Monthly Archives: March 2015

Spring Work Look + Liebster Award

Spring Work Outfit Idea - Gray Pencil Skirt and White Blouse | Lady in Violet

Spring Work Look  - Gray Pencil Skirt and White Blouse | Lady in Violet

Spring Work Outfit Idea - Loft Gray Pencil Skirt and H&M White Blouse | Lady in Violet

Kendra Scott and Nadri Silver Bracelets | Lady in Violet

Spring Work Outfit Idea - Gray Pencil Skirt and White Blouse | Lady in Violet

Liebster Award


H&M Blouse with Butterfly Sleeves | LOFT Gray Skirt, Old [SIMILAR] | GUESS Ninza Pump, Old [SIMILAR] | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Preppy Leather Hobo, Old [SAME BUT DIFFERENT COLORS] |  KENDRA SCOTT Elle Earrings in Purple Jade, Arden Bracelet in Platinum Drusy |  NADRI Crystal Bangle  | KATE SPADE Mini Pave Bow Necklace, Old | ESSIE Fiji | MAC Lipstick in Faux

So I  spent my entire weekend in the sunshine!  I love that spring weather is not only here, but seems to be finally sticking around.  I started ironing some of my skirts and spring work dresses Sunday night to prepare some spring work looks for the warm days this week.   A pencil skirt and sleeveless solid color blouse is a go-to for me in the office clothes category.  I love a great pencil skirt!  This one in particular is a dark gray which I like to wear as something a little lighter in color and different than the normal black.   I am also in love with this butterfly sleeve blouse from H&M.  I own it in pink and white, and keep them in a good rotation through Spring and Summer.  I love them not just because they are cute, but they do not need to be ironed!  That is a huge plus for me!

You may be wondering what that last photo is all about.  I have been nominated for a Liebster Award!  This actually is the second time I have been nominated, and I feel so honored and lucky to have been chosen by fellow bloggers to receive this award.  I have recently become more involved in my local blogger community and have met some amazing women who I love getting to know and share blogging ideas and knowledge with.  I had no idea how amazing the blogging community was when I started this blog.  So what is a Liebster Award?  It is recognition from another blogger on a job well done, a welcome to the blogging community,  and a chance to share a little about me with my readers and other bloggers.  I first want to thank the first person who nominated me Style Savvy Sara, I totally procrastinated on posting this a couple months ago, but better than late than never right.

My current nomination is from Tina of Go Big or Go Home.  She sent me 10 Questions to answer as part of my acceptance of the award.  So here we go:

1- What’s your blog about?  My blog is all about sharing my personal style and my fashion journey.
2- What did you want to be when you grew up?  I wanted to be a teacher just so I could write on the chalkboard and because I wanted to decorate a classroom.
3- What is your favorite beauty product?  I LOVE my Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner.  It is kind of a cross between liquid and pencil that you apply with a eyeliner brush.  It goes on smooth and easy and lasts all day long!  I never leave the house without it on!
4- What brand is your favorite pair of jeans?  I have recently started trying new brands out, but I will always go back to my first love of Lucky Brand.  I still have some of the pairs I wore 10 years ago, and they still are in great condition!
5- Tell me about your favorite day in your life!  This is hard I have a few, but I think the day I graduated college because I love that feeling I had of I can do absolutely anything I want in the whole wide world!
6- Why did you start blogging? I started because I wanted an outlet to talk fashion and share my personal style and outfit ideas.
7- Where is your favorite place in your house? I love my back patio, it’s really quiet and peaceful and a great place for morning coffee or evening wine.
8- Coffee or tea? COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE!  I jokingly say I have to have at least one cup of coffee before I am ready to speak to anyone, on some days that is completely true too!
9- Tell me about your favorite DIY project.  I am not very DIY at all, but I was super proud of myself for painting my bedroom a few years ago.  It was a huge all day project I did all by myself, and I felt pretty accomplished and incredibly sore afterwards!
10- Where do you get outfit inspiration?  I pull my inspiration from everywhere from pinterest to street style to friends.  I also love reading other fashion blogs for their style tips.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me!  To wrap up my Liebster Award duties, I am going to nominate a few bloggers to answer the same questions I answered above!  I have hung out with some fabulous and amazing Houston bloggers this week, so I am going to nominate some of my new local blogging buddies.  I nominate Alice of Lone Star Looking Glass, Michelle of Becoming a Heath, and Elly of Uptown with Elly Brown.

ELLE PURPLE JADE EARRINGS: The Casual Professional



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Boho Chic Experiment

Boho Chic look - Blue Dress and Booties | Lady in Violet

Beautiful blue dress and naughty monkey booties | Lady in Violet

Boutique Boho Blue Dress and Booties | Lady in Violet

Gold Necklaces from Gorjana, Kendra Scott Elle Earrings | Lady in Violet

Boho Chic Outfit Idea - Free Spirit dress and booties | Lady in Violet

Naughty Monkey Love Story Booties | Lady in Violet

Boho Chic Style - Blue Easy Fit Dress and Booties | Lady in Violet

Fourth of July Dress Outfit idea | Lady in Violet

Boho Chic Outfit Idea for beginners, easy fit dress and booties | Lady in Violet


POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE Dress, sold out [SIMILAR IN WHITE] |  NAUGHTY MONKEY Love Story Bootie | GORJANA Mika Necklace,  Zion Necklace | HOUSE OF HARLOW Reflector Bangle | BAUBLEBAR Pave Links Bracelet, old [SIMILAR] | KENDRA SCOTT Elle Earrings in Slate | JULEP Shari

I love a gorgeous boho chic look.  The carefree and effortless vibe the style embodies is beautiful.  After years of admiring the style from afar, I decided it was time to try it out for myself.  I had found pieces here and there, but I was never 100% sold on the look on me.  I had begun to think that maybe this style was one I would just admire on others and in pictures.   Despite the discouragement, I continued to try on pieces with the boho chic spirit, and that led me to this dress.  I fell in love with the gorgeous blue color.  It flows amazingly and the comfort level is a dream!  When I tried this on in the store, I thought to myself maybe I can do boho chic.  I also bought the last blue version of this dress, but linked the white version which is just as gorgeous.  After the color, the second big seller for me to even try on the dress was the price tag.  Whenever I am shopping for styles that are new or that I am on the fence about, I always look for a lower priced version first.  I would hate to spend a $100 plus on something only to realize it really was not me after all.  I  did this a few years ago when skinny jeans became popular.  I headed to my local Target and bought one pair for like 30 dollars.  I also proceeded to wear them every week until they were super faded.  I decided it was probably a style that was worth investing in.  I will probably wear this dress a few more times before fully investing in some of the more expensive brands like Free People or Stone Cold Fox.  Although I think this dress might be a little too memorable, so I may have to go back to Pomp and Circumstance and check out some of there other boho type dresses. Are there any styles you love on others but not so much on yourself?

BOOTIES: What I Wore: Airport Style
LAYERING NECKLACES: Take a Fashion Chance



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Spring Essentials

Spring Essentials - Swing Dress, Denim Jacket, Wedges and a Cross-body bag | Lady in Violet

Elaine Turner Colbie Crossbody Bag | Lady in Violet

Sole Society Kimber Wedges | Lady in Violet

Pomp and Circumstance Dress, H&M Denim Jacket, Sole Society Wedges | Lady in Violet

Spring Outfit Idea - Striped Dress and Denim Jacket | Lady in Violet

Spring Wardrobe Essentials - Striped Dress, Jacket and Crossbody Bag | Lady in Violet

Elaine Turner Purple Colbie Bag

Spring Outfit Idea - striped swing dress, denim jacket and black wedges | Lady in Violet


POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE No Plain Jane Dress | H&M Denim Jacket |  SOLE SOCIETY Kimber Wedge Sandal | ELAINE TURNER Colbie Crossbody Bag | BAUBLEBAR Astronomer Pendant, Slim Hinge Bangle, old [SIMILAR], Pave Links Bracelet, old [SIMILAR] |  GORJANA Mika Necklace | JULEP Shari

Spring always seems like a jam-packed season for me and Texas in general.  By the first day of summer, we sometimes are already breaking the 100 degree mark, so we try to cram as much outdoor fun into the few months of Spring.  From festivals to wine on bar patios to cookouts and crawfish boils, the outdoor season is here.  I thought I would share a few of my spring essentials that are pretty constant in my weekend wardrobe.  I LOVE swing dresses and they are a weekend wardrobe staple for me year round!  I am loving this striped one I picked up from a local Houston boutique.  It is sleeveless and the material is super lightweight, so it is definitely a dress that will be perfect for spring and those hot summer days to come!  I am always toting around a light jacket in spring.  Most of my spring dresses or sleeveless or a a thin strap, so I like to have a jacket to toss on in the morning or late evening when the temperature dips.   I purposely purchased this H&M denim jacket just a bit big so that I could roll the sleeves up on cool Spring nights.   My Spring shoe essential is definitely a wedge sandal!  I do not wear flat shoes very often, in fact some people never realize just how short I am because I am always in some sort of heel.  Wedges are really comfortable for me!  Some people are stocking up on flip flops this time of year, but I am getting ready to start adding to my wedges collection!   My go-to purse for Spring is a cross-body bag.  They are super light weight and hands-free!  Plus, if you are not wearing your jacket, they provide a great little place to drape it over.  What are some of your Spring essentials?

Denim Jacket: What I Wore: Houston Rodeo
Wedges: Chambray for the Win



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Blending Weekend and Office Style

Blend weekend and office style - Striped tee with pencil skirt  | Lady in Violet

Silver Jewelry Love!  | Lady in Violet

Office Outfit Idea - blend a weekend casual tee with a pencil skirt!  | Lady in Violet

Halogen Pencil Skirt | Lady in Violet

Work Outfit Idea - blend a weekend casual tee with a pencil skirt!  | Lady in Violet

H&M Striped Jersey Tee with Pencil skirt for an office look  | Lady in Violet

Silver Bracelets - Stella and Dot, Kendra Scott, The Shine Project | Lady in Violet

Office Outfit Idea - blend a weekend casual tee with a pencil skirt!  | Lady in Violet


H&M Striped Tee, in store only [SIMILAR] | HALOGEN Seamed Pencil Skirt [SIMILAR] | STEVE MADDEN Nala Pumps | STELLA & DOT Renegade Cluster Bracelet, Rebel Pendant | KENDRA SCOTT Arden Bracelet in Platinum,  Elisa Necklace in Platinum,  Elle Silver Earrings in Slate | THE SHINE PROJECT Silver Bracelet | BAUBLEBAR Crystal Mason Ring  | ESSIE Under Where?  | MAC Lipstick in Faux

 Sometimes Mondays are the hardest for me to crawl out of bed and reach for the office side of my closet.  Especially in spring and summer, when I have probably spent most of the weekend in comfy maxi and sundresses.  Blending a little of my weekend wardrobe into my Monday office look helps me ease into a new work week. When I purchased this striped t-shirt, one of the ways I was most excited to style it was for work.  I mean who doesn’t want to find a way to wear a comfy t-shirt to work.  The best way for me to cross my weekend tee to office appropriate is with a colorful pencil skirt.  If you wanted to go a step further, you could also toss a black blazer over this look to go even more professional.   I also think the stripes on the top help take it up a notch to make it look a little more office ready.  Although, I think a v-neck tee in a solid color like black, white or even mustard yellow would look pretty fabulous with this skirt too.

Over the next few weeks, I am going to be doing a little trial run of listing a few past looks that also incorporated a few of the pieces from today’s outfit.  I love not only styling an outfit, but finding ways to restyle those pieces to maximize the number of looks out of everything I own.  I think the more outfits I create out of each piece the better value that piece is for me.  I hope you find some style inspiration seeing a few posts of an item that maybe you are thinking about adding to your wardrobe, or a piece you already own and are looking for a few new ways to style.  Thanks Ya’ll and Happy Monday!

Halogen Skirt: A Pop of Pink
Striped Tee: Not So Lazy Sunday