to be whatever you want to be and that not everything has to be perfect and polished to be pretty. There can be some destruction, some unexpected and it is still pretty. Life is beautiful with the imperfections. 

The Jackie Jacket is in perriwinkle blue inspired by a strait jacket but you would never guess so it is all about how you make it appear. 

The Myia is inspired by that silk and the flowy movement.

7. What else is in store for CR Lee this year and next?

I am going to take a vacation and reflect, I have some opportunities that I am hoping come to fruition. I need to go somewhere with a beach. I’ve got Massif Fashion Week, November 2nd. I am also pushing for retail. I still have my full time job and so I need to do more retail to get this to be a full time so that people can start enjoying it more and faster. 

8. When I last spoke with you, you were working on some new pieces, can you describe them to us? (if it is a surprise, I totally get it)

People want to see some black pieces. so there is more black, personally I hate a whole black collection, I love color, I am expanding on the whole inspiration. There are some pieces inspired by the Rorschach test.

9. What would be your advice for someone else who wants to accomplish their dreams just like you have?

I always say the same thing. Just start. There is no formula  for accomplishing your dreams, what I do may not work for you. You just have to believe in yourself and start!

10. What advice to you give your son?

Never be afraid. Fear is that one thing that keep people from trying and doing. If it doesn’t kill you, if it doesn’t bodily harm you or others around you. Just try and see what happens. 

11. I saw your favorites from your SS17 collection. What are your favorites from your SS18 collection?

You know, it is funny. These pieces are like my children, so I do not really have a favorite and each piece serves a new purpose. For example, with this interview I had the other day, I wore the Janelle jumpsuit. For the Janet Jackson concert I am going to, I feel like the mood would be the jumpsuit. I do not have a favorite because they all represent a mood. The Myia is the one I get the most energy from. 

12. Where can people go to find you on social media/ website?

twitter: @crleedesigns 

Instagram: @cre8tivelee

Facebook: CR Lee Designs 

Snapchat: CR Lee Designs

Photo: Kevin Mock
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Utilizing your “AND’s”

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How many of you have certain things or hobbies that peak your interests or are your passions?

Have you thought of those things? Keep that in the back of your mind.

We are all gifted in different areas with certain talents. These talents are unique to each and every one of us.

Growing up I had two main passions:

First was a curiosity for how things worked! As a little girl sitting on my bunkbed watching my father turn off the lights before going to sleep, I was always curious as to how the light was able to turn on and off.

How the television was able to display a picture. How the refrigerator kept things cold. How donuts were made, etc etc.

Did you ever wonder that? No… ok well moving on.

My Second passion was style and fashion. This is because I saw the way that personal style could transform a person. When a person was wearing their favorite outfit, their attitude shifted and you could see positive confidence radiating from them!

Throughout adolescence and into early adulthood, I learned very much about how things worked especially through engineering school.

During those years however, I was still neglecting one side of me, and that was the fashion and style side. I would look it up on the weekends, study different body shapes and always put outfits together but still that portion was not being fulfilled.

2011-2012 was when I really started to see social media platforms transform lives. From @mankofit who had about 4k followers at the time, to @thepatriciabright and her YouTube videos, I saw them doing what they loved and turning them into their passions. This was also when blogs were fairly new and my sister had one

It honestly didn’t hit me until I graduated college and thought “that’s it, I need to hop on this fashion train!” So I Googled literally every fashion show/event in my area and made it a thing to reach out to as many people as possible to try to get into the industry.

As I did that my “fashion network” began to grow and my passions were being fulfilled and I was starting to combing engineering with fashion and fashion with engineering. I like to bring my “Fashionista” to the office and with an office full of engineers….. let’s just say it is easy to stand out.

But see that is where the true problem lies. I love both, so why can’t I be both? At all times. Society has its way of keeping things separate. You can be this or that, not both.

Well society, FORGET YOU! Cause I am defying all odds and combining my passions.

When we combine our passions, these passions are our ANDS, as told by my dear friend Liz. When we utilize and combine our AND’s that is when those societal norms and barriers are broken. This is when we learn that it is ok to be many things and that being many things and utilizing many things makes us stronger.

So to you! Remember you’re talented, you’ve got gifts! Utilize your AND’s to tear down the societal walls!

Outfit Details:

Top @chicwish

Skirt @chicwish

Shoes: Angels in Flat Irons Mall

Bag: Urban Southern Use code VANESSA15 for 15% off your order!

Jewelry: Nordstrom

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Comin’ in Clutch!

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Well HELLO fabulous! It is basically summer so the skin is showing and so are the ….. clutches! With the summer being HOT HOT HOT, there is no time to be carrying around giant purses and bags, so without further ado, I have clutches, mini cross bodies, and backpacks from many different stores so that you can start the summer coming in clutch!

Above: BCBG Max Azria currently sold out but many similar attached on my Instagram

 

Clutches:

BCBG Quincy Star Clutch, Madewell Vacation Clutch, Dorothy Perkins Clutch, Steve Madden Tassel Clutch, Mia Woven Clutch, Ted Baker , Sweet Bella Yellow Pouch, Natasha Clutch, Neon Chelsea Clutch, Show Me Your Mumu Flamingo Clutch, INC international concepts, Selfridges Floral Clutch, Asos Clutch, BCBG Mixed Media Box Clutch

Splurge Clutches:

Gucci Floral Clutch, Tory Burch Embroidered Clutch, Ellie Sab Floral ClutchDolce and Gabbana Floral Embellished Clutch, BCBG Viona Striped Clutch

 

Cross Bodies:

Blush Crossbody Kohls, Striped Crossbody, Faux Leather Camera Bag Fanny Pack, H&M Small Shoulder Bag, Topshop Crossbody, Ralph Lauren Perforated, Sole Society Crossbody, Selfridges Pom Pom, 6pm Nine West, Ice Cream Shoulder Bag, Charming Charlie Crossbody,

Splurge Cross Bodies:

Henri Bendel Stripes, Chloe Nile Crossbody, Furla Mango Crossbody, YSL Blue CrossbodyVera Bradley Watermelon Saddle Bag,

 

 

Backpacks:

Tommy Hilfiger, , Tommy Summer, Kate Spade Nylon Backpack, Ted Baker Mini Jarvis, Topshop Blake Mini Backpack, Herschel Supply, State Bag Multicolor, Asos Velvet Backpack

Photography: PaigeForden Photo and from their respective sites

Hope you have enjoyed this post! Is there anything else that you would like to see? Feel free to email me at vanessa@vanesslandlt.com

 

 

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Women Empowerment: Love a Human Project

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In many cultures all throughout history, women were in competition with each other. They were in competition with each other for getting a man. This is because they did not have the opportunities we have today to be contributors of society. Their main roles were to produce children. Sometimes the only way to “move up” was to marry wealthy. Some women were taught to stay quiet for having ideas was frowned upon. In many cultures, women were to solely take care of household items.

Now more than ever, women have the ability to do and be whatever they’d like to be. While we still have a long way to go, and not all countries are at the same point, it is important for us to learn to lift each other up. Now there is healthy competition and unhealthy competition. When we get jealous of others or gossip about one another, it brings the entire gender of women down. Instead, we should lift one another up by supporting each other and helping one another within the struggles of life. When we get to know others without judgement, we learn more about the world, our surroundings, and can relate with people on a deeper level, connecting us in ways that we could never imagine! For my entire life, I always had friends that were different from me. Whether it was race, religion, style, background, class etc. However, I loved having so many friends from different “cliques.” Having so many friends from different groups made it difficult during adolescence because people naturally segregated themselves into groups. (continued below)

Left to Right: Shanell, Katie, Ashley, Vanessa, Sarah

Left to Right: Allison, Crystal, Vanessa

 

I wanted to start a project called the #LoveAHuman project. I got many of my friends together, some knew each other and some did not. I wanted to see what it was like to have people from contrastive lives and backgrounds come together. Needless to say, these women are all incredible and they PROVED that you can have unique upbringings and lifestyles, yet still learn to love someone different from you! My challenge to you is to get to know someone you may not typically hang out with or get to know! You never know what happens when you #LoveAHuman

For the wonderful photographer and women in this shoot, see below.

Photography: Paige Forden Photo

Each and every one of these women is absolutely incredible! Below are all their Instagram links!

From Left to Right: Yulia, Katie, Allison, Hannah, BK, Ansu, Shanell, Me (Vanessa), Ashley, Raeann, Sarah, Whitney, Crystal

Left to Right: Ansu, Sarah, Whitney, Me

Crystal and BK

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BARHOOM BRANDS: A New Way of Shopping

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How many of you hate shopping, or simply just do not have the time? You want to look great, but do not know where to begin? You want to stay modest, but that means trading in fashion.

If you relate with any of these, I get it! YOU GUYS! This is why I’m SO EXCITED for this post!

Let me introduce you to BARHOOM BRANDS!

Barhoom Brands is a clothing company started by two women who wanted to dress modest and trendy. They realized that people do not have time for themselves. Whether you’re a student, mother, career woman, wife etc. it’s important to have a comfortable wardrobe that is conducive for your day to day life, and Barhoom Brands does just that.

It is a monthly subscription styling service and below is how it works!

First, you’ll take a questionnaire to help the stylists figure out your preferences when it comes to patterns, styles, colors, and fit.

Then, a stylist team will start to work on your bag picking items to compliment your lifestyle and style. The $10 upfront is for the styling service. For your first styling, I’ve got the coupon code of VANESSA10

The bag is shipped to you. You can try on the clothing, keep what you like, and send back the rest! After 30 days you’ll be charged for the clothing you keep!

When I did the questionnaire, I specified that I like prints, bold colors and tops that are more loose. Below were the items in my Barhoom Bag.

 

Top and skirt are from Barhoom Brands.

 

This dress is so comfortable you all! I styled it with a purse and belt that are my own.

This Barhoom Brands skirt is easy to pair with anything!

This Barhoom Brands top is so fun that it can be worn by itself or with a bag and a vest.

Barhoom Brands is such a great service and if you would like to get styled for free, use code VANESSA10

I cannot wait to see what you all get in your Barhoom Box! Tag me and Barhoom Brands in your photos on Instagram so that we can see your style!

Photography by @paigefordenphoto and by @zoeygracephotography

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Lady in Red

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Sometimes I like to think of fashion as dressing up just like I used to as a little girl!

I know it sounds so naive and childish but dreaming and pretending are a part of life and making your dreams reality! This Christmas, I am so excited to just hang out with my brother and sisters! We only see each other about twice a year so I cannot wait for them to come home and for us to joke and hang out together!!!

 

     

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Photography by : Corey Anthony Lifestyle

Dress/ Coat: Shopakira

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