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How to Wear the Hottest Hair Accessories

Fashion, DIY, How To, Houston, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Photography, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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One of the best parts of being a fashion and lifestyle blogger for my job is getting to share new ideas with you guys! I’ve always been drawn to a feminine, modern and timeless style but I like adding touches of whimsy from older eras like hats, silk scarves, vintage bags and hairpieces. Mixing old ideas with new pieces is one of the most fun parts for putting together a new fresh look.

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You may notice that lately I’ve been playing more and more with scarves. You can see an entire group of posts where I use scarves in different ways on the blog and on Pinterest. Today I’m sharing how to incorporate some of the best accessories for your hair right now! For today’s look I added a simple floral crown to tie in the blush rose printed dress and mules. I love how this changes the entire dress taking it from an otherwise conservative approach to something more whimsical.

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Adding a new style or accessory in your wardrobe can be a little bit of an adjustment. I remember when I first started adding hats into every day outfits I felt like they were a little over the top. But as I wore them more and more, I began to grow comfortable with this new apparatus being on my head. Same with headbands, hairclips and floral crowns. Sometimes, our minds and bodies have to adjust to something new. Think about it like a new piece of furniture you just purchased to fill an empty space. At first, the piece of furniture may feel like it’s taking up so much room in your home… but after a few weeks your mind adjusts and you can’t imagine the room looking any different!

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This can be said with anything you add in your life. Maybe it’s a new routine like I talked about last week on the blog. Maybe it’s a new decor item or fashion trend. Life is about experimenting and expressing creativity. When we do the same things over and over expecting different results it increases frustrations and feelings of inadequacy or low self worth. As humans, I believe we were meant to be exposed to new places, experiences and ways of self expression to deepen and define exactly who we are. I challenge you this Monday morning to try something you’ve always wanted to try. Maybe it’s a floral crown like I did here in today’s post. Or maybe you decide to take a walk to relax at the end of your day today. Maybe you finally pick up a pen and write words that have been lingering in your mind. Whatever you choose, challenge yourself to try something new. Write down how you felt afterwards. Reflect on your purpose and choices.

What is one thing you plan to add to your life today that’s new?

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Houston Hotspots: Strawberry Picking at Atkinson Farms

Fashion, DIY, Houston, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Style, Travel, HealthyCrystal JacksonComment
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I’ve been dying to get over to pick fresh strawberries for some time now. Every Spring comes along yet I seem to miss making it to a berry farm. Well, this year it was highly prioritized and I’m lucky in the fact that I live about 30 minutes from one.

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Visiting a strawberry farm is a way you can show local farmers and business owners support. I am a HUGE plant lover. I eat a primarily plant based diet which includes mostly vegetables and fruits. Finding good quality locally sourced produce aids immensely in providing my body with the right nutrients and vitamins. I try to shop as often as I can at a local farmer’s market. When I have the opportunity to go pick my own fruit that’s even better! Local farms support our economy and farming is HUGE in Texas. I mentioned last month in this post just how the Houston Rodeo supports kids by giving them scholarships for agriculture and livestock.

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Since I knew we would be getting down on our hands and knees I wore a durable pair of dark overalls. I am an overall freak! I love them. They are easy to dress up or down. They are perfect for days at the farm or a visit to a Northern climate. I’ve worn them so often when we’ve gone to snowy places. I prefer a pair that is fitted with a skinny pant leg so that I don’t get engulfed in fabric or look sloppy. I also look for stretch in all of my denim since I had the feeling of a restricted pair of jeans. You can find several options under $75 here, here and here.

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Another garden and farm must have includes weather proof shoes. I wear my Hunter boots all year round. From hiking at Cascade Caverns to trekking through a foot deep of snow they are such a staple. If you are looking for a new pair of gardening shoes consider a pair of clogs, low boots or tall boots depending on how much protection you need from mud.

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If you are local to Houston and want to visit Atkinson Farms they are open all week long starting at 10am. The property is beautiful and centrally located just north of Houston in Spring, TX. When you arrive you can stop at the store and grab a bucket ($1.25 and you get to keep it). Then, you head out and pick strawberries at your own leisure for $3.99 a pound! A bucket holds approximately 3-4 lbs of strawberries. There are no fees to enter and if you go on a week day you’ll find you have plenty of time to pick strawberries without fighting a crowd.

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Lately, I’ve been working on producing more video content for you guys! I recently uploaded a video to my YouTube channel on a visit to the Antique Rose Emporium and now you can view a clip from my visit to Atkinson Farms where I go strawberry picking here or click on the image below for a two minute video of my trip!

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I’m crossing things off my Spring Bucket List one at a time. Are you guys making plans to visit a local farm or garden? If so, share your plans below in the comments!

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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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Antique Shopping on The Strand

Fashion, Inspiration, Houston, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Photography, Style, Travel, VintageCrystal JacksonComment
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Galveston is one of the oldest port cities in Texas. Dating back to the early 19th centuries. It was the Capitol of the Republic of Texas in 1836. The city a few decades later became an international port. A hurricane hit the island back in the early 1900’s destroying so much of the city however there are many original structures when you take a walk down The Strand (and they are labeled!) During Prohibition and into the Depression years Galveston was full of casinos and gambling. Later on after illegal businesses shut down and the Galveston sea wall was constructed businesses began rebuilding,

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The Strand Historic area is where you can find so many historical buildings. Many of the buildings have been modernized to hold restaurants, bars, boutiques and antique stores. There are a little shy of twenty antique stores in that area. We visited the Antique Warehouse which is a great resource if you are looking to add historical elements both for interiors and exteriors, furniture and hardware. It was voted as the best antique store in the city and resides in a very controversial building.

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I wore a beautiful blush ruffle maxi skirt over a simple olive green tank top. For this trip I packed more neutrals since I’ve been loving a muted palette. Blush acts as a neutral and olive green is so earthy when paired with the soft hues of the pink. I added casual simple leather slides and a vintage blanket basket for a tote to store shopping finds.

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This particular shop is an old converted hotel named the Oleander Hotel. The Oleander Hotel has a history of being a brothel during the 1940s and 1950s. Galveston has changed so much since that time as it is now a place for families to come and enjoy the beach, historic areas and architecture. Much of the antique store is available to tour and you’ll even see some of the rooms preserved with furniture from the nineteenth and twentieth century.

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After we popped in a few shops we headed over for ice cream a few blocks away. It was pretty warm this afternoon and a little treat was perfect for the occasion. Galveston is an excellent location if you celebrate Mardi Gras. I prefer to steer clear of crowds so we decided to visit Sunday through Tuesday last week. I could have easily spent one more night and it be the perfect vacation. The island is filled with so much to do, but I needed more downtime in between all of our activities.

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This was a really interesting find in the picture above. I found unique items like this pill case which was a prescription from the doctor in 1958. It was something to help a patient sleep and I thought it was interesting how it was handwritten. It’s so fun to pick up little treasures with history. Seeking antique stores is always a fun activity. I love bringing things home that have a story to tell instead of typical cheap looking item. I like to find either fashion items I’d wear or incorporate from time to time in different looks or things for my home. Another thing I love to look for includes vintage Christmas ornaments.

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The Strand is lovely area if you are looking to find specialty shops, holistic yoga, and plenty of patios to grab a cocktail or bite to eat. If you want to see more pictures about the Strand - check out this post from last year when I visited in February.

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Houston Hotspots: The Rodeo

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One of the most fun activities every year in Houston is getting to attend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It’s a Texas tradition and Houston is known for having the largest rodeo in the world! With almost 3 million attendees and over 33,000 volunteers the rodeo takes over the city for about a month. It’s true family fun with live concerts every evening, learning opportunities about farming and agriculture and plenty of carnival attractions to ride.

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This year I took my daughter to see her very first concert! We arrived after spending the first few days of Spring Break in Galveston and immediately jumped on the ferris wheel. As much as I hate heights it’s nice to sometimes ride the ferris wheel to get a little scenic view of the event. I warn you, the rodeo is huge! It takes up two entire buildings including the NRG arena (our huge football stadium is converted into a space for the rodeo and concerts) plus another area indoors where all of the livestock are kept. Be prepared for lots of walking and expect rain off and on this time of year.

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I love any excuse to bust out my vintage cowboy boots. One of the best parts about living in the South is getting to experience all things western. Texas is a unique place in the fact that it covers so much geography, but the Texan lifestyle remains strongly consistent throughout the state. Texans are so proud of where they come from and love sharing experiences that are native to this part of the US with visitors. If you are looking to visit Texas, the Spring is the best time to come. Bluebonnets and indian paintbrush wildflowers start lining each highway and fields are full of little yellow flowers. It’s breathtaking and usually not too hot (as in under 85 degrees) this time of year.

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One of my tips for traveling to Houston is be prepared for humidity. It’s almost always high and there are usually thunderstorms all year long. Houston sits about an hour from the Gulf Coast and we experience so much of the weather that comes along with it. I recommend mastering a good up do like a messy braid (worn in today’s post) to keep your hair at bay.

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The rodeo is a huge source of funding for education. Farming and agriculture makes up so much of our economy in Texas and to carry the legacy of knowledge there is a program called 4H which provides scholarships for children and learning opportunities. “Currently, more than 2,300 students are on Rodeo scholarships, attending more than 80 different Texas colleges and universities. The value of these scholarships is more than $50 million.” (source - Houston Livestock and Rodeo) When you attend the rodeo you are helping kids learn how to farm and provide a gateway into higher learning.

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Another thing that blew me away about the rodeo was the amount of volunteers. It literally takes a village (or a huge metropolitan city) to put on an event that lasts a full month. For three weeks our entire public transportation system helps, over 33,000 volunteers and businesses donate services to the rodeo. You’ll find every age helping out and participating. It’s so fun to get to see the little ones ride sheep for contests and get awarded money for their efforts.

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Lastly, some of the biggest names in music perform here to include George Strait, Cardi B and Kings of Leon all played this year. We decided to visit the night Kings of Leon played and their show was just as good as the last time I saw them live a decade ago. You can check out the concert line up here if you are curious who else played this year!

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