Monthly Archives: January 2017

Winter Trend: Ruffle Sweaters

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet wears a winter outfit idea with a ruffle sweater, gray jeans, and heels. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Fashion Blogger styles winter trends including ruffle sweaters. Click through to shop exact sweater.

Houston Style Blogger shares what to wear with gray skinny jeans in winter. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet styles a weekend outfit idea with a purple ruffle sweater, gray jeans, and nude heels. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Style Blogger Lady in Violet shows how to wear ruffle sweaters with jeans. Click through to shop outfit.

Houston Fashion Blogger styles a winter outfit including skinny jeans, a purple sweater, and the Kendra Scott Rae Necklace. Click through for outfit info.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet styles a winter outfit featuring a ruffle sweater with gray skinny jeans and heels.

Lady in Violet of Houston shows what jewelry to wear with ruffle sweaters. Click through for jewelry info.

Houston Style Blogger wears a winter outfit idea featuring gray skinny jeans, a pastel purple sweater with ruffle sleeve details. Click through for outfit details.

Houston Blogger Lady in Violet styles a dresse up casual winter fashion outfit including gray jeans, a purple ruffle sweater and gold jewelry. Click through for outfit details.

We finally received some freezing winter weather over the weekend, and you better believe that I was wearing all the thick cozy sweaters!  I feel like I haven’t really had much opportunity for thick and warm sweaters, so I have started gearing my shopping to these thinner lightweight knits.  They are perfect for a chillier morning and warmer afternoon.

One of my favorite trends on sweaters right now is all the ruffle details!  I’ve had to stop myself from buying all the ruffle sweaters this season.  Each one has the ruffles in different spots from mid-sleeve, across the front to a tiered ruffle.  I love the simplicity of the ruffle placement on this sweater.  It helps keep it professional for the office and allows you to pair it with a cute long pendant necklace.

The light purple color of the sweater pairs so perfect with gray jeans for a cute pastel/neutral look.  If we get a bit cooler weather, I think it would also look cute with white jeans and my taupe over the knee boots too!



My Top 10 Workout Songs for Cardio

Houston Blogger Lady in Violet shares her top 10 workout songs for cardio workouts.

Last week I shared some of my fitness must-haves, but I can’t leave out the must-have tunes for my workouts.   Many of my songs are pop songs and always consist of a little Britney.  A good beat to a song is an important factor.  I am always looking for something with a consistent beat and not too slow because I tend to adjust my cardio pace to the beat of my music.  For gym days, I have a large playlist and hit shuffle for the duration of my workout.  The below are my 10 favorite songs on this playlist.  I’m currently trying to do 30 minutes of cardio every day, and the shuffle mix keeps the music fresh each day.  I like all the songs on my long playlist, but when one of these 10 come on, it’s a little extra boost!

On days when I walk or run a trail or through the neighborhood, I like to build a set playlist.  I listed my top 10 workout songs in the order I would play them during a run.  I start with a few pace setting songs move into the mid-run motivators and finish with some good push you to the end music.  The mid-run motivators are the most important for me.  They have to be the songs to push me through that hump when you feel like your run may never end.  I included an 11th bonus song that I listen to for a cardio cool down.  I always take a short less intense cardio cool down to let my heart rate slow down a bit and ease my muscles out of the workout.

If you have a favorite song or two, leave it in the comments, so I can check it out!  I am always looking to add some new music into the mix!


Flower by Moby
Rumour Has It by Adele
Just Like Fire by Pink
America’s Sweetheart by Elle King
Fighter by Christina Aguilera
Circus by Britney Spears
Confident by Demi Lovato
What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) by Kelly Clarkson
Mr. Hurricane by Beast
Oops I Did It Again by Britney Spears
Ghost by Ella Henderson
Lose Yourself by Eminem

Great Cardio Cool Down Song:  Clean by Taylor Swift

Houston Blogger shares the best cardio workout songs for treadmill, elliptical, walking, and running.

Color Mixing Work Outfit

Houston Fashion Blogger Karen Rock wears a winter work outfit featuring a navy sweater and burgundy skinny pants.

Houston fashion blogger Lady in Violet styles a color mixing work outfit idea featuring burgundy and navy colors.

Houston fashion blogger shares what to wear with burgundy pants for work.

Houston fashion blogger Lady in Violet styles a sophisticated winter work outfit idea featuring a navy sweater and maroon pants.

Karen Rock of Lady in Violet wears a Loft work outfit featuring a navy sweater and gold long pendant necklace.

Houston Style Blogger Lady in Violet styles a chic color mixing work outfit idea featuring a navy sweater and burgundy pants with a brown tote bag. Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet wears a winter work outfit from loft including a navy sweater and skinny work pants.

Houston Blogger Lady in Violet styles a winter work outfit featuring a cable knit sweater with skinny work pants.

Houston Fashion blogger Lady in Violet wears the Loft Essential skinny pants in mauve and carries the Vera Bradley Sagebrush Satchel.

Houston Fashion Blogger Karen Rock of Lady in Violet styles a winter work outfit idea with a dark blue sweater and maroon pants with nude heels.

Navy Sweater  |  Maroon Skinny Pants  (wearing petite) |  Blush Nude Heels  | c/o Brown Satchel Purse  |  Long Gold Necklace  (similar) | c/o Earrings  |  Bracelet  (similar) | Sunglasses  |  Lips: MAC Craving  |  Nails: c/o Essie Party on the Platform

Thanks to a gorgeous plaid I purchased over the summer, I found my two new favorite colors to mix together – navy and burgundy.  My love affair with the color burgundy led me on a hunt to find a pair of pants to wear to work.  I expected to find them everywhere, but I ended up finding them at only one store!  I guess not everyone has an obsession with the color like me.  The basic route would be to pair these pants with black or white which I completely plan on doing, but I wanted to showcase how gorgeous this color looks next to navy. 

Much like I used dark teal and berry pink as a play on traditional Christmas colors in this post, the burgundy and navy could be considered a patriotic nod.  I think the darker more jewel toned shades add a nice sophistication to this little color mixing work outfit.  The pieces may be a basic work look, but the bold color choices make this anything but basic!  I did opt for my pair of basic nude heels to really let the color pairing shine in this look. My sweater is currently on sale, and these pants are currently on major sale at 60% off making them only $26!!  You definitely don’t want to miss that price tag!

I hope everyone has a wonderful first full weekend of the new year.  My mom, sister, and I are going on a mother-daughter date to the symphony this weekend.  I haven’t been in awhile, so I’m excited.  The one we are seeing is Cirque de la Symphonie all set to film scores.  It will definitely be a fun and new experience! See ya’ll back here on Monday.


Get Fit in 2017: Must Have Fitness Gear

Houston Blogger shares her must have fitness gear for working out and going to they gym.

I always turn into such a gym slacker at the end of the year.  Probably a combination of being busy and a bit lazy.  I work out weekdays at 5am.  Sometimes when the holiday hustle and bustle is in full swing, I choose that extra hour of sleep over hitting the gym.  The new year is always my excuse to kick my butt back into gear.  I wanted to share some of my must have fitness gear for working out for anyone making a resolution to get fit in 2017 or just wanting some cute new workout gear to keep you motivated.

My gym wardrobe mainly consists of capri leggings and tanks.  I own this pair in multiple fun colors.  They have fun prints and are a nice thick stretchy material.  I own the long version too in black, but I primarily wear them as loungewear or athleisure.  I have always preferred a cropped legging for working out. Many pairs come with such cute details like mesh panels or cutouts to give your look a little added flair.  For cold morning or days when I chose to walk the neighborhood, I love these long sleeve jackets and tees with the thumb hole.  It helps keep your sleeves in place and adds a little warmth to your hands.

When I shop for sports bras or built in bra tops, I always look for something with medium support.  It provides the perfect security for active cardio like the elliptical or running, but it is still comfy for a yoga class.   Other tops I love are muscle tees and racerback tanks.  You can also take old tshirts and turn them into workout tops by cutting off the sleeves and opening up the neckline.

I’m pretty picky about the shoes I wear to workout.  The wrong fit or type of shoe can lead to injury.  I typically look for a running or training shoe because that fits my needs best.  If you can, go to the store and try them on.  Walk around a bit, make sure nothing rubs, the sole is comfortable, and your foot feels supported.  Luke’s Locker is amazing for helping you find the perfect shoe in Houston!

I hate my hair in my face while working out, so a headband is a must have for me.  This one is my favorite of all time!!  I have owned it for years, and it stays perfectly in place for my entire workout.  If you are at the store, look for a headband with some kind of grip on the inside to help it from slipping.

One gadget helping me stay on track this year is my fitbit.   I received this one for Christmas and have been using it for motivation to get moving through the holidays. I love that you can set challenges for yourself or with a group of friends.  My January goal is to hit 10,000 steps everyday.

Motivating music is big for my workouts.  I stick with the basic headphones that came with my phone, and they work perfect.   Majority of the time, I keep my phone in a waist band. This one also had room for ID and keys.   I’m not a fan of the arm band ones because I find they stretch to quickly, but some people don’t like something around their waist.  It’s a great alternative and still does a good job.  If you head to they gym, don’t forget your towel.  I bought a few hand towels that are solely for me to take to the gym.

For anyone starting a new fitness routine or kick starting the old habit, I wish you much luck!!  My main rule is I have to at least go and do 30 minutes of cardio.  I find the hardest part is just getting up and going.  I never regret it once I’m there, and I usually do way more than just 30 minutes of cardio.  Stick with it, 5am workouts sucked in the beginning, but now I love starting my day that way.