Yearly Archives: 2020

Maroon Sweater

winter outfit | maroon sweater | brown tall boots | Affordable Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

fall outfit | burgundy turtleneck sweater | black leather backpack purse | Texas Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

fall outfit idea | brown leather boots | black backpack purse | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

winter outfit idea | maroon lightweight sweater | black skinny jeans | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Happy Happy Friday!!  Oh why do short weeks always feel the longest?!?!  After a busy weekend and work week, I am ready for a pretty chill and relaxing weekend to close out January.  I have no plans as of right now, and I’m really excited about that. I will probably end up catching up on a few things around the house.

Back in November, I headed to my first Texas A&M football game.  I mentioned it when I shared my red puffer coat a week or so ago.  This maroon sweater was the other item I wore to the game.  My original plan was a lightweight sweater based on the weather predictions. When the forecast changed to colder game time temps, I decided to add the coat to the mix.

Turtleneck sweaters are hit or miss for me.  I don’t want to them to feel too tight around the neck.  These mock neck style tops are a great alternative for the look without worrying about too tight a feel around the neck.  The mock neck style in a solid color is a great basic wardrobe staple add to your closet.  You can make it work both casually and professionally.  A lightweight version can also be layered under cardigans, vests, and jackets.

I picked my sweater up from Nordstrom Rack, and I noticed it was low in stock.  I found a few similar ones HERE and HERE in case you like the look.

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casual fall outfit | burgundy thin sweater | black leather backpack | Everyday Style Blog Lady in Violet

winter outfit | burgundy turtleneck sweater | gold bangle bracelet | Southern Style Blog Lady in Violet

fall outfit | black leather backpack | maroon sweater | Budget Friendly Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual fall outfit | burgundy sweater | brown leather boots | popular fashion blog Lady in Violet

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How to Prevent Dry Winter Skin

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products to prevent and treat dry winter skin | hydrating skincare | Popular Beauty Blogger Lady in Violet

Winter months usually leave my skin a bit on the dry side. Over the past few years, I’ve been trying out different types of products to help keep my skin hyrdrated during the winter months.  This season, I have really noticed an improvement and wanted to share a few products and  tips on how to prevent dry winter skin that have worked for me.

THE PRODUCTS:

OILS – I’m a big fan of face oils year round.  During other seasons, I try to use them about twice a week.  For winter I doubled that with around 4 days of use.  I apply them in the evening.  I think this was one of the biggest contributors to my skin staying so hydrated this season.  I have a few favorites, but my current one is this anti-aging one.  I always think fine lines and wrinkles are more noticeable when my skin is dry, so I figured adding in some anti-aging goodies would only improve the look of my skin during the winter.

HYDRATING FACE MASKS – I’ve tried a varieties of face masks during the winter months.  My best results came from using a hydrating or moisturizing mask 1-2 times a week.   One of my top hydrating masks is the Hydro Boost sheet masks.  I rotate between the hydrating one and a purifying one for days I want a little extra cleaning.  These suction to your face pretty well and stay in place.  After I take the mask off, my skin feels so soft and smooth!

BEAUTY WATER – I switched out my microneedling tool for this beauty water during the winter months.  Tatcha’s The Essence seemed to offer similar features as microneedling by helping your skincare products better absorb.  I wrote a whole blog post about my experience with this product a few weeks ago if you want to read more!  In addition to enhanced product absorption, the essence also gives a hydration boost.  (Noticing a theme to my product faves – it’s all about hydrating!)

HYDRATING MOISTURIZERS – I switched out my morning face lotion for this gel one.  It promises 72 hours of hydration!  It’s super lightweight and feels more like a serum than a moisturizer when applying.  I really like the lightweight feel, and I could also feel my skin soaking it in.  I had no issues using this under my makeup.  Once I switched to this product in the mornings, I noticed a difference in my skin throughout the day and definitely think it keeps my skin hydrated all day as promised.

HYDRATING SERUMS – On nights that I did not use an oil, I opted for this hydrating serum.  You can use it stand alone or mix it with other serums to help lock them in.  I usually use this with my retinol, but tried it out with a Vitamin C Serum with pretty good results.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DRY SKIN:

Outside of adding in all the hydrating products to my skincare routine this winter, I also focused on taking a break from other items that could dry out my skin.  One key product I passed on this winter was a retinol.  While I think a retinol delivers great results, it can sometimes have a drying effect on my skin.  Not a problem during the summer, but something I didn’t want in months when my skin is already on the drier side.

I also opted for gentler exfoliating products.  Instead of exfoliating masks with beads, I opted for smooth charcoal masks.  I did still want some kind of exfoliating, so a few days a week I would use a face brush in the shower with my face wash.  It felt super gentle and left me with that smooth feeling I attain from masks with exfoliating beads. I used the face mitt from this set, but I found similar ones online.

Last, I made sure to drink plenty of water!  It’s the ultimate hydrator!  What tips and products do you use to prevent dry skin in the winter??  Share in the comments below!

 

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Light Pink Cashmere Sweater

winter outfit | baby pink sweater | dark blue bootcut jeans | Affordable Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual outfit | light pink cashmere sweater | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

fall outfit | pastel pink blouson sleeves sweater | gold drop earrings | Casual Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

winter outfit | light pink cashmere sweater | cognac brown dress booties | Everyday Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Hello lovelies!  Our weather this winter season has been a little warmer than normal.  January is usually when we see our temps hover near freezing maybe even an ice over day, but this year not so much.  I have barely had to use my heater or wear any of my cute coats.  It has given me extra opportunities to wear my peep toe booties.

Another item, I have been wearing during this warmer winter is lightweight sweaters.  This light pink cashmere sweater is a good level of thickness for our winter season. The material is so soft and cozy, and the sweater has a nice structured style to it.  It pairs perfectly with my flared leg jeans for a business casual look.  You could also pair it with a pencil or a-line skirt for a more professional look.

The blouson sleeves are a fun and pretty detail for this sweater.  It gives it something to stand out against all the other sweaters.  I’m always drawn to lighter color sweaters like ivory and pastel pink during winter. I think maybe more than other seasons.

After a fun weekend catching up with friends, I have a busy day of blog work ahead of me.  I’m looking forward to the quiet day in before another busy week starts.  I hope ya’ll have a fabulous week!

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How to Layer Tops in Winter

winter outfit | classic trench coat over green sweater | Affordable Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

layered outfit | olive green sweater over a white button down blouse with trench coat | Texas Fashion blogger Lady in Violet

winter closet | staples trench coat | flared jeans suede heels | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

layered fall outfit | olive green sweater over white button down blouse | Everyday Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual winter outfit | classic trench coat with bootcut jeans | Popular Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Happy Friday!!   I’m so ready for this 3 day weekend! I have TWO girls’ nights planned and a relaxing Sunday with my boyfriend on the schedule so far.  I’m also hoping to tackle some blog work and little tasks around the house.  Hopefully, it will be a good combo of fun, relaxing, and productive.

Living in a warmer climate during winter months, usually means I plan lots of layered outfits.  Our Houston weather can go from 80 to 50 in a day, and  cold outdoors usually means cranked up heat indoors.  To create the perfect layered look, I want all the pieces to work well together and stand alone if need be.  Keep reading for a few of my tips on how to layer tops in winter months.

A white button up blouse is a great starter layer underneath a  sweater.  It gives a polished and professional look.  If you get to hot, you can easily remove this layer and go with just the sweater.  You can also opt to remove the sweater and go with just the white button up, but I find sometimes sweaters leave behind lint on a white top.

A loose fit sweater is the perfect middle layer.  I look for sweaters that will easily fit over another top and not show any possible bunching or shirt buttons.  I also just prefer looser layers for a more comfortable fit.  This sweater has a boxy fit and is the perfect amount of loose to fit over my button up blouse.  It’s also a good length so that the white peaks out just enough at the bottom.

My final layer is some type of outer layer like coat, jacket or cardigan.  A layer that can be easily removed or kept on depending on the temp.  I choose my outerlayer based on the outside temp and where I’m headed.  For a night out with friends, I usually opt for a jacket, and for work, typically a cardigan.  Any time the weather is dipping in the low 50s or lower, I grab a coat.

My Club Monaco trench coat was a semi-splurge find a few years ago. I found it on sale during Black Friday which brought it more to my price range.  A classic trench coat is must have for any closet.  It works with both professional and casual looks and keeps you warm.  Sometimes when I’m feeling a little extra, I will do the no arms off the shoulder look, usually at events and parties with no coat check.  I think this works well with trench coats and blazers, not so much thick wool coats.

There you go, pretty simple and easy.  Hopefully this also including items you already have in your closet!  Hope ya’ll have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for swinging by this week!

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casual fall outfit | beige trench coat with olive green sweater | Casual Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual work outfit | olive green sweater | classic long coat | Budget Friendly Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

fall outfit | bootcut flared jeans with tan suede heels | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

casual fall outfit | olive green sweater over white button up blouse | Personal Style Blog Lady in Violet

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