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Sweet Little Lemon Skirt in Birmingham

Fashion, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Packing, Petite Style, Travel, Style, VintageCrystal JacksonComment
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Recently I made a trip back to Birmingham, Alabama where my extended family is from. I go every few years to visit family there and this year was fun because the city was in full bloom. Birmingham was an overnight success back in the 19th century. It’s home to some of the best cooking (I have a weakness for fried green eggs) and so much industrial business. It’s filled with lush forests, white sand beaches and so many beautiful flowers during spring. Today’s post was photographed at my grandmother’s home in a little town right outside Birmingham. We’ve gone there since I was born and although the property no longer has my grandparents vegetable garden that I used to pick tomatoes from, it’s still filled with charm that leaves me with such a happiness.

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I’ve worn this skirt in two previous posts and it’s one of my favorite Amazon finds! Lemon prints have been in the past few Spring seasons and being a nature lover I jumped on the bandwagon early. A knee length cotton skirt is so versatile. On rainy days you can pair it with a rain boots. For work you can add a button down shirt and ballet flats. Today I featured it with a simple black tank top, wicker basket bag, scarf and black ballet flats for a classic easy going Spring look.

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If you are making your way out to the Birmingham area check out this post where I share an amazing jazz club! There are so many beautiful sites around the city and you will find the culture is different than other parts of the South. People from Alabama are the kind to sit on their front porch to watch thunderstorms roll in, make homemade deep fried dishes and sweet tea seems like it’s on tap at all times. Grab a cold glass and kick your feet up while you enjoy a slower pace of life!

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What to Wear to an Outdoor Spring Wedding

Fashion, fashion, Inspiration, How To, Lifestyle, Petite Style, Photography, Style, Travel, travelCrystal JacksonComment
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Cows and ducks are lining the pastures outside of the city here in Texas this time of year as the morning fog rolls through the grass. The birds chirp as the sunrises from my patio each day. The whole city is blooming in beautiful shades of yellow, pink, white, and purple flowers on the trees and in the bushes. Spring in Texas is full of picture perfect warm settings and scenery for photography, festivals and outdoor weddings. Although I love a good free party to attend, I have found that the next few months are full of weddings held outdoors and in barns. What’s in order to survive these celebrations? Well, it helps to come prepared to an outdoor wedding. Today we’ll talk a little more about what to wear to an outdoor wedding during Springtime and how to make the most of uneven terrain or unpredictable weather conditions.

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Start With a Forgiving Dress

This is the time to pick out a dress that allows you to sit comfortably. Usually outdoor weddings have a more casual countryside feel here in Texas so it’s perfectly appropriate to wear something that is floral, lightweight and with a looser skirt. The dress I’m wearing today can be found on my Amazon Shop Page for Spring Wedding Guest Attire. It’s such a great deal and I really love the way it fits. I actually wore this to a college friend’s wedding back in August and it’s proved to be one of those dresses that turns heads without revealing much. Opt for a knee length fit and flare dress, a tea length dress or go for a longer maxi in a beautiful printed fabric or soft pastel if you are looking for a more minimal look. Dress lines like Gal Meets Glam, JCrew, Eliza J, and LOFT are a few of my favorites for classic, feminine pieces.

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Choose the Right Shoe

Two tips I have for any event you are attending outdoors - First, wear a heel you can walk in soft grass or over rocky gravel in the event you are in a more rural setting. There’s nothing worse than a cream colored satin heel sinking like quicksand into the ground as you make your way to your seat. Instead save the stilettos and pull out a wedge, espadrille, or a block heel like I’m wearing in this post today to give your legs more stability and you are less likely to trip or feel discomfort. My second tip is to bring a pair of chic flats. I’ll tell you, I’ve even ended up giving a pair to someone who was in the wedding party because they were in such pain after being on their feet in patent heels all day. I love flexible ballet flats or a chic embellished slides and either leave in the car or bring a bag big enough to house my heels if I choose into flats.

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Bring a Purse Big Enough for Supplies

Maybe it’s because I grew up with a military father, but I like to make sure I’m prepared and a tiny purse won’t do for an outdoor wedding. From makeup or hair products for touch ups to carrying that extra pair of flats, I make sure I bring a medium size bag instead of a tiny clutch. If I know it’s going to get cooler in the evening I also stash a scarf I can drape over my shoulders for warmth as the sun goes down. I also recommend bringing a bottle of water, handkerchief and Advil in case it’s hot. You would be surprised how often I’ve been asked for Tylenol or Advil. (I personally rarely take either, but bringing along a few for others has rendered the title “boy scout” in my group of friends. Last but not least: waterproof band-aids. That’s a non-negotiable item.

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A few other things to consider might be a clear chic bubble umbrella, a pair of retro sunglasses and that scarf I mentioned above. More than anything you want to be able to enjoy the celebration of the couple and less about your outfit being uncomfortable all evening.

Do you guys have upcoming weddings to attend? How many of them are outdoors?

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All photos today were taken by the talented Jaime Salinas. Let me know if you are looking for a photographer in the Bryan/College Station area. She’s so great to work with and we had so much putting these together!

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Small Town Charm - Navasota, TX

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Dress: Ilishop // Shoes: LC Lauren Conrad (they come in yellow!) // Purse: TravelNut // Sunnies: Elie Tahari

Navasota, TX is located about 20 miles from College Station and an hour away from Houston. It's a tiny town with old Texas charm and filled with historic buildings. It's one of those stops that's worth a few minutes just to stroll around their downtown. I've posted a few times before here and here using it as backgrounds for style posts, but today I thought I'd highlight a few places you can visit if you are looking for something "Spring-like" to do. If you want a few other small town recommendations you can check out the Small Town Charm page for unique stops found countryside.

First things first, I recommend staying at The Red Velvet Inn (see this post). It's a pet friendly bed and breakfast located less than 5 minutes from downtown. It's painted the brightest shade of red and has a lovely front porch with rocking chairs. If you are looking to grab a bite to eat, Erick's Mexican Restaurant is authentic Tex-Mex. Fajitas are a staple here in Texas and usually my go-to when ordering Mexican food. For coffee picks, try Classic Rock Company Coffee House or Java Hot Spot. One of the best places to eat is right off Highway 6 and is centered in a Garden. M Cafe has the yummiest sandwiches, salads, and a sunny little tea room with traditional teas served in the sweetest teapots. They also have a wicked array of desserts! They close early in the afternoon on the weekends, so make sure you go by before 4pm. You can read more about them here and here in previous posts.

Downtown is filled with several sites to see, these photographs were taken outside of the Historic Wood Factory, but downtown boasts of an old movie theater (still operating) and has several places to shop, eat and just perfect to walk around. Many of the buildings are painted different shades of pastel and it's great if you are looking for antiques. If you are visiting in late March/early April it's one of the best spots for sightseeing the famous Texas bluebonnet in beautiful fields of indigo blue. There's not much prettier than seeing a blanket of these blue babies.

I wore this yellow dress which has a sway to it when you walk. I liked it so much I ended up ordering one in white, too (which I plan on wearing to the Greek Festival in two weeks). The dress has a lovely wrapped waist and lightweight chiffon that blows in the wind. I paired it with light blue ballet flats and a blue vegan leather cross body purse. I've been really digging this midi length which is great for this time of year with warmer days and cooler nights. I found a few more sweet yellow dresses with similar fabric if you want to shop the post below. 

Houston Hotspots: Heights Library

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Dress: Vintage (options below) // Hat and Shoes: Target (similar here and here) // Tote: Danielle Nicole (newer version here)

One of the sweetest spots in Houston in the Springtime is the Heights Public Library. It's covered in blooming white flowers and always bustling with people. I grew up as an avid reader since my father is a bookworm too. We moved so much growing up, and oftentimes it was a way for me to stay entertained during our travels. I remember one year we lived in an area that my friends were further away. Everyday I would go to the library and check out a book, go home read it and repeat the next day. I think during that year I read most of The Babysitter's Club collection... remember those?

I love how pretty this library is and during the spring it's sprinkled with white azaleas. Sometimes the best spots are the least expected ones. Houston Heights is probably one of my favorite parts of the city. It's always busy with people playing at the park, walking, and restaurants thriving. They have some of the cutest littlest boutiques and places to grab coffee.

I pulled out m favorite boater hat and pair of espadrilles (similar here) for a sunny spring afternoon. I love this combination of yellow, white and black. It's simple, but not boring. I oftentimes wear hats instead of statement jewelry. It's so sunny here and so hot it just makes more sense. Espadrilles are a shoe I would highly recommend investing in if you don't have a pair already. They are so comfortable, breathable for a lot of walking and they look chic. This pair was picked up from Target, but I really like these and these if you are looking for something under $50.

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Sunny Sundress

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Dress: Bailey Blue // Pumps and Sunnies: Jessica Simpson // Satchel: Michael Kors

Spring is just around the corner and with temperatures in the 70's, I'm using it as an excuse to bring out my summer dresses. Dresses are probably my go to when it comes to effortless style. I have more dresses than bottoms and tops combined! I love them because I can easily change into flats or heels and just run out the door. They really take little thinking to get a look that's pulled together.

Another reason you will continue to see so many dresses on the blog, is that it's so hot here in Houston for so long. I've found that although the temperatures are always in fluctuation, dresses (made of cotton and looser fitted) are more comfortable in the humidity. This particular style is one of my favorites - it has a fit and flare shape that goes almost to the knees. I like the longer hemline so I can easily move and sit criss-cross style without showing my underwear.

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I really love how lady like a belted sundress looks. Although I usually wear such dresses with sandals, today I went for a "church" appropriate outfit. I remember as a child my Mom would always have us "dressed up" every Sunday. I absolutely jumped at the chance, my little sister however - couldn't wait to tear off her tights and get into play clothes. Although my sister and I were pretty much opposites growing up, we are still dear friends and I love her to death.

A simple pair of white pumps are the perfect pairing with this dress. I don't think every outfit that you wear has to take a lot of effort or require much thinking. That's really the beauty of a dress - it's simple. You just add accessories and go. Lately, I've been wearing my hair in loose curls. I really love this shampoo and conditioner to bring back dry hair to health. I also love this mousse and have used it for years. It holds my waves without making my hair goopy.

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