Monthly Archives: December 2018

Corduroy Jumper Dress

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Hello Hello!  How was your weekend?  I had so much fun with friends on Saturday checking out Christmas lights and catching up.  It was super rainy Friday night, so I decided to stay in watch tv and have a spa night.  It was so relaxing!  I have a busy week of holiday parties, so it was just what I needed.

I have been on the market for a corduroy jumper dress for a few months. Originally, I was on the hunt for a brown, orange, or burgundy one.  Then, I found this blueish purple one.  I couldn’t resist and immediately added to cart.  FYI, this brand always runs big. I’m wearing an XS.  The color is even more gorgeous in person.  This dress is perfect for layering over casual tees and turtlenecks. I loved it with this striped one, but you could also do a solid black or white crew neck tee.  For spring, this dress can be paired with a short sleeve tee to get even more use out of it.  I found it ON SALE for ya’ll too!

I have one more fun holiday post coming for you this week along with my last gift guide of the holiday shopping season, and of course another fabulous outfit.  Stay tuned to the blog for all the fun!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Photography By: Banavenue

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Workwear: Blush Pink Sweater

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petite workwear | blush pink sweater | gray slacks | Popular Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in VioletHappy Friday!!  Ending the week with a little work outfit inspiration for you.  I love cozy chunky knit sweaters, but with our winter weather usually on the warmer side most days I tend to gravitate to lightweight sweaters.  Also, you know I like to find sweaters that will work with both an office and casual outfit. This blush pink sweater fit the bill perfectly.

The ruffle sleeve details paired with the blush pink color adds such a pretty femininity to this sweater.  The burgundy ribbon  just adds to this feel.  It’s a beautiful sweater to wear to work with slacks or tucked into a pencil skirt.  I opted for gray pants because I LOVE gray and pink together.  You could also wear black or play up the secondary color and go with burgundy skirt or pants.

For a more casual look, toss on a pair of gray or white jeans.  White jeans and a taupe boot would be perfect for a casual night out.   I paired this with silver jewelry and decided to skip the necklace.  If I paired this with jeans, I think it would perfect with a long rose gold necklace.

I’m officially kicking off holiday season this weekend with my first holiday party of the season.   I’m heading to the mall today to pick up the last of my gifts, and then it’s off to gift wrap.  I always take a a few days off work in December for holiday shopping. I find it so much easier to do during the weekdays with less crowds. Stay tuned next week for a post all about my easy and beautiful way to wrap Christmas presents.  Also, did you catch yesterday’s Holiday Home Tour??  You can check it out HERE for a little Christmas decorating inspo plus a few of my tips for decorating a small space.

Ya’ll have a fabulous weekend, and thank you so much for taking some time to stop by this week!

Photography By: Banavenue

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Holiday Home Tour: How to Decorate for Christmas in an Apartment

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I’m so excited for today’s post.  I LOVE decorating for the holidays!  My usual plan is to transform my house into a beautiful magical Christmas wonderland.  This year I moved and downsized to an apartment.  With a smaller space, I still wanted to create a beautiful winter wonderland feel but I didn’t want to overwhelm my small apartment.  In addition to sharing some holiday decorating ideas, I also wanted to share some of my personal tips on how to decorate for Christmas in an apartment.

Skinny christmas tree| silver and white christmas decorations | holiday apartment decor | Houston Blogger Lady in VioletI love big, grand trees, but I needed a tree that would not take over my living room.  I started looking into skinny and slender trees.  One helpful tip, measure the space where you plan to place your tree.  I knew my tree could not be larger than 35 inches wide for this space.   Also, I took my measuring tape to the store and measured the tree there too.  I found some trees were slightly different than the box measurements.  I also considered the height of the tree.  I have 10 foot ceilings, so I knew a 7 foot tree would look better with my tall ceilings than the 5-6 foot options. Christmas decorations | holiday pillows christmas decorating for small spaces | Houston Blogger Lady in Violet

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When I decorate for the holidays, I remove all of my normal everyday decor and replace it with my Christmas pieces.  It helps the Christmas decorations fit seamlessly into your existing decor.  On my coffee table, I replaced my succulent plant with a snow globe and traded out my candle for a Holiday scented candle.  I added in a few holiday pillows and filled in other accent pieces on my tv stand and end tables.

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The color theme in my living room is silver, gray, white, and purple.  When adding in Christmas decorations, I kept many of my holiday pieces to the silver and gray theme.  I also added in a few colorful and more traditional pieces.  I think keeping with my existing gray and white theme helps my Christmas decorations become part of the room.  It also keeps the room from feeling smaller with too many colors and ideas happening.   The few colorful pieces add a little extra holiday whimsy to the room.  For my silver and white holiday decor, I tried to pick items that could both blend in to my room and also stand out. It’s similar to how I pick my fashion statement pieces.

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simple ways to decorate apartment for Christmas | holiday candle silver snowglobe | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in VioletMy layout is an open floor plan, so I transitioned the silver color from my living room into my kitchen to keep my overall look cohesive.  I also added in a few red touches to help give this room a side theme to set it apart from the living room.   I think having an overall theme in a small space really helps keep the overall look cohesive and prevents the space from looking smaller.

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Don’t let that area above your cabinets go to waste! This is great for tall trees and bigger pieces.  Since it’s set apart from the rest of the room, it’s also a good place for pieces that maybe don’t blend as well with the other but still match your theme.  If your space is not as high as mine, you can also consider laying garland in this space.

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I cook almost everyday, so I didn’t want my kitchen decorations to interfere with my prep space.  I opted for a small snowman and trees that fit alongside the wall.  I also added touches like a coffee mug and hand towel to replace my normal decor.  A simple and easy holiday decorating idea, fill a clear bowl with leftover ornaments.  I pulled all my silver and red ones for this bowl.  One main requirement for decorations in my kitchen, especially those on the counter, they need to be able to get wet.  I wash dishes and cook here, these items may be splashed or spilled on. I also use some of my counter space and fridge for displaying Christmas cards.

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I really think there is no such thing as too much or too little when it comes to Christmas decorations.  It’s all about what kind of space you want to create.  This year, I wanted my space to feel like Christmas, but I didn’t want to overwhelm the size of the space.   Everywhere I look in my apartment, I see little touches of Christmas, but I also still see my normal cozy space.  If you are new to decorating an apartment, I hope these tips helped inspire some ideas for your space.  Thanks for checking out my Holiday Home Tour!

Looking for gift ideas? Check out my Holiday Gift Guide page for the best ideas all in one place!

Items available online: Skinny Christmas Tree  |  Star Tree TopperHoliday Candle | Trees above Kitchen CabinetsGreen Glitter Tree  | Ball Ornaments | Merry Christmas Sign | Silver Trees |
Items not Available Online:
Hobby Lobby: Tree Skirt | Icicle Ornaments (similar) | White Poinsettias | Snowflake Ornaments (similar)
Homegoods: Silver Snowman, Silver Snowglobe, Silver Deer
Other items from Kirkland’s and Houston Nutcracker Market
TV Stand | End Table | Coffee TableMarble Tray  |  Gray Blanket  |  Coasters (Super Absorbent!!)


Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Lover

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We are coming in at 20 days until Christmas and even less if you are an online shopper like me.  I looked over shipping deadlines for USPS, FedEx, and UPS.  Ground shipping aka the cheapest ends Dec 14, and the 20th and 21st look like pretty solid cutoffs across the board for priority/expensive shipping.  So if you want to save on shipping costs, you have about 7-9 days to get those orders in.   EEEK that does not feel that far away!

This time of year I feel like I hear from my guy friends a little extra needing some gift shopping help.  I’ve been pointing them to my jewelry gift guide and under $50 gift guide.  Today’s gift guide is also perfect for the ladies. It is filled with beauty gift ideas for Christmas.  I broke it down into 3 categories, my personal favorite and one I think you can never go wrong with – Skincare and Spa, plus Makeup and Nails, and Haircare.

For skincare and spa, I went with brands and products I know are amazing plus a few popular items I want to try out.  Does anyone use one of these stone face rollers??  This is on my Christmas list for sure!  Beauty sets are fun for the holidays because it allows you to try out multiple products from a brand.  I love this for face masks since you can really use a good handful of different masks to combat different skin issues.

For makeup and nails, I included a starter kit of makeup brushes from my favorite brand.  I’ve owned mine for about 2 years, and they still look new.  I always put a nail polish set on my wish list.  It’s fun opportunity to try out new colors or a new brand.  Butter London is a good one too.  It tends to last long and only need 1-2 coats.

My haircare picks are primarily tools.  T3 products have built a cult following and are supposed to be amazing.  I might cheat on my Chi and try out this flat iron straightener!  I also included a curling wand aka the new curling iron.  It’s really great for creating loose curls.

What’s your favorite beauty item? Any of these on your list?  Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow because I’m sharing something completely new!  A look inside my home at my holiday decorations!  I love decorating for Christmas and cannot wait to share it with you.  Be sure to come back tomorrow and check it out!