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5 on Fridays - Five Ideas to Show Your Mother Appreciation

Lifestyle, Holiday, Style, RelationshipsCrystal JacksonComment
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With Mother’s Day quickly approaching it’s always nice to have a fresh idea to show your love and appreciation for a woman who brought you into this world. Being a mom myself as well as a daughter has taught me how much the little things in life matter. Making memories with my mother and daughter mean more than anything to me in this world. For mother’s day this year, consider thinking outside the box for simple and easy ways to show your love. Here are five ideas to show your mother appreciation:

  1. Plan an activity for the two of you to do together - Try a cooking class or plan an afternoon of tea at a tea cafe. Maybe it’s just going out for a cup of coffee or near by garden to look at spring blooms. Taking the time to do something memorable together shows how much you really love being with her.

  2. Schedule to have professional photographs taken of you two - Most mother’s are the picture takers for the family. For mother’s day this year, consider hiring a photographer to do a photoshoot with the two of you or with the entire family. Afterwards, you can purchase a beautiful frame and send her a physical print of your favorite picture of the two of you!

  3. Buy a meaningful book and write on the inside cover heartfelt words - I’ve rounded up below a bunch of books and journals that would be fitting for many women. Whenever I give someone a book as a gift I try to write an incription with why I’m giving them the book. That way, they have a reminder of your sweet thoughts!

  4. Consider getting her a useful subscription - A few years ago I upgraded Spotify to the family plan and now pay for each member to have access to unlimited downloads and music on the go. They love it! Another good app subscription is Headspace which can be upgraded to a family plan, too. If your mom is looking to get back into shape, consider the Sweat app. If she is a beauty and makeup fan set up an Ipsy or Birchbox account and pay for a few months in advance for her. It’s a gift that keeps on giving and will bring a smile to her face each months she uses it!

  5. If long distance, put together a box of her favorite things - You can fill a box of your mom’s favorite goodies like food items or a new journal to mail. Maybe it’s a memento you add from a nostalgic memory or have a picture framed of the two of you inside. Fill the box with things that mean something to the two of you and ask her to video or call you when she opens it!

Books and Journals Perfect for Mom

What are you planning to do for Mother’s Day this year?

Three Ways to Freshen Up Your Work Wardrobe for Spring

Fashion, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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About this time of year the last thing I want to do for a meeting or work occasion is pull out a suit. However, when I attend a meeting I still want to look pulled together and polished. Wearing clothing that makes you feel like you are organized and chic can help raise your confidence the next time you have to present something to a client or your boss. Although I no longer work in a traditional office setting, I still have many engagements that require at least business casual if not dressier. Let’s discuss a few ways you can update your wardrobe for Spring while maintaining professionalism.

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Swap Your Suit for a Shirt Dress

The shirt dress is a classic. It was made popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s as hems started rising and women were beginning to enter the work force. A shirt dress can easily be dressed up by layer a lightweight blazer over it and adding a pair of classic pumps. You can also dress it up with a structured bag like a satchel or top handle. The dress I’m featuring today is from LOFT which is a go to brand for me to find office appropriate clothing. However, I currently have my eye on this dress from Gal Meets Glam and this one from JCrew.

Switch Up Your Shoes

I love how a shoe completely changes an outfit. I mentioned you can dress up a shirt dress with pumps, but another option include flats or low heel sling backs. If your office allows backless shoes, look for a cute mule or slide. If that’s not appropriate where you work you can stick to ballet flats and slingbacks that are comfortable but still sleek.

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Layer Accessories With Spring Textures

I wrote a post earlier this month talking about two spring accessories you need now which included straw bags and scarves. I still stand by that trend! A scarf can be worn so many ways and I like to wear one around my neck to add a little bit of prep to a shirt dress. It’s also a fun way to bring in patterns or color. You can use an over sized straw tote in place of a traditional work bag that has plenty of room for notebooks, laptops, pens and planners.

What are your current favorite items for Spring work wear?

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A Trip to The Rose Emporium

Fashion, Houston, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Photography, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Although I still have posts to catch you up on my last trip to Birimingham, I unexpected was invited yestereday to join a friend at The Rose Emporium near Brenham, TX. If you live in Houston and you’ve never been then it’s time to get moving on making plans to visit. The grounds and store are in full bloom right now. I felt like I was instantly transported out of Texas and into an English country garden.

Shop the Look:

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Shop White Rompers Under $50

The Antique Rose Emporium is located near Brenham, TX and is filled with a variety of roses on display in the gardens and to purchase at their store. You will find beautiful varieties including climbing and shrub versions in various colors and scents! Little fact I learned from my friend on the trip and that roses have different appeals to different noses. That means if I smell a rose I love you might not like it as much!

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This location hosts events and weddings! If you are in the market to book an event near Houston, I suggest taking a look at this one because it’s a dream come true in our Texas surroundings. You may remember this post on the Memorial Hermann Rose Garden near the medical center in the city. Although it’s such a pretty garden, getting out of the city is always refreshing for myself. I imagine it is for many of you as well!

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Today I wore a pretty floral romper which you can find so many similar for under $30 on my Amazon Shop! It’s such a good price point and really flattering. I like to look for a more relaxed fit on the shorts when I’m shopping for a romper. I think they are more comfortable and allow you to move easily. I added a lace embellished cardigan, simple flat slides (which I basically wear every single day) and I added a hat to keep the sun off my face. This hat was found in a boutique in Marble Falls, TX. You can find more options below but if you are looking for hat inspiration check out this page full of hat looks!

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Bow Embellished Hats Under $50

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I find getting outdoors this time of year is so beneficial for my mood. It’s so easy when you work from home to get into a rut and little day trips provide an outlet for adventure and inspiration. I have a few other locations I’m trying to squeeze in over the next two week like picking strawberries at a local farm! One of the other things I try to do when I’m out is check around on Yelp the best rated local restaurants and coffee shops. I happened on this day to find a cafe in Navasota owned by the mayor called Classic Rock Coffee which serves delicious coffee and a variety of healthy salads, wraps and sandwiches! I was really impressed and one of the locals referred us to visit.

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One of the ways you can stay organized for a trip is to create a Pinterest board for inspiring places in nature, other people’s itineraries and restaurants. That makes it really easy to gather inspiration and gives you a reference point when you are quickly trying to find something to eat or do on a trip. I created a short video for today’s trip that’s about a minute long and includes views of the pretty gardens. Watch the video here or click on the photo below for the entire

After you create a board, you can easily list out in your phone’s notes or email yourself an itinerary for a trip if you prefer to schedule things. I like a loose schedule that allows for spontaneous things to come up if we come across something inspiring! But I do like having a general game plan to prevent hungry stomachs and chaos.

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How do you plan your trips? I love getting tips from you guys! Leave a comment below!

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