Monthly Archives: May 2015
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H&M Long T-Shirt | TOPSHOP Pleat Midi Skirt *ON SALE | ENZO ANGIOLINI Brodee Sandal | SAM MOON Flower Purse, Old | KENDRA SCOTT Rayne Necklace in White Pearl, Tima Studs in Silver | STELLA & DOT Pavé Chevron Ring | WILDBLOOM BOUTIQUE Infinity Necklace(call to order) | ESSIE Sunday Funday | GLO MINERALS Empress Rose
A few weeks ago, my friends and I gathered to celebrate our good friend Meaghan and her future daughter. I wanted what I wore to the shower to be a little bit dressy, but also a little casual. I knew this skirt would be perfect for the little bit dressy part, and that it was also a skirt I could easily dress down a bit. Pretty much my entire outfit was planned around this skirt. For the casual part of my outfit, I reached for one of my H&M tees. I really like how the thin black and white stripes pair with the pinkish peach color of the skirt! With my dressy casual ensemble ready, it was time to accessorize! I have worn this skirt with only gold so far, so I wanted to change it up a bit and pair it with some silver jewelry. I immediately grabbed my Kendra Scott Rayne necklace. I love how the white pearl color looks against the color of the skirt! I felt I needed one more delicate necklace, so I added in my infinity necklace from Wildbloom. It was the perfect length to sit right above the crew neckline of the shirt. Since my Rayne necklace and this skirt are both statement pieces, I kept my earrings and bracelets super simple. I opted for only a couple thin bangles, and my basic Kendra Scott studs. While digging through my purses for a clutch to carry, I found this old favorite from Sam Moon. I love how the turquoise color pops against the pink of the skirt!! It provided the perfect compliment to my outfit!
The shower was beautiful and fun! We made little headbands for the new baby to wear throughout her first year. I, of course, made her a violet one!! Now we are just patiently awaiting this precious little girl’s arrival, so we can start showering her with lots and lots of love!! And so Meaghan can drink champagne with me again. 🙂
PHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN ROCK
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WILDBLOOM BOUTIQUE Chambray Shirt (call to order) | DSTLD Skinny Ankle Jeans in Creme Tencel | SOLE SOCIETY Jenny Wedge Sandal | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Preppy Leather Hobo, old [SAME DESIGN IN NYLON] | BURDLIFE Butterfly Necklace | CHAN LUU White Crystal Cuff Bracelet | GORJANA Chloe Large Studs, Mika Necklace | RAYBAN Original Aviator Sunglasses | ESSIE Fiji | GLOMINERALS Lip Crayon in Empress Rose
AHHH!!! It has been a crazy few days here in Houston! Monday night started a huge storm, and Tuesday we woke up to a city full of water! We were super lucky and only had some water in the bottom of one of our cars, so no major damage. I ventured out a bit yesterday, and it was crazy to see cars just abandoned in the middle of streets as people fled to higher ground Monday night when the storm rolled in. By the end of Tuesday, a majority of the water on the roadways had receded thank goodness! Now just hoping for a small break in the rain so our bayous and majorly flooded areas can go down too! For all my Houston area readers, please stay safe and thanks to all those first responders and good Samaritans who helped people find safety yesterday!
Now let’s talk some fashion, because this girl is ready to talk about something other than the weather for a bit! My two favorite things to wear right now are my white denim and a chambray shirt. I actually wore this outfit to work last Friday. I was so proud of myself because I had a chili dog for lunch, and it did not end up on my white pants. I have come along way from my initial ginormous fear of just walking out the door in these pants! I decided it was time for a new lighter chambray shirt to wear in the summer months. I found this one at local Houston boutique, Wildbloom in Rice Village. I thought the color was spot on for the shade I was looking for. I also like that the back fully covers my backside. I still worry about sitting in something in my white jeans, baby steps. If you are in Rice Village in Houston, you should check out this shop. They have lots of fun clothes and jewelry at an array of prices. This shirt was only like $39. I shopped on a store-wide sale day, so I don’t remember the exact original price.
When I was originally invited to the Burdlife Trunk show, I checked out their website and fell in love with this necklace. As soon as I saw it in person at the show, I had to have it! While this pendant necklace is a statement piece, the colors in the necklace also have a bit of neutrality to them. This necklace looks great and stands out perfectly against neutral colors like black, white, or this lighter chambray, but it also works with brighter colors like green, magenta and yellow. The colors of this necklace make it perfect to wear all seasons! Bonus in my book! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to enter the Canon Rebel and Kate Spade giveaway! Head to the bottom of last Tuesday’s post to enter the rafflecopter!
This is it! The post I have been promising – my full review of my experience with Rocksbox. Let’s start at the beginning, just in case you have not heard of Rocksbox. Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription service. For a monthly fee of $19, you can borrow 3 pieces of jewelry at a time. A box will arrive at your doorstep, keep for as little or as along as you like, and then mail back the pieces to receive your next box. Rocksbox sends well known brands like Gorjana, Kendra Scott, House of Harlow and Loren Hope. They also have a few brands you can only purchase through them like Slate and Perry Street. If you really love a piece you can purchase it at a discounted price. To purchase a piece, you simply do not send it back when you return the box. Rocksbox will charge your credit card for the purchase price. It is important to note, you must keep a credit card on file with Rocksbox for both your monthly subscription and to purchase jewelry.
How do they know what to send you? After signing up, you fill out a style survey. The survey consists of questions like – Do you wear more silver or gold jewelry? When do you wear jewelry? and What types of jewelry do you wear? You can retake the survey whenever you want. They also have a wishlist section where you can peruse some of the jewelry they send out to pick pieces you would like to receive. I always go through the wishlist section after I send a box back.
How many boxes do you recieve a month? This all depends on you and how quickly you send your box back. It took my boxes about a week and half to arrive starting with the day I dropped my box off at the post office.
How do you send back your box? You use the same mailing bag that your box arrived in, so open carefully. Inside your box is a preprinted mailing label for you to attach. (You can also print online if you lose it.) You can then put it in your mailbox or any USPS drop-off location. I personally take mine directly to the post office.
Below are the four boxes I have received in my three months with Rocksbox. All the pieces come individually wrapped inside the white box.
After I returned each box, I signed into Rocksbox and reviewed each item. The stylists use my reviews to curate my future boxes. If you leave feedback as soon as you return your box to the post office, this will speed up the process of them sending out your next box. Overall I have liked all the pieces I have received, some more than others. I have never felt pressured to purchase any of the pieces. In addition to the discounted price, you also receive $10 off one piece each month. I receive an email at the beginning and end of the month reminding me about the $10 off. Below are detailed descriptions of what I received in each of my four boxes, how I styled them, and my feedback for each item.
PERRY STREET Cicily Necklace, HOUSE OF HARLOW Reflector Bangle, GORJANA Zoe Studs
One thing that was important to me was being able to style this jewelry with clothes I already own. I thought this necklace was pretty, but I did not have much in my closet to wear with it. I also wore it with a black crew neck sweater. I knew when it arrived I would not keep it, but it was fun to wear. I love Gorjana, so I was excited to try more earrings from her. These studs were way too small for my taste. I really liked this House of Harlow bracelet, but it was too big for my wrist. Overall, all three pieces were fun to wear for a week, but I didn’t love any of them enough to make a purchase. I sent this box back rather quickly after only one week.
PERRY STREET Selina Crystal Necklace, HOUSE OF HARLOW Symbols and Signs Bangle, SOPHIE HARPER Pave Taner Bar Mini Studs
For my second box, I requested a clear statement necklace. In my style survey, I had selected that I wore mostly silver jewelry. This box was way more me than my first box. I have looked at statement necklaces along the same design as the one I was sent. My only problem with this necklace was the big stones, they felt a little like big mirrors. I did enjoy getting to try out this necklace though, and have since started looking at similar statement necklaces to purchase. I loved this bracelet!! I wore it almost daily while I had this box. The only reason I did not purchase was because it was a little big. I have small wrists, so most bangles fit me big. I also like these studs because they were pave. I toyed with the idea of purchasing them because they were pretty and great to wear in the office. In the end, I returned all the items in the box. I did keep this box longer for just over two weeks, because I really enjoyed wearing all three of these pieces.
SLATE Spiked Out Necklace, GORJANA Aldridge Drop Earrings, HOUSE OF HARLOW Tessellation Cuff
After sending feedback that the bangles were too big, my third box arrived with this gorgeous cuff bracelet. I only have one other cuff, so I was excited to try out another one for a bit. I liked that they listened to my feedback and sent me a sizeable bracelet. Cuff bracelets can be slightly opened and closed to fit all size wrists. I wore this bracelet a lot while I had it, and I sometimes miss having it. I chose not to purchase because I didn’t like how open the cuff still was when I squeezed it closed. This necklace was one of my wish list items. I was really excited to receive it, but once it arrived I found I did not have much to wear with it. I think that is one thing I like about the whole borrow thing. I thought I would wear this necklace all the time, but in reality it just wasn’t as me as I thought. I didn’t have to spend $82 to find that out, so that was nice. I had been shopping for some new gold drop earrings, so I was over the moon excited when these Gorjana earrings arrived. I wore them almost everyday, I think my other earrings were a bit jealous. 🙂 These earrings were my first and only purchase from Rocksbox so far. I saved $15 off retail price (I checked the Gorjana website to be sure) plus my $10 monthly discount, which means I scored these $75 earrings for only $50!
SLATE Beyond the Horizon Necklace, VANESSA MOONEY The Castaway Bracelet, MOON & LOLA Chrysler Round Studs
My current box included another necklace from my wishlist. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had seen someone with a similar necklace and loved it. I have worn this with a few different tops both to work and on the weekends. I have also been getting good use out of this delicate bracelet. It is also a bracelet that can be sized to fit a variety of wrists which I really liked! I was really excited to receive these earrings because I had almost purchased a similar pair about a month ago. After wearing them a couple times, I am honestly happy I did not purchase them previously, at least in silver. The size of the earring and color is just a bit bright to me. I haven’t worn these more than a couple times. I currently still have this box, so the verdict is still out as to whether or not I will keep the necklace or bracelet.
Overall, I have enjoyed having the subscription. I may have a closet full of clothes and shoes, but my jewelry box is a little bare. It has been fun to sample different styles of jewelry. I like being able to see how they mix in with my current jewelry and clothes. It is fun to see what they will send you each time. I totally cheat and sign in to my account as soon as I get the your box is sent email to sneak peek what is coming. I have no patience! Outside of my first box, I have kept all my other boxes for 2-3 weeks. I think with each box, the items inside become a little more my style. They definitely listen to your feedback and look at your wishlist and put thought into what they send you. The only feature I have not tried out is requesting specific items for an event. However, I do have an event at the end of June that I may try this out on. The value of my boxes varied from $175-$235. Even if you subscribe with zero intention to purchase, you get to wear about $200 worth of jewelry every month for only $19. I think that is a pretty awesome! It leaves me more money for shoes!! 🙂 I personally am currently looking to add to my jewelry box, so I weigh the pros and cons on purchasing all items I am sent.
OH MY GOSH that was long!! I hope I have answered any questions you may have about Rocksbox. If you have not yet subscribed, you can enjoy your FIRST MONTH FREE with code LADYINVIOLETXOXO. If you receive items and need some styling ideas, feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I love talking fashion!!
Thanks for reading my long Rocksbox review!!!
This post is in partnership with Rocksbox. All opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Lady in Violet!
OUTFITS FROM BOX 1: First Impression | Plain White Tee
OUTFITS FROM BOX 2: Gingham and Sparkle | The Clear Statement Necklace
OUTFITS FROM BOX 3: Living on the Edge | Spring Midi Skirt | Black Lace
OUTFITS FROM BOX 4: Striped Midi Skirt
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PLEIONE Split Neck Blouse | LEITH Stripe Midi Skirt | BAKERS Black Patent Pumps, old [SIMILAR | SIMILAR] | ELAINE TURNER Drew Black Leather Clutch*ON SALE | SLATE Beyond the Horizon Necklace** | MOON & LOLA Chrysler Round Studs in Silver** | STELLA & DOT Pavé Chevron Ring, Bracelet, old | BAUBLEBAR Crystal Mason Ring | VANESSA MOONEY Castaway Bracelet** | NADRI Crystal Bangle | ESSIE Fiji | GLOMINERALS Empress Rose
** c/o Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription (First Month Free with Code LADYINVIOLETXOXO)
Happy Memorial Day! We are still raining and flooding in areas down here (not near me thankfully!), so our three day weekend has been mostly spent inside catching up on TV and house chores, online sale shopping, and cuddling with my puppy. If you are stuck inside like me, there are still some awesome sales going on at Nordstrom, Baublebar, and Elanie Turner this weekend just to name a few. All three are also in this post so you can score discounts on some of the items. My favorite weekend purchase so far are these earrings from Baublebar! They remind me of fireworks and I will be stalking my package tracking until they arrive!
I may be spending the day in my pajamas, but I’m sharing a little office style on the blog today! I LOVE this midi skirt!!! I found it during the triple points event at Nordstrom earlier this month. It is super light and airy, perfect for our hot and humid weather. My sister was able to catch how beautifully it moves in the breeze. I immediately knew I wanted to pair this skirt with a blue top. Pleione is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands at Nordstrom. I own about four tops from them, and they are all extremely comfortable. This split neck blouse is perfect to pair with skirts, but it also pairs really well with jeans and shorts too. Office and weekend looks meant I had to have this top! It also comes in a few other colors too.
I am also wearing my latest jewelry from my Rocksbox subscription. I had this necklace on my wishlist, and was very happy to see it arrive in my box. I had seen a similar necklace on a friend, and could not stop thinking about how fabulous the necklace was and how may ways I could wear it. The necklace is a bunch of small bars, so the movement of the necklace is pretty cool. I also received this Vanessa Mooney bracelet which is perfect for my small wrists. I am pleased to see that they are taking all my feedback into consideration when sending each box. I had mentioned how big the bangles were with my second box, and here on my fourth they are still taking it into consideration. I have listed the full item names above, so if you are a Rocksbox subscriber you can search for them and add to your wishlist if want to play with these too. I am almost done with my big review of my first few months with the Rocksbox service, so look for that to be on the blog TOMORROW!! Thanks for stopping by!!!
PS – Don’t forget to enter the Canon Rebel and Kate Spade giveaway! Head to the bottom of last Tuesday’s post to enter the rafflecopter!