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How to Survive the Heat and Still Look Chic

Fashion, How To, Petite Style, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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The Texas heat is something else. We experience temperatures year round that some climates only handle through a few months. In Houston, the heat is amplified by humid air from the Gulf of Mexico. Let me tell you, starting in April it’s nothing but hot or rainy until October. After living here in Houston over a decade and having to endure heat through work, extra curricular activities and exercise I have found a few tricks for enduring heat that soars above 90 degrees with 100% humidity. If you want to buy this exact dress and hat head on over to my Amazon Shop and grab them for under $20!

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Choose Fabrics that Breathe

Being a person with very reactive and sensitive skin the material of the clothes and fit of a garment is a high priority for comfort. Too many synthetic fibers woven into a material traps sweat and ends up just breaking my skin out. I found that switching to linen, cotton, and silk during the warm months makes a big difference in being comfortable. I love the look of this checked shirt dress for warmer months. The loose fitting skirt allows you to move and sit with ease, but it’s still fitted enough in the bodice to look polished.

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Keep the Sun Off Your Face

Although I confess, I have a penchant for hats so I will use any excuse to wear one but they do offer coverage off my face. A lot of people I meet are surprised when I tell them I’m over 30 years old. I think so much of that is attributed to living a healthy lifestyle, maintaining my weight, taking care of my skin and eating nutrients. Where I used to bask in the sun, I now take extra precaution and wear hats for additional coverage on my face. Hats also provide you with better vision during bright days by blocking direct sunlight on your eyes. For this time of year I am draw to straw hats, boater hats and anything including a bow.

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Wear a Comfortable Sandal for Walks

When your feet are hot and uncomfortable, you are hot and uncomfortable. Although for long hikes I choose to wear protective footwear for a typical warm day I opt for a pair of comfortable slides or sandals. I stay so much cooler and I can still walk for a good period of time without getting unnecessary blisters. Another tip if you do get blisters often is to look for a shoe that has padding and is backless. I prefer to stay away from flip flops as they have been proven to damage your feet and ankles but instead go for a sweet pair of slides.

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Springtime in Texas

Fashion, Inspiration, Petite Style, Travel, Style, VintageCrystal JacksonComment
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There is a sweet little period of time where it warms up just enough to wear a lovely dress here in Texas and not feel like you stepped into a furnace. That time is now! From March to April Texas is a plethora of blooming wildflowers, beautiful blue skies and the perfect temperature. Word of advice: July and August are not your friends if you are a planning a trip out West unless you prefer 100 degree weather. In that case, be my guest. For most, a good 70-80 degrees is by far the best time of year to visit. So mark your calendars for next year or hurry on over now to see all of the beauty Texas offers.

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I’ve lived in Texas my entire adult life for a reason. The people are kind, everyone says Howdy to strangers and the flowers….oh, the beautiful flowers. Texas is a place to come to if you want to see a horse ride alongside a country drive or cows and ducks hanging out in pastures. One of the other things I love about this state includes all of the small towns scattered across. I live to find these hidden places and today’s post was shot in Navasota. I’ve posted in this location a few times before to include Veronica’s Daiquiri Shop and this lovely yellow dress shot two years ago. Navasota sits about an hour outside of Houston and makes a fantastic day trip. You can visit Martha’s Bloomers which has the prettiest cafe where you can order tea, brunch and dessert.

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Another big influence for Texas style is that we border Mexico. In fact, we have our own taste of Mexican food called Tex-Mex which is hands down some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. In Texas you can wear Mexican embroidered tunic dresses, espadrilles and a hat is necessary to block the blazing sun that radiates from our wide open skies. I found this Mexican style dress recently second-hand along with the belt featured in today’s look. Mixing old and new pieces is a great way to stretch a budget and create a unique look. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite embroidered dresses for you guys today to shop!

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Espadrilles are my number one dressed up shoe besides a block heel featured last week on the blog. They are comfy, chic and come in a variety of heel heights, styles, and colors. I wore this pair last Spring when I visited Bayou Bend Museum and Gardens for the annual Azalea Trail. When I saw how perfectly they went with the vintage dress I was ecstatic. I prefer to belt tunic dresses so they don’t look like a giant tent and love the full skirt style for picnics, BBQ’s and sightseeing.

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This crocheted hat is from Free People and I found it last year when I was visiting one of my best friends in Seattle. I found a similar hat here good price point and doesn’t make your head hot but still offers coverage on your face from unwanted UV rays. You can easily pair it with slides, white jeans and a white button down top for a minimal Spring look or wear it with practically any floral dress.

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What are you looking to add to your Spring wardrobe?

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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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Seeking Purpose

Fashion, How To, Inspiration, Healthy, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Photography, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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The past year of my life has been more impactful than any year in establishing who I am as an adult. Although I’ll never stop developing or changing, this year was different than previous years. This year I started off by really defining my purpose. I realized that without purpose I do not have intention. Without intention my actions are aimless like throwing speghetti at a wall. With purpose I understand my boundaries, limitations, weaknesses and preferences. I believe in my heart we were all created for different purposes. We were individually knit to be exactly who we are. It’s tough though as you are a young adult to clear out the noise and be able to really listen to your inner gut. If you are also seeking purpose, joy and peace within your life here are a few thoughts I’d like to share with you:

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Start with a list of what you are and what you aren’t

This is simiilar to a pros and cons list, but more about defining your own boundaries. When you are at your best what does that person look like to you? Write it down! For me, it’s organized, warm, focused and creative. Maybe you are analytical or resourceful. Maybe you are comedic or a caregiver. Put your strong attributes down to refer to throughout the process of seeking purpose. Then, write down the things your aren’t. It could be that you are not organized or that you are not loud. Somethings I know I’m not is an overly strict parent. For me, I pick and choose what I seek to be firm on then let the other things work themselves out throughout time and development. I don’t believe that you can understand your purpose without first being honest who you are.

Use a vision board

Whether you choose to collect things visually in print or digitally have a little folder, board or collection of things you love the most. The things that inspire you and make you feel a sweet aching inside like hearing your favorite song. This can be a great reference point when choosing your wardrobe, activities, interiors in your home and general mood. I love pastels, soft sunlight, photography, and feminine details. I like to keep my on Pinterest or saved to a collection on Instagram so I can easily refer to it when I’m making choices on a daily basis. It helps keep you focused on your direction.

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Go within and evaluate

You are the only one who can change the direction of your own life. But to make a choice that is truly your own you have to quiet down the loud noise of the world. Setting aside alone time to do things like journal, pray, meditate, take long walks are all ways to go within. Powering off your electronics and ask yourself what brings you the most joy? Is it helping another person? Then, think of ways you can do more of what you love. Maybe it brings you joy to lead, then consider a career that matches those skills so you can hone and develop them fully. Cut out the things that do not bring joy. I know I hate cleaning my home - a maid would be nice, but not practical right now. Instead, I go a little easy on myself and usually clean every other day by tidying, laundry and loading rinsed dishes in my dishwasher. That way things don’t get out of hand and I’m not frustrated by the fact that I’m constantly cleaning. I keep my have to dos to a minimum so I have more time to do my want to dos.

You see, without self-definition we tend to work jobs we are not passionate about and take on things that don’t bring us joy. Every time you put on another weighted item that’s not part of your purpose it makes your life feel heavy and unsatisfying. No matter what your political views are, religious or spiritual direction is or your values are you have the choice to be intentional or unintentional. It all begins with honesty with yourself and then constantly checking to make sure your actions are in alignment.

What do you think your purpose is in life? Do you feel like you know it or are you still seeking? Share your experience in the comments!

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5 on Fridays - Five Outfits with Stripes

Fashion, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Stripes… the pattern that is simple, classic and flattering. I’m a stripe lover. If I am reaching for a print then it’s usually a floral or a stripe. Whether you choose to reach for a basic striped tee or go head to toe in a stripe maxi dress it’s so easy to put together different looks using stripes. I love to pair stripes with white accessories, jeans and shoes for a fresh Spring look. A stripe tee looks perfect with a trench coat and ballet flats for a chilly day or wear them with shorts and slides for a day at the beach.

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Mix and Match Stripes

You can mix and match different widths of stripes like this outfit by pairing a slim striped off the shoulder dress with a wider stripe tote. Here’s a round up of a few red and white striped dresses to go with a neutral stripe bag. You can add a pair of neutral wedges for extra height or this look works great with flat slides, too.

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Go head to toe in blue and white

A stripe maxi is the perfect way to wear stripes. Blue and white stripes reminds me so much of the classic ticking stripe print of vintage mattresses. Add a cross body and pair of slides for a casual weekend look. This look is great for a day at a festival or any outdoor activity. The maxi length makes the dress so comfortable to sit and relax without worrying you might flash someone.

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Red and white stripes for a french flair

For a chic take on a classic stripe tee, pair one with a short skirt and red accessories. Add a boater hat and bandanna for a french flair. This look is great for brunch or a girl’s outing. You can add a pair of fun shades and this is perfect for a sunny afternoon. A bandanna is one of the most inexpensive accessories you can add. Tie one around your purse, wear as a scarf or you can tie one in your hair to make a ponytail more interesting.

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Wearing pastel stripes for a soft Spring look

Next to blue and white stripes, pink and white is probably my next favorite color scheme. I like to wear pastels in a couple of different colors like this blush and periwinkle blue. Cropped jeans are great this time of year so you can wear flats or heels. You can also wear them for a walk on the beach without dragging your jeans through the sand.

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Jazz up your classic jeans and tee look

Last but not least is what I consider the uniform of stripes. A simple navy and white tee layered over distressed jeans and a pair of booties. Red, white and blue is a favorite combination of mine because it always in style. You can add a simple bag (Tommy Hilfiger makes the best!) for a touch of red without looking like you stepped out of a fourth of July festival.

Which stripe outfit is your favorite? Leave a comment!

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