Monthly Archives: October 2015

What’s in my Beauty Bag? Travel

Beauty Products to pack when traveling | Lady in Violet

Henri Bendel Train Travel Case | Lady in Violet

Travel Beauty Products - Perfume and Nail Polish Remover pads | Lady in Violet

Packing makeup for travel vacation | Lady in Violet

Travel Beauty Packing Tips - Travel Size products | Lady in Violet

Travel Beauty Tip, free samples | Lady in violet

Best Beauty Products for Travel and Vacation | Lady in Violet


HENRI BENDEL Train Case | PINROSE c/o  Perfume Travel Pack  | IT COSMETICS c/o TightlineHello Lashes,  Lash Extensions, No Tug Eyeliner | Nail Polish Remover Pads  | BARE MINERALS Travel Brush  | CONTAINER STORE  Travel Bottles   | LIVING PROOF c/o Styling Creme and Travel Kit | Travel Size Toiletries  | BUMBLE AND BUMBLE  Hair Powder | TORY BURCH Perfume  | HENRI BENDEL Perfume

So remember that non-stop rain in Houston over the weekend, well it prevented me from getting my outfit photos shot for today’s post.  Luckily, I still had this month’s fun What’s in my Beauty Bag to share with you! This month is all about some of my favorite travel beauty products.  I am not a light packer, so I am always looking for ways to lighten my luggage.  Mostly so I can pack more stuff. 🙂  I also like to look for replacement products to make travel easier.  Last year, I headed on a group trip to Napa for a wedding.  I wanted to have my nails painted for the duration of the trip and the option to change the color out.  I also did not want to carry a bottle of nail polish remover for fear that it might spill and damage my clothes.  I ended up finding these nail polish remover pads at my local grocery store.  If you are a nail polish addict like me, these are perfect for you!  It’s basically a small towelette doused in nail polish remover and perfectly sealed for no spills!  One pad worked perfectly for my ten little fingers.  Even better these beauties can go in your carry-on if you fly since they aren’t liquid!  If you love traveling with perfume, you should check out Pinrose.  It is the same concept as the nail polish remover.  A small pad with perfume that you can swipe on and then toss.  They come in a variety of scents and have a variety pack. (Hello Christmas gift!)  These are also great for a carry-on bag too.  I also keep a couple in my purse to use before heading to events sometimes.  If you want to stick with your favorite perfume, try asking the store for a small sampler.  I linked two of my favorite perfumes above that I have small samplers for.  Beauty counters sometimes have or may be able to make you a small sampler if you just ask.  Sometimes you can also get samples of new perfumes from the perfume counter too.

Makeup is another product that can come in sample or travel sizes.  I purchased this Bare Minerals brush awhile back to carry around in my purse for mid-day touch-ups.  I like it for travel because I can carry it in my purse or carry-on for touch-ups after a long day of traveling.  Many brands have mini or travel size products too.  Just google search the brand you wear along with mini or travel.  I love my It Cosmetics and many of their products also come in a mini size.  These small sizes are also great to carry around in your clutch for holiday parties!

You can’t talk travel beauty products without talking about travel size toiletries.  I always hit up those travel bins at the grocery store before a trip.  Shave gel, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion can all be find here in perfectly sized for a carry on bottles.  If you want to use your regular products, you can invest in some reusable travel bottles.  The Container Store is my go-to for travel bottles.  They have all shapes and sizes for every product you can think of needing on a trip.  Just remember to label the bottles, so you know what is in each one!  You can also try my little google tip for makeup on toiletries too.  Some brands like Living Proof sell travel sizes on their website in travel kits or just smaller sizes like 1-2 ounce bottles.

One last great travel product is a good train case for your beauty products.  The case is harder than just a cosmetic bag, so it can protect your makeup against damage when your suitcase is being tossed on planes or in cars.  I love mine from Henri Bendel, because it has lots of little side pockets for brush storage and is pretty durable.  It also has a long strap you can attach to carry on your shoulder.  If you have any holiday travel plans, I hope you find some of these tips helpful.  These are all products that help make my traveling a little easier and help me have space for another pair of shoes!!  Have a great weekend and don’t forget the time changes this weekend as we fall back an hour! It’s my favorite time change because the weekend is an extra hour!!


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The Hobo Bag

How to Style A White Button down shirt | Lady in Violet

Fall Weekend Outfit | Lady in Violet

Henri Bendel No 7 Hobo Bag Gray | Lady in Violet

Dressed Up Casual outfit | Lady in Violet

Fall Outfit Inspiration | Lady in Violet

Henri Bendel Hobo Bag and Paige Denim skinny jeans | Lady in Violet

Casual Friday Office Outfit | Lady in Violet

Henri Bendel Hobo Purse | Lady in Violet

Casual Outfit idea - Button Down Shirt and Skinny Jeans | Lady in Violet

Hobo Bag for Fall | Lady in Violet

Casual Weekend Outfit Idea | Lady in Violet


BANANA REPUBLIC White Fitted Blouse  | PAIGE DENIM Skyline Skinny Jeans  | TIEKS Burgundy Flats  | HENRI BENDEL c/o No 7 Hobo  | GORJANA Mika Necklace,  Elea Cuff | HOUSE OF HARLOW Sunburst Earrings | BAUBLEBAR Slim Hinge Bangle  | RAYBAN Aviator Sunglasses  | MAC Lipstick in Craving  | ESSIE Nail Color in Plumberry

So if you saw my outfit selfie on Instagram the other day, you read that I’m currently in the middle of a small obsession with the color gray.  I think it is a fun and different neutral color.  I think gray pairs well with pretty much all colors!  A few months ago, I began searching for a new tote bag.   I was really crushing on this brown tote, but I wanted it to still have a purse feel to it.  I stopped by Henri Bendel to check out this purple tote, but as per the norm when I am in that store was distracted by all the pretty things including the pretty gray color on this No. 7 Hobo bag.  It is a darker gray with a hint of blue undertone to it.  I liked the color because it would work with so many different colors in my wardrobe.  Gray is also one of those colors that I love to wear as a monochromatic look.  With my colorful bags like my green one, I would switch it out when I wore that color.  Gray is different. I think wearing different shades of gray is pretty, so I would definitely still be able to carry this bag around when wearing this color.  My search was for a tote, and this bag is technically called a hobo purse.  The hobo bag style is one of my favorites, and one I am often drawn to in the store.  I like the slightly structured but still relaxed look of the style.  I also find them to be really comfortable to wear on the shoulder.  I feel like this bag is a hybrid with attributes of both a tote and hobo, so it was perfect for me.

If you have a Henri Bendel store in your area, you should check it out.  The salespeople are amazing and friendly.  They also love sharing little tidbits about the brand.  Like Henri Bendel is credited for bringing Coco Chanel to the US.  The No 7 collection is kind of a nod to that with some of the design details reminiscent of the famed Chanel bags.  A little fun fashion tidbit for this Wednesday!

TIEKS FLATS: Denim on Denim
BANANA REPUBLIC BLOUSE: Cardigan Sweater With Sparkle


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One Year Blogiversary!!

Wow!!  I cannot believe I have been writing this blog for a full year!  It definitely does not seem like it!! I remember how excited I was this day last year to hit publish for the first time on my first post!!  It really does feel like a few months ago, not a whole year.  In my first year, I have learned a lot about blogging and met some fabulous people.   I have loved sharing my everyday outfit inspiration with you.  I love reading all your comments and seeing that I am giving you all some outfit ideas and inspiration. When I started this blog, I wanted to share my style and my love for shopping.  I love seeing how Lady in Violet has grown over this past year, and I am soooo excited for some of the new, fun, and exciting things coming soon.  I have to give a huge thanks to my family and friends who have given up weekends to take my photos, listened to me talk endlessly about some new cool blog thing I learned about or the fun ideas I have for my blog.  AND Thanks to all of you for coming and reading my blog everyday!!

In celebration of my one year blogiversay, I wanted to look back over my past year at my top posts and personal favorites.  Hope you enjoy and again thank so much for reading my blog everyday!  It really means so much!!


What I Wore: Walt Disney World

Vacation Outfit Idea - Skinny Jeans, Comfy Top, Toms and cross-body bag, perfect for a day of walking!


Take A Fashion Chance

Outfit Idea - Create a winter look from a fall dress by adding a button down blouse underneath!


A Lighter Side of Chambray

Summer Outfit - LIght Chambray shirt and White Denim with wedges | Lady in Violet



Okay it is really hard to pick favorites!  I like them all!! For my favorites, I more went with the items in the post that I was super excited to style like this Trina Turk dress and my favorite boots.

Southern Charm

Summer Outfit Idea | Lady in Violet


Farmer’s Market Outfit

What I Wore: Farmer's Market Outfit | Lady in Violet


Hello World!


I think my favorite post will always be my first post.  It was the one that started it all.  I had no idea what I was doing when I started my blog, and most days I still don’t have a clue.  I just loved sharing outfit ideas and my love of shopping with wish lists and gift guides.  I can’t say it enough, thanks for reading and all your comments. I am so appreciative to all of you for making Lady in Violet part of your week.  Here is to another fun and fabulous year of blogging and all the fabulous places my little blog will go!

Thanks Greeting Card | Lady in Violet

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Olive & Burgundy

Fall Outfit Idea - Burgundy and Olive | Lady in Violet

Lush Tunic in Olive, Kendra Scott Necklace | Lady in Violet

Fall Outfit - Tunic and Skinny Jeans with Heels | Lady in Violet
Elaine Turner Python Clutch and Sole Society Lux Heels | Lady in Violet

Fall Fashion - Olive Tunic and Gold Jewelry | Lady in Violet

Dressed Up Casual Outfit for Fall | Lady in Violet

Lush Tunic, Kendra Scott Rae Necklace, Elaine Turner Clutch | Lady in Violet

Gold Jewelry - Layering Necklaces and Arm Stack | Lady in Violet

Fall Outfit Inspiration | Lady in Violet

Burgundy Wine Shoes for Fall | Lady in Violet

Fall Fashion Outfit Idea | Lady in Violet

How to mix colors Burgundy and Olive | Lady in Violet


LUSH Olive Tunic  | LUCKY BRAND Lolita Skinny Jeans  | SOLE SOCIETY Lux Heels  [ALSO HERE!]| ELAINE TURNER Bella Clutch  | KENDRA SCOTT c/o Rae Necklace, Skylar Earrings  | GORJANA Zion Necklace  | BAUBLEBAR Ladder Cuff,  Pave Links Bracelet  | RAYBAN Aviator Sunglasses  | MAC Lipstick in Craving  | ESSIE Nail Polish in Plumberry

Happy Monday!! I’m not often excited for a Monday morning, but today I am excited to see some sunshine and get out of the house!!  Thanks to Hurricane Patricia, it rained non-stop all weekend in Houston!  I did all my errand running during the week so I would not have to leave the house all weekend in case it started flooding.  While I’m excited to get out today, it was a little nice to stay cooped up all weekend with the background sounds of constant rain.  I was also super blog productive, so get ready for some fun posts this week!!

One of my favorite things about fall fashion is the fall jewel tone colors.  I love all the dark colors like a rich violet, a dark golden yellow, navy, burgundy, and dark olive.  I shop so much more in fall just because I love all the colors!  I really like how these jewel tone colors all mix together too.  One of my latest color mixing crushes is olive and burgundy.  You have to find just the right shades of these colors so it doesn’t look too Christmas.  The burgundy of these shoes has a slight dark pink tone, so it mixed well with my olive tunic.  Some of my other top fall color combos are navy and yellow, violet and yellow, burgundy and gray, and black and all of the above of course.  I stopped in our local Express store last week, and they have so many sweaters and tops in these colors!!  I didn’t have time to try on just browse, but over the weekend while I was in rainy day hibernation I ordered a couple pieces including this sweater!  Now to patiently await its arrival…

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, and check back tomorrow for a very special post!!

LUSH OLIVE TUNIC: Oh Fall, Where Art Thou
SOLE SOCIETY HEELS: Camel Leather Skirt


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