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How to Wear the Hottest Hair Accessories

Fashion, DIY, How To, Houston, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Photography, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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One of the best parts of being a fashion and lifestyle blogger for my job is getting to share new ideas with you guys! I’ve always been drawn to a feminine, modern and timeless style but I like adding touches of whimsy from older eras like hats, silk scarves, vintage bags and hairpieces. Mixing old ideas with new pieces is one of the most fun parts for putting together a new fresh look.

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You may notice that lately I’ve been playing more and more with scarves. You can see an entire group of posts where I use scarves in different ways on the blog and on Pinterest. Today I’m sharing how to incorporate some of the best accessories for your hair right now! For today’s look I added a simple floral crown to tie in the blush rose printed dress and mules. I love how this changes the entire dress taking it from an otherwise conservative approach to something more whimsical.

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Adding a new style or accessory in your wardrobe can be a little bit of an adjustment. I remember when I first started adding hats into every day outfits I felt like they were a little over the top. But as I wore them more and more, I began to grow comfortable with this new apparatus being on my head. Same with headbands, hairclips and floral crowns. Sometimes, our minds and bodies have to adjust to something new. Think about it like a new piece of furniture you just purchased to fill an empty space. At first, the piece of furniture may feel like it’s taking up so much room in your home… but after a few weeks your mind adjusts and you can’t imagine the room looking any different!

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This can be said with anything you add in your life. Maybe it’s a new routine like I talked about last week on the blog. Maybe it’s a new decor item or fashion trend. Life is about experimenting and expressing creativity. When we do the same things over and over expecting different results it increases frustrations and feelings of inadequacy or low self worth. As humans, I believe we were meant to be exposed to new places, experiences and ways of self expression to deepen and define exactly who we are. I challenge you this Monday morning to try something you’ve always wanted to try. Maybe it’s a floral crown like I did here in today’s post. Or maybe you decide to take a walk to relax at the end of your day today. Maybe you finally pick up a pen and write words that have been lingering in your mind. Whatever you choose, challenge yourself to try something new. Write down how you felt afterwards. Reflect on your purpose and choices.

What is one thing you plan to add to your life today that’s new?

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Spending Time on My Purpose

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This is the first blog post I’ve written in weeks and feel like the break from everyday life was exactly what my spirit needed. At the beginning of this year I wrote the following on my mirror in pink lipstick:

  • Simplicity

  • Discernment

  • Purpose.

I’ve prayed over these three words and back in March I felt compelled to spend time alone addressing underlying parts of my soul. If you are one who has come to a point in life where you are seeking the deeper part of your soul, I can relate. I felt an overwhelming desire for discernment and purpose in my life. For months I battled with an internal struggle and what I would call spiritual warfare. My soul was literally battling with purpose on a daily basis. I decided at the beginning of April it was time to schedule free time (a contradiction in itself - haha!) to do some soul searching without the distractions of daily life.

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And so I made plans. Although the course of the plan did end up shifting and maybe one day I’ll feel it is placed upon my heart to dive into deeper details, just know that I was meant to be in the very place in time this past month. Something happened one day when I was driving home. I had knots lining my shoulder blades for the past month. There were over 15 spots that ached daily. It was excruciating. I was told I had a build up of lactic acid.

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As I am behind the steering wheel suddenly so many things in my heart, soul and mind came together and I realized I’ve been carrying around the weight of my past experiences. I also realized in this moment that every wrong choice, circumstance and event in my life led to the preparation of this moment where my purpose in life was revealed to me. Within 30 seconds my knots disappeared.

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I awoke each morning this week with a peace I’ve never experienced before. The knots are still gone and my eyes shifted to focus on my purpose which has been known to me by Jesus. I prefer on this blog not to share religious or political viewpoints, but to make it a space to encourage you to live a better life.

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What about you? Are you at a place in life where you are going through an unexplained internal struggle or spiritual warfare? Please share your experiences!

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A Trip to The Rose Emporium

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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.

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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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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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Modern Looks for Easter Sunday Outfits

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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

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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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