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5 on Fridays - Five Ideas to Show Your Mother Appreciation

Lifestyle, Holiday, Style, RelationshipsCrystal JacksonComment
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With Mother’s Day quickly approaching it’s always nice to have a fresh idea to show your love and appreciation for a woman who brought you into this world. Being a mom myself as well as a daughter has taught me how much the little things in life matter. Making memories with my mother and daughter mean more than anything to me in this world. For mother’s day this year, consider thinking outside the box for simple and easy ways to show your love. Here are five ideas to show your mother appreciation:

  1. Plan an activity for the two of you to do together - Try a cooking class or plan an afternoon of tea at a tea cafe. Maybe it’s just going out for a cup of coffee or near by garden to look at spring blooms. Taking the time to do something memorable together shows how much you really love being with her.

  2. Schedule to have professional photographs taken of you two - Most mother’s are the picture takers for the family. For mother’s day this year, consider hiring a photographer to do a photoshoot with the two of you or with the entire family. Afterwards, you can purchase a beautiful frame and send her a physical print of your favorite picture of the two of you!

  3. Buy a meaningful book and write on the inside cover heartfelt words - I’ve rounded up below a bunch of books and journals that would be fitting for many women. Whenever I give someone a book as a gift I try to write an incription with why I’m giving them the book. That way, they have a reminder of your sweet thoughts!

  4. Consider getting her a useful subscription - A few years ago I upgraded Spotify to the family plan and now pay for each member to have access to unlimited downloads and music on the go. They love it! Another good app subscription is Headspace which can be upgraded to a family plan, too. If your mom is looking to get back into shape, consider the Sweat app. If she is a beauty and makeup fan set up an Ipsy or Birchbox account and pay for a few months in advance for her. It’s a gift that keeps on giving and will bring a smile to her face each months she uses it!

  5. If long distance, put together a box of her favorite things - You can fill a box of your mom’s favorite goodies like food items or a new journal to mail. Maybe it’s a memento you add from a nostalgic memory or have a picture framed of the two of you inside. Fill the box with things that mean something to the two of you and ask her to video or call you when she opens it!

Books and Journals Perfect for Mom

What are you planning to do for Mother’s Day this year?

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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Houston Hotspots: The Whimsy World Part 3

Blogging, Fashion, Houston, Holiday, Inspiration, interior design, Lifestyle, Photography, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Being an art lover and painter myself I was incredibly inspired by Shelbi Nicole’s colorful exhibit on display at The Art District Gallery right outside of downtown Houston. Painting, drawing and creating has been a part of me since I can remember. I’m constantly on the hunt for murals around the city (and world) to share with you all as a background for fashion looks. This is the third and final post on The Whimsy World (read part 1 and part 2 for more information and other parts of this exhibit). Note:; The exhibit is on display through the end of this month so if you want to attend you need to get tickets ASAP (you can do so here).

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I mentioned in a previous post about the Beyonce inspired bathroom. I had to share this mirror selfie with the words “I woke up like this” for you all. Every inch of the space is covered in art around the exhibit including the bathroom/dressing room. If you are an influencer, photographer or blogger this is a perfect place for a quick outfit change! The walls are lined in black and white wallpaper complete with images of Beyonce. What a special touch! So often, bathrooms and dressing areas are overlooked within spaces whether it be an exhibit or even a restaurant bathroom. Well, look no further! This bathroom is full of glamour inspired images and quotes that will surely inspire a feeling of fabulous as soon as you walk in.

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My only regret was not making it to the exhibit before Valentine’s Day to share today’s post with you. However, the outfit I have on today is an easy one to recreate. I wore a simple split flutter sleeve dress from Cotton On (an staple brand in my closet). The dress is made out of a jersey knit and looks great dressed up or down. I found this version with longer sleeves on sale for $60 if you are in the market for a cute red dress.Y ou can swap out the heels for a pair of ballet flats for a casual look. Although I cannot find this one online (even though it was purchased last month) I have rounded up a few more options for you guys in the Shop the Post feature located above and at the bottom of today’s post.

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Since this is an art exhibit I felt a beret was the only appropriate hat choice. Berets immediately rouse a french feeling and are more versatile than you may think. You can see a few other beret inspired looks here, here and here - dressed up for the office, dressed down to play or just a simple weekend look. To keep my outfit from looking to holiday like I added white accessories to transition from Winter to Spring. White pumps, earrings and bags are also staples in my closet. When you add white to a bold color like red, pink or blue it helps the colors really pop! Don’t put those red items away yet! You can easily wear them all Spring and Summer long if you pair them with lighter colors.

What is your favorite way to wear red in the Spring?

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A Word to all the Single Ladies on Valentine's Day

Fashion, Holiday, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Being single on Valentine’s Day can feel lonely... whether you’ve been single for a few days, weeks, months or years it’s easy to get a little down on this so called “Hallmark” holiday. If you are currently single it may feel depressing to go to work and see others receiving gifts. You may wander through a grocery store and find the overwhelming amount of cheezy decor, flowers and chocolate on display ammunition for feeling even worse.

I’ve been there a few times myself in various forms from just dating someone to the aftermath of destruction from a serious relationship breaking and I’m here to tell you that Valentine’s Day single can downright just suck…. The good news is, it doesn’t have to. You can take control today to make it a holiday about love…self love instead.

Get Dressed to the Nines

There is something about putting on a good outfit that fits and flatters you that makes you instantly feel like you are a superstar. Today is NOT the day to wear an old worn t-shirt and sweatpants. I repeat, no sweatpants. Put on your favorite outfit, do your makeup and hair and leave the house to go to work feeling your best. You don’t have to go out in head to toe pink or red but instead wear what you feel like you look the best in.

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Plan Your Evening

Create plans for your evening whether it’s a coffee date with a friend, a Galentine’s Day gathering or to go home and read a book. Make plans for yourself. I would recommend not having dinner alone though. It can be awkward having dinner on a date night stuck watching couples walk by smothering each other with affection (can we say gag me?!) If you choose an evening at home schedule to have dinner delivered or order take out from your favorite restaurant and DO NOT forget dessert. Count your calories tomorrow. Today is about self love and building your confidence so you can love others better. Indulge a little for yourself and appreciate each bite.

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Silence Your Phone and Stay Off Social Media

Whether you’re single or not, alone or with someone just turn your phone to silence or even off tonight. It’s been proven that scrolling endlessly through picture perfect social media accounts can bring your mood down. Instead fill your time with something that creates value in your life. Go on a walk in a beautiful area of your city or get a workout in. Grab a book or rent a movie you’ve wanted to see a while. The key is to minimize an opportunity to compare your single life to all of the perfect couples out there.

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Don’t Get Drunk

While many of us love a good glass of wine today is not the day to pound shots of tequila or whiskey. I’d go even further to say you may not want to drink at all. Alcohol walks a fine line for being emotional. Since it also lowers inhibitions you may find yourself dialing exes in a desperate attempt to reconcile. Again, not the time nor date for these antics. You’ll only feel worse the following morning both physically and emotionally. Instead, relax with yoga, mediation or a long bath. Have a mocktail like ginger beer or if you want wine there are dealcoholized versions that give you a great flavor and food pairing without the effects. Stay in control of yourself so you can hold your head up high throughout the evening and into the next day.

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Most of all remember you are worth more than today. You are loved and cared for by someone beyond what’s here on Earth. You are an amazing person and it’s okay to be alone. So oftentimes it feels like when we are at a low point in life it’s like being in a valley where you can’t see hope for the future. When we are at high points in our life it’s easy to count our blessings and view life in rose colored glasses. No matter what season your life holds, today is still a gift. Seasons in life are temporary and one day things will be different. I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful evening and cherish today.

What are ways you show self-love?

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Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Speaking Their Love Language

Holiday, Houston, Lifestyle, Style, FashionCrystal JacksonComment
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With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow and many couples celebrating over the weekend it’s never too last minute to plan a fuss free activity or pick up a small meaningful gift. Gift giving is one of my love languages and for those who are not gift givers it can be challenging to find the right gift for a loved one. The thing is, most people who love gifts (whether receiving or giving) do not necessarily need something over the top or expensive. Instead, they are looking for something that matches their personality and has meaning.

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I remember being introduced to the book The Five Love Languages and the person who introduced it also shared the same love language. She was practical and loved gifts that made her life easier. She told me her husband bought her a new vacuum and it made her life so much easier. Now, to some this seems like a gift without meaning. But to her, it was heaven! She was able to make her daily housekeeping easier and that was everything to her! She was a practical woman who loved to simplify her life and an unexpected vacuum was the perfect gift for her.

If you haven’t read The Five Love Languages it’s a expert recommended book for all couples. Basically, it states we all have a love bank and different people have different ways of receiving and giving love. The five love languages include: Physical Touch, Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, and Gift Giving. Today I’m going to break down different ways you can show your love for anyone in your life by speaking their love language and gifts appropriate for each:

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Physical Touch

Those who love physical touch crave to affection. You can usually spot this love language if they are huggers. For those who are like myself (more of a touch-me-not) huggers can feel like your space is being invaded. As I’ve grown older I’ve made it a point to greet people who I’ve noted as a hugger with a hug upon seeing them. In relationships, physical touchers enjoy cuddling, massages, kissing and in general just like being physically next to you. Try getting a bottle of massage oil (pick up this one at a local drug store) and plan an evening of candlelit romance. Another fun idea is to this amazing bean bag chair designed for couples!

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Quality Time

People who speak the Quality Time language want to not only spend time with you, but they want to bond with you. Simply being in the room next to them is not enough. They are looking for you to interact, have conversation and develop together. If you aren’t sure where to begin on this one, start out with planning an activity together like going to an Escape Room or workout class. You can also buy a book like this one where the two of you fill it out together. Try a cooking class or even plan to cook a meal together. This is a perfect cutting board where you can personalize it for the two of you! Another fun gift if you’re cooking together includes his/her aprons. Think about gifting a small memento to add to an experience so your partner will be able to think of your time together when looking at your gift.

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Words of Affirmation

Outside of gifts, this is my most dominate love language. Being a words of affirmation person I am not looking for validation but more so knowing where I stand with someone. Words of affirmation people don’t care for just a compliment, but understanding the meaning behind a given compliment. When I started thinking about ways someone could give words of affirmation immediately I was drawn to magnetic letters on a refrigerator for random messages or this message board! Another option is to write a love letter for them about the things that you love about them and get it framed. Don’t worry if you don’t have good penmanship you can print it out on pretty stationary and then pop it into a frame. Surprise your partner by sitting it out in the morning or when they come home in a place they will see it everyday as a reminder of your affection. The important thing to remember is to have the words in your tone. Don’t just go out and buy something pre-made like a card. Take times and write out things in your words and let your partner know just how important this person means to you.

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Acts of Service

Acts of service is when you do something for another person to show how much you love them. Acts of service lovers will oftentimes take care of things for you like pick up dry cleaning, doing a household chore you dislike and building something for you. As I reflect upon this love language I think one of the sweetest things you can do for someone is to make them breakfast in bed or coffee. Try serving them on a pretty tray their favorite breakfast or buying a sweet coffee mug and making them a cup first thing in the morning. They are simple gestures, but mean so much. Another act of service idea is to make them dinner instead of taking them out or even clean the house up if that’s something needed.

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Gift Giving

Gifts givers love to find things that evoke special memories. They also love personalized things so think about getting them a monogrammed gift. I love this decantur and low ball glass set and you can add this amazing little mongrammed mini bar set. This sweet little candle has a place for you to map out a special location and date for a sweet reminder of your anniversary or other special occasion. Another really fun idea is to get them something they will use in an activity they do every day but have it monogrammed like this yoga mat. I received one myself for Christmas and I love it so much!

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