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Houston Hotspots: Nelson Water Gardens

Fashion, Houston, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Photography, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Last Novemeber I was working on a post for the Christmas season and I stumbled up this nursery that specializes in water gardens. It was chilly and cloudy but I couldn’t help but make a mental note to return during the warmer months to explore. This week, I was out in Katy when I decided it was the perfect time to visit this little water garden and nursery. Let’s just say, I was not dissappointed! It was absolutely beautiful with a wide selection of plants, water garden supplies and fish!

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Fun fact: Waterlilies are my favorite flower!

Waterlilies are such unique flowers. They have a root system submerged in wet soil underneath pond water. They grow all over the world and bloom in the Spring time. If you are driving through the country in Texas you will find entire ponds covered in hundreds of flowers this time of year. Although I do not currently have a place suitable to house a water garden, one day I hope to install one in my own garden full of koi fish and beautiful landscaping.

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I wore this lovely dress from Lands’ End. I really love the soft texture of the dress since it’s made of a knit jersey material. Perfect for warm humid days here in Houston! I’ve mentioned this over and over on the blog but natural materials like silk, wool and cotton are a must have for humid climates. You will sweat! During our Summer months temperatures raise above 100 degrees with 100% humidity. By selecting breathable fabrics you will stay cooler and more comfortable. Another thing I like about this dress is the fit and flare style. It’s classic, timeless and I see myself wearing this dress for years to come and I found it in a stripe pattern that is also perfect for Spring!

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To break up the pattern I added a leather braided belt. Belts work fantastic with this style of dress and add extra flair instead of wearing them alone. The casual leather braided belt dresses down this outfit and makes adding a pair of bow slides suitable for a weekend out exploring, traveling, shopping or brunch. I’ve had bow flats on repeat for the past month and rounded up several cute pairs above in the Shop the Post section!

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Since I knew I would be out and about all day I carried a medium size navy satin bag that comes with a removable clutch. Ted Baker has been one of my go to brands for over five years now. I really love the classic and feminine styles of the entire line but especially the purses. I’ve worn a pink one countless times for you guys on the blog and added this navy one earlier this year. The bag is under $100 and made extremely good! It also comes in a blush color!

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Nelson gardens has the sweetest and most helpful staff members. It’s a locally owned company located just outside of Houston in Katy, Texas. They have a store inside filled with garden decor and gifts plus a huge selection of nursery supplies. Whether you are looking to add a single hanging plant on your porch or build a pond here’s a fantastic place to visit. Their manifesto is to make gardening fun! I would agree, they do a wonderful job with their beautiful garden accented in shades of cobalt blue.

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As much as I love traveling all over the country every month, I also like to explore new scenes when I’m at home. I think no matter what size of city or town you live in there’s always an opportunity to branch out of your routine and find a new road to drive on, park to visit, or restaurant to try. It’s good for our brains to have new experiences and it’s been proven to help promote more creativity. Whenever I feel like I’m in a creative rut I head straight for a new location to gather inspiration.

Where are some of your favorite gardens?

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Houston Hotspots: Local Foods

Fashion, Houston, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Lately I’ve been on the hunt for healthy restaurants around the city that have a great atmosphere. I stumbled upon Local Foods when I was doing research on the Impossible Burger. The Impossible Burger is a plant based burger that tastes like beef! Local Foods which is a Houston based restaurant chain with locations all over the city took the Impossible Burger and turned it into a meatball sub. I was astonished at how delicious this sandwich tasted! Anyhow, the Impossible Burger is made by White Castle - yep the fast food brand many of us already love. You can find all locations that they serve the Impossible Burger to include Local Foods on their website if you are not in the Houston area here.

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Local Foods is a Houston restaurant chain with a selection of gourmet sandwiches, salads and prepared meals sourced from local ingredients. They have a variety of plant-based healthy options each served with such attention to detail and presentation. I visited the Heights location and highly recommend going there if you are looking for a delicious casual bite complete with cocktails. They have the most beautiful tile and navy booths throughout the space. I decided to pop over to visit in a beautiful watercolor skirt from Anthropologie (oldie but a goodie) and an embellished navy blue blouse. This outfit is perfect for the office during Spring time. Just throw a trench coat (this one just arrived for me yesterday and can’t wait to wear it!) for those chilly days.

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An orange skirt is a must have right now! Pantone released their Fall fashion report and shades of tangerine, peach and orange were staples in this Fall’s predictions! The runway was flooded with the warmest color on the color wheel. Orange is known as the happy color and works beautifully with blue since they are contrasting colors. A skirt is a safe way to wear a new color since it’s not next to your face. If you want to add a new color into your wardrobe think about opting for a skirt, scarf or accessory. I’ve rounded up 15 options here for you in all different price points.

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Nude pumps never go out of style and they are the first thing I reach for when I’m headed to a meeting, date or even just to go to church. They elongate the leg, add a little height to a petite frame and go with practically every color. I love this pair from Michael Kors because of the color of leather and comfort. Find a pump that your heel doesn’t slip out of and doesn’t rub blisters.

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Add a beautiful scarf on your handbag or you can tie one in your hair if you are wearing your hair up. Scarves and hats are a favorite accessory of mine because they add drama with a single accessory. Immediately outfits make a bigger statement with a scarf and it’s a classic timeless way to accessorize. I wore a scarf around my neck in yesterday’s post if you are looking for other styling options! I love the way they look when tied around the neck with a casual tee, sweater or blazer.

What do you think about adding more orange to your closet this year?

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Houston Hotspots: Becker's Books

Fashion, Houston, Photography, Style, Travel, LifestyleCrystal JacksonComment
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It’s not everyday that you randomly stumble upon a true gem like Becker’s Books. After spending the past few years hunting for an old copy of Little Women, I was at another local bookstore here in Houston and they recommended I check out Becker’s Books. It was a Tuesday and Becker’s wasn’t open until the next day so I made it a point to drive over the following day to see exactly what the fuss was all about. I was speechless (a VERY difficult thing for me) when I entered the old home now converted into a bookstore.

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This place is a dream for any bookworm. You may remember earlier this month my post on Gifting the Joy of Reading where I showcased a few of my Becker’s Books finds including my coveted copy of Little Women and a copy of Emerson’s Essays. As soon as I walked in I was immediately transported to another place in time. It truly felt like I jumped into the library scene of Beauty and the Beast.

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On Monday night they hosted a holiday party where a delicious spread including homemade recipes all for who wanted to stop by. I brought along my daughter who was obsessed with the kids section and we both picked up a few new things to read. Since we are headed on an upcoming road trip I thought a few new reads were in perfect order. I was impressed with how many books were in the collection from my own childhood like Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet and Sweet Valley Twins series.

The bookstore has over 150,000 books and they also have a warehouse. You could easily spend a whole weekend pouring over the beautiful spines and sifting through titles. Since it was a Monday night, I wore a simple navy tank, coral cardigan and skinny jeans. I added a pair of sparkly flats and a bright coral red bucket bag for a laid back but pulled together look. When I’m in question of what to wear to a casual event I almost always reach for a cardigan and flats! Comfortable, but polished and I love the way the pops of bright hues can make the outfit special. I added a simple coral pendant (this one was gifted but here’s a similar one!) to tie it all together.

What are your favorite local places to go? I’m constantly traveling and on the search for new hidden gems!

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Houston Hotspots: Old Town Spring

Fashion, Houston, Style, Travel, LifestyleCrystal JacksonComment
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I've been dying to visit this place ever since my dear friend Shirin told me I would love it last Fall. Two weeks ago I decided to pack up and drive nearly 45 minutes from my house to see what all of the fuss was about. I wasn't disappointed. With nearly 150 shops and restaurants in the heart of Spring, TX there was tons to do! Not to mention the fact that it's nestled right between Houston and The Woodlands/Conroe area. I brought my kiddo along and we wandered up and down a couple of the streets taking in all of the charm. 

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When we arrived, both of us were pretty hungry so we headed straight for Ellen's Cafe (which had amazing reviews). I ordered a potato, leek and asparagus soup which was perfect since I prefer to eat light on a warm day. They sell fudge and have a full ice cream bar inside if you want to just pop in and grab something quick. The staff was so friendly and the service was impeccable. Not to mention, they have a stellar patio equipped with perfect patio lighting for evenings. When I looked around for vegetarian options they were the first to pop up!

Old Town Spring was a settlement back in the 1800's and became a major station for the railroads as it had two lines that crossed. While mostly German settlers, the town was built in a Victorian style with intricate details and wooden structures. You can actually see a lot of original artifacts from clothing to house hold goods in The Museum.

Next up was to tour around the streets and we headed straight to the Doll Hospital. It's a great place to bring little girls and they have hundreds of dolls in the shop. Another thing we noticed was just how many toy and candy stores there were from the restaurant to the Doll Hospital. I was so glad it was so kid friendly. Also, it was a Saturday and uncrowded so it made it really easy to bring the kiddo along. Here is a listing of all of the shops and restaurants.

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While you visit I recommend going by White Hall. It's one of the earlier Victorian style buildings built at the turn of the century and has a beautiful gazebo, garden and there's a shop inside. We picked up Himalayan bath salts in the pretties soft pink shade. They look like pink rocks and I'll be using them for some decor in my pink bathroom. 

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For the outing, I decided to wear a cream colored slip dress I bought at a boutique in Ft. Worth, a lemon chiffon kimono (you can shop a bunch below and many are under $50), my new favorite flats, and a classic white and tan structured bag. Lemon prints are in rotation for the Summer and I'll be bringing lots on my upcoming trip to Seattle. You can follow along on Instagram this week to see more!

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Houston Hotspots: Tiny Boxwoods

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Situated in the heart of Houston, TX Tiny Boxwoods is not just a restaurant, but an experience. It’s not hard to see why it has turned into a hit sensation here in Houston. With a refreshing idea of placing a restaurant inside of a garden while encompasses an opportunity to socialize it’s easy to fall in love. When  you arrive at the space you are immediately offered a cocktail while you wait in line on the beautiful green lawn. The idea is for you to mix and mingle with others while you await ordering your delicious food. The beautiful waiting area is filled with rustic tables, white linen couches and fountains galore! It’s truly a magical site.

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Once you are inside you have the ability to order more beverages, food, dessert and they’re famous cookies. You will then be seated either inside or on the patio.They have a delectable menu featuring thoughtful, fresh dishes and a variety of seasonal items.

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Although on this day it was a little dreary outside, there were plenty of places to sit to get out of the rain. The patio was even more delightful than I imagined and the seating extends into the garden next door. Taste a delicious wood fired pizza while sitting outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery all around you.

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The restaurant is part of a concept develope by  by owners Baron Doke, Gregg Thompson and Lance Thompson. They also own Tinys No. 5, Tiny Boxwoods in Austin, and Milk and Cookies. They strive to maintain all four restaurants impeccably and give their guests the ultimate experience. The restaurants are first come first serve accepting zero reservations. However, if you encounter a wait you can easily grab a beverage and peruse the garden or socialize with other guests waiting in line.

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