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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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5 on Fridays - Five Tips for How to Safely Lose Weight and Get Into Shape

Fashion, Healthy, How To, Lifestyle, Petite Style, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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I’m writing about my own experiences over the past few years. I’ll start off by saying that no matter what body type you are you can improve your self-esteem by being fit. Not only does being in good shape help your body look better, but it elevates your mood and increases health to your organs. Today I’m writing about my personal experiences for what has worked for me. I understand that not everyone has the same lifestyle but I hope it serves as a point of inspiration for you if you are looking to increase your fitness and a result of that is to lose unnecessary weight.

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Seek not to Lose Weight But To Live Healthier

First thing first do not seek to lose weight, instead shift your focus to living a healthier lifestyle. I think when I focus on the latter there is a positive emphasis on my body image and mental state. Instead of focusing on flaws, I put my energy towards my health. It makes it so much easier to choose a plant based meal or go on an extra walk knowing that it’s only going to benefit my overall health mentally, physically and emotionally. The bi-product of living healthier is being trimmer and slimmer. Here are the things I’ve done since last August to improve my health:

Removed Alcohol Completely

I will be the first to tell you that this was not easy for me. I love wine. Anyone who knows me knows my affinity for the taste of a deep red Bordeaux. However, I struggle with anxiety and panic disorder. It was at a point where any alcohol increased panic attacks. Back in September I stopped drinking at my home and on a regular basis. At the time I only had alcohol on vacation or for something special. I realized that if I was going to be more focused, alcohol wasn’t going to help. Over the course of the past year, I’ve now removed it all together. I found I felt best when it wasn’t apart of my diet. Whether you choose to cut back or maybe eliminate it from your own diet, you will find so many benefits and improvement to your well being.

Increase Walking

I’ve probably harped about the importance of walking way too many times, but without daily long walks I do not maintain a healthy lifestyle. I use to use the Steps app from Adidas prior to my Apple Watch. It’s one of my favorite fitness apps and works with any mobile device. Now I aim for 11k steps a day, but I started out by just seeing what I was currently doing then slowly increasing the activity. Let’s say you already do 4k steps a day you can set a goal for a 30 minute walk and add another 3k steps. You’ll quickly almost double your activity by adding a scheduled walk in every day. Try taking a walk for 15 minutes at lunch or park at the back of a parking lot when you grocery shop. For more tips about getting steps in see this post!

Add a Fitness Class

From October to January last year I actively took 3-5 yoga classes a week. It was such a beneficial decision and allowed me to work on focus, toning and flexibility. Attending classes also pushed me further to master moves and challenge myself. Whether you choose something with high intensity or more relaxing getting involved in a class breaks up the monotony of working out alone.

Move to a Plant Based Diet

Now I understand not everyone is interested in eating vegan or vegetarian. There are so many benefits on our digestive system when you choose to eat more green leafy vegetables instead of bread, cheese and meat. Eating a plant based diet doesn’t mean you have to go rogue and eat only salads. You can start off by just having a vegetable first with every meal. Fill your plate with as many fresh vegetables and fruits as possible. Then, after you eat them have meat, gluten or dairy. I will tell you, you will be so much more full on nutrients you’ll find you will eat less of the latter. This helps so much in processing your food. Your body can’t burn stored fat if it’s working on processing all the food you just put in your body. The easier your food moves through your body the more nutrients will be absorbed and your body can free up energy for other things like restoring your skin or losing weight! You can read all about this philosophy in Kimberly Snyder’s Book The Beauty Detox Diet.

Well, there you have it. This is exactly how I lost weight over the past six months. My skin is clearer, my mental focus is better and my body feels lighter. I did take pictures throughout the journey as a reminder of my progress and the proof is there. I try not to step on a scale often (maybe once a month) since I tend to get a little obsessive about scales. Instead, I took a picture and would reference the success when I felt like I wasn’t making progress.

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Three Casual Looks Wearing Yoga Pants

Fashion, Healthy, How To, Petite Style, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Athleisure is trending right now and it’s not just reserved for the gym or yoga studio. I love being athletic and getting a good workout in, but I also love looking put together whether I’m at the gym, home or out running errands. On days I do not have meetings or photo shoots you will find me more often than not in athleisure. I love mixing and matching yoga gear with cotton tops, hoodies and casual accessories like baseball caps or totes to take an outfit from workout to street worthy. Today I’ve put together three looks where I’m wearing workout clothes out in public.

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Outfit #1


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The first look I wore last week to dinner and then to a hotel before we flew out to Birmingham, Alabama. I wore a pair of simple black slim fitting joggers, a loose black cotton tank, a pink hoodie and grey sneakers. This look can easily work if you are doing a lot of travel or walking for the day. Chances are you already have black leggings or joggers, a tank and a colorful hoodie or zip up! Just throw it all together and swipe a little nude lipstick and add mascara to take this look out for a spin.

Outfit #2:


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For the second look I wore a pair of cropped yoga pants with a light pink ruffle top for a quick coffee run. I added a pair of blush sneakers and a structured bag to go from the mat to the real world. Finally, I added a pop of color with a sunflower yellow sports bra. Remember, the rule of three colors. You can mix and match outfits by sticking to three colors. Here I used teal, pale pink and yellow but you can accomplished this look using any three colors.

Outfit #3:


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For the third look I am wearing a monochromatic outfit complete with maroon leggings, a sports bra and long sleeve cotton tee. I added a blush hat and blush colored sneakers. Since I wore this look to pick up groceries I brought along one of my favorite bags from Longchamp that’s perfect for toting things home.

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Spring Blooms in Sacramento's State Capitol Park

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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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