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How to Make a Classy Holiday Wreath for $20

DIY, How To, Holiday, interior design, LifestyleCrystal JacksonComment

I’m alllllll about a good bargain. Being one who loves quality and value I’m constantly searching for ways to bring elegance into my lifestyle without breaking the bank. One of my favorite ways to accomplish this is through crafting my own interior projects and decor. Since I live in an apartment I do not have the luxury of decorating a front porch so my doorstep is the only option when welcoming guests. What’s a better decorating than a holiday wreath? I can’t think of much! Today I’ll show you how to make a wreath for about $20 that can carry you into the Winter months and used for years to come.

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You will need:

  • Wreath form (I prefer Grapevine forms)

  • Decorative sprigs

  • Wire Cutters and Scissors (you may not need the wire cutters)

  • Ribbon

  • Wreath hanger

The Materials

I begin usually by selecting a color scheme or theme. Since soft metallic hues and pastels are used in my home, I thought picking up a few sprigs of gold and rose gold would be perfect for the occasion. I bought everything at Michael’s which is one of my favorite places to go craft supply hunting. The key to keeping this project under $20 is to find sales or items that are $3 or less. I used a grapevine wreath (originally $5 but I bought it with Michael’s weekly 40% off one item coupon) because I like the natural look of the form and it’s an easy material to work with. I also prefer wire ribbon. I like to purchase it from Hobby Lobby in jumbo rolls of 100ft for $5 (on sale for 50% during the Christmas season). Wire ribbon is so much easier to shape than satin or grosgrain ribbon. I use the ribbon on my tree, presents and other decor around the house!

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Arrangement

Once you’ve gathered your materials you will want to begin with placement. I bought a few filler sprigs and then focal point sprigs to mix and match. I place the focal point sprigs strategically in a cluster to give the eye a place to focus on. Then, I filled in with the more basic filler sprigs to create a cohesive look. Play around with a few styles to see what you like best.

Process

Begin with your focal item and weave it into the wreath tucking in the ends to the back side of the wreath.

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Then add the filler sprigs alternating colors to fill in. I used gold and rose gold. You can also cut the sprigs into smaller pieces if working with a smaller form. I used a 16” wreath so I didn’t need to trim anything.

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Once your sprigs are in place cut a piece of ribbon about four feet long. You’ll want to tie a simple knot at the top of the wreath for stability.

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Then, tie a bow at desired height. I really love using the “Martha Bow" for a clean symmetrical appearance. Finally, you can trim the ends and hang!

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What DIY projects are you thinking about this season?

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My Travel Uniform

Fashion, How To, Lifestyle, Packing, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Lately I’ve really been into dressing in neutrals. Don’t get me wrong, my colorful spectrum wardrobe will continue to showcase bright pieces but sometimes it’s nice just to get back to the basics. Whenever wearing neutral tones it’s nice to play with various textures. Here a velvet blazer is layered over a velvet body suit. What I really like about the body suit is that it is super easy to look pulled together without having to worry about constantly tucking your shirt in. This one is from Target from last season but I’ve linked several ones below under $50. The main key to making it comfortable is to pick a fabric that’s soft and make sure it has buttons to undo when you are using the restroom.

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I layered it under really stretchy skinny jeans. I like to look for a pair with a wider waistband for travel. That way they almost feel like leggings instead of jeans. A dark wash is my usual go to since it hides stains, spills or just dirt as you are in and out of public transportation. A soft blazer can be added for warmth underneath a coat if you are going somewhere chilly. Finally, a pair of ballet inspired pumps (on MAJOR sale right now!) with a block heel does just the trick. They are easy to slip on and off during the flight while being comfortable to walk in. Another thing I love about this look is that it is easy to step off the plane (or out of a vehicle) check into where you are staying and immediately head down for dinner or drinks somewhere.

As far as traveling I think it’s important to look for proper luggage. This season I picked up a rolling duffel bag from Jessica Simpson’s collection and found it was perfect for most three to four day weekend trips. I prefer to pack in the same bags often so I have a good system down. Since I travel almost every single weekend (and have been doing so for years), efficiency is key to not getting overwhelmed constantly. This duffel has so much room and zipper pockets inside and outside of the main compartment.

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I usually bring a canvas tote or laptop bag to hold my other items like toiletries, electronics and journals. Having a “travel uniform” streamlines the getting ready process and let’s me think more about activities at my destination than, “What am I going to wear?” I also like to make sure that whatever I travel in would be comfortable enough if I got stuck somewhere or worse my luggage is lost. Oftentimes, I’ll throw an extra shirt, nightie and swimsuit (since all pack small) into my carry on so I have extra things in the event anything I check is delayed or missing. After a trip 6 years ago and my luggage was delayed over 24 hours to San Francisco I re-evaluated all packing endeavors to ensure I had what I needed as soon as I landed in case my luggage didn’t make it with me.

When selecting luggage, it’s really important to find something that works with what you wear. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve double a canvas tote for a beach bag and left my items in a dresser in the room I’m staying in. I also like to have all of my luggage at least color coordinate. In the past I used a black suitcase with tan trimming. Now I usually check this leopard print duffel and then utilize my tote and laptop bag for on board. I found a really adorable identical version of this duffel in a navy polka dot if you are looking to add a new classic piece to your collection. I prefer darker colors to hide scratches and marks, but this striped pink one is a must have too! Although I struggled to find an exact match to the one I’ve photographed in leopard I did find this version for under $50 from Vera Bradley!

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How to Pack for a Winter Getaway

Fashion, How To, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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A winter getaway is the perfect escape for us Southerners. I don’t know about you but a world covered in a blanket of snow just adds pure magic to the Christmas season. Over the past few years I made it a point to get out of Texas and up North for a few trips including Chicago (and this post), Rhode Island (see here and here), Vermont, New Hampshire, Boston and Maine. Each trip was unique and thoughtfully planned out. Since I can get away with just jackets and sweaters most of the year in Houston (if not shorts!)

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What to Pack:

The main key to packing efficiently is to think in a color scheme and pack layers. These photographs were from a road trip all over New England this past Winter. I knew bringing a few coats would give flexibility during the sunny warmer days and chilly windy nights. Layering wool coats over puffy vests and overalls got me through so much of the trip. I loved being able to take the coat off and enjoy coming inside for a delicious drink at many of the local breweries and distilleries on the trip. But as soon as I stepped outside I needed the extra insulation with added gloves, down coats or long wool coats, and lots of beanies!

Whenever I pack for a trip I specifically think about the climate. Bringing neutral items that are versatile (skinny jeans, overalls, striped sweaters and neutral outwear) are easy ways to get the most out of your suitcase. Since winter wear is much thicker than resort and beach wear I like to make sure my outer layers will coordinate with more than one outfit.

Thermal tops, flannel button ups and sweaters were staples in layering. During the daytime most of the places we visited were around 20-30 degrees (F) during the day. The skies were a bright white and cloudy oftentimes requiring sunglasses as the light made the sky and earth a bright white. Always pack sunglasses for a winter trip and sunscreen. It’s easy to experience sunburn when there are UV rays reflecting off the snow.

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Outside of outerwear the second most important item to look for when packing for a snowy vacation includes footwear. I wore double socks with my tall rain boots, lace up snow boots and a pair of wool short top lace up shoes. All of the shoes were warm, cozy, comfortable and could withstand stepping in snow. When your feet are warm it makes it so much easier for the rest of your body to be warm.

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Another tip is to bring thin leggings or tights to wear underneath your pants and jeans. I’m telling you they are a lifesaver. If you are wearing a long skirt, add tights underneath or legwarmers. The trick is to layer. Add a long wool overcoat or wear a puffy jacket underneath an oversized coat to keep your core warm. Winter is so much more enjoyable when your teeth aren’t chattering.

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I’m planning our next winter getaway and will be posting more content around this topic. I’d love to hear about some of the things you bring to combat the cold! Comment or send me a tweet (@threeheelclicks) to share! Your feedback means so much and I love reading comments!

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What is your dream Winter vacation destination?

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