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Free Slurpee Day with Stripes Stores

beauty, DIY, Fashion, Style, Product Review, HealthyCrystal JacksonComment
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July and August are the hottest months here in Texas and my car thermometer read 111 degrees yesterday! I can’t tell you how much I am currently appreciating icy cold drinks right now. I’ve been making rounds to juice shops, cold brew coffee shops and my new obssession - the slurpee! Today’s National Slurpee Day and Stripes is excited to announce free slurpees! Head on over to my Instagram post for all of the details!

Speaking of the heat, I’ve been really laying off makeup lately and focusing more on skincare. Recently, I’ve switched from a few old favorites to new products like a cleansing stick instead of a harsh cleanser that dries my skin out. I really love oil based cleansers because they get all of the dirt and makeup off my face without removing natural oils that protect my skin. This YOU·OLOGY Cleansing Stick is an easy-to-use emollient-based makeup removing stick that fits right in your pocket. Effectively dismiss hard-to-remove makeup, even long-lasting waterproof mascara and stubborn lip stains. Never get stuck in your makeup with this totally pursable, travel-ready stick.

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Another product I’ve switched to is a BB cream instead of a heavy foundation. BB creams are simply beauty balms that help minimize imperfections and allow your natural skin’s beauty shine through. I recently switched to Vegan, cruelty-free and non-toxic products for all makeup and skincare. The difference in just 30 days has been astonishing! I have clearer brighter skin and it’s all thanks to working with a company who has the best products on the market! Try the BB FLAWLESS complexion enhancer for a lightweight feel that goes on easily and stays put all day!

What are some of your favorite Summer Beauty Products?

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Trend to Watch: The White Tennis Skirt

Fashion, Houston, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Inspiration, Style, TravelCrystal Jackson1 Comment
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Over the next two weeks I am going to post a few ideas for Fourth of July outfits that can be worn all Summer long. I recently received this cute white tennis skirt as a gift and let me tell you… my life has been changed. It actually has shorts underneath! I loved it so much I wore it twice over the weekend. I paired it with a white camisole on my Shop Three Heel Clicks Instagram account and then with this classic red and white striped tee in today’s post. If you do not own a tennis skirt, I suggest you run with Godspeed to get one. You’ll thank me later.

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Shop White Tennis Skirts

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Between my parents’ house in College Station, TX and my own apartment right outside of Houston there are two Farmer's Markets I frequently stop at for a break on my hour and a half drive back and forth. I love fresh produce. I find the more vegetables and fruit I eat the more vibrant I feel. Don’t get me wrong, I still have to appease late night cravings for chocolate and ice cream but if I have delicious fruits on hand I am more likely to reach for them throughout the day.

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I’ve shared a few posts about one of the Dilorio’s Market locations here on the blog a few times which is a smaller stand on the roadside of Highway 6, but they have an even larger location if you drive into the small town of Hempstead, TX. I love bringing my picnic basket to store and protect the produce I pick up so it’s not bruised or mashed when I get home. Tip: Don’t store bananas in a paper bag if you like the to remain yellow. Paper bags will ripen them immediately, instead opt for your own reusable bags, totes or baskets to keep your produce fresh!

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A big boater hat, sandals and cross body complete a weekend look keeping you cool, comfortable and the sun off the face. Our Summers in Texas are relentless. So ensuring I protect my skin by wearing a lightweight long sleeve cotton top and adding a hat helps immensely. Don’t forget a pair of sunglasses for the drive. With big open fields and ranches there is little protection from the sunlight when clouds dissipate.

I would love to hear outfit ideas for styling a white tennis skirt? How would you style this skirt?

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Developing Your Morning Habit Routine

Fashion, DIY, How To, Healthy, Petite Style, Lifestyle, Inspiration, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Lately, I’ve begin growing into the discipline of developing habit routines. After reading a few incredibly inspiring books like Thrive and The Power of Habit I’ve learned to begin my day the way I need to so that I set up a foundation to be kinder, gentler, more compassionate and most of all loving. There was a time in my corporate work career where I moved from one activity to the next without giving any thought to how it might affect my body, mind and soul. After a decade of living like that and burning the entire candle not just both ends, I’ve made a conscious and deliberate effort to change a life of chaos and develop a life of purpose, discernment and intention.

While hardwork and diligence is a discipline, I was far exceeding discipline and I turned it to a full obsession. I was a corporate supervisor’s dream… always ready to tackle more. Always willing to say yes. Never realizing that the more times I said, “yes” without hesitation or intention I was slowly become less of me and more of something I did not want to become. Late nights at work spilled over to not being able to sit still and enjoy time at home. I literally lived in chaos for a decade. Although I appreciate every single experience from that time, I now realize I can achieve a better life by implementing discipline into my morning habit routines that will allow my mind to have the space it needs to flourish. At the beginning of May I set out on a new journey. A journey to redefine my purpose - you can read more about that in last week’s post.

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After exptensive research and trial and error I begin to develop new routines. I start my day with a glass of water beside my bedstand. Before I even move or stretch I get this first glass down to fill my body with the hydration it needs. I spend a few minutes making my bed and stretching. I slowly let my body come alive instead of being my previous pop tart of a self. Then, I read a small meditation or excerpt from something inspiration and journal about thoughts. From there, I make a list of three categories:

  • One Big Thing I’m Going to Accomplish Today

  • Three Important Tasks

  • A Timeline for My Day

I begin with the end in mind which is how I am going to accomplish one big thing. That way if nothing else goes my way, then at least I knocked off one thing. Sometimes the one big thing is a long workout. Sometimes it’s a project or chore. My one big thing has become the center of the day. From there I list three other important tasks - pick up dry cleaning, coffee with a friend, or maybe write a blog post. I base my entire day’s timeline on these four items. I allow plenty of time to accomplish things and keep my schedule simple. I’ll be sharing my daily schedule with you guys over the course of the next few weeks on Instagram Stories.

If I could rewind the clock I would have been kinder to my twenty something self. I would have taken more breaks. Turned off work and slept more. Turned off the phone, the emails and late texts for work. I became consumed with being a slave to deadlines and projects. I literally could not go on a Sunday drive through the city without thinking as I passed by an industrial building that maybe I could help them become a client. While I do believe that many work inspirations can bloom out of the office, I was not being inspired… I had conditioned my mind to think only about work… about the next meeting, the next sale, the next goal I needed to reach to support my family financially. Now my days are different. My morning routine sets me up with intention. I realize what’s important and urgent and what can wait. At the conclusion of my day I reflect upon the things I put on plate and decide if it’s too much or too little. Whatever your current routine is I challenge you to start with just five minutes. Take five minutes to think about your purpose in life. Build your day around that purpose.

How do you prepare for your day? Anything especially helpful? Leave a comment or send me a tweet!

All photographs courtesy of the talented Andrew Sherard.

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5 on Fridays - Five Ways I Cope With Panic Attacks

beauty, Fashion, Inspiration, Healthy, Petite Style, Lifestyle, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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As I enter a new era of my life I realize more than ever how important it is to manage anxiety and panic attacks. I have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and OCD. Yep, that’s a mouthful. It’s a condition I’ve battled with for several years and one of the toughest parts of my life. I am writing today’s post based solely on my own experiences in hopes that if you also struggle with anxiety or panic attacks that you will find help and create a better environment.

  1. Make sure physical needs are met - This seems obvious but lack of sleep, exercise and poor diet all contribute to my panic attacks. Although I have an affinity for wine, I have found alcohol only temporarily minimizes anxiety and then immediately increases panic attacks the following day or two. Removing alcohol requires me to deal with a situation instead of medicating myself. I feel better when I don’t drink all around and can tackle more situations with a clear mind.

  2. Have a plan - I go through a checklist when I start feeling light headed. I start with making sure I have snacks and water. Then, I find a quiet space. I slow my breathing down and focus on things that bring me positive feelings. It may be a song playlist, it may be a photograph or words of encouragement. I have a list of about ten things that bring me joy so when I feel one coming on, I slow down and go through my checklist.

  3. Take a walk - A ten minute walk can do wonders when I feel anxious. I usually have an exit strategy in place prior to most situations. I will excuse myself to the restroom or take a call if I need to in certain situations, but the best remedy for most of my panic attacks is a short brisk walk around the block. I set a timer and walk in one direction, then turn around and walk back. It takes the guess work out of things and I can just focus on moving my body. Panic attacks usually last 15-30 minutes so I know if I take a walk my mind will settle as my body moves.

  4. Remove things from your plate - Now instead of multi-tasking I try to focus on one thing at a time and only on my top 3 priorities. Once those things are accomplished I work on my next three items. By only worrying about three things it helps my brain to focus instead of feeling like a thousand thoughts are swimming in my head. I also allow breaks throughout the day, naps if needed and a good shower usually helps. I wrote an entire post about Taking Life Slower which you can read here. It’s helped so much and decreases the pressure I put on myself.

  5. Seek guidance - This is probably the best thing I did to help cope with anxiety and panic attacks. For years I only treated the problem but didn’t work on the underlying issues. My body was in a constant fight or flight state with adrenaline rushing through my veins. I found after meeting with counselors and a psychiatrist I was able to get the tools I needed to handle tough situations instead of freaking out. If you are currently experiencing panic attacks, I recommend visiting a reputable psychiatrist and a therapist. They will begin with evaluating your body and mental state to see if your brain chemicals are off balance. I used both medication and behavioral cognitive therapy to put long term strategies in place.

I write this post not from a doctor’s perspective but from a patient’s view. Anxiety and panic attacks haven’t completely gone away but they are more manageable than six months to a year ago. I’ve had to try different things over time to include meditation, journaling and yoga. All of these have aided but at the end of the day it boils down to making sure my body and mind are in a healthy state.

Have you ever experienced a panic attack? What are your coping strategies? Leave me a comment or send me an email at threeheelclicksblog@gmail.com. I love hearing about your own personal experiences.

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The Skincare Series: Dr. Jart FocuSpot Blemish Micro Tip Patches

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After battling adult hormonal acne for the past eight years I am always hunting products that can assist with healing blemishes. Prior to having my daughter I had clear skin requiring minimal maintenance. However, my hormones shifted and now I battle with skincare regularly. Nothing can replace stress management, diet, exercise and hydration but sometimes my skin needs a little extra care. I’ve been a fan of Dr. Jart’s skin care line for a few years. I’ve found their products are deep cleansing and healing without drying my skin out.

Today I’m sharing about a recent campaign I did on Instagram with Dr. Jart. These FocuSpot Blemish Micro Tip Patches are perfect for blemishes on the go. They come individually wrapped making it easy for me to throw them in my toiletry bag. They are also really easy to use! You simply cleanse your face and apply the patch for two hours. I put mine on while I was getting ready for the day. Right before leaving I removed the patch and applied moisturizer! The redness diminished and my blemish was significantly less swollen. I highly recommend using these!

I’m doing a giveaway for one lucky reader to receive their own goody bag full of my favorite travel size skincare products including Dr. Jart FocuSpot Blemish Micro Tip Patches included! Simply comment on the video post on Instagram or leave a comment below for an entry. You can also leave a comment on my Facebook page for two additional entries. The giveaway closes at midnight April 24th, 2019 and the lucky winner will be announced on April 25th!