Monthly Archives: November 2017

Little Black Work Dress & Link Up

Work Wear | Black Dress | Gray Satchel Tote Bag | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Office Outfit | Black Dress | Tory Burch Purse | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Workwear Basics | Black Dress | Tory Burch Parker Tote | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Black Work Dress | Burgundy Beaded Necklace | Fall Outfit | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Workwear Outfit | Black Dress | Red Necklace | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Hello Ladies!  Happy Thanksgiving Week and Black Friday Sales week too!  Who all is lucky enough to be off all week??  I’m working Monday – Wednesday, and then have 4 days of relaxation and sale shopping.  I’m going to be sharing a big list of sales and sale finds on Friday.  Starting Wednesday, I’m going to do something a little different this year and share sale finds in Instagram Stories.  If you want to follow along, just give me a follow at @karen.rock and keep your eyes out for those stories in your feed.

This little black work dress has been months in the making for a blog post.  I first found it in September, but it was backordered until October.  I checked back a few weeks later and that backorder was now November.  While scrolling through my wish list about a week ago, I realized it was finally BACK IN STOCK!!

I own another shift dress by this brand, and it so comfy and requires little to no ironing.  This dress seems like it’s going to be that same easy dress, probably why it’s always on backorder.   The key detail on this dress is the tie at the waist.  It’s the perfect way to add a little shape to a basic shift dress.  You can tie it in front or back depending on your preference.  It’s like having two different black dresses.  If you back tie it, I would consider a long pendant necklace to change up the look.

Also, I have to dish on my new gray tote bag.  Another item I have had my eye on for awhile.  I went back and forth on this because of the size.  I needed a nice bag to carry my laptop in on work days.  A tote bag big enough to hold my 13″ computer was bigger than I was used to, so I did a trial run with my reversible tote for a little over a month.  After a few days the bigger size didn’t bother me at all, and the best part of the story. By the time I decided,  this little gray cutie was ON SALE for about 30% off! Also, if you love the style but wish it was a bit smaller, it comes in a small version too!

It’s a gray with a really slight tan undertone depending on the lighting.  I would call it a gray taupe color.  I’m excited to have a nice, professional looking purse to carry my computer in for when I’m popping into meetings or events after work.  If you love this color, I would act fast.  Since it’s already on clearance, once it sells out it’s gone.

Alright ya’ll, don’t forget to link up your latest outfit post in the Style File Link Up today.  Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you back here on Friday for some sale shopping and a fabulously cozy outfit too.

Work Outfit | Black Shift Dress | Black Comfy Heels | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Black Work Dress | Red Necklace | Tory Burch Tote Bag | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Workwear Outfit | Black Dress | Black Heels | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Fall Outfit | Black Work Dress | Gray Tote Bag | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Beauty Lover

Christmas Gift Ideas | Holiday Gift Guide | Gift Ideas for Beauty Lover | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Hello friends!  Well this post is a little later in the day than my normal posting time, but yesterday we headed out to the Texas Renaissance Festival and I was so tired when we got home.  The festival was so fun!!  We ate yummy food like potato pancakes, watched some comedy shows, and attended a jousting event.  Then there is also the people watching.  Lots of people dress up in Renaissance attire, and I LOVE checking out all the costumes.  Ya’ll people go ALL out for this festival!  It’s so fun to see.  Anyway, it was sunny and hot, and after all day outside, well last night I was too tired to give this post the attention it deserved.

I love playing with different beauty products, so a Christmas Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers is always a favorite of mine to put together.  Many of the products featured are brands or exact products I have used and recommend.  A few are brands that I have heard rave reviews over and kind of want to try out myself.

My favorite section of this guide is the Spa Day section.  All 3 of these items paired with a nice bottle of wine is the perfect gift for anyone, beauty lover or not.  I mean you can’t go wrong with the gift of relaxation.  Also, I think this is the most adorable eye mask ever!  It comes in a few different color combos too.

One of my favorite products in the guide is the eyebrow powder.  I received mine in a press kit, and it was life-changing.  I had been wanting a product to help fill in sparse areas of my brows, but I didn’t need anything to dramatic.  The overall shape was fine, so I just needed something simple.  This product takes me less than 30 seconds to apply. I simply use it to slightly darken and fill in my brows.  I feel like it gives a natural look.  I’m wearing it in all my blog photos lately if you want to check it out in action.

Let’s talk about a few brands I love on the guide.   Majority of my makeup brushes are by Sigma Beauty.  I purchased them last year on Black Friday.  They still look and feel new, so I highly recommend if you know someone in need a few new brushes or looking to start a brush set.

The Cosmedix mask is on of my current favorites.  It leaves my skin baby smooth after I use it.  It’s one of my top masks for soft, smooth skin.  Also, I double cleanse my skin and this little balm and mit duo have been a fun addition to my night routine.  Plus, I like that I’m not throwing away all those little wipes every night.

Kiehl’s is one brand that I constantly circle back too.  The kit I found includes my two favorite products from them – the face wash and Midnight Recovery Oil.  Another brand highlight is Aveda.  I’ve been using this lineup for a few months, and my hair is definitely healthier than when I started.

Multiple items in my guide are gift sets.  Gift sets are great if you don’t really know a person’s favorite brand preference or beauty items.  Sephora makes some sets that cross multiple brands.  If you know a brand they love or want to try, buy a sampler set.  I think skincare is always a safe bet, because I think it reaches a broader audience than say a brush set.

Well thanks for taking some time out of your weekend to check out some of my top beauty gifts of the season.  Don’t forget you can find more ideas under my Holiday Shop page.  I’m currently working on more in depth reviews of some of these products too, so check back for those soon.  Ya’ll have a fabulous day!

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Work Wear: Olive Suede Skirt

Fall Work Outfit | Navy Sweater | Suede Skirt | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Fall Work Outfit | Navy Sweater | Olive Suede Skirt | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Fall Work Wear | Olive Suede Skirt | Stone Pendant Necklace | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Workwear | Navy Mockneck Sweater | Olive Skirt | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Fall Work Outfit | Olive Suede Skirt | Navy Sweater | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Hello Ladies!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away?!? I’m really excited for the short work week next week too, and for some yummy Thanksgiving food.  I’m a sides person more than the turkey.  I can already taste my grandma’s dressing and pecan pie!

I mentioned last week that I have been wanting to find more work appropriate and trendy skirts for the office.  One style I really wanted was a cute suede skirt.  I found tons of cute little mini skirts in gorgeous colors, but a work appropriate length proved a bit harder to find.

I have actually had my eye on this skirt for awhile.  I was worried it might be too long for my petite height, but I think it fits quite nicely.  It’s a great length to pair with boots on colder days.  It’s a faux suede material which means it has a little more stretch and movement than a normal suede skirt.  This olive suede skirt is also super soft.

The blue and green color combo is a favorite of mine, so I could not pass up mixing this olive skirt with a navy sweater.  I went with a short sleeve sweater because well I will get more wears out of it since we don’t have many cold days.  It’s a great length, and perfect to pair with pants too.

I’m hoping to pick up a couple more skirts during the Black Friday Sales or Cyber Monday Sales next week.  I feel like the sales start earlier every year.  I’ll be sure to share some of my favorite sales and sale items here on the blog, so stay tuned.  If you are on the hunt for something specific, let me know and I will keep an eye out while I’m perusing the sales.

I hope ya’ll have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Fall Outfit | Olive Suede Skirt | Stone Pendant Necklace | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Fall Workwear | Navy Turtleneck sweater | Stone necklace | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Fall Outfit | Olive Suede Skirt for Work | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Fall Work Outfit | Navy Sweater | Olive Suede Skirt | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Fall Work Outfit | Olive Suede Skirt | Navy Sweater | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

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Asymmetrical Sweater & Link Up

Winter Outfit | Asymmetrical Sweater | Black Skinny Jeans | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Fall Outfit | Asymmetrical Sweater | Long Gold Necklace | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Winter Fashion | Black Skinny Jeans | Suede Boots | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Fall Outfit | Burnt Orange Sweater | Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Winter Outfit | Topshop Ribbed Sweater | Black Skinny Jeans | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Hello sweet friends!  How was your weekend??  I launched my Holiday Gift Guide Series on Sunday, sharing a few gift ideas under $50.  You can check it out here!  I’m hoping to start posting an extra time each week, time permitting.  So if you are bored on Sunday or want something to peruse, you can pop on over and see if I have anything going on.  I have some fun post ideas in the works.

Okay, how perfect would this rust colored asymmetrical sweater be for Thanksgiving!!  The color just screams fall and Thanksgiving.  The asymmetrical design of the hem really caught my eye, because it was a little different than your average crew neck ribbed sweater.  One feature I really like is the slits on the sleeves.  I love my sleeves to be a bit on the longer side, and the slits help keep the sleeves out of your way when using your hands.  I need to find more sweaters like this ASAP!

Don’t forget it’s Style File Link Up Day! Scroll on down to share your latest outfit post or to find more holiday outfit ideas!  Thanks for stopping by ya’ll!

Fall Outfit | Asymmetrical Sweater | Black Boots | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Thanksgiving Outfit | Topshop Sweater | Gold Pendant Necklace | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Winter Outfit | Steve Madden Black Boots | Hudson Jeans | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Fall Outfit Idea | Dark Orange Sweater | Black Jeans | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

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