Three Heel Clicks

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Black & White

Fashion, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
Tank: Similar here // Shoes: DIY (see this post) // Shorts: Old Navy // Hat: San Diego Hat Company (similar) // Purse: Ted Baker

I'm spending the weekend in College Station to celebrate with part of my family. We've had such a good time so far and I'm looking forward to having my brother and sister over tomorrow for a celebratory dinner with Dad. As kids, our holidays were so different than they are now. We always had a good time, but as we've grown older we really have learned to appreciate each others differences. We are all so different... but it's really fun we we get time to just hang out.

Although I'm oftentimes overdressed (I've come to just accept it), I do try to go a little more casual when I come to College Station. It's the kind of town where everyone sports t-shirts (maroon mostly) and flip flops. I try to wear more flats here, and pulled out a pair of simple linen shorts that have a loose feel. I love how comfy they are. They look great with a blazer and pair of heels for a night out, but today I wore a classic black and white striped tank. It was sizzling hot today with the heat index over 100! It is really feeling like Summer these days.

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It was a beautiful afternoon and the clouds rolled in like puffs of cotton. They were so fluffy and the sky was a breathtaking blue. I've come to really appreciate long walks here. I could spend hours wandering around and down less traveled paths. It's the kind of place where you don't have to go far to find a horse or farmland. It's just beautiful around every corner and some of the prettiest sunsets happen here. The sky tonight was in fact a stunning color with peachy pink clouds that lit up when the sun dropped.

To keep the sun off my face - I wore my favorite hat (with a bow of course!) and added my DIY lace up ballet flats (you can make them in under 30 minutes here). I wore a pop of pink to give it some color and kept the same shade on my lips to pull it all together. As the Summer approaches, I try to wear more coral, peachy pinks in my makeup than my traditional reds. I also added a golden highlighter to my cheekbones for a slight shimmer. Finally, I like to switch out blush for a bronzer to give that golden glow.

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How to: Find Your Swim Style

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Finding a great swimsuit can really be a challenge. Withso many choices out there, it can be a little overwhelming. At the beginning of this season, I decided to start pinning on my Summer Style board some ideas I had for what to look for. One of those was this adorable embroidered one piece. I also really wanted to find a boater hat! I think Pinterest is always a good place to start when you aren't sure what you are looking for.

I have a few rules for swimwear - it must fit like a glove (not too big and not too small). It has to be in a shape that's flattering (gone are my string bikini days...) and finally, it has to well constructed. The key to a good swimsuit is that it doesn't move around when you are moving around. I've curated a simple selection below of some dreamy suits! Hope you enjoy and find a little inspiration for this upcoming season.

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Travel Guide: Texas Countryside and Wildflower

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With the Texas Bluebonnet Festival happening this weekend, I decided it was time to go ahead and post about the beautiful Texas countryside. As much as I am a total city girl, I also love to spend time in nature. Whether it's a long hike along Purgatory Creek (see here, here and here) or a relaxing afternoon among fields of flowers, it's nice to just get out and see what mother nature has to offer. I thought it would put together a little guide to getting around to see some of the notable Texas wildflowers and a few cute spots for food and fun.

If you head northwest along Hwy 290 from Houston you will find some really beautiful views along the road. Once you hit Hempstead you can make a quick stop at their local Farmer's Market which is open 7 days a week. They carry a variety of staples and many in season items as well. Some of it is organic and some of it is just grown by local farmers. They also carry a few plants/flowers for your patio or yard.

From there, you have the option to head west to Brenham, or east to Navasota. I'm going to take you on the route I went, but you can easily reverse the order since you will travel in a triangle. First stop for me is Navasota, TX.

Navasota

Martha's Bloomers - I've posted twice about this little garden and cafe (here and here), but this is a great place to spend 15 minutes stomping around and stretching your legs. They sell a variety of herbs, flowers, plants and have a fantastic tea room. I personally like to get their Raspberry Nectar tea and dessert. Oftentimes, when we've stopped there people are having brunch and their menu is pretty broad if you are looking for something tasty.

Navasota also has a cute little downtown. If you are looking for somewhere to stay - The Red Velvet Inn is just precious. You can spend a few minutes walking around their historic area downtown and the homes along the main street that runs downtown are just charming.

Once you get on 105 West, you can head over to the Birthplace of Texas which is Washington on the Brazos. Washington on the Brazos is a fantastic place for an hour long walk and picnic. It's free to tour there, and right in the heart of the Texas Countryside. See more about this location in this post.

Washington on the Brazos

I posted two weeks ago about this location, but it's the first stop on my journey when I leave Navasota. It's the birthplace of Texas and it has a park you can take a leisurely walk in or have a delicious picnic. There are a few sights along the trail that correlate about how Texas came to be a state. You can read more about it here.

Brenham

Brenham has quite the art scene. If you are looking for cute boutiques or a delicious coffee shop - this is the place. The buildings have murals painted up and down the sides and between the alleys. It's absolutely adorable and a pretty decent historic area.

If you are looking for a great place to find a field of Bluebonnets, you will look no further. In this post, my family and I took a bounty of photographs one Saturday afternoon behind the local Wal-mart. Although it's not part of the Wal-mart property, if you loop around to the backside you will find a HUGE field of beautiful flowers. I mean the land is covered in flowers.

You can also grab a bite to eat and cup of coffee at Wire and Inspired or Yumm! Sweets & Eats for espresso and gelato. Another great place for lunch is Must be Heaven. They have yummy sandwhiches and pie. If you are looking for a place to stay - Brenham House Bed & Breakfast is right off the town square. You can easily park your car the entire weekend and walk to get food, shop or just to sight see.

Independence

Independence, Texas is the original site for Baylor College. You can go to old Baylor Hill to find several fields of wildflowers. It's also a cute little spot to spend an hour seeing how homestead Texans lived. As long as you get there prior to dusk, there is a historic property with several buidlings and you can get a glimps back into time. We visited there as the last stop before heading back to Navasota. 

There are literally fields of bluebonnets and indian paintbrush and you won't harm anyone's property by getting a few pictures. There is also a few swings for the kiddos to play on and the sun sets just over old Baylor College Hill. I recommend visiting at Sunset.

Chappell Hill

I'll be posting more about Chappell Hill after next weekend. Since the Texas Bluebonnet Festival is happening next weekend, I thought I would highlight this location. They have a beautiful lavender farm where you can pick your own lavender and tour the farm. For the Texas Bluebonnet Festival, there is no admission and they will have a variety of vendors to include live music. Chappell Hill also has a beautiful Antique Rose Emporium you can visit. The site is a recipient of the Rosarian Garden Hall of Fame. There are several quaint churches to visit

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Safari Shirtdress

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Dress: Banana Republic // Belt: Anthropologie //  Sandals: Carlos Santana // Bag: BCBG // Sunnies: Jessica Simpson

Classic shirt dresses will always be in style. I love this one I bought a long time ago from Banana Republic. It's made out of linen and in a classic khaki color. When you buy classic, well-constructed pieces you don't have to worry about much! They last for a long time, and with the change of a few accessories you can bring them up to date.

I switched out some of my older accessories for this blush bucket bag and pair of gladiator sandals. Although I've had this dress for years, it's one that I know I'll keep around for years to come. A shirt dress is one of my favorite styles and really has been around since the 50s. Some of the biggest style icons have sported these - from Grace Kelly to Audrey Hepburn. I definitely look to the classics for style inspiration.

Also on my radar right now includes lots of white, stripes and high-waisted swimsuits. I am in vacation mode already and can't wait for the pools to warm up so I can get some rays! I really love this white plunge one and this two-piece. I'm also in love with this striped one and this patterned polka dot one. Spring in Texas is pretty warm and by Easter we are usually in the 80s and 90s. Being at the pool is a necessity with that kind of heat!

Another thing I've been really mindful of lately is wearing sunscreen. I was a lifeguard all through high school and into college without thinking twice about putting on protection. I've been doing a lot of research about how the sun ages skin lately and finally came to the conclusion to add sunscreen to my beauty routine. I've been using this since it's not too sticky and doesn't have that coconut smell (which I really despise). I love being in the sun, but don't want to end up looking like I'm a raisin in ten years.

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Floral Dress

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Spring is just around the corner and with the Groundhog not seeing it's shadow - I'm already in the mood for some garden party dresses. Florals are a great print for anyone who is looking for a light, airy and feminine look. It's one of my favorite patterns and I'm looking forward to adding more floral prints in the form of accessories as Spring approaches.

This dress is yet another vintage find - but I wanted to show you how to mix and match vintage with updated pieces. I added a rose gold tote (a favorite of mine) and platform sandals to give it a different feel. This dress would be really cute with a pair of feminine bow detail pumps like these

I've been scouring some of my favorite places for more Spring items like this dreamy number by Ralph Lauren (less than $60) or this iced mocha color long sleeved dress (less than $50). Speaking of prints, I really love gingham too! I've been rounding up some of my favorite gingham items - you can shop them on the home screen of the blog (see this one, this one and this one).

I am going to be wearing several of my favorite lightweight jackets and sweaters as the change in seasons approaches. Lightweight dresses are great to pair with a trench coat or a lightweight blazer during this time of year. I've also switched up my nail color choices to lilac and a pale cotton candy pink. I'll be adding some new beauty posts in the coming weeks around lightening your makeup for Springtime.

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