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Spring Blooms in Sacramento's State Capitol Park

Fashion, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Photography, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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I’ll be unveiling little pieces of this past week’s trip to Sacramento but I wanted to kick things off with a few thoughts this week. You may have noticed I’ve been talking more and more lately about self care and self love. From topics like seeking purpose to taking life slower I came to a halting stop in my life last September when panic attacks were hitting me multiple times a day and I felt like I had no direction in life. I share this, because as I’ve been working on better maintenance I came to understand many of us share those same feelings.

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Things started improving as I made a schedule every day, exercised daily, ate healthier and gave my body more rest. Then, last week happened. I thought I could surely handle 10 days of traveling alone with my kiddo. I thought I had it all under control… but I did not stick to my routine for a chunk of my trip. Suddenly, I began to feel overwhelmed and realized finally I needed to get more help when I returned. It was a huge roadblock. A huge setback you may say, but the loved ones around me all told me setbacks aren’t failures and that I could get back on track. So I started back on my schedule today. I have scheduled counseling and a good plan. I have small goals that aren’t overwhelming. But most of all I have a support system.

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If you feel like life is spinning out of control again, it’s okay to reach out. I always felt so prideful doing so, but it’s a good thing. In fact, those around you will probably tell you that they are glad you did. It’s hard to admit we can’t do everything. It’s hard to say we feel incredibly sad or regretful. But, there are always new beginnings. You’re not down, you’re not out, you aren’t a failure… you are a person. You can make amends, you can work on being better and you can accept your weaknesses. Most of all, you can be honest with yourself. I’ll be the first to say that for years I was not honest at all with myself. That topic is still a work in progress. But day by day, I’ll do better and if I have setbacks I’ll get things on track.

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Okay so onto the more fun stuff! Today’s post is all about the beautiful park right outside of the Capitol in Sacramento. This was a lovely weather week and we decided to get out and see the Camillas, roses and blooms that were opening all over the park. There is the prettiest rose garden right there in the heart of the city. After strolling around the city we spotted a gelato truck right in front of the walk way leading up to the Capitol. I immediately ran to the truck like a kid after school. Luciano’s scoop is something not to miss if you are in the Sacramento area. I ate the matcha green tea and the rest of my family chose the oreo cookies ‘n cream. With the sun in full shine and not a cloud in the sky, gelato was just the thing for a warm weather day.

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The leggings I am featuring here is a newly discovered brand called Ziya. One of my friends is a rep for them and had a party where we could try on sizing, order right there on the spot, and socialize. I ordered the rose colored 7/8” length and the most adorable sports bra. You can shop all of their products here! They are made by the same manufacturer as Lululemon wear but about a third of the cost. Let me tell you about these leggings… they’ve been worn about 4 times in two weeks. From yoga to dressing them up for sight seeing they are my new favorite pair of pants. They fit true to size, although I would size up if you are busty in a sports bra.

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I added rose colored scarf, zip up hoodie and periwinkle accessories. My Longchamp bag has been so useful during my travels and one of my favorite buys for this year. I added a pair of platform lace sneakers and sunnies for the finishing touches. You can’t really go wrong with an athleisure look and a scarf for sight seeing. I was comfortable and it was easy to just remove the scarf as the afternoon temperatures rose a little.

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I’ll be sharing some upcoming posts this week finishing the last bit of Galveston and then more on Sacramento. I’ve been working since January on getting you guys a full Sacramento Guide and I think I’m pretty close to finishing (fingers crossed). What would you guys like to know about Sacramento? I’ll be happy to include any recommendations I’ve come across!

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Have you been to Northern California? If so, what was your favorite sight?

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Trend to Watch: The Pink Jumpsuit

Fashion, Houston, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Photography, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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A jumpsuit is my favorite alternative to a dress. It’s simple, streamlined and easy to put an outfit together. They pack nicely for traveling and you can dress them up or down with jackets, accessories and shoes. The one featured here is from Tibi and I can’t speak highly enough about this beautiful brand. Tibi makes clothing that are classic and modern with feminine shapes and details. I love how this particular jumpsuit has ruffles on the pants and a delicate halter neckline. It’s such a showstopper and I really enjoyed featuring the hard work I’ve put into toning through yoga over the past few months.

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I found this one was of my favorite vacation outfits over Spring Break. I’m putting together a complete outfit round up for you guys for Friday’s 5 on Friday post so you can have a guide for a resort wear inspiration if you are heading to the beach over the next few months. A pink jumpsuit is at the top of my list for resort wear. Although the one I’m featuring is on the more expensive side, I rounded up so many options above starting as low as $12. You can find great style at any price, but sometimes it takes a little searching! If you would like to invest a little more, check out this BCBG version or this one from Elisabetti Franchi a designer I keep gravitating toward. I also really love this Ulla Johnson version in a more muted blush tone.

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To keep your jumpsuit from looking frumpy, consider one with a belted waist or fitted waistline. Especially if you are on the petite side! It makes such a difference on the overall structure of your jumpsuit when it ties at the waist. I decided to add a few accessories in the same tones like a pair of beaded drop earrings and my favorite blush ruffle clutch from Sole Society. You can also dress this up with metallic gold heels for a dinner date or down like I did here with simple ballet flats.

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Since the jumpsuit makes such a statement with so much volume, I did my hair up in a sleek low bun. When you are wearing dramatic pieces, it’s nice to keep some of your outfit simple. Don’t over accessorize and choose a hairstyle that makes sense. Since one of the features of this jumpsuit is the delicate neckline I wanted my hair up and off my shoulders so you could see the entire outfit.

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These photographs were taken on the Galveston Sea Wall by the Pleasure Pier. I’m going to share more about the Pleasure Pier in an upcoming post, but it’s a fun attraction for kids! Basically, it’s a mini theme park built on a pier! You can ride the ferris wheel for an aerial view. You can also get a little rush from the rollercoaster and log flume if that suits you! All in all, it’s a fun family activity for all ages!

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Antique Shopping on The Strand

Fashion, Inspiration, Houston, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Photography, Style, Travel, VintageCrystal JacksonComment
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Galveston is one of the oldest port cities in Texas. Dating back to the early 19th centuries. It was the Capitol of the Republic of Texas in 1836. The city a few decades later became an international port. A hurricane hit the island back in the early 1900’s destroying so much of the city however there are many original structures when you take a walk down The Strand (and they are labeled!) During Prohibition and into the Depression years Galveston was full of casinos and gambling. Later on after illegal businesses shut down and the Galveston sea wall was constructed businesses began rebuilding,

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The Strand Historic area is where you can find so many historical buildings. Many of the buildings have been modernized to hold restaurants, bars, boutiques and antique stores. There are a little shy of twenty antique stores in that area. We visited the Antique Warehouse which is a great resource if you are looking to add historical elements both for interiors and exteriors, furniture and hardware. It was voted as the best antique store in the city and resides in a very controversial building.

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I wore a beautiful blush ruffle maxi skirt over a simple olive green tank top. For this trip I packed more neutrals since I’ve been loving a muted palette. Blush acts as a neutral and olive green is so earthy when paired with the soft hues of the pink. I added casual simple leather slides and a vintage blanket basket for a tote to store shopping finds.

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This particular shop is an old converted hotel named the Oleander Hotel. The Oleander Hotel has a history of being a brothel during the 1940s and 1950s. Galveston has changed so much since that time as it is now a place for families to come and enjoy the beach, historic areas and architecture. Much of the antique store is available to tour and you’ll even see some of the rooms preserved with furniture from the nineteenth and twentieth century.

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After we popped in a few shops we headed over for ice cream a few blocks away. It was pretty warm this afternoon and a little treat was perfect for the occasion. Galveston is an excellent location if you celebrate Mardi Gras. I prefer to steer clear of crowds so we decided to visit Sunday through Tuesday last week. I could have easily spent one more night and it be the perfect vacation. The island is filled with so much to do, but I needed more downtime in between all of our activities.

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This was a really interesting find in the picture above. I found unique items like this pill case which was a prescription from the doctor in 1958. It was something to help a patient sleep and I thought it was interesting how it was handwritten. It’s so fun to pick up little treasures with history. Seeking antique stores is always a fun activity. I love bringing things home that have a story to tell instead of typical cheap looking item. I like to find either fashion items I’d wear or incorporate from time to time in different looks or things for my home. Another thing I love to look for includes vintage Christmas ornaments.

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The Strand is lovely area if you are looking to find specialty shops, holistic yoga, and plenty of patios to grab a cocktail or bite to eat. If you want to see more pictures about the Strand - check out this post from last year when I visited in February.

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