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Houston Hotspots: The Whimsy World Part 2

Fashion, Houston, Inspiration, Photography, Lifestyle, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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Let’s talk more about art today. I was wondering how many of you make it a point to go see art exhibits? There were a few years where I was working 14 hour days in sales and I didn’t have as much opportunity to view nor create art. You may be surprised to know that art has be a huge part of my life from a very young age. It was an area in school I excelled with ease. In college, I funneled those skills into a practical form including drafting and interior design. However, I’ve never lost the passion to create pieces. There’s something so exhilirating about sitting down with a blank canvas with zero ideas in mind.

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Sometimes when I sit for a painting I have little idea where it’s going to go. Before you know it my brush is taking over and a few hours later some sort of design or image appears. Art is magic. It’s transforming for your soul. Over the past few months I’ve been yearning for more soulful actions. After a decade of working in corporate America I’ve been left with aching for more depth in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the time I spent learning how businesses function, leadership skills and most of all how to upsell intangible services. But now that I’m almost mid-thirties my focus shifted. I need more art. I need more depth. I need more that makes me want to jump out of bed excited to conquer my day. Most of all I need to play again.

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Play is important for the soul, body and mind. Think about how free you feel when you play a game of kickball or badmitton. Look at how animals play when they get a burst of energy. As adults our lives become centered around billpaying, to do lists, adulting you may call it. Calendars quickly flood with another doctor appointment, dance practice or school event for our children. Maybe you are single and you work long hours that leave you exhausted. For years I stopped playing. I stopped creating. I was going through life just trying to survive instead of living. I was depleted and sad inside. I was unspired and bitter. Very bitter.

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Then, one day it just had to stop. A switch inside of me turned on and I couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t fill that space with more work. I couldn’t have a glass of wine to numb the emptiness. I couldn’t go through my day with little sleep or rest. I couldn’t live like that anymore. Being run down is not living…it’s surviving. I remember sitting on my couch and aching for myself to come back. It was like I lost myself and suddenly I needed to find her.

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These days are different. I no longer work a high power job I work for myself and take care of my family. No longer do I jam pack everyday. I get up early when I’m awake and work into the afternoon when I take a nap. I stretch my body and do yoga to release tension and help focus. If something on my to do list doesn’t get accomplished I no longer punish myself with doubt. Nothing is perfect over here, but I am slowly regaining myself. I am slowly finding more and more of her everyday. I am beginning to see the world as a beautiful playground where I’m ready to share what inspires me.

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No matter what season in life you’re in you have the ability to change things. You have the ability to make small adjustments and fine tune your life. Maybe you need quiet time before you start your day? Try getting up an hour or two before your family. Maybe your body needs more rest? Try sitting still in silence for just ten minutes and breathe deeply. Maybe you soul is aching to play? Get out and find those whimiscal corners of the world. You don’t have to live in a big city. You don’t have to have to make life a big ordeal. If you love art, search Pinterest for inspiration. If you love to write, buy a journal and start jotting down ideas. If you love to explore get out and take long walks. If you love to cook, make something new. Slow down and enjoy each activity. Put your phone away when you are doing these things to fully immerse yourself in them (unless you are taking pictures and then just turn to airplane). Set expectations with your family and let them know you need this time for YOU.

The results? You’ll find too that your to do lists are shorter. Your priorities may shift. Your life may change and you just might get yourself back. Today’s post is not only about playing playing in the whimsical world that Shelbi Nicole created (you can read more about her Houston exhibit in yesterday’s post) but about playing in life. Live your dreams one moment at a time and create a life well-lived. I hope you find inspiration today and a little motivation to be your best and truest version of yourself.

What are ways you stay inspired?

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Houston Hotspots: The Whimsy World Part 1

Fashion, Houston, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Photography, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Looking for a fun place for adults and kids to play? Well, have I got a place for you to visit! Shelbi Nicole, a Houston artist and influencer created an interactive exhibit full of whimsical art installations for your family and you to come and experience. My daughter and I visited the exhibit yesterday and let me tell you… IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Upon arrival Shelbi greeted us and explained we were allowed to move props around and play within the space. We couldn’t be happier! Over the next few posts, I’m going to share three looks from this exhibit and tell you more about each installation. Today’s focus is the overall space and experience while I share with you a beautiful Winter to Spring outfit perfect for these last few weeks before temperatures start rising.

Located right outside of downtown, The Whimsy World sits inside The District Art Gallery. The exhibit spans across two large rooms and I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn’t over crowded. You can purchase tickets for about $30 a person and kids 10 and under are free. It was actually less expensive for my daughter and myself to go than a Saturday evening movie. I love taking her to exhibits like this to help expand her mind and soul. I believe it’s so important to teach kids about art, history and culture from a very young age. You’ll be seeing more about this topic in the coming weeks as we have plans to share more about museums and art on the blog. Note: The exhibit is on display through February 28th!

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So let me tell you about the Splish Splash piece! It was probably my favorite in the space with a chaise lounge bathtub and fluffy cloud chandelier. If I could scoop up this piece of furniture I would in a heartbeat! It was refreshing to see how Shebli used a claw foot tub and upcycled it into a piece you can lounge upon. The lighting throughout the space was bright white making it an ample opportunity for photographs. I’ve never seen so many kids and parents snapping photos of one another. I want to note that although kids are welcome it’s also an exhibit perfect for adults.

Shelbi was so warm and welcoming. I briefly spoke with her about her vision and she has a few murals around town. I can’t wait to photograph those for you guys! Houston’s art scene is growing rapidly since I moved her a decade ago. More and more older parts of the city are undergoing gentrification and murals are popping up all over the place. (Check out the Sugar and Cloth Wall here or last week’s post where I photographed the Emerson Rose Boutique’s Florence and the Machine Wall).

I brought along a few outfits since on the Whimsy Website it encouraged bloggers and influencers to change in the Beyonce inspired bathroom complete with Beyonce themed wallpaper. I’ll share more about this part of the space in the next post, but it was perfect for an outfit change or touching up your makeup. I wore this long pink dress by Mother and Child (seen in this and this post) but spiced it up with sweet little bow flats and a casual moto inspired bag. I’ve been really into statement earrings lately and wore a pair of white tassel beaded ones for today’s look.

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I loved the pom pom room so much! It was so sweet and you can play with a few of the pom poms. I also really liked how every corner of the space is filled with something like the flamingo wall painted outside of the little booths or the striped pink and white wall beside the bathroom. It was so hard not to be there for the entire day photographing every nook and cranny. I would reserve at least an hour if you are photographing within the space. If you are there just to observe a good thirty minutes would be perfect to walk through the entire exhibit.

For tickets and more information about The Whimsy World check out Shelbi’s website here. You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter

What are your favorite places in Houston for photographs?

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5 on Fridays - Five Spring Break Destinations in Texas

Fashion, Lifestyle, Packing, Inspiration, Travel, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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With Spring Break just a few weeks away it’s time to start booking if you are looking to take a little vacation. Texas is a perfect destination for Spring Break with it’s mild temperatures, sunny days and beautiful landscape. There are so many different flavors of Texas from the tumble weeds and mountains of Big Bend to the soft sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a beautiful, affordable, family centered southern state with many options for everyone. Today I’m sharing what to wear, where to go and things to do in five Texas destinations!

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Big Bend National Park

Visiting Big Bend National Park is a sight you cannot miss if you live in Texas or New Mexico. First of all, it’s absolutely HUGE! There are many little surrounding towns to stay if in if you aren’t up for camping at the park. You can also rent an RV and take it out there if you are concerned about accommodations near the park or ride the Amtrak instead of driving. Hiking Lost Mines Peak and the Santa Elena Gorge during the mild temperatures of March make this a magical experience. You can kayak to Mexico on a day trip or stop at the local shops in Marathon. West Texas is perfect for an adventure seeking outdoor vacation. Make sure to bring cowboy boots, a canvas backpack and lots of water!

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Brenham

Brenham, Chappell Hill and Navasota all sit within a thirty minute drive between each other and Spring is THE time to visit these locations. With fields of indigo bluebonnets and poppy colored indian paintbrush wildflowers this area is the perfect destination for a countryside getaway. All three small towns have sweet little bed and breakfasts (check out the Red Velvet Inn for dog friendly rooms) and charming downtown squares. You can shop at local farmers markets or stop to have a bite to eat at one of the delicious southern restaurants. This time of year is a little tricky on weather temperatures. You’ll want to have a coat handy but be able to take it off to reveal something suited for warmer weather. You really never know in Texas. One day it’s 30 degrees and the next 80. Be prepared and bring layers.

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Boerne

From the first moment I drove through this city outside of San Antonio I fell in love. The city is just plain beautiful. It’s filled with the sweetest bistros and eateries. You can hike down through Cascade Caverns or drive a few minutes west to visit an apple farm and orchard. Float the Medina River and see the Cowboy Capital of the town of Bandera, TX (John Wayne and many historic figures spent so much time in this part of Texas). Stay on a ranch by booking an AirBnB. You can also visit some of the surrounding state parks if you are interested in getting some outdoor activities in.

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Ft. Worth Stockyards


Nestled just 30 minutes west of Dallas, TX you’ll find that Ft. Worth is a popular destination for a national historic western town filled with musicians and local vendors. You can stop at the Ft. Worth Stockyards, shop the antique shops, go to a local dance hall and pick up a pair of cowboy boots here. Take a day trip over to Dallas for additional fun or drive into other parts of Ft. Worth for additional activities.

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Gulf Coast

This area is popping during Spring Break. If you are even considering going here go ahead and BOOK NOW! It fills up fast and there are so many beautiful spots along the Texas coast. Visit Rockport for camping on the beach or stay at Jamaica Beach along one of the canal homes where you can fish right off your patio. Ride the ferry out to Crystal Beach for the best sand with a picnic in hand or take the kids to the Kemah Boardwalk for a day of rides and family fun. It’s usually pretty warm in this part of Texas so feel free to bring along a few swimsuits and enjoy the beautiful weather.

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What are your favorite Texas destinations?