Summer-white and Valentino VLTN messenger bag by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

I know Labour Day is behind us – which in the US means we shouldn’t wear white any longer, as this national holiday marks “the end of summer” – but summer isn’t over, yet! Especially not in New York, where we live, and still have the AC running full speed, nor in Paris, where I’m jetting off to at the end of the month. And I know, because the end of September marks two special moments for me: First and foremost, it’s my birthday! And secondly, I’ve been going to Paris Fashion Week for quite some seasons now, and September is still ALWAYS hot that time of year. Soooo, tradition or no tradition, I choose to not adapt to this one for now, and keep on wearing white for as long as the weather allows me…

And in the spirit of the last “two-in-one” I decided to take the white dress out on two occasions. Of course two different white dresses; arial country-style Isabel Marant, and sophisticated elegance with Ganni. I could obviously not resist adding a grungy pair of boots, which is kind of what I want to show you, too: How you can combine boots like these with dresses, and in an evening look. Anyway, lots of inspiration in one go, but I owed it to you, because it’s been so quiet here on due to a pile of work the size of a triple-decker…

For the FIRST look I take you with me on my morning school run/downtown commute/breakfast meeting. A simple, cotton, white dress combined with chunky boots and a studded bag by Valentino for a little more edge.

Summer-white and Proenza Schouler boots by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

Summer-white and Valentino VLTN messenger bag by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

Summer-white Isabel Marant dress by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

Summer-white and Proenza Schouler combat boots by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

Summer-white Isabel Marant dress by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

The SECOND look is one I worn on my date night with Thomas. If I would have put a pair of heels under this dress, Thomas would have said “it’s not really you”, as he knows – and loves – the fact I pair gowns with sneakers, so to speak. So in this case, an elegant long polka dot makes for such an interesting look when combined with the Proenza Schouler boots and a fun Jimmy Choo clutch If it were up to me, there was no other way…

Summer-white and the Ganni polka-dot dress by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

Summer-white and the Ganni polka-dot dress by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

Summer-white and the Ganni polka-dot dress by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

Summer-white and the Ganni polka-dot dress by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

Summer-white and the Ganni polka-dot dress by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

Summer-white and the Ganni polka-dot dress by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

Summer-white and the Ganni polka-dot dress by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

This post was created in collaboration with Farfetch, however, all styling and opinions are my own!


little leather skirt

If you rewind a few years ago here on the blog, I went through a phase where I wore my midi length faux leather skirt from H&M basically whenever I got the chance. The skirt had just the right amount of volume to easily transition from the office to cocktails and I think I remember ponying up $50 for it. $50! My cost per wear was likely around less than a dollar and it was one of the few fast fashion pieces that actually survived the test of time (or in this case, at least 5 years!). So you can imagine my dismay when I realized earlier this year (likely toward the end of our winter) that the skirt had finally seen it’s last final days. The material had started to unravel so to speak and flake at any hint of a crease or movement. The day had come. I had to retire it.

This story has a happy ending though — as you can see I have a new favorite leather skirt du jour, this time from Sezane. It fits the bill for everything I had been looking for as of late: flirty length, a wrap detail and a comfortable fit, slinging somewhere between hip hugging and waist nipping. I’m pretty smitten. I’ve linked a few of my favorites down below!

OUTFIT DETAILS: Sezane top c/o // Sezane skirt c/o // Stuart Weitzman boots // Chloe bag // Celine sunglasses // Cornelia Webb earrings (love this similar pair by the same designer)


Photos by Nora Varcho

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wcw: mary sell of the nyc ballet

I met Mary Sell, a dancer for the New York City Ballet, earlier this summer online of all places. She had sent me a message via Instagram, pointing out that we lived only a few blocks from each other (she’s since moved — Mary, come back to the West Village!) and since then, I’ve become somewhat fascinated with her life. OK, not just somewhat. Downright in awe of it. There’s something about the ballerina living in New York City that feels so cinematic — evoking everything from The Red Shoes (OK, I know this is set in London, but same idea) to Center Stage (yep, guilty as charged — I loved this movie) so I was excited when she was keen to be a part of my Woman Crush Wednesday series. Mainly, because I was excited to share her with you guys and also, I was equally excited to style her in some of Sachin + Babi’s latest runway dresses.

Keep reading to find out more about Mary and why she’s our leading lady of the moment!

Full disclosure, I took ballet lessons for about two weeks when I was 7, until I realized I wasn’t very graceful and was better off on a soccer field. And while that decision was the best for me, I’ve always admired (OK, and a bit jealous of!) dancers and dedicated ones at that. Tell us about your love affair with ballet: How it started, how it’s grown, and where you see it taking you.

I, too started off with both soccer and ballet when I was about 4 years old in Wilton Connecticut! I had so much energy and needed multiple outlets. Eventually I started showing up to my soccer games with my pink tights underneath my shorts and my parents got my not so subtle hint about my love for ballet. When I was 10 years old my parents brought me to audition for the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. I was accepted and trained there for the next 9 years. My parents would drive me into the city everyday after school for ballet classes, I still don’t know how they did it! I have always been drawn to the athleticism of ballet, the artistry and musicality came a little later in my teens. I’m a natural jumper and turner so I just wanted to fly around the room. The balance and graceful part did not come as easily. By the time I was 12 I knew I wanted to do this as my profession and I was determined to dance for New York City Ballet. I decided then and there that failure was not an option. I still sometimes can’t believe I made my dream a reality! Now as a professional I find that the music is the most important part of dancing, it inspires me and informs my approach to the choreography. I hope that I will always continue to grow in my musicality and artistry even as my body slows down. I know I won’t be able to stay at this intense level of ballet forever but I don’t think I will ever stop dancing.

What is your earliest dance memory?

I remember my creative movement class when I was 4 years old. We would sit in our straddle splits and bend our knees and flex our feet to make “mountains and trees” then straighten our knees and point our feet. I have pictures of myself concentrating so hard to make my feet point more than anyone else. I was competitive even then.

Tell us about your career highlight so far?

My dream role was the Dewdrop fairy in the Waltz of Flowers in The Nutcracker. I fell in love with this role in my variations class at SAB (School of American Ballet). I had seen it danced so many times and was completely drawn to the delicate but explosive qualities this role requires. I think this role embodies everything I love, jumping, turning, speed, femininity, power and lightness. In December 2009 I made my debut in this role and it is by far one of the best moments of my career! Another major highlight just happened this season in a brand new ballet by my fellow dancer and choreographer Lauren Lovette. This is the first time I originated a principal role in a world premier! I was inspired to write a poem about this ballet and Lauren actually put my poem in the program and named the ballet after the last line. From the very beginning stages of the creation up through the performances was a dream come true!

OUTFIT DETAILS (in order of appearance): Sachin + Babi teal tulle dress // Sachin + Babi baby blue ruffled gown // Sachin + Babi pink/black/blue long sleeve dress // Sachin + Babi long sleeve floral gown // Sachin + Babi dark floral sleeveless gown // Sachin + Babi cream floral gown // Sachin + Babi bodysuit + white ball gown skirt // Sachin + Babi lace gown

What’s your dream role?

I of course have a whole list of dream roles but if I have to pick one it would be a ballet called Duo Concertant, choreographed by NYCB’s founder George Balanchine. It is just a man and a woman, a piano and a violin on stage. There is no set and just a leotard and tights for costumes but it have everything, romance, energy and drama. There is no plot but there are 1000 possible stories. The ending will have anyone at the edge of their seat holding their breath.

What are you currently working on? What’s up next for the season?

We do so many ballets every season that most ballets only get rehearsed one week before! I am really looking forward to dancing one of my favorites called Square Dance choreographed by Balanchine.

What does dance mean to you?
Dance is the physical expression of music. This might sound a little crazy but dance isn’t something I choose to do, it’s something I have to do. It’s something my soul needs to do to express myself.

To be a great dancer, you must …

Work harder than you think you are capable of doing every day.

Tell us about a typical day for you — how it starts, the hours of practice etc., and how you finish out the day?

I take a full company warmup class every morning from 10:30-11:30 then go to rehearsals from 11:30-2:30. I then get a 1 hour break for lunch before going back to more rehearsals from 3:30-5:30 or even 6. I can rehearse up to 6 or 7 different ballets in a day. After my rehearsals I have 2 hours to rest, grab a coffee and snack and do my makeup and hair and re warm up for the performance at 7:30 or 8! I do this 6 days a week, it consumes most of my life but I can’t imagine doing anything else!

Who would you love to dance alongside with someday?

I wish I could have danced with Fred Astaire. Today I actually get to dance with all the people I admire. It sounds sappy but I feel so lucky to dance with the people I admire most every day!

Who are some of your dance idols/inspirations?

The dancers who inspired me most were Suzanne Farrell and Darci Kistler. I actually shared the stage with Darci for a little more than 5 years before she retired.

In another life, what would you be doing?

In another life I would be performing in some capacity. I can’t imagine not being on stage!

Finish these sentences…

The last song I listened to while commuting this morning… Harvest Moon by Neil Young one of my all time favorites But before performances it’s always anything by Cher!

My biggest dance-related pet peeve … people who dance off the beat of the music

Nutcracker or Swan Lake? Both

I’d love the chance to work with … Unrealistically: George Balanchine and Realistically: Justin Peck and Lauren Lovette again! They are both incredible humans and choreographers with so much to say and give!

I’m happiest when … I’m onstage alone

The most surreal place I’ve danced … The Opera Garnier in Paris.

Right now, if you emptied the contents of my bag, you’d find … My phone, at least 3 lipsticks, keys, credit cards, Id’s, metro card, sunglasses, glasses, mints, oil blotting sheets, floss, perfume, hairpins, a pen, gum, headphones, phone charger, needle and thread, the latest copy of The New Yorker. I’m now starting to realize why my bag is so heavy!

These days, you’ll usually find me wearing … A silk button by Equipment and black or blue jeans, ankle boots and my favorite authentic vintage cowboy jacket from Arizona given to me by my amazing aunt. It has the perfect fringe and beading, you’ve never seen anything like it in the city!

What is it about your job that you think people would be surprised to learn?

I think people would be surprised if they saw the way we walk when we get out of bed in the morning. Some days I can barely put weight on my feet and my back won’t straighten but somehow I’m flying six feet in the air and moving at the speed of light up on my toes by the performance that night! Another really shocking fact that is specific to NYCB is that we do so many ballets every season that most ballets only get 3 rehearsals before they are performed.

Where do you see yourself this time tomorrow? 5 years from now? How about 21 years from now?

This time tomorrow, I will be in rehearsal! In 5 years, I see myself still in rehearsal but maybe for a bigger role. In 21 years, I see myself still performing but maybe as an actress. The stage is my happy place and I don’t see myself leaving it any time soon!

Photos by Ashley Batz

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sail away to barbados

As many of you may remember, earlier this summer I hopped down to Barbados for a few days with my guy. It was a bit of an impromptu trip for the two of us, as neither of us had been to that part of the Caribbean before and I loved the idea of relaxing and disconnecting for a bit, with very little itinerary mapped out before hand aside from lots of beach time and catching up on Patti Smith’s Just Kids.

Admittedly, I’ve been meaning to share these photos for quite some time now, but as always, the summer got the best of me (seriously, where has the time gone?!). So when Celebrity Cruises approached me about sharing some of my favorite Caribbean spots (if you recall, I went on one of my favorite cruises ever with them last year through the Caribbean), it felt quite apropos to share today for a number of reasons. First, it’s hard not to fall in love with Barbados — the people, the colors, the music and the beaches — and with some of my busiest months fast approaching (hello Q4 retail season!), I’m already plotting my return visit (and it just so happens to be a port of call for Celebrity).

And secondly, with the string of hurricanes that have affected the region, which depends largely on tourism, I’d like to applaud Celebrity’s swift relief efforts to the impacted islands. Many affected ports of call have since reopened helping those regions return to a state of normalcy — and in my opinion, there’s really no better way to experience several different islands’ distinct culture and personality on one trip than with a Celebrity cruise this winter.

While I’ll be diving into our Barbados specific itinerary later this week, I wanted to highlight one of my favorite aspects of cruising with Celebrity and it namely comes down to their focus on inspirational travel — a huge focus for me when I’m looking to experience a region and culture. I think it’s easy to make assumptions about cruises (I’ll admit, I was guilty of some of them, too), and it’s this perception that everything can feel too packaged and expected. That you’ll spend far too much time on the boat and not enough time actually experiencing with locals.  What I love about Celebrity is that they make not only the journey as unique and luxurious as possible (hello Michelin-starred chefs on board!), but they put the emphasis on the destination, so you’re not simply hopping on and off the boat, but actually immersing yourself in the local flavor and culture. One of my favorite experiences with them last year was when we explored a local fish and farmer’s market with one of their chefs on board as he stocked up for our dinner that evening, chatting with vendors, and many times, the farmers themselves. It made my dinner that evening that much more special, after shaking hands with the man who actually caught my filleted fish.

As far as booking is concerned, perhaps you’re like me and get overwhelmed when it comes to planning out all the moving pieces (flights, transfers etc.), but Celebrity makes it incredibly seamless with their Flights by Celebrity offer, a complete, end to end booking process, allowing you to choose your preferred airline, collect points, and have real-time updates and accommodations in the event any of your travel details change (flight cancellations etc.).

So, while we’re in this state of travel daydreaming, where would you head to tomorrow? Personally, I’m tempted by this Ultimate Caribbean cruise, stopping off at St. Johns, Antigua, Bridgetown (lots of photos from Bridgetown below!) and St. Lucia (another favorite of mine in the Caribbean). I may just need a new bathing suit and a spray tan before I go. Who’s with me?



This post was in collaboration with Celebrity Cruises. As always, all opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting all This Time Tomorrow collaborations!

Photos by Ty Johnson

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my hair journey

If you happen to follow along on Instagram, you might have spied I was back in San Francisco the other week for a fun little video project. Admittedly, it was a whirlwind 48 hour trip, with very little downtime, and even less time to catch up with friends, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t absolutely lovely to be back roaming around my California stomping grounds. From the palm trees lining Market Street to the fog rolling in over the Golden Gate Bridge each morning, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to shake that sweet feeling of familiarity when I return back to SF, my home of almost 5 years after college. The city is comforting like an old friend who knows you well — understanding and accepting — and usually requires no preamble or reacquainting, just a good hug and an even bigger bottle of wine to catch up over.

Of course, since moving to New York over two years ago, I’ve been back to SF numerous times, but there was something about this trip — perhaps the brevity of it — that felt a bit different to me; it felt more concentrated almost. As we walked around town for different scenes for my video shoot, I was flooded with different memories and reminders of a life that was once mine — bittersweet moments, like flashes in a movie — showing me a girl, in her 20s, figuring out where she was headed, navigating corporate life, falling in love, having her heart broken and chasing dreams all the while. At one point, we passed through my old neighborhood and I couldn’t help but smile the entire time — I could picture everything about this former version of Krystal — from the clothes I was excited to wear to the newfound freedom I had found in a long-awaited bob cut (I did cut off about 12 inches, remember?!).

By now, perhaps from the title of this post, you can possibly see where I’m going with this — and it’s a feeling I think we can all relate to. A feeling of returning to a former self when you’re visiting places that were once important to you and formative in the shaping of you as, well, YOU, even if for just a fleeting moment. Whether it’s back home where you grew up or an old summer vacation spot you went to for years with your family, or in my case, a city near and dear to my heart where I spent most of my 20s, it’s a place that represents a very tangible and real version of ourselves, frozen in time — that despite how much changes about ourselves, from the music we might have been listening to or the length of our hair — it feels innately close.

When Herbal Essences asked me to share a moment, good or bad, in which my hair played a symbolic role in the changes I was going through, I kept reflecting on this San Francisco version of me. Over the course of those 5 years, I was working in marketing at Google, living with my then long-term boyfriend, working on my blog during every free moment I had and generally growing up. A lot. And there was plenty of blood, sweat, tears and chopped off hair to show for it — this younger version of myself, with her long, wavy bob cut and newfound adulthood, was figuring things out and excited to do so — bumps and bruises and all. Thinking back on it, I loved that short hair cut for all of these reasons. It was the first time I truly felt comfortable in my own skin — and my hair was an outward extension of that confidence.

Fast forward to today, and my hair is, of course, longer again — a conscious decision I made when I had decided to move to New York. It’s not that I was tired of my shorter locks, and in fact, I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention I’m often tempted these days to cut it again, but I loved how that bob marked a certain time in my life, a chapter if you will. And at the end of that SF chapter, on the verge of starting a new one, in which I would quit my job at Google, breakup with aforementioned boyfriend, move across the country — it seemed only fitting that I do so with different locks — wild and crazy and unpredictable and magnetic — kind of like New York.

This all begs the question, I wonder what I’ll think about the New York version of me, years from now, when I’m visiting.

Now tell me, what’s been a symbolic hair moment for you? Please let me know in the comments below and, while you’re at it, check out Herbal Essences’ Changes video, a lovely testament to how monumental hair journeys can be.



Thanks to Herbal Essences and POPSUGAR for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own.

Photos by Nora Varcho

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Shiseido Future Solution LX edit by Charlotte Groeneveld Thefashionguitar

There are so many amazing beauty products that come in on a weekly basis, but only so many opportunities to share these with you. And with my Instagram being mostly fashion focussed, and Instastories passing by so quick, I felt I should be sharing this new Shiseido Future Solution LX line that I’ve tried last month here too. The four products that I received are the Shiseido Future Solution Lx Total Protective Emulsion Spf 20 Sunscreen, the Shiseido Future Solution Lx Eye & Lip Contour Regenerating Cream, the Shiseido Future Solution Lx Total Radiance Foundation Spf 20, and lastly, the most loved product by you on my InstastoriesShiseido Paperlight Cream Eye Color. Read here why I love this new product line, and why I think you should be trying it too…

I met the Shiseido skincare and beauty team in New York over summer. During our meeting – a press event with lots of delicious bits, happy people, and the presentation of the new product line – I had a “private skincare session” with one of Shiseido’s experts and got introduced with their new Shiseido Future Solution LX line. What I loved most about the line was the eye & lip cream, but the foundation made it high on my wish list too. First and foremost that eye & lip combination because I believe, too, that our skin in those two areas – even though they might look so different – needs most care of our whole face. These parts of our skin get dry so easily, especially when getting older, during winter, and when traveling a lot. The cream is super rich, and that’s good, but be prepared to have a feel of cream around your eyes throughout the day. It’s the evidence of a good hydration, but it might also feel a bit odd, and give you the urge to keep on massaging it in… If you know what I mean.

The foundation is perfect for my skin because it’s super light – as well as the tone, which makes it good for my Fall/Winter skin – and it feels like applying a daydream, yet it covers up uneven parts and redness. I have always red cheeks after my shower in the morning, so this is great to even things out. However, I did apply their day cream – the Protective emulsion with SPF 20 – under it, too. This one I’m not 100% sure about… It’s not a cream, or emulsion, that I feel is right for my skin. It’s too… I don’t know how to explain… thin, yet rich for my taste in skincare. Under my eyes, I love the richness, over the rest of my face I like it rich, but it has to absorb.

Lastly, that cute pink cream, which I applied on my lips and eyes, but is officially a cream eye color. Though, I feel you can also use it on your cheeks. I love the creamy way of make-up, which gives a natural glow, rather than a cakey matte face.

I worked with Shiseido for an Instagram story, however, this blog post is officially not part of our collaboration, I was not paid to share the above with you. I share this because many of you requested more information on the products than I could give on Instagram. I hope you enjoyed!

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friday favorites: hats and boots for fall

OUTFIT DETAILS: Banana Republic sweater // Stella McCartney skirt (similar) // Stuart Weitzman boots // Scotch & Soda hat (similar, under $20!) // The Dailey Edited bag

I’m going to pretend the forecast for this weekend doesn’t include yet another 80 degree October day as I write this post, because I am in full autumnal mode right now. That means all the fall goodies I can get my hands on — scarfs, jackets, hats, boots. Those last two, especially. It seems that all the cutest accessories right now come in the form of gem-toned berets and block-heel booties. Something about the pair just feels so classically autumn, but this season’s updates are fresh and fun. Check out my picks below for the best boots and hats for fall.




Words by Nora Varcho, photos by Ty Johnson

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Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

This is not your average school-run-look, not even an average look in general; whenever I get to wear Chanel, I feel so not-average. It’s extremely special to wear these pieces, over and over again. And I don’t even mind that at the end of the day, these beautiful pieces have to return to the press office, because – at the end of the day, too – I’m here to inspire you, not to grow your desires, and leave you with the feeling of jealousy, over a pair of boots.

Last week I received a comment from one of my Instagram followers on a photo in which I was wearing the Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 pre-collection boots in wine red: “Another pair of Chanel boots!”. I get that, because it’s not the first time you’ve seen me sporting a pair of these extravagant Mademoiselle booties. But truth is – and you must know by now – I work closely with beautiful brands like Chanel, and my job is – like that of a stylist for a magazine – to show you how to wear the runway in real life, or which trends to take-away from the new season. So, in fact, these booties, nor the dress, are not in my possession anymore… Yet, my love for them is still pretty real, and will never die. So sit back and relax, because there’s a whole bunch of inspiring looks coming your way!

And what’s not to love about the Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 pre-collection? There is plenty of the all-time-tweed-look we love and cherish, but all styled on a complete other level. May I say younger level? I think you will agree with me that the way the tweed is styled – in almost every single look – is just so refreshing and unique, as well as extremely inspiring for our Fall/Winter wardrobes. For example this red/mustard/navy tweed look, which makes the ultimate “bright” fall styling. Or maybe you lean more towards a natural color palette and the classic coat on the shoulder, but in a more edgy way? OR, like me, you can see yourself in these cosy overalls? I would LIVE in those all winter! Anyway, my point is, we should wear more tweed, AND more color.

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Pre-Collection with Charlotte Groeneveld from Thefashionguitar

Wearing a full Chanel Fall/Winter 2017-2018 pre-collection look, find it here!

Photos by Marinke Davelaar / Hair and make-up by Zann Parker