Three Heel Clicks

Chic Alternatives to a Mom Uniform

California, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
public.jpeg

Sweat pants, yoga pants, or pjs every day all day. We’ve all been there at some point as young moms. Day in and day out seems to mesh together and before you know it you are reaching for whatever is somewhat clean and super comfortable. Sound familiar? I know I’ve been there a few times. There are too many mom activities like taking the kiddo to school, making lunches, washing all of the clothes, making dinners, and sitting through countless extra curricular activities. The list never ends. Soon I was grabbing black leggings or wearing a hooodie over my yoga gear almost every single day. While I do enjoy comfy clothes, I realized I was loosing a little sense of self.

public.jpeg

I decided over the past few weeks I would make a few changes. The first was to find some comfy shoes that I loved and could wear with a whole bunch of outfits! The first pair included these Dolce Vita brown suede booties (on sale!!!). They are almost the same shade as my skin tone and I love the soft material. Suede gives off casually cool vibes and the flat heel makes these babies ideal for walking (kind of a necessity here in LA where you walk ALL the TIME). I wore them with a midi dress in navy which is a year round neutral. I added a patchwork leather cross body for a little interest and it played well with the western vibes from the boots. I can layer a jacket if I’m chilly or throw a chunky sweater or cardigan on!

public.jpeg

The second pair I found were an upgrade from my old blush Puma sneakers I’ve worn countless times. This pair is also suede and the color is a soft neutral pink. I found they work really great with everything from jeans and athleisure to cute dresses like this vintage find or jeans. You can also pair them with a blazer. But for this alternative to a mom uniform look for a flattering dress that accentuates the waist. Then add sneakers, a mid size bag with room for your diapers, snacks or whatever for the kiddos. If you find a comfy dress then you end up feeling like you are just wearing a giant skirt. Side note: Add a pair of snug fitting cotton shorts underneath if you have a fear of flashing people. I promise you’ll love this whole ensemble!

7FA34CD9-E90C-46EB-A7DC-DED0EA9A8B02.jpeg

As far as dresses are concerned look for ones that are a few inches above the knee or a midi length. I also like pieces that are fitted in the bodice but flare out with plenty of leg room in the skirt. Most of the time I sit with my legs tucked under so a fully skirt will allow me to do so without sharing my underwear color with the whole universe. If you feel like white isn’t the best color (I actually spilled coffee five minutes after taking these pics last weekend) then opt for olive, navy, black or cranberry. Patterns typically hide a stain a little better than solids, but find something in a washable material with low maintenance. I promise, you’ll feel like a whole new woman if you try a few of the style tips! I’m curious, which look in today’s post do you like the best?

Leave a comment for a chance to win a goody bag filled with makeup and skincare!

If you like this post, then check these out:

The Ultimate Guide to Fall Nail Polish

DIY, Fashion, How To, Shopping, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
F43B42F6-DB62-44FE-A75E-F8DA13FF29F5.jpeg

For most of my twenties I never made it to the nail salon. I’d often paint my nails but typically wore the polish off within a day or two. I wasn’t interested in making a manicure an element of my outfit. Part of it was that I was a new mom with a new career and had zero sleep or free time. Now that my daughter is ten I find it’s easier to bring her along to the salon. We go at least once every month or two and lately now that I’m finally in the city again every couple of weeks.

I’ve found my outlook on nail colors has completely shifted! I love the new muted tones for Fall and chose this deep raspberry color this week when I went for my regular manicure. One of the great things about working in the beauty industry is that I have the opportunity to take a few minutes (and extra money to go) because I sell makeup! Manicures and pedicures are a treat I no longer feel guilty about taking time to get done.

E12DB78C-178A-40BC-A29B-EEC5C03B38E1.jpeg

I’ve put together categories of the best of Fall colors in nail polish along with some of the best quality nail polishes. I recommend always using a top coat and a base coat. Two-three thin coats of color in between and then the key is to thoroughly dry. I mean if you can stay seated a full hour or longer. The longer you stay still, the longer your paint will last because it hardens properly! Which color do you like the most below? I’d love to read your comment!!!

Muted Shades of Fall

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Not Boring Neutrals and Nudes

The Mean Reds

If you like this post, then check these out:

Trend To Watch: Sneakers and a Sweater Dress

Fashion, Petite Style, Style, Travel, CaliforniaCrystal Jackson
Three Heel Clicks - TREND TO WATCH: SNEAKERS AND A SWEATER DRESS

Shop My Outfit

Just like the changing of the seasons, so has my wardrobe shifted for the move we made from Houston to Los Angeles. I noticed since I’ve been out here in California that sneakers are a shoe I just had to figure out how to incorporate into my feminine dressy wardrobe. Sneakers are one of those shoe styles I reserve mostly for long walks and work outs. I rarely wear them outside of doing something athletic… until now. After a few months of being on the West Coast I realize sneakers are almost a staple as opposed to an option. On a daily basis without making any sort of effort, I’m walking 3-4 miles. Also, parking is a nightmare here so even if I can drive somewhere I will spend 15 minutes finding parking and then walking to wherever my final destination is located.

Three Heel Clicks - TREND TO WATCH: SNEAKERS AND A SWEATER DRESS

There is also tons of concrete here so it’s important to find a shoe that has comfort and support. These platform sneakers are quickly making it to a start player in my wardrobe. They pretty much pair with anything and they have a little height which aides in my short stature. I love how easy they are to throw on with one of Fall’s favorite sweater dresses like this one on sale for $35!

Another really easy update to almost any outfit is to add a hair accessory! I have been constantly finding new outfits to wear barrettes, headbands, bows and even a scrunchie lately! For today’s look I used a wool plaid belt from a dress as a hair bow. You can use scarves or ribbons you already have on hand! For my bag I stuck to a classic Michael Kors with a gold chain to keep the look modern yet timeless. I can definitely see myself wearing this exact outfit in years to come!

Shop the Look

Three Heel Clicks - TREND TO WATCH: SNEAKERS AND A SWEATER DRESS

If you like this post, then check these out:

Brunch in Beverly Hills

Fashion, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Style, TravelCrystal Jackson
public.jpeg

Shop the Look

I’m acclimating a little more every day in Los Angeles. If you had asked me last year where I’d be living this year you would NOT have hear LA come out of my mouth. However, I guess I was meant to land in the city of angels for the next period of my life and truthfully I’m not complaining. There have been a few adjustments like the fact that people don’t look you in the eye when you walk down the street nor say “Howdy” to a passerby. There’s also a lack of public restrooms and streets with over four lanes. However, you can’t really beat the weather, sunsets or variety here. After living in Houston for the past 11 years the transition to Los Angeles has been a welcomed change from the intense heat of Texas.

So let’s talk brunch now. Since arriving in LA we’ve sought to get to know different neighborhoods. Last weekend we headed to Beverly Hills to window shop, people watch and of course, brunch. We stopped at The Farm of Beverly Hills which is right smack dab in the center of every amazing shop! You can park in a garage across the street and be to the restaurant in no time. It was complete with a farm to table menu, fantastic coffee and a quaint patio with some of my favorite flooring: hexagonal tile. The aesthetic is humble and modern with relaxed vibes.

public.jpeg

I decided that afternoon to wear a mustard and cream linen polka dot dress with sweet suede ankle booties and my leather chain strap crossbody that’s been on major repeat for the past two months. The bag just seems to go with everything and I can’t seem to stop myself from letting it wind it’s way into most outfits. Anyhow, pick up one here that’s similar since I don’t think this one is still in stock. Linen is one of my favorite fabrics and I have zero intention of letting it go any time soon. Instead I’m wearing many of my summer dresses with Fall shoes and accessories this season.

If you like this post, then check these out:

Shopping On Melrose Avenue

Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel, Vintage, Style, Petite Style, ShoppingCrystal Jackson
Three Heel Clicks - Shopping On Melrose Avenue

Last weekend, after a terrifying incident involving me getting trapped in an elevator sans cell phone, I decided it was time for a little retail therapy. So I threw on a the softest sage green midi dress (you can check out several options similar here) with a vintage woven belt and embroidered mules to shop until my little heart was content! Like I mentioned in last weeks Five Must Haves for LA… a shopping tote was also brought along to hold onto my sweater and any goodies I came across.

Three Heel Clicks - Shopping On Melrose Avenue

Comfortable walking shoes are a must when shopping. I like ones that easily slip on and off so I can try on shoes or take them off if they distract from a dress I’m looking at. These neutral loafer like mules are polished looking and underwhelming due to their nude shade. I also liked how they matched my skin tone! That allowed my leg to look longer instead of squatty.

Three Heel Clicks - Shopping On Melrose Avenue

One of the cool things about LA is that it’s fashion forward with tons of street style! Melrose Avenue is filled with individual designers and stores with a gritty flair. You can pretty much get away with most styles here as long as you go all out. There’s also an awesome flea market held every Sunday called Melrose Trading Post. It’s HUGE! Filled with food trucks, live music and just about every vendor you can imagine! It’s also a fabulous place to score vintage jackets, hats and accessories!

Three Heel Clicks - Shopping On Melrose Avenue

After a few hours of grazing on snacks and filling our shopping totes we decided to head to the nail salon and treat ourselves to some mani and pedi oblivion. On the way we stopped at Lemonade of Beverly for a cup of fresh squeezed lemonade! Try the strawberry rosemary or lavender infused drinks for the most refreshing glass of lemonade.

Three Heel Clicks - Shopping On Melrose Avenue

If you like this post, then check these out: