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How to Pack for a Winter Getaway

Fashion, How To, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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A winter getaway is the perfect escape for us Southerners. I don’t know about you but a world covered in a blanket of snow just adds pure magic to the Christmas season. Over the past few years I made it a point to get out of Texas and up North for a few trips including Chicago (and this post), Rhode Island (see here and here), Vermont, New Hampshire, Boston and Maine. Each trip was unique and thoughtfully planned out. Since I can get away with just jackets and sweaters most of the year in Houston (if not shorts!)

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What to Pack:

The main key to packing efficiently is to think in a color scheme and pack layers. These photographs were from a road trip all over New England this past Winter. I knew bringing a few coats would give flexibility during the sunny warmer days and chilly windy nights. Layering wool coats over puffy vests and overalls got me through so much of the trip. I loved being able to take the coat off and enjoy coming inside for a delicious drink at many of the local breweries and distilleries on the trip. But as soon as I stepped outside I needed the extra insulation with added gloves, down coats or long wool coats, and lots of beanies!

Whenever I pack for a trip I specifically think about the climate. Bringing neutral items that are versatile (skinny jeans, overalls, striped sweaters and neutral outwear) are easy ways to get the most out of your suitcase. Since winter wear is much thicker than resort and beach wear I like to make sure my outer layers will coordinate with more than one outfit.

Thermal tops, flannel button ups and sweaters were staples in layering. During the daytime most of the places we visited were around 20-30 degrees (F) during the day. The skies were a bright white and cloudy oftentimes requiring sunglasses as the light made the sky and earth a bright white. Always pack sunglasses for a winter trip and sunscreen. It’s easy to experience sunburn when there are UV rays reflecting off the snow.

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Outside of outerwear the second most important item to look for when packing for a snowy vacation includes footwear. I wore double socks with my tall rain boots, lace up snow boots and a pair of wool short top lace up shoes. All of the shoes were warm, cozy, comfortable and could withstand stepping in snow. When your feet are warm it makes it so much easier for the rest of your body to be warm.

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Another tip is to bring thin leggings or tights to wear underneath your pants and jeans. I’m telling you they are a lifesaver. If you are wearing a long skirt, add tights underneath or legwarmers. The trick is to layer. Add a long wool overcoat or wear a puffy jacket underneath an oversized coat to keep your core warm. Winter is so much more enjoyable when your teeth aren’t chattering.

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I’m planning our next winter getaway and will be posting more content around this topic. I’d love to hear about some of the things you bring to combat the cold! Comment or send me a tweet (@threeheelclicks) to share! Your feedback means so much and I love reading comments!

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What is your dream Winter vacation destination?

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Mustard Dress at the Rainbow Lodge

Crystal JacksonComment
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Mustard is a current favorite color for Fall this year along with burgundy and a cognac brown. This dress is one from last year, but I restyled it with a braided belt I’ve had for years and over the knee boots. To top it off I added this structured handbag for a classy touch. It was a birthday gift this year but comes in grey, soft pink blush and this amazing buttery color. It’s a little bohemian, a little western and still chic at the same time.

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I wore this outfit last week to go to the Rainbow Lodge for lunch. If you’ve never been there and live in Houston or are traveling here any time soon you have to go! It has such an amazing menu and at lunch you get a three-course-meal for only $15. I ordered the fish, a salad and then they brought me a delicous pound cake drizzled in a citrus like glaze. Their patio is amazing day or night!

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It couldn’t have been a prettier day to enjoy a slow lunch and the weather. I oftentimes order a cappuccino or espresso to pair with dessert. I find it helps keep me perked up after a full meal and contrasts nicely with a few bites of dessert. Most places now offer almond milk instead of dairy so if available I opt for that and leave the sugar out.

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How to Take a Summer Skirt into Fall

Fashion, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Wow was this weekend relaxing. I went up to my family in College Station, TX on Friday night and had the best time. Sometimes it’s nice just to kick it at someone else’s house. From watching Space Jams and playing Wordscapes at my sister’s place to getting tons of exercise and rest, I came back feeling rejuvenated.

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This week we are getting a cold front and I may finally be able to wear a jacket! I put together this outfit on Friday to share with you guys an easy way to make a summer skirt transition to fall. You may remember this skirt from earlier last spring where I wore it with a cotton top and espadrilles. I loved how it was lightweight an airy for earlier this year. Now I added a pair of over the knee boots (bought last year but they are still in stock and HIGHLY recommend) and deep burgundy accessories. Finally, a soft cozy fitted grey sweater topped it all off.

One of the things that makes this feel less summer and more fall is the color palette and textures. Suede boots, a felt hat, and soft sweater quickly transition the outfit into autumn. Then, adding the grey and burgundy give the palette a rich muted look instead of spring and summer’s bright pinks. I also added a pearl embellished bobby pin to keep my hair out of my face with or without the hat.

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Are you guys transitioning summer pieces into fall? I’d love to hear about them.

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Houston Hotspots: Cornelius Nursery

Fashion, Lifestyle, Style, Travel, HoustonCrystal JacksonComment
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If theres’s one thing you do this weekend I recommend heading to pick out pumpkins to decorate the house, your doorstep or just to pick up one for Halloween. I recently found this nursery here in Houston which was surprisingly in the middle of the city! It was HUGE. It had every pumpkin imaginable and tons of plants. Cornelius Nursery was found over 30 years ago is an is a staple for succulents, perennials and evergreens. I loved getting to visit this week and found my favorite pumpkin was the white “Enchanted pumpkin.”

After spending some time exploring the garden, I decided it was time to see what was in the neighborhoods surrounding this area. Cornelius Nursery is located just outside of the Galleria area in Houston where there are lovely town homes. Houston is a strange mix of historical homes, modern architecture and industrial. I found a sweet little street lined with various styles of town homes right across from the nursery. Most of them look like they dated back several decades and had such charm! Their doorstops were decked out in fall wreaths and pumpkins.

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I love walking around neighborhoods when I travel or even just drive into the city. Each one has it’s own character and over the years I’ve found so many adorable spots. I try to take notes of things I would like one day when I finally decide to purchase a home. I’ve been a notorious renter for the past decade and would like to find a quaint place to call my own eventually.

Although our nights have really cooled down and it’s crisp in the morning we are still getting mid-high 80’s degree weather in the middle of the day. I’ve been wearing pants more frequently than I do throughout the Spring and Summer but I’ve had to be sort of creative incorporating Fall into outfits. I wore a poncho earlier in the week which was plaid over a tank top and jeans but for today I decided to grab this lightweight plaid scarf instead of wearing a cardigan.

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Scarves are one of the easiest accessories you can add to your Fall wardrobe and they are not only pretty but practical. You can wear them traditionally or as a shawl. If they are on the smaller side they can be worn in your hair or tied around your purse. They add an element of chic to most looks and can take a basic outfit and make it special.

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I love picking scarves up from vintage shops, street vendors and then also some of my favorite retailers such as Old Navy. I have purchased numerous ones from Old Navy and this one came from there, too! I love the way it’s more on the lightweight side instead of a thick heavy wool one. Makes it perfect for our warm Southern days.

What are your favorite types of Scarves and how do you like to wear them?

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Houston Hotspots: Siphon Coffee and a Cozy Poncho

Fashion, Lifestyle, Photography, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Today was fun! I spent the entire day hopping all over Houston preparing this post for you guys. You may remember this poncho I wore two years ago when I was experimenting with back lighting in photography. I bought it after seeing it on Julia’s trip to New England and couldn’t help but run out and get one of my own.

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I wore it all last year and this year I’ve decided to have it reemerge. This time instead of wearing it with moody deep jewel tones like eggplant or dark denim, I pulled out these amazing orange hued jeans! The color couldn’t have turned out better. I still wore it with my favorite leather loafers but added a more modern bag and my floppy brown hat.

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I ran over to a few places today and my first stop was Siphon Coffee. It’s a local place over in Montrose near downtown Houston. The coffee shop has a utilitarian yet hipster feel with clean lines and rustic furniture mixed with brown leather. The patio was really colorful with large bulbs hanging above and lots of greenery.

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I had a flat white with almond milk (no sugar or sweetener) and the hummus with crudites. It was a perfect late breakfast. One of the things I’ve been working on is eliminating most sugar and sweeteners from my regular daily diet. At first it was really tough, but I’m now on week two and found that if I fill my coffee half coffee and half almond milk I don’t need sweetener.

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What are your favorite coffee shops? I love recommendations whether you are in Houston or not!

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