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30 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Back-to-School Picks

Fashion, Shopping, Style, Petite Style, Product ReviewCrystal JacksonComment
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30 Nordstrom Anniversary Back-to - School Picks

This is the weekend to buy more and save more. I've broken today's 30 items into 5 categories for teens and college kids for cute items for back-to-school. Whether you are going to grad school, enrolling in college for your first year, are attending High School or maybe shopping for your kids - this is the post for you! Below you’ll find a round up of bags for books, layering pieces, neutral shoes and much more! If you are looking to switch up your beauty and skincare routine - well, no worries! Just head over and take our skincare quiz or submit your email below!

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Back to School Bags

Every kid or young adult will need a sturdy, reliable bag for everyday. When I was in both High School and College I loved carrying a stylish tote or messenger back instead of a backpack. I still carry something similar for work. If you choose a classic but modern style it won't dissapopoint! You'll quickly find that beautiful leather wears well over time. For backpacks, check out padded straps and a good quality canvas or leather. The backpack selection is light years ahead of when I was going to class daily! Take advantage. Also, look for pockets for wallets and makeup!

Step Up Your Shoe Game

With school campuses getting larger everyday, having shoes that allow you to be on your feet all day are a necessity not a luxury. Opt for an old school style sneaker, low cut boot, ballet flats and stylish slide. If you have a colder climate make sure your snow or rain boots are in good condition.

Let's Talk Tees and Tops

For tops I like to have a few soft tees both short sleeve and long sleeved on hand. They can be layered under jackets, sweaters and blazers. They also are cute with a skort, skirt, jeans or shorts. James Pearse make some of the best or splurge on a commes de garcons. Check out stripes, solids and a few graphic ones.

Practical pants and bottoms

Since most schools have a dress code, I like to keep my bottoms more conservative. Defintely don't want to be sent home because of a few inches. If you are in a warm climate JCrew makes tons of great shorts. Make sure you stock up on a pair of quality jeans like these highly rated ones from Everlane. Also, I like a good mid length skirt and shorter corduroy option for a cute mod look.

Layering Pieces for Warmth

Lastly, it's time to round up a few pieces to keep you warm and dry. Never underestimate the power of the classic pea coat. My mom wore one in the 60s and I wore one in the early 00s when I was in school. I still have both a navy and tan ones. If this style is a little preppy, check out a suede or leather moto jacket, or a puffer for colder days. Also, make sure you have both thin and heavy sweaters. I like these from jcrew! Always classy, and in so many colors!

Here's a few outfits you can easily re-create whether you are going to school or not this year. Most of these I would wear as a momma or on casual activities.

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5 on Fridays - Five Books to Read to Ease Anxiety

Fashion, Inspiration, Petite Style, Lifestyle, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Lately, one of the biggest ways I’ve used a coping mechanism like reading to learn more about ways our thinking can impact the brain. Specifically, how our thought patterns can improve our behavior and the way we think on a broader scale. Anxiety has been a battle for me for years. This year I’ve made huge strides in informing myself more about behavioral cognitive therapy, meditation, how sleep affects us and thinking patterns. I’ve used audio books from Audible to listen to while driving and also downloaded a few ebooks to read when I’m in need of a little break from daily tasks. Here are a list of what I’ve been reading lately:

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

By: Arianna Huffington

This book was one I downloaded and listened to on drives and walks. It’s written by one of the founders of The Huffington Post. Arianna discusses some of life’s stresses, collective international data on how things like technology impacts our ability to be more mindful and ways to address health epidemics. If you are a fan of having data back up a book then I highly encourage taking a look a this book. It’s absolutely inspiring and I’ve already started implementing more techniques and mindfulness in my every day life.

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The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook 3nd Edition

by Edmund J. Bourne 

I picked this workbook up last Fall and have enjoyed working through the assignments. It’s half text book and half therapy worksheets. It addresses how anxiety affects us, ways to spot triggers and identifying coping mechanisms.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Charles Duhigg, Mike Chamberlain

This was another downloaded audio book for myself. I listened to this one mostly on walks. It discusses how creating and implementing daily habit routines allow our minds to think more clearly and calmly. Habit routines are linked to creating mental clarity. This is a fantastic book and was very impressed by how the book draws sociological examples.

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Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

Shauna Niequist, Brene Brown

This is a spiritual based book discussing a woman’s journey being addicted to performance. I actually was in a bible study group and we discussed a new chapter every week. It was a really fun group and getting to process what we learned each week on our own time in a conversational setting was so rewarding. I would recommend this for any mother or woman who feels like life is too full right now. The book discusses how important being present is and how it impacts inner peace, joy and our perspectives in life.

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson, 20th Anniversary Edition

by Mitch Albom 

This is not a new book, but I felt like it was worth mentioning. The book is written in a conversation form and is a short read. Although small in stature this was an impactful book in my life when I first read it early high school. It’s written by an young man who was a student of an older gentleman who is now dying of ALS. The wisdom in each chapter is profound and meaningful.

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What are some of your favorite books right now?

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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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Styling a Sweater Dress from LOFT

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I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I certainly had unexpected downtime on Saturday. Truthfully, after working with Dish Society on Friday I was exhausted from running all over Houston. We took most of Saturday to relax and catch up around the house. Yesterday though I worked on Valentine’s Day looks for you guys and will be posted later on this week! I can’t wait to share. Today’s look though has some exciting discounts. From now until tomorrow at 3pm if you shop at LOFT you can earn up to 50% off using the code:

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I love a good sweater dress and stumbled upon this one from LOFT over the winter break! I love it’s dusty blue color. It’s not quite navy but works with navy details. I wore it belted with over the knee boots. A sweater dress is one of the best things you can wear during the transition from Winter into Spring. I like to look for one with a fit an flare skirt because I find it more flattering than one that hugs too tight. Adding a belt gives it emphasis on your waist so you don’t look like you’re wearing a tent. This belt is from Anthropologie from over a decade ago, but I love this one from LOFT! It’s the perfect leopard print and will act as a neutral with most outfits.

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I also like to wear a good pair of tall boots this time of year. Houston is weird during Winter - one day it’s 70 degrees and the next it’s 20. If I am in a colder climate I can easily layer a coat (like this leopard one or this beautiful wrap one - both from LOFT) and tights for an added layer of warmth.

Here’s a round up of my favorite pieces right now from LOFT:

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LOFT has a ton of navy pieces. I prefer navy blue to black since it’s a little softer and works better with my skin tone. I remember hunting a few years ago for a navy dress and it was nearly impossible to find. LOFT has so many options right now for deeper blue pieces I was stoked when I saw their selection! Tomorrow I’m sharing a more casual look for you guys so you can take advantage of the last few minutes of this amazing sale!

What did you do this weekend?

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Trend to Watch: Sweater Dress with Mules

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I don’t know about you, but it seems as soon as mid-January hits all l have on the brain includes tropical places and spring shopping. After starting a massive clean out in my apartment I’m getting more and more inspiration for both style topics! My espadrilles are already lined up and easy to reach. The other pair of shoes I’m gravitating as our chilly days are mixed with warm afternoons includes a flat mule.

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Start with a sweater dress as your main garment. If it’s chill you can add a pair of navy or eggplant tights. I love this brand so much because they are durable, inexpensive and come in a variety of colors. When looking for a sweater dress, I like the fit and flare style where it’s a little longer in the back than the front. I also find deep jewel tones like burgundy last from Fall through Winter.

Here’s a round up of a few sweater dresses to shop

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I love this bow embellished back I picked up two weeks ago. I’ve been trying to wear it as much as possible. It comes with a mini clutch and is on sale right now for less than $70. I own a few Ted Baker pieces and his classic yet feminine style proves again and again to be good investment pieces. Right now you can get 60% off many styles on his website!

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Spring’s shoes styles are quickly debuting and mules aren’t going anywhere. I love this pair of knotted flat mules under $25 in today’s post. They required zero breaking in and no blisters! I wore them today with a dress, but look forward to cropped jeans, overalls and even shorts as we wander into warmer seasons.

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Lately I’ve also been experimenting with new ways of hairstyles and make up. For the first time I’ve started using face contouring and I love the results. Outside of the occasional swipe of bright lipstick or a hint of colored eye shadow I tend to stick to the same routine. I prefer more natural makeup looks with smooth skin and big lashes. I’m working on doing more video content and I was thinking about doing a quick one on my new natural looking makeup routine. I’d also like to share how I get my hair to do these chunkier wavy curls. This is a huge project, but it’s time for more video on Three Heel Clicks. Please let me know what sorts of video you may want to see? Organizing or decor? Beauty and health? Maybe how I put an outfit together or tricks for dressing petite style!

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Although this blog is about sharing experiences, I want to ensure moving forward it’s the facets you are more interested in reading about. I love doing style posts like this one, but it’s only one part of my life. I’ve been sharing more and more on Instagram and Facebook stories in a live setting, but YouTube video content has been a big interested in the past for me and this is the year I’m plunging into it!

What video are you most interested in seeing on Three Heel Clicks?

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