Monthly Archives: August 2015

Summer Sandals

Summer Vacation Outfit | Lady in Violet

Green Striped Tank Top | Lady in Violet

Ikwetta Summer Sandals | Lady in Violet

Summer Weekend Outfit | Lady in Violet

Summer Sandals and White Denim | Lady in Violet

Green tank top and white denim | Lady in Violet

Weekend Casual Outfit | Lady in Violet

Kendra Scott Necklace with Rayban Mirrored Aviators | Lady in Violet

Ikwetta Circles of Life Sandals | Lady in Violet

Beach Vacation Outfit | Lady in Violet| DETAILS |

TARGET Striped Tank [SIMILAR | LOVE THIS COLOR COMBO] | LUCKY BRAND Sienna Cigarette Jeans | IKWETTA c/o Circles of Life Sandals | KENDRA SCOTT Skylar Earrings, c/o Rae Necklace | GORJANA Mika Necklace | BAUBLEBAR Slim Bangle [SIMILAR] | SWELL CAROLINE c/o Signature Bracelet | RAYBAN Mirrorred Aviators | ESSIE Nail Polish in Fiji | IT COSMETICS CC+ Lip Serum in Love

One of my favorite activities on our annual girls’ weekend is sitting out on the deck in the morning and enjoying a cup of coffee.  I could probably sit out there every morning with my coffee, it is so relaxing and calming.  Since I was in Galveston, I packed mainly flat sandals for my trip.  My new Ikwetta summer sandals were a favorite among my friends.  I love all the vibrant colors and the circle design.  As an avid shoe collector, I love having shoes that can stand out and speak for themselves, and these shoes have quite a voice!

Ikwetta sandals are made by talented African artisans in Kibera, Kenya.  Kibera is a high poverty area in Kenya.  Local artisans spend hours creating the handmade beaded Maasai sandals.  Their wives sell their beautiful creations which span from sandals to bags to belts and jewelry in a local Kenyan marketplace.  The Ikwetta artisans work in a small shed which often doubles as sleeping quarters.  The dream is to grow Ikwetta into a worldwide brand so they can build a bigger and better workshop with better working conditions.  Then Ikwetta can higher more employees so they too can build a better life and hopefully one day leave the slums of Kibera.  Ikwetta was started as a Kickstarter campaign by a woman who fell in love with the shoes and the people behind them on a trip to Kenya.  She set out to find ways to help the artisans bring their beautiful work into a more mainstream market.  I have always been a huge fan of shopping for a cause.  I love knowing that these shoes are supporting the dream of such talented artisans.  These shoes are definitely an eye-catcher, and I love sharing the empowering story with everyone who stops to tell me they love my shoes.  I hope you will check out the Ikwetta site to see more of their beautiful handmade products!

White Jeans: Summer Plaid
Rae Necklace: Wedding Guest on a Budget


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Mixing Metals Made Easy

Summer Vacation Outfit | Lady in Violet

Mixed Metal Earrings | Lady in Violet

Summer Boho Outfit | Lady in Violet

How to wear a poncho in summer | Lady in Violet

Nordstrom Fringe Poncho | Lady in Violet

Silver Jewelry | Lady in Violet

Summer Weekend Outfit | Lady in Violet

Styling distressed shorts for summer | Lady in Violet

Kendra Scott Mystic Bazaar earrings | Lady in Violet

Casual Weekend Outfit | Lady in Violet


PAINTED THREADS Fringe Trim Poncho | H&M V-Neck Tee [SIMILAR] | LUCKY BRAND [SIMILAR | SIMILAR] | SOLE SOCIETY Kimber Wedge *ON SALE| KENDRA SCOTT c/o Addie Earrings in Silver, Elisa Pendant Necklace, Arden Bracelet | STELLA & DOT Nikita Bracelet, Rebel Pendant | RAYBAN Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses | IT COSMETICS CC+ Lip Serum in Love | ESSIE Nail Polish in Fiji

As soon as I saw Kendra’s new Mystic Bazaar collection, it immediately became one of my favorites of her collections.  With my desire to start trying the metal mixing jewelry trend, these Addie earrings quickly caught my eye.  They come in several different metal matches.  Silver is always my main jewelry metal love, but gold grows on me more everyday.  I love that this pair is mainly silver, but has a small gold outline.  I think this pair is perfect to help me start my journey of mixing my silver and gold jewelry.  I also LOVE the details of this earring.  It reminds of my favorite silver studs from Kendra.

When I purchased this poncho, I immediately pictured wearing it with black skinnies and boots in the winter.  Although, it is quickly also becoming a fun end of summer piece.  I have brought it with me on a few summer trips to use during lounge time.  One thing about Texas is the hotter it is outside, the colder it is inside.  I usually end up under blankets in hotels or vacation homes, and so I have loved having this poncho around to wear as a cute little blanket/sweater.  I love how the distressed shorts, fringe, and earrings create a fun boho vibe.  I think it is the perfect laid-back look for summer especially on a beach vacation!

I have to give a special thanks to my bestie Heather who took these photos for me while we were on our Galveston Girl’s Getaway last weekend.

DISTRESSED SHORTS: Distressed Shorts
V-NECK TEE: Plain White Tee


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Fall Florals

Fall Florals Dress for Summer | Lady in Violet

Sole Society Satchel and Rose Gold | Lady in Violet

Summer Outfit with Floral Print | Lady in Violet

Mixing Gold and Rose Gold Jewelry | Lady in Violet

Lush Floral Dress | Lady in Violet

Casual Weekend Outfit | Lady in Violet

Kendra Scott Rose Gold Jewelry with Jord Watch | Lady in Violet

Summer Style | Lady in Violet

Crossbody Bag with Rose Gold Jewelry | Lady in Violet

Summer Style in Texas | Lady in Violet


LUSH Lush Karly Shift Dress | BELLE BY SIGERSON Wedges [SIMILAR | SIMILAR ON SALE!] | SOLE SOCIETY Kianna Satchel | KENDRA SCOTT Fran Earrings in Pink Agate, c/o Elton Drusy Bracelet, c/o Brennan Ring Set | JORD WATCH c/o Ely Series in Cherry | GORJANA Zion Pendant Necklace *ON SALE, Mika Necklace | IT COSMETICS CC+ Lip Serum in Love

I’m really no good at waiting to wear all my new fall items.  I had to find a way to style this fall florals dress for summer when we were in Austin a couple weeks ago.  I knew a cognac wedge would be the perfect shoe to help make this dress work in July.   Cognac wedges are such a great summer shoe because the color mixes well with all colors.  I recieved these Kendra Scott rose gold bracelet and rings at the Southern Blog Society Conference in June.  They are my first rose gold jewelry.  When I first saw this dress, I knew it would look perfect with rose gold!  Since I don’t yet own any other rose gold pieces, I decide to take my first try at mixing metals.  I didn’t want to be to contrasting so I stuck with gold.  I went with my two favorite everyday gold necklaces from Gorjana.  Since they are more simple, I thought they would mix well with another color.  I also had to wear my new Kendra Scott Fran earrings!  I mean they are gold and pink, so kind of like rose gold right?!?  I love the way the cognac color of the wedge and gold and rose gold of the jewelry pulls out different colors from this dress.  I love using my accessories to highlight certain colors of a print.  And yes, I of course carried around my summer it crossbody bag while in Austin. I like that it is a creme color and can work with an array of colors as well.  All about the versatility over here!

COGNAC WEDGES: Time to Buy Wedges!
SOLE SOCIETY BAG: The White Outfit


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Dresses and Booties, Oh My

Fall Outfit Idea | Lady in Violet

Everly Paisley Dress | Lady in Violet

Swing Dress and Booties | Lady in Violet

Dress and Booties for Fall | Lady in Violet

Everly Shift Dress | Lady in Violet

Sole Society Kianna Satchel and Arm Stack | Lady in Violet

Fall Casual Weekend Outfit | Lady in Violet

Blue Dress and Gold Jewelry | Lady in Violet

Casual Weekend Outfit | Lady in Violet

Naughty Monkey Love Story Booties | Lady in Violet

Nordstrom Everly Dress | Lady in Violet

Fall Outfit from Nordstrom | Lady in Violet


EVERLY Paisley Print Shift Dress | NAUGHTY MONKEY Love Story Bootie |  SOLE SOCIETY Kianna Satchel  | GORJANA Mika Necklace | KENDRA SCOTT Grady Bracelet, Skylar Earrings | CHAN LUU White Crystal Bracelet | SWELL CAROLINE c/o Enamel Signature Bracelet | BAUBLEBAR Slim Hinge Bangle [SIMILAR] | RAY-BAN Original Aviator Sunglasses | ESSIE Nail Polish in Fiji | MAC Lipstick in Faux

I had a fabulous time on my girls’ getaway in Galveston this past weekend!!  I braved the paddle board for the first time in the bay canal, super scary but fun! I’m such a sun baby, so I loved all the time we spent walking on the beach, kayaking, and just laying out on the deck reading good books.  Although, my weekend did start out a bit crazy. I was driving down alone and got a flat tire just shy of Galveston.  Thankfully, two of my friends were about 20 minutes behind me, so I didn’t have to be alone for too long!!  I have to give a huge thanks to them and the most awesome good Samaritan/stranger for rescuing me and changing my tire on Friday!  Not the perfect start to the weekend, but one where you sit back and count your blessings for great friends and the kindness of strangers.  🙂

My bestie also snapped some fun blog photos for me this weekend which I will start posting later this week!!  We are currently in the middle of a major heat wave here in Houston.  The high today is 104!!!!!!  I love my sun and warm weather, but all these 100+ days have me dreaming of slightly cooler fall weather.  The kind that is perfect for light dresses and booties.  I have a major obsession with these Naughty Monkey booties!!  I bought them last year, and they are still available!! I love pairing them with dresses.  They remind me a little of like miniature cowboy boots.  Also, they are super comfy!  I wore them to the airport last winter and walked in them all day with no problems.  This dress is one of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases, but it sold out before the sale opened to the public.  I went ahead and linked it just in case some come back in stock.  I love casual and easy dresses like this one.  On weekends, I love having something like this to throw on to run errands or meet up with friends and family.  I can’t wait to wear this dress later in the fall with tall boots too.  It is definitely a dress that works with a variety of shoes like booties, tall boots, flats, and wedges.  The versatility makes this dress more wearable across several seasons, a favorite aspect for me.

I am off to the tire store, hoping that they can fix my tire instead of me buying a new one.  I hope you have a fantastic week, and an easy breezy Monday! Thanks for stopping by!

Naughty Monkey Booties: What I Wore: Airport Style


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