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Houston Hotspots: The Whimsy World Part 2

Fashion, Houston, Inspiration, Photography, Lifestyle, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Let’s talk more about art today. I was wondering how many of you make it a point to go see art exhibits? There were a few years where I was working 14 hour days in sales and I didn’t have as much opportunity to view nor create art. You may be surprised to know that art has be a huge part of my life from a very young age. It was an area in school I excelled with ease. In college, I funneled those skills into a practical form including drafting and interior design. However, I’ve never lost the passion to create pieces. There’s something so exhilirating about sitting down with a blank canvas with zero ideas in mind.

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Sometimes when I sit for a painting I have little idea where it’s going to go. Before you know it my brush is taking over and a few hours later some sort of design or image appears. Art is magic. It’s transforming for your soul. Over the past few months I’ve been yearning for more soulful actions. After a decade of working in corporate America I’ve been left with aching for more depth in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the time I spent learning how businesses function, leadership skills and most of all how to upsell intangible services. But now that I’m almost mid-thirties my focus shifted. I need more art. I need more depth. I need more that makes me want to jump out of bed excited to conquer my day. Most of all I need to play again.

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Play is important for the soul, body and mind. Think about how free you feel when you play a game of kickball or badmitton. Look at how animals play when they get a burst of energy. As adults our lives become centered around billpaying, to do lists, adulting you may call it. Calendars quickly flood with another doctor appointment, dance practice or school event for our children. Maybe you are single and you work long hours that leave you exhausted. For years I stopped playing. I stopped creating. I was going through life just trying to survive instead of living. I was depleted and sad inside. I was unspired and bitter. Very bitter.

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Then, one day it just had to stop. A switch inside of me turned on and I couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t fill that space with more work. I couldn’t have a glass of wine to numb the emptiness. I couldn’t go through my day with little sleep or rest. I couldn’t live like that anymore. Being run down is not living…it’s surviving. I remember sitting on my couch and aching for myself to come back. It was like I lost myself and suddenly I needed to find her.

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These days are different. I no longer work a high power job I work for myself and take care of my family. No longer do I jam pack everyday. I get up early when I’m awake and work into the afternoon when I take a nap. I stretch my body and do yoga to release tension and help focus. If something on my to do list doesn’t get accomplished I no longer punish myself with doubt. Nothing is perfect over here, but I am slowly regaining myself. I am slowly finding more and more of her everyday. I am beginning to see the world as a beautiful playground where I’m ready to share what inspires me.

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No matter what season in life you’re in you have the ability to change things. You have the ability to make small adjustments and fine tune your life. Maybe you need quiet time before you start your day? Try getting up an hour or two before your family. Maybe your body needs more rest? Try sitting still in silence for just ten minutes and breathe deeply. Maybe you soul is aching to play? Get out and find those whimiscal corners of the world. You don’t have to live in a big city. You don’t have to have to make life a big ordeal. If you love art, search Pinterest for inspiration. If you love to write, buy a journal and start jotting down ideas. If you love to explore get out and take long walks. If you love to cook, make something new. Slow down and enjoy each activity. Put your phone away when you are doing these things to fully immerse yourself in them (unless you are taking pictures and then just turn to airplane). Set expectations with your family and let them know you need this time for YOU.

The results? You’ll find too that your to do lists are shorter. Your priorities may shift. Your life may change and you just might get yourself back. Today’s post is not only about playing playing in the whimsical world that Shelbi Nicole created (you can read more about her Houston exhibit in yesterday’s post) but about playing in life. Live your dreams one moment at a time and create a life well-lived. I hope you find inspiration today and a little motivation to be your best and truest version of yourself.

What are ways you stay inspired?

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Houston Hotspots: The Whimsy World Part 1

Fashion, Houston, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Photography, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Looking for a fun place for adults and kids to play? Well, have I got a place for you to visit! Shelbi Nicole, a Houston artist and influencer created an interactive exhibit full of whimsical art installations for your family and you to come and experience. My daughter and I visited the exhibit yesterday and let me tell you… IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Upon arrival Shelbi greeted us and explained we were allowed to move props around and play within the space. We couldn’t be happier! Over the next few posts, I’m going to share three looks from this exhibit and tell you more about each installation. Today’s focus is the overall space and experience while I share with you a beautiful Winter to Spring outfit perfect for these last few weeks before temperatures start rising.

Located right outside of downtown, The Whimsy World sits inside The District Art Gallery. The exhibit spans across two large rooms and I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn’t over crowded. You can purchase tickets for about $30 a person and kids 10 and under are free. It was actually less expensive for my daughter and myself to go than a Saturday evening movie. I love taking her to exhibits like this to help expand her mind and soul. I believe it’s so important to teach kids about art, history and culture from a very young age. You’ll be seeing more about this topic in the coming weeks as we have plans to share more about museums and art on the blog. Note: The exhibit is on display through February 28th!

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So let me tell you about the Splish Splash piece! It was probably my favorite in the space with a chaise lounge bathtub and fluffy cloud chandelier. If I could scoop up this piece of furniture I would in a heartbeat! It was refreshing to see how Shebli used a claw foot tub and upcycled it into a piece you can lounge upon. The lighting throughout the space was bright white making it an ample opportunity for photographs. I’ve never seen so many kids and parents snapping photos of one another. I want to note that although kids are welcome it’s also an exhibit perfect for adults.

Shelbi was so warm and welcoming. I briefly spoke with her about her vision and she has a few murals around town. I can’t wait to photograph those for you guys! Houston’s art scene is growing rapidly since I moved her a decade ago. More and more older parts of the city are undergoing gentrification and murals are popping up all over the place. (Check out the Sugar and Cloth Wall here or last week’s post where I photographed the Emerson Rose Boutique’s Florence and the Machine Wall).

I brought along a few outfits since on the Whimsy Website it encouraged bloggers and influencers to change in the Beyonce inspired bathroom complete with Beyonce themed wallpaper. I’ll share more about this part of the space in the next post, but it was perfect for an outfit change or touching up your makeup. I wore this long pink dress by Mother and Child (seen in this and this post) but spiced it up with sweet little bow flats and a casual moto inspired bag. I’ve been really into statement earrings lately and wore a pair of white tassel beaded ones for today’s look.

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I loved the pom pom room so much! It was so sweet and you can play with a few of the pom poms. I also really liked how every corner of the space is filled with something like the flamingo wall painted outside of the little booths or the striped pink and white wall beside the bathroom. It was so hard not to be there for the entire day photographing every nook and cranny. I would reserve at least an hour if you are photographing within the space. If you are there just to observe a good thirty minutes would be perfect to walk through the entire exhibit.

For tickets and more information about The Whimsy World check out Shelbi’s website here. You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter

What are your favorite places in Houston for photographs?

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How to Casually Wear Coral

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It’s no secret that this is the year for coral! Based on Pantone’s color predictions we will be seeing this warm hue everywhere over the next year. Coral has always been one of my go to colors. It works excellently on most skin tones. It’s not too bold like red but also not too soft like blush. Whether you are a redhead with fair skin or a brunette with olive skin this color is one you have to have in your closet!

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Now that I no longer work in an office, I’ve tried to incorporate more casual looks into my every day wardrobe (my most recent posts include this one, this one and this one for winter). In the past I’ve reached for coral as a sundress instead of jeans. About two years ago I picked up a pair of cropped jeans. I have never turned back. Being a petite - anything cropped seems to fit me full length soooooooo no hemming or tailoring needed! Score! Just a little tip for all you petites out there!

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This is a perfect weekend outfit. Wearing a striped relaxed button down with the sleeves peeking out polishes the look without making it too stuffy. I mentioned last week that I am incorporating more sneaker looks (check out this post on how to wear converse sneakers) When I wear sneakers I oftentimes add a baseball cap or beanie if it’s cold. I think it really helps tie the casual look together and serves double duty of warmth or as a sun visor.

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When you are putting together a casual look, simply swap out your regular flats for a pair of neutral sneakers like these. If I have a dinner to go to later in the day, I will remove the sneakers and put on a pair of loafers, wedges or ballet flats then remove the baseball cap. Such a simple change but use shoes and accessories to transform an outfit from casual to dressy or vice versa.

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Last but not least comes a spring flavored bag. The one I’m carrying is an older Tommy Hillfiger (who is a wonderful place to go for basics and stripes!) but I’ve found a few others here (only $40!), here and here. Don’t forget a pair of sunglasses if you plan on an outdoor walk, bike ride or other activity. This ensemble is a perfect way to transition from Winter to Spring.

Do you guys wear coral? If you do, is it mostly for dressing up or dressing casual?

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