Scenes from the Weekend

26 Jul

I love weddings. I love weddings so much, that I’m shocked I haven’t become a professional wedding crasher over the summer months. This weekend, I was absolutely thrilled to be a part of the coolest white wedding around, a wedding so cool – it had its own widely used hashtag: #rnd2015

From the hip food truck rehearsal party, to the amazing menu at the wedding (seriously, that lobster mac and cheese? my gawd) to the incredible wedding guests I had the pleasure of meeting and partying with. You know when you end up at McDonalds at 3am with the bride and groom: it was an epic wedding.

Here are just a few of my favorite snapshots from the white wedding weekend.

IMG_2490 seize the weekend

IMG_2503 food truck with the bride to be!

IMG_2518 food truck love

IMG_2535 white wedding ready

IMG_2578 my favorite shot from the day

IMG_2576 the first duty

IMG_2577 the absolutely amazing buffet spread

weddingmcdonalds wedding goals

Congratulations again to dan & renee!

Have an awesome week, friends!

Crystal

The C List

24 Jul

theclist_summer2015_coralOh, Happy Happy Friday!

While I may have spent part of last weekend in Montreal (it was awesome) I’m so excited to spend most of this weekend in the city taking part in one of my favorite couple’s wedding festivities! Yes, you may see one, two, three or more Snaps or Instas with a beautiful bride on her special weekend over the next three days – I’m just SO excited for their big day.

But before the wedding fun begins, here is this week’s C List and kicking it off, is the trailer I can’t stop watching.

1. Mockingjay Pt. 2 Official Trailer (via YouTube) A friend texted me minutes after this dropped and said she was actually in tears, which then led me to have expectations through the roof before I’d even found the YouTube link. And then I watched it, and I flailed, and I cried, and I experienced every feeling I’ve had since I first read these books. I am so not ready for this series to end.

2. She Doesn’t Need You: Why Everyone Is Afraid Of An Independent Woman (via Elite Daily) I’m not afraid to admit that yes, it’s been awhile since I’ve been in a relationship that lasted more than several months. And while it’s easy to assume that’s because I’m fussy or have high standards that can never be met, it’s actually much simpler than that. It’s because I know that I don’t need a man to survive, so why settle? This article truly nails it, in so many ways, but especially this: “While an independent woman soulfully craves the arms of love as much as the next girl, she doesn’t require affection to sustain her. If you fall in love with an independent woman, and she loves you back, it’s because she wants you — not because she needs you. And that is the purest love of all.”

3. Compassionate dog friend comforts cat friend during scary thunderstorm (via Mashable) This is one of the cutest things I’ve seen all week. You’re welcome.

4. 15 Best Things About Being Close With Your Mom (via Cosmopolitan) This one’s for you Mom – you nail all 15 of these.

5. The Unbelieveable Present-day Value of These 13 90’s Toys Totally Validates My Hoarding (via Movie Pilot) Honestly, I own SO many of these but most proudly, I own a Talkboy and you could NEVER convince me to sell that. Ever. Ok maybe for a million dollars.

That’s it. That’s all.

Have an awesome weekend folks! And don’t forget to come back on Sunday night for my Scenes from the Weekend!

Crystal

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Book of the Month – Grey

22 Jul

bookofthemonth_july2015It’s that time of month again, where I reveal my pick for book of the month!

While I’ve been reading quite a few different novels this summer (thanks to my Books in my Beach Bag summer series) I couldn’t just ignore Book of the Month, now could I?

This month’s book is Grey by E.L. James

For any of you who are all about Christian Grey, this is the perfect summer read. While I’ll admit that I’m not as nuts about it as I am the original series, it does bring a certain je ne sais quoi to the table. For starters (and in case you’ve been living under a rock) – Grey is the exact same story as the first book in the Fifty Shades of Grey series, except it is told from Christian’s point of view.

Yes, let that digest. If you thought Christian was a bit overbearing and possessive from Ana’s POV, then yes – he’s a little intense when you’re experiencing his encounters through his mind. That said, in some cases, it was also really hot to hear exactly what he was thinking.

His inner monologue is much better than Ana’s inner goddess bullshit.

Another perk? You get to see quality time with Christian and other characters such as his brother Elliott that you don’t get in the original three books. I love his brotherly relationship with Elliott.

So while I did find it harder to get into Grey, I think that it was only because the story wasn’t new – it was only a new perspective. And if Christian is your kind of man? It’s a perspective worth reading.

Have you read Grey? What did you think? Leave me a note or tweet me!

Crystal

For a list of all my Beach Bag books this summer, check out my Rules of Summer and Beach Bag Book Schedule! Looking for a great adventurous summer read? Check out my post on The Reef

Scenes from the Weekend – Montreal Edition

20 Jul

Oh Montreal, comme tu es belle.

This was only my second time in Montreal and to be there as an MC for Startup Fest was the most unreal experience of my life. After just four days in the city, I’d fallen madly in love with the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, the haunting abandoned grain silos of Old Port, and the food – oh my gosh, don’t even get me started on the food. All of these discoveries, coupled with meeting some incredible people from around the world and taking the stage two-days in a row – Montreal was a dream come true.

Here are my favorite snapshots and memories from my trip.

IMG_2127 exactly how one should start her time in montreal – bagel and latte

IMG_2429spotted: Parisian metro entrances

IMG_2430 old port, jardins des éclusées and grain silos

IMG_2428 welcome to startup fest

IMG_2173 first day on stage, mic’d and ready to go!

IMG_2163 the beautiful view from the green room

IMG_2198 the green room that came complete with candy by Squish!

IMG_2426 the incredible view from the VIP Speaker’s Party

IMG_2425 lobster rolls – one of many bites to choose from

IMG_2427 I could get used to this

IMG_2219 the second day on stage – ready to rock

IMG_2422saturday morning brunch views in old montreal

IMG_2277 we accept the brunch we think we deserve

IMG_2424 loved the look and name of this hotel

IMG_2278 Notre Dame Basilica

IMG_2299simply the most stunning church I’ve ever seen

IMG_2423 royal hockey wedding underway

IMG_2421horse and carriages for days

IMG_2420 neon lights in old montreal

IMG_2418narrow streets and old walls

IMG_2417 one last treat before catching my flight home

Montreal – thank you for being so lovely x

Crystal

Books in my Beach Bag – The Reef

18 Jul

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Note: This post is entirely spoiler-free! 

Well hello there, you beautiful beach bag toting, book loving people.

Today, I’m kicking off the first of several Books in my Beach Bag posts of the summer and I’m kicking it off with one that I happened to stumble upon on a vendor’s table at the local farmer’s market. Signs that say Books $1 are somewhat of a homing beacon for me, so naturally I had to stop and see what assortment she had, which is how I ended up with Nora Robert’s the Reef tucked in my bag as I left that day.

Now, this was my first Nora Roberts novel, though I realize everyone and their grandma has read Nora at some point in time. I’ll admit, I was a wee bit hesitant about reading a book by an author rocking shoulder pads in her author headshot on the back cover, BUT I’m glad I took a chance on it because it really didn’t disappoint.

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The Reef is about two families – the Beaumonts and the Lassiters – and set over two periods of time. It kicks off when the leading lady, Tate, is 19 and in her first year of university, studying marine archeology. Right off the bat, as someone who had planned on pursuing marine biology for the first twenty years of my life, I was hooked on that alone. Tate and her treasure hunting parents are diving off St. Kitts in search of a missing wreck, when they run into a charming uncle and his stubborn (but sexy) nephew Matthew who immediately becomes drawn to Tate.

Now, my second hook was treasure hunting. I was raised on the Goonies. Into the Blue is one of my favorite movies. I am ALL about sunken ships, pirates, and treasure. Throw in romance and treasure hunting? Sold.

The two families decide to team up and search for the treasure together until shit hits the fan, drama occurs, and well, I am not going to spoil it for you.

While the first part of the book focuses on the young love between Tate and Matthew, the second part of the book fast-forwards to eight years later when Tate is a grown woman with more fire in her than she had at 19, and Matthew is determine not to let her swim off again. See what I did there? Ocean jokes, you guys!

If you like mystery, the deep blue sea, pirates, treasure, tropical destinations and most importantly, a little romance – may I highly recommend the Reef for your summer reading pleasure.

Want to come back for more Books in my Beach Bag? Grab the whole schedule + my Rules of Summer right here.

And don’t forget to come back Sunday night for my Scenes from the Weekend which will include all of the Montreal pretty.

Happy Saturday!

Crystal

The C List

17 Jul

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Hello from Montreal!

This has been one of the most exciting past two days of my life and getting to take the stage as the MC at Startup Fest yesterday (and set to do it again today) was one of the coolest moments of my career.

Check me out!

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I’m pretty much addicted to the stage now.

Before I start another amazing day in Montreal, here is this week’s C List – complete with my favorite links from the week!

1. The Suicide Squad Trailer (via YouTube) I have not stopped thinking about this trailer since it dropped on Tuesday. Is it next summer yet?

2. Ben H – the next Bachelor? (via E Online) Calling all Bachelorette fans – I think we can all agree this is pretty much the best news. I adore Ben H.

3. 22 Animal Bellies That Needed to Be Rubbed (via Earth Porm) You can thank me later for this cuteness.

4. The July Lust List (via Yoganista Life) I am so proud of fellow girl squad member S and her first Lust List! You should check it out for all your summer fashion and beauty needs!

5. The official teaser for Joy (via YouTube) The trailer for David O. Russsell’s newest film dropped this week and reunites two of my favorite actors: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper again. I am LOVING the look of this movie – I mean, I’m a David O. Russell fan for life. Jennifer is one of my spirit animals. Bradley is in my top 5. How could I not love this movie?

Happy Friday folks!

And make sure to follow me on Instagram @crystal_catherine or add me on Snapchat: crystalcrichard for all the behind the scenes from Montreal and Startup Fest!

Crystal

Recipe of the Month

15 Jul

recipeofthemonth_july2015If you follow me on Snapchat, you got a sneak peek of July’s Recipe of the Month when I live-snapped (is that a thing? let’s make it a thing) my dinner one Thursday evening while I was on vacation.

The recipe? Delicious Mexican Street Corn on the Grill.

Now. The recipe I used is here BUT due to lack of some of the ingredients at the grocery store in town, I had to tweak it a bit.

Here’s exactly how I cooked up this delicious summer recipe.

But first, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3-6 ears of fresh corn, husked
  • 1/4 cup of mayonaise
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp of garlic salt
  • juice from one lime
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • chopped cilantro (to your liking)

Now, start by mixing your spread. In a bowl, mix your 1/4 cup of mayonnaise (I used low-fat mayo and it still tasted great) + 2 tbsp of sour cream + 1/4 garlic salt + juice from one lime.

Around this same time, I fired up my bbq grill to medium heat and let it heat up while I finished the spread and toppings.

Then, I mixed together the final toppings. In a dish, I combined my crumbled feta cheese, chopped cilantro and sprinkled with paprika.

recipeofthemonth_2note: the original recipe called for cotija cheese which is impossible to find here, so I subbed in feta cheese instead. as long as it’s a salty cheese, you’re golden!

Once my grill was ready, I threw the husked corn on and started grilling. I made sure to rotate the corn every few minutes, and kept the corn on for about 10-15 minutes, waiting for it to get nice and brown.

Spoiler: it may sound like there’s popcorn going off in your grill when the covers closed. Don’t stress. It’s normal!

When your corn is done, add your spread and sprinkle your toppings and voila!

recipeofthemonth_3You can now enjoy the most delicious Mexican Street Corn.

If you make this recipe, I’d LOVE to hear what you think! Come back and leave a comment! Or tweet me @crystalcrichard!

Crystal

I’m in Montreal now through Saturday, MC’ing this year’s Startup Fest! On Saturday, I’m planning to explore the city and take plenty of photos for this week’s Scenes from the Weekend. Follow along on Instagram @crystal_catherine or add me on Snapchat: crystalcrichard!  

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