Monthly Archives: November 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Ideas Under $50

Christmas Gift Ideas under 50 | Christmas Gift Ideas | Holiday Gift Guide | Houston Blogger Lady in Violet

Warm & Cozy: Pajamas  |  Fleece Lined Socks  |  Slipper Bootie
A Little Sparkle:  Bracelet  |  Gold Necklace (More stone colors)|  Monogram Necklace | Blue Earrings (More Stone Colors)
For the Beauty Lover: Makeup Brush Set  |  Nails Polish Set  |  Body Butter Sampler Set
For the Home:  Electric Tea Kettle  |  Marble Monogram Board  |  Holiday Diffuser Electric Wine Opener Set

Well I officially kicked off my Christmas gift shopping this week at the Nutcracker Market and purchased my first of many gifts.  I figured that probably meant it was time to kick off the Holiday Gift Guide Series here on the blog.  I have a few guide ideas for this season, but feel free to drop a comment of any gift ideas you are needing help with.

I love kicking off my gift guides with Christmas Gift Ideas under $50.  I feel like it’s the price range that hits that sweet spot for most of your gifting needs.  The gifts featured range from $25-50, and cover an array of ideas from favorite beauty sets to winter must haves and a few ideas for the home.

A few items featured are things I own, love, and highly recommend.   We converted to this electric wine opener this year after our manual rabbit broke.  Ya’ll I’m obsessed with this opener.  It’s so easy to use, and this one comes with a few extra wine tools.

Body Shop Body Butter is one of my favorite body lotions.  I received a large one last Christmas, and I love how soft and hydrated it leaves my skin.  I will probably be adding this little sampler set to my wish list, so I can try ALL the scents out.  Also, I have to talk about this nail polish.  It’s pricey, but it still looks good a week later.  I’m planning to put a holiday set or two of this brand on my list.  You can also buy the set and give each bottle out as stocking stuffers.

If you are looking for a classic jewelry piece, I wear this necklace weekly.  I always recommend it as a gift idea for women of all ages.  It’s a classic style and good price.  It comes in a few color options too, so you can pick out their favorite color or go with a neutral white stone.  I own this necklace in rose gold and silver drusy, that’s how much I love it.

Also, ya’ll how adorable is this electric tea kettle!  It’s perfect for someone who loves herbal tea, and I think it would look so cute on a kitchen counter.  It comes in a few other colors too.

The blog received its official holiday update this weekend.  The Holiday Shop is officially open and added to the menu bar.  The shop is filled with gift ideas for him and her in an array of price ranges.  I’ll be updating these all shopping season as I find some of the best holiday gifts on the web, so be sure to bookmark for when you need some gift ideas.

Thanks for stopping by ya’ll and Happy Holiday Shopping!

GIFT IDEAS UNDER $50

Bell Sleeve Lace Top

Fall Outfit | Navy Lace Top | Gray Jeans | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet Holiday Party Outfit | Bell Sleeve Lace Top | Ball Earrings | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet Winter Outfit | Black Suede Boots | Gray Skinny Jeans | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet Cute Top for Holiday Party | Lace Blouse | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet Fall Outfit | Lace Top | Black Boots | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Hello friends! How has your week been?  Yesterday, I hit up the Nutcracker Market and started a bit of my holiday shopping.  The market is a HUGE holiday market with decor, gifts, and yummy food all for the holidays.  It’s pretty famous here in Houston.  Ladies rent limos, tailgate with mimosas, and wear matching Christmas tees all for a fun filled day of holiday shopping.  If you are in Houston this weekend, it goes through Sunday.  I find late afternoon and evenings to be the least busy time to go, if you want to avoid the big crowds.

How gorgeous is this bell sleeve lace top?!?  I have been loving this lace trend, so it was only a matter of time before I found the perfect top.  I went with this top because I could picture wearing it so many ways.  For work, tuck it in to a pencil skirt or pair with burgundy slacks.  A dressy date night, you could pair it with heels and black jeans.  For a dressy casual party, you could do this look with jeans and boots.

The bell sleeve design gives it a little something special, and the navy color is what really helps make this top so versatile.   Just make sure you cut the white washing instructions tag out before you wear it. 😉

Also worth noting if you order, Loft does not sell a cami with their lace tops.  I paired a black one under this top, because I didn’t want to buy a navy one.  I wish they would sell them together.  Last month I passed on a really gorgeous purple lace top from them, because I thought it would need a perfectly matched cami underneath it.

Ya’ll have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for taking some time to stop by.  I always appreciate the visit and your sweet comments too!

Winter Outfit | Bell Sleeve Lace Top | Gray Skinny Jeans | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Navy Lace Top | Plum Ball Earrings | Holiday Outfit | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Winter Date Night Outfit | Lace Top | Black Slouchy Boots | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Winter Fashion | Navy Long Sleeve Lace Top | Gray Jeans | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Cold Weather Outfit | Navy Lace Top | Black Boots | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

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How to Style a Corduroy Skirt & Link Up

Fall Outfit | Corduroy Skirt | Striped Lon Sleeve Tee | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

How to Style a Corduroy Skirt for Fall | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Fall Outfit | Corduroy Skirt with Boots | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Fall Outfit | Long Sleeve Striped Tee | Button Front Skirt | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Fall Outfit | Corduroy Skirt | Brown Riding Boots | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Hello Hello! I have been on such a skirt kick lately, especially for work.  I feel like skirts are very in this season, so maybe that has something to do with it.  I own tons of pencil skirts, like I could probably wear a different one every day for a few weeks.  I really wanted to expand my skirt collection recently to include a few in the trending materials like suede, corduroy, and leather.

My one small requirement – it had to be work appropriate.  Now, I will say I work in a more business casual environment, so I have little more wiggle room with what I wear to work.  A big factor for me in a work appropriate skirt is length.  I found lots of adorable skirts, but they all seemed to lean more on the mini side.  Great for weekends, date nights, and happy hours, not so much the office.

I was happy to see Loft come out with some great work appropriate skirts in the season’s hottest materials and prints.  I bought two so far (also picked up this faux suede one), and I have a few more on my wish list.  FYI – I wear a petite in all their skirts.

A FEW MORE SKIRT FAVORITES:

The button front detailing on this skirt provides a great decorative aspect, so it’s not just a basic a-line skirt.  The color is autumn pumpkin, and so perfect for fall!!  I loved pairing this color with navy and brown, but a black sweater and boots would work too.

My main tip on how to style a corduroy skirt – play with other materials.  I love adding in leather touches. I think corduroy mixes really well leather, knits, and cotton/jersey materials.  A tucked in knit sweater or slightly cropped and bulky knit would work with this material.  Also, play with prints too.  Stripes are a neutral for me, but florals and plaid would work really well with corduroy too.

Are you upping your skirt game this season?  Which skirt material are you looking to add to your closet this season?

Fall Outfit | Corduroy Skirt | Brown Heeled Boots | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

How to wear a corduroy skirt in fall | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

Orange Corduroy Skirt | Brown Riding Boots | Work Outfit | Lady in Violet Fashion Blog

Fall Outfit | Corduroy Skirt | Striped Tee | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

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Instagram Roundup – Fall Outfit Ideas

12 Fall Outfit Ideas to Copy Now by Lady in Violet Houston Fashion Blogger

Happy Friday!!  It has been quite some time since I shard a little Instagram Roundup.  I have been trying to share more daily outfit inspiration over on my Instagram account (@karen.rock).  I use the LiketoKnow.it service, so I can share all my outfit details with you if you’re interested.  When items are older, I usually try to find similar ones or let you know who made the original.

This week has been crazy busy, so I honestly have not posted very much this week.  One of those weeks where I’m busy from the moment I get up to the moment my head hits the pillow at night.  But next week, I hope to get back into the swing of posting.  If you use Instagram, you can follow along at @karen.rock.  I share a good mix of work and casual outfit ideas, and remixes of items you have seen here on the blog.

I’m going to try and be better at doing these roundup posts for those of you who don’t use Instagram.  I love putting outfits together, so I love having that IG platform to share what I come up with each day.  You can also check my Shop Instagram page too.  It updates in real time with my IG account.

Ya’ll have a fabulous weekend.  Enjoy the outfit inspiration and thanks for stopping by this week!

FALL WORK OUTFITS

Fall Work Outfit | Leather Skirt | Striped Blouse | Lady in Violet Fashion Blog

similar top  |  similar skirtsimilar boots | ladder cuff bracelet

Office Outfit | Gray Slacks | Burgundy Cardigan | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

burgundy cardigangray pants  |  nude heels  |  c/o gold necklacegold earrings

Work Wear | Black Slacks | Pink Cardigan | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

blush pink cardiganwhite blouse  |  black pantssilver necklace  |  earrings

Fall Work Outfit | Striped Tee | Burgundy Pants | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

similar cardigan  |  striped tee  |  similar burgundy pants  |  nude heels  |  c/o necklace

Fall Fashion | Orange Bell Sleeve Dress | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

c/o orange dresscrossbody bag |  c/o necklace  |  c/o earrings  |  similar boots
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Work Outfit | Red and Black Plaid | Pencil Skirt | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

plaid blouse  |  pencil skirt  |  black heels  | c/o necklace  |  c/o earrings

FALL CASUAL OUTFITS

Fall Outfit | Striped Blouse | Black Jeans | Lady in Violet Fashion Blog

similar striped blouse  |  black skinny jeans  |  black heels  | black crossbody bag  |  c/o plum earrings

Fall Outfit | Camo Tee | Peep Toe Booties | Lady in Violet Fashion Blog

camo tee |  c/o skinny jeans  |  peep toe booties  | cross body bag |  c/o earrings | sunglasses

Yellow Striped Sweater | Distressed Shorts | Casual Outfit | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

yellow sweater  |  distressed shorts  |  c/o necklace  |  sunglasses

Fall Fashion | All Black Outfit | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

black blouse  |  black skinny jeans  |  black heels  |  c/o earringsnecklace

Fall Outfit | Sundress with Denim Jacket | Houston Fashion Blogger | Lady in Violet

denim jacket  |  sundress  |  c/o long necklace | c/o short necklace | sunglasses

Casual Outfit | Utility Vest | Skinny Jeans | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

gray utility vest  |  black tee  |  c/o skinny jeans  |  long necklace  |  similar pink flatsearrings

Thanks for reading ya’ll!