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The Ultimate Guide to Fall Nail Polish

DIY, Fashion, How To, Shopping, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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For most of my twenties I never made it to the nail salon. I’d often paint my nails but typically wore the polish off within a day or two. I wasn’t interested in making a manicure an element of my outfit. Part of it was that I was a new mom with a new career and had zero sleep or free time. Now that my daughter is ten I find it’s easier to bring her along to the salon. We go at least once every month or two and lately now that I’m finally in the city again every couple of weeks.

I’ve found my outlook on nail colors has completely shifted! I love the new muted tones for Fall and chose this deep raspberry color this week when I went for my regular manicure. One of the great things about working in the beauty industry is that I have the opportunity to take a few minutes (and extra money to go) because I sell makeup! Manicures and pedicures are a treat I no longer feel guilty about taking time to get done.

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I’ve put together categories of the best of Fall colors in nail polish along with some of the best quality nail polishes. I recommend always using a top coat and a base coat. Two-three thin coats of color in between and then the key is to thoroughly dry. I mean if you can stay seated a full hour or longer. The longer you stay still, the longer your paint will last because it hardens properly! Which color do you like the most below? I’d love to read your comment!!!

Muted Shades of Fall

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Not Boring Neutrals and Nudes

The Mean Reds

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5 on Fridays - Five Things I Learned About Cabin Fever

DIY, Healthy, How To, Lifestyle, Inspiration, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
5 on Fridays - Five Things I Learned About Cabin Fever

As I've mentioned previously, I recently moved to Northern California up into the rural parts of the state. Although I truly appreciate nature's beauty I had no idea how much the isolation could affect my mental state after a few weeks. Let me preface today's post with a little background. Where I'm staying is absolutely stunning but there are a few hurdles that I've never experienced before. For instance, it takes hours to get to a grocery store and there are only a few people if any that you may come into contact with over the course of a week. The county we neighbor has zero stoplights and only four stops signs in the entire COUNTY! That's crazy to me coming from Houston which is the fourth largest city in America.

After four weeks here I experienced a glimpse of cabin fever. Yep, full on emotional breakdown for a good three days. Nothing was satisfying. I was incredibly homesick and I realized, "Well, I live here now." After talking to a few people in the area, I realized it's common and there are ways to manage around it. Here are the things I was recommended and then did to get out of my cabin funk!

Remind Yourself This Is Temporary

Many people experience cabin fever during the cold winter months when they are cut off from the rest of society due to inclimate weather and blizzards. The days seem endless and it's difficult to keep track of time. One of the things I've been told over the last month is to remind yourself that this situation is temporary. Isn't everything in life a little temporary? It can be really difficult during emotional times to remember that this too shall pass but it will!

Establish and Maintain Your Daily Routine

Routines are something that help you establish a clear mental space. When we have good routines put into place our minds are freed up to focus on tasks at hand or bigger strategic decisions. I've talked alot about routines on the blog (see this post and this post). Sticking to your routine and keeping a calendar helps track your days. I also found keeping a written schedule versus an electronic calendar helps me stay focused.

Stock Up on Necessities and a Few Luxuries

The hardest part other than isolation from people is being isolated to things you usually have on hand. Up here shopping at a Wal-mart is a full day roundtrip. If you forget something, it's unlikely you'll be able to get it for a few days, weeks or months due to soaring gas prices, construction, fires or roads being blocked. Mail takes a little longer to reach us and there are times that you cannot receive deliveries due to the roads being closed. Have your luxury things like facial masks, bubble bath, maybe it's nice sheets - whatever it is - buy some and keep on hand to last you longer than you thought you might need in the event you can't get into the city. It makes a HUGE difference. A few of the items I'd recommend having include toiletries, conditioner, lotion, coffee, and a fully stocked pantry.

Plan a Getaway When You Can Take One

Give yourself a break. One of the things about being isolated is that it's difficult to take a break. There's always something to do, take care of or work at when you are isolated from others. One of the things I noticed helps is to have planned breaks and take them when you can. Keep that calendar in front of you to remind you what you are working towards. When you have the chance to go somewhere, GO! Enjoy the time away and change of scenery.

Stay Connected

I think the other thing that I was surprised about is how disconnected I felt this past week. Although I am not COMPLETELY ALONE, I just moved from an environment where I was web connected (and here internet is a challenge to say the least) and busy almost every night with a social activity. I had other moms around to talk to and took fitness classes frequently. I also walked every other day to the grocery store to grab a few items and fresh produce. Going from that environment to seeing the same ten people constantly was a little rough. I love each person around, but the shock of not having activities nightly really impacted my state of mind. I decided to join a few online groups on Facebook with similar interests and lifestyles so that when I have a decent connection I can reach out. I also make a point to call back home or correspond with friends daily when possible. I also found it was really important to maintain my spiritual relationship with God. Journaling, prayer and daily meditation really improves my mood and confirms my sense of purpose. Take the time to build these into your schedule daily.

Well, there you have it! After a few days, then an overnight staycation in Sacramento in The Citizen Hotel (which you can read about here) I came back renewed and refreshed. I popped out my list of goals and refocused on the important things. Remember, you're going to be okay! You're going to make it through and most of all it's only temporary!

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5 on Fridays: Five Ways Working From Home Changed My Life

beauty, Blogging, Business, Fashion, fashion, How To, Petite Style, Lifestyle, Inspiration, Style, Travel, YouniqueCrystal Jackson

For years I spent hours driving in and out of the city to get to and from my job only to find that I ended up coming home at the end of the day with very little energy left to give to my family. After nearly a decade and working in the technology industry and leading outside sales teams to success I ended up making several life changes due to an onset of panic attacks. I knew something had to change but I was unwilling to stop working. I’ve always been one of those people that had been left to work and the thought of not having a way to work because of the amount of anxiety that I was undergoing sent me into even more panic. For a while there I felt like I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. It was like I couldn’t keep going and doing what I was doing and maintain sanity but the thought of leaving that atmosphere that I had become so accustomed to was also equally terrifying.

And that’s when it hit me why don’t I start working from home? Today I’m going to share with you five reasons why I decided to make the move from working for another company to working for myself and being able to manage my family life, personal life and business life all from my home.

Balance

One of the biggest struggles I think any mom undergoes is being able to balance family and work. As moms, weare expected to do so much. We are expected to make sure everyone’s on time to school and all of the extracurricular activities. We are expected to keep the house tidy and dinner put on the table. We’re expected to always have the emotional stability when the rest of the family is undergoing meltdowns. And now there’s a new layer in these past few decades where we are now expected to bring in income as well.All of that and mounting pressure can create a lack of balance in our lives and when we don’t have balance we really struggle with being able to juggle all of those balls. I know this better than anybody else. I lived that life for almost 10 years. One of the biggest things that working from home allowed me to do is have more time to balance my personal development, exercise, managing my household, and being able to contribute to the family financially.

Clarity

Going into business for yourself can seem intimidating, but once you align your purpose with your work life suddenly work become so much more clear. There was a period of transition between corporate life and work from home life that I underwent and once I came out of that adjustment phase and really got into a routine of working from home I realize she’s so much better. I was able to start my day with personal development an exercise instead of rushing to get everybody ready to go to school and rushing to get myself off to work on Time. When we have fewer things to have to think about, we gain a much better sense of clarity and mental capacity to tackle things. Being able to work from home allows me to have a shorter to do list and a lot more clarity. I begin my day by writing 3 to 5 objectives and I’m going to do for my business and I work throughout the day two to cross all of them off. It takes just a plan yet and it also takes perseverance but at the end of the day I now when I lay my head on my pillow at night that I spent my time wisely throughout the day to for fill my God-given purpose. You see, being able to work for yourself allows you to make the rules. There are still many things that are true or for me to do every day both and personal and in my work life but I understand the purpose of them instead of having to just cross off things that are on a corporation’s checklist.

Vision

When I was working for other companies I spent most of my day focused on their strategy and their vision. Sometimes their vision aligned with my own values many times they did not. A huge advantage of working from home and for yourself is that you create your vision. You get to create your strategy. And you get to for fill your purpose. All of those things not only allowed me to be a better mother, partner, friend and daughter but also have allowed me to create a vision that inspires and uplifts others. 

Time 

I think one of the biggest benefits I’ve seen since I made this transition over a year and a half ago is being able to do the things that I need to do instead of sitting in traffic to and from my job every morning. I gained at least two hours a day every day for five days a week by being able to work from my home if you think about that that’s 10 hours a week that you’re spending if your commute is only an hour and for many of us that commute is much longer. On top of the 10 hours I’ve saved from just driving to and from work I’ve gained another 10 hours a week in getting myself ready to go to work or coming home and having to decompress from work. Can you imagine gaining 20 hours a week every week in your life to be able to invest that time into other areas?

Courage 

When I graduated college, during every interview I was asked why I wanted to enter into the sales industry. I’ve answered that question hundreds of times at this point whether it was for a job interview, interviewing somebody to bring onto my team, or just in casual business conversation. My answer is always remain the same, I want to run a company one day. When I first started saying that out loud I knew it was my passion to lead, motivate, and inspire other people to live their life to the fullest. I had no idea that 11 years ago when I was approached with this question that my answer was actually going to be calling forth my future circumstances. At the time running an online business was not quite as popular as it is today. If you asked me when I graduated college what I was going to do with my life never in 1 million years would I have imagined being a blogger and selling make up and skincare products. Now thanks to the booming of social media and the rapid rate in which technology has advanced I am able not only work from my home but also be able to reach out to women all over the world and share my values and my vision to help inspire them. If you’re currently stuck in a job that doesn’t align with who you are or who you want to be do you have the power to change it. Yes it’s scary to work for yourself. Yes it’s going to require doing things that you don’t always want to do so that you can do the things that you want to do later. It’s going to require peaks and valleys and it’s also going to require for you to motivate yourself. But just as anything else in life is, you get out what you put into it. 

If you are looking to make a change, you don’t have to do it alone! You have the power to be and do anything you put your energy towards. It takes a leap of faith. It takes doing the things that others may not have the willpower to accomplish, but it’s so much better to work with a purpose than work for a paycheck. 

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Marina Mornings

Fashion, Lifestyle, Healthy, Product Review, Travel, Style, How ToCrystal JacksonComment
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Since I’ve been staying at a lake in Northern California, I’ve made it a point to focus on overall health and connecting deeper to my surroundings. Slow drives through the mountains, walks at sunset and sunrise, stargazing at night and examining the beauty in nature are what most of my past few days have been like for me. Health is my number one priority and I’m not just talking about diet and exercise. Now more than ever I am putting my mental, spiritual and physical health at the top of my priority list.

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With that being said I’ve been paying close attention to making sure I’m getting enough exercise, eating whole fruits and vegetables, hydrating my skin and protecting it from the sun. The air in Northern California is so clean compared to Houston and the UV rays sear right through it. Not only do I use an SPF veil broad spectrum beauty fluid (you can read more about that product in last week’s post) but I also hydrate with our YOU•OLOGY Day Moisturizer and my favorite BB Cream.

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I’ve been harping so much about skincare lately and it’s more important to me than ever before now that I’m closer to forty than twenty-one! The main key with skincare is to be as consistent as possible. Ensure you cleanse, tone, treat and moisturize daily to allow your skin cells to regenerate. Another BIG step I’ve added is regularly exfoliating. I love our YOU•OLOGY Brightening Mask because it treats the skin to a brighter appearance and lightly exfoliates.

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Recently I earned a certification in our YOU•OLOGY skincare product line. If you are not sure where to start to improve your skincare regimen then I’m all ears! Reach out to me at threeheelclicksblog@gmail.com or submit your email below! I’d love to set up a brief consultation online and discuss your best options for your skin!

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Tips for Staying Sane on a Long Road Trip

DIY, How To, Packing, Lifestyle, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Finally I’m back at you with a few new travel posts! Feels like it’s been a while since I last shared anything travel related. We are currently en route to a lake house in Northern California where we will be staying for a few weeks. Instead of flying out this time, we decided to load up the car and drive from Houston to San Diego, CA then up to Sacramento after a few days of play. Now being a child who moved every few years on average, I know a few things about road trips. However, it’s much different when you grow up and have to take care of every body else! Here are a few ways we managed to survive 25 hours of straight travel.

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What to Pack and Bring

Leave early evening and drive through the night

A lot of people choose to leave in the middle of the night or early morning to get a head start. We actually drive a lot through the night because there is little traffic and hardly anyone on the road. Instead of waking everyone up in the middle of the night for a 3 or 4am departure, we load the car at sunset and then hit the road. If you have two adults capable of driving then you can switch off. If it’s just a single driver, you can always pull over at rest stops. We left for California at 8pm and arrived in San Diego the following night around 9pm. Driving through the night had us arrive about halfway in El Paso the following morning which was the longest, most boring stretch of the ride. West Texas has some beautiful parts, but it’s pretty bleak for miles on end.

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Rest Stops are Your New Spot

Rest stops don’t get so much credit these days, but they are an integral part of long term travel. They allow a safe place for you to grab something out of your luggage. Most come with picnic tables and rest rooms. As we entered California the rest stops became so much more elaborate. Not kidding, some of the cleanest restrooms I’ve ever seen! Rest stops are pet friendly so if you brought your pup along you’ll be able to give her a good walk from time to time. Plot a few out along your journey and then look for road signs so if you need to stop quickly you can. The other benefit is they are a quick and easy get on and off the highway.

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Bring a mini cooler to save on breakfast, snacks and drinks

Take a quick survey before you leave and load up with everyone’s favorite snacks and beverages. The fewer stops you have to make the earlier arrival time you’ll experience. Also, instead of packing tons of bottles, give everyone a refillable bottle and buy a few beverages in bulk. If you do decide to stop for something to eat, take time and enjoy a local spot along the way. We ended up having the BEST fish tacos in San Diego unexpectedly while we were at a gas station. Look at using YELP or TripAdvisor for recommendations. The key is to keep everyone fed and happy so you can enjoy the trip!

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Dress in Easy to Remove Layers

One of the best things you can do for your family and yourself is to have everyone dress in layers. Start with soft pants like leggings and a tank or a tee. Then, add a hoodie and easy to remove shoes instead of ones that require socks and lacing up. Being able to jump in and out of the car along the way without having to get your shoes on as an ordeal makes the trip seamless. Also, while we are on the note of getting out of the car - encourage every person traveling at every stop to get out and move around no matter what! It’s good for the legs and will help keep everyone from being restless!

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Don’t Forget Your Sunblock and Moisturizer

Being trapped behind a windshield in the middle of the desert means you are getting tons of unwanted UV rays. I like wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap so I can let my hair down without worrying how it looks. But I also like those items to shield me from the scorching sun. Remember, when you change climates your skin will need to adapt. Bring lots of lip balm, SPF, moisturizer and of course hydrate with water. You’ll end up feeling so much more refreshed upon arrival. You can also use car time as spa time by doing a mask!

Tips for Staying Sane on a Long Road Trip

Protect your face from UV rays

Well, there you have it! If you have kiddos consider renting a vehicle with a DVD player unless you already have one. You can also rent a car to save on wear and tear or to get a larger vehicle than you may own. Bring lots of road games or have a list on your phone of things you can do and spot along the way. Last but not least, enjoy this time! Remember it’s the journey not just the destination!

What are some of your favorite road trip tips and tricks?

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