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Springtime in Texas

Fashion, Inspiration, Petite Style, Travel, Style, VintageCrystal JacksonComment
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There is a sweet little period of time where it warms up just enough to wear a lovely dress here in Texas and not feel like you stepped into a furnace. That time is now! From March to April Texas is a plethora of blooming wildflowers, beautiful blue skies and the perfect temperature. Word of advice: July and August are not your friends if you are a planning a trip out West unless you prefer 100 degree weather. In that case, be my guest. For most, a good 70-80 degrees is by far the best time of year to visit. So mark your calendars for next year or hurry on over now to see all of the beauty Texas offers.

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I’ve lived in Texas my entire adult life for a reason. The people are kind, everyone says Howdy to strangers and the flowers….oh, the beautiful flowers. Texas is a place to come to if you want to see a horse ride alongside a country drive or cows and ducks hanging out in pastures. One of the other things I love about this state includes all of the small towns scattered across. I live to find these hidden places and today’s post was shot in Navasota. I’ve posted in this location a few times before to include Veronica’s Daiquiri Shop and this lovely yellow dress shot two years ago. Navasota sits about an hour outside of Houston and makes a fantastic day trip. You can visit Martha’s Bloomers which has the prettiest cafe where you can order tea, brunch and dessert.

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Another big influence for Texas style is that we border Mexico. In fact, we have our own taste of Mexican food called Tex-Mex which is hands down some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. In Texas you can wear Mexican embroidered tunic dresses, espadrilles and a hat is necessary to block the blazing sun that radiates from our wide open skies. I found this Mexican style dress recently second-hand along with the belt featured in today’s look. Mixing old and new pieces is a great way to stretch a budget and create a unique look. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite embroidered dresses for you guys today to shop!

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Espadrilles are my number one dressed up shoe besides a block heel featured last week on the blog. They are comfy, chic and come in a variety of heel heights, styles, and colors. I wore this pair last Spring when I visited Bayou Bend Museum and Gardens for the annual Azalea Trail. When I saw how perfectly they went with the vintage dress I was ecstatic. I prefer to belt tunic dresses so they don’t look like a giant tent and love the full skirt style for picnics, BBQ’s and sightseeing.

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This crocheted hat is from Free People and I found it last year when I was visiting one of my best friends in Seattle. I found a similar hat here good price point and doesn’t make your head hot but still offers coverage on your face from unwanted UV rays. You can easily pair it with slides, white jeans and a white button down top for a minimal Spring look or wear it with practically any floral dress.

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What are you looking to add to your Spring wardrobe?

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Modern Looks for Easter Sunday Outfits

Fashion, Holiday, Inspiration, Photography, Petite Style, Style, Travel, VintageCrystal JacksonComment
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In case you’re like me and feel like this year has already been a roller coaster and time has absolutely no meaning anymore here’s a PSA: Easter Sunday is in two weeks! Did you know Easter Sunday is the most popular day out of the entire year for people to go to church? I don’t touch as often on spirituality simply because I feel that we are all entitled to believing what reasonates within us, but since so many of us do attend church on holidays (and throughout the year) I thought I’d share a little more about Easter on the blog today.

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Growing up, outside of the Resurrection (yes, I’m a Christian and Easter is the celebration of Jesus shedding his life for us) Easter Sunday meant something special for me - I got a brand new dress every year for it. Although my parents provided my sister and I with plenty growing up we were always confined to a strict budget. How else were my parents going to support two little kids and my brother who was in High School on a military salary? We ate generic everything and went shopping for school, things that were needed, and special occasions. One of those occasions I could count on a new outfit (including shoes) was Easter. Every year we would go pick out our new dresses, hats, gloves, lace embellished socks and patent white shoes. One year Mom let us help pick out our own fabric and dress patterns and she slaved away for a month to make sure we had new ones picked out in time!

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As I fast forward to today, I carried the same tradition on to my own daughter. We love getting to pick out a pretty pastel dresses and in true Southern Style I finally feel comfortable wearing white now that it’s Easter weekend. This year I’m opting for something a little more streamline than my child hood days and this Everlane dress is perfect for Easter celebrations. If you aren’t into embellishments, patterns or over the top frills then this is such a good buy for Spring! I’ve rounded up my favorite streamlined dresses with modern silhouettes and all are budget friendly!

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Whenever I think of Easter I also think about hats! Easter Sunday along with the Kentucky Derby are two occasions where you will receive minimal criticism for wearing a hat with a giant bow! I love this one from San Diego Hat Company. They are my go to brand for quality hats and at a price point under $50. Then, I added a pair of yellow drop earrings you can shop on my Amazon Easter Sunday Round Up page and a vintage wicker basket. Speaking of basket bags, Alice from Lone Star Looking Glass shared the cutest wicker bags from Patricia Nash. They are so similar to what I’m wearing in this post. Also, Alice is such a Southern inspiration for me! I’ve followed her for a few years now and love her Southern take on Texas style. Add a sweet little printed scarf for a colorful touch!

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Last but not least, make sure you grab a pair of new shoes! If you are looking for a pair of block heels I posted a few days ago What to Wear to an Outdoor Spring Wedding. All of the posts are outdoor friendly and perfect to wear all season long for any occasions from dinner out to a more formal occasion like a wedding or holiday.

What are you planning on wearing for Easter? Do you celebrate?

All photos today were taken by the talented Jaime Salinas. Let me know if you are looking for a photographer in the Bryan/College Station area. She’s so great to work with and we had so much putting these together! You can check out another post we did together here!

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What to Wear to an Outdoor Spring Wedding

Fashion, fashion, Inspiration, How To, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Photography, Style, Travel, travelCrystal JacksonComment
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Cows and ducks are lining the pastures outside of the city here in Texas this time of year as the morning fog rolls through the grass. The birds chirp as the sunrises from my patio each day. The whole city is blooming in beautiful shades of yellow, pink, white, and purple flowers on the trees and in the bushes. Spring in Texas is full of picture perfect warm settings and scenery for photography, festivals and outdoor weddings. Although I love a good free party to attend, I have found that the next few months are full of weddings held outdoors and in barns. What’s in order to survive these celebrations? Well, it helps to come prepared to an outdoor wedding. Today we’ll talk a little more about what to wear to an outdoor wedding during Springtime and how to make the most of uneven terrain or unpredictable weather conditions.

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Start With a Forgiving Dress

This is the time to pick out a dress that allows you to sit comfortably. Usually outdoor weddings have a more casual countryside feel here in Texas so it’s perfectly appropriate to wear something that is floral, lightweight and with a looser skirt. The dress I’m wearing today can be found on my Amazon Shop Page for Spring Wedding Guest Attire. It’s such a great deal and I really love the way it fits. I actually wore this to a college friend’s wedding back in August and it’s proved to be one of those dresses that turns heads without revealing much. Opt for a knee length fit and flare dress, a tea length dress or go for a longer maxi in a beautiful printed fabric or soft pastel if you are looking for a more minimal look. Dress lines like Gal Meets Glam, JCrew, Eliza J, and LOFT are a few of my favorites for classic, feminine pieces.

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Choose the Right Shoe

Two tips I have for any event you are attending outdoors - First, wear a heel you can walk in soft grass or over rocky gravel in the event you are in a more rural setting. There’s nothing worse than a cream colored satin heel sinking like quicksand into the ground as you make your way to your seat. Instead save the stilettos and pull out a wedge, espadrille, or a block heel like I’m wearing in this post today to give your legs more stability and you are less likely to trip or feel discomfort. My second tip is to bring a pair of chic flats. I’ll tell you, I’ve even ended up giving a pair to someone who was in the wedding party because they were in such pain after being on their feet in patent heels all day. I love flexible ballet flats or a chic embellished slides and either leave in the car or bring a bag big enough to house my heels if I choose into flats.

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Bring a Purse Big Enough for Supplies

Maybe it’s because I grew up with a military father, but I like to make sure I’m prepared and a tiny purse won’t do for an outdoor wedding. From makeup or hair products for touch ups to carrying that extra pair of flats, I make sure I bring a medium size bag instead of a tiny clutch. If I know it’s going to get cooler in the evening I also stash a scarf I can drape over my shoulders for warmth as the sun goes down. I also recommend bringing a bottle of water, handkerchief and Advil in case it’s hot. You would be surprised how often I’ve been asked for Tylenol or Advil. (I personally rarely take either, but bringing along a few for others has rendered the title “boy scout” in my group of friends. Last but not least: waterproof band-aids. That’s a non-negotiable item.

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A few other things to consider might be a clear chic bubble umbrella, a pair of retro sunglasses and that scarf I mentioned above. More than anything you want to be able to enjoy the celebration of the couple and less about your outfit being uncomfortable all evening.

Do you guys have upcoming weddings to attend? How many of them are outdoors?

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All photos today were taken by the talented Jaime Salinas. Let me know if you are looking for a photographer in the Bryan/College Station area. She’s so great to work with and we had so much putting these together!

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