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Chic Alternatives to a Mom Uniform

California, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Sweat pants, yoga pants, or pjs every day all day. We’ve all been there at some point as young moms. Day in and day out seems to mesh together and before you know it you are reaching for whatever is somewhat clean and super comfortable. Sound familiar? I know I’ve been there a few times. There are too many mom activities like taking the kiddo to school, making lunches, washing all of the clothes, making dinners, and sitting through countless extra curricular activities. The list never ends. Soon I was grabbing black leggings or wearing a hooodie over my yoga gear almost every single day. While I do enjoy comfy clothes, I realized I was loosing a little sense of self.

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I decided over the past few weeks I would make a few changes. The first was to find some comfy shoes that I loved and could wear with a whole bunch of outfits! The first pair included these Dolce Vita brown suede booties (on sale!!!). They are almost the same shade as my skin tone and I love the soft material. Suede gives off casually cool vibes and the flat heel makes these babies ideal for walking (kind of a necessity here in LA where you walk ALL the TIME). I wore them with a midi dress in navy which is a year round neutral. I added a patchwork leather cross body for a little interest and it played well with the western vibes from the boots. I can layer a jacket if I’m chilly or throw a chunky sweater or cardigan on!

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The second pair I found were an upgrade from my old blush Puma sneakers I’ve worn countless times. This pair is also suede and the color is a soft neutral pink. I found they work really great with everything from jeans and athleisure to cute dresses like this vintage find or jeans. You can also pair them with a blazer. But for this alternative to a mom uniform look for a flattering dress that accentuates the waist. Then add sneakers, a mid size bag with room for your diapers, snacks or whatever for the kiddos. If you find a comfy dress then you end up feeling like you are just wearing a giant skirt. Side note: Add a pair of snug fitting cotton shorts underneath if you have a fear of flashing people. I promise you’ll love this whole ensemble!

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As far as dresses are concerned look for ones that are a few inches above the knee or a midi length. I also like pieces that are fitted in the bodice but flare out with plenty of leg room in the skirt. Most of the time I sit with my legs tucked under so a fully skirt will allow me to do so without sharing my underwear color with the whole universe. If you feel like white isn’t the best color (I actually spilled coffee five minutes after taking these pics last weekend) then opt for olive, navy, black or cranberry. Patterns typically hide a stain a little better than solids, but find something in a washable material with low maintenance. I promise, you’ll feel like a whole new woman if you try a few of the style tips! I’m curious, which look in today’s post do you like the best?

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Brunch in Beverly Hills

Fashion, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Style, TravelCrystal Jackson
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I’m acclimating a little more every day in Los Angeles. If you had asked me last year where I’d be living this year you would NOT have hear LA come out of my mouth. However, I guess I was meant to land in the city of angels for the next period of my life and truthfully I’m not complaining. There have been a few adjustments like the fact that people don’t look you in the eye when you walk down the street nor say “Howdy” to a passerby. There’s also a lack of public restrooms and streets with over four lanes. However, you can’t really beat the weather, sunsets or variety here. After living in Houston for the past 11 years the transition to Los Angeles has been a welcomed change from the intense heat of Texas.

So let’s talk brunch now. Since arriving in LA we’ve sought to get to know different neighborhoods. Last weekend we headed to Beverly Hills to window shop, people watch and of course, brunch. We stopped at The Farm of Beverly Hills which is right smack dab in the center of every amazing shop! You can park in a garage across the street and be to the restaurant in no time. It was complete with a farm to table menu, fantastic coffee and a quaint patio with some of my favorite flooring: hexagonal tile. The aesthetic is humble and modern with relaxed vibes.

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I decided that afternoon to wear a mustard and cream linen polka dot dress with sweet suede ankle booties and my leather chain strap crossbody that’s been on major repeat for the past two months. The bag just seems to go with everything and I can’t seem to stop myself from letting it wind it’s way into most outfits. Anyhow, pick up one here that’s similar since I don’t think this one is still in stock. Linen is one of my favorite fabrics and I have zero intention of letting it go any time soon. Instead I’m wearing many of my summer dresses with Fall shoes and accessories this season.

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Shopping On Melrose Avenue

Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel, Vintage, Style, Petite Style, ShoppingCrystal Jackson
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Last weekend, after a terrifying incident involving me getting trapped in an elevator sans cell phone, I decided it was time for a little retail therapy. So I threw on a the softest sage green midi dress (you can check out several options similar here) with a vintage woven belt and embroidered mules to shop until my little heart was content! Like I mentioned in last weeks Five Must Haves for LA… a shopping tote was also brought along to hold onto my sweater and any goodies I came across.

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Comfortable walking shoes are a must when shopping. I like ones that easily slip on and off so I can try on shoes or take them off if they distract from a dress I’m looking at. These neutral loafer like mules are polished looking and underwhelming due to their nude shade. I also liked how they matched my skin tone! That allowed my leg to look longer instead of squatty.

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One of the cool things about LA is that it’s fashion forward with tons of street style! Melrose Avenue is filled with individual designers and stores with a gritty flair. You can pretty much get away with most styles here as long as you go all out. There’s also an awesome flea market held every Sunday called Melrose Trading Post. It’s HUGE! Filled with food trucks, live music and just about every vendor you can imagine! It’s also a fabulous place to score vintage jackets, hats and accessories!

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After a few hours of grazing on snacks and filling our shopping totes we decided to head to the nail salon and treat ourselves to some mani and pedi oblivion. On the way we stopped at Lemonade of Beverly for a cup of fresh squeezed lemonade! Try the strawberry rosemary or lavender infused drinks for the most refreshing glass of lemonade.

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Scenes Around Long Beach

Fashion, Travel, Style, Petite Style, LifestyleCrystal Jackson
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We ended up making an unexpected business trip down to Long Beach, California. I thought I’d be gone a few days, but the trip was extended and I can’t complain. Out of all of the cities I’ve visited in California, Long Beach is the one I’m the most drawn to as of yet! With a laid back vibe, vintage and coffee shops all over and easy access to the beach it’s hard to beat! I’ll be posting a few more posts about this little city, but I figured today would be fun to share a few photos of the first scenes I saw around Long Beach.

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We decided to start on East Ocean Blvd which is such a prime location. Typically, if we are going to be staying more than two nights we rent a home. Since there was a group of us, we found a place last minute with a deep discount! It was literally across the street from the beach and a few blocks from Broadway Street which has a lot to do. The location allowed me to rise and walk to a coffee shop to work out of each morning. One of my favorite coffee spots was The Library Coffeehouse. For anyone who has been to College Station, this place was really similar to Sweet Eugene’s!

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One afternoon I walked about a mile and a half down to Chuck’s Coffee Shop which is more of a diner built back in the 60’s and then across the street to the pier. There are a ton of retail shops and restaurants in this area if you are looking to go shopping for the day! Half of the trip I decided to use Lime’s scooters which was perfect for transportation within 5 miles.

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The weather was pretty ideal the entire time I’ve been here! I wore a lightweight sweater paired with shorts and pair of ballet flats. During the afternoon it is pretty warm and then cooler in the evening. I recommend bringing a backpack or tote with you no matter where you go. Long Beach is a great walking city with so much to do and I found the days I brought my own large bag made it so much easier to scoot back to the house.

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Another thing I HIGHLY recommend to have is sunscreen! I made the mistake of forgetting to put on my SPF Veil and ended up pretty red after a few hours of walking around. I wear our SPF Veil daily since it’s made to wear under makeup! It’s been the best change I’ve made to my skincare regimen in years! It’s really lightweight and doesn’t break out my sensitive and reactive skin. The sky is so clear here with little shade during the heat of the day so bring your SPF!

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I’m wondering if you guys have any recommendations for LA and Long Beach? I’d love to visit some new spots! Leave a comment below or send me a tweet!

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5 on Fridays - Five Things I Learned About Cabin Fever

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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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