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What to Wear to an Outdoor Spring Wedding

Fashion, fashion, Inspiration, How To, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Photography, Style, Travel, travelCrystal JacksonComment
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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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Spring Essentials Every Girl Needs

Fashion, fashion, How To, Petite Style, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Although it’s a whopping 48 degrees today, I’m still over here dreaming of warm sunshine filled days. We’ve had a few in the month of February and it’s got me itching for all things sunny. Well, we can at least start preparing for more Spring like days and today I’m giving you guys the low down on five essentials every girl needs this Spring.

Spring Essential 1: The Perfect Sun Hat

Not just pretty, but also practical a sun hat can do wonders during the bright months of Spring and Summer. They keep all of those unwanted wrinkles from developing due to sun rays and UV light on top of your sunscreen. While I opt for a wide brimmed boater as my go to for a sunny day, there are so many options to choose from here. Try a big floppy sun hat or if you prefer a panama hat.

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Spring Essential 2: A block heel sandal

The particular shoe I’m wearing is from three years ago by LC Lauren Conrad. This line exclusively at Kohl’s has been a favorite of mine for years. There is so much quality and uniqueness of each piece she designs. I am amazed this pair of shoes is still in such good condition. There are still the version available and they are so incredibly comfortable! A block heeled sandal is great for those outdoor BBQ picnics, outdoor weddings (see this post for a few ideas on what to wear to a Spring wedding this year) and walking on uneven terrain. They can withstand dirt paths, gravel or grass. All a win in my book!

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Spring Essential 3: A showstopping dress

Invest in at least one classic and perfectly fitted dress every season. when you are looking for one, flip it inside out and look at the craftsmanship. The best quality dresses have three things in common: fit, fabric and construction. You’ll notice on higher valued items they have additional lining a cheaply made dress doesn’t and the seams will be surged instead of pressed and bound. The better construction a dress has, the better the fabric falls and the fit is more tailored. Right now I can’t get enough of Alexis as a dress line. Although they run a little pricey you can find exceptional discounts during holiday sales and at the end of the season. I assure you their dresses do not disappoint.

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Spring Essential 4: A packable bag suited for day trips and travels

This foldable and easy to pack bag is my new favorite! It’s one of those items I’ve had an eye on for about a year and decided this was the season for the classic pliage Longchamp purse. It folds up so neatly for travel. You can carry it as a tote or pack it in a smaller bag for shopping later. It’s also made out of a durable nylon and easy to clean. I love blue so naturally I gravitated to this beautiful cornflower blue color but there are so many options for more neutral shades if that’s your thing!

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Spring Essential 5: New pair of shades

Sunglasses are a staple for Texas living peeps. You just have to have a pair to withstand endless 14 hour sunny days. I love this retro inspired pair with white details (on sale for under $50!). Try switching up your usual style and opt for a pair of white rimmed or tortoise shell sunnies. You can also look at other shapes and swap out your aviators for a pair of cat-eye sunglasses. Have fun with them and protect your eyes at the same time!

What will you be adding to your wardrobe for Spring? Leave a comment below!

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5 on Fridays - Five Ways to Wear a Spring Garden Hat

Fashion, fashion, Lifestyle, Style, Petite StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Now that Spring is almost here it’s time to bust out all of those straw hats made for basking in the sun! I love hats. Why? Because they add so much drama to an outfit. I’ve mentioned in the past and I’ll stick to my guns on this one but they are perfect if you aren’t a big jewelry person. You’ll find me reaching constantly for a hat instead of earrings. Check out more looks with hats here on the blog! Today I’ve rounded up five looks with a black brimmed bow embellished garden hat. You can bring along a hat for casual brunch or an afternoon date at the park. Also, keeps you from worrying about your hair and blinded by the sun.

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Wear with a sundress and classic black and white accessories

Experiment with wearing classic cap toe pumps with a sweet little cotton sundress. You can add a coordinating two toned bag to keep the dress looking classic. Take this look to the office by adding a little blazer or a cardigan, too.

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Mary jane flats and a gingham dress is perfect for a day at a BBQ

This is actually something I’d wear to an outdoor event right now like a BBQ or outdoor concert. The relaxed fit of the dress makes it easy to move in and the print is really casual. It’s also nice for those cool Spring nights having longer sleeves. Add a pair of mary janes for easy walking on patios, lawns and grassy concert knolls.

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Dressing a lace dress down with lace up shoes

This look is an ideal one for a baby shower, brunch or sunday church. The lace and tulle combination is so feminine but dressed down with the hat and flat shoes.

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Add heels and a midi length halter for a hot date

Grab a pair of lace up strappy sandals and bow embellished purse to a bright and bold red dress. Red immediately screams hot and perfect for a date night!

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Pretty prints and neutral flats

Wear a simple black and white printed dress with nude flats for a stroll around the park, a day at a garden or to go wine tasting. Don’t be afraid to wear a straw hat with a pretty print like this small paisley or grab a floral dress.

What is your favorite way to wear a Spring garden hat?

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Three Looks with a Floral Spring Dress

DIY, Fashion, fashion, Houston, Lifestyle, Style, Travel, travelCrystal JacksonComment
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Today’s post is showcasing three ways to wear a floral spring dress. These combinations are paired with items you may already own or have something really similar to in each outfit. I love being able to switch a favorite piece up and wear it different ways. Today I’ll show you how to wear a pretty long sleeve floral dress for brunch with the girls, a stroll through the park and then a date night worthy look! Starting out is a floral dress so I’ve rounded up a few that are similar here for you to shop:

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Start off the day with brunch and wear the beautiful floral dress with a fun straw hat and pink bag. For daytime activities I like to wear a pair of comfortable block heels featured here or ballet flats. A block heel gives you just a little lift but won’t kills your feet if you take a stroll around the block. This is also a perfect look for going to an outdoor picnic, walking through a garden or museum and brunch on the patio.

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A few places to consider around town for brunch include the Dish Society, Whiskey Cake, and I really love going to local coffee shops. Weather permitting I always opt to sit on the patio and feel the sunshine stream down. There’s something so relaxing about a cool breeze on your face and sunshine.

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For errand running, attending kids weekend games or events and shopping find yourself a platform sneaker! I was skeptical until I came across these perfect periwinkle lace sneakers last weekend. I love how effortlessly they go with this new Longchamp foldable tote. I’ve been eyeing the tote for years and decided with all of the traveling I do it was a good idea. Sure enough it came in the mail over the weekend and I couldn’t wait to take it out for a spin!

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Parks and gardens are the perfect setting for getting your steps in while observing beautiful scenery. Some of my favorite include Mercer Botannical Garden seen in the photographs here, the Rose Garden at Hermann Memorial Park and White Oak Trail. There are so many pretty spots in the city, but you have to get out of the car and step on foot to find some of these beauties. If you are looking to do a little shopping consider 19th and Yale in the Heights or pop over to Montrose for second hand and vintage finds!

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Oh the teetering platform sandals with heights that are disco worthy takes this dress from mom to magnificent. A shoe really can change the tone of an entire outfit. Since this dress is made out of a knit and fairly modest turn up the heat by adding a sexy shoe. Also, for date night, it’s good to not have to worry about a purse in hand so grab a leather cross body for an evening out!

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Houston is full of cute date night spots! I just wrote one of eight eateries you can visit if you are looking to go on a date locally. Also, consider some of the activities mentioned in my post on gifts for each love language. Quality time is more than sitting next to each other at dinner looking into the phone. It’s about connecting, laughing and sharing joy.

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Which look is your favorite? Tell me in the comments section!

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What to Get Her for Valentine's Day

Fashion, fashion, How To, Lifestyle, Style, HolidayCrystal JacksonComment
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Alright Gentlemen! Today’s post is for you guys! Need some help finding a drool worthy and meaningful gift for your gal on Valentine’s Day? Well, today’s post should give you at least a little direction. Gift giving doesn’t have to be a headache. Women seem way more complicated to you guys than we really are. Most of us just want your attention on Valentine’s Day but if you are looking for the perfect gift start with an item she’ll use frequently. Don’t worry - I’ll keep this brief and to the point.

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A beautiful silk or wool scarf is great this time of year since it’s still chilly and polar vortexes are in play. Pick up a really special one like this Burberry plaid or silk Gal Meets Glam scarf. If your other half follows anyone on Instagram it’s probably Julia and her pieces are classic! In fact, both the dress and jumper listed below are from her collection. If you are looking for something under $100 you can grab a Kate Spade wallet or key chain as a daily reminder of your affection for her. Another great gift is parfum or beautiful beaded purse. There’s not a girl out there who wouldn’t mind a new pair of shoes or handbag. Finally, if you want to really splurge get her the Cartier love bracelet!

Gifts starting at $30

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Okay, now ladies… Yesterday’s post I shared a classic and glamorous look for Valentine’s Day. If you are opting for something unexpected to wear for a dinner out or date try picking up a dress in a bright fuschia or magenta instead of traditional pink or red. Add tights in the same color to elongate your legs while staying covered. You can also add pretty touches like a fur stole and metallic accessories.

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Don’t forget a pretty lip color. This one is from Smashbox and stays put! Think about your whole look including makeup and hair. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up on finding the outfit when a simple change of lip color or hairstyle can elevate any outfit. I like to pull my hair halfway up so I’m not fidgeting with it all evening or having it flop in my food while enjoying dinner.

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What are your Valentine’s Day date plans?

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